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Looking for a calamondin lime (aka calamondin orange, calamansi lime, musk lime or limoncito), which are grown as houseplants in the UK, and allegedly available to buy pretty-much anywhere.

I can't find any, except on Amazon and a couple of specialist online retailers, which have large specimens and seem quite expensive.

Do I just need to wait until later in the year? I can see that it would make sense for outdoor plants to be sold seasonally, but is it the case for some houseplants too?

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,391

    Hi Sparkles image

    I've a feeling they're usually in the garden centres in the autumn/run up to Christmas - that is the main fruiting season for citrus so it's when they'll be looking at their best.

    Why not contact these people and ask them?http://www.spaldingbulb.co.uk/product/calamondin-tree/

    The contact details are under the Customer Service tab.

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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,546

    My calamondin orange and Tahiti lime trees are both in flower now. I think garden centres will usually sell plants like these when they are in flower. I noticed the other day that the citrus trees at my local garden centre had "gone over" and were in the sale corner. I'd agree with Dove. I think they are quite pricey things and likely to be given as Christmas presents.

     

    Are you sure that a calamondin lime exists? I've only ever seen the orange.

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  • LeifUKLeifUK Posts: 573

     I've noticed that plants tend to be available when they look their best which is as they flower. It makes sense, see a nice plant, and you buy it on impulse. 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,391

    But I think the calamondin are thought to look their best when they're covered with fruit image

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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,546

    Mine have both flowers and fruit now. The limes made a lovely marmalade last year and the calamondin make a good cake. image

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,391

    This site (which I've never used so cannot vouch for) says they have them in stock from the beginning of September until the end of April https://www.gardencentrekoeman.co.uk/fruit-trees/citrus-mitis-calamondin.html

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  • Thanks all. I used to have one when I was a teenager and I loved it, then James Wong mentioned it in 'Homegrown Revolution' and I thought I'd get another one.

    He says in Asia they eat them as limes rather than oranges.

  • We have them in the unheated greenhouse at the garden centre I work at, they've been there since I started in September, not sure if they stay in stock all year or not, its a small independent garden centre so maybe try one like that near you?
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