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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Growing citrus in pots
« on: April 23, 2019, 10:15:09 PM »
This is the method that commercial growers use to prepare there Coconut husk chips To prepare the husk.

First hydrate the bale in two 32
gallon containers at least overnight , and then transfer the
hydrated husk and excess water to a second container that
has had a large number of holes drilled into the bottom, and
about six inches up the sides. After the husk drains, a steady
stream of water is washed through until it appears to run
clear from the container. Then the husk is again transferred
back to the solid container and again covered with water
with a few ounces each of Calcium Nitrate and Magnesium
Sulfate (Epsom Salts) added at least overnight. The draining
and washing procedure is repeated again using pure water,
with the final rinse being extensive. At this point
measurements have revealed virtually no significant leachable salts and a pH just slightly
below neutral. The conditioning with calcium and magnesium is done because of the moderate
Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC) of the coconut husk. Sodium (Na) and Potassium (K) ions
are strongly bound to the CHC. Laboratory comparative analysis of extracts of coconut husk
products using distilled water versus a barium chloride solution demonstrate that as much as
2/3 of the Na and K may not be leached by water alone. What then happens is that you cation
exchange calcium and magnesium for sodium and potassium in your early fertilized
irrigations, creating possible calcium and magnesium deficiencies and sodium and potassium
excesses. If you irrigate heavily as we recommend, the problem is quite temporary and
limited. Unfortunately, it seems to be more and more common to hear about people using less
extensive irrigation practices, and under these circumstances problems may arise. The
addition of calcium and magnesium in the wash stages allows for cation exchange to occur
then, creating a more balanced state from the start.

http://www.orchidclubofsouthaustraliainc.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/use_of_coconut_husk_chips_for_potting_medium.pdf

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Only from China... Lmao!
« on: April 23, 2019, 03:01:59 PM »
If you cannot locate a Genoa lemon anywhere, you can always buy from FWG and graft it onto Swingle. 

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Only from China... Lmao!
« on: April 23, 2019, 01:27:22 PM »
Laaz, Four Winds Growers presently  has Genoa Lemon for sale

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Where to get Flying Dragon rootstock
« on: April 23, 2019, 01:20:06 PM »
TVE, note that approximately only 50 percent of Flying Dragon seedlings are true from seed.  You will have to cull the non true varieties out.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Thorns on Root Cuttings (?)
« on: April 21, 2019, 06:12:14 PM »
It make no difference whether you leave the thorns on or clip them off, as far as the rooting is concerned.  Removing the thorns makes handling easier .

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Only from China... Lmao!
« on: April 20, 2019, 02:32:59 PM »
Todd, you better snap that lemon up.  It would look great in your collection. 

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Grafting Question: Advice Needed
« on: April 15, 2019, 09:57:03 PM »
Superthrive is a complete  waste of money, a worthless product.  I remember a test Dr. Manners conducted at Florida Southern University, and reported the results - Could see no benefit over plants that were not given suuperthrive.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Orri Mandarin
« on: April 14, 2019, 10:19:15 PM »
There are so many mandarins on the market these days, more or less they all taste much the same.  Some are a little sweeter, and some are a little more acidic.  All in all mandarins are mandarins.  If I had to pick one as my favorite, I guess I would pick Xie Shan,

