Persian Bearss Lime

The Persian Bearss Lime Tree

Persian ‘Bearss’ limes, along with key limes, are the most popular commercial limes in the United States. The most obvious physical difference between the two is size. The Persian lime tree’s fruit is significantly larger than the Key lime’s. The tree leaves are also bigger on the Persian lime tree.  

Key limes are oftentimes labeled quite plainly ‘lime’ in the grocery store. Shopping for a third type of lime in Minnesota can prove difficult.

 

Basic Information

Common Name Persian Lime
Botanical Name Citrus × latifolia
Location of Origin Porterville, California
USDA Zones 8-11
Can be grown in containers? Yes

Fruit Characteristics

Fruit Size Medium-Large
Fruit Shape Round
Fruit Flavor Bitter
Rind Thickness Average
Rind Texture Smooth
Rind Color Green
Flesh Color Greenish
Easy to Peel? Average
Seeds Seedless

Tree Details

Has Thorns? Yes
Foliage Color Green
Foliage Size Medium
Flower Color White
Flower Size Medium-small
Mature Tree Height in Ground 8′ – 12′
Fruit Bearing Age 3 – 4 years old
Alternate Bearing? No
Heat to Sweeten Fruit? No

Growing Conditions

Temperature Hardy to 32 ºF
Self-fertile? Yes
Sunlight Required Full Sun
Bloom Season in Minnesota Year Round
Harvest Season in Minnesota Year Round
Average Spring/Summer Watering Once every 1-2 weeks, more often when hot
Average Fall/Winter Watering Once every 3 weeks

Guides for Growing in Containers

Images

A somewhat barren Persian lime tree
This Persian Lime Tree is 4 or so years old. Some leaves are pretty small as growth had been stunted to an excessively high PH level ~8.5. There are strong signs of new growth after correcting with soil acidifier(sulfur) followed by citrus fertlizer
mid august 2018 blossom shows itself
The first late summer Persian lime blossom in mid August 2018