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Thank you,   there is no where to buy any citrus in the entire city of Houston.  Wish I knew, I would
travel to Louisiana for the Clementine orange

I had thought 2 of my citrus were ok when they began putting out new shoots. Tree over 10 years old.

The freeze was really bad.  Even though we covered our clementine orange, it is only supposed to go down to 32 degrees.
The temp went down to 12.
We had the entire trunk cut back cutting down all the black. 

Now the shoots are dying and the 6" trunk is getting black.

What is this ?  Can I treat it with anything ?
Thanks in advance for help.  Carol

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Shangrila Mulberry
« on: February 27, 2021, 05:32:37 PM »
Does anyone now about the Shangrila Mulberry.  Supposed to be for the south.
Lost the Geraldi Dwarf in 13 degrees.  Not supposed to die at that temp.
Would like to replace with another Geraldi, Shangrila and maybe an Oscar.
Thanks carolstropicals

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hard Freeze My Avocado & Trop Trees
« on: February 27, 2021, 05:27:31 PM »
Thanks to everyone who responded.  Concerns not beetles but life in these trees. 
Everything was wrapped properly with plumbing foam around the grafts. Then
electricity went out.
What a mess.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hard Freeze My Avocado & Trop Trees
« on: February 26, 2021, 10:25:21 AM »
HI, we really don't have beetles in Tx.  We also have stopped using any insecticides.  The benefit of this is really seen.

We have tree frogs in the center of Houston.  I don't believe I have even ever seen a tree frog.  So Wonderful.  We use
organic alfalfa pellets for our yard which we applied yesterday. 

I just talked with an experienced local nursery.  She said to wait 3 or 4 weeks to see how these trop trees are faring before
taking action such as digging. 
On the bright side, it will be fun getting new varieties.  carolstropicals

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jaboticabaholics Anonymous
« on: February 26, 2021, 09:44:38 AM »
Cute Prayer !!

I don't know if this would help, but trying is best.
For ants we use dry molasses.  We try to spread it over the ground once a year.
If I see sugar ants, I treat with some liquid molasses.
Don't know why, but ants hate this stuff.

Kevin, I am slightly unfamiliar with this site, but would love to be notified when you are selling
the Garnet Cherry of the Rio Grande.  We have just had a hard freeze here in Houston & have
lost many fruit trees. 
I will be having the old Cherry dug up since I am thinking it froze. 
Please let me know how to purchase one of your seedlings.  Thank you, Carol

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Hard Freeze My Avocado & Trop Trees
« on: February 26, 2021, 09:12:51 AM »
We had a very Hard Freeze in Houston.

I have just begun looking at some of my tropical fruit trees - avocados, mangoes, etc.  They were covered well, but since the elec went out, these trees have suffered.  Checking this morning for the first time, the base under the graft and several inches above the graft are still green.  This area was covered with foam for plumbers pipe.

I know many have experience.  Does anyone know if these trees will continue to die or will this area stay green maybe living.  Thank you.  We all need help with this.
Whether I need to dig these trees up & replant.

Thanks in advance to all.  Carol

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Nagami Kumquat in a Pot
« on: December 31, 2020, 09:47:01 AM »
Want to let you know
This year We took all the kumquats/cut in half/potted them in the largest ball jar with a plastic lid,
then covered with sugar
We don't use regular sugar but whey low which is not bad for us as sugar is

We will let the kumquats sit in the fridge until the skins are broken down somewhat.  We shake them
while in the fridge.

They are delicious

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Nagami Kumquat in a Pot
« on: December 31, 2020, 09:42:24 AM »
A Fertilizer store said it was calcium deficiency.
I feed with dynamite - only the potted fruit as it is not organic
I will feed from now on with egg shells for calcium.

There are many on youtube who say to dehydrate the egg shells which is cumbersome
I had been just putting them in the food processor/breaking up and adding to the
compost pile

Thanks for your reply/will work with the calcium.  Thanks for helping people even if you are a newbie.
This was helpful

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Nagami Kumquat in a Pot
« on: December 30, 2020, 07:31:07 PM »
I sure am hoping someone will answer this question.  I have an issue with the Nagami Kumquat.  This year for the first time, I have experienced so much fruit drop.  The fruit develops a black round spot then falls off the tree before maturing.  Is there any organic means of treating this tree or just pluck it up.
All the fruit has been picked before rotting.  There was mostly 1 black spot on each fruit and then it would rot.

 thank you, Houston, Carol Smith

Ok, will feed with my organic fruit fertilizer.  Thanks for that everything.

Thanks also for the encouragement.
Recovery is a Wonderful thing.
Haven't seen a tree do this, but your encouragement gives me hope.

Will feed, cull and wait.  We've prayed for this tree many times.


