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How did your trees fair with the cold mrtexas? I have my citrus in containers so they were moved into the garage for the coldest days but I see a number of satsumas in our area that look like they came through OK.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: CUPS Citrus Growing
« on: December 16, 2017, 11:44:05 AM »
I've seen the reports on this and the results look promising. It looks like they're using 40-50 mesh screen to grow under. Anyone tried this in the home garden? Any idea of a source or the price for the screen mesh (I see $0.5/ sq.ft. But not sure if that's a bulk price)?

Agreed, I enjoyed the old forum and would love to see it preserved to reference many of the great threads there.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Thread for Citrus Breeders
« on: October 25, 2017, 09:37:59 AM »
Yes cover the whole bud. Don't use parafilm. You can't wrap the bud strong enough for success. I use 6mm vinyl grafting tape.

I don't do too many grafts/buds, so I will often wrap first with parafilm and then use electrical tape over that to get a tight wrap (but I don't cover the bud with the tape).

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Specialties To Look At
« on: October 23, 2017, 01:57:20 PM »
Glad to hear that there's been some progress with varieties that resist HLB. The authors of this article, which I think include the developers of 'Sugar Belle', seem to think it is because of a higher content of certain volatile compounds.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Xie shan
« on: October 22, 2017, 07:56:10 AM »

Any recommendations for sources (either budwood or trees) in the Sugar Land area?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Xie Shan satsumas
« on: August 02, 2017, 10:55:33 PM »
Thanks for the report mrtexas. This one has been on my list to get. I'd like to stretch my satsuma/mandarin harvest season as much as possible. What is your latest?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Budwood in Texas
« on: July 23, 2017, 10:46:30 PM »
Satsuma is the safest bet. I've only had freeze damage once in 17 years which was this year, a little bark cracking. Oranges and grapefruit defoliated but came back. OK.

Thanks mrtexas. I haven't tried oranges or grapefruit yet. I've had good success with Owari satsuma and Meyer lemon so far. I'll probably try to add some new satsuma and mandarin varieties as well as oranges. Might try a grapefruit as well.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Budwood in Texas
« on: July 23, 2017, 08:26:54 PM »
The Texas budwood people can get budwood from CCPP and Florida for Texas residents. Yes, expensive as it ends up costing around $75-100 per variety. I have gotten maybe
a dozen varieties over the years. Still have 88-2, 88-3, 15-150, new zealand lemonade, giant key lime, sudachi, and some others.

Wow, I knew it was pricey but didn't realize it was that expensive. I'm curious what citrus grows well for you. We're probably 10 minutes or less apart.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Budwood in Texas
« on: July 23, 2017, 02:05:24 PM »
Any idea where to get budwood other than the Citrus Center in Kingsville?

I know California home growers can get budwood from the CCPP but I'm not sure if they ship here to the Houston area. Kind of expensive too for non-CA residents. I'm curious to hear what you find out because I'd like to get some budwood for grafting here as well.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Red Fleshed Nectarines
« on: May 06, 2017, 10:39:22 AM »
Both arctic Glo and Indian Free nectarine have red in their flesh similar to that and you should be able to get them here in the US.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Flying Dragon and node count
« on: April 23, 2017, 06:28:22 PM »
Nice Laaz,

Are these a special strain of trifoliate? It looks like it's in a container so that's pretty fast.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Flying Dragon and node count
« on: April 23, 2017, 10:14:42 AM »
I've had FD in containers for 4+ years and haven't had flowering or fruit. I haven't pushed them really hard though so not sure what's possible. I can get seed grown Key Lime to fruit in 2-3.

Hi vlan1,

I don't have these but could make a guess. I have not had luck with peach/nectarine pollinating plum or plum hybrids. DWN describes SpiceZee as a nectarine interspecific and if you look at the published patent, the parentage is mostly nectarine/peach. Its physical characteristics seem to be very much nectarine as well (appearance of fruit, seed, flowers, etc., and is self-fertile). My guess is that it would not pollinate a plum or plum hybrid.

Since you have only enough room for the two trees, would it be possible for you to graft another variety onto a branch of the pluerry for pollination? Burgundy is recommended by DWN but other plums or plum hybrids will likely work as well.

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