Citrus from Seed - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Robert Spencer
Penn Yan, NY
Question by raztaz143
January 18, 2000
How do you grow trees from an orange and lemon?? How do You dry the seeds?? Conditions for proper growth?? Please give me steps in how you can grow a fruit tree??

Answer from NGA
January 18, 2000


Basically, simply plant a fresh seed into damp soil, cover with plastic wrap and set it in a warm, bright location out of direct sun. If the seed is viable it should sprout and grow. As soon as it sprouts, remove the plastic and put it in the sunniest window you have. Transplant as needed into larger pots and fertilize occasionally with water soluble houseplant fertilizer according to the label instructions. Keep in mind however that most fruit bearing citrus trees are grown as grafted trees in order to assure consistent fruit quality. Seeds from commercially produced fruit may or may not be viable and may or may not produce a successful tree. In other words, your seedling most likely will not bear fruit as good as the fruit from which you took the seed. Also, although it is possible to grow fruiting trees in large tubs, the most successful varieties for this treatment are dwarf types. You might want to purchase one of these if you truly want a tree that produces nice fruits. If you just want to experiment, enjoy!

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