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Seville orange from seed - how long before it fruits

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Ilijas starts with ...
A kind person by the name of Julie, who is in this forum, has been giving away seeds of the Seville Orange, the original lumpy rough one.

Something has just occurred to me, however, and that is how long it'll be before it fruits.

Anyone got any experience growing them from seed?

If so, could you please tell us how long it took before you got your first oranges, and perhaps what height/width it had to get to when it fruited?

Thanks,

Ilijas.
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Xiem says...
Any advance on five years? If mine take longer than that I will be studying the growth of the roots rather than the foliage.
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John Mc says...
Are they that rare? There's a Seville orange tree for sale at one of my local nurseries for $50. It's been there a while I might add.
And yes, it is a Seville, I double checked.
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MaryT says...
I've read that they can take eight years to fruit. John Mc, $50 is worth paying for if it is a genuine Seville. I heard that it was once used as rootstock so I expect they must be around. The only reason I am growing it from seed is that all the Seville I've seen are only labelled as such. I have two that are Seville in name only. Very sad.
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BJ says...
Big difference between smooth seville (which daleys stock) and the rough.

I know chester has a seville, but I've never checked if its the smooth or rough one.
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MaryT says...
I've posted before that I've seen them in bunnies but they were not the real thing.
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Ilijas says...
John Mc: which nursery is this? I'd love to order one if it's the real deal.

As BJ says above, there is a big difference between the original "rough" Seville and the "smooth" one.

The rough Seville is the true Seville orange, and has lumpy looking dark orange fruits with a thick rind.

The "Smooth Seville" is thought to be an old Australian cross between the rough Seville and a Pomello, and has quite a different flavour profile.

It's quite easy to find the Smooth Seville in a fair number of nurseries, but the rough true Seville is turning out to be a needle in a haystack.

I've seen it only in Oleay's nursery http://www.oleanurseries.com.au/comm_product_display.php?plant_id=267&search_id=73&filter=55 , but they are exclusively wholesalers, so no chances of getting just one from them.

I've also seen it in http://www.agriexchange.com.au/files/Nursery.pdf but when I sent them an email asking for how to buy one they came back with a reply saying that they do not stock it.

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MaryT says...
Phil never mind the seeds - just send me a dozen fruit and I will send you some marmalade :)
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Xiem says...
We might need to be careful about which seville is which. Last year I bought some commercially grown sevilles from the market to make marmalade. No doubt they were the smooth-skinned variety (and made great marmalade) but their skins were not all that smooth. There was a fair bit of variation with some oranges having rougher skins than others.
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Ilijas says...
I am now the proud owner of a Julie's seedling Seville Orange!!

WWOOOOOHOOOO!!!!

Thank you to Julie, Xiem, and Xiem's friend for making all this possible!
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MaryT says...
Congratulations, llijas. Maybe we should start a registration to keep record of the pedigree :) Unfortunately I think the Julie tree is already too far spread to track down.
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Ilijas says...
Never hurts to start, and I think that's a capital idea, MaryT.

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Ilijas says...
PS:

I repotted it tonight because I just wanted to pamper my new baby, and I'm amazed by how aromatic every part of this plant is.

It's like a great big perfume factory.
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20th April 2012 11:36pm
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Ilijas says...
My baby's looking and smelling gorgeous. I think Julie has passed on some magnificent genes there. :)

Edit post:
Oh! like this? Didn't know you could do that.

Sorries!
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Julie says...
llijas, just a tip. Instead of adding a new post, you can click on the 'edit' button and add your comment.
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Fran says...
I'd like seed of the seville orange if there's any left! Plus, I am keen to talk to anyone who can spare some blooms when it flowers, so I can try distilling it for scented oil.
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Julie says...
Fran, they are all finished now. I'll have more in August/September.

Are the flowers any more fragrant than other oranges? I've never noticed.
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citrusmikey says...
hi Julie do you sell seeds from the Seville, rough one the real deal

please could you email if you can supply seeds please.

best wishes mike.

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Harry says...
Mike, you're probably better off buying the seeds from Chiltern Seeds - as they are in the UK, it will save you on postage!

http://www.chilternseeds.co.uk/item_352h_citrus_aurantium_seeds

Cheers
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Julie says...
citrusmikey, I will need an email address to do that!

I read on a Jamie Oliver forum that Seville oranges are on sale in season in the UK, so maybe watch out for them. Mine won't be available till August/September.

BTW, I have one in a large bag, about four years old, that has flowers and a couple of fruit.
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Brain says...
how large is the large bag Julie? Very impressed that you getting flower and fruit in 4 years. Any special tips you can share?
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Earl says...
hi
Julie,
How is that Rough Skin Seville orange tree going?
Any chance of some seed this season?
best
Earl
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CitrusMikey2 says...
Please enrol me
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CitrusMikey2 says...
Thanks Julie,

My email is mleighmallory@aol.co.uk
Would love some seeds from your wonderful rough Seville orange please.
Could you please send details.

Best,

Mike.
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Julie says...
@Earl: if you send me your address I'll contact you when seeds are ready. To avoid spammers write your address as:
earl at server dot com dot au.

@Brain: The bag is not as large as it should be - 15 L. Nurseries usually sell in 10 L bags. I have been giving it small amounts of fert this summer, little and often - Powerfeed and Seasol. I'll either repot it when the weather is cooler, or preferably sell it.

@citrusMikey, I'll contact you.
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Earl says...
Hi Julie,
Should I give out email address on this forum?
Has it been safe for others?
Can't think of an alternative though.
Bought a red finger lime last Sunday - possibly 15 years to fruiting - excited to wait though.
Best wishes
Earl
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Julie says...
Earl, spammers can't pick it up if you do it as I explained. Did you understand what I was trying to say?
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george says...
Julie how about posting a closup picture of the rough seville orange?
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Brain says...
@ Earl, you can buy grafted finger lime these days and they would flower and fruit in the second year (if not first). In my case, 3rd year was it, after it grew to size.
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Julie says...
George, I lost all my pics in a computer changeover. I'll try and remember to take another when the weather clears, but you probably want a pic of the tree with ripe fruit. None ATM.
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george says...
Looking forward to any pictures of the "e;mother"e; tree & fruit. I have been looking after my babies and know I have a few years to wait for the hope of any fruit. Would love to see pictures of the lumpy seville skin.

I guess I will have to wait years and years to make marmalade.. but I am patient . :)

thanks Julie!
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DanicaP says...
@Julie - I see this thread is a bit dated but was hoping you might still be sharing your Seville seeds. Oh I do hope so!!
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Julie says...
Danica, it is too late in the year now, they are all gone. I will have more in August/September.
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DanicaP says...
@Julie ok, Thank you. I’ll put that on my calendar and reach out then. Is this the best way to reach you? Or email? Drpremirelli @ g mail . Com
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Julie says...
You could email me at julwood at iprimus dot com dot au. I'm sure you can work that out - it's a safe way to put email addresses online :)
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george says...
Would appreciate if someone post pictures of Julie's Seville Orange grown from seed? My plant is only 1 foot tall, would love to see what I have to look forward to.
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Anthony says...
Hi George. Not sure how old your seedling is but I grew a couple of Julie Seville’s. Gave one to my mum in Kingaroy and kept one myself. I think mine is approx. 4 years old, 5 yrs max🤔. Been in the ground 18 months in the Lockyer Valley and is over 2 mtrs tall. Done it tough, no special treatment, and 2 very hot, dry Summers.
Very tough tree! Will post pic when I get back home.
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