Lime tree #286641 - Ask Extension


Lime tree #286641

Asked October 23, 2015, 6:09 PM EDT

We have a small lime tree in a pot in out Portland backyard. It is very small and has honestly been neglected for quite a few years. How can I apologize/revive it to start producing some limes? Thanks

Multnomah County Oregon

Expert Response

How to revive a Lime tree?

With some tender loving care a Lime tree can produce fruit. 

Establish a regular watering schedule. Keep the soil moist but not too wet. They don't like to be overwatered.

Bring the tree inside during the colder winter months. They are not frost hardy generally. A frost-free area is fine or if that is not possible wrap the tree in bubblewrap or horticultural fleece.

Once your tree has overwintered successfully (ie not died) then you can prune it in early Spring. Remove any dead or dying branches and any that cross each other. Try not to have branches touching each other. This will aid good air circulation.

Also in early Spring time add a fertilizer to your tree. Your local nursery will have a specialist citrus fertilizer.

Once the risk of frost has passed slowly acclimate your tree to the outdoors. Citrus trees are happiest outside during Summer. Choose your sunniest spot and put it there. Keep it watered.

This should mean that you have a Lime tree that is capable of flowering and producing fruit.

Thanks for your interesting question.

Gillian Carson Replied October 27, 2015, 8:18 PM EDT

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