Bearss Lime Tree (Citrus aurantiifolia ‘Bearss’)
Bearss Lime Tree
Have easy to grow Limes at the ready with Bearss Lime Tree!
The Bearss Lime Tree (Citrus aurantiifolia ‘Bearss’) is an evergreen tree that produces fantastic Limes. Also known as a Persian Lime Tree or Tahiti Lime, looks equally charming as a patio plant to move indoors to protect from chill and freezing, or as a small specimen tree in a sunny spot of your yard.
Well-known as a heavy producer, this dense, shrubby tree grows into a beautifully full crown. A fast-growing tree, the Bearss Lime has the heaviest saturation of fruit occurring during the winter and early spring in warmer regions.
Dark-green foliage offsets the beautiful, fragrant, white flowers that shine in the springtime. It presents a beautiful backdrop for the developing fruit. You’ll be thrilled to watch the bright green rind take on a gentle yellow blush when it is fully ripe.
Bearss Limes have a long shelf life and are prized for their uses in a large variety of drinks and culinary dishes. Some people even use the leaves for culinary and decorative purposes as well.
Today, the Bearss is the most widely planted Lime selection. It produces fruit that has a smooth rind with green, juicy, lemon-sized fruit.
If you live in a colder climate, no problem! Just plant Bearss Lime in containers and bring them indoors in winter. Give it a sunny spot to reside near a full sun window. You’ll be charmed by the invigorating citrus scent that lifts the mood in your home during those cold winter days.
This tree is highly regarded as a small container plant and can be pruned to maintain the plant to almost any size needed. Outside in growing zones where there is no winter freeze, Bearss trees are somewhat variable in size depending upon the conditions, but make a great privacy hedge or lovely ornamental accent and specimen.
Growers appreciate the Bearss’s ornamental look and its heavenly-scented floral blooms that dazzle in a beautiful white and purple show each season.
A self-pollinating fruit tree, the Bearss Lime develops its fruit early on in life, so you don’t need to wait long after planting to expect the first harvest!
All Citrus do best in full sun, at least 8 hours a day for the best flowering and therefore best harvest! Indoors, you can supplement lighting with LED grow lights to extend the sparser hours of sunlight you’d naturally receive in winter.
Bearss, like all Citrus, benefit from having soil on the drier side, and soggy soil is their death. Not particular on soil type, it must be well-drained and slightly acidic to keep the root system happy.
Citrus trees prefer an acidic soil mix, select a potting soil that is used for Azaleas, Camelia or Rhododendrons. Add a quarter-inch of bark or pathway bark at the rate of 25% of the total volume of the container. This improves both the porosity and adds large-particle organic matter to the soil.
Feed your container Citrus quarterly with an acid fertilizer like Dr. Earth Acid Lovers Organic Fertilizer. Outdoors, fertilize at least 3-4 times a year as well.
Look no further if you’ve been seeking an indoor/outdoor Lime tree variety that boasts high production and excellent fruit! This nearly thornless tree won’t disappoint!
|Common name||Bearss Lime Tree|
|Botanical name||Citrus aurantiifolia 'Bearss'|
|Plant type||Broad-Leaved Evergreen|
|Hardiness zone||9-11 (Patio 4-11)|
|Harvest time||1 - 2 Years|
|Height||12 - 18 ft.|
|Width||5 - 10 ft.|
|Moisture||Medium to Low|
|Soil condition||Widely Adaptable|
|Pruning time||Early Spring|