Kaffir lime tree care

Kaffir Lime

Grow your own Thai spice and save money. Grown for year-round culinary interest, Kaffir Lime (Citrus hystrix ‘Kaffir’), is a dwarf fruit tree that is highly prized for its leaf which is used in different types of Southeast Asian cuisines, primarily recipes from Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia and Laos.

Much like Bay Leaves or Lemon grass, the Kaffir leaf and the fresh lime zest of the fruit adds an enormous amount of flavor. You’ll love creating your own Thai curries and stir fries with the freshest possible ingredients.

Defined by the doubled lobed leaf that appears to be 2 different segments, the essential oil from the Kaffir Lime’s leaves are in high demand throughout the world.

The fruit is used mostly for the rind. Scrape the outside to harvest zest and add to prepared foods and drinks. The powerful juice is used for specialty household uses, and is very effective when prepared correctly.

How to Use Kaffir Lime in the Landscape

Because the Kaffir Limes pungent leaves are the primary interest, this is one the few plants that has year-round culinary purpose. If you’re a cook and love great Thai food, having a year-round source of one of the pricier main ingredients is a must.

Originating from Sri Lanka, a small island nation off the east coast of South Africa, the demand for the Kaffir Lime spread east into Southeast Asia and the Indonesian Islands. Today, the Kaffir Lime is known by over 20 different names worldwide.

The small tree makes a beautiful accent tree in the landscape. It can be utilized as a screen or hedge plant.

The tree’s famous foliage remains a rich dark green year-round. Kaffir Lime is a lovely little tree, with double-lobed, dark green leaves that catch the sun with their glossy sheen.

Funky fruit adds a ton of texture to the overall appearance. Use a zester and scrape lightly along a washed piece of fruit. You’ll love the extra “oomph” it adds to your meals. The small, green limes produced by your Kaffir have a bumpy exterior, an attractive addition to an already exotic appearance.

Kaffir is well adapted to container growing and will do well as an indoor-outdoor plant. As a patio plant or indoor houseplant, your Kaffir Lime is sure to bring a taste of the tropics to your home.

Because it thrives in potted environments, you can use it to decorate your front porch or patio. Its delightful citrus scent will brighten your home and landscape.

Imagine growing your very own delicious ingredients for some of the world’s most popular dishes – right at your fingertips! It doesn’t get much better than that.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Give the Kaffir Lime well-drained soil, and keep it on the dry side while indoors. Don’t overwater this tree.

The growth rate is moderate, so maintaining its size very easy. It takes to pruning very well and can be maintained to any size and almost any shape with pruning.

When bringing the Kaffir indoors for the winter, make sure and provide it with as much direct sunlight as possible, at least 6 hours a day and up to 10. Select a south to southwest-facing window, if possible.

This is one of the few Citrus that is a bit more tolerant of less light. Because the fruit is not as critical, the plant will adapt to lower light situations, but it will perform best with morning sun and afternoon shade.

Kaffir Lime can also be grown outdoors year-round in zones 9-11. If in-ground, feed quarterly with Dr. Earth Life Organic and Natural All-Purpose Fertilizer.

For container feeding, use a Dr. Earth Acid Lovers Organic and Natural Premium Fertilizer applied quarterly. Citrus in containers prefers a pH below 6.5 and benefits from an acid-based fertilizer.

Kaffir Lime trees are a popular item. Order now before they sell out and enjoy the benefits of growing your own fresh Asian seasonings.

Currently only available in 1 year old trees
*Dwarf Kaffir Lime Tree

*(image is for illustrative purposes only, actual tree may look different)

Kaffir Lime Trees, yup we sell them. The Kaffir lime, like its citrus cousin the pomelo, have a lot of aliases and spellings. You can call them keiffer limes, combava, jeruk purut, makrut limes, limau purut, or “odd looking, green, bumpy skinned, highly fragrant citrus” (ok we made that last one up). But whatever you want to call it, if you know how to cook with them (or their leaves), you know you can’t live without them in the kitchen! Totally indispensable with Thai, Lao and other Southeast Asia cuisine, this fragrant citrus fruit goes right to the heart the meal. Although highly prized for its fragrant zest and its juice, Kaffir Limes are not always easy to find, which means that growing your own tree is essential. So, look no further, and place your order for your own dwarf Kaffir Lime tree.
PLEASE READ PRIOR TO ORDERING: To allow for a shorter amount of time that your tree will be under the “stress of shipping”, these young trees are shipped directly from our supplier to you. As soon as your tree is shipped, you will receive a tracking number in order to track your tree.
Also…when prepared for shipping, the soil is removed from the tree’s roots and they are carefully packed with moist wood shavings in a plastic bag. So, bare-rooted citrus trees should be planted in a 12-14” container, or in the ground and watered upon arrival.
And finally…due to USDA restrictions, citrus trees cannot be shipped to: Arizona, Texas and Florida.
Currently only available in 1 year old trees

