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Here is the University of Florida's evaluation on Calcined clay such as Surround.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Frost Protection
« on: October 20, 2019, 12:57:02 AM »
Sorry for all the spam on this site.  I had to go through the process of deleting each spam post one post at a time.  I have asked the administration how to faster handle this situation.

Looks like the disease is  Phytophthora foot rot.   Should have been taken care of long ago before it got so serious

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Flying Dragon seeds
« on: October 17, 2019, 10:36:29 AM »
Flying Dragon seed can be shown right of the fruit, they do not need to be stratified.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Flying Dragon from Seeds
« on: October 17, 2019, 10:30:07 AM »
Flying Dragon (FD) as a cultivar always has zig zag stems and strongly curved thorns.  It is an easy way of selecting predominantly true clonal seedlings. Seedlings with straight thorns are not FD.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Leaves falling off lemon tree
« on: October 17, 2019, 10:19:55 AM »
I agree with Canadagrower concerning Jacks 25-5-15.  In my estimation it is the best fertilizer on the market for citrus.


Video made at the Lindcove Research Center

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Leaves falling off lemon tree
« on: October 14, 2019, 09:49:39 PM »
One thing is for absolutely sure.  The problem is in the soil.  Miracle Grow potting soil is basically just a bag of peat moss.  It compacts rather quickly leaving the roots without the proper oxygen. As Bomand suggested a 5-1-1  mix, meaning 5 parts bark such as Reptibark, one part peat, and one part perlite is a good medium for citrus.  Laaz, a member on this forum, has a good formulation for citrus.  You can find it on this forum. 

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Wood chips for growing media
« on: October 14, 2019, 09:36:53 PM »
I use Reptibark.  The bark size is extremely uniform.  Easy to locate.  Reptibark is widely used by container citrus growers.   Right now I have 11 citrus growing in it (5-1-1- mix).

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Flying Dragon seeds
« on: October 10, 2019, 03:01:39 PM »
About 50 percent of the seeds from Flying Dragon are true to type..  Fortunately, it is quite easy to tell which Flying Dragon seedlings are the true variety.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Oneco Mandarin - 95 % of fruit dry
« on: October 08, 2019, 03:08:34 PM »
Evidently it is of upmost importance on what rootstock the Oneco mandarin is grafted upon.   Researchgate's trials has shown that Swingle citrumelo and Troyer are rootstocks that Oneco does well.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Wood chips for growing media
« on: October 07, 2019, 10:02:58 PM »
dihvac, the formula you list above to be used as a potting medium contains 5 ingredients.  It has long been understood that growth mediums containing  more than 3 ingredients is generally not wise.  Simple is  always better than the complex.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Treatment for HLB
« on: October 06, 2019, 10:14:11 PM »
dihvac, your articles are VERY interesting and hopeful.  Thank you for all the efforts you have put into this new bactericide.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Citrus in the Pacific Northwest
« on: October 02, 2019, 10:37:59 AM »
Your trees have survived, but what is going to happen to them this next winter?  Is this barely hanging on situation going to occur again and again?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Wood chips for growing media
« on: October 01, 2019, 11:41:16 AM »
I once grew a container citrus tree in a pumice based medium.  It continually withdrew all the iron from the medium, and I had to frequently had to add iron supplement.   I did not care much for using pumice.

brian why don't you just grow your seedling in your greenhouse?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Wood chips for growing media
« on: September 29, 2019, 09:30:23 PM »
You can use Repti Bark straight out of the bag for the bark portion. I and MANY others use it with great success.  Repti Bark can be purchased at Amazon, E-Bay, Petco. and most all stores selling pet supplies. I make both a 5-1-1 and 5-2-1 which holds a little water while supplying ample aeration.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Hardy citrus growing in Switzerland
« on: September 29, 2019, 02:53:54 PM »
Maesy, the side walls being white also greatly helps increase the tree's photosynthesis. Looks like you have taken good care of the two trees.

Because Laaz's trifoliate is a fast flowering tree(FFT), it does not mean the scion you graft onto it will also be a FFT.  However, it possibly could give a grafted scion some dwarfing growth capabilities.

Flying Dragon is the only dwarfing root stock.  However, not all is lost.  In your case growing a tree in a container is in itself very dwarfing. A citrus trees scion, the above portion of the tree, grows in proportion to the trees root system.  In other words, the size of the container controls the size of the tree.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: My Citrus trees
« on: September 28, 2019, 10:31:45 PM »
You are going to be eating plenty kumquats in the near future.

I would grow them at 83-F.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Dry leaves in my fingerlime seedlings
« on: September 27, 2019, 12:00:22 AM »
Not sun burn, most probably it is from soluble salt build up in the root zone.

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