Lime tree now producing oranges!

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  1. cooperboy

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    We have a medium sized lime tree (stands approximately 6ft) that gave us a great harvest of limes last year but is now growing oranges! I assume that the lime tree was originally grafted onto an orange tree but there are no branches growing beneath the graft line. We are new to growing citrus and was wondering if we can turn our lime tree back into growing limes!!

    Thanks!
     
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    g'day cooperboy,

    i probably can't help much but as far as i know unless growth has come from below the graft or right on the graft then it should always produce limes, it can't be that the limes are going a bit yellow as they ripen maybe?

    is the whole tree involved in oranges with fruit on all branches or maybe just part of it?

    len
     
  3. cooperboy

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    Hi Len,

    Thanks for your reply. We have opened up one of the yellowing 'limes' and it smells (and tastes!!) just like an orange. The fruit is all turning yellow and it quite widespread throughout the tree. The branches with fruit are at least 1.5 feet above the graft line.

    We have another lime tree, a much bigger one which is about 20 meters away from the other one and that is giving us limes. We are quite confused!

    Cheers.
     
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    ok cooperboy,

    might be time to consult a fruit tree grafting specialist, i for one would be very interesed as i have many grafted citrus including lime and they all fruit to type.

    and knowledge i always good to have.

    len
     
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    Re: Lime tree now producing oranges!

    If you have gotten limes off of this tree, are all of the branches producing oranges? They do graft 3 in 1 trees so that different parts of the tree will produce different fruit. Maybe your tree was mislabeled somehow. If some of the other branches are not producing anything, you might mark them, and wait to see if they will produce limes.
     
  6. cooperboy

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    Hi there,

    No - not all of the branches are producing fruit. The tree was on the property when we moved in and is unlabelled. We are only in our second year here and as it produced limes last year, we assumed it was a lime tree.

    What you have suggested (3 graftings on one tree) makes sense and is probably the reason why this has happened. Many thanks for your assistance!!

    Cheers
     
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    grafting

    They used to commonly graft citrus onto a sweet orange rootstock in some areas. It's either that, or it's a multiply-grafted tree of some sort. It ain't possible for a bit or lime wood to grow oranges.
     
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    I have yellow oranges on my lime tree too!

    We have a lime bush 8' x 8' x 8'. It's 10 years old. Each year it produces a few limes. A few years ago we planted a small orange tree about 10 feet away. It only produced one orange (tree never got more than 3 feet tall). Today, I looked at my lime tree and found 20 large yellow citrus fruits growing on it! I picked many of them. They are the size of oranges. They are yellow/orange in color. The fruit inside is segmented like oranges and tastes like a very sour orange. The rind thickness is thinner than most oranges. We've never grafted the tree. Any idea what's going on? What are these fruits?
     

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