How to Grow Lime Trees from Seed

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Lime trees, like other citrus trees, grow well in warmer climates and do not appreciate frost. It is possible to grow a lime tree from seeds. Grow the lime tree as an ornamental house tree or transplant the seeding outside in the spring. Planting the seeds in a peat pot will make it easier to transplant, avoiding disrupting the root system.

Things You'll Need

  • Aluminum pan
  • Potting soil
  • 3-inch peat pot
  • 3 lime seeds
  • Water
  • Sterilize the soil. Fill a disposable aluminum pan with the potting soil and cover with foil. Place it in a preheated oven at 180 degrees F. Insert a meat thermometer through the foil and into the soil. When it reaches 180 degrees F, begin timing and remove after 30 minutes. Do not leave it in the oven for a longer period. Heat enough soil to fill the number of 3-inch pots you will be using.

  • Plant the seeds in the peat pot filled with sterilized and cooled soil. Simply push the seeds into the soil until they are covered.

  • Keep the peat pots in a dimly lit room.

  • Water the soil so that it is continually moist, but not wet.

  • Move the growing lime trees to a room with plenty of sunshine or good fluorescent lighting, after the first leaves appear.

  • Keep the seedling in the peat pot when transplanting to a larger pot or planting outside. Plant outside the following spring, or keep as a houseplant.

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