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Yes. I have found that poncirus varies in its blossom intensity and smell. At times during the day the blossom smell is intense. Different groves of poncirus also emit blossom smell of various intensity.  To me the smell of the blossoms and the fruit are two different items. I love the smell of the not know of anything else that smells exactly like it. Like citrus blossom intensity varies with many factors. Too bad poncirus fruit does not taste like it smells.

I did what you are thinking. Dug up a large one, planted it in my yard. It make all the seed I can use for rootstock. It smells great when its blooming. It is laden with 4 inch thorns and really interesting plant. I keep it pruned so it does not get out of control. I have grafted Flying Dragon on it and several other rootstocks. It is an all purpose rootstock tree and an all around interesting specimen. If you do this: Wait till the poncirus has shed its leaves and is dormant. Dig it up and replant in your chosen location. Water it good. In Spring, if you have dug up a tree old enough to bear fruit ye shall be blessed with fragrant blooms and golf ball size fruit that will turn yellow/orange about September. You can then graft onto it, get seed for rootstock and enjoy the tree. Keep it pruned like you want it.

They spread from seed and/or roots. If you leave parts of roots in the ground they will be back to haunt you...............

Citrus General Discussion / Re: What makes a citrus leaf shiny?
« on: November 14, 2019, 08:52:42 AM »
Who would like their citrus to have shiny leaves.....not natural. I often am dismayed after the use of neem oil as it makes my leaves shine. Florists use the shiny leaves to attract customers, much like shinning apples to attract customers. I guess those that have citrus in the house want their trees to be attractive. With citrus.....shiny....does not mean healthy.

That is the way poncirus rolls. It will keep spreading. It does not have many enemies. Here we are sure that a buldozer and a hot for id the only effective way to control it. It is listed as an invasive plant in lots of places.....but I like it.

Kishu. Small but mighty in taste.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Valentine Pummelo
« on: November 13, 2019, 01:44:18 PM »
It is not available in the U S. Hard to come by.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: My first poncirus marmalade tastes good.
« on: November 13, 2019, 10:11:18 AM »
A good article that I enjoyed reading. Thanks for posting it. I have dilligently tried to use poncirus fruit for many years...... I give.....I can not bear the slightest poncirin in jelly, jam, peel or other.....I am doomed to know that there is no good use for poncirus fruit......except as a seed reservoir for more poncirus.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Rooting Hormone
« on: November 11, 2019, 07:03:53 PM »
Also: baking soda is an antifungal. A sprinkling of it makes war on fungus.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Rooting Hormone
« on: November 11, 2019, 05:43:44 PM »
I find that when you have mold is a result of too much warmth, too much water and reusing potting medium. Cuttings do not have to be kept wet all the time. Water from the bottom to keep mold at bay. During the day put cuttings in sunshine for a couple of hours. Do not reuse potting medium....start with new soil.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Rooting Hormone
« on: November 11, 2019, 08:32:47 AM »
Here is how I do it. Remember that not all are as easy to root as MLemon.
Tale your cuttings from the top of a bearing tree. Take wood that you would take for budwood. Cut all but the terminal end leaves off then remove half the terminal leaves. Cut the other end at a sharp angle. You can place them in a container of water if doing a bunch. Take them out and dip tbe angle cut end in whatever rooting hormone you use. Take something and poke holes in ylur rooting medium. Carefully insert the dipped end into the holes you have made. Try not to dislodge the rooting hormone as you do. Place your new cuttings in the shade and keep them watered. This works for me every time.....even with poncirus.

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Iso any citrus seed that come true to type
« on: November 09, 2019, 11:58:55 AM »
I also know that general information says that Kumquats do not do well on their own roots but......I have Meiwa and Nagami that are 12 and 13 years old, on their own roots that are healthy, bearing trees. So much so that I give away to a friend winemaker and he brings me his wine. Not bad at all. I will check with him and see if he saved seed. He does sometime and other times I think he uses the seed for pectin. May be wrong about that....but seem to remember that from our last conversation. May have been the kumquats talking from the bottle........

