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Interested in Growing Meyer Lemon Trees from Cuttings. Plz Help

Posted by thenear1send CA (My Page) on
Sat, Aug 30, 08 at 23:11

Hello Everyone, I'm new to this site so I am not aware of the past messages that solved my question, which im sure has been answered dozens of times. If you could answer here, i would more than appreciate it, but if you had a link to any of the good messages on starting Meyer Lemons from cuttings, start-finish, that would be awesome too!

Well, heres my quick story..

I went to my neighbors house and picked a good sized bag of lemons off of his Meyer Lemon tree, which is huge, probably 30-40 years old. And I decided, hey, why not grow some lemons from the seeds of the fruits i had. So i checked out growing conditions on the web, and planted about ten lemon seeds. Then as i was searching later on, discovered that Meyers were a hybridized variety, so i though, Oh great, im going to have to wait 8 years just to see if im growing the right plant... So i was a little let down. Until I later discovered that Meyers were one of "the easiest" citrus to propagate through cuttings. So i decided to change my plans from growing from seeds, to getting myself some nice sized cuttings (since his tree is so big). BUT, having no tree experience, and a failed experience at growing trees from cuttings in the past. so, CAN ANYONE HELP, PLEASE! I really prefer step-by-step instructions if that is at all possible to ask for.

Some of my questions include:
How large of a cutting, and from where on the tree. And, if grafting is necessary, how do i do that?

Much appreciated!
-Adam


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RE: Interested in Growing Meyer Lemon Trees from Cuttings. Plz He

I have had good results with cuttings from lemon, about 2 months ago i cut back branches on one of my trees, took all the bits and tryed to root them,
90+% of the lemon cuttings are growing, i have also tried mandarin and calamondin since, none rooted

I used a small plastic frame they sell as a greenhouse..., shelves with a plastic bag over it in reality, it was in the house in a bay window for the sun to heat the air, a piece of tissue paper to shield the sun from the plants

The cuttings were all about a foot tall, i just cut the bottom off each just below a leaf node, left all the leaves on,i dabbed rooting gel on the end and pushed it into a pot of perlite, watered it, then left it in the greenhouse (tent shelf) it was at 25 deg C for about a month , i sprayed the leaves everyday to keep them wet, after a month i looked and they had rooted 2 inch around and new growth was starting

Out of 30 about 28 rooted from the lemon, none from the mandarin or calamondin

The cuttings i used were fairly new growth, it was green color but hard, not brand new soft growth


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RE: Interested in Growing Meyer Lemon Trees from Cuttings. Plz He

Very cool!

Thanks for responding, I have another question though, what do you think the max size cutting i could root would be? And because of my little knowledge on growing trees from clippings... is it guaranteed that a "tree" will actually grow from the clippings??? Or will it just be a really large branch--non fruit bearing? or whatever. I just don't know xD

Well thanks again for responding!

-Adam


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RE: Interested in Growing Meyer Lemon Trees from Cuttings. Plz He

Star, Congrats...that's an interesting way to root cuttings. I'm surprised 10" stems would root.

Adam, I've rooted citrus cuttings but they were 4-5". If you follow Star's lead, and looking to grow standard-tree-shaped citrus, his/her way would be a head start as far as tree shaped style.
The best thing to do is graft. Do you know how this is done?
Seedlings will eventually fruit, but it takes years. 7-14. Grafted trees fruit from 1 yr.
Grafted trees have many advantanges. Less disease, insects, roots, flower/fruit production.
There's grafting info online and books. I don't know if this sites still exists, but try treehelp.com ... Or http://www.treehelp.com/trees/citrus/propagation-by-grafting.asp
I wish you luck...Toni


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