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Cold Hardy Citrus / grafting citrus
« on: May 04, 2024, 04:07:12 PM »
I have seen a youtube video of a man with over 200 varieties of apples on one tree.  I love to graft my apple trees but have never tried citrus.  Does anyone graft different varieties of citrus on one tree?

Mike Adams

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / grow from seed almond, pistacho trees
« on: April 27, 2024, 04:28:04 PM »
Has anyone grown almond and pistachio trees from seed?  How cold hardy are they?  I am in zone 7.

Mike Adams

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Cold Hardy Citrus / 6b/7a overwinter success
« on: April 13, 2024, 01:48:29 PM »
3 in ground trees...Owari Satsuma, Swingle Citrumelo, and Taveres Limequat.....Temps in January.....10 days of mid twenties for high and lower teens for the low.  I used Christmas Lights, styrofoam and plastic. Today April 13....All showing new growth.  The two small plants in the front were pots that are in ground that also overwintered...They are grapefruits that I started from seed.  No winter burn at all.  I also have a Xie Shan and an Arbiguina Olive in another spot that did well. 




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Ariquina Olive Tree
« on: March 05, 2024, 05:44:51 PM »
I live in zone 6b/7a south central Pennsylvania....we had a week in January of temps below 15 degrees F at night and highs around 25 degrees F. in the daytime.  I used styrofoam, leaves, and Christmas lights to protect it.....The tree is in ground.



Mike Adams

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Owari Satsuma Zone 7a/6b in ground
« on: March 03, 2024, 03:28:06 PM »
Zone 7a/6b  my 2 year old owari satsuma in ground in South Central Pa.  Took the plastic and styrofaom off the plant.  I left the Christmas lights on.  January saw 10 days of highs in the low 20's and lows in the low teens. 




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Cold Hardy Citrus / timing of fertlizer
« on: February 18, 2024, 03:47:39 PM »
I am trying to grow several citrus in ground in zone 7a.  So far so good.   What I am trying to decide is when to fertilize them this spring? Right now our average high and low is 42/27 F.  I have them protected with Christmas lights and styrofoam.  Some do show new growth however.  Any suggestions?

Mike A.

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Tremendous Cold Wave coming our way
« on: January 13, 2024, 06:17:57 PM »
I am in zone 7a and planted last spring 3 cold hardy citrus and an Arbiquina olive outside.  I have been preparing for a cold blast like this for at least a month.  It will be interesting to see if my plan works.  I am using Christmas lights, styrofoam, frost blankets, plastic, and straw....Time will tell. Temps are supposed to dip down to the single digits....mid week.  The cold is supposed to last at least a week...

Mike Adams

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Flying Dragon fruit set sometime after Thanksgiving
« on: December 30, 2023, 02:58:37 PM »
I was very surprised to see this fruit hanging from my flying dragon tree.  It had to have set not long ago.  I live in Zone 7a in South Central Pa.  Our weather has been consistently 5-10 degrees above normal. They usually set in the middle of spring, right?


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Cold Hardy Citrus / 6b/7a owari satsuma in ground
« on: December 17, 2023, 10:34:24 AM »
I picked my one and only Owari Satsuma today....Now the fun begins to see if I have it ready for the winter.

Mike A

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Ways to protect your citrus trees in ground
« on: October 20, 2023, 07:03:48 AM »
Does anyone use straw/leaves around their citrus trees along with Christmas lights and a cloth covering?  Other low cost measures? If you use leaves is there a particular type that is better? Should they be shredded or whole?

Mike Adams

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / most cold hardy avocado
« on: September 23, 2023, 04:39:04 PM »
Of these three which one do you think is the most cold hardy...Lila, Joey or Fantastic avacados?

Thank you.
Mike Adams

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Earliest ripening citrus
« on: September 22, 2023, 06:33:31 PM »
What is the earliest ripening cold hardy citrus that has a good taste to it?  I know this is subjective but I live in zone 7 and trying to grow a few citrus that ripen early.

Mike Adams

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Ave high and low temp
« on: September 20, 2023, 06:24:50 AM »
I am in zone 7 trying to grow several varieties of hardy citrus outdoors.  I have the owari satsuma, swingle citrumelo, Taveres limequat and the Xie Chan.  In order to get fruit to ripen before it gets extremely cold what time in the spring do they need to start flowering and what low temp do I need to maintain in order to get them to  flower to ripen roughly on schedule in the fall?  I overwintered a ponderosa lemon outside last winter.  I understand how to get a citrus to survive 2 degrees F. last year.

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Straw for winter protection
« on: September 17, 2023, 04:29:14 PM »
Does anyone surround their citrus trees with straw to overwinter them? I am in Zone 7a.


Mike A.

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Cold Hardy Citrus / insulate the trunk with swimming pool noodles
« on: September 06, 2023, 07:29:17 PM »
Has anyone tried insulating their citrus trees trunks with swimming pool noodles? Last year in zone 7a it got down to 2 degrees F.

Mike A.

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Tavares Limequat
« on: May 07, 2023, 02:41:33 PM »
Anyone growing the Tavares Limequat?  How cold hardy is it?  How is the taste?  Thank you.

Mike Adams

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Timeline for fruit
« on: April 26, 2023, 05:15:32 PM »
If I have an Owari Satsuma outside when does it have to bloom in order to have ripe fruit by Thanksgiving?  What temp does it need to produce flowers and bloom?

Mike Adams

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Cold Hardy Citrus / best material for tree protection
« on: April 15, 2023, 05:06:43 PM »
What is the best material to use to protect trees from cold temps?

Mike Adams

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Store Bought Grapefruit
« on: March 31, 2023, 05:14:45 PM »
So I started a grapefruit from seed about 5 years ago in a pot.  I kept it indoor in the winter all of those years until last September.  I decided to plant it outside (I live in South Central PA zone 7) and see if I could overwinter it.  I only used 1 string of incandescent Christmas lights and a 100 watt lightbulb....I also made a styrofoam shelter around it and piled up a lot of wood chips...the coldest it got was 2 degree F.  It worked.  Tomorrow is April 1st and it doing well....I will post a photo when I remove all the styrofoam from around it....

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Yuzu
« on: March 01, 2023, 06:55:22 PM »
Does anyone like the taste of Yuzu?  How would you describe the taste?  I have seen videos that show restaurants like to use it on their fish.

Mike Adams

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Owari Satsuma
« on: February 26, 2023, 06:45:58 AM »
An Owari Satsuma growing in the ground in zone 8a......when does it usually start bearing new leaves in the spring and when can i roughly expect to pick the fruit in the fall to eat?  Thank you.

Mike Adams

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Cold Hardy Citrus / shiranui sumo citrus
« on: January 28, 2023, 05:46:18 PM »
Has anyone grown a shiranui sumo citrus? Is it very cold hardy?  If so where did you purchase it?

Mike Adams

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Citrumelo
« on: January 14, 2023, 06:26:25 PM »
If you took a cutting from a citrumelo that been grafted on a trifolate.....propagated a cutting from it.....how wingter hardy would the cutting  be?

Mike Adams

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Cold Hardy Citrus / 24 hours of light
« on: December 30, 2022, 04:49:49 AM »
Does anyone know the effects of having 24 hours of light on a citrus plant (100 watt lightbulb) when keeping them warm in the winter?  The normal day/night cycle obviously is thrown off.

Unicycle Mike

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Can you order cold hardy citrus
« on: December 04, 2022, 03:10:10 PM »
Is there anyplace to order cold hardy citrus to sample?  I would like to try some different varieties before I decide to buy any more trees?

Unicycle Mike

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