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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus...Mulch or NO Mulch?
« on: April 28, 2014, 04:11:29 PM »
Clay,, thanks for the Durlings video.  It was quite interesting. I've seen many grafting videos, but never seen the tactic of binding over the scion and then placing a rubber band around it  to hold it down for the one year time frame.  - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: this isnt new news anymore
« on: April 28, 2014, 03:58:06 PM »
There was 1 and maybe 2 of the comments that had an educated mind that wrote them.  The comments as demonstrated by the remaining writers  makes me worry about the future of this country.  God help us, and PLEASE hurry. - Millet

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ice Cream Banana
« on: April 27, 2014, 07:32:59 PM »
The Ice Cream banana, also know as Blue Java and Ney Mannan is a great banana for many reasons.  Many people consider the Ice Cream banana the best tasting of all bananas. They compare its flavor to that of vanilla custard or ice cream, its generally highly regarded.  The skins have an odd, silvery-blue sheen, but then ripen to a pale canary yellow color.  It is a bit tall, but otherwise well suited to the home garden ..  It is probably too large for containers. Everyone's tastes differs, but when most people who knows bananas are asked what is the best tasting banana, the three that are most commonly named are Musa Mysore, Rajapuri and Ice Cream.  Musa Kru also gets high mark's. - Millet

Patty, today I received the two University of California books - Citrus Production Manual (433 pages), and Integrated Pest Management for Citrus (270 pages).  I got a lot of reading to do.  Thank you for the tip, I appreciate you bring this to our attention. - Millet

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Wanted: Gold Nugget Mandarin
« on: April 26, 2014, 07:37:51 PM »
Scott, I received the Gold Nugget mandarin from Bayfloral today by UPS.  The packaging was excellent, the tree healthy, the shape of the scion was well balanced.  Over all I was satisfied.  There was a lot of positives with the company and the tree. The negatives were 1) the price of the tree at $97.57, and 2) I was a little disappointed about the size of the tree, which was sold as a 5-gallon tree. Over all, would I buy from Bayfloral again  - Yes I certainly would.  I would just say I like Four Winds Growers tree's a little better, and their pricing is much more completive.  Anyway I got the tree  that I wanted, and I thank you for letting me know about Bayfloral. - Millet

Kona, your correct.  To obtain a mixed color fruit, due to the finger lime tree being cross pollinated, you would first need to extract the seed and plant it  Then you would have to wait until the new seedling tree grew up to maturity, and produced its fruit. However, many citrus varieties do not produce hybrid fruit from cross pollination due to nucellar embryos.  I don't know the extent of nucellar embryony in Finger Limes.  If the trees are nucellar than you would not obtain mixed colors, if not nucellar then you could get a hybrid mix colored fruit. . -  Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Problems with Flying Dragon rootstock
« on: April 25, 2014, 10:32:03 PM »
That is common with Flying dragon.  I have 40+ citrus tree grafted on FD.  Plus I have a very large Cara Cara Navel orange tree and a Large Marisol Clementine grafted on FD, which begun showing benching at a young age between the scion and the Flying Dragon rootstock.  It has  never been any concern at all.  Good compatibility when grafted upon Flying Dragon has been reported with oranges and grapefruit.  I have heard  that some incompatibility could possibility show up on mandarins grafted on FD in 2 or 3 decades years, but how true this is I really don't know. Eureka Lemon is NOT compatible with Trifoliate Orange root stocks. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus...Mulch or NO Mulch?
« on: April 25, 2014, 08:49:16 PM »
Mike T and Jcaldeira, I agree with you. I didn't mean to stop comments,. Some time back, I decided to try mulching a large Marisol Clementine trees.  After perhaps a month or so, I looked under the mulch to check on the soil. To my surprise, there was an uncountable number of pill bugs (rolly-pollys) living under the mulch.  Literally thousands of them.  I removed the mulch and that ended that.  - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus...Mulch or NO Mulch?
« on: April 25, 2014, 06:08:20 PM »
Well, the real answer to this whole discussion is ----If one likes mulching with citrus, then do it.  If one does not like mulching, then don't do it. Mulching has benefits, and mulching has drawbacks.  Personally I don't mulch. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus...Mulch or NO Mulch?
« on: April 25, 2014, 04:03:32 PM »
No, or almost no, commercial citrus grower, would consider mulching their citrus trees.  For the home owner with a few trees on their property, mulching is a person decision.  If you mulch be sure not to place the mulch against the tree' trunk. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus: nutrient schedule?
« on: April 24, 2014, 08:45:46 PM »
Mark In The Great State Of Texas,  Jack's 20-10-20 though not the very best formula for citrus, is really not all that bad.  Citrus like high nitrogen and potassium, and just little phosphorus. 20-10-20, a 2-1-2 ratio fertilizer, offers both high N & K with too much P.   Jacks 25-5-15 W/TM is a relative new formulation of Jacks (Peters Company).  Jacks main customers are the nursery trade, and not citrus.  As said above, research shows that citrus absorb nutrients from the soil in a 5-1-3 ratio, Meaning for every 5 parts N, the tree will absorb 1 part phosphorous and 3 parts potassium.  Therefore, Jacks 25-5-15 is  a 100 percent  correct balanced fertilizer, especially for container citrus trees. If you would like to read further about citrus's 5-1-3 ratio, you will find it in the citrus text book titled "The Genus Citrus" written by Dugo and Giacomo.  - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Nippon Orangequat
« on: April 24, 2014, 03:47:35 PM »
Every time I have ever called Harris Citrus, Ruth answered the telephone.  Harris Citrus is a family business, and Ruth is the daughter of the owner, and the sales manager.  She must be on vacation. The Harris's are an Eskimo family that moved to Florida some years ago, and started this business. The fact that they have to call you back tomorrow, must show that the man that answered the phone is a temporary. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: What to plant outside - 7B?
« on: April 24, 2014, 03:18:46 PM »
From what I see from your list is Nagami Kumquat . - with some protection on very cold nights. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Disease resistant citrus
« on: April 23, 2014, 11:23:51 PM »
I grow 50+ citrus variety.  My worst cultivar for bugs every year  is Fina Sodea . - Millet

