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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Brogdon avocad question
« on: September 21, 2018, 12:29:56 PM »
I have had more avocadoes die on me after planting than I care to admit.  Someday I would like to actually taste an avocado that can live here on the upper Texas Gulf coast but all the reviews say they taste like grass.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Pomegranates in upper Texas Gulf Coast
« on: September 21, 2018, 12:11:53 PM »
So pretty much all my pomegranates succumbed to some disease that turns the fruit black.  I am led to believe the vector for this disease is leaf footed bugs and stink bugs, which I have in profusion since I have numerous very large pecan trees on my property.  Anyone have a secret to manage the bugs/disease?  I am planning on a copper spray regimen next year after fruit set to see if that saves the fruit.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Keeping Kumquats?
« on: September 21, 2018, 12:06:01 PM »
I have had a meiwa planted in the ground for almost 20 years without protection here in the Houston, Texas area.  It has done very well. Its about 10 ft high and 6 feet across.  The fruit is great for marmalade, add to salads or just eat straight from the tree. It is sweeter, and drier, than my changshou, which I also like. It just barely gets ripe by thanksgiving but you really need to wait until after New Years for the most consistent, sweetest taste.  How does seedless meiwa taste compared to the one with seeds? 

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: My small fruit tree orchard
« on: September 11, 2018, 10:48:16 AM »
That is a fine collection! I think that precocious pomelo will be taxing on a tree so small. 

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Scarring on fruit
« on: August 25, 2018, 12:50:42 PM »
Once you can see the flushes it might be too late.  CLM start laying eggs when the leaflets are too small to notice without a very close up inspection. 

My issue with HO is itís stays so hot down here itís hard to find a window to spray.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Is horticultural oil safe for citrus
« on: August 16, 2018, 02:25:09 PM »

I have used neem oil in Perth western australia.......the strange thing is......they recommend it for ornamental trees here but not for citrus but in nz they say its fine for citrus...............we have a big problem with citrus leafminer over here.....I have tried pest oil/eco oil and it doesnt work........they coat the leaf but the miner still get in.....the neem is a bit coats the leaf but it also soaks into the leaf ....killing the bug as doesnt offer 100 % protection but i find its the best i can do.........I usually spray early eve around 6pm and every 14 days..........Spring is nearly here and all my trees are putting out spring flush..........last year the miner turned up early.....they are supposed to come summer time.......i hope they stay away this i can get that spring growth to maturity .....will need to start spraying soon.........the only one i dont spray is the kaffer lime because i use the leaves for cooking on that one.

LDB, Neem is an organic extract that is widely used in the cosmetic industry to be applied topically. Also, it is approved to be ingested for certain ailments (perceived or not, I'm not sure). It is harmless to mammals and other vertebrates (lizards, frogs, birds and the like).  I've read it isn't the best for fish (not fatal but slightly deleterious) so keep it out of ponds and streams. In other words, no need to withhold neem from your kaffir lime because even if you ingested a little bit it could be good for you!  So spray neem without concern on your foodstuffs. (Clearly, as with everything, moderation is paramount.)

Howís it compare to changshou kumquat?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Brutal heatwave 7/06/18 in Socal
« on: July 25, 2018, 05:07:13 PM »
Hi temps should make those grapefruits sweeter, I would think!

Citrus General Discussion / Re: What is this on my grapefruit?
« on: July 25, 2018, 09:18:50 AM »
Man your lucky!  I've spent a few hundred dollars buying lacewings trying to get them established with very limited luck, if any.
I'm sure they are endemic to your area.  Its just everyone is so quick to spray insecticides they may be at a low population level.  I've heard that regular spraying causes more damage to the population of beneficials (like lacewing, ladybug, wasps, bees, assassin beetles, pirate bugs, ground beetles, etc.) than to the problematic species ostensibly targeted.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Mexican lemon tree Advice
« on: July 20, 2018, 03:23:38 PM »
And I would not prune away any side branches.  The trunk looks pretty spindly as it is.  No need to make it worse.  Plus side branches will thicken the trunk and produce the leaves the tree needs (and the fruit).

