When I lived in Hampton, VA, zone 8a, I got the bug for cold hardy citrus. With the helping of Gaylord in VA Beach, I was amassing a very nice colection. I had changsha mandarine and a limequat in the ground. I had keraji madarin, satsuma mandarin, bloomsweet, clem yuzu, Sanbokan lemon, ichang lemons in pots and was scoping for places to plant them in my yard. If I could have found kishu mandarin in VA, I would have been a very happy camper.
Well, life did a turn around and after 7 years in VA, I left for AZ in 2012. I had to leave all my citrust behind and start a new. I was so invested in this point in cold hardy citrus, that I wanted to regrow all my favorite's out. To my great sadness , I quickly found out only kishu mandarin and owari satsuma mandarin could be purchased in AZ.
So, over the past 5 years, I started a one man campaign to beg wherever I could to get or pay for the remaining trees through seeds.
One note is that I decided to leave out limequat and ichang lemon.
Well, I am happy to report that I am almost whole again. With my clem yuzu and keraji recently sprouting, and from the past couple years, I know have the complete list.. ..except for bloomsweet.
So that leads me to a question, should I just up on bloomsweet? Unlike all the other citrus I listed, I have never actually tried a bloomsweet. Was growing it mostly for cold hardiness.
I have heard mixed reviews on the flavor of bloomsweet, with some saying it is insipid. Also, I have seen some interesting grapefruit seeds on ebay for some sweet grapefruit and thought maybe I should just give them a try.