Indoor Lime Trees
How To Grow A Dwarf Lime Tree Indoors
Dwarf Lime Trees are fun and easy to grow! These indoor citrus trees only reach about two - three feet in height and produce full-size, bright green juicy limes. Miniature citrus trees add color, a bit of the exotic, and a delightful fragrance to your home.
Container growing limits their size so they are ideal for sunrooms, atriums, porches or any indoor room that gets 6 hours of sunlight per day. During the summer months they can easily be brought outside to a patio or deck. Dwarf Lime trees are enjoyable and rewarding for the whole family. Enjoy a steady, fresh crop of limes at your fingertips! See my favorite lime recipes below ... yum!
How To Care For An Indoor Lime Tree
Follow These 5 Steps For A Happy Tree!
Step 1 -
Plant the lime tree in a container of approximately 15 inches in diameter and 15 inches in height. The container should have drainage holes and a drainage tray. We prefer a plastic pot to retain moisture longer. Fill the container with potting soil. Plant the tree so the graft union (where the trunk joins the roots) is about 4 inches above the soil.
Step 2 -
Place the tree where it will receive at least five-six hours of direct sunlight daily. If your climate / home can't provide five hours of sunlight, place a grow light near the tree to provide additional light.
Step 3 -
Water the tree when the soil is dry 1 inch down. Water until the soil is moist, but not saturated. Dump out any water that collects in the drainage tray under the pot. Mist the tree with water every two or three days to increase humidity.
Step 4 -
Apply a slow-release fertilizer bimonthly or a liquid fertilizer weekly. Follow the directions for optimal application rate.
Step 5 -
Prune as necessary to shape the tree. Pruning also encourages branch development, creating a more compact shape. Lime trees that don't get enough light may become spindly. If this happens, prune 1/3 off the top growth and place the tree in a sunnier location.
Where To Buy A Dwarf Lime Tree
Delivered To Your Home For Less Than $20!
We have successfully grown an indoor lime tree for five years now and are very happy with the results. It's wonderful picking fresh limes off the tree to use in recipes, as a garnish or squeezed into your favorite drink. Our friends and neighbors are delighted to receive the surplus fruit!
Every once in a while, you can find indoor lime trees (and other indoor citrus varieties) at a local garden center. They're typically a couple years old, which is fine, but they tend to be expensive, which is not! Earlier this year we saw an indoor lime tree for sale at a local garden center for $129!
Now, we love supporting local business as much or more than anyone. But indoor fruit trees aren't that expensive. We purchased our Dwarf Lime Tree online from the linked site below. Very reasonably priced and comes with easy care instructions:
What Types Of Indoor Lime Trees Are Available
These Are The Three Most Common Types
1.) Bearss Lime (also known as Persian Limes) This is the lime commonly used for drinks and cooking. Heavy bearer of juicy, lemon-sized fruit in winter to early spring. Grows into a rounded, densely branched, dwarf form. Excellent container plant for patio or indoors in cold areas.
2.) Key Limes (also known as Mexican Limes) This variety's claim to fame is its use in making Key Lime pie. Also known as the bartender's lime, its juice is frequently added into mixed drinks. Produces small green to yellow fruit ranging in size from just 1 to 2 inches in diameter. Key limes are more acidic, have a greater number of seeds, and also have a more distinctive aroma than the larger limes.
3.) Kaffir Limes (also known as Thai Limes) Their leaves, zest, and juice are used in Thai, Cambodian, and Indonesian cooking. This is the kaffir lime fruit approximates the size of a common Persian lime you'll find at the grocery store. The fruit is dark green in color and has a very bumpy surface. Through the juice is seldom used in cooking, the peel of the fruit, with its high concentration of aromatic oils, is indispensable in many curry pastes and is one reason why Thai curries taste refreshingly unique.
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The Definitive Handbook For Indoor Citrus Trees
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Easy Key Lime Pie Recipe
Try This Delicious and Quick To Make Recipe!
4 egg yolks, beaten
2 cans (14 ounce each) low fat sweetened condensed milk
1 cup fresh key lime juice (or Nelly & Joe's brand)
1 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker crust
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
2. Combine the egg yolks, sweetened condensed milk and lime juice. Mix well. Pour into unbaked graham cracker shell.
3. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Allow to cool. Top with whipped topping and garnish with lime slices. My family thinks it tastes best after refrigerated a few hours. Yum!
Helpful Lime Tips
Getting The Most Juice From A Lime
If you are just using the juice of one lime (or lemon) you don't need to buy a juicer to squeeze all the juice out quickly and effectively. Simply use a fork.
Cut the lime in half and pierce the center with the tines of the fork. Squeeze the lime and wiggle the fork around to release the juice. Repeat with the other half of the lime.
Using the fork and squeezing is much more effective than squeezing alone.
Another good tip is to roll the lime under your palm on a hard surface to soften it before juicing. To yield the most juice, make sure the lime is room temperature. If your limes have been sitting around a while and are a little hard, put them in the microwave for 15 seconds. This will soften them! Then follow the tips above to get the most juice from your limes.
