Can’t decide between growing a lemon tree or a lime tree? Now you don’t have to! The lemon-lime “Cocktail” tree is a cross between the ever-popular Meyer lemon and the legendary Key lime. The scions of each species are grafted onto the same compatible rootstock. You’ll get lemons and limes from the same plant. Lemon-lime trees are self-fertile, so you’ll get fruit with just one plant. If you don’t leave them outside for part of the year, you can help pollination along yourself: just use a soft paintbrush to transfer pollen from one flower to another.
- Full to partial sun (six to eight hours)
- 5.5 to 6.5
- 4 to 11 – patio
- 8 to 11 – outdoors
- 4 feet away from other trees
- Water deeply once top 3 inches of soil are dry to touch
- Mature height: 8 feet
- Mature width: 6 to 8 feet
- Harvest primarily in October to November, but fruit may be available year round
- Can fruit in the first year
Have you ever grown lemon-lime “Cocktail” trees? Please tell us your favorite thing about them and your experiences growing lemon-lime trees.