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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Poncirus fruit comparison
« on: February 20, 2020, 09:32:16 AM »
When you keep a tree pruned sometimes you remove the fruiting wood. If this is done you might get very few bloom, few fruit and without seed..........

Citrus General Discussion / Re: grafting and budding citrus
« on: February 18, 2020, 01:44:38 PM »
You can do it now. I like temps to be in the 7ps. Im in zone 9 and my favorite time to graft and bud is April. Bark is slipping good so you can bud.....rootstock will take a cleft graft. I graft some during winter. Mild weather makes me do it.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Lemon tree issues
« on: February 18, 2020, 10:43:39 AM »
Were it my trees, I would use neem oil. Now is the time to spray. Temps are not tol high in your area. After you have used thd oil spray and the sooty mold starts to flake, a good wager spray will help remove it. Bayer and  lnide are both good systemic controls.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Lemon tree issues
« on: February 17, 2020, 06:19:11 PM » sooty md is the result of pest feces on the leaves and stems of citrus. Can gou post a pic so I can determine what pest you have? A good spray and follow up sprays should spell the end of pest that leavd honeydew on citrus.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus greening and oak leaves.
« on: February 13, 2020, 04:09:35 PM »
I guess it depends upon who you feel is an authority. Good luck with it. I certianly hope it works out for you.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: My citrus trees need help
« on: February 13, 2020, 04:06:45 PM »
For granular fertilize I use 1/2 lb per year of age of tree. For macronutrients  depends upon how you are gonna apply it. For fish emulsion follow the mixing directions on the bottle. Spray in April and June. If using Epsome salt drench or dry bloodmeal also follow box recommendations. Different makers use different proportions.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus greening and oak leaves.
« on: February 13, 2020, 01:22:23 PM »
I have read and studied many "cures" and other systems for combating hlb.  I know you can read anything on the net and I do so regularly.  I live in an area that is full of live oaks and my small grove is surrounded by them.  I have for many years  used tree canopies for many reasons...hlb combating is not one of them.  Citrus and their many rootstocks thrive in understory conditions.  Trees provide protection from the cold, protection from heat and hail and wind.  They provide a leaf much if so desired.  The species of tree matters not.  I think that I would not go to any great expense to acquire live oak trees and mulch and expect it to combat hlb at this time.  I know of no "cure" at this time and I am waiting patiently to find one.  Trees are still croaking and groves are still being destroyed.....good luck with your trees.  Hope you have a bountiful crop when it is time. 

Citrus General Discussion / Re: My citrus trees need help
« on: February 12, 2020, 06:58:09 PM »
Not necessary to work fertilize in. On ground application around the tree and limited to canopy shade. Micronutrients can be applied as a foilular spray, drench or dry on ground as done with bloodmeal. Watering in after fertilization is a way to get nutrients to the tree in a quicker manner.  You know when your fiirst flush 3 weeks before first flush is when my Spring fertilize program starts.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: My citrus trees need help
« on: February 12, 2020, 03:04:30 PM »
I am in zone 9. I start feeding 3 weeks before the first flush in Spring and I fertlize every two months till End of August. I do not fertilize again till Spring. During the summer I will spray or top dress with some micro fish emulsion or blood meal.   I use 13-13-13 as recommended by LSU ag center. 1/2 pound per year of tree age. This works well for me.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Extra thorny Meyer lemon
« on: January 30, 2020, 08:26:49 AM »
 :Meyer lemon is famous for producing long water sprouts.......especially  if you have a wet season. I trim them out or if they are in a place that can support a good limb  l just cut them back and let them branch out. Meyer usually starts bearing at an early age and since it is usually a cutting, bears from the bottom uo. It takes a few seasons to get a whole tree coverage. New growth in the top does not always bloom & fruit.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Seedless Eureka Lemon
« on: January 22, 2020, 11:26:55 AM »
Hi Brian.....not as productive as a MLemon but a well cared for Eureka will produce all the quality lemons lne can use. Eureka is a REAL lemon......not like Meyer......

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Seedless Eureka Lemon
« on: January 22, 2020, 08:57:50 AM »
GOOD favorite lemon......

