Repotting a Finger lime

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I grow my Finger lime in a pot so I am able to move it into a more protected environment during our cold winters.

I only have one and this gives me all the fruit I need.

Last year it produced nearly 50 fruit and even though I used it in all kinds of imaginative ways, I still had plenty to freeze and use during the year.

Finger limes freeze well and holds their flavour and texture when thawed.

As part of my maintenance regime I like to repot my Finger lime every two years. I have had this plant for 4 years so this is only the second time I have re-potted it and thought I would share with you some tips on how I do it.

Step by Step.
• I chose a pot that is about double the volume of the pot the plant is in.
• Purchase a bag of good quality potting mix.
• Put on some protective gear. The finger lime is a very thorny plant so make sure you are wearing gloves and long sleeves otherwise you will get continually spiked, which is not pleasant.
• I re-potted the plant when the soil is moist but not wet. The moist soil will hold together better than either wet or really dry.
• I tip the plant on its side, rolled it over a few times to loosen the root ball, get hold of the trunk as close to soil level as possible and gently pull the plant out of its old pot.
• On the plant above the root ball was not a tangled mass of tight roots but I still trimmed off any brown or congested material to revitalise the plant.
• I half-filled the new pot with potting mix placed the plant in the middle of the pot and at a level just below the top of the pot.
• I then back filled around the plant with potting mix, firming it down as I went.
• Then watered it well to settle it down further and topped it up to make sure all the root ball was covered.
• I then placed the plant in a protected area for a week or so giving it a couple doses of ½ strength seasol to ensure the plant recovered from the shock of the root removal.
• After two weeks I will place it back in a sunny spot and feed it as normal.

If you would rather see a video of how to re-pot a citrus tree go to:

And for more information on maintaining or growing Finger limes go to:

HOW TO GROW FINGER LIMES

BUY MY COMPLETE GUIDE TO GROWING FINGER LIME’S HERE

Repotting every couple of year ensures your tree remains healthy and continues to be productive.

Happy repotting
Kathy

Posted on September 29, 2016 in HOW TO GROW

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  1. Tanya Dunn
    September 29, 2016 at 6:27 am · Reply

    Hi Kathy, I bought a Finger Lime last year. Had some fruit on it, but was a bit stagnant. I repotted it in a bigger pot like in your email when I first got it home. Is in a fairly sheltered spot, lots on F sun in ?Summer, not so much in .winter, but has the reflected warmth from the lipid heroism window. Happy to say that it has new growth and heaps of buds – very happy!!! I am in Melbourne so I have been worried about the cold. So far so good!

    Regards Tanya Sent from my iPad

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    • kmfinigan
      September 30, 2016 at 3:25 am · Reply

      Sounds like your Fingerlime is doing great, nothing like a re potting to help rejuvenate an unhappy plant. Good luck with it and hope you get heaps of fruit. Kathy

  2. Vanessa
    December 5, 2019 at 4:56 am · Reply

    Do you use a native potting mix?

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