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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Wampee and cherimoya from seeds
« on: July 20, 2019, 11:50:47 PM »
I have a wampee seedling and I swear it looks just like curry leaf.  I wonder if they are related.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: zone confusion
« on: July 20, 2019, 09:32:36 PM »
It likely doesn't matter much.. only 5F difference.  You are more likely to have a wider temp variance of microclimates within a zone than 5F anyway.  If you are right on the edge either use containers that you can shelter in a cold spell, or have some backup plan for exceptionally cold nights.  And containerized plants are more susceptable to cold damage than in-ground if you do leave them outside.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Mandarinequat
« on: July 20, 2019, 08:02:41 PM »
As far as I can tell nobody is breeding new kumquats in USA.  It seems there was an effort a while ago that resulted in all the -quat hybrids (other than nagami, meiwa, marumi, fukushu/changshou) but they gave up on it. I'm not impressed with any of the hybrids as far as taste goes, but I'm sure they are useful for people in zone 8+ looking for citrus that can survive outside.


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The special quality of valencia i have read is that it has two copies of a juice production gene which means it produces far more juice than other varieties.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Mandarinequat
« on: July 19, 2019, 12:48:53 PM »
I dont known of any citron hybrid but there is a lemonquat (sunquat)

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Mandarinequat
« on: July 19, 2019, 10:33:24 AM »
I have every quat.  Indio mandarinquat is poor, and really nothing like a mandarin.  The skin is thin, dry, and not really sweet.  Inside is sour and has a slight bitter taste like Rangpur lime.   Nippon orangequat is like a bland sweet orange with no noticeable kumquat heritage.  It is large, with puffy skin that is not sweet but just bland

If you want something like mandarin-kumquat the closest you will find a regular old calomondin.  I eat them whole and when they are very ripe they are pretty decent... but still sour. 

If you want a tasty kumquat I highly recommend fukushu/changshou.  Marumi, meiwa, and seedless nagami are great too.

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from Houzz forum:

socalnolympia

The tree did not survive, unfortunately.

Although it was able to start recovering from the heat wave, maybe that was too much for it and weakened it so it was not able to get through the Winter. It was a colder Winter than usual.

June 30, 2019

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Remove flower buds from scion?
« on: July 14, 2019, 01:20:20 PM »
Yup.  I just did this on a cutting I took.  Leaves came shortly after the flower buds were removed

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Ive never had chestnuts.  They taste like potato to me

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Yup they are tasty.  I tried microwaving them once like I do for potatoes and they exploded pretty spectacularly.

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In the rare occasion I foliar feed I use jacks hpf 25-5-15 which has micronutrients.  I canít tell how effective it is

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Butterflies...
« on: July 05, 2019, 07:58:02 PM »
These are pretty much unique to southeastern pennsylvania for now.  Give it time, though, they will likely spread.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Rooting Cuttings Without Leaves?
« on: July 04, 2019, 01:53:16 PM »
Probably mine was just stunted.  Nice to see it come alive though. 

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Rooting Cuttings Without Leaves?
« on: July 04, 2019, 12:18:28 PM »
Almost exactly one year since I took the cutting.  It is a bearss lime.  Since I took the cutting it had no visible changes until a month ago when it flowered, and just now when it put out leaves.  I've kept it in my greenhouse since last summer, watering occassionally. 

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Rooting Cuttings Without Leaves?
« on: July 04, 2019, 10:14:34 AM »
leaves!


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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Shared some trees pic.
« on: July 02, 2019, 09:23:49 PM »
Thank you for the information on the wampee

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Pitangatuba Seedlings For Sale
« on: July 02, 2019, 12:36:51 PM »
I want one too, but didn't want to spend $60 on more seedlings than I can use.   Maybe once a few people want them it'll be enough to be worth your time.  Or RiversOFT and I can split 'em.

Sounds like K-Rimes wanted some too (in the other thread)

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Butterflies...
« on: July 02, 2019, 12:33:57 PM »
So far I haven't noticed the lanternflies eating my citrus (nor anything else except scale).  Hope it stays that way.  I could net my greenhouse if I need to but I'd rather not.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Shared some trees pic.
« on: July 02, 2019, 12:32:23 PM »
Thanks.  How does the wampee taste?  Worth growing?

I have more seedlings than I can realistically grow to maturity so once I see what survives I'll consider which are actually worth it for the long term.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Maprang - general care
« on: July 02, 2019, 12:30:31 PM »
Mine cooked a bit in my greenhouse before I got my fogging system set up, while my other tropical seedlings did okay.  I have it in full sun with 2x daily drip irrigation. 

Anybody know how long these take to fruit?  I might seek a cloned one.  I got a seedling to see how it would do in my greenhouse.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Butterflies...
« on: July 02, 2019, 09:58:22 AM »
Thanks, kumin.   I have seen japanese beetles crawling around on my citrus also but no leaf damage.  I think insects are inspecting them but deciding against eating them because they are foreign.  The deer never touched my citrus either despite eating everything else nearby.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Gold Nugget curling and pale leaves
« on: July 02, 2019, 09:31:47 AM »
Doesn't look bad to me.  My gold nugget has always had leaves a bit wrinkled and curly compared to my other trees.   

What are those little white dots on some of the leaves?  Some debris?  Or possibly Cottony Cusion Scale insects?

here's a picture of my golden nugget.  It is kind of neglected as I don't like this variety all that much

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Did you grow from seed?  They look tasty and I already love surinam cherries

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Shared some trees pic.
« on: July 01, 2019, 09:08:07 AM »
How is the Wampee?  I have a small seedling.  Did you grow from seed?  How long did it take to flower?

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