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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Want A Citrus Tree In A Cold Yard?
« on: May 31, 2014, 02:01:24 PM »
kho11o, below are two well known citrus nurseries that sell cold hardy citrus trees.  Unfortunately because you live in a citrus producing state (California) no out of state supplier of citrus trees can legally ship anything to you.  You will have to find a supplier within California.. - Millet

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Want A Citrus Tree In A Cold Yard?
« on: May 30, 2014, 09:39:57 PM »
This tree is a very old cultivar developed by the USDA, and is considered the best citrangequat yet developed.  The fruit is egg-shaped, with egg-sized fruit that makes a good lime substitute in summer, I find it good on fish and salads, and becomes edible out of hand by Christmas. Due to the fruit having a thin sweet albedo ( the white inner peel), it makes an excellent marmalade.  The Thomasville citrangequat is a fast fruiting tree from seed, which normally is 3 to 4 years. I had a Thomasville tree and thought that the fruit was very  eatable if left hanging on the tree until around Christmas. Hardy to around 10 degrees F (-12-C)  This is a very good tree to try for yards out of the citrus built. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Finger limes in pots
« on: May 30, 2014, 08:44:00 PM »
Mr. Texas are you interested selling some of your 10 New Zealand Lemonade trees?- Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: New citrus arrivals
« on: May 30, 2014, 08:32:44 PM »
In my personal citrus collection (about 50 trees), in my opinion Xie Shan is the best tasting variety that I have.  I have 3 Xie Shan trees, and they all came from Harris. - Millet

Greg,  I know that AM Lenard does their free shipping on their fertilizers at least once a year.  They might offer that special more than once a year.  During the free shipping period, Eyechecker always places his order for 25-5-15. - Millet

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Where to buy citrus online (USA)
« on: May 30, 2014, 09:51:41 AM »
Scott thanks for the very extensive list, it took a lot of time and effort. Tom, when I was at Petals From The Past nursery, I seen the citrus that Dr. Powell was offering.  Does Dr. Powell ship interstate, or are his tree for local sale.? - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: New citrus arrivals
« on: May 29, 2014, 08:51:33 PM »
luak, your exactly correct about Harris's prices.  Their priced are excellent.  They also have varieties that are not always shown on their Internet page.  So if you are looking for a variety of citrus that they don't show, be sure to ask Ruth about it.  They often times have it. - Millet

BarbJ, I also would like to see your cheat sheet as to when the various Cuties varieties are being sold. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Harvest bags , buckets
« on: May 28, 2014, 11:17:52 PM »
Harvey, you used to farm pears?  What all are you growing on your place? - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: My citrus trees
« on: May 28, 2014, 11:12:31 PM »
RadoslaV, some of your varieties are very difficult trees to locate, at least in the USA.  I envy you having a seedless Marsh grapefruit.  I would like to find one.  Dr. Manners says when Marsh  is left hanging on the tree until March it is the best tasting grapefruit variety of them all, at least in his opinion.  Thanks for showing us your trees.  You have always done a good job growing citrus. - Millet

Of the eatable commercial type of citrus only the Satsuma and Valencia are resistant.  The percentage of resistance that they have I do not know. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Shade Structure for Citrus Recovery
« on: May 28, 2014, 09:58:49 AM »
You could also consider using a shade cloth.  Many greenhouse put a shade cloth over their greenhouse during the summe, to reduce sun damage.  The most common is a 30% shade cloth.  Meaning it blocks out 30 % of the sun. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Gibberillic Acid (GA3)
« on: May 28, 2014, 09:54:28 AM »
Spraying GA3 on  self fertilizing citrus varieties may not prevent seed development.  However it will increase the number of flowers that set fruit, thus increasing the crop.  However, if too many fruit are set , fruit size can be reduced. - Millet

redster, as Jcaldeira wrote the first line of defense against canker is exclusion.  Where canker is a major problem, effective control require an integration of all appropriate cultural practices.  In regions where canker is endemic, windbreaks are effective , Working among infected trees when the trees are wet from dew or rain, MUST be avoided.  Leafminer control is particularly important on young trees, and cultivars that have a greater frequency of growth flushes.  Copper sprays have been shown to reduce infection.  Because citrus fruit is particularly susceptible to canker during the first two or three months, it is very important to maintain a spray coating of a copper spray on the rind surface throughout this young growing period.  Two or even three sprays may be required, depending on the amount of rain fall .  Unfortunately, even more spraying is generally required to provide  control on grapefruit, which is very susceptible to canker.    If you are growing Satsumas and Valencia oranges, they are much less susceptible to canker.  Redster,  be consistent and faithful to your attempts of controlling this disease. - My  very best to you and your trees - Millet 

