Daniel Gill | 6/20/2015 4:46:46 AM
Good morning Dan, I listen to you on Saturday mornings when I can and enjoy your show. I have a friend who took fresh undried blood orange seeds and planted 2 per pot. Seventeen out of 20 came up. They are about 5 inches tall and look great, but, do you think they will produce fruit?- Steve B.
Yes, they will eventually produce fruit, but they will not be blood oranges. Citrus trees are highly hybridized and do not come true from seeds.
The only way to properly propagate a blood orange so that the offspring are blood oranges is to use a vegetative method – such as grafting. Seeds will not work.
It generally takes 8 to 12 years for a citrus tree to produce fruit when grown from seeds. And, after all that time and effort, the trees may not even produce decent quality fruit.
Growing citrus trees from seeds is interesting and makes a nice project. But, it is not a good way to propagate citrus trees.
Consumer Horticulture Specialist
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture