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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Poncirus from Seattle Arboretum
« on: November 28, 2022, 09:53:58 PM »
Is poncirus rare or difficult to grow there?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: First time citrus (Beginner)
« on: November 23, 2022, 07:52:22 PM »
I use miracle grow potting mix to start seeds and for initial potting of seedlings. Once I pot up to one gallon pot or at least by two gallon size, I have found that my citrus grow better in 50:50 mix ( miracle grow garden soil and Turface), since after a year the miracle grow potting soil turns into dense mud that sometimes lets water pond on top of the soil instead of draining through. I use the potting soil for native trees and non citrus stuff like red buds, rowan, crabapple, etc.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: when to pick Chandler pummelo?
« on: November 21, 2022, 04:53:00 PM »

This is my first Chandler fruit on a tree l got from Madison citrus last year. Itís in a pot in my living room. Overwintered last year in a greenhouse just fine. I too wonder when to harvest it. Itís huge, but I assume it needs to turn yellow before itís ready. Iíve seen them much bigger too.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: My Ichang lemon pics 10/24/22
« on: November 04, 2022, 02:40:50 PM »
Zest from my Lakeland limequat was good and they make excellent lime pie. My bergamot and Saint Teresa lemon make good zest too.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Name of citrumelo from chillypalmtree
« on: November 03, 2022, 08:08:28 PM »
I called him several years ago and said Dunstan

Citrus General Discussion / Re: experimenting with clay soil in containers
« on: November 02, 2022, 06:56:06 AM »
Trifoliata performs better when not in clay or soggy conditions. When I changed from regular potting soil to 50:50 mix of Turface and Miracle Grow Garden Soil, my poncirus seedlings started  growing very well. I fertilize with Osmacote and miracle grow. From your pics, what youíre doing is Bonsai with a fruit tree. According to my bonsai books, when making bonsai out of fruit trees versus non-fruiting trees such as pine, you need a deeper pot to accommodate more root mass, especially when first starting a specimen to help build trunk caliper. You need more roots to sustain fruits. They make bonsai soil you can buy pre bagged. Probably get it online. I used to be a member of the bonsai society in Gainesville FL. A local bonsai group may be resourceful for you.

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Looking for Yuzu rooted cuttings/seeds
« on: October 29, 2022, 07:29:11 AM »
Iím too lazy to look it up, but is yuzu seed going to be true or hybrid? Polyembryonic? I know ichangensis makes hybrids. Iím thinking better off with cuttings or grafts.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: My first Santa Teresa lemon fruit
« on: October 27, 2022, 07:28:49 AM »
Youíre welcome

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: My oddly shaped poncirus fruit
« on: October 26, 2022, 09:57:26 PM »
SC 400, are you spraying the tree with something to keep the mites from messing up all your fruit? If so, what do you use? Neem oil? Horticultural oil?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus rootstock source
« on: October 26, 2022, 09:46:58 PM »
Try Madison South GA. They have several rootstocks for sale.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: My first Santa Teresa lemon fruit
« on: October 26, 2022, 09:43:11 PM »
I assume itís not very cold hardy but I donít like having big potted trees in my house 8 months out of the year, so I decided to take a chance and put it in a portable greenhouse last winter and treated it like my other hardy citrus that are in ground using two water barrels and two small 250 watt space heaters regulated by thermo cube, and it did fine even overwintered this fruit without damage. However, it was a very warm winter I think only getting to 14 degrees F in mid March. If I am supposed to go to single digits I will probably freak out and dolly cart it into the living room.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: My Ichang lemon pics 10/24/22
« on: October 26, 2022, 09:30:36 PM »
Most of my cold frames are just 4x4ís and 2x4ís frames that get covered in 4 mil plastic on roof and three sides with a roll-up 4th side or ďdoorĒ that is stapled to a bord that is hung on ladder hooks when above freezing to vent excess heat so trees stay dormant. I also have a few portable greenhouses that are easy to zip up but those are staked to ground with rebar stakes so they donít blow away since I have high winds in winter. The pvc pipe frame covered in 4 mil method works well too but not as easy to cover and uncover to vent often especially when it gets taller.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: cold hardy lemon and lime
« on: October 26, 2022, 09:18:54 PM »
I got my Ichang lemon grafted on flying dragon from McKenzie Farms in SC.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: My Ichang lemon pics 10/24/22
« on: October 26, 2022, 09:14:56 PM »
The thermo cube comes on at 35 degrees F and turns off at 45 degrees F. It comes preset. You donít set temperature on it. There is another brand called Heatit that I be been buying at Lowes or on Amazon that has a little red light that comes on when it turns on at 35 degrees; this is nice because I can see that the heater is on when it gets below freezing outside. I like the heaters because they are low power but have fans that move the air around and they donít explode like heat lamp bulbs have in years past. The heaters I have are made by Soleil or a brand called My Heat.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: My oddly shaped poncirus fruit
« on: October 26, 2022, 09:05:06 PM »
ďWeĒ shouldnít have citrus mites in western North Carolina either, but although I am the only person I know of with in ground citrus in western NC, I guess the mite could have been introduced by a tree that I brought in from elsewhere. But none of my other trees have it either. I assumed it could have been frost damage since most of my poncirus blooms froze off this spring. I didnít think I was going to have any poncirus fruit at all since my poncirus go unprotected in winter.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: My first Santa Teresa lemon fruit
« on: October 25, 2022, 07:51:10 PM »
I donít know Eureka lemon. This is my only true lemon. Itís leaves are very lemony fragrant when torn and the new leaves are a dark red color. Blooms continuously. Iím a fan.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: cold hardy lemon and lime
« on: October 25, 2022, 07:47:13 PM »
Ichang lemon. I like my Lakeland limequat. It made it through winter in a pot inside a portable greenhouse last year with little space heater same as my other citrus.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: My oddly shaped poncirus fruit
« on: October 25, 2022, 07:44:18 PM »
Thanks Ilya. Itís the only one Iíve seen. Now I have to figure it how to kill that mite too.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: My Ichang lemon pics 10/24/22
« on: October 25, 2022, 07:42:15 PM »
If you look toward the bottom left side of the enclosure youíll see the small white 250 watt space heater regulated by a thermo cube.

I juice the fruit and use it to make lemon pie. I need to try to make lemon curd or some other lemon recipe.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: My Ichang lemon pics 10/24/22
« on: October 24, 2022, 08:15:50 PM »
Thanks. They bloomed this past spring. I usually harvest in November

Citrus General Discussion / My first Santa Teresa lemon fruit
« on: October 24, 2022, 08:11:14 PM »
I cut open my first Santa Teresa fruit today. It was very good. Put some juice in my tea. Maybe one day Iíll have enough for lemon curd or a pie.

Cold Hardy Citrus / My Ichang lemon pics 10/24/22
« on: October 24, 2022, 07:53:54 PM »
Ichang lemon on flying dragon.

Cold Hardy Citrus / My oddly shaped poncirus fruit
« on: October 24, 2022, 07:50:37 PM »
I picked up this weird poncirus and two small flying dragon fruit today, and a big bucket of regular shaped poncirus.

Daisyguy, since youíre in Gainesville, you will benefit from the extra cold resistance from the trifoliate rootstock anyway. Sugarbell and trifoliata are both resistant and sugar Belle is cold hardy. Go for it.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Variegated seedlings
« on: October 23, 2022, 06:22:53 PM »
Iíve had seedlings start variegated but all eventually go green.

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