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Nov 24, 2017 7:01 PM CST
Hi everyone!
So I know that many types of citrus do not grow true from seed, and I also know that the plant grown will be a resultat of the two parent types.
However, if I was in some way 100% sure that my e.g. Meyer lemon was pollinated by another Meyer lemon, for example if I hand pollinated them, and no bees and such had access to them, would the seeds in the lemon then grow true to type?
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Nov 24, 2017 9:03 PM CST

Citrus seeds are easy because there aren't a lot of citrus ancestors and they have either polyembryonic or monoembryonic seeds. Take a few of your seeds and carefully peel off the outer and inner skin. Polyembryonic seeds will have multiple embryos glued one on top of the other like sheets. Monoembryonic seeds will have one embryo with two cotyledons (embryonic leaves) - think of what the inside of a bean looks like.

The monoembryonic seeds will be true to the parent plant (your Meyer Lemon) but the polyembryonic seed will be whatever ancestry that particular citrus has.

If you still aren't sure or you have some of each (and once in awhile, the polyembryonic seeds don't come true), the more vigorous seedlings will be the Meyer Lemons while the less vigorous will be something else.

Hope this helps.
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