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Citrus General Discussion / Covid
« on: August 09, 2020, 11:32:13 AM »
Have tested +. Will speak with you when I can.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Branch split due to weight of fruit
« on: July 25, 2020, 05:21:58 PM »
There is a chance but experience tells me "no". I have tried to clamp, tape, screw, nail & wrap split branches and I find that pruning is what it takes to remedy the problem. You can prop the limb & see if your split will allow tbe fruit to ripen. The longer you leave the split exposed the more chance for disease & pest to enter your tree.

I know of no other way to promote growth on lower portion of trunk except to keep the tops pruned back. This works on some cultivars & not so well on others.  There is could graft limbs on the trunk anywhere you want them, a long & labor filled task IMHO.  A couple of sprays with Neem oil should eliminate your insignificant pest....Welcome Matt....good to see your interest.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Rooting C35 cuttings
« on: July 17, 2020, 07:58:21 PM »
I did not buy seed. I gathered from an existing bearing tree.  I plant each year from seed stock trees. There ate two reputable seed Cos, Lyn being one of them. As you stated they sell by the quart. I plant several hundred rootstocks of different varities but  like you I do not want to buy a quart with 3000 seed in it. C35  is mature around Dec. 1. Ask in this forum and i am sure somone will help you out.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Rooting C35 cuttings
« on: July 17, 2020, 04:12:03 PM »
I find C35 hard to root & easy from seed. I have tried (with very limited success) to root c35. Seed on the other hand is easily sprouted, grown & hardened. Its a vigorous rootstock & gives graftable stock in one year.

I do not find it a big need to prune lime trees. I like their bushy growth habit & trimming/pruning just delays maturity/fruiting. If I did anything to the lime it would be to snip the bottom shoots (near the dirt) and let it do its thing. 

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Removable of Orange bitterness
« on: July 11, 2020, 08:10:53 AM »
I am unaware of any bitterness in any of my oranges. Do you speak of tbe pith or peel? I know that peel is used to make jelly/marmalade. Some bitter oils are contained in the pith/peel. What type of oranves are you buying? IMHO a good Louisiana Naval orange is as sweet as they come......

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Judy’s everbearing finger lime
« on: July 03, 2020, 05:34:31 PM »
Web site reeks of a big sales pitch for a lime that is not special......I am aware that some folks feel like any finger lime is special......and thats ok.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus Fruit Disease
« on: June 27, 2020, 08:43:20 AM »
Looks a lot like Melanose. Is this condition on other fruits in area? If so it is a fungus disease. It can be treated by applying a good fungicide (I recommed Copper applied at temps around 75 degrees. Melanose needs dead wood/twigs to complete its cycle. Keep it removed and dispose of it by burning. It appears that whatever you have it is pretty advanced. Have you checked for mites? Sometimes mites will do damage such as you have. Look closely and see if this could be a factor.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Mailing citrus seeds?
« on: June 24, 2020, 09:00:21 AM »
USDA says no unless you are with permits in hand. I understand that the process for permits is extensive & expensive. In the US, be cautious of crossing State lines and Parishes with quarantines in place.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Dwarfing rootstock
« on: June 20, 2020, 01:27:04 PM »
I have two FFTri from Lazz. Bloomsweet gfruit on one and Louisiana naval on the other. So far very slow growth....usually fast growing scions on Swingle/Carrizo. We shall see what happens.

I am going to agree with Millet. Anytime you see terminal ends start dieback it is usually a  starvation situation of water or nutrients. Thorns that turn brown on the point & continue to die toward the branch means a lac of water. There is a difference in wetting the soil and watering the tree. You can wet the soil every day but if conditions exist so that the roots can not take up water, the tree can die from "lack of water".

NOW. Spring of the year. My area usually April May & June. If you can dictate temps and environment.....most of the year.

