Limes, Oranges and various other Citrus plants have been a traditional favourite when it comes to welcoming the Chinese New Year festive season. Their brightly coloured fruits are an auspicious sign of the abundance and wealth to come in the new year. Each type of Citrus plant has their own unique symbolism which attracts their own loyal crowd who purchases them every new year to set the festive atmosphere.
Four Season Lime 四季桔: The most popular variety due to their long lasting round golden fruits, giving them the appearance of golden coins / ingots hanging off a tree. Being able to bear fruits in all seasons also symbolizes incoming wealth throughout the entire year. Their leaves are small, oval with pointed tip and the fruit round, ripens into a beautiful golden colour.
Mandarin Orange 朱砂桔: The classic Mandarin Orange which is symbolic when visiting other families, traditionally associated with good fortune & wealth. This hybridized citrus plant dates back all the way to the Han dynasty! Their leaves are large, oval with a rounded tip and the fruit round with a flat top and bottom, ripens into a vibrant orange hue.
Kumquat 金桔: While the Four Season Lime is sometimes referred to as 'Kumquat / gam gwat' by many customers, it is in fact the Cantonese pronunciation of 金桔 which refers to an entirely different variety of lime. The Kumquat lime are typically more popular with the Southern China / Cantonese audience. Their leaves are elongated with pointed tip and the fruit an oblong oval shape, ripens into a beautiful golden colour.
Dragon Heart Lime 龙胆: A variety of festive lime that is very similar to the Four Season Lime, this variety is highly popular with businesses and are often used as gifts to another business to wish them a prosperous and successful year ahead. The Dragon Heart Lime fruits are typically larger and has a slightly oblong shape. The leaves also has a rounded tip instead of a pointed tip, their branches are also thicker and has a strong tenancy for upwards growth.
Sunlight: Place them in a location with sufficient bright lighting and away from rain where possible to prevent fruit drop/
Watering: When placed in full sun, water thoroughly daily to prevent the plant from drying out. When placed in a bright sheltered location, check the soil and water only when the soil is starting to feel dry. (Typically once every 2-3 days)