Variegated Key Lime blooms leaves

The first blooms on my variegated 'Key Lime' citrus tree. I had this little plant imported from Indonesia last year and am excited to see it bloom and hopefully set fruit. Fun!

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Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on March 23, 2012 at 8:31am

Thanks Cramer, I'm definitely excited.  The poor thing had six leaves when it arrived a year ago, LOL, but it had to be shipped bare-root and the shipping and inspection process took a long time.  It's made a really nice recovery.  I'm definitely excited about this one.  I need to get grafting now that it's large enough to provide some grafting stock.

Thanks for the information on citrus in your area, Cindy.  Good luck with those orange seeds--they don't seem to be fast sprouters for me, which is why I end up often just cramming a seed into a houseplant pot, and then forgetting about them, and then being pleasantly surprised a month or two later with a seedling!  That's how my big orange tree (I think!, LOL, could have been a lemon, hahah) in my garden got started.  Good luck and post updates.  Happy gardening you two. 

Comment by Cramer NC Zn7 on March 22, 2012 at 3:35pm

I can imagine your excitement Grant!  That IS a gem!

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on March 22, 2012 at 3:32pm

Thanks!  These get around 8-12 feet tall if you let them.  There's a variegated 'Pink Eureka' lemon that has similar leaves and is pretty popular here, it's so ornamental even without fruit, and there's also variegated calamondin oranges too (not really oranges, but they look like it, and are more closely related to kumquats).  This plant was inexpensive, but getting the agricultural inspection to get it to the US wasn't cheap, LOL, but it was worth it.  Can people grow citrus in the ground by you, Cindy??  I'm not quite sure I'm visualizing your zone properly.  You definitely grow a lot of fun plants either way!  Thanks for commenting!

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