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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: citrus grown from seed shows more cold hardiness
« on: August 13, 2018, 09:59:24 PM »
I once ask Dr. Malcolm Manners if citrus trees started from seed were more cold hardy that grafted trees.   Dr. Manners said no.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: citrus grown from seed shows more cold hardiness
« on: August 13, 2018, 12:51:59 AM »
Nice things happen to those who wait.  Great story. Thanks SC2W for thinking of us.

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.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: When to repot
« on: August 12, 2018, 03:02:55 PM »
You will find the seedlings very easy to separate.  You can do so any month of the year, if not any day of the year.  There is a common nursery saying that a tree should be transplanted when it is 2 times the height of the container.  Transplanting once a year, or at the very least 2 years is also a good rule.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Scarring on fruit
« on: August 12, 2018, 12:03:42 PM »
TFN, the peel scaring on your fruit is caused by an insect called a thrip.  Thrips are a sucking insect, as they feed on the peel it takes away the chlorophyll.  Actually not much damage to the fruit.  Can be controlled by a routine HO spay.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Is horticultural oil safe for citrus
« on: August 11, 2018, 04:50:21 PM »
Sylvain, thanks for your clarification on neem oil as a citrus spray.  Like I wrote, I have never used it. 

Mtlgirl, I would be very cautious spraying HO or anything if the tree's flowers are opening. I would not foliar spray while the flowers are open or even opening.  By the way does Mtlgirl stand for Mountain girl?

Ilya11, your a treasure.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Is horticultural oil safe for citrus
« on: August 10, 2018, 11:12:44 PM »
Vlad, actually I have never used neem oil even once.  I have nothing against neem oil, I suppose it works well.  Using HO, I only have to purchase one chemical.  HO provides excellent results against spider mites, aphids, mealy bugs,  scale, and white fly eggs.  I suppose neem oil would work just as well, as it also has a good reputation.  I just do not like the smell of neem.  Either one could well be used.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Is horticultural oil safe for citrus
« on: August 10, 2018, 10:17:19 PM »
Mtlgirl,  If the flowers are still tightly closed, a spray with a good horticultural oil will not be a problem.  However, NEVER EVER foliar spray anything when a citrus flower has opened.  I have never heard of the two HO oils you mentioned in your above post.  I use one called Ultrapure HO.  I use it at the rate of 40 grams HO per gallon water.  The best to you and your trees.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Red lime falling off
« on: August 10, 2018, 04:20:05 PM »
gnappi, I don't know about the red lime growing in Florida personally, but I do know various citrus cultivars never fully color up when growing in Florida. Give your tree a few years, and the tree should settle down. Foliar spraying the tree with low biuret urea approximately 1.5 months before the expected flowering date will greatly help a lot, both with the size of the crop, and also fruit retention.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Red lime falling off
« on: August 10, 2018, 10:42:00 AM »
Yes, your tree seems to be old enough to bear and keep fruit. Of all the fruit on the tree, what percentage of the fruit is discarded?   All citrus trees, even 25-year old trees discard fruit.  Once near the beginning of fruit set (small fruitlets) and again  at what is called "June Drop".  During June Drop the fruit size are larger. There is also a post harvest drop period.  All three are very normal and common .

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Red lime falling off
« on: August 08, 2018, 09:46:28 PM »
How old are your trees, and what percent of the crop is being discarded?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Pictures from middle Georgia
« on: August 07, 2018, 06:49:06 PM »
Nice looking trees TFN

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Xie Shan in a pot?
« on: August 07, 2018, 02:40:13 PM »
I have two Xie Shan satsumas, both grafted on Flying Dragon. The oldest of the two is approximately 6 years old. It is a container tree growing in a 15-gallon container. The medium is Miracle Grow Garden Soil mixed with large sized perlite. The fruit matures in late September, and has always tasted rather good from the first fruiting, however each year the taste improves. Xie Shan, even in the ground never gets to what one would call a large tree, but as a container plant grafted on FD it will always be a quite small tree.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Spider Mites
« on: August 07, 2018, 11:32:18 AM »
I use Ultra Pure Horticultural Oil, for spider mites, aphids, white fly and Mealy bugs.  The sprayer I use is a Solo sprayer.  Actually spider mites can be killed with just a strong water spray.  It might take 2 or 3 spays to accomplish the job. 

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Long term cold hardy citrus breeding project
« on: August 04, 2018, 10:48:16 PM »
Kishu is indeed a good tasting cultivar.  I used to have a kishu tree, but I removed it to plant another cultivar.  The main problem with kishu is that they are a such a very small fruit.  I also have a Page fruit, great for juicing, but it is also a small fruit, but larger than Kishu.

The common method is simply tasting a fruit every now and then as the ripening period is nearing.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Pictures from middle Georgia
« on: August 02, 2018, 05:08:53 PM »
Citradia you are one of the longtime cold hardy citrus pioneers.  Hope to see you again in Valdosta.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Citrus in the Pacific Northwest
« on: August 01, 2018, 10:13:17 PM »
SoCal2Warm thanks for the post.  I'll have to spend some time looking it over.  Appreciate your kindness.

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: WTB Finger Lime Tree
« on: July 31, 2018, 09:34:47 PM »
You can purchase Finger Lime trees (red or green) from Logees on line.  Also from other nurseries.

Lory nice seeing you on the forum again.  Question, are the leaves of concern from a newer flush? New growth leaves have a higher transpiration rate than mature leaves, thus loose water to the atmosphere at a higher rate.  What daytime temperatures occur at this time of year in your area. 

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Citsuma Prague
« on: July 29, 2018, 09:30:15 PM »
Florian, as they say...."Good things come to those who wait".

Citrus General Discussion / Re: in-ground in-greenhouse
« on: July 29, 2018, 09:25:15 PM »
Brain, Looking at the variegated Minneola tangelo  that you planted in the greenhouse soil, I would equate its size to a 2 year old tree that has been growing in the ground from its beginning. .  The University of Florida's fertilizer recommendations for an in ground tree of that size and age is that it should be fertilized 5 times per year.  When I first planted citrus in my greenhouse's ground, I fertilized frequently as I did when the tree was growing in a container.  The outcome was weak spindly growth.  Now I fertilize using Jacks 25-5-15 five times a year for new trees, 4 times a year on 3 year old tree, and 3 times a year on all trees 4 years and older.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Sick sick lemon tree
« on: July 26, 2018, 09:04:41 PM »
La Cases Verde  grate answer to fundimike's question.  Thank you for your knowledge in this matter.  Good Job.

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