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22+ Variety Multi-grafted Citrumelo Tree

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Mulberry0126:

--- Quote from: eyeckr on April 09, 2024, 02:25:09 PM ---Impressive! Nice work

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Thanks G! Means a lot.

Mulberry0126:

--- Quote from: sc4001992 on April 09, 2024, 02:51:12 PM ---Mulberry0126, nice work. But I'm wondering why you wouldn't use a larger tree as the rootstock for this project. It will just keep your multi-grafted branches from growing at a normal pace so your grafts will be slower growing than if it was on a larger rootstock from the beginning. I do have plenty of citrus in ground, so I have the luxury of using larger rootstock in CA. Still looks very impressive though, great job.

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Thank you! Yes larger would be helpful for this many varieties but it's probably the biggest we have! Most of our plants are smaller/in pots so this was more of a mad scientist experiment.

sc4001992:
ok, I see, you did a good job of it.

gordonh1:
This will be an interesting experiment. Do you have plans to grow it outdoors?

I think the challenge will be keeping all the varieties over time, as the ones that grow more vigorously tend to become dominant, leaving many other branches more or less suppressed and maybe not continuing to grow or bloom and fruit.  Are you planning to keep pruning/pinching the growth of the most vigorous scions to try to achieve more equal growth structure?

Mulberry0126:

--- Quote from: gordonh1 on April 15, 2024, 05:59:00 PM ---This will be an interesting experiment. Do you have plans to grow it outdoors?

I think the challenge will be keeping all the varieties over time, as the ones that grow more vigorously tend to become dominant, leaving many other branches more or less suppressed and maybe not continuing to grow or bloom and fruit.  Are you planning to keep pruning/pinching the growth of the most vigorous scions to try to achieve more equal growth structure?

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Thank you, and yes, I'm actually in the process of transitioning it but also being mindful of the strong winds we've had here which damaged tender growth on some of our other plants. The following varieties seem to grow faster than the rest:
Swingle Citrumelo
5star Citrumelo
Ichang Lemon
Trifoliate Orange
Rusk Citrange
US-942 Citrandarin
Sinton Citrangequat
Dragon Lime
There are several others like Tai Tri that are newer grafts but performing well too. I've pinched/pruned Swingle and trifoliate orange already because they are the fastest growers of the bunch. Some grafts however I am okay if they don't make it, I want to see how they compete and keep the stronger/healthier ones anyways.

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