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How to Grow a Kaffir Lime Tree

Propagate Plants from Cuttings – 4 Minute Guide to Clones and Cloning

Nature is so cool! It’s so easy to grow one plant and from that plant’s seeds or stalks, to grow an endless supply of more. Plant propagation can produce an endless supply of free plants cloned from parent plants.

Have you heard of the exotic Kaffir Lime tree? You can see it pictured in the cover image. Sometimes called a Thai Lime Tree, the Kaffir lime plant has thick bumpy-skinned limes that are often used in Thai curries. Interestingly, it’s the tangy citrus flavored leaves and tart skin of the kaffir lime that is used in Thai cooking.

Kaffir lime is a great choice for indoor container gardening.

Easy to grow in containers indoors, The Kaffir Lime, is sometimes called, Makrut Lime or Mauritius Papeda, and sometimes confused with Bergamot.1)

However, bergamot, is a different plant, seems harder to come by here in North America. Reported to have medicinal properties bergamot is worth looking into as well. 3)

Anyway, back to Kaffir Lime, it’s very easy to grow and propagate from cuttings, which is a much faster process than trying to grow them from seeds. You can actually buy Kaffir lime plants on Amazon, and make many more or your own!

How to Propagate Kaffir Lime Trees

shutterstock_198703310With most plants, I usually have luck just placing cuttings in water, and once they’re rooting, planting them directly into a good potting soil medium. It’s super cool how cuttings are free and you can create an infinite number of new plants from your clippings… and then from those plants as they grow. Thus a nursery is born!

But if that’s not working for you, this video features Clonex, which looks like a more sure way to get your cuttings to root. They’re also using grow lights, which we’ve written about in another article6) if you need some. We use windows and sunlight whenever possible, but have a few grow lights for back up.

How to Clone a Kaffir Lime Tree

Cloning plants is actually very easy. This video produced by, is a great resource for everything to do with growing plants.7)

Next up is pruning tips.

How to Prune Plants

Okay! Watch this two minute video for quick tips to get you quickly up to speed on best pruning tips. And… learn an interesting tidbit about the fastest growing commercially forested tree in North America.

Here’s the materials list they recommend to set you up right:

      • A Visual Gardening Guide (or pull up the images of your plant, tree or shrub online to determine the optimum shape).
      • Gardening Gloves
      • Shears or Clippers
      • Loppers
      • Chainsaw

Another option in growing citrus trees indoors and outdoors is Meyer’s Lemon trees. We’re in our second year of growing one and it’s doing so well we’ve added another. Currently, our smallest tree has around 14 lemons growing on it!

You can read more about growing dwarf Meyer’s Lemons in this article on GardensAll.

let’s keep on growing!

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