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Growing Limes – How to Grow Limes

How to Grow Limes – A Guide to Growing Limes

How to Grow LimesLimes can be grown successfully in the UK but you need to remember that they are not hardy. Most varieties will tolerate temperatures down to 0 °C but some only down to 5 °C Check before buying.


As limes are sensitive to cold weather, they’re best grown in a container which can spend the summer outside and the winter in a conservatory or heated greenhouse. Consider re-potting every two years and you will soon have a thriving plant.

Growing Limes

An ideal subject for a large container on a sunny patio. Supplied as a large specimen in a 5 litre pot, will begin producing fruit within 18 months.

  • Follow the general citrus growing advice.
  • Plant in the spring to give them the whole growing season to settle down and establish themselves.
  • Limes flower through much of the year and the fruits can take up to a year to ripen, so it is usual to find both flowers and fruits on the same plants.
  • In the UK, grow in pots with good quality compost, feed in the spring and summer.
  • Move into a conservatory or heated greenhouse in the winter ensuring the temperature doesn’t fall below 5C (10C with some varieties)

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