Lime Trees
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How Long Does It Take for a Lime Tree to Bear Fruit?

Zone 9 | dnieves76 added on August 4, 2012 | Answered

I have been growing a lime tree from the seed for about 3 years now. I have done everything right according to your specifications on growing a lime tree. When will I see fruit?

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Nikki
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Answered on August 6, 2012

As stated in our information on growing lime trees from seed, there is a downside. It can take anywhere from 4-10 years before they produce fruit, if at all. That being said, here are some things to consider:

Have you fertilized? Nitrogen encourages leaves to grow, but not fruit. Too much can actually keep a plant from producing fruit. This article has information on how to fertilize your tree: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/citrus/fertilizing-citrus-trees-best-practices-for-citrus-fertilizing.htm

Sometimes when fruit trees produce produce little to no fruit, the soil may be lacking phosphorus. Add bone meal and have your soil tested. This article will explain more:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/phosphorus-plant-growth.htm

If you have not read it yet, this article may also be helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/lime/reasons-and-fixes-for-lime-tree-not-producing-blossoms-or-fruit.htm

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