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Citrus Season is starting at Don Limon     

We from Don Limón offer a wide variety of citrus fruits. Currently we sell  clementines from Argentina. Did you know how healthy clementines are? Here are just some short facts about clementines:

-100 grams of the fruit contain about 30 mg of Vitamin C, which equals for about one third of the daily requirement.

– Furthermore, it contains not insignificant amounts of B vitamins and minerals such as iron, calcium, folic acid copper or potassium.

– Clementines have fiber for better digestion

– a small fruit of about 50 grams includes only 25 kcal. This is due in particular to the high water content of the fruit and the fact that it contains virtually no fat. The mentioned catapults the Clementines into the higher ranks of the health scale!

 

South African oranges and the grapefruit season will continue with imports within the next week. We import oranges of all varieties like Navel, Navelate, Cambria Navel, Valencia, Midnight and Delta.

Why is there so much Navel? The reason for that is simple:

Navel oranges are a consumer favorite and the growing popularity and acceptance of South African Summer Citrus means that the fresh, sweet, juicy goodness of navels is available through the hot summer months. This makes them an ideal thirst quencher as well as being strong on nutritional value. South African navels are easy to peel, seedless and bursting with juice. Their superior quality is due to the ideal Mediterranean climate of the growing regions

 

The Mexican lime season started in April and we will sell the delicious limes till the Brazilian season starts in December. During the European summer we sell lemons from Argentina, South Africa and till late June also from Spain.

 

Mexican lime are known by many names such as: Key lime, Bartender’s lime, and West Indian lime. The trees are moderately-sized and bushy, almost shrub-like, and the leaves are distinctively aromatic when crushed.  Some selections are quite thorny, while other selections are thornless. Mexican lime trees are sensitive to cold. The blossoms are pure white and fragrant. The fruits are small, approximately one and one-half inches in diameter, and almost round, with a thin, smooth, greenish-yellow rind at maturity that is especially fragrant. The flesh is greenish-yellow, seedy, and highly acidic, with a fine texture.

Want to learn how to grow an indoor lime tree on your own?

There are a couple of ways to grow a lime tree from seed and knowing how to plant a lime seed is important for success. You can plant the seed directly in a pot of soil or place it in a plastic bag. Before planting lime seeds, however, be sure to wash them and you may even want to allow them to dry for a couple days, then plant them as soon as possible. Plant seeds about ¼ to ½ inch deep in containers with well-draining soil.

The potting soil should be somewhat sandy and well-draining. When possible, use a potting soil made specifically for citrus trees. Gently place the root ball in the pot and continue filling it with soil. Tamp the soil down lightly and water until the soil feels moist to the touch.

Lime trees, like all citrus trees, need at least 6 to 8 hours of bright sunlight daily. Place your lime tree in a sunny window. During the winter, you may need to supplement the natural sunlight with a grow light, especially if the leaves drop or turn pale green. Keep lime trees at temperatures between 55 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit (12-29 degrees celsius). A temperature of 65 F (18°C) is ideal. Sudden changes in temperature can harm the tree, so don’t place it near heaters, radiators or exterior doors.

During the summer, you can move the lime tree outdoors. Wait until the last expected frost and then gradually move the tree outdoors, bringing it inside at night until it acclimates. Keep the tree on a patio or terrace in a protected area that gets full sun. Reverse this process in the fall – gradually bringing the tree indoors. It may lose a few leaves as it makes the transition from indoors to outdoors, but if you acclimate it slowly, it won’t experience too much shock. Soggy soils promote fungal growth and root rot, so allow the soil to dry out slightly between watering.

Fertilize lime trees every three weeks from spring to summer with a citrus fertilizer or one made for tomatoes or vegetables. During the fall and winter, fertilize every six weeks.

This should provide you a good start for growing your own lime tree – try it out and let us know how your growing process is doing!