Lime (Container Grown) Growing Guide

Lime (Container Grown)

Crop Rotation Group

Miscellaneous 

Soil

Warm, moist soil, well-enriched with organic matter.

Position

Full sun. In winter, plants may need to be protected or taken indoors in cold climates.

Frost tolerant

No. Grow at temperatures above 7°C (45°F).

Feeding

In spring and summer feed with a balanced organic fertiliser. Fertilize more if you see yellowing leaves.

Companions

Yarrow, Thyme, Marigold, Borage and Calendula. Limes and other citrus are heavy feeders that resent close company.

Spacing

Single Plants: 60cm (1' 11") each way (minimum)
Rows: 60cm (1' 11") with 60cm (1' 11") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Set out new plants in spring. Grow in containers of rich compost to keep plants compact and to make it easy to move plants when needed. Good drainage is essential. Start small plants in containers at least 30cm (1ft) wide and pot them up a size yearly until they reach mature size.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.

Notes

Prune in spring or summer to shape plants, and watch for thorns.

Harvesting

Pick when richly coloured and fully ripe. Picking can continue for several weeks as fruits do not ripen all at once.

Troubleshooting

Soft soap sprays can help against scale insects.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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Pests which Affect Lime (Container Grown)