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Citrus General Discussion / Dr. brown's Colo Hardy Article
« on: May 26, 2014, 02:08:34 PM »
I E-mailed Dr. Brown's cold hardy citrus article to everyone that requested a copy.  If you did not receive a copy, or if I missed anyone  let me know. - Millet

Cold Hardy Citrus / Want A Citrus Tree In A Cold Yard?
« on: May 23, 2014, 09:49:04 PM »
Would you like to grow a citrus tree in your yard, but you don't live in California or Florida?  Would you like to have the only citrus tree in your area? A citrus tree growing outside the warm citrus built would be a tree never before seen by your neighbors.  With the many cold hardy citrus varieties available, you can do this. There  are 30 to 40 citrus varieties citrus that can be grown out of the citrus built with either no protection, or with protection of a couple weeks a year. 

TRIFOLIATE ORANGE ( Poncirus trifoliata) - The most hardy citrus that can be grown without protection as far north as Washington DC in most areas is Trifoliate Orange (Poncirus trifoliata).  This hardy citrus tree is generally given a hardy temperature rating of -15-F (-26-C).  If the Flying Dragon cultivar is planted you will have a strangely crooked but beautiful looking tree.

ICHANG PAPEDA (generally hardy to 0-F (-18-C): is a slow-growing species of Citrus, which has a characteristic lemon scented foliage and flowers. It is native of China. Its main claim to fame is its unusual hardiness, with the exception of Poncirus trifoliata, it is the hardiest citrus tree, tolerating both moderate frost and damp conditions. For this reason, it is one the only species of true citrus which can be reliably grown outside in the temperate areas of Europe and the United States. The tree produces a small mandarin like fruit that is quite fragrant, ripening to yellow or orange. Most people grow the Ichang papeda as an ornamental. The best known of its hybrids include the Ichang lemon, and the popular yuzu, both of which have a number of culinary uses and are notably cold-hardy.

There are many other cold hardy citrus cultivars, some that have a taste sufficient to be eaten out of hand, and still can be grown in colder areas.  These will be added to this post in the days ahead. - Millet   

Cold Hardy Citrus / How Cold Can My Citrus Tree Sustain?
« on: May 21, 2014, 04:03:49 PM »
This is a question which everyone has, but is the hardest question to answer.  With citrus trees, this can be even more difficult to answer than for other plants.  Although citrus, like all plants, have definite limits to how much cold they can take, where that line is drawn depends upon not only the lowest temperature reached but also the duration of the freeze, the size and health of the tree, how well watered the plant is preceding the freeze, micro-climates, and what mechanical protection is used in the landscape.  (Taken from the booklet "Hardy Citrus For The Southeast)- Millet

I have found the long lost part-2 article titled "The Cold Hardy Citrus of Texas".  If you would like a copy contact me using the private message on this site.  Give me your E-mail address and I will send you a copy..  Many of Dr. Brown's  cold hardy citrus varieties are discussed, such as his Poncirus Hybrids, Chinotto Hybrids, Yuzu Hybrids and his many Changsha Hybrids. Also is how he conducted many of his experiments.  Dr. John R. Brown, M.D. was a retired family practitioner in Franklin, Texas.  He has been an enthusiast of cold hardy citrus since youth, and has hybridized many citrus fruits for over four decades at his home in Houston and at farms in east Texas.  Dr. Brown's name has became world famous as a cold hardy citrus researcher.   We hope to make this site a home for those interest in furthering Cold Hardy Citrus - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / How To Win A Citrus Fruit Competition
« on: May 17, 2014, 11:00:40 PM »
To obtain a large clean looking fruit suitable for competition, here are a few hints. After the bloom has set small fruitlets, wait until you are sure that they will be retained by the tree, because 60 percent of the first small fruit are normally dropped from the tree in the first month.   When the remaining fruit reaches the size of a large marble;, or ping pong ball, it is time to select what fruit to remove/prune from the tree.  A citrus fruit draws its entire required nutrition to grow from its beginning to maturity only from the closest 3-4 leaves to the fruit.   Therefore, go around the tree and prune the crop so that there is only one fruit per every 4 leaves.   For in ground trees, if your citrus tree is 3 years old you will need to fertilize the tree 5 times  per year, 4 year old tree fertilize 4 times and for trees 5+ years of age fertilize 4 times a year.  Careful tree maintenance for insects (mites, mealy bugs, scale and aphids) must be maintained to prevent peel scaring.  When the competition  nears select the largest fruit from the tree, one having the deepest coloration and cleanest peel.  This may or may not  be a fruit from the south side of the tree.  Before entering the fruit into competition, polish it it with a high quality food grade oil.  Good luck. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Sending pictures.
« on: May 07, 2014, 03:41:39 PM »
Some members have asked why their pictures have shown up sideways.  I asked the forum's administration and here is the answer.   'I think the reason the pics are showing up sideways is because they are not adjusting them before uploading them. Tell the people with the issue to rotate the picture BEFORE uploading it and it should work. If they are uploading from their phone, it may be more difficult." - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Rootstocks Tolerant to Citrus Greening
« on: May 06, 2014, 10:16:56 PM »
The University of Florida's  Lake Alfred breeding program has found several rootstocks that appear to tolerate greening better than existing trees, Grosser told several hundred growers at a Thursday morning seminar in Bonita Springs.

