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Clementine Seed Germination

A while ago I found a couple seeds in some clementines (those miniature orange looking fruits) and I’m thinking of trying to plant them. Someone on the germinating “from seeds” forum said that it was probably possible to do so, even in an apartment (the person said a friend of theirs had successfully done so.)

I’ll have to keep them inside my apartment. I’m thinking of putting them near a window for sunlight, or using an office style flourescent tube light, which works fine with indoor tropical bonsai plants.

I have two seeds to try with. I have two regular gardening tera cotta pots that I think will be fine for a while if they actually germinate. Do citrus plants require a special sort of soil, or should I go with a regular general potting soil mix? Any advice or directions would be very helpful, as I’ve never really done this before (though I’ve taken care of some plants successfully for some time.)

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gardner_dragon

I use a plastic zipper bag to germinate all my citrus seeds I usually have 100% germination with this method.

Quart size zipper bag
handful of peat moss
water
Heat source

Place a handful of peat moss in the zipper bag. Add enough water to make it very damp but not sopping wet. Toss in the seeds. Mix to cover the seeds. Flatten the lump of peat moss and zip it up. Place the plastic bag on a warm heat source such as the top of your water heater, cable box, older style monitor if left always on, or even a reptile heat stone. In about 2 weeks the seeds will have germinated and will need to be planted into small cups. Paper works fine for this. I cover the cups with a plastic bag to keep the humidity up. Place them in a bright location out of indirect sunlight. In about a month you can start opening the plastic bags up to harden off the new seedlings. If you see any drying of the leaves replace the bag. Make sure to poke holes in the cups to allow for water drainage. When the seedlings are about 4 to 6 inches tall you can re pot them into larger small pots. Use a mixture of peat/bark/very coarse sand as a potting mixture. Be careful when re potting as the roots break easily.
Hope this helps.
Andi

A while ago I found a couple seeds in some clementines (those miniature orange looking fruits) and I'm thinking of trying to plant them. Someone on the germinating "from seeds" forum said that it was probably possible to do so, even in an apartment (the person said a friend of theirs had s…