how long before it bear fruit - Knowledgebase Question

Andover, Ne
Question by gmsl04191996
May 17, 2007
i started my tangerine and lemon trees from seeds of the fruit we ate...it's grown about 3ft now but it hasn't bear fruit yet...it's in a container at the moment...can i plant them on the ground outside the house...can they tolerate cold weather?


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Answer from NGA
May 17, 2007

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Congratulations getting these to grow! To keep them from year to year woou will need to bring them indoors in the fall. Unfortunately, seed grown citrus can take many years to bear and often grow into very large trees not suitable for containers -- container growth may stunt them so they never bear fruit. For this reason, if you want to raise fruit, you might consider getting one of the dwarf citrus that do especially well in containers such as Calamondin orange. These are usually grafted onto a dwarfing rootstock such as Flying Dragon to keep them a manageable size.

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