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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Lights????
« on: November 16, 2017, 08:30:19 AM »
even with a fan?? I never thought about this.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Lights????
« on: November 15, 2017, 07:08:01 PM »
Thank you. The thing is that the plants are actually growing really well with the cfl lambs.
But if I understand you, it cost more energy??

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Citrus General Discussion / Lights????
« on: November 15, 2017, 01:45:16 PM »
I use CFL 6500K bulbs for the citrus room. A lot of people seem to promote those fancy and very expensive red and blue lights (Tactronic)
How important is it really for the plant to have the red and blue? Does it really matter to justify the huge price difference?
My trees are in since 10/15. Lots of growth and budding. But will this be enough for 5 to 6 month? Lights on about 12 to14 hours, temps between 15C and 24C, humidity 60% to 70% and a fan going several hours a day.
Here they are as of this morning



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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Root stock quality??
« on: November 12, 2017, 08:25:23 PM »
Thank you. Will check it out :)

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Root stock quality??
« on: November 12, 2017, 05:33:41 PM »
I just seem to have no luck to buy a good meiwa tree. All trees bought online without possibility to see them up close. I would never have bought them from a store because they were in such bad shape. Makes me kinda sad. I have some from seeds but they will take a long time before they are looking like a tree or have fruits. I got a little Flying dragon and some trifoliate bitter orange and might try grafting a meiwa seedling or a cutting onto it.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Root stock quality??
« on: November 12, 2017, 02:26:39 PM »
Thank you Millet. Is it possible to grow Meiwa on its own roots? Or not so good? I have one Meiwa on carizzo, came in poor condition this summer and still no sign of growth but looks like it want to go. But heard this was not a good root stock and people recommended to get on on C35 which I did. This tree was the worst I have ever spent money on. Lots of leafs lost during transit although only three days en route. Discovered severe root rot when re-potting. Tree now lost more then 70% of its leafs and really looks pittyful. I so would like to grow a Meiwa but not sure how to get a decent tree. No problems with any other variety.
When I bought the last one (beautiful btw. nice and dark green no leaf dropping just wrong root stock) I did not know what it will be grafted on.

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Citrus General Discussion / Root stock quality??
« on: November 12, 2017, 09:10:03 AM »
I just got a Meiwa that is grafted on volckamer. Somewhere I read a comment from somebody that the quality of the fruits is poor and therefore not a good choice for Meiwa but only for lemons.
So I did my own search and found that citrus on volkameriana are rapidly growing, excellent crop and resistance to some diseases. On the negative side it was mentioned that fruit has thicker rind, less acidity, and frost sensitive.

Meiwa is supposed to have thicker rind and less acidity not really bad if the fruit is supposed to be sweet? And temps are not that of an important factor as the tree grows in container anyway.
Am I missing something? Tree is still small and I think could be air rooted off the rootstock? Or use a cutting and graft onto a different rootstock? Would that change quality of the fruit?

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: new greenhouse planning
« on: November 05, 2017, 10:14:37 AM »
That looks just awesome. Will be nice to see all trees inside :)

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Pomelo - citrus maxima strange leaves
« on: November 02, 2017, 12:44:42 PM »
 :) thank you

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Purple new growth???
« on: November 02, 2017, 10:19:24 AM »
haha, I can hear the italian :)
Only went there once (trentino area and no interest for citrus at the time) And looved it there. Would love to visit again one day.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Pomelo - citrus maxima strange leaves
« on: November 02, 2017, 09:06:38 AM »
Thank you for the explanation Millet. Yes makes sense. But how does this translate to container grown trees?

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Purple new growth???
« on: November 02, 2017, 09:04:20 AM »
Thank you for the explanation Lorenzo. My feminello is indeed fruiting and flowering at the same time. :)

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Pomelo - citrus maxima strange leaves
« on: November 01, 2017, 09:06:09 PM »
Ican not help with pruning either. I just cut off what I think could go, dead twigs and those that are crossed

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Purple new growth???
« on: November 01, 2017, 09:03:33 PM »
Thank you Lory. I would loove to add the Feminello zagara bianca. After you mentioned this variety the first time I was looking for it but seems not to be available here in the US? I have the Santa teresa and this one is not easy to get either.

