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Citrus General Discussion / Re: “Havaguski” mandarin
« on: January 09, 2020, 10:03:23 PM »
Google search did not yield results, do you have an article or something in hand that might help? where did you hear about this havaguski

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Grafting successful or too early?
« on: December 15, 2019, 07:25:04 PM »
Just wondering, is there a reason why you are grafting in the middle of winter?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Lemon tree help -yellowing leaves
« on: December 11, 2019, 04:43:23 PM »
I would use Jack's 25-5-15 fertilizer if you can get it.

Otherwise, I would recommend this:

As mentioned by probably everyone on this forum, the closer you are to the magic 5-1-3 NPK formula the better.


Citrus General Discussion / Re: Shiikuwasha
« on: November 24, 2019, 01:40:35 AM »
I'm quite surprised you have not heard of it Millet, it's been in vogue in Japan for the past decade or so. Typically speaking a lot of people use it to make a highball with Shochu or more authentically in Okinawa Awamori. A quick wikipedia search revealed that the people of Okinawa used to use Shiikuwasa juice as a form of detergent to wash bashofu a traditional fabric endemic to Okinawa made of leaves from the banana family tree.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Honikan mandarin
« on: November 12, 2019, 05:18:03 PM »
AHA! I have proof this was indeed the case.

After about 30 mins of scouring the web I found this:

For those of you who cannot read Japanese, a man named Ueyama Kantaro had brought some kishu mandarins into Yugoslavia kishu being otherwise being known as honmikan.

Edit: Ueyama Kantaro was appointed Honorary Vice Consul for the Kingdom Of Yugoslavia in 1929.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Honikan mandarin
« on: November 12, 2019, 04:48:10 PM »
I believe I have the answer. I found the name odd as it did not sound Japanese. I have searched for this in Japanese under Honmikan and this is what I got.

If you look at the taxonomic name you will see that it is in fact a Kishu mandarin.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: The War on Root Rot
« on: November 07, 2019, 07:52:41 PM »
OK, now we are getting somewhere. Based on the fact that you're in the east coast you should be able to find pine bark fines.

I see that there is a garden centre in Kingston that carries pine mulch.

Typically out here in the west coast pine bark fines are a little less common and I have substituted this with fir which seems to work fairly well.

I hope this helps somewhat.

EDIT: More practically, check your local Home Hardware:

Citrus General Discussion / Re: The War on Root Rot
« on: November 07, 2019, 04:12:29 PM »
Well as I have asked on previous posts, where in general are you located in Canada? There are quite  a few Canadians on this forum who are willing to help but general location would help us direct you to a specific source for your materials.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: BRIX
« on: November 03, 2019, 12:35:04 AM »
Upon further investigation, it looks that humic acid is readily available on amazon not sure if it's essentially the same thing? anyhow, I see a lot of people choose to do a foliar spray. How are you applying it SeaWalnut?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: BRIX
« on: November 02, 2019, 06:33:09 PM »
Very interesting indeed. Unfortunately it seems they only sell to laboratories... I do work in one but I doubt management will allow me to order for personal use :p

Citrus General Discussion / Re: BRIX
« on: November 02, 2019, 04:15:15 PM »
It seems like adding micronutrients such as humic and fulvic acids maybe beneficial in increasing brix for some plants... the question is would this also apply to citrus?

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: Wasabi?
« on: October 20, 2019, 02:34:25 PM »
Wasabi is notoriously hard to grow. They are typically grown near riverbanks where the temperatures are mild year round. The normal wait time is 3 years from plant to harvest. That being said, there is a grower on Vancouver Island who grows hydroponically in greenhouses I believe it took him around 10 years of research to do it however.

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: Sweet Potatoes? Please help
« on: October 20, 2019, 02:30:22 PM »
I've tried other varieties with the same result. Tiny undersized tubers. I am aware that high nitrogen ratio is not helpful for tuber growth. What I would like to know is what the ideal NPK/micronutrients are for efficient tuber growth.

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Sweet Potatoes? Please help
« on: October 20, 2019, 10:06:34 AM »
So every year for the past few years we have been growing sweet potatoes or at least attempting to with very disappointing results. I have looked through YouTube scoured through academic papers but so far no real luck. I've been hoping to grow large tubers, the NPK suggestions really aren't clear. The only universal thing agreed upon seems to be loamy/sandy soil. Can anyone help clear this up for me?? All of my tubers thus far have been tiny 50-100 grams at most

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Leaves falling off lemon tree
« on: October 16, 2019, 10:13:03 PM »
You should also think about using some epsom salt and dissolving it in hot water. I had some yellowing leaves a while back and it seems to have improved quite a bit; pretty soon I am going to start putting a tiny bit of rock dust/azomite. As for nutes I use Jack's 25-5-15 and magnesium among other micronutrients seem to be missing I know it was incredibly hard to find Jack's locally and had to resort to driving down to the US to get it, but it was WELL worth it. I've been growing and failing to get good growth on citrus until I switched to Jack's last year. The difference it has made has been nothing short of incredible.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Japan acid citruses
« on: October 09, 2019, 10:39:48 PM »
I'm going to say likely not. With Japanese often times names can be written in kanji that seems to make little or no sense. Since the the Keraji fruit is named after what appears to be a municipality I would surmise that it is a case where it is simply understood that it is read as Keraji. Much of these anomalies and etymologies are lost in time. I can guarantee you that MANY Japanese would struggle to know how to write that in kanji if they were not locals and were unaware of the fruit itself.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Japan acid citruses
« on: October 09, 2019, 03:53:58 PM »
Organic Calvary, Sudachi, Yuzu and Kabosu are all different. Sudachi is generally smaller, and primarily grown in Tokushima prefecture they are usually picked while green and not allowed to ripen. Kabosu is also picked green and much larger it's generally used in sashimi and sushi. Yuzu is the largest of all and picked ripe and it used for everything from making Yuzu Tea(more like marmalade), ponzu sauce, grated over fish and even used in Onsen or Roten-Buro. I'm not sure how interchangeable these varieties are as Tokushima is on the island of Shikoku which is generally much warmer than the island of Honshu.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Wood chips for growing media
« on: October 07, 2019, 09:18:36 PM »
I'll chime in about the wood chip size... I haven't bothered to sift out different particle sizes and gone directly from the bag with good results I'm not convinced that sifting out wood chips is necessary.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Japan acid citruses
« on: October 07, 2019, 09:09:13 PM »
Organic Cavalry, traditionally Yuzu is picked ripe (yellow). Kabosu/Sudachi are usually the ones that are used while still green. That said, all signs point to picking fruit around Nov/Dec. I have quite a few on mine and intend to wait another month or so until they are ripe

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Japan acid citruses
« on: October 07, 2019, 06:12:40 PM »
SoCal2Warm, since I can read and write Japanese to a certain extent, I can confirm that it is NOT call Hanaharu. It is in fact read as Keraji. Japanese can be very confusing at times as there are multiple way of reading the same kanji. Generally speaking, the reading of kanji can be split into Onyomi and Kunyomi. In this case, it is simply read as keraji I hope this clears up any confusion.

For those of you in the GVRD, Phoenix Perennials in Richmond has a 2 for 1 sale on all citrus. I just picked up a Moro Blood Orange and a Owari Satsuma.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Wood chips for growing media
« on: October 02, 2019, 05:24:59 PM »
Where do you live CanadianCitrus? if you're in the Greater Vancouver Area, I can tell you that I bought a big bag of red fir mulch from Art's Nursery in Surrey, and did a 5-1-1 with spaghnum moss and perlite. I replanted a big Yuzu tree from a local nursery and it's been thriving ever since. If you aren't near GVRD, I can tell you for sure that Home Hardware has some, if not you can always ask them to order it.

Cold Hardy Citrus / how can I keep citrus trees in optimum temp
« on: September 13, 2018, 04:28:42 AM »
So as I have mentioned before I have a pretty good selection of citrus trees which I hope I can eventually have high yields from

anyways, notwithstanding I have been looking into grow tents, most likely designed for the Mary Janes. We have quite the rainfall around this time of year, every year, we probably won't see a whole lot of sun until April of next year. Anyways. if anyone is more familiar with grow tents, grow lights and alike please help me educate on it as I would REALLY like to keep as many green healthy leaves as possible this year

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Is horticultural oil safe for citrus
« on: August 30, 2018, 01:13:36 AM »
I too, have used neem oil very recently with positive results. I'm not sure why so many people out there are reporting that they burned their leaves... I think it's relative to dosage

Citrus General Discussion / Adding plant hormones?
« on: August 30, 2018, 01:07:29 AM »
Hi, I've been looking into effect of gibberellic acid and found an old post from Millet mentioning higher yield. Yet I have more questions. An article I had been reading mentioned that during winter, naturally occurring levels of gibberellic acid along with nitrogen drops and affects the quality of the fruit. If one were to supplement that through foliar feeding or other means would this be something that would not take?

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