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Citrus General Discussion / Grafting seedling onto seedling
« on: January 14, 2022, 11:36:42 PM »
I would like to graft a mandarin seedling onto a sour orange seedling. Should I remove leaves from the scion, the rootstock or both? Or leave the leaves on the scion but remove leaves from rootstock?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: CCPP Budwood Price Hike
« on: January 07, 2022, 10:07:54 PM »
Not being a California resident, budwood is even more expensive for me. I stopped ordering budwood from them because I just order trees from nurseries. Price is the same and usually lower than CCPP.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Pathogen ID?
« on: January 01, 2022, 05:13:50 PM »
Looks like spider mites to me.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: "Creeping" citrus
« on: December 08, 2021, 11:02:19 AM »
Some fig growers in the north have trained their trees to be "step over trees" which are protected from the cold using low tunnels.

Citrus General Discussion / "Creeping" citrus
« on: December 05, 2021, 10:13:22 PM »
Has anyone tried this:
Creeping Citrus Trees ( You will need to scroll down.)

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Graft in winter?
« on: November 21, 2021, 09:25:58 PM »
I should have mentioned that my potted trees are under lights and at 60 - 65F, so it seems to me that light and temperature requirements would be met. No?

Citrus General Discussion / Graft in winter?
« on: November 20, 2021, 11:47:55 PM »
I just brought my trees indoors for the winter. I am considering grafting some of them. Can I graft now or should I wait until spring?

I have been using my fertilization protocol for about 5 years and seem to be getting good growth without any major signs of nutrient deficiencies. I forgot to mention that I also us Osmocote Plus in addition to Jack's fertilizer.
Thank you for all of your responses.

I know that in ground citrus needs fertilizing 3 times/year, but what about my container citrus here in Massachusetts Zone 5b?
What fertilizer and how much should I use? I have been using Jack's 25-5-15 Professional Fertilizer (1/2 Tsp/gal H2O) every time I water.

Where is the fan in your setup?

Citrus General Discussion / Should we be bare rooting trees?
« on: October 16, 2021, 10:45:37 PM »
I just read this post:
I grow my citrus and fig trees in pots and bare root the trees after I get them from a vendor and before putting them into 5:1:1 mix or gritty mix. I do this because the mix that the trees come in is usually different than the mix I put them in. The mixes that I use are fast draining while some of the mixes that the trees come in are not (they contain a lot of peat). I found that repotting the trees with this kind of mix is problematic because the water drains around the peat based mix in the root ball and does not penetrate into the roots.
I have bare rooting my trees for years without problems.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Should I prune it?
« on: October 06, 2021, 09:59:13 PM »
At what height should I prune it?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Should I prune it?
« on: October 01, 2021, 09:26:57 PM »
I just got a beautiful lemon aid tree from Madison Citrus nursery. It is about 3 ft tall with no branches. I want it to form branches. Should I just let it grow and see what happens or should I remove the apical portion to encourage branching?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Trying A New Growth Medium
« on: September 30, 2021, 09:35:44 PM »
I believe chicken grit is granite while Turface is hardened clay. You can use Napa floor dry #8822 instead of Turface.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Trying A New Growth Medium
« on: September 28, 2021, 11:39:16 PM »
Does anybody use the gritty mix? (Equal parts pine or fir bark, Turface MVP and Grani-I-Grit. It supposedyl outlasts the 5:1:1 mix.) I have used it and it seems OK, although the pots are very heavy.
I also use the 5:1:1 mix but some of my trees have gotten root rot in it, so am considering switching to gritty mix.

Citrus General Discussion / Can I graft now?
« on: September 27, 2021, 10:36:56 PM »
I am thinking of ordering budwood from CCPP  to graft onto some of my trees. My trees will be overwintered indoors at about 65F with artificial light in mid October. Can i do it now or should I wait until until spring?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: repotting a young meyer in september?
« on: September 22, 2021, 10:04:51 AM »
I dislodge soil by quickly moving the tree up and down in water. Using fingers might break more fine roots.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Osmocote Plus is cheap on Amazon right now
« on: September 08, 2021, 09:53:45 PM »
I use Osmocote Plus and Jack's 25:5:15.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Strange new branches
« on: August 23, 2021, 08:38:08 AM »
What would cause only two branches, and not the rest, to grow so quickly?

Citrus General Discussion / Strange new branches
« on: August 22, 2021, 10:16:23 PM »
I have a trifoliate that I rooted from a cuttings of an unknown roostock. It recently put out two branches with very long thorns. Other branches have small thorns. What is going on?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Volume of water
« on: August 04, 2021, 09:15:58 PM »
I water so that a little comes out of the drain hole.
Ian Tolley, the Australian citrus expert, in one of his videos, says to use just enough water so that a little comes out of the drain so that fertilizer is not drained away.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: CYAN-365
« on: July 15, 2021, 10:15:48 PM »
@W. I completely agree with you.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: CYAN-365
« on: July 15, 2021, 01:58:29 PM »
Millet, I nevertheless do appreciate your posting this article. I will keep my eye open for future articles on CYAN-365.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: CYAN-365
« on: July 14, 2021, 09:56:53 PM »
Millet, the The Citrus Industries site is not a peer reviewed scientific journal. I would like to see exactly how they conducted those studies and would like to see their detailed results. I have not been able to find any study of CYAN-365 in a peer reviewed scientific journal which makes me suspect that such a study does not exist and that their claims are simply marketing BS.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: CYAN-365
« on: July 14, 2021, 08:48:13 AM »
Millet, the article to which you provided a link only mentions the studies the company did with providing a reference to where these studies might be published. I strongly suspect that it is marketing hype.

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