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Old 08-29-2009, 07:46 AM
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I have a very nice key lime tree that every year except this year has produced a pleathura of fruit. This year i only see a handfull of limes growing. A friend told me to take a ball bat and give the tree a few good smacks
So i though i might ask......should I beat my tree?

It gets plenty of water and is fertalized every three days when I pick up the dog crap from the lawn. i haven't even changed dog food

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Old 08-29-2009, 11:42 AM
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That's the craziest thing I ever heard..but it's true! Key limes are strange..one of the few citrus that produces a key lime tree if you plant a seed. I also wouldn't water it or fertilize it.

When I bought my lot there were a few key limes on it that weren't prolific producers. I backed into one with a tractor, and had more limes than I knew what do do with.

We had a Geechee maid who told us to "whup our peppers" to make 'em grow.
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I've got to ask, what's the diff. between a key lime and a lime?
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Old 08-29-2009, 01:59 PM
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I've got to ask, what's the diff. between a key lime and a lime?
Akey lime is the size of a ping pong ball, yellow and very very very tart. Little goes a long way.
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Old 08-29-2009, 02:06 PM
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Originally Posted by baitkiller View Post
I have a very nice key lime tree that every year except this year has produced a pleathura of fruit. This year i only see a handfull of limes growing. A friend told me to take a ball bat and give the tree a few good smacks
So i though i might ask......should I beat my tree?

It gets plenty of water and is fertalized every three days when I pick up the dog crap from the lawn. i haven't even changed dog food

Little help here

It's what my father used to do...wack the tree...btw, I wouldn't water and fertilize it so much....if you live in SOFLA, it's getting all it needs....
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Don't wack the tree cut it back but only take a 1/3 off of it total. Citrus respond to being cut back to produce new growth. Also don't listen to Jack Sparrow soils differ all over South Florida and citrus is a very hungry plant. Proper fertilization helps it fight canker and greening.
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Originally Posted by baitkiller View Post
I have a very nice key lime tree that every year except this year has produced a pleathura of fruit. This year i only see a handfull of limes growing. A friend told me to take a ball bat and give the tree a few good smacks
So i though i might ask......should I beat my tree?

It gets plenty of water and is fertalized every three days when I pick up the dog crap from the lawn. i haven't even changed dog food

Little help here
Call your county extension agent. It's free and those folks are always helpful.

Did you have a frost? Were there any weather issues, or issues with polination? No bees, no fruit. Anyone else with citrus in the area with fruiting issues?
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Old 08-29-2009, 08:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Shady Business View Post

... citrus is a very hungry plant. Proper fertilization helps it fight canker and greening.


Old school has citrus fertilized once, in the spring. Newer understanding has citrus fertilized year 'round, 3 or 4 times per year.

Interesting; someone with too much free time (and probably a govt grant) evaluated the DNA of citrus plants of all varieties. Concluded there is only 3 types of citrus (lime, grapefruit, and I forget the other one). All other citrus is hybrid or cross breeds of those 3.


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Call your county extension agent. It's free and those folks are always helpful.

That or your local university's agra/gardening extension. They also have tons of free info on how to best grow just about anything.
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Old 08-29-2009, 08:31 PM
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Originally Posted by dssmith View Post
Call your county extension agent. It's free and those folks are always helpful.

Did you have a frost? Were there any weather issues, or issues with polination? No bees, no fruit. Anyone else with citrus in the area with fruiting issues?
I was thinking the same thing. I grow Plumeria's and have had about 25% of the blooms this year compared to last. We had some of the coldest weather in years last winter that extended way down the state. Multiple days with extended sub freezing temps. I lost a couple of plants but the ones around the pool looked fine after the freeze and look fine this year, they just aren't blooming the way they normally do. I don't know if the freeze had anything to do with it but it was the only variable I could think of. Never heard of beating on a tree.
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Originally Posted by baitkiller View Post
......should I beat my tree?
Beating your tree is one thing, but you should never beat your stick in public.
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If your tree is a little stump maybe no one will notice you beating it.
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Key limes are different, even in the citrus world. The common lime is a Persian lime, while key limes are as bait described. You can plant a key lime seed and get a key lime tree. They're also fragile..mine didn't like trimming at all. Unfortunately, they were uprooted in a hurricane and wouldn't tolerate replanting.

Asking the county extension agent is the way to go. Florida has alot of info on its MyFlorida website.
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Originally Posted by Shady Business View Post
Don't wack the tree cut it back but only take a 1/3 off of it total. Citrus respond to being cut back to produce new growth. Also don't listen to Jack Sparrow soils differ all over South Florida and citrus is a very hungry plant. Proper fertilization helps it fight canker and greening.

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