From New Zealand lemonade on Seville and on US897
With 2 lemons that are now eaten.
Steve what beautiful trees! I’m curious does the rootstock affect the fruits much?
Excellent looking Steve, you might turn yellow eating all your harvest.
Steve, do you plan to just juice or eat straight the NZ? I would imagine the flavor is different enough from the common lemon that you wouldn't use it for cooking.
Seville (bitter) oranges or naranja agria
Look what cat dragged in... a Lemonade tree
"New Zealand" Lemonade Lemon
Two New Zealand lemonade seedlings
NZL really is not very close to lemon in taste. It has much much less acid. content. and can be eaten out of hand very easily.
It taste like a lemon but with the acid content of a ripe Cutie and some sweetness. Great for pealing and eating but not cooking.
I'll send you a link to a rootstock chart.
ROOT STOCK QUALITIES CHART
The benefits derived from using a certain root stock is much grater for trees growing in the ground and in particular environments, then for a container tree growing in a house on the front porch.
Steve tanks for that I noticed most of my trees on c35 are vigorous growers compared to the rest. I have a Moro and 2 dekopons on it but have yet to taste fruit from them. The trees I get from for winds are weaker and I have to baby them more I’m not sure what rootstock they use.
Silica I have an old cara cara orange and I’m unsure what rootstock it was as its my oldest tree and the fruits are very very dry two years in a row so I’m thinking it’s due to rootstock Choice since all my trees get the same treatment and yet I get very juicy lemons limes and other mandarins?
Silica, what about for taste and juice %, brix, etc? The rootstock should have the same effect on those regardless, right?
Jan Four winds uses C35. Their trees maybe a little weaker coming out of their screened in growing enclosures than others' trees.
Silica That doesn't supersize me. I am still evaluating the 3 trees' fruits. One in ground tree against 2 in containers is not fair though. I was very surprised at how good the Seville NZL fruits were even though they had a lot of green still.\
Jaydub I would think you are correct, however in ground trees may exhibit a greater difference than container grown fruits.
Steve that’s such a shock as their trees grow very very slowly Especially my meyers! I guess I’ll wait for a couple more years until they settle. I too would want to know about the effect of rootstock on the fruits.
Water and housing is so expensive at Fourwinds that they have to grow there trees at accelerated rates then out they go for the shock of their lives.
The effect of a root stock on the quality of the fruit has been thoroughly investigated for in ground trees. Not much, to no research at all, has been done for root stock/fruit quality for hobby container trees.
There would be no reason to do root stock vs fruit quality research for potted citrus trees. No money in it. That would require nurseries to use root stock for best flavor fruit rather than root stocks for grafting ease and faster growing plants for the potted citrus growing communities, most of which is grown where citrus does not belong.
Poncirusguy, there are tons, tons, and more tons of money in root stock research. Root stock research is the VERY FOUNDATION of the citrus industry.
Silica I have corrected my statement above to express what I ment to say. I had to re read my statement above several times before I understood why you made your comment.
I have up potted my NZL on Seville sour to a 12 gallon container, The container tapers and should reduce the volume of its natural perched water table, As containers get bigger it gets harder to protct the trees from soggy soiland resulting root rot.
It has 4 lemons and 2 flowers. It is 2 years old from bud sprout after grafting.
Steve it looks like you potted it up too a little higher on a mound above the rim I’m thinking that will also help! :) looks beautiful as always Steve!
It is about a 3 inch rize.