There are a couple of ways to grow a lime tree from seed and knowing how to plant a lime seed is important for success. You can plant the seed directly in a pot of soil or place it in a plastic bag. Before planting lime seeds, however, be sure to wash them and you may even want to allow them to dry for a couple days, then plant them as soon as possible. Plant seeds about ¼ to ½ inch (0.5-1.25 cm.) deep in containers with well-draining soil.
In addition to nursery-grown plants, grafting is probably your best bet when growing lime trees. However, most citrus seeds are relatively easy to grow, including those from limes. While it’s possible to grow a lime tree from seed, don’t expect to see any fruit right away. The downside to growing lime trees from seed is that it can take anywhere from four to ten years before they produce fruit, if at all.
Since many lime seeds are obtained from purchased fruit, they’re most likely hybrids. Therefore, planting lime seeds from these fruits often will not produce identical limes. Polyembryonic seeds, or true seeds, will generally produce identical plants, however. These can normally be purchased from reputable nurseries specializing in citrus trees.
Growing Lime Trees from Seed
Likewise, you can put seeds in a plastic baggie along with some moist soil. Regardless of the method you choose, keep the seeds moist (not soggy) and place them in a warm, sunny location. Germination usually occurs within a couple of weeks. Once seedlings have reached about 6 inches (15 cm.) tall, they can be gently lifted and placed in individual pots. Be sure to provide winter protection, as lime trees are very cold sensitive.
Keep in mind that other contributing factors, like climate and soil, also affect the overall production and taste of lime tree fruit.
If you don’t want to wait so long for lime fruit production, you may want to consider other means of growing lime trees, which will usually bear fruit within three years. However, growing lime trees from seed is an easy and fun alternative to experiment with, keeping in mind that as Forrest Gump would say, “like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.”
How to Plant a Lime Seed
Now remember water is a primary importance to your lime tree seed and is gauged by the size of the tree and temperatures. Reduce water prior to winter to avoid the possibility of stimulation growth that may become damaged in cooler temperatures. Overwatering can become an issue, but just don’t let the tree dry out completely! Allow the upper inch of the soil to dry out before watering. Metal, ceramic, and plastic containers stay wet longer than wood or clay containers. Water the lime seeds gently until the entire surface of the soil feel damp. Continue to water the seeds whenever the top 1″ of soil feels Dry.
Owning a lime tree or a Lemon Tree has several benefits, not only are you able to get a Lime at any time you would like, but your friends will be jealous of you and your beautiful center piece. In this article we will go over how to not only start your own Lime Tree in your living room but maintain and care for it also.
First of you will need a pot that has a base so you can keep indoors and will also hold water. We would recommend getting a 5-10 gallon pot . Then you will want 6-8″ of potting soil in the bottom of the pot. You will want to add a slow release fertilizer, such as Osmocote. We use Miracle Grow Potting Soil for our Potting Soil. You will need to soak the Lime seeds in warm water for 2-3 hours before planting to ensure a fast germination, once you have the seeds soaked for 2-3 hours you will want to plant them 2-4″ deep within the potting soil mix.
How to Plant Lime Tree Seeds
Fertilize the lime tree monthly until midsummer and never after July, we recommend going to buy Liquid Miracle Grow and follow the instructions “EXACTLY”. Watch for germination about 12-14 days or 2 weeks, when germination occurs, move the seedlings to a sunny location, or provide adequate artificial light. Lime trees cannot tolerate temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, so in winter move them indoors or they won’t survive. Your lime tree should produce limes 90-120 days from the time it germinates. Enjoy your great indoor lime tree and enjoy a Margarita once you get your first lime you deserve it.