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 ?. May 6, 2017 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, 2017 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. May 7, 2017 at 16:54
  • Please see my updated answer.
    – Alina
    May 7, 2017 at 20:29
  • @Alina What's your source for your information? Jun 6, 2017 at 21:48

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