Most people tend to refrigerate limes, but it really isn't necessary. Refrigerating limes causes them to become hardened a lot faster. Just store them in a room temperature area and they'll last longer!
Fresh Lime Margarita Recipe
So-oo-oo Good & Refreshing!
1 1/2 cups gold tequila
3/4 cup Triple Sec
3/4 cup fresh lime juice
4 tablespoons sugar
8 cups crushed ice
2 tablespoons kosher salt
6 lime wedges
Combine tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and 2 tablespoons sugar in large pitcher; stir to dissolve sugar. Add crushed ice. Mix salt and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar in shallow bowl. Moisten rim of 6 Margarita glasses with lime wedge. Holding each glass upside down, dip rim into sugar-salt mixture. Pour Margarita into glasses. Garnish with lime wedges.
Dipping the rims of the glasses into a mixture of salt and sugar is a nice touch. Enjoy!
Lime Pound Cake Recipe
Terrific With a Cup of Coffee or Tea
For the cake:
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
5 large eggs, at room temperature
Finely grated zest of 1 medium lime (about 1 packed tablespoon)
For the glaze:
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (from 2 medium limes)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
Directions for the cake:
Heat the oven to 350Â°F and arrange a rack in the upper third. Coat a 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan with butter and flour; set aside.
Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl and whisk to break up any lumps; set aside.
Beat butter at medium speed until creamy and smooth, about 1 minute. Add sugar and continue beating until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes more. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture in two additions, mixing each until just incorporated. (Do not overmix, or your cake will be tough.) With a rubber spatula, fold in lime zest. Spread batter into the prepared pan and place in the oven.
Bake until top of cake is puffed and golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 60 to 70 minutes. Meanwhile, make the lime glaze.
Prepare the glaze:
Combine lime juice and sugar in a small bowl, stirring until sugar is dissolved.
Remove cake from the oven and let cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes; remove from the pan. Stir lime glaze again, then brush top of cake with glaze (use it all). Cool completely before serving.
Indoor Lime Tree Care Tips
My Favorite Things To Do With Limes
* Squeeze into your favorite drink - iced tea, cola, gin & tonic, or water
* Sprinkle over fruit
* Make a key lime pie!
* Juice them and freeze in ice cube trays
* Add to your favorite chicken dish like chicken piccata
* Toss used limes down the disposal to freshen & clean
A fresh twist on lemonade...very refreshing!
1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (about 5 medium to large limes)
8 cups water
1 cup white sugar (add more if you like it sweeter)
Ice cubes / fresh fruit garnish
1. Squeeze the limes to make 1 cup lime juice
2. Pour the lime juice into a large jug, and add 7 cups water.
3. Add the sugar and stir until dissolved.
4. Perform a taste test of the lime water, adding more sugar if you prefer it sweeter, or more water if you find the taste too strong. Set the pitcher in the refrigerator to chill until cold.
5.Serve garnished with slices of lime, plus a few ice cubes if desired.
MAKES 1 jug limeade (8-10 cups) ENJOY! Terrific on a hot summer day!
Lime Curd Recipe
A Light Tasty Treat!
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter
3/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon lime zest
2 eggs, beaten
1.Place the sugar, butter, lime juice, lime zest in the top of a double boiler; stir over medium-high heat until butter melts. Mix 2 tablespoons hot lime mixture into the eggs and stir to blend.
2.Reduce heat to medium until water simmers. Slowly whisk egg mixture into the lime mixture. Cook over the double boiler until lime mixture thickens and coats the back of a wooden spoon, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool slightly and spoon into a clean, glass jar. Cover and refrigerate. Great served in small pastry shells, on pound cake or on gingerbread cookies.
"Lime juice makes things taste fresher. I use it for drinks, salsas, relishes, soups, and sauces. You want some give to your limes, firmness means the inside is dry and they'll stay softer longer if you don't refrigerate them."
~ Bobby Flay
Lime Chicken Soft Tacos
Delicious! Put Your Own Spin On It...
1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
1/8 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 lime, juice of
1 teaspoon white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 green onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
10 6-inch flour tortillas
1 tomato, diced
1/4 cup shredded lettuce
1/2 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
1/4 cup salsa
1. Sauté chicken in a medium saucepan over medium high heat for about 20 minutes.
2. Add vinegar, lime juice, sugar, salt, pepper, green onion, garlic and oregano.
3. Simmer for an extra 10 minutes.
4. Heat an iron skillet over medium heat.
5. Place a tortilla in the pan, warm, and turn over to heat the other side.
6. Repeat with remaining tortillas.
7. Serve lime chicken mixture in warm tortillas topped with tomato, lettuce, cheese and salsa. (add whatever you like)
Bearss Lime Butter
A Simple & Tasty Topping
Â¼ cup butter (at room temperature)
Salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
1 teaspoon minced lime zest
1 tablespoon fresh Bearss lime juice
Cream all the above ingredients together.
Cover and refrigerate, or freeze.
Great on fish, poultry or on vegetables!
Photo: Lime Butter served on Pan-Seared Tilapia and Mixed Greens