Citrus aurantifolia 'Bearss'
Also known as
Lime , Lemmetjie (Afr.)
Harvest while the fruit is green or harvest just as it matures and becomes slightly yellow. Harvesting is done by hand.
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
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).
The development of roots on a stem while it is attached to the parent plant. The rooted stem then detached to become a new plant growing on its own roots.
Special features of Bearss
A great plant for large patio containers where the fragrant flowers can be enjoyed and the fruit easily picked.
Can be grown indoors if space and ample sunlight can be provided.
Attracts useful insects
Attracts insects such as bees and butterflies.
Fruit and flowers attract various birds.
Other uses of Bearss
Even the aromatic leaves are popular to use, although the fruit is the real great addition to many dishes and drinks.
Very high in Vitamin C as well as anti-fungal!