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getting rid of excess trees
« on: August 04, 2020, 10:14:48 PM »
This week I sold a half dozen of my excess trees on craigslist.  I looked at shipping costs and realized it isn't realistic to ship trees once they reach a certain size.  I'm happy they went quickly to interested locals, but it is hard to see them go when they were producing fruit just fine.  I know at some point I will have to pick favorites and get rid of the *majority* of my trees, tough decisions ahead.  This time it was easy... meyer lemon, key lime, giant key lime, rangpur, and a calomondin are out. 

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« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2020, 10:29:48 AM »
Great minds think alike.  I tossed many of them a long time ago.

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« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2020, 11:40:46 AM »
I see you 2 qualify for the Mensa citrus club for the extremely gifted

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« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2020, 11:46:21 AM »
Since I acquired a few nice mandarins this year I'm  giving my son in law my 8 year old dwarf Washington navel and 5 year old pixie that are in containers.

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Re: getting rid of excess trees
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2020, 03:04:17 PM »
I want to get rid of a lot of my citrus, but the problem is that they are too big to ship and no one near me grows citrus. :P
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Re: getting rid of excess trees
« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2020, 05:24:12 PM »
This week I sold a half dozen of my excess trees on craigslist.  I looked at shipping costs and realized it isn't realistic to ship trees once they reach a certain size.  I'm happy they went quickly to interested locals, but it is hard to see them go when they were producing fruit just fine.  I know at some point I will have to pick favorites and get rid of the *majority* of my trees, tough decisions ahead.  This time it was easy... meyer lemon, key lime, giant key lime, rangpur, and a calomondin are out. 
Curious that what trees do you keep.

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« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2020, 05:44:14 PM »
EricSC I have at least forty citrus trees so it is hard to list them all.  Let me see if I can find a list I wrote not semi-recently...

"here's what I can recall from memory:
Lemon
   meyer   GONE
   eureka
   variegated pink eureka
   lisbon
   santa teresa
   buddha's hand citron

Lime
   bearss/persian
   thornless mexican/key   GONE
   giant mexican/key    GONE
   rangpur (not really a lime, more of a sour orange)    GONE

Orange
   moro blood
   tarocco blood
   sanguinelli blood
   cara cara   
   vaniglia sanguingo
   minneola tangelo
   lt/dk green variegated minneola (no fruit striping)
   lt/dk/white variegated minneola (fruit striping)
Mandarin
   tango
   kishu
   sumo/shiranui
   xie shan
   owari
   gold nugget
   shasta gold

Kumquats & hybrids
   marumi
   fukushu/changshou
   nordmann seedless nagami
   nagami
   centennial variegated
   sudachi (yuzu x kumquat??)
   indio mandarinquat
   nippon orangequat
   "excalibur red lime"
   lakeland limequat
   sunquat
   calomondin

Pummelo & grapefruit
   chandler pummelo
   valentine red grapefruit/pummelo cross
   flame red grapefruit
   marsh white grapefruit"


I'll probably keep only 1-2 lemons.  1 lime (bearss).  Few mandarins, one tangelo, a white and a red grapefruit, 1 pummelo, all the kumquats, and possibly zero oranges if the blood oranges aren't better than the mandarins.

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Re: getting rid of excess trees
« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2020, 05:46:27 PM »
I want to get rid of a lot of my citrus, but the problem is that they are too big to ship and no one near me grows citrus. :P

I was surprised to find so many people are growing citrus in Pennsylvania,  You might have similar luck if you list them for sale locally.

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« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2020, 09:52:57 PM »
I had a 12' X 12' Bearss Lime tree, that produced a ton of fruit.  However, we actually use very few limes.  Once in a while during the summer my wife would make some Limeade, but that was about it..  So I chopped the tree down and replaced it with a Valentine Pummelo.  My list of banished citrus trees, just about  matches Brian's tree for tree.  But I have a GREAT compost pile.

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« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2020, 01:05:56 AM »
brian,
Very impressive.  Most people in CA just plant a couple of them.  For shasta gold vs gold nugget, which one would you prefer?

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« Reply #10 on: August 15, 2020, 11:36:57 AM »
brian,
Very impressive.  Most people in CA just plant a couple of them.  For shasta gold vs gold nugget, which one would you prefer?
They are both great tasting. Thats a tough one but I would go with GN because they can hand on the tree until June/July.

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« Reply #11 on: August 15, 2020, 01:35:22 PM »
containerman, Thanks. Nursery had the 3 golds before, but no way to evaluate them.  If GN is about the same or better, it would be simpler for us just keeing GN.

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« Reply #12 on: August 15, 2020, 03:06:00 PM »
containerman, Thanks. Nursery had the 3 golds before, but no way to evaluate them.  If GN is about the same or better, it would be simpler for us just keeing GN.
Now the only other thing that might sway you is that Shasta's are much harder to find than GN's and Shasta's have a somewhat rich tropical like taste to them with pineapple notes.

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« Reply #13 on: August 15, 2020, 05:04:00 PM »
brian,
Very impressive.  Most people in CA just plant a couple of them.  For shasta gold vs gold nugget, which one would you prefer?

Too early to tell, Ill have an opinion after a few crops

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Re: getting rid of excess trees
« Reply #14 on: August 15, 2020, 06:11:04 PM »
I know the ones I will not get rid of anytime soon.

Gold Series and Satsuma's

Gold Nugget
Shasta
Yosemite
Tahoe
Okitsu Wase
Owari
Miyagawa
Xie Shan
Dekopon
Lee x Nova

And I really like all these below too.

Kishu
Page
Honey
Tango

I just gave 2 4-5 foot trees to my son in law. A Pixie and a Washington Navel.

I'm still going to see how I like my Cara Cara and Moro Blood oranges. I should get fruit next year on my Morro. Its doubled in size this year since I planted it in the ground so hopefully it fruits next season.

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« Reply #15 on: August 15, 2020, 07:00:39 PM »
My cara cara and moro grow really vigorously.  The moro is in ground and I have to cut it back regularly as it hits the ceiling and walls in my greenhouse.  The cara cara is in a container but looks comical because it puts out huge vigorous shoots.  Cara cara fruit is very good, but I like the acid taste of the mandarins even more.

I tried to sell the cara cara but nobody wanted it when they saw the big thorny mess it is.

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« Reply #16 on: August 15, 2020, 07:44:34 PM »
My cara cara and moro grow really vigorously.  The moro is in ground and I have to cut it back regularly as it hits the ceiling and walls in my greenhouse.  The cara cara is in a container but looks comical because it puts out huge vigorous shoots.  Cara cara fruit is very good, but I like the acid taste of the mandarins even more.

I tried to sell the cara cara but nobody wanted it when they saw the big thorny mess it is.
Thanks for sharing about your cara cara and moro. My moro is growing vigorously but not my cara cara. I might relocate that one after the summer. Both are in the ground. My cara is half the size of the moro so I might just put my cara in a 1/2 wine barrel. I don't need a huge tree just one that gives me 30-50 fruit.