Seeds forum: Clementine Orange seeds!

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Name: Annie
Waynesboro, PA (Zone 6a)
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LysmachiaMoon
Dec 23, 2016 8:18 AM CST
I got a Clementine orange (usually seedless) full of big fat plump seeds yesterday! I have about 20 seeds and I'd be happy to send a few to whoever wants them. Free for postage.
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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RickCorey
Jan 2, 2017 5:31 PM CST
Hi Annie

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

This Wikipedia article makes it SOUND like you only see the seeds once a Clementine cross-pollinates with something else.

IF that is true, those seeds MIGHT be only half-clementine. But I'm not really sure.

This seems to support the idea that, if a Clementine has seeds, they were cross-pollinated by something other than a Clementine. Maybe that's why no one asked for the seeds.

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/p...
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Self-Incompatible

Clementine flowers can’t pollinate themselves or the flowers of other clementine trees, but they can cross-pollinate with other citrus species. Mandarins, including clementines, are among the few flowering plants that don't need to be pollinated to produce fruit, but they produce a smaller crop if they aren't pollinated. When the flower is pollinated, the ovules inside the ovary grow to become seeds within the fruit. If the flowers aren't pollinated the fruit is seedless.
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Name: Annie
Waynesboro, PA (Zone 6a)
Cat Lover Keeper of Poultry
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LysmachiaMoon
Jan 3, 2017 8:22 AM CST
That's interesting! I thought it might be fun to see just what DOES come from these seeds. I'm going to start a few to see.
The end is nothing, the journey is all.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
Frugal Gardener Garden Procrastinator I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest
Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database.
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RickCorey
Jan 3, 2017 4:51 PM CST
I agree. Probably whatever it crossed with was another valuable, marketable type of orange or at least citrus fruit.

Certain to be interesting, probably good-tasting.
Name: David Laderoute
Zone 5B/6 - NW MO (Zone 5b)
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DavidLMO
Jan 5, 2017 6:44 PM CST
I have a small tree I grew from seed a little over a year ago. I will post back in another couple of years and let you know what's up. Thumbs up Whistling Hilarious!

Actually I am training it as a bonsai specimen. Blinking I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
Frugal Gardener Garden Procrastinator I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest
Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database.
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RickCorey
Jan 5, 2017 6:59 PM CST
Do bonsai orange trees ever bear fruit?

I assume that one full-size orange would tip a bonsai right over or break the branch, but is it possible that they produce tiny little fruit? I wouldn't think so!
Name: David Laderoute
Zone 5B/6 - NW MO (Zone 5b)
Ignoring Zones altogether
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DavidLMO
Jan 5, 2017 7:55 PM CST
Doubtful on the fruit. The tropical plants enjoy outdoors only from May - early Nov. In the basement now under lights.

If they did fruit, they would be normal size. Blinking D'Oh! Rolling on the floor laughing
Seeking Feng Shui with my plants since 1976
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
Frugal Gardener Garden Procrastinator I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest
Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database.
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RickCorey
Jan 5, 2017 8:03 PM CST
Now I know.

A bonsai orange tree covered with oranges the size of peas would be cute, but I guess it would also have to be plastic or the "oranges" glued on.

I guess you would pull any flowers off, if they could occur, rather than let them get bigger than the rest of the plant. Like the tail wagging the dog.
Name: David Laderoute
Zone 5B/6 - NW MO (Zone 5b)
Ignoring Zones altogether
Seed Starter Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Level 1
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DavidLMO
Jan 5, 2017 8:42 PM CST
Thumbs up

I just started bonsai 3 years ago. Have ~ 30 items - all grown from seed. Doubtful I will ever see fruiting due to growing conditions.

The Clementine is ~ 12 " tall and that will be about its limits. I have another 4 or 5 citrus and many other tropicals - Starfruit, Bauhinia all sorts of things.
Seeking Feng Shui with my plants since 1976
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
Frugal Gardener Garden Procrastinator I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest
Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database.
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RickCorey
Jan 5, 2017 8:56 PM CST
Thanks!
Name: Annie
Waynesboro, PA (Zone 6a)
Cat Lover Keeper of Poultry
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LysmachiaMoon
Jan 6, 2017 9:44 AM CST
Hmm.. Maybe I'll just do the bonsai thing with these seeds!
The end is nothing, the journey is all.

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