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Citrus General Discussion / Re: HLB & Brazil
« on: May 19, 2018, 09:26:00 PM »
Maybe guava or banana or some other tropical fruit will move in to fill the demand for fruit where citrus will be falling short.

Fabulous! May it be blessed.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Poncirus Seedlings
« on: May 18, 2018, 05:59:46 PM »
My poncyrus are 15 feet tall and in ground from seedling for past six years, good sun. Don't bloom well. Only started blooming the past three years. Most blossoms killed by freezing every spring. My dragon bloomed first time  this year, 6 years from seed and three feet tall. I had to fertilize them more with miracle grow the past few years to get bloom at all.

Florian, I bet you can grow and fruit different varieties of rowan ( European mountain ash), or sorbus aucuparia. I make jelly out of mine. They may even grow wild where you live. I'm growing the Native American rowan and a Chinese pink-fruited variety, and a white fruit variety. I'm sure you already know rowan is the ultimate fruit tree for cold long winters and short cool summers.

Simply Citrus in Columbia, SC; Ben Salley, on Facebook; 1-803-466-0200.

How about eating kumquats? I bet you'd get lots of benefits from eating all that peel!

Are medica and Ichangensis really the same?  I thought medica was the citron which was famous in the Middle East and not cold hardy. Ichangensis is cold hardy. What's up?

To answer previous question, I don't think any citrus where I live is very cold hardy after loosing almost all my trifoliate and Ichang hybrids this year. This Grapefruit and my satsumas and meiwa and Croxton survive winter here only because they are covered in 4 mil plastic and have space heaters controlled by thermo cubes inside their enclosures. The coldest temperature I know this Rio Red survived without space heater ( I forgot to plug it in) was a 19 degree night under it's plastic dome. It mostly defoliated that year, several years ago, and didn't bloom that spring. Another reason I'm surprised it's blooming so well now. The lowest temp I recorded this winter was 8 degrees F on 1/2/18, and it didn't get above freezing the first 7 days of January.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Rio Red blooming after winter defoliation.
« on: April 30, 2018, 08:20:23 PM »

The light green foliage is new growth from defoliated branches.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Rio Red blooming after winter defoliation.
« on: April 30, 2018, 08:14:32 PM »
My big Rio Red grapefruit is blooming like mad even on wood that lost leaves after hard freeze in greenhouse this winter. The small space heater in it's greenhouse didn't prevent the water barrel inside from freezing the week of January it didn't get above freezing. The tree partially defoliated. Branches that lost leaves but not wood are covered in small flower buds. Parts of tree that didn't defoliate have older more developed flowers.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Report on winter 2017/18
« on: April 25, 2018, 08:25:28 PM »
I lost all my hardy citrus that was unprotected except one Dunstan citrumelo and a citradia. We had one week in January that didn't get above freezing. I lost five Dunstan citrumelo, a citradia, Ichang lemons, nansho dai dai, Thomasville citrangquat, and a Morton citrange, and a Rusk citrange. My lowest temp this year was 10 degrees. The trunk on my 10 ft tall Dunstan exploded all around 360 degrees. Dunstans that barely lost leaves that few years unprotected died this winter. They can't handle a week below freezing.

Or message me if you ever coming near Asheville.

I'm tired of Ichang lemons freezing to death here, so anyone who wants to drive to NC and pick them up, come on. I have in 1 to 10 gallon pots:
Ichang lemon
Mandarin seedlings
Just sprouted "seedless" Ichang lemon seedlings from Dr Hanna project

I'm not mailing any of these. I grew all from seed. Some of the sanguinelli have dropped leaves from freezing in greenhouse this winter but most still have green stems and will probably leaf out like other stuff in greenhouse.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Flowers of Poncirus
« on: March 07, 2018, 08:10:23 PM »
All the poncyrus I've smelled have no fragrance.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Meyer Lemon leaf drop
« on: March 04, 2018, 05:38:10 PM »
Give it time. Different varieties will wake up at different times.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: How To Find Love In China
« on: March 02, 2018, 09:20:28 PM »
Neat tradition!

How does someone move one of those large boxes without damaging it? Some kind of dolly cart? I tried moving my old whisky barrel with dolly cart and the wooden bottom fell out.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus Growers Forum
« on: February 21, 2018, 07:56:56 PM »
That's wonderful, Sylvain! So nice to see our old posts again. I saved the link to my home screen.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Ichang Papeda search.
« on: February 16, 2018, 07:48:59 PM »
Well I hope my seedlings prove to be hardy and produce descent quality fruit too. May all our papedas be blessed.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Ichang Papeda search.
« on: February 16, 2018, 02:02:48 PM »
Well Zitrusgaerner, it sounds to me according to Ilya, that almost all seedlings from Ichangensis are actually hybrids of Ichangensis, so our plants aren't true Ichang papeda, no?

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Ichang Papeda search.
« on: February 16, 2018, 10:11:14 AM »
Thanks for the information, Ilya. I'm growing seeds from two different Ichangensis trees and noticed some seedlings have large petiole and some from other location don't have petiole and resemble an orange or other  mandarin leaf. They are all narrow and pointy leaves though, online the Ichang lemon seedlings growing next to them, which have rounded larger leaves in comparison.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Ichang Papeda search.
« on: February 15, 2018, 08:03:12 AM »
Is it possible that some seeds from Ichangensis fruit may produce a true Ichangensis? It can self pollinate, no?  If not, it is probably worth trying to plant seeds from Ichangensis fruit to get more random cold-hardy hybrids, right? 

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Saint Valentine's Day
« on: February 14, 2018, 07:44:58 PM »
So, pummelo needs cold weather to color up? I thought they were more tropical than subtropical, no?

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Swamp Lemon Adventure!
« on: February 13, 2018, 09:00:28 PM »
Ilya, I parked the truck at the end of that metal guard rail on west bound side of Hwy 74 at the sign that said " Livingston Creek ", and walked down the length of the guard rail, scanning the woods as I walked until I got up to the bridge crossing the creek and walked down the steep embankment and jumped across a small flowing ditch/ stream to get to the island/ creek bank described in the story. That bush you got a picture of looks like one of many scrubby laurel bushes I've seen in the area. We've had a pretty cold winter here this year and all the trifoliata I've seen in this state are almost completely leafless right now. I traveled the length of this state this weekend in the passenger seat , while my husband drove, looking out the window looking for citrus trees on the edge of the woods and in people's yards like a fanatic. I really wish I had seen a trifoliata or s citrange in those woods. I even asked local extension agent and park rangers about the swamp lemon, and they thought I was nuts. I had to educate the extension agent about it.

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