Lime Growing Guide

Citrus aurantiifolia


Crop Rotation Group



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


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).


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


Limes and other citrus are heavy feeders that resent close company so companion plants have to be planted a little way away.


Single Plants: 5.00m (16' 4") each way (minimum)
Rows: 5.00m (16' 4") with 5.00m (16' 4") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Set out new plants in spring. Good drainage is essential.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


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


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


Soft soap sprays can help against scale insects. In Australia fruit fly are a pest of limes, make sure to take appropriate control measures in areas where they are present. It is important to dispose of any infected fruit and fruit has fallen to the ground by placing them in a sealed plastic bag in the sun for at least 7 days to kill the eggs and larvae. Do not compost fruit as this will lead to the fruit fly completing their life cycle and lead to the problem recurring.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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Pests which Affect Lime