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Citrus General Discussion / Re: New addition
« on: November 05, 2018, 11:56:33 PM »
Yup its an airpot. I almost use them exclusively now for larger trees. Aside from stopping circling roots they also make transplanting SUPER EASY! it's a nicely shaped 10 gallon tree. I transplanted right away because it was rootbound and also to remove the neonic contaminated soil.

Citrus General Discussion / Winter Feeding of citrus
« on: November 04, 2018, 08:09:23 PM »
Due to the fact many citrus fruit in the winter and are heavy feeders should they be fed full strength throughout the winter? Including potted?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Lot More HLB in California
« on: October 30, 2018, 08:18:04 PM »
If it can survive and thrive in Florida, it can survive and thrive in So Cal...this was inevitable.

Citrus General Discussion / New addition
« on: October 29, 2018, 02:31:54 PM »
Found this gem at a local nursery. 10 gallon Ray Ruby grapefruit. I root pruned and transplanted it. Only thing is some gashes in the rootstock. Anything I should do for the gash or leave it?

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Bare root tree purchase
« on: October 22, 2018, 06:05:28 PM »
Exciting new bare root tree varieties for zone  7 to order this year? Any suggestions from peach to pawpaw...whatever???

Looks good. Has it put on any growth?
 My potted mangosteen is doing great too but it has brown spotting on the underside of a few leaves but its staying strong. I moved it to a full sun window inside due to cold temps..

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: best tasting guava ?
« on: October 22, 2018, 02:40:02 PM »
A couple of years ago I bought a stupid expensive Allahabad guava that grows REALLY slowly that I have read are superior tasting. Does anyone here have one that is fruiting?

Yes I bought one of those on ebay from eplantsnursery even though I was suspicious.  Two years later I got something like a long green terrible tasting guava that cracks. 
This ripoff probably sent me some seedling guava.  Now he's selling the exact same listing under the ebay id guavaking .
Ebay's policies make it possible for these scumbags to rip people off.  No wonder ebay's going down hill.

 There have been posts written about him before. He scammed me a few times although the trees he sent me were very healthy. Fortunately I'm much wiser now.

Citrus General Discussion / New Zealand Lemon tree
« on: October 22, 2018, 02:32:37 PM »
Is it worth adding to the collection?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Variegated pink lemon tree tips?
« on: October 22, 2018, 02:31:52 PM »
I looked on Whitney Farms web site and did not see a 10 percent N organic fertilizer, nor one with a 5-1-3 nutrient ratio.  Organic fertilizers would be acceptable with in ground trees,  because of the high content of organisms in the soil that break down organic fertilizers making them available to plants, but not for container grown trees.  This is because the medium in containers does not contain the required organisms that can break down organic fertilizers, thus they do not become available to the plant.

 I saw no difference but thats just been my observation outdoors in the summer...I think outdoors there are plenty of microorganisms in containers. Humic acid and EM-1 would also help facilitate nutrient availability with either organic or non organic nutrients.

**The Whitney Farms product also is extremely low in heavy metals which is a positive. However, aside from calcium and sulfer there are no other micro or trace elements.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Variegated pink lemon tree tips?
« on: October 21, 2018, 10:54:35 PM »
Dynamite organic (OMRI) time release has 10% nitrogen. Another water soluble organic (OMRI) brand called "Whitney Farms" also has a 10% nitrogen and the "5-1-3" ratios that are currently recommended. I think "IV Organics" also just released a high nitrogen organic fertilizer.

 Although I hate Miracle Grow, they also have an OMRI listed water soluble organic under the Natures Care line that has 10% nitrogen with the correct ratios very similiar to the Whitney Farms product.


Citrus General Discussion / Re: Variegated pink lemon tree tips?
« on: October 21, 2018, 05:13:13 PM »
I have a much smaller one. Based on my reading they are not as vigorous as their non-variegated twins and more sensitive to cold. Zone 9 is very borderline so I'd keep it in a pot as it looks like you plan to. Beautiful tree!

 In terms of fertilizer I notice little to no difference between using chemical or organics on my citrus trees threfore I'm going to stick with organics next year. Fish and kelp with an organic time release in the soil. Lots of organic fertilizers now come with higher nitrogen that citrus needs. The positive with chemical fertilizers in my opinion is convienience. Organics need frequent applications.Citrus seems to thrive with foliar feeding as well so I'd look for a good quality foliar fertilizerl.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Do Kumquats taste better with age?
« on: October 11, 2018, 10:00:35 PM »
I heard Changshu is the best but I'm excited try my Meiwa this year. My expectations are not high so I won't be disappointed either way. I've only tried Nagami and it was revolting.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Browning leaves Marang
« on: October 11, 2018, 09:50:57 PM »
No need to worry now, my pet ducks ate this particular marang....haha

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tanglefoot Residue?
« on: October 11, 2018, 09:48:25 PM »
Leave it alone for a few days, see if it has changed. Iíd say itís tanglefoot. No need to worry

 I have had it for a week and just noticed it today.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tanglefoot Residue?
« on: October 11, 2018, 09:46:37 PM »
Wonderful! Another reason to grow everything from seeds yourself. Nursery plants are just exposed to too many chemicals for my liking.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Tanglefoot Residue?
« on: October 11, 2018, 12:58:23 PM »
I has this papaya shipped to me. I notice this clear residue area on it. It has a chemical smell. Could this be tanglefoot residue? Perhaps a disease? I tried wiping it off with vinegar but no luck..

Citrus General Discussion / Do Kumquats taste better with age?
« on: October 08, 2018, 03:33:31 PM »
Just curious as if like all other citrus, kumquats taste better as the tree matures?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Whatís up with my orange tree?
« on: October 06, 2018, 04:38:38 PM »
WTF is in those pesticides that it leaves residue on the tree through rain and foliar feedings? The trees come up here already treated neonics unfortunately so I didn't think it would be sprayed.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Whatís up with my orange tree?
« on: October 06, 2018, 11:21:08 AM »
Do you have well water? Looks like calcium deposits to me. Try wetting a cloth and wipe the deposits off just to clarify that's what it is.  Could be spray residue from whatever you may have sprayed on plant. Leaves look healthy.

 It came from the nursery months ago with that residue on it. It wont come off. The water at my home is filtered and doesn't leave residues. It not dropping leaves or anything and they do seem healthy aside from that.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pot size for pineapple tops?
« on: October 05, 2018, 05:30:35 PM »
I find pineapples grow real well in suprisingly small pots. A 3 gallon can cold a fairly big plant!

Rainy and temperatures in the 80s, the mangosteen is doing good.

Keep up the good work! I'm rooting for you and the tree! Mangosteens are tough trees which surprised me due to their reputation.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Browning leaves Marang
« on: October 05, 2018, 05:23:42 PM »
My marang has been getting brown spots in the middle of the leaf. I sprayed with fungicide in case..

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Whatís up with my orange tree?
« on: October 05, 2018, 05:14:08 PM »
I would think that would wipe off though??

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 52 degrees, too cold for potted tropical?
« on: October 05, 2018, 05:12:54 PM »
Thank you..Thats what I thought but being they are all potted my concern would be that it would be colder to them. Next week is going to be unseasonably warm so I wanted to keep them outside

Citrus General Discussion / Whatís up with my orange tree?
« on: October 05, 2018, 01:08:56 PM »
Bizarre leaf coloring. It almost looks like soap residue that wonít come off??

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