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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Gold Nugget
« on: Today at 10:35:27 AM »
Nice looking tree.  Mandarins normally take 5 years or so before they start to produce higher quality fruit.  Each year from no your tree should show improvement.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: hybrids with precocious Poncirus
« on: May 25, 2017, 11:17:17 PM »
In using the precocious poncirus, I don't think mikkel's is looking for cold hardiness (which he will get), but I believe he is trying to hybridize for early flowering.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Gold Nugget
« on: May 23, 2017, 03:44:50 PM »
They are sweet.  I have seen them in the store for the last couple weeks.  Don't have much acidic offset though.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Arctic Frost Satsuma experience
« on: May 22, 2017, 09:06:24 PM »
You can purchase Ichang Lemons from Stan McKenzie at

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: I killed poncyrus seeds!
« on: May 22, 2017, 02:57:21 PM »
Poncirus seed germinates poncirus trees.. However, if you plant Flying Dragon seed, less that 50 percent will be the true dwarfing Flying Dragon cultivar.  You can tell which are true Flying Dragon only by growing out the seedlings.  Three years ago I purchased 20 very young seedlings trees of "Flying Dragon" from Swimming Free.  I grew them out and only four of the seedlings were the true dwarfing Flying Dragon .

Citrus General Discussion / Biostimulation Foliar Sprays
« on: May 20, 2017, 02:36:29 PM »
I am reading the text book titled "Advances In Citrus Nutrition". There are several chapters on biostimulation sprays.  Biostimulation is the foliar spray application of items such as marine (fish oils), seed extracts, plant tissues (sea weed), and of all things meat industry wastes.  Meat foliar sprays contains large amounts of amino acids and peptide chains which are valuable to the tree's growth. What are biostimulators ?  They are  inorganic and organic substances or its mixtures that positively affect plant development or other physiological processes in plants.

Citrus General Discussion / Clemenluz
« on: May 19, 2017, 11:55:54 AM »
Clemenluz is another mutation of the Clementine.  Have be harvested a month earlier to aavoid frost.

Citrus General Discussion / Clemenluz - Another Clementine Mutation
« on: May 19, 2017, 11:35:25 AM »
Clemenluz is a mutation of the Clentine that ripens a month earlier - harvest before frost.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Arctic Frost Satsuma experience
« on: May 19, 2017, 11:15:57 AM »
The history of the Arctic Frost hybrid satsuma, a Texas super star,---  who developed it and how it was developed.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Best limes for mix drinks?
« on: May 19, 2017, 10:56:29 AM »
Bearss lime, Persian lime, and Tahiti lime are three names of the very same citrus cultivar.

Heinrich, I have never heard of an Ortanique flowering at such a young age, yours is the first.  As for the grapefruit's early flowering, it does happen more frequently than with other citrus varieties.  Reports of an early flowering grapefruit comes up on a more or less regular basis, but I have never known the early flower to produce a fruit.  Eugen Schleipfer is certainly correct, when this happens the tree noes not produce more flowers for approximately 10 years, or until the tree reaches maturity.  One thing, it is certainly rare for a seedling grower to have two different citrus varieties produce juvenile flowers at the same time.   Thank you for your post and the nice pictures, Very interesting

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Best limes for mix drinks?
« on: May 18, 2017, 10:13:35 PM »
I would think Bearss Limes (the common lime found in supermarkets) would be great in mixed drinks.  I had a large in ground BL tree 10" X 10' but I tore it out to plant a Valentine Pummel or I would have sent you some budwood.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Citrus in the Pacific Northwest
« on: May 17, 2017, 10:43:25 AM »
I notice you write "we" when you talk about growing in the pacific northwest, but your name and location is posted as southern California Z10.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Citrus in the Pacific Northwest
« on: May 16, 2017, 09:00:08 PM »
Plastic seems like a good idea for frost protection, but it's just too thin to provide any insulation to plants. Since frost forms when leaf temperatures dip, simply covering the plant isn't going to be enough to protect it -- the trick is to use an insulated covering to capture heat that's radiating from the ground. Plastic that touches plants is even worse than no protection in many cases, since it can hold moisture against plant tissues and cause more serious freeze damage. However, when used as a row cover or placed directly on the ground around a plant, plastic can be an effective tool in the battle against frost. In general, you should toss plastic covers out of your emergency plant supply closet, but thick bedspreads, cardboard boxes and heavy curtains are still winners. Just ensure that when you cover your plant, the cover reaches the ground, trapping warm air under the plant's canopy. The better the cover does this, the safer your plant will be from frost.

Mikkel, contact John Panzaella in Lake Jackson Texas.  John grows and sells the Republic of Texas orange.  He can tell you a lot of information about the orange including its cold hardiness.

John Panzarella
Lake Jackson, TX 77566
about 50 miles south of Houston, TX off of Highway 288
Phone - 979-297-2120

Ilya!! on my seedling Sour Orange the first fruits started at about 5-ft. and eventually in future years moved from there up higher into the tree.  This would correspond to Dr. Manners node theory.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Follow-up on my grafts.
« on: May 12, 2017, 09:01:58 PM »
luak good things come to those that wait.  Congratulations, soon you will be eating Dekopons.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Bloomsweet
« on: May 12, 2017, 11:36:22 AM »
Ilya!! on my seedling Sour Orange the first fruits started at about 5-ft. and eventually in future years moved from there up higher into the tree.  This would correspond to Dr. Manners node theory.

Citrus General Discussion / Global Orange Production
« on: May 12, 2017, 11:32:10 AM »
According to estimates of the USDA, 49.6 million tonnes of citrus will be harvested worldwide this 2016/2017 citrus year.

Sylvain,  I learned the node count theory from professor Dr. Malcolm Manners who is the Department Chair of Citrus & Tropical Fruits @ Florida Southern University in Lakeland, Florida, and a long time member of the old forum.  I fully trust Dr. Manners knowledge on this point,  but your certainly free to believe whatever you wish.  It's evident from reading your posts over the years that you have a lot of knowledge concerning the cultivation of citrus, but on this point we will have to agree to disagree. Have a great day.

IlyaII, the lower fruit production on the tree could be from a branch that started growing from a juvenile  node  not far below the required node count. The branch(s) grew to the point that the branch ends were able to  reached to a mature node number, thus could fruit.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Zinc Sulfate
« on: May 10, 2017, 10:56:15 PM »
Yes, you can apply zinc sulfate as a ground application if your soil has a low pH, if not foliar spray is more effective.

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