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I have an in ground Ponkan tree.  Ponkan, a cross between a mandarin and a pummelo, is alternate bearing unless the fruit is 50 percent reduced during the on year.  Ponkan is among the largest sized fruit in the  mandarin family, about the size of an orange.  I agree the taste is excellent, the only draw back is the amount of seeds it has.

Yes seeds for me are a deal breaker with Mandarins. So Sumo it is  :)

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Since I have 4 grandchildren that live near me I'm keeping my Kishu since they love them.   :)

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Here's my feedback on the tastes of these fruits I grow (in best -> not so good):
1. Sumo - excellent
2. Ponkan- excellent
3. Gold Nugget -very good
4. Honey mandarin- very good
5. Kyomi - good
6. Miyagawa- good
7. Okitsu - good
8. Xie Shan - no fruit yet
9. Miho - no fruit yet
what is the difference in taste between the ponkan and sumo ?

if you had to keep only one which would it be the sumo ?

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At two of the yearly Citrus Expos that I attended they held a citrus tasting contest.  Xie Shan won both contest.  I have a Xie Shan tree for ten years now, and the fruit is amazing, easy peeling, and seedless.
I can't wait for mine to start producing. My dekopon has 3 fruit this year and my miyagawa has 4 fruit holding this year and I'm looking forward to trying these out for the first time this winter.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: getting rid of excess trees
« on: August 05, 2020, 11:46:21 AM »
Since I acquired a few nice mandarins this year I'm  giving my son in law my 8 year old dwarf Washington navel and 5 year old pixie that are in containers.

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Containerman I see you are growing the complete Gold series.  In general do all of them taste about the same or does one stand out.
This year will be my first season with fruit from my Yosemite and Shasta. The Tahoe is a nice blend of sweet and slight tart flavor. The Gold Nugget is sweeter than the tahoe.

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I'm growing all my favorites  :)

Moro
Cara Cara
Xie Shan
Dekopon
Miyagawa
Okitsu Wase
Lee x Nova
Owari
Kishu
Honey
Page
Tango
Pixie
Gold Nugget
Tahoe Gold
Shasta Gold
Yosemite Gold

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Mandarins - satsumas, gold series and numerous others.

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Millet so in that case your formula is the following :

5- pine bark
2- peet moss
1- perlite

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Just get some white latex paint and mix it 50/50 with water and paint the trunk. I did this with every single one of my 45 fruit trees in my yard, 12 of them are different varieties of avocados.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Enjoying some Nova Lee mandarins
« on: June 30, 2020, 03:34:52 PM »
Nova X Lee has had some excellent reviews.  I would like to grow that variety.

The funny thing is I passed on this tree in February and yesterday I decided to get it. I was surprised to still see it in their inventory so I snatched it up lol.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Enjoying some Nova Lee mandarins
« on: June 30, 2020, 01:39:53 PM »
Enjoying some Nova Lee mandarins.
The flavor is reminiscent of Page mandarins, but the flavor is a bit more subtle. Makes for a good dessert mandarin.
It's not too difficult to peel, though not quite as easy to peel as some of the other "zipper skin" mandarins.
Seems to be completely seedless.

Altogether, I'd say this is one of the better varieties of mandarin. One to include in your collection if you're only growing four or five varieties.

Something about it almost sort of reminds me of a dekopon.

I just bought a 4 foot Nova x Lee yesterday. I can't wait until next season when I will get some fruit.

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Thanks for the heads up as I have more than 70 trees in containers.

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I grow several Avocados in containers. I just ordered a Pakistan Mulberry that I will be growing in a 1/2 wine barrel like I do with my avocado trees.

How many avocados do you get per tree in a container?

My trees are still young but the most has been 35 on a 6 foot tree.

