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Thread: growing a lemon tree from a pip

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    bikermike is offline Tuber
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    Default growing a lemon tree from a pip

    yes, odds of success low, but I have a few pips left over from G&T.

    Current plan is to take the pips, soak them to try to persuade the outer shell off, and put in a small pot in a propagator to see if they take.

    Is this a good time of year to do it, or should I wait and drink more G&T (seed acquisition purposes you understand...)?
    Last edited by bikermike; 04-03-2019 at 01:58 PM. Reason: posted too early by mistake...
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    Kirk is offline Cropper
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    They grow easy, expect 3 plants from 3 pips.
    Never had to soak any, they were pushed in to a pot of compost, watered and they grew.
    Will make a fair plant, lots of spiky bits to stab you.
    Do not expect lemons, well not for a good few years (10++). They get them to fruit earlier by grafting and selecting the rootstock.

    Fairly hardy, they can get cold, freezing temperatures is a little too much.
    Last edited by Kirk; 04-03-2019 at 02:34 PM.
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    Halina is offline Germinator
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    Default When life gives you lemons...

    You can grow a citrus plant from a seed, but you can't guarantee what plant you will get, or how long it will be until you get any fruit. This is because most fruit producing citrus trees are grafted onto root stock rather than grown from seed. Citrus is a bit of a chameleon, so having a lemon seed might actually result in a lime, clementine or even grapefruit tree, and you can't guarantee it will be self-fertile. Found this out the hard way when I tried to grow an orange tree from Sicilian oranges that my friend's family sent him over Christmas a few years back. They had this amazing scent and flavour - sweet and vanilla-y, but this kind of individual stock can only be propagated through cuttings, (which are a bit trickier to send through the post!)

    If you're interested in growing citrus you should read 'Oranges' by John McPhee, it's a how-to and history of growing citrus in the US from the perspective of a food writer. Really recommend it.
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    Ben1030 is offline Seedling
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    If your growing a citrus from seed all youll end up with is an green leafy plant which is hard to look after.

    However, if you want the project (as i did), and you can nuture a strong healthy plant then you can graft onto it any fruiting citrus you like!

    Plant a few seeds and trail different overwintering locations.
    Last edited by Ben1030; 07-03-2019 at 11:46 AM.

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    devonuk is offline Sprouter
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    Citrus are quirky, but not that quirky. What you get from lemon pips is lemons. Every single time.
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