A commercial citrus tree is a combination of two varieties. A rootstock is designed primarily for the soil conditions in an area. A scion produces a specific fruit variety, such as a Valencia orange or a white grapefruit, is grafted onto the rootstock.

Tolerance means the rootstock has a lower frequency of greening infection or, if infected, the disease has less an effect on tree health, Grosser said.

The greening-tolerant rootstocks are ready for widespread field tests, at least an acre of plantings in various parts of the state, he said. That's the next test before one or more of the rootstocks can be released to growers for general use. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Valentine Pummelo
« on: May 04, 2014, 08:52:35 PM »
Supposedly Valentine pummelos are ready to harvest around Valentine's day.   Hooserquilt suggested to leave the fruit hanging on the tree for another 4 to 6 weeks past Valentine's day. Doing so makes the fruit taste much MUCH better.  Today, May 4th I pick my last Valentine pummelo.  My wife and I ate it for breakfast, it was very dark red, large, sweet - and wonderful.  Hooserquilt your  correct AGAIN. - Millet

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / For Trade Lemonade seeds
« on: April 29, 2014, 03:28:34 PM »
Originally posted by Starling 1 - Very Fresh; has the outer appearance of lime, tastes like lemonade (devoid of bitterness/sourness). Cross of lemon/mandarin. Picture included. Over 25 seeds. Will ship in sphagnum to minimize rot/drying.  Not asking anything in return other than a willingness to post certain seeds/items from the US to Australia at some point in the future

Citrus General Discussion / Citrus Growers Forum Members Read This
« on: April 22, 2014, 08:34:56 PM »
I notice that there are no Citrus Growers Forum members posting, or answering post on page 2 of this Citrus board.  If you look at the top left corner of each page, just above the solid green line, you will see the phrase "Page 1 of 2" and so on.  Click on the "2" for the next page of citrus postings. There you can add a new post, read or answer  the new citrus posts on that page.  When page 2 becomes full it will go to page 3 and so on.  If you have any trouble or question send me a PM. - Millet

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Pernambuco Pineaapple
« on: April 20, 2014, 01:32:06 PM »
I am searching for a source of propagation slips for the pineapple variety Pernambuco. Thank you for your help.

Citrus General Discussion / Easter Sunday
« on: April 20, 2014, 12:51:07 PM »
Happy Easter  to all. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Valentine Pumelo
« on: April 18, 2014, 11:04:49 PM »
Not long ago the University of California's Citrus Clonal Protection Program (CCPP) released the Valentine Pummelo to the public.  If I correctly remember, I think I got them from Harris Citrus.   Last Spring both trees fruited for the first time, and we ate the fruit for breakfast last January and into February.  On the advise of Housherquilt, I let them hang on the tree for a couple months after I believed they were mature to sweeten up.  The fruit is about the size of a soft ball with sweet dark red flesh.   If you love pummelos I urge you to purchase a Valentine tree, they are really, really, REALLY a great tree.. - Millet

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Citrus Sub Forum???
« on: April 13, 2014, 02:23:47 PM »
My name is Millet.  To the owners of this forum.... I was an administrator on The Citrus Growers Forum, a 9 year old large forum.  The owner of The Citrus Growers forum has abandoned our forum, and he was the only person authorized to activate new potential members. Therefore, no new members can join, which will mean a slow death of the forum.  I am here to ask the owners of this forum if they would consider adding a citrus sub forum to the Tropical Fruit Forum.  If a citrus sub forum would be considered, I would ask all the current membership of The Citrus Growers Forum to consider joining this forum.   Thank you - Millet

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