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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Meiwa blooms for 2017
« on: Today at 08:00:53 AM »
The fruit on Meiwa  overwinter on the tree and don't ripen until April or May. My satsumas fruit are harvested December through January and of course also spend time under cover since first freeze here is around Halloween.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Meiwa blooms for 2017
« on: July 23, 2017, 08:29:48 PM »

This is from March 12th.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Meiwa blooms for 2017
« on: July 23, 2017, 08:26:52 PM »

Citrus General Discussion / Re: new greenhouse planning
« on: July 23, 2017, 08:16:46 PM »
Congratulations on the new baby, Brian! Good for you; building a greenhouse in zone 6 is the best way to grow citrus with less muss and fuss in the long run. I wear myself out running around covering and uncovering trees 6 months out of the year.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Meiwa blooms for 2017
« on: July 23, 2017, 08:06:54 PM »
I cover my trees with 4 mil plastic over pvc pipe frames/domes, and have small desk-size space heaters plugged into  thermocubes so heat comes on at 35 degrees and turns off at 45 degrees. I uncover or vent trees when daytime highs in 50's to try to keep trees dormant. Also have 32 gallon water barrel under cover with each tree.  I'm trying to load a photo but power is out here right now, so have no wifi and bad cell signal on this mountain.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Croxton 7/23/17
« on: July 23, 2017, 05:32:32 PM »
Bloomed this spring with 5 small fruit on two foot tall tree on dragon.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Meiwa blooms for 2017
« on: July 23, 2017, 05:27:26 PM »
My Meiwa is finally blooming! 7/23/17.

So many possible factors. How big is the tree? Is it root-bound? Is it growing inside or outside? How often are you watering it?  I've found that plants do better if grown outside in an environment that closely resembles their native environment as much as possible. Good that it has good drainage since citrus roots don't like to be wet all the time. They also like to dry out for a few days before the next rain/ watering. I'm sure Millet and others can give better diagnosis than me, but I'm guessing you have a wet root problem or some kind of root die back problem. If roots are black instead of white when you pull it out of pot, your roots are dead and would need to repot after removing the dead parts of roots.

There is netting that you can cover trees with to try to keep psillids off trees. Learned about it on this forum. If your tree gets greening, there is a procedure where you place a plastic tent over the tree and bake the tar out of the bacterial infection; however, when another infected psillid bites your tree again, your tree is infected again. Greening is bad.

Yes. You tie rocks or some kind of weights on the branches of young pear/apple tree to bend branches and it makes them produce flower spurs for the next year. I've tried it, and it works well.

Didn't know it worked for citrus like it's does for apples and pears.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Citrumelo 5*
« on: July 20, 2017, 05:43:05 PM »
The citrumelo seeds I got from eyeckr are the only citrus trees I have that survived last winter/spring without die back or dropping leaves. He's got a good variety!

Latitude in Europe doesn't compare to latitude in America. We get severe low temps here in USA and Canada despite being further south of the arctic circle than Paris because we don't have the warm Atlantic Ocean to modulate freezing temps coming from north west in winter. I learned that at a southeastern citrus expo one year. My citrus are outside and I protect them in winter with plastic sheeting and space heaters. However, my point of negativity about quality of grapefruit specifically that I've learned from experience and from others on this forum is that I don't have enough heat in summer or a long enough growing season in my climate to fully mature heat-needing citrus. I used to think if I could focus on their survival in winter the fruit would mature like any other. I was wrong. I still keep my grapefruit trees and will protect them in winter as long as I can because I love plants, they're beautiful, and I don't want them to die. Best wishes to all, and that's for all the valuable info. Citrus in cold climes has been an exciting learning experience.


This is my Croxton grapefruit from January 23. Note it is not very pink and was not very sweet. This year's Croxtons are between the size of dark green golf balls or tennis balls. I bet grapefruit are already more mature in warmer climes.

Yep. I can attest to that. I've not seen 90 degrees here this summer. Highs today in mid 80's, low in 50's. My Meiwa kumquat is just now starting to show little white flower buds; fruit won't be ripe until April.

I don't know if you'd get enough heat units annually to get good fruit in Canada, especially poor pummelo or grapefruit, but I do know citrus in pots in house in winter equals spider mite infestation; the trees should be taken outside when not below freezing and blasted with water hose and/or sprayed with a dormant oil periodically to help control spider mites. Spider mites don't like humidity and it's very dry inside homes in winter. I don't get a lot of heat units here in western NC and my satsumas fruit well, but grapefruit take too long to mature and they don't turn pink inside and are bitter.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Growing lemons from seed?
« on: July 09, 2017, 03:06:05 PM »
That's what I thought, but hey, I've never tried lemon seeds myself.

Citrus General Discussion / Growing lemons from seed?
« on: July 09, 2017, 07:53:30 AM »
Ok. I just read a post on FB about growing your own indoor potted lemon tree from seed to get fruit, etc. photo shows a 12 inch high lemon tree loaded with lemons in a two gallon pot on a window sill. A small productive lemon tree is grafted, right? Lemon trees still have a significant node count requirement like other citrus right? I've not tried to grow sweet lemons from seed, just Ichang lemon, but still doubt that I could plant a grocery store lemon seed and get fruit off a foot-tall tree. Enlighten me please.

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Wanted good Pummelo seeds
« on: July 02, 2017, 06:25:33 PM »
Might the spelling be different in a different language? Bag of grapefruit at store says " pamplemouse " for the French version. Maybe pomelo is another language version of pummelo.

It would be ironic if one day we only have "cold hardy citrus " left in states that were not citrus producers before.  If we can't keep the psillids away from the citrus, we might have to take the citrus away from the psillids.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: How hardy is nasnaran?
« on: June 30, 2017, 08:00:11 PM »
Thanks eyeker. I've learned the hard way that "hardy to 5 degrees " doesn't necessarily mean "lives where it gets to 5 degrees."

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Water sprouts on freeze-damaged citrus
« on: June 30, 2017, 07:25:52 AM »
Thanks eyecker. That's what I figured. I've already root toned some of the citrumelo sprouts.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Water sprouts on freeze-damaged citrus
« on: June 29, 2017, 09:34:02 PM »
Yes, so, do I remove the trunk sprouts to force more vigorous growth higher up, or leave the low sprouts?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Kumquats
« on: June 29, 2017, 09:16:06 PM »
 Sounds good. I just eat my Meiwa out of hand, but the jam/sauce for ice cream sounds good; like an orange swirl or orange "Julius " drink. Maybe put kumquat in a smoothie or milkshake!

I learned from somewhere, this forum or a citrus expo, that in China they just replace their infected trees with new ones. There is no control. When gets too sick to produce, replant with new one.

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