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Looking at the pictures your tree looks fine.

Laaz  I realize what you write about alternate bearing.  I'm just  saying my Ponkan tree does not have a single fruit this off year.  The tree itself is a nice looking healthy tree, just without fruit.  Next year the tree will be full, or even over full.  I will adjust the fruit load then.

SC400  you say your tree is a consistent producer every year.  Then that brings up another point.  Ponkan is a alternate producing tree..  This is an off year for my in ground Ponkan, and it does not have a single fruit on the entire tree.

SC400, are you sure your tree is a Ponkan.  It would be most rare to eat a Ponkan that is seedless.  In my case, I have never found a seedless Ponkan.  However, I would rate Ponkan as a good tasting fruit.  It is worth growing the tree.

I have an in ground Ponkan tree.  It is heavily alternate bearing, This year it is in its off year, with zero fruit.  During the on year it is a heavy producer.  Seed per fruit normally between 4 to 8.

Eureka lemon is almost never used as a rootstock.

What variety of lemon is your seedless lemon?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: My Citrus trees
« on: August 09, 2020, 04:28:24 PM »
Louis how many citrus trees do you have now in your collection?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Covid
« on: August 09, 2020, 11:34:08 AM »
Will put you on the payer list big time.  Get well.

From what I read the Super Nova has low/moderate production during the on year, and very low to no production on the off year.

I water by hand

Vlad, currently I have eleven 13-gallon air root pruning containers, that I have planted in ReptiBark 5-2-1,  all new re-pots in the last 10 days.  All are looking extremely healthy, and currently in an additional flush.  Like you suggest, I could extend the interval between watering by 2 or maybe even 3 days. However, as root zone moisture decreases, the energy out put required by the tree to extract enough water increases. Of course as the summer fades into fall and winter, the intervals in between watering lengthen.   Using a 5-2-1 medium there is not much worry  concerning the perched water table.  Therefore, for these 11 trees, I prefer to keep them closer to this stress free schedule. It is not so much the amount of water that causes root damage, as it is the lack of root zone oxygen. This type of watering can only occur with rapid draining mediums. I add the Calcium Nitrate as the water used is rain water.  As always, the best to you and your trees.

Watering schedule:  6 rotation routine (using rain water) in a ReptiBark 5-2-1 rapid draining medium.   

1. Fertilizing with Jack's 25-5-15 / TM
2. Rain water only
3. Rain water only
4. Water with Calcium Nitrate (pH 7)
5. Rain water only
6. Rain water only

Then start routine over.

Normal daily summer months temperatures 95-F +-  During June July & August.   Water every 2 or 3 days.

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.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: getting rid of excess trees
« on: August 05, 2020, 10:29:48 AM »
Great minds think alike.  I tossed many of them a long time ago.

I agree with many growers that Kishu is a good tasting citrus.  However. the fruit is so small that one has to eat 3 at a time.  I tossed my Kishu out and replaced it with Gold Nugget.

I have the Tahoe, Nugget, and the Shasta.  I need the Yosemite to fill out the series.

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.

Xie Shan
Cara Cara

Looking at the pictures of your tree that you posted, I thought your tree's problem was the white covering on the branches, not the brown spots. 

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Help with Navel orange in Phoenix
« on: August 02, 2020, 02:14:26 PM »
I certainly must agree with Laaz, that the leaf damage is due to sunburn.

Vlad, with the ReptiBark, I don't bother with sieving.  I use it straight out of the bag.  Even with some finer particles mixed in, the trees roots receiver plenty of oxygen.  I now have trees planted in three blends (5-1-1,  5-1.5-1 and 5-2-1) all 15 gallon Air Root Pruning Containers.  I am going to watch them over the next couple years and determine which medium serves the best..  Actually I don't expect much trouble from any of them. 

Containerman, yes the 5-2-1 is 5 parts bark, 2 parts peat and 1 part perlite.  Be sure to soak the bark portion over night before blending the ingredients.

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