Citrus hystrix / Kaffir Lime Espalier : 1L : 25-30cm High (exc pot)
This citrus is native to the Far East and is much used in the cuisine of the area. In particular the leaves are used, either fresh or dried. The fruit is green in colour and considered too bitter for culinary use although the zest is commonly used. The aromatic leaves have a distinctive double shape. It is well suited to container growing and in this country needs to be kept inside for the winter period to protect from frost. Very fragrant white flowers are borne at any time. The young foliage is a dark almost purple colour. The branches carry thorns.
This evergreen citrus tree is mainly grown for its distinctive glossy double leaves. The fruit is a light to mid green, small and knobbly.
Keep your Kaffir Lime plant in a south-facing, sunny spot on a windowsill, or in a conservatory or greenhouse. They can be taken outdoors in the summer and placed in a sheltered, sunny spot. From Mar-Sep, feed weekly with a summer citrus feed to encourage new growth. From Oct-Feb, feed occasionally with a winter citrus feed.