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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Prague Citsuma
« on: May 18, 2023, 07:55:59 PM »
I'm sorry to hear that. I've damaged many plants by not acclimating properly. It's a pain to do but very necessary.

Is your rootstock still alive? How are you with grafting. If you'd like I can mail you a small cutting once the limbs harden a bit more.

I have a trifoliata that I've kept for novelty's sake, but I am unfortunately quite inexperienced with grafting. I've watched many grafting videos, including citrus specific ones, but have never really attempted to do so. I appreciate your offer but fear that I'd fail to graft properly, I should probably try to practice with some lower stakes varieties, lol



Thanks, this is some solid advice, I'll wait until the latest growth has hardened off a bit later in the season and try my hand at grafting.

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Prague Citsuma
« on: May 10, 2023, 12:01:08 AM »
I'm sorry to hear that. I've damaged many plants by not acclimating properly. It's a pain to do but very necessary.

Is your rootstock still alive? How are you with grafting. If you'd like I can mail you a small cutting once the limbs harden a bit more.

I have a trifoliata that I've kept for novelty's sake, but I am unfortunately quite inexperienced with grafting. I've watched many grafting videos, including citrus specific ones, but have never really attempted to do so. I appreciate your offer but fear that I'd fail to graft properly, I should probably try to practice with some lower stakes varieties, lol

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Prague Citsuma
« on: May 08, 2023, 11:21:30 PM »
I'm sad to report that my tree ended up dying from extremely preventable causes. In my excitement, I neglected to protect it from sun immediately after unboxing, resulting in the tree being absolutely scorched on the sun-facing side. I brought it indoors after realizing my mistake and was at first hopeful it might pull through, but it has since become a desiccated, dried out twig, so much for that. Guess I'll be trying again next year.  :-\

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Prague Citsuma
« on: March 20, 2023, 07:51:35 PM »
I will also plant mine outdoors once temperatures are a little higher, probably more like mid-spring or the likes. My winters don't often sink any lower than 18F, so I'm pretty hopeful it should be a plant it and forget it type of tree

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Prague Citsuma
« on: March 18, 2023, 03:57:18 PM »
I also got mine from Stan, it has yet to ship but I'm quite excited for when it arrives @PDXian, is your tree planted in ground? Do you shelter it at all? We live in similar climates so I'm curious how you're growing yours

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Prague Citsuma
« on: March 17, 2023, 06:58:59 PM »
Hi all,

I recently purchased a Prague Citsuma and wanted to see how other members experience with this cultivar has been. I am hopeful that this tree will be able to thrive in an in-ground situation in zone 8b, but have heard that it can be a reluctant grower and wanted to hear if anyone has tips or tricks to help their tree thrive. Any feedback would be appreciated!

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Can you order cold hardy citrus
« on: December 06, 2022, 01:34:36 PM »
I'm sure you can, I'd just start by searching for the specific fruit you're looking for with "for sale" after it. I'd expect it to be rather pricey though as it would be considered a specialty fruit. You may have better luck posting in the buy/sell thread on the forum to see if forum members would be willing to send fruits they have.

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Southeastern Citrus Expo pictures
« on: December 06, 2022, 01:22:37 PM »
Great pictures, thank you for sharing! Would love to hear the various growing strategies people may employ

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Poncirus from Seattle Arboretum
« on: November 29, 2022, 11:24:54 PM »
Is poncirus rare or difficult to grow there?

Poncirus is not necessarily difficult to grow, but it's quite far from commonplace/easy to find around here, with the next nearest tree belonging to fellow hobbyists, or the aforementioned trees further south in the Portland area.

If the rooting doesn't work out for you, I got one from a local Seattle-area nursery (pick-up only, down in Buckley, near Enumclaw):

https://johannsgarden.square.site/product/citrus-poncirus-trifoliata-trifoliate-orange-/216

Mine has already totally defoliated at 25F a couple weeks ago.

Thanks for this bit of info, I'm a bit North but may have to make the trek come spring. Though, looking at the picture of the fruit he has on his website, the skin looks rather rough for Poncirus, perhaps a hybrid of some sort

@Pagnr, unfortunately the only other citrus I have currently is a meiwa kumquat I have planted outdoors, I currently have it under a cover due to the snow we're expecting in the coming weeks and don't think a graft would take well in these conditions.

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Poncirus from Seattle Arboretum
« on: November 29, 2022, 01:26:15 AM »
Is poncirus rare or difficult to grow there?

Poncirus is not necessarily difficult to grow, but it's quite far from commonplace/easy to find around here, with the next nearest tree belonging to fellow hobbyists, or the aforementioned trees further south in the Portland area.

