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Citrus General Discussion / Winter lessons learned!!!
« on: April 19, 2014, 07:19:51 PM »
Believed dead or practically dead:
 2 Hamlins
 3 Orlando Tangelos (only one*)
 2 CaraCara (only one*)
 1 Meyer
 1 Fremont
 1 Ponkon
 1 Moro*
 1 Owari
 1 Sunburst*

 * these have the tinyest green sprouts at or near the bottom of the trunk

 2 Parson Browns
 1 Fina Sodea
 1 Meyer

 Basically unharmed:
 3 Owaris
 2 Kimbroughs
 4 Xie Shan
 1 Meiwa

 Potted and kept inside:
 1 Dekopon
 1 Centennial

 All trees were watered for eight hours prior to freezing temperatures and all were soil banked at least six inches above the graft union. A very brutal and costly Winter. Crying or Very sad 

So what did I learn?

All this grief is directly attributed to me not finishing my cold protection irrigation. This will not happen again. I am installing it now and have 50% of the trenches dug. If I had of used a trunk spray and a canopy mist my trees would not be dead.

Citrus General Discussion / Centennial Kumquat fruit
« on: April 19, 2014, 07:11:21 PM »
My Centennial Kumquat fruit is about three inches long, deep orange pigment and tear drop shaped. It shows no variegation but the foliage does. I though this one had round golf ball size fruit that was variegated.

How does yours look?

Citrus General Discussion / Orlando Tangelo seedling???
« on: April 19, 2014, 07:07:13 PM »
What would you guess a seedling from an Orlando Tangelo would be like?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Kishu Mandarin
« on: April 19, 2014, 07:04:04 PM »
Had some interest in this one but the seediness and small size is a problem for me.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: this isnt new news anymore
« on: April 19, 2014, 07:01:00 PM »
Good thing we juice our own!!!

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Nippon Orangequat
« on: April 19, 2014, 06:58:40 PM »
Exactly what Millet said!

When I was looking for Xie Shan I could not find it anywhere. I looked for six months before I called Harris who did not list it and they said they had grafted a large order for a commercial Citrus grower and they may have a few left. They did and I bought four trees that should have their first full harvest this year. This Winter barely effected them. 19F was the low and it was at or below freezing for forty hours with a ice storm on top of that.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Valentine Pumelo
« on: April 19, 2014, 06:26:05 PM »
I believe Harris uses a lot of Kuharske.

Millet thanks for bringing this up. I believe I will get one to replace one of my dead Orlando tangelos.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Harris Citrus FL
« on: April 19, 2014, 06:20:40 PM »
I purchased my Xie Shan from Harris. While it was a PITA to actually get the order placed I was very happy with the trees. They were potted for orchard planting (small deep pots) and were mostly whips but man did they perform. They easily outgrew the three gallon plants from other suppliers. Today they have set a multitude of fruit and will be the star this year. I would recommend them.

Citrus General Discussion / Borer in my Grapefruit tree
« on: April 16, 2014, 09:55:00 PM »
My 20+ year old grapefruit was completely defoliated by this years Winter. It has sent out quite a bit of new sprouts and clearly was on the road to recovery when I discovered hundreds of frass piles on the trunk and limbs. After removing the frass I discovered a small, size of a pinhead, hole. I have not seen any bugs. Ambrosia beetles are not supposed to attack Citrus. I am very worried about this and I am considering using Spinosad, Imidacloprid and Summer oil. I wlll not see any fruit this year and the tree is about twenty five feet tall with a twenty foot spead. It grows through my deck and the lowest limbs are at about seven feet (from deck) and are huge (8"-10").

What are your thoughts?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: loquat and apricot
« on: November 02, 2013, 11:09:38 PM »
I had no idea they were compatible. Did the graft wood come from a producing tree and has it produced since?

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