Hi there. I'm looking at growing Kaffir Lime trees, lemongrass and Thai basil hydroponically. I have heard that, as long as they're left for long enough between watering, these plants grow well hydroponically. I understand that the water levels will depend on each plant, but would you be able to provide me with a rough estimate of how much water each of these plants will require per day/week if grown hydroponically? Many thanks, Daphne Barker
It doesn't seem to be how much water, but keeping the water at a certain temperature and supplying the water with a nutrient base.
These articles tell you how to grow hydroponically:
Hi All, We planted a Kaffir (Lime Leaf) plant ( 12 inch tall ) about 3 months ago in to a 3ft round x 2ft deep large pot with 3 inch of stone at the bottom, covered over by filter cloth and then filled the pot up to the top using Richgro all purpose potting mix and despite growth the leaves started changing colour.. I have attached 2 photo's showing the bottom of the plants with nice deep green colour and as you look up the plant the leaves are changing colour. The plant gets morning sun from the North East / North but does not get afternoon sun ( North West ). We live in Qld, Australia and we are getting temps of 65F (18C ) Mornings and 81F ( 27C ) days and we are just entering Fall.. What to do? Is it the potting? Is it missing an ingredient? Thx in Advance AL
The pH of the soil is likely off. It is best to use soil specifically blended for citrus, and fertilizers as well.
This article will help you to grow The tree in container:
keffir lime cultivation and harvesting I have 8 keffir lime trees in my yard. We grew them from seeds taken from fresh fruits. They are now 30 cm high. What are your recommendations to start harvesting leaves. Any idea how long it will take to reach about 1 m in height. We are in Colombia at 800 m above sea level, 4 degrees north of the equator. Best regards,
The time that it takes to reach that height depends on the care that they receive. Usually, 2 to 5 years will bring them to that height if left alone.
Picking leaves will slow the growth of the young trees. There is no real reason to do so until it is tall enough to trim. Once it starts putting out vigorous growth, you can trim off up to 1/3 of the leaves at any one time.
Here is an article for the care of the trees:
Got the kaffir lime tree for my birthday a few weeks ago and followed instructions for getting it used to outdoors. The leaves are starting to turn a mottled white colour. What’s happening to my tree?
It's reacting to the change in light. Move it back to a partly shady location such as under a tree for a few days.
I’m growing my potted kaffir tree on the patio in a high desert environment - arid, triple digits temps and full sun and southern exposure. This it’s first year outside and it did well through the spring. Can I leave it fully exposed through the intense summer? Or would it be better moved to my northern exposure where the shadow of the house can give it some shade time?
They need full sun so go ahead and place it where it will benefit from lots of light. However, they do need humidity, so you will need to keep it misted. Soil must be well-drained and kept moist but not saturated or it will get root rot.
Could you please advise me how do I take care of this little plant? How do I make the main trunk grow and the plant to be bushy rather than with long leggy branches. Do I prune the branches right to down to its collar or halfway ? Please advice me as I have neglected this poor plant and I want to make things right. The plant was outside, and now we are in Autumn in UK, I've brought it in and it's sitting on a warm propagator.
Someone already cut the central leader to encourage side branches, and it won't grow back. But you can cut those side branches back to shape it up. Prune them back to just above a node. That will help make it bushy.
Here is care information. You will need to place it near a sunny window so you will get blooms.
I had bought a kaffir lime plant online in India. Now the plant that was delivered, is not too healthy. I have planted it in a big pot and also watering it adequately. Its also getting good sunlight now. However, it does not have too many leaves, but it is already bearing 2 limes and a third one is also coming up. So, should I pluck away the fruits to help the plant grow the leaves? Or what additional should i do for leaves to grow.
You can remove the limes and store them in the freezer if they are mature enough to use the rind. Then prune lightly to encourage branching.