Why the Name ‘Kaffir Lime’ Is Wildly Offensive to Many

Or so says Veronica Vinje, a master’s student in Intercultural and International Communications at Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia, the woman behind the @KaffirNoMore‘s Twitter campaign, an initiative to rename the kaffir lime (henceforth referred to as the k-lime) because of the racist nature of the k-word.

The k-word ”“ a term that comes from the Arabic word kafir, meaning non-believer or infidel ”“ is a highly offensive, even legally actionable, racial slur in South Africa. However, as Vinje states on the Twitter account, the @KaffirNoMore campaign is not about the history of the term, but removing the word from our vocabulary before it becomes totally engrained.

Vinje says there’s no reason why we shouldn’t enjoy this imported treat, but there’s no reason to import the offensive name as well. This of course brings up the issue of what to call this disputed fruit, a question that Roger Mooking, celebrity chef and host of the Cooking Channel’s, Man Fire Food, says has an obvious answer.

In Southeast Asia, where the fruit originates, it’s called Makrut, a perfectly viable option for North American gourmands.

He says in Southeast Asia, where the fruit originates, it’s called Makrut, a perfectly viable option for North American gourmands.

“There are all kinds of names for it, like Makrut or even lime leaves – that’s what I used to call it when I ordered it in my kitchens,” says Mooking. “I’ve been telling people in the industry for years that we need to change the name, but when you get an order list it’s always listed as a k-lime. I think for real change to happen it needs to come from the distribution side.”

Mooking says he first learned about the pejorative history of the word when he worked in the kitchen alongside a man from South Africa. After meeting the man he became intrigued with South African history and ended up stumbling upon the derogatory word while reading up about the nation.

“I recognized the word from placing orders in the kitchen, that’s when it hit me that we’ve been unknowingly using this racist term for a harmless fruit.”

Although the fruit may be harmless (and tasty), the word is not, and Vinje thinks the sooner we can rid ourselves of it the better off we’ll be.

There are a number of exotic ingredients that you may not always be able to find for your Thai home cooking, especially fresh. One ingredient that may be hard to find is Kaffir lime leaves. They are especially useful in Thai curries and are also found in stir fries.

Recommendation: Fresh Kaffir Lime Leaves – TastePadThai.

Kaffir lime leaves come from the makrut (makrud, magroot) lime plant, a shrub that is common in Southeast Asia. They are sometimes sold dried or frozen at Asian markets in the U.S. See fresh versus dried kaffir lime leaves. Opt for frozen if you are making a choice, and of course, buy fresh when you can get them. Freeze any leftover fresh leaves. They will be fine for up to six months, if not longer.

See Also: Best Premade Thai Curry Pastes

Fresh makrut leaves are best, but frozen are probably second best. Many cooks will debate whether lime leaves should be bothered with at all if fresh leaves are not available. They have a citrus and pine scent that is more like lemon verdana than lime. Both the leaves and the zest of the fruits are used. The fruits are small and dark green with a knobby peel. These are very hard to find outside Thailand.

Be Careful of the Word Kaffir

As time goes by, you may stop seeing the leaves being called kaffir. Kaffir is a derogatory term in Arabic, and it was once used by Afrikaaners to black Africans. People in South Africa tend to refer to kaffir lime leaves as “K-leaves.” Recipes in Thai cookbooks sometimes use the term “makrut.” Often, they are simply called lime leaves or wild lime leaves. However, the term kaffir is still very common even in Thai cookbooks and, as of this time, there is no consensus on a replacement name.

