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Organic fertilizers are OK for in ground trees, but not for container trees. Organic fertilizers require the  organism that are in the earth's soil to break them down to be useable by the tree.  Synthetic container potting soils  lack the organisms to brake the organic fertilizer down, therefor organic fertilizers are not available to the tree. Do your trees bloom?  If so be absolutely sure to keep your tree well watered during the bloom period.  Also be sure that your trees are always adequately fertilized.

There is a reason that the Baboon Lemon is not used commercially.  t is a seed factory.  Keeping the lemon is up to you.  I would rather spend my time growing a worthwhile lemon cultivar.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: soil wetting agents
« on: March 17, 2023, 09:40:53 PM »
rainman, I see what you meant, and you are correct in that matter..  Over time water develops drainage paths, then some spots in the container become hard dry. These spots and are very difficult to rewet.  Therefore, he container must be soaked to rewet them.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: soil wetting agents
« on: March 17, 2023, 12:15:10 PM »
rainman I cannot agree with your statement. "once peat is wet it stays wet".. As time goes by of course it DRYS out, and that is why one has to water again.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: soil wetting agents
« on: March 16, 2023, 01:03:22 PM »
I tend to go with poncirusguy.  To avoid dry pockets, simply soak the problem container in a larger container for 1/2 hour more or less every  month or so.   Works every time.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Yellowing Cara Cara Orange plant
« on: March 12, 2023, 03:29:15 PM »
The answer is obvious.  You purchased the tree last year and have never fertilized it.   Purchase a fertilizer high in nitrogen and potassium and lower in phosphorous with the trace elements.  Fertilize the tree every third watering.  Your tree is WAY under nourished.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Lime leaves curling
« on: March 08, 2023, 04:14:21 PM »
I don't know the real answer to that.  Any curled leaves that one of my trees get, I leave on for their natural life (18 months).  Curled leaves still produce almost the same amount of energy for the tree as do normal curled leaves.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Calamondin as female parent
« on: March 08, 2023, 04:06:38 PM »
I planted a Sour Orange seed that I received from a Catholic Nun in a New Jersey Convent, and it fruited in its 8th year.  Now it produces more fruit then I can ever use.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Citrus damage after freeze
« on: March 07, 2023, 06:01:34 PM »
In Florida try covering them with a heaver covering, and put an light bulb under the covering. Not LED type.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Lime leaves curling
« on: March 07, 2023, 05:56:21 PM »
you can use anything that kills thrip.  The new leaves require protection from the start of the leaf's life, until it becomes mature enough in order to deter leaf curl.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Lime leaves curling
« on: March 07, 2023, 01:17:22 PM »
Could be most any sucking insects, with a high probably being  thrips.  This type of problem can be easily be eliminated by spraying the new growth with a horticultural oil every couple days until the leaf matures.  Even a daily  strong water spray to the upper and lower  leaf until the new growth firms up will go a long way to stop this leaf curl.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Root rot cure
« on: March 04, 2023, 12:58:00 PM »
Actually, it is just two ingredients that causes root rot-----lack of oxygen and fungal infections.  Over watering and soil compaction eliminates oxygen from a medium.  Especially when a compacted soil is  over watered.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Florida Buyer Beware - Publix Citrus
« on: March 02, 2023, 04:40:34 PM »
I am with 1rainman.  I NEVER use the self checkout on purpose

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Atlanta Winter Citrus Damage
« on: March 01, 2023, 05:50:50 PM »
Sorry for your loss.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Lemon Production in Zone 5
« on: March 01, 2023, 12:56:21 PM »
The highest use period for lemons is during the summer months.  Growers know this, and therefore try to produce their lemon crop at that time of year.  To accomplish this, they withhold the watering during the late fall or early winter until the tree shows a light withering which will cause a fall/winter blooming, thereby causing the tree to produce fruit that will be ready during the high profit period of summer.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Yet another soil thread
« on: February 28, 2023, 06:01:24 PM »
I am using plain peat moss, however MGGS works just as well.  Actually, I would have used MGGS instead of peat, but I was out of MGGS so I just used regular peat moss. My mix is now going on 2 years and works great.  You should not have any trouble with either mix.  About the roots, I would just watch it and presently would do nothing.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Yet another soil thread
« on: February 25, 2023, 02:49:41 PM »
The concentrated water layer at the bottom of every container, known as the perched water table, happens even if the container had no bottom at all.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Yet another soil thread
« on: February 23, 2023, 01:10:22 PM »
The reason that the perched water table did not last long in poncirusguy's containers, is because he sucks it out with a vacuum cleaner.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Yet another soil thread
« on: February 23, 2023, 12:06:49 PM »
1rainman the soggy layer at he bottom of a container IS the perched water table.  Every container has a perched water table.  Adding rocks to the bottom just causes the perched water able to be lifted higher into the container.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Yet another soil thread
« on: February 23, 2023, 11:34:23 AM »
For a long time it was thought that adding rocks to the bottom of the container helped in drainage.  However, it is now known that adding rocks to the container's bottom raises the perched water table higher into the container,.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Yet another soil thread
« on: February 20, 2023, 06:29:05 PM »
Most all coco distributors have already flushed the sodium out of the husks.  Coconut manufacturer's flush with calcium nitrate and water to rid the sodium.  Further, I totally agree with Citrange, that hard wood chips are much much better than husks.  I have used both wood chips and husks, wood chips last a lot longer.  Husks brake down into a texture similar to peat.  However, I have found that Turface MVP and Peat is far superiors as a medium for container citrus trees..

Actually, most citrus but certainly not all, do come true from seed.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Yet another soil thread
« on: February 19, 2023, 01:40:34 PM »
The wood chips, coarse perlite and potting soil make a good useable 5-1-1 blend.  I have many container trees growing in such a blend, and they are all doing fine.  Also, about a year and a half ago I planted a lime tree in a 20 gallon container using a 50/50 blend of Turface MVP and peat moss.  This blend was first invented by Lazz several years ago..  Over the year and a half that the tree has been growing in it  has been EXCEPTIONAL..  It is a great mix, and has not shown one single problem, not even any  compaction.  It drains just as good now as it did on its first day. I really appreciate  all of i its .benefits.  I would point out over the last year and half, it has not broken down at all.  A great blend that I heartily suggest. Amazing.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: New Questions
« on: February 18, 2023, 01:04:26 PM »
Yorgos had the correct answer .  The cause of your fruit being tarnished is from Rust Mites.  A good horticultural oil spray should eliminate them. 

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