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Citrus limonia "rangpur"
« on: April 21, 2014, 04:15:55 AM »
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Re: Citrus limonia "rangpur"
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2014, 06:06:45 AM »
Very nice!  :)

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Re: Citrus limonia "rangpur"
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2014, 06:34:44 AM »
Many consider Calamondin - Citrus madurensis - as valueable ornamental citrus. But personally I think, the "Rangpur" - Citrus limonia - is much better. It tolerates being potted, tolerates alkaline soils, tolerates all time warm conditions, tolerates small pots... it has nice flowers which are purple tinged and has leaves, that smell of Lemon-Lime if carefully rubbed... Fruits are nice and look like real mandarin-limes, are very acid, stay long on the tree  and the tree can be covered in orange gems...

Why is this plant so underestimated as ornamental, as it has this outstanding beauty?
at enough light and heat, nothing will kill a citrus tree that soon!

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Re: Citrus limonia "rangpur"
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2014, 02:19:07 PM »
Many consider Calamondin - Citrus madurensis - as valueable ornamental citrus. But personally I think, the "Rangpur" - Citrus limonia - is much better. It tolerates being potted, tolerates alkaline soils, tolerates all time warm conditions, tolerates small pots... it has nice flowers which are purple tinged and has leaves, that smell of Lemon-Lime if carefully rubbed... Fruits are nice and look like real mandarin-limes, are very acid, stay long on the tree  and the tree can be covered in orange gems...

Why is this plant so underestimated as ornamental, as it has this outstanding beauty?

You make the rangpur sound very interesting to me. That's not a good thing as I'm actually trying to reduce my collection... ::) ;D
...but I could be wrong...

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Re: Citrus limonia "rangpur"
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2014, 02:45:12 PM »
I'm growing one of these in Thailand, it is extremely productive, and attractive too -- fruited after three years, grows like a monstrous weed.  Unfortunately its fruits are not quite limey enough for Thais to use in their cooking, and I don't think anyone has tried frying or drying its leaves, like they do with the kaffir lime.  They don't recognize it as a distinct variety, just a sour orange (which are indigenous).  I'm going to use it either for juice (maybe mixed with other things), for making something else like marmalade, for a rootstock for grafting other things onto, or as food when civilization collapses (assuming my miracle fruit survives too).  It would be a great orange to grow if you have an industrial use for oranges.  I wouldn't be surprised if it is part of the reason I now have two wild beehives in my orchard.

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Re: Citrus limonia "rangpur"
« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2014, 03:36:35 PM »
... I'm going to use it either for juice (maybe mixed with other things), for making something else like marmalade, for a rootstock for grafting other things onto, or as food when civilization collapses (assuming my miracle fruit survives too) ...

Without denying its high ornamental value... I think there has been said enough about its taste. :P The best among these uses is as an exceptionally vigorous rootstock! :D

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Re: Citrus limonia "rangpur"
« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2014, 06:23:42 PM »
Does rangpur have any advantages over cumquat except fruit are a bit larger? A small sour mandarin only has so many used if it is not a lime substitute,cannot be eaten out of hand and is not superior to cumquat for marmelade.

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Re: Citrus limonia "rangpur"
« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2014, 06:44:40 PM »
I dunno . . .  I haven't been able to try making marmalade with them, since it started fruiting after we left.  Do kumquats grow on their own roots or are they usually grafted?  Having a Rangpur around gives you a full supply of rootstocks, and the tree itself is large enough to graft many other citrus varieties on.  Other uses include:

- washing hair or clothes
- giving to people as a joke
- fermenting into sour rotgut alcohol

I planted it hoping that it would be productive and similar to an actual lime -- these have proven harder to grow than we thought -- but it's not.  I think my wife is going to use the juice for making salad dressing.

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Re: Citrus limonia "rangpur"
« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2014, 10:08:50 PM »

Without denying its high ornamental value... I think there has been said enough about its taste. :P The best among these uses is as an exceptionally vigorous rootstock! :D

Igor

I haven't heard much about the taste, actually.  What does it taste like?  Lime?  Kumquat?  I'm genuinely surprised that most people don't like fresh kumquats or calomondins, they are really good. 

snhabegger, I heard that kumquats don't do well on their own roots.  This is a shame because I'm constantly pulling tiny kumquat seedlings out of my pots because I eat the fruit and spit the seeds into the containers (I don't have a trash can in my greenhouse).  The fukushu ones look really nice, too.  I'd have a hundred of them if I didn't pull them.



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Re: Citrus limonia "rangpur"
« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2014, 11:42:06 PM »
Kumquats on their own roots die much much earlier that grafted trees.  - Millet

 

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