Buy Fresh Kaffir Lime Leaves from TastePadThai

Other Names for Kaffir Lime

The scientific name is Citrus hystrix and the plant is part of the Rutaccae family.They are known by various other names throughout Southeast Asia. Besides makrut in Thai, they have been known as leech lime. Other names are:

  • Indonesia – jeruk purut
  • Bali – juuk purut
  • Malaysia – limau purut

The “kaffir” (or kieffer) name is thought to have originated hundreds of years ago. In Arabic, the word comes from the word kafara and means “infidel.” It is said to have been used by Muslims to describe unbelievers, and is a common term of abuse in Western India. The most commonly known abusive use of the term was the aforementioned use by white Dutch immigrants to South Africa to refer to native Africans.

Fresh Kaffir lime fruits (Citrus hystrix)
image by David Monniaux viawikimedia

Why it came to be applied to citrus hystrix, we cannot be certain, but it was probably meant to refer to the fruit being inferior to other limes. Although this was soon found to be an unwarranted description, the name stuck.

Buying Fresh Kaffir Lime Leaves

As mentioned above, you can usually find dried or frozen kaffir lime leaves in Thai specialty markets or other Asian markets. Fresh leaves, as well, may sometimes be available. Ordering fresh kaffir lime leaves online can be hit or miss but most reviewers are reporting good experiences with these Fresh Kaffir Lime Leaves from TastePadThai. With any fresh leaves, if there are any delays in shipping, the leaves will likely be wilted and starting to rot once you get them. However, many customers report good product.

If you do find good fresh leaves, go ahead and stock up on them and freeze any leaves you do not want to use immediately. Clean and dry the leaves thoroughly before placing in a freezer-safe plastic storage bag. They will last a very long time in the freezer.

Kaffir Lime Leaves Substitute

It is not true that there is no substitute for kaffir lime leaves in Thai cooking. You can simply substitute lime zest to get a wonderful fresh lime scent and citrusy flavor that adds zing and freshness to your dish. A regular “everyday” Persian lime, like the kind you find at grocery stores, will do just fine. Better yet, use a combination of lime and lemon zest. Generally, about 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of finely chopped lime zest can be used in place of one kaffir lime leaf. Try one teaspoon of lime zest and 1/2 teaspoon of lemon zest, and then adjust to your taste. I usually squeeze half a lime into my finished curry dish, as well. A Thai curry, to me, is not complete without some citrus.

Of course, kaffir lime is not the only citrusy flavor Thais use in curries and other dishes. Lemongrass is also an important ingredient which is often ground into curry pastes, used to flavor finished curries, or used in hot and sour soups, coconut soup, and other dishes. Lemongrass resembles leaks somewhat but it has a unique spicy citrus flavor. It can also be purchased online from TastePadThai.

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Kaffir Lime Leaves : Aromatic & Flavor-Rich

Posted by admin on December 9, 2015

One never seems to forget encountering a Kaffir Lime Leaf for the first time. Its scent and taste is incredible-there’s nothing quite like it. In fact, this leaf is so aromatic that when you’re served a Thai dish containing it (such as Tom Kha Soup), you may not be able to tell what is stronger-the scent or the taste. Both combine in a powerful sensory experience that is one of the unique joys of Thai food.

Kaffir Lime Leaf has been known to clear the mind and cleanse the body. In fact, this Thai herb has recently been touted for use in spa treatments by celebrities such as Martha Stewart, plus many Hollywood stars. But what exactly is Kaffir Lime Leaf, and what is its role in Thai cooking?

What is Kaffir Lime Leaf? : If you were to look up “Kaffir Lime Leaf” in the Oxford Companion to Food, you would find a warning of sorts concerning the name of this leaf. This is because “Kaffir” is considered to be a bad word in certain cultures, while in others it is simply a word with negative connotations, meaning anything from “backward” to “infidel” and other terms used in “name-calling” (much of it racial). For this reason, this world-renown dictionary recommends referring to the leaf by its Thai name: “Makrut” (pronounced more like “Ma-groot”). But for now, at least, the leaf is still popularly known as Kaffir. fresh kaffir lime leaves thaifood and kaffir lime leaves

At first glance, it would be easy to confuse Kaffir limes with our own Western limes; however, there are some marked differences. Kaffir lime fruit isn’t quite round, but has a small peek at its top. But the most noticeable difference is its skin-unlike Western limes, Kaffir Lime is severely wrinkled and course, not smooth. Zest from this “old-looking skin” is often used by cooks in Thailand, as it is very pungent and lemony tasting. But it is the leaf accompanying this fruit that is most highly prized in the Thai kitchen.

