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Anyone growing Satsumas?

Posted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:21 am
by D-Grower
Been looking to get Satsuma growing on my new homestead. Hear that it does grow true from seed. Does anyone have any experience with actually growing one out to get good fruit? If so please share!

Many things to trade etc if I can find one within the States.

Thanks! DG

Re: Anyone growing Satsumas?

Posted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:28 am
by Odsox
Yes, I grew a satsuma from seed a few years ago, just for fun.
It grew fairly fast and took about 5 years to start fruiting, although it flowered sporadically before that. However it was grown in my greenhouse as it wouldn't have survived outside here, so ought to be more at home where you live.
I don't know what a grafted satsuma tree is like but mine had some very vicious thorns, which made picking the fruit "interesting".

Re: Anyone growing Satsumas?

Posted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 3:33 pm
by diggernotdreamer
I wonder if you could use the satsuma trees from seed as a rootstock and graft other citrus onto it, you could look for scions from other people that way for thornless fruit maybe

Re: Anyone growing Satsumas?

Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:23 pm
by D-Grower
Thanks Odsox! I assume good or at least acceptable taste quality? Cool to have another confirmed account of a citrus good from seed. Others have told me Satsuma grows good fruit from seed too assuming that's your experience too.

Yes Digger I'd figure grafting an older mature Satsuma scion onto a good rootstock might avoid their seedling and young tree thorns. Think I've heard with age they won't produce as many thorns as the first few years. Not sure though myself.

DG

Re: Anyone growing Satsumas?

Posted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:40 pm
by Rockalbert
Would you please specify what exactly temperature they need to grow faster?
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Re: Anyone growing Satsumas?

Posted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:29 am
by Odsox
Rockalbert wrote:
Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:40 pm
Would you please specify what exactly temperature they need to grow faster?
Not really. It grew in my big unheated greenhouse where winter temperatures dropped to around 3 - 5 degrees C and mid summer temperatures up to 30 C.
It had to put up with whatever temperature the other plants needed as the satsuma was only an experiment.