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

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sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

February 3, 2008
10:03 PM

Post #4491338

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!!

weeding

weeding
Peachtree City, GA
(Zone 8a)

February 4, 2008
2:12 AM

Post #4492328

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

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

February 4, 2008
4:52 PM

Post #4494401

Thanks for the information. It sounds promising although not for the impatient!
Trudi3
Vero Beach, FL

February 6, 2008
8:29 PM

Post #4503696

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.
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

February 6, 2008
8:32 PM

Post #4503702

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

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

February 6, 2008
8:58 PM

Post #4503786

Thanks, ecrane3. I will try these seeds for sentimental reasons at least.
2ndChance
Tempe, AZ
(Zone 9b)

February 13, 2008
8:58 PM

Post #4534398

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

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

February 13, 2008
9:00 PM

Post #4534402

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

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

March 8, 2008
8:31 PM

Post #4638848

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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