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Lime 'Caviar Lime' (Citrus Fruit)

Half-hardy Tree

What is Half-Hardy Tree?

Gourmet 'bush tucker' citrus from Australia

Pink pods containing intense citrus 'pearls'

Ideal for the patio conservatory or a heated greenhouse

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Rapidly gaining popularity as gourmet bush tucker, Caviar Lime or Citrus australasica, is a thorny evergreen shrub or small tree. White spring flowers are followed by dark green slender pods which turn to pink as they ripen. Inside the pods are pink ‘pearls’, like pomegranate seeds. These pearls or ‘Lime Caviar’ pop in the mouth with an intense citrus fizz which is a cross between lime and grapefruit. The Lime Caviar can be eaten straight off the tree or used to make pickles, marmalades, desserts and as an unusual addition to drinks. Citrus australasica is self-fertile and should be grown in the same way as other citrus fruits. Height: 300cm (10 feet). Spread: 250cm (8 feet).

Citrus trees are ideal feature plants, bringing a touch of Mediterranean style to conservatories and patios. They make excellent, long-lasting, and fragrant gifts. When you give an orange or a lemon tree as a present, you’re giving a decorative, scented, and productive plant! The delicate waxy, and highly scented flowers are beautifully offset by the lush, shiny green foliage.

They will take time to mature and produce fruit, but are wonderful, classy plants in their own right with the additional bonus of intense scent throughout the year and especially winter. Hardy to 5°C, they are best grown outdoors from May to October, and brought inside for the winter.

Plant height and spread is seasonal therefore we list by pot size rather than a defined plant size. The height and spread of the plant delivered will vary depending on the season, meaning arrival images are an indication only.

Height Up to 300cm (118in)
Spread Up to 250cm (98in)

Half-hardy Tree

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1 x 3 Litre Potted Plant (KC5364)

Rapidly gaining popularity as gourmet bush tucker, Caviar Lime or Citrus australasica, is a thorny evergreen shrub or small tree. White spring flowers are followed by dark green slender pods which turn to pink as they ripen. Inside the pods are pink ‘pearls’, like pomegranate seeds. These pearls or ‘Lime Caviar’ pop in the mouth with an intense citrus fizz which is a cross between lime and grapefruit. The Lime Caviar can be eaten straight off the tree or used to make pickles, marmalades, desserts and as an unusual addition to drinks. Citrus australasica is self-fertile and should be grown in the same way as other citrus fruits. Height: 300cm (10 feet). Spread: 250cm (8 feet).

Citrus trees are ideal feature plants, bringing a touch of Mediterranean style to conservatories and patios. They make excellent, long-lasting, and fragrant gifts. When you give an orange or a lemon tree as a present, you’re giving a decorative, scented, and productive plant! The delicate waxy, and highly scented flowers are beautifully offset by the lush, shiny green foliage.

They will take time to mature and produce fruit, but are wonderful, classy plants in their own right with the additional bonus of intense scent throughout the year and especially winter. Hardy to 5°C, they are best grown outdoors from May to October, and brought inside for the winter.

Plant height and spread is seasonal therefore we list by pot size rather than a defined plant size. The height and spread of the plant delivered will vary depending on the season, meaning arrival images are an indication only.

Stand citrus trees outside from May to October. Water freely in summer and mist leaves daily to increase humidity and discourage pests. Feed with citrus plant fertiliser every 2 weeks. Move plants indoors from October to a bright, frost free position (4-12°C) away from cold draughts and radiators. Reduce watering in winter but do not let the plant dry out completely. Too much or too little water may cause the fruits to drop.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes, etc. are delivered at the appropriate time for planting or potting on. Delivery times will be stated on the product page above, or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

Orders for packets of seed incur a delivery charge of £2.99.

Orders which include any other products will incur a delivery charge of £6.99.

Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products, a maximum delivery charge of £7.99 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.

Large items may incur a higher delivery charge - this will be displayed in your shopping basket.

Please see our Delivery page for further details, and more information on different charges that may apply to certain destinations.

For more information on how we send your plants please visit our Helpful Guide on plant sizes.

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