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I had one in a lot but it was a poor fruit setter.

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I use spinosad which keeps the population of clm down.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best tasting fig for SoCal?
« on: May 01, 2020, 12:54:33 PM »
Has anyone tried Panache in the the southeast with heat and humidity equivalent to LA (Lower Alabama)?  If so, what have been your results?

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Red lime first taste
« on: April 21, 2020, 04:24:09 PM »
My tree is growing very well.  2 years ago I got a lot of fruit, last year I got none, I don't think it even flowered, this year it flowered and fruit has set but do not know how many will hold.  It is a good fruit.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Annona sp & link to parkinsons
« on: April 20, 2020, 04:25:47 PM »
The main gist of the article I posted is a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is very good but may not be for the reasons you think!.And supplements not so much but the good and bad in plants(toxins vs antioxidants).This is new thinking so...

You have to remember that many people in the United States no longer grow their own food.  They are purchasing these fruits and vegetables from the grocery stores and by the time it is purchased have lost most of the vitamins and other nutrients.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus Disease Help! Please!
« on: April 11, 2020, 10:51:02 AM »
Given that you are in Florida my guess would be citrus greening.

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Kevin, thry have low chill cherry trees.  Just an FYI, my cherry trees are loaded right now!  Look up Minnie Royal and Royal Lee.  Theres a few others as well. 

Regarding surinam, my tree bloomed hard but no fruit set.  Maybe its the rain we had.

It is the heat and humidity.  There are low chill apples also but I yanked mine out and burned them due to disease.  They cannot tolerate the heat and humidity.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Acerola in So. Flo.
« on: April 08, 2020, 01:13:03 PM »
Wellspring Gardens sells starter sized plants for 5 a piece plus shipping.

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Mulberry Thread.
« on: April 07, 2020, 11:48:19 AM »
Well it looks like my green australian mulberry didn't make it.  It succumbed to about 28 degrees or so when green buds were starting to form.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: splitting bark on Bearss Lime
« on: April 02, 2020, 08:49:45 PM »
Let me say not to that extent.  This was after our super cold 17 winter where I lost the top of my trees over my soil mounds.  Limes are the least hardy trees and a very susceptable to cold temps.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: splitting bark on Bearss Lime
« on: April 02, 2020, 08:45:06 PM »
I believe it is freeze damage.  My trees will get that after a very cold winter.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: March 22, 2020, 08:53:10 PM »
Does anyone have any variety recommendations for hot and humid south alabama?  I have tried the cold hardy varities but they all seem to get black on the trunk and slowly decline.  What are some great tasting varities that woupd handle the heat and humidity?.  We also would get too cold so I know protection is in order during the winter for a couple nights a year.

What are your lows? The main thing is planting in large mounds.

It depends on the year.  This winter we got down to 22.  Last winter down to 28, the previous winter down to 16.  I have kept a Barbados cherry tree alive through all of those mentioned winters.  I just want a heat and humidity tolerant avocado as fantastic and other cold hardy types cannot handle the heat and humidity here.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: March 22, 2020, 10:42:43 AM »
Does anyone have any variety recommendations for hot and humid south alabama?  I have tried the cold hardy varities but they all seem to get black on the trunk and slowly decline.  What are some great tasting varities that woupd handle the heat and humidity?.  We also would get too cold so I know protection is in order during the winter for a couple nights a year.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Record buck farms
« on: February 17, 2020, 11:38:23 PM »
Record Buck is a Florida grower and as such must place the rootstock on the tag, if there is one.  The small pots they sell are cutting grown, including grapefruit.

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Temperate Fruit Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Cosmic Crisp apple
« on: December 09, 2019, 08:57:06 PM »
Your grocery store apples are already over a year old when you buy them.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Kumquat varieties update
« on: November 27, 2019, 09:31:02 PM »
My centenniala are about 1.5 times that size.  They dont seem to really sweeten up until late December.

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Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Looking for Organic/No-Spray Citrus Fruits
« on: November 21, 2019, 10:22:02 PM »
The best tasting navel orange I have ever had was also the worst looking navel I have ever seen.  It was not shiny, not uniform in color, ugly, and I wasnt even thinking it was going to taste good.  The best looking fruit is also the most sprayed fruit.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Kumquat varieties update
« on: November 21, 2019, 05:27:49 PM »
Just hand squeezed a lemonquat and it tastes similar to lemonade.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Is this asian citrus psyllid? What to do?
« on: November 02, 2019, 10:40:14 PM »
Looks like a glassy-winged sharpshooter, the vector for a virus that prevents us from growing grapes in the South other than muscadines.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Kumquat varieties update
« on: November 02, 2019, 10:35:27 PM »
I have been cutting them into wedges and using them in water, tea, and beer.  The ones I have picked thus far have been getting spots of yellow on them, not near fully ripe.  My favorite lime other than red lime which doesnt have real lime flavor.

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Nippon Orangequat and Yuzu
« on: October 31, 2019, 08:33:39 AM »
I have not let the nippon orangequats hang on the tree but it is my least favorite of all.  It is nio much more than just a sour fruit.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Kumquat varieties update
« on: October 30, 2019, 01:28:48 PM »
If I did not bank my citrus I would have lost nearly all if my kumquats other than the meiwa when we had several nights near 16 degrees.  My centennial, eustis, and lemonquat were decapitated above the soil bank.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Kumquat varieties update
« on: October 29, 2019, 08:49:56 PM »
Most of mine are still green.  The best centennial i had was in February after it had some time to sweeten up on the tree.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Kumquat varieties update
« on: October 29, 2019, 12:21:51 PM »
I had my first fruit from my lakeland limequat tree (record buck cutting) and I have to say it is better than any store bought key lime that I have had.  My eustis limequat makes huge fruit (for what it is) about the size of a bearss lime but the peel is thicker and the peel has a kumquat-ish smell--the taste of the fruit is lime-ish.  The eustis is on volkemer lemon rootstock which would explain the larger fruit.  The lakeland limequat is slightly smaller than a golf ball and has a thin peel which does not have any kumquat smell to it more of a tropical lime.  It was starting to turn slightly yellow.  I cannot compare it to any homegrown key lime but if you have a choice between a homegrown lakeland limequat or a store bought key lime, the lakeland limequat wins hands down.  I was not expecting it to be this good due to having a few years worth of eustis limequat harvests; the eustis is not a bad fruit but is substantially inferior to the lakeland limequat.

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I have now lost most of the 20 or so mature citrus trees I have planted over the years.  I am afraid to due to HRB I have planted my last citrus tree.  From everything I have read the experts are really no closer to finding a cure or solution than they were at the beginning.

Please give me one good reason to still plant citrus.  I am afraid HRB has won and no cure will be found in my lifetime.  I will continue to plant other fruit trees, but sadly I think I will never plant another citrus tree again.  Anyone want to try and convince me otherwise?

http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/05/19/uf-sugar-belle-citrus-variety-more-tolerant-to-greening/


Sugar belle is available from Brite Leaf (it may not be at this moment).

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