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I would go with an Orlando myself and put in a pollenizer such as a Sunburst tangerine.

The Minneola is good, but needs more care than the Orlando.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« Last post by SandyL on October 21, 2017, 10:06:12 PM »
So the news about the yellow dragon being imported into the U.S is true! I bought this at the market today! The price was something else to be desired though. Selling at around $8.99 per pound at the market I found it in. The one I picked was a bigger than an egg. They had several sizes to choose from. I think I saw a bigger one there which should be around the 1 pound range. Mine didn't have the sticker on it but if I recall correctly, I think it said it was imported from Columbia. I'll go back next weekend and find the ones with the sticker to be sure if they still have any left. I must say I really like the yellow variety. It is sweeter than the ones I've tried so far which but is the plain red and white varieties.
Now I want a cutting of this variety. Other than that, I guess the price is going to stay high since it's newly imported to the states. So I guess it'll be a while till the price goes down.



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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Arctic Frost / Orange Frost Satsuma?
« Last post by Millet on October 21, 2017, 10:04:02 PM »
Greg, "on the deck" -- I take it you Arctic Frost trees are growing in containers.  Two year old container trees normally only have 0 to 3 fruit.  Give the tree time and the fruit count will grow.
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I cant tell you anything about Orlando, but i abhore almost all citrus from California as it never tastes good but somehow i am never disappointed with a minneola from there.
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: lisa or gefner atemoya ?
« Last post by 1988GD on October 21, 2017, 09:57:46 PM »
Yes lol I'm sure with all the trees they can have a mix up once in a while
But do you think it's close to be picked?


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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Thread for Citrus Breeders
« Last post by Millet on October 21, 2017, 09:49:57 PM »
Phil, yes your correct, Sour Orange is not as cold hardy as Flying Dragon or other trifoliates.  However, it is more cold hardy than many other rootstocks.  I see the University of Florida list Sour orange as a "G" for freezes.   "G"  stands for good.  All the trees I purchased from you were on FD, and all are doing good.  My in ground Cara Cara is on FD, and it is now 11-ft. tall and 11-ft. wide.  About 10+ years old. I don't remember exactly when it was planted.
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tree Trunk Protection Methods
« Last post by pineislander on October 21, 2017, 09:33:28 PM »
The tree will grow better if you just use a spade and don't allow grass within 2 feet of the trunk, otherwise buy some 4 or 6 inch flexible corrugated drainage, cut a 16" section, split it lengthwise. Fit the pipe over the trunk and wire or zip tie it back together.
I agree. Most trees will do far better in the conditions they are meant to be in, which is a forest floor situation, not necessarily a grassland. If you plant a tree in competition with grass it will take far longer to extend it's shade line out far enough to dominate the situation. Before planting, establish a 6 ft. diameter of grass free soil, improve the soil if necessary and "hold the line". I've seen otherwise savvy people plant a fruit tree directly into bermuda grass and expect a few inches of mulch to deal with it. All that happened is the mulch fertilizer and water made the grass grow strongly and invade right under the tree. You just know the grass is stealing all the good stuff. At that point it becomes nearly impossible to get subterranean rooting grasses out until they get shaded out. Mind that some grasses have root systems which can extend 1-2 feet underground and persist a looong time.
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help mature lemon tree has never fruit
« Last post by Peekaboo on October 21, 2017, 09:31:39 PM »
I've been hitting them massive doses of 5 1 3 npk via foliar trying to correct those nutritional deficiencies
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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Thread for Citrus Breeders
« Last post by brettay on October 21, 2017, 09:21:48 PM »
Never had one out of thousands killed by fungus. Cover the whole bud or not?

Yes, I did cover the whole bud with parafilm.  Should I have left a part of the bud open to the air?

-Brett
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Thinking of organizing a group to meet at Fruit and Spice park in November, maybe on the 16th, @1030-11am?

I would take the group on a tour of the park, and show them some of the lesser known fruits, mostly Annonas, Garcinias, Eugenias, Plinias, and other oddball species, not much of the Jackfruits, mangoes, lychees, longans and other more common fruits the park is famous for.

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