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FINGER LIME - RED CUTTING

Botanical Name: Microcitrus australasica
Description

Red fruited cutting grown selection. The fruit contains an acid juice similar to that of a lime. A delicate rainforest tree that offers a distinctive citrus flavour to sweet or savoury dishes. The juicy cells, similar in appearance to caviar, are a delightful surprise in salad dressings. A rainforest tree that naturally occurs as an understorey tree in SE Queensland and Northern NSW.

Other Names: Fingerlime
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Preferred Climate

Subtropical, Warm Temperate
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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)

1-2m

Plants required to Pollinate

1 (Self Pollinating)
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Can it Handle Frosts?

Sometimes

Amount of leaves in Winter?

All Leaves (Evergreen)

Quarantine Restrictions to these Areas

SA

Suitability in Pots

Yes with 35L+ Pot

Water Requirements

Moderate Watering

Is it a Dwarf Fruit Tree?

Can be pruned to 2m

Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest

2-3 Years

Sun or Shade

Full (Sun:80%-100%)

Preferred Soil Type

Good Drainage

Soil pH

Neutral (6.6-7.3pH)

Fruiting/Harvest Months

March, April, May, June, July, August, September

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Question & Answer

Should I cover these with shade cloth to protect them during summer? We live at avoca beach, about an hour north of Sydney. Cheers, Justin morrow From: AVOCA BEACH NSW

The tree will grow fine in full sun however when the fruit is setting the fruit itself can be susceptible to sunburn and having shade cloth can help with this and make sure that the fruit looks great and doesn't have any blemishes from sunburn. Since harvest period is late summer to september it would only be a problem for your first fruit if you get a really hot patch. So likely more trouble than it's worth.

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Finger Lime - Red Cutting 10/10

Kathy2's Edible Fruits
Update: 2739 days 4hrs

Comments: -

Mine never seems to know what it's doing. It flowers and fruits all year round and seems to prefer a pot to the ground. The flowers are a lovely pink and white and the fruit are decorative, really obvious against the small leaves.


It is VERY spikey so don't plants it in a walk-way.


I love it. It is one of my favourites.


Make sure that you tip prune to keep him bushy and watch out for ants farming scale on him.


Fruiting Months January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Planted: 2007

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 1 kilograms per Year

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: chicken poo (one small amount though!), seasol, charlie carp, worm castings (all in rotation)oh and get your man to wee on it like any other citrus they LOVE it

Pest Control:

Small spiders do seem to like living in the new growth which kills it = remove as best you can with a stick


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Finger Lime - Red Cutting (Grafted) 9/10

Blossom's Edible Fruits
Update: 20hrs49mins

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tasted one and loved it, bush food :) I now have colett variety as well and its zooming along with fruit in first year.

In a large selfwatering pot

Fruiting Months November and December

Planted: 2008

Height 2 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 2

Fruit Harvest: 0.5 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 3 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pruned By: 10% in Spring

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: dynamic lifter

When I Fertilise: Winter and Spring

Pest Control:

none

Organic Status:Organic


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blossom says... [841 days 2hrs ago]
they freeze well and are great replacement for lemon.growing happy in a self watering pot almost as high as the veranda.

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Finger Lime - Red Cutting (Grafted) 10/10

BJ's Edible Fruits
Update: 2813 days 22hrs

Comments: -

the Rainforest pearl is a very spikey tree. In a suburban block it is  just not good, too much of a hazzard. On a rural block it would be good, as it is low maintanance, but just not for me. Had to dig it up, and it now lives in the great orchard in the sky.



This one is actually the Rainforest Pearl variety.

In ground around 1 year and has exploded. outperforming quick growing lilly pillys. fruited (10 full sized fruit) within 1 year of planting with little special care.

Very thorny plant and not conventionally pretty. Great green colour though. fruits from central mass, so can afford to trim the lower and errant growths so I dont get jagged.

*Second year of fruiting now, and is holding over 100 pinkie finger sized fruit. Colour has changed to dark purple/black this year from a light purple/red colour last season...

*Ended up getting about 300 fruits from this tree this year (2010-11 crop).

Fruiting Months January, February, December

Planted: 2008

Height 2.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 300 Fruit Per Year

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Organic Xstra

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting and Spring

Pest Control:

Only gets a few spiders and caterpillars in its dense mass of thorns. They dont seem to do any real damage, so I think if they can survive in there, good luck to them! I do hand catch the odd grasshopper from it and feed them to the neighbour's chooks

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Finger Lime - Red Cutting (Grafted) 6/10

Sarah2's Edible Fruits
Update: 3240 days 1hrs

Comments: -

I have 3 grafted finger limes growing well even after being accidently attacted by the wipper snipper.I also have some grown by seed which are doing much better than the grafted ones.

