Will my lemon tree produce fruit?

mcgyvr2009i(Schenectady, NY 5b)March 18, 2014

My lemon tree that I grew back in August of 2012 is pretty healthy. It's almost a foot in height. I've heard you can get 3 plants from 1 seed, and only one of the plants are strong enough to be capable. I only got one from the seed. Is it likely that I got the seedling that will produce fruit?

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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA

If you're growing a citrus tree from seed, expect that it might take anywhere from 3 to about 12-15 years to produce fruit. Most citrus seeds are polyembryonic, producing multiple seedlings from one seed, with the stronger of the seedlings being the "clone" seedling, or identical to the mother plant. Hard to say if you only had one sprout, could be the clone, could be a hybrid. All will produce fruits, just know that a hybrid seedling will not necessarily produce the same fruit as the tree from which you got the fruit. Depends on what citrus pollen, pollinated the flower if the seedling is a hybrid. If the seedling is a clone, then it will be identical to the mother tree (and the fruit from which you got the seed). Only time will tell you :-)

Patty S.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2014 at 4:24PM
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mcgyvr2009i(Schenectady, NY 5b)

So, I probably won't get the same exact lemons I got the seed from? That's cool. I can live with that. A lemon's a lemon to me.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2014 at 8:49PM
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