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Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Looking fo Changsha Mandarin seeds
« on: August 06, 2020, 08:40:16 PM »
I hope to have some fruit available from my tree this December. They are full of seeds.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Nearly thornless Conestoga segentrange
« on: July 28, 2020, 07:59:41 PM »
Thanks for the information.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Nearly thornless Conestoga segentrange
« on: July 27, 2020, 06:55:49 PM »
Neat. Just as hardy as poncirus? Fruit quality?

Youíre welcome, Eric101. Thanks, Millet. I hope to see at the expo if we have it. At this rate, I bet it gets canceled and I havenít seen anything about it on Facebook.

You can see my little lasco heater on the ground, itís white and black, in my new Meiwa frame. These small heaters come in different colors, even purple and teal.

Lasko 100 MyHeat Personal Ceramic Heater, Compact, Black
This is my small heaters. When I uncover the tree that has pvc pipe frame with loose plastic sheeting, I cover the little heater with a black plastic bucket/tree pot with drain holes covered in duct tape and weight it down with a rock to keep rain off the heater. On of my trees has heater inside an upside down clay pot that has a big sliver cracked out of it so the heater can blow heat out the crack and I donít have to remove a bucket from it when I cover/uncover the tree.

I use small desk-top heaters with fans in them. The brand names Iíve bought from Walmart and Amazon are Lasco and Soleil. They usually cost around 9-12 dollars, and some have a safety switch to turn off if they tip over. They are electric and not meant to be outside. Mine are inside the ďgreenhousesĒ so they donít get rained on and I avoid hosing them or pick them up when watering my trees in winter. I set heater on a brick/flat rock to keep it off the bare ground. Iím posting a pic of one of my ďbigĒ heaters that I put in my big grapefruit enclosure and my Kimbrough satsuma enclosure. The other smaller enclosures get the smaller heater.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Squirrel repellent?
« on: July 19, 2020, 02:03:45 PM »
Squirrel are taking my unripe pears and peaches again. What herbal/natural Concoction can I spray on the fruit to deter the vermin? Peppermint essential oil solution maybe? News flash! Plastic owls donít scare anything! The squirrels skip happily under the electric fence too; itís just to keep bears and deer out.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Russian black apricot crop
« on: July 19, 2020, 07:57:55 AM »
Iíve never tried making anything with the few fruit I get off the mume trees. They bloom from December through March and most years I get no fruit since each wave of bloom gets frozen off. Iíve tried eating a few yellow ripe fruit but too sour. I donít get enough to make the pickled fruit. Just pretty trees.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Russian black apricot crop
« on: July 18, 2020, 10:35:17 PM »
Kanko bai and Peggy Clark.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Glechoma hederacea killing apple trees?
« on: July 18, 2020, 10:34:11 PM »
I have a thick Creeping Charlie (glechoma) infestation in my apple orchard and I think itís alleopathy is killing my trees. Does anyone know if this weed can poison apples like black walnut does?

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Russian black apricot crop
« on: July 17, 2020, 07:24:52 PM »
My first Tlor Tsiran Black apricot crop. All my other apricot trees dropped all their fruit this year except this one and my mume.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Grafting question:
« on: July 17, 2020, 07:18:46 PM »
Yay! I went out and cut the tape off the end of the bud and the little leaves just popped right out! Thanks again!

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Grafting question:
« on: July 17, 2020, 06:53:10 PM »
Thanks yíall.

Citrus General Discussion / Grafting question:
« on: July 16, 2020, 08:29:38 PM »
I grafted citradia onto FD, cleft graft, and parafilm taped it to the end as I have seen others do online. They said leave the tape on and just let the new growth fight itís way out. My instincts tell me to remove at least some at the end so the new growth can develop easier. What should I do, yíall?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: First effective treatment for HLB
« on: July 08, 2020, 07:04:18 AM »
How wonderful. Hope it works to solve this problem.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Cold hardiness of bergamot?
« on: July 06, 2020, 08:55:19 AM »
After doing a lot of searching online, I am not finding a good reliable answer to how cold hardy bergamot is. Iíve seen on Daveís Garden that itís hardy to 35 degrees F, and somewhere else 30 degrees F, and that they are one of the least cold hardy citrus and only grow well in the Mediterranean. Iíve also seen a lot of discrepancies about whether or not it is genetically citrus aurantium of variety bergamia, or part lemon of lime. I thought aurantium sour orange is supposed to be cold hardy. Ilya says his is in a pot, so Iím assuming bergamot canít handle freezing temps well. I was planning on planting mine ( on flying dragon rootstock) outside one day and protecting it with a cold frame with space heater like I do my satsumas, but if it cannot survive 25 degrees F,  Iíll have to bring it in the house in winter. I look forward to the expert opinions and answers to follow. Thanks in advance!


Will this cleft graft of citradia on poncirus triangle shape wood work?

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Deer suck
« on: June 27, 2020, 04:40:02 PM »
I deter deer and rabbits from eating my plants by spraying the plants with a solution of three eggs to a gallon of water. You put the eggs in a blender with some tobasco sauce if you want a little extra kick, and dump it in your pump sprayer with gallon of water and spray on plants in spring when first showing new growth and this keeps deer and other critters away because they donít want to eat rotten eggs. The egg solution will stay on plants for a month even with rain. Reapply again if needed. Iíve found that after my spring time spraying, I donít have to reapply again until Fall. The deer know my yard ďstinksĒ and my plants are ďbadĒ, do they stop coming to eat them. Electric fence helps with bears.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Mailing citrus seeds?
« on: June 24, 2020, 09:43:05 PM »
Thanks. Thatís what I thought.

Citrus General Discussion / Mailing citrus seeds?
« on: June 24, 2020, 07:32:40 AM »
Are we allowed to mail citrus seeds from state to state in USA, or send/receive citrus seeds from Europe? I canít find a definitive answer online, and someone is wanting seeds sent to Moldova. Please advise.

These are pics of the south side of my house. This is my ďcitrus favorable microclimateĒ when itís in the single digits or zero degrees F with 30-60 mph winds. When I stand outside and look at the south side of the house in those conditions, I say to myself that ďmicroclimate ď, north/south/East /west side doesnít matter here: Itís too dang cold here to be growing citrus! Iím in NC at 3,000 ft elevation, so I betcha where Millet lives, itís so cold and windy up there that even poncirus outside is like ďyeah, right.Ē Iíve had digital thermometer inside my enclosures in winter when it was single digits and watched the inside temp drop a degree every few seconds when the heater was off, and thatís with water barrels inside. Thatís 4 mil/ 6 mil Clear plastic. Iím sure my citrus other than poncirus would die here without the space heaters running. The power did go out for a day during this storm shown, and I had to plug my drop cords going to the trees into my portable generator.

The Rio red is pretty good now that the tree is older. I think the Croxton is sweeter though. I eat both without adding sugar. May not win a taste test with grapefruit from FL or TX, but I eat them without being tempted to buy fruit from a store. Hereís my Croxton and Rio Red that Iím still harvesting now.

I tape the edges of the doors down with duct tape or ,if too cold/wet, packaging clear tape to keep the door from blowing open in the wind. I also use cinder blocks or pots or whatever is convenient to place under the bottom edges of plastic walls to help vent the enclosure when the door is up.

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