Mexican Key Lime
Grow Fragrant, Delicious Mexican Key Lime Trees
- Lush, Aromatic Small Tree
- High Yield of Delicious Fruit
Just about everyone loves Key Lime Pie, but did you know how easy it is to grow Mexican Key Lime trees in your backyard? These mid-sized, bushy trees accent your landscape beautifully.
These distinct limes are sweeter than the larger Persian limes you see at the store. Thin-skinned and juicy, these highly sought after limes can really add up at the supermarket. It's a far better plan to grow your own supply.
You'll love coming up with ways to use your harvest. Try zesting the peel, juicing it for cocktails and pie, and dry and grind the leaves for aromatherapy. There are so many different ways to use these floral limes that the tree itself has collected a lot of nicknames. West Indian Lime. Key Lime. Bartender's Lime. Mexican Key Lime is used in the kitchen, behind the bar, in the spa and in the bakery.
The flowers are pure white and perfume the air with a distinct citrus scent. The leaves release a marvelous lime scent when crushed. Try them in potpourri or homemade soaps and shampoo bars.
The small, tart fruit has a wonderful flavor with outstanding floral hints.
Grow them in the ground in Zones 8 - 11. Or, use as a Patio Tree in a large, bright container for Zones 4 - 7. Move them inside for the winter months and keep them on the dry side. No matter where you live, or how you use the fruit, Mexican Key Lime (Citrus × aurantiifolia) should definitely have a place of pride in your garden.
You will love having an abundance of fruit to use and share. Order yours today!
Buying Options for Plants
Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.
Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!
Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.
- Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
- Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.
Nature Hills Container Size by Volume
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|3.5" Container||Equal to||.67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Equal to||.87 dry quart / .96 dry liter in volume|
|1 Quart||Equal to||1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume|
|5.5" Container||Equal to||1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x5"||Ranges from||.8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x6"||Ranges from||1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x9"||Ranges from||1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x10"||Ranges from||1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old|
|2 Quart||Equal to||2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume|
|#1 Container||Ranges from||2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume|
|5"x5"x12"||Equal to||3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 2 - 4 Years Old|
|#2 Container||Ranges from||1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume|
|#3 Container||Ranges from||2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 3 - 5 Years Old|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
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Lime Variety Beloved Worldwide
The Mexican Lime is the oldest known and most popular lime variety throughout the world. Since its introduction to the world stage, it has gained several different names.
The Mexican Lime is native to a region called Indo-Malayan, a wide sub-continent which includes India east to Indonesia. In this region, it is referred to as the West Indian Lime or just Lime.
West Indian Lime reached Europe during the Crusades. By the 13th century, it was reported to be planted in gardens throughout Italy and into France. It exhibits a high degree of polyembryony and comes true from seed. Because of this quality, there are few varietal selections offered.
Seed carried by the Spanish is likely how the Lime made it to the Caribbean Islands and Mexico, where it is reported widely grown by the 1500's. Because of the similarities in climate to the Indo-Malayan region, it was not long before the plant naturalized into the local wilderness.
The name Mexican Lime came about with the early cultivation of the fruit by the Spanish in strongholds like Colima, Mexico. By the end of the 1500's, the Mexican lime was an important part of the Mexican culture.
This was not the case with its introduction into the United States. It wasn't until the mid-1800's that Mexican Lime began to be planted - mostly in the Southern Florida region. By the late 1800's, reports of commercial plantings begin to be cited.
It was at this time the name Key Lime begins to make its appearance with commercial plantings extending into the Florida Keys. The Key Lime business flourished into the mid 1920's.
It was, however, in the Florida Keys where its popular American name took hold. The Bartender's Lime, as it is referred to, is a part of the culture of the Florida Keys, most notably Key West. The Bartender's lime become a part of many of the drinks of the Key West Bar Scene and was preferred by the bartenders of the region. This, along with the famous Key Lime pies and all the unique receipts offered by each proprietor, made the Key Lime forever associated with Key West Florida.
Today, the Mexican Lime remains an important part of the Mexican culture and into the Western states. The West Indian Lime remains an important part of the culinary community through the Middle East, into Africa, and on to Australia and New Zealand.
It's a popular home garden variety, but is only suited to the most hospitable climates, and is not even dependable in USDA zone 9. In fact, it has surpassed the popularity of the less thorny and more hardy, seedless Bearss Lime.
|Botanical Name||Citrus × aurantiifolia|
|Mature Height||6 - 10 feet|
|Mature Spread||4 - 8 feet|
|Soil Type||Well Drained|