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Citrus General Discussion / Re: new greenhouse planning
« on: December 08, 2015, 04:24:30 PM »
Congratulations Brian on your upcoming marriage, new house and new greenhouse!  Very exciting.  I would love to have a large greenhouse like you are planning too.  My greenhouse is only 12' 16' so I can't provide much help beyond the basics which you have probably learned from your current greenhouse, but that experience you have gotten will help you with planning your new one.  From what I have read it is actually easier to keep the climate of a large structure more stable than a smaller one.  Good luck.  It will be interesting to read what others will recommend for your plans, and I am hoping to learn from them also.  One thing I would recommend you think about is how you could provide different environments within the structure in case you want to grow plants that need different temperatures and humidity levels.   I really can't do much with that in my small structure besides finding small micro climates.  I grow orchids and citrus in mine.  I would love to have at least a cool and a warm section to better accommode the orchids I grow that grow best cooler and warmer than I keep the greenhouse for the majority of my plants.  I look forward to reading about the plans as well as the structure's construction progress and startup.

Cory

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: sugarbelle
« on: November 16, 2015, 02:39:45 PM »
Out of staters can't get them from Harris either this year.  It says on their website they can not be shipped out of state any longer.  I had wanted to get one this year after seeing them last year.  I don't know the reason they can no longer be shipped out of state.

Cory

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Red lime.
« on: November 09, 2015, 10:08:16 PM »
Yes, they look so beautiful Galka.  Now I would Like A tree too.  I have never seen one for sale.  Your variagated tree fruit looks nice too.
Cory

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Picked 1st Dekopon Fruit
« on: November 01, 2015, 03:03:25 PM »
Thank you Millet and the others who replied to my post.  I will leave the fruit on longer.
Cory

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Picked 1st Dekopon Fruit
« on: October 30, 2015, 04:33:17 PM »
Thanks Millet.  I will leave them on the tree then and do as you say.  I was surprised they were turning yellow already and would not have realized it would still take that much more time to fully ripen.  Glad I asked!  When are cocktail grapefruit/pumello ripe?  My first 6 fruits, first year, 4 year old container tree.  I knocked two off by mistake when bringing them in.  They didn't seem quite ripe to me yet, but they have colored for a while now.  Not bitter, but not acid either.
Cory

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Picked 1st Dekopon Fruit
« on: October 28, 2015, 04:49:41 PM »
I am in NJ and my Dekapon fruit on two different trees started turning yellow about 2 weeks ago.  This is their first year to fruit.  It would seem they may be ripe way earlier than February. All of my trees all had a huge flush in early January last year so maybe that is why they are ripening so soon? 

Cory

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: winter greenhouse, year three
« on: October 24, 2015, 03:12:30 PM »
Thanks for posting more pictures Brian.  Your Fukushu has much darker orange fruit than mine.  Mine have always been yellow.  Mine are still green this year as they got such a late start, but like your tree, mine has started reblooming again.  Funny, I hadn't thought of just putting lights up in the garage even though I have many lights in my basement where I overwinter many of my tropical plants.  I love being in a sunny place in the winter too.  My neighbors trees have grown so large that my greenhouse does not get as sunny as it used to and I miss those sunny wintry days.  I have been thinking of changing my pots to those that you and Millet use.  I think I will start to change over to them as I have to up-pot them next spring.  I do drill many holes in the bottom and sides of my pots though to let the air in better, especially during the winter so the roots dry out better.  My Owari did not fruit this year after getting many fruits last year.  Maybe it is an alternate bearer?  It did not grow much this year either.  My two Dekapons were my most prolific trees this year, and my two Xie-Shans were second.  I'm glad Millet recommended them.

Cory

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Meiwa Kumquat (Fortunella crassifolia)
« on: October 23, 2015, 11:16:50 PM »
My Fukushu Kumquat got its fruit late this year because we had such a cold start to spring and summer here in NJ.  But it did finally set fruit in August.  I read that it needs warmer temperatures to start setting fruit....above 70's at night I think.  I bought my tree from Logee's several years ago.  It blooms and sets fruit regularly.   It is a very pretty shaped tree.  The leaves are rounder than any of my other citrus trees, and the flowers are beautifully scented.   The fruit is larger than a Meiwa, round like a Meiwa but more yellow colored when ripe.  It is fairly seedy.  It is almost as sweet as Meiwa, and it is much sweeter than Nagami.  I would recommend it, even just for its looks and fragrance as a houseplant.

