Fruit Lime: 'Key' or 'Mexican' (Not Grafted)

Grower's Comments: Must provide protection from temperatures below 45 degrees

Multiple bloom times

prune to desired height; control in container

None required; Tropical

USDA Zone 9a to USDA Zone 11

Sun or partial sun


Although we think of Limes as green-skinned, that's purely because they are harvested and consumed before they ripen. Given enough time, they turn yellow, like lemons.


3 gal $39.50
1 gal $29.95
5 gal $48.60
7 gal $57.50
10 gal $68.75

The Key Lime, or as it is sometimes called the Mexican or Bartender's lime, is not a native to North Carolina and will need special care during our colder months. Our Key Limes are container grown and will bear fruit. They need about six hours of sunlight a day to hit their stride, and you should let the soil dry to the touch before watering. Any good liquid fertilizer seems to work on ours here at the Nursery. Key Limes, like all citrus, will not ripen off the tree. However, if they have begun to turn yellow on the tree, then they are likely already mature. The trunk rarely grows straight, but for those of us that love Key Limes, that just makes them all the more special. The rind of a Key Lime is thinner than its cousin the Persian Lime, and the Key is seedier and the juice more acidic. All the better for those delicious Key Lime Pies!