Planted: 2007

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Autumn

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting

Organic Status:Organic


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Finger Lime - Red Cutting 9/10

CountryRoadsFarmstay1's Edible Fruits
Update: 3534 days 22hrs

Comments: -

Ate our first few finger limes after just one season of growing - delicious!

Fruiting Months April

Planted: 2007

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 2

Sun/Shade: Full Shade

Water Given in: Winter

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Yearly


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Finger Lime - Red Cutting 8/10

Selfsufficientme's Edible Fruits
Update: 1992 days 19hrs

Comments: -

This tree is very hardy! My initial planting placed this tree down the back of our property in a treed area (being a rainforest plant). However, after the drought broke this spot become really boggy through our subtropical summer so after a few years of suffering I finally moved it to our orchard where it's happily growing now. 

It tends to have a bushy growth so after it established itself in the new spot I gave it a heavy prune to ensure it had a proper trunk and thinner canopy because if left to self-shape it would be a bugger to mow around or pick fruit due to its thorns.

The fruit is unique and rather than have a pulp (like most citrus) it has hundreds of small beads instead which ooze out like beaded toothpaste when the lime fruit is squeezed from one end. The taste is definitely lime and the lime beads are not just novel but work well in drinks or cooking.   

Planted: 2008

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 1 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 2 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: citrus

When I Fertilise: Spring

Pest Control: Native caterpillars/butterfly's will chew on leaves but don't usually do too much damage.    

Organic Status:Organic


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Finger Lime - Red Cutting (Grafted) 9/10

Branny1's Edible Fruits
Update: 304 days 21hrs

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2018: I bloody hate this thing, and if it wasn't a gift with a story, I would let the bloody thing die.

I was told this was the citrus to grow in Australia, as it is hardier than most introduced species and likes our heat better, and to that, I call horse sh*t. This thing is the fussiest, sulkiest, most ridiculous WASTE OF TIME of a tree.

It becomes infested with aphids or mites at the blink of an eye, collapses at the very first sign of heat, and is very prone to root rot in winter (root rot in Brisbane- what?). It dies right back through summer, then starts to grow in Autumn, will be coming along nicely, and then BAM, root rot. I've started to get the feel for when to stop watering it, but ugh, it's a stupid fussy thing that I would dearly like to take the choppers to. 

Never had fruit, it's a pitiful little thing that never gets any bigger, even in my most shaded spot (only 5 hours sun a day in summer!), with the pot itself protected from direct light, thick mulch, good soil, a nice bucket of water- it HATES Brisbane heat. It is most definitely a rainforest understory tree from NSW. My dry humidity is no good.

It does, however, like to be underplanted, and that does help with keeping the surrounding soil moist and free of ants, and stops its roots rotting- the other plants suck up the moisture, I suppose.

The only reason I have persisted with this stupid thing is that the thorny bush sits in front of an unused sliding door, and to move it means risking the massive thorns. I've never been scratched, but every single tradie that has come to do things at our house has been scratched like crazy, so I call it my living security screen. 

2016: Mine is on a rootstock Cox. Recieved as a gift Christmas 2015, didn't repot until January 2016. Seemed fine sitting in the pot it came in, but absolutely exploded with growth once I got it into the new pot- which I am still not sure if that was the size of the container it is now in (70 L) or what it was potted into. I used cheapy bunnings compost, cow poo, a block of coir soaked in seasol and mollasses, a hand full of dynamic lifter, and a smidge of lime. I'm told they don't like very rich soil, but mine has thrived in the mix.

Another thing I have found is that despite everything saying full sun for these guys, mine did NOT like the full sun in my hot, concreted suburban backyard. Instead, I have moved it to a spot that only gets perhaps two to three hours of morning summer sun before it is in shade by 11, and it did a whole lot better there. The sun was scorching the new growth right off, and the leaves were all turning yellow. It is happy and bushy now in more shade, even with very little sun in the midst of winter at the moment. I have it underplanted with an english spinach plant, bok choy, a whole whack of johnny jump-ups, and a succulent as living mulch, and there is a butter bean vine planted in the back of the pot, and it seems to tolerate living with these really well. There is a Salvia in there as well, but it is not doing great in so much shade, so I shall be digging that out soon.

It IS a very spiky plant, though I have never been scratched by it. A little care is needed, but my kids know to be careful, and nobody has been bitten yet!! I have it placed by my front gate, in front of my glass sliding door. We don't use the door as a door, so it is a good security measure, lols.

My biggest problem with the Finger Lime has been ants and APHIDS. The ants persist in wanting to nest underneath the Finger Lime, so I have to flood the pot every few weeks to drive them out again. This has become less of an issue since I underplanted the tree with flowers, etc, as I think the additional root systems around the edge of the pot are keeping the soil more moist than they like. I shall see how this progresses. But they do herd the bloody APHIDS around the tree. Despite wanting to keep my yard as chemical free as possible, I have had to resort to chem aids to rid my poor Lime of the aphids. They tuck into the delicate new growth where I cannot reach them, and so I have had to spray every two-three days for the last four weeks to rid myself of them. The ants will herd them to unsprayed foliage, as well, so you must spray the entire plant if you have aphids, or they will simply reappear elsewhere a few days later. Very annoying.

