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can someone please tell me about the new dwarf lime tree sublime and if this would be better than a taihian lime tree to grow in a pot
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Pauline says...
Well it is sold as a patio lime.
They are the same type of lime as a key lime (citrus aurantifolia). They are not as big as other limes, but personally I love the flavour.
They fruit when quite young. They take hard pruning well. They even bounce back after a bit of neglect.

I have one in a pot (you can see a pic in the my edibles bit) and am considering growing another in a espallier style.

If left in the ground they can get fairly big, but should do well in a pot given normal pot plant maintinance.

I don't have a taihian lime, so can't compare....
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Tom says...
I second Pauline's advice on Citrus aurantifolia (we have three varieties in terracotta pots, one since 1999), and they do quite well on our deck in full sun through hot, humid summers and mild winters.

The oldest is in about a 70cm wide pot now and root bound but still very happy. Even after eleven years, it's still only about 2.5 metres high. Had it been put in the ground, it'd be substantially bigger but no more fruitful or healthy.

The advantage of the pot is that it allows us to move it into the shed if we get a rogue frost because they're very cold sensitive.

We also have Tahiti and Indian Sweet Limes, and they're in the ground now. They didn't like being root bound in the pots like the Key Limes and turned happy again when they could spread out their roots (mostly in the topsoil). They're also substantially larger and faster growing trees and would require a lot more attention in pots than the Key Limes. You'd be trimming, fertilizing, and watering them more often than the Key Limes.
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rachael7 says...
i have a bunnings brought sublime patio lime and im new to all this but its come to a bit of a lull...and the limes growimg only grow to a certain size n thats it... some even fall off when we touch them... im in qld so its never too cold n have the pot on a small pallet for drainage and airflow. should i prune it ?
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Pauline says...
That is exactly as the fruit look on this type of lime. They often go more yellow when ripe too.
If I were you I'd probably cut the height of yours down by about half. It will encourage it to bush out a bit.
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Brain says...
Pic 1 - that's how big the sublimes will get. It probably won't get much bigger. Around a golf ball size.

When you touch the limes and it falls off, it probably indicates the tree is unable to hold so much fruit. (They do flower and set fruit prolifically).

You can prune but depending on how much you cut, it will set the plant back. So if you must, just lightly and to shape.

Your tree looks pretty good and you've done well!

And if you want bigger limes, you need to get a Tahitian lime Citrus latifolia - as in the same lime in supermarkets.
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Pauline says...
They actually fruit really well even after a hard prune (sometimes better than before the prune).
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rachael7 says...
thankyou all for your advice. i think im going to cut it dowm a tad as i want it to be bit more bushy. i thought the limes would get bigger in size so maybe a diff variety would suit but im still going to keep going with this one.thanks again
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