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Citrus, scarification.

Posted by Drakemoore 8 - FL (My Page) on
Sun, Mar 2, 14 at 21:38

I've been germinating citrus family seeds lately, Oranges, Grapefruit, Kumquats, etc. I usually pull them out of the orange, then peel off the outer seed shell.

I've learned / also been told by others that this causes the seeds to germinate within 1-2 weeks in ideal temperature / conditions versus a much longer period of time otherwise as long as the seed is kept moist.

I am wondering if you only need to pull off enough of the outer shell to expose the kernel itself to allow moisture in. I ask because it becomes tedious to peel the entire outer shell off of larger amounts of seed.

And yes, I know, seeds will not be true to type. I don't mind that, I have a large amount of land. :)


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RE: Citrus, scarification.

You might want to try the citrus forum for help with your question.


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RE: Citrus, scarification.

Citrus seed doesn't need to be scarified in order to germinate.


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RE: Citrus, scarification.

I have very little first-hand knowledge with citrus seeds, and the ones I have grown were not scarified, BUT lots of sources say that doing so improves germination rate. Drakemoore, if you find a good answer (and especially if you find a good explanation of why), please come back and tell us here.


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