The Thai Key lime (Citrus Aurantifolia) is a citrus species with a round fruit, 2.5–5 cm in diameter (1–2 in), that is yellow when ripe but usually picked green.
It is smaller, with a higher acidity, a stronger aroma, and a thinner rind, than that of the Persian lime (Citrus x latifolia).
It is valued for its unique flavor compared to other limes, with the Key lime usually having a more tart and bitter flavor.
It is best known as the flavoring ingredient in Key lime pie. It is also known as West Indian lime, bartender’s lime, or Omani lime.
This variety of citrus can be propagated from seed and will grow true to the parent.
When you receive the seeds re-hydrate them by wrapping in damp kitchen towel for 12 hours before planting
Combine together equal parts of peat moss, loam and sand in a bucket. Split the growing media into individual three or four-inch plastic pots until filled.
Pack down the growing media until it's firm and well compressed in each of the three or four-inch pots. Place the pots into a watering tray, or any other container that can hold about one inch of water.
Pour water into the tray so the three or four-inch pots will absorb enough water to become well saturated. Drain out any remaining water after the pots have been moistened.
Poke one-half deep holes in the centre of each three or four-inch plastic pot. Drop into each hole, two to three of the lime tree seeds. Then, sprinkle approximately one half inch of the growing media over the top of each of the holes.
Cover the pots with cling film forming a mini greenhouse environment.
Transfer the tray of pots into a warm, bright location. The location should have a consistent temperature of between 21 and 24 deg. Celsius at all times. Ideally, eight to 10 hours of light daily also should be available. Germination of the lime tree seeds can begin in as little as 7 days, but can take up to 4 weeks. Pot up the lime tree seedlings into larger containers when they're about 2 to 3 inches tall. Give fertilizer once every 2 months to encourage plant growth
The juciest limes you'll have ever tasted ! It takes 3-5 years before the trees start producing from seed,