Cory

Cory

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: winter greenhouse, year three
« on: October 23, 2015, 10:57:42 PM »
Brian, I have enjoyed reading about and seeing your collection of citrus you are growing in your converted garage greenhouse.  Your collection is growing amazingly well.  I have thought often about adding skylights to my second floor garage as you have done.  I live in NJ and have 38 varieties of citrus growing in my greenhouse and will soon have to expand the greenhouse or add the skylights to my garage as they keep growing larger.  I move mine in and out with the weather and it is getting to be backbreaking as my trees get larger, but for me it is still worth the effort as I am fascinated with my trees and enjoy the fragrant flowers and watching the little fruitlets develop into full size fruit far from the citrus growing regions.  Keep up the good work with your trees and I do enjoy your pictures and your periodic updates about your trees and what it is like growing them in your amazing glazed roof garage.

Cory

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Meiwa Kumquat (Fortunella crassifolia)
« on: October 23, 2015, 10:45:52 PM »
I've bought a lot of plants from Logee's for many years and never had any problems with diseased or unhealthy plants, both directly from their store and online purchases.  The plants may be small but they have so many rare and exotic  varieties that are hard to find anywhere else and because they are small they are relatively inexpensive.  You will find many of their plants in botanical gardens and personal garden collections.  It is a fascinating collection of plants and well worth taking a trip there to see it if you are in the area. Smaller cuttings and seedlings need more TLC than more mature plants and purchasers should realize this and make sure they give the plants immediate attention when they bring them home or as soon as they are delivered so that problems do not set in from stress from shipping or being in a new location.  Unfortunately beginner gardening enthusiasts often do not understand this and blame stress issues on the grower.  Logee's is a family business spanning several generations, and they are nice people and very helpful and would not intentionally sell unhealthy plants I believe after doing business with them for so many years.  I do not know them personally but found them very honest, helpful, and knowledgeable over the years.  Their greenhouses are immaculate and very organized.  Most plants are cuttings from their mother plants that are the most amazing specimen plants you will see anywhere.  Anyone that has a greenhouse knows how difficult it is to keep your greenhouse totally bug and disease free, but after going to the Logee greenhouses many times and seeing the staff constantly at work planting, caring for, and maintaining the plants and growing areas, I have seen they are probably as bug and disease free as a greenhouse operation can be.  They carry a fairly wide variety of citrus plants, but not nearly as many as the specialist citrus growers in the south and west, and many are cuttings from some of their very old specimen plants.  You can get interesting varieties such as Valentine pumello, the huge Ponderosa Lemon, calamondine, Key Lime,Meyer Lemon, some mandarin and Satsuma oranges such as Dancy, Owari,and Gold Nugget, the sweet Ujukitsu lemon, Kaffir Limes, Valencia, and several kumquats and their hybrids, to name a few.....such a variety from a Ct. grower!  They do have some grafted varieties also.  But, if you want larger and more established citrus you should look at some of the growers from true citrus growing areas.  But Logee's does have a nice selection for especially northeastern houseplant enthusiasts that might want to try growing a smaller containerized plant far away from the ideal climate of the citrus growing regions.  Logee's proves it can be done and offers many videos on you tube to help their northern customers do the same.  Once those growers find out that they can actually get citrus fruit and the deliciously fragrant flowers, then they often expand their horizons and start looking for more varieties from the specialty growers from citrus areas as long as the plants are not quarantined.  I am always sad to read negative comments about Logee's as they seem to work very hard to give their customers good value for their plants. 

