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Mexican lime
Plant Care Instructions By Steve Brigham

Much different than the Bearss or Tahitian Lime, the Mexican Lime (also known as Key Lime) is prized by chefs and bartenders alike for its unique tart flavor and aroma, and is certainly one of the signature flavors of Mexican cuisine. Tropical in nature, the Mexican Lime plant likes warm temperatures and is sensitive to cold, but you can grow your own fresh Mexican Limes in Southern California as long as you give your plant a warm, sunny spot and protection from cold winds and frost. In many cases, a large, movable container will give you the best opportunity to keep your plant happy throughout the year.

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These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
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  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
  • January
    • Water

        Water regularly as needed, but do not over-water.

    • Protect

        Protect from cold temperatures and cold winds.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check periodically for snails, slugs, aphids, and (especially container-grown plants) ants.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control snails, slugs, and ants. Most other pests can be deterred by periodically spraying foliage with a jet of water.

    • Harvest

        Harvest fruit when it is light green (not yellow-green) and still juicy.

  • February
    • Water

        Water regularly as needed, but do not over-water.

    • Protect

        Protect from cold temperatures and cold winds.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check periodically for snails, slugs, aphids, and (especially container-grown plants) ants.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control snails, slugs, and ants. Most other pests can be deterred by periodically spraying foliage with a jet of water.

    • Harvest

        Harvest fruit when it is light green (not yellow-green) and still juicy.

  • March
    • Buy

        Buy established plants (of good size, if possible) from a reputable nursery.

    • Plant

        Plant in full sun in well-drained soil in a warm spot protected from cold winds. Or grow in large containers, which can be moved to your warm, protected spot in the winter.

    • Fertilize

        Feed lightly with a citrus fertilizer, making sure that it is watered in well.

    • Water

        Water regularly and thoroughly. Be careful not to let container-grown plants get too dry.

    • Mulch

        Mulch to keep roots cool and moist.

    • Protect

        Protect from cold temperatures and cold winds.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check periodically for snails, slugs, aphids, and (especially container-grown plants) ants.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control snails, slugs, and ants. Most other pests can be deterred by periodically spraying foliage with a jet of water.

    • Propagate

        Although it takes a while to grow a plant this way, Mexican Limes will come true from seed, which you can save from your own fruit. Plant in pots of potting soil in spring in a warm spot such as a greenhouse.

    • Harvest

        Harvest fruit when it is light green (not yellow-green) and still juicy.

  • April
    • Buy

        Buy established plants (of good size, if possible) from a reputable nursery.

    • Plant

        Plant in full sun in well-drained soil in a warm spot protected from cold winds. Or grow in large containers, which can be moved to your warm, protected spot in the winter.

    • Water

        Water regularly and thoroughly. Be careful not to let container-grown plants get too dry.

    • Prune

        Prune to shape plants only. Do not over-prune.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check periodically for snails, slugs, aphids, and (especially container-grown plants) ants.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control snails, slugs, and ants. Most other pests can be deterred by periodically spraying foliage with a jet of water.

    • Propagate

        Although it takes a while to grow a plant this way, Mexican Limes will come true from seed, which you can save from your own fruit. Plant in pots of potting soil in spring in a warm spot such as a greenhouse.

    • Harvest

        Harvest fruit when it is light green (not yellow-green) and still juicy.

  • May
    • Buy

        Buy established plants (of good size, if possible) from a reputable nursery.

    • Plant

        Plant in full sun in well-drained soil in a warm spot protected from cold winds. Or grow in large containers, which can be moved to your warm, protected spot in the winter.

    • Fertilize

        Feed lightly with a citrus fertilizer, making sure that it is watered in well.

    • Water

        Water regularly and thoroughly. Be careful not to let container-grown plants get too dry.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check periodically for snails, slugs, aphids, and (especially container-grown plants) ants.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control snails, slugs, and ants. Most other pests can be deterred by periodically spraying foliage with a jet of water.

    • Propagate

        Although it takes a while to grow a plant this way, Mexican Limes will come true from seed, which you can save from your own fruit. Plant in pots of potting soil in spring in a warm spot such as a greenhouse.

    • Harvest

        Harvest fruit when it is light green (not yellow-green) and still juicy.