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I grow several Avocados in containers. I just ordered a Pakistan Mulberry that I will be growing in a 1/2 wine barrel like I do with my avocado trees.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Looking for Pots
« on: May 10, 2020, 02:32:35 PM »
Does anyone have a good online resource for 40 gallon to 50 gallon outdoor containers?  Appreciate it!
order online from costco, home depot or lowes the half wine barrel containers.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Central Valley, ca thread
« on: May 09, 2020, 01:24:10 PM »
Iím in the Modesto area and have 11 different varieties of avocados as far as tropical fruit trees go. I also have 35 other different varieties of fruit trees growing in my back yard.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: citrus location - will this work?
« on: May 05, 2020, 02:55:44 PM »
Fir bark chips can be found at any larger pet store sold under the name ReptiBark.  ReptiBark can also be found on Amazon.
I've looked into the reptibark but its so expensive.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: citrus location - will this work?
« on: May 05, 2020, 02:41:30 PM »
It looks good strom and should be well draining too !

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: citrus location - will this work?
« on: May 05, 2020, 02:40:02 PM »
Here is what my mix looks like hopefully you can tell from the pics




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Citrus General Discussion / Re: citrus location - will this work?
« on: May 05, 2020, 12:28:37 PM »
"Potting soil", which is basically just another word for peat moss, and adding perlite is not a good medium to grow a citrus tree in.  Peat should NEVER be the major ingredient in any growth mixture. Such a mix retains too much water, and not enough oxygen.  This is the reason that storms trees are not producing new growth.  High peat moss mixes have killed potting plants for years. Over time peat moss soon packs, restricting oxygen to the root system. The number one mixture used the world over contains three ingredients, either bark, peat and perlite, or bark peat and builders sand.  Bark, being the major portion of the mix, provides both spacing for oxygen and water flow.  Laaz uses turface, which is acting as the bark, the ingredient giving a medium good aeration.
I found a good local source for Forest Humus that is the right size since I cannot find the pone bark fines locally for Als 5-1-1 gritty mix. I also use Fox Farms Ocean Forest in my mix with equal parts of Forest Humus and Perlite.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: citrus location - will this work?
« on: May 04, 2020, 10:43:36 PM »
Storm wrote .'I've lost everything that I tried growing on the balcony so far".

Reading this sentence the very first thought that entered my mind was, the type of medium your trees were growing in.
Me too. I use a variation of " Als 5-1-1 gritty mix.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: citrus location - will this work?
« on: May 04, 2020, 06:38:00 PM »
@Bomand: I'm on a "zero lot line" property, so my neighbors house is directly due south and is what causes the spats of shade through the day in the summer, and through most of the day in the winter when the sun's arc is lower.

@containerman: For now, I'm looking to put one tree in this final opening in my ground :)  But yes, I would like to do a few trees in containers on my balcony which has a 3x8ft section with almost full sun spring to fall, so this could potentially house two or three smaller trees.  Trouble is, it gets rather hot there.  I'm planning on using light-colored fabric pots and incorporating some kind of shading (either companion plants of sorts or little umbrellas) over the pots to keep them from cooking the roots. 

My citrus containers are all in 1/2 wine barrels made from plastic in full sun in the Modesto Area of the Central Valley and it gets plenty of days in 100 plus. My trees stay healthy all summer. I'll post a pic of a tree in the containers I use. You can find them at Lowes, HD and Costco for $10 -$18 range on sale. Below are my Tahoe, Yosemite and Shasta Golds






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Citrus General Discussion / Re: citrus location - will this work?
« on: May 04, 2020, 04:11:51 PM »
Cool.  On walk in neighbordood, I realized height in this part actually won't be an issue!  There's another area in my yard it would be, but I already have plants in the ground, and I am limited to pots.  There are plenty of neighbors who have similar plan as me, and they have tall queen palms or various trees extending up well above rooftops.

Now to decide which mandarin.  Time to continue research :)  Thank you for the input!

I have 12 mandarins growing in pots and they all produce plenty of fruit.I use 1/2 wine barrels made from synthetic materials. I also have 3 lemon varieties and 1 bearss lime and washington navel in pots.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: "Little Cado" avocado in container?
« on: May 04, 2020, 10:35:22 AM »
My Wurtz and Mexicola produced fruit the 2nd year I had it in a these containers. it was a 4 year old tree at the time. You can get fruit from that tree and several others in a container the size of a 1/2 wine barrel. Holiday, Gem, Gwen, Reed are others that will fruit, are compact in size and will do well in containers.









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