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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: a few pictures from the Pacific Northwest
« on: July 13, 2018, 10:03:38 PM »
Nice collection! Good luck with your trees.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Clemyuz 3-3, ten degree tangerine
« on: May 26, 2018, 03:38:32 PM »
3-3 overall tree growth is similar to 2-2 but my 2-2 was slightly more vigorous. 3-3 fruit is very juicy, looks tasty and has a more tightly adhered rind than 2-2 but 3-3's flavor is terrible even for me who has grown a lot of hardy citrus. It has too much of a kerosene/skunky flavor. I grafted over my 3-3 years ago. 2-2 is way better fruit in terms of hardy citrus flavor and is indeed a earlier ripening fruit. It is just sourish until fully ripe then it is okay. Keraji, MIC and Lemandarin are levels above either 3-3 or 2-2 if you are able to grow them.

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Sugar belle seeds or grafted tree
« on: May 26, 2018, 03:21:44 PM »
Sugar belles are delicious! I have a few seed saved from my last couple of fruits if you can't find a grafted tree.

I should have a couple fruit this fall or could spare a small scion.

I have a couple of old fruit on my tree. PM me for details.

Temperate Fruit Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: WTB/WTT Male Che scion
« on: March 06, 2018, 02:53:23 PM »
I have a self fertile Che if you are interested.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus Growers Forum
« on: February 23, 2018, 03:42:39 PM »
This is such great news Sylvian. A lot of us 'old timer' citrus enthusiasts shared a lot of information and also learned a lot on the Citrus Growers Forum. I'm very happy to see that all that knowledge has not been lost forever thanks to your hard work. Thank you!!

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Upgraded cold frames for growing trees.
« on: October 11, 2017, 08:45:41 PM »
Functional and ornamental! Two thumbs up!!

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: 2017 Wild Pawpaw Watch Thread
« on: August 16, 2017, 02:12:37 PM »
Nice find Triloba Tracker! You got your hands on some good sized fruit! I've been collecting fruit from my trees this past week too. I need to forage around in the nearby woods to get my hands on some more fruit. Pawpaws are great eating!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: pitangatuba cultivars
« on: August 16, 2017, 02:04:45 PM »
LOL about your description Solko!! "wet towels, vomit and stale cheap wine" ;D Sounds more like a rockin' weekend!

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Meiwa blooms for 2017
« on: July 24, 2017, 03:21:19 PM »
My fukushu kumquat just started blooming this weekend too. It's nice to have late blooming citrus to get another chance during the year to smell citrus blooms.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Citrumelo 5*
« on: July 21, 2017, 02:24:52 PM »
Sounds good Farmeche. Just shoot me a pm and we can work on the details.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Citrumelo 5*
« on: July 20, 2017, 01:12:09 PM »
I don't have the Citrumelo 5* variety but do have a couple others that might make it in your area.  If you are ever in the Virginia Beach/Tidewater area you are welcome to see and get some scions from my 'hardy citrus' trees.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Asiminaholics Anonymous
« on: July 18, 2017, 01:42:50 PM »
Thanks for sharing the pictures. With all that hard work your pawpaw grove will do great. Your seedlings look very healthy and will be ready for grafting in no time.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Asiminaholics Anonymous
« on: July 11, 2017, 09:52:32 PM »
Luisport getting pawpaws to grow, get established and fruit has taken me much longer than other fruit trees. In the process of trying to get my trees going I've lost a lot of large barerooted orders of grafted pawpaws. They just hate having their roots disturbed and don't take transplanting well. I've had better luck with planting pawpaw seedlings in the ground and later grafting them over when they are large enough and established.  My best tree so far has been my KSU Atwood that is taking off and setting a lot of fruit after 4 years in the ground. My Potomac is doing well and took about 5 years to fruit. I have a large Rappahannock and Prima that are still taking their time fruiting after being in the ground for maybe 7 or 8 years? I have a Mango pawpaw that I've had longer than that which is supposed to be vigorous. It was was doing pretty well but I had to dig it up and relocate it in the yard 3 years ago. That almost totally killed it but it is now finally making its way back and fruiting. I almost ordered a Green River Belle this spring but decided to try for the third time to get a Susquehanna pawpaw established in my yard. I considered Sunflower at one point but kept hearing about the bitter aftertaste it sometimes has so I passed on that variety. The other ones you chose sound good.  Hopefully you'll have better luck than me getting your pawpaws growing.

