Lime

Learn how to get the most out of your allotment by reading information on each plant and the tools and equipment you might need.

How to grow Limes

Planting Months

March and May - June

Harvest Months

June - April
Lime tree with fruit

Limes are best ground outside for the best size of the fruit. However, they will most likely die in a period of frost. So in colder climates, you will need to grow your limes indoors during winter, early spring, and late autumn. If you check a frost calendar for your area you can then see when you can put your lime plants outside for the summer. Usually, this will be around May for UK or places of a similar climate. If you live in a warmer climate with very little chance of frost you can keep them outside for the whole of the year. A consideration to make is that a lime plant will grow to be around 3 - 5 feet tall. This means it may be ,difficult to move around frequently. An ideal area to grow lime trees indoors would be a bright and airy conservatory or heated greenhouse.

Citrus trees such as lemons, limes, oranges and graprefruit prefer being in the full sun. In most of the United states they can be grown outdoors. In more northern states and countries similar to the UK they can be grown better inside heated greenhouses or conservatories. They can also be taken outside in summer.

You can tell when citrus are ripe from both their colour and with some the softness of the fruit. When they are growing all citrus will be green. Limes become lighter green as they get ripe. You will also be able to tell when Limes are ready and ripe by the softness of the fruit. They soften over time as they become ripe, they do not soften as much as oranges.

Growing tips

Try to keep atmosphere temperature above 50 degrees farenheight.

To fully fruit they will need to be pollinated and if they are growing outdoors animals such as bees will pollinate without you having to do anything. If you keep them indoors you will need to pollinate the plants yourself.

They also need full sunlight to fully develop large fruit. If it is impossible to grow outdoors consider a grow bulb on a 16/8 rotation 16 on and 8 off. Limes can flower and fruit all year round and the fruit can take up to 12 months to ripen.

Limes are very nutrient hungry plants and should be fed a nitrogen-heavy fertiliser during summer. This is important as the plant may start to cannibalize itself when undernourished. They also prefer slightly acidic soil. A fertilizer such as ammonium nitrate is wise. You can also use peat or ammonium sulphate.

These plants are usually brought as small bushes or small plants. Keep in mind they can grow up to 3 - 5 feet tall and will need a large pot to maintain a healthy root system.

How to grow Limes

Lime tree with fruit

Planting Months

March and May - June

Harvest Months

June - April

Limes are best ground outside for the best size of the fruit. However, they will most likely die in a period of frost. So in colder climates, you will need to grow your limes indoors during winter, early spring, and late autumn. If you check a frost calendar for your area you can then see when you can put your lime plants outside for the summer. Usually, this will be around May for UK or places of a similar climate. If you live in a warmer climate with very little chance of frost you can keep them outside for the whole of the year. A consideration to make is that a lime plant will grow to be around 3 - 5 feet tall. This means it may be ,difficult to move around frequently. An ideal area to grow lemon trees indoors would be a bright and airy conservatory or heated greenhouse.

Citrus trees such as lemons, limes, oranges and graprefruit prefer being in the full sun. In most of the United states they can be grown outdoors. In more northern states and countries similar to the UK they can be grown better inside heated greenhouses or conservatories. They can also be taken outside in summer.

You can tell when citrus are ripe from both their colour and with some the softness of the fruit. When they are growing all citrus will be green. Limes become lighter green as they get ripe. You will also be able to tell when Limes are ready and ripe by the softness of the fruit. They soften over time as they become ripe, they do not soften as much as oranges.

Growing tips

To fully fruit they will need to be pollinated and if they are growing outdoors animals such as bees will pollinate without you having to do anything. If you keep them indoors you will need to pollinate the plants yourself.

They also need full sunlight to fully develop large fruit. If it is impossible to grow outdoors consider a grow bulb on a 16/8 rotation 16 on and 8 off. Limes can flower and fruit all year round and the fruit can take up to 12 months to ripen.

Limes are very nutrient hungry plants and should be fed a nitrogen-heavy fertiliser during summer. This is important as the plant may start to cannibalize itself when undernourished. They also prefer slightly acidic soil. A fertilizer such as ammonium nitrate is wise. You can also use peat or ammonium sulphate.

These plants are usually brought as small bushes or small plants. Keep in mind they can grow up to 3 - 5 feet tall and will need a large pot to maintain a healthy root system.