Citrus Tree and Growth from root stock

csetz5877July 13, 2012

I had clementine tree that didn't do well with the last winter. (one day of freeze in Florida and it all dies). Anyways, there was amazing growth that appears on it this spring. I looked closer at it and the growth is all below the graph. I don't know what it was graphed with, but I'm guess some type of sour root stock.

So my question is, since all the growth is below the graph, is it worth keeping hte tree. I heard it was likely to show good growth for some time, but will probably not bloom. If that is the case, I just want to get rid of it and get another. Thoughts and opinions?

Thanks - Chad

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houstontexas123(z9a)

it'll bloom and fruit, but wont be sweet.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 4:14AM
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lgteacher(SCal)

The rootstock is chosen fro its hardiness, so it survived the frost even though the graft didn't. The fruit will not measure up to your Clementine. that's why almost all citrus is grafted - the root are chosen for their ability to resist disease and cold, and the graft is chosen for flavor.

Here is a link that might be useful: What's Growing On?

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 10:57AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Chad, you will basically be growing an ornamental tree as the fruit is not likely to be of any value. If you have the space for that, great. But many would choose to remove that tree.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 2:22PM
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denninmi(8a)

Well, I suppose if a grower were proficient, he or she could re-graft or re-bud to the same rootstock, but that would be for someone with advanced skills.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 6:53PM
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