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Citrus General Discussion / The Wonderful Company
« on: January 16, 2019, 03:49:41 PM »
The Wonderful Company, the growers of Halo mandarins, which are found in stores all over the country, are now the largest farmers in the United States.

The recent University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ research, a multi-year study that is only a few years in, indicates that using a controlled release fertilizer (CRF) with micronutrients gives the best results of several combinations of fertilizer components. Specifically, 150 pounds/year/acre of CRF plus 1.5 pounds/tree of an Mn-Zn-Fe-B micronutrient fertilizer, divided into three applications per year provided better growth and production than traditional fertilizer and various other combinations of micronutrients. What does that mean per tree in your backyard? It means about one-third pound of fertilizer plus 0.5 pounds per tree of the micronutrients applied three equally spaced times from February to October. The fertilizer should be applied in the wetted zone of the tree’s root system, not just put in a single spot or narrow ring around the tree.

Citrus General Discussion / All My In Ground Trees Are 2 Months Early
« on: November 25, 2018, 07:59:36 PM »
My Cara Cara, Dekopon, Ponkan, Marsh Grapefruit, Valentine Pummelo and Bittersweet Orange are all in full flush and bloom.  Normally my in ground trees flush/bloom around January 10 +-.   The flushes are not small flushes, but a full general flush over the entire tree's surface. As soon as all the flowering is complete, the trees will receive a foliar spray of low biuret urea, to reduce any post bloom fruit drop.  Then during the fruit cell expansion period another low biuret urea spray to increase fruit's size.

Citrus General Discussion / A new Video from Dan Wiley's Fuitmentor
« on: November 17, 2018, 08:22:23 PM »
Dan Wiley of Fruit Mentor just published a new video on grafting citrus. It shows a highly efficient method of chip budding that allows a large number of trees to be produced in a small space. This is particularly important in California because all citrus propagation must now be performed inside of insect proof structures. This protects the trees from the Asian citrus psyllids that spread the deadly huanglongbing disease

Citrus General Discussion / Louisiana Citrus - Video
« on: November 13, 2018, 10:31:03 PM »

This is fruit from Becnel Family Farms.  Many on this forum know of the Becnels

Citrus General Discussion / Citrus Asian Psllids Found In Visalia CA.
« on: November 13, 2018, 11:46:42 AM »
Recently 250 citrus psyllids have been found in Visalia, CA, home of the world famous Citrus Variety Collection, and the Lincove Citrus Research Station.   Psyllids seem to be moving through California at a scary rate.

Citrus General Discussion / Lot More HLB in California
« on: October 27, 2018, 02:12:30 PM »
 As of Oct. 9, there have been 906 positive HLB detections in California. “The real hot spot for us right now is Orange County. We’re finding a lot of HLB-positive trees in Garden Grove and Anaheim,” said Victoria Hornbaker, interim citrus program director with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA).


Once again a VERY BIG thank you to Dan Willey (Fruitmentor) for this TWO YEARS of  work to bring us this video.

Citrus General Discussion / Snow In Colorado
« on: October 14, 2018, 03:23:11 PM »
We are getting snow today here at my place.  Currently the temperature is 18-F (-8 C) and will get colder when the sun sets.  Four or five weeks ago I planted a Flying Dragon Poncirus out side next to the south wall of one of my barns.  The elevation here is 5,240 feet  (1747 m) so our winters can be quite cold.  This will be a good test for the survivability of the in ground Flying Dragon tree.

Citrus General Discussion / Ratio Of Blooms To Harvestable Fruit In Citrus
« on: September 30, 2018, 05:36:00 PM »
In general, citrus trees bloom profusely in spring, but only a small number of flowers become fruit that stay on the tree and reach maturity until harvest. In sweet orange (Citrus sinensis), for example, less than 1 percent of flowers turn into harvestable mature fruit

Citrus General Discussion / Container Citrus & Rain Water
« on: September 15, 2018, 04:04:43 PM »
Many of my citrus trees are  planted directly in the ground, however, I do have some container plants which are  mostly kumquat varieties and pineapples. All of the container plants are watered with rain water, therefore I fertilize them once at 4 to 6 weeks intervals with Calcium Nitrate (CaNO3) to provide them with a source of calcium.  In between I fertilize with a 25-5-15 fertilizer. In citrus trees, calcium is the most abundant mineral, of the 17 minerals required by citrus, of which none exists in rain water. An inadequate calcium supply can reduce plant growth and fruit yield LONG BEFORE deficiency symptoms become evident.  If leaf calcium is less than the optimum level, calcium nitrate may also be applied as a foliar spray.

Citrus General Discussion / Latest Video From Dan Willey The Fruitmentor
« on: September 10, 2018, 04:31:30 PM »
Breeding and growing citrus from seed to prevent HLB

Citrus General Discussion / The New High Planting Method In Florida
« on: September 09, 2018, 08:59:17 PM »
At Cherylake groves'

Traditionally Citrus trees have been planted at around 100 trees per acre.  Today new groves on Cherrylake’s farm are planted at a minimum of 300 trees per acre with plans for a new grove this fall planted at 1,000 trees per acre.

Then get one growing of the root stock Swingle.

Although trees used in the study were not infected with HLB, Killiny notes that Sugar Belle® trees with Swingle citrumelo rootstock produced the greatest amounts of two compounds known to have antimicrobial effects, quinic acid and ferulic acid. Consequently, it appears likely that Sugar Belle® will tolerate HLB best when grown on Swingle citrumelo, because the two acids would probably limit the bacterial population, or titer, in an infected tree. These results led the team to conclude that, among the three rootstocks tested, Swingle citrumelo is probably the best choice for optimizing greening tolerance in Sugar Belle®.  (Citrus News)

Cold Hardy Citrus / Soon To Be Released By The USDA
« on: August 19, 2018, 08:37:06 PM »
Gnarlyglo  is in the USDA pipeline, and is soon to be released. It is the very first scion for use as a fresh fruit containing Poncirus in its pedigree.

Citrus General Discussion / Nordmann Kumquat & Where Did It Come From
« on: August 12, 2018, 08:49:05 PM »
Nordmann kumquat (Fortunella margarita “Nordmann,” Citrus margarita “Nordmann”): What is the Nordmann kumquat, and where did it come from?  It came from a Nagami kumquat tree growing in Mr. George Otto Nordmann’s citrus grove.  Out of the many trees in his grove, one of George's trees was found to have a surprise mutation.  That special tree started producing seedless Nagami fruit.  The new mutation was named after the grove's owner, George Nordmann. Nordmann kumquat is a great hand-to-mouth treat directly off the tree, and there is no seeds to spit out. You can also slice some into salads or add some juice or fruit into desserts, baked goods or preserves.  I like to squeeze some juice into a Coke.

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