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Hi everyone, I went back and forth with different nurseries to purchase my 3 gallon Shiranui tree from and decided to go with Madison after searching this forum and I am so happy I did. I was a bit apprehensive initially because the shipping was more expensive than I am used to but I placed my order on June 17th and received my tree on June 21st! That is the fastest shipping I've seen so far. the tree is so green and healthy with lots of new growth! I also purchased their soil mix and potted it up in a 16.5 inch terracotta pot.











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Re: Madison Citrus Nursery - the best trees I have ever ordered!
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2023, 05:09:36 PM »
Congratulations on a new, healthy tree! I've never ordered from them because I'm in a restricted state, but I've only heard good things about them. I wish I could replicate their potting mix. Last time I looked, it was over $70 just to ship. I can't justify that for all my trees.

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« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2023, 05:19:14 PM »

Thank you! Their mix seems quite fluffy and isn't loaded with perlite.

Congratulations on a new, healthy tree! I've never ordered from them because I'm in a restricted state, but I've only heard good things about them. I wish I could replicate their potting mix. Last time I looked, it was over $70 just to ship. I can't justify that for all my trees.

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Re: Madison Citrus Nursery - the best trees I have ever ordered!
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2023, 05:33:29 PM »
About a year ago I ordered a red grapefruit tree from Madison Nursery.  It was the best citrus tree I have ever received, and I have ordered over 20 different citrus trees from various other on line nurseries.
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Re: Madison Citrus Nursery - the best trees I have ever ordered!
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2023, 06:26:02 PM »
I remember reading one of your reviews of their nursery - it helped with my decision :) my new tree is health with lush green foliage. I just need to keep it alive in my grow tent this winter, ha!

About a year ago I ordered a pink grapefruit tree from Madison Nursery.  It was the best citrus tree I have ever received, and I have ordered over 20 different citrus trees from various other on line nurseries.

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« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2023, 06:32:43 PM »
I agree, they have great trees and an amazing variety of cultivars, they put the other mail order nurseries to shame.
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Re: Madison Citrus Nursery - the best trees I have ever ordered!
« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2023, 09:25:47 AM »
They are my go to nursery. All trees I have gotten for them were much better than trees from other nurseries (Including Four Winds) and prices are very reasonable.

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Re: Madison Citrus Nursery - the best trees I have ever ordered!
« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2023, 05:13:47 PM »
Just wanted to add that I ordered from them last year. The trees were larger than expected with well established roots. They were top notch in every way, and the trees I have from them are still going strong. Highly recommend them!

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Re: Madison Citrus Nursery - the best trees I have ever ordered!
« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2023, 06:53:29 PM »
I am disappointed in the Fourwinds rootstock, it seems overly vigorous and I have lost a lot of trees that were well cared for to unknown reasons, while my trees on trifoliate seem consistently healthier.

But, some years ago Fourwinds was the best mail order option around

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« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2023, 09:50:01 PM »
If my NZ Lemonade from four Winds doesn't make it, I am going to order a new one from Madison, for sure. I just wish Madison also had the Yosemite Gold in stock too. I'm hoping to score a few cold hardy trees from Mckenzie Farm this fall that I can plant outside - I'll close to running out of room in my grow tent for this coming winter  ;D

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Re: Madison Citrus Nursery - the best trees I have ever ordered!
« Reply #10 on: June 30, 2023, 03:01:18 AM »
Brain, what is wrong with the Four Winds rootstock?

I had purchased many trees from them in the past and didn't seem to have any problems with their trees. Isn't is good to have rootstock that is vigorous?

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Re: Madison Citrus Nursery - the best trees I have ever ordered!
« Reply #11 on: June 30, 2023, 08:24:38 AM »
If my NZ Lemonade from four Winds doesn't make it, I am going to order a new one from Madison, for sure. I just wish Madison also had the Yosemite Gold in stock too. I'm hoping to score a few cold hardy trees from Mckenzie Farm this fall that I can plant outside - I'll close to running out of room in my grow tent for this coming winter  ;D
I have bought from McKenzie. I am not saying do not buy from McKenzie. I don't know hat he has at this point that you can't get online.

