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zturncutter
01-29-2011, 09:33 AM
How many of you guys get free citrus off of your accounts? Friday I picked up tangerines, grapefruit, Tangelos and even some pomelo. Nothing like an ice cold Tangerine right off the tree at the first stop in the morning. :clapping:

Ric
01-29-2011, 10:13 AM
Zturn

I am lucky to have several Orange Trees and a Tangerine tree in my yard. I believe Joel of Other Side Sod is on the east side of the Kings hwy and you are on the west. So I am familar with your area. All up and down Kings Hwy are a number of groves. I Learned to squeeze Orange juice Outside where a water hose can clean it up a long time ago. It is actually a lot of work to Squeeze oranges and the juice gets on every thing. Of course I have the Homeowner squeezer that holds a 1/2 gallon and must be emptied often

For the uninformed Northerners reading here. Desoto County has more acres in Commercial citrus than any other county in Florida. From the Middle of December to late April or early May Citrus of one kind or another is being harvested.

It is the Goal of every snowbird retiree to have a house on the water with a boat that cost more than the house at the dock. Of course a swimming pool and the BIGGIE several citrus trees.

howierd3866
01-29-2011, 10:43 AM
How many of you guys get free citrus off of your accounts? Friday I picked up tangerines, grapefruit, Tangelos and even some pomelo. Nothing like an ice cold Tangerine right off the tree at the first stop in the morning. :clapping:

hope the owners let you or told you it was ok..Most around here would get mad because of having only a few of each kind of trees they want the fruit off of it for themself.

Ric
01-29-2011, 10:57 AM
hope the owners let you or told you it was ok..Most around here would get mad because of having only a few of each kind of trees they want the fruit off of it for themself.

howierd

I believe it was your area that had Citrus Canker Scare a few years back. That was when the state came and removed all Citrus trees any where near a canker scare area.

While it might be a big deal in your area. Our area has so many Door Yard (meaning homeowner) Trees that Fruit is laying all over the ground and the rats are well fed. There is a CPO in my area who does nothing but take care of Door Yard Citrus trees for homeowners. His special niche market and he doesn't do any other pest control work because he networks with other CPOs.

This year I didn't jump on the orange juice wagon like I have in the past. I got the Krude this year because I didn't. Next year I will know better and start early with My Vitamin C

Landscape Poet
01-29-2011, 11:09 AM
How many of you guys get free citrus off of your accounts?

I have one older couple that love to give me oranges. They are kind of like your grandparents in that they think if you do not eat what they are giving you that you will waste away to nothing.

They are the only home that I have that has a tree that they actually take care of. Most of my accounts do not have trees that produces oranges yet, most the others are actually people from out of state like ric said that come here and the first dang thing they plant is a orange tree. But unfortunately most of them never do anything with them after the first season when their tree had not grown 9 foot and suddenly produced oranges for them.
I do have one home similar to which is talking about where nobody does anything with the trees at all. Nice full size trees, one orange and one grapefruit....all the oranges and grapefruit fall all over the ground. When I leave that lawn I have a very citrus smelling mower.

zturncutter
01-29-2011, 05:38 PM
"I believe Joel of Other Side Sod is on the east side of the Kings hwy and you are on the west"

Yes, I am just to the west of him.

zturncutter
01-29-2011, 05:44 PM
hope the owners let you or told you it was ok..Most around here would get mad because of having only a few of each kind of trees they want the fruit off of it for themself.

Yes they are quite aware of my free citrus, some of these trees are 12' to 15' tall. On some accounts I clean it up and haul it off by the wheel barrow load. I am originally from Sarasota where I worked in the nursery and landscape business as well as property maintenace. Never much to pick up there as they usually would use it up or give to friends or family.

Ric
01-29-2011, 07:14 PM
"I believe Joel of Other Side Sod is on the east side of the Kings hwy and you are on the west"

Yes, I am just to the west of him.

Zturn

I network with Joel and do some of his in town spraying. Kind of Funny that he hires me to do back pack spraying when he has large boom sprayers that are GPS guided. But he doesn't have a Commercial L&O. He is a Good guy and y'alls area is very beautiful with all the Large Live Oaks. Your location is good in the fact you can go Hwy 70 or kings hwy. to two different market areas.

tallrick
01-30-2011, 10:26 AM
I have not seen a citrus tree since Jeb Bush's citrus patrol cut them all down.

Ric
01-30-2011, 12:54 PM
I have not seen a citrus tree since Jeb Bush's citrus patrol cut them all down.

Tallrick

I believe it was Ft Liquiordale North to the Treasure Coast that the Gestapo showed their best work. I was told each tree crew was assigned a State trooper and any homeowner who argued had to appear before a judge. The interesting thing was in my area the State reimbursed homeowner with a $ 50.00 Gift Certificate from none other that WALLY WORLD. I have alway had a hard time accepting that one as not being a Pay off deal of some kind.

Bottom line of the Big Canker scare. 85% or more of the trees had a curable fungus and were misdiagnosed. You hear nothing about Citrus Canker today.

Patriot Services
01-30-2011, 01:19 PM
Sounds like the plan was to drive down orchard property prices so they could be scooped up by stucco box developers. Another sad chapter in this states role in the housing debacle.

Ric- I like the Ft Liquordale, I have always referred to it as Ft Crap-in-a-pail, the winter destination for New York's homeless.
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Ric
01-30-2011, 03:51 PM
Sounds like the plan was to drive down orchard property prices so they could be scooped up by stucco box developers. Another sad chapter in this states role in the housing debacle.

Ric- I like the Ft Liquordale, I have always referred to it as Ft Crap-in-a-pail, the winter destination for New York's homeless.
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Patriot

Citrus is a big part of Florida's Inland Economy and tax base along with Cattle. I don't thing people realize how Big Agriculture in Florida actually is. IMHO The State was scared to death of losing the Citrus industry to Brazil which BTW Imports eating Oranges to my local super market. This was a case of Over Action by all parties involved.


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Ft Liquiordale is not mine. It comes from the 1960's and early 1970's when Spring Break was Ft Liquiordale. BTW the Gran Prix was also raced Sebring back then and during Spring Break

South Florida Lawns
01-31-2011, 05:01 PM
Almost my customers here just let it fall to the ground and let it sit there rotting away.

Ric
01-31-2011, 08:08 PM
Almost my customers here just let it fall to the ground and let it sit there rotting away.

Guilty as charged your honor.

Yep After a few of picking up oranges you just get tired. My trees are very old and tall. I only pick what is at chest level when I do squeeze them.

Patriot Services
01-31-2011, 09:56 PM
I like running over fresh ones, beats the smell of running over fresh dog shiz.
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tallrick
02-05-2011, 01:00 AM
Tallrick

I believe it was Ft Liquiordale North to the Treasure Coast that the Gestapo showed their best work. I was told each tree crew was assigned a State trooper and any homeowner who argued had to appear before a judge. The interesting thing was in my area the State reimbursed homeowner with a $ 50.00 Gift Certificate from none other that WALLY WORLD. I have alway had a hard time accepting that one as not being a Pay off deal of some kind.

Bottom line of the Big Canker scare. 85% or more of the trees had a curable fungus and were misdiagnosed. You hear nothing about Citrus Canker today.

Once the canker cutters started their destruction I promptly dug up my trees and moved them to a lot I own in Hendry county. There mixed in with pines and oaks the trees survive to this day. When the citrus cutters came they found manchineel trees where the citrus trees were. One had a bad reaction and had to be removed by fire rescue after I pointed out that the tree was not citrus but a highly toxic protected native. There was no state police or sherriff present during their visit. Another friend took my advice and we moved his 50 year old grapefruit tree under the screened in patio. On my roof I had over 40 trees I grafted and grew during the canker scare. I knew then the canker campaign was a scam. Glad to know that others agree. The sad thing is that a huge variety of heirloom citrus and wild pollenated trees were lost.

Ric
02-05-2011, 01:40 AM
Tallrick

I have never been successful transplanting a mature Citrus Tree. Of course young trees are no problem.

As I stated above, The Canker Scare really went bad and a curable fungus was mistaken for Canker

tallrick
02-05-2011, 12:40 PM
Tallrick

I have never been successful transplanting a mature Citrus Tree. Of course young trees are no problem.

As I stated above, The Canker Scare really went bad and a curable fungus was mistaken for Canker

The secret is to transplant in the winter. I was able to capture the mycorrhizal fungi along with the roots because my citrus was in my yard, which has no grass only mulch and compost. The trees ranged from a Key Lime 3" in trunk diameter (36" above ground) to the seedling sour orange tree 6" in diameter. Only the queen pineapple orange tree died from moving. I felt like a drug smuggler with a car trailer filled with 5 citrus trees driving up Krome and US-27 at 1AM. A temporary pump from a drainage ditch kept them watered and they took 3 years to flower and fruit again.

Ric
02-05-2011, 01:25 PM
The secret is to transplant in the winter. I was able to capture the mycorrhizal fungi along with the roots because my citrus was in my yard, which has no grass only mulch and compost. The trees ranged from a Key Lime 3" in trunk diameter (36" above ground) to the seedling sour orange tree 6" in diameter. Only the queen pineapple orange tree died from moving. I felt like a drug smuggler with a car trailer filled with 5 citrus trees driving up Krome and US-27 at 1AM. A temporary pump from a drainage ditch kept them watered and they took 3 years to flower and fruit again.

Tallrick

a 3 inch caliper tree is not a Mature Tree and can be transplanted all day long. I am not sure what you did to throw your trees into shock and not to bloom.

Sour Orange is a different story and very hardy. That is why they are used as root stock