Kaffir Lime Leaves Are Perfect For Adding Flavour To Your Asian & Indian Recipes! Here's How To Grow Your Own Kaffir Lime Tree In Your Apartment!
I have been wanting to grow a Kaffir Lime tree for awhile now. Often Kaffir leaves are called for in Asian and Indian recipes. The scent of the leaves is really nice.
The tree stays fairly small, and it is native to Asia, so it thrives in a warm humid climate.
Lately, I've been on watching auction websites to see if I could find a small Kaffir Lime tree, but I didn't find any in my area. However, I did find some seeds. The seller said that the seeds were fresh from Thailand. We shall see how they turn out. I thought I would share the journey with everyone.
- Find some 'Fresh' Kaffir Lime seeds. The package I got had 5 seeds altogether. I am going to try to germinate all of them and if I get more than one tree I'll give it away. They seeds are fairly inexpensive.
- Soak the seeds in slightly warm water or lukewarm water for a couple of hours.
- Get some plastic containers. Mine are 10cm by 10cm. One for every seed.
- Sow the seeds half an inch into the soil.
- Water gently.
- Cover lightly with plastic wrap.
- Set near a sunny window.
- Seeds can take up to 16 days to germinate.
For the seeds to germinate, it needs to be at least 26 degrees Celsius, or 80 degrees Fahrenheit. My apartment stays around 23C. I'm hoping they will stay warm enough in the sun. I've read that others use a heating mat to set the containers onto, and then set the mat to desired temperature. That's an option for someone who isn't germinating in the summer.
Some tips I read for keeping the tree happy, generally the same tips for all indoor citrus trees:
- Keep the soil moist but not soggy.
- Put near a window, in direct sunlight. Otherwise, set it under a grow light for at least 8 hours a day.
- It can withstand at the lowest 4.5 degrees Celsius, if you wish to have it outside.
- Change some the soil every few years.
- Fertilise monthly during spring and summer.