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Old 03-13-2008, 09:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My "MidKnight Valencia" orange tree has been in the ground 3 years now, so it is about 5 years old. Today I harvested the first crop of sorts, about two dozen smallish, slightly sour oranges. This was expected, next year the fruit is likely to be much sweeter.

I also trimmed and picked fruit from my Eureka lemon. Lemon bars, coming up!

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Old 03-13-2008, 10:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Great thread! I didn't harvest any fruits today, but I just stuck this thread!
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I harvested more than hallf of my Dancy tangerine. And before long, my Washington Navel orange. Next will be cara-cara.
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Great thread! I didn't harvest any fruits today, but I just stuck this thread!
What about "grafting"?
I suppose there are not too many interested in this subject.
I've been grafting so many citrus,apples, plouts and plums since 2 weeks ago.
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i find it facinating. when and if i get all my stuff planted and moved around i would like to graft a citrus or two. any one know what you would have to graft to get blood oranges? this is one tree i must have. and what kind of stalk to use? it will be a long while before i can do this grafting thing. hopefully when i get to my botony classes we will have to do a project.....this would be excellent for a project. im not too much into apples( i dont eat them) but i do love the flowers on them. and i would like to graft my own weeping peach tree, or weeping mulberry tree. so hey im game for the grafting thing. something new to try.
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For more information on grafting, see What did you graft today ?

As for harvesting, this morning I picked about a dozen "sequoia" variety strawberries for my cereal! These are a hybrid with the wild strawberries native to the area of trees of the same name - they are not a large berry but rather medium size, very productive and sweet, and produce spring through fall because they are day-neutral.
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MsKitty:
The most knowledgeable guy I know and the one who taught me how to graft in person of different ways is Joe Real and some other people in the other citrus forum 3years ago . Now I considered my self very accomplished grafter and Joe called me an 'expert'. I've been harvesting many fruit cultivars now from my grafts. You just said you just want to graft 2 or three but once you get the know how and it's very easy you will be addicted to it and think of many ways to do it again and again.
Once I have time I will refer you to where you can learn pictorially and I am willing to bet your first try will be a success.
Imagine how thrilling you will be when you cut a 1 1/2 inch branch,attached it to another branch and viola in 2 to 3 weeks or less you see a new bud's forming and don't be surprised in another month flowers formed and harvest them in another 8months.
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For more discussions on grafting, please post here What did you graft today ?

As for harvesting, what are you picking now?
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lemons! I can taste the homemade lemonade right now!
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lemons! I can taste the homemade lemonade right now!


Do you have an ice cream maker? Check out the recipe for lemon sorbet.
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Meyers lemons and lots of them - almost the only lemons available on an island full of limes!! And these babies are destined for margaritas!!!!

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congrats on the great harvest!!! and having the best limes!. destined for margaritas...oh im hurt now. LOL!
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O.K., now I have to tease you about the Meyer Lemons! Did you know they are really Lemon x Orange ? I would agree that the "Meyer" is great in drinks. However, cooks are taught use the Eureka or Lisbon for that robust lemon flavor. (Lisbon is just a seedless Eureka).

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Hmm ... that's interesting. Have you by any chance done a taste test to see how big a difference it is?
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Hmm ... that's interesting. Have you by any chance done a taste test to see how big a difference it is?
From healthy trees, the difference is very noticable; similar to the difference between Ruby grapefruit and Cocktail grapefruit -- the latter being a Ruby with orange crossed back into it.
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I harvested the rest of my Dancy tangerine thinking that it will bud new buds soon.
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Good idea on your young tree. Although a mature tree has no problem "holding" fruit and budding.
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Thanks! And they taste good too even though not fully ripe yet.
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Yesterday I got to try the first taste of my first ponderosa lemon off a tree I planted this past Dec!!! Very nice balance of sweet and sour! It was over 3" in diameter!!!
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Yesterday I got to try the first taste of my first ponderosa lemon off a tree I planted this past Dec!!! Very nice balance of sweet and sour! It was over 3" in diameter!!!
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