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Hardy Orange (Poncirus Trifoliata) (10 seeds) (GR151) $5.00

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Hardy Orange (Poncirus Trifoliata)

         
 
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(poncirus trifoliata) An orange plant that is hardy down to frigid subzero temperatures may sound like a modern innovation, however the hardy citrus, has been cultivated along its native range from Northern China to Korea for thousands of years. This ancient plant has been employed for everything from livestock fencing to medicinal panacea and was first introduced to the U.S in Colonial times. Less prominent today, the hardy citrus is most frequently grown as an unusual ornamental, adding an exotic look to gardens. Flowers are highly aromatic making it a top choice as a scented hedge and popular with pollinators. The fruits are described as a cross between lemon and grapefruit, making an impeccable marmalade; we used these to make a fantastic ice cream. Trees will reach from 8-20 feet tall, but are easily kept short and tidy with pruning. Hardy from zones 6-9, the fruit laden shrubs add an incredibly novel vibrancy to the winter landscape.

 

Growing Tips:
Needs to be started within a few days of arrival or kept cool and moist in the fridge for up to two weeks. It's recommended to soak the seed for up to 24 hours before planting, to help raise the germination. 

 
Hardy Orange (Poncirus Trifoliata)
Overall Rating:
         
5.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 4
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 2.0

100.0% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Dede
Location:
SALT LAKE CITY, UT, United States
Date:
February 9, 2019
          5.0
 
Zone 7
Easy to Grow 3.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? Good seeds

What are the cons? N/A

Review:

3 ordered/36 seeds. I got 34 plants 98% successful. Done well ???Used heat mat and grow light, Seedling soil,standard tray,dome 7"?????? Thank you

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

16 out of 17 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Neighbor
Location:
Mansfield, MO, United States
Date:
January 9, 2019
          5.0
 
Flavor
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Hardy NonGMO Thorns

What are the cons? Thorns

Review:

Mine flowered the 5th year from seed. Thick, tart, fragrant, flavorful juice of one fruit makes 1 cup lemonade. Bitterness is in other portions NOT juice. The Peel, rind, juice and seed each has a unique flavor. Beautifully fragrant bowl of fruit makes up for the lack of fragrance in the flowers. The rind will leave a sticky resin on your teeth similar to antibacterial pine resin. Its 1.5" thorns demand care, but resist deer. Mine do well in poor drained soil that would kill most fruit trees. Roots grow deeper relative to common fruit, more drought & cultivation tolerant. Beautiful contrasting fall fruit is fun to harvest by daily shaking the trunk by hand. Ripening occurs over several weeks. Many seeds sprout two separate trees. The trees will bush out or can be pruned up into clean trunk to safely mow around and under. I harvest by shaking the trunk by hand.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

20 out of 20 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Citrange
Location:
Lancaster, PA, United States
Date:
December 31, 2018
          5.0
 
Hardiest Citrus relative
Easy to Grow 3.5
EarlyMaturity 2.5
 

What are the pros? Hardy -20 deg.F fruits 3-7 yr

What are the cons? Wicked thorns at ground level

Review:

I've grown these for 40 years, they've been cold hardy to -20 deg. F. In Jan 1994 lows of -24 F. killed all growth above the snowdrifts, the trees resprouted below the snowline and haven't been harmed since. The largest tree yields 1/2 - 1 bushel of fragrant fruit per year. I have never detected much floral fragrance, however. This species and its hybrids with citrus are used as root stock for much of the worlds cultivated citrus plantings. The trees are tolerant of cold wet soil, they may not handle wet, warm soils as well due to low soil oxygen. Although they tolerate some shade, they grow better in full sun. Usability of the fruit will depend on ripeness , processing technique, having a tolerance for bitter tastes.The flavor is often described as intensely sour, when the real issue is bitterness. Avoiding getting the bitter rind oil into the juice is helpful. The bitterness is similar to the taste of concentrated grapefruit rind flavors. Due to the thorns it's not child friendly.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

30 out of 32 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Maddie
Location:
Scottsdale, AZ, United States
Date:
April 23, 2018
          5.0
 
Overall a happy purchase.
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? Easy germination.

What are the cons? Uneven growth.

Review:

While you're only supposed to get 10 seeds, I received 13. After a month, only 9 of the seeds germinated. About 4 of these sprouted within a week and are 4 inches tall, while the others took much longer to germinate and are only 1/2 inch to 2 inches tall. Luckily I only needed a couple for rootstocks, but if you're looking for several of these plants, I recommend ordering some extra seeds. Otherwise they're easy to germinate and look very healthy.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No
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