Kaffir lime leaf actually looks like 2 leaves joined together: the lower leaf is oval, while the upper leaf attached to it is more heart-shaped. Together, the leaves are several inches long (though they can come in various sizes). When fresh, these leaves are shiny and bright green, rich with natural oils. Today, Kaffir Lime Leaf is harvested in Thailand by hardy pickers (the branches of the tree are very thorny), and shipped around the world. While sometimes you can find Kaffir Lime Leaves being sold fresh in the produce section of Asian/Chinese stores and markets, it is more likely to be found in the freezer section. Frozen Kaffir Lime Leaves keep anywhere from several months to a year, and do not require thawing before use (so this is a great way to keep them handy and available in your kitchen!).

More Interesting Tidbits about Kaffir Lime : If you were to visit rural Thailand, you would find that nearly every family has a Kaffir Lime tree growing in their backyard. And if you were to approach and ask about the tree, they would tell you it helps keep the whole family clean-both inside and out! Kaffir Lime Leaf is thought to be very healthy, and excellent as a digestive aid. Thais also believe it cleanses the blood, maintains healthy teeth and gums (when rubbed or brushed on), cleans hair and scalp, and even prevents hair loss. It is used as a personal deodorant and cleanser for the body, but also as a cleanser for the mind, clearing away negative thoughts as well as helping to ward off evil spirits!

A little of the natural Kaffir Lime oil makes an excellent household cleaner, and is often used to get stubborn stains out of clothing. The scent of Kaffir Lime also cleans the air, and can be used in an atomizer as a natural scent-spray in and around the home. chopped kaffir lime leaves thaifood and kaffir lime leaves

How is Kaffir Lime Leaf Used in Thai Cooking? : Together with lemongrass, Kaffir Lime Leaves help create that quintessential Thai aroma and taste that is so special in dishes such as Thai Soups (like our own CurrySimple Coconut Soup) and Thai Curries. Sometimes the leaf is left whole and simply added for extra flavor, like a bay leaf would be added to Western soups and stews, while other times it is chopped or ground up as part of the curry or soup paste. Either way, you won’t be able to escape the unique taste, scent, and flavor of this most marvelous of leaves!

Tips for Using Kaffir Lime Leaf : When cooking Thai curries, try adding 1-2 Kaffir Lime Leaves to the pot for extra flavor. Add them at the same time as the meat, fish or seafood, tofu or wheat gluten and just mix in.

Note that whole lime leaves are not meant to be eaten, but merely added for extra flavor-be sure to warn your guests about this, or there will be a lot of chewing going on! To chop up Kaffir Lime Leaf : separate the “twin leaves” into single leaflets and place on top of each other. Then roll them up tightly and slice thinly with a sharp serrated knife. Another easy way to cut Kaffir Lime Leaf is with scissors. In Asia, scissors are a common kitchen utensil, and they do work extremely well for cutting this leaf. Simply snip the leaves into small pieces and add to your paste or curry pot.

Kaffir Lime Leaf can also be pounded with pestle & mortar to create a pulpy kind of paste that is then easily added to curries (it’s also easier to digest when prepared in this way). Larger Kaffir Lime Leaves contain a hard, central stem-be sure to discard this (cutting or slicing the leaf around it), and it will be easier to eat. For soups, simply add the leaf whole and then enjoy the additional aroma and flavor as you slurp your way to a “clean” mind and body!

Eight Steps to Growing Kaffir Lime Trees in Containers

Kaffir Lime is also known as Makrut lime, Mauritius papeda or Combavas with the Latin name Citrus hystrix

This exotic citrus fruit produces an incredible amount of oily juice that is wonderfully fragrant, and the leaves are highly prized in Thai and Indonesian cuisine as a spice and garnish.

Kaffir Lime Fruit

Features of the Kaffir lime:

  • The peel or rind is used to make Thai curry paste and in aromatherapy.
  • This small and bumpy citrus fruit has both culinary (garnish) uses and medicinal properties in many cultures.
  • Also, oils from the rind have uses ranging from sour dish flavoring to an insect repellant.
  • The pulp of Kaffir limes is yellowish green, very sour, slightly bitter, and very fragrant.
  • The fruit is not edible, is incredibly oily and has a fragrant aroma.
  • The lime tree reaches full maturity in late winter to early spring, with the rind turning yellow.

