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Citrus General Discussion / Re: meyer lemon Improved or not ?
« on: June 07, 2014, 10:06:36 AM »
As Mike wrote above, the improved Meyer lemon is a virus free form of the original Meyer lemon.  In the 1940's the original Meyer lemons were found to be a carrier of the tristeza virus.  As a carrier of the fatal virus, it passed the virus to other citrus varieties, but never shown any of the symptoms itself.  The propagation and sale of the original Meyer lemon was banned 20 or 30 years ago.  Luckily in the early 50's a virus free tree was found by none other than Don Dillon, the founder of the Four Winds Growers dwarf citrus company, a very popular California dwarf citrus tree propagator and supplier. I have purchased many excellent quality citrus tree from them.  After Don's tree was certified by the University of California to be indeed free of tristeza, it was release for propagation and sale to the general public.  The Improved Meyer lemon has mostly been grown only as a back yard tree, and never as a commercial tree, as its fruit does not holdup well under long distance shipping. We owe word of thanks to Don Dillon for all the Improved Meyer lemons we are able to enjoy today. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Xie Shan Satsuma Trees
« on: June 06, 2014, 03:15:59 PM »
Robby, since Xie Shan is a Satsuma I would just grow the tree from seed on its own roots. A well grown Satsuma should produce fruit in 3 to 5 years, even some what faster if the tree was lighted and root heated during the winter. - Milleet- Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Xie Shan Satsuma Trees
« on: June 05, 2014, 09:24:36 PM »
Robby, yes Xie Shan Grows true from seed.  I realize that Arizona, along with all of the other citrus growing states, do not allow citrus trees to be shipped into their states. The reason for this is to protect the citrus industry in those states from imported citrus diseases. Currently Florida citrus nurseries are now being allowed once again, to ship their trees intrastate. The reason for this change in the government's policy, is because before a tree leaves Florida for another state, the tree is inspected by a USDA agent, and is certified  to be free of all diseases. The USDA certifies that the trees have a clean bill of health.  These trees are therefore not  a threat, nor present any danger to the citrus industries operating in Arizona, California, Florida,Texas, or any other citrus producing region.  An exception should be given for these USDA certified trees, and citizens living in the citrus growing states should be allowed to purchase the trees from Florida nurseries, and be able to have them shipped to their destination. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Gibberillic Acid (GA3)
« on: June 05, 2014, 03:00:00 PM »
Biologist think that there are perhaps 120 different forums of gibbberellins. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Gibberillic Acid (GA3)
« on: June 04, 2014, 10:28:43 PM »
Other uses for gibberellins (GA3)
1. GA3 spray has been shown to stimulate bud break and vegetative shoot growth. 
2. GA3 spray can inhibit flowering in citrus if applied prior to the irreversible commitment to flowering.
3. GA3 spray prevents senescence, and keeps citrus fruit green longer if sprayed prior to color break to delay rind senescence of the fruit in late harvested orchards, and when fruit is to be left hanging for an extended period .   So reliable are the annual economic benefits derived from gibbing citrus fruit for late harvest, it has become a standard horticultural practice in most citrus producing countries of the world.   
4. GA3 promotes seed germination..
5. When the gibberellin concentration is lower than the ABA concentration, the tree becomes dormant;, when the gibberellin concentration is greater than the ABA concentration, dormancy is overcome and growth resumes.
6. GA3 promotes shoot elongation, by causing cell division in the cells of the node and also causing these cells to elongate, resulting in elongation of the internode, and elongation of the shoot.
7. GA3 promotes fruit set.
8. GA3 promotes leaf expansion.
9. GA3 is pH dependent. High alkaline solutions causes decomposition, and loss of activity of GA3.  A pH lower than 4 also causes decomposition.   At pH 4  the uptake of the chemical is three fold greater that at pH 7.

Neat, thanks. - Millet

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Want A Citrus Tree In A Cold Yard?
« on: June 04, 2014, 09:19:55 PM »
Yuzu is an ancient cultivar going back thousands of years in China. The British plant hunter Frank Meyer, famous for discovering the Meyer Lemon, which is named for him, also discovered the hardy Yuzu in  Hsi-Chi village in northwestern China in 1914.  Yuzu is a cross between Citrus ichangensis x C. reticulata, thus it is a ichandarin.   The yuzu does not resemble either parent which is quite unusual. The tree is medium sized, narrow upright, and quite cold hardy.  The most notable characteristic of Yuzu is it pungent aroma.   Yuzu fruit are normally harvested in autumn while still green, although the fruit eventually turns a dark yellow color, and when dried is commonly used as a spice.  The peel is edible, and the albedo (the white inner portion of the peel) is distinctly sweet, much like a kumquat.  It is used in Japan like a lemon, and as an aroma ingredient in hot baths.   When fully dormant it can tolerate temperatures as low as 10F and perhaps lower when fully dormant.  Like many Citrus ichangensis hybrids, it can go deciduous during cold spells with no loss to fruiting wood. -Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Xie Shan Satsuma Trees
« on: June 04, 2014, 09:44:22 AM »
Brian, no Brite Leaf does not offer Xie Shan.  Sorry for the confusion. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Xie Shan Satsuma Trees
« on: June 03, 2014, 11:01:10 PM »
Brain, I just today ordered two seedless marsh grapefruit trees from Anna at Brite Leaf.  Their next shipping date is June 10th. - Millet

Yorgos, some of these benefits are also benefits in other citrus varieties but not all of them.

