It’s been a long time since I’ve posted, life has been keeping me busy. So, thought i would make an update.
In 2012, I started a make over of the back yard. I took out an oak tree and moved a bunch of flowering shrubs. Since then I’ve planted a flame grapefruit, multibudded peach, nectarine/apricot/plum/peach, multibudded Asian pear, Spice Zee, cocktail grapefruit, sundowner apple, pumalo, Washington, cara cara, taraco, Kishu, Kinnow, pixie, flame grape and Thompson grape.
Last spring I added two multibudded pluots, desert delight nectarine, flavor delight aprium, double delight nectarine, gold kist apricot, Crimson grape, and citrus in pots: tangalo, gold nugget, Owari, and Clementine.
I had a Meiwa in a pot that was doing good, I planted it and it died over the summer when I was gone. The pumalo slowly declined and died over the last 6 months.
The aprium, desert delight and Crimsom did not establish and died, so I replaced them this year.
The established Fairchild, Meyer lemon and orange (maybe AZ sweet) all had very reduced yields this winter. Lemon normally has 180-200 had about 30, Fairchild and orange dropped from 50 to 3-4 each. Not sure if alternate bearing or something else. Meyer is does not have alternate bearing issue. All had lots of flowers and bees last spring, as they do now.
Oh well, that’s all the bad news.
Good news: the one year old gold kist and all 8 varieties of pluots are flowering including the flavor supreme (700-800 hours chill). I’m surprised to have flowers on the supreme, I did not get many chill hours this winter. I’ll thin them down once I see how many fruits develop. The desert gold peach has 3/4" fruit all over it already. My wife got all the fruit except for a few very over ripe peaches last year (even at that, they were still better than grocery store), but I’m getting closer to renting here full time, so i should get some of the fruits of my labor. 8 of the citrus are flowering for the first time this year, so i should have some nice citrus this next winter. And my rose bushes have flower buds. :<)
For the cirtus experts, both the gold nugget and Clementine on flying dragon in pots have curling leaves. Not enough water, too much water, fertilizer problem? The soil is AZ Citrus mix brand and fast draining. There are two irrigation heads in each pot that are on for 4 minutes every 4th day, every other day in the summer. Water flows out of the pot after watering and is never dried out as measured by a meter. Fertilized with Vigro 6-4-6, Osmocote Plus and a foliage spray.