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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Native crabapple as rootstock
« on: November 15, 2021, 09:11:51 AM »
Does anyone know if native crabapple such as malas coronaria or angustifolia can make good rootstocks for modern apple cultivars such as McIntosh or red delicious? Iím good with cleft graft citrus but havenít tried apples yet.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Citramot?
« on: September 13, 2021, 09:39:54 PM »
I was just researching bergamot and noticed that according to the ucr citrus variety collection site that it is mostly monoembryonic. I think that means if it makes seeds they should be single and from sexual reproduction and therefore seedlings should not be true to type, rather be hybrids. I canít find reference to a poncirus and bergamot hybrid, that I presume could be called a ďcitramot.Ē  My bergamot tree has bloomed repeatedly this year, so I am tempted to try pollination with PT next spring and see what happens. I look forward to everyoneís comments.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Meiwa seedlings are slow growing
« on: July 29, 2021, 09:28:38 PM »
Iíve had no trouble getting citrus seeds to grow rapidly into trees until I planted Meiwa last spring of 2020. They get to about 6 to 8 inches tall and stop. Iíve switched from my traditional miracle grow potting mix that everything else has thrived in, to the 50:50 Turface/miracle grow garden soil mix that Laaz recommends. Iíve seen a little more growth since the switch but still not as much as with my citranges. Also, my Meiwa cuttings from last year have failed or underperformed in comparison to my other varieties cuttings. Also, my meiwa graft onto PT is having trouble pushing growth compared to everything else. I read in several places that Meiwa doesnít do well on its own roots; whatís the deal with finicky Miss Meiwa?

Has anyone else used a thick mat/pile of poncirus branches as a barricade around other fruit trees to fend off squirrels? I know it will keep larger vermin away, but squirrels are wiley critters. I lost all my Bartlett pears to squirrels this past week and now they are hitting my keiffer pear tree. I put a thick pile of poncirus and native hawthorn branches around the pear tree from trunk out about five feet from the drip line. I thought about investing in those cat away mats on Amazon but that would be some pricey square footage. And no, trapping or shooting the squirrels isnít an option in my No-hunting-allowed deep woods gated neighborhood.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Grafting poncirus and flying dragon
« on: July 26, 2021, 09:54:10 PM »
I know plenty will think Iím nuts for asking, but here goes: Iím considering grafting mature poncirus and flying dragon wood onto poncirus or flying dragon rootstock to get small potted specimens that will bloom and fruit when still small. These will be easier to sell than one year old seedlings. Iím assuming grafting PT on FD would work and have a dwarfing affect like any other citrus on FD. But, what would happen if I put FD on PT rootstock? Would the FD scion have a benching effect and die off or what? 

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Ichang papeda seedlings for sale
« on: June 14, 2021, 07:30:05 AM »
I have two Ichang papeda seedlings for sale in five-gallon pots. They are about four years old from seed. Asking $20 each. These are the size of large bushy shrubs, so they are best picked up here in person rather than shipped. Iím located in Western NC. Message me for details on pick up.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Citrus blossoms
« on: April 30, 2021, 07:54:14 PM »
I have uncovered my citrus for spring and the blossoms are popping!
Meiwa, Owari, Rio Red Grapefruit, Croxton, Kimbrough.

Cold Hardy Citrus / ďWinter is Coming!Ē
« on: November 01, 2020, 05:40:15 PM »
Winter is coming to the Blue Ridge mountains and as usual, l am supposed to have my first freeze tonight, 11/1/2020. Halloween is my deadline to get ready here. Supposed to drop to 27 degrees F and stay below freezing up to five hours tonight into tomorrow morning. I know my cold hardy trees can withstand 27 degrees but I want some tender growth to harden off more and of course I donít want my fruit to freeze ( Meiwa, satsumas, grapefruit). Yes, when itís above freezing tomorrow morning I will uncover my pvc huts and open greenhouse doors. I have 15 covered trees now. I gotta stop planting citrus!

Citrus General Discussion / Moving potted plants
« on: October 21, 2020, 06:55:41 PM »
Has anyone tried using the Worx Aerocart for moving potted plants up stairs onto a porch? Iím contemplating getting one but videos only show folks moving plants across level ground. I want something that will move large potted citrus up a few steps to the porch.

Citrus General Discussion / Orange goop hand cleaner
« on: October 18, 2020, 07:59:07 AM »
I noticed that Orange Goop hand cleaner washes poncirus sticky resin off hands and kitchen utensils easily.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Big poncirus fruit
« on: October 06, 2020, 06:37:08 PM »
Bumper crop of poncirus this year. Hereís a big one!

Citrus General Discussion / Name that rootstock!
« on: October 05, 2020, 06:18:17 PM »
Whatís this rootstock that Four Winds put my St Teresa lemon on?