Luisport, 100% sure that pummelo seed deso not produce true.  Sorry about that. - Millet

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Wanted good Pummelo seeds
« on: June 03, 2014, 09:50:19 AM »
Louisport,  it might be fun to germinate and grow a tree from a  pummelo seed, but unfortunately the tree will not turn out to be a pummelo.  Pummelo seeds do not produce  true from seed. - Millwt

Citrus General Discussion / Amazing Health Benefits Of The Pummelo
« on: June 02, 2014, 10:14:18 PM »
Pummelo Benefits:

The benefits of pummelo fruit are listed below.

1. Prevents Urinary Tract Infection:
Urinary Tract infection is a bacterial infection that affects the urinary system that creates stores and removes urine. Increased consumption of pummelo juice helps to fight this particular frequent swelling in pregnant women. The Vitamin C present in pummelo increases the acid level in urine and shirks the development of bacteria in the urinary tract.

2. Promotes healing:
Wound recovery practice suggests recovering strength of wounded tissue by replacing the dead tissue with a healthy tissue. Enzyme in Vitamin C helps in the development of Collagen, a protein that fortifies skin making it skin flexible and initiating wound recovery.

3. Healthy gums:
Bleeding and loose gums might be a symbol of Vitamin C deficiency. Collagen development is not just essential for skin, but also essential for creating healthy and balanced gums and teeth. Pummelo helps to make the gums stronger and keeps teeth problems at bay.

4. Heart health:
Pummelo has a high content of potassium, which like Vitamin C plays an important role in supporting the heart. This essential mineral regulates blood pressure levels. Abundant in pectin, pummelo juice clears the arterial deposits accumulated in the body, thereby reducing the impurities and benefiting people with hypertension. Pummelo also reduces the cholesterol count in the body and promotes good cholesterol.

5. Prevents anemia:
 Research has shown that Vitamin C enhances the absorption of iron in body. Iron deficiency often leads to anaemia i.e. shortage of blood in body. Having a diet rich in Vitamin C helps to combat iron loss and improves blood circulation.

6. Wards off cold and flu:
Eating fresh pummelo fruit or drinking pummelo juice, can help prevent toxins and free radical cells from building up in the body. Too many free radicals in the body can cause health conditions like cold, flu, asthma, bacterial infection, allergies and so on. Vitamin C is one of the nutrients which stimulates the action of antibodies and immune cells which guard the body against bacteria that cause cold and flu.

7. Fights cancer:
The skin of pummelo is very rich in bioflavonoids which fights cancer and helps to reduce pancreatic, intestinal and breast cancer. It also stops cancer from spreading by enabling the body to eliminate excess oestrogen. Fiber, present in pummelo protects from colon cancer.

8. Fights Anti ageing:
Pummelo, like grapefruits contain spermadine which protect the cell from processes related to ageing and cell damage. It combats wrinkles and skin ageing and makes the skin appear youthful, fair and soft. It not only removes free radicals that harm the skin, but also assists the body to boost the production of collagen.

9. Weight loss:
Fiber is extremely significant for weight loss. Foods high in fiber stays in the stomach for a longer time and reduces regular hunger pangs. They also need more chewing time giving the body longer time to feel satisfied and reducing the risk of too much eating. This fruit also has properties which help to burn the fat reducing the starch and sugar content in the body.

10. Prevents osteoporosis:
Uncontrolled osteoporosis can affect posture, bodily movements as well as flexibility. Treatment for brittle bones calls for a diet rich in calcium and minerals to encourage new bone development. The pulp of pummelo boosts bone health and decreases the potential risk of building brittle bones.

11. Aids digestion:
The high Vitamin C content in pummelo retains the elasticity of arteries and improves the digestive system. Although the food has high ascorbic acid content, it produces an alkaline reaction once digested.  Pummelo is filled with dietary fiber which assists in preserving normal bowel motions and avoids haemorrhoids.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Want A Citrus Tree In A Cold Yard?
« on: June 02, 2014, 09:51:30 PM »
Ten Degree Tangerine also known as Clem-Yuz 3-3 can be a citrus tree for yards outside of the citrus belt.  This very ornamental citrus tree was developed in Texas, and it sure lives up to it name. A friend's tree bloomed and then set fruit after sustaining temperatures as low as 21-F over a cold period of 49 hours.  The sweet/sour tasting tangerine fruit ripens around Christmas in Texas.  Grafted upon a Flying Dragon root stock the tree can reach a height of around 12- feet when fully matured. Stan Mckenzie of Mckenzie Farms offers this tree at $20.00 in a one gallon container (or $20 per gallon). - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: walmart and citrus tree's
« on: June 01, 2014, 02:24:35 PM »
I see written on the  container that the Meyer you purchased was grown by Record Buck Farms, a Florida Citrus nursery.  Record Buck Farms generally produces nice quality trees. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Tale of 3 mandarins
« on: June 01, 2014, 09:35:15 AM »
Almost all mandarins mature before the peel obtains full color. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Citrus Greening In Texas
« on: May 31, 2014, 02:41:53 PM »
Citrus Greening Disease in the Rio Grande Valley Texas

Citrus General Discussion / Xie Shan Satsuma Trees
« on: May 31, 2014, 02:08:06 PM »
For those of you who are looking for a Xie Shan Satsuma tree,  Harris Citrus of Florida now has them in stock.  Xie Shan is among the very best tasting citrus variety.  It is a September/October early maturing cultivar.  - Millet

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

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