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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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I don't understand the talk about the big corporations in California and Florida not able to compete. I thought Florida has had more citrus there for a long time.

I don't know what it is but the worst tasting citrus around here comes from California.  Its usually not sweet at all and rather bland.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Sambo Sweet Lemon
« on: December 22, 2016, 01:47:21 PM »
I have one that I picked up late summer as a cutting grown tree (sanbokan).  Thus far I have a meyer, sanbokan, taichang, and lemonquat as far as lemons go.  I have only harvest the lemonquats thus far.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: This place is dead...
« on: December 21, 2016, 09:25:27 PM »
Party my house... Meyers Lemon Drop Martinis followed by citrabomb shots.. That work? ;D

I have to say I like lemonquats better than meyer lemons.  I may catch some flack for that but I think they have better flavor.
Never tried one. Tastes like a lemon or different?

A sweeter meyer lemon essemtially.  When you cut it it smells like a kumquat but tastes like a milder lemon with the sourness of a kumquat.  Never heard much good about them but found one and prefer them to meyers.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: This place is dead...
« on: December 20, 2016, 10:38:35 PM »
Party my house... Meyers Lemon Drop Martinis followed by citrabomb shots.. That work? ;D

I have to say I like lemonquats better than meyer lemons.  I may catch some flack for that but I think they have better flavor.

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Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Looking for Changshou Kumquat budwood
« on: November 15, 2016, 08:46:24 PM »
It is the same.  I believe logees has this available already grafted.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus from seeds
« on: November 15, 2016, 08:10:49 PM »
That's what I thought Millet but was hoping otherwise.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus from seeds
« on: November 15, 2016, 05:55:40 PM »
Here is a crazy question.  If you grow a tree from seed it takes 5+ years to fruit.  What if you plant the seed and grow it out until you can get budwood from it (6 months, 1 year?) and then graft it onto rootstock.  Will it fruit sooner this route or do you have to take budwood from an already fruiting/flowering tree?

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Louisiana Sweet Orange
« on: October 31, 2016, 09:04:01 PM »
I've heard they are the same but am no expert.  They are for sale here in AL right across the line but not much use to you there.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Trifoliate Orange in Zone6
« on: October 19, 2016, 09:46:07 PM »
I would only suggest trying trifoliate if you like a nasty resin on everything the juice touches.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus in Miracle Grow Garden Soil
« on: October 15, 2016, 11:25:48 AM »
They don't even look like it contains the same inhredients, including the wood chips.  The one with wood chips came from lowes and has a the normal color of pitting soil and the other one came from Wal-Mart.  Will use both and see how they turn out.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus in Miracle Grow Garden Soil
« on: October 15, 2016, 10:53:22 AM »
Bought same bag at two different locations locally and 2 different products are inside.  One has apparent small wood chips within the bag and the other is light brown almost tan in color with no signs of any wood particles.

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I second the grapefruit size and the peel not looking grocery store worthy.

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I am never impressed with citrus from California and don't usually buy it if it's from there due to that.  The best navel I have tasted was from a tree in baldwin county, al.  I don't know if it was a washington, but if I had to guess, it probably was due to that being the only available navel at nurseries locally until recently.  Can't tell you as to the productivity, only as to fruit quality.

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I was under the impression that trifoliate is more cold tolerant than carrizo.

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An interesting thought I had, instead of trying to kill the bacteria in the citrus trees, why not try to innoculate the pathogen from the ACP themselves.  They can't spread the bacteria if they don't have it.

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Moving to zone 8b
« on: May 31, 2016, 04:43:27 PM »
You should be able to stick with the more cold hardy citrus such as satsumas, meyer lemons, kumquats, kumquat hybrids, etc.  Also, there are three avocado varieties that are reported to be hardy to the mid teens once established (lila, fantastic, and joey).  A nursery close to you that you should be able to find what works in the area is just fruits and exotics (http://www.justfruitsandexotics.com/JFE/).

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