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Kaffir lime tree care - advice for newbie

Posted by citadel none (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 24, 12 at 6:05

I've just bought a small kaffir lime (see photo), but have no experience dealing with citrus plants. I've learned a lot from reading past posts about kaffir lime, but have a few questions:

1. The tree seems healthy, but there doesn't seem to be much new growth. Should I pick some of the leaves to encourage new growth?

2. I don't know what the rootstock is, but from the leaves it smells very similar to kaffir lime. There's a bud growing out of the rootstock - should I cut this off, regardless of the genus of the rootstock?

3. It's getting plenty of sun, but should I give it any additional feeding?


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RE: Kaffir lime tree care - advice for newbie

prune everything that is below the graft. leave the top alone till it gets bigger.

there's probably some slow release fertilizer in the potting mix, so wait about a month before fertilizing.


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RE: Kaffir lime tree care - advice for newbie

First check to be sure you know what is the bud union. Unless it is a seedling (grown from seed), in which case there is no bud union, the leaves from the rootstock will be notably different than the kaffir leaves. If the leaves of what you think is coming from the rootstock are different, cut off the growth at the stem. I just visited my Son's kaffir and took off a root sucker whose leaves looked more like lemon than kaffir; it is easy to tell the difference, even for a beginner.


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RE: Kaffir lime tree care - advice for newbie

Are you sure it's not a cutting!?

Around these parts, all my Asian friends own Kaffir plants that are not grafted.

Please make sure. Is there anyway you can find the graft point and snap a pic? I don't see a graft at all. The bottom leaves look like mature ones taken from a mother plant and then rooted.

Mike


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RE: Kaffir lime tree care - advice for newbie

It appears that all the leaves are kaffir lime. The leaves have two lobes when compared to other citrus trees. My kaffir grew slowly after the first year I bought it and put it in the ground. Three years in, it it now almost 6 feet tall and grows quite quickly. it loves hot weather and usually has a growth spurt between now and the end of September. Make sure it has plenty of water in good soil.


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RE: Kaffir lime tree care - advice for newbie

could we get a close up of the white bandage. to me it looks like a side graft(dont know the correct term).

the leaves on top are definitely different than the larger bottom leaves below the white bandage. the upper leaves have lobes that are similar in size. the lower leaves have a giant lobe and a tiny lobe.


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RE: Kaffir lime tree care - advice for newbie

i cut and enlarged the area i mentioned. looks like a cut and graft.


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RE: Kaffir lime tree care - advice for newbie

Thanks for the responses! Yes it's definitely a graft - houstantexas' enlargement correctly identifies the location of the union.

The bottom leaves (below the graft) do indeed have one small love and one giant lobe, but they do have the distinctive double leaves - do any other plants besides kaffir lime have these double leaves?


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RE: Kaffir lime tree care - advice for newbie

ahh, from this doc, the smaller lobes are petiole wings. from the doc, i would guess sour orange.

also check out this site, it has probably all the different varieties of citrus on it.

http://users.kymp.net/citruspages/limes.html#kaffir

Here is a link that might be useful: Dr Malcolm Manners leaf id


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RE: Kaffir lime tree care - advice for newbie

Thanks houstontexas, I think you're spot on. The lower leaves smell similar to kaffir lime, but with a distinctly more sour note, so a sour orange would make perfect sense. I'll trim them off.


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RE: Kaffir lime tree care - advice for newbie

Hi,
I've got a kaffir lime tree in my balcony which is very sunny here in Rio.
I didn't realize it was an made but cutting, so I let the side graft grow a lot, getting even bigger than the kaffir tree itself.
The leaf had a maple shaped with three leaves together. Reading this article I decided to cut the side graft anyway.
Was it a good choice?
regards


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RE: Kaffir lime tree care - advice for newbie

Hi everyone!

I bought my Kaffir lime from 4 winds growers so my tree is on dwarf rootstock. I have my tree in a pot and it is doing fantastic. I've had it almost two years now. It took FOREVER to show new growth. I had bought two common citrus trees before this one and they were putting out new growth like crazy so I thought maybe I had done a bad job of potting it up. I actually repotted it again and when I pulled it out of the pot, there was one little white root so then I knew the tree was okay. It didn't get any visible growth until the spring. I thought I had a big black spider on my tree and it was the first new shoot. I didn't know the new growth was so dark. Lol!

This year I have the limes growing. Don't exactly know what to do with those but they are very pretty.

Sabernardo...cutting off the side shoot was a good thing to do.


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