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Citradia

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Viability of seeds from frozen fruit
« on: January 15, 2023, 05:34:04 PM »
All the fruit on my Seville froze in December. Is it possible that the seeds inside the ruined fruit could be viable ?  The fruit was not fully ripe, still green when frozen to death.


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Re: Viability of seeds from frozen fruit
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2023, 07:51:45 PM »
I would say its a very slim chance

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Re: Viability of seeds from frozen fruit
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2023, 08:30:21 PM »
A 2-3week seed test at 86F should provide some answers. If the seeds have a hard seedcoat chances should be better.

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Re: Viability of seeds from frozen fruit
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2023, 01:26:11 PM »
What do yall think ? Worth cleaning these up and planting them?




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Re: Viability of seeds from frozen fruit
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2023, 02:04:45 PM »
There's not much to lose. I have planted immature Clementine seeds and got good germination. The biggest danger I foresee is susceptibility to decay, especially with the adhering flesh.

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Re: Viability of seeds from frozen fruit
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2023, 04:49:01 PM »
If seeds had to wait till the fruits to be ripe before the seeds them selves were ripe, those plants would be extinct.  Most fruits are eaten before they are ripe.

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Re: Viability of seeds from frozen fruit
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2023, 09:15:25 PM »
I washed and planted the seeds today. They actually look as good as any others I have planted in the past. Thanks, guys.

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Re: Viability of seeds from frozen fruit
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2023, 01:48:14 AM »
There is research on citrus seed viability after freezing.  Less viability with more cold.  I doubt that seed is viable from that depth of cold.  Nevertheless, I planted seed of a fruit that was missed before the cold.  Nothing to lose. 

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Re: Viability of seeds from frozen fruit
« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2023, 01:38:18 PM »
Last winter I threw a bunch of yuzu seeds onto the ground and lightly covered with soil, out of 40 or so seeds 3 sprouted in the spring. The coldest temp we had was 6f, the soil froze many times over, with some seeds popping out of the ground. In the end I think the wet spring rotted most of the surviving seed.

 

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