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Re: Its Now Time To Foliar Feed For Best Crop Of Fruit
« Reply #75 on: November 25, 2018, 12:56:44 PM »
I followed Millet's recommendations for feeding and spraying my citrus this year, and all of my trees (save for a 2nd year Golden Nugget that set just one fruit) are holding 2-3x the fruit as they were last year.  I know comparing one season to the next is not particularly meaningful statistically, regardless, I do believe this regimen has helped.  The trees aren't the most beautiful.  They are sandwiched next to my house on the East side and receive only morning and early afternoon light.

Below are a couple pics through the home window at the Washington navel, holding 45+ fruit.  All of these trees are containerized, and it's a miracle they are still limping along 7 years after transplanting.

Thanks for all the great forum tips and support Millet!






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Re: Its Now Time To Foliar Feed For Best Crop Of Fruit
« Reply #76 on: November 29, 2018, 09:42:33 AM »
I used this method on all my citrus trees ...some in ground and some pots plus my friends 9 trees in ground.........they all responded with loads of blooms.....nice one millet.......i have been foliar feeding with a seaweed and fish emulsion blend since and this is well liked by the trees too.
     The guy i buy my trees gave me a really useful tip as well........he said never to feed at soil or foliar feed when any plant is starting to flower or in flower as it disrupts the growth cycle..........That explains why all my eureka lemons dropped last year at flower stage......very good tip......
Now i just wait for the flowering to finish before i feed at all....even my strawbs.
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Re: Its Now Time To Foliar Feed For Best Crop Of Fruit
« Reply #77 on: November 29, 2018, 09:54:24 AM »
nice one z willis ;)

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Re: Its Now Time To Foliar Feed For Best Crop Of Fruit
« Reply #78 on: December 03, 2018, 09:52:00 AM »
update.....i sprayed my trees one month before spring bud break and they all flowered prolifically..........some of them are covered in tiny little fruits and flowering has finished.......i sprayed again and went away for two days......all the little fruits doubled in size over those two days(early fruit drop).....leaves have gone darker green on a lot of trees as well...........so when do i do the final spray of urea then millet please?
Summer has just started here now.(Dec 1st).......it was 40C today..... Evil hot.

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Re: Its Now Time To Foliar Feed For Best Crop Of Fruit
« Reply #79 on: December 03, 2018, 12:10:24 PM »
I followed Millet's recommendation on all my citrus trees as posted here.
I just want to share my young Pummelo tree, about 10-12 feet tall now,
only showed 5 dropped flowers last year, now is holding 9 sizing up fruits:



I think that the extra Low Biuret spray applications have positive effect,
so thanks again Millet! Will do the tasting pretty soon...
Sam

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Re: Its Now Time To Foliar Feed For Best Crop Of Fruit
« Reply #80 on: December 04, 2018, 12:10:24 AM »
Dear Millet.......I am going to spray my trees for citrus leafminer with neem oil mixed with another oil(eco oil).........Would it be good to apply a small amount of urea with this mix as well.....was thinking the oil would help to seal the urea underneath its coating.........good idea or silly Millet?

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« Reply #81 on: December 04, 2018, 03:48:22 PM »
Laidback, I don't think neem oil will do much to take care of leaf miner.  Because urea is a very hydroscopic chemical it should be sprayed with water.  The tree can only absorb urea when it is in the liquid state.  Even when urea dries on the leaf surface, it will rehydrate itself when the humidity raises once again.

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« Reply #82 on: December 06, 2018, 11:30:48 AM »
I have tried many oils to treat leafminer.......its a real problem where i live........the neem oil is very good as it soaks into the leaf and actually kills the grub........all the others just provide a coating on the leaf.....therefore making it difficult to get in...........i was told by my citrus man to combine the two for better effect and its the best i have found so far......the eco oil or pest oil on its own did nothing to deter them..........this mix of the two i have found to be 95% effective....still some but not much..........i have mixed in a little fish/seaweed fert with the above before and that has had good results but i will do the urea on its own then........thanks for that. ;).....with the urea drying.........i saw white powder stuff around the fruits at the base of quite a few fruits on a couple of trees....thats the dried urea is it?
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Re: Its Now Time To Foliar Feed For Best Crop Of Fruit
« Reply #83 on: December 06, 2018, 12:10:12 PM »
Yes it is the dried urea.  With high humidity the white residue will once again re=wet and be available to the tree.

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Re: Its Now Time To Foliar Feed For Best Crop Of Fruit
« Reply #84 on: January 11, 2019, 02:23:34 AM »
Just a friendly reminders, bumping this Millet's thread, that it's time now for Northern Hemisphere growers to start with the 1st Low BiUret sprays routine for your citrus trees. I had great results on my 2 fruiting trees: bountiful Kishu mandarin and 1st time fruiting on "Vietnam's" pummelo.

