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Seville orange fruiting

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Xiem starts with ...
Just browsing the GardenWeb site where it is said that the first fruiting of a seville orange is SEVENTEEN years after seed germination. I will have snuffed it long before my little seedlings bear fruit, so I need to know when I should think about grafting and onto which rootstock (flying dragon?) to speed up the process.
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8th April 2011 11:47am
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Jimmy says...
Its a while but 17 years seems excessive.

Any rootsock will work, but flying dragon is dwarfing.
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Brad says...
I'm not sure, but wouldn't grafting only help if the scion was from a tree that was already fruiting (i.e. not the seedling)? thats what I thought - happy to be taught different
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Xiem says...
Thanks Brad. I have no idea. I am ignorant about grafting and I am happy to be taught also.
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Jason says...
It's just a timer in the plants DNA. In citrus and I guess most other similar plants it's how many nodes the plant grows, X amount and then any node after that is a mature node and the tree will flower. So the faster you can make it grow, the earlier you get fruit. I used to know an exact number of nodes for some Citrus but I've forgotten now.

Don't prune the tree in height while it's maturing or you cause it to go backwards. The idea is to reach the node count it needs to mature as fast as possible.

My grandmother has grown Oranges from seeds a few times in her life (in Melbourne), I don't think it takes all that long. Pretty sure less than 10 years.

With grafted plants, if you graft a scion that's mature onto a rootstock because you are starting with mature wood they will flower and fruit from graft level up. If you start with a seedling that's up to node 5 and graft that onto a rootstock you still need to reach node X before it will flower. So the only time you can really use that to your advantage is graft a seedling scion onto a large rootstock, then you can get rapid growth and reach your node count in a couple years I'd say
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