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Starting Citrus Trees From Seed

To start a citrus tree from seed, remove the seed from the fruit, rinse it thoroughly and plant as soon as possible in potting soil at a depth of between 1/4 and an inch. With sunlight, warm soil and moisture, the seed will germinate and begin to emerge as early as 7 days after planting. As the plant grows, train it to a single stem by removing any extra branches within 8 inches of the soil. One disadvantage of starting trees from seed is that it can often take as long as ten years before the first fruit appears, as opposed to three years for a grafted tree. So you may have to wait awhile to taste the first citrus from your new tree.

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