Discussion in 'Citrus' started by Roz, Mar 22, 2009.

  1. Roz

    Roz Member

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    Blue Bell, U.S.A.
    I have four citrus plants, a Meyer lemon, a lime, orange and calamondin, all inside. Last year both the lime and the lemon flowered and I ended up with fruit on both. I spent hours cross pollinating with a paint brush but someone said I don't need to do this? Can you someone shed light on this ? The calamondin has a single flower on it, so I have nothing to cross pollinate it with. Does this mean I won't get any fruit?
    My other question is, my lime plant (unknown variety) had a lime on it. I left it on the plant and it eventually turned into yellow. Is this what limes do or is it really a lemon plant?
    As you can see, I'm new to all this. Many thanks for your patience!
  2. Junglekeeper

    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    Vancouver BC Canada
    These trees do not need to be pollinated, either with itself or with another variety. Fruit is often formed through parthenocarpy - without fertilization - resulting in seedless fruit. There's no harm though if you enjoy hand-pollinating.

    Limes will eventually turn yellow if left on the tree long enough. I recall reading that limes being sold green is a marketing decision made to avoid confusion with lemons by the consumer.

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