Kaffir Lime Tree

Features of the Kaffir lime tree:

  • The lime is more commonly known and used for its leaves consisting of a large petiole and a equally sized leaf blade.
  • The Kaffir lime tree is grown and harvested primarily for its dark green leaves to create spices or oils.
  • Dried Kaffir Lime leaves are sold online for nearly $30 an ounce!
  • Other uses include blending into massage oils, natural shampoos, and various herbal products.
  • The tree is less cold hardy than Persian Lime.
  • The tree exhibits good growth with full sun.
  • The Kaffir Lime tree produces some of the most exotic limes in the world with all of its unique uses!

Where Will Kaffir Lime Grow?

Generally in the US, planting citrus in the ground is limited to certain regions such as California, Arizona, South Texas, Louisiana and Florida.

If you do not live in those regions, we recommend planting kaffir limes as container plants. We consider this a good thing, because it’s going to make your kaffir lime growing a lot easier.

Growing Kaffir limes Outside of Growing Zones

There are several options for growing kaffir limes as container plants. You can use a plastic barrel, a wooden planter, a nice decorative pot, or really any sort of container that has adequate holes on the bottom for drainage.

Fabric pots are another option. Even though they do not have holes, the entire container is made of a fabric mesh which allows proper drainage and aeration of the soil.

The Planting Process for Growing Kaffir lime Trees in Pots

Below is the simple step by step process for planting our citrus trees.

You can keep any citrus tree pruned back, but the Kaffir lime is naturally a smaller dwarf type variety which gets to be about 4 to 6 feet, while still producing an abundant harvest.

Step 1: Container for Kaffir lime trees

Proper container drainage is crucial for successfully growing kaffir lime plants. Ensuring that your choice of container has adequate number and size of holes at the bottom of your planter is important for proper plant growth. We typically recommend SmartPots which are composed of a mesh cloth in order to allow good soil drainage.

In addition to container drainage, container size also plays an important role in successfully growing container plants. For citrus trees, the size of the pot should be at least 5 gallons, with our favorite size recommendation being 15 gallons. We find that anything above 25 gallons is quite difficult to physically move by only one person.

Step 2: Soil for Kaffir lime trees

Choosing soil for your Kaffir lime trees is simple. All you need is potting soil that can be purchased at your local hardware store or gardening center. We would advise against the use of gardening soil or topsoil to use for container gardening, because of the varying composition of soils throughout the US.

For example, US Citrus is based in the Rio Grande Valley, and we have a wonderful sandy loam type soil which drains very well. Other types of soils may contain different levels of clay or limestone leading to inefficient draining. This can lead to poor root growth and general plant health overall.

With a standard potting soil for your container gardening, you do not need to worry about any of these factors. You also don’t have to worry about the pH balance of the soil. We have just removed a large part of the headache of growing citrus by having all customers grow their kaffir limes in containers and using any standard potting soil which is available at your local nursery garden center supply store.

Step 3: Watering for Kaffir lime trees

Typically, when kaffir limes are planted into the ground there is a worry of proper drainage and/or overwatering your trees. Kaffir lime trees planted in the ground prefer to have their roots a bit on the dry side. We have found that overwatering of container citrus is mostly not an issue if the container has proper drainage.

See the watering schedule for our citrus trees based on their size and the outside conditions.

An alternative way to determine if your tree needs watering is to take a look at the leaves. If the leaves are wilted and dry, your tree needs more water. After watering, the tree’s leaves should perk up. However, keeping to a regular watering schedule is the ideal option.

Overwatering Your Potted Kaffir Lime Tree

Overwatering is a possibility and we find that this especially happens when the trees are indoor and there’s a garden saucer used underneath the pot. A garden saucer under the pot impedes drainage. That is helpful while you’re on vacation and cannot water your tree for a week, or when you have trees indoors to prevent water seeping onto the floors and causing damage.

However, if trees are over-watered, the plant leaves will wilt and may turn a bit yellow and look sad. Watering more will not improve the condition of the tree obviously, and you will likely notice that the soil is waterlogged at this point.

