A vital lime tree (Citrus aurantifolia Swingle) is a little citrus growing just 12 feet tall. The circular fruit is light green and exceptionally juicy under the thin green skin. Key lime trees develop in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 10 through 12. The delicate white flowers blossom periodically, infusing the air with their sweet floral scent.
Key Lime Blooms
The flowers on the main lime tree are small, white and intensely fragrant. Four to five flowers and blossom in axillary clusters at the bottom of a leaf together with the leaf blade. The flowers are observed predominantly towards the end of the divisions, but also show up on the interior of the tree.
Key lime trees blossom throughout the year, producing a few flowers periodically from late fall through early spring. Spring is the main blooming season when key lime trees are covered in the fragrant white blooms. The blend of year round blooms along with the glossy leaves that remain on the tree year round make the crucial lime a fantastic option as an edible ornamental. Planted near a doorway or in the entrance to a garden, it is going to infuse the air with floral scent.
Fruits follow flowers on the main lime tree. Together with the major flush of flowers appearing in late spring and early summer, the main crop of fruit is ready for harvest five to six months after flowering. As the main lime flowers sparsely throughout this season, there are always some vegetables developing and ripening on the tree. Once the flowers fade and the petals fall, tiny immature limes begin to form.
Key Lime Fruits
Small and around, key limes have a diameter of just 1 1/2 to 2 inches. Under the skin, the slightly greenish flesh is extremely hot. The tangy and slightly sweet juice is the major flavor ingredient in key lime pie. Key limes are green during development and often harvested while still green. Left on the tree until they ripen and fall , the skin on the important limes turn yellow.