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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Can Eureka be a good rootstock?
« on: April 10, 2021, 04:19:54 PM »
Eureka lemon is almost never used as a rootstock.  Mostly because the fruit of the scion growing on  it is generally inferior.

Digging a large hole in a heavy clay soil, and then filling it with amendments, creates a water pool that the tree's roots set in.  Further, as Calreef wrote the tree's root system will not expand into the clay soil.

It all depends on how carefully you transplant the tree from the container to the ground.  Also how carefully you properly water the grounded tree.  Your tree will probably lose some flowers and leaves, but should do alright.  Dig a hole just a LITTLE larger then the root ball is now, and do not all any amendments.  Be careful not to let the root system go completely dry.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Happy Easter
« on: April 04, 2021, 12:45:56 PM »
Have a blessed Easter everyone.  Jesus has risen.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Interstock graft
« on: April 03, 2021, 02:49:13 PM »
Actually, I almost never graft anymore, I just purchase another tree of the variety I want.

Reading Brian's post from yesterday, I went to the supermarket this morning and purchases some tangelos. 



Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus Fruit Drop
« on: April 01, 2021, 11:42:56 AM »
SC400, you can fertilize at this time. 

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Most bloom ever
« on: March 30, 2021, 12:03:36 PM »
The rate is .25 lbs. low biuret urea / gallon water

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Bonnie Childess
« on: March 30, 2021, 11:22:12 AM »
Bonnie, Citrus Joe and I once put on a citrus grafting class here at my farm.  Another thing Bonnie & I had in common, we are both ex US Navy men. Bonnie's long time wife died a couple years ago.  Bonnie had 2 citrus varieties that he discovered and marketed BC-1 and BC-2 Mandarin.

Citrus General Discussion / Bonnie Childess
« on: March 29, 2021, 03:53:48 PM »
Bonnie passed away this morning. Bonnie was a professional grafter for many years.  God bless his soul.

Citrus General Discussion / Citrus Fruit Drop
« on: March 28, 2021, 05:31:52 PM »
According to research by Professor Vashisth of the University of Florida, insufficient water status limits fruit growth during the initial early stage of the young fruits development, immediately after flowering. This will cause fruit drop when the fruit matures. To minimize fruit drop, growers should focus on their irrigation and nutrient management practices. In particular, to prevent water stress beginning in APRIL (important). Water stress reduces the number of fruits and the eventual size of the fruit and increases the likelihood of premature fruit drop.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: picking scion for grafting
« on: March 26, 2021, 12:53:26 PM »
Scions (branches) build up energy, and then exhaust much of its energy in flowering, flushing and fruiting.  The best time to cut a scion for grafting is just before the flowering/flushing process begins, that when the scion is at it highest energy level.

Brian, no fruit yet,  not even a sign of a beginning flower.  (3-24- 21). However, I had a Turunji tree years ago, and it did fruit quickly, but did not keep track of how old it was at the time of fruiting.  I've been keeping my greenhouse cooler to keep the propane bill down.  However, the days are getting warmer so the tree should be putting growth faster.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Another Young Seedling Flowering
« on: March 24, 2021, 04:57:55 PM »
850FL, I am not sure which embryo.  This topic has come up on this forum before.  If you look good enough on this forum there are several post and pictures of a early flowering grapefruit.

Plantinyum, I do a lot of reading on citrus, and it has been a while since i came across the above research.  The person that did the research on the 3 - 4 leaf supplier of energy to a citrus fruit I believe was Karen Koch a plant biologist in the horticultural science department in the University of Florida. You should find what your looking for under her name.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Another Young Seedling Flowering
« on: March 24, 2021, 11:15:39 AM »
The early flowering phenomenon happens from time to time with seedling grapefruit. After the first bloom it is 8 to 10 years before the second bloom appears.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Murcot tangerine leaves problems
« on: March 23, 2021, 11:44:36 PM »
This tree is not just showing one problem, or one deficiency.  Have you been fertilizing this tree on a regular basis, and with a fertilizer that contains trace minerals?  A 9 year old citrus tree should be fertilized three times a year between March and September.

If your looking for large mandarins, you should add Ponkan to your list

Citrus General Discussion / MOVED: I think I killed my Mangrove tree
« on: March 22, 2021, 12:14:27 PM »
This topic has been moved to Tropical Fruit Discussion

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Are lemon and limes usually grafted?
« on: March 21, 2021, 03:55:19 PM »
I have a Marsh seedless grapefruit growing on Flying Dragon, and it is a good fruiting tree.+

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Are lemon and limes usually grafted?
« on: March 21, 2021, 03:15:41 PM »
Plantinyum, your tree being stored in a cold basement will not have much to do with your trees growth, but will help with accumulating the much needed chill hours, which will greatly help increase the tree's flowering and thus with crop  production

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Blood Orange Tree not Flowering
« on: March 21, 2021, 02:05:19 PM »
mixcolin, just type in Low Biuret Urea into your browser and you will find lot of places that sell it.   Use rate as a foliar spray is 200 grams per gallon.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Are lemon and limes usually grafted?
« on: March 21, 2021, 01:55:34 PM »
Desertcitrus, I really like Flying Dragon as a rootstock.  Many of my trees are grafted on Flying Dragon.

Citrus General Discussion / 24 Excellent Citrus (YouTube) Videos
« on: March 20, 2021, 02:32:35 PM »
Grafting Citrus Trees - Cleft Grafting a Citrus Cocktail Tree
Grafting citrus trees with the Patch Bud - Making a Fruit Cocktail Tree
Grafting Lemon Trees - Successfully Grafting Fruit Trees with the T-Bud
Grafting Orange trees - How To Graft a Tree by T-budding
Grafting Citrus With the Z Grafting Technique
Growing Citrus From Cuttings - Rooting and Grafting Citrus in One Step
Pruning Citrus Trees without Accidentally Killing Them
Ants on Citrus Trees - Organic Ant Control with Tanglefoot Sticky Barriers
How to Keep Ants off Fruit Trees with Liquid Ant Bait
Ordering Citrus Budwood for Grafting Citrus Trees
Grafting Citrus Trees Under a Microscope
Breeding and Growing Citrus from Seed to Overcome a Deadly Disease
Saving Citrus Trees by Removing Unloved Citrus Trees
Grafting Citrus Trees by Chip Budding in a California Nursery
Growing Citrus Trees From Seed - from Harvesting Fruit to Germination
Growing Citrus From Cuttings - How to Root Citrus Rootstocks
Dangers of Moving Citrus Fruit in California
Dangers of Moving Citrus Trees in California
Citrus Tree Care - Fertilizing Citrus Trees and Other Questions Answered by Dr. Ashraf El-Kereamy
Citrus Propagation and Disease in California - Your Questions Answered by Dr. Georgios Vidalakis
Asian Citrus Psyllids and HLB - Your questions answered by Victoria Hornbaker and the CDFA
Why does Huanglongbing (Citrus Greening ) Spread so Rapidly? Answered by Dr. Neil Roberts
Nasty Citrus Diseases that You MUST Avoid

All the above videos are by a friend of this forum by Dan Willey.

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