Poncirus trifoliata from seed

krismast(6 S.E. PA)October 2, 2012

Long story short I got my hands on some ripe Poncirus fruit (not the flying dragon variety). I wanted to grow a few seedlings and maybe plant one and give some to a friend of mine. Anyway, I was wondering when I should start these? I want to grow them in containers a couple of years before planting them in the ground. What would be the best course of action for starting these? Do I have to cut open the fruits now and plant right away and grow them inside? Can I refrigerate the fruit and start them in pots in the spring?

Thanks in advance,

Kristopher

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citrange2

Either method will work.
If you sow the fresh seeds now, you need to provide warm conditions for germination. Takes a couple of weeks at 75-80F, slower if cooler.
If you refrigerate the fruit, you shouldn't let them freeze. Seeds left in the cold fruits last well into spring.
You can also store clean seeds in a bag in a refrigerator just above freezing.
Like other citrus, you must not leave seeds to dry at room temperature. Viability is short in these conditions.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2012 at 5:39PM
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krismast(6 S.E. PA)

Thank you very much citrange! Are you the owner of homecitrusgrowers.co.uk? I stumbled upon that website in my search for info.

Kristopher

    Bookmark   October 3, 2012 at 7:18PM
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Steve, Micro (6B ground, 5B roof)

I pealed the thin skin off the seed and planted them in a grow box heated by a 13w compact florescent bulb. The seeds were up in 6 day. After 7 months the 3 plant range from 3 feet to 5 feet of linear growth. Manure of any kind is deadly to these trees, Including dog urine. So watch where you plant the trees. I gave my plants 16 hours of light / day.

    Bookmark   October 16, 2012 at 10:23PM
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Steve, Micro (6B ground, 5B roof)

picture of poncirus trifoliata in 5 gallons buckets at 7.5 months old

    Bookmark   October 26, 2012 at 10:54AM
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