Finger Lime is a highly sought after tropical fruit-bearing tree that is both beautiful, and delicious. Finger Lime may be grown in pots (cannot survive Canadian winter outside). When ripe, Finger Lime fruit has an oval shape, bitter green lime skin, and the pearls of citrus can be squeezed out, like caviar!
Your Finger Lime will require direct sun light for at least 6 to 8 hours a day. It needs high quality soil, and excellent drainage. Soak the soil thoroughly when watering it, until water runs out of the drainage holes. Wait until the soil dries to about two inches below the surface before watering the pot again. This plant prefers humidity in the air. If kept indoors, pollinate the flowers by hand. This plant does not like high wind.
Bloom and Harvest
Finger Lime blooms between March and July, and produces fruit for harvest between March and November. Feed it citrus-specific fertilizer during growing season. Re-pot every 3 years. When the tree is very small, pinching off the tips of the shoots will encourage it to branch out. If you want to prune to shape the tree, do this right after the fruit has been harvested.