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My 2 1/2 yr old finger lime has started to fruit, however the fruit falls off within weeks of developing.
There are approx. 20 small fruit on the tree again and I would love one of them to develop through to full maturity. Any advice on how to stop them from falling.
PS also have many new flowers coming on as well.
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Mark says...
I'm jealous Roger. My finger lime has a few flowers and has had no fruit at all - not even ones that drop off! I hope you have some luck with yours.
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Wayne says...
Citrus like dolomite and epsom salts to help their fruit set Roger, but I don't know about finger limes. It won't hurt the plant to try
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Roger says...
Wayne, thanks for the advice. We now have approx. 30 small fruit in the tree, not sure how many will survive after the heavy rain last night though. Some of the fruit are not about 5mm inlength and fairly plump.
Now just ahve to pray that they grow to maturity...and that my other plant flowers and fruits!
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ange says...
I have a finger lime...it is essential that they get good regular watering to hold the fruit on. My first flowering proved fruitless as the tree was not getting alot of water at the time(is in a huge pot). Next flowering I really looked after it and was rewarded. Just like all citrus water is important at fruit set.
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Roger says...
My finger lime has just gone crazy since I fed it som epsom salts...it now has 7 large fruit on it, all approx10mm, along with about 40 smaller fruit and numerous flowers.
As soon as I can get photo's, I will post them
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Jantina says...
Sounds good Roger, I'd like to try it on mine, can you tell me how much epsom salts to how much water you used? My fingerlime was near death and I have moved it to a warmer spot and repotted it and it has put out some lovely new growth.I wouldn't want to kill it with kindness now that it has a new lease on life!
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Anonymous says...
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I used about 2 - 3 large tablespoons of Epsom salts and spread it evenly around the pot then watered it in.
attahced are photo's of the limes on the tree.
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Jantina says...
Thanks for that Roger, your tree certainly looks healthy.
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9th January 2009 6:23pm
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Wayne says...
Wow, it's all good news, well done
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Roger says...
as you can from the photo's, the tree is doing very well. Additional to the salts, I have been using citrus fertiliser and ensuring that it is well watering (but not over watered). My other tree has lots of shoots and new growth but it has not flowers yet. Still hoping.
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Roger says...
Is it possible to have too many fuit on the tree? This plant has approx. 40 small fruit and 15 Large (15mms) on it, with more flowers budding.
Any comments appreciated
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Wayne says...
Let the tree do it's own thing Roger, you certainly must be looking after it well
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Mark says...
Thanks for the tips Roger. I'll certainly give mine a dose of Epsom and hope for results like yours.
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Simon says...
Too much N can also effect the amount of fruit set. I just found a new site they seem to be selling good varieties. www.gourmetlimes.com
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Mark says...
My finger lime is doing brilliantly now with lots of fruit. Thanks Roger, perhaps it was the epsom salts that did the trick.
How do you know when to pick them?
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Roger says...
I have no idea when to pick the fruit. We had some unusual weather here and the fruit all dropped and I had die-back on some of the branches. I pruned the tree and it is now startign to come back with new shoots. I also replaced the potting mix with a recommended type. Unfortunately we got one bag that had too much iron in it and it killed our avacodo - still have the rust coming out in the water.
Hoping that the limes start fruiting again though.
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Marlene says...
My finger lime (grafted 18months since purchased from Daleys) has flowered about 4 times but the fruit just drop off, how are they fertalized by bees or ants or what. It is again in flower and holding its 10mm fruit so am off to put some epsum salts on and see what happens. When is the best time to repot?
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John says...
I brought a sunrise lime and was wondering what they are grafted onto.?
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fruitist says...
Sunrise is a hybrid of finger lime with calamondin which is a hybrid of Mandarin and a Cumquat. The root stock to use for grafting Sunrise is another citrus. One way to find out is to cut off the top and let the root stock grows. Sunrise has no thorns.

BTW, anyone here has seeds for Desert Lime (Eremocitrus glauca) and Kakadu Lime (Microcitrus gracilis)?
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Marlene says...
Have only put on one teaspoon of Epsum Salts and watered in, it is still in the 15cm pot it arrived in as I was waiting for it to stop flowering, it is getting enough water at the moment but still most of the small(5mm) fruit turn yellow and drop off. If staring at them will keep the 5 that are still there on then they will reach maturity. Currently it is showing growth as well.
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Roger says...
My finger lime has started to fruit again. Unfortunately we had to move it out from under the shade cloth and into the garden. We had some very heavy rain which knocked off all but 4 fruit. Am hoping that they will stay connected until they reach full maturity.
My other tree is still not showing any sign of flowering yet. Still hopeful though. My tahitian lime refuses to flower after the first time. Now 8 years old. Growing well and teasing me
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BJ says...
Here's a pic of my 4 year old Rainforest Pearl. I've already taken about half the fruit before this picture was taken. Plenty of fruit (Id guess around 300). Havent seen a seed. Sweet/sour (lime x musk sticks) kind of flavour.
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amanda says...
Hey BJ - looks good! But in all honesty - is there any advantage in growing one of these (over and above a West Indian or Tahitian lime) in a climate were water is precious do u think?
Most of the "cheffing" references refer to it's good looks on a plate - but I can't afford the water to grow something just because it looks good (and yes I do have a rainforest pearl, a W.Indian and Tahitian Lime - so far the W.I/Key lime wins hands down..)..
Would appreciate your honest opinion :)
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20th January 2011 12:55am
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BJ says...
The relevance of growing these guys depends on how you use your citrus. The little balls are great in salads and strewn across a lot of foods, not just for aesthetic reasons, but because they aren't wet and wont make your food go soggy, just releasing their flavor when crushed on eating. They are also a good size to add to things if you only need 1/4 lime. I often only use 1/4 tahitian lime in drinks and things and the rest dries off in the fridge - with these guys you just use the whole thing. Also, a few of these guys are quite good eating out of hand. i tried the Ricks Red recently and it is definitely a really nice little snack on its own - I wouldn't class our 'Rainforest Pearl' fruits in this category though.
Here, I dont really take much care of it and it performs about equal to my Eureka Lemon, the two of these being my best cropping citrus. It is native to this area, so I guess it might be a lot different to your climate.

