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Finger lime fruiting

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Christy C starts with ...
Hi all!

I have a fairly young finger lime tree I’ve only had it for say 6 months and it’s roughly 30cm tall. It just started budding within the last month and has gone crazy with flowers. At the moment it has around 50-60 buds and 5 have fruited. My worry is that this large amount will be quite draining and heavy once the fruit starts growing. Should I remove some of the fruits and if so how do I pick which ones?!?

Thanks in advance!
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Pademelon1 says...
Hi Christy,

Usually with citrus, you start with heaps of flowers and budding fruit, and then the race is to try and keep them from falling off! Citrus will usually drop their fruit if under stress, so I'd advise to just keep an eye on the plant for now. If the majority of the flowers and budding fruit stick, maybe you can lighten the load, but in my experience they do this naturally.

Having said this, you may want to reduce fruit so the plant can focus on root & shoot development instead, but whether this is worthwhile if its been 6 months since movement is another question.

Regards,
Pademelon1
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Fruitylicious1 says...
Hi Christy

According to finger lime professional growers, finger lime fruits should be thinned for the first three years which will help tree growth and establishment. After 3 years the tree will be ready for the initial serious fruit production. If you can't wait for 3 years and is itching for the much anticipated first taste test just leave 2-3 fruits to satiate your curiosity.

Happy gardening :-)
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Christy C says...
Thanks for the advice! I will leave it up to the plant for now but will intercede if it is struggling ..... to excited to wait for that first fruit!!!
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Christy C says...
Just a little update

The tree is doing fantastic. Not all the flowers fruited but it has only dropped one fruit which looked deformed. It has varying sizes of fruit and it has started budding again. Currently sitting on a little over 30 fruit and 5 new buds!
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Jez says...
Congrats with your finger line tree fruiting. Much earlier than mine, I’ve had two plants for two years and now is the first time one has fruited. Have about 5 small fruits and a lot of flower buds starting to form. The other plant would’ve fruited too but it is recovering from almost dying in summer... pity, they were both steaming along growth wise.
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