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Citrus ID needed

Posted by RI-Mike 7A - RI (My Page) on
Wed, May 8, 13 at 7:46

So I "inherited" this tree from a family member as the rescued it from a big box store. I was told it was a kumquat, but no way of telling what it is until it fruits. It has tripled in size since I got it in the fall as I kept it under a 400W MH grow light and fed it foliage pro all winter. Any opinions on what this is?


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Here's an up close of the leaves, the trunk does have thorns.


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Here is the base. Not sure what to think here, could the dead part be the tree and the green growth be rootstock? I have not found any graft line and before I pot this thing up with a new mix, I want to make sure its worth the effort of keeping it around.


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  • Posted by citrange South UK, z%3D8a%3F (My Page) on
    Wed, May 8, 13 at 11:24

That's all rootstock!
The original variety is the dead stump, with the original graft line just below where the dead twigs join the stump.
You are growing a trifoliate hybrid - probably a citrange or citrumelo. While it will never give you very edible citrus fruits, it is an interesting plant which will survive much more frost than a normal citrus. Depending on your zone, it might be possible to grow outside and will eventually produce ornamental fruits.


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Thanks, and I was afraid of that. Not worth keeping around as it wont survive outside in this zone.


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You could always graft something else in. I'm sure there's plenty of people around your area with budwood.


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Actually, Mike, it probably would survive in zone 7. Citrange has been growing similar cultivars in his zone successfully. They do make a very pretty ornamental tree, btw. And, you can use it for rootstock grafting as well. I would say keep it, plant it outside in the warmest, most protected area of your home and see how it does.

Patty S.


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Plant that thing outside! You never know.

Some of us are growing Citrandarin and Citrumelo in the ground here in the DC area. Citrange should do OK too.


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