Lime (Dwarf Tahiti Bearrs) Tree

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Dwarf lime trees are simply gorgeous in a large pot, espaliered, or as a centrepiece in a tropical garden.  The Tahiti Bearrs Dwarf produces lots of zingy citrus fruit to take home cuisine from good to amazing!

Urban Bounty Dwarf Tahiti Bearrs Lime Trees come in a 3.25 litre pot. 

About Dwarf Tahitian Limes (Persian Limes)

Lime trees are an evergreen, fragrant citrus.  Their origin is a little bit of a mystery, but they are thought to have come from Asia (east and northeast India, northern Myanmar and China).  Tahiti Bearrs limes are a citrus hybrid that brings together (Citrus medica), pummelo (Citrus grandis), and a micro-citrus specimen (Citrus micrantha).  They have glossy green leaves, few thorns and fragrant white blossoms.  The tangy, tart fruit ripens between May and June. 

As a dwarf, the Dwarf Tahiti Bearrs variety is ideal for small gardens and container growing.  In the ground, it will grow to about 1 - 1.5 metres tall.  (In a pot the tree will be smaller.) This tree will look fantastic in an apartment pot, an elegant or a tropical garden.    

Culinary Uses for Tahitian Bearrs Limes

Tahiti Bearrs Limes have a delicious tart, citrus taste.  They are now used in cooking around the world, especially for southeast Asian and Mexican cuisine.  We love the juice in pineapple, chilli and coriander salsa, squeezed over seafood ceviche, or in nam pla prik (the delicious Thai dipping sauce).  Its flavours also lend themselves well to sweet dishes like lime and coconut cake, or summer cocktails.   

Limes ripen on the tree and usually take about 3 months to ripen.  They are ready when they can be easily picked with a slight twist.  A heavier lime indicates ripeness, and will be juicier.  Limes can be frozen for use in cooking in the off-season.  

Growing Conditions - Dwarf Tahitian Bearrs Lime 

In New Zealand, the best times to plant Tahitian Bearrs Lime trees is spring or late autumn.  The Tahitian Bearrs variety is self-fertile, so you only need to plant one tree to set fruit.  Companion plant with things that attract pollinating bees like Dill, Yarrow, Thyme, Marigold, Borage, Cosmos or Calendula.

The most important condition for a healthy Lime tree is warmth and full sun.  Plant in free draining loamy soil that is slightly acidic.  Shelter from wind and frost.  In the summer, it is important to keep the soil around your Lime tree moist.  We recommend watering deeply twice a week in dry weather. 

Healthy citrus trees need regular food.  As their roots are shallow, they prefer a little food, often.  Monthly doses of fertiliser, including worm tea, compost and seaweed tea are needed from April through to September, moving to six weekly doses from September to March.   Yellowing leaves can be a sign you need to fertilize your tree.

Tips for Growing Lime Trees in a Container

Choose a good sized pot with adequate drainage holes (larger is better) and position in a sunny spot.  Potted citrus need a rich, free draining soil mix designed for container growing.   You also need to water and feed them more often than citrus planted directly in the garden.   

We offer a replacement guarantee

To give you peace of mind, we offer a replacement guarantee if your plants do not arrive in good condition.  If there is a problem please let us know as soon as you receive your package and we will work with you to resolve it.

What will postage cost?

Postage varies by region, and by parcel size/weight. 

Customers are asked to choose the correct postage option at checkout (urban or rural). 

If you order a worm farm or garden bed and plants in the same order, the postage for the worm farm will be added to the postage for the other items.  (These items are dispatched from separate locations.) 

If you live in the South Island, Waiheke or Great Barrier Island, please contact us for a custom shipping quote: info@urbanbounty.co.nz 

How often do you dispatch?

To reduce the risk of plants sitting in a courier depot over weekends, we usually ship orders on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (except public holidays).   

How do you package your products?

We take extra care to water plants well and drain them before sending.  Plants are shipped in specially designed packaging, designed to reduce the risk of damage in transit. Trees and bushes are securely wrapped in paper to reduce risk of soil escaping during transit.  They are well supported with scrunched up paper to prevent movement during transit.  

 

Where do you deliver to? 

We deliver to most locations in the North Island - you can order and make payment via our website, Facebook or Instagram stores.  

South Island, Waiheke and Great Barrier

While we deliver to the South Island, we ask customers in these locations to email us for a quote: info@urbanbounty.co.nz  Shipping to the South Island can be expensive and is extremely variable by location - we like to avoid nasty shocks at checkout! 

We don’t generally ship to Waiheke, Great Barrier except by special arrangement. (Delivery can be expensive, and we want to ensure that our live plants arrive in good condition.)  If items are small and non-perishable (such as seeds) delivery may be possible.  Contact us to discuss options: info@urbanbounty.co.nz

Do you deliver to post office boxes?

Unfortunately live products like plants, garden beds and worm farms can't be delivered to Post Office Boxes. Large items (like garden furniture) are delivered to the nearest freight depot for customer pickup if outside of Auckland.