Oh, my! The kaffir lime tree in the garden is nearly 10 feet high!

casaveneracion.com kaffir lime tree in the garden

Our kaffir lime plant came in a pot. It was so small; about six inches high. It was a replacement for the one that died — the one we uprooted from the garden of the old house and replanted here. I couldn’t live without fresh kaffir lime leaves so we bought, by special order if I remember correctly, from the Manila Seedling Bank. We replanted it directly in the ground and, to avoid the temptation of picking the leaves, I bought a jar of dried kaffir lime leaves to use for cooking until such time that I could safely pick fresh ones from the garden again.

Months passed, a year, maybe two years… Last week, when I was cooking the curried pork, spinach and rice casserole, Speedy was in the garden and I asked him to snip a couple of kaffir lime leaves for me. To my surprise, the leaves he handed me were larger than usual. Whoa. It appears that the kaffir lime tree has grown so much that we not only have small tender leaves but large ones as well.

casaveneracion.com kaffir lime tree in the garden

The funny thing is that I never knew. When I pick kaffir lime leaves, I go directly to the shrubby growth near the ground and pick from there. Although I have noticed that tall thin tree behind the shrub, I never really inspected what it was and I thought it was one of those overgrown neglected decorative plants in the garden. Then, Speedy told me that was the kaffir lime tree.

casaveneracion.com kaffir lime tree in the garden

Amazing. I wish there were more branches though so it would look more tree-like rather than a thin scarecrow with outstretched arms. But I’m not complaining. It wasn’t easy growing the thing, to start with, and to see how it has grown that much is really, really a happy thing.

Now that I can pick all the kaffir lime leaves that I need and want, the next step, quite naturally, is to wait for the tree to grow flowers then fruits. Soon, I hope.

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17 Responses

  1. Frank says:

    I would think if you cut it at about 6 feet you will get the branching out that you want. I have a kaffir lime tree growing in a container now for seven plus years and my wife a few years back cut the main leader and since then it has been like a little bush. More leaves than we can handle, a lot of picking and freezing and gifting. Your tree looks to be planted close to the wall too.

  2. Ching Dee says:

    So glad I stumbled upon your blog! :)

    I’ve been trying to grow herbs here in QC, but they often die after a couple of weeks, even if I don’t put them under direct sunlight and avoid over-watering them. I’m looking for a hobby for my Dad since he’s retired and he agreed he might enjoy gardening. Any suggestions which herbs will grow best in a highly urban environment?

    • If you have lots of space, anything goes. But with limited space (and if your place has a history of flooding), I suggest herbs that can be grown in pots — basil, parsley, mint, rosemary…. They are so great for cooking too. :)

  3. andeeeng says:

    is your kaffir tree in a shaded spot? mine had some whitish aphid-like stuff on the woodier branches so I moved it to a sunnier spot, but it’s still growing well. i just get bothered by the white stuff. do you get them too?

  4. Nguyen says:

    Where do you buy the Kaffir seeds or tree? I live in Massachusetts but there is no home and garden store sell its seeds or tree? Do you sell it? Please, let me know asap. Thanks. Nguyen

    • No, sorry, I don’t sell kaffir lime seeds nor trees. I bought mine from a seedling bank in the Philippines.

    • Guillaume Lauzon says:

      Hi Nguyen, try Flora Exotica. It is located in Montreal and sells all kinds of tropical plants, including Kaffir Lime seeds/cuttings/plants, Meyer Lemon, Pink Lemon, Finger lime, Calamondin orange, etc. They ship regularly in the US. I recently bought Meyer Lemon tree and Curry leaf tree from them.

  5. Andrea says:

    I’m glad i stumbled upon this blog. I am from iloilo and i’ve been always looking for kaffir lime leaves but can’t seem to find it. Any suggestions where i can get seedlings and how do you plant it? Thanks!

    • Where to buy kaffir in Iloilo, you mean? I have no idea…

      • Andrea says:

        The plant. I want to plant it here in our backyard but I can’t seem to find it here in Iloilo. Do you know where I can buy the seedlings or if there’s a store where I can buy the plant? I’m willing to pay for the shipping also. :) thanks

  6. mary ann says:

    Hello, yung dahon po ba ng kalamansi pwedeng pang substitute sa kaffir lime leaves? Thanks

  7. vicky says:

    I agree with Frank.
    You have to give it a prune from the top. Cut it in half, you can grow cuttings out of the pruned stem. I am sure it will grow stems laterally to make it more bushy. They are pretty hardy plants. Grafting would also be good. You can collect the leaves and put them in a plastic bag and store it in the freezer. Just take them out as you use them. Good luck!

  8. susannah kerr says:

    how do you grow the cuttings from pruned stems? i’m a total novice when it comes to gardening so details would be most appreciated.

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