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Finger Lime Plant - Large

2-3 Years Old / Grafted / 60-80cm Height / 200mm Pot
$110.00

Grow your own Finger Limes and discover the delight of homegrown bush foods!

Known as gulalung in the Bundjalung dialect, Finger Limes (Citrus australasica) are a unique and extraordinary citrus tree native to Australia, particularly the rainforests of Northern New South Wales and Southeast Queensland. They are characterised by their elongated, finger-like fruit which contain tiny juice-filled vesicles, resembling caviar.

Finger Limes come in an array of amazing colours and provide a vibrant burst of citrus flavour with hints of lemon, lime and grapefruit. The delightful combination of tangy and tart make Finger Limes a versatile ingredient in both savoury and sweet dishes, beverages, and more.

Live in the city or only have a small garden? Finger Limes grow well in pots and can be grown as a shrub or small tree, making them a great choice for inner city or suburban dwellers.

Details

This category of Finger Lime is grafted, 2 – 3 years old, and 60 – 80cm in height. Trees will come in 150 – 200mm pots.

We provide a live plant guarantee. We will accept replacements or refunds for plants that are damaged or have died in transit. Claims must be made within 24 hours of receipt of shipment. See the FAQs section on how to make a claim.  

Please note: Plant photos are reference images only. There will be variations depending on the season and there may be differences in colour, size and shape.

Plant Info

Botanical Name: Citrus australasica

Plant Type: Small, thorny tree or large shrub.

Foliage: Small, glossy light to dark green leaves.

Mature Height: 1 – 5m

Climate: Warm temperate, sub-tropical and tropical.

Position: Full sun to part shade with protection from strong winds. Needs full sun to bear fruit.

Frost Tolerance: Tolerant of light frost once established.

Drought Tolerance: Tolerant once established.

Soil: Well-drained soil with a pH between 5 and 6.5.

Water: Moderate watering

Fertiliser: Use a slow-release citrus fertiliser during the growing season.

Flowering: White or pale pink flowers appear in late winter and spring.

Fruiting: Grafted varieties start to bear fruit after 2 to 3 years and are fully bearing by 6 years. Fruit will appear approximately 5 months from flowering. Depending on climatic conditions and cultivar, fruit matures between December and May, with the main harvest period occurring between March and May. 

Storage: Depending on variety, fruit can be stored for 2 to 4 weeks in the refrigerator.

Pots: Grows well in pots and containers.

Care Guide

CLICK HERE for a comprehensive guide on caring for your Finger Lime, including planting, watering, fertilising, pruning, harvesting, and more.

Uses

Finger Limes are incredibly versatile. They be grown as a shrub or small tree and do well in pots, making them a great choice for inner city balconies or suburban gardens. Their thorny habit means they also make a great edible security hedge!

For the foodies, you can use Finger Limes wherever you would use citrus, but especially lime. As a garnish, ‘lime caviar’ delights the senses, providing a colourful pop of refreshing acidity and flavour with every bite. Finger Limes are a great addition to:

  • Seafood
  • Salads
  • Desserts
  • Beverages
  • Dressings
  • Sauces
  • Syrups
  • Preserves
Variety Details

ROSEBANK RED:

  • Skin Colour: Red to maroon
  • Pearl Colour: Light green to pink/red
  • Seed Quantity: Medium
  • Taste: Slightly sweet, slightly sour. A mix between grapefruit and Tahitian lime.
  • Season: Year-round fruit. Peak January to June.
  • Fruit size: Medium / 5-8cm / 20-30g
  • Shelf life (5°C): >21 days
  • Tree Growth Habit: Dense

BPL:

  • Skin Colour: Brown to maroon
  • Pearl Colour: Pink
  • Seed Quantity: Low
  • Taste: Similar to Tahitian lime, but slightly sweeter with floral notes.
  • Season: February to March
  • Fruit size: Long / 8-14cm / 30-40g
  • Shelf life (5°C): 10-20 days
  • Tree Growth Habit: Open and tall

BXL:

  • Skin Colour: Brown to black
  • Pearl Colour: Purple
  • Seed Quantity: Medium
  • Taste: A sharper flavour than most other Finger Limes with sweet after taste.
  • Season: February to March
  • Fruit size: Long / 5-8cm / 20-30g
  • Shelf life (5°C): 10-20 days
  • Tree Growth Habit: Upright and compact

GEL:

  • Skin Colour: Green
  • Pearl Colour: Emerald
  • Seed Quantity: Low
  • Taste: A sharp lime flavour with a sour burst.
  • Season: February to March
  • Fruit size: Long / 8-14cm / 20-40g
  • Shelf life (5°C): 10-20 days
  • Tree Growth Habit: Upright and open

GPH:

  • Skin Colour: Dark green to black
  • Pearl Colour: Vibrant pink to purple
  • Seed Quantity: Low
  • Taste: A sharper tang than other Finger Limes with sweet floral aftertaste.
  • Season: March to May
  • Fruit size: Huge / 10-18cm / 40-50g
  • Shelf life (5°C): 21 days
  • Tree Growth Habit: Upright and open
FAQs

What is the difference between seed, cutting and grafted-grown Finger Limes?

