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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus: nutrient schedule?
« on: April 22, 2014, 09:20:46 PM »
A great many commercial citrus growers use 6-6-6, 8-8-8 or 10-10-10 because they are readily available, cheap, and can be purchased in bulk.   Citrus trees absorb nutrients from the soil in the ratio of 5-1-3. In other words for every 5 parts nitrogen, the tree's root system will absorb 1 part phosphorous and 3 parts potassium. Obviously, in cases of over dosage or deficiency of one or more elements this ratio must be changed to a more appropriate one. Using a fertilizer with a 5-1-3 ratio such as peters 25-5-15 with minors, is especially good for trees growing in containers. I use this ration on both my container and in ground trees - Millet

Its hard to argue against success.  But salt and citrus trees do not mix. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Citrus Growers Forum Members Read This
« on: April 22, 2014, 08:34:56 PM »
I notice that there are no Citrus Growers Forum members posting, or answering post on page 2 of this Citrus board.  If you look at the top left corner of each page, just above the solid green line, you will see the phrase "Page 1 of 2" and so on.  Click on the "2" for the next page of citrus postings. There you can add a new post, read or answer  the new citrus posts on that page.  When page 2 becomes full it will go to page 3 and so on.  If you have any trouble or question send me a PM. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Valentine Pumelo
« on: April 22, 2014, 06:52:41 PM »
Igor, remember - good things come to those that wait. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Pomelo versus Grapefruit
« on: April 22, 2014, 10:47:24 AM »
Louisport, grapefruit's scientific name in English is Citrus Paradisi. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Cuttling
« on: April 22, 2014, 10:44:39 AM »
Your rooted cutting of a Poncirus is really a special achievement. Poncirus are very hard to root successfully.  Your to be commended. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Pomelo versus Grapefruit
« on: April 22, 2014, 10:03:55 AM »
That because of the French name for grapefruit being almost the same as the English name for Citrus Maxima which in English is  Pummelo. .  Instead of using pumelo, when talking to Portugal tree seller try using the actual scientific name Citrus Maxima. - Millet

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Pernambuco Pineaapple
« on: April 21, 2014, 09:48:36 PM »
Some years ago Pernambuco pineapple was a commercial pineapple, grown by many growers.  Its fruit was widely known because of its exceptionally good flavor. Pernambuco's only sin was that the fruit brused easily, therefore was not a good shipper. This is of course is not a problem with the home grower.  With the advent of newer pineapple cultavars such as Smooth Cayenne, Pernambuco commercial life was quickly discarded, and evidently forgotten my most people of today. - Millet

Lemon Citrus Tree cannot shipping citrus trees into Florida. If they have done so in the past, it is illegal. - Millet

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Pernambuco Pineaapple
« on: April 21, 2014, 05:26:09 PM »
Evidently, in the past Pernambuco pineapples were a rather common planted pineapple, especially in South Florida.  Today it seems almost no one has heard about them.  Both Dr. Manners, and Dr. Julian W. Sauls have told me that the Pernambuuco was the best tasting pineapple they have eaten.  So far, after a years search I am still at zero in locating a source. - Millet

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Wanted: Gold Nugget Mandarin
« on: April 21, 2014, 05:13:33 PM »
Scott I went ahead an ordered a Gold Nugget (5-Gallon sized tree) from Bayflora.  The tree was quite pricey - $97.57 after freight was added.  So now I am getting two trees. One from Bayflora,  and the one from Logees.  Thanks, for the information.  Actually, I had never heard about Bayflora before you told me about them - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Valentine Pumelo
« on: April 21, 2014, 04:37:15 PM »
Harvey you stated that you are guessing a lower taste rating of the Valentine Pummelo was due to being over ripe, did you actually mean under ripe?  My test show leaving the Valentine Pummelo hang a while longer greatly improved the taste. This is certainly true for grapefruit also.- Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus myrtifolia ( Raf. ) "CHINOTO"
« on: April 21, 2014, 04:29:04 PM »
As a Chinotto (Citrus myrtifolia) grows up I like the Chinotto's small sized leaves, and how they are bunched closely together. A very decorative tree. - Millet

Be careful of adding to much hard wood chips to a citrus potting soil blend. Hardwood trees, (oaks, ash, maple cottonwood and so  on) work poorly, not because hardwood decomposition is excessive, but because of the accumulation of high levels of manganese that are in hard wood. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: minneola tangelo in container
« on: April 21, 2014, 03:48:05 PM »
An easy way to thin a citrus tree to ensure large fruit is as follows.  A citrus fruit only requires the energy produced by the three closest leaves to it to grow from a pollinated flower into a mature fruit.  So if you wish your tree to produce the largest size fruit, thin to leave one fruit for each set of three leaves. - Millet 

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Nippon Orangequat
« on: April 20, 2014, 09:59:39 PM »
My tree is like Toms - very upright. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Valentine Pumelo
« on: April 20, 2014, 09:57:06 PM »
  I pick a Valentine that I thought was ready, and your right it was not all that good. I got the hint from Patty (hooserquilt) about delayed harvesting..  I left the rest of the fruit hang for another 4  to 6 weeks, the  difference was huge. The pulp was much reader, sweeter and the juice content increased. This same harvesting tip also goes for grapefruit. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: minneola tangelo in container
« on: April 20, 2014, 09:50:18 PM »
Yes, gibbereilllic (GA3) acid works great.  I use it most every year, both on my citrus and grapes. Two things to consider when using GA3 acid to pollinate your citrus.  The percent of active pollination is very high, so the tree will set a LOT of fruit when sprayed with GA3.  Much more than a tree being pollinated by natural means.  Therefore, you will get many more fruit, but because of the great number, the fruit will be smaller in size.  However, if you thin the tree a little the tree will produce the normal size for the cultivar.   Use a 1 percent solution.  If you don't want to by GA3 you can use tomato and pepper set.  In most brands, the active ingredient is GA3.  To be sure, check the ingredients on the label.  Spray at full bloom.  - Millet

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Colored Finger Limes
« on: April 20, 2014, 01:44:05 PM »
Seed to most Australian rare citrus varieties can be purchased here - Millet

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Pernambuco Pineaapple
« on: April 20, 2014, 01:32:06 PM »
I am searching for a source of propagation slips for the pineapple variety Pernambuco. Thank you for your help.

Citrus General Discussion / Easter Sunday
« on: April 20, 2014, 12:51:07 PM »
Happy Easter  to all. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Valentine Pumelo
« on: April 19, 2014, 10:43:46 PM »
Darkman, you won't regret purchasing a Valentine Pummelo.  Great for breakfast.   Just be sure to let the fruit hang on the tree for a month or 6 weeks after the fruit turns yellow so it will attain the great taste. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Nippon Orangequat
« on: April 19, 2014, 10:39:42 PM »
Darkman, a Xie Shan Satsuma is about the top of the top when it comes to taste.  However, most all  varieties of Satsumas and mandarins do not produce their best tasting fruit until the trees are about 5+ years old.  I tell you this because I don't want you to be disappointed when you taste your trees first crop.  However, I bet you will still rate the first crop as positive.  Be sure to let me know what you think when you taste the first fruit that your trees produce. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Winter lessons learned!!!
« on: April 19, 2014, 10:22:22 PM »
Darkman, a little piece of good news is that the Xie Shan I doing well. Hope to see you again at Citrus Expo 2014- Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Valentine Pumelo
« on: April 19, 2014, 01:53:22 PM »
Harvey, I don't recall what root stock my Valentine is growing on. - Millet

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