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Cold Hardy Citrus / Crocston grapefruits
« on: October 25, 2015, 02:05:23 PM »
My first Crocston crop; now just need to get ripe.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Meiwa kumquat starting to ripen
« on: October 25, 2015, 02:00:19 PM »

The garbage can is full of water; getting ready for winter.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: First crop of Citrangequats
« on: October 13, 2015, 08:46:20 PM »

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: First crop of Citrangequats
« on: October 13, 2015, 07:06:52 AM »
Here's a pic of my Thomasville yesterday.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Sats are still solid green.
« on: October 11, 2015, 08:02:44 PM »
My sats(Kimbrough and Owari) are still green as grass. Last year not ripe until Christmas.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: First crop of Citrangequats
« on: September 26, 2015, 09:23:41 AM »
Mine has seen 3 winters here and I got it from Stan too, so about 4 years old I guess. It froze to the ground winter before last when I had at least two nights of zero degrees all night long and the five foot tall tree was only protected by a cage full of leaves covered in plastic and frost cloth; the swingle and rusk died completely with only leaves packed around them and covered in frost cloth. Thomasville came back from roots, and is my only original tree to survive the polar vortexes without electric heat.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: First crop of Citrangequats
« on: September 24, 2015, 09:13:19 PM »
Oops that's a pic from June. It's bigger now. I need to take another pic.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: First crop of Citrangequats
« on: September 24, 2015, 09:10:50 PM »
Congratulations! That's great. I wish mine would bloom.

I chose alias "Citradia" on forum because from my research, citradia is supposed to be the hardiest trifoliate hybrid, hardy to zone 7. I'm on border of 6b/7a, and originally hoped to find a citrus hybrid better than poncyrus to grow unprotected outside. Ironically, my citradia that I planted on south side of house died back from 4 feet tall to two inches above soil line this past winter. It was protected with 30 gallon garbage can of water and varying forms of expedient coverings from frost cloths to 4 mil plastic sock stretched over wire dome-shaped cage. I had three Dunstan citrumelo treated in similar fashion, and two out of three died completely, with one only defoliating but loosing no wood. The citrumelo seedlings were 3 ft tall and all came from same fruit. I had two nights this past winter reaching zero degrees F.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Growing non-tropics in Florida
« on: June 22, 2015, 12:38:42 PM »
I grew up in south central FL on gulf coast just below Tampa, and tried growing crabapples and dogwoods and red buds and Bradford pear, but they always died. They would not go dormant in "winter" there and the trees became stressed and out of balance with their natural cycle. They also didn't bloom well or at all since they couldn't get their annual chilling hours required to set flower buds. They all died. The only flowering temperate tree I saw there, and only saw one specimen, was a native Chickasaw plum tree in Bradenton, in full bloom in December. Chestnuts natural range in this continent is from Vermont down to northern FL. That Chestnut Hills Nursery is in Alachua county near Gainesville I believe, and the climate there is much colder in winter than Bradenton; I've lived there too. All the trees I mentioned earlier grow well in Gainesville but die in Bradenton after a year or so in the ground. That's why I moved to NC so I can grow beautiful flowering trees without worrying about chilling hours. I can pump heat to a covered "cold hardy citrus" here, but can't put a crabapple tree in the freezer.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: apples anyone
« on: June 08, 2015, 07:55:37 AM »
I have red delicious and Macintosh and Rome but I'm most proud of my native crabapples, angustifolia, coronaria,and glabrata. I got the latter two varieties from the wild seed and angustifolia from FL. Here's a pic of my glabrata in bloom.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: sorbus sp. hybrid
« on: June 07, 2015, 08:46:43 PM »
I have what I believe to be a hybrid aucuparia that was grown from wild-gathered seed by a nurseryman here in the Appalachian mtns of NC. It blooms heavily and fruits every year. It seems to be fireblight free and is actually less needy of care and spraying than my apple trees. I have many seedlings.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: No posts?
« on: May 21, 2015, 07:52:50 PM »

My Thomasville today. I know it's not impressive but at least it didn't die down to the roots this winter with zero degrees over night like the winter before.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: No posts?
« on: May 20, 2015, 06:16:00 PM »
My Thomasville from last month; I'll take current pic and post later.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: No posts?
« on: May 20, 2015, 06:08:45 PM »
Well Manfromyard, I'm glad your citrus survived and has started to grow. My post was coming from a place of general concern, not criticism. I've enjoyed reading about others' experiences with their cold-hardy citrus, and with the past two cold winters, I was hoping to here from others saying their citrus survived, etc. thanks for your response. I've not heard of "improved " citrangquat; does it have nicer fruit or better cold hardiness than Thomasville? My Thomasville died down to one foot from ground but is growing well now.

Cold Hardy Citrus / No posts?
« on: May 18, 2015, 09:34:08 PM »
Why is nobody posting anything to cold-hardy citrus forum? Did everybody's citrus die out the past two winters?

Sure. Just need lots of 4 mil plastic, PVC pipes, space heaters, time to cover and uncover trees for 6 months outta the year, and if you want to save some time and electricity, some thermo cubes! 

The heaters come on when temperatures get to about 34 degrees and cuts off at 45 degrees; that's how "Thermo cube" works. Look up thermo cube online.  You don't set the temp on it. The cube lets electricity flow when temp gets near freezing. People use them in pump houses to keep pipes from freezing.

Kimbrough, owari, and crocston going to bloom! Plastic, Thermo cube, space heaters, worked again.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: My first satsuma crop. Owari and Kimbrough.
« on: April 08, 2015, 06:39:50 AM »
I use No Float cedar mulch as a top dressing for all my outdoor plants to keep weeds and grass from growing up close to trees and plants. My trees are planted in soil. It rains frequently in NC, and once established, I don't have to water anything much here.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Another cold January for citrus!
« on: January 08, 2015, 11:49:40 AM »
1-degree F at my house this AM. Hope my winter protection holds out again this year.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: My first satsuma crop. Owari and Kimbrough.
« on: January 08, 2015, 11:44:24 AM »
Yes. I did. It was neat to see the changsha a and Ichang lemons 20 feet tall and unprotected in open field grove in Tifton GA. Changshas loaded with fruit.

Cold Hardy Citrus / My first satsuma crop. Owari and Kimbrough.
« on: November 23, 2014, 07:16:45 PM »

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Changsha mandarin opinions
« on: October 21, 2014, 07:42:07 PM »
Is your plant grown from seed or cutting or grafted? A seedling will need to grow tall before it blooms. Changsha fruit is small and full of seeds but supposed to be good. You can see photos of the fruit on internet. I lost a grafted changsha on FD two years ago d/t cold even with protection, but my seedling survived last winter with two nights of 0 degrees F and below freezing all of January inside plastic dome with small desk-type space heater plugged into a "thermo cube" to regulate temperature and a large plastic barrel of water against tree. 

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Winter 2014 damage
« on: October 20, 2014, 09:36:47 PM »
Thanks, Tom.

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