lime mojitos & what I would tell my younger self when planting citrus trees

Posted by on Aug 30, 2017 in Home | 16 Comments

Four years ago, I was young and carefree. Then I planted citrus trees. Citrus trees do my head in. They make me feel inadequate like I can’t get it right and they never seem to produce enough fruit. My citrus trees include cumquat (unstoppable), lemonade (hardly any fruit), mandarin (no fruit!), lime (finally a good amount of fruit) and lemon (could be more fruit). I work with so many permaculturists who know EVERYTHING but for some reason I don’t bring it up- I don’t want to deal. That’s where lime mojitos come in. The Tahitian lime tree (Citrus latifolia) is going great guns at the moment so it’s time to fiesta! Basically it can take up to 3 years or more to harvest citrus (when planted in ground) and some things need to be done at the beginning that I didn’t do. Anyhoo, white rum masks the pain of citrus insecurities. Thank the Lord for reflection time with lime mojitos!

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I wish I could tell my younger self…

Plant your citrus in a pot (dwarf varieties are best), not in the ground. You will have to wait longer when they’re planted in the ground.

Prune flowers off the trees when they appear for the first few years so the energy goes in to the roots for the plant to grow healthy and strong.

Don’t fertilise trees when they are flowering, it can cause the flowers to fall off and wreck everything.

Stink bugs absolutely suck the life out of citrus trees and sabotage future harvests. Eco oil works well (rather than flicking them off and stomping on them till they die and risking my eye sight).

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Things I do not regret…

Taking the first fruit off the trees so the plant can focus energy on growing.

Watering in epsom salts when the leaves are looking a little yellow (can mean a magnesium deficiency).

Keeping weeds and mulch away from the base of the tree.

Using chicken poo pellets and liquid seaweed to fertilise every now and then.

Pruning trees to the shape I wanted in the first couple of years (aim for an upside down pear).

Not needing to water when the leaves are cool and firm to touch, only when warm and limp.

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L  I  M  E    M  O  J  I  T  O

makes 1

small handful of fresh mint leaves (from the garden)
1/2 lime, cut into 4 wedges
1 tablespoon caster sugar
Lots of ice cubes
45ml white rum
125ml soda water

Put mint leaves and 1 of the lime wedges into a glass. Crush the mint and lime with a muddler to release the oils and juice. Add the remaining 3 lime wedges, sugar and muddle again to release the lime juice. Almost fill the glass to the top with ice. Pour the rum over the ice and fill the glass with soda water. Enjoy!

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16 Comments

  1. Tandy I Lavender and Lime
    August 1, 2017

    What excellent tips. I will keep them in min when I eventually plant my Lime tree. Seems Epsom salts do the same for plants as for people 😊

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    • lostinutensils
      August 1, 2017

      Thanks Tandy, it’s a labour of love! Plants and people…we’re all living things lol 🙂

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  2. Sherry m
    August 3, 2017

    Yum this sounds so refreshing. I wouldn’t even try to grow citrus 🍊. I know how badly that would turn out :)).

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    • lostinutensils
      August 3, 2017

      You might be wise Sherry. It’s not that bad, it’s just one of those situations where the more you know, the more overwhelming it can be 😬

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  3. Sam Rutherford
    August 5, 2017

    I have never even had a lime mojito before! I need to change this 🙂

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  4. Function 9
    August 7, 2017

    It’s worth having citrus trees for lime mojitos!

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  5. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    August 13, 2017

    I didn’t realise that citrus was so hard to grow! I’m going to look upon the many citrus in my fruit bowl with newfound wonder! 😀

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    • lostinutensils
      August 14, 2017

      Haha Lorraine, I do that all the time. Just need patience and a lot of time with citrus!

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  6. Ruby & Cake
    August 15, 2017

    What an excellent post! I had no idea citrus could be so complicated – I have three lemon trees and a lemon that appears to have mated with a lime tree – they are each planted over a dead family pet 🙂 and they give me a large abundance of fruit every winter – now I know how to better care for them.

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    • lostinutensils
      August 15, 2017

      Your comment made me laugh Ruby! The tangled webs we weave 🙂 I’m so happy that life is giving you lemons 🍋

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  7. All That I'm Eating
    August 22, 2017

    Some great tips here, that’s the best drink you can make with homegrown fruit!

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    • lostinutensils
      August 22, 2017

      I think you’re right Caroline! It’s very motivational lol 😄

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  8. Cathy @ Cathy's Corner
    August 25, 2017

    That looks like such a refreshing drink. A drink for anytime.

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    • lostinutensils
      August 25, 2017

      It really is. Lime juice is so amazing like that. White rum doesn’t hurt either!

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