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That's pretty impressive for SC.  Everything, except satsuma, will be in full bloom this week with temps in the mid 80s, and full sun. Going into full fertilization mode.

Thanks, I agree they look like seeds, and probably from birds. Much appreciated.

Here's some more pics. They look like some kind of larvae, individual and some in clumps. Some look hatched, but can't tell what they are, or if they're doing damage. I WILL BE SPRAYING.

Citrus General Discussion / Need help identifying this on my citrus tree.
« on: February 14, 2023, 04:04:00 PM »
Found about ten of them this am. They are some kind of pod or egg, and they were in a very sticky substance. These I found this afternoon. They are the same thing, just dried out a little.

Hamlin orange, Cara Cara orange, and Ruby Red grapefruit.  Honey bell is lagging,  and satsuma is still asleep.

After the late December 5 day cold snap, temperatures have been above normal. Four out of five of our trees are showing significant new growth. Only the satsuma is lagging, but it's late anyway. The Hamlin has even blossomed. Only hoping we can get through the next 5 weeks without a hard freeze. Not likely though. Winter rarely ends peacefully.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Citrus damage after freeze
« on: January 08, 2023, 11:12:27 PM »
Wow, that was a cold snap. We had a 5 day cold snap, and the temps were in the low 20s for 4 straight nights. We picked the fruit ahead of time, and used propane patio heaters and box fans to try and keep our 5 trees warm. Noticing leaf drop, but not much damage. Thankfully no blossoms or tender growth.

Are you growing in pots or in ground?

Thanks. Foley, Al is on the same latitude as I am in Kingsland, GA, the next state over. He is talking about the exact same recent cold snap that we both had. I'm a meteorologist by vocation, and I checked the weather data for the 5 days. His cold weather was actually slightly colder than mine. We had temps that bottomed out in the low 20s for 4 nights in a row. It was clear and cold, and breezy the first two nights. They were the longest nights of the year, and each night had 10 hours+ below freezing. More power to him, but if you don't know the difference between a juice orange, and a navel, what else is there to say. Shoulder shrug.

1. He says a Hamlin is a navel. I say it's not. He swears it is.🤔

2. He says his all his citrus (with fruit on) can withstand several nights of low 20s in a row, and not ruin the fruit. He shows a photo of a Hamlin tree after a cold snap, with major leaf drop, but with fruit still on. He said the fruit is fine. I just can't believe it. We just had 4 consecutive nights with temps 21-24 degrees. No way am I leaving fruit on unprotected trees.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Does this tree have citrus greening?
« on: January 02, 2023, 02:10:35 PM »
Thanks for that. We picked a bunch of Honeybells before the freeze, and I think they're good, but I will confirm.

Probably an Owari, but not sure.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Does this tree have citrus greening?
« on: January 01, 2023, 10:07:09 AM »
We also have very sandy soil here in SE coastal GA. After reading the other recent thread, I might benefit from adding some compost. I follow the UGA extension fertilizing recommendations for our area, so hopefully I'm not too far off on that end.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Does this tree have citrus greening?
« on: December 29, 2022, 11:31:04 PM »
Thanks for the help. We have pretty acidic soil here in SE Georgia,  so I try to keep an eye on that, for best nutrient uptake. The tree has struggled for a year, but we did get a nice crop of oranges, just picked before our 5 day cold snap.  I'll keep working at it. I've always questioned the CUTIE rootstock. We call it our Franken tree. Hopefully it will do better this year.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Does this tree have citrus greening?
« on: December 28, 2022, 11:35:48 PM »
Not too sure how that could occur, because I fertilize with a complete supplement, and the other trees look good. But anything is possible, I'll look into it.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Does this tree have citrus greening?
« on: December 28, 2022, 02:39:24 PM »
The base is solid. I'm at a loss as what's going on with. I think I've done every right. My other treed are good for the most part. Hopefully it will fill out this spring.

Citrus General Discussion / Does this tree have citrus greening?
« on: December 28, 2022, 09:02:56 AM »
We have 5 trees, and they are doing ok except for this one. After reading the recent thread about greening, I noticed that tree looks a lot like this one. The rootstock is from a Halo orange, and we started it from seed 7 years ago up north, and brought it south with us in 2016. I grafted a Cara Cara, and a Honeybell to it about 5 years ago. It was doing great for 4 years. In the last year or so it started looking like this. Hope the photos are ok. I know there is some leaf miner damage, and recent freeze damage, and sun shadows. Please help.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Do Satsumas get better with age?
« on: December 08, 2022, 08:01:04 AM »
Thanks for the replies. Satsumas thrive in this area, and the tree was purchased from a decent nursury. It was very young when we bought it, and this is only the second year with fruit. Hopefully it will get better. We also have a red navel tree the same age, and last year the few fruit were disappointing, and this year they are really good. We have 5 trees, and they all seem to have a life of their own. Growing citrus for this transplanted New Yorker, is not as smooth a process as I imagined :) Thanks again.

Citrus General Discussion / Do Satsumas get better with age?
« on: December 04, 2022, 07:01:22 PM »
We have a young Owari Satsuma a few years old, and it has about 20 fruits this year. The juice is sweet, but they are hard to eat, and chew, and you have spit a chunk of pulp after every bite. Our neighbor has a mature Satsuma, and the fruit melts in your mouth, and is really sweet. Will ours improve with age? I hope so. Thanks.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Last winter's cold affected my oranges.
« on: October 09, 2022, 10:26:40 PM »
The tree is about 6 years old. Southeast Georgia is pretty wet most of the time, and well drained. We have a couple of dry periods every year, and I deep water on a regular basis at those times.

Citrus General Discussion / Last winter's cold affected my oranges.
« on: October 07, 2022, 12:04:08 PM »
We had two hard freezes last winter when the tree was blossoming. We protected as well as we could. Now I notice the oranges on our Hamlin tree are small, and alot are dropping. The only thing I can think of was the cold weather last winter. Is this possible?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Smudge pots?
« on: April 29, 2022, 11:11:00 PM »
We have 5 trees, and always have freeze issues. The worst is when we get a hard freeze in early match with blossoms and new tender growth. I thought about a smudge pot, but they are pricey. We ran the sprinkler and covered the trees with ice. It was a scary sight to see all the ice, but there was only about 5% damage.

I don't use xx-xx-xx fertilizer. I use a citrus fertilizer with all the goodies.

Ok, thanks. That's what I do now, but was hearing such positives about the stuff, I thought I might be missing something. Thanks again.

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