How to grow lime trees from seed

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How to grow lime trees from seed
(A. Johnson)

Lime trees, like other citrus trees, grow well in warmer climates and do not appreciate frost. It is possible to grow a lime tree from seeds. Grow the lime tree as an ornamental house tree or transplant the seeding outside in the spring. Planting the seeds in a peat pot will make it easier to transplant, avoiding disrupting the root system.

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Things you need

  • Aluminium pan
  • Potting soil
  • 3-inch peat pot
  • 3 lime seeds
  • Water

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  1. 1

    Sterilise the soil. Fill a disposable aluminium pan with the potting soil and cover with foil. Place it in a preheated oven at 82.2 degrees C. Insert a meat thermometer through the foil and into the soil. When it reaches 82.2 degrees C, begin timing and remove after 30 minutes. Do not leave it in the oven for a longer period. Heat enough soil to fill the number of 3-inch pots you will be using.

  2. 2

    Plant the seeds in the peat pot filled with sterilised and cooled soil. Simply push the seeds into the soil until they are covered.

  3. 3

    Keep the peat pots in a dimly lit room.

  4. 4

    Water the soil so that it is continually moist, but not wet.

  5. 5

    Move the growing lime trees to a room with plenty of sunshine or good fluorescent lighting, after the first leaves appear.

  6. 6

    Keep the seedling in the peat pot when transplanting to a larger pot or planting outside. Plant outside the following spring, or keep as a houseplant.

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