Also - If you are in difficult conditions for citrus the finger lime is said to have the most resistance to phytophera, so is worthwhile trying in heavier soil if you are really looking to grow a citrus. Again, probably not much of a consideration for where you are.

The downsides for me are the spikes (I got myself in the eye doing the compost a few times) and the pain (again the spikes) when trying to prune the vigorous mass into shape, and the haven it provides for chewing and sucking insects.

So, I guess my answer would be that you would have to decide yourself whether it is worthwhile growing based on its performance for you and what you are looking for from the tree...
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amanda says...
Great info BJ - thanks. I actually quite like to eat a Meyer lemon out of hand sometimes (except for the heartburn it gives me!) - so the Ricks Red sounds good.
From your description it sounds like u a 'foodie' hey..?? :)

(ps - be careful with your eyes - a rosebush thorn got one of mine and I ended up in the emergency dept! They said I was lucky - if you puncture through to the liquid part of the eye-ball there is a very real chance of losing the eye..eek!)
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Diana says...
Hi BJ and other Brisbanites,

I hope you and your houses and gardens are OK. Mine are. We are on a little hill, which was cut off Tuesday night to Friday afternoon (the pictures is the main road behind us last Wednesday, where it was cut off to the west and east). No power for eight days until yesterday afternoon.

Apart from a short term tummy bug (apparently rife around here according to the doctor), the main casualty is the contents of the fridge and freezer. There were three harvests of peeled and blanched carrots, potatoes (luckily we ate most of those already), cabbage, celery, parsnips and things made out of bananas in the chest freezer that had to be chucked out. Now we have to buy carrots :(

It could have been much worse. Thank goodness not more people died in Brisbane (only one I think). I saw a few people doing stupid things in floodwater.

I have just got a ricks red finger lime- I'm glad to hear that it's yummy.

Diana.
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BJ says...
Hi Diana, We're up on a hill, so we just get local flash flooding, where the water runs down the hill and pools in our yard and under our house. I will make another thread for suggestions on plants that wouldnt mind growing in a bog, or if I should just turn it into a small pond.

Is your Rick's Red grafted or a cutting?
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BJ says...
Fruitist,
If you are still after Desert Limes, they will be selling plants at the GA expo in a few weeks time...
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Marlene says...
Gee I am envious of you guys and your finger limes, I re-potted my grafted Ricks Red a month ago, all the fruit fell off (even though it was only 5mm long) and it has not flowered since where before it was never without a flower, but fruit still fell off. I gave it a good feed of Epsom salts for a while before re-potting, then when nothing seemed to happen I gave it a decent dose of Magamp when I re-potted it..
The new foliage is nice and green and the old seems to have greened up a bit but also some of the ends of limbs have lost foliage - do I prune it, I would guess it has only grown 2% sine I bought it 20 months ago. It has been a mild summer down here so have left it in a morning sun position.
Would like to confirm I have done the right thing please.
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TARNI says...
i've got a questonfor you guys...we've got a 1m tall plant and we've got one darkbrown finger lime[38mm's long ] and we havent a clue as when to pick it! can you give us any tips on when to pick it
thanks!
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FL Judy says...
Wayne,

Thanks to your AWESOME advice of using Epsom Salt, I now have my biggest ever (one inch) finger limes growing after just less than a week of application of salt.

Previously, the longest the limes ever grew to was 1/4" before falling off.

THANK YOU!
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Lizz says...
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My sunrise lime had new branches growing above the graft that have thorns on them, what should I do?
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jakfruit etiquette says...
Thorny new growth from above the graft, sounds like watershoots, ie young vigirous growth spurts, leaves should be id to sunrise lime. Thorny growth from below the graft, but reaching above the graft union sounds like rootstock suckers, leaves different to sunrise lime. Remove the rootstock suckers, you can leave the watershoot if you want the plant to fill out rather than get taller.
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Tommoz says...
Mature finger lime tree growing in the ground and under full sun at Fagan Park.
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sternus1 says...
Very high quality looking soil though. No way that would fly at my place, My soil is anaerobic mud/
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Lime lover says...
Hi i,m around an hour or so north of Perth , WA and would love to plant a finger lime if only i could find one suitable for this area , grafted only. And if so where would i be able to get one as east states don't ship to WA.
Thanks







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BJ11 says...
Tass-1-Trees!
he's slightly north west of perth, but a great source of Daleys trees (that he is able to bring in through quarantine in large quantities).
Also, Tass-1-Trees is a great source of information and knowledge.
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