I just did mine today...
Wondering what happen if you miss the 1st spray, can you still get the same result if you add extra concentration on the 2nd?
Sam

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Re: Its Now Time To Foliar Feed For Best Crop Of Fruit
« Reply #85 on: January 11, 2019, 12:35:58 PM »
When foliar feeding with the urea, should I spray the underside of the leaves too? 

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Re: Its Now Time To Foliar Feed For Best Crop Of Fruit
« Reply #86 on: January 11, 2019, 02:53:02 PM »
Any San Diegans know if the urea at City Farmers is Low Biuret?
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Re: Its Now Time To Foliar Feed For Best Crop Of Fruit
« Reply #87 on: January 11, 2019, 03:01:28 PM »
It is not recommend spraying extra amounts of Low Biuret urea if you missed one application period. 

edweather,  most definitely spray the underside of the leaves, as the underside of the leaf contains by far the most stomata (openings) in the leaf.

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Re: Its Now Time To Foliar Feed For Best Crop Of Fruit
« Reply #88 on: January 11, 2019, 03:10:51 PM »
Will low temperatures (mid thirties) in the immediate forecast prevent me from spraying the low biuret on my trees.  Don't want to hurt them.

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Re: Its Now Time To Foliar Feed For Best Crop Of Fruit
« Reply #89 on: January 21, 2019, 03:41:21 AM »
Is it too late to apply the foliar feeding of urea?

I'm not sure if I have a low-biuret version of urea. This is the one I'm thinking of buying:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0054PA524/ref=psdc_3752891_t1_B007OAYGEA

Along with:

https://www.amazon.com/Bottle-Polysorbate-FOOD-GRADE-KOSHER/dp/B01FY41OOM/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=Polysorbate-20&qid=1548059943&sr=8-5

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Re: Its Now Time To Foliar Feed For Best Crop Of Fruit
« Reply #90 on: January 21, 2019, 12:45:46 PM »
That's it, you got it!    Glad your first question got answered, I overlooked it, but didn't have the answer anyway.
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Re: Its Now Time To Foliar Feed For Best Crop Of Fruit
« Reply #91 on: January 22, 2019, 10:45:42 AM »
Bonsai Beast, I assume your tree has not begun to flower in your area.  You can apply low biuret urea if the bloom has not yet started.  It would have been better if you had sprayed 1.5 to 2 months prior to expected bloom date, but a late spray will still be better than no spray. Then after your trees bloom, new fruitlet set, and the early drop period (where the tree drops some of the small fruit that it set) a second urea spray should be given.

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Re: Its Now Time To Foliar Feed For Best Crop Of Fruit
« Reply #92 on: January 22, 2019, 04:06:56 PM »
Thanks for reminding me to spray it.   I still have some Grapefruit and Limes - should i plug them off before spray?

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Re: Its Now Time To Foliar Feed For Best Crop Of Fruit
« Reply #93 on: January 22, 2019, 11:20:13 PM »
Tony, do you mean by "plug" to pick the fruit before you spray low biuret urea?

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« Reply #94 on: January 23, 2019, 09:24:08 AM »
Yes. Should i wait for or just pick them all then spray low biuret urea?
 Grapefruit is almost yellow the while fruut. Some limes are still small and some are almost ready to pick. 

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« Reply #95 on: January 23, 2019, 10:33:39 AM »
Existing fruit still on the tree is of no concern.  You can spray the tree with low biuret urea with or without fruit on the tree.  The only concern is open flowers.  Never spray anything while the tree is in open bloom.

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« Reply #96 on: January 23, 2019, 03:30:49 PM »
nice.  thank you Millet for answering my questions.

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« Reply #97 on: April 04, 2019, 05:32:49 PM »
Winter prebloom foliar spray application of low Biuret urea is known to greatly increase flower number, thus greater crop yield.  Proper timing is important to achieve the desired outcome.  Winter prebloom sprays are designed to increase flower number and fruit yield without reducing fruit size. Winter prebloom foliar sprays with low biuret urea (46-0-0 >0.5% biuret) is applied at the rate of .44-lbs. (200-grams) in 2 gallon of water plus one teaspoon of a good surfactant per gallon.. For large area sprays (acres) 50-lbs. per 225 gallons water. NOTE: a second low biuret urea foliar spray should also be done after early fruit drop and June drop periods to insure an  increase in fruit size.  In most areas  this would be around July 1 to July 20.
So that's 3 applications: pre-bloom, after bloom fruitlet drop and then the "June" drop?
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Re: Its Now Time To Foliar Feed For Best Crop Of Fruit
« Reply #98 on: April 04, 2019, 09:18:10 PM »
Yes  3 sprays as per the above schedule

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Re: Its Now Time To Foliar Feed For Best Crop Of Fruit
« Reply #99 on: April 04, 2019, 10:22:14 PM »
Would spraying with urea help seedlings grow faster?

 

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