Citrus General Discussion / Re: florida citrus?
« on: January 16, 2020, 04:22:41 PM »
And Florida fruit will be the same as in your local grocery. Good luck on your trip.

It really does not matter when you repot a citrus that lives in a container. As a personal preference I do not repot when I have blooms. The disturbance will sometimes cause the blooms to abort and sometimes not. Root prune when you repot if needed. If roots are too crowded root prune them.  Prune off as much tree growth as you root prune. Install new potting medium, fertilize, water and place in an area that it likes. I have limes in containments and I try to repot every two years. Salt buildup is a common problem if you fail to repot.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Canít get rid of fungus gnats, any ideas?
« on: January 09, 2020, 05:10:24 PM »
Easy way is to install 1 inch of white sand over the soil in the pot. Gnats can not get to the soil and emerging ones can not get to the surface. They only live a week so in a couple of weeks you should be rid of them. They like wet the top two in hes of soil dry out before watering....then water from the bottom.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Help IDing lemon ? and pomelo ?
« on: January 09, 2020, 11:49:26 AM »
The only Meyer I have is a strange one. It was a cutting from my original Meyer. It has  dark green leaves, is ever bearing, looks nothing like a lemon. Round like an orange, bigger than a lemon and smooth. Flowers are purple like Meyer. I dont know why I keep it.....Meyer is so far from a good lemon....give me a good Eureka anytime. Since Meyer is a cross it does not surprise me that its an odd case.  As far as green cots on seed....mandrins do .....but I have seen others with green cots at certian times of the seasonal growth.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Mandarin tree with yellow leaves
« on: January 04, 2020, 02:01:14 PM »
I might try a little epsome salt or fish emulsion once in a while. Be aware that citrus constantly sheds leaves. The leaves last about 18 months. They start to yellow and finally fall off. This is the life if citrus leaves. Yellow leaves do not always indicate a problem.

I too have not read of "meat based" sprays for citfus. Not a lot of definitive information out there. As far as seawood & kelp sprays ....just another, of many, ways to fertilize. I sometimes spray with fish emulsion. I guess one could consider fish emulsion  meat based. Just not a lot of "good" research to be had.

Seaweed and Molasses????????? I would love to see the research behind this. Im thinking of all the trouble to turn seaweed into a spray that could be absorbed via folage

Citrus General Discussion / Re: What kind of Kumquat do I have?
« on: December 31, 2019, 02:06:49 PM »
I am one that knows that kumquat thrive on their own roots. I have read lots of material that is pro grafting but I have 12 and 13 year old kumquat, heavy bearers each year from seed. Slow growers as all kumquat is but happy prolific trees.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: What kind of Kumquat do I have?
« on: December 30, 2019, 10:03:50 PM »
I too find kumquat difficult to t bud. Can be done but you losses will be large. The Becnels do use Carrizo for a large part of their rootstock. I did find some Swingle in use at their Belle Chase location. I like to cleft kumquat on standard Poncirus.  It grows well for me.

 :Hi Fran
I have tried but failed to decipher your verbsge . Please state you intent again. Not being critical but am interested and would like to know. Thanks so much.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: CUPS (Citrus Under Protective Screen)
« on: December 22, 2019, 11:07:59 AM »
The screened area they are speaking of is probably a large greenhouse. To be certified certian requirements have to be met. They are pretty expensive and restrictive. I dont know of any way other than this to get a. Insect proof containment.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Tango mandarin stunted after re-pot
« on: December 18, 2019, 04:04:09 AM »
I see you are in CA. Your climate is different from the other zones. Certainly your time to flush and fertilize would be diffrent also. It would be hard to get any cold damage lots of placez in CA. Micro climes exist that schedules are altered also.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Tango mandarin stunted after re-pot
« on: December 17, 2019, 08:47:05 PM »
Fertilizing now can cause new growth and waking of any dormancy  the trees hold. Then a cold snap comes along and your trees will get damaged. All my outside do not get fertilize untill March 1 and I do not fertilize after August for these reasons.

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