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Old 07-09-2008, 12:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I planted a peach tree, an apple tree, a meyer lemon, a banana, a calamondin, a pepper tree and 2 lemon grass.
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Tree ... or seed ?
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It's a miniature orange. It looks, feels, and smells like a regular orange, but fruits are only 1-inch in diameter and sour. They are used as garnish similar to lemon or lime. Juice makes good hot or cold "lemonade". Hot lemonade is great cure for colds. Or, squeeze several fruits in rum or gin, and you've got an even better cure for colds (Caution-not to be used by minors! Give them the hot lemonade.)
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It's a miniature orange. It looks, feels, and smells like a regular orange, but fruits are only 1-inch in diameter and sour. They are used as garnish similar to lemon or lime. Juice makes good hot or cold "lemonade". Hot lemonade is great cure for colds. Or, squeeze several fruits in rum or gin, and you've got an even better cure for colds (Caution-not to be used by minors! Give them the hot lemonade.)
Thank you Chong. Check out my pictures in my gallery. I have a picture where I am holding a fruit that looks like a small orange, but I'm not sure what it is.
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Most nectarines are grown by grafting nectarine fruit wood onto a rootstock that is a cross between plum and peach. These rootstocks have great properties, but their fruits are awful. The seeds of these grafted nectarines grow into plants that resemble the rootstock plant.
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Most nectarines are grown by grafting nectarine fruit wood onto a rootstock that is a cross between plum and peach. These rootstocks have great properties, but their fruits are awful. The seeds of these grafted nectarines grow into plants that resemble the rootstock plant.
This is where the California members put the Florida members to shame...lol...

We can not grow good peaches, nectarines or plums.
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This is where the California members put the Florida members to shame...lol...

We can not grow good peaches, nectarines or plums.
In Tampa you can grow these great tasting ultra-low-chill pit and pome fruits:
Dorset Golden Apple. 100 chill hours. Self-fruitful.
Desert Delight Nectarine. Yellow Freestone. < 200 chill hours. Self-fruitful.
May Pride Peach. Yellow Freestone. < 200 chill hours. Self-fruitful.
Burgundy Plum. 150-300 chill hours. Purple flesh. Self-fruitful.
Beauty Plum. 200-250 chill hours. Amber flesh. Self-fruitful.

Chill hours are the duration of hours some fruit trees require to produce a significant amount of fruit year after year. The hours listed for a particular fruit are an approximation, usually obtained by trial and error. To compute chill hours in your yard:
Between Nov. 1 and Jan. 1, the # of hours below 45 F minus the # of hours above 65 F.
Note that this date range only contains a total of 6124 = 1464 hours.
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In Tampa you can grow these great tasting ultra-low-chill pit and pome fruits:
Dorset Golden Apple. 100 chill hours. Self-fruitful.
Desert Delight Nectarine. Yellow Freestone. < 200 chill hours. Self-fruitful.
May Pride Peach. Yellow Freestone. < 200 chill hours. Self-fruitful.
Burgundy Plum. 150-300 chill hours. Purple flesh. Self-fruitful.
Beauty Plum. 200-250 chill hours. Amber flesh. Self-fruitful.

Chill hours are the duration of hours some fruit trees require to produce a significant amount of fruit year after year. The hours listed for a particular fruit are an approximation, usually obtained by trial and error. To compute chill hours in your yard:
Between Nov. 1 and Jan. 1, the # of hours below 45 F minus the # of hours above 65 F.
Note that this date range only contains a total of 6124 = 1464 hours.
Thanks..and they all sound oh so good....but knock on wood..I do not get 100 chill hours a year....based on the subtraction formula....I probably wind up with zero chill hours. Inland Tampa probably gets 100 or more chill hours a year...

If you look at a map of Tampa you will see a small Peninsula...I live on this Peninsula (very close to the water) near "Hillsborough Bay"...."Old Tampa Bay" and "Tampa Bay" are the other two bays that surround the "South Tampa Peninsula"

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Over my 1 week vacation that just ended. The citrus had fruit on them already when I purchased them. The average I've seen listed for here is 350 chill hours so I went with the lowest on the apple trees just to be safe. Couldn't you bring that # up artificially though? If you lay something frozen like an ice pack on top of a small layer of mulch it should be above freezing yet under 45F. Also watering once a week with water at 40-45F.

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Over my 1 week vacation that just ended. The citrus had fruit on them already when I purchased them. The average I've seen listed for here is 350 chill hours so I went with the lowest on the apple trees just to be safe. Couldn't you bring that # up artificially though?
In a greenhouse. You need: Between Nov. 1 and Jan. 1, the # of hours below 45 F minus the # of hours above 65 F.

Anna Apple and Dorsett Golden are both ultra-low chill and great tasting fruits. They should work well for you. For care instructions, see:
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Anna Apple and Dorsett Golden are both ultra-low chill and great tasting fruits. They should work well for you. For care instructions, see:
Yeah the nursery had slightly larger ones that already had apples on them and they were kept outside. I think the dorsett just barely missed it this year. Hopefully it gets over its transplant shock quickly and does a decent job next year. It looks like they did a good job pruning it as well. I also had a gala seed I was going to graft with the anna but it died at about an inch... I'm thinking too much sun after it moved from indoors

BTW I noticed the document said 2.5ft deep. I built mine up a bit because there is clay about 18 inches down and I didn't want water sitting at the roots.

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BTW I noticed the document said 2.5ft deep.
Right under that it talks about drainage.

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A partially raised bed is an excellent way to cope with clay subsoils.
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I planted a Gefner Atemoya tree and a Hawaiian Gold Pineapple plant yesterday. I also purchased a young B. Kiew Longan tree that I plan on putting in the ground today. My Pitaya hasn't been planted yet because I am gathering the materials to construct a good support for it.

As much as I hate the fact that time flies, I find myself in eager anticipation of spring. I'm expecting a bountiful harvest this year.

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Well I planted 2 Peach trees (Elberta & Red Haven) this spring.. in proximity to my neighbors fence. My neighbor didn't have any clue what trees were in their backyard. Low & Behold one's loaded with peach now & just happens to be right between both my peaches on the other side of the fence. :^)
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Two apple (Anna & Golden Dorsett) and two persimmons ( Fuyu and Chocolate).
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