Kaffir Lime Tree - Fruit Bearing Size - 5" Pot - NO SHIP TX,FL,AZ,CA,LA,HI

MSRP: $49.99
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We cannot ship citrus to; American Samoa, Arizona, California, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Louisiana, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Texas, Virgin Islands as per USDA Regulations. Aromatic kaffir limes (Citrus hystrix), with their glossy foliage and wrinkled fruits, give many Thai, Indonesian and Cambodian dishes their delicious flavor. The young leaves can be finely shredded for salads, while mature leaves are torn or tossed whole into stir fries, curries, soups and more. From zest to juice, and leaves to rinds, kaffirs add a lemony-spicy taste. While it's possible to find fresh kaffir limes or dried leaves for sale, it’s fun to grow your own dwarf tree. These members of the citrus family are sometimes sold as Thai or kieffer limes and known botanically as Citrus hystrix. Dwarf kaffirs, which can grow to 5 feet, will perish in freezing weather. But even if you live where the winters are cold, you can enjoy your tree indoors if you provide the right growing conditions. Kaffirs need 8 to 12 hours of full sun each day. 5 to 6 hours of direct sun a day (a south or southwest window is ideal), and supplement that with full spectrum or fluorescent plant lights will also work. (Plants need regular periods of light and darkness, however, so don’t run the lights all the time.) If your tree is a 1-year-old plant, start it out in a 6- to 9-inch container. Two to 3-year-old trees can go into 12- to 14-inch pots. Use a container with drainage holes, or drill some in the bottom, and choose a potting mix that drains easily. If you can’t find a potting mix made for citrus, use an outdoor mix rather than ordinary garden soil or one formulated for houseplants. Houseplant mixes hold water and keep citrus roots too wet. Some gardeners prefer to make their own mix by combining two parts of cedar shavings to one part compost and one part sand. Give your kaffir lime a spot with good air circulation, but avoid drafts from heating and cooling vents. Watering once a week is usually enough. The soil should stay moist, not soggy. Don’t water just because the soil surface looks dry. Use a moisture meter or a sharpened, wooden dowel stuck into the soil at various depths to see if it's dry further down, closer to the roots. Increase the moisture by misting your lime with water or use a small humidifier. It also helps to group houseplants together or to grow them in a humid bathroom or kitchen. Citrus trees need lots of nitrogen, so feed with a citrus fertilizer or slow-release product with a 2-1-1 ratio of nitrogen (N) to phosphorous (P) and potassium (K). Follow label directions on when and how much to apply. A citrus fertilizer is your best bet, because it will contain the trace minerals these trees need: iron, zinc and manganese. It’s fine to remove any thorns on your dwarf kaffir. They don’t serve any purpose indoors. Prune anytime to keep the tree in shape, especially if branches cross or rub against each other. Once all chance of frost has passed, kaffirs can move outdoors to vacation in the sunshine and fresh air. Just make the move gradual so your tree isn’t shocked by sudden changes in the the temperature and light. Move it into a partially shaded spot for a week or so before giving it direct sun. Kaffirs are self-pollinating. Harvest the fruits when they turn light yellow and enjoy them—along with the leaves, juice and zest—in your favorite recipes.
  • We cannot ship citrus to; American Samoa, Arizona, California, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Louisiana, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Texas, Virgin Islands as per USDA Regulations.
  • Also know as Thai Lime or Kieffer Lime
  • Hardy in zones 10, patio or indoors. Loves the sun.
  • Easy to grow
  • Immediate shipping in a 5" Pot


  • 5
    Kaffir Lime Tree

    Posted by Sarah on Mar 15th 2022

    Super Healthy and good size plant in 5 inch pot! They refunded without question when the first tree I ordered died shortly after delivery, probably from the cold weather endured through USPS delivery. I ordered again and the plant is happy and healthy. five stars on customer service too!

  • 5
    My Kaffir Lime Tree

    Posted by Robert Walla on Mar 10th 2022

    The tree came quickly and arrived in perfect condition. I've had it a couple of weeks and new growth is already happening. I'm VERY pleased with this tree!

  • 5
    Smooth transaction

    Posted by Rossana Stettler on Jan 25th 2021

    I’m very pleased with my purchase. It was smooth as expected. The kaffir lime plant came in a box - very well packaged. I would absolutely purchase from Hirts again. I hope the plant stays alive and fruitful. Thank you!

  • 5
    Love it

    Posted by Holly on Sep 8th 2020

    So satisfied , I will order more in the future