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Citrus General Discussion / Spraying trees with urea
« on: September 07, 2018, 07:04:26 PM »
I read a post from Millet that suggested spraying your trees with urea a month before spring burst........so i sprayed my mates trees and sprayed all my trees with a fert high in ureas @ the beginning of August........All but one of our trees are covered in blooms........So thanks for the tip Millet......now to spray again when fruits are the size of a pea.

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Citrus General Discussion / my trees putting out fresh growth
« on: September 01, 2018, 12:30:58 PM »
35 trees and 6 in ground all fed for spring and putting out lovely new growth....plus blueberries/feijoas/strawbs/pears/apples/figs/mangos....gotta love springtime.



















































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Citrus General Discussion / How to prevent ants going up your trees
« on: September 01, 2018, 12:15:17 PM »
Its the start of spring in Western Australia  and all the bugs start thinking about it.....ants climb up your trees and farm aphids with them.....which suck the sap from all that fresh new growth....This is a non toxic way of keeping those ants out of your trees....
Tools you will need= masking tape and vaseline.
Wind the tape from the top to bottom ...sticking it to the trunk....at the bottom...do a half twist and go back up to where you started.....finish it off........then smear vaseline along its length.....ants will not go beyond....i use longer because it also acts to protect the trunk from the harsh sun but shorter is ok as well.....works a treat....now i await the leafminer !




































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Citrus General Discussion / what deficiency please?
« on: May 30, 2018, 02:15:04 AM »
This leaf is off my lime tree....i suspect its a magnesium deficiency...Am i right please? or is it iron?


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Citrus General Discussion / Grasshoppers
« on: February 26, 2018, 12:44:39 PM »
Have heaps of these ....young ones ...all over my tahitian lime....was thinking of spraying them with vinegar and soap......any other way I can kill them off without resorting to insecticides please?

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Citrus General Discussion / My plants in Perth western Australia
« on: January 22, 2018, 09:56:30 AM »
34 Citrus in Pots(man i got it bad lol)..........in a spread of plastic and terracotta........temps are 35C consistently now but terracotta goes well........6 citrus trees in the ground going nicely.......some dodgy in the pots........Kensington pride mango in ground going well.......3 blueberry in pots going ok.........3 pomegranite with fruits......5 papaya in pots...6 figs in pots...2 feijoa not going so well..20 chillis in pots...Two dwarf apples and one custard apple....loquart and several seedlings...lebanese cucumbers in ground......tomatoes and strawberries i have absolutely no success with....too evil hot.....worm farm......needs looking after but i am trying my best....we get real problem with citrus leaf miner over here...terrible........been present since spring and all through the summer now.......spraying with neem oil has been the only way to control them.

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Citrus General Discussion / Tangelo that has no growth on one side of tree
« on: September 29, 2017, 12:01:40 PM »


This tree nearly snuffed it last year but its putting out lots of new growth now but it doesnt want to grow anything on one side of the tree....looks very strange......is there anything i can do to encourage it to put out growth on that side of the trunk? i have had it in the sun  all the time in the hope it will put out growth there to help cover its trunk.
All my other trees are going for it....when i get chance i will take pics of all of my fruits and post on here= lots of citrus in ground and pots..pommegranite......papaya.....chillis.....blueberries......cape gooseberry.....strawberries....mangos in pots and in ground....grapes (new vine)......figs....avocado....Loquat.....one of my citrus is in  a 90 litre pot...another 70 litre and another 50 litre...plus a whole load in terracotta......my backyard is a jungle !