Cold Hardy Citrus / Too cold for newly grafted citrus outside?
« on: September 26, 2020, 06:58:46 AM »
I have some Newley grafted citranges on trifoliata, potted outside on porch. Some have not pushed new growth yet but scions still alive. Itís lows in 40ís and 50ís F here now with highs in 60íís to 70 degrees. Supposed to be highs in 50ís and lows in upper 30ís next week. Since citrus stops growing in 50ís should I bring these trees inside now and hope they will keep growing? I planned to bring them in over winter anyway but I usually donít get my first freeze until Halloween. I donít want to loose viability of scion if the trifoliata rootstock goes dormant. Please advise.

Citrus General Discussion / Cleft graft growth on air layered poncirus
« on: September 19, 2020, 08:27:35 PM »
I just planted my three citradia cleft crafted on air layered poncirus branches. Each scion has been on the poncirus tree for months now and one of them has pushed new growth and other two Scions havenít but are still alive. All three made roots. I used the little plastic air layer balls weíve all seen online and used the coconut coir medium for air layering. Now I just hope the roots grow in the pots and scions grow.

Citrus General Discussion / Whatís melting my Santa Teresa leaves?
« on: August 17, 2020, 09:57:12 AM »
Whatís this problem? Root rot? Itís rained every day here since spring. Only fertilizing with osmacote.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Squirrel repellent?
« on: July 19, 2020, 02:03:45 PM »
Squirrel are taking my unripe pears and peaches again. What herbal/natural Concoction can I spray on the fruit to deter the vermin? Peppermint essential oil solution maybe? News flash! Plastic owls donít scare anything! The squirrels skip happily under the electric fence too; itís just to keep bears and deer out.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Glechoma hederacea killing apple trees?
« on: July 18, 2020, 10:34:11 PM »
I have a thick Creeping Charlie (glechoma) infestation in my apple orchard and I think itís alleopathy is killing my trees. Does anyone know if this weed can poison apples like black walnut does?

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Russian black apricot crop
« on: July 17, 2020, 07:24:52 PM »
My first Tlor Tsiran Black apricot crop. All my other apricot trees dropped all their fruit this year except this one and my mume.

Citrus General Discussion / Grafting question:
« on: July 16, 2020, 08:29:38 PM »
I grafted citradia onto FD, cleft graft, and parafilm taped it to the end as I have seen others do online. They said leave the tape on and just let the new growth fight itís way out. My instincts tell me to remove at least some at the end so the new growth can develop easier. What should I do, yíall?

Cold Hardy Citrus / Cold hardiness of bergamot?
« on: July 06, 2020, 08:55:19 AM »
After doing a lot of searching online, I am not finding a good reliable answer to how cold hardy bergamot is. Iíve seen on Daveís Garden that itís hardy to 35 degrees F, and somewhere else 30 degrees F, and that they are one of the least cold hardy citrus and only grow well in the Mediterranean. Iíve also seen a lot of discrepancies about whether or not it is genetically citrus aurantium of variety bergamia, or part lemon of lime. I thought aurantium sour orange is supposed to be cold hardy. Ilya says his is in a pot, so Iím assuming bergamot canít handle freezing temps well. I was planning on planting mine ( on flying dragon rootstock) outside one day and protecting it with a cold frame with space heater like I do my satsumas, but if it cannot survive 25 degrees F,  Iíll have to bring it in the house in winter. I look forward to the expert opinions and answers to follow. Thanks in advance!

Will this cleft graft of citradia on poncirus triangle shape wood work?

Citrus General Discussion / Mailing citrus seeds?
« on: June 24, 2020, 07:32:40 AM »
Are we allowed to mail citrus seeds from state to state in USA, or send/receive citrus seeds from Europe? I canít find a definitive answer online, and someone is wanting seeds sent to Moldova. Please advise.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Ichangensis froze to death, then bloomed.
« on: June 15, 2020, 06:50:17 PM »
I planted this ichangensis seedling last year to see if itís really hardy to zero degrees. Itís not. Low of 19 this past warm winter, and it and another one died to the ground. Iím a sap, so I let it shoot up from roots and the thing decides to make a flower. My seedling 80-5 did fine and Dunstan and citradia and thomasville are fine. Ichangensis out.

I found three fruit on my yíall from-seed Changsha last November. Last week after removing the winter plastic from its frame, I noticed some flower buds. Itís been so warm this winter and spring with some highs in upper 70ís, I had to take down my plastic. We had a low of 35 Saturday, was supposed to get to 29 degrees F, but thank goodness I dodged that bullet. Supposed to get to 35 again this Wednesday. All my other citrus are budding out too.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Santa Teresa lemon
« on: December 08, 2019, 08:39:53 AM »
I just received my Santa Teresa lemon tree from Four Winds. 1. What is their ďsemi-dwarfingĒ rootstock?
2. To what degree F is this lemon tree hardy to? Iím planning on keeping it indoors in pot forever assuming it canít handle temps below freezing.

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