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I think I have a hybrid of Ichangquat and 5* Citrumelo
« on: July 07, 2019, 08:22:43 AM »
This seed came from Ilya, from an Ichangquat.
But I just noticed something, there was a tiny bifurcation in one of the leaves (something I immediately recognized from my mostly monofoliate citrangequat seedling), and when I looked closer I realized there was also a small bifoliate leaf, with two leaves coming out of the petiole. Obviously this isn't characteristic of Ichangquat, so if it came from Ichangquat, it had to have been pollinated by something else. I know Ilya has a big 5* Citrumelo tree in the vicinity.




My Ichangquat seedlings have been quite variable in leaf morphology, so I know the seeds from Ichangquat must be zygotic, at least about half of them. This is the first one that's shown any indication of likely trifoliate leafed parentage though.

Maybe Ilya can shed more light on this.

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Re: I think I have a hybrid of Ichangquat and 5* Citrumelo
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2019, 08:45:13 AM »
Before a year 2000 Bernhardt Voss got the seeds of Ichanquat 6-7-2 hybrid from Florida Research station.
The strongest zygotic seedling was multiplied by him by grafting on poncirus roots.
I got one of such immature plants in 2003, it is now a huge tree , never protected , never damaged ( the lowest temperatures of -16C).
The seeds are  100% monoembryonic . Usually there is  1 seed per 10  fruits. One seed in 4 has green cotyledons typical for its  kumquat ancestor.
Some seedlings have a tendency for bifoliate trait, probably due to a pollination by 5star citrumelo growing nearby.
I have two such seedlings, but they have not flowered up to now.
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Re: I think I have a hybrid of Ichangquat and 5* Citrumelo
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2019, 05:46:21 PM »
beautiful photos interesting reading

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Re: I think I have a hybrid of Ichangquat and 5* Citrumelo
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2020, 04:25:35 PM »
I just planted it outside into the ground.

I know it's probably far too early, but the temperatures so far in late January have been surprisingly mild and relatively warm.

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Re: I think I have a hybrid of Ichangquat and 5* Citrumelo
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2020, 07:28:44 AM »
Seems to be only monofoliate now, right?

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Re: I think I have a hybrid of Ichangquat and 5* Citrumelo
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2020, 07:04:31 PM »
Update February 16 (20 days later) the plant looks like it's still doing surprisingly well, even after having been planted out so early.
I was a little surprised.

This was going from inside under optimal growing conditions, with warmth and artificial LED light, to outside in practically the middle of winter. Other hardy citrus varieties that I have suddenly moved from growing inside to outside early in the year have not done that well. (The leaves turn yellow or patchy white, eventually fall off, there has been stem die-back sometimes, even when outside temperatures have remained above freezing)
To me, this seems to indicate remarkable resiliency. All the newest little leaf growth still appears green and healthy.

(However, this has been a good year, and almost all the other hardy citrus, even marginal varieties, appear to be doing very good left outside, having gone through the winter)

This looks like a plant that can handle sudden temperature change shock well.

 

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