Giving your tree a break by taking it outside if possible or letting the soil drain without a garden saucer in the bathtub for a day is a good solution. Afterward, you can adjust your watering schedule appropriately. Our watering schedule also has a section for indoor planting.

Step 4: Fertilizer for Kaffir lime trees

Your Kaffir lime tree will need both macro and micronutrients, just like a human. The macronutrients that all plants need are Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium. You have likely seen fertilizers and soil which state three numbers together, this is the N – P – K system which shows the concentration and relative amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium respectively.

These macronutrients are very important for the color of the leaves, development of the root system, proper flowering, fruiting, and taste of the fruit respectively and appropriate photosynthesis, the growth of the trunk of the tree in general. See our blog article on nutrition for more information.

Micronutrients are also very important – think of these as vitamins for humans. They are needed in much smaller quantities and plants can have characteristic symptoms if they have a micronutrient deficiency. We will detail out micronutrients and symptoms of deficiencies in later articles.

However, our promise to you is that we make this simple. Between regular potting soil and the fertilizer we recommend, you will have all the macronutrients and micronutrients that your tree needs and a simple fertilizing schedule for easy and effective fertilizing when you get your tree and for every February, May, and August. See our fertilizer schedule below for amounts that we recommend.

Fertilizer Schedule

Step 5: Sunlight for Kaffir lime trees

Sunlight is crucial to kaffir lime trees, especially because it is A tropical plant. In most areas of the United States, you want to maximize sunlight with full sun exposure. If you are planting indoors, make sure that it has full sun next to the window, but we would also recommend having a grow light.

Citrus does best when it has at least six hours of sunlight a day. If the temperature is consistently above 90° especially for younger trees, there may be some wilting of the leaves. This wilting will reverse however and at this point, it would be advantageous to keep your tree by elementary and partial shade.

Step 6: Winter Protection for Kaffir lime trees

We recommend that under freezing temperatures, you move your citrus tree into a warmer area such as a garage or indoors for the entire winter. Utilizing a grow light would be a great supplement for continued growth.

There is nothing more frustrating than losing years of work and future decades of fruit than losing your citrus tree to a freak cold-snap which occurred while you were vacationing out of town! Citrus can die with exposure to temperatures in the teens for even up to 12 hours.

Step 7: Where do I buy my Kaffir lime tree?

First of all, if you live in the states of California, Arizona, Louisiana, or Florida, you will need to purchase your citrus tree locally as citrus cannot be imported into your state because of USDA regulations.

Otherwise go to uscitrus.com and buy your tree today!

Step 8: Harvesting your Kaffir limes

The crop is distributed around May to October, with the fruit taking about 4 months to ripen.

Check out our Kaffir lime tree blogs for more insightful information about this wonderful citrus tree, including valuable tips on how to care for a Kaffir lime tree.

Kaffir Lime foliage

Kaffir Lime foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

* This is a “special order” plant – contact store for details

Height: 5 feet

Spread: 4 feet

Sunlight:

Hardiness Zone: 8b

Description:

Attractive foliage is displayed on this small, dwarf variety; the dense fruit and leaves are used for flavoring foods; protect from frost; great container plant for the patio or indoors in colder climates

Edible Qualities

Kaffir Lime is a medium-sized shrub that is typically grown for its edible qualities. It produces green oval fruit which are usually ready for picking from early spring to late winter. The fruits have a tart taste.

The fruit are most often used in the following ways:

  • Fresh Eating
  • Cooking
  • Juice-Making
  • Sauces

Features & Attributes

Kaffir Lime features showy clusters of fragrant white star-shaped flowers with buttery yellow eyes at the ends of the branches from early spring to late winter. It has attractive dark green foliage. The glossy oval leaves are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter. It produces green berries from early spring to late winter.

This is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition. This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting birds, bees and butterflies to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Aside from its primary use as an edible, Kaffir Lime is sutiable for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Hedges/Screening
  • Orchard/Edible Landscaping
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Kaffir Lime will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It has a low canopy, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This plant is typically grown in a designated edibles garden. It does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn’t be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Kaffir Lime is a good choice for the edible garden, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a ‘thriller’ in the ‘spiller-thriller-filler’ container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag – this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

* This is a “special order” plant – contact store for details

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