citrus tree cross pollination. . . .

Old 03-17-09, 09:21 AM
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citrus tree cross pollination. . . .

I am going to plant 4 citrus trees in my modest backyard. 2 types of Navel oranges, one Mandrian tangerine, and probably a lemon tree. The trees will propbably be about 10 feet or so apart.

Is that enough for cross pollination purposes for bearing fruit later??

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Meyer lemon is self pollinating so it doesn't matter what you plant near it.

Many citrus varieties, including the Meyer lemon, are self-fertile.
From this site about Mandarin oranges aka tangerines:

Note: The bold is mine for your reference.
Biological characteristics

Citrus fruits varieties are usually self-fertile (needing a bee only to move pollen within the same flower) or parthenocarpic (not needing pollination and therefore seedless) (such as satsumas).

Blossoms from the Dancy cultivar are one exception. They are self sterile, therefore must have a pollenizer variety to supply pollen, and a high bee population to make a good crop.

Furthermore, some varieties, notably clementines, are usually seed free, but will develop seeds if cross-pollinated with a seeded citrus. Thus, great efforts are taken to isolate clementine orchards from any seeded citrus varieties.
Dwarf naval oranges are also self fertile.

If you need sites on how to plant, water and mulch your trees just let me know.


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