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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: My oddly shaped poncirus fruit
« on: October 26, 2022, 09:57:26 PM »
SC 400, are you spraying the tree with something to keep the mites from messing up all your fruit? If so, what do you use? Neem oil? Horticultural oil?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus rootstock source
« on: October 26, 2022, 09:46:58 PM »
Try Madison South GA. They have several rootstocks for sale.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: My first Santa Teresa lemon fruit
« on: October 26, 2022, 09:43:11 PM »
I assume itís not very cold hardy but I donít like having big potted trees in my house 8 months out of the year, so I decided to take a chance and put it in a portable greenhouse last winter and treated it like my other hardy citrus that are in ground using two water barrels and two small 250 watt space heaters regulated by thermo cube, and it did fine even overwintered this fruit without damage. However, it was a very warm winter I think only getting to 14 degrees F in mid March. If I am supposed to go to single digits I will probably freak out and dolly cart it into the living room.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: My Ichang lemon pics 10/24/22
« on: October 26, 2022, 09:30:36 PM »
Most of my cold frames are just 4x4ís and 2x4ís frames that get covered in 4 mil plastic on roof and three sides with a roll-up 4th side or ďdoorĒ that is stapled to a bord that is hung on ladder hooks when above freezing to vent excess heat so trees stay dormant. I also have a few portable greenhouses that are easy to zip up but those are staked to ground with rebar stakes so they donít blow away since I have high winds in winter. The pvc pipe frame covered in 4 mil method works well too but not as easy to cover and uncover to vent often especially when it gets taller.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: cold hardy lemon and lime
« on: October 26, 2022, 09:18:54 PM »
I got my Ichang lemon grafted on flying dragon from McKenzie Farms in SC.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: My Ichang lemon pics 10/24/22
« on: October 26, 2022, 09:14:56 PM »
The thermo cube comes on at 35 degrees F and turns off at 45 degrees F. It comes preset. You donít set temperature on it. There is another brand called Heatit that I be been buying at Lowes or on Amazon that has a little red light that comes on when it turns on at 35 degrees; this is nice because I can see that the heater is on when it gets below freezing outside. I like the heaters because they are low power but have fans that move the air around and they donít explode like heat lamp bulbs have in years past. The heaters I have are made by Soleil or a brand called My Heat.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: My oddly shaped poncirus fruit
« on: October 26, 2022, 09:05:06 PM »
ďWeĒ shouldnít have citrus mites in western North Carolina either, but although I am the only person I know of with in ground citrus in western NC, I guess the mite could have been introduced by a tree that I brought in from elsewhere. But none of my other trees have it either. I assumed it could have been frost damage since most of my poncirus blooms froze off this spring. I didnít think I was going to have any poncirus fruit at all since my poncirus go unprotected in winter.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: My first Santa Teresa lemon fruit
« on: October 25, 2022, 07:51:10 PM »
I donít know Eureka lemon. This is my only true lemon. Itís leaves are very lemony fragrant when torn and the new leaves are a dark red color. Blooms continuously. Iím a fan.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: cold hardy lemon and lime
« on: October 25, 2022, 07:47:13 PM »
Ichang lemon. I like my Lakeland limequat. It made it through winter in a pot inside a portable greenhouse last year with little space heater same as my other citrus.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: My oddly shaped poncirus fruit
« on: October 25, 2022, 07:44:18 PM »
Thanks Ilya. Itís the only one Iíve seen. Now I have to figure it how to kill that mite too.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: My Ichang lemon pics 10/24/22
« on: October 25, 2022, 07:42:15 PM »
If you look toward the bottom left side of the enclosure youíll see the small white 250 watt space heater regulated by a thermo cube.

I juice the fruit and use it to make lemon pie. I need to try to make lemon curd or some other lemon recipe.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: My Ichang lemon pics 10/24/22
« on: October 24, 2022, 08:15:50 PM »
Thanks. They bloomed this past spring. I usually harvest in November

Citrus General Discussion / My first Santa Teresa lemon fruit
« on: October 24, 2022, 08:11:14 PM »
I cut open my first Santa Teresa fruit today. It was very good. Put some juice in my tea. Maybe one day Iíll have enough for lemon curd or a pie.

Cold Hardy Citrus / My Ichang lemon pics 10/24/22
« on: October 24, 2022, 07:53:54 PM »
Ichang lemon on flying dragon.

Cold Hardy Citrus / My oddly shaped poncirus fruit
« on: October 24, 2022, 07:50:37 PM »
I picked up this weird poncirus and two small flying dragon fruit today, and a big bucket of regular shaped poncirus.

Daisyguy, since youíre in Gainesville, you will benefit from the extra cold resistance from the trifoliate rootstock anyway. Sugarbell and trifoliata are both resistant and sugar Belle is cold hardy. Go for it.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Variegated seedlings
« on: October 23, 2022, 06:22:53 PM »
Iíve had seedlings start variegated but all eventually go green.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Early St Ann Satsuma
« on: October 13, 2022, 07:36:17 AM »

Hereís my St Anne on poncirus. In cold frame that I do for all my non-hybrids. Got it from Simply Citrus in SC several years ago. Just started growing this summer after a crabapple tree fell that was next to it and blocking sun. Iíve been cutting immature fruit off to get tree to grow more. I do small space heaters and water barrels to keep them alive in winter. My satsuma trees and grapefruit have done well with this method even through a month below freezing and lows of zero or below from sundown to sun up.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: My first poncirus fruit to drop this year
« on: October 08, 2022, 11:22:55 PM »
Millet, my poncirus and flying dragon trees donít get any protection in winter. Neither do my Dunstan or 80-5. This past winter was mild and I didnít protect citradia or Thomasville and citradia only lost a few feet of last yearís growth and Thomasville cut in half. I didnít protect my 15 foot tall Changsha on own roots and it died down to three feet tall, but now growing back hard to five feet. They wouldnít have been damaged at all if I didnít get down to 14 degrees in mid March after a prolonged warming in February.

Cold Hardy Citrus / My first poncirus fruit to drop this year
« on: October 08, 2022, 07:27:29 AM »

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Identify this citrus tree
« on: October 03, 2022, 12:24:50 PM »
I bet itís a sour orange. Large leaf with substantial petiole. Would do well in that North FL area without protection in winter.

I just put mine near a south or west facing window. The problem with citrus indoors is spider mites. I spray them with neem oil solution or haul them outside once a week if not freezing and blast the underside of leaves with hose. I have also put them in the shower to let it rain on them. Mites donít like water or humidity. It helps to put a humidifier near your plants too. My in ground citrus in cold frames get water hosed once a week also when not freezing outside. They do better outside in cold frames I think because they get the natural humidity. Once my frames are set up, my maintenance on the cold frame citrus is easier/ less work than the potted ones in the house. Despite my efforts last year, I still had one potted indoor lemon tree defoliate from mites and didnít recover until put back outside in spring.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Could it be citrus greening? Europe
« on: October 01, 2022, 07:48:56 PM »
Even if you have an infected tree, you wonít have psillids in Poland to spread it.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Trifoliate orange
« on: September 18, 2022, 10:02:43 PM »
I think Swingle citrumelo is a decent lemon. Iíve made lemon pie with it. I drink poncirus lemonade. I just boil the juice and siphon off the bitter oil after it settles out in a jar in fridge overnight. Then freeze the juice in one cup freezer containers. I mix one cup of processed poncirus juice to a full size orange juice decanter and add nine truvia packets and stir. I have an orange juice glass of this lemonade every morning with breakfast.

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