Sunday, July 19, 2009

Limes with Frost Bite?

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This happened once before, a couple of years ago. I had a heavy crop of limes (seems to happen every second year), and all of a sudden they started to turn grey in patches and go rotten on the tree. I thought then it was some sort of fungal disease.

It has just happened again, and this time I have twigged. About a week ago there were a couple of very heavy frosts.

I think they have got frostbite. Even though there is no rhyme or reason for which part it gets - those in the centre of the tree are just as susceptible as those on the outside, sometimes it is around the stem, sometimes not.

They have been going up to the local cafe by the basket load, where there is a sign with "Free Limes" on it, and people take them home. Guess these ones are going in the compost.

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The rest on the tree will be going out too - just I haven't had time to pick them all.

Has anyone else had this happen to them?

3 Comments:

Blogger Jane said...

Have you been able to juice some and freeze as ice blocks.
Lovely in summer.

10:55 AM  
Blogger Kylie said...

Not the frost bite in particular, I'm sorry, however... our lime trees are very temperamental and have only fruited once in the two years we've had them... I've decided to follow the karmic law that if I ignore them again, they'll fruit again! ;)

Good luck with your frost blankets! K

9:10 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi I have had some frosty white spots but I have more of a problem with black on the fruit and the leaves. It does scrub off but it is a real pain to always have to really scrub them before using. Can anyone help me with this. Thanks Suzy H
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9:28 PM  

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