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- Common name:
- Sweet Lime, Sweet Orange
- Regional name:
- Marathi - Mosambi
- Fruit Plants, Trees
- Rutaceae or Lemon family
I. Introduction A. What is Sweet Lime? Sweet Lime (Citrus limetta) is a citrus fruit tree, also known as Mosambi, that belongs to the Rutaceae family. The fruit is characterized by its sweet and tangy flavor, making it a popular choice for both eating fresh and making juices. Sweet Lime is often confused with lemon or lime, but it has a distinct taste and unique health benefits.
II. Plantation A. Climate Requirements Sweet Lime trees thrive in subtropical and tropical climates, with temperatures ranging from 15 to 38 degrees Celsius (60 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit). They are sensitive to frost and cannot tolerate temperatures below -2 degrees Celsius (28 degrees Fahrenheit).
B. Soil Requirements Sweet Lime trees prefer well-draining, fertile soil with a pH between 6.0 and 7.5. Sandy loam or loam soil is ideal.
C. Planting Method
- Choose a sunny location with good drainage.
- Dig a hole twice the size of the root ball, ensuring proper aeration.
- Place the tree in the hole, making sure the root ball is level with the ground.
- Fill the hole with a mixture of soil and compost, gently tamping it down.
- Water the tree thoroughly after planting and add mulch to retain moisture.
III. Growing A. Watering Water the Sweet Lime tree regularly, ensuring the soil is consistently moist but not waterlogged. Reduce watering during the winter months.
B. Fertilizing Fertilize the tree with a balanced citrus-specific fertilizer, applying it according to the package instructions. Typically, fertilization occurs 3-4 times a year.
C. Pruning Prune the Sweet Lime tree to maintain its shape, remove dead or diseased branches, and promote air circulation. Pruning should be done in late winter or early spring.
IV. Care A. Pest and Disease Management Monitor the tree for pests such as aphids, spider mites, and citrus leafminers, and use appropriate measures to control them. Also, watch for diseases like citrus canker and greening, and consult an expert for proper treatment if necessary.
B. Harvesting Sweet Lime fruits are ready to harvest when they have a uniform pale green or yellowish color and a slightly soft texture. Gently twist the fruit to remove it from the tree.
V. Benefits A. Nutritional Value Sweet Lime is rich in vitamin C, potassium, dietary fiber, and other essential nutrients that contribute to overall health and well-being.
B. Health Benefits
- Boosts immunity
- Aids in digestion
- Promotes healthy skin
- Improves heart health
- Helps in weight management
C. Culinary Uses Sweet Lime can be consumed fresh, juiced, or used in various recipes, including salads, desserts, and beverages.
By following this guide, you can successfully plant, grow, and care for a Sweet Lime tree, enjoying its delicious fruits and numerous health benefits.