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Name: Sequoia
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sequoia
Feb 11, 2015 8:11 PM CST
I have a Meyer lemon tree that is grown on it's own rootstock, not a grafted plant. Will those seeds produce Meyer lemons? or what would it produce?
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Name: Donald
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needrain
Feb 11, 2015 8:38 PM CST
I think what the seeds produce doesn't depend on whether it is grafted or not. It depends on whether Meyer lemons are a hybrid that is stable. Seeds from hybrid plants often are different from the plant that produced the seeds and may be more like an ancestor than the actual parent.

Welcome! Welcome! Maybe someone with knowledge of Meyer lemons will chime in here. I was given one last year and it has buds, but so far they haven't opened yet. I'm having to protect it from the occasional below freezing temperatures. In Oakland I think you don't have that problem.
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Name: Sequoia
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Feb 11, 2015 8:43 PM CST
Hi
Yes with our weather out here it has felt like groundhog day ( the movie) every day..sunny and 70.... and sorry to say not much rain.
Thanks for the info..I might plant some just to find out...and that leads into my next question..any tricks to starting citrus seeds? And Hurray! thanks for the nice welcome !
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Name: Donald
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needrain
Feb 11, 2015 8:49 PM CST
You're welcome. I think it would be fun to grow the seeds and see. I haven't ever tried growing a citrus plant from seeds, but someone will chime in when they see your post and give their advice or experience. I think it might not be very hard to get them to germinate. Sometimes with tropicals the seeds do well if they are planted soon (fresher) and not allowed to dry out so much. Generally they don't need cold before they germinate. I'll be curious about the answer.
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flaflwrgrl
Feb 11, 2015 9:56 PM CST
Just plant the seeds, water them & give them sun. Pretty easy -- we used to do it all the time as kids.

I'll let someone with more knowledge than I answer you as to the Meyer being a hybrid that is stable.

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orchidgal
Feb 11, 2015 10:34 PM CST
I thought I posted to this; but don't see it anywhere (lost in space somewhere). I understand it's very easy to grow meyer lemon trees from seed and the tree itself if quite fast growing. I don't know if the meyer is a stable hybrid.
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Name: Donald
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needrain
Feb 11, 2015 10:44 PM CST
The fact that it is growing on its own root stock rather than grafted indicates it probably will grow true from seed.
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Name: Sequoia
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sequoia
Feb 11, 2015 10:49 PM CST
Planting seeds tomorrow after making margaritas with them. Will let you know what happens are far as sprouting..fruits might be a couple years away. Thanks for the advice.
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tveguy3
Feb 12, 2015 4:07 AM CST
If it's an Improved Meyer Lemon, they are a cross between a lemon and a Mandarin.
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Feb 12, 2015 7:21 AM CST
I think it might depend on what pollinated the Meyer lemon. You might get a brand new hybrid.
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woofie
Feb 12, 2015 6:59 PM CST
I tried doing a google search on growing Meyer Lemons from seeds and my head is still spinning! Goodness! What a bunch of conflicting information!
However, one comment seemed to be fairly consistent: expect lots of thorns. But what the heck. Nothing ventured and all that. Smiling But why, oh why, does a plant bearing such tart fruit need all those thorns? Confused
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Name: Sequoia
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sequoia
Feb 12, 2015 7:07 PM CST
Thank you everyone.this is great information !
TO: Porkpal-I have several citrus in the yard from lemons,limes and oranges and mandarins, so who knows what it might be pollinated by...great tip !
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To:Woofie..I agree why the thorns..I cut them off or else when i go to pick the lemons..ouch ! Thanks for the google info.
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