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Citrus General Discussion / Re: What is this?
« on: July 07, 2019, 01:45:47 PM »
Satsuma seedlings don't have thorns

Citrus General Discussion / Re: CCPP budwood
« on: July 04, 2019, 07:34:02 PM »
Take a few buds of what you got from CCPP and bud them to
a citrus tree you buy at the local nursery. Then you won't have to
re-order when the rooted cuttings fail.

Spray. pretty much anything kills them.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Ebay & etsy seed
« on: June 07, 2019, 11:35:43 PM »
Now is not the right season to be buying and planting trifoliate seeds. They are ready around Sept 1. If not stored correctly none will sprout now. They don't need to be stratified. They can be planted Sept 1 and won't freeze all thru the winter. Or dry overnight, dust with fungicide and store in a zip lock bag in the refrigerator. They will last at least a year if stored correctly. If you want quart there is a certified nursery in California that sells them for around $150 plus shipping.

Vainiglia tastes like dishwater to me. Somehow I managed to eat a 5 gallon
bucket of the fruit.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Arctic Frost Satsuma experience
« on: April 26, 2019, 10:54:22 PM »
You had -6F December 23, 1983. You are dreaming if you
believe zone 8a

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Where to get Flying Dragon rootstock
« on: April 22, 2019, 10:26:37 AM »
Usually 2 years for trifoliata & flying dragon. Same year or the following for swingle.

Have you heard of or grow tiny dragon?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Where to get Flying Dragon rootstock
« on: April 21, 2019, 07:59:09 PM »
Your best bet is to ask for seeds in the fall. Here near Houston flying dragon is
ready Sept 1. Can be stored but needs to be dried, dusted with fungicide, and stored in the
refrigerator. I wouldn't trust typical sellers to store correctly.

You could get bud wood and graft to rootstock. In my experience that didn't speed up
fruiting when I did it flying dragon on seedling flying dragon.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Grafting Question: Advice Needed
« on: April 16, 2019, 11:13:36 AM »
Kelley, how can you tell that the buds aren't blind.  Do they look different from blind buds?

MrTexas said this: "You can usually tell if the lowest buds are blind or not by inspecting to make sure there is a bud there."  But this statement didn't make sense to me.  Unless "blind bud" literally means a junction (leaf junction?)  on a piece of wood without a bud in the junction.

Blind bud means no bud at all. Easily inspected for.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Ujukitsu vs. New Zealand lemons
« on: April 06, 2019, 05:26:58 PM »
NZL has an upward growth habit.  Much like a lemon tree.

Look me up next fall. I have a bearing NZ lemonade tree in the ground in Sienna Plantation. Ujukitsu is pretty good if
you wait until January. It is not one of my favorites however. I recently topworked the lemonade tree to blood oranges. The lower part of the tree will still be lemonade.  IMHO cara cara is way better than either ujukitsu or lemonade.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Grafting Question: Advice Needed
« on: April 06, 2019, 05:24:15 PM »
You can usually tell if the lowest buds are blind or not by inspecting
to make sure there is a bud there.

Mark in Texas can tell you about the citrus bureau there. They get it from CCPP and both CCPP and they tack on a nice surcharge. $150 budwood.

Someone contacted CCPP recently and told me they will have it again in June.

The Texas budwood bureau got me some from Florida, CCPP didn't have it available. Cost me
$250 for 20 buds including service fee/shipping/buds

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Kumquat lacking flavor
« on: March 21, 2019, 12:21:02 PM »
Your tree needs fertilizer.  Ever apply any?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Rust mites on blood oranges
« on: March 21, 2019, 12:19:49 PM »
Spraying with dormant oil is a good control. Repeat several times.

IMHO sunquat is not worth growing. You get a giant kumquat
like fruit without a lot of flavor. How many watery satsuma sized kumquat
do you want to eat? Me, not many.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Tiny dragon flying dragon trifoliate
« on: February 25, 2019, 01:13:23 PM »
Is “Tiny dragon” a specific cultivar/genotype?  Never heard of it until now.  You have any more information about it?

I imagine it is a bud sport, way more contorted and smaller.

Citrus General Discussion / Tiny dragon flying dragon trifoliate
« on: February 24, 2019, 11:51:22 AM »
Anyone out there growing this one?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Lemon ID
« on: January 14, 2019, 10:34:21 AM »
Sudachi are small, about the size of Key limes. Very hard to tell without a clear close up photo. Also a photo of the leaves.

The sudachi I grew this year were the size of a small satsuma.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Lemon ID
« on: January 13, 2019, 11:45:01 AM »
Just bought this property from Japanese farmer
Not sure what kind of lemon
Smaller than Yuzu
Skin is darker color taste is not as good as yuzu
Has seeds
Thinking topping it off

Looks like sudachi to me.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Is super phosphate good for citrus?
« on: November 29, 2018, 08:18:31 AM »
IMHO not a good idea to fertilize citrus in the winter in a marginal citrus growing area.
It encourages growth which lowers cold hardiness.

Brian, for new grafters I think you will have good success with cleft grafting,  Just make sure the stock and scion are about the same size is with.

I think chip budding is easier.

Been growing out a seedling for several years now in Texas.
Not available in Texas. Seedling grown out for buds put on swingle.

Hard to beat Orlando tangelo for just about anything.

I'm getting sticks of Olinda Valencia next week.

I've got midnight valencia. It is OTW.

Phil, I'm not sure about Nordman's taste in Texas, but I think they taste about the same as a regular Nagami, only seedless.

One would think they taste the same but are bland in Texas. My tree and another one of a friend. He actually topworked
his tree to something tasting better.

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