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Kaffir lime is a plant which belongs to the Citrus genus.

Good for container growing. Aromatic, thorny bush or small tree1 that can reach heights of twenty five feet.

Kaffir limes are dark green with a bumpy surface. This tree needs a lot of light in order to produce limes.1

The leaves are very distinctive. It’s shaped like hourglass 2

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   White. The mature flowers take a single form, with an approximate petal count of 4. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Dark spring green. Leaves appear approximately as a   Fern green

Kaffir lime grows as an evergreen and is a flowering edible fruit. Being an evergreen plant, it will keep its leaves throughout the year.

Normally reaching to a mature height of 4.95 feet (1.52 metres).

Thailand is believed to be where Kaffir lime originates from.

Kaffir lime needs a moderate amount of maintenance, so some level of previous experience comes in handy when growing this plant. Ensure that you are aware of the soil, sun, ph and water requirements for this plant and keep an eye out for pests.

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How to grow Kaffir lime

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Sun

  • Medium

Plant in a location that enjoys full sun / partial sun and remember to water moderately. Zone 9 to 10 are typically the USDA Hardiness Zones that are appropriate for this plant (although this can vary based on your microclimate). Keep in mind when planting that Kaffir lime is thought of as half hardy, so protect with a row cover whenever the temperatures drop.

See our list of companion Plants for Kaffir lime to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Kaffir lime from seed

Transplanting Kaffir lime

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Kaffir lime is a half hardy plant.

Harvesting Kaffir lime

Fruit is not juicey.1 Leaves and rind are used in cooking.1

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Kaffir lime Etymology

Hustrix is Greek and means hedgehog in reference to the thorns on this plant.1

Kaffir lime Folklore & Trivia

Thai lime or makrut lime are preferred names due to the derogatory nature of the word “kaffir”.1

Other names for Kaffir lime

Kieffer lime, Makrut, makrut lime, Thai lime, Som makrut, Magrood, Shauk-nu, Shauk-waing, Krauch soeuch, Fatt-fung-kam, Limau purut, Jeruk purut, Jeruik limo, Jeruk sambal, Swangi, Kahpiri dehi, Odu dehi, Kudala-dehi

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