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!!








6 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!).


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