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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus...Mulch or NO Mulch?
« on: April 25, 2014, 06:08:20 PM »
Well, the real answer to this whole discussion is ----If one likes mulching with citrus, then do it.  If one does not like mulching, then don't do it. Mulching has benefits, and mulching has drawbacks.  Personally I don't mulch. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus...Mulch or NO Mulch?
« on: April 25, 2014, 04:03:32 PM »
No, or almost no, commercial citrus grower, would consider mulching their citrus trees.  For the home owner with a few trees on their property, mulching is a person decision.  If you mulch be sure not to place the mulch against the tree' trunk. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus: nutrient schedule?
« on: April 24, 2014, 08:45:46 PM »
Mark In The Great State Of Texas,  Jack's 20-10-20 though not the very best formula for citrus, is really not all that bad.  Citrus like high nitrogen and potassium, and just little phosphorus. 20-10-20, a 2-1-2 ratio fertilizer, offers both high N & K with too much P.   Jacks 25-5-15 W/TM is a relative new formulation of Jacks (Peters Company).  Jacks main customers are the nursery trade, and not citrus.  As said above, research shows that citrus absorb nutrients from the soil in a 5-1-3 ratio, Meaning for every 5 parts N, the tree will absorb 1 part phosphorous and 3 parts potassium.  Therefore, Jacks 25-5-15 is  a 100 percent  correct balanced fertilizer, especially for container citrus trees. If you would like to read further about citrus's 5-1-3 ratio, you will find it in the citrus text book titled "The Genus Citrus" written by Dugo and Giacomo.  - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Nippon Orangequat
« on: April 24, 2014, 03:47:35 PM »
Every time I have ever called Harris Citrus, Ruth answered the telephone.  Harris Citrus is a family business, and Ruth is the daughter of the owner, and the sales manager.  She must be on vacation. The Harris's are an Eskimo family that moved to Florida some years ago, and started this business. The fact that they have to call you back tomorrow, must show that the man that answered the phone is a temporary. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: What to plant outside - 7B?
« on: April 24, 2014, 03:18:46 PM »
From what I see from your list is Nagami Kumquat . - with some protection on very cold nights. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Disease resistant citrus
« on: April 23, 2014, 11:23:51 PM »
I grow 50+ citrus variety.  My worst cultivar for bugs every year  is Fina Sodea . - Millet

Kishu, is a lot smaller than any of the other three varieties you mention. Gold Nugget is a superior variety. - Millet

Doug as  a Florida grower of citrus trees, what you have been told is exactly correct.  If you want to understand why you as a Florida citrus grower needs to lime (CaCO3) your trees read this EDIS article. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: A few citrus in the backyard
« on: April 23, 2014, 03:30:23 PM »
Mike your right about a Tahitian (Bearss) lime's production.  All a person needs is one tree for fruit year around.  My wife juices much of the fruit and freezes the juice in Ice cube trays, and stores the cubes in the freezer.  When she wants to make something, she takes out as many lime ice cubes as required.  All of your trees look to be doing well - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Valentine Pumelo
« on: April 23, 2014, 03:16:57 PM »
Harvey I eat Valentine just like I do a grapefruit.  I cut in half. Then I take a perry knife and cut along the edges of each section so that I can easily remove each section with a spoon. I usually eat them for beakfast. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Pomelo and Lemon Meyer
« on: April 23, 2014, 03:01:10 PM »
Pummelos are self fertile, and therefore do not require anther variety for pollination.  With a tree as small as your Myer Lemon, you could wash the aphids off with a forceful spray of water from the hose.  Be sure to get both the upper and lower surfaces of the leaves. . Pummelo trees like a lot of sun. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus limonia "rangpur"
« on: April 22, 2014, 11:42:06 PM »
Kumquats on their own roots die much much earlier that grafted trees.  - Millet

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

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