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Citrus General Discussion / Citrus Greening Spreads To Alabama, US
« on: June 22, 2017, 09:30:35 PM »
A highly contagious bacterial disease that seriously threatens the U.S. citrus industry has been found for the first time in Alabama.,-US

Citrus General Discussion / The Tough Gold Nuggget
« on: June 22, 2017, 09:19:20 PM »
The Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association Citrus Nursery Division held a meeting in Apopka recently. Part of the sidebar discussions among attendees included the amazing health and vigor of the ‘Gold Nugget’ mandarin.

NVDMC originally brought the ‘Gold Nugget’ to Florida in hopes of finding an alternative to the ‘Honey Tangerine’ for the late season. As is typical with new mandarins in Florida, all of the early trees were grafted onto ‘Cleo’ liners. The trees grew well and looked decent, but did not produce enough fruit to be commercially viable.

As HLB continued to wreak havoc on old-line varieties, the ‘Gold Nugget’ seemed to hold its own. The worse everything else looked, the better the ‘Gold Nugget’ looked. The oldest planting of ‘Gold Nugget’ mandarins was at Conserv II. At the time this article was written, the front-end loaders were closing in on the block, but the trees were still standing. A small group of nursery owners drove out to see the trees. The trees remained dark green with a thick canopy, despite 14 to 18 months without irrigation, pest control, or nutrition.

NVDMC recently converted its ‘Gold Nugget’ contract from trial only, to also include dooryard and commercial production. This variety is a natural fit for dooryard growers. The jury is still out on its commercial utility in Florida, but more growers could be working with it soon.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Second Citrus bloom?
« on: June 21, 2017, 02:48:07 PM »
A lemon tree sets its big bloom in the spring, but all lemons bloom to a lesser degree all year around.  The lemon flower does not need bees to set fruit.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Help! can this baby Meyer be saved???
« on: June 21, 2017, 12:16:13 PM »
What medium is the tree planted in?  What are you fertilizing with, it has symptoms of a potassium deficiency.  How often do you fertilize the tree? Lastly have you checked the root system.?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Second Citrus bloom?
« on: June 21, 2017, 09:59:57 AM »
You can spray either before the flowers open or after the fruit has set.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Second Citrus bloom?
« on: June 19, 2017, 11:03:40 PM »
A second bloom is more or less common.  The fruit set on the second bloom is almost always of less quality.  My Cara Cara's second bloom from last season is just now maturing  The quality is poor.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Which size tree to buy?
« on: June 19, 2017, 10:29:51 AM »
When buying larger size container trees, the very best larger container grown trees are the trees grown in Root Maker Air Root Pruning Containers.  They take off right away when planted in the ground.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: citrus varieties in order of cold-hardiness
« on: June 17, 2017, 10:07:02 PM »
Hardiness of some cold hardy citrus varieties

Besides the low bushy growth pattern, I can also see the effects of Paclobutazol  in the extra dark green leaves.   Since Packlobutazol encourages early flowering, the bloom your tree has could will be from the Paclobutazol.

Cardamondins  grow very well on their own roots.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: whole new subcategories of citrus
« on: June 16, 2017, 01:17:06 PM »
The kumquat parent used in the kucle hybrid is the Nagami kumquat.  Both parents of the Kucle (Nagami and Clementine) do not produce true from seed.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: whole new subcategories of citrus
« on: June 15, 2017, 06:53:43 PM »
Phil, your link shows that Kumquats are not true from seed.   All kumquats EXCEPT Nagami do come true from seed, Nagami does not.   However, as I'm sure you already know, kumquats grown on their own roots do not fare all that well.  Normally Kumquats are grafted onto Flying Dragon.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Citrus in the Pacific Northwest
« on: June 13, 2017, 11:06:25 PM »
crea2k  looking at the leaves of your friends tree, the tree is showing a deficiency of magnesium. and perhaps a slight deficiency of manganese. .

Purchasing citrus seed from on line suppliers is a big gamble, at least 50 percent of the time, or higher, such seeds are already dead and never germinate.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Citrus in the Pacific Northwest
« on: June 13, 2017, 03:14:25 PM »
Greg N nice to see you again. Its been a while.  Regards

Citrus General Discussion / Citrus & Spinch Genes
« on: June 12, 2017, 10:19:54 PM »
......Eyrich stressed that the tristeza virus employed is merely a vehicle for delivering the spinach protein to the tree’s vascular system or phloem.

When the spinach protein comes in contact with the greening bacteria, “it puts a hole in the bacteria cell wall, the bacteria cell leaks out its contents and dies,” Eyrich said.

And, unlike the tristeza virus that debilitated trees in the late 1990s, this form “can’t be transmitted from tree to tree by an aphid,” Eyrich said.

No new, foreign genes are inserted into the tree, which means it isn’t genetically modified, Eyrich said.

Same goes for the fruit. Early tests don’t detect any sign of the spinach protein in the fruit.......

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: breeding cold hardy pomelo
« on: June 12, 2017, 09:02:03 PM »
Good luck with your trials.  Hope your not to old at this time.

Ilya I'm not all that familiar with Australian Blood limes.  It is interesting that the Blood Lime hybrid listed in Wiski and the hybrid listed by the Australian farm owner who grows the fruit are different.I have no idea which is correct. .

One of the largest growers of Finger Limes and Australian Blood limes (cross between Finger Limes and Burmese Lime with 1400 trees.

University of Florida researchers may have come a step closer to finding a treatment for a disease called Huanglongbing, or citrus greening, that has been decimating citrus trees in the state. In work published this week in mSphere, an open access journal from the American Society for Microbiology, the investigators describe identifying a small protein from one bacterium living in Asian citrus psyllids—the flying insects that spread the disease as they feed on the trees—that can "cross-talk," moving to another bacterium within the insects to silence so-called "prophage genes" containing viral material in the second bacterium, helping prevent an insect immune reaction that would likely be detrimental to both bacteria.

There are probably some grapefruit/lemon hybrids , probably private hybrids.  I would think such a hybrid would result in a grapefruit even more bitter then normal, or a lemon that was somewhat washed down in taste.  But you never now.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Prison Cold Hardy Citrus Grove
« on: June 06, 2017, 10:19:25 PM »
Mitchell County Correctional Institute, Georgia has planted the first correctional facility orange grove.   The grove consists of 10 trees each of 10 different more or less cold hardy cultivars.

Changsha Tangerine (Sweet Frost)
Bruce Grapefruit (Pink Frost)
Ichange Lemon (Grand Frost)
Cara Cara Navel
Frost Owari Satsuma
Nules Mandarin
Meyer lemon
Murcot Mandarin
Kieffer Lime
Liquid Gold Grapefruit

All 100 trees are grafted upon trifoliate stock. Some of these varieties I have never heard of.  The trees will be cared for by the inmates, and if all goes well the grove can be expanded.  Micro sprinkles for frost protection and irrigation was also donated for the venture.   Wish them luck.

As far as the rarity of a seedling grapefruit flowering while still juvenile your even ahead of the game with a second flower.  Very interesting, be sure to post future developments.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Kaffir Lime tree conundrum
« on: June 04, 2017, 10:40:02 AM »
Time to buy a new Tree. - Sorry for the outcome.

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