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Cold Hardy Citrus / Georgia Grower Rapidly Reacts to HLB Find
« on: February 22, 2022, 04:58:24 PM »
Whoops, looks like hlb is starting to spread in South Georgia.  With the growth of the citrus industry,  it was only a matter of time as those areas are too close to Florida. 

Earlier this year, a small grove owner in Grady County, Georgia, noticed some odd-looking trees in his grove. The leaves, having an asymmetrical discoloration, appeared to be nutritionally deficient. In an attempt to remedy the problem, the grower reached out to the Grady County Extension office for help. The Extension agent began his quest to figure out the trees’ issue(s).

After collecting a number of leaf samples, the Extension agent contacted a citrus specialist for assistance and, as a precautionary measure, submitted the samples for testing to the University of Georgia Plant Molecular Diagnostic Lab to determine if the trees were diseased. When the lab results came back, the Extension agent found himself in a situation he had never before encountered — what to do about trees infested with huanglongbing (also known as HLB or citrus greening).

Wow! The things that people will buy down here!
I wonder how much money these people make from selling this?<br /><br />

Cold Hardy Citrus / Results of Citrangequat vs Sudachi Taste test
« on: October 16, 2021, 12:35:00 PM »
Ok, so Today I decided to pick one of my Sudachi and one of my citrangequats to compare since I will be moving in a few years.
I unfortunately didn't measure the weight of the fruit before hand.

The Sudachi was 3 times the size of the Thomasville, but the thomasville was definitely more juicy. The Sudachi gave exactly 1 Teaspoon (measured) of juice.  The Thomasville have slightly over 1 teaspoon.

I put the juice in 2 separate cups, and made an ade. 1 teaspoon of simple syruo (1:1 sugar and water), with 3 teaspoons of water.

I marked the cups and put some ice in it, and served to my wife and son.

Interestingly, both my wife and son preferred the Thomasville to the Sudachi-ade. Both said that the Sudachi was more orange-y. 
The Zest of the sudachi was more unique to me. I did taste that slight pepper flavor that people mention. The thomasville zest of course had that citrange component, so I wouldn't try to use that zest in anything.

If the Thomasville zest tasted better, I think it would be a clear winner. More juice, more acid taste, and it's proven more hardy. Juice wise, it's still more useful. I'll try this again when they're both yellow ripe.

Next test will probably be meyer lemons vs ichang lemons...

Cold Hardy Citrus / Moving Citrus?
« on: September 15, 2021, 10:17:27 PM »
So my yuzuquat that I thought dead has recovered very quickly and vigourously. It is way too close to my zombie meyer lemon that won't die. I was thinking of removing one of my pomegranates to put the yuzuquat there. Should I do this in the fall/winter or wait until spring?

I know it'll probably sulk for a few years, which I hate since it just fruited, but those thorns are too vicious to leave nearby..

Cold Hardy Citrus / Flowering times on citrangequat?
« on: August 14, 2021, 01:11:58 PM »
Hey all,

I went outside yesterday, and noticed that my Thomasville was putting out several more flowers. I don't remember it flowering this late in the year before, even with several dozen fruits on it. Is this the kumquat heritage showing or maybe the extreme heat this year?

Even the Meyer lemon has stopped flowering...

Mr. Duncan posted a nice video showing some hardy citrus being grown outside in Coastal Canada.

The sudachi looks super productive!

Cold Hardy Citrus / Using up those Citrangequats!!!
« on: October 16, 2016, 05:05:05 PM »
So I finally got some time to take a look at the tree this year. This one always is a great producer. So let's see what we can do with these.

First up, key lime pie or rather, citrangequat pie...
First ingredient, 1 Thomasville citrangequat tree!

I picked quite a few fruit, but I still have enough for maybe 3 or 4 more of these..


I actually needed less of these than I thought, because they are so juicy. The skin is very thin, but I was able to zest them easily enough.


The finished product. And my wife promptly adopted the first slice.


BTW, the remnants made an excellent margarita, if you're so inclined. I think I'll use some to make a nice persimmon and peach hot sauce since I have an excess of habaneros and fuyus this year......

Cold Hardy Citrus / First crop of Citrangequats
« on: September 23, 2015, 12:00:40 AM »
Finally got a first crop of these and I'm stoked that it survived the past 2 winters and has set fruit. Yuzuquat is coming back strong as well. And my zombie Meyer lemon is speeding up from its resurrection.  ;D

Cold Hardy Citrus / SouthEast Citrus Expo 2014 Mini-Report
« on: November 21, 2014, 10:06:08 PM »

SouthEast Citrus Expo 2014 Mini-Report

This was my first year attending the Citrus Expo. I drove south from Atlanta, and  3 hours later, here we are:

The first thing that I saw was the plants for sale at the front.They seemed to be Camelias and some citrus with baskets of fruit to sample. Mr. Crawford from Loch Laurel Nursery was very helpful in answering questions and giving samples.

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