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Finger Lime frön (Citrus australasica)
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The Australian native citrus! This plant grows naturally as a thorny shrub of subtropical and dry rainforest in Queensland and New South Wales. However, it can be grown farther south, I have it growing in Melbourne. Finger limes may have a range of coloured fruit - green, brown, even pink. The
The Australian native citrus! This plant grows naturally as a thorny shrub of subtropical and dry rainforest in Queensland and New South Wales. However, it can be grown farther south, I have it growing in Melbourne. Finger limes may have a range of coloured fruit - green, brown, even pink. The pulp of the finger lime has been likened to a citrus caviar, with the same kind of texture as the fishy kind. It has many applications in cooking and gourmets have been recently exploring this as a resource. Can be used in home made jam, pickles and marmalades. Needs a fairly protected, shady position, particularly in colder areas such as southern Australia.
Botanic Name: Citrus australasica
Common Name: Finger Lime
Place of origin: Australia (North East)
Position: Semi shade/shade - protected position
Drought tolerant: Moderately so
Water requirement (after estab.): Prefers regular watering over warmer months
Height: approx 2-7m depending on climate and resources
Flowering season: Summer
Flower colour: white
Flower growth: Citrus
Soil type: Moist
Pots: Yes (Large)
Pruning/Cut back: No. Can be pruned to shape if desired.
Fertilising: A full fertiliser for flowering and fruiting plants (high in potassium), once a week to once a fortnight for fantastic flowering and fruiting, but less if desired. Will flower OK with minimal care, but for outstanding results, feed.
soak in water for 12-24 hours.
all year round
Coir or sowing mix + sand or perlite
20-25 ° C
bright + keep constantly moist not wet
Water regularly during the growing season