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Mutant Oranges!
« on: March 06, 2016, 01:14:08 PM »
Our satsuma tree was hit by a spring storm and lost all its blooms.  It put forth a very few late blooms and made some late developing weird fruit this is the story with pictures and video as always of these strange oranges.
http://cappyandpegody.blogspot.com/2016/03/and-now-this.html

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Re: Mutant Oranges!
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2016, 01:41:46 PM »
what crazy looking oranges! looks like the big tops make them pretty easy to peel.  glad your wife solved the mystery.  :)

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Re: Mutant Oranges!
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2016, 05:06:38 PM »
it's the first time I ever saw them do that and that tree is around 13 years old its like the fruit quit growing and the skin kept going

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Re: Mutant Oranges!
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2016, 10:39:57 AM »
It's very odd but the good news is that the fruit is good no matter what it looks like.  Welcome to the forum Cappy.

I had a St. Ann satsuma, Meyer Lemon and a Browns select.  The first freeze of winter 2013 killed my Browns select and Meyer but I had cuttings from the lemon.  The lemon cutting is now loaded with blooms and fruit.  The St. Ann was old, probably 11 or 12 years.  It had never bloomed and I was angry at it having survived while the good stuff was dead.  I gave it a vigorous and thorough verbal abuse with a threat of do or die, one more season is all you get.  It proceeded to bloom extravagantly and hold fruit.  It had always been stunted at about 4 x4 feet.  That fall I got 38 satsumas that tasted pretty good.  Amazing!  I think the heavy crop weakened it because it was dead come spring.  Last week I got a new Owari and Browns select.
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Re: Mutant Oranges!
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2016, 11:37:36 AM »
We have:
1 small keefer lime(second year)
1 monster La satsuma(made the mutants this year)  13 years old or more
1 small Satsuma(second year)  We had one like the other but for no apparent reason it up and died
1 navel orange same age as the satsuma bears great.
1 REd grape fruit that is amazing sweet and delicous heavy with fruit
1 meyer lemon we refer to as our beloved lemon monster.

We planted 6 trees, 13 or more years ago and 4 are still with us we think that's great considering when we started we didn't have a clue.

Lesson 1 citrus do not like wet feet.  They were at first stunted and sickly so the second year we dug them up, jacked them up and replanted them moving some back away from the low spot. 

Lesson 2 was that fruit trees need help.  For them to give lots of fruit they need to be fertilized.  This is how we do it:
http://cappyandpegody.blogspot.com/2016/02/giving-our-yarduhfertilizer.html

Does this work?????  you be the judge:
http://cappyandpegody.blogspot.com/2016/02/lemony-pickins-series-of-unfortunate.html

I am very curious how your cuttings turn out Lemons are grafted trees so the cutting will not bare the original fruit I have been told.  I know for a fact any sprouts from the bottom will bare seed filled small unpleasant fruit.

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Re: Mutant Oranges!
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2016, 11:54:29 AM »
It's very odd but the good news is that the fruit is good no matter what it looks like.  Welcome to the forum Cappy.

I had a St. Ann satsuma, Meyer Lemon and a Browns select.  The first freeze of winter 2013 killed my Browns select and Meyer but I had cuttings from the lemon.  The lemon cutting is now loaded with blooms and fruit.  The St. Ann was old, probably 11 or 12 years.  It had never bloomed and I was angry at it having survived while the good stuff was dead.  I gave it a vigorous and thorough verbal abuse with a threat of do or die, one more season is all you get.  It proceeded to bloom extravagantly and hold fruit.  It had always been stunted at about 4 x4 feet.  That fall I got 38 satsumas that tasted pretty good.  Amazing!  I think the heavy crop weakened it because it was dead come spring.  Last week I got a new Owari and Browns select.

well tutt...at least it gave its all before it went.  :)