Why doesn’t my calamondin tree bloom or fruit?
This calamondin tree was planted from the orange seed of the first orange tree I had, which flowered and bore fruit normally. The seedling tree is now 10+ years old, 9 feet tall in the pot, lush green leaves, hardy, lots of 2 inch spiky thorns on it, and will not flower or fruit. I've withheld water, and that doesn't work. Will it ever flower or fruit, or is it just a genetic dud because it was grown from a seed? How much longer do I wait? I have several other citrus trees, including other calamondin, which I bought. They flower and fruit normally. I know what to do to take care of the trees, so it's not a health or care issue with the seedling tree. Thank you for the help!
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Typically, they are true from seed. Depending on The growth of these (They are treated very differently at a nursery than one could possibly treat them from home)they may be reluctant to flower for quite a while. They will flower much faster from cutting, so taking a branch of your fruiting trees will give you fruit in about 3 years. From seed, you will have to be patient. It could be a bit before you see flowers.
This article will give you more information on their care: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/calamondins/growing-calamondin-trees.htm