  • June
    • Buy

        Buy established plants (of good size, if possible) from a reputable nursery.

    • Plant

        Plant in full sun in well-drained soil in a warm spot protected from cold winds. Or grow in large containers, which can be moved to your warm, protected spot in the winter.

    • Water

        Water regularly and thoroughly. Be careful not to let container-grown plants get too dry.

    • Mulch

        Mulch to keep roots cool and moist.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check periodically for snails, slugs, aphids, and (especially container-grown plants) ants.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control snails, slugs, and ants. Most other pests can be deterred by periodically spraying foliage with a jet of water.

    • Propagate

        Although it takes a while to grow a plant this way, Mexican Limes will come true from seed, which you can save from your own fruit. Plant in pots of potting soil in spring in a warm spot such as a greenhouse.

    • Harvest

        Harvest fruit when it is light green (not yellow-green) and still juicy.

  • July
    • Buy

        Buy established plants (of good size, if possible) from a reputable nursery.

    • Plant

        Plant in full sun in well-drained soil in a warm spot protected from cold winds. Or grow in large containers, which can be moved to your warm, protected spot in the winter.

    • Fertilize

        Feed lightly with a citrus fertilizer, making sure that it is watered in well.

    • Water

        Water regularly and thoroughly. Be careful not to let container-grown plants get too dry.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check periodically for snails, slugs, aphids, and (especially container-grown plants) ants.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control snails, slugs, and ants. Most other pests can be deterred by periodically spraying foliage with a jet of water.

    • Harvest

        Harvest fruit when it is light green (not yellow-green) and still juicy.

  • August
    • Buy

        Buy established plants (of good size, if possible) from a reputable nursery.

    • Plant

        Plant in full sun in well-drained soil in a warm spot protected from cold winds. Or grow in large containers, which can be moved to your warm, protected spot in the winter.

    • Water

        Water regularly and thoroughly. Be careful not to let container-grown plants get too dry.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check periodically for snails, slugs, aphids, and (especially container-grown plants) ants.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control snails, slugs, and ants. Most other pests can be deterred by periodically spraying foliage with a jet of water.

    • Harvest

        Harvest fruit when it is light green (not yellow-green) and still juicy.

  • September
    • Buy

        Buy established plants (of good size, if possible) from a reputable nursery.

    • Plant

        Plant in full sun in well-drained soil in a warm spot protected from cold winds. Or grow in large containers, which can be moved to your warm, protected spot in the winter.

    • Fertilize

        Feed lightly with a citrus fertilizer, making sure that it is watered in well.

    • Water

        Water regularly and thoroughly. Be careful not to let container-grown plants get too dry.

    • Mulch

        Mulch to keep roots cool and moist.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check periodically for snails, slugs, aphids, and (especially container-grown plants) ants.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control snails, slugs, and ants. Most other pests can be deterred by periodically spraying foliage with a jet of water.

    • Harvest

        Harvest fruit when it is light green (not yellow-green) and still juicy.

  • October
    • Water

        Water regularly and thoroughly. Be careful not to let container-grown plants get too dry.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check periodically for snails, slugs, aphids, and (especially container-grown plants) ants.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control snails, slugs, and ants. Most other pests can be deterred by periodically spraying foliage with a jet of water.

    • Harvest

        Harvest fruit when it is light green (not yellow-green) and still juicy.

  • November
    • Water

        Water regularly and thoroughly. Be careful not to let container-grown plants get too dry.

    • Protect

        Protect from cold temperatures and cold winds.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check periodically for snails, slugs, aphids, and (especially container-grown plants) ants.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control snails, slugs, and ants. Most other pests can be deterred by periodically spraying foliage with a jet of water.

    • Harvest

        Harvest fruit when it is light green (not yellow-green) and still juicy.

  • December
    • Water

        Water regularly as needed, but do not over-water.

    • Protect

        Protect from cold temperatures and cold winds.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check periodically for snails, slugs, aphids, and (especially container-grown plants) ants.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control snails, slugs, and ants. Most other pests can be deterred by periodically spraying foliage with a jet of water.

    • Harvest

        Harvest fruit when it is light green (not yellow-green) and still juicy.

  • Winter
    • Spring
      • Summer
        • Fall
          • Buy

            When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • March

              Buy established plants (of good size, if possible) from a reputable nursery.