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Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: finger lime
« on: November 01, 2017, 03:20:33 PM »
The first picture you posted is not from a finger lime tree. Not sure, maybe avocado??

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Citrus General Discussion / Purple new growth???
« on: November 01, 2017, 11:36:14 AM »
My trees are all inside since almost three weeks now. Lots of extra light, because of plant density also humid. I would say almost tropical. I see a lot of new growth and flower buds forming. Lemon flush is not purple like I would see in summer. Is it because of the artificial light? Or nutritional?
Here is my Buddhas Hand as an example



My Meyer, flowers are all white and only some of them a very slight hint of purple




Do I need different light to get purple? Or does it matter at all?


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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Pomelo - citrus maxima strange leaves
« on: November 01, 2017, 11:29:44 AM »
What a difference. Looks really beautiful.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Snek ́s citrus container plantation
« on: October 28, 2017, 08:37:49 AM »
Snek your trees are looking great. Do you have them in a green house year round or moving in and out through the seasons? What kind of material are your container? I would love to get my trees to fruit like that.

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Using mice as a test object is not really great. I doubt the results have any value as they just don't live as long anyways and their metabolism is so very different.

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This is really sad.
Three pounds is not a lot indeed. I think I ate at least 20 pounds so far and year is not over yet.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Please help calamansi is dying :(
« on: October 17, 2017, 10:59:22 PM »
Spider mites???

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Savanna Citrus Expo
« on: October 17, 2017, 07:32:33 PM »
I wish but not possible this year. Hopefully next year.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Lights in winter temps and humidity??
« on: October 17, 2017, 03:31:31 PM »
Thank you so much Millet. I bought a heating pad already and will use it if needed. Maybe should buy another one or two for just in case. Windows are west and south side. None of the trees are in direct contact with floor but on a plant raiser at least 3" high

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Lights in winter temps and humidity??
« on: October 17, 2017, 01:23:49 PM »
Millet that you. Now wondering how I bring the root temps up if need to?? Underneath the floor is a basement or should say crawlspace but no heating. Do you think I have enough light? Add more? Time the light is on enough?

Tom thank you for your compliment. Last 5 winters I had them in the same room with just one shop light in more warm color range. I kept the trees on the dry side and as cool as possible. Had a terrible spider mite problem and scales last year but miraculously they recovered, some really well, some still not as good as they should be. Some of the trees are new. This year I really want to do better. Not only surviving but be able to take off right away when spring comes and not spend valuable time to regain strength. I have to think about a method to get air circulation going. Planning to get them out maybe every 4 to 6 weeks to clean the room and spray the trees. I promised my trees not to let the pest problem go out of hand again.

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Citrus General Discussion / Lights in winter temps and humidity??
« on: October 17, 2017, 09:41:56 AM »
I just brought all my trees in for the winter.
Today is the third day inside and with the lights the temperature is raising and humidity almost 80%. I opened the door a couple of time to let humidity out. I have T8 LED bulbs, 48" and 32W, 82CRI, 5000K or 2200 Lumen. It is supposed to be close to natural day light. I have 8 of those. Will that be enough? I have them on for 12 to 14 hours. The room has one window to the west and one window to the south. All trees started to grow before I brought them in and some started to send flower buds out.
I know temps will fluctuate but think during winter never below 55F at night. and during the day in high 60"s with no sun out and 80's when sun is shining. Too much fluctuation for winter? Enough light? Room is 14' X 8' and heating vents are closed. There are about 30 trees in there and some other small plants.
My first goal is to keep them healthy. Actively growing second but since in container, don't need to be pushed too much. Eight of the trees are already very heavy that I could not bring them in by myself.







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