My limes are all rind and no meat

shakellJuly 8, 2012

I have a lime tree that is very healthy. It has dark green leaves and tons of limes. The problem is, when my limes grow, they are all rind with almost no middle to them. I read a few forums that suggested amending w potassium rich soil, which I did last season, but I have the same problem. To make it worse, if I leave the limes on the tree to grow, they reach the size of a small basketball and break off my limbs. I took a picture which I can send, but can't seem to attach it from my phone. It's killing me to have all of these beautiful limes growing with no use for them....unless someone needs zest, then I'm your guy. Can anyone please help?


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My mistake....I amended w phosphorus rich soil.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2012 at 11:50PM
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blazeaglory(10 SZ22/24 OC Ca)

Are you sure its a lime tree? Also high P can build up over time in your soil and cause problems. Did you test your soil for NPK first to know that you should of added the P? Maybe your picking them too early? Or maybe its a grapefruit tree?

Basketball sized limes seem pretty large (and cool). I would like to see that! Imagine the size of corona beer needed to accommodate a lime that big!

    Bookmark   July 9, 2012 at 12:39AM
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Sounds like a Pomelo to me! Not a lime possibly?

    Bookmark   July 9, 2012 at 1:43AM
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First things first... post some photos so we can get an idea of what you have...

Do you know what variety of lime you have, what rootstock it is grafted to, where do you live? Is it planted inground or in container?
Simple stuff like that... there are people here with a lot of experience, very willing to help you; but you are asking for advice given in the dark.

Without knowing anything else, I can tell you that the number one cause of thick skins is too much Phosphorus.

Help us with details, we will help you with advice.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2012 at 2:55AM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA

shakell, this sure doesn't sound like a lime to me. Please post photos of the tree, the graft line on the trunk (so we know you're not just growing rootstock and the graft has died), the leaves and the fruit. Cut a fruit in half and take a photo of that as well. Sounds like possibly your graft has died, and what you're actually growing is just rootstock.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2012 at 2:35PM
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u'll have to upload your pics to a photo hosting site, like imageshack or photobucket. then link the HTML code, not the forum/bbc code.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2012 at 4:41PM
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Actually, we now have a new feature here in the "Post a follow up" section, called "Image file to upload"; but I think it only works for one foto.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2012 at 5:02PM
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oh wow, i did not notice that at all. lol

    Bookmark   July 9, 2012 at 11:45PM
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