Many years ago I let some Meyer and Eureka at a cabin in the swamp go several years without care. Upon my 1st visit in a year I found all of the lemon overgrown with water sprouts. Deciding to take of them I drew my trusty big cutters and went to work. The sprouts were so healthy I found it hard to prune them out. I did not. I topped them out at the height of the rest of the tree. They then started to develope lateral branches. They were still growing faster than the trees themselves. Today they are just part of the tree. They bloom, bear fruit and have no problem. They sometimes send up other water sprouts but I top them also. It takes longer for water sprouts to develope lateralz, bloom or fruit but they will.

It appears from your pics that this broth is a ll rootstock growth. Were this my tree I would just leave it as is. It may be a little ugly as in our normal perspective of a will all bloom, fruit an become a productive member of the garden. Since this is not rootstock, not sucking nutrients from the tree, all citrus why bother it can not stand the ugly beauty of it. In that case prune till you get the shape you want. Good luck & welcome to this place.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Meyer lemons falling off
« on: June 12, 2020, 08:04:17 AM »
Meyers are famous for shedding any fruit that they can not support. If the trees are getti g adequate water and nutrients they will still shed a few fruit. In container trees be cautious of this & be sure to keep water & nutrients at the correct level. Unless Meyers were shedding all or most of the fruit it would not be a worry.  Also remember tbat all fruits, much as the rest of nature, are not perfect  and will at times be aborted.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Rooted Kishu Mandarin cuttings
« on: June 11, 2020, 07:30:49 PM »
There are several natural rooting hormones, aloe being one of them. Irish potatoes being another. When I was too poor to purchase rooting hormone I used willow water. (Willow bark steeped in water)  Since quality rooting hormone is avaliable and affordable I use it. But nothing wrong when one desires a natural hormone.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Rooted Kishu Mandarin cuttings
« on: June 11, 2020, 06:41:35 AM »
Good job. Have not tried to root them myself.....good to know.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Disease / Care Help Needed Please
« on: June 09, 2020, 02:58:18 PM »
Take the opportunity to inspect your root system. Look for roots that follow the contour of the pot. Look for pest. Look for a portion of the roots to be white new growth. Wash off all the old medium and repot. Water well.  Look for new signs of new growth to take place in the near future.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Disease / Care Help Needed Please
« on: June 09, 2020, 09:17:15 AM »
I do not see any rootstock growth below your grafts. This would be the only reason to remove growth from a young tree. The reason for removing growth from rootstock takes nutrient from the part of the tree that you want to thrive. In a lot of cases rootstock  grows faster than the grafted part, causing tbe rootstock to take over the plant. It appears that your planting medium and containers need a little change. Soil mixtures need to be the right combination. Search for container soil mixes on the forum & you will find good mixes. Millet has a winner with his combination. Fill containers within 1 inch of the top and set your tree at the level it has grown at.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Disease / Care Help Needed Please
« on: June 08, 2020, 05:01:52 PM »
You stated that you do not think this is a nutrient problem....but...I think it is. Specifically manganese and magnesium. Since these are container trees they are going to need trace elements. For a few treez that are overwintered inside I recommend a all element supplement. They are available at the big box stores. Sometimes Meyer Lemon is sensitive to environmental changes....moving sometimes will cause leaf drop. I do not see hlb in your tree....could have it but I do not see it. Do not see the insects you spoke of. Send us a close up of the insects, your container & soil mix and I will try to help you. Welcome to the forum. Lots of nice folks in here and more useful facts & information that you can use.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Quadrifoliate poncirus
« on: June 08, 2020, 08:01:48 AM »
It happens occasionally the shoot and see if it develops into a limb with all quad leaves. If it will have an oddity. 

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Malcolm Manners
« on: June 04, 2020, 04:08:31 PM »
Fitting. More knowledge resides with him than in the books....he not only writes & teaches, he lives it.

 ::as long as  the seeds are full size they will grow. I planted seed from green fruit this year and had no problem. Welcome to the forum.

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