Growing Guide: Spanish Lime

Plant Type
Tropical/Subtropical Fruit Tree

Harvest Season
Summer, Fall

Flowers bloom in mid-late spring, bearing fruit mid-summer through fall. There is no color change when the fruit are ripe. Tasting is the most reliable method of identifying ripeness. The fruit are more tart than sweet when not ripe. The rind becomes somewhat more brittle when ripe.

Mature Size
Typically grown and maintained up to 6-12 ft tall with a canopy spread of up to 4 ft. Can grow up to 40 ft in native landscape or if allowed.

Soil & Moisture
Rich well-draining soil with lots of water, especially during hotter months.

Light Requirements
Full Sun, Part Shade

Self-Fertile
Yes and No. A few cultivars are self-fruitful.  However with seedlings, both male and female trees are usually needed and even self-fruitful cultivars do better with a second male nearby. At this stage in the plants growth, there is no way to tell the gender, so we recommend getting multiple plants for the best chances of future fruit!

Growth Rate
Medium, Slow

Zone Hardiness
Outdoors 9-12 with frost protection until established; Patio/Greenhouse 4+

Young trees are hardy only to 32°F. Cold hardiness gradually improves with age, and very old trees may withstand 20°F, although small branches and leaves will be killed.

Propagation
Grown from seed and ready to fruit in about 5 years.