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Citrus General Discussion / Roots
« on: June 30, 2017, 03:56:46 AM »
Hi from Perth western Australia...........We are in the middle of winter over here.........Most of my citrus are in terracotta pots and some are inground.......I read somwhere that when temps get below 14C the roots stop growing and become dormant.........well.....thats not happeneing to my late navel.......its putting out fresh feeder roots just below the surface(but no top growth).......also my eureka lemon and my lemonade are all putting out new top growth at this time.......I have a huge tangelo enjoying the temps below 10C(@night) that help fruits to ripen........Daytime temps are up to 18/19C and night time 3/4/5/6/7 C ........
                     so the quote "when temps go below 14C roots become dormant " is a bit vague here ...because in the day its above 14C but at night its not........I also believe that top growth tends to be dormant with most citrus in winter except lemons of some form but i reckon they are all still doing roots during the winter.............which brings me to my strange kind of question......which influenece root growth more ....Photosynthesis or respiration?........Could they be growing roots via Photosynthesis during the day ...when temps are above 14C ?
I certainly helped the cause,by giving them "seasol".....seaweed tonic to help stimulate new root growth........any thoughts?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Blueberry leaves going yellow/red
« on: July 17, 2016, 06:14:34 AM »
Hi.....Its winter here in Perth...western australia.......i have two different types of blueberries which i transplanted into bigger pots ( four plants)......they were all heavily rootbound.........
One type seems fine ....has heaps of flowers on it and is growing small berries.......which seems a bit early to me.........the other type(2 of them) have a few leaves dropping and going this lovely colour.........I felt it might be due to the cold temps which have been around 6C at night or maybe from the transplant.......is that correct or does anyone have any other theory ?  .......Thanks Jon




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Citrus General Discussion / Potting mix and leaf curl
« on: April 04, 2016, 12:42:26 PM »
Two items of concern.........the first one is..
1...i repotted many citrus trees recently from a 300mm pot to a 400 mm pot......most of them are behaving normally but one seems to be drying out in the rootball but the area around the side of the pot is staying wet on my moisture meter........need i worry about this? I water evenly when i water ......is there anything i can do to keep the mix evenly moist ?
the second one is two types of leaf curl........the small leaves are off my lime and imperial manderin.......they are both curving down and around.........could this be potassium deficency?
the other bigger leaf is off my japanese seedless........this is cupping up and around......what could be causing that? or is that normal.............
I have been feeding with organics and water when the mix dries to moist....................any help appreciated........it has been very hot here and now its sitting around 25/26C......Thanks Jon







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Citrus General Discussion / PH
« on: March 29, 2016, 01:00:00 PM »
Sure this has been asked before but i am going to ask it......
what is the optimum Ph level for container citrus for advanced nutrient absorption ?       Thanks.

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Citrus General Discussion / Zeolite
« on: March 21, 2016, 04:08:42 AM »
Anyone tried the above in their container mixes? .........worthwhile?

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Citrus General Discussion / re potting(upsizing)
« on: March 03, 2016, 05:21:40 AM »
I have potted up most of my citrus into bigger pots just before autumn ....here in perth western Australia........I do have two other dwarf citrus that have put out their autumn growth flush.....I am aware that citrus tend to go = root growth/top growth/root growth/top growth....................so would it be a bad idea to put these trees into bigger pots while they are doing top growth? ....or would i be better to wait until near the end of winter to pot up? .........thanks

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Citrus General Discussion / My dwarf Citrus in pots
« on: February 07, 2016, 12:12:14 PM »
mandarin =imperial/japanese seedless/emperor
navel orange
tangelo
lime
custard apple                        all dwarfs except the custard apple............going well despite the 40C heat



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Citrus General Discussion / Leaf yellowing
« on: January 27, 2016, 07:16:21 AM »
Hi.....Dont know what is going on here.......basically its a dwarf imperial mandarin....it came in a 150 size pot....was root bound so i immediately transplanted into a 200 mm pot and gave it some seasol(seaweed solution) and kept it in the shade for a week..........have since kept it in morning sun.....mulched with Lucerne and keep it moist but not wet...have put some slow release organic fert on top of soil......I live in Perth western australia......temps range from 23 to 36C ........at a loss as to why the leaves are going yellow like this........i didnt disturb the roots much when i transplanted...I have checked webpage for deficiencies and cant find anything....any thoughts please?


















