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3-N-1 Dwarf Citrus

Posted by NuGardnrInNc 6 WNC (My Page) on
Wed, Feb 9, 11 at 19:53

Hi everyone. I recently ordered a 3-n-1 dwarf citrus which has Orange, Lemon, and Tangerine fruit. I've been looking through the forums and can't seem to find anything on them. I've never grown any citrus before, mainly thought it would be a neat plant the kids would enjoy. I'm planning on wintering in the greenhouse and may just leave it there year round. I just wanted to see if anyone has tried one of these trees or might have more info. The site where I bought it (eburgess) has pretty much nothing.


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RE: 3-N-1 Dwarf Citrus

I have a multigraft White Peach/Nectarine and also a multigraft Asian Pear tree at home. I don't have a multigraft citrus yet but I'm considering getting one. For these multigraft tree's, you just have to watch out that one variety doesn't take over the entire tree.

After I purchased my multigraft trees, a very knowledgeable gardener told me that I would get more production and have to worry less about one variety taking over the entire tree if I were to plant several normal trees in very close proximity. This would in essence create a multi variety tree once the branches start growing into each other.

I personally like the wow factor of multigraft trees. Please let us know how your tree does once it gets established!


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RE: 3-N-1 Dwarf Citrus

Thanks for the info. I haven't heard the term multigraft before so I have more to research now.


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RE: 3-N-1 Dwarf Citrus

There are a couple big reasons why one variety outgrows another on a multi-graft. They don't get equal sunlight, unless you plant it in a container and rotate the container thru the season. And secondly, certain varieties grow much faster than others.

Depending on the types of orange, lemon, and mandarin it's possible the lemon would outgrow the other two varieties.

It should help for you to position the lemon branch on the side that gets the least amount of sunlight in your greenhouse.

BTW, sweet oranges and mandarins need significant heat during late spring and summer to sweeten the fruit. But your in Zone 6 and I have zero experience with such an area.

Good luck to you


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