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Poncirus from Seattle Arboretum
« on: November 28, 2022, 05:52:06 PM »







I recently visited the arboretum in Seattle and ended up finding out they have both standard Trifoliate Orange, and the Flying Dragon variety(not pictured). I took a fruit from one of the trees, and cut it open, hoping for seeds, but found none. I instead took a couple of cuttings and hope to root them at home. Mainly just making this post to record a citrus tree out in public, similar to the post regarding the citrus down in Portland at the Hoyt arboretum. Any rooting tips for the cuttings is welcome, currently just have them sitting in a cup of water.

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Re: Poncirus from Seattle Arboretum
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2022, 09:53:58 PM »
Is poncirus rare or difficult to grow there?

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Re: Poncirus from Seattle Arboretum
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2022, 11:09:08 PM »
As a percentage of citrus the amount of poncirus is high but that's usually because the graft dies, the rootstock takes over and people don't realize or would rather have something rather than nothing. But citrus in general is very rare here and there is none in the wild

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Re: Poncirus from Seattle Arboretum
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2022, 01:26:15 AM »
Is poncirus rare or difficult to grow there?

Poncirus is not necessarily difficult to grow, but it's quite far from commonplace/easy to find around here, with the next nearest tree belonging to fellow hobbyists, or the aforementioned trees further south in the Portland area.

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Re: Poncirus from Seattle Arboretum
« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2022, 02:43:09 AM »
If you have other Citrus you could graft/bud the Poncirus onto that, or grow some Poncirus seedlings as rootstocks.

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Re: Poncirus from Seattle Arboretum
« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2022, 03:10:13 PM »
I put cuttings in a pot and covered with a plastic bag. In the summer with sufficient heat some have rooted.  Now at this time of year soil heat may be helpful....

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Re: Poncirus from Seattle Arboretum
« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2022, 03:23:35 PM »
Is poncirus rare or difficult to grow there?

Poncirus is not necessarily difficult to grow, but it's quite far from commonplace/easy to find around here, with the next nearest tree belonging to fellow hobbyists, or the aforementioned trees further south in the Portland area.

If the rooting doesn't work out for you, I got one from a local Seattle-area nursery (pick-up only, down in Buckley, near Enumclaw):

https://johannsgarden.square.site/product/citrus-poncirus-trifoliata-trifoliate-orange-/216

Mine has already totally defoliated at 25F a couple weeks ago.

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Re: Poncirus from Seattle Arboretum
« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2022, 11:24:54 PM »
Is poncirus rare or difficult to grow there?

Poncirus is not necessarily difficult to grow, but it's quite far from commonplace/easy to find around here, with the next nearest tree belonging to fellow hobbyists, or the aforementioned trees further south in the Portland area.

If the rooting doesn't work out for you, I got one from a local Seattle-area nursery (pick-up only, down in Buckley, near Enumclaw):

https://johannsgarden.square.site/product/citrus-poncirus-trifoliata-trifoliate-orange-/216

Mine has already totally defoliated at 25F a couple weeks ago.

Thanks for this bit of info, I'm a bit North but may have to make the trek come spring. Though, looking at the picture of the fruit he has on his website, the skin looks rather rough for Poncirus, perhaps a hybrid of some sort

@Pagnr, unfortunately the only other citrus I have currently is a meiwa kumquat I have planted outdoors, I currently have it under a cover due to the snow we're expecting in the coming weeks and don't think a graft would take well in these conditions.

 

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