stream This will lessen the transplant shock. 0000135696 00000 n It will probably fruit very soon. Is there anything I can do to ensure the fruit survive. Next dig around your tree using a spade, taking as much of the root ball as possible. It’s only when you crunch down on them in your mouth that they burst and the tangy flavour is released. 0000135924 00000 n Hi Roger, Is your finger lime in a pot or in the ground? 0000120358 00000 n And how is the plant looking healthy in general? Are they both grafted? 0000008926 00000 n Both are pretty lush and have lush green leaves. To open, cut the fruit crossways and squeeze out the lime caviar. 0000120850 00000 n You’ll be able to tell if they are ready to pick because they will feel full and will fall off the branch easily. I’ve also had a problem with mine occasionally in the very early stages of fruiting with the wind blowing the fruit off. 0000010559 00000 n Early spring would be perfect. 0000006139 00000 n Water your tree regularly while it gets re-established but ensure the roots aren’t constantly water logged to prevent fungal issues. Do both get the same amount of light? Read this next: Grow Your Own Warrigal Greens. Finger limes are a hardy shrub to small tree and in cultivation plants usually grow around 2 to 5 metres and can be pruned to a manageable height to make them easy to harvest. You also need to look out for dark brown spots that could be a fungal disease called melanose. 0000134785 00000 n 0000059410 00000 n Ideally early autumn or spring would be best when the soil is warmer, but winter will be okay. 0000126033 00000 n Let us know how you go. %PDF-1.4 %���� Lime caviar really is the perfect way to describe this fruit. 0000016499 00000 n I planted my own finger lime last spring after completing a bush foods workshop in Sydney with Narelle Happ. The horticulturalist at the nursery told me I should have some fruit within a year or two of planting my tree. A 60cm pot is fine though. startxref 0000135355 00000 n Are there any signs of leaf burn? 0000120679 00000 n Let me know if you discover any information about this though. I’ve added a bit of dolomite lime and watered it in, so will re-test in a few days. 0000014355 00000 n Are the effected fruit from branches above the graft? If the tips are browning your tree might actually be getting too much fertiliser and have a toxicity. 0000121735 00000 n It’s really disappointing isn’t it. 0000009222 00000 n Your pH is very acidic or very alkaline you can buy some products to gently adjust it. 0000125416 00000 n And you can use a citrus fertiliser but they only need about a quarter of the amount. Hi Erika, That’s great one of your trees is having good crops. It could be a number of factors but if you provide me with some more information I’ll try and help. Does it run off or soak in?Yes, I would cut off the dead areas and neaten it up but don’t cut it right back. The skins are more delicate than regular citrus and easily scar so expect some of your crop to have some marks. endstream endobj 307 0 obj <>/ViewerPreferences<>/Metadata 87 0 R/Pages 84 0 R/PageLayout/OneColumn/OpenAction 308 0 R/StructTreeRoot 89 0 R/Type/Catalog/Lang(EN-GB)>> endobj 308 0 obj <> endobj 309 0 obj <>/ColorSpace<>/Font<>/ProcSet[/PDF/Text/ImageC/ImageI]/Properties<>/MC1<>>>/ExtGState<>/Pattern<>>>/Type/Page>> endobj 310 0 obj <> endobj 311 0 obj <> endobj 312 0 obj <> endobj 313 0 obj [/Indexed 346 0 R 255 347 0 R] endobj 314 0 obj [/Pattern] endobj 315 0 obj <> endobj 316 0 obj <>stream I’m guessing yours is grafted? The first time I sampled finger limes I was amazed at how firm the little juice beads actually are. Hi Phil, Nice choice. 0000003332 00000 n I recently purchased a Red Centre Lime tree and will grow in a pot as soil here (Mannum, SA) is too alkaline and can get very hot and windy during summer. Hope this helps and your tree enjoys it’s new position If you are not sure, feel free to send some photos to my email address. Soil should be well-drained with a pH of between 5 and 6.5. Although it’s a citrus it will need less citrus fertiliser than regular citrus. Monitor your trees leaves for colour and give them a bit more if needed. 0000121110 00000 n I don’t want to miss seeing fruit develop. 0000134215 00000 n Finger Limes do take a few years to fruit and flower. Particularly if it has had a set back. 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