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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Feijoa
« on: July 07, 2015, 10:47:47 AM »
I dont know where i got this idea from but here goes= I bought a feijoa tree(Pineapple guava) the other day and it had two other large branches.....so i decided to try to grow roots from these two branches while still on the tree.......i scrapped the bark off....put some rooting gel on them and then surrounded them with soil and then cling filmed it as per pic................I am hoping i will see some roots appear through the film(given time)....................am i dreaming or is what i am up to possible? Cheers Jon



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Citrus General Discussion / Container mix
« on: May 07, 2015, 12:17:31 PM »
I am looking to pot up some young dwarf citrus.......was thinking of mixing premium potting mix with coarse grit(washed river sand)..........Is this a good idea for dwarf citrus?
I cant remember what was the ideal mix but i remember when Coconut husk chips were all the rage.........what are you guys using for your container trees please?

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Citrus General Discussion / Grasshoppers
« on: April 10, 2015, 10:28:33 AM »
Do grasshoppers eat the leaves of Citrus? ......I have been finding a few on my plants and i am suspicious of them feeding on the leaves.

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Citrus General Discussion / Soluble Fertilizer(which is best)
« on: April 09, 2015, 12:14:29 AM »
From what i have learnt on here....for some reason i believe nitrogen in the form of nitrates or ammonium are better for potted citrus than urea........I dont know why but i am sure i read that here..........which of these would suit my small dwarf citrus in pots please?
 First one is an African violet plant food that i thought was perfect.......the highlighted yellow are the specs for where i am.
The other one  is specific to citrus but most nitrogen comes from urea(which i thought would be better for inground plants)........................Millet = come in /over !!!!!!!....your der man to answer this please.
















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Citrus General Discussion / which fert?
« on: March 27, 2015, 12:04:13 PM »
I have used slow release ferts on my potted citrus and always seem to burn them..................I am feeling more inclined ...just to liquid feed them when they are actively growing ....like they are now in autumn.......should i use a chemical fert with an NPK 5.1.3 plus minors or use an organic fert such as liquid blood and bone ?..........Thanks

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Papaya's
« on: March 15, 2015, 08:06:09 AM »
Hi everyone....I have two different trees in the ground .....yet both are behaving the same........you can see the lower branches turn yellow and then shrivel up and drop......they have both been growing quite well up to now..........I live in Perth western Australia where the summer temps are high typically in the 30c plus and often 35C plus.........I have tested the soil with my moisture meter today and it was dry to moist.......
I am not sure if i am under watering them or over watering them........in the past with plants ....yellow leaves has meant too much water.......it has cooled to 26C today and will be cooler for the week..........have fed with slow release balanced feed..soil is very sandy and i have mulched well.........any thoughts? Thanks
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Plant B








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Tropical Fruit Discussion / watering papayas
« on: January 13, 2015, 12:26:36 PM »
I have just transplanted two papayas(red bisexual) into my garden.............The soil is very sandy.....so i added some potting mix to the planting hole and have put a good layer of mulch over them...........the temps are in the 30C all the time now....today it was 35C......they are both in full sun and are about a metre tall...................I watered in with seasol but i am wondering how often i should be watering these puppies?
My thouhts have been twice a day? the leaves look droopey in the day.........maybe i should even water 3 times a day?
at present i water in the morning and evening.......I havent fed them at all.......only been in 3 days........any advice appreciated.

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Citrus General Discussion / Pests
« on: October 26, 2014, 11:41:49 AM »
Found some unsavory characters on a few of my citrus today.....I didnt take a pic but i removed and washed the trees down......however i can describe them well and if someone can let me know what they are.......I suspect they are those cabbage white moths laying eggs but here goes anyway/
They look like grains of white rice with cotton wool like substance over them....when removed they had some orange coloured sap from the plants.................is the the critters above as i suspect?    Cheers Jon
ps I will be spraying with pest oil tonight. 

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Citrus General Discussion / yellow leaf off my okitsu mandarin
« on: September 08, 2014, 09:57:39 PM »
This has to be one of the yellowest leaves i have ever had off any of my citrus.....pretty impressive !


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Citrus General Discussion / Sheep manure tea
« on: September 02, 2014, 12:32:10 PM »
I was thinking of putting some sheep manure pellets in a jug of water and leaving for a week and then applying as a tonic to my container citrus........Could it pose any problems for my trees at all?
I used to do that with chicken manure for my tomatoes in the ground and they went nuts!........Thanks Jon

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