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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit Trees with high ornamental value
« on: November 23, 2022, 01:10:16 PM »
For me itís bananas although they are not a ďtreeĒ. I enjoy the leaves rustling in the wind. Seeing the next new leaf pop and which leaves may have been through some heavy storms. They make my yard tropical in a subtropical homestead.

Contorted mulberry is up there too for the winter.

Citrus General Discussion / Sukari orange (sweet Egyptian orange)
« on: February 24, 2022, 08:03:31 AM »
Stopped over at my favorite nursery and my nurseryman said he had only one of these Sukari oranges trees for sale. I bought it as I like the odd ball citrus and couldnt find almost any info on it.

Can anyone tell me more about this Sukari orange?

I have 7 seedlings all from one ugli fruit putting on their second batch of leaves.

Anyone have any info on these?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Best lemony scent
« on: February 01, 2022, 08:21:55 AM »
Ponderosa lemon (citron) is very lemony! I think yuzu would be up for discussion too

Thanks for your generosity. I am interested and will keep watch on the post!

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Sanbokan - Anyone else growing it ?
« on: December 28, 2021, 03:48:02 PM »
I have a young potted sanbokan. Has anyone had any experience with it tolerating light frost?

I recently purchased some ugli fruit from the grocery store and am amazed how delicious these are. Possibly my new favorite citrus! The inside is simialr to a pomelo with differentiating membranes. The ones I bought contained 10 or less seeds in each. I plan on growing them until I lose interest or need more space in the greenhouse.

 Is anyone growing these outdide of their native range? If so, how are the overall characteristics of shape, size, taste, and overall hardiness?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / [Deleted:Moved to Citrus Forum Discussion]
« on: December 27, 2021, 10:20:35 AM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Inga species
« on: December 26, 2021, 06:56:09 AM »
Im growing I. feuillei variety. From my extensive research and given flavor profiles of similar species, feuillei seems like the real deal in taste and texture compared to edulis and other varieties that either contain only taste or texture but not both as the superior feuillei speciee

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Good citrus books?
« on: December 21, 2021, 08:33:36 AM »
The Home Citrus Growers website has a list of citrus books
That's my website and a page I've forgotten about - so it hasn't been updated for 13 years!!
Nevertheless, many of these books are still a good read.
The Citrus Industry, Vol. 1 is still the most detailed botanical reference book covering citrus and related species, even though genetic studies have now altered the understanding of some relationships. It can be found through second hand book sites but is also available to read online.

Thank you for building that website. I am thoroughly enjoying it and I hope you can continue working on it one day (hopefully before I read most of it)

Also, thanks for the recommendations. I ordered 'The Biology of Citrus' off ebay the other night. Any more recommendations are greatly appreciated!

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Osmocote Plus is cheap on Amazon right now
« on: December 17, 2021, 08:18:31 AM »
I have been applying fresh chicken manure from my organic chickens to my trees with no ill effects. I think itís more problematic for plants than trees and pot as opposed to in ground.

In terms of micro plastics they are everywhere. All we can hope is that a life form evolves to consume it at the microscopic level. I try to avoid plastic but its futile. Just make smarter choices when possible.

Same here. All my manure is added the same day I clean out the rabbit and quail cages. Other than foliar sprays in winter and homemade compost, the plants thrive perfectly fine. It is worrisome that so many members are okay with the added plastic in their ferts that inevitably they consume  :o

Citrus General Discussion / Good citrus books?
« on: December 16, 2021, 06:56:09 PM »
Any recommendations? I am interested in historical readings and experiments preferably in book form

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Urea Spray
« on: December 16, 2021, 06:52:54 PM »
Interesting. I think I will follow your lead Millet.

In the fall through early spring I always wee in my garden. What is so different from using excrements from a human and a/an (insert grazing animal here)

Citrus General Discussion / Re: "Creeping" citrus
« on: December 08, 2021, 09:35:04 AM »
Interesting read. I think in the future I may try and do this with a few lime varieties.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Osmocote Plus is cheap on Amazon right now
« on: November 27, 2021, 08:15:23 AM »
Before I made a purchase, I noticed many reviews stating the new formula has micro-plastics. Anyone have more info on this?

I have had good experience pruning about 1/3 back or less and I usually get more vigor and more fruit after pruning. I usually prune early fall and in spring the next year the pruned off sections grow fast and flower and fruit. I usually prune almost half the total number of branches at one time and the following year prune the other half that was not pruned

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Sea buckthorn/berry Hippophae rhamnoides
« on: November 14, 2021, 03:30:04 PM »
Anyone growing these? I see about 15 different varieties available and wonder if anyone has any input? Looking to purchase seeds to try out this winter

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Cold Hardy Citrus in Ga?
« on: November 06, 2021, 04:17:50 PM »
Georgia grown citrus has good quality and very reasonably priced plants.

Ive been to Mckenzie farms many times being 1.5 hours away. Definitely call him if you are driving there for anything in particular. Ive picked up red limes, sanbocan lemon, kumquats, jaboticabas, yuzu, meyers. He has a nice random variety but stock is also limited

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Indoor winter growroom
« on: October 31, 2021, 09:11:39 PM »
How do you like those Air pots? Do you think they are worth the extra dough? I assume watering must be kept on a tight schedule to avoid drying out

Here ya go:

Thank you!

Hopefully someone can chime in on taste profile, when to expect 'fruit', etc..

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Hovenia dulcis Japanese raisin tree growers?
« on: October 30, 2021, 03:12:03 PM »
Anyone have any growing experience with the Japanese raisin tree? Since I cannot find a live plant I planned on ordering seeds online and germinating them myself. Any advice would be great! I am in zone 8b

EDIT: I meant to move this to the tropical section as this is frost tender

The blood orange can hang outside longer than your finger lime. Finger limes prefer 45F and up. Im in zone 8b and last winter I put mine on a wooden pallet with caster wheels and wheeled it in and out of the garage from mid November to end of March and it did just fine. As mentioned earlier, go light on watering and do not fertilize or prune at this time

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Persimmon fruit question
« on: October 09, 2021, 09:26:40 AM »
This looks like a Fuyu variety. I have some myself. It is best to wait until they turn yellow and then orange. Once they have a small give to them when you squeeze them they are ready to be eaten. I enjoy them more soft then firm. If you pick them somewhat early they will still ripen in the sun over time

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