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Citrus General Discussion / Citrus Showing Tolerance To HLB
« on: January 19, 2020, 02:51:28 PM »
Sugar Belle:  Most tolerant citrus variety, Taste much like minneola, but with better color.

Mandarin Hybrid 13-51 : Just released  both to industry and door yard growers by UF/IFAS:  Produces beautiful fruit.  A very attractive deep orange color. A very easy peeler.  Shows good tolerance

Pummelette : (Formally variety 5-1-99-2)  Grapefruit sized dark red flesh, with an exceptionally great flavor.

Monster (Formally variety N40-7-4)  A very large, some as large as a bowling ball.  Exceptionally sweet grapefruit type flavor.  Thin skin with large segments.  One large fruit can feed a small family.

I was reading an article in a text book  titled "Advances In Citrus Nutrition", published by the National Research Center for Citrus, that concerned floral spraying of citrus with a solution of products derived from the meat waste industry.   It said....In the case of biostimulators obtained from animal tissues, they contain numerous organic and inorganic compounds naturally occurring in these organisms, and exhibit a broad spectrum of the physiological and biochemical influences on plants.

The article did not go into a deep explanation, but did say that in many countries, this type of biostimulation is gaining popularity.  Of course many of us have heard of using sprays directed from the fish industry, but this is the first time I have come across using sprays derived from the meat waste industry. Personally I have never tried it.

Citrus General Discussion / Brazilian Citrus
« on: December 21, 2019, 02:15:12 PM »
The Brazilian citrus industry consists of approximately 195,275,000 trees planted on 1,010,229 acres on nearly 5,885 farms.  In 2000, the average tree number per acre was 148. This figure increased to around 222 in 2010, and today it is at approximately 265 tees per acre..  The incidence of HLB by tree age group is: 0 to 2 years, 2 percent HLB infected; 3 to 5 years, 7 percent; 6 to 10 years, 19 percent; and more than 10 years, 26 percent. Time from infection to HLB-symptom development is generally less than one year.

Citrus General Discussion / CUPS (Citrus Under Protective Screen)
« on: December 20, 2019, 04:10:02 PM »
An account of a growers field day held at a Florida CUPS (Citrus Under Protective Screen)1.3 acre screened grove at a U. Of Florida research field. A handout distributed at the field day stated that Ray Ruby, Ruby Red and Flame grapefruit, as well as Honey Murcott, thrive in CUPS. The handout indicated Ray Ruby grapefruit in the 2018-19 season, the fourth year of CUPS production, yielded an average of 892 boxes per acre with 100 percent packout. Honey Murcott yielded an average of 529 boxes per acre with 100 percent packout. The per-acre yields were extrapolated from actual production of .24 acres of Ray Ruby grapefruit and .34 acres of Honey Murcott. Revenues were $25.89 per box for Ray Ruby, or $23,094 per acre, and $42.48 per box for Honey Murcott, or $22,472 per acre.

Dan Willey works hard in an effort to bring awareness to California HLB and other citrus diseases.  Here is Dan's latest Video.

Citrus General Discussion / Viedo: How To Grow Citrus From Seed
« on: November 16, 2019, 09:46:24 PM »
This is a new video from Dan Willey the Fruitmentor.  It took Dan one year to complete this video.

Citrus General Discussion / Valentine Pummelo
« on: November 11, 2019, 06:27:04 PM »
My Valentine pummelo tree seems to bloom somewhat year around   However, spring has the greatest bloom.  Last season I left the off season blooms develop fruit, and they matured in late summer to early fall, normally Valentine matures January/February.  These off season fruit did not color up at all. the pulp remained white.  Further the pulp was somewhat dry and granulized.  I'm sure the absents of color was due to the absence of cold temperatures. Colder temperatures is required because the colorization is due to one of its parents being a blood orange. From now on I am going to remove all off season flowers, and only let the spring bloom develop so that the fruit matures later in the winter.

Citrus General Discussion / BRIX
« on: October 30, 2019, 08:50:11 PM »
Most people know when we talk about brix in citrus, we are referring to the sugar (sucrose) sweetness in a citrus fruit..  But what exactly is brix.

Brix is a measurement of sugar (sucrose) in solution, indicated in degrees.  One degree brix equals one gram of sucrose in 100 grams of solution (juice).
 Citrus Research.Org

Citrus General Discussion / Getting The Best Bloom From Your Trees
« on: October 23, 2019, 03:11:53 PM »
Relatively low temperatures (night 50 to 55F and day 59 to 65F) promotes flowering in citrus. Also, increasing the exposure to chilling temperatures from 2 to 8 weeks increases the number of floral shoots and flowers per shoot, resulting in a concentrated spring bloom which in turn synchronizes both the fruit development, maturity and harvest.  While in ground outdoor trees must rely on the weather,  winter water deficit stress can be imposed on out door citrus trees of all cultivars to compensate for inadequate exposure to low temperatures during mild winters.  In door and greenhouse trees can easily be temperature controlled to produce the above results.   


