Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Acid Limes FAQS

1) Lemon trees are short and prickly, but give a nice shade and aroma to the garden. You can  plant some varieties only in the ground- such as acid lime (the common lemon we use in everyday cooking); Acid limes do not work in containers. Being prickly, they can be grown next to compound walls to deter animals and humans climbing over the wall, and make a good privacy shade.

2) Acid limes aka Mexican limes or Key lime (botanical name Citrus aurantifolia)  take up to 2 years to give a good yield of lemons. It is a type of citrus fruit, rich in vitamin C and natural sugars and is the most prolific yielder among the family of limes.

3) These trees are very hardy and easy to grow, all they need is slightly sandy and loamy soil with adequate drainage. Provide lots of micronutrient and organic manure for good growth and lots of fruit.

4) Acid lime trees don't need a lot of water! For few months in a year, stop watering your lemon tree, or reduce watering if the tree is still young. Over watering will lead to vegetative growth, and you will have a fabulous tree, but no lemons. Water the plant immediately after planting, and provide it good shade for the first few weeks. After the plant has settled down in its new home, give it full sunlight and water it at every 4 to 5 days interval during the first month.  Later on, water it at 8 to 10 days interval. 

5) Ideally, plant your acid lime trees in  Dec-Feb or June-Sep. Dig up soil thoroughly and make 60 x 60 x60 cm pits, with adequate spacing between rows. Allow them to soak up sun for 2 weeks before planting your trees.

6) Lemons can be had all year round! Most of the fruit can be harvested between
December-January and July-August seasons.


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