Southern Living

Key Lime Tree

Ships 1-2 days *Does not ship to CA, LA, GA, AZ

Size
$168.00
 
Once a weekFull sunDeer resistantSpring
 
  • Flavorful Fruit: The Key Lime tree yields small, round limes that pack an intense tart flavor, perfect for culinary uses from desserts to cocktails.
  • Aromatic Blooms: The tree showcases fragrant white flowers during bloom season, which not only enhances its ornamental value but also attracts pollinators.
  • Perfect for Containers: Especially suited for container growth, this tree can be cultivated indoors or on patios in colder regions, offering flexibility in planting options.
  • *We cannot guarantee the Key Lime Tree you receive will already be bearing fruit. This depends on the season and the overall growth pattern of the tree.
  • Pot pictured is not included
 

More Details

The Key Lime tree, scientifically known as Citrus × aurantiifolia, is a treasured citrus plant known for its small, juicy limes that are bursting with flavor. This tree is celebrated for its fragrant flowers and bright green fruit that are essential ingredients in many dishes, especially the famous Key Lime Pie. With proper care, the Key Lime tree thrives in a variety of climates and offers abundant harvests annually, making it a prime choice for gardeners wanting to introduce a zest of tropical flair to their orchards or patios.

Growth rate: Moderate growth rate; reaches mature height of 6-13 feet and a width of 6-8 feet when planted in-ground. Smaller if container-grown.

Sizing: Our fruit and citrus trees are primarily utilized as outdoor patio or indoor plants and are potted. Accordingly, we measure our fruit and citrus trees from the bottom of the pot to the top of the tree for accuracy.

Please note: Images on our website depict plants and trees at full maturity to showcase their expected grown characteristics. These images are illustrative examples only and do not represent the size of plants or trees upon delivery.

Pruning: Regularly prune the Key Lime tree to maintain its shape, promote better air circulation, and facilitate fruit production. Remove dead or diseased branches and any suckers that emerge from the base.

Fertilization: Apply a balanced citrus fertilizer in spring, summer, and early fall to support growth and fruit production. Ensure the fertilizer includes micronutrients, especially zinc, manganese, and iron.

Winter Protection: In regions where cold spells are possible, provide protection using frost cloths or by moving container-grown trees indoors. Ensure the tree is away from direct heating sources when indoors.


In-ground planting: Select a sunny location with well-draining soil. Dig a hole that is twice the width and the same depth as the tree's root ball. Place the Key Lime tree in the hole, ensuring the top of the root ball is level with the soil surface. Refill the hole, gently patting down the soil to eliminate air pockets. Water thoroughly after planting. For the initial weeks, monitor the soil moisture to ensure consistent hydration, helping the tree establish its roots.

Container planting: Choose a spacious container (18-24 inches in diameter) with good drainage. Use a citrus-specific, well-draining potting mix, filling the container partway. Gently position the Key Lime tree so the top of its root ball sits an inch below the pot's rim, then add soil around it, pressing lightly. Water thoroughly until excess drains out and place in a location with 6-8 hours of direct sunlight daily. Monitor moisture to keep the soil consistently damp but not waterlogged. Feed with a balanced, slow-release citrus fertilizer as per label instructions and consider repotting or refreshing the soil every 2-3 years.

The Key Lime tree flourishes under full sun, promoting vigorous growth and a bountiful fruit yield. Maintaining consistent soil moisture is crucial, especially during dry conditions. Ensure regular watering while preventing waterlogged conditions, which can harm the tree's roots.

Every product typically ships in 1-2 days. You will receive a shipping confirmation with your tracking number once your item(s) ship.

We have perfected packaging and shipping plants & trees! That is why we DO NOT use any third-party fulfillment like most other online retailers. Your trees go straight from our farm to your door, safely packaged by our team of seasoned professionals. Our process ensures your plants leave our facility and arrive to your door in the best condition possible!

In cases of extreme cold or hot weather, we may temporarily delay shipping to ensure the well-being of your plants. Our primary focus is on delivering healthy and thriving plants to you. Rest assured, we'll make every effort to notify you of any delays promptly.

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Learn more about our Shipping Policy

At Simply Trees, we're committed to your satisfaction. If your plants arrive considerably damaged or sustained damage beyond the point of recovery, please contact us within five days at sales@simplytrees.store with clear photos for assistance. Our 30-day guarantee covers issues after planting, subject to our terms and conditions. We can't cover plants in the wrong climate or with inadequate care, but we're here to help in other situations. For a detailed understanding of our 30-day guarantee and how we ensure a fair process, click here to learn more.

USDA GROW ZONE:

Zones 9-11

The Key Lime tree is ideally suited for USDA Grow Zones 9-11. These areas typically experience warmer climates without severe freezes. The tree is sensitive to frost but is adaptable enough to flourish in these zones with protection during occasional cold snaps. In colder regions, container growth allows for mobility, ensuring the tree can be moved indoors during cooler months.

Our Process

We have perfected packaging and shipping plants & trees! That is why we DO NOT use any third-party fulfillment like most other online retailers. Your trees go straight from our farm to your door, safely packaged by our team of seasoned professionals. Our process ensures your plants leave our facility and arrive to your door in the best condition possible!