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My Key Limes were neglected, died & new seeds planted.

Monday, 03 Oct 11 Rainy 29°C / 85°F

My Key Limes plants were neglected for about a week and since they were planted in small peat pots, didn’t get watered and were in the blaring sun, they died. I don’t think I’ll plant any more tree seedlings in peat pots again, since they dry out so easily. I remembered that I had some key limes that I threw in the compost heap, so I found one that was starting to decompose, so I harvested the seeds & planted some of them. Lets see what happens.

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Day 42

Key lime 'Mexican'

Citrus aurantifolia


These seedlings died because they weren’t being watered, but I planted new ones.

Container garden


  • graibeard

    graibeard wrote:

    I’ve never had much luck with the peat pots myself, and others have commented along the same lines in discussions about them. They dry out, the netting doesn’t rot quickly enough, fiddly. If pots are the go then I tend to just plant now into the same soil (with amendments if needed) that they will be going into eventually, it makes the pot heavier but there is more of a buffer against shocks.

    Good luck with the replacements.

    Posted on 03 Oct 11 (over 3 years ago)

  • Loratika

    Loratika wrote:

    Thanks. The reason I didn’t plant them directly in the ground, is because my house is situated on a regular 8K+ sq. ft. suburban lot. I’m thinking now that I might buy a new house with a larger lot to grow as many fruit trees as I can and still have room for my vegetable/fruit garden and other shade trees and some open land and patio space. Even with some of the large flowering trees I have now, I could plant quite a few fruit trees, but I’m afraid a lot of the trees might not get as much sun and air movement as they will need to do well. So until we decide to stay or move, I’m starting as many fruit trees as possible from seeds, if I think they’ll grow true, with the hope of one day having fruit from them. Most of my fruit trees are from nurseries, but I’ll admit, I kind of like the challenge of growing them from seed, unless I think I’d be better off buying a tree from the nursery.

    Until I decide about whether or not I.m going to stay or move, I’ll have these plants started and eventually growing in large (25") pots, which I can later plant into the ground here or elsewhere. The older I get, the faster the years pass, so I figure I’ll be eating some of these fruits before I know it!

    Have you grown any fruit trees/bushes.vines from seeds/cuttings, and if so, have you had much luck with them?

    Posted on 03 Oct 11 (over 3 years ago)

  • graibeard

    graibeard wrote:

    Yep, I’m with you there.

    I’m growing all mine in pots ( 50mm square forestry tubes ) for reasons nearly identical to yours.

    What I do is use the garden soil, as is, in those pots. I’m lucky as it is sandy soil and of reasonable quality so I can get away with it – it drains freely and is well manured with compost. I’m not worried by any bugs or disease in the mix, or the need for a sterile growing medium. I’m a believer in Nature knows best (most times) and there’s no shortage of seeds so losses aren’t a problem.
    The only down side is a quantity of them get heavy on the back but that’s nicely offset by the savings compared to a commercial potting mix.

    I’ve got Feijoas by two. Chilean gauva, the Blue Lilly Pillys, Carob and I didn’t realize the list was quite this long. There are more but I’ll stop now! There have been losses – slugs in the glasshouse, poor germination but I’m over sowing to the max as I know how Mother Nature works! :-)
    It’s all good fun – and that makes it easy to do.

    I must investigate some citrus too. You can never have too much overkill. ;-)

    Posted on 03 Oct 11 (over 3 years ago)

  • Loratika

    Loratika wrote:

    I agree with you, you never can have too much over kill! If you plant too much, you’ll (hopefully) have extras if something happens to one or more of your trees. Best case scenerio is that you’ll have extra trees to give to someone else, who would be happy to have them.

    I know that it would be easier just buying the tree from the nursery, but that just takes too much of the fun and challenge away. I know it will take a long time before I get fruit from these seedlings, but I’ve got time. While I do purchase trees from the nursery, I do like the idea that I can start to grow a wide variety of trees for FREE! Then if I “fry” one, I can just plant another seed and I would not have lost too much other than some of my time, which I hope I will have a lot of at some point .

    As far as my key limes go, after my other seedlings got fried, I remembered that I had some citrus that got over ripe and were thrown in the compost heap. I went to look and I found what appeared to be a decaying key lime, so I harvested the seeds and planted them. My first seed sprouted today. I just hope it actually was a key lime. It was definitely a lime, but smaller than most limes, and a little bigger than a lot of key limes. It was a generous ping pong ball size. I just hope it is a key lime! This time I will watch it a little better and NOT keep it in a peat pot!

    Posted on 21 Oct 11 (over 3 years ago)

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