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Mexican lemon tree Advice
« on: July 20, 2018, 10:37:48 AM »
The lime does look spindly.  Is it getting enough sun (like at least 6 hours, or more)?  Enough fertilizer? The fig behind it looks healthy enough.  It and that tree may be taking all the nutrients. Does the fig produce fruit?  If not there may be a shade or insufficient fertilizer regime.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Pictures from middle Georgia
« on: July 17, 2018, 05:19:05 PM »
How does TR Hovey taste? I trust they are much better than store bought because store bought taste somewhere between vomit and soap.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Xie shan
« on: July 17, 2018, 10:03:49 AM »
Very good to have precocious Xie shan. Congrats on your harvest.  I only have the one branch grafted on an Owari.  Here is a pic of my Xie shan taken 7/14/2018.  I picked one just to be sure of its state and it was clearly a long way from being ready.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Cultivar list
« on: July 16, 2018, 05:27:25 PM »
Marsh grapefruit is not a cold hardy cultivar.   I remember Dr. Malcolm Manners once wrote on the old forum, that a Marsh grapefruit he picked from a 25 year old tree was the best grapefruit he had ever tasted.  That tree was growing on the collage campus of Florida Southern Collage.

Is Marsh available where I could get it?  I remember the white grapefruit when I was a youth that I had to put sugar on it so I could eat it.  Today, I love the pink fleshed Rio Red (now Rio Star) gf. I could eat two a day.
I see Texas A&M has Reed Marsh, is this the same varietal? 

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Xie shan
« on: July 12, 2018, 12:32:24 PM »
Xie shan fruit in SE Texas already
sweet enough to eat.

My Xie shans are still hard and dark green.  I am in Houston, so very close to mrtexas.  It's grafted it onto an Qwari and I wonder if that makes a difference with its ripening schedule.  Still July seems remarkably early.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Snails
« on: July 11, 2018, 01:17:19 PM »
When life give you lemons you make lemonade.  in  this case escargot!

I can only convey my experience with Meyer lemon from cuttings.  I bought two small cuttings just over 3 years ago and planted them in the ground. I have to protect them in winter. They are now over 8 feet tall and wide and carrying well over a hundred lemons each. I have pruned them many times to maintain a size I can handle, and they need it again. Last year they produced 70 - 90 lemons each...I lost count.
Lemon are as standard to my table as salt and pepper shakers but still, what do you do with so many lemons?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Snails
« on: July 10, 2018, 11:41:04 AM »
Toads eat snails and slugs.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: What is this on my grapefruit?
« on: July 03, 2018, 12:57:10 PM »
That's a bunch of hype.  Someone looking for a problem that really doesn't exist in the real world, from my experience.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: What is this on my grapefruit?
« on: July 02, 2018, 12:53:29 PM »
Never heard of lacewings doing that.

Citrus General Discussion / Omari satsuma leaf distress
« on: June 30, 2018, 03:57:25 PM »
I noticed my owari satsuma was shedding leaves all of a sudden.  It is planted next to another satsuma of unknown variety and a moro BO that seem unaffected.  What could this be?  Tree is loaded with fruit, sprayed it with the low biuret last week.  Any help identifying this would be appreciated.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango thief captured
« on: June 29, 2018, 02:37:46 PM »
Seems impolite to relocate a squirrel to someone else's neighborhood.  I'd hate to think folks are bringing their trapped rodents to my area. My understanding is that the highest level of existence a squirrel can attain is in a fricassee. I do my best to see that they get there.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Maluma : New avocado variety
« on: June 29, 2018, 02:28:27 PM »
I wonder what the Malama's cold tolerance is. 

Millet, I found that I needed to double the amount of surfactant from your recommendation of 1 teaspoon per gallon.  Seems like the solution beaded up on the leaves more than I liked until I went to 2 teaspoons per gallon of the Tween-20 product. Would this impact the plants ability to absorb the nutrient?

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Maypop (Passiflora incarnata) Thread
« on: June 28, 2018, 03:55:49 PM »
One of the best part of raising passion vine is they are the host food plant for the Gulf Fritillary, a native down here on the Gulf Coast.  Truly a flying jewel.  Occasionally we get a wandering migrant Zebra or Julia of the Heliconia genus. The closer to Mexico the better the chances of seeing those guys. They also feed on passion vine.  While I do rarely see adults in the Houston area, I have never been so fortunate as to stumble upon a breeding population down here.

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