The Mandarin

Johnny b

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Oranges that is.

Three weeks ago, I was eating a couple Mandarin oranges .
Usually they're seedless, once in a while a small seed.
But one orange had a bunch.
One fairly large, for a small orange, the rest kinda small.

So I washed them off and planted them just to see if they'd sprout.
I did this as a kid and had a small orange tree for several years that got to be about 1 1/2 foot high.

They've sprouted!
So, I'm going to chronicle their growth, here at TSG ( (y) )
This probably won't be a very active thread......they don't grow very fast :)

So ....welcome them, the Mandarins :D

Mandarin Orange1.JPG
 

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The fact you were able to sprout them is impressive... maybe i can do that with the kids here... :)
 

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I have an orange tree actually.... though due to a lot of sprinker issues, it hasn't done any... plus i need to prune it but i don't know the proper way to do it.
 

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Some interesting facts and history of the Mandarin orange:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandarin_orange

briefly:
According to genetic studies, the mandarin was one of the original citrus species; through breeding or natural hybridization, it is the ancestor of many hybrid citrus cultivars. With the citron and pomelo, it is the ancestor of the most commercially important hybrids (such as sweet and sour oranges, grapefruit, and many lemons and limes). The mandarin has also been hybridized with other citrus species, such as the desert lime and the kumquat.[4] Though the ancestral mandarin was bitter, most commercial mandarin strains derive from hybridization with pomelo, which gave them a sweet fruit.

Mandarins are one of the core ancestral citrus taxa, and are thought to have evolved in regions including South China and Japan in East Asia, and Vietnam in Southeast Asia
 

Johnny b

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The 'children' thank you lol.

My sister wants to adopt several of the young'uns.
A little more growth and several of the rascals get a new home :)
 

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For some reason reminds me of that fake bad guy in the Iron Man 3 movie :unsure: :cool:
And how much I love Clementines and Halos, etc. (y)

Meyer lemons are said to be crossed with lemon and mandarins, and that is the most unique lemon e'er I had, available but briefly in my market.
Awesome lemonade and a Meyer lemon pie (not sold in stores,) by appointment only, once a year at my quaint hovel. ;)

John, wishing you a green thumb, the results look so promising so far (y)
 

Johnny b

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I assure you, no relation. :D

The Mandarins said to say Hi. Hi!
 

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What a difference a month makes :D

My sister graciously adopted most of the brood, and they are doing well also.

So......here he is, The Mandarin.......at 1 foot tall.

Mandarin.JPG



I've found he prefers the porch and indirect sunlight.
 

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