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Citrus General Discussion / Meiwa dying back
« on: Today at 12:47:40 AM »
My meiwa is dying back with brown branches.
First it drops the leaves then the branches turn brown and die back. I checked the roots and there is no sign of rot. The leaves fall while completely green. I simply touch one and it drops.

I repotted the whole plant into fresh 5-1-1 from the old potting mix it was in to see if it would help. It's been a few days and still dropping leaves and branches are dying back.

The rootstock is citrumelo with poncirus as an interstock. Absolutely 0 rotten roots. The root system is the healthiest of all of my potted citrus that I've seen so far.

Any ideas?

Nothing has changed, I always water with diluted water soluable fertilizer. The new mix shouldn't have any buildup either. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Seed grown cherimoya from Rincon Tropics
« on: February 06, 2024, 05:07:34 PM »
This is my 2 year old seed grown cherimoya. I grew about 30 seedlings in a big pot, left the pot out in early spring which was hit with freezing temperatures many times.

I selected the most vigorous growing survivor with the least amount of damage. 

It's almost 8ft tall (really like 6ft without the pot) after 2 years.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Sweetheart pomegranate
« on: October 13, 2023, 03:49:50 PM »
Found this at Walmart. $1.98 each
Any info on it? Hardiness? Only found that it's an early variety & "low acidity"

Hello, I have about 10 2 rooted cuttings of Afganski pom. Smallest size starts at 6" most are 8" or above

Hardy to at least zone 6b/7a, as seen in my NJ garden.

$10 each plus shipping ~$5 USPS ground shipping Note *I probably can't ship USPS ground to CA or too far west. Not sure if the plants will make it. I sent one plant last Monday and it's supposed to arrive today Saturday. I'll keep you updated what the purchaser tells me. But if you buy more than I'll split the shipping with you and send it priority. 

Not open to trades at the moment as I have way too many plants

Thanks :)

Cold Hardy Citrus / Late grafts are pushing now
« on: September 20, 2023, 04:35:05 PM »
I did some mid summer tbud grafts on a bunch of poncirus year old trees and discovered this Prague graft pushed out. This must have been due to the heat wave we had earlier in the month. I topped the rootstock hoping it will help harden off. Leaving some of poncirus buds in case the Prague perishes.

I now have 4 actively growing grafts of Prague, 2 on poncirus and 2 on taitri... at this rate I will have an orchard lol

Cold Hardy Citrus / Large poncirus and flying dragon in NJ arboretum
« on: September 14, 2023, 07:15:41 AM »
Visited the Morristown arboretum and found 2 poncirus specimens and some other interesting rutaceae

Flying dragon

Citrus General Discussion / Thomasville citrangequat grafting
« on: July 27, 2023, 06:59:00 PM »
I received a scion from a trade and t-bud grafted some as well bark grafting Thomasville citrangequat onto the following:

Sour orange (bark graft in pot)
Poncirus (bark graft in pot & bud in ground)
Taitri (bark graft & bud in ground)
Citrumelo (bud in pot)

As well as a small cutting for rooting in cococoir.

These are late grafts and I don't expect the buds to push out, but the bark grafts where I top worked the rootstocks might. The potted stuff will go indoors over winter. The bark graft to taitri is very solid wood so I hope it is lignified enough, if it takes at all, to survive winter we'll see

Cold Hardy Citrus / Morton flowering again
« on: July 20, 2023, 09:27:07 AM »
This is the third set of flowers since the spring. (The bottom of the plant has a small red center lime graft)

Only 1 fruit has held on, pollinated with fresh Meyer lemon pollen.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Fast flowering trifoliate graft
« on: June 16, 2023, 04:30:08 PM »
FFT graft from last year on taitri is blooming undeveloped green flowers, it's almost summer. Don't think the anthers will release pollen

Cold Hardy Citrus / Prague bark damage, sun scald?
« on: June 10, 2023, 07:31:33 PM »
My Prague graft on Taitri really took off. The bark damage from the winter is very evident now. I believe it's sun burn. Should I paint the damaged side or will it eventually heal over? The backside of the main stem is healthy green.

The taitri, even the bare branches does not show this type of damage

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Opuntia humifusa
« on: June 03, 2023, 09:00:35 PM »
Has anyone tried hybridizing eastern prickly pear/ opuntia humifusa (very cold hardy zone 3 or 4) with edible types of opuntia that have large fruit? I have a rooted nopal that hopefully will flower soon but not sure how the fruit is. I also have an elisiana (it's hardy in southern zone 7). Mine rotted out after a wet winter but a pad survived so now I keep it in a pot, also waiting for flowers. The fruit is small but edible.

The humifusa shrivels up in winter, expelling water, and does not take up water. I leave it in a pot all year and it has never died or rotted. The elisiana does not shrivel and expel it's water which is probably why it rots in my zone.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Variegated bud sport citrumelo
« on: May 18, 2023, 07:16:53 PM »
Of course it's on a branch I used to graft a pencil thick Morton scion to otherwise I'd cut above it and see what happens. I notched it. If it's stable I will propagate it


Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / WTB mature US852
« on: April 14, 2023, 11:48:22 AM »
Does anyone have mature US852 they'd like to sell a cutting of or rooted plant? All I can find are seeds and I don't want to wait a decade for flowers

Would this be a good test for zone 7? I have US1284, it died to the ground after this winter, waiting for signs of growth from the base. 

As some might know I've been experimenting with taitri as a rootstock for citrus hybrids since poncirus is too slow for me.