Finger Limes can be propagated via seeds, cuttings and bud grafts.

Seeds typically are not used to propagate Finger Limes because they are not always true to type and are very slow growing (can take up to 15 years to fruit).

Cutting grown Finger Limes are clones taken from mature trees. Cuttings will be true to type and skip the juvenile period because they are taken from mature trees, which allows them to bear fruit faster than seed-grown.

Grafted Finger Limes are also clones, but are propagated by joining budwood from the mother plant to rootstock of another citrus plant. The rootstock gives the Finger Lime greater adaptability to different soil types, disease resistance, a more upright growth habit and faster growth rate.

Grafted trees typically take 2 to 3 years to fruit and are fully bearing after 6 years. They are more expensive than cuttings, but are worth the investment due to the faster fruit yield, resistance to disease and adaptability to different soil types and climates.

I live in a cold climate. Can I still grow Finger Limes?

Finger Limes are best suited to warm temperature, sub-tropical and tropical conditions. However, you can grow Finger Limes in cool climates. If growing your Finger Lime in a colder climate, move the potted tree indoors before the first frost.

How long will it take to fruit?

Grafted varieties of Finger Limes typically take 2 to 3 years to fruit and are fully-bearing after 6 years.

My plant arrived damaged/dead. Can I get a refund?

We have a strict 24-hour return policy for all live plant products.

We will take the utmost care preparing your plant for transit. However, if your plant arrives damaged or dead, please get in contact with us.

To be eligible for a refund or replacement you must send a photo to info@bushharvestco.com within 24 hours of receiving your plant(s) including a description of the damage. 

Why doesn’t my plant look exactly like the one in the pictures?

As a condition of purchase, you accept that the plant shown in the image is not the same plant you will receive. These are reference images and there may be variations in size, colour and shape. We do not accept returns or refunds for plants that are not identical to the one pictured.

Delivery

We endeavour to fulfil orders as quickly as possible. Orders are typically dispatched within 2 – 3 business days (excluding weekends and holidays). For live plant orders, we will avoid shipping just before weekends or holidays to avoid delays in transit.

There is a flat rate shipping fee of $30 for a single plant. Then, $20 per extra plant.

Due to biosecurity laws, we are unable to ship live plants to Western Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory or internationally. If your delivery address is in one of these areas, you will not be able to complete your order.

Multi-column

BPL

Brown Skin - Pink Pearls - Long Size

BXL

Brown Skin - Purple Peals - Long Size

GPH

Green to Black Skin - Pink Pearls - Huge Size

Rosebank Red

Red to Maroon Skin - Light Green to Pink Pearls - Medium Size

GEL

Green Skin - Emerald Pearls - Long Size

The Finger Lime

BURSTING WITH HEALTH BENEFITS

As Finger Lime farmers, we started Bush Harvest Co to showcase the extraordinary benefits our native bush foods have to offer. Not only are bush foods delicious and nutritious, they also provide incredible health properties.

Indigenous Australians have used finger limes as a nutritional food source and for medicinal purposes for tens of thousands of years. Finger Limes contain three times more vitamin C than mandarins and they are exceptionally high in vitamin E. Both vitamins C and E are powerful antioxidants that protect our cells and boost our immune system. Indigenous Australians also used the pulp and juice of Finger Limes as an antiseptic for sores and boils. 

The Finger Lime has adapted to withstand harsh Australian climatic conditions by producing and storing extraordinary quantities of potent phytonutrients. These compounds help the plant to grow, repair, hydrate, heal and protect itself against environmental damage and pests. For this reason, the Finger Lime has garnered significant attention from the cosmetic and nutraceutical industries.

The Finger Lime is the hero ingredient in our native botanical skincare range. If you’re after a gentle, yet highly effective skincare system, check out our Finger Lime Face Lift Hydrating and Brightening serum and our Finger Lime Refresh Purifying Facial Cleanser.

Customer Reviews

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Ralph (Auckland, New Zealand)
My New Baby Finger Lime Plant

I love my new baby finger lime plant! I recently bought it from the Bush Harvest Co stall Matt & Nat had set up at a market in Byron Bay. They had four different varieties for sale! I chose a plant that already had quite a few finger limes growing on it.

I repotted the plant, transferring it into a larger pot using the easy-to-follow instructions available on the Bush Harvest Co website. It only took about 15 minutes, and the end result is shown in the attached photo!

Thank you, Matt & Nat for making such a unique Australian plant readily available to the general public!

Best wishes with your new venture!

M
Maddie (New South Wales, Australia)
Great finger lime

So happy with the way my finger lime tree arrived. Quite big plant and looks super healthy. Can’t wait to plant it!