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Florian

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Taichang lemon
« on: June 08, 2017, 04:03:06 AM »
I was given some seeds of this interesting hybrid and three germinated. I'd like to know how they do with members here since there is not much information to be found on the internet. Apparently, they taste good enough and have some cold tolerance (which isn't surprising considering the parents). Pictures are most welcome.
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Re: Taichang lemon
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2017, 11:52:48 AM »
I grew tiachang lemon for a good number of years in my backyard and did not think much of the fruit. It wasn't bad but not much more than another sour-ish small sized citrus fruit. My tiachang fruit were the size of a small mandarin. Ichang lemon itself is much more cold tolerant and produces a bigger fruit. I lost my tiachang when we got lower than 12 degrees one year if I remember correctly.

Now that I think about it I always wondered if tiachang is truely a hybrid of ichang lemon and tiawanica lemon because the fruit is much smaller than both 'parent trees' and less hardy than either of them. I'm not sure how you could end up with a smaller fruit if they were bred together? Ichang lemons are the size of a medium sized grapefruit but kind of bell shaped. Tiawanica lemon (sour orange) are the size of a large flattened orange. Somehow I am more inclined to believe that tiachang is more closer to a hybrid of yuzu x some other small mandarin. I also think the seeds of tiachang look more like yuzu seeds.
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Florian

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Re: Taichang lemon
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2017, 12:39:04 AM »
Well, that isn't quite what I hoped for but at least I don't have any false expectations now. Thanks a lot!
What you say about the fruit size and seeds makes perfectly sense.
« Last Edit: June 09, 2017, 12:42:28 AM by Florian »

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Re: Taichang lemon
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2017, 02:26:28 AM »
If I remember right there might be a difference between the european and the US one. I know one palnt in Germany with evergreen leaves. @eyeckr isn`t yours decidious?

Florian

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Re: Taichang lemon
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2017, 08:48:15 AM »
I received the seeds from the US..

eyeckr

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Re: Taichang lemon
« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2017, 10:43:34 AM »
I sourced my original tree material from Mckenzie Farms and mine actually held most of its leaves during the winters unless we got into really low temps. Then the tree would drop all of its cold damaged leaves and refoliate in the spring.

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Re: Taichang lemon
« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2017, 12:56:39 PM »
I have its seedling in the ground without protection since 2013.
I believe the seeds were from eyeckr plant ( sent to  my friend in Ukraine).
It is now around 2 m high, but not yet flowered. It was never damaged, while Shangyuan ichang lemon had occasionally some frozen branches.
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Re: Taichang lemon
« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2017, 11:01:17 PM »
Ilya11 good to hear that your seedling (apparently from my long gone poor tiachang) is doing well. Thanks for the report and interesting that yours is faring better than your ichang. It goes to show that everyone's experience with growing citrus can definitely vary. Hopefully you get flowers and fruit soon!

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Re: Taichang lemon
« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2017, 03:45:34 AM »
Thank you. I have some other plants from your seeds, but Taichang is the largest and most vigorous.
It is now 2 meters high and hopefully will flower soon.
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