Kaffir Lime Trees

Regrowth of Kaffir Lime Plant

Anonymous added on January 17, 2014 | Answered

There is regrowth on my Kaffir lime tree, with lush green leaves but in clusters of 3 from one central stem rather than the end to end double leaf. Why is this happening? Are they edible?

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Answered on January 17, 2014

It sounds like your root stock is trying to grow. This is not healthy for the tree, and this sucker should be removed. Most citrus trees sold today are grafted plants. The scion (the top part that is the tree you grow) is attached to a more resilient rootstock (the part that grows under the ground). It makes for a more resilient plant. But sometimes the rootstock will try to assert its upper growth to replace the scion. Since all rootstocks are of inferior quality in terms of leaf and fruit growth, it is best to remove the suckers from the rootstock so that it does not eventually replace the entire scion.

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