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If the tree is healthy, the fruit will just get better and better the older the tree becomes.  At this time of year there are what are called   historical groves with citrus trees that are 100+ years of age.  Their fruit sells at a premium price, due to their exceptionally excellent quality and taste. Dr. Malcolm Manners, who almost everyone on this form knows, once  wrote on the old forum, that the very best fruit he has eaten was a March seedless grapefruit taken from a 25 year old tree.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: When to Pick Moro Blood Orange?
« on: February 21, 2018, 03:33:13 PM »
Moro oranges do not turn red in harm locations.

BonsaiBeast, the answer to your question is simply, YES INDEED. Citrus trees just just begin to produce quality fruit at around 5 year of age.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus Growers Forum
« on: February 21, 2018, 12:14:37 PM »
Sylvain, it took you much much much work.  Thanks for all you did.

BonsiBeast,  there is no way of knowing what type of Satsuma you have by looking at that tag.  A tag like that would be the same as a tag on a new care that said "CAR".  With the large variety of satsumas available the chance of it being Xie Shan is very small.   You can get almost year around fruit from just two trees = Washington Navel and Valencia.

I really don't know about the trueness of the Ruby Tango.  My best guess would be  that it would NOT come true from seed, because one of its parents (clementine) does not come true from seed.

At the Citrus Expos, which are held each year, they frequently have a citrus taste test contest.   Xie Shan (pronounce She Shan) has been the taste winner at every contest that I was present at.   Xie Shan is normally ready to pick in late September/October.  I would also go along with fyliu, in recommending the red fleshed Valentine pummelo, ready on Valentine's day..

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Cold-hardy rootstock for citrus for the lime soil
« on: February 20, 2018, 01:15:45 PM »
Rootstocks rated good in high pH soils,  and rated good for freezes Shekwasha mandarin, Sour Orange, Rated Intermediate for high pH and good for freezes Cleopatra Mandarin, Sun chu sha mandarin.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Saint Valentine's Day
« on: February 19, 2018, 06:14:46 PM »
Research by Purdue University has shown that leaving one fruit on very young citrus trees does not retard the trees growth at all.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: cold hardy Citrus for zone 7b?
« on: February 18, 2018, 09:46:51 PM »
luckycloud, welcome to the forum, glad to have you as a member.  Owari is a great tree, and quite hardy. A portable greenhouse and  Christmas lights should take care of most cold nights in 7b temperature zone.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Satsuma
« on: February 17, 2018, 11:21:12 AM »
As a follow up to Mr. Texas post.  Citrus fruits only on new wood.  Pruning removes the new wood, therefore a pruned branch will not fruit.  Normally citrus trees are not pruned, except to remove a branch that is occupying the same space as another branch, or just to keep the tree low.  Any pruning reduces the tree's crop.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Good greenhouse management site
« on: February 16, 2018, 01:03:30 PM »
From reading the article (and thank you for posting the article), both systems, fan and wet pad, and fan and fogging work best in hot dry locations such as Arizona, as it is written in the article --  " The high-pressure fog works best in a dry climate, he says. If the outside air is humid and hot, the cooling capacity of an evaporative cooling system is very limited to just a couple of degrees Celsius."   What about a humid area such as Brian's ?   Here in Colorado, the area is a dry area, and evaporative cooling works really great, and I assume fogging would also.  I use what is called a wet wall evaporative system, which works wonders during the summer months.  Brain, does your greenhouse have roof vents?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Saint Valentine's Day
« on: February 15, 2018, 03:26:55 PM »
The Saint Teresa lemon is a great lemon variety.

Lonerlc1, your trees have no leaf drop because you are keeping your trees in balance.  Low root zone temperature and low, leaf temperature equals no, or little leaf drop.  Higher root zone temperature plus higher leaf temperature equals no, or little leaf drop.  Low root zone temperature and HIGH leaf temperature equals big time leaf drop.  Balance is the key.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Saint Valentine's Day
« on: February 14, 2018, 10:56:49 PM »
Luak, I told both scions not to be afraid, that they were going to a nice home, and would be made welcome. 

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Saint Valentine's Day
« on: February 14, 2018, 08:02:41 PM »
Citradia,  it is because the Valentine pummelo is not a real pummelo.  It is a hybrid (Siamese Sweet pummelo x ( Ruby’ blood orange x 'Dancy). The red coloration is from the pigment anthocyanins, the same pigment that colors a Moro blood orange.  Anthocyanins need cold temperatures to turn red.  A Moro blood orange grown in a warm atmosphere will not be a red fruit, but rather a blond orange.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: hydroponic citrus?
« on: February 14, 2018, 05:48:18 PM »
It seems to me that would be possible for very small trees, but extremely difficult for larger trees.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Swamp Lemon Adventure!
« on: February 14, 2018, 11:23:06 AM »
Ilya11, I don't know anything about Terry..

Citrus General Discussion / Saint Valentine's Day
« on: February 14, 2018, 11:09:26 AM »
On this Valentine's day I went out to the greenhouse a picked a large Valentine Pummelo, for breakfast.  The pummelo was very red, very juicy,  very delicious, and very appropriate for the occasion.. Happy Valentines day.

Mr. Texas I believe your south Texas location is to warm for the fruit to turn red.

Tony, perhaps other members of this forum would like to purchase so  low biuret Urea from you.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Long term cold hardy citrus breeding project
« on: February 13, 2018, 12:43:51 PM »
Zitrusgaertner, I'm not sure on European regulations, perhaps someone living in the EU can answer your question.  I know in the USA seeds can be sent anywhere.

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