Kaffir Lime Tree – FOLLOW UP


You might remember back in June I featured a rather unhappy looking kaffir lime tree in a blog post – check it out HERE 

All that TLC was worth it……check it out now!

All those small purple coloured leaves are the new leaves sprouting!!








10 Responses

  1. trish

    Hi my Kaffir Lime Tree has blossomed with over 50 blossums but the fruit hasn’t grown at all! it now has a few more blossoms, i’m not sure what to do to help it. I give it a seaweed drink every two weeks, but they just are tiny little limes. I received the tree last year and it had about 6 limes on it, how can I get it to grow the limes again. it is in a wine barrel, in full sun facing north. thanks in advance.

    • Chloe

      Kaffir lime trees aren’t normally grown for their fruit, just the leaves. But if you do want the fruit – try a potassium rich fertiliser (or one designed for citrus trees), this should encourage fruit development.

      • Darsono

        Hi, my kaffir plant is the complete opposite… the tree is very small (maybe 6-8″ tall, but looks healthy, since the leaves are green). However, it refuses to sprout new leaves, BUT it keep on blooming new flowers.
        I was told to pick off the flowers so that it can spend the energy on sprouting new leaves. When I picked out at least 10 flower buds few weeks ago, now it’s sprouting 3-4 more buds.

        How do I get it to sprout leaves? Any help would be appreciated 🙂

        Also, I’m using citrus fertilizer; small amount around the rim of the pot every 2-3 weeks. Not sure if that’s correct or not :/


        • Chloe

          Sorry for the delayed reply! The citrus fertiliser you are using is probably too high in potassium, where as you need a fertiliser that is high in nitrogen for leaf growth. Better still skip any chemical fertilisers and use some pelletised chook manure or an organic based fertiliser with a nitrogen (N) level larger than the potassium (K) level.

  2. Brooke

    Hi Cloe, I live in Ohio USA and brought in my Kaffir Lime Tree for the winter a while back. It has not been doing well. The leaves aren’t turning color, they are just falling off rapidly. I’ve lost over half of the leaves in a month. I have a grow light on it 8-10 hours a day, and the house is kept around 75 degrees F. After reading your blog, I am going to try replanting it with new Peat moss-based potting mix and some Seamungus plant tonic. Do you have a brand suggestion for the liquid plant tonic? Also, I cant seem to help but think that perhaps the issue is the artificial light bulb I am using. Do you have a suggestion for a good grow bulb light that is powerful enough for a whole tree? And that would be appropriate for a home? This is the casing I am using, although I’ve replaced the light bulb with a different brand. http://www.amazon.com/GE-Lighting-44848-65-Watt-Reflector/dp/B0002YXGSC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1419118606&sr=8-1&keywords=Plant+Light+Reflector+Kit

    • Chloe

      Hi Brooke,
      Sorry for the delayed response. I’m sorry I’ve go no experience with growing plants under lighting. But might I suggest you check to see if the light you are using provides the correct spectrum of light equivalent to daylight?
      Kaffir lime, like good drainage – so make sure the soil isn’t too wet (which could be an issue given being indoors, you won’t get as much evaporation). I’m not sure Seamungus is sold in the USA – sorry! Try an organic seaweed tonic and some pelletised chicken manure (if you don’t mind the smell indoors!).

  3. Maryann

    I have a Kaffir lime, its seems very healthy leaves are a nice green. Its been in the ground for the last 12- 18mths, its had good growth. However something is eating the leaves. I can’t find anything on the tree when I have looked. I have it planted in an area with a variety of other fruit trees and a lemon tree (which is thriving – in for 12 mths and it has its 1st lemon growing). I live in Emerald, Victoria.
    Any ideas what I can do?

  4. Molly

    My kaffir lime tree is 14 yrs old it use to produce good size leaves now the leaves are very tiny. What is wrong

  5. Deborah

    Hi Chloe,
    Thanks for your piece on Kaffir limes. Mine’s on a very sunny balcony and has been doing well there, with occasional feeds of worm juice, diluted liquid chook manure and magnesium (one of these monthly or 6-weekly). It’s about 1m tall and nice and bushy. But at the moment about half the leaves are beginning to turn yellow. Was the magnesium a mistake? Or am I just not feeding it enough?

  6. Colin

    Can you advise on getting rid of Scale bugs from a Kaffir lime?

    Our plant has grown well and produced fruit for 3+ years. Last winter we saw quite a few scale bugs on it. We initially removed these by hand, then eventually pruned it hard back to a few central stems.

    Each time, after a break the bugs return. Any ideas?


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