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Citrus => Citrus General Discussion => Topic started by: Darkman on April 19, 2014, 07:19:51 PM

Title: Winter lessons learned!!!
Post by: Darkman on April 19, 2014, 07:19:51 PM
Believed dead or practically dead:
 2 Hamlins
 3 Orlando Tangelos (only one*)
 2 CaraCara (only one*)
 1 Meyer
 1 Fremont
 1 Ponkon
 1 Moro*
 1 Owari
 1 Sunburst*

 * these have the tinyest green sprouts at or near the bottom of the trunk

 Recovering:
 2 Parson Browns
 1 Fina Sodea
 1 Meyer

 Basically unharmed:
 3 Owaris
 2 Kimbroughs
 4 Xie Shan
 1 Meiwa

 Potted and kept inside:
 1 Dekopon
 1 Centennial

 All trees were watered for eight hours prior to freezing temperatures and all were soil banked at least six inches above the graft union. A very brutal and costly Winter. Crying or Very sad 

So what did I learn?

All this grief is directly attributed to me not finishing my cold protection irrigation. This will not happen again. I am installing it now and have 50% of the trenches dug. If I had of used a trunk spray and a canopy mist my trees would not be dead.
Title: Re: Winter lessons learned!!!
Post by: plantlover13 on April 19, 2014, 09:07:32 PM
Those with sprouts at the bottom of the trunk could be a hardier rootstock waking up.
Title: Re: Winter lessons learned!!!
Post by: Millet on April 19, 2014, 10:22:22 PM
Darkman, a little piece of good news is that the Xie Shan I doing well. Hope to see you again at Citrus Expo 2014- Millet
Title: Re: Winter lessons learned!!!
Post by: Hershell on April 20, 2014, 01:24:03 PM
Millet, I thought you said you was coming this year but was ant sure. So now I know.
Title: Re: Winter lessons learned!!!
Post by: Darkman on April 20, 2014, 02:24:18 PM
Those with sprouts at the bottom of the trunk could be a hardier rootstock waking up.

I have checked them and while the rootstock has shot out several sprouts I always rub them out before they get going. The sprouts I wrote about are all above the graft.

Baring something unforeseen I will definitely be at the 2014 Citrus Expo and will be looking forward to seeing everyone.