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Interesting Facts

The Bearss Lime is not a misspelling.  This cultivar of Tahiti Lime receives its name from where it was first discovered.  T.J. Bearss first presented the 'Bearss' Lime from his grove of Citrus in Porterville, CA in 1895.  Later on, the Bearss cultivar was deemed to be insufficiently different from other Tahiti Limes, but the name stuck.  It has become another common name for the Tahiti Lime, which is also sometimes called the Persian Lime.

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Bearss Lime   (Citrus latifolia)

Persian Lime
Tahiti Lime

Native to South Eastern Asia and Eastern Pacific islands, Citrus species and hybrids are well known fruit trees. In frost-free areas all can be grown outside. They can also be grown in containers and moved inside for the winter.

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Plant Types: Fruit, Interior Plant, Perennial, Tree
Light: Full Sun
Height: 15 feet to 20 feet
Width: 5 feet to 10 feet
Zones: 9a to 11b
Bloom Color: Purple, White
Bloom Seasons: Early spring, Mid spring, Late spring, Early summer, Mid summer, Late summer
Leaf Color: Green
Special Features: Edible
Shape: Rounded
Fertilizer: Miracle-Gro® Shake 'n Feed® Continuous Release Citrus, Avocado, & Mango Plant Food, Miracle-Gro® Nursery Select Miracid® Water Soluble Plant Food, Chelated Iron
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Plant Care

Sow seeds in spring. Can also propagate by rooting semi-ripe cuttings in summer. Semi-ripe cuttings are cuttings taken from semi-mature wood.


Limes are suitable for harvest when the fruits have reached an acceptable size.  Also, tasting a sample of the fruits is a surefire way to know when to harvest.

Plant Growth:

Evergreen trees and shrubs. There are many different varieties of citrus, such as, grapefruits, lemons, limes, limequats, mandarin oranges (tangerines), oranges, etc.; however, they all need heat and need to be hardy plants in order to prosper. Citrus can be grown in places where the temperature does not fall below 20°F. Otherwise, grow Citrus in a cool greenhouse with a minimum temperature of 35°F (2°C). During the day, set temperatures between 41-50°F (5-10°C), and at night, keep the temperature at 36°F (2°C).


Produces fragrant white flowers followed by ovoid, yellow, or orange fruit. Fruits may take around 1 year to mature. Bloom times vary among species.

Soil and Irrigation:

Citrus trees require moist soil, but the soil needs to have fast drainage. Newly planted trees should be watered twice a week while established trees should be watered every other week.

Often times Citrus fruits will start dropping as a result of high heat and low humidity.  This is sometimes unavoidable, but is exacerbated by very dry soil.  If you have extensive fruit drop (especially in summer), be sure that the soil is moist.


Fertilize mature citrus trees by giving it 1-1 ½ lbs. of actual nitrogen. Do this by using one-third of the fertilizer in late winter, one-third in June, and one-third in August. Be sure to fertilize not only right under the tree but well beyond the tree's branch spread. Afterwards, water the tree deeply.


Remove crossing or wayward shoots, annually, in late winter or early spring, to maintain a healthy framework. May need extensive pruning during winter or early spring if grown indoors.


Citrus is susceptible to aphids, mites, scale insects, and mealybugs.