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The four most used ingredients world wide in mediums for potted plants are: pine bark, peat moss, perlite or sand.  I have most of my trees in a 5-1-1 blend, but recently I am moving toward a 5-2-1 blend which holds a little more root zone moisture,while still allowing plenty of root zone oxygen.  5-2-1 increases the time between waterings, which  is a big deal when one has a lot of containers to care for. I am interest in planting a couple trees into a turface blend for growth comparison against 5-2-1.  No matter the medium used, the most important ingredient for the growth, health and quality of the plant is the care given by a human.

Vlad, I cannot personally say, as I just purchased the trees.  What I know is from information published by Logees.  Anyway, it will be fun growing them.  According to published information the tree can fruit in as little and 2 years even from a seedling. The Turunjis from Logees are grafted, not seedlings.  We shall see what we shall see.  Whatever, the tree is only $14.95.

Walt, exactly the same as the one I received.  I bought two.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Giant Finger Lime QQs . . .
« on: July 26, 2020, 08:18:53 PM »
Looking at Pagnr's post, I don't think I would want the Giant Finger Lime.  Regular Finger lime seems to be a better selection.

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Red Pulp Finger Limes for sale
« on: July 25, 2020, 10:41:49 PM »
PDXIan I will also take one if you can get it out of the Portland war zone.

Citradia, I give you an A for effort and results under difficult conditions.  I might see you at this years Expo if it isn't cancelled due to the virus.  Take Care.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Giant Finger Lime QQs . . .
« on: July 25, 2020, 05:37:41 PM »
Your description sounds more like an Australian Faustrime.

How easy it is to bear root depends on what type of medium the tree has been growing in.  With 5-1-1 it is quite easy to bear root. Last week, I thought it was time to  re-potted a Meiwa kumquat because it was showing signs of the need.  The tree is planted  in a 15 gallon air root pruning container.  Pulling it from the container I found that a good part of the medium was dry.  The water had been channeling.  As the medium still looked good I just soaked the entire root ball over night and put it back it its regular spot.  The tree perked right up.

Thanks Vlad for the Chewey recommendation.  I have purchased ReptiBark from Chewey in the past, but found Pet mountain to be cheaper.  I guess Chewey lowered their price.


A couple of items.  I have used coconut husks as a bark replacement.  Coconut husk come in various sizes.  They will last approximately 1 year before they disintegrate.  I have been buying ReptiBark over the internet from Pet Mountain in what Pet Mountain calls bulk (3 X 24 quart bags) for $62.27 freight prepaid.  I have never used Turface but I am interested in trying it.  I have found that a ReptiBark blend last about 3 years before it is needed to re-pot.

At two of the yearly Citrus Expos that I attended they held a citrus tasting contest.  Xie Shan won both contest.  I have a Xie Shan tree for ten years now, and the fruit is amazing, easy peeling, and seedless.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Citrus in the Pacific Northwest
« on: July 21, 2020, 09:53:17 PM »
Your Yuzu look like it is coming along just fine.  A well balanced tree.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Pomona Lemon
« on: July 20, 2020, 11:23:15 AM »
It is the almost complete non acid context of the Pomona Lemon that gives it the insipid taste..I have a New Zealand Lemonade tree, and enjoy picking a fruit as I pass by.  It actually does taste like lemonade, plus the tree is a heavy producer of fruit.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Rooting C35 cuttings
« on: July 18, 2020, 04:01:08 PM »
Brian, just for the information, crush a couple  C35 leaves and tell us a description of the aroma, if any..

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Rooting C35 cuttings
« on: July 18, 2020, 03:30:42 PM »
Here is a picture showing the structure of a C35 leaf.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus Protection
« on: July 18, 2020, 03:20:00 PM »
Of the three trees you purchased, the least prone from being killed by HLB is the Sugar Bell.  Sugar Bell has shown some resistance to HLB.   Mr. Texas had a tree that he put a metal hoop type frame over it.  The frame and tree was about 11 or 12 feet high.

Looking at the pictures, your trees look quite healthy.  I do not think that any of the growth are suckers.  If they were my trees I would not prune anything, certainly not at this time.

Nothing.  I purchased one several years ago, and eventually tossed t out.

I don't think Logees presently has Red FINGER Limes in stock.  What they have is Australian Red Lime which is not a Finger Lime..

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Disease / Care Help Needed Please
« on: July 12, 2020, 02:53:15 PM »
The Jack's Citrus FeED already has all the trace minerals that your tree requires.  You don't need to add any additional trace minerals.  Good luck to you and your tree

Citrus General Discussion / Turunji - A Citrus You Eat Like An Apple
« on: July 11, 2020, 02:27:18 PM »
Citrus medica ‘Turunji’ never ceases to amaze the gardener with its over sized fruit. Related to the Etrog, the inner white rind is deliciously sweet and can be eaten like an apple. Remember to train the plant when it’s young to develop thick branches to support the weight of the fruit. We recently picked a 7-pound fruit measuring 14" long on a two-year-old SEEDLING. I grew a Turunji years ago. Might be a fun cultivar to cross pollinate with a Finger Lime. It is a fast bloomer from seed.  I think I will order another one, just for the fun of it.  Much of this post was taken from Logee's catalog.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Removable of Orange bitterness
« on: July 11, 2020, 10:20:38 AM »
Wonder what  marmalade would taste like if made from Marumi kumquat  peel?  Marumi's peel is sweet tasting.  Personally I like the little bitterness in  marmalade made from sour orange peel, the peel normally used to make marmalade.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: orange dog/swallowtail
« on: July 10, 2020, 12:32:02 PM »
What MManners wrote above about the species Zanthoxylum, that must be why the Swallowtail likes the Toothache tree which is a species of the Zanthoxylum.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: 17 brix marsh white grapefruit
« on: July 09, 2020, 11:25:36 AM »
Dr. Malcolm Manners  once wrote that the best grapefruit that he ever ate was a seedless Marsh grapefruit picked off of a 25 year old tree in Florida.  I am growing an in ground Marsh grapefruit, but so far it is not sweet at all.  Probably for two reasons. (1) the tree is still a young tree, (2) The tree does not get enough heat unties to generate sugars.  Therefore, this year I have set the greenhouse air conditioning not to come on until the greenhouse temperature reaches 90F (35C).  This should help with sugar build up.  Even then the tree is still only 6 years old.  Well see.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus Yuko
« on: July 09, 2020, 12:23:07 AM »
IPPN = International Plant Phenotyping Network

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