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Citrus hystrix 'Kaffir lime' (Kaffir lime)

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Plant description

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The Kaffir lime is a small thorny bush with distinctively shaped, waisted leaves, which are valued for their use in Thai cooking. It bears small bumpy fruit, which can also be used for flavouring. It can be container grown, as it is a small bush.

 The Kaffir lime will thrive in a sunny, humid environment. It has low frost tolerance. It will grow best on well drained, fertile soil with regular watering. Prone to a few pests and diseases, they do need regular attention. 

 

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: White
Flowering season: not specified

Scent

The kaffir lime has a tangy citrus fragrance.

Plant size

Maximum height: 2 metres
Minimum height: not specified

Maximum width: 2 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Not specified.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical, tropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: moist, well-drained.

Clay: moist, well-drained.

Sand: moist.

Soil pH: 6-8

Diseases

Sooty mould

Pests

Scale, white fly, citrus leaf miner, bronze-orange bug (stink bug), borer

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: Good citrus fertiliser.

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