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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Record buck farms
« on: February 17, 2020, 11:38:23 PM »
Record Buck is a Florida grower and as such must place the rootstock on the tag, if there is one.  The small pots they sell are cutting grown, including grapefruit.

Temperate Fruit Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Cosmic Crisp apple
« on: December 09, 2019, 08:57:06 PM »
Your grocery store apples are already over a year old when you buy them.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Kumquat varieties update
« on: November 27, 2019, 09:31:02 PM »
My centenniala are about 1.5 times that size.  They dont seem to really sweeten up until late December.

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Looking for Organic/No-Spray Citrus Fruits
« on: November 21, 2019, 10:22:02 PM »
The best tasting navel orange I have ever had was also the worst looking navel I have ever seen.  It was not shiny, not uniform in color, ugly, and I wasnt even thinking it was going to taste good.  The best looking fruit is also the most sprayed fruit.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Kumquat varieties update
« on: November 21, 2019, 05:27:49 PM »
Just hand squeezed a lemonquat and it tastes similar to lemonade.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Is this asian citrus psyllid? What to do?
« on: November 02, 2019, 10:40:14 PM »
Looks like a glassy-winged sharpshooter, the vector for a virus that prevents us from growing grapes in the South other than muscadines.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Kumquat varieties update
« on: November 02, 2019, 10:35:27 PM »
I have been cutting them into wedges and using them in water, tea, and beer.  The ones I have picked thus far have been getting spots of yellow on them, not near fully ripe.  My favorite lime other than red lime which doesnt have real lime flavor.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Nippon Orangequat and Yuzu
« on: October 31, 2019, 08:33:39 AM »
I have not let the nippon orangequats hang on the tree but it is my least favorite of all.  It is nio much more than just a sour fruit.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Kumquat varieties update
« on: October 30, 2019, 01:28:48 PM »
If I did not bank my citrus I would have lost nearly all if my kumquats other than the meiwa when we had several nights near 16 degrees.  My centennial, eustis, and lemonquat were decapitated above the soil bank.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Kumquat varieties update
« on: October 29, 2019, 08:49:56 PM »
Most of mine are still green.  The best centennial i had was in February after it had some time to sweeten up on the tree.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Kumquat varieties update
« on: October 29, 2019, 12:21:51 PM »
I had my first fruit from my lakeland limequat tree (record buck cutting) and I have to say it is better than any store bought key lime that I have had.  My eustis limequat makes huge fruit (for what it is) about the size of a bearss lime but the peel is thicker and the peel has a kumquat-ish smell--the taste of the fruit is lime-ish.  The eustis is on volkemer lemon rootstock which would explain the larger fruit.  The lakeland limequat is slightly smaller than a golf ball and has a thin peel which does not have any kumquat smell to it more of a tropical lime.  It was starting to turn slightly yellow.  I cannot compare it to any homegrown key lime but if you have a choice between a homegrown lakeland limequat or a store bought key lime, the lakeland limequat wins hands down.  I was not expecting it to be this good due to having a few years worth of eustis limequat harvests; the eustis is not a bad fruit but is substantially inferior to the lakeland limequat.

I have now lost most of the 20 or so mature citrus trees I have planted over the years.  I am afraid to due to HRB I have planted my last citrus tree.  From everything I have read the experts are really no closer to finding a cure or solution than they were at the beginning.

Please give me one good reason to still plant citrus.  I am afraid HRB has won and no cure will be found in my lifetime.  I will continue to plant other fruit trees, but sadly I think I will never plant another citrus tree again.  Anyone want to try and convince me otherwise?

Sugar belle is available from Brite Leaf (it may not be at this moment).

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Cold Hardy Citrus Obsessed
« on: August 20, 2019, 10:32:04 PM »
Hi Will,

Where did you brought the Xie Shan Satsuma?

This one is in my most wanted list.


I would recommend Briteleaf (which currently has xie shan in stock) over Harris due to the rootstock that is used.  The trees that I purchased from BriteLeaf are on trifoliate whereas  Harris uses trifoliate hybrids.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: What's going on with my lemon?
« on: August 12, 2019, 10:12:26 PM »
Bayer Advanced tree & shrub treatment.

I have the same problem with my trees.  Since they are fruit hanging on the tree, I'll choose to ignore.. 

Is "Bayer Advanced tree & shrub treatment" safe during the fruit season?

I use spinosad for the first time this year and has a pretty good effect of reducing CLM.  I personally would not use Bayer Advance on fruit trees that I will be eating.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: What's going on with my lemon?
« on: August 12, 2019, 06:38:33 PM »
Citrus leafminer, also known as CLM.  Nothing to worry about, will only damage the cosmetic appearance.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Mandarinequat
« on: July 18, 2019, 10:13:53 PM »
If it is anything like an orangequat, I would save space for another tree if you don't have room.  The Nippon Orangequat is a larger sour kumquat without a sweet peel.  I would only use it like a lemon.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Four winds nursery - Owari Satsuma
« on: July 13, 2019, 09:22:30 PM »
I know they used to only use cuban shaddock and called it "dwarf."  I heard rumors that they were or have switched to C-35.  Cuban shaddock is not cold tolerant enough for my area.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Four season nursery - Owari Satsuma
« on: July 13, 2019, 09:07:39 AM »
Is the rootstock labeled?  If so, what did they use for the rootstock.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Changshou Kumquat
« on: July 13, 2019, 09:06:38 AM »
The nagami and the meiwa are probably the hadiest of the kumquats.  However, the rootstock can also play a roll.  A lot of kumquats are grafted to volkamer lemon which will not induce dormancy like a flying dragon or other pure trifoliate rootstock will.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Changshou Kumquat
« on: July 12, 2019, 09:23:35 PM »
I would also saw meiwa is definitelt sweeter than changshou.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Changshou Kumquat
« on: July 12, 2019, 09:22:22 PM »
Winter of 2017-18 we had 3 nights drop to 16 degrees.  I banked my trees and the changshou was decapitated above the soil mound.  I did fertilize a little later than I should have but my meiwa kumquats sustained little to no damage.  My centennial, lemonquat, and limequats all had a good deal of damage also.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Container soil mix.
« on: September 27, 2018, 03:33:10 PM »
i mix 50/50 miracle grow garden soil and evergreen soil conditioner.

The study only used 3 different rootsocks, of the 3, swingle was the best.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Mulberry Thread.
« on: August 08, 2018, 08:14:59 AM »
Does anyone know the cold hardiness of "australian" mulberry?

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Mulberry Thread.
« on: August 03, 2018, 09:46:07 PM »
Just had my first taste of "Australian" mulberry. The tree is barely 3ft tall and was dormant until the last maybe 6-7 weeks. Looking at google images they are similarly shaped  and ripe colored like "White Shahtoot". They were delicious. Very sweet and delicate with a hint of melon/cantaloupe. Got it from TopTropicals so who knows what it really is.

I got one hoping it is the Pakistan White.  I just got it.  It is a difficult one to find.

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