Q&As/Fruit Gardening/Kaffir Lime Leaves

Question

I have 2 kaffir lime bushes that are bearing more fruit than leaves. What should I add to promote more leaf production & reduce fruiting as kaffir limes leaves are more useful for Asian cooking?

Answer

There has been an abundance of lemons and limes in many parts of New Zealand this winter. The fruit is actually dominating the appearance of the plant - and this also applies to kaffir lime. We would recommend immediately removing a considerable number of fruit from your kaffir lime, because the plant's energy is currently being directed to fruit formation.

In spring, commence fertilising with Daltons Garden Time™ Fruit & Citrus Fertiliser that is a balanced NPK fertiliser specifically blended for citrus. If the tree continues to produce excessive amounts of fruit, perhaps switch to a fertiliser that is higher in nitrogen as this contributes to mainly vegetative growth. As spring arrives, we would recommend removing all remaining fruit to promote foliage growth.

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