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Radoslav, great article, extremely interesting.  Many thanks, much appreciated.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Zagara bianca flowers
« on: April 12, 2019, 03:40:13 PM »
One comment.  Since the Zagara bianca lemon produces a medium sized fruit, and the fruit's rind is thick, this reduces the amount of its useable juice.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Zagara bianca flowers
« on: April 12, 2019, 10:44:48 AM »
I don't grow Zagara Bianca lemon, but from all the pictures of the tree that I've seen the flowers are pure white.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: My Marumi kumquat tastes so good.
« on: April 11, 2019, 09:39:30 PM »
I also had a sunquat, centennial, and Nagami and eventually tossed them out into the compost pile, mainly because I did not care for their taste.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Oroblanco
« on: April 11, 2019, 10:46:51 AM »
The pot is indeed too small.  When a tree has outgrown the container, thus becoming root bound, the growth habit of the tree becomes straight up, like toothpaste squeezed out of the tube, as shown in your picture.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Leggy satsuma mandarin
« on: April 09, 2019, 10:47:25 PM »
Over fertilization could well be the problem, and probably is.. However, much depends on the amount of fertilizer you apply with each application..  For a young in ground citrus tree do not use a fertilizer with higher than an 8-8-8 analysis during the first 3 years of the trees life. A 1 year old tree should be fertilized 6 times per the growing season equally spaced out.  A 2 year old tree 5 times the growing season equally spaced out.  A 3 year old tree 4 times during the growing season,  For trees 4 years and older fertilize 3 times the growing season. For young trees apply fertilizer in a 3-ft. diameter circle around the tree.  As the tree becomes older, the area fertilized should be enlarged as the root system expands.  As a rule of thumb, fertilize an area twice the diameter of the tree canopy.   Care should be taken to avoid root and trunk damage by uneven placement or mounding the fertilizer against the trunk. Recommendations for the amount of fertilizer to apply.  Apply 0.3, 0.6, and 0.9 lbs. actual nitrogen per tree during years 1, 2 and 3 respectively (divided the recommended actual nitrogen by the number of applications per growing season).   Thereafter, increase the amount of actual nitrogen applied according to tree growth, up to but not more than 1.5 lbs. actual nitrogen per tree per year.

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Citrus seed germination beginning in 6 days
« on: April 09, 2019, 12:28:06 PM »
The zygote embryo, even in stronger nucellar varieties is not necessarily smaller or weaker.  The reason the nucellar embryos can squeeze out the zygote is because they get a head start on the zygote by germinating earlier. 

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: How hardy is TaiTri?
« on: April 08, 2019, 06:55:56 PM »
I believe the Bradford watermelon is still available.  A couple years ago it was sold on a first come first served.   

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I think Sylvain is correct.  They just look like old leaves being discarded by the tree.  However, before the tree discards the leaves it first removes the nutrients to be reused  again elsewhere. The life of a citrus leaf is approximately 18 months.  Notice that the leaves that are yellowing are the oldest leaves of the tree.

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I had a bottle of Hibiscus wine from Joe Real.  Excellent.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Ujukitsu vs. New Zealand lemons
« on: April 05, 2019, 06:20:33 PM »
NZL has an upward growth habit.  Much like a lemon tree.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Ujukitsu vs. New Zealand lemons
« on: April 04, 2019, 09:50:50 PM »
New Zealand Lemonade, does have a lemon like taste, but no where as intense and biting as an actual lemon such as Eureka, therefore not a substitute for an actual lemon.. However, the taste is really excellent (in my opinion) and very adapted to eating out of hand.  I have a NZL tree and really like them. Their best taste is when the fruit is left on the tree until it turns from green to yellow.  Well worth growing.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Honeybell and HLB
« on: April 04, 2019, 09:44:15 PM »
If your writing about Honeybell, also known as Minneola Tangelo, (a cross between a Dancy Tangerine and Duncan grapefruit) this variety if very sensitive to HLB.  However, if you are actually writing about Sugar Belle (which is a cross between Clementine, and Mineola) than yes it has some resistance to HLB.  Many growers in Florida are indeed planting Sugarbelle.

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Yes  3 sprays as per the above schedule

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Lemon tree has large leaves
« on: April 02, 2019, 07:52:27 PM »
I have two lemon trees growing inside my greenhouse.  They get PLENTY of light and still produce some very large leaves every now and then,

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Absolutely The Best Perlite Ever
« on: April 02, 2019, 07:50:29 PM »
Thanks Laaz, I found two distributors in my area.  I pick some up.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Lemon tree has large leaves
« on: April 02, 2019, 11:32:33 AM »
Extra large leaves on a lemon tree happens quite frequently. 

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