Video made at the Lindcove Research Center

Citrus General Discussion / Daisy Mandarin
« on: September 22, 2019, 08:52:13 PM »
I purchased a couple Australian grown Daisy Mandarins at the market,  This is the first time I have ever seen Daisy for sale in Colorado.  The fruit is quite large for a mandarin, about the size of navel orange, but has a flatter shape..  Daisy is seedy, but has a very appealing taste. The fruit has been around for quite some time, but for some reason has never been available in Colorado. 

Citrus General Discussion / 2nd New Video By Dan Wiley This One On HLB
« on: September 15, 2019, 02:34:21 PM »
This new video by Dan Wiley concerns how HLB (Citrus Greening) is spread so fast.  This is an excellent video which explains the spreading systems clearly.

Citrus General Discussion / Insect Free Tree
« on: September 02, 2019, 11:57:01 AM »
The temperature has been in the nineties for most of the month, and mealy bug and especially scale has been a problem.  I have found then on Santa Teresa lemon, Dekopon, Cara Cara, Sour Orange and New Zealand Lemonade..  However, for the entire summer not one insect has been found on the Valentine pummelo.  In fact I have never had an insect problem on that tree.

Citrus General Discussion / Dead Wood In The Tree Canopy
« on: August 03, 2019, 03:39:41 PM »
Around this time of year there can normally be found dead wood appearing in citrus trees.  These should be pruned out to reduce diseases.   Melanose, diploda stem end rot, and anthracnose develop in dead wood within the tree canopy, which then is further carried onto fruit during summer rains. 

Citrus General Discussion / Marsh Grapefruit
« on: June 15, 2019, 09:54:20 PM »
My white Marsh Seedless Grapefruit was planted in the ground December 2014. So it nearing 5 years old.  It sets plenty fruit, which are getting better as the tree ages.   Most members have heard to let grapefruit hang on the tree at least until March to improved a grapefruit's taste. I picked a couple in March, and the fruit still quite bitter due to the tree's young age.  I picked a second one early in May, and the taste had improved.  Most all of the fruit are still attached to the tree today (June 15).. I am going to pick one tomorrow (Fathers day) and give it a try. Will report back.

Citrus General Discussion / Who Was This Member
« on: May 26, 2019, 02:19:44 PM »
On the old forum there was a member that dug a semi-large under ground greenhouse.  I believed he lived in the Ukraine, but I not sure.  He was an interesting member.  If anyone remembers his name, or has contact with him, please E-mail him and invite him to join with us.

Citrus General Discussion / Lemons
« on: May 24, 2019, 09:43:56 PM »
There has been a lot of discussion concerning lemons.

Just for interest, look how many varieties that exist of just the Eureka Lemon

Allen variegated Eureka lemon
Allen-Newman Eureka lemon
Amber Eureka lemon
Blanchard Eureka lemon
Cascade Eureka lemon (CRC 2703)
Cascade Eureka lemon (CRC 3498)
Cook Eureka lemon
Corona Foothill Eureka lemon
Frost nucellar Eureka lemon
Old line Eureka lemon
Ross Eureka lemon
Taylor Eureka lemon
Variegated Eureka lemon
Variegated Pink Fleshed Eureka lemon

Citrus General Discussion / Not Citrus Weather In Colorado
« on: May 21, 2019, 10:22:10 AM »
We got 6 inches of snow in Colorado last night and it is still snowing.  May 21???

Citrus General Discussion / HLB Found Near UCR Citrus Collection
« on: May 19, 2019, 05:29:05 PM »
The devastating citrus greening disease has been identified on the same property in California’s Riverside County where it was previously found, marking the first time it has been found in the area since 2017. Researchers have confirmed the presence of the disease, also known as HLB, on a kumquat tree the in a yard of a Riverside house, according to Tracy Moehnke, a spokeswoman for the Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Program.  Four properties in Riverside County have tested positive for HLB, all in the same area of the city of Riverside. San Bernardino County had one positive test.

291 infected properties have been found in Los Angeles County, and 689 properties in Orange County.  Its looking more and more serious.


Citrus Joe (Joe Lohnes) and I went out to Riverside CA several years ago to see this tree, and visited the CCPP at the same time.

Citrus General Discussion / Dr. Malcolm Manners
« on: May 14, 2019, 10:27:32 PM »
I contacted Dr. Manners and invited him to once again become a member of our forum.  He asked for our web address.  Hopefully we might again see him as a valued member soon, and that would be really great.

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