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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Massachusetts Satsuma
« on: May 21, 2014, 09:58:37 AM »
Scott what are your winter protection plans for this tree when it grows into a large tree? - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Kumquat bloom schedule
« on: May 21, 2014, 09:54:28 AM »
Generally, the more a cultivar is cold hardy, the later the cultivar blooms.  - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: rootmaker pots
« on: May 20, 2014, 06:19:05 PM »
Robert, sorry for the mistake, must have been a senior moment.  I should know better, because I buy the Caps and have them on top of all of my containers.  They really conserve water. What your looking for is called Root Builder-11 bases (see link below).  I did not see them on the retail section.  On the Wholesale section of the web site they show a minimum order of $50.00  for the  bases. Reading Dr. Whitacomb's book, he says you can also use a concrete floor or a sheet of polyethylene.  I have several large Root Builder containers setting on a concrete floor, and also containers setting upon polyethylene, works fine.

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Root stock seed
« on: May 20, 2014, 04:22:35 PM »
Karl, let us know what the percentage of germination is using E-bay seed.  Just interested. Thanks - Millet

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Looking for key lime seeds
« on: May 20, 2014, 04:19:29 PM »
Drvanger, Your Key Lime seeds sent today via U.S. Mail. The best of luck for your new tree.- Millet

Bush2Beach, thank you for the alternate bearing explanation. It is always a great day when one learns something new.  Following up On Bush2Beach I found this sentence on the Internet site listed below. "Alternate bearing is a serious problem with Satsumas. Fruit thinning is therefore the most vital operation in producing a steady stream of good size fruit.". - Again thank you Bush2Beach - Millet

Tom, was your Satsuma well watered and well fertilized?  Though moderately drought tolerant, once established, they MUST have regular applications of water for good fruit production.  REGULAR fertilization is also required as they are heavy feeders. Brown Select requires full sun, grows and produces best in areas with hot summers and cool winters. They will tolerate temperatures well below freezing for a few hours. - Millet.

Tom, one would certainly think so with that name, but Brown's Select Satsuma was developed by the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: rootmaker pots
« on: May 19, 2014, 09:34:22 PM »
Robert it is really great seeing you posting here.  The product that you place a Root Builder container is called Root Capô weed barrier disk.  I did not know that the 18" high Root Builder 100-ft. roll is now 17" high.  The other size Root Builder is 30" tall.  How is everything going with your trees?  It should be getting hot in your part of the country. The best - Millet

I have found the long lost part-2 article titled "The Cold Hardy Citrus of Texas".  If you would like a copy contact me using the private message on this site.  Give me your E-mail address and I will send you a copy..  Many of Dr. Brown's  cold hardy citrus varieties are discussed, such as his Poncirus Hybrids, Chinotto Hybrids, Yuzu Hybrids and his many Changsha Hybrids. Also is how he conducted many of his experiments.  Dr. John R. Brown, M.D. was a retired family practitioner in Franklin, Texas.  He has been an enthusiast of cold hardy citrus since youth, and has hybridized many citrus fruits for over four decades at his home in Houston and at farms in east Texas.  Dr. Brown's name has became world famous as a cold hardy citrus researcher.   We hope to make this site a home for those interest in furthering Cold Hardy Citrus - Millet

I not worried about the price of limes.  I have a large in ground lime tree, that produces way more fruit then my wife and I can ever use.  The extra fruit that we can't use are juiced and frozen in ice cube trays. - Millet

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Looking for key lime seeds
« on: May 18, 2014, 11:59:18 AM »
I  have found no restriction for shipping citrus seed to the country of Hungary.  Not surprising since Hungary is not a citrus producing country. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: rootmaker pots
« on: May 18, 2014, 11:51:00 AM »
Even though this is a citrus forum Tom's pecan/RootMaker container question is quite interesting.   Dr.Carl Whitcomb, inventor of the Root Maker air root pruning container goes on to explain a solution to the Pecan question.
1. Germinate pecan seed in flats with a a mesh bottom and solid sides.  Place newspaper in the bottom of the flat. Cover with 2 inches of propagation mix and spread pecan seeds uniformly across the surface.  Then add enough mix to cover 1/2 of the seed.

2. Allow the seeds to germinate and extend the tap root down and through the newspaper so the tip of the taproot is air pruned.  The tip will change from near white to black.

3. As soon as the tip of the taproot has been air pruned, transplant the seeds into large propagation containers such as the RootMaker !!, 18 cell trays. The double air-pruning of the taproot causes the taproot to branch into many side roots.

