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Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Looking for key lime seeds
« on: May 14, 2014, 03:35:42 PM »
I believe the only diseases that can be transmitted by seed are psoriasis, citrus leaf blotch virus, and variegated chlorosis.  As Brian asked, have you looked in the food stores.  Key Limes are extremely common in the supermarkets.  Key limes are among the fastest to produce fruit from a planted seed.  When yo plant a Key Lime seed you can expect fruit in the second year. - Millet

I don't see any fruit to look at.  At this time I also don't see any greening.  The tree does look a little deficient in nitrogen.  The symptoms of nitrogen deficiency are, Yellow-orange veins with some green in between, and out on the far side.   Nitrogen deficiency shows up on older leaves, while newer leaves still has some green.  Note that new growth flushes  always look more yellow until the leaf matures. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: rootmaker pots
« on: May 13, 2014, 09:37:36 PM »
MicroKote is designed to improve nutrition and root development of plants grown in containers. MicroKote contains calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese and zinc bound in a latex coating to provide delayed release of the nutrients when the roots reach the sides of the container. The actual purpose of Microkote is supposed to be a deliver system of micro nutrient and not root pruning.  In the past there has been copper coated containers used for root pruning by coating the inside of the container wall to kill the root tips, supposedly causing root branching.  Copper is an essential element for plant growth, but copper coated pots release huge quantities of copper into the container growth medium, thereby destroying the desirable ratios and proportions among the micronutrients.  John Ruther found that 3,000 ppm of copper is needed to do root pruning.  This  amount of copper cause a problem of copper in excess, absorption of iron becomes restricted, causing the common chlorosis of plants in copper coated pots.  - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: pher citrus
« on: May 12, 2014, 11:05:18 PM »
pher all of your trees have very good coloration.  Good job. - Millet

There is a special Nursery Marking Pen, called the Garden Marker. The pen is sunfast, waterprof and permanent. It writes on plastic, wood or metal.  I purchase them from HPS catalog. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Cold Hardy Citrus
« on: May 12, 2014, 10:56:30 PM »
What to do when a tree has been frozen.  In treating trees severely injured by cold, three courses are open to the grower: (1) Leave the tree alone, (2) cut the tree back to the soil, (3) Cut the tree back part way.  Everything considered, leaving the tree alone is the best plan.  For some time following frost/freeze injury it is impossible to determine how much pruning should be undertaken.  If cut back to the ground, more of the tops may be removed than necessary, and if headed back part way they may have to be pruned further at a later date.  There is no need for haste.  Nothing can save trees, or parts of trees, that have been frozen.  Much labor may be prevented by waiting until the exact extent of the injury can be determined.  This cannot be decided until growth starts.  Usually cold damage occurs in December, January and February, and sprouts do not arise from unjured branches  until spring growth begins.  If the injury is severe it may be much later.   When shoots have grown far enough to make it reasonably certain that branches will not die back farther, is soon enough to start the pruning. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Cold Hardy Citrus
« on: May 12, 2014, 10:46:32 PM »
Citrus trees, under certain circumstances, are more resistant to frost and freeze than under others.  Disease conditions,  undernourished trees, insects, the degree of dormancy, all bear an important relation to the amount of cold a tree can successfully withstand.  Diseased conditions reduce the resistant power of the tree as much as do attacks of insects.  Citrus trees are in much better condition to withstand cold when well supplied with food, so that they form healthy vigorous shoots and well develop leaves, than when trees are starved or only poorly fed. It has been shown, in many instances, that trees affected by white-fly, scale or mealybugs, suffer to a far greater degree in a cold period than those free from these pests. Unfortunately, the citrus tree is not distinctly periodic in its growth.  It responds readily to short periods of warm weather. The sap starts to flow, and the buds begin to swell. In this condition a citrus tree may be severely injured by a comparatively higher temperature. How many degrees more of cold a tree will stand when dormant than when not dormant cannot be definitely stated, but the difference is appreciable. - Millet

That there exists a mutual interrelation between the root stock and cion cannot be doubted.  In many cases a hardy stock has a market influence on the power of the cion to withstand cold without injury.  In order of frost resistance root stocks can be arranged as follows: trifoliate orange, sour orange, sweet orange, grapefruit, and rough lemon. Further it has repeatedly been observed that tree suffer more from cold if the preceding period had been dry.

Buying  used venetian blinds at yard sales then cutting them to length provides hundreds of labels, especially for container trees.  Normally they can be purchased for $1.00. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Cold Hardy Citrus
« on: May 11, 2014, 09:52:28 PM »
To date, Arctic Frost Hardy is one of the most cold-tolerant Satsumas that can be grown, enabling successful fruit production in areas where winter temperatures do not dip below 12 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit for any length of time. Blooms and new foliage emerge later than other citrus, after all chance of frost is past, indicative of its hardiness. In areas that get only occasional temperatures this low, enterprising gardeners can shelter the small tree with a covering of fabric and a poly tarp, weighted to the ground forming a tent to gather and trap heat from the earth. Another strategy is to include a few incandescent light bulbs or old-fashioned, heat-producing Christmas tree lights underneath to add a few degrees overnight. Growing these plants next to a south-facing wall or under a bit of high shade will also offer a degree or two of protection and the use of an anti-transpirant will also help. At some point get too large to cover. Older trees do withstand cold temperature drops more easily so mounded soil, mulch or hay can be stacked as high up the trunk as feasible for protection