Triloba Tracker here is a picture of one of the cages I built around some fruit. It's hard to tell but it does have a top that can close and completely enclosed and protect the fruit. It is a little overkill so I am going to use the heavy duty aluminum screening to make protective fruit sacks like people use for some of their tropical mango fruit.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Introduction :)
« on: July 11, 2017, 09:20:27 AM »
Nice trees! You know you're excited about your tree when you take a picture of it in the front seat of your car  ;D

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Wanted "Buddha's Hand" Citrus
« on: July 11, 2017, 09:15:06 AM »
I have not seen any seeds in any of my buddha's hand fruit but good luck with your search.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Seedling trade ?
« on: July 03, 2017, 12:21:36 AM »
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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Taichang lemon
« on: June 29, 2017, 11:01:17 PM »
Ilya11 good to hear that your seedling (apparently from my long gone poor tiachang) is doing well. Thanks for the report and interesting that yours is faring better than your ichang. It goes to show that everyone's experience with growing citrus can definitely vary. Hopefully you get flowers and fruit soon!

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Water sprouts on freeze-damaged citrus
« on: June 29, 2017, 10:42:37 PM »
I would remove some or all of the water sprouts to encourage growth from the older surviving parts of the tree. The goal would be to try concentrate on adding onto older woody growth to hopefully gain some more cold tolerance. It might be worth a shot to try rooting the water sprouts.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: How hardy is nasnaran?
« on: June 29, 2017, 10:23:10 PM »
Sorry to hear about your experiences with your citrus Citradia. Pushing the citrus belt can be discouraging even when you think you're doing everything right.

I had a nasnaran grafted out that died out from the cold before my tiawanica. I do still have a small potted nasnaran currently with fruit. What has been surprising to me is that my shekwasha mandarin has survived all the winters that's been thrown at it here. A couple of times it got burned back to the graft but it will vigorously come back and fruit. I have it grafted on flying dragon so it probably would be even more vigorous and a much larger tree if I had grafted it on regular trifoliate. It is very similar in size and taste nasnaran. Even hardier than nasnaran, shekwasha and tiawanica is glen citrangedin and dimicelli.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Asiminaholics Anonymous
« on: June 29, 2017, 09:21:20 AM »
Thanks! This is the first year for fruit set on my KSU Atwood so I'm pretty excited to finally be able to taste it later this year. I just have to make sure no critters get to the fruit before I do. Last year I built little cages around my Potomac fruit to protect them from squirrels which were very effective but cumbersome. This year I'm going to try heavy duty aluminum screening to wrap around the fruits. I do have a few traps around the yard also. I'll be sure to post updates.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Asiminaholics Anonymous
« on: June 26, 2017, 10:42:19 AM »
Yes that looks to be about a year old seedling. Here's a couple of seedlings that came up for me about a month ago:

I'm having a good year so far with my pawpaw trees.  I had tons of blooms that I hand pollinated and got a decent fruit set. My KSU Atwood seems to have the largest and most fruit.

If you what you are talking about is MIC I can elaborate on this a little. I did have make a very small MIC graft out in my yard on a multi grafted tree but it did not grow out much because it was shaded out by other grafts. It survived a couple years like that before it eventually died off. I think it died back mostly from not enough sun exposure. In retrospect I probably could've given it a little more attention and cut back the branches shading it out. I'm regrafted it out again and have it in a better spot to give a better trial.

Of all of my favorite trees I had growing in my yard Nuclem was up in my top three. I was sad to loose my mature 12 ft tree after a very hard winter one year. Luckily MIC is actually very similar to Nuclem but more cold tolerant and a heavy producer as well. It may need thinning so not to make it vulnerable to cold damage. A good friend of mine and experienced hardy citrus grower considers this a great choice for citrus zone pushers. He has had his tree growing for a good number of years (zone 7b) and has survived where as keraji, ichang, kumquat, citsuma, tiawanica, rusk and a couple changshas have not survived the cold.

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