I've got 7 plants from clementine seeds and want to know what possible results I can expect in terms of fruiting if any, depending on which different citrus trees could have pollinated the parent. The seeds come from fruits probably grown in spain

What is likeliest to have pollinated my seeds and will it produce fruits? That's what I'm most interested in.

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    Are you planning on planting the trees outdoors or keeping them in containers?
    – Jurp
    Commented Feb 18, 2018 at 22:58
  • Thank you guys, they'll stay in containers, but i'm interested in their viability for producing fruit independent of their locale and what fruit would come of. Thanks
    – user20820
    Commented Feb 18, 2018 at 23:02
  • Very closely related: gardening.stackexchange.com/questions/19359/… Strictly speaking, my answer there is also the same answer to this.
    – GardenerJ
    Commented Feb 19, 2018 at 15:29

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There is no sensible answer to your question I'm afraid because clementines do not come true from seed, as I'm sure you're aware; there is no way of knowing what has pollinated them, so it's a lottery. You may get very large trees that don't produce any fruit, or trees that do produce fruit after ten years or so but not anything you might consider eating, or, you might just get something edible. If you have the room to plant in the ground, it will be an interesting experiment, though you will have to wait probably around ten years to find out what they will produce. Most commercially sold citrus fruits are from trees that have been grown from vegetative cuttings.

  • Most commercial citrus trees are also grafted onto rootstock (similar with Apples). Apparently it is also possible to reduce the time to fruiting (ie. less than 10 years) if you use a rootstock.
    – stemie
    Commented Feb 21, 2018 at 8:32

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