How to Plant Citrus Seeds

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All citrus fruits have seeds in the center that can be dried out, planted in a peaty perlite-rich soil and left to germinate. Supply plenty of sunshine for a new citrus seedling with gardening help from an urban horticulturist in this free video on plant seeds.

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Hi I'm Stan DeFreitas, "Mr. Green Thumb". So you want to plant some citrus seeds. Almost every citrus has seeds and most of them you can cut through and you'll find the seeds in the middle. Now there are some seedless varieties and that usually means they'll normally have between one and seven seeds. More than that they're not considered seedless but from those seeds you need to take them out, put them on a dry paper towel, and put them into a good sterile mix, a peaty pearlite type soil. A good mix that you can get at almost any nursery garden supply store. Remember with those little seeds they'll probably germinate in about three to four weeks so plant the about a quarter inch deep, that's about one time the dept of the thickness of the seed and plant it in a good soil where it is getting good moisture, keep those seeds moist and make sure it gets good sunlight. Sunlight will help because as soon as those little seedlings come out well they'll need to start producing energy for your citrus. Remember with citrus that you start from seed there could be some genetic diversity, in fact there probably will be but typically seeds from a lemon or lime will be lemon or lime. A grapefruit will be a grapefruit. Now will it be a little bit different? Yes and they normally have larger thorns on a seedling tree than a grafted tree and they normally go more straight up and don't spread as much. So there may be some disadvantages to being Johnny Appleseed with citrus seeds but on the other hand, it's fun to do. It's neat to see that miracle of life as that citrus is grown from your own little seed. Growing seeds is something you should try and citrus are easy. I'm Stan DeFreitas, "Mr. Green Thumb".


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