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Laaz

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Re: Grapefruit from seed
« Reply #25 on: March 05, 2017, 05:12:04 PM »
Lol!

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Re: Grapefruit from seed
« Reply #26 on: March 05, 2017, 05:45:19 PM »
Thank-you Laaz. I'll give some cuttings a try. Lovely looking fruit.
Congratulations on your grapefruit Millet.

Here are a couple of picture of my "rootstock" taken before I pruned most of it away. It is the same tree that is in my previous post loaded with oranges. It is the tree on the right.


This a zoom-in of the knobbly "lemon" fruit. They are about 10cm * 8cm.


« Last Edit: March 05, 2017, 05:53:40 PM by BajaJohn »

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« Reply #27 on: March 05, 2017, 07:54:04 PM »
Bajajohn, I can't tell from the photo of your "lemons" if the leaves of your tree are unifoliate or trifoliate; is each leaf large and singular like most citrus leaves, or is each leaflet in three parts kind of like leaves on a rose bush?

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« Reply #28 on: March 08, 2017, 01:15:30 AM »
Bajajohn, I can't tell from the photo of your "lemons" if the leaves of your tree are unifoliate or trifoliate; is each leaf large and singular like most citrus leaves, or is each leaflet in three parts kind of like leaves on a rose bush?
I don't recall, although the leaves never struck me as different from my other citrus. The root suckers are all unifoliate but the biggest leaf right now is only about 1 cm long. I'm sure I've seen other trees around town, but now I'm looking for one I can't find any.
One thing I've learned in trying to identify the rootstock is that there were no citrus native to the area. They were introduced by the missionaries.
« Last Edit: March 08, 2017, 01:21:10 AM by BajaJohn »

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Re: Grapefruit from seed
« Reply #29 on: March 08, 2017, 07:05:39 AM »
Hard to tell from the photo, but it might be rough lemon.

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Re: Grapefruit from seed
« Reply #30 on: March 08, 2017, 07:38:13 AM »
Thank-you Laaz. I'll give some cuttings a try. Lovely looking fruit.
Congratulations on your grapefruit Millet.

Here are a couple of picture of my "rootstock" taken before I pruned most of it away. It is the same tree that is in my previous post loaded with oranges. It is the tree on the right.


This a zoom-in of the knobbly "lemon" fruit. They are about 10cm * 8cm.



Leafs look unifoliate and fruits look like citrus medica. Was the inner rind called albedo thick?

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Re: Grapefruit from seed
« Reply #31 on: March 08, 2017, 06:06:22 PM »
Laaz, i see that your grapefruit is planted close to a structure. Are the roots causing any damage or threatening to cause any damage? I'm planting my fairly close to a stucco fence and don't want roots to lift it or anything.

What's the closest I can plant a grapefruit to a naval washington? I see that BajaJohn has the trees planted fairly close together and they look really nice!

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« Reply #32 on: March 08, 2017, 07:17:57 PM »
No, the roots only travel out a few feet from the tree near the surface.

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Re: Grapefruit from seed
« Reply #33 on: March 09, 2017, 10:47:56 AM »
Thank you all for your interest/help with my potential rootstock. It has been quite a learning experience for me - very much helped by forum members. If you Google citrus rootstock, several websites come up with dozens of different rootstock varieties, none of which closely match my tree. I am in an area where citrus cultivation predates introduction to the current US and there seem to be several local varieties of "lemon" that have been around so long that many consider them naturalized here. Some are almost as big as a football. The fruit from my rootstock was recognized by locals as one such variety. It looks very similar to the "brain" citron but doesn't have the characteristic thick albedo of the citron so I assume it is some kind of hybrid that originated in earlier years of citrus culture here. The rough lemon looks fairly close Laaz and descriptions note a lot of variation in the plants, so that may be it.
It tasted somewhat like lemon but was much sweeter with a slightly bitter aftertaste. I will try to find out more and let you know what I find.
« Last Edit: March 09, 2017, 11:01:15 AM by BajaJohn »

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Re: Grapefruit from seed
« Reply #34 on: March 09, 2017, 02:17:59 PM »
Okey, now I am excited!!!  :D The little tree is going to bloom!  8)


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Re: Grapefruit from seed
« Reply #35 on: March 09, 2017, 02:51:47 PM »
Congratulations Galka.

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« Reply #36 on: March 09, 2017, 03:31:58 PM »
Thanks, Millet. :) Another finding today. I rooted a trifoliate cutting (not sure which one) a couple of years ago. It took almost a year to root and push leaves. It's around 6 feet tall now in a pot. I noticed some flower buds on the tree though they are so tiny you can't really see. I will check on them in a few days to confirm the flowering. 

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Re: Grapefruit from seed
« Reply #37 on: March 09, 2017, 07:34:56 PM »
Congratulations Galka! I'm jealous! I hope some of my from seed trees bloom soon!

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Re: Grapefruit from seed
« Reply #38 on: March 09, 2017, 08:31:43 PM »
I noticed just today, that my 4 deciduous Flying Dragon trees, have begun putting on their new 2017 foliage.  They pretty much just set there all winter waiting for the warmer weather.

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« Reply #39 on: March 10, 2017, 01:13:54 AM »
Thank you,  Citradia. One day you will see the blooms on your seedlings.  :)

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Re: Grapefruit from seed
« Reply #40 on: March 10, 2017, 01:21:52 AM »
Millet, same here. New leaves are coming. I noticed some CLM damage already, so had to spray the neem oil on new growth.  :-\

 

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