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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus & Temperatures
« on: July 11, 2014, 01:40:40 AM »
My meiwa is loaded with fruit and over the last few days has started more blooming. 

Sad to hear.  What will this do to the price of orange juice during a period when consumption is down?  I think we know the answer there, but the real question is will a solution to HLB be discovered and marketed in time?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Miewa Kumquat
« on: June 18, 2014, 12:06:47 PM »
Mine is blooming for the second time.

Yes, both are sweet.  I have the Ujukitsu and it is quite sweet, though I like it better than Mr. Texas, my fellow Sugar Land citizen.  I found one of his web pages about ujukitsu and sanbokan.

I used peat this spring to enable me to plant and maintain blueberry bushes in my alkali clay soil, so don't discount it's use in some areas.  For the citrus, I've used pine nuggets (coarse mulch) but sometimes have ants move in.  If cedar works, that may solve my problem.  Thank Millet!


Citrus General Discussion / Re: back from the dead
« on: June 17, 2014, 10:12:41 PM »
Yep, I think you're good to go!

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Received Two Grapefruit Trees Today
« on: June 17, 2014, 10:11:29 PM »
I just had the last Rio Red from my tree, and it's hard to imagine a grapefruit better than that one.  That's what I like about citrus, so many flavors!

Are you perhaps referring to a ujukitsu or sanbokan tree?

I am going to agree with the alternate bearing.  Last year I had 40 fruit on a 6 foot tall tree.  This year I have no fruit on that tree, but new leaves have been replacing all of the old ones and filling in bare branches.

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Looking for key lime seeds
« on: May 18, 2014, 12:09:30 PM »
Good to know.  With all the regulations in life, it is easy to miss one, which is but one of the reasons why I come to this forum.  With well-read people like you around, it makes it easier.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Chas's Citrus Collection
« on: May 18, 2014, 11:42:38 AM »
I agree with Millet.  Great job on the trees and the photos!  The round electric sockets do freak me out though!  ;)

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Root stock seed
« on: May 18, 2014, 11:36:42 AM »

You are a seed master.  You do well.

Recipes / Re: Chocolate (Persimmon) Mango Smoothie
« on: May 17, 2014, 12:36:47 AM »
You guys need to stop talking about these black sapote - chocolate persimmon recipes.  You're making me want to drive to the nursery and get one!

Recipes / Re: Baked Eggs in Avocado
« on: May 17, 2014, 12:32:54 AM »
Whatever guys!  I still appreciate the idea and will try it both ways!



Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Looking for key lime seeds
« on: May 16, 2014, 09:28:37 PM »
Are there import restrictions on shipping seeds to Europe?  I ask because I noticed the U.S.D.A. had a document about importing seeds and mentioned citrus greening and citrus variegated chlorosis as being carried within seeds.  It made me wonder about other country's rules.,d.b2k

If this is considered an of-topic or inappropriate question, moderators please feel free to delete.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Chocolate persimmon - Locations
« on: May 09, 2014, 02:05:36 PM »
When I was buying sage at Caldwell nursery near southwest Houston, I saw some nice chocolate persimmon trees.  They are a little pricey and are for local pick-up only, but are not seen often around here.

Other locations around the country:

Citrus General Discussion / Re: adrianos citrus
« on: May 09, 2014, 01:48:24 PM »
Great photos.  It is interesting how you have planted small sections of pipe along with your trees.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Gold Nugget Mandrin
« on: May 09, 2014, 01:39:21 PM »
We tend to overlook the effect of the packing house.
It has been proven that citrus taste far superior before they enter the packing house, than when they exit.
All that bumping around, whilst washing, waxing and heating effect the flavour. Not to mention the time spent off the tree before it reaches you at the store.
Perhaps GN is one of those varieties that doesn't hold up to the rigors of modern handling as well as other varieties.
Very true. I'm thankfully for the plethora of local farmers markets which bring the goods from field to market quickly. The first weeks fruits are ripening there is very little storage and it's as farm fresh as it gets. It's hard to wait until April for Gold Nuggets here. I foolishly picked mine in late February because they were completely orange but they weren't full flavored yet.

I agree that with some fruit it is easy to pick too soon.  I still have some Rio Red grapefruit on my tree and they taste much sweeter than those picked early in the season.

Nothing quite like "engineered" solutions!  ;)

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Nippon Orangequat
« on: May 04, 2014, 12:44:21 PM »

That's a nice looking tree and I see you have put it in one of the rootmakers that Millet recommends.  These trees are usually very productive and mine produced when smaller than yours.  It wouldn't surprise me if you got fruit this year from it. 

Glad everything worked out for you.

Cara Cara gets it's red color from lycopene, an antioxidant also found in tomatoes.  Lycopene may have some anticancer benefits, but the U.S.D.A. has not evaluated that.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: 3 new Mandarin trees for the yard!!!!
« on: April 29, 2014, 05:08:09 PM »
Just put in a Tango, Kishu, and Gold Nugget....still scouring the Earth for a California Honey!!!!!!!!!!! I bought about a dozen Honey and and Gold nuggets and compare them every time I eat them (both at each sitting)...I swear that Honey edges the infamous Gold Nugget every time....Man!!! that Honey Mandarin is as literal as it gets for flavor...Has such a honey sweet flavor that isn't from this least a few light years away.....I might bite the bullet and order it from four seasons nursery.

Nice picture!  Is that your skateboard in the background?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Hydrogen Peroxide
« on: April 29, 2014, 05:04:03 PM »
I'm planning to try this year on few citrus trees!  ;)

RyanL is the wizard!  :D

Row 2:
I remember that thread.  Interesting, but a little outside of my protocol.  RyanL is quite good, but so are several of the folks on the forum.  I often just read and ponder the wisdom.

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