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Re: Madison Citrus Nursery - the best trees I have ever ordered!
« Reply #12 on: June 30, 2023, 11:04:53 AM »
If my NZ Lemonade from four Winds doesn't make it, I am going to order a new one from Madison, for sure. I just wish Madison also had the Yosemite Gold in stock too. I'm hoping to score a few cold hardy trees from Mckenzie Farm this fall that I can plant outside - I'll close to running out of room in my grow tent for this coming winter  ;D
I have bought from McKenzie. I am not saying do not buy from McKenzie. I don't know hat he has at this point that you can't get online.

He's got Prague and Morton and almost always has Thomasville available.

His Thomasvilles are cheaper than Madison's.

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Re: Madison Citrus Nursery - the best trees I have ever ordered!
« Reply #13 on: June 30, 2023, 09:43:24 PM »
If my NZ Lemonade from four Winds doesn't make it, I am going to order a new one from Madison, for sure. I just wish Madison also had the Yosemite Gold in stock too. I'm hoping to score a few cold hardy trees from Mckenzie Farm this fall that I can plant outside - I'll close to running out of room in my grow tent for this coming winter  ;D
I have bought from McKenzie. I am not saying do not buy from McKenzie. I don't know hat he has at this point that you can't get online.

He's got Prague and Morton and almost always has Thomasville available.


I emailed him a couple weeks ago to inquire about the Prague and he told me that he may have some for the fall. I hope he does - I want to try planting it outside to see if it survives our Virginia 7a weather :)
His Thomasvilles are cheaper than Madison's.

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Re: Madison Citrus Nursery - the best trees I have ever ordered!
« Reply #14 on: June 30, 2023, 10:02:42 PM »
Brain, what is wrong with the Four Winds rootstock?

I had purchased many trees from them in the past and didn't seem to have any problems with their trees. Isn't is good to have rootstock that is vigorous? 

In my eyes there are two problems.  The first is that many of my trees from them seem to randomly die for no obvious reason, but this could be entirely bad luck... and the ones that died were all in containers.  It does seem to me that this happens to FourWinds trees much more often than my other trees.  I once read a report that for whatever reason the cuban shaddock rootstock shows decline after ~10yrs which is probably about right for my fourwinds trees.

The second problem, being overly vigorous, I think is very much a bad thing.  My in-ground grapefruit and orange trees would  put out massive (yet fragile) new growth.  To keep them from taking over my greenhouse I had to aggressively prune multiple times per year which significantly reduced fruit set.  At first it was good in that I got a huge crop before I had to start pruning, but every year after it was a negative.  I understand that on flying dragon rootstock you may never have to prune and they remain quite productive at a short size.  A commercial grower might prefer a big vigorous tree but for a hobbyist like me I can only eat & give away so many fruit at once before the excess becomes wasted.
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Re: Madison Citrus Nursery - the best trees I have ever ordered!
« Reply #15 on: July 01, 2023, 01:25:55 AM »
Brain, what is wrong with the Four Winds rootstock?

I had purchased many trees from them in the past and didn't seem to have any problems with their trees. Isn't is good to have rootstock that is vigorous? 

In my eyes there are two problems.  The first is that many of my trees from them seem to randomly die for no obvious reason, but this could be entirely bad luck... and the ones that died were all in containers.  It does seem to me that this happens to FourWinds trees much more often than my other trees.  I once read a report that for whatever reason the cuban shaddock rootstock shows decline after ~10yrs which is probably about right for my fourwinds trees.

