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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Nippon Orangequat
« on: July 03, 2014, 12:17:45 AM »
They are all painted white on one side to keep the afternoon heat out.  I think Millet mentioned this a ways back and it definitely helps.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Nippon Orangequat
« on: July 02, 2014, 11:47:05 AM »
Yes, I will definitely report back.  I have quite a few varieties I have never actually tasted that are fruiting now.  I am looking forward to it.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Nippon Orangequat
« on: July 01, 2014, 02:58:40 PM »
The orangequat is blooming now so there's a good chance I will get to see what the fruit tastes like this winter.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Avoiding 'June Drop'
« on: July 01, 2014, 12:14:07 PM »
Thanks, I guess it isn't likely to affect me in my situation.   It gets hot in PA but not southern-desert hot

Citrus General Discussion / Avoiding 'June Drop'
« on: June 30, 2014, 03:12:51 PM »
My container citrus trees are in very low maintenance mode right now - there is osmocote plus in all containers and they get a mix of rainwater and long sprinkler watering.  Aside from occasionally killing ant infestations I don't really have to touch them.   I remember hearing about June Drop from the other forum as something that was an avoidable problem this time of year.  Is it just a matter of keeping the trees from drying out?  Anything in particular to watch out for?  My oranges have already set fruit, the kumquats are blooming, and the lemons/limes are ... both. 

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Miewa Kumquat
« on: June 26, 2014, 03:39:16 PM »
... unfortunately, i can't tell which side of the tree is the meiwa and which is the nagami.

robby, it seems to me that the meiwa leaves are noticeably smaller overall, and the nagami leaves are longer for a given width.   The difference is slight, though, and it could be just that my meiwa wasn't as healthy when it grew these leaves.


Nordman Seedless Nagami:

I had heard that letting plants sway in the wind builds strong trunks so I always stake just long enough for the roots to establish and then I remove the stakes. 

I didn't know about the lower leaves being important, though.  I generally pinch off any growth low on the trunk for my taller tree-form plants.  This is mostly because I have a mix of tree and bush-form trees and I can cram more of them in a row if the canopies are staggered high/low.  Adjacent root pruning pots sort of lock together when touching so it keeps the wind from blowing individual trees over.   I guess the question is:  if you know a branch will be heavily shaded is it better to pinch it off entirely or let it survive?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Xie Shan Satsuma Trees
« on: June 25, 2014, 02:46:06 PM »
Xie Shan arrived today.   There were some delays because Harris only seems to have biweekly USDA inspections that are required for their shipments.  The tree looks very healthy and arrived undamaged.

I was originally planning on getting two but I am starting to worry that I am expanding my collection too quickly... I need to be sure I can care for everything efficiently over the winter.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Miewa Kumquat
« on: June 24, 2014, 03:35:09 PM »
The only kumquats I've ever seen for sale were Nagamis.  They are very sour and sort of astringent but I love them.  Nobody else I've offered them to seem to like them.  I don't have any true Nagami trees but I have Nordman Seedless which tastes about the same.

The exotic plant nursery near my house has some very old citrus on display that are in something like 2.5ft diameter by 3ft tall containers - ~30gal?  The trees themselves are about 9ft tall.  These are actually what got me interested in growing container citrus.  Over the years these old trees seem to be doing worse and worse, and have been mostly butchered for rooted cuttings that are sold there.  It is kind of sad to see.  I think they've given up on them.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: SKINN30A CITRUS GROVE PROGRESSION
« on: June 23, 2014, 03:26:52 PM »
That's really cool... is this for fun or profit??

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Miewa Kumquat
« on: June 22, 2014, 03:45:42 PM »
All of my kumquats are now pushing out flower buds.   I'm sure your Meiwa will bloom soon enough.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Miewa Kumquat
« on: June 18, 2014, 09:06:54 PM »
Yes, I got a whole roll of the stuff and repotted everything in them.  They really do seem to make a noticeable difference.

plantlover, Fukushu fruit seems to be somewhat more sour and juicy, and meiwas more pulpy and sweet.  I prefer fukushu so far but I've only had one crop of each.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Miewa Kumquat
« on: June 18, 2014, 11:41:57 AM »
One of my fukushu kumquats has just begun to bloom.  I have five other kumquats, including a Meiwa, that have not bloomed yet.  However, I am much farther north and these are a mix of new trees (as of spring) and ones that were in a greenhouse for the first time over the winter so I am not really sure what to expect yet.

I still get ants in peat/cedar mixture, it doesn't seem to bother them. 

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Received Two Grapefruit Trees Today
« on: June 17, 2014, 11:47:25 AM »
Marsh are the common commercial white grapefruit, right? 

Fourwinds does use citri-pots for their 1yr trees, by the way.  I received two this spring.  The root systems were still small enough that they were not tangled, though.

Citrus General Discussion / back from the dead
« on: June 14, 2014, 02:13:02 PM »
OVer the winter I watched my Eustis Limequat steadily decline.  When it start losing most of its leaves I pulled it out of the pot and realized the roots were all rotted, likely due to poor location of drainage holes in the container.  I repotted it and treated it with AgriFos and watched every leaf fall off and every branch die over the spring.  It just sprouted some new growth above the graft line.  Hopefully it will make a full recovery.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: fd seeds
« on: June 12, 2014, 09:11:07 PM »
I planted a bunch of them and I think you want a container that is at least 6" deep when starting seeds or the taproot gets forever bent.  It isn't the end of the world but I assume it wold be better with a uninterrupted taproot.  I think those 20oz red cups make good seedling pots if you poke holes in the bottom.

I had initially planted a bunch of them in one pot and I was able to separate them out into individual cups without any harm.  So go for it if you want to, the roots seem pretty sturdy if you are careful.

I quit drinking orange juice when I realized I could eat something like four oranges for the same calorie intake, and the oranges taste much better and are more filling.  The flavor pack thing is just dishonest, too.  I don't think there is anything evil about using them, but the "fresh squeezed" marketing should not be allowed by FTC.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Xie Shan Satsuma Trees
« on: June 10, 2014, 02:45:07 PM »
Harris finally updated their inventory and I ordered a Xie Shan.  I'll post a picture when it arrives.

I never understood the anti-GMO movement.  This kind of thing is modern tech at its finest.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Xie Shan Satsuma Trees
« on: June 04, 2014, 01:41:42 AM »
I'm not sure what you are getting at here, Millet.  Does Brite Leaf also carry Xie Shan?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Xie Shan Satsuma Trees
« on: June 03, 2014, 03:44:20 PM »
I still don't see Xie Shan on the site... I'll have to call back again

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Xie Shan Satsuma Trees
« on: June 02, 2014, 02:59:08 PM »
I didn't see Xie Shan on the website so I called Ruth and she said it must be a mistake and she will add it back into the system this afternoon. 

Thanks for the notice, Millet.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: New citrus arrivals
« on: May 30, 2014, 04:44:06 PM »
You got a Xie Shan from Harris?  When I called them last month they told me they wouldn't be ready for sale until July/August.

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