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J Kroin hortus at worldnet.att.net
Wed May 15 23:08:04 EST 1996

Better to Charles Hesselein <chessele at acenet.auburn.edu> wrote:
>It IS easy to propagate citrus from seed.  Here at the Mobile Ornamental 
>Horticulture substation we propagate our citrus root stock by using 
>seeds.  The problem with seed propagation is that the offspring are not 
>likely to carry many of the positive fruiting characteristics of their 
>parents.  So I doubt if you will get much satisfaction out of the fruit 
>they produce.
>*    Charles P. (Chazz) Hesselein         *
>*    Extension Horticulturist, ACES       *
>*    chesssele at acenet.auburn.edu          *
>*    1-334-342-2366  fax: 1-334-342-1022  *
> >Hello, 
>>I don't knoiw about cuttings, but citrus are very easy to propagate from 
>>seeds.  The seeds can simply be cleaned and planted fresh (no drying 
>>period required).  I have several citrus trees I haves started this way, 
>>including orange and grapefruit tress ( I have a couple of three year old 
>>grapefruit trees that are about 4 feet tall.  Give the plants plenty of 
>>moisture and sunlight, they don't like to dry out a lot.  And keep them 
>>fairly warm.  Here in Illinois I keep mine in large planters and move 
>>them outside in the warm season and bring them in for the cold.
>>Greg Long
>>glong at olivet.edu


Better to root cuttings ... from seeds is very variable.

Take this years cuttings ... total immerse in solution containing 5 
tablets per liter water of Rhizopon AA Water Soluble Tablets (or Rhizopon 
AA #2 dry dip) .. then plant in media ... cover completely with clear 
plastic then keep at
70-75F for 2-3 wks.

Rhizopon avail from your local hort supplier of VJ Grower Supply 
800-327-5422, master distributor)

Seed stocks ar best used for rootstocks not finished plant.


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