The second problem, being overly vigorous, I think is very much a bad thing.  My in-ground grapefruit and orange trees would  put out massive (yet fragile) new growth.  To keep them from taking over my greenhouse I had to aggressively prune multiple times per year which significantly reduced fruit set.  At first it was good in that I got a huge crop before I had to start pruning, but every year after it was a negative.  I understand that on flying dragon rootstock you may never have to prune and they remain quite productive at a short size.  A commercial grower might prefer a big vigorous tree but for a hobbyist like me I can only eat & give away so many fruit at once before the excess becomes wasted.

Maybe a commercial growers of landscape trees, but the agricultural industry overwhelmingly prefers short and not too spreading (but also not too densely compact) trees to ease harvesting, and increase planting density.

(I like vigorous growers for making the most of my weak and short growing season, but I concede that that's uncommon among citrus growers.)

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Re: Madison Citrus Nursery - the best trees I have ever ordered!
« Reply #16 on: July 01, 2023, 10:47:51 PM »
I need vigorous trees for my short season.

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« Reply #17 on: July 03, 2023, 08:24:43 PM »
Has anyone had the chance to purchase Bud wood from Madison Citrus? I have a few smaller trees but due to space have been thinking of grafting several varieties on 2-3 trees. I havenít grafted before, and also didnít know about the quality of budwood there. Looked s good deal, though!

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« Reply #18 on: July 04, 2023, 02:45:55 PM »
Dr. Bob, I have purchased trees from Madison Nursery, but I have not purchased bud wood from them.  Welcome to the forum.

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« Reply #19 on: July 04, 2023, 03:50:06 PM »
Thank you! Not trying to hijack this thread, figured I would ask if anyone has experience with them. Very glad to hear the quality of their trees are great, have looked at several in the last year but havenít pulled the trigger.

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« Reply #20 on: July 04, 2023, 04:57:00 PM »
I have not tried budwood either, only trees. 

Because they seem to take great care of their trees, it suggests their budwood would be good quality also.

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Re: Madison Citrus Nursery - the best trees I have ever ordered!
« Reply #21 on: July 04, 2023, 11:38:28 PM »
Has anyone had the chance to purchase Bud wood from Madison Citrus? I have a few smaller trees but due to space have been thinking of grafting several varieties on 2-3 trees. I havenít grafted before, and also didnít know about the quality of budwood there. Looked s good deal, though!

definitely a good deal, ordered a bunch of budwood from them last month. I've grafted a ton of different trees but still struggle with citrus for some reason. Experimented with some bud grafts this time.

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Re: Madison Citrus Nursery - the best trees I have ever ordered!
« Reply #22 on: July 24, 2023, 02:26:22 PM »
If my NZ Lemonade from four Winds doesn't make it, I am going to order a new one from Madison, for sure. I just wish Madison also had the Yosemite Gold in stock too. I'm hoping to score a few cold hardy trees from Mckenzie Farm this fall that I can plant outside - I'll close to running out of room in my grow tent for this coming winter  ;D
I have bought from McKenzie. I am not saying do not buy from McKenzie. I don't know hat he has at this point that you can't get online.

He's got Prague and Morton and almost always has Thomasville available.


I emailed him a couple weeks ago to inquire about the Prague and he told me that he may have some for the fall. I hope he does - I want to try planting it outside to see if it survives our Virginia 7a weather :)
His Thomasvilles are cheaper than Madison's.

Stan has Pragues available again.

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Re: Madison Citrus Nursery - the best trees I have ever ordered!
« Reply #23 on: August 01, 2023, 04:50:12 PM »
Not sure since when, but Madison now has a "Erem x Shek" cross available. Anyone have any idea what that tree is like? I'm guessing this is a new cross.

https://madisoncitrusnursery.com/products/erem-x-shek-citrus-tree-for-sale

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Re: Madison Citrus Nursery - the best trees I have ever ordered!
« Reply #24 on: August 01, 2023, 08:12:38 PM »
The tree is a cross between an Australian Desert Lime and a Shekwasha.
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