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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Oranges Color and Taste Comparison
« on: May 02, 2014, 09:24:56 PM »
Fruitlovers, I think as far as Coke drinkers go, it is not millions and millions.  The number of the world's coke drinkers,  is actually billions and billions of people.  - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: rootmaker pots
« on: May 02, 2014, 09:16:15 PM »
Swimmiingfree,  Drilling holes into the sides of a regular container does not work.  When I first got interested in Air Root Pruning Containers I did drill a lot of holes in the side of a standard container.  The roots that did not hit EXACTLY a hole begin to circle around the inside of the container, and of course all the roots that actually hit the side of the container also begin to circle around and around inside the container.  A root grows like a bullet goes.  Meaning once a root starts growing in a direction, it will always continue in that direction until it finally hits an object that redirects it.  In side a container it never stops circling.    Air Root Containers have guides that direct all roots to an air root pruning opening.  Air Root Pruning containers are the best containers available.  I really like Root Maker. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: meyer lemon losing its fruit
« on: May 02, 2014, 03:31:09 PM »
Red,  there are two items involved with your Meyer lemon.  1)  It could well be the loss of leaves.  Even though the tree has set new foliage, the new leaves are not yet generating any energy or nutrition, either to develop the fruit or to the benefit of the tree.   A citrus leaf does not/cannot send out any energy or nutrition to the tree or fruit until the leaf become fully developed and  mature.  Therefore, the new foliage probably was of no help to the tree.  2). The tree spent much of its energy last year, by producing a extensive crop of 700 fruit, and was not able to re-supply itsef with  enough energy to produce a full crop this year because of the loss of it leaves. - Millet

Harvey look under inarching graft - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: New To Citrus
« on: May 01, 2014, 08:34:37 PM »
Brian's post is correct.  The citrus seeds that do come true from seed are:  All most all sweet oranges, true grapefruit, lemons, limes,  pure mandarins (other than king and clementine), most tangelos,  hybrid tangerines and tangors (except temple). Most pummelos do no produce true from seed. . - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Oranges Color and Taste Comparison
« on: May 01, 2014, 04:14:43 PM »
Like I've said before, taste is very selective and personal. For sure millions, and millions and even more millions of people in this country buy and drink both Pepsi (Tropicana), and Coke (Minute Maid) every morning. Surely the reason is that they enjoy it for breakfast.   - Millet.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Oranges Color and Taste Comparison
« on: May 01, 2014, 03:50:11 PM »
If one can use the good flavored essences derived from the orange peel, and adding them to the juice to improve the experience of drinking  a better tasting natural product, I think it is a good practice.  I like better. - Millet

Benching has never bothered any of my trees that are grafted on Flying Dragon. - MIllet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Hydrogen Peroxide
« on: April 30, 2014, 04:07:29 PM »
I have nothing to say about H2O2.  I will say this, when a container citrus tree is planted in the proper potting medium, it has plenty, PLENTY, of oxygen for the roots. Even more than the tree actually requires. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Hydrogen Peroxide
« on: April 29, 2014, 09:03:09 PM »
I don't know how much good H2O2 does, but I can say with certainty, Ryan L's citrus trees were absolutely some of the very best container trees on the Citrus Growers forum, and by deduction on the Tropical Fruit Forum.. Really great looking trees. - Millet

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / For Trade Lemonade seeds
« on: April 29, 2014, 03:28:34 PM »
Originally posted by Starling 1 - Very Fresh; has the outer appearance of lime, tastes like lemonade (devoid of bitterness/sourness). Cross of lemon/mandarin. Picture included. Over 25 seeds. Will ship in sphagnum to minimize rot/drying.  Not asking anything in return other than a willingness to post certain seeds/items from the US to Australia at some point in the future

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Pomelo versus Grapefruit
« on: April 28, 2014, 10:07:51 PM »
Mike, we don't have to assume that the original species were citron, pummelo, and mandarin.  The genetic work has already been accomplished, and indeed the original citrus varieties were verified as being only the citron, pummelo, and mandarin.  As far as the pummelo and sweet orange being the parents of the grapefruit, I can't say for 101% sure that the genetic work has been done to verify that, but I believe it also has been.  Anyway, you will find that most all internet web sites state that pummelo and sweet orange are indeed the parents.  - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Pomelo versus Grapefruit
« on: April 28, 2014, 04:42:10 PM »
I've always read that the parents of the grapefruit are Pummelo and sweet orange. - Millet

Taste is very selective.  What taste fantastic to one person, another person thinks otherwise.  To me Cara Cara, though not my favorite (Xie Shan is), it is still in my mind a great fruit.  On personal taste appeal, every opinion is correct. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus...Mulch or NO Mulch?
« on: April 28, 2014, 04:11:29 PM »
Clay,, thanks for the Durlings video.  It was quite interesting. I've seen many grafting videos, but never seen the tactic of binding over the scion and then placing a rubber band around it  to hold it down for the one year time frame.  - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: this isnt new news anymore
« on: April 28, 2014, 03:58:06 PM »
There was 1 and maybe 2 of the comments that had an educated mind that wrote them.  The comments as demonstrated by the remaining writers  makes me worry about the future of this country.  God help us, and PLEASE hurry. - Millet