            • April

              Buy established plants (of good size, if possible) from a reputable nursery.

            • May

              Buy established plants (of good size, if possible) from a reputable nursery.

            • June

              Buy established plants (of good size, if possible) from a reputable nursery.

            • July

              Buy established plants (of good size, if possible) from a reputable nursery.

            • August

              Buy established plants (of good size, if possible) from a reputable nursery.

            • September

              Buy established plants (of good size, if possible) from a reputable nursery.

          • Plant

            When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

            •  Jan
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            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • March

              Plant in full sun in well-drained soil in a warm spot protected from cold winds. Or grow in large containers, which can be moved to your warm, protected spot in the winter.

            • April

              Plant in full sun in well-drained soil in a warm spot protected from cold winds. Or grow in large containers, which can be moved to your warm, protected spot in the winter.

            • May

              Plant in full sun in well-drained soil in a warm spot protected from cold winds. Or grow in large containers, which can be moved to your warm, protected spot in the winter.

            • June

              Plant in full sun in well-drained soil in a warm spot protected from cold winds. Or grow in large containers, which can be moved to your warm, protected spot in the winter.

            • July

              Plant in full sun in well-drained soil in a warm spot protected from cold winds. Or grow in large containers, which can be moved to your warm, protected spot in the winter.

            • August

              Plant in full sun in well-drained soil in a warm spot protected from cold winds. Or grow in large containers, which can be moved to your warm, protected spot in the winter.

            • September

              Plant in full sun in well-drained soil in a warm spot protected from cold winds. Or grow in large containers, which can be moved to your warm, protected spot in the winter.

          • Sow Seeds

            When can you plant these seeds? When's the best time? Can you start them indoors and move them out? Do they have any special requirements?

            •  Jan
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            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • Fertilize

              When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • March

                Feed lightly with a citrus fertilizer, making sure that it is watered in well.

              • May

                Feed lightly with a citrus fertilizer, making sure that it is watered in well.

              • July

                Feed lightly with a citrus fertilizer, making sure that it is watered in well.

              • September

                Feed lightly with a citrus fertilizer, making sure that it is watered in well.

            • Water

              Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • January

                Water regularly as needed, but do not over-water.

              • February

                Water regularly as needed, but do not over-water.

              • March

                Water regularly and thoroughly. Be careful not to let container-grown plants get too dry.

              • April

                Water regularly and thoroughly. Be careful not to let container-grown plants get too dry.

              • May

                Water regularly and thoroughly. Be careful not to let container-grown plants get too dry.

              • June

                Water regularly and thoroughly. Be careful not to let container-grown plants get too dry.

              • July

                Water regularly and thoroughly. Be careful not to let container-grown plants get too dry.

              • August

                Water regularly and thoroughly. Be careful not to let container-grown plants get too dry.

              • September

                Water regularly and thoroughly. Be careful not to let container-grown plants get too dry.

              • October

                Water regularly and thoroughly. Be careful not to let container-grown plants get too dry.

              • November

                Water regularly and thoroughly. Be careful not to let container-grown plants get too dry.

              • December

                Water regularly as needed, but do not over-water.

            • Prune

              When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • April

                Prune to shape plants only. Do not over-prune.

            • Mulch

              Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • March

                Mulch to keep roots cool and moist.

              • June

                Mulch to keep roots cool and moist.

              • September

                Mulch to keep roots cool and moist.

            • Protect

              When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • January

                Protect from cold temperatures and cold winds.

              • February

                Protect from cold temperatures and cold winds.

              • March

                Protect from cold temperatures and cold winds.

              • November

                Protect from cold temperatures and cold winds.

              • December

                Protect from cold temperatures and cold winds.

            • Pest/Disease Inspection

              What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

              •  Jan
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              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • January

                Check periodically for snails, slugs, aphids, and (especially container-grown plants) ants.

              • February

                Check periodically for snails, slugs, aphids, and (especially container-grown plants) ants.

              • March

                Check periodically for snails, slugs, aphids, and (especially container-grown plants) ants.

              • April

                Check periodically for snails, slugs, aphids, and (especially container-grown plants) ants.

              • May

                Check periodically for snails, slugs, aphids, and (especially container-grown plants) ants.

