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So Iv got a nice variety of mandarin from the supermarket and am growing it from seed. Iv heard fruiting can take yeeeeears of grown this way. Iv seen a fruiting bitter orange for sale online for £25, if I buy this and graft on the mandarin once it's big enough to graft will this mean the mandarin should fruit within a couple of years once the graft is established ?.

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Update: Taking a bud or a graft from the mandarin seedling will result in a clone of the motherplant, therefore it will have the same genetic maturity and won't fruit earlier. For having your own mandarin fruits as soon as possible, take a bud or a graft from an already fruiting mandarin tree, thus making a clone of it, and graft it on existing rootstock.

Obsolete answer: Yes, the graft will produce fruit in a few years, but it will produce bitter orange, not mandarin fruits.

  • I thought the idea of grafting another variety on was to get that fruit ?. Iv got a peach and nectarine tree, half grows peach, the other grafted half grows nectarine. Are you saying the mandarins graft won't do this and grow the rootstock fruit instead ?. – Iain Simpson May 6 '17 at 13:34
  • Sorry, from your question I understood that you grow a mandarin from seed and planning on grafting a bitter orange on the mandarin rootstock. Was it the other way around? – Alina May 6 '17 at 17:40
  • No I was going to buy a bitter orange (already fruiting), and graft a seed grown mandarin onto the bitter orange, so the rootstock would be bitter orange and the sion would be the year old mandarin growth from seed. – Iain Simpson May 7 '17 at 16:54
  • Please see my updated answer. – Alina May 7 '17 at 20:29
  • @Alina What's your source for your information? – Brōtsyorfuzthrāx Jun 6 '17 at 21:48

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