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Citrus General Discussion / Winter lessons learned!!!
« on: April 19, 2014, 07:19:51 PM »
Believed dead or practically dead:
 2 Hamlins
 3 Orlando Tangelos (only one*)
 2 CaraCara (only one*)
 1 Meyer
 1 Fremont
 1 Ponkon
 1 Moro*
 1 Owari
 1 Sunburst*

 * these have the tinyest green sprouts at or near the bottom of the trunk

 2 Parson Browns
 1 Fina Sodea
 1 Meyer

 Basically unharmed:
 3 Owaris
 2 Kimbroughs
 4 Xie Shan
 1 Meiwa

 Potted and kept inside:
 1 Dekopon
 1 Centennial

 All trees were watered for eight hours prior to freezing temperatures and all were soil banked at least six inches above the graft union. A very brutal and costly Winter. Crying or Very sad 

So what did I learn?

All this grief is directly attributed to me not finishing my cold protection irrigation. This will not happen again. I am installing it now and have 50% of the trenches dug. If I had of used a trunk spray and a canopy mist my trees would not be dead.

Citrus General Discussion / Centennial Kumquat fruit
« on: April 19, 2014, 07:11:21 PM »
My Centennial Kumquat fruit is about three inches long, deep orange pigment and tear drop shaped. It shows no variegation but the foliage does. I though this one had round golf ball size fruit that was variegated.

How does yours look?

Citrus General Discussion / Orlando Tangelo seedling???
« on: April 19, 2014, 07:07:13 PM »
What would you guess a seedling from an Orlando Tangelo would be like?

Citrus General Discussion / Borer in my Grapefruit tree
« on: April 16, 2014, 09:55:00 PM »
My 20+ year old grapefruit was completely defoliated by this years Winter. It has sent out quite a bit of new sprouts and clearly was on the road to recovery when I discovered hundreds of frass piles on the trunk and limbs. After removing the frass I discovered a small, size of a pinhead, hole. I have not seen any bugs. Ambrosia beetles are not supposed to attack Citrus. I am very worried about this and I am considering using Spinosad, Imidacloprid and Summer oil. I wlll not see any fruit this year and the tree is about twenty five feet tall with a twenty foot spead. It grows through my deck and the lowest limbs are at about seven feet (from deck) and are huge (8"-10").

What are your thoughts?

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