Many times over the last three years, I have despaired of ever seeing fruit on this tree. Most citrus takes three years to produce, but one of the reasons I bought this lime tree was that I was told it would be able to bear fruit right away. When it didn’t the first year, I wasn’t terribly surprised. After all, it had just been transplanted.
Last year, I had a brief hope that I would see some limes when it bloomed a few tentative blooms, but they were blown off by a violent storm and nothing more happened. Since then, I have started using the citrus fertilizer on the tree regularly, and have been thrilled with the growth. I don’t know whether it was that or maturity that led to the apparent bounty it holds right now, or a combination of the two.