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 Right now is the perfect time to spray your tree with low biuret Urea which will increase fruit size.  Low biuret urea foliar spay is especially good for Dekopon so the fruit dosen't just develop the squash shape.

About a year ago I ordered a red grapefruit tree from Madison Nursery.  It was the best citrus tree I have ever received, and I have ordered over 20 different citrus trees from various other on line nurseries.

SC4oo,  yes you should be able to tell the true FD. As the seedlings get larger you will notice that some will have less curving in both the stem and branches, but less curves then the true FD cultivars .  You will have to use your judgement between your seedlings.

Flying dragon is 50 to 60 percent true from seed. Flying Dragon as a cultivar always has zigzag stems and strongly curved thorns. It is an easy way of selecting true FD seedlings. The straight stem and straight thorn are not FD.  Flying Dragon  rootstock trees grow to less than 1/2 of the standard size trees. Trees grafted on  Flying Dragon produce higher quality fruit because of the slower growing. 

The curled leaves is the plant trying its best to protect itself from the intense heat and sun.  Some shading will help greatly.  Also check to insure that the tree is getting enough water.

Page mandarin does not require cross pollicization to produce fruit.  Not only Page, but almost every mandarin  variety will produce fruit without cross pollicization.  One last comment,  Xie Shan ripens in mid September to October 1.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Yet another soil thread
« on: May 30, 2023, 09:34:23 AM »
I purchase the giant 50 lb bag for baseball fields

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Is this pot big enough?
« on: May 27, 2023, 12:45:17 PM »
brian is correct.  The value of MGGS depends on the area you live at.  Here in Colorado MGGS formulation is quite good.  I have never had a problem with it.  In other areas not so much.  Currently I have a tree planted in a 50/50 blend of Turface MVP and MGGS and it is growing quite well.  It has been in that medium going on two years with no apparent breakdown in texture.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: USDA says silicon helps citrus
« on: May 25, 2023, 04:54:51 PM »
silicone has many benefits for citrus.  Here is what the University of California has to say about silicone.


Citrus General Discussion / Re: Unknown citrus pest
« on: May 24, 2023, 12:11:06 PM »
The damage looks to large for spider mites,  To me it looks like scale.  Either way a spray with neem oil or a horticulture oil  would take care of either insect.  As 1rainman wrote water spray would eliminate spider mites, but water would not eliminate scale.

During summer months spray horticultural oils in the evening before sunset and you should be fine.

They look normal.  One of the leaves looks to be variegated.  The all white one will die because it has no chlorophyll to produce energy.   

Citrus General Discussion / Re: When to notch?
« on: May 18, 2023, 10:32:28 AM »
I assume your tree is growing in a container.  If so, you can cut off the main central stem of the tree at approximately 2 foot of height.  After doing so, the tree will began to produce side branching growth in several weeks time.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Help me pick a mandarin / satsuma
« on: May 10, 2023, 04:31:05 PM »
I have a Page mandarin planted in the ground.  It is said that Page mandarins produce the finest orange juice in the world.  Page trees are very productive, with fruit almost the size of a clementine mandarin, seedless and VERY juicy.  It is a good choice..

The University of Florida recommends fertilizing 1 year old citrus trees 6 times per year with a 6-6-6 formula fertilizer.  Beginning about 2 weeks after planting, frequent light applications of fertilizer should be made approximately every 6 weeks. In Florida fertilizer should not be applied between October1 and February 1 for the first year or two, especially in regions north of Polk county. 

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Help me pick a mandarin / satsuma
« on: May 06, 2023, 12:23:16 PM »
Ponkan is excellent, but contains seeds. Xie Shan was declared the best tasting citrus at the two Citrus Expo contests I attended. Owari and Shiranui have been favorites of many people for a long time.

How long has the tree been growing i the same container and same medium?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: how true-to-seed is true-to-seed?
« on: April 24, 2023, 01:11:37 PM »
All most all sweet Oranges, true Grapefruit, Lemons, Limes, pure mandarins, (other than King and Clementine) most Tangelos, hybrid Tangerines and Tangors (except temple) are true to type from seed.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Lane Late navel orange. Holy Moly
« on: April 21, 2023, 05:15:13 PM »
Generally a citrus tree does not produce acceptable fruit until it reaches 5 years of age.  I remember Dr. Malcolm Manners saying the very best grapefruit he ever ate was picked off of a 25 year old tree growing on the grounds of Florida Southern College.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Lane Late navel orange. Holy Moly
« on: April 20, 2023, 12:50:41 PM »
Very few of the Lane Late flowers will produce fruit.  Therefore, if you wait until the bloom is over to remove the new (if any) fruit, you will have a much easier time doing so.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Sumo seedling
« on: April 13, 2023, 09:28:36 PM »
Brian is exactly correct.  Flying Dragon as a cultivar always has zigzag stems and strongly curved thorns, it is an easy way without a DNA test of selecting predominantly true clonal Flying Dragon seedlings.  Discard those witch are obviously and definitely genetically different.  The more or less straight steamed & straight throne are not Flying Dragon.  One more comment about Flying Dragon. Trees growing on Flying Dragon root stock produce higher quality fruit because it is a slower garroting rootstock.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Best tasting blood orange?
« on: April 10, 2023, 12:40:54 PM »
The warmer the local climate, the less amount of red coloring in Moro .

I can go along with CFG and pick PAGE, as it makes the best orange juice.  Cara Cara for the best fruit.


Citrus General Discussion / Re: Noble Juicy Crunch Tangerine
« on: April 07, 2023, 01:58:34 PM »
 Citrus varieties that do produce true, and citrus varieties that do not come true from seed.

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