Highly sought after, this useful citrus tree is most often used for its aromatic leaves. If creative cooking appeals to your senses then you won’t want to be without Kaffir Lime in your collection. The popular Tom Yam soup in southeast Asian food would not be the same without the Kaffir Lime leaves. The leaves add the lemony flavor to foods while the rough skin that covers the fruit is used as a rind in curries. The plant has a spreading to sprawling habit and its shiny leaves are curiously segmented. This is a strong grower that is adaptable to varying cultural environment.
|Hardiness Zone||9, 10|
|Sun Requirement||Full Sun|
|Minimum Temperature Indoors||50|
Container Grown Citrus
Keep the root systems healthy and active. A period of dryness helps stimulate flowers and fruiting. Mimic Florida’s climate- wet summers and dry fall/winters.
Most important for potted citrus:
• Full sun and high light. The more the better.
• For faster growth and an active root system,
grow them warm.
• Do not over pot.
• Grow in clay pots for optimum root health.
• Fertilize spring through fall.
• High light aids in flowering and fruiting.
• Fertilize in growing season 1-2 times a month.
• Water when the soil is visually dry or at first signs of wilt.
• How to Grow Kaffir Lime (Citrus hystrix)
Great purchase Review by Sota
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Place an order for 3 Kaffir lime tree about a month ago. Very pleased with the plants that I received. The leaves were very huge. As soon as I received them, I transplanted them into 10 inch pots with my own blend of soil; in which I use 2 parts citrus/cactus, 1 part compost, and 1 part sand. Two weeks after I moved them to their new home, all of them are sprouting new leaves. I wish I can submit pictures (Posted on 7/27/2016)
Tough Plants Review by David
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I live on the North Carolina/South Carolina Border. Zone 8. I bought two of these in spring 2011. They progressed nicely but slowly and I had them inside in 6" pots for the winter. Then in spring of 2012 I put them in 5 gallon buckets and they flourished. No fruit, but lots of leaves for cooking. Light frost (29F) from an unexpected frost killed them back that winter. I kept them inside on cold nights after that and they really came back well for summer of 2013. Stems up to 18" high and tons of leaves. For the winter I again brought them into the house and put them out on the deck on nice days. Then we had that polar vortex come through last winter and I was so busy closing up vents and insulating pipes I forgot about them sitting on the deck until the next morning when I saw my indoor/outdoor said is was 9F !! outside. They were toast. Nothing in the spring and I kept on meaning to 'get around to it' to dump the buckets and reuse them for something else. But in August they came back. Lush and they're now (10/8/14) up to about 15" high. Still no fruit but I can't complain after the treatment they've had so far. (Posted on 10/8/2014)