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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Mexican lemon tree Advice
« on: July 20, 2018, 03:23:38 PM »
And I would not prune away any side branches.  The trunk looks pretty spindly as it is.  No need to make it worse.  Plus side branches will thicken the trunk and produce the leaves the tree needs (and the fruit).

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Mexican lemon tree Advice
« on: July 20, 2018, 10:37:48 AM »
The lime does look spindly.  Is it getting enough sun (like at least 6 hours, or more)?  Enough fertilizer? The fig behind it looks healthy enough.  It and that tree may be taking all the nutrients. Does the fig produce fruit?  If not there may be a shade or insufficient fertilizer regime.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Pictures from middle Georgia
« on: July 17, 2018, 05:19:05 PM »
How does TR Hovey taste? I trust they are much better than store bought because store bought taste somewhere between vomit and soap.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Xie shan
« on: July 17, 2018, 10:03:49 AM »
Very good to have precocious Xie shan. Congrats on your harvest.  I only have the one branch grafted on an Owari.  Here is a pic of my Xie shan taken 7/14/2018.  I picked one just to be sure of its state and it was clearly a long way from being ready.


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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Cultivar list
« on: July 16, 2018, 05:27:25 PM »
Marsh grapefruit is not a cold hardy cultivar.   I remember Dr. Malcolm Manners once wrote on the old forum, that a Marsh grapefruit he picked from a 25 year old tree was the best grapefruit he had ever tasted.  That tree was growing on the collage campus of Florida Southern Collage.

Millet,
Is Marsh available where I could get it?  I remember the white grapefruit when I was a youth that I had to put sugar on it so I could eat it.  Today, I love the pink fleshed Rio Red (now Rio Star) gf. I could eat two a day.
I see Texas A&M has Reed Marsh, is this the same varietal? 

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Xie shan
« on: July 12, 2018, 12:32:24 PM »
Xie shan fruit in SE Texas already
sweet enough to eat.

My Xie shans are still hard and dark green.  I am in Houston, so very close to mrtexas.  It's grafted it onto an Qwari and I wonder if that makes a difference with its ripening schedule.  Still July seems remarkably early.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Snails
« on: July 11, 2018, 01:17:19 PM »
When life give you lemons you make lemonade.  in  this case escargot!

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I can only convey my experience with Meyer lemon from cuttings.  I bought two small cuttings just over 3 years ago and planted them in the ground. I have to protect them in winter. They are now over 8 feet tall and wide and carrying well over a hundred lemons each. I have pruned them many times to maintain a size I can handle, and they need it again. Last year they produced 70 - 90 lemons each...I lost count.
TFN
Lemon are as standard to my table as salt and pepper shakers but still, what do you do with so many lemons?

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Snails
« on: July 10, 2018, 11:41:04 AM »
Toads eat snails and slugs.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: What is this on my grapefruit?
« on: July 03, 2018, 12:57:10 PM »
That's a bunch of hype.  Someone looking for a problem that really doesn't exist in the real world, from my experience.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: What is this on my grapefruit?
« on: July 02, 2018, 12:53:29 PM »
Never heard of lacewings doing that.

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Citrus General Discussion / Omari satsuma leaf distress
« on: June 30, 2018, 03:57:25 PM »
I noticed my owari satsuma was shedding leaves all of a sudden.  It is planted next to another satsuma of unknown variety and a moro BO that seem unaffected.  What could this be?  Tree is loaded with fruit, sprayed it with the low biuret last week.  Any help identifying this would be appreciated.




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango thief captured
« on: June 29, 2018, 02:37:46 PM »
Seems impolite to relocate a squirrel to someone else's neighborhood.  I'd hate to think folks are bringing their trapped rodents to my area. My understanding is that the highest level of existence a squirrel can attain is in a fricassee. I do my best to see that they get there.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Maluma : New avocado variety
« on: June 29, 2018, 02:28:27 PM »
I wonder what the Malama's cold tolerance is. 

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Millet, I found that I needed to double the amount of surfactant from your recommendation of 1 teaspoon per gallon.  Seems like the solution beaded up on the leaves more than I liked until I went to 2 teaspoons per gallon of the Tween-20 product. Would this impact the plants ability to absorb the nutrient?

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Maypop (Passiflora incarnata) Thread
« on: June 28, 2018, 03:55:49 PM »
One of the best part of raising passion vine is they are the host food plant for the Gulf Fritillary, a native down here on the Gulf Coast.  Truly a flying jewel.  Occasionally we get a wandering migrant Zebra or Julia of the Heliconia genus. The closer to Mexico the better the chances of seeing those guys. They also feed on passion vine.  While I do rarely see adults in the Houston area, I have never been so fortunate as to stumble upon a breeding population down here.

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Thanks! Good stuff.

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Looks like too much water.  Does the pot have good drainage?

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Pomegranates in upper Texas Gulf Coast
« on: June 14, 2018, 03:33:38 PM »
I have two pomegranate trees that are 7 or more years old.  Both are vigorous growers and more than 12 feet tall. Both get plenty of sun and are regularly fertilized.   The "Red Silk" variety flowers like gangbusters and sets lots of fruit.  The "Kashmir Blend" variety only moderately flowers and rarely sets fruit. Can someone speak to the lack of performance for the "Kashmir" pom?   

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There was a pick your own farm down here in the upper Gulf Coast that would cut their Brown Turkey figs to the ground every winter.  Plants would rebound n the spring with a very good crop.  You could probably do something similar: cut the tree to a low stump, let the cut seal for a few days and cover heavily with mulch.  Manure in the spring and you'ld be set assuming you have an adequately long growing season.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Disease resistance citrus?
« on: June 07, 2018, 01:59:14 PM »
What are black bees? Are you referring to carpenter bees?  If so they don't bore into live wood so shouldn't be a problem. If it's mason bees, they are excellent pollinators for all sorts of plants, even if the citrus really don't need to be pollinated.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Can anyone please ID this disease?
« on: June 07, 2018, 01:55:04 PM »
The trees look kinda thin and sparse. Although I cant get clear resolution on the pics.   Something is going on for sure.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Bug ID
« on: June 07, 2018, 01:52:42 PM »
I know mealy bugs like to congregate in that area.  From your description, (pics would have been nice) the culprit is likely aphids and so treat accordingly.  A good dose of insecticidal soap should do it.  Just spray in the evening.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Aphids destroying my Citrus
« on: June 07, 2018, 01:48:12 PM »
I grafted and got nearly 100% success on my mandarin cocktail tree, however the new growth is getting all curled up with aphids all over it, green and black colored. Last time I used neem oil and lost branches (probably overdose), I dont want to use need oil in hot So Cal Sun.

what are other recommendations to get rid of aphids?
Never spray citrus during heat of the day.  Neem, or any other spray, insecticidal soap included, should only be sprayed in the evening during the summer to prevent the damage you experienced.
I have no problem spraying neem on my trees here on the upper Gulf Coast of Texas where we get mid to upper 90's during the day. Just spay a bit before sundown.

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Moving to a warmer country?
« on: June 06, 2018, 04:18:10 PM »
Islands also perfect for growing tropicals. They like that moderated influence of surrounding ocean. Temperautres don't vary much between night and day....and that's what most tropicals like.

Unless there are volcanos.  Hope you are doing well through all the tumult.

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