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Bearss

Citrus aurantifolia 'Bearss'

Also known as

Lime , Lemmetjie (Afr.)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Tender

13b

USDA zone

18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

5m

Max

5m

2m

Min

3m

Fruiting

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Harvest while the fruit is green or harvest just as it matures and becomes slightly yellow. Harvesting is done​ by hand.

Bearss Overview

Limes are compact evergreen trees with aromatic leaves that produce small green to pale yellow fruit. 'Bearss' is a variant of lime that is a fairly large almost seedless variety widely used in the culinary applications, various dishes & drinks benefitting from its zesty taste. It even has historical and traditional medicinal use. This tree is grown for ornamental use as it is covered with aromatic green leaves year-round, look great planted in patio containers and can be grown inside.

Common problems with Bearss

Scale, woolly white fly, false codling moth, mealy bugs, and nutrient defienciencies are all problematic.

    How to propagate Bearss

    Cuttings

    A portion of a stem, or root, the ​leaf is cut from the parent tree, after which this part is placed under favorable environmental conditions and induced to form roots and shoots(tissue cuture).

    Layering

    The development of roots on a stem while it is attached to the parent plant. The rooted stem then detached to become a new plan​t growing on its own roots.

    Special features of Bearss

    Pot plant

    A great plant for large patio containers where the fragrant flowers can be enjoyed and the fruit easily picked.

    Indoor plant

    Can be grown indoors if space and ample sunlight can be provided.

    Attracts useful insects

    Attracts insects such as bees and butterflies.

    Attracts birds

    Fruit and flowers attract​ various birds.

    Hedge plant

    Other uses of Bearss

    Culinary, medicinal

    culinary

    Even the aromatic leaves are popular to use, although the fruit is the real great addition to many dishes and drinks.

    medicinal

    Very high in Vitamin C as well as anti-fungal!