Re: Kumquat, Citrus
Jim, I'll do that. It is in bloom, so hoping we get fruit this year. From
what I was told, it is not the deep red berry type blood orange. I do have
a variety that I got a year or so ago that had that exact description (why I
chose it)....it is Moro moro (or something like that.....too doggone cold
outside to go check for sure). Didn't get fruit, hurricane ripped off
everything on the bloodorange and the Satsuma this year unfortunately.....other citrus
were not as badly hit. So maybe this year. Be fun to compare. Did get to
harvest some Spanish lemons.....they were indeed pink on the inside and much
sweeter than meyer or other lemons. Very happy with that one.
From what we were taught, depending on the soil in areas, that is what
rootstock is used....this gives the citrus a better chance of survival. Sour
orange rootstock is hardier, trifoliate is used here in Tx since it does better
in drought and/or wet conditions in clay. Two types are used. Also rootstock
is used to keep certain citrus smaller in size, as in dwarf.
Sour citrus (lemons, limes, etc.) seem to grow okay on their own rootstock
here, but citrus doesn't. Have never tried to grow any from seed though.
A co-worker of dh has a citrus tree......the fruit is smaller than an
orange, larger than a tangerine. The skin is thick, but peels like a tangerine.
The fruit is more sour than most, but not as sour as that of a trifoliate sour
orange. Any clues what it could be??? I love it. It's not a Calamondin or
such...much larger than that, but pretty much that similar taste. I have not
seen the tree, so can't say what it looks like.
Texas Gulf Coast
In a message dated 2/16/2006 6:54:26 PM Central Standard Time,
Noreen, let me know how the fruit comes out on your variegated Cara
Cara, please. Blood oranges [I have a small seedling] do not seem to
produce the rich red flesh [with the hint of raspberry] here like they
do in California and Spain, so I'll be interested to know how they do
I don't know why most citrus are grafted--I tend to think it's the
result of the same logic that puts chrome strips on Buicks. But while I
suspect that kumquat roots are just as suitable as trifoliate root
stocks, I don't know that. I do know that in my yard, key lime,
Palestine lime, Meyer's Improved lemon, and sweet lemon all grow on
their own roots. I also believe that some cultivars--such as Noreen's
Texas ruby red grapefruit--are probably too unstable for sexual
reproduction and so grafting is the surest way to get a lot of them.
[Incidentally, the TRRG is an excellent grapefruit, but my favorite is
still the old, very seedy, white Duncan.]
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