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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Keeping Kumquats?
« on: September 21, 2018, 09:07:11 PM »
Meiwa is my favorite kumquat.  I enjoy eating them directly off the tree as I pass by,

Citrus General Discussion / Re: finger lime
« on: September 20, 2018, 08:28:14 PM »
TFN  none, or few fruit on a first year tree in he ground is very very common. Like the old saying " Good things come to those who wait"

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Nitrogen deficiency?
« on: September 18, 2018, 10:54:30 PM »
Nitrogen is available at most all pH levels, from as high as 9.4 all the way down to 4.  Nitrogen's greatest availability is between a pH of 8.5 and5.5.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Nitrogen deficiency?
« on: September 17, 2018, 09:29:59 PM »
Yes, sure looks like nitrogen deficiency. The symptoms of nitrogen deficiency  are......Totally yellow leaves with no variation of color, or yellow orange veins with some green out on the far sides.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Container Citrus & Rain Water
« on: September 16, 2018, 11:11:38 AM »
Luak , that would work also.  Are the trees turning color yet in Eureka Springs?

Citrus General Discussion / Container Citrus & Rain Water
« on: September 15, 2018, 04:04:43 PM »
Many of my citrus trees are  planted directly in the ground, however, I do have some container plants which are  mostly kumquat varieties and pineapples. All of the container plants are watered with rain water, therefore I fertilize them once at 4 to 6 weeks intervals with Calcium Nitrate (CaNO3) to provide them with a source of calcium.  In between I fertilize with a 25-5-15 fertilizer. In citrus trees, calcium is the most abundant mineral, of the 17 minerals required by citrus, of which none exists in rain water. An inadequate calcium supply can reduce plant growth and fruit yield LONG BEFORE deficiency symptoms become evident.  If leaf calcium is less than the optimum level, calcium nitrate may also be applied as a foliar spray.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Advise me citrus masters!
« on: September 14, 2018, 10:31:03 PM »
The choice of branches to eliminate from a citrus tree is based on the concept that any space within the canopy must be covered by only ONE branch.  It is unwise to let surplus branches occupy the same aerial space.  Anyway, thinning must not deplete any canopy sector. Suckers can only be kept if they occupy free spaces. After a few years they bear fruit, but all interior suckers MUST BE CUT OUT.  A harmonious citrus tree grows to an almost round shape (globe). Vegetation free canopy spaces must be avoided since they reduce yield.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Advise me citrus masters!
« on: September 14, 2018, 08:43:28 PM »
Today is September 14th,  if Zephian cuts out the branches affected by citrus leaf miner, there will be no regrowth because it is to late in the year.  By doing so he will only be losing any food production by the tree, that the effected branches will still provide.  The next available growth for a citrus tree at this time of year will be next spring.  At that time Zephian's tree will branch out wither it has been or not been attacked by citrus leaf miner.  Of course Zephian can do what ever he wishes with his tree, but my advice would to leave the tree alone.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Advise me citrus masters!
« on: September 14, 2018, 03:21:36 PM »
According to the Spinosad General Fact Sheet of the National Pesticide Information Center, “Spinosad is a natural substance made by a soil bacterium that can be toxic to insects. It is a mixture of two chemicals called spinosyn A and spinosyn D. It is used to control a wide variety of pests. These include thrips, leaf miners, spider mites, mosquitoes, ants, fruit flies and others.” It is approved for use on organic gardens by Organic Materials Review Institute, or OMRI. One caution with its use: In high concentrations, it can be toxic to honey and native bees, so we should only spray when bees are not present on our trees.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Advise me citrus masters!
« on: September 13, 2018, 06:36:10 PM »
Although the leaves are damaged, they still have quite a bit of green areas remaining. Do not prune off leaves damaged by citrus leafminer since undamaged areas of leaves continue to produce food for the tree.    Next year apply Spinosad (you can find information concerning Spinosad on the Internet) it will protect the tree from  leaf miner damage. You wrote two years ago the tree had a lesser amount damage, this year it had much more damage, next year it could have even for damage.

Actually, looking at the picture, that half of the tree looks to be very old and  dead,the bark has begun to fall off.  Is there any growth at all on that portion of the tree?

Is this tree oozing any gummy substances?

Citrus General Discussion / Latest Video From Dan Willey The Fruitmentor
« on: September 10, 2018, 04:31:30 PM »
Breeding and growing citrus from seed to prevent HLB

Citrus General Discussion / The New High Planting Method In Florida
« on: September 09, 2018, 08:59:17 PM »
At Cherylake groves'

Traditionally Citrus trees have been planted at around 100 trees per acre.  Today new groves on Cherrylake’s farm are planted at a minimum of 300 trees per acre with plans for a new grove this fall planted at 1,000 trees per acre.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Adding plant hormones?
« on: September 07, 2018, 03:54:00 PM »
High concentrations of NATURAL gibberellins are associated with the juvenile phases of citrus development. GA3, the most commercial used forum of the hormone, has shown stimulation of budbreak and vegetative shoot growth, but inhibits the transition from vegetative to reproductive flowering growth in citrus if applied prior to irreversible commitment to flowering, but it does not affect flowering when applied after irreversible commitment to floral development. GA3 also prevents senescence in citrus and can  maintain chloroplast thus keeping citrus fruit green longer. Lastly, GA3 is sprayed prior to harvest time to delay rind senescence so that treated fruit remain physiologically young for a longer period of time, improving on tree storage and extending harvest.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: finger lime
« on: September 07, 2018, 03:04:51 PM »
I still doubt that potassium nitrate had anything to do with rapid flowering.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: finger lime
« on: September 06, 2018, 03:09:37 PM »
Its long been known that water stress of a citrus tree can make the tree flower.  It is done all the time with lemons.  However, I doubt that an application of potassium nitrate has much to do with flowering.

Ilya, I am just stating Dr. Malcolm Manner's statement on how nucellar reacts against zygotic gametes. I'm not saying your incorrect, but Dr Manners is rarely or never wrong. 

Dr. Manners once wrote that the reason that zygotic gametes loose out against nucellar is that the zygotic gametes began growing later than the nucellar.  Thus the nucellar have a head start and crowd out the zygotic.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Yuzu... my new obsession!
« on: September 04, 2018, 09:20:04 PM »
I once had a Yuzu tree,  I remember it as a very sour fruit, literally packed with seeds and very little juice..   I noticed with interest the Okinawan Lime in Louisport post.  I lived on Okinawa for a couple years and never seen a single orange tree of any type.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Size of a Cara Cara orange.?
« on: September 04, 2018, 09:01:52 PM »
My Cara Cara fruit mature from  middle/late November through February.   Cara Cara hangs well on the tree.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Size of a Cara Cara orange.?
« on: September 04, 2018, 03:19:59 PM »
Yes, I have a large in ground  Cara Cara with fruit about the same size as Washington Navel orange  Your tree's  fruit are that size because there is only one fruit on the tree.

Brian, for new grafters I think you will have good success with cleft grafting,  Just make sure the stock and scion are about the same size is with.

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