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Poncirus from Seattle Arboretum
« on: November 28, 2022, 05:52:06 PM »







I recently visited the arboretum in Seattle and ended up finding out they have both standard Trifoliate Orange, and the Flying Dragon variety(not pictured). I took a fruit from one of the trees, and cut it open, hoping for seeds, but found none. I instead took a couple of cuttings and hope to root them at home. Mainly just making this post to record a citrus tree out in public, similar to the post regarding the citrus down in Portland at the Hoyt arboretum. Any rooting tips for the cuttings is welcome, currently just have them sitting in a cup of water.

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Stingerless bees for pollinations
« on: November 10, 2022, 06:37:50 PM »
Question to the bee experts - on my citrus I have also a lot of bees in all kinds, but I noticed quite a few honey bees dead around ma blomsweet ? Could it be that some citrus flowers could be hazardous or toxic for bees ?

I wouldn't think the flower's themselves would be inherently toxic, a cursory google search doesn't show anything regarding toxicity of citrus or citrus flowers towards bees. I'd imagine there are other factors at play, perhaps residual pesticides.

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Stingerless bees for pollinations
« on: November 09, 2022, 04:19:15 PM »
An alternative to buying bees, you could instead look into mixing native wildflowers into your orchard, and provide "housing" in the form of bee blocks: https://www.honeybeesuite.com/how-to-build-a-bee-block/
For a sustainable and native solution!

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Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Looking for Yuzu rooted cuttings/seeds
« on: November 01, 2022, 06:49:21 PM »
Im too lazy to look it up, but is yuzu seed going to be true or hybrid? Polyembryonic? I know ichangensis makes hybrids. Im thinking better off with cuttings or grafts.

I think yuzu tends to grow true to seed a majority of the time, only the very occasional polyembryonic seed being found in a fruit, just a conclusion I came to after a quick google search.

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Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Looking for Yuzu rooted cuttings/seeds
« on: October 27, 2022, 01:20:43 PM »
Raze,
thank you for sharing your experience, I've germinated Yuzu seeds from members on the forum before and had a near 100% success rate, I definitely try to avoid buying from odd sources, especially for seeds, they're always hit or miss, generally a miss. Have not had such issues since sourcing from forum members.

Frank,
Will send you a DM soon

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: My Ichang lemon pics 10/24/22
« on: October 26, 2022, 12:45:48 PM »
Very impressive setup, gives me ideas for what I might do in the future!

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Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Free Nagami kumquat cuttings
« on: October 24, 2022, 03:56:46 PM »
If I were a better grafter I'd likely take them off your hands, alas, I have a notoriously bad success rate.
Thanks for the insight on rooting kumquat cuttings though.

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Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Looking for Yuzu rooted cuttings/seeds
« on: October 23, 2022, 03:01:36 AM »
Thank you both, looking forward to hearing back.
Will set a reminder in my phone for some time in spring @PDXIan

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Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Looking for Yuzu rooted cuttings/seeds
« on: October 20, 2022, 07:31:11 PM »
Hi all, I'm looking for Yuzu (C. Junos) rooted cuttings or seeds

also interested in Satsuma&Changsha seeds/rooted cuttings

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Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Free Nagami kumquat cuttings
« on: October 20, 2022, 06:32:28 PM »
Do you feel these would be best for grafting or do you think they'd root decently on their own?

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: PT graft growing well
« on: April 04, 2022, 02:08:56 PM »
Hey there, unfortunately those don't look like your common harmless trilobite, looks like scale, I'd advise removing them and spraying your tree down with neem oil or an insecticidal soap

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Yuzu seedling growing in Washington state
« on: March 12, 2021, 12:51:59 AM »
Impressive! Gives me hope for mine, I have recently sprouted nearly half a dozen yuzu seeds from a member of the forums and have them growing in my greenhouse. As mine get larger, I plan to plant them in ground with little to no protection, depending on how severe the winter is supposed to be. Hoping for some homegrown citrus in the coming years! :)

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Looking for Yuzu seeds
« on: October 06, 2020, 07:05:48 PM »
Hi all, was hoping someone might have some fresh Yuzu seeds they'd be willing to send me.

Thanks!

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Citrus in the Pacific Northwest
« on: October 05, 2020, 03:39:56 AM »
Quite possible it was just a lighter winter, I wasn't as serious about citrus growing back then so didn't really mind how the trees faired. I've been looking into Yuzu a good deal recently and have been hoping to get seeds, would love to try growing them directly in ground with shelter for their first few years with hopes of leaving them uncovered as they mature.

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Citrus in the Pacific Northwest
« on: October 04, 2020, 11:15:58 PM »
That is indeed quite interesting, I'll likely give the tree a few more years so it has some girth to it before I attempt to plant outside. On a whim I had sprouted some seeds from a lemon wedge some years back and planted these outdoors  while still quite small a while back and didn't protect them over the winter. They had significant die back but all recovered, my thoughts are that if a lemon can survive our winters, then surely the satsuma should as well, as it's supposed to more cold hardy.

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