How To Grow Kaffir Lime

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Although it is not very popular in North America, this is one of those ‘herbs’ that you need for your Asian recipes. I just enjoy the challenge of growing these exotic plants, just like growing sapodilla. With this in mind, I did some quick research on how to grow kaffir lime from cuttings.

This is more commonly used in South East Asia, where they use the leaves in their cooking. They have a fragrance similar to lemon, that transfers to whatever food being made which is usually soups, chicken and fish. The essential oil from this plant is also used in making perfume. The rind and the juice is also used for medicinal purposes. I am really interested in just the leaves for making delicious Thai recipes.

How To Grow Kaffir Lime
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Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • kaffir lime cuttings or seeds
  • potting soil
  • organic fertilizer
  • shears
  • rooting hormone
  • plastic cups
  • pencil
  • plastic bags
  • rubber bands
  • marker

Remove any large leaves on your cutting that may increase moisture loss. Then find a node and make a diagonal cut just below it. Scrape the base of the cutting. Dip the exposed ends into some rooting hormone. Prepare plastic cups with moist potting soil and drainage holes on the bottom. Make a hole in the center of each cup’s potting soil and go ahead and plant your cutting.

Each cup should be covered in plastic and secured using a rubber band. Makes sure you label the cups before setting them in a warm area that gets indirect sunlight. In about 8 to 12 weeks the roots will start to grow, and you can remove the plastic. Transfer your seedlings to a bigger pot or your garden.

You can watch the video below on how to root kaffir lime by cuttings…

You can watch the video below on how to Grow Citrus Trees From Seed Plus the Kaffir Lime…


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