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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Winter care
« on: February 15, 2022, 10:54:02 PM »
The few citrus that I have overwintered in my house have not grown during winter although it is warm indoors and they were in a south window. As they got bigger and pots got heavier I got really aggravated every time I had to cart them in and out of the house spilling dirt and water on my carpeted floor. They go out once a week if possible to get hosed off for spider mites control, etc. So, this winter I decided to take a chance and just stash those not-so-cold-hardy potted varieties outside in a portable greenhouse with a couple of water barrels and two small space heaters inside, and they are doing just fine. Still not growing, but not frost damaged and no spider mites, and no dirt spilled on my floors. So far this warm winter my low has been 13 degrees F. My potted varieties are Santa Teresa lemon, Chandler pomelo, and Lakeland limequat.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Making mamalade
« on: February 15, 2022, 10:42:09 PM »
If added sugar is undesirable, Sure Jell makes a pectin additive that is made for without adding sugar. Iíve always done the old fashioned sugar recipe because after all the prep work of making the jelly, I donít want to take a chance of it not setting or being preserved. I know sugar is a natural preservative. To each their own.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Making mamalade
« on: February 11, 2022, 08:49:11 PM »
It says on the Sure Jell instructions. 1000 to 3,000 feet adds 5 minutes. From 3,001 to 6,000 ft add 10 minutes.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Making mamalade
« on: February 10, 2022, 08:19:13 PM »
I donít know about all that temperature and pump stuff, but I have made a lot of marmalade using primarily the Sure Jell recipe, and modified some if poncirus marmalade to process out resins. I have to add 5 minutes to my canning time since I am at 3,000 ft elevation.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Cold hardy lemons
« on: February 10, 2022, 08:12:39 PM »
If Ichang lemon isnít sour enough, try citremon. It will be more cold hardy too. I like swingle citrumelo as a lemon substitute too.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Carolina lime questions
« on: February 08, 2022, 07:53:09 PM »

I got a Carolina lime fruit from Stan McKenzie. It tastes like lime and is actually good although it is a trifoliate hybrid. I believe Stan says it is an unknown variety that originated in Europe. He calls it Carolina lime since it is otherwise unnamed.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: trees outside to spray
« on: February 02, 2022, 09:45:51 PM »
Spray trees down with water hose and/ or neem oil solution once a week to deter spider mites if trees indoors in winter.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Triple Superphosphate question.
« on: January 31, 2022, 09:02:48 PM »
You should get a soil test done. I had trouble getting my apples to bloom for years, after a soil test learned that the mountains of NC tend to be deficient in phosphorus. I now plant everything with some triple phosphate and everything blooms well now. Too much phosphorus in fertilizer is supposed to be bad for fish in rivers so only use phosphorus if you need it in your specific location.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Citrus soil mix for pots
« on: January 24, 2022, 09:38:20 PM »
I tried the 5:1:1 mix but it was too aggravating to figure out what kind of pine bark mulch to buy, and I donít want to do the sifting out the smaller pieces of bark thing. I like mixing the Turface with the Miracle Grow Garden soil. So much easier. I tried some kind of pumice stone mixed in potting soil but it was very heavy and did not drain nearly as well as the Turface. The pumice stone gravel stuff is meant to mix into garden to deter voles; I think it was Sunshine brand or something. Came in a white bag with a sun on it. Cheaper than Turface but I donít like it.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Sumo Citrus
« on: December 20, 2021, 02:01:10 PM »
Iím glad I read this thread. I planted a shiranui this year but since it is mandarin, I assumed it would ripen when my other satsumas and Changsha mandarin ripen in late November and December. So, I should wait until January or February for my shiranui fruit, huh?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: lemon hardiness difference
« on: December 20, 2021, 01:54:47 PM »
Poncirsguy, how do you protect your lemon trees in Ohio? In western NC, I have to cover my Ichang lemon and other cold hardy varieties and use space heaters.

