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Post  dstack 6/21/2015, 9:30 pm

We got creative with this wedding gift. We don't really have room for another tree in our landscape, but we had to make room for this special tree! It's a Citrus Medley with Red Navel Orange and Honeybell Tangelo grafted onto a Red Grapefruit tree! And yes, we cut a hole in the deck for this.  


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Yes the deck is treated wood, but it's about three years old, so I don't think we should be concerned about toxins leaching into the soil.  Right? 


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A while ago I started a thread about what to plant that is a "sure thing" and I remember Sanderson mentioning her orange tree, and that fruit trees seem to be great in that arena.  Very Happy  
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Post  sanderson 6/22/2015, 1:11 am

Now I have to hope it survives. No pressure. Shocked

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Post  AtlantaMarie 6/22/2015, 8:13 am

VERY nice, DStack.


My aunt & uncle lived in Delray Beach and had lemons, grapefruit, etc.  They did fine.  So I should think yours will too.
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Post  Marc Iverson 6/22/2015, 2:18 pm

Neat idea. When that sort of thing works, it can make for a very beautiful area. I wonder if you'll have to embiggen that hole sometime in the future, though.
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Post  dstack 6/22/2015, 3:28 pm

Marc Iverson wrote:Neat idea.  When that sort of thing works, it can make for a very beautiful area.  I wonder if you'll have to embiggen that hole sometime in the future, though.

Glad you like the idea Marc!

Cutting a bigger hole is not a problem if I had to do that in a few years. But I grew up in Southern California, and don't recall a citrus trunk expanding in diameter rapidly.  I'm sure the deck will have to be rebuilt before it gets that big.   Very Happy
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Post  dstack 7/14/2015, 10:38 am

Good news and bad news:

The tree has vigorous new growth and yesterday I picked off a few blossom buds because I want it to focus on the new growth. I think it may need to mature a bit more before producing quality fruit. I'm just glad that it transplanted well!

The bad news, I've been reading up on citrus diseases and this citrus greening is very concerning! My neighbor across the street has a number of very unproductive citrus trees and the leaves have a lot of yellowing, which is what greening does. BTW, who named this disease and why would they call it greening when it should be called yellowing! But I digress.

This neighbor says the whole neighborhood has what his tree has! Our extension office says there's no known cure. Although there's a product at www.citrusgreeningsolution.com that supposedly brings the tree's productivity back to normal. Has anyone tried this?

I know the vector for this malicious bacterial infection is caused by a bug called psyllid. How awful!



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Post  sanderson 7/14/2015, 2:52 pm

I looked it up and found this from last fall. My precious 19 year old navel orange tree!! http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-citrus-greening-disease-20150713-story.html

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Post  dstack 7/14/2015, 3:05 pm

sanderson wrote:I looked it up and found this from last fall.  My precious 19 year old navel orange tree!!  http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-citrus-greening-disease-20150713-story.html

Is your tree infected? I was thinking of you as I researched this. I have a lemon tree that I started from an organic store bought fruit, and soon will have a lime that I will keep on our screened patio.

I hope your tree isn't infected, and I'd really like to know if someone has had success with this product that I mentioned.
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Post  TCgardening 7/14/2015, 8:00 pm

Sanderson,
 That is the first I have heard of this disease in Cal. Really sad to see it has arrived but with the global economy it was only a matter of time. I lost my Honeybell to it a few years back.
I saw a article where they are tenting the trees in plastic for a day to raise the temp and it beats back the disease. I will see if I can find that for you.
 What really made it sink in is when I spoke with the County Extension Agent about it. His recommendation was any fruit tree other than citrus. Really bummed me on that one.
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Post  sanderson 7/15/2015, 12:01 am

I don't think it is infected. It seems it is still in So. Cal. Fingers crossed for both of us.

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