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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Rust mites on blood oranges
« on: March 17, 2019, 03:53:31 PM »
Rust mites causes damage to the peel, however the inside of the fruit is not affected by the mite.  You should be able to rid the mites with a good horticultural oil spray.  Spay early in the morning.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Honey Pomelo seedlings
« on: March 16, 2019, 02:40:27 PM »
The best of luck with your pummelo seedling Florian.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Honey Pomelo seedlings
« on: March 15, 2019, 09:41:30 PM »
Pummelo, in Switzerland would take at a minimum of 10+ years.  Also pummelos require a year around climate with high heat and plenty of sunshine to develop good tasting fruit, which will be very difficult in your area.

Of the trees that I have, I rate them in order:  Grapefruit, Valentine pummelo, Cara Cara navel, Dekopon,, New Zealand Lemonade, Ponkan all of which are in ground trees.  The rest (lemon varieties, mandarins, kumquats, )  fall into the OK class.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: What is the BEST Lemon Variety?
« on: March 15, 2019, 11:23:05 AM »
I have a large in ground Saint Teresa lemon (named after Saint Teresa of Avila).  As Kelly wrote, it is indeed a good tasting lemon, but I would say it is not any better, nor any worse than Eureka or Lisbon.  In my opinion,, although Meyer is a large producer, it is a poor substitute for an actual lemon.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Best roostock for potted citrus
« on: March 14, 2019, 01:00:44 PM »
Trees on trifoliate have good to excellent internal fruit quality with all common scions.  Fruit typically have high solids, acids and juice content. I have various citrus cultivars on Flying Dragon, and there fruits are all of normal size.  .

Citrus General Discussion / Re: What is the BEST Lemon Variety?
« on: March 14, 2019, 11:22:02 AM »
Either Lisbon or Eureka lemon.  For lime it is surely Bearass.

Just an old leaf.  A citrus leaf has a life span of approximately 18 - 20 months. When a leaf is no longer able to carry out all that is demanded by the tree it is quickly discarded.  There is no welfare program for old leaves.  For citrus trees the time of greatest leaf fall is during the tree's blooming period.

Your new tree is one of the best new nursery trees that I have seen.  Most new nursery trees are only a tenth (or even smaller) than the size of your newest tangelo.  As you live in Florida, aren't you concerned about Citrus greening (HLB)?

Citrus General Discussion / World Orange Production
« on: March 06, 2019, 10:39:34 AM »
In the 2018/19 season, the world's orange production will increase by 4.2 million tons compared to the previous year and reach 51.8 million tons.

In my opinion a good conventional fertilizer is by far the best method for growing citrus.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Flowering And Leaf Fall
« on: March 01, 2019, 05:05:16 PM »
One further note:  From the very first sign of flowering, never let the tree's root system go dry.  Doing so will quickly cause the drop of most or even all flowers greatly reducing the crop.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Shasta Gold mandarin
« on: February 28, 2019, 05:01:15 PM »
I've attended two best tasting citrus contests, one was at the Alabama Citrus Expo, and the winner of both was Xie Shan satsuma (pronounced She Shan).  It is seedless, easy pealing, early repining satsuma maturing  in October.  I have a Xie Shan satsuma and it is excellent.  Of course Dekopon would be right up there in taste.  Last weekend our local supermarket was selling Dekopon for 3 fruit for 5 dollars.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Shasta Gold mandarin
« on: February 28, 2019, 12:22:24 PM »
I would calorize all of them as just normal good tasting mandarins.   However the only one I would grow would be Page, not for an eating fruit, but for its juice.  Page is said to make the best orange juice possible. Currently I have an in ground page tree.

Citrus General Discussion / Flowering And Leaf Fall
« on: February 27, 2019, 03:08:32 PM »
It is now time for flowering, or very soon  in many areas for citrus trees to begin flowering.  Flowering in citrus trees is the time of greatest leaf fall.  So if you notice more leaves dropping than normal, don't become overly alarmed.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Are my roots dead?
« on: February 26, 2019, 01:09:23 PM »
Probably OK.  Check you watering habits.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Help with Citrus Leaves
« on: February 18, 2019, 05:48:02 PM »
Reading  Greg's link, it says that ground applications moves the insecticide into the nectar.  I removed my post that stated that it did not move into flowers.  I must be more caution   I'll look into my notes, and see what I can find. 

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Help with Citrus Leaves
« on: February 18, 2019, 11:29:17 AM »
Not if applied correctly as the product label shows, such as at dawn when bees have returned to their hive.

Bicadad, here is what U. Of Florida writes about root stocks for satsumas :

Trifoliate orange (Poncirus trifolata (L.) Raf) is the most commonly used rootstock for satsuma mandarins, especially in cool climates where maximum cold tolerance develops. However, in Florida, where the winters can be relatively short and interrupted by brief periods of warm temperatures, trifoliate orange does not provide consistent protection from cold south of Gainesville.

Trifoliate orange grows well on fertile, clay to loamy type soils. It does not develop a very deep or wide-ranging root system and is poorly adapted to saline or calcareous conditions, but its resistance to foot rot, a soil-borne disease, makes it a good choice for soils with poor drainage. Trifoliate orange is susceptible to exocortis, a virus-like disease; blight, a disease whose causal agent is unknown; and the burrowing nematode, with some selections resistant to the citrus nematode. Many selections of P. trifoliata are available, including a dwarfing rootstock named Flying Dragon.

'Swingle' citrumelo is a cross between P. trifoliata and 'Duncan' grapefruit (Citrus paradisi Macf.). 'Carrizo' citrange is a cross between P. trifoliata and Washington Navel (Citrus sinensis L.). Satsumas are often propagated on 'Carrizo' and especially 'Swingle' rootstocks. This is due to the fact that budding and early tree growth are better for satsumas on 'Swingle' compared to P. trifoliata. The performance of satsuma on 'Swingle' or 'Carizzo' rootstocks compared to P. trifoliata has not been adequately compared, although they are believed to be less cold tolerant than when grafted on P. trifoliata. We have observed 'Navel' on 'Carrizo' and 'Owari', and 'Brown Select' on 'Swingle' to withstand 14°F without appreciable cold injury at the North Florida Research and Education Center in Quincy, FL, when fully cold acclimated.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Please help ID pomelo variety
« on: February 13, 2019, 03:19:56 PM »
Chandler is a widely grown pummelo and its flesh is pink.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Anyone Growing Oroblanco?
« on: February 12, 2019, 06:11:50 PM »
Is this Marj, who did such an excellent job running the Savannah Citrus Expo?

Nosari7Viper,  if you order the seeds from Japan, would you please return to this post and let us know if they germinate.  Everything depends on how old the seed is and how long it has been removed from the fruit.  Japan is a long way away.  If their seed is fresh than this could help other members of the forum also.

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