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I’ve always been one to root / grow any seeds / crowns etc. on plants I purchase. I recently came across the PunkGlow pineapple, and noticed they have a procedure of cutting off most of the crown (ostensibly for “green” purposes, but almost certainly to disincentivize growing it from the crown). I was wondering if anyone had tried it, or even if inhibits growth significantly. Etc.

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / early-fruiting loquats?
« on: November 04, 2021, 02:59:51 AM »
Out of curiosity, anyone know of any early-fruiting (pre-December) loquat varieties? I'd love to grow them here in 7b, but their late fruiting habits generally make it unlikely to get successful cropping here unless I'm able to find an early variety.

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Good source for Yuzuquat?
« on: November 03, 2021, 03:45:37 PM »
I've heard there are some decent tasting varieties out there, potentially even more cold hardy than the Yuzu parent. If true, anyone know any sources? I know a ton of places to get yuzu, but I don't love the idea of trying to cross-pollinate with my kumquats until i'm successful. Would much prefer a reliable source :D

[I just realized this might be better in buy/sell/trade, but can't delete the post and don't want to double-post :/]

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Citrus General Discussion / Bringing the finger limes indoors - any tips?
« on: October 19, 2021, 01:54:10 AM »
Hey folks, bringing several finger limes and a blood orange indoors for the winter here in 7b.

This will actually be the first time I've grown citrus indoors, other than a mostly dormant kumquat. Does anyone have any specific tips for finger limes? Never grown them before (indoors OR outdoors).

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Anyone ever figure out what type of Citrus this was?
« on: October 19, 2021, 01:52:37 AM »
From the story, it has all the staples of something I should be seeking for my little grove, i'm quite intrigued! https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/hardy-citrus-trees-take-root-in-local-suburbs/2013/09/24/d62c16d4-20ad-11e3-b73c-aab60bf735d0_story.html

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Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / WTB Prague Chimera / Dimicelli / Dragon Lime
« on: September 24, 2021, 01:47:44 AM »
I'm over in North Alabama (zone 7b) and trying to grow a little bit of an orchard out here with some microclimate and a bit of luck. Problem is, only a few varieties seem to be reliably hardy out here while also not tasting like poncirus. I've heard the three above are legitimately decent and have a chance of surviving my weather with some light protection. The only problem is, I've got no idea where to get them (I was able to snag baby prague graft from Stan, but he's fielding a ton of demand lately, so I'm wondering if there are any other sources out there?).

Thanks in advance!

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Hey folks! I have a pretty big problem:

As a #FloridaMan (no, that's not the problem, although my wife snickers at it), I grew up surrounded by citrus. Even worse, I grew up in APOPKA, the "indoor foliage capital of the world," with a nursery every few feet from me. It was paradise.

Now I live in a place with actual snow, in 7b, and it's not enough to grow a few dwarf kumquats in pots and bring them in doors. I'm looking for citrus I can grow and enjoy on my property. I thought I'd hit the jackpot when I saw a flying dragon in-ground at the landscape section of the local nursery - it must have been at least 10 years old, and my mind was blown: citrus COULD be grown here! I started researching and, of course, there was a catch: most resources describe poncirus as practically inedible, and many of the hybrids / crosses with it also appear to inherit its "resin" flavor.

So I've started a search for anything - really, anything - that doesn't taste terrible and which I can possibly grow in-ground here successfully without a ton of protection/micromanagement in the winter beyond, say, standard mulching or smart planting site placement.

I've been heavily relying on forums like this which have some INCREDIBLE posts from users about winter hardiness of their varieties (thanks, all who have taken the time to share!), and have been using sources like https://hardycitrus.blogspot.com/ to try and identify varieties that mix hardiness with actual edibility.

Unfortunately, I've been seeing a lot of mixed messages around what actually does or doesn't taste decent. (For example, I've heard the "Dragon Lime" may or may not be hardy to my zone, may or may not taste strongly of poncirus, etc., or that certain citranges may taste excellent, or that ALL citranges taste of poncirus, etc).

I was hoping to lean on the experts here. From personal experience, what can you recommend? For reference, right now I am trying:
- a prague chimera I got from Stan (can't recommend McKenzie farms enough!)
- a Yuzu
- a clem 2-2 (seedling)
- a thomasville (seedling)
- an "arctic frost" satsuma (after I bought it, I read on forums that the designation appears to be largely marketing; regardless, it's planted on the south side of the home as close to the brick as I can get it without risking damage to the foundation).
- a citrus peltatum "shield orange" (99% sure this is going to die, but it's from the same stock as a buddy who grew his up in Tennessee)
- a xie shen satsuma (I think I got this from Georgia Grown Citrus nursery; fantastic nursery if you can get stuff in stock from them)
- a citrus paradisi chance seedling I posted about recently (just ordered it, so I haven't even seen it yet, but it's in the plans).

Is there anything here I should not have hopes for? Additionally, what should I be looking into that can survive my climate while also producing something delicious? Also, should I take note of any particularly special care requirements for any of these, or treat them similarly to citrus in florida, other than mulching in winter?

Thanks in advance!

P.S.:
Does anyone else have issues with the verification image thing before posting? I have to try like 4-5 times before figuring out the letters in the images. Maybe i'm a robot....

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Hey all, just like topic says, I'm curious as to whether the Augusta Hardy variety here https://nurcar.com/collections/recent/products/citrus-paradisi-augusta-hardy is the same plant as the standard OGW Citrumelo https://onegreenworld.com/product/citrumelo/.

Anyone know? I'm trying to find a decent-tasting hardy grapefruit for 7b, and I've not heard amazing things about standard citrumelo, but wondering if there are variants here that are worth considering.

Thanks in advance!

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