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    I have grown 3 lemon trees from seed that are now 2 years old (and 18" high), i have since read in a citrus book that they cannot be grown from seed, does anyone know if this means they will never fruit? if they might how old do they have to be to fruit? thanks

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    Just shows what they know

    I think they may mean that they won't come true from seed but who knows, you may have a new cultivar thats worth growing. As to friuting age, I've no experience with Citrus fruit but I guess you are looking a 3 years or so at least before they are big enough to stand fruiting.
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    Thats for that Nick the grief, we will see what happens

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    Trees (including citrus) are generally grafted onto known rootstocks, I.E. they know how vigourous a particular rootstock is. This means that the tree will fruit to type and be of a known height and spread.

    With seed grown trees you are playing lucky dip with how big it will grow, how well it fruits and how often and what the fruit tastes like.

    However, nothing ventured nothing gained and you have every chance of growing a perfectly acceptable tree that fruits well. As the tree is in a pot its size will be restricted anyway. I already have 1 lemon tree and I think I will join you in growing some more from pips to make my very own mediteranean haven.

    Thanks for the inspiration.

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