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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Variegated sport on my Cara Cara
« on: March 29, 2023, 12:56:58 PM »
JJRO,  a variegated sport happens from time to time.  However, it happens more frequently with the variety Cara Cara.  Send us a picture when, and if, the variegated sport develops a mature fruit.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Yet another soil thread
« on: March 27, 2023, 05:54:10 PM »
I do not screen the Turface MVP.  I use it right out of the bag. The product comes highly uniform in texture.  I mix it with either peat or Miracle grow Garden Soil.  Both mixes are good, but blended with Miracle Grow Garden soil is even better.. 

Long ago it was found that adding drainage rocks to the bottom of the container is not a good idea.  Doing so hinders drainage.  Adding rocks only raises the perched water table HIGHER into the container.  If your not familiar with the term perched  water table you can look it up on the internet.

I looked up "adding rocks"  for you::

This is a popular step, but Willis says it’s best to skip it. Adding a layer of gravel or rocks to the bottom of a pot actually reduce drainage rather than promote it.

As Willis explains, water doesn’t move easily from one media layer to another, even from a fine-textured material like potting mix to a denser material like gravel or rocks. So instead of the extra water draining into the gravel, the water will gather or “perch” in the bottom part of the soil until it becomes saturated, leaving no space for air to circulate.

Without good drainage and aeration, the plant roots can become severely stressed and more susceptible to plant diseases, and potentially drown and die.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Flowers blossoming too soon ?
« on: March 25, 2023, 03:06:48 PM »
Your are likely doing nothing wrong.  Now is the time of year when citrus flower.  Just let the tree handle the flowers, you don't have to do anything.  Normally only 1 to 3 percent oft he flowers on a citrus tree produce fruit that will remain on the tree until maturity.  If every flower on a citrus tree
 produced fruit, the tree would be crushed under its own weight.

Lyn38 you should be OK to use seed.

As Vnomonee wrote.  You can determine when to water just by lifting the container.  After you next water lift up the pot to feel its weight.  Then every 3 days lift again.  You will learn very quickly when it is time to water.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Yet another soil thread
« on: March 23, 2023, 03:39:29 PM »
For my trees I use calcium nitrate, either as a soil treatment or as a foliar spray.

Organic fertilizers are OK for in ground trees, but not for container trees. Organic fertilizers require the  organism that are in the earth's soil to break them down to be useable by the tree.  Synthetic container potting soils  lack the organisms to brake the organic fertilizer down, therefor organic fertilizers are not available to the tree. Do your trees bloom?  If so be absolutely sure to keep your tree well watered during the bloom period.  Also be sure that your trees are always adequately fertilized.

There is a reason that the Baboon Lemon is not used commercially.  t is a seed factory.  Keeping the lemon is up to you.  I would rather spend my time growing a worthwhile lemon cultivar.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: soil wetting agents
« on: March 17, 2023, 09:40:53 PM »
rainman, I see what you meant, and you are correct in that matter..  Over time water develops drainage paths, then some spots in the container become hard dry. These spots and are very difficult to rewet.  Therefore, he container must be soaked to rewet them.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: soil wetting agents
« on: March 17, 2023, 12:15:10 PM »
rainman I cannot agree with your statement. "once peat is wet it stays wet".. As time goes by of course it DRYS out, and that is why one has to water again.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: soil wetting agents
« on: March 16, 2023, 01:03:22 PM »
I tend to go with poncirusguy.  To avoid dry pockets, simply soak the problem container in a larger container for 1/2 hour more or less every  month or so.   Works every time.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Yellowing Cara Cara Orange plant
« on: March 12, 2023, 03:29:15 PM »
The answer is obvious.  You purchased the tree last year and have never fertilized it.   Purchase a fertilizer high in nitrogen and potassium and lower in phosphorous with the trace elements.  Fertilize the tree every third watering.  Your tree is WAY under nourished.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Lime leaves curling
« on: March 08, 2023, 04:14:21 PM »
I don't know the real answer to that.  Any curled leaves that one of my trees get, I leave on for their natural life (18 months).  Curled leaves still produce almost the same amount of energy for the tree as do normal curled leaves.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Calamondin as female parent
« on: March 08, 2023, 04:06:38 PM »
I planted a Sour Orange seed that I received from a Catholic Nun in a New Jersey Convent, and it fruited in its 8th year.  Now it produces more fruit then I can ever use.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Citrus damage after freeze
« on: March 07, 2023, 06:01:34 PM »
In Florida try covering them with a heaver covering, and put an light bulb under the covering. Not LED type.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Lime leaves curling
« on: March 07, 2023, 05:56:21 PM »
you can use anything that kills thrip.  The new leaves require protection from the start of the leaf's life, until it becomes mature enough in order to deter leaf curl.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Lime leaves curling
« on: March 07, 2023, 01:17:22 PM »
Could be most any sucking insects, with a high probably being  thrips.  This type of problem can be easily be eliminated by spraying the new growth with a horticultural oil every couple days until the leaf matures.  Even a daily  strong water spray to the upper and lower  leaf until the new growth firms up will go a long way to stop this leaf curl.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Root rot cure
« on: March 04, 2023, 12:58:00 PM »
Actually, it is just two ingredients that causes root rot-----lack of oxygen and fungal infections.  Over watering and soil compaction eliminates oxygen from a medium.  Especially when a compacted soil is  over watered.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Florida Buyer Beware - Publix Citrus
« on: March 02, 2023, 04:40:34 PM »
I am with 1rainman.  I NEVER use the self checkout on purpose

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Atlanta Winter Citrus Damage
« on: March 01, 2023, 05:50:50 PM »
Sorry for your loss.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Lemon Production in Zone 5
« on: March 01, 2023, 12:56:21 PM »
The highest use period for lemons is during the summer months.  Growers know this, and therefore try to produce their lemon crop at that time of year.  To accomplish this, they withhold the watering during the late fall or early winter until the tree shows a light withering which will cause a fall/winter blooming, thereby causing the tree to produce fruit that will be ready during the high profit period of summer.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Yet another soil thread
« on: February 28, 2023, 06:01:24 PM »
I am using plain peat moss, however MGGS works just as well.  Actually, I would have used MGGS instead of peat, but I was out of MGGS so I just used regular peat moss. My mix is now going on 2 years and works great.  You should not have any trouble with either mix.  About the roots, I would just watch it and presently would do nothing.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Yet another soil thread
« on: February 25, 2023, 02:49:41 PM »
The concentrated water layer at the bottom of every container, known as the perched water table, happens even if the container had no bottom at all.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Yet another soil thread
« on: February 23, 2023, 01:10:22 PM »
The reason that the perched water table did not last long in poncirusguy's containers, is because he sucks it out with a vacuum cleaner.

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