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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.

Is Indoor Plant?

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These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 21, 22, 23, 24
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Plant Care Instruction

  • Scroll down or click on any month for plant care instructions
    • January
    • February
    • March
    • April
    • May
    • June
    • July
    • August
    • September
    • October
    • November
    • December
    January
    1. Water

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

    Protect from cold temperatures and cold winds.
    3. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check periodically for snails, slugs, aphids, and (especially container-grown plants) ants.
    4. Treat for Pest/Disease

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

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

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

    Protect from cold temperatures and cold winds.
    3. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check periodically for snails, slugs, aphids, and (especially container-grown plants) ants.
    4. Treat for Pest/Disease

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

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

    Buy established plants (of good size, if possible) from a reputable nursery.
    2. 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.
    3. Fertilize

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

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

    Mulch to keep roots cool and moist.
    6. Protect

    Protect from cold temperatures and cold winds.
    7. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check periodically for snails, slugs, aphids, and (especially container-grown plants) ants.
    8. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails, slugs, and ants. Most other pests can be deterred by periodically spraying foliage with a jet of water.
    9. 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.
    10. Harvest

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

    Buy established plants (of good size, if possible) from a reputable nursery.
    2. 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.
    3. Water

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

    Prune to shape plants only. Do not over-prune.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check periodically for snails, slugs, aphids, and (especially container-grown plants) ants.
    6. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails, slugs, and ants. Most other pests can be deterred by periodically spraying foliage with a jet of water.
    7. 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.
    8. Harvest

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

    Buy established plants (of good size, if possible) from a reputable nursery.
    2. 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.
    3. Fertilize

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

    Water regularly and thoroughly. Be careful not to let container-grown plants get too dry.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check periodically for snails, slugs, aphids, and (especially container-grown plants) ants.
    6. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails, slugs, and ants. Most other pests can be deterred by periodically spraying foliage with a jet of water.
    7. 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.
    8. Harvest

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

    Buy established plants (of good size, if possible) from a reputable nursery.
    2. 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.
    3. Water

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

    Mulch to keep roots cool and moist.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check periodically for snails, slugs, aphids, and (especially container-grown plants) ants.
    6. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails, slugs, and ants. Most other pests can be deterred by periodically spraying foliage with a jet of water.
    7. 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.
    8. Harvest

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

    Buy established plants (of good size, if possible) from a reputable nursery.
    2. 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.
    3. Fertilize

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

    Water regularly and thoroughly. Be careful not to let container-grown plants get too dry.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check periodically for snails, slugs, aphids, and (especially container-grown plants) ants.
    6. Treat for Pest/Disease

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

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

    Buy established plants (of good size, if possible) from a reputable nursery.
    2. 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.
    3. Water

    Water regularly and thoroughly. Be careful not to let container-grown plants get too dry.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check periodically for snails, slugs, aphids, and (especially container-grown plants) ants.
    5. Treat for Pest/Disease

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

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

    Buy established plants (of good size, if possible) from a reputable nursery.
    2. 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.
    3. Fertilize

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

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

    Mulch to keep roots cool and moist.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check periodically for snails, slugs, aphids, and (especially container-grown plants) ants.
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

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

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

    Water regularly and thoroughly. Be careful not to let container-grown plants get too dry.
    2. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check periodically for snails, slugs, aphids, and (especially container-grown plants) ants.
    3. Treat for Pest/Disease

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

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

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

    Protect from cold temperatures and cold winds.
    3. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check periodically for snails, slugs, aphids, and (especially container-grown plants) ants.
    4. Treat for Pest/Disease

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

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

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

    Protect from cold temperatures and cold winds.
    3. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check periodically for snails, slugs, aphids, and (especially container-grown plants) ants.
    4. Treat for Pest/Disease

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

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

    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?

    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.

    Fertilize

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

    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?

    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?

    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?

    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?

    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?

    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?

    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.

    Propagate

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

    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?

    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.

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