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Yes, it is clearly a California Citrus not Texas Citrus...
Well as the say in Texas,
"Remember the Alemow".
Its "Alamo"  the Spanish word for the poplar tree.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: sign of citrus greening
« on: June 20, 2022, 04:22:23 PM »
I do not see any fruit on the tree, but if it has some, cut it down the middle along its axis (not along the "equator").  If the central column in the fruit is curved, rather than straight, that is a tell-tale sign of HLB.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: when to pick Chandler pummelo?
« on: June 06, 2022, 11:34:12 AM »
Fortunately, my Chandler died due to winter storm Uri.  My Bloomsweet and Ruby Red grapefruits nearby all developed wonderful flavor, but the Chandler always tasted flat to bad even when picked all yellow.  And when I let it hang until Feb or Match it got dry and really bad.  Never could figure when the best time to harvest the fruit was because early or late it was less than satisfactory.
Clearly I was doing something wrong.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Making mamalade
« on: February 14, 2022, 02:28:00 PM »
Skip the sure jell, climb to the top  of kilamenjaro with you svea stove and cook away.

The pic of that svea stove takes me back.  I still have mine from when I bought it to backpack in Big Bend 1973.  Still works. Sounds like a jet engine when its going strong.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: CCPP Budwood Price Hike
« on: January 17, 2022, 03:08:24 PM »
Total agree with Vlad.  Buy a grafted tree from nursery cost around $30, and 6 buds cost $30.  Totally not worth it.
Living in a citrus quarantine zone I can't always find the varieties I am looking for at local nurseries and mail order is not permissible.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Sumo Citrus
« on: January 10, 2022, 06:25:42 PM »
Is the sweetness for Sumo a result of cumulative heat units like for grapefruit?

I am under the understanding that frost owari is a nod to the name of the individual who developed it. It has no reference to its cold hardiness.  So, Frost owari has the same hardiness as other satsuma's. If I am incorrect, someone please correct me.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Are these leaf minor eggs?
« on: September 08, 2021, 02:23:51 PM »
Yep.  Wasps are effective caterpillar hunters on my citrus.  I wish there was something that targeted CLM in such an efficient manner.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Are these leaf minor eggs?
« on: September 03, 2021, 05:22:51 PM »
Leaf minor eggs would be so small you need a microscope to see them.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Are these leaf minor eggs?
« on: September 03, 2021, 05:21:40 PM »
Giant Swallowtail eggs. While the larvae in great quantity 'might' be a problem, a couple will eat some leaves but not really hurt the tree unless the tree is small.  How big is this poncirus?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: What is this bug on my blood orange tree?
« on: September 03, 2021, 05:16:18 PM »
Yup. A LMB

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Osmocote Plus is cheap on Amazon right now
« on: September 01, 2021, 12:14:46 PM »
Good deal. Thanks

Bears! I doubt a few poncirus branches will do much to deter bears. I would think squirrels would also find a way around them, those nefarious vermin.   

If you can lure them to the ground in your backyard, a break-barrel pellet gun is a fairly covert way to deal with them. It takes a lot of time, and while it vents your frustration, doesn't really do much to the overall population.

I  feel your pain.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Madison Citrus Nursery.
« on: July 19, 2021, 05:57:36 PM »
Is there a robust source of so many varieties that can be found in Texas?  I am jealous so many cool varieties can be delivered outside of my area. The growers i am aware of around here are wholesale to the nursery trade only.  The other sources for citrus this forum speaks about won't deliver in Texas. Would love to get a shiranui somehow.

Bovine, I have not seen that particular wrap, so I can't comment on how well it would work. What I have seen most frequently for freeze protection is the Tree T-pee that I mentioned in the other thread. It has to be used in combination with a microjet or it does not provide much protection. They leave them on year round for the first 3-4 years. Here is a link to the Frostproof Growers Supply that sells in bulk to local groves.

Below is a link to an article that should be a fairly accurate review of the t-pee since it is from the University of Florida not the inventor.
This looks like a good product but because they sell to commercial groves, you must buy at least 10 ($7.95 per t-pee) and the shipping was minimum $73 for the 10.   Anyway for 10 my bill would have come to over $150.  If you order 30 the shipping goes up to $120.  I am hoping they respond to my contact and get a more reasonable shipping rate. 

Can I cut citrus leafminer damaged leaves?
You can cut them off, if there are not too many of them. But keep in mind you will probably still have to give the tree a spray treatment.

It's debatable whether cutting off the leaves will really help. The deformed leaves can still be somewhat functional for the tree, but they may contain larvae inside of the leaves. The larva will hatch out of the leaves in about 25 to 30 days, and if the leaves have been saturated in spinosad spray at the time they emerge out, they should die. So there is not necessarily a need to remove the leaf.

The main treatment involves making sure the small newly formed leaves are sprayed, to prevent new leaves from becoming infested, because leaf miners prefer to lay their eggs in the smaller newer leaves.
My experience is that once the leaves start to curl, the miner is no longer in the leaf, it having pupated.  So, removing the leaf seems counterproductive to CLM control and limits the trees ability to produce its food. 

Citrus General Discussion / Re: mealybug destroyer ladybugs
« on: June 06, 2021, 08:41:51 PM »
Usually buying ladybugs is sort of a worthless exercise because they fly off the first chance they get.  Being contained in your greenhouse sounds like a solution.  Keep us posted on how it works out.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Beneficial Insects
« on: May 19, 2021, 02:47:46 PM »
How many psyllids does it take to infect a tree with HLB?  One bite from 1 psyllid? Or does it take numerous psyllids to infect a tree?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Exciting Cure For HLB
« on: May 19, 2021, 02:45:09 PM »
I had forgotten about all that.  I recently heard a book review for Finding the Mother Tree about how trees communicate with each other and even support the growth of neighboring trees.  I also recall hearing of studies that show when a particular tree is attacked by insects, other trees nearby ramp up production of chemicals to ward off a similar infestation. The production f these chemicals is metabolically expensive so trees don't produce them until necessary. 

It's an amazing world we inhabit. Humans exhibit a lot of hubris in our treatment of the natural world.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Exciting Cure For HLB
« on: May 18, 2021, 05:53:36 PM »
I have never thought about this before, but how does a plant exhibit its host immunity?  Animals have T-cells, antibodies and utilize metabolic approaches such as fever, mucous secretions and such.  What systems do plants have to ward off infections? 

Citrus General Discussion / Freeze damage recovery
« on: May 04, 2021, 10:01:21 PM »
I lost all my citrus during the cold spell in mid February here in Houston. There were several days where the temps did not get above 22 Fahrenheit.  It seemed my 25 yr old meiwa kumquat (20 years in the ground) would make it. Started making shoots from the branches within a month but now the new shoots are withering and dying. Is this plant toast?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Blob on citrus tree
« on: May 03, 2021, 02:00:10 PM »
Hard to tell from the picture.  Snail eggs? They can be laid in a gelatinous mass like that.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Big pot size for citrus?
« on: April 21, 2021, 05:11:48 PM »
Clearly repotting tress as large as those is beyond a homeowners capability.  Must take a pretty big scaffold and winch type system to manage trees such as those.  I certainly wish I could prune in such a refined manner as to maintain tree size yet obscure the actual pruned section. Beautiful trees.

I always feel hesitant to buy Tangelos from grocery store as the fruits are so much smaller than those from my tree. See pictures.

They always seem to put smaller fruits in those bags. 

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