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Etrog Citron
« on: December 13, 2021, 07:59:43 PM »
I think they have some at Madison Citrus Nursery in GA.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Hybrids
« on: November 23, 2021, 07:13:15 PM »
Thatís wonderful! Looks like you made your own citrumelo. Looks kind of like Dunstan. Congratulations.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: 28 F, -2.2 C
« on: November 17, 2021, 09:11:03 PM »
I donít take a chance with fruit on tree. I cover and try to avoid freezing the fruit. My grapefruit and meiwa fruit have to go the entire winter on the tree before ripe. Itís distressing to cut a beautiful red grapefruit in half and see it a dry husk inside. Too much effort put in to not get a crop.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Native crabapple as rootstock
« on: November 15, 2021, 09:11:51 AM »
Does anyone know if native crabapple such as malas coronaria or angustifolia can make good rootstocks for modern apple cultivars such as McIntosh or red delicious? Iím good with cleft graft citrus but havenít tried apples yet.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Is this HLB?
« on: November 03, 2021, 08:44:17 PM »
Usually HLB yellow blotches will be asymmetrical with right side of leaf looking different than left. Yours look pretty symmetrical to me. HLB will make lopsided fruit with yellow discoloration too. You want to keep your nutrition up in an HLB region. Lack of nutrition with yellowing of leaves will make tree more susceptible to HLB.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Is this HLB?
« on: November 02, 2021, 07:24:30 PM »
Since youíre in south central FL which is greeningís favorite place to thrive, send pics to your local horticultural extension agent for a diagnosis. You should be able to send it in an email. Best of luck.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Collins Poncirus processing
« on: November 01, 2021, 09:53:39 AM »
My poncirus fruits are large and juice filled like yours. I squeeze the juice out, boil it, settle out the bitter oils in fridge overnight, siphon off the juice leaving oil behind, and  put juice up in freezer in cup-size containers, and take out one container a week or so and mix it with water in a orange juice carafe and sweeten to taste with stevia. It makes a strong lemonade that I drink every morning out of a small orange juice glass.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Is this a rough lemon?
« on: October 26, 2021, 07:24:52 AM »
Could it be a grapefruit deformed by mites?

What do they cover them with? Bed sheets? Frost cloth?

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Cold Hardy Citrus in Ga?
« on: October 23, 2021, 07:55:00 PM »
Madison citrus nursery in GA can ship to you in GA. Great quality and selection.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Should we be bare rooting trees?
« on: October 18, 2021, 07:58:00 PM »
I repotted all my citrus in 50:50 Turface/ garden soil this year and removed all the previous potting soil, lost a few minor roots in process, but within a week or two, everything started pushing new growth, big Saint Teresa bloomed and fruited for the first time. Done great. Iíve cultivated bonsai trees in the past, not citrus species, but other species such as crabapple and dwarf pomegranate, azalea, wisteria, etc, and of course had to severely root prune and top prune proportionately of course, and they all did well and were potted in bonsai soil which resembles the 50:50 Turface blend. Amazing how plants can recover from pruning with appropriate aftercare. Osmacote mixed in with my Turface by the way.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Anyone growing Croxton Grapefruit?
« on: October 16, 2021, 07:51:55 PM »
Millet, yes. Itís posted on Facebook. Augusta GA, November 19 and 20.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Anyone growing Croxton Grapefruit?
« on: October 15, 2021, 09:39:12 PM »
I donít prune the Croxton. Itís a little wider than tall now. The grapefruit of both varieties are not ripe until the following spring but stay on tree well into the next fall. Most of my trees have outgrown the pvc pipe dome method. When they do, I make a wood frame that is easily taken down in spring or can be left up all year. <br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />post image online<br />

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Anyone growing Croxton Grapefruit?
« on: October 14, 2021, 08:05:44 PM »
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This is my Croxton and Rio Star fruit and photos of the Croxton which is sprawling and bush like on flying dragon rootstock covered by pvc pipe frame and plastic sheeting in winter.

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