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Re: Allotment

#201 Post by ian16th » Sun May 23, 2021 1:21 pm

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Sun May 23, 2021 10:36 am
We have just picked first oranges from one tree. They seem to be a cross between oranges and lemons. Mix with root stock?
I thought that this was brought up before. Maybe it was at TOP.

Not and expert, but from my Cypriot experience. There was only one citrus tree that would grow from a root. I cannot remember which one it was.

All other varieties were grafted onto this one type of root stock.

Another but! Sometimes these grafts produced hybrids, such as sweet lemon/oranges, which maybe what the ExA's have in Bots.
A neighbour of mine has a sweet lemon tree, the fruit were gorgeous. But useless for brandy sours.

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#202 Post by Ex-Ascot » Mon May 24, 2021 6:47 am

Thanks Ian. Half the problem is they came from Landmark. You guys send us all the crap stock. We have four lemon trees all had the same labels on them but all are different. Went in there once and all the leaves on the lemon trees had been eaten by something. They told me that they had been pruned. We have an alternative source now but didn't when we were planting these.
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#203 Post by Ex-Ascot » Thu May 27, 2021 3:02 pm

Mystery solved. It is a Bush Lemon Tree. Grows naturally in Australia and very tough therefore used as root stock. The idiot growers didn't graft properly so we just ended up with root stock. Can be used as a lemon but this should have been orange. We also have a clementine tree which is also growing these things. Eight years on we are not going to get out money back and we do not want to start the orchard again. Photo of our tree below.
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#204 Post by om15 » Sat Aug 07, 2021 3:44 pm

Heavy rain this summer has caused blight on the allotments, I have lost all the tomatoes but saved the potatoes, have a heavy crop of grapes and the root veg are doing well. Starting to clear the site for autumn planting, will try something different from the seed catalogues for next year.
Lock down has produced keen competition on the allotments, lots of work has gone in and it looks very smart up there, I think allotmenteering has been rather a life saver for some over the last 18 months.

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#205 Post by Ex-Ascot » Mon Jan 10, 2022 1:04 pm

Did our summer seed planting just before Christmas. Rape and courgettes doing well under netting but the sweetcorn is being nibbled by Francolins. Hopefully the plants will grow big enough to survive. Trying cabbage again in another netted bed. Think we planted it too early last time and it bolted. Bananas seem to have recovered from their bore hole water and now doing well. Lots of blossom on the fruit trees. One orange tree has lots of fruit but the squirrels may get to them before us. Trying our best to eradicate them. Put many chili seeds in last year but the ants got them. Now we have a fantastic chili bush which has self seeded in the middle of the garden.

Edit, just tried one BIG mistake.
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#206 Post by Ex-Ascot » Mon Mar 28, 2022 4:54 pm

Our oranges are doing well. Very sweet and few seeds. Squirrels don't seem to be getting to them. We only seem to have two now but we have a problem killing them.
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#207 Post by Ex-Ascot » Fri Apr 29, 2022 1:04 pm

Seeking advice. With two of our fruit trees we had problems with the root stock (bush lemon) growing instead of the intended fruit. We now have a clementines with a big bush lemon tree but a side branch growing clementines. Should we chop down the main tree? I think we should.
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#208 Post by Pinky the pilot » Sun Sep 25, 2022 7:51 am

Ex-Ascot; In between flying jobs back in the 'noughties' I worked as an Orange picker/Fruit block/ Vineyard hand.
I will go and see my old Boss tomorrow (Monday26th) and ask him.

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#209 Post by Ex-Ascot » Sun Sep 25, 2022 8:35 am

Thanks Pinky. I suspect it will be unbalanced if we chop the main tree down.
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#210 Post by Pinky the pilot » Mon Sep 26, 2022 5:25 am

Ok Ex-Ascot; Went to see my old Orchadist/Vigneron Boss and showed him a print out of the last few posts from 23rd May onwards.

His suggestion was that you 'giggle' Top Working Citrus as everything you will need to know can be found there. He also confirmed what I had thought I once heard him say that you can graft a Lemon Tree to produce Oranges, and in the climate here in the Riverland District of South Australia that grafted tree produces better quality and sized Oranges than an actual Orange Tree!!

If you find it neccessary to cut the main tree down, do so about two feet above the stump and then you can graft it with whatever variety you desire.

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#211 Post by Ex-Ascot » Mon Sep 26, 2022 9:00 am

Many thanks Pinky.
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#212 Post by Ex-Ascot » Fri Sep 30, 2022 2:14 pm

OM15 your posts are missed here. Please advise on your allotment.
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