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Acid Lime

Acid Lime (Citrus aurantifolia) belonging to the family Rutaceae is one of the important Citrus fruit cultivated in India.

Soil and climate: Tropical and subtropical. The areas which are warm, moderately humid, free from strong winds and frost are ideally suited for its cultivation.
Deep well drained loamy soils are the best.

Varieties: Pramalini, Vikram, Chakradhar, PKM1, seedless lime, Balaji.

Planting Season:  Round the year provided that enough water to establish the plants.

Planting Material: Budded plants

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Vijaya Phyto Farms Pvt. Ltd. produces ‘ready made’ (ready to bear plants) budded acid lime planting material that are capable of producing commercial yield from II year of planting

Planting: Healthy seedlings/ budded plants may be planted at 5 to 6 m spacing in 60 cm x 60 cm x 60cm pits. Adopt high density planting at 6m x 3m for higher productivity.

Irrigation: Irrigate copiously after planting. After establishment, irrigation may be given at 7 – 10 days interval. Avoid water stagnation. Drip irrigation may be adopted for best results.

Manures and fertilizers: N to be applied in two doses during March and October. FYM, P2O5 and K2O are to be applied in October.

After cultivation: Remove branches of main stem up to 45 cm from ground level. Application of green leaves 30 kg per tree once in 3 months.

Pests : Acid lime is affected by Leaf miners, Leaf caterpillar, Sucking pests namely White fly, Black fly, Aphids, Rust mite and Fruit sucking moth, Shoot borer, Stem borer, Fruit fly, Mealy bugs and Nematodes .In order to control these pests spraying of appropriate chemicals/ insecticides have to be undertaken preferably on preventive basis.

Diseases: Acid lime is affected by  the following diseases namely Twig blight, Scab, Canker and Tristeza virus.. To avoid Tristeza virus use pre-immunized acid lime seedlings for planting. In order to control these diseases spraying of appropriate  chemicals/fungicides have to be undertaken preferably on preventive basis

Harvest: Starts bearing from 3rd year after planting.

Yield: 25 t/ha/year.

List of references:
Handbook of Horticulture , Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Pusa, New Delhi, 2009, pages 109-399
Crop Production Techniques of Horticultural Crops, Directorate of Horticulture and Plantation Crops Chepauk, Chennai - 600 005 & Tamil Nadu Agricultural University Coimbatore - 641 003, 2004, pages 1-31
K. Manibhusan Rao, (1990) Textbook of Horticulture, Macmillan India Limited, New Delhi 110002 pages 248-258
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