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Well that is not good news.  I was hoping our colder winters would prevent the spread of it here.  I haven't noticed any acp in my area but will have to be even more proactive in inspecting.

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: breeding cold hardy pomelo
« on: June 17, 2017, 11:52:23 AM »
Doesnt bloomsweet grapefruit have a high percentage of pomelo in its dna?

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What is the chestnut story please?
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Chestnut trees used to be 1/4 of eastern forests. Around 100 years ago a chestnut
blight got accidently imported and wiped them all out. American chestnut to this day can't
survive anywhere. Some hybrids american x chinese chestnut can survive.

The American chestnut can survive (already growing trees), it just cant reproduce.  The trees growsx blight knocks it down to its roots, and it grows again.  Citrus may have to be grown in areas where acp cant survive.  Hopefully a cure is found soon.

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Thanks for the responses.  No goats or kids running rampant.  Maybe something shot out of the lawn mower?  We dont live in a neighborhood so i think that would be the most likely cause.  I was just hoping it was any kind of disease.  Would that greeb tape harbor water and promote rot?  I was thinking of covering it but did not want to have the cover hold water and result in rot.

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Citrus General Discussion / Issue on bark above graft on meyer lemon
« on: June 03, 2017, 11:14:26 AM »
I didnt notice this until yesterday, but underneath the canopy and above the graft, there is a chunk missing out of the bark.  Fire ants are going in and out of it.  I dont know if it was cold damage from this past winter or what is the cause but i want to know what to do.  This tree right now appears to be completely healthy and is currently the most vigorous out of 25 or so citrus trees that I have.  It appears wet because i sprayed some diluted hyrdrogen peroxide in it prior to taking the photo.  Does anyone know the cause and/or a solution to this issue?



Here is what the tree looks like from above showing no symptoms of the issue:


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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Is Santa Teresa better than.....?
« on: June 01, 2017, 05:45:52 PM »
In the unlucky event that you purchased a tree with greening I do not believe you would have to worry about it spreading to your other trees as you are outside the region where acp is present, therefore, there is no insect with the ability to spread it.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Best limes for mix drinks?
« on: May 25, 2017, 09:16:20 PM »
Countryboy, do you have any experience with red lime variety? Here in Arkansas you don't see citrus or tropical tree's. My best bet is sionwood.
Hardly any chance for that.

I just got mine recently as they hadn't been exported outside the State of Florida so I don't have a lot of experience with it.   I have had a lot of blooms and some fruit set with this being the first spring in the ground since I purchased it.  Record Buck's citrus in Florida is propagating them and Alabama is one of the few citrus states that permits citrus tree from Florida to be imported.  It was the first time I had seen them available.

The entire State of Alabama is under quarantine also as there was once ACP spotted in the county (none presently known)--no greening has been detected here.  We have hard freezes here which I pray prevents the greening from spreading to our region.  We had a warmer winter this year but still had one night where temperatures plummeted and we hit 20 degrees.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Best limes for mix drinks?
« on: May 25, 2017, 04:29:01 PM »
They have the red lime for sale here in southern alabama at home depot.

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: My cherries are blooming in sync!
« on: May 14, 2017, 11:09:50 PM »
Has anyine in the deep south gotten these to fruit?

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Record Buck Citrus Satsuma
« on: April 27, 2017, 01:57:59 PM »
Thanks.  I sent an e-mail but no reply as of yet.

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Citrus General Discussion / Record Buck Citrus Satsuma
« on: April 25, 2017, 11:29:23 PM »
Home Depot carries what is labeled as "satsuma tangerine" from record buck grafted onto kuharski rootstock from Florida.  I have not been able to find any information as to exactly what variety of satsuma it is.  My guess would be owari as it is the old standard standard satsuma variety but was wondering if anyone on this board had any more knowledge as to the variety?

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Trim kumquat leaves
« on: April 22, 2017, 11:53:11 PM »
If the leaves are still green, you are removing energy production fron the tree.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Surplus home citrus?
« on: April 13, 2017, 08:40:42 AM »
Mr Texas is correct, you need to bank to protect the graft and the hugher you bank the more of your tree will be protected.  I have successfully used cardboard boxes flartened out and then form a cylinder around the tree (staple it) and fill it with dirt.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Surplus home citrus?
« on: April 12, 2017, 08:21:54 AM »
My in the ground Miho while covered succumbed to 16oF this winter whereas my same sized Setos survived. I like Miho but they are not more cold hardy than any other Satsuma variety, this is a myth.

Thats not very cold tolerant, i had an owari survive 17 with no damage at all and a meyer lemon that only lost its leaves during ice storms.

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Does anyone have some fresh vista white loquat seeds or seeds of other superior varieties available?

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The best grapefruit i have ever tasted was growing wild in the canaveral national seashore.  It was white amd seeded and most lilely duncan.  I have been searchimg for duncan trees but all they are selling is the ruby red here in AL.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Dealing with Cold Damage
« on: March 24, 2017, 08:39:59 AM »
I would add fertilizer to encourage growth if the threat of cold injury has passed.  Although it was an overall warm winter here, we had one really cold night that dipped down to 20 degrees and caused mainly leaf damages with a few small twig injuries to some trees (which were not dormant at the time).  Now that it has all passed i put down fertilizer to get the trees to grow again. 

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: wanted Loquat seeds
« on: March 09, 2017, 07:49:33 AM »
Not to derail the thread, but does anyone have any vista white loquat seeds available?

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SO I CAN PLANT MY RUBY GRAPE FRUIT IN THE GROUND??????????

I live in zone 8 and have had a Ruby Red in a container for about 5 years now. It spends the winter inside of a green house but i recently moved so i have to move him inside the garage at nights.

I've never like grape fruit but I bought tree for my wife because she absolutely loves them!! I keep fruit on the tree for a really long time so it loses its tartness and they are absolutely delicious!!!! I would love to put it in the ground and get more than 5 pieces of grape fruit per year.

I had a seed germinate insude a store bought red grapefruit.  I couldnt get it going very well in the small pot so I stuck it in the ground.  This winter we had one really cold night at 20 degrees and the 2 inch tall seedling survived without any leaf loss.  It may have been because its a seed but it is very tiny; grapefruit are a lot more hardy than they re given credit for.

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Cold Hardry Grapefuit/Pommelos
« on: March 02, 2017, 01:21:01 PM »
I had a seedling grapefruit less than 2 inches tall survive 20 degrees f this past winter.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: South Koreans & Grapefruit
« on: March 01, 2017, 08:33:25 PM »
This one is a good one, highly recommend:

http://travelerbeer.com/grapefruit-shandy/

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: citrus and temperature
« on: February 11, 2017, 12:18:16 PM »
California citrus does not taste very good when purchased here.  Everytime I do, I am severely dissapointed amd remember why I dont.  It may have somethung to do with shipping across the states.  To me l, citrus tastes best when you have the high heat in the summer and cold when it is hetting ready to ripen.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Kumquat varieties update
« on: January 18, 2017, 01:51:11 PM »
Limequat amd lemonquats are also very good in my opinion.  Last year I left the centennial kumquat fruit on the tree to early February and they were very good.  This year I had to harvest them early January due to a 20 degree night and they are still sour.

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Cold Hardry Grapefuit/Pommelos
« on: January 11, 2017, 03:42:50 PM »
I have to agree that the fruit does not appear to look like bloomsweet grapefruit in the photographs that I have seen:




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