Planting Citrus Seeds

Planting Citrus Seeds

Although most citrus trees are grown from grafting, you can still try to plant trees from citrus seeds. If you have a garden with good quality soil and adequate sunlight in most days during a year, you can do this job from the scratch. The first thing you need to do is to get the best seeds from the nursery or some professional suppliers to ensure the best quality.

Before planting the seed into soil, you should do a thorough wash and remove any fruit traces from the seeds. This is because there are chemicals contained in the fruits which are capable of preventing the seed from germinating. Then you should put all seeds into a glass of water and pick up the ones sinking under water. These seeds are usually good quality ones. Some tiny seeds may be affected by bubbles. So you should make sure that there are no bubbles existing in water before putting seeds in. Some undersized seeds should be discarded since they usually do not have too many resources stored for the germination. This will decrease the possibility of successful germination.

Generally most citrus seeds need some time as a dormant period in a cold environment before germination. Thus you can put them inside the fridge for a few days. You should use some water absorbing paper to wrap your seeds up before leaving them in the fridge. It normally takes the seeds about one month to fulfill its dormancy. Then you can put them in the container. Remember to soak them in the water for a couple of hours first. Germination should appear after 4 weeks or longer. Sometimes, it may take the citrus seed several months to geminate.

Once geminated you can leave your seedlings in the container for a couple of months. Once they grow up you can repot them into a bigger container. Some potting mix should be applied to ensure that they have adequate nutrients for the growth. You can do some pruning work during their growth depending on your requirement such as shape of shrub or standard potting plants. In winter, you should offer your need citrus plants adequate protection for the coldness since most of the do not tolerate cold temperature. When the thread of frosting is over, you can remove the protection and let them get adequate sunlight for their growth.

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