4. Allow the seedlings to grow in the propagation containers for roughly 8 weeks.

5. Transplant the seedlings into 5 - 7 gallon Root Trapper containers for the first season  and some of the second growing season , or until the seedlings reach 4 or 5 feet tall, and with good root systems ready for grafting or transplanting.  - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Chas's Citrus Collection
« on: May 18, 2014, 11:02:55 AM »
You really do have very healthy looking trees.  Whatever care you are giving them, your doing an exceptional job.  Thanks for showing us such a nice collection. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / How To Win A Citrus Fruit Competition
« on: May 17, 2014, 11:00:40 PM »
To obtain a large clean looking fruit suitable for competition, here are a few hints. After the bloom has set small fruitlets, wait until you are sure that they will be retained by the tree, because 60 percent of the first small fruit are normally dropped from the tree in the first month.   When the remaining fruit reaches the size of a large marble;, or ping pong ball, it is time to select what fruit to remove/prune from the tree.  A citrus fruit draws its entire required nutrition to grow from its beginning to maturity only from the closest 3-4 leaves to the fruit.   Therefore, go around the tree and prune the crop so that there is only one fruit per every 4 leaves.   For in ground trees, if your citrus tree is 3 years old you will need to fertilize the tree 5 times  per year, 4 year old tree fertilize 4 times and for trees 5+ years of age fertilize 4 times a year.  Careful tree maintenance for insects (mites, mealy bugs, scale and aphids) must be maintained to prevent peel scaring.  When the competition  nears select the largest fruit from the tree, one having the deepest coloration and cleanest peel.  This may or may not  be a fruit from the south side of the tree.  Before entering the fruit into competition, polish it it with a high quality food grade oil.  Good luck. - Millet

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Looking for key lime seeds
« on: May 16, 2014, 05:53:05 PM »
Davenger I decided to wait until Monday.  If I send them today, they will just set in the Post Office over the week end.  Send me your address on my personal E-mail. - Regards, Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: rootmaker pots
« on: May 16, 2014, 03:01:24 PM »
Swimmingfree, those should also work just fine. - Milllet

Grass or weeds growing under a citrus tree causes more difficulties for citrus than most other types of trees.  Citrus has a very shallow root system with many feeder roots near the soil surface.  Weeds, and grass should not be allowed to grow under citrus trees. .  Grass is especially a big competitor when water and fertilizer are applied to the tree.  Much of the moisture and nutrition is absorbed by the grass instead of the tree.  That is why many citrus trees growing in the lawn show nutrient deficiencies, even when fertilizers have been applied.  As Citrange pointed out in the above post, it is always considered best to keep the soil under a citrus tree bear of growth. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: rootmaker pots
« on: May 15, 2014, 10:35:10 PM »
RootMaker also makes a product called a Root Cap.  I use them on top of all my containers.  They really save on water and reduces weed from  growing on the top of the root ball.  they also extends the time between watering and thus fertilizing. - MIllet

I have a large in ground Bearss Lime tree.  Bearss limes could be used in a pinch, but bar tenders prefer Key Limes, also commonly known as bartender's limes;. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: rootmaker pots
« on: May 15, 2014, 10:08:58 PM »

I have never attached anything to the bottom .   I just set it on concrete, or I purchase the root trapping material made to set the ARPC upon.   If you make a large ARPC, and set on the soil with an open bottom, then it works the same as a raised bed . - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: rootmaker pots
« on: May 15, 2014, 11:15:45 AM »
fyliu, Air Root Pruning containers (ARPC) are equally efficient in both large, smaller, and medium sized containers.  Containers up to 250-gallon size can be made with ARPC.  ARPC work on what is called the 4-inch rule.  When a hedge is pruned have you ever noticed where the new side branches begin growing?  It is 4-inches back from the pruning cut.  This is exactly the same with roots.  When the root tip is pruned off, the branching of new side roots starts growing out 4-inches back from they were they were air pruned.   Further when these newly grown young  side roots grow and they also reach the air pruning holes, they too are pruned, and the 4-inch rule starts all over again on them.  As with conventional containers, you will never find root circling  around and around inside the containe.  Root circling never occurs with ARPC..  Many, many times the number of rooting occur in ARPC than in conventional nursery pot. - Millet

Kumquats, both Meiwa and Nagami, are very very slow growing, and fruit just once a year normally during late spring or early summer.  If you wish to plant a citrus variety that blooms and fruits year around  Lemon and Limes are the only citrus varieties that bloom and fruit year around.  However even with lemon and lime the main crops are in the spring. - Millet

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Looking for key lime seeds
« on: May 14, 2014, 11:04:49 PM »
I'll look in our supermarket for some Key Limes.  I'll post tomorrow and let you know if the supermarket has any, I don't think it should be a problem.  If so I'll buy some and send you the seeds.  If every thing turns out, you can send me you address tomorrow. - Millet

demingcr, yes now I see the fruit on the last picture.  Looks very normal. - Millet

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