Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Limes From My Garden


It was always my dream to have fresh limes that I could harvest from my garden. Limes that I could safely eat whole, skin and all, without harming myself with pesticides.


I have a lime plant in my garden for many donkey years. And not once did it bloom. Until last year.


Right after Chinese New Year 2016, it was covered with flowers. 


Whoa! I was so excited.


But I was skeptical. Because the plant did flower once. Three buds, three flowers and then, all aborted.

And then one day I saw this.


Ooohh!!!


I remember snapping pics of my plant full of limes but sadly I can't seem to find them. So I will just show you the harvest.


I love these in sambal belacan and I like to eat the whole lime (minus seeds) because I love the taste. 

Sadly, my lime plant is not flowering anymore. Maybe it needs fertilizer.

42 comments:

  1. jealous I,,,,why u picked all the green ones? they are heavy feeders...need loads of fertiliser

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    1. If I don't quickly pick, nanti kena curi...

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  2. Petua orang tua, tie a red ribbon to the tree on a good day, i.e. on the 1st or 15th day of lunar month to encourage fruiting.

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  3. So nice to see it finally bear fruits!! I have a lime plant too. Only bear fruits once and now, nothing. Sigh!!

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  4. Nampaknya 1 bulan U tak payah soping limau sambal PH hihi....
    Tak pahit ke PH makan kulit dia tu? I Pernah jugak makan tapi kalau dah jadi asam le...

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    1. Kulit limau kasturi tak pahit, Hainom. Sedap dengan sambal belacan. Kalau limau nipis, kulit dia pahit.

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  5. wahh menjadi la. i tanam apa semua tak naik..

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  6. Is this limau kasturi? I think I can advise you as I bought one plant a few months ago. It is still just over one foot high inside a flower pot and recently bloomed 4 biji limau!!! One biji was quite big like a lime. I hardly water it and place it at where it gets morning sun only.
    My office at the Industrial Hub near the Sg Buloh nursery farms so I learnt many unbelievable eye openers from the orchard sellers. One disbelief was he showed me there are 4-5 different species types of pandan plants for sale. So I bought the one that has the strongest fragrance.

    The same goes with Durian and limau plants. Some are top grade and bear plenty of fruits like a pregnant woman. So I suggest that you buy another top grade limau plant to experiment. Good luck.

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    1. Yes, limau kasturi. Thanks for the tips. I think mine must be the kedekut variety. Give me fruits satu kali only :(

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  7. My late mother did plant a limau kasturi without biji, kat mykampung, Terengganu, so everytime balik kg, kalau tengah berbuah, ambik byk2 bwk blk KL.

    I think its need a lot of sun, and water, and baja, coz myhusben pun ada tanam, dan sudah berbuah.

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    1. Yes, ticer. I remember one of your post, you show your en asben punya pokok. Nanti I must buy baja.

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  8. ooo, yes, perfect for sambal belacan! and laksa :D i was relieved while reading the second part of this post cos i thought it would end with snails eating the limes! :D

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  9. I like lime juice made from limes, very refreshing

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    1. I also like lime juice especially with sour plum.

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    1. Well, the plant fruited only once So much for my green thumb hah..hah..

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  11. I wish I had a tree of my own. They sell RM1 a packet but there are so many when usually one would need 2 or 3 only. Eventually, the rest will all spoil and get thrown away. What a waste.

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    1. True, I usually buy and can't use up all. Quite wasteful but my plant refused to bear anymore fruits :(

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  12. How wonderful! Hope it flowers again and bears lots of lime for you.

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    1. I need to feed it with lots of fertilizer.

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  13. That is a good harvest... I went to Tesco to buy a lime the other day and it cost 40 sen leh... so imagine how much you have save... hahaha..

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    1. Ya, expensive. So I must faster go and buy fertilizer for my plant.

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  14. I wish I had a lime plant that gave me a constant supply of limes too coz I like to squeeze the juice over a lot of food...it perks up the dish, not only in sambal belacan but also mee goreng, fried fish, salads, fruits (especially papaya), etc. It's difficult to buy just one or two for such purposes when the market sells them by small baskets/plates (apportioned already), so you have to buy the whole lot.

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    1. Exactly! Every time I buy limes, there will sure be some wasted. I need to put fertilizer and hopefully I see some limes again.

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  15. Lime, nowadays, those selling outside, not cheap...

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    1. Yes, so must plant but no more fruits come out...

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  16. Oh ! I love to squeeze some lime juice on marinated meat or bbq meat.

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    1. It gives very nice flavor and aroma and I love it.

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  17. gorgeous limes! Relax lah...just add some fertilizer for fruiting and wait. I blend my dipping chillies with the whole limes from my garden, remove the seeds. I don't do that with limes bought from the market! haha!

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    1. OK, will take your advice and buy the fertilizer and hopefully I get another round of harvest hee..hee.. There is one chicken rice shop that blends the limes together with their chili sauce and it was awesome!

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  18. I have 2 variegated lime plants. They stopped fruiting after a while. Gave up on them and now without any lime plants in my garden. After seeing your plant fruiting, I feel like getting one good variety to grow again...Lol!

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    1. I am going to get some fertilizer and see if it would work. Or maybe like you, I must look for a variety that can fruit non-stop hee..hee..

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  19. I understand that excitement when you 1st saw your little lime after many donkey years! Same here, I was so excited when I saw the chili plant, lady finger and baby corn that I've plant at my balcony garden start flowering & fruiting!But unfortunately now I only left chili plants which are start fruiting now~~ you can follow my Instagram on my update of my balcony garden (@choiyen)

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    1. Gardening is so satisfying! Sure, will check out what's growing in your balcony :)

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