Cory

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Plan to revive US navel orange sales
« on: June 20, 2015, 12:33:55 AM »
I still eat a lot of navel oranges and Cara Cara, but I love to eat the various blood oranges when I can find them.  I also buy mandarins and satsuma when I can find them.  Fortunately many more stores are selling more kinds of citrus and I am always looking for something different to try.  I am in NJ though so the stores don't often have more unusual kinds besides the unnamed cuties types, navel and valencias.  I like to buy organic when I can find them.  Sometimes the stores now carry Meyer Lemons and Key limes and kumquat varieties although rarely.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: fourwindsgrowers offline?
« on: February 19, 2015, 04:44:39 PM »
It's working now.

Cory

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Variegated Minneola
« on: February 19, 2015, 04:38:44 PM »
That really is a pretty fruit.

Cory

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Mechanical Harvesting Of Citrus
« on: February 18, 2015, 01:01:22 PM »
Very interesting Millet.

Cory

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus & Cholesterol
« on: February 17, 2015, 10:52:57 PM »
I have pretty much been eating a vegan diet for years but do eat a small amount of salmon (2-3 oz every few days) now.  I have exercised regularly for years.  My cholesterol is still 650 with a terrible bad to good ratio.  I stopped taking statin drugs 20 years ago because of the severe side affects I suffered with from them and really didn't lower my cholesterol very much although high doses have brought my brother's down to 180.  He had to have heart bypass surgery in 5 arteries when he was 42.  He is 70 now.  He has cancer now, but so did my mother and sister and they never took statins and lived a healthy lifestyle.  Even if statins reduced my cholesterol 25% it would still be too high.  Living a healthy lifestyle can't hurt, but some of us just make a lot of cholesterol for some reason and it seems to run in the family even though we all try to live a healthy lifestyle.  If heart attacks didn't occur in the family I would think there was no relationship, but since they are prevalent, there seems to be a correlation.  I just try to live healthy and hope for the best.  I am not the average person though; diet and exercise do help most people lower their cholesterol levels.  If eating the pith of the orange could help, I am not unwilling to try it.  It isn't really bitter like I was expecting on the Cara Cara and Moro I have tried.  Thanks for the article Millet.  Maybe we should all be eating the whole fruit, peel and all as long as they are organic as it appears the peels are full of flavinoids and other nutrients too.

Cory

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus & Cholesterol
« on: February 17, 2015, 06:21:50 PM »
It's really not that simple. Some of us just make a lot of cholesterol without eating any.  I was just tasting the pith on a Cara Cara and it is not that bad.  I think I will start eating it rather than throw it away.  My body doesn't tolerate the statin drugs.  Having a total Cholesterol of 650, it is worth trying to eat the pith and see if it helps at all. 

Cory

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: feminelo and kumquat
« on: January 17, 2015, 01:45:29 PM »
That is great that it is working well.
Cory

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: feminelo and kumquat
« on: January 17, 2015, 12:02:45 AM »
Nice.  Always enjoy seeing your trees.  Can you keep them on your balcony year round?

Cory

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Fruit Tasters Needed
« on: December 12, 2014, 01:07:07 AM »
Yes.  I participated.  It was fun and I got to try many fruits that I would never see in NJ.  It was very interesting to see all the different sizes, textures, color, etc. all together, as well as sample the different flavors.  As you taste them you fill in a brief survey of how you would rate them and add comments about each if you want to.  It does not take long and is computerized.  Once you submit the form the computer comes back and tells you the name of the fruit.  I really enjoyed participating. 

His blog is interesting to read too. 

Cory

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Thanks Millet.  Glad to know.  Accumulative is not so hard to provide for me then in my greenhouse that can warm up higher for a few hours during the day.

Cory

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Millet, is that consecutive hours of temperatures below 68F?

Thanks,
Cory

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: red screen of death???
« on: October 27, 2014, 11:07:07 PM »
It put a virus on my smartphone.

Cory

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: SorryI have not beeen on lately
« on: September 15, 2014, 12:28:41 AM »
 Millet, are you taking Niacin?  It can cause gout.

Cory

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: SorryI have not beeen on lately
« on: September 12, 2014, 09:11:42 PM »
 Get well soon.  We miss you here.

Cory

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: adrianos citrus
« on: May 08, 2014, 01:08:14 PM »
I love looking at your trees and where you are growing them.  Thanks for showing them.

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