Don’s Expert Answers: Can Lemon And Lime Trees Cross Pollinate When Planted Too Close

Question From:
Henrietta DeBruin in Broken Head, Byron Bay New South Wales

Nature of problem:
Can Lemon And Lime Trees Cross Pollinate When Planted Too Close

Type of Plant (if known):
Lime tree

Symptoms of Plant Illness (please try NOT to diagnose your problems yourself):
Limes tree has fruit that look like lemons, size and colour

Soil Type (e.g. sandy, clay or loam) OR Potting Mix Type:

How often do you water the plant:
Twice a week if weather is warm.

How many hours of sunlight does the plant get each day:
Most of the day.

How long since you planted it:
Two years

Have you fertilised? If so, with what and when:
Yes, general fruit fertiliser

Is the plant indoors or outdoors:
Out doors

Is the plant in a pot or in the ground:

What other treatments have you given the plant:

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Other Comments:
We have planted six fruit trees, 3 lemon and 3 lime. (2 rows of three) They are planted appr 1.5m apart, in the order of lemon, lime and lemon. The lime tree has produced fruit that looks like lemons.

Hi Henrietta, When all trees cross pollinate, only the resulting seeds are affected – the parent trees remain unchanged,. All citrus can and will naturally hybridise, producing new varieties. So what is the difference between a lemon and a lime? the answer is about 4-5 weeks. Limes are only limes while they are unripe and green…as soon as they ripen, they are in effect, lemons: both looking and tasting like lemons. The lime flavour is only evident while the fruit are green. So pick them earlier while they are still green. Don