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Kevin Jones

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Discovered these 3 unripe fruits the other day after moving my tree into my sun porch:



I'm guessing this is the actual shape of the fruit.


I've grown a Finger Lime/ Key Lime Cross and the 3 year old plant has finally ripened it's first fruit.
Since it only set the one fruit I'm not sure if this  is representative of how they will all look.







This particular fruit is about 1 1/2 inches in length.
The caviar is more elongated than my finger lime.

Kevin
« Last Edit: November 18, 2018, 12:19:10 PM by Kevin Jones »

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Re: Finger Lime/ Key Lime Cross Sets First Fruit
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2018, 10:39:29 PM »
Wow..

looks really good. is there any seeds in the fruit?

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Re: Finger Lime/ Key Lime Cross Sets First Fruit
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2018, 12:50:20 AM »
Not a seed in the whole thing.

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Re: Finger Lime/ Key Lime Cross Sets First Fruit
« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2018, 12:53:21 AM »
Kevin this is very cool.  Is this your own creation?
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Re: Finger Lime/ Key Lime Cross Sets First Fruit
« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2018, 03:13:39 AM »
Me and a bumble bee.
I was planting key lime seeds and noticed some of the resulting plants had finger lime leaf characteristics.
All of my citrus plants were grouped in the same general area... so there must have been some cross pollination going on.
I have five more plants from a second batch that should be blooming this spring.
No telling what I will get.

Kevin
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Re: Finger Lime/ Key Lime Cross Sets First Fruit
« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2018, 10:46:04 AM »
Very nice Kevin, what you going to name it? It's your baby after all 8)

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Re: Finger Lime/ Key Lime Cross Sets First Fruit
« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2018, 01:40:35 PM »
I'll have to give that some thought...
Any suggestions?

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Re: Finger Lime/ Key Lime Cross Sets First Fruit
« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2018, 01:51:08 PM »
Pink key finger lime,  pink mexican caviar, pink key lime caviar,  mexican finger lime....

Kevins pink caviar
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Re: Finger Lime/ Key Lime Cross Sets First Fruit
« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2018, 01:59:44 PM »
very nice! how do you pollinate lime?

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Re: Finger Lime/ Key Lime Cross Sets First Fruit
« Reply #9 on: October 19, 2018, 02:33:14 PM »
How about Pinkey lime? Or pinkey finger?

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Re: Finger Lime/ Key Lime Cross Sets First Fruit
« Reply #10 on: October 19, 2018, 05:37:40 PM »
Bumble Bees took care of the pollination. My Finger Lime tree was situated near my Key Limes.
The seeds came from Key Limes I harvested a few years ago. I planted the seeds and 95% were typical Key Lime... but a few had Finger Lime leaf characteristics (much smaller leaves ), so I separated the crosses and grew them up. Kept my fingers crossed they would carry the caviar characteristic. The first one did. I have 6 more that are a year younger and hopefully they will too.

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Re: Finger Lime/ Key Lime Cross Sets First Fruit
« Reply #11 on: October 19, 2018, 05:57:53 PM »
Can you post a picture of the tree and leaves?
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Re: Finger Lime/ Key Lime Cross Sets First Fruit
« Reply #12 on: October 19, 2018, 06:37:48 PM »
Those are very cool.   :)

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Re: Finger Lime/ Key Lime Cross Sets First Fruit
« Reply #13 on: October 19, 2018, 08:34:28 PM »
Thatís awesome :)

There have been a couple of finger lime crosses here. Finger limes are ok, but I think some of the crosses are/will be next level. Donít think any of them involved key lime, yours look very different.

Hereís some info

https://csiropedia.csiro.au/limes/

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Re: Finger Lime/ Key Lime Cross Sets First Fruit
« Reply #14 on: October 19, 2018, 09:15:02 PM »
Very neat.

Iíve read that finger lime thrives in the presence of citrus greening. I wonder if crosses display similiar resistance. From 5 large citrus trees Iím down to my last 17 year old calamondin, but it too is slowly succumbing to disease. Too many people in my neighborhood with old and ailing citrus trees they wonít cut down means citrus is out of the game for me.

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Re: Finger Lime/ Key Lime Cross Sets First Fruit
« Reply #15 on: October 19, 2018, 10:52:30 PM »
I'll take some pix of the tree and leaves tomorrow and post them.
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Re: Finger Lime/ Key Lime Cross Sets First Fruit
« Reply #16 on: October 20, 2018, 11:22:52 AM »
I'll have to give that some thought...
Any suggestions?

Kevin

Kevin, i vote for 'Pinky Pear Lime" beautiful fruit! ;)

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Re: Finger Lime/ Key Lime Cross Sets First Fruit
« Reply #17 on: October 20, 2018, 08:19:31 PM »
Tree and leaf images:






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Re: Finger Lime/ Key Lime Cross Sets First Fruit
« Reply #18 on: October 21, 2018, 12:20:22 AM »
Hmm... that tree looks indistinguishable from a standard finger lime. Somehow I was expecting something intermediate between the two. Looks really healthy though.
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Re: Finger Lime/ Key Lime Cross Sets First Fruit
« Reply #19 on: October 29, 2018, 12:00:35 AM »
It seems to be bullet-proof as far as that goes.

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Re: Finger Lime/ Key Lime Cross Sets First Fruit
« Reply #20 on: October 29, 2018, 03:45:39 AM »
Congratulations, Kevin! Thatís amazing! Itís a very very cool looking fruit! What was the taste like?

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Re: Finger Lime/ Key Lime Cross Sets First Fruit
« Reply #21 on: October 29, 2018, 09:21:04 AM »
Would seriously be interested in some scions from that. They look great!
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Re: Finger Lime/ Key Lime Cross Sets First Fruit
« Reply #22 on: October 29, 2018, 10:32:41 AM »
The Aussie citrus seem to cross very easy with other citrus. This is my Faustrime, thought to be a finger lime crossed with a limequat.




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Re: Finger Lime/ Key Lime Cross Sets First Fruit
« Reply #23 on: October 29, 2018, 12:42:56 PM »
Picked this morning...
Here a photo of the parent finger lime:



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Re: Finger Lime/ Key Lime Cross Sets First Fruit
« Reply #24 on: October 29, 2018, 12:47:33 PM »
The caviar was sweeter, more tender and more elongated than the parent finger lime.
Was also very ripe. Notice how yellow the skin was.

Here's a photo of the parent Key Lime:



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