              • June

                Check periodically for snails, slugs, aphids, and (especially container-grown plants) ants.

              • July

                Check periodically for snails, slugs, aphids, and (especially container-grown plants) ants.

              • August

                Check periodically for snails, slugs, aphids, and (especially container-grown plants) ants.

              • September

                Check periodically for snails, slugs, aphids, and (especially container-grown plants) ants.

              • October

                Check periodically for snails, slugs, aphids, and (especially container-grown plants) ants.

              • November

                Check periodically for snails, slugs, aphids, and (especially container-grown plants) ants.

              • December

                Check periodically for snails, slugs, aphids, and (especially container-grown plants) ants.

            • Treat for Pest/Disease

              How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • January

                Control snails, slugs, and ants. Most other pests can be deterred by periodically spraying foliage with a jet of water.

              • February

                Control snails, slugs, and ants. Most other pests can be deterred by periodically spraying foliage with a jet of water.

              • March

                Control snails, slugs, and ants. Most other pests can be deterred by periodically spraying foliage with a jet of water.

              • April

                Control snails, slugs, and ants. Most other pests can be deterred by periodically spraying foliage with a jet of water.

              • May

                Control snails, slugs, and ants. Most other pests can be deterred by periodically spraying foliage with a jet of water.

              • June

                Control snails, slugs, and ants. Most other pests can be deterred by periodically spraying foliage with a jet of water.

              • July

                Control snails, slugs, and ants. Most other pests can be deterred by periodically spraying foliage with a jet of water.

              • August

                Control snails, slugs, and ants. Most other pests can be deterred by periodically spraying foliage with a jet of water.

              • September

                Control snails, slugs, and ants. Most other pests can be deterred by periodically spraying foliage with a jet of water.

              • October

                Control snails, slugs, and ants. Most other pests can be deterred by periodically spraying foliage with a jet of water.

              • November

                Control snails, slugs, and ants. Most other pests can be deterred by periodically spraying foliage with a jet of water.

              • December

                Control snails, slugs, and ants. Most other pests can be deterred by periodically spraying foliage with a jet of water.

            • Transplant

              When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?

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              •  May
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              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • Propagate

                When's a good time to divide, take cuttings, layer or propagate this plant. Any special requirements?

                •  Jan
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                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • March

                  Although it takes a while to grow a plant this way, Mexican Limes will come true from seed, which you can save from your own fruit. Plant in pots of potting soil in spring in a warm spot such as a greenhouse.

                • April

                  Although it takes a while to grow a plant this way, Mexican Limes will come true from seed, which you can save from your own fruit. Plant in pots of potting soil in spring in a warm spot such as a greenhouse.

                • May

                  Although it takes a while to grow a plant this way, Mexican Limes will come true from seed, which you can save from your own fruit. Plant in pots of potting soil in spring in a warm spot such as a greenhouse.

                • June

                  Although it takes a while to grow a plant this way, Mexican Limes will come true from seed, which you can save from your own fruit. Plant in pots of potting soil in spring in a warm spot such as a greenhouse.

              • Harvest

                When's a good time to harvest this plant? What's the best way to harvest? Are there special requirements or features?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • January

                  Harvest fruit when it is light green (not yellow-green) and still juicy.

                • February

                  Harvest fruit when it is light green (not yellow-green) and still juicy.

                • March

                  Harvest fruit when it is light green (not yellow-green) and still juicy.

                • April

                  Harvest fruit when it is light green (not yellow-green) and still juicy.

                • May

                  Harvest fruit when it is light green (not yellow-green) and still juicy.

                • June

                  Harvest fruit when it is light green (not yellow-green) and still juicy.

                • July

                  Harvest fruit when it is light green (not yellow-green) and still juicy.

                • August

                  Harvest fruit when it is light green (not yellow-green) and still juicy.

                • September

                  Harvest fruit when it is light green (not yellow-green) and still juicy.

                • October

                  Harvest fruit when it is light green (not yellow-green) and still juicy.

                • November

                  Harvest fruit when it is light green (not yellow-green) and still juicy.

                • December

                  Harvest fruit when it is light green (not yellow-green) and still juicy.

              • Special requirements

                Any other requirement for this plant? Is there anything that doesn't fit into the other care categories?

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