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orange seeds-germination

Charles S Buer buer at WPI.EDU
Wed Mar 6 19:44:22 EST 1996

According to Hartmann and Kester "Plant Propagation:  Principles and 
Practice" -- Citrus seeds generally show no dormancy but are injured by 
being allowed to dry; they may be planted immediately after being 
extracted from the ripe fruit.  Press the seeds lightly into the soil and 
cover with 2 cm sand to prevent crusting.  The soil should be kept moist 
at all times until the seedling emerge.  Either extreme, allowing the 
soil to dry or overly wet should be avoided.

I have germinated grapefruit seeds with no problem.  The trees will need 
as much light as you can provide them with.  They may never bloom 
indoors, although I have a dwarf Meyer lemon that has bloomed many times 
and fruited in a greenhouse.

Good luck,

Charles Buer
Biology and Biotechnology Dept.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester, MA

On Wed, 6 Mar 1996 BMACDDCL at CUNYVM.CUNY.EDU wrote:

> I have some orange seeds (from an orange grown in Jamaica) and would like to ge
> rminate them indoors and then grow me some orange trees.  Please tell me what t
> o do.  I looked for a gardening newsgroup but couldn't find one.  Thanks.
> Diana Lillig

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