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Germination of

Citrus aurantiifolia

Key Lime: Mexican Lime, West Indian Lime, Citrus aurantiifolia

Citrus aurantiifolia

Citrus aurantiifolia (Key Lime): To germinate Key Lime seeds, start by soaking them in warm water for 24-48 hours. After soaking, plant the seeds in a well-draining soil mix, covering them with 1-2 inches of soil. Keep the soil moist and the container in a warm, bright location. Germination should occur in 2-3 weeks.

Some of plants may have very have specific germination requirements that may not be covered in these general instructions. 

Many seeds require pre-treatment before sowing which we try to list here when we can, but this information may not be present here.  Germination times and germination temperatures are to be a guide only.  Many factors can DRASTICALLY affect this.


It's always a good idea to research the specific germination requirements from multiple sources for each plant before attempting to grow them from seed.

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