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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Dunstan x (ichangensis x sinensis)
« on: Today at 04:18:38 AM »
Well, it will probably be easier to pollinate the Ichang papeda, since the seeds of Ichang papeda are zygotic, whereas I believe 75-95 percent of the seeds in citrumelo are nucellar.

It should be possible, there's no reason why it wouldn't be.


The ichangensis x sinensis is already there (have a look here http://www.forum-agrumes.com/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=443). Maesy wants to cross the Dunstan with the ixs or vice-versa.

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Thanks everyone for the suggestions. There are some that I have never heard of, i.e. the Chinese bayberry which I will definitely check out.

Regarding pomegranates, I have been recommended the variety called Agat which is said to be both very coldhardy and early-ripening and as a plus does have soft seeds. Does anybody have one and can tell me more? I've just planted a small 3 litre plant.

Feijia survives but rarely fruits outdoors here, works well in a polytunnel though.

Btw. the Swiss are rather conservative gardeners – almost anything that isn't an apple or a cherry is pretty uncommon here:-).

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Most exotic fruit for cool/short summers
« on: April 12, 2018, 04:21:00 PM »
I live in Switzerland, most years we're in zone 8a. Winters are usually long and very damp and summers lack heat. Prolonged freezes are not unusual.
To give you an idea: I can grow figs succesfully although the second crop only ripens in good years.

I have acquired some early pomegranates and a Kaki "early fuyu" but they haven't flowered yet.

Any additional ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Hybrid Nin-Kat-MandarinXPoncirus
« on: March 25, 2018, 03:26:55 PM »
Pics please!

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: keraji mandarin
« on: March 20, 2018, 08:06:14 AM »
The 245 in Eisenhut's list, the 6-7-2 is their 244.

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: keraji mandarin
« on: March 19, 2018, 08:28:37 AM »
For what it's worth, Eisenhut lists two cultivars, the 6-7-2 and another one (their number 245). They told me it is a sister seedling and has not yet fruited.

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Flowers of Poncirus
« on: March 07, 2018, 08:34:58 AM »
I have read that too and I have always wondered whether perhaps there was something wrong with my olfactory sense ;D

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Cold-hardy rootstock for citrus for the lime soil
« on: February 21, 2018, 07:52:10 AM »
I have no experience but FA5 is said to be quite lime-tolerant. It certainly is cold-tolerant.

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Ichang Papeda search.
« on: February 15, 2018, 12:17:04 PM »
Flowers on mine aren't enormous either but they do have a pink hue. And new growth is reddish.

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Ichang Papeda search.
« on: February 14, 2018, 06:47:58 AM »
Welcome, Robert! I'd also love to see pictures of your plants.

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Cold Hardry Grapefuit/Pommelos
« on: February 10, 2018, 04:21:02 PM »
I have recently received a Pomelo Welker. I was told it is quite hardy. Does anybody have any more info?

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Excellent, thanks Millet!

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Ichang Papeda search.
« on: February 01, 2018, 12:17:55 PM »
My plant is grafted. I believe it was 4/5 old when I got it and it was already flowering and fruiting.
I believe it does come from the mother plant pictured but I am not 100% sure. Will have to ask.

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Ichang Papeda search.
« on: January 28, 2018, 07:23:58 AM »
Mine? Ehm, I am not sure, I think at the beginning of May. The fruit was yellow in late autumn but I left it on the tree hoping the rind would become sweet.. but it only became soft.

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Ichang Papeda search.
« on: January 28, 2018, 06:22:42 AM »
So, this year I left the fruit on my ichangensis IVIA until it became soft because on my recent trip (december 22) to Eisenhut I saw their mother plant and it was bearing a few fruit that were ginormous, at least compared to mine:



The fruit was already post maturity and very soft. I had read before that this cultivar had sweetish rind (!). The nursery owner wouldn't let me have the plant (since it was the mother plant) so I took a nibble when he wasn't looking ;D.
Well, the rind was sweet indeed!

I thought perhaps if I left the fruit on my tree long enough, its rind would become sweetish too but it didn't. In fact, it is horrible. I can't really describe the taste but it is bitter and kerosene-like. I must be doing something wrong. My plant is still potted but so is the mother plant at Eisenhut.. Anyways, here are some pics of the fruit from my tree:







It was seedless once again.. Although the rind is horrible I am still quite satisfied. It looks like a useable lemon juice source for my climate. The pulp is acid like described above, the albedo has no flavour (but also no bitterness). Here's hoping it becomes as brilliant as the mother plant in the future.. I will certainly contact the nursery and inquire about how they actually care for theirs.

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Prunus brigantina (alpine apricot)
« on: January 21, 2018, 07:11:06 AM »
I have no experience but a quick Google search gives me the impression that it is not that good for eating out of hand, more for cooking/ preserving and apparently an oil is made from its seeds.

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: cold hardy Citrus for zone 7b?
« on: December 13, 2017, 05:01:07 AM »
If you can get your hands on it, try Citsuma "Prague" which should be able to survive with minimal protection and you can expect edible fruit (or so they say; mine has flowered but not set fruit so far).
http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=23499.0

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Yuzu... my new obsession!
« on: November 24, 2017, 12:38:55 AM »
I'd sure love to have a dekopon seed or two too, Millet :D.

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Thanks for the clarification, the fruit looks quite nice.

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Yuzu... my new obsession!
« on: November 21, 2017, 04:36:23 AM »
The seedless Yuzu or Nishiki (tada) is extremely hard to find outside of Japan - as are the true Yuko and Sudachi - and it seems to me that most people in Europe who have either of them are not very keen on sharing.. :-\  You could also try Kabosu (C. sphaerocarpa) which is currently available from Adavo and is also used in cuisine.
Thank's a lot for your tips! What do you think about this one? I'm thinking to buy this one: http://www.citrusandlife.com/en/nursery/51-yuzu.html
Do you know another better variety of yuzu with more juice and less seeds? Thank's!  ;D

I have never ordered there, since they only ship to EU countries but it looks ok.

Mind you much of what I write here is not personal experience. I only have Hana Yuzu.
Ichang lemon has more juice than Yuzu but, of course, it is not a Yuzu. I think it is still worth a try. Hana Yuzu has fewer seeds than the normal one but also smaller fruit and the fragrance is less powerful. The seedless Yuzu would be best but it is almost impossible to find.

Check out this link with a lot of information about different Yuzu types: http://forum-agrumes.com/viewtopic.php?f=53&t=41&sid=7cbbc5468736366e413e2a79d67ccd9c

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Thanks for the pictures. What excatly is the Sitsuma?

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Yuzu... my new obsession!
« on: November 19, 2017, 08:54:18 AM »
The seedless Yuzu or Nishiki (tada) is extremely hard to find outside of Japan - as are the true Yuko and Sudachi - and it seems to me that most people in Europe who have either of them are not very keen on sharing.. :-\  You could also try Kabosu (C. sphaerocarpa) which is currently available from Adavo and is also used in cuisine.

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Fantastic plants, Snek, and they look very healthy in containers. What is your secret?

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Clementino Rubino
« on: October 12, 2017, 01:19:12 PM »
Actually, I didn't know it and had never seen it before, Susanne. I just noticed the Agrumi Lenzi link and instantly wanted to have one! Our country's only specialist nursery (Eisenhut) doesn't currently stock it.
I was surprised to find the tag on it, so it can't be too rare..

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Clementino Rubino
« on: October 09, 2017, 04:48:02 AM »
And here's my little guy. I hope it flowers next year.


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