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Harvest bags , buckets
« on: May 10, 2014, 10:16:09 PM »
Karl, I see I did not list the web site.   sorry here it is

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Harvest bags , buckets
« on: May 10, 2014, 06:16:17 PM »
Here is the traditional picking bag. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Nadorcott Clementine
« on: May 10, 2014, 06:12:24 PM »

bsBullie, no if a fruit is classified as a tangor than it cannot be classified as a mandarin.  Actually, the word Tangerine has no  official standing at all.  The official word of description is mandarin.  The word Tangerine came into common  popular usage because the fruit originally came into the USA from Tanagers. In reality no one really know the parentage of the Florida Honey.  I have seen different text give what they think the parents might be.  I would give your UF listing as a highly respected possible parentage. - Millet

The W. Murcott (Afouer) originated as a chance seedling from a Murcott tree, thus it is a chance hybrid of a Murcott and a unknown pollen parent.

Murcott and the Florida Honey are one and the same fruit.  Murcott is commonly Called Murcott honey because the commercial name of Murcott was changed in Florida to Honey a number of years ago, so as to distinguish it from a California mandarin called Honey (CA Honey). .

The CA Honey is an early ripening seedy fruit.  It is a hybrid of the King Mandarin x Willow leaf mandarin.  The CA Honey was first found in Riverside California. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Sending pictures.
« on: May 07, 2014, 03:41:39 PM »
Some members have asked why their pictures have shown up sideways.  I asked the forum's administration and here is the answer.   'I think the reason the pics are showing up sideways is because they are not adjusting them before uploading them. Tell the people with the issue to rotate the picture BEFORE uploading it and it should work. If they are uploading from their phone, it may be more difficult." - Millet

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 100% Synthetic Potting Mix?
« on: May 07, 2014, 03:26:07 PM »
The gritty mix is alright for small plants and small trees.  However if one wants to transplant a fruiting tree into a larger and larger container, the gritty mix's weight becomes unmanageable.  The main PROBLEM with the gritty mix are two things. 1) it is way to heavy of a mix.  2) During warm periods, and through out spring summer and early fall one needs to water the containers once, twice, twice or even three times a day - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Owari blooming in western NC!
« on: May 07, 2014, 09:52:57 AM »
citradia, Oh it is St. Fiacre.  No wonder all was well.  I also have Saint Fiacre standing tall in my greenhouse.  He is a hard worker. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Pomelo versus Grapefruit
« on: May 07, 2014, 09:46:46 AM »
Axier, I agree with you.  We will have to remove the sticky. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Rootstocks Tolerant to Citrus Greening
« on: May 06, 2014, 10:16:56 PM »
The University of Florida's  Lake Alfred breeding program has found several rootstocks that appear to tolerate greening better than existing trees, Grosser told several hundred growers at a Thursday morning seminar in Bonita Springs.

A commercial citrus tree is a combination of two varieties. A rootstock is designed primarily for the soil conditions in an area. A scion produces a specific fruit variety, such as a Valencia orange or a white grapefruit, is grafted onto the rootstock.

Tolerance means the rootstock has a lower frequency of greening infection or, if infected, the disease has less an effect on tree health, Grosser said.

The greening-tolerant rootstocks are ready for widespread field tests, at least an acre of plantings in various parts of the state, he said. That's the next test before one or more of the rootstocks can be released to growers for general use. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: No blooms on Satsumas in ground
« on: May 06, 2014, 10:04:59 PM »
From what you write, I'm sure your Satsuma's received ample chill temperatures.  Of all citrus, Satsuma need  chill hours more than other citrus varieties.  However, all citrus will put on a heaver crop with chill hours. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: No blooms on Satsumas in ground
« on: May 05, 2014, 10:20:06 PM »
Tom, did you protect your Satsuma trees throughout the winter months by supplying higher temperatures during the winter? In other words, did your Satsuma trees get the required amount of chill hours to inable the tree's buds to differentiate from foliage buds into flower buds? - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Owari blooming in western NC!
« on: May 05, 2014, 09:51:56 PM »
Citradia, they must have survived because Saint Peter (I think as it looks like he is holding keys) in the first picture must have taken care of them. - Millet

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Wanted: Gold Nugget Mandarin
« on: May 05, 2014, 07:08:28 PM »
My 4" potted Gold Nugget Mandarin arrived today from Logees greenhouse.  The tree was about 18" tall with two medium side branches and two newly emerging side branches at the top of the tree.   The scion portion of the tree look quite healthy.  Due to  the tree spending its whole life inside a 4" pot, the root system was very root bound.  I washed out all the medium (1/4" pine bark and a little peat), unraveled the root system and temporarily transplanted it into a 1 gallon container.   I have a 3-gallon Air Root Pruning container (ARPC) which I filled with cedar mulch soaking over night.  Tomorrow I will again transplant the Gold Nugget into its permanent 3-gallon home.  The full price of the  Logees Gold Nugget tree was $29.95 for the tree, $11.95 shipping & handling, making a total of $41.90.  Not all that expensive, but still it was a 4" container tree.   It should grow up and become a good tree. In the end I was mostly satisfied- Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Chironja Grapefruit Hybrid
« on: May 05, 2014, 04:09:49 PM »
I've heard that the fruit taste much the same and mixing a glass of orange juice and a glass of grapefruit juice. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Valentine Pummelo
« on: May 05, 2014, 09:00:29 AM »
I told my Doctor about grapefruit, and he switched me to Crestor about 5 weeks ago. - Millet

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