I did a bud graft of morton last year very high on the taitri, it never pushed until now. The bud graft apparently survived 1f/-17.7c polar vortex. My grafts on citrumelo died even though the citrumelo survived.

Citrus General Discussion / Meiwa scion died to graft point
« on: February 26, 2023, 01:17:41 PM »
My 3 year old Meiwa started browning and died back to the graft. Never exposed to cold and over wintered in my grow tent since I had it.

Scratching the bark reveals a brown ring at the graft point. The rootstock used is a type of mandarin.

Is this rootstock incompatible? The rootstock looks fine and was pushing buds on the trunk but I rubbed those off before the meiwa totally died back.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Plants for unheated greenhouse
« on: February 10, 2023, 02:27:36 PM »
I am building a small hobby greenhouse, it will be unheated and will have 2 automatic venting windows and perhaps a solar powered fan.

Can I plant a small flying dragon inside with poncirus hybrid grafts and keep it inside all year? Will the temperature extremes in the winter kill the tree? How about a feijoa/pineapple guava.

My concern is with the sun shine in the winter it would bring the greenhouse way above freezing, but then night time plummeting to freezing again  Will this kill the plants long term?

Cold Hardy Citrus / Interesting kumquat and other hybrids in Argentina
« on: February 05, 2023, 07:43:00 PM »
A friend of mine who you can find on youtube (Lautaro Dix @lautarodix2272) has made these hybrids. Not sure which plants recieved the pollen to make the cross but here is a list he gave me. I've asked him to make an account here but if anything I can post the pictures. Let me know if you'd like more information:

Kumquat nagami hybrids

Tarocco rosso
Rangpur lime
Genoa lemon
Willow leaf mandarin
Citrus maxima
Nippon orangequat

Kumquat meiwa hybrids

Genoa lemon
Rangpur lime
Chinotto orange

Genoa lemon hybrids:

Sour orange
Chinotto orange
Tarocco rosso
Moro orange
Juice orange
Citrus maxima
Willow leaf mandarin
Rangpur lime

Limequat hybrids:

Willow leaf mandarin
Tarocco rosso
Genoa lemon

Chinotto orange hybrids:

Willow leaf mandarin
Genoa lemon

Poncirus hybrids:

Rangpur lime
Genoa lemon

Cold Hardy Citrus / Is this sun scald?
« on: December 28, 2022, 07:39:27 PM »
Some of my hardy citrus have this white almost blistering on the stems. This is the only apparent damage after 5f over the weekend.

Ninkat x poncirus

Prague chimera

Only on the upper leader, lower branches are unaffected. Looks much worse in the picture for some reason lol

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Guava dropped fruit
« on: August 29, 2022, 07:53:14 PM »
Bought a guava labeled as "Mexican" two fruit set in spring, today one fruit dropped while still green, more of a light green.

It was soft and juicy, but 0 sweetness. Tasted like tomato, I thought these are supposed to turn yellow?

Here is the other fruit, hasn't dropped yet

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Lanternfly damage on maypops?
« on: July 12, 2022, 04:44:53 PM »
Are these tiny pinholes damage from lanternfly feeding? The only insect I've seen on my maypop vines. Fruit looks fine otherwise

Cold Hardy Citrus / Yuzu coming back from stump
« on: June 10, 2022, 02:23:54 PM »
This is a seedling that survived 2021 mild winter in zone 7a without any protection grew well and developed a thick trunk but died to the ground this year after 6f.

I was cutting dead / rotting trunk that was freeze damaged until only a small stump was left. It's now growing buds on the stump!

I have mature Yuzu in a container now so this plant is not worth protecting as it is a seedling, but thought I would report on this finding. If this was a mature Yuzu on its own roots I'd probably try to protect it.

Anyone else growing Afganski/Russian #26 in 7a? This is the 3rd season for me in NJ, and I don't protect it.

It definitely took some damage from 7f in late winter in the form of burned/dried out buds from last season but to my surprise is now pushing out new buds out along those stems and branches.

Citrus General Discussion / Kumquat fruit ID
« on: February 06, 2022, 04:51:02 PM »
I picked these up from an asian grocery store. They were labeled as "Japanese kumquats" nothing else.

They are not sweet in the middle, although some did have a hint of sweet. They are definitely acidic but not as much as a Nagami...

I don't think they are Meiwa although that was my first guess. I looked at pictures of Marumi but those had a small depression at the base (not as pronounced as a Fukushu) but I also saw pictures of completely round fruit so the pictures online could be misidentified.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Feijoa in NJ zone 7a
« on: January 08, 2022, 04:34:22 PM »
Anyone have success in the northeast?

These are all rooted cuttings from 2 plants that were listed as being 7a hardy (taking it with a grain of salt). Unknown variety, sold by 9Greenbox.

No damage so far with 20f, 16f, 18f over night, daily temps have been above freezing.

Tuesday will be interesting. Looks to be the coldest day and night combo so far

Citrus General Discussion / Grafting citrons
« on: December 14, 2021, 10:00:30 PM »
Long story short my citrus medica "turunji" died of root rot. It appeared like the roots did not grow out of the root ball from when I transplanted it from the container it came in (Logees largest size as a rooted cutting), it was in an almost perfect square shape of the container except wet and rotting, I should have teased the roots out or washed out the nursery soil before potting it back in the summer.

I took some cuttings in hopes that they will root, and grafted some to the only other citron ancestry plant I have (Ponderosa Lemon).

Are citrons compatible with trifoliate? I have a few seedlings but it will be a while before I can graft if my cuttings/grafts survive.

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