Makrut Lime (Citrus hystrix) Care

Makrut lime

What is makrut lime?     What does makrut lime look like?     How to grow makrut lime     What does makrut lime smell and taste like?     Culinary uses     Health benefits     Why is the name kaffir lime no longer used?     Is makrut lime the same as bergamot?     Where can I buy makrut lime?

At a glance

Family Rutaceae
Botanical name Citrus hystrix DC
Common names Makrut lime, Kaffir lime, Leech lime, Thai lime, Mauritius papeda, Mauritius bitter orange, Kieffer lime, Limau purut, Combavas, Wild lime, Kabuyaw, La chanh
Lifespan Evergreen tree
Mature height 3 – 4 metres
Flower colour
White
Leaf colour
Green
Native to India, South East Asia, Southern China, Malaysia and Thailand
Soil Free-draining
Humidity High
Propagation Cuttings
Care level Easy

What is makrut lime?

More commonly known as kaffir lime, makrut lime (Citrus hystrix) is a citrus tree native to tropical Southeast Asia. Makrut lime leaves are a key ingredient in Thai cooking, imparting an aromatic citrus flavour.

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Growing Citrus in Pots

Growing citrus trees in pots

Citrus trees add an attractive feature to decks and gardens. Their shiny green leaves, scented flowers and fruit make an appealing feature. A number of dwarf varieties are available, which are suitable for pots and small spaces.

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Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum spp) Care

How to care for peace lily

At a glance     What is peace lily?     Description     Cultivars     Care     Propagation     Pests and diseases     Uses

At a glance

Family Araceae
Botanical name Spathiphyllum spp.
Common names Peace lily, White flag, Cupido peace lily, White peace lily, Espatifilo, Mauna Loa, Snowflower
Lifespan Perennial
Habitat Tropical rainforests
Growth habit Clumping
Mature height 30 – 120 cm
Flower colour
White, green
Leaf colour
Green, variegated
Native to Americas and Southeast Asia
Toxicity Toxic to pets
Soil Moisture-retaining
Humidity High
Propagation Division
Care level Easy

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Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Bostoniensis’) Care

Boston fern care

At a glance     What is Boston fern?     How to care for Boston fern     Propagation     Repotting

At a glance

Family Lomariopsidaceae
Botanical name Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Bostoniensis
Common names Boston fern, Fishbone fern, Tuber ladder fern
Lifespan Perennial
Habitat Coniferous forests
Mature height 50 – 150 cm
Flower colour
Leaf colour
Green
Native to Americas
Toxicity Pet friendly
Soil Moisture-retaining
Humidity High
Propagation Division
Care level Easy

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Yuzu Fruit (Citrus junos)

Yuzu tree

What is yuzu?   Cultivation    What does yuzu smell and taste like?     What’s the difference between yuzu and lemon?     Why is yuzu so popular?     Description     Culinary uses     Health benefits     Where can I buy yuzu?     How to grow yuzu

What is yuzu?

Yuzu (Citrus junos Sieb. ex Tanaka) is a natural hybrid of the Ichang papeda (Citrus cavaleriei), a small wild species of lemon, and a sour mandarin, and is thought to have originated from the Hubei Province, along the Yangtze River. It was introduced to Japan over 1,000 years ago during the Tang dynasty.

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Feeding and Caring For a Live or Cut Christmas Tree

Caring for a Christmas tree

A fresh Christmas tree is one of the highlights of decorating the home during the festive season. With so much time and money invested in purchasing and decorating a Christmas tree, it’s important to keep it as happy and healthy as possible so that it stays in tip top shape.

Fresh Christmas trees may be chopped down, or live in their pot, and the care is similar for both types of trees.

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Buddha’s Hand Citrus (Citrus medica var. sarcodacylis)

Buddha's hand fruit

What is Buddha’s hand?     Why is it called Buddha’s hand?     What does Buddha’s hand taste like?     What is Buddha’s hand used for?     How to store Buddha’s hand     How to grow Buddha’s hand     Where to buy Buddha’s hand?

What is Buddha’s hand?

Buddha’s hand citron (Citrus medica var. sarcodacylis), also known as fingered citron or bushukan in Japanese, is a type of citrus fruit that is native to northern India. It is named for its unusual shape, which resembles a hand with elongated fingers. Buddha’s hand citron is typically yellow or pale green in colour, and has a thin, bumpy peel that is covered in small oil glands. The fruit is fragrant and has a sweet, floral aroma. The tree on which it grows can reach heights of up to 20 feet and has long, spiky thorns. Buddha’s hand citron is not widely grown or consumed, but it is popular in some parts of Asia and is often given as a symbol of good luck and prosperity.

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