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Name: Jypsy Dog
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Apr 16, 2017 9:16 AM CST
HELP!! I saw a Buddha Hand last fall @ the Asian Market. Did some looking and saw all the confusing post about growing from seed. Some say you CAN find them others NOT.... Ordered seeds from China. Very much a Citrus looking seed. Got 30 for 2 bucks. So I concede there not Buddha's Hand. Just want to know what the heck I'm tending now.. PLEASE HELP. The stems are turning woody and plants are over 1'. Sprouted them in late Dec.
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Apr 16, 2017 9:34 AM CST

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porkpal
Apr 16, 2017 1:23 PM CST
Unfortunately your pictures do not enlarge, but I do not know of any citrus that looks like that one.
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Apr 16, 2017 1:30 PM CST
I don't know it either, but I'm betting it my be an exotic citrus plant. Maybe @tarev can help ID it.
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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Apr 16, 2017 1:32 PM CST
The last photo is budda's hand, but I gather it is not of your seedling...?
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Metrosideros
Apr 16, 2017 2:02 PM CST
With a single terminal fruit, and leaves with serrated margins, it does not look like Citrus.
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tarev
Apr 16, 2017 6:11 PM CST
Oh, I wish I can help..but sorry, I do agree it is not the Buddha Hand plant, the leaves of your plant are rather different.

It would be nice to see later how the blooms come out, it may help further narrow down the name of your plant. Good luck!
Name: Jypsy Dog
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Apr 16, 2017 7:13 PM CST
Thanks for looking. The blossom has sat for 3 weeks with not much change. Wish I had pictures of the seed. I will repost after/ if, it blossoms.
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Apr 16, 2017 7:49 PM CST
Agree with all others. I'm not even sure you plant is a citrus - at least I've never seen a citrus with toothed leaves like those are. Has it flowered? The structures on the tips of the branches almost appear to be a couple of unopened blooms, rather than fruit, but I could be wrong since the pictures do not enlarge and I can get a good clear view of it.
Name: Daisy I
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Apr 17, 2017 1:16 AM CST
No, its not a citrus but it will be interesting to see what those "buds" turn into.

You can grow Buddha's Hand from seed. Next time you see one at the market, buy it and open carefully and harvest any seeds you can find.

Citrus seed germinates best when fresh so don't save the seed, plant them.

Because citrus have some weird stuff going on, the seed will be either monoembryonic or polyembryotic. The polyembryonic seeds will contain many embryos while monoembryonic contain only one. You want seeds that are polyembryonic - those will be Buddha's Hand seedlings.

Unfortunately, to figure this out, you have to dissect your seeds and then they won't grow. If you find lots of seed, you could dissect a few and see what most are. But, Buddha's Hand doesn't produce a lot of seed.

So just plant whatever you find - hopefully you will find one or two seeds. The vigorous seedlings are most likely to be Buddha's Hand. The less vigorous seedlings will be something from its parentage.

BTW, Citrus from seed could take up to 20 years to produce fruit. If you can find someone with a tree, taking cuttings might be a better option.

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Name: Jypsy Dog
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Apr 24, 2017 4:34 PM CST
FOUND MY ANSWER.... My Mystery Plant blossomed!! Any guess what it is now? It is not citrus as I was told. But the seed does look a bit like it.
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Apr 27, 2017 8:34 AM CST

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No one ever IDed that bloom? I have never seen anything like that.
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Apr 27, 2017 8:39 AM CST
Right! It looks like the bloom of a thistle which it clearly is not. Come on experts, what is it?
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Apr 27, 2017 8:48 AM CST
Artichoke?
Name: Porkpal
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Apr 27, 2017 9:29 AM CST
The leaves don't match.
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Apr 27, 2017 9:45 AM CST
Calif_Sue said:No one ever IDed that bloom? I have never seen anything like that.


No we didn't.

Safflower.
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Apr 27, 2017 9:57 AM CST
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greene
Apr 27, 2017 10:48 AM CST
This is a good example of why we should only purchase seeds from trusted sellers, preferably local sellers. Thumbs up
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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Apr 27, 2017 12:26 PM CST
Awww, where's the sport in that?
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Calif_Sue
Apr 27, 2017 12:37 PM CST

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Hilarious!

Did you read the second comment in that entry? Common plant in Asia, someone just went and grabbed seeds and sold them for something desirable.
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