Lime (fruit) trees quandary

I've just bought a beautiful little Lime from B&Q for a bargain £25. Nice shape, already carrying fruit, very healthy looking. I can find all the advice about looking after it on various specialist sites... BUT does anybody know what variety it is that B&Q are selling? The label just says "Citrus Lime".

As an aside, although the label states " consumption", I understand this is simply so that B&Q don't have to go through the legislative procedure for selling foodstuffs.

Any pointers and tips gratefully received.




  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 7,188
    There are so many citrus varieties these days altho probably less for Limes as such.

    Have you tried contacting B&Q and asking them ?  Might give them something to think about.  You never know, you may even get an answer !

    All citrus are edible - some more pleasant than others.  

    At least you know how to look after it so when your limes are ripe ( can be a bit iffy in the average UK climate ), it will really be a case of "suck it and see " I think.
  • NollieNollie Girona, Catalunya, Northen SpainPosts: 2,232
    Unless it is so some exotic hybrid (unlikely from B&Q) probably the most common, commercially produced lime widely grown in the Mediterranean, originally from Persia and often called  the Persian lime - C x latifolia. The lime we are all familiar with...
  • Thanks for that. I was thinking probably Persian Lime. Maybe there's somebody reading this who works for B&Q?

    I've tried multiple times contacting B&Q about a variety of topics, but they don't seem to have grasped the notion of replying to emails, despite their insistence that we should email them with any queries or complaints.

    BTW, I've just taken one of the fruits off and squeezed it into a Cuba Libra... It works:-)

  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 7,188

    BTW, I've just taken one of the fruits off and squeezed it into a Cuba Libra... It works:-)

     :)  :)
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 17,048
    I wouldn't expect B&Q to know the answer anyway.  They make a commercial decision to buy what they think will sell at a price that gives them a profit margin and hang the rest.

    Look up lime and cultivation on the RHS site.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Thanks Obelixx :-)
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