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Ichang Lemon
« on: June 30, 2016, 09:29:12 PM »
Ichang Lemon is an Ichang papeda crossed with a pummelo (Citrus ichangensis x Citrus maxima).  It originated in China, where it is called Shanguan, which means "fragrant ball".  This very vigorous and spreading tree is quite ornamental, resembling a grapefruit tree with large wide leaves with a flared petiole.  It produces clusters of large bumpy seedy yellow grapefruit like fruits, which can be used like lemons.  The fruit is extremely juicy with each one producing as much as a half cup of juice.  When over ripe, it tastes like grapefruit and is quite edible with a little sugar. The Ichang lemon is very hardy, enduring temperatures down to 10F and below with no permanent damage as long as it is protected from the wind. Uses: Eating, Cooking, Juice.- Silica

Taken from "Hardy Citrus For The Southeast".
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Re: Ichang Lemon
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2016, 09:28:27 AM »
I've got one of them. As for now is just a small plant that i did graft on P. trifoliata just the last year. Looks pretty thorny! More than a yuzu anyway. so i would suggest the plant one where children can't reach.
Will leave the plant outside this winter, i'm curious to see how it behaves.
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Re: Ichang Lemon
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2016, 02:23:56 AM »
Can you sell Ichang Lemon seeds?

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Re: Ichang Lemon
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2016, 07:59:40 PM »
I think Ichang lemon tree is beautiful. Mine have grown well this summer having lost no leaves after a mild winter here with a one or two time low of 10 degrees F inside my high tunnel with garbage cans of water between them. They did lose their leaves the winter before last when lows of zero and one degrees F.  I planted one outside this year that is several years old and 4 ft tall, and am afraid to not cover it with plastic dome this winter. I think I'll just put large garbage can full of water against it and leave uncovered unless high winds with temps in low teens. I saw the large Ichang lemon and Changsha trees that DR Hanna has grown on university grove in Tifton GA during the SE expo two years ago, and was really inspired; his trees were huge and went unprotected out in the open with changshas covered in fruit. The lemons were mostly done fruiting at the time.

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Re: Ichang Lemon
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2016, 10:41:44 PM »
Yes, I was at that Tifton grove as well. I wanted an Ichang to taste, but a young man saw one first and jumped and took it. I didn't see any more then. I have a grafted one in a pot that I hope will fruit in a year or two....

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Re: Ichang Lemon
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2016, 08:50:58 PM »
Manfromyard, where did you get a grafted Ichang? I wish they were commonly grafted along with citranges and other hardy citrus so those of us in colder climes can have something truly hardy that will produce without having to be 10 years old on its own roots and 20 ft tall.

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Re: Ichang Lemon
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2016, 11:21:22 PM »
I pestered Stan Mckenzie for 3 years. He somehow had one sitting around last year (because these are not usually grafted at all) and I snatched it up.
Sometimes you just have to stay open. I snatched up a Yuzuquat from someone else 2 years ago just by having space in may car and some cash.
I have 4 or so seedling Bloomsweets that I can't give away. No-one wants them.....


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Re: Ichang Lemon
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2017, 04:43:04 PM »
I have a posibility to buy a Ichang Lemon, but I didnt know if they are good tasting fruits, does anyone have tasted the fruit ?

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Re: Ichang Lemon
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2017, 07:35:27 PM »
I got an Ichang lemon several years ago from a grower in VA. I made lemonade out of just the one lemon; they are huge and full of juice. I thought I tasted great. A huge lemon that puts off a strong lemon fragrance that was strong enough to act as an air freshener just setting it on the kitchen counter. I think it's an amazing fruit , and I really hope mine will perform well here. The fruit is full of seeds, so I was able to get a lot of seedlings from one fruit.

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Re: Ichang Lemon
« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2017, 08:03:05 PM »
Yuck!

 

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