I was told that I would not get fruit until the tree was at LEAST three years old, but many others seem to have fruit much earlier than that, so I shall see this summer, I suppose.


Planted: 2016

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

When I Fertilise: Spring


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Finger Lime - Red Cutting (Seedling) 4/10

DellaDee1's Edible Fruits
Update: 3244 days 1hrs

Comments: - struggling a bit in the cool climate, but still alive

Height 0.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun


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Finger Lime - Red Cutting (Grafted) 8/10

Farsideb's Edible Fruits
Update: 3542 days 7hrs

Comments: -

This will be the fingerlimes second year.  It is covered in flowers so fingers crossed we get some fruit this year.  Last year it had only just entered the pot and no fruit.

Planted: 2008

Height 150 Centimetres

Qty: 1

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: seasol thrive

Pest Control:

White oil and garlic spray when needed

Organic Status:Organic


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Finger Lime - Red Cutting (Grafted)

Jo1's Edible Fruits
Update: 3501 days 23hrs

Comments: -

Very easy to grow, fertilize approx twice a year with chicken poop in sugar cane mulch plus worm castings. prune lightly after fruiting around autumn. Nice fruit use in cooking.

Planted: 2006

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: chicken and worm castings

When I Fertilise: Winter and Spring

Pest Control:

had no pests so far

Organic Status:Organic


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Finger Lime - Red Cutting (Seedling) 9/10

Margssubtropical1's Edible Fruits
Update: 3529 days 7hrs

Comments: -

has lots of fruit but really prickly good for little birds

Fruiting Months January, February, March

Planted: 2007

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Organic Status:Organic


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Finger Lime - Red Cutting 6/10

Msjekyll's Edible Fruits
Update: 2655 days 11hrs

Comments: -

Growing well, has just started fruiting, flowers prolifically.

Fruit is small but nice - just right to add to a bottle of beer!

Not many fruit this year - has been very wet.


Fruiting Months March and April

Planted: 2008

Growing: In the Ground

Fruit Harvest: 20 Fruit Per Year

First Fruited: 2010 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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msjekyll says... [1536 days 6hrs ago]
Fruiting well now but has been slow to get there.

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Finger Lime - Red Cutting

Speedy's Edible Fruits
Update: 3304 days 8hrs

Comments: -

5 different grafted varieties

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 5


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Finger Lime - Red Cutting (Seedling) 4/10

Estar's Edible Fruits
Update: 2210 days 4hrs

Height 5 Centimetres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring


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Finger Lime - Red Cutting (Grafted) 8/10

Krazykangaroo1's Edible Fruits
Update: 2085 days 3hrs

Comments: - I am waiting for my young grafted trees to fruit. I hope they will this year.

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 3

Water Given in: Winter

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Finger Lime - Red Cutting (Grafted)

Daniuel's Edible Fruits
Update: 3155 days 22hrs

Comments: -

Growing well. Waiting for it to flower and fruit. Getting bigger, still waiting for it to flower.

Planted: 2008

Height 1 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Organic Status:Organic


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Finger Lime - Red Cutting

DavidB's Edible Fruits
Update: 1565 days 7hrs

Comments: -

Died in pot due to accident .... :-(

Pollination: Self Pollination


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DavidB says... [3236 days 24hrs ago]
Waiting to shape back yard then planting in the citrus section

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Finger Lime - Red Cutting (Grafted) 7/10

Ruud's Edible Fruits
Update: 2426 days 4hrs

Comments: -

Looks, unusual fruit, caviar lime

Planted: 2012

Height 0.2 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Finger Lime - Red Cutting (Grafted) 9/10

Timbo's Edible Fruits
Update: 2306 days 20hrs

Comments: -

Interesting plant, tucked in the corner of my yard, has minimal dieback each year but i think thats normal

Fruiting Months January and December

Planted: 2008

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 0.25 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 2 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pruned By: 20% in After Fruiting

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Yearly and Spring

Pest Control:

black aphids i spray with pyrethrum or confidor. Remove citrus butterfly by hand

Organic Status:Partially Organic

Question:

Mine is yellow fleshed and is very acidic, almost sour. I'm wondering if the pink and red ones are less acidic?


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Finger Lime - Red Cutting (Cutting) 4/10

Estar's Edible Fruits
Update: 2218 days 4hrs

Comments: - It's very very slow and very very small and quite cute.

Height 3 Centimetres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No

Organic Status:Organic


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Finger Lime - Red Cutting 9/10

Luong21's Edible Fruits
Update: 918 days 23hrs

Comments: - Love finger limes. 

Planted: 2015

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Autumn and Winter

After Fruiting


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