We were given a Mexican lime tree from El Centro, California. We live in Las Cruces, NM--Zone 8. We planted the tree in May in the ground. It is on a drip system that waters every other day. It gets full sun all day. It is now June and it seems that the leaves are falling off. Is this normal and can it actually survive in this area? When we planted the tree, one of the nurseries recommended that we use tablet fertilizers in the soil. Is there something we might be doing wrong?
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The Mexican Lime tree is about 4 years old and planted in AZ. This is the first year the tree has produced a lot of limes. However, the limes are dry with very little juice. What could the problem be?
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I have a Mexican lime tree, 6 years old. Has been a good producer up until 2 years ago. Under the leaves there is a white sticky substance and on top of the leaf is a dark covering or mold looking substance. Some limbs are dying off the main trunk, seems to dry up and leaves start to fall. The fruit has been very small and sparce. Is there a spray that can be applied to kill this disease? Also, I thought I saw a white looking fly on the tree.
The sticky substance is honeydew and the result of pests, possibly aphids. In addition, the mold you see is likely sooty mold, which is also a result of the insect pests. Getting rid of the insects will take care of the problem. Neem oil is good for this. It will take care of both the insects problem as well as the sooty mold. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm
I live in Mesa, AZ. The lime tree was planted about a year ago. Limes were small and green. Now they are turning yellow and dropping. Is this the normal?
Yes, limes are actually harvested unripe and green and then, if not harvested, will ripen to yellow. This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/lime/lime-tree-harvest-time-when-to-pick-a-lime-from-a-tree.htm
I have a new Mexican lime tree with lots of blossoms and fruit but one of the limes is split all the way around the center that starts with a good size black area. All the other fruit looks good. I live in Houston, Tx.
It could be lime anthracnose, which only affects Mexican limes. But normally, you will see symptoms on the leaves as well. Are you seeing any leaf spotting?
Lime fruit are also somewhat prone to cracking. This is caused by either irregular watering or poor nutrition in the soil. In limes, where the skin is typically thinner, damage to the skin can make it easier for the skin to crack all around. You can kind of think about it like a water balloon that too quickly gets filled with water or that someone has pricked with a needle.
I am growing a Mexican lime tree in a pot which I had moved indoors for the winter. I am getting mold on the top of the soil. What could be causing this? I water once a week or when the soil feels dry. Thanks.
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I bought and planted my little tree in July 2014. It is nice and green but no limes yet. It is still small and growing too slow. How long does it take to grow limes? Should I water it daily? It is in direct sunlight.
The best thing I can prescribe right now is patience. It can take seedling trees up to 6 years to blossom and fruit with expectations of full production around the 8-10 year mark.
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