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Lemon Citrus Tree cannot shipping citrus trees into Florida. If they have done so in the past, it is illegal. - Millet

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Pernambuco Pineaapple
« on: April 21, 2014, 05:26:09 PM »
Evidently, in the past Pernambuco pineapples were a rather common planted pineapple, especially in South Florida.  Today it seems almost no one has heard about them.  Both Dr. Manners, and Dr. Julian W. Sauls have told me that the Pernambuuco was the best tasting pineapple they have eaten.  So far, after a years search I am still at zero in locating a source. - Millet

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Wanted: Gold Nugget Mandarin
« on: April 21, 2014, 05:13:33 PM »
Scott I went ahead an ordered a Gold Nugget (5-Gallon sized tree) from Bayflora.  The tree was quite pricey - $97.57 after freight was added.  So now I am getting two trees. One from Bayflora,  and the one from Logees.  Thanks, for the information.  Actually, I had never heard about Bayflora before you told me about them - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Valentine Pumelo
« on: April 21, 2014, 04:37:15 PM »
Harvey you stated that you are guessing a lower taste rating of the Valentine Pummelo was due to being over ripe, did you actually mean under ripe?  My test show leaving the Valentine Pummelo hang a while longer greatly improved the taste. This is certainly true for grapefruit also.- Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus myrtifolia ( Raf. ) "CHINOTO"
« on: April 21, 2014, 04:29:04 PM »
As a Chinotto (Citrus myrtifolia) grows up I like the Chinotto's small sized leaves, and how they are bunched closely together. A very decorative tree. - Millet

Be careful of adding to much hard wood chips to a citrus potting soil blend. Hardwood trees, (oaks, ash, maple cottonwood and so  on) work poorly, not because hardwood decomposition is excessive, but because of the accumulation of high levels of manganese that are in hard wood. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: minneola tangelo in container
« on: April 21, 2014, 03:48:05 PM »
An easy way to thin a citrus tree to ensure large fruit is as follows.  A citrus fruit only requires the energy produced by the three closest leaves to it to grow from a pollinated flower into a mature fruit.  So if you wish your tree to produce the largest size fruit, thin to leave one fruit for each set of three leaves. - Millet 

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Nippon Orangequat
« on: April 20, 2014, 09:59:39 PM »
My tree is like Toms - very upright. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Valentine Pumelo
« on: April 20, 2014, 09:57:06 PM »
  I pick a Valentine that I thought was ready, and your right it was not all that good. I got the hint from Patty (hooserquilt) about delayed harvesting..  I left the rest of the fruit hang for another 4  to 6 weeks, the  difference was huge. The pulp was much reader, sweeter and the juice content increased. This same harvesting tip also goes for grapefruit. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: minneola tangelo in container
« on: April 20, 2014, 09:50:18 PM »
Yes, gibbereilllic (GA3) acid works great.  I use it most every year, both on my citrus and grapes. Two things to consider when using GA3 acid to pollinate your citrus.  The percent of active pollination is very high, so the tree will set a LOT of fruit when sprayed with GA3.  Much more than a tree being pollinated by natural means.  Therefore, you will get many more fruit, but because of the great number, the fruit will be smaller in size.  However, if you thin the tree a little the tree will produce the normal size for the cultivar.   Use a 1 percent solution.  If you don't want to by GA3 you can use tomato and pepper set.  In most brands, the active ingredient is GA3.  To be sure, check the ingredients on the label.  Spray at full bloom.  - Millet

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Colored Finger Limes
« on: April 20, 2014, 01:44:05 PM »
Seed to most Australian rare citrus varieties can be purchased here - Millet

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Pernambuco Pineaapple
« on: April 20, 2014, 01:32:06 PM »
I am searching for a source of propagation slips for the pineapple variety Pernambuco. Thank you for your help.

Citrus General Discussion / Easter Sunday
« on: April 20, 2014, 12:51:07 PM »
Happy Easter  to all. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Valentine Pumelo
« on: April 19, 2014, 10:43:46 PM »
Darkman, you won't regret purchasing a Valentine Pummelo.  Great for breakfast.   Just be sure to let the fruit hang on the tree for a month or 6 weeks after the fruit turns yellow so it will attain the great taste. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Nippon Orangequat
« on: April 19, 2014, 10:39:42 PM »
Darkman, a Xie Shan Satsuma is about the top of the top when it comes to taste.  However, most all  varieties of Satsumas and mandarins do not produce their best tasting fruit until the trees are about 5+ years old.  I tell you this because I don't want you to be disappointed when you taste your trees first crop.  However, I bet you will still rate the first crop as positive.  Be sure to let me know what you think when you taste the first fruit that your trees produce. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Winter lessons learned!!!
« on: April 19, 2014, 10:22:22 PM »
Darkman, a little piece of good news is that the Xie Shan I doing well. Hope to see you again at Citrus Expo 2014- Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Valentine Pumelo
« on: April 19, 2014, 01:53:22 PM »
Harvey, I don't recall what root stock my Valentine is growing on. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Kishu Mandarin
« on: April 19, 2014, 09:56:20 AM »
My guess is that Kona's tree is a Clementine.  Many of the fruit on my Clementine tree have a small neck and are about the same size as the one commonly sold in the store. Kishu are way to small to have a neck. Personally I gave up on Kishu, as the fruit is much to small to bother with. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Harris Citrus FL
« on: April 19, 2014, 09:38:21 AM »
I would not say I have never received an actual bad tree from Harris, but the ones that I have received were just OK. Most look like they were grown to close to each other. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Valentine Pumelo
« on: April 18, 2014, 11:04:49 PM »
Not long ago the University of California's Citrus Clonal Protection Program (CCPP) released the Valentine Pummelo to the public.  If I correctly remember, I think I got them from Harris Citrus.   Last Spring both trees fruited for the first time, and we ate the fruit for breakfast last January and into February.  On the advise of Housherquilt, I let them hang on the tree for a couple months after I believed they were mature to sweeten up.  The fruit is about the size of a soft ball with sweet dark red flesh.   If you love pummelos I urge you to purchase a Valentine tree, they are really, really, REALLY a great tree.. - Millet

Thanks Patty, I just ordered the two book combination special. - Millet

I've also grown a lot of citrus tree in Coconut husk chips. Worked well - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Finger limes in pots
« on: April 18, 2014, 04:35:56 PM »
Starling, if you are a fan of Lemonade, you should purchase a citrus variety called the New Zealand Lemonade tree.  The fruit eaten out of hand from the tree, taste like lemonade, thus the name. It is a vigorous variety, and produces fruit all year around, with its heaviest crop in the spring - Millet                     .

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Nippon Orangequat
« on: April 18, 2014, 04:15:14 PM »
brain. Call Harris and ask for Ruth, she is the owners daughter,.  Ruth will probably answer the telephone, then ask her about Xie Shan (pronounced she-shan).   Some times not all of their trees are listed.  The chance of you getting a Xie Shan might be pretty good. If not she can tell you when they will be in stock again. - Millet

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Nippon Orangequat
« on: April 18, 2014, 10:11:16 AM »
This years Citrus Expo, spent the day with Dr. Powell (The man in the video) at Petals From The Past nursery.  Dr. Powell had many plates of various citrus set up on a long table for taste testing.  After testing all the varieties,   you voted for the best of the best.  Xie Shan won the contest. - Millet

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