will Meyer lemon seeds grow, and how-to-s, please ?

Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

Friendly Tropical Fruit people----Just got a lemon from a friend's son's tree. He's so proud. The tree stays inside all yr round. The seeds are nice and plump. Can I grow them? Any tips? Thanks!!

Atlanta, GA(Zone 8a)

If you nick the seed you may have faster germunation. I have heard of people having 10 year old plants that have not bloomed. I think it takes many years from seed to bloom.

http://cahe.nmsu.edu/CES/yard/2000/040800.html
http://www.ehow.com/how_2083536_grow-lemon-tree-from-seed.html
http://www.emmitsburg.net/gardens/articles/adams/2006/lemon_tree.htm

Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

Thanks for the information. It sounds promising although not for the impatient!

Vero Beach, FL

Actually I am not sure it is worth the trouble other than as an experiment. I believe most citrus is grafted and a seed might not breed true or, as Cynthia says, never fruit. I have heard the one exception is Key Lime. I started 2 seedlings, 18 inches or so tall now, as my own experiment.

Dublin, CA(Zone 9a)

I had looked for info on this when someone else had asked a similar question, and it seems that Meyer lemons do come close to true from seed most of the time. http://www.tradewindsfruit.com/meyer_lemon.htm

Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

Thanks, ecrane3. I will try these seeds for sentimental reasons at least.

Tempe, AZ(Zone 9b)

Meyer Lemons are polyembryonic and will grow true from seed. Do not let the seeds dry before you plant them.

Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

Thanks.
I had mine cool and moist til I planted them last night. I'll let you know +when+ I get sprouts

Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

Pot of five nicked seeds and two that had slices from cutting the lemon, top of microwave- Planted Feb 12.
Three sprouts on day 23. Pot of six un-nicked seeds, windowsill, I sprout at 23 days also.

Now at ten sprouts out of the eleven seeds, one new sprout found today. 4-15-08

I later did another dozen seeds from another fruit and had great germination .



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