Kishu, is a lot smaller than any of the other three varieties you mention. Gold Nugget is a superior variety. - Millet

Doug as  a Florida grower of citrus trees, what you have been told is exactly correct.  If you want to understand why you as a Florida citrus grower needs to lime (CaCO3) your trees read this EDIS article. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: A few citrus in the backyard
« on: April 23, 2014, 03:30:23 PM »
Mike your right about a Tahitian (Bearss) lime's production.  All a person needs is one tree for fruit year around.  My wife juices much of the fruit and freezes the juice in Ice cube trays, and stores the cubes in the freezer.  When she wants to make something, she takes out as many lime ice cubes as required.  All of your trees look to be doing well - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Valentine Pumelo
« on: April 23, 2014, 03:16:57 PM »
Harvey I eat Valentine just like I do a grapefruit.  I cut in half. Then I take a perry knife and cut along the edges of each section so that I can easily remove each section with a spoon. I usually eat them for beakfast. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Pomelo and Lemon Meyer
« on: April 23, 2014, 03:01:10 PM »
Pummelos are self fertile, and therefore do not require anther variety for pollination.  With a tree as small as your Myer Lemon, you could wash the aphids off with a forceful spray of water from the hose.  Be sure to get both the upper and lower surfaces of the leaves. . Pummelo trees like a lot of sun. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus limonia "rangpur"
« on: April 22, 2014, 11:42:06 PM »
Kumquats on their own roots die much much earlier that grafted trees.  - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus: nutrient schedule?
« on: April 22, 2014, 09:20:46 PM »
A great many commercial citrus growers use 6-6-6, 8-8-8 or 10-10-10 because they are readily available, cheap, and can be purchased in bulk.   Citrus trees absorb nutrients from the soil in the ratio of 5-1-3. In other words for every 5 parts nitrogen, the tree's root system will absorb 1 part phosphorous and 3 parts potassium. Obviously, in cases of over dosage or deficiency of one or more elements this ratio must be changed to a more appropriate one. Using a fertilizer with a 5-1-3 ratio such as peters 25-5-15 with minors, is especially good for trees growing in containers. I use this ration on both my container and in ground trees - Millet

Its hard to argue against success.  But salt and citrus trees do not mix. - Millet

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

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Valentine Pumelo
« on: April 22, 2014, 06:52:41 PM »
Igor, remember - good things come to those that wait. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Pomelo versus Grapefruit
« on: April 22, 2014, 10:47:24 AM »
Louisport, grapefruit's scientific name in English is Citrus Paradisi. - Millet

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