The Q&A Archives: Citrus Trees

Question: Can orange and lemon trees be started from seeds?

Answer: Yes, you can start new trees from the seeds in a lemon or orange. A interesting thing about citrus seeds is that you may get several different seedlings from each seed. One of these will be from the embryo formed due to pollination in the orchard, but the others will be "apomictic" seedlings which are vegetatively produced. That means that the apomictic seedlings will be exact genetic reproductions of the tree on which the fruit was formed, they are clonal seedlings. The one seedling produced by pollination will not be clonal as it will carry genetic material from the pollen parent (father) as well as the seed parent (mother). These trees are likely to develop different looking or tasting fruit, due to cross pollination. In any case, you should have a lemon tree, and it will very likely produce tasty lemons in about 15 years!

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