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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Does this tree have citrus greening?
« on: January 21, 2023, 03:06:57 PM »
Galatians 522  your post is exactly correct.  No profit = abandon groves.

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Ginger Lime seeds
« on: January 20, 2023, 04:44:37 PM »
D-Grower, yes the leaves can be used in many soups and etc., to add a ginger flavor.  Just chewing on the leaves gives a lot of ginger flavor.

Tortuga, it is not my logic, I learned it from Dr. Manors of Florida Southern University.  However, you are correct in that if you add all the manures you listed to a container mix, then n organic fertilizer should work.  However, most all container mixes contain no organic mixtures other than sterile peat moss and bark, perlite etc.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Noble Juicy Crunch Tangerine
« on: January 19, 2023, 02:49:08 PM »
Surfmatt, your post had many good suggestions, but commercial growers should start growing their new trees from seed is not one of them.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: How to control a thrips infestation
« on: January 19, 2023, 02:28:25 PM »
Actually thrips are among the easiest insects to control.  You can use almost any of the common insecticides such as soap spray, horticultural oil, neem, pyrethrum ect..  Really should not be that much of a problem.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Nameiwa kumquat
« on: January 16, 2023, 11:23:17 AM »
I use to have a Nagami but I got rid of it as I did not like the taste .  Currently I have a Meiwa,, Fukushu, and Marumi. The best tasting in my opinion is the Meiwa.

The reason that organic fertilizers work for in ground citrus trees and plants but not for container citrus is due to::   organic fertilizers are slower to become useable by plants because they have to first  be broken down by soil microorganisms and fungi in order to feed plants. Organic fertilizer has to essentially decompose before the nutrients are available to plants. This process can take 2 to 6 weeks depending on many factors including soil temperature and moisture levels.  In container growing the essential soil microorganisms and fungi are absent, therefore the fertilizer is not available.

Organic fertilizers, would work when used on trees growing in the ground. However, they do not work with container grown tree. 

Looking around the Internet I think the proper spelling is  Shikuwasa

Your 6-4-6 shown above would be excellent for a 1 year old tree  Apply it around the trees root zone, but keep it 2 or 3 inches from the trunk.

I don't remember the exact date when I planted the seed, probably 8 to 10 months old.

My shikuwasha citrus tree, native of Okinawa, flowered with 2 flowers at just 9 inches tall. Grown from from seed.

According to the University of Florida' booklet titles Florida Your Dooryard Crus Guide By Jim Ferguson to fertilize 1 year old in round citrus tree 6 times per yea with a 6-6-6 fertilizer.  A 2 year old inground tree 5 times a year with a 6-6-6 or 8-8-8 fertilizer. A 3 year old inground tree with a 8-8-8 fertilizer 4 times a year, and a 4 year old  inground tree and older 3 times a year.  For trace elements there are many brands that can be found on he internet.  Look up soluble trace elements for use on plants. If your interested in receiving this booklet you can call the University of Florida IFAS Extension book store  at 352-392-3411

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Does this tree have citrus greening?
« on: January 07, 2023, 02:56:40 PM »
Thanks for the attached link.  It was EXCELLENT. Very helpful.  It also shows that many of the UF recommendations were helpful for the short run, but damaging in the long run.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus Fruits - Ripe in SoCal December
« on: January 05, 2023, 06:38:34 PM »

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Citrus damage after freeze
« on: January 04, 2023, 04:36:21 PM »
You could always use the 4 X 8 silver sided sheets of polyurethane on three of the sides of your enclosures instead of plastic sheets..  These are sold at Home Depot.

Your Cara Cara should have had a variety/rootstock tag on it when you purchased it.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus Grafting And Rootstock Questions
« on: January 01, 2023, 02:53:25 PM »
Sour orange was the go to rootstock until Tristazia various struck.  If you live in an area without the disease Sour Orange is an outstanding rootstock.  I have an inground Sour Orange tree, so I am able to get all the seed I can ever use.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: 24 hours of light
« on: December 30, 2022, 03:00:26 PM »
Trees perform important respiratory functions at night and should have at least 6 hours of darkness per day, and more mature plants at least 8-10 hours a day.  Respiration is an import and vital function for all trees.

Eventually you will need to build a screened structure over the tree to protect it when it becomes larger.  Psyllids can infect the tree at any stage of growth, especially venerable during flushes of new growth.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus germination
« on: December 30, 2022, 02:19:23 PM »
I take  2 or 3 or sheets of the dally newspaper and wet it.  Place the seed between the  moist paper then slip  it into a plastic baggy.   In approx. a week the seed began to sprout.    Then I plant them in a clean pot with new medium.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Is this sun scald?
« on: December 29, 2022, 02:13:17 PM »
Doesn't look like sun damage to me.  Looks more like insect damage.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Citrus damage after freeze
« on: December 29, 2022, 02:10:47 PM »
It will be several months before you know he extent of damage.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Does this tree have citrus greening?
« on: December 29, 2022, 02:02:49 PM »
Manganese deficiency symptoms frequently show up on new growth, then generally fade away as the leaf matures.  This is due to the rapid growth of new leaves, and the sparse amount of manganese in the soil. Therefore it takes time for the manganese deficiency level to fill up.  In citrus a manganese leaf deficiency is shown as a yellowish leaf with green veins WITH green borders on the sides of the veins.

The pink coloration in Cara Cara is due to the antioxidant lycopene.  lycopene coloration is not affected by temperature.

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