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Citrus General Discussion / Re: finger lime
« on: September 06, 2018, 01:14:49 PM »
Getting a very young tree to flower is one thing, getting a very young tree to bear fruit is quite another.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Best way to pollinate citrus in winter?
« on: September 05, 2018, 12:33:41 PM »
Grab a q-tip and be the bee.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Is horticultural oil safe for citrus
« on: August 10, 2018, 09:59:47 AM »
It is fine to use as long as the tree is not left in the sun after application.  Spray it in the evening and you will be ok.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Spider Mites
« on: August 07, 2018, 02:18:34 PM »
Spider Mites love indoor plants in the winter because they thrive in those dry conditions.  Running a humidifier in the room you overwinter your citrus goes a long way in controlling them.  That along with spraying with horticultural oil goes a long way in keeping them under control.  Your trees benefit from the higher humidity as well.

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A popular tree in my area is called a Snowbird citrus tree. It is a single tree that On one branch will grow grapefruit on another branch will grow an orange and on another branch grow a lemon. Again this is all on the same tree three different branches three different fruits.

You can graft many different types of trees onto one rootstock.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Which Type Of Container To Use
« on: December 08, 2016, 03:35:10 PM »
You cant get any air pruning pots in terracotta which I see as its biggest disadvantage.  Your roots will just be circling around the pot.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus in Miracle Grow Garden Soil
« on: November 13, 2016, 09:03:50 AM »
I think going from a 5 to a 15 gallon pot is to much of a jump, especially using miracle grow potting soil.  You most likely have some serious root rot going on and that is why the plant is having a tough time.  I would downsize the pot right away.  I cant comment on the jungle potting soil but maybe you could amend it with some coco chips or perlite chunks or something like that to give better drainage.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: CCS got me frustrated
« on: July 12, 2016, 04:24:34 PM »
The ultra pure oil only seems to come in 2.5 gallon and goes for about $75.00.  It is made of 98% mineral oil which can be bought in about any size for a lot less money.  Is there any reason not to just use mineral oil?  I can get a gallon of food grade mineral oil for less than $20.00.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Potting soil for indoor lemon tree
« on: January 15, 2016, 08:22:07 AM »
For indoor citrus I like to use about a 50-50 mix of coco coir and coco chips.  Coco lasts a very long time without breaking down.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Using Grow Lights during Winter
« on: January 02, 2016, 10:26:57 AM »
pitbull-rus, 25 watt is really quit low to expect much.  Personally I would not use any light less then 250 watt.  In my tree lighting I am using a 250 watt metal halide lamp. Very brite.- Millet
I tend to think that range is more important than high power.On Russian forums too much controversy what is more important,the spectrum of red and blue, white or high power.I now choose range.And led bulbs are economical.

LED's are much more efficent then a MH.  A 250w MH lamp puts out about the same lumens as a 150W LED.  The biggest advantage is that the LED produces much less heat so it can be much closer to the plant then a MH or HPS without burning the plant.  LED plant light technology has advanced a lot in the last 5 years and while the most bang for your buck is still a HPS bulb, LED is bridging the gap very quickly.

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Citrus General Discussion / Lemon cuttings
« on: April 28, 2015, 12:01:36 PM »
Got them all set with baggie over them, two questions:  Leave them in direct or indirect light and how often to they need to be watered?
thanks!

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Cold tolerant lime
« on: March 12, 2015, 09:20:19 AM »
Bearss had best tolerance for the limes from what I saw.  Maybe I should give that one a go.  The limequat I have has really nice fruit, so I can't complain.  But I will miss my "thornless" key.  :(

I thought bearss and persian limes were the same thing? If persian didnt work for you then bearss would be the same.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Fungus Gnats
« on: February 11, 2015, 09:29:22 AM »
Bacillus thuringiensis, subspecies israelensis will cause the larvae to stop feeding and die, another option is to cover the top of your container with sand for a few weeks until they are gone.  As others have said overly wet growing medium is the reason for fungus gnats.

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Dont overlook coco for a medium, I use half coco coir and half coco chips, drains great and coco break down very slowly.

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