Kaffir Lime (Hystrix)
Kaffir Lime (Hystrix)
Kaffir Lime (Hystrix)
Kaffir Lime (Hystrix)
Kaffir Lime (Hystrix)
Kaffir Lime (Hystrix)
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Kaffir Lime (Hystrix)

An exotic citrus that produces a dense flush of gloriously glossy, fragrant green leaves much prized in Asian cuisine.
  • The Kaffir or Thai lime, Citrus hystrix, is grown for its fragrant, glossy leaves, which are one of the main cooking ingredients in Asian dishes.
  • Everything about this stunning citrus bush is quite distinctive, from the perfumed flowers and double leaves to the knobbly, zesty fruits.
  • Naturally compact, the Kaffir lime tree is a little smaller than other citrus plants, reaching just 150cm (5ft) tall with a bushier top, but is easily kept as a small plant for continual harvesting or leaves.
  • Kaffir limes are easy to grow, and plants benefit from spending time outside on your patio, decking or balcony over the summer.
  • Supplied as an established plant in a 12cm pot. It flowers from May to August, but both blooms and fruit (when produced) can be on the tree at any time of the year.

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One of the main cooking ingredients in Asian dishes, The Kaffir or Thai lime, Citrus hystrixand makes an attractive plant with its fragrant, glossy green leaves and powerfully perfumed blooms.

Picking the leaves every few weeks may help encourage growth and crushing the leaves will release the fragrant oils and an intense citrus aroma. The leaves can be used fresh off the tree, dried or even frozen to retain their intensity.

Naturally compact, the Kaffir lime tree is a little smaller than other citrus plants, reaching just 150cm (5ft) tall with a bushier top, but is easily kept as a small plant for continual harvesting of leaves. Mature plants may also produce fruits, which are little knobbly powerhouses of flavour as the Kaffir lime peel is loaded with fragrant citrus oil, which gives a pleasant tingle when eaten.

Easy to grow, they just require a slightly higher winter temperature than another citrus, ideally above 12C (54F). During the summer, plants benefit from spending time outside in a well-draining container on your patio, decking or balcony, and then brought back under cover before the first frosts of winter. Alternatively, you can grow the Kaffir lime in a well-lit conservatory, a bright room, or a heated greenhouse.

Supplied in a 12cm pot. It flowers from May to August, but both blooms and fruit (when produced) can be on the tree at any time of the year.

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Supplied as an established plant in a 12cm pot. Flowers from May to August, but both blooms and fruit (when produced) can be on the tree at any time of the year.

Plant Care Information

Scented / Fragrant
Scented / Fragrant
Perfect In Pots
Perfect In Pots
Protect From Frost
Protect From Frost
Edible
Edible
Easy To Grow
Easy To Grow

Top Tips

  • For best results, bring indoors to cool area for winter.
  • Feed with specialist feed every month in spring and summer growth - they are hungry fellows.

Care Information

Planting advice for your Kaffir Lime:

  • Choose a pot that is at least 5 gallons (22L) and ensure that it has adequate drainage holes.
  • Use a good quality potting compost such as our own Premium Professional Compost

 

Aftercare advice for Citrus hystrix:

  • All citrus like a high humidity, so stand plants in trays of gravel filled with water, and mist regularly. Do not however allow plants to stand in water.
  • Kaffir lime trees prefer to have their roots a bit on the dry side although overwatering of container citrus is rarely an issue if the pot is well draining.
  • Before watering, wait until the top of the compost looks dry it is best to water little and often, especially in the winter, when the tree is semi-dormant.
  • Use rainwater where possible. If the leaves are wilted and dry, your tree needs more water.
  • The key to good growth is lots of natural sunlight. If you dont have a greenhouse, try to find them a warm winter spot with overhead rather than side light.
  • If plants are to be overwintered in a cold greenhouse, wrap them in fleece on cold nights to prevent flower and fruit drop.
  • Your Kaffir lime tree will need Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium, so feed regularly with a specialist feed.

 

Pruning Kaffir Thai Lime:

  • Prune in spring, removing any branches that are dead or damaged and also any shoots growing from below the graft level.

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Fully Grown Plant Dimensions (approx)

Plant Dimensions
150 cm
100 cm
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