I planted a Kaffir lime from seed five years ago. The tree is healthy and has grown and is well established but the trunk and branches are small and spindly. How long should it take before it flowers and has fruit? It is about four feet high and the trunk is only about 1/2 inch in diameter.
Citrus trees that are grown from seed can take up to a decade or more to reach fruiting maturity. This is why most commercially sold citrus are rooted from cuttings.
You likely have quite a few more years before you will see fruit from the tree.
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?
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.
I have a Kaffir Lime bush, which is currently kept indoors on window sill. I have had some new leaf growth and a few blossoms, but just recently some of the leaves have fallen off and some turn brown on the stem. How do I prevent this leaf fall?
This article will help you: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/lime/lime-tree-leaf-drop-why-a-lime-tree-is-losing-leaves.htm
We live in north-central Victoria. We have a potted kaffir lime tree which we bought nearly 2 years ago. It has been growing well but recently all the leaves and fruit have turned a light green/yellow color, which doesn't make it look very healthy. We have it outside. Could it be because of the cold? I have given it liquid fertilizer and it hasn't helped. Can you please tell us what to do to make it look healthy and green again?
Yellow leaves are more often than not a sign of overwatering. Feel the soil around your plant to see if it is too wet. If so, stop watering. Plant stress can be another factor, such as a sudden change in temperature. Since it is outside and you stated it was cold, this could definitely be affecting the tree, as they do not like cold conditions. You may want to consider bringing it indoors if the weather gets too cold.
All the leaves on my Kaffir lime tree are getting rusty-red edges. What and how to cure it please? Thanks.
This is typically a sign of a root problem. Either something is attacking the roots or the plant is over fertilized and this is killing the roots. If possible, check for signs of root damage and have your soil tested to see if over fertilization is the problem.
My 1 year old kaffir plant has older dark green leaves and newer yellow green leaves that do not turn dark green. The plant was bought in Holland and has a place at 1 meter from a southeast exposed wall in the southeast of Crete (Greece). It has sun from early morning until early afternoon. The soil is mainly loamy. I made a 60 diameter and 80cm deep hole in which I mixed dry peat and loam 50/50. Temperature until now over 20C by day and around 15C by night, lowest winter temp. isn't under 5C in the night. As far as I can see, the soil is drained enough. What to do?
It sounds like it is lacking nutrients, either nitrogen or iron. Give the tree some fertilizer that contains both these nutrients.
I want to plant a Kaffir lime tree in a large pot near our pool. It is a sunny area but also gets some wind. How will it cope?
Wind is much less of a problem than soil moisture, drainage, and most other cultural considerations. Here's an article that will give you some pointers: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/lime/care-of-your-kaffir-lime-tree.htm