Spanish lime Seeds, Guinep,melicoccus bijugatus,(5 Seed) grow indoor or outdoor


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Formally known as melicoccus bijugatus, it could be that I chose these specifically for the name. I mean, c’mon. MELICOCCUS BIJUGATUS. Tell me that you won’t be snickering as you repeat that phrase all day. Common to the tropics, apparently these fruit come from a branch of the “soapberry” tree, which sounds, if possible, even less appetizing than melicoccus. There are many other names for guinep, including:

Spanish lime
Genip(e), Gunip, Guinep, Canep, Chenep, Kenip
Akee (which is very inaccurate if you’re used to West Indian ackee and saltfish)
Limoncillo; and my favorite….

Growing Info:
Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours.
Stratification: none required.
Germination: sow seed 3/8" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed.
Other: Germination tends to be slow, Germinates faster in warmer temperatures.


The tree, its foliage, and the form and size of the fruit resemble the Tahiti lime; the leaves are serrated and the petioles nearly wingless. The fruit is not at all similar to the Mexican lime. The flowers are borne singly in the leaf axils or in terminal clusters of 2 to 10; the fruits may be solitary or in bunches of 2 to 5.

A yellow rind with a distinctive and aromatic oil, pale yellow flesh, and a few, if any, seeds. Although it is succulent and juicy, its low acid count makes it an acquired taste. This flat taste is popular in the Middle East and India

Sweet limes are native to India where they are grown commercially. They are also a commercially grown citrus in Egypt, the Near East and Latin America. Sweet lime trees are also used as rootstock, even though their rootstock is prone to disease. Sweet limes have very little presence in American horticulture outside of ornamental use and as a garden tree. In California the climatic influences create dramatically different sized and shaped sweet lime fruits from coastal to desert regions. Most sweet limes can be found at farmers market and at Latin American markets.

Sweet limes bear fruit in the winter months.

Work a small amount of water into sterile, good quality potting soil until it is moist but not wet.


Fill small, plastic containers that have drainage holes in the bottoms with the potting soil. Use seed trays with individual divided compartments or separate containers such as yogurt cups that have been cleaned and have holes poked in the bottom.


Push one sweet lime seed into each container to a depth of about one-quarter inch. Cover the seed with soil and pat the surface lightly.


Cover the containers with plastic wrap or place them in a plastic bag and seal to retain moisture. If the containers remain sealed in plastic for the duration of the germination period, you should not have to add any water. However, if the soil becomes dry to the touch, use a spray bottle and mist the soil lightly to restore it to a moist state, but not wet.


Set the containers in a warm place with temperatures between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit, next to a heater or on top of a plant heating mat. Keep the containers out of direct sunlight. Seeds should germinate in about three to six weeks.


Remove the plastic when the seeds germinate and leaves begin to appear above the surface of the potting soil. Place the containers where the seedlings will receive bright, indirect sunlight. Allow the seedlings to grow to a few inches tall and a second set of leaves to appear before transplanting the germinated sweet lime seeds into large containers or into the garden.

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