How to Propagate a Lime Tree From Cuttings

Potted Lime Tree, Great For Small Porch Areas, Can Be Grown Inside Also In Cold ClimatesNo I haven’t left the blogging world I’ve just been busy with family that stayed at the cabin for the month of July, and now that things are back in order at our place I’ll be back to posting regularly again.

Today I’m going to share with you how I propagated lime trees from cuttings, and yes this same method can be used with lemon trees also. We had a very windy, rainy, thunderstorm that rolled through and knocked over my lime tree breaking a branch from it. I didn’t want the branch to go to waste so I decided to try my hand at propagating.

It's easy to propagate a lime or lemon tree from cuttings. You'll need clay pots, rooting hormone, potting soil, and tree clippings. Click to see how it's done. I’ve had no experience doing this before so I watched a few youtube videos and decided to give it a go. Here’s what I picked up to start the process:  Terra cotta pots because they have a hole in the bottom and it’s recommended to water the cuttings from the bottom, any brand rooting hormone, and potting soil. 

Terra cotta pots filled with dirt for propagating lemon and lime trees. I filled each pot with the soil, poked a hole with my finger into the soil to leave and area to add the cutting too, dipped each section of cutting into water from my hose and then into the rooting hormone,  poked it into the soil, and packed the dirt lightly around the stem. 

How to Propagate A Lime Tree From Cuttings. It's Easy and the Success Rate is Fantastic. I didn’t do anything special when cutting the branch into smaller sections for planting. I just made sure each new shoot had at least 4-5″ to work with and also had leaves on each section.

I fill the saucer under each pot every time I see it’s empty which is about every 2 days, I have the pot in a window that gets at least 4 hours of direct sunlight a day, and keep them covered with a cloche to get that greenhouse effect. If you don’t have any cloches you can use a ziplock bag over the plant with a rubber band holding it tight around the pot. 

DIY Glass Globe Cloche with Propagated Lime Tree Under the DomeIt’s been 3 weeks now and most of the original leaves have fallen off of the cuttings, and tiny new leaves are shooting out from the stem. I’m happy to say my success rate was 100% this go around. I already have friends lined up to take these babies off my hands.

And if you want to know how to make the DIY Glass Globe Cloche you can find the complete instruction list HERE!

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  1. Rene Alexander says:

    How long do you leave it covered with a ziplock bag?

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