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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

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Kishu Mandarin
« on: April 19, 2014, 09:56:20 AM »
My guess is that Kona's tree is a Clementine.  Many of the fruit on my Clementine tree have a small neck and are about the same size as the one commonly sold in the store. Kishu are way to small to have a neck. Personally I gave up on Kishu, as the fruit is much to small to bother with. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Harris Citrus FL
« on: April 19, 2014, 09:38:21 AM »
I would not say I have never received an actual bad tree from Harris, but the ones that I have received were just OK. Most look like they were grown to close to each other. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Valentine Pumelo
« on: April 18, 2014, 11:04:49 PM »
Not long ago the University of California's Citrus Clonal Protection Program (CCPP) released the Valentine Pummelo to the public.  If I correctly remember, I think I got them from Harris Citrus.   Last Spring both trees fruited for the first time, and we ate the fruit for breakfast last January and into February.  On the advise of Housherquilt, I let them hang on the tree for a couple months after I believed they were mature to sweeten up.  The fruit is about the size of a soft ball with sweet dark red flesh.   If you love pummelos I urge you to purchase a Valentine tree, they are really, really, REALLY a great tree.. - Millet

Thanks Patty, I just ordered the two book combination special. - Millet

I've also grown a lot of citrus tree in Coconut husk chips. Worked well - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Finger limes in pots
« on: April 18, 2014, 04:35:56 PM »
Starling, if you are a fan of Lemonade, you should purchase a citrus variety called the New Zealand Lemonade tree.  The fruit eaten out of hand from the tree, taste like lemonade, thus the name. It is a vigorous variety, and produces fruit all year around, with its heaviest crop in the spring - Millet                     .

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Nippon Orangequat
« on: April 18, 2014, 04:15:14 PM »
brain. Call Harris and ask for Ruth, she is the owners daughter,.  Ruth will probably answer the telephone, then ask her about Xie Shan (pronounced she-shan).   Some times not all of their trees are listed.  The chance of you getting a Xie Shan might be pretty good. If not she can tell you when they will be in stock again. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Nippon Orangequat
« on: April 18, 2014, 10:11:16 AM »
This years Citrus Expo, spent the day with Dr. Powell (The man in the video) at Petals From The Past nursery.  Dr. Powell had many plates of various citrus set up on a long table for taste testing.  After testing all the varieties,   you voted for the best of the best.  Xie Shan won the contest. - Millet

Clay Mango, note that a citrus tree only flowers and produces fruit on its newest growth.  When you prune a citrus tree, you are cutting off the new growth. Therefore, a citrus tree cannot bloom and fruit. The only method to prune, and still get fruit, is called hedging.  In Hedging, only one side of the tree is pruned, leaving the other side to fruit.  The following year the other side of the tree is pruned. - Millet

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Wanted: Gold Nugget Mandarin
« on: April 17, 2014, 11:59:23 PM »
Thanks Scott, I will let you know, as I ordered one from Logees because they were the only source.  I also put my name on the waiting list at Four Winds Growers.  After I get the Logees tree, if it is a runt, I will order one from Bayfloral.  Again thanks for the tip, it is much appreciated. - Millet

Some time ago I purchased two Page Mandarins from Four Winds Growers.  I purchased them expressly for testing.  Both trees are planted in Root Maker's 5-gallon Air Root Pruning Containers. One is in Miracle Grow Soil (Not potting mix), and the other is planted in 100% cedar mulch. I chose cedar because it is a wood that decays very very slowly.  Both trees look excellent. I plan to run the experiment for at lease 2 years.  I have long had most of my 50+ citrus trees planted in a 50/50 blend of cedar mulch and peat moss- Millet

Clay Mango, you ask about Washington Navel.  Washington Navels are a very good tasting sweet fruit.  Interestingly, the Cara Cara pink Navel comes from a Washington Navel tree  One day in 1976, a poor citrus farmer in Venezuela was harvesting his fruit, and noticed to his surprise that a single branch on one of his Washington Navel trees was producing pink "Washington Navel" fruits.  It was a bud sport growing upon the branch of that Washington Navel tree. All Cara Cara citrus trees the world over come from that one tree.  So in  reality  the Cara Cara is a pink Washington Navel, however the taste is different. Today that poor Venezuela citrus farmer is a rich Venezuela citrus farmer. - Millet

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: caution
« on: April 16, 2014, 11:12:55 PM »
Yes thank you, I was only addressing receiving citrus trees.  Many citrus areas now are under quarantine, and therefore are forbidden to ship any part of a citrus tree to any location.   - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: 5-citrus tree
« on: April 16, 2014, 10:42:55 PM »
Joe Real of Davis California has a  a citrus tree in his back yard with 105 different citrus varieties grafted onto one tree.  I think his tree holds the all time record, maybe even in the world. - Millet

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