Post by toofarnorth on Aug 3, 2019 10:27:51 GMT -5
The first year, I had 1 55 gal. barrel of water per tree, with 1 oz. frost cloth over them on cold nights. Last year had barrels only. This year I will not use barrels of water. I believe the water barrels make them try to "wake up" prematurely, and not let them go as dormant as they should. Most trees had very little or no damage during winter, but after a very warm February, a late freeze in early March, did some damage to some. The Mihos got hit the hardest, the smaller of my two Page oranges took moderate damage, as did the UGA Pink Frost grapefruit trees (small). The Xie-Shans had moderate damage as well. The Dekopons only had damage to the very tips of branches, but new growth had already begun. The Kishu and Juanita had virtually no damage. My very small Fukushu took damage in March also. The lowest temp last year was 24 degrees, twice, January and March. The winter before, when the trees were all smaller, we had a low of 14 degrees, with a late freeze in March, but they were protected on more nights. My two biggest and prettiest trees are Kishu and Juanita, both on US 852.
As Laaz wrote, Kishu is a great tasting fruit. Its main problem is that the fruit is so small. You almost need to eat 3 at a time to get the taste. I think the Procimquat is the only citrus fruit smaller then a Kishu.
Lol! My Procimquat went in the trash very quickly. I like the Kishu because at their peek, they tast like orange Life Savers.
Yeah, I agree, Laaz. Kishu was one of the first trees I purchased. After tasting a few, I just had to have one. As far as being small, that's not a problem at all. It makes it easier for the Grandkids to eat too.