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sfishships
Mar 15, 2017 3:59 PM CST
I just ate a beautiful cara cara orange, also called pink navel. There were two seeds. Will these seeds, if sprouted, grow a cara cara orange tree?
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Name: greene
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greene
Mar 15, 2017 4:05 PM CST
Are you located in zone 9 or 10?
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Carol
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Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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ctcarol
Mar 15, 2017 4:39 PM CST
Since most commercial citrus are grafted trees, you never know what you'll get from seeds.

sfishships
Mar 15, 2017 4:54 PM CST
I am in zone 9. And thanks for the info Carol, I had a feeling that the grafting issue would affect any outcome.
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greene
Mar 15, 2017 4:55 PM CST
You could grow the seeds out and graft them to rootstock later. Worth a try. Thumbs up
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Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Mar 15, 2017 6:24 PM CST
I haven't investigated, but I'm relatively sure CaraCaras are hybrids, and they may or may not come true from seed. If you have the time and space to experiment....Sometimes you get lucky! I did with an avocado seed. It came true to the parent, and in spite of what the so called arborist said 20 years ago, I have always gotten fruit, and this year I kept track and got 500 avocados + probably another 100 that the tree removal crew got when they took it out. It had outgrown it's space and with the winter we had, was a danger to the property. Boy, do I miss that tree. Sighing!
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DaisyI
Mar 15, 2017 7:35 PM CST
That is the real problem. Plants grown from the seed of hybrids do not necessarily come true to the parent plant - there are way too many grandparents involved. (Its why your kids don't look like you).

But citrus are weird and don't follow all of the rules. They produce two types of seeds: polyembryonic and monoembryonic. If your seeds are polyembryonic, they will be true to their parent. If monoembryonic, they will resemble the grandparent plants. The problem is that the only way to tell right this minute is to dissect your seeds. Sad

Plant them NOW. The longer you wait, the less chance they will germinate.

After they germinate, the more vigorous trees have the best chance of being the desired tree.

PS to Carol: Prune! I had an avocado that I kept pruned to its space and still had way too much guacamole.
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Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Mar 15, 2017 8:18 PM CST
Hilarious! I did prune for years. $300 a pop. We had some really wild storms this winter with trees falling every where...This one was going to take out two roofs, gas lines, the electrical meters for ten units if it came down. Believe me , I agonized over it.

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