South Texas (Rio Grand Valley) and Florida, are the two best locations for growing grapefruit in America.  First choose whether you prefer a red flesh or a white flesh grapefruit.  Then make a call to your local county adviser for the variety that will grow best in your location. One last comment: Grapefruit will hang on a tree for a long time.  The longer you let grapefruits stay on the tree the sweeter the fruit becomes. Most people say not to pick a grapefruit until February or March. - Good luck. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Eureka lemon bark splitting
« on: May 27, 2014, 08:27:44 PM »
Lotusblos, scale are quite easy to control with a good horticultural oil.  In fact horticultural oil also does a great job controlling  aphids, white flies, mites, and mealybug.  The great thing about horticultural oil, is that it is 100% non toxic. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Gibberillic Acid (GA3)
« on: May 26, 2014, 07:46:45 PM »
brian, gibberellic acid is normally sprayed at full bloom, not to just guarantee that the tree's blossoms set fruit,but to insure they set seedless fruit.  One example are Clementines.  If Clementines are pollinated by bees or other insects, the fruit will be seedy, and therefore less popular on the market as a commercial fruit.  In Spain, which is a major Clementine producer, it is against Spanish law to place a bee hive within 2 miles of any Clementine grove.  Doing so will produce a sever penalty.   In the USA many of the commercial  Clementine groves are grown in between two groves of Washington Navel oranges, or some other citrus variety that are naturally a truly seedless cultivar so that the Clementine trees are not cross pollinated. Because clementines are kept from being pollinated by bees, they therefore must be "pollinated" by gibberellic acid which is a hormone spray.  At home you could also produce seedless fruit with the help of GA3. - Millet. 

Citrus General Discussion / Gibberillic Acid (GA3)
« on: May 26, 2014, 02:46:20 PM »
Has anyone used gibberellic acid (GA3) as a "pollinator" to set fruit on their citrus trees?  I have and got a huge amount of the blossoms to set fruit on the tree. GA3 also works assome  on tomatoes andpeppers. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Eureka lemon bark splitting
« on: May 26, 2014, 02:20:31 PM »
lotusblos, Citrus tree problems with bark that is cracking and splitting can frequently be more or less common, and may not be cause for alarm. Cracked bark can be caused by the natural growth process, or rapid changes in weather conditions or temperature during various parts of the growing season. However, if your  tree is showing other symptoms, such as gumming, discoloration or die back, your tree may be infected with one of several disease.  I have several lemon trees that develop vertical bark splits from time to time.  The splits are generally anywhere from  3 to 5 inches long, and of very shallow depth. I have several varieties of lemons.  The splits to my trees have never caused any actual damage, or hardship to the tree, nor do I ever see any type of bleeding or oozing from them.  All of my lemon trees remain very healthy and producing fruit throughout the year. - Millet

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

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   

To all members that requested a copy of Dr. Brown's Hardy Citrus article, I will try to E-mail all of them tomorrow, Saturday 5-24-14.  I wanted to wait a week so that I could send all of them at the same time. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: fertilizing containerized trees
« on: May 23, 2014, 03:19:56 PM »
brian, when you make 55-gallon of a fertilizer solution, just e sure to keep the drum's lid on the drum when not in use. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: fertilizing containerized trees
« on: May 22, 2014, 07:44:46 PM »
Just because 25-5-15 is the perfect formula as it is a 5-1-3 ratio, that certainly does not mean the other formulas are bad.  Osmocote Plus (with micronutrients) 15-9-12 would work well as a slow release fertilizer. Using a fertilizer as a foliar spray is normally used at 10% of the application rate shown on the bag.  I make up 55-gallons of fertilizer solution in a plastic drum at a time so that I don't have to make many small solution of fertilizer for each tree. - Millet

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