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by Meg on September 16, 2005 02:16 AM
I was just at Southern States and they have all thier orange trees that are tropical, on clearance for $10 each. Hmm.. guess they couldn't sell the tropical trees here. I can't imagine why. So.. is there any way to have these trees for such a bargain? Or totally not worth it? They grow about 12' supposedly. They look like patio sized fruit trees right now. Probably 5' or so tall.

Ideas??

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by RugbyHukr on September 16, 2005 02:33 AM
House plants.

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by Meg on September 16, 2005 03:06 AM
Will they do well indoors tho? And 12'.. I don't know if my ceiling is high enough.

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by papito on September 16, 2005 04:08 AM
Meg,

If grown in container as houseplant, You can control the height. Citruses hardly require any pruning. If you do prune, do it at the top part.

Here's a link to Growing Citrus As Houseplant.

Last time I checked, citruses in our area were marked from $22.00-$25.00; and about $17.50 when on sale.

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by Meg on September 16, 2005 08:18 AM
Ok, that's it.. for $10, I am willing to try an orange tree in my house! [grin]

Meg

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by BigJimSlade on September 18, 2005 02:18 AM
Meg, it's totally possible to do, and the blossoms smell great in the house. [Wink]
by Meg on September 19, 2005 06:01 PM
Just thought I'd let you see the tree I bought. [grin]

The tag said it was a "Clementine Mandarin Orange"
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by tkhooper on September 21, 2005 10:46 PM
You tempt me Meg you really do. I love mandain oranges.
by papito on September 22, 2005 03:43 AM
Here are other info on Mandarin Oranges:

Citrus Variety

clementines

Grafted citrus trees begin bearing at 3-4 years. Before you bring it in or out, please harden it off to avoid plant stress/shock.

And, just so you'd know that you got a real good deal, check this out.

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by Meg on September 22, 2005 07:27 PM
Papito, that was some great info, thanks!! I didn't know what the clementines would be like, but they are apparently very good. I did see fruit on some of these trees earlier this year, when they were still full price. The fruit was still green at the time.. but it was there. Hopefully, I'll see some in the next year. It's currently in the 5 gallon container they sold it to me in.. should I transplant it to a larger pot? I know I read somewhere that I should get a saucer for underneath, and put some gravel in it to rest the planter on.. so the water isn't right on it.

I'm so glad I got this tree. What a deal for $10!

Meg

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