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Citrus General Discussion / Re: A Lesson Re-learned
« on: September 29, 2020, 08:46:59 PM »
When  the medium dries out the tree and fruit also dry down (become thirsty)  Adding a lot of water to the medium the tree starts drinking quickly.  This causes the fruit to take in water and drink rapidly.  The fruit's peel cannot expand as fast as the water comes in, and the fruit burst (cracks)  What is best is to keep the medium evenly moist.

By the way, I say a post where you are having trouble getting pineapples to root.  I grow a LOT (50 at a time) of pineapples in my greenhouse here in Colorado, both in ground and in containers.  The procedure is to break off a slip  from the mother plant, then peel of the bottom leaves until you have a 2 to 2.5 inch clean leaf free stump.  Then set the slip on a open air bench in full sunlight for about a week to cure (IMPORTANT). Actually pineapples are an amazing plant.  You could actually leave a slip say out in the open air on a bench for a month, and it will still grow.  This cures the slip and also stops the slip from rotting when planted.  Then go ahead a stick the pineapple slip in either the ground or a container.  You should have about a 90 to 95 percent rooting. 

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Deficiency
« on: September 29, 2020, 10:34:19 AM »
Mike T is correct.  A zinc deficiency looks like manganese deficiency on newest leaves, but zinc deficiency have dwarf leaves.

he USDA is NOT doing stings.   The USDA is trying  desperately trying to control greening (HLB)

Citrus General Discussion / A Lesson Re-learned
« on: September 27, 2020, 05:34:28 PM »
I have a Tango mandarin growing in a 5-2-1 medium.  Some time back the tree set its first fruit, and I have been watching it develop.   Last week I noticed that  the medium was quite dry, so I watered it well.  5-2-1 is a rapid draining medium.  Two days after the watering, I notice the fruit has split its peel open.  Most probably from drinking in water faster then the peel could expand.

USDA = United States Disease Association ??

Citrus General Discussion / Re: History of Temple tangor
« on: September 26, 2020, 01:41:33 PM »
Nice article.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Deficiency
« on: September 25, 2020, 10:51:08 AM »
Looks more like a Manganese deficiency.  Manganese deficiency is common in newer leaves, but the tree normally cures the deficiency on it own.  This type of deficiency is not all that uncommon.  You can treat it if you wish, but I would do nothing and just wait and watch it.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: problems with grafted citrus trees
« on: September 25, 2020, 10:45:19 AM »
I use Calcium Nitrate CANO3 to supply calcium to my 5-1-1 mix.  Most city water contains enough calcium to supply citrus trees.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: ID of this citrus fruit please.
« on: September 23, 2020, 05:23:33 PM »
Laidback, just keep watching your fruit, and then you will know the maturity date  in your area.  The very best to you.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: New growth on my potted Tango looks weird.
« on: September 23, 2020, 05:19:17 PM »
NewGen,  what happened to your tree's leaves is unfortunately quite common.  The damage happened way back when the leaves were just beginning to develop. Insects love the tender new growth, it is like dessert.  Back when the new flush of leaves were first developing insects, most likely thrips, but also leaf miner, and and aphids quickly start feeding on the new growth.  This feeding is what caused the damage.  To keep this from happening again, spray at the first sign of growth with, a good horticultural oil, or even a soapy water solution.  Do this every 2-3 days until the leaves develop some maturity.  Even a semi forceful water spray helps a lot.  If using water do it every day for the first couple weeks. With the exception of plain water, never spray a citrus tree with anything in the heat of the day.  Spray either early in the morning or in he evening. These current damaged leaves will not recover, but any future growth will be fine if you follow this advice.

Kumin, great post with much valuable information. Thanks

Citrus General Discussion / Re: ID of this citrus fruit please.
« on: September 20, 2020, 08:38:36 PM »
Laidbaackdood, ugly fruit look nothing like your fruit.  Ugly fruit are round and pretty much smooth like an orange.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Leaf crinkle
« on: September 20, 2020, 03:50:24 PM »
 Laidbackdood, what happed to your tree's leaves is very common.  These complaints come up every year after a new growth flush.  The damage to the leaves happened way back when the new tender growth emerged.  The crinkled damage leaves was indeed caused by insects, most likely thrips. Insects absolutely love the tender growth of a new flush, its like candy.  You can avoid the damage by spraying the new growth immediately when the new flush emerges, then repeat every 3 or four days until the growth has firmed up.  I spray with a horticultural oil, followed in two days with a semi-firm water spray.  Then do the pattern again every 3 or 4 days until the leaves have a firm growth.  This works every time.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Cleft graft growth on air layered poncirus
« on: September 20, 2020, 01:25:33 PM »
Citradia, several citrus expos back (Alabama) they sold a plastics air layer kit.  Is that where you got yours.  Your graft looks great.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Gigantic citrus leaf - Basil shape
« on: September 20, 2020, 01:20:26 PM »
Over size leaves is not a all that rare phenomena.   One of the citrus tree cultivars having the largest leaves in all of citrus is the Saint Teressa lemon.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Does this T-bud graft look ready to expose.
« on: September 20, 2020, 11:29:31 AM »
Poncirusguy, in my estimation grafting to Sour Orange in your area is one of the best rootstocks you could use.   Sour Orange produces fruit of high internal quality. Overall an excellent rootstock with broad soil adaptation and disease resistance, with only the exception of Tristeza virus, which you do not have in your area.                             

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Does this T-bud graft look ready to expose.
« on: September 20, 2020, 11:20:53 AM »
Brian, and Poncirusguy, your on your way, nice work both of you.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: problems with grafted citrus trees
« on: September 18, 2020, 11:42:44 AM »
There if nothing wrong with using pine bark in a growing mix.  Very many growers use the 5-1-1 mix = 5 parts pine bark , 1 part peat and 1 part sand or perlite. A 5-2-1 medium is also a good medium.  Laaz uses a 50/50 mix of Turface and peat.  In reality, it is not the water that does damage to citrus roots, what actually causes damage is the lack of oxygen.  Citrus can be grown in pure water, as in hydroponic culture.  What is of up most importance that the medium is a free draining medium that provides a higher level of root zone oxygen, while still providing proper amount of water.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Haydite
« on: September 17, 2020, 07:18:59 PM »
With the Haydite would you do a 50/50?

I would send the seed.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: problems with grafted citrus trees
« on: September 17, 2020, 04:10:38 PM »
How free draining is the medium that the tree is planted in?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Haydite
« on: September 17, 2020, 02:41:28 PM »
Zitrusgaertner, thanks for the information.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: ID this Mystery Citrus fruit
« on: September 17, 2020, 12:16:31 PM »
I know what it is so I will not say.  Starts with S

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Red Champagne obituary
« on: September 17, 2020, 12:14:46 PM »
Probably Tristeza virus.-

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