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Iso any citrus seed that come true to type
« on: November 09, 2019, 11:08:50 AM »
When we speak of "fast fruiting and "from seed" we create an oxymoron. I have found that the earliest to bear froom seed is Meiwa kumquat. I have had them fruit in about 18 months. You really have to take good care of them. I have had some mandrins fruit in 5 years and I have some 15 year old mandrins that I am still waiting on to bear fruit. If I were you and was really wanting to plant seed and see results in the shortest time I would plant some Meiwa Kumquat, feed, water and love them to get them to bear. With the rest of citrus ......plant the seeds, water, fertilize and be surprised that something fruits for you in a short period. Seedlings must grow out of their juvenile life and reach proper node count to bear fruit. Good luck with your project.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: True hardiness of Flying Dragon
« on: November 07, 2019, 06:00:12 PM »
Not familiar with that type of climate. I will take your word for it. Seems reasonable to me. Other rootstocks I have seen put new groth out too early and get burned. I have also seen trees do the same. Freak cold snap. The greatest clock is: Here in the South when the pecan trees bud out....there will be no more frost or cold weather.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: True hardiness of Flying Dragon
« on: November 07, 2019, 03:00:49 PM »
Not here. I have never see poncirus awaken with just a day or two of warm temps. Other rootstocks yes but poncirus and FDragon take several weeks of warm weather to wake here in in March. March 15 is when folks plant corn and peas here. One of the things I like about poncirus.

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Citrus scions
« on: November 07, 2019, 01:04:16 PM »
Florida budwood is only available to regestered, certified growers/nurseries at this time. The only a home grower can get legal budwood is from ccpp. For out of CA home growers it is $2.50 per bud eye, $25.00 for phytosanitary certificate and the shipping cost.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: BRIX
« on: November 06, 2019, 09:21:57 AM »
Because the north wind did its thing. Several trees that I have tower above the roof line of buildings. The North face of the part that projects above the roof never has but a couple of fruits and is subject to twig die back in winter.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Help ID Satsuma mandarin variety
« on: November 06, 2019, 08:25:17 AM »
Kishu Mandrin??? Got seed? Color inside?)

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Is this asian citrus psyllid? What to do?
« on: November 06, 2019, 07:58:12 AM »
I dissagree. USDA is heavily involved in control of hlb in the door yard citrus community. Hlb was first dected in home citrus trees. Your County Agent will initiate a dertermination as to your trees health. Your University near you is also involved in coordination with USDA and has facilities to test. The treatments for hlb are unproven at this point. The side effects from the treatment are unknown at this point. There is no known "cure" at this point.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: owari satsuma harvest
« on: November 04, 2019, 08:25:12 PM »
Unusal for Owari......easy peeling zipper skin is usual for mine. They are a fine mandrin.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Why is my thornless key lime so sad???
« on: November 04, 2019, 09:43:45 AM »
Good on you. Its a good feeling to help a friend.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: What kind of Kumquat do I have?
« on: November 03, 2019, 09:39:36 PM »
Good. The sprouts below the graft w ill need to be prunsd off. Trim them off as close to the tree trunk as possible. Just because the leaves are trifolate does not indicate standard poncirus or FDragon. Lots of poncirus hybrids are used as they are a lot more vigorus/faster growing than standard poncirus/FDragon. Take good care, water, fertilize and pest control will make them fun to grow.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: What kind of Kumquat do I have?
« on: November 03, 2019, 06:52:11 PM »
This is Meiwa Kumquat. Saxon Becnel is the bigest grower/disyributor of citrus in the Southern States. Headquarters in Louisiana, Texas. He uses fast growing rootstock and never list the rootstock on the tree. I promise that he sells only quality healthy trees. I just demand that I know the rootstock, for many reasons, before I would purchase a tree. New trees are prone to throw a sprout from the rootstock. If this happens you may be able to idenntify the rootstock. Kumquat are hardy once established. If you put them outside, place them on a Southern wall of the house. Cover them the first winter freezes and they should toughen up the next year and bring you some fruit.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: BRIX
« on: November 03, 2019, 11:02:26 AM »
Got it Millet. I think thre only time to evaluate brix is when the fruit is fully ripe. By ripe I mean at the peak of development of juice, sugar content. Brix changes as fruit goes through its maturing phases. Taste it seems is a personal opinion and is a diffrent choice for lots of folks. In order to have a standard Brix chart, and I know there are some, I wonder at what point the brix was calculated and was personal opinion as to ripeness a factor. What thinks you?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Rootrot cure
« on: November 02, 2019, 10:27:08 PM »
Your opinions SeaWalnut are yours alone. Perhaps you should not try to speak for everyone. I use what works for me. You use whatever you want.

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