This is another pic of part of the tree.
Will take the full starfruit tree tomorrow

I did talk to the county agent. 
He said to have the soil tested.
I just find this hard to believe since this was such a
prolific tree until this summer.


Interesting you should ask about the Fertilizer.  In the spring I put Whitney Farms Organic Planting Soil on the top around the Starfruit tree.

Beginning of the decline.

I have always used Organic Alfalfa on my yard, etc. so using this product which contained Alfalfa was an easy choice.
Costco carried this product plus another Miracle Grow soil.
At this point I didn't realize what was happening to the tree.
Later, still thinking this was good soil, I tried to find more, but Costco didn't have any stock.

I began reading reviews people had left about the soil and found really scathing reviews.  Some said
there were rubber pieces along with metal and other trash when they opened the bag.  Hope many
read this so they will not use this product.

I am posting a picture of the trunk which doesn't look right.  I have lost trees before by adding too much mulch
around the trunk.  Over a month ago I pulled back soil from the trunk, but have seen no change.  At
least the tree is not dead.  If I can add more pics, I will.
Thanks for everyone's help.

I will post pictures later today.

There are no bugs on this tree.
Also will try to contact my county agent.

A once prolific producing Kari Starfruit tree is declining losing
limbs and leaves.
Fruit is about 2" long when fruit was 6 inches
Tips of branches dying.
Thanks everyone, Carol

We have had a Starfruit tree for over 5 years.  Was producing many, many fruits.
The last 2/3 months the small branches have been dying at the tips and the leaves
are turning yellow and falling.
Also the fruit is so small maybe 1 1/2 inches.
I don't know what is wrong with our tree.

If anyone has had similar problems or could help us with these symptoms, please respond.

I could buy a new tree, but I'm afraid to put the new tree in the same soil.

Thanks in advance, Carol

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado Issues - MEXICOLA GRANDE
« on: April 14, 2019, 12:13:18 PM »
To anyone interested in the Problem that was with this Avocado.  I had no posts or help with this issue and wanted to post what
a nursery in Galveston said about this.
It is Black Sooty Mold which is not threatening to my avocado tree.  The person who helped me with this issue was highly
knowledgeable.  She asked me if I could rub the black off.  I check the tree rubbing with my finger then my nail and the
black did come off.  What a Great help this was.  She said to treat with Neem during the early evening.  I then asked if
I could treat or rub the black off with alcohol.  She said "Yes", but if that didn't work to use Neem. 

I will treat with alcohol rubbing to see if I can remove all the black - then rinse thoroughly with water.

I did want to post to help others on this forum who have always been so helpful to me.  Thank you everyone.  Issue Settled !

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado Issues - MEXICOLA GRANDE
« on: April 12, 2019, 07:04:49 PM »
This is another picture.  Carol

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado Issues - MEXICOLA GRANDE
« on: April 12, 2019, 07:01:05 PM »
Hi, this is another picture.  I have several, but don't know how to post more than 1.
Hope this helps to ID the issue with this avocado tree.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado Issues - MEXICOLA GRANDE
« on: April 11, 2019, 10:46:15 PM »
I'll post new pictures tomorrow in the afternoon.  The pictures won't take now as it is dark.

Thanks Carol

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Avocado Issues - MEXICOLA GRANDE
« on: April 11, 2019, 05:08:28 PM »
Hi, I am trying to get some help with my potted Mexicola Grande Avocado.  I potted it with a type of
lava rock.  It has been out in the sun with the temp rising to 92 for 2 days now.  Suddenly I noticed
the black on the main stem.
I don't know if it is fungus or the sun or what is the issue or too much watering.
I also have a Pancho Avocado potted in the same way right next to the Mexicola.

I moved the Mexicola into mostly shade, but I am asking for help with this issue.

I saw that someone put hydrogen peroxide into their watering mixture and their avocado
recovered.  Also maybe I need to remove the mulch on top.

Thanks in advance for any help.  Carol

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Air Layering - What Age Tree ?
« on: January 26, 2019, 08:34:57 PM »
Thanks to all of you.  I was concerned about this process killing a younger tree.  I just bought some coconut coir
soilless to begin working on this.  It is rather an interesting and hopefully fruitful process.  Carol

I love the flavor of my Miracle Mango !!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Air Layering - What Age Tree ?
« on: January 25, 2019, 11:09:22 PM »
I have been studying air layering and haven't tried yet.  My main question is "What age tree can you Air Layer".
I have a wax apple that I would like to try, but it is only 3 or 4 years old.  There are 3 3 ft long branches only.
What would happen to this tree if it were too young. 
Also, a Longan tree that I bought at a nursery and have had for 2 years.  It is maybe 4 ft tall. 

Is there a rule of thumb for air layering.  Thanks !!

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