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ice Cream Banana
« on: April 27, 2014, 07:32:59 PM »
The Ice Cream banana, also know as Blue Java and Ney Mannan is a great banana for many reasons.  Many people consider the Ice Cream banana the best tasting of all bananas. They compare its flavor to that of vanilla custard or ice cream, its generally highly regarded.  The skins have an odd, silvery-blue sheen, but then ripen to a pale canary yellow color.  It is a bit tall, but otherwise well suited to the home garden ..  It is probably too large for containers. Everyone's tastes differs, but when most people who knows bananas are asked what is the best tasting banana, the three that are most commonly named are Musa Mysore, Rajapuri and Ice Cream.  Musa Kru also gets high mark's. - Millet

Patty, today I received the two University of California books - Citrus Production Manual (433 pages), and Integrated Pest Management for Citrus (270 pages).  I got a lot of reading to do.  Thank you for the tip, I appreciate you bring this to our attention. - Millet

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Wanted: Gold Nugget Mandarin
« on: April 26, 2014, 07:37:51 PM »
Scott, I received the Gold Nugget mandarin from Bayfloral today by UPS.  The packaging was excellent, the tree healthy, the shape of the scion was well balanced.  Over all I was satisfied.  There was a lot of positives with the company and the tree. The negatives were 1) the price of the tree at $97.57, and 2) I was a little disappointed about the size of the tree, which was sold as a 5-gallon tree. Over all, would I buy from Bayfloral again  - Yes I certainly would.  I would just say I like Four Winds Growers tree's a little better, and their pricing is much more completive.  Anyway I got the tree  that I wanted, and I thank you for letting me know about Bayfloral. - Millet

Kona, your correct.  To obtain a mixed color fruit, due to the finger lime tree being cross pollinated, you would first need to extract the seed and plant it  Then you would have to wait until the new seedling tree grew up to maturity, and produced its fruit. However, many citrus varieties do not produce hybrid fruit from cross pollination due to nucellar embryos.  I don't know the extent of nucellar embryony in Finger Limes.  If the trees are nucellar than you would not obtain mixed colors, if not nucellar then you could get a hybrid mix colored fruit. . -  Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Problems with Flying Dragon rootstock
« on: April 25, 2014, 10:32:03 PM »
That is common with Flying dragon.  I have 40+ citrus tree grafted on FD.  Plus I have a very large Cara Cara Navel orange tree and a Large Marisol Clementine grafted on FD, which begun showing benching at a young age between the scion and the Flying Dragon rootstock.  It has  never been any concern at all.  Good compatibility when grafted upon Flying Dragon has been reported with oranges and grapefruit.  I have heard  that some incompatibility could possibility show up on mandarins grafted on FD in 2 or 3 decades years, but how true this is I really don't know. Eureka Lemon is NOT compatible with Trifoliate Orange root stocks. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus...Mulch or NO Mulch?
« on: April 25, 2014, 08:49:16 PM »
Mike T and Jcaldeira, I agree with you. I didn't mean to stop comments,. Some time back, I decided to try mulching a large Marisol Clementine trees.  After perhaps a month or so, I looked under the mulch to check on the soil. To my surprise, there was an uncountable number of pill bugs (rolly-pollys) living under the mulch.  Literally thousands of them.  I removed the mulch and that ended that.  - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus...Mulch or NO Mulch?
« on: April 25, 2014, 06:08:20 PM »
Well, the real answer to this whole discussion is ----If one likes mulching with citrus, then do it.  If one does not like mulching, then don't do it. Mulching has benefits, and mulching has drawbacks.  Personally I don't mulch. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus...Mulch or NO Mulch?
« on: April 25, 2014, 04:03:32 PM »
No, or almost no, commercial citrus grower, would consider mulching their citrus trees.  For the home owner with a few trees on their property, mulching is a person decision.  If you mulch be sure not to place the mulch against the tree' trunk. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus: nutrient schedule?
« on: April 24, 2014, 08:45:46 PM »
Mark In The Great State Of Texas,  Jack's 20-10-20 though not the very best formula for citrus, is really not all that bad.  Citrus like high nitrogen and potassium, and just little phosphorus. 20-10-20, a 2-1-2 ratio fertilizer, offers both high N & K with too much P.   Jacks 25-5-15 W/TM is a relative new formulation of Jacks (Peters Company).  Jacks main customers are the nursery trade, and not citrus.  As said above, research shows that citrus absorb nutrients from the soil in a 5-1-3 ratio, Meaning for every 5 parts N, the tree will absorb 1 part phosphorous and 3 parts potassium.  Therefore, Jacks 25-5-15 is  a 100 percent  correct balanced fertilizer, especially for container citrus trees. If you would like to read further about citrus's 5-1-3 ratio, you will find it in the citrus text book titled "The Genus Citrus" written by Dugo and Giacomo.  - Millet

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