I plan on looking around more, and will also probably have many more comments and or questions, but for now, just a quick question about FDs...I have about 20 FD seedlings in several containers in my yard. It is the most dwarfing of the known rootstock varieties, i.e. I don't know about preserving the fruit, though I am not sure why you would want to. Bloom Time: Spring 7 days a week from 10:00am-5:00pm, Office Hours: The species is called the Japanese bitter orange, or trifoliate orange, and it is the hardiest close relative of Citrus.A native of China and Korea, it is a deciduous shrub armed with serious spines and can survive to as low as -20C (-5F). ?i believe it would be ok, fruit quicker, maybe have a shorter lifespan? Extremely ornamental with corkscrew growth habit. Choosing the correct rootstock can be the difference between a tree thriving or dying on your site. Potting soil should be coarse, acidic, and well-drained. Thanks so much for sharing. Although I have transplanted the plant one time from pot to directly inground. Pests & Diseases: While outside, Citrus plants will likely not be bothered by insect pests. I purchased my seedlings from ebay, all very nice and healthy.given their slow growth rate, I'd say this was probably their second summer season, as most of them are only about a foot tall. very interesting article, I have 3 baby FD and hoping to get more, where could I procure some seeds from, to many unreliable sellers on the internet. Please let me know which one you have so I can tell you more about it. Hi Darren, I recently purchased Meyer Lemons from Ebay but noticed that the leaf structure was very different from that of the Meyer plant. We purchased a Chinese dragon tree a couple of years ago. I do not think that Arizona would need something like that.My best thinking on this would be to just use the flying dragon.If you had let me know about two months ago, I could have sent you dozens of seeds. I thought Flying Dragon is usually propagated by seed, in which case the progeny might not be exact clones, but the twisted form may be a dominant characteristic? I want to grow a fig tree and an olive tree within the next six months to a year. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED -. Thank You for the kind words!I don't think with Poncirus it matters about age.If I was in your shoes, do a little of each that you mentioned. You can freeze the juice. Best, Marie, Don in Oklahoma is working on various citrus x poncirus hybrids....here is his link:http://okcitrus.com/. A little wiggle confirms loose , no roots out bottom of pot and one I took out of pot to check shows no roots .. Is there anyway I can get some roots to grow - the cuttings are more then 6 months old appear still ok and green , kept moist soil and put in with rooting hormone powder .. (No willow around here) am in south east QLD, Australia Thanks Mark. In your experience does the FD do well with particular flowers or herbs planted beneath it? Rootstock Description: Flying Dragon is a hardy and very dwarfing rootstock for Citrus that induces very early flowering and fruit procuction. Flying dragon rootstock – Poncirus trifoliata ‘Flying Dragon’ This citrus rootstock is used to dwarf the variety grafted onto it. Fingers crossed... A question came up on one of the forums: Is 'Flying Dragon' just a form of P. trifoliata? I live in balt, md, zone 7b. This tree's design changes from wicked-like in the winter when its large thorns are exposed – to a soft flowering tree in the spring, quickly followed by colorful, fragrant oranges. In the winter, place your plant in a well-lit room. Hi there! Joseph. Do you know anyplace that might have them that would be willing to ship to the east coast? Citrus is not normally cold hardy, but by grafting them onto the Poncirus trunks, they stand a better chance of weathering the cold. It is also used in the Central Valley of California in heavy soil areas. Hardiness: Hardy to about -20° F. Hello Eden, I actually had never heard of the thing with Tansy until you posted this.Interesting.As of now, I do not have any recommendations for a good companion to Flying Dragon. For instance planting tansy beneath an orange tree enhances flavour of the oranges as well as acting as a good insect repellent for citrus. Indoors, Citrus can have mites and/or aphids. monstrosa T. Flying Dragon's thorns are long and curved, plant is small (up to 6'). He is such a fanatic, he has as much traveled to Japan to acquire many of his authentic Toho figures and continues to collect. We left it in it's original pot. I will send you bunches. It is reportedly hardy to at least 0F. I tend to lean towards fruit ... Wow, the debate between whether you can or can not grow Citrus from seed is amazing. It is just up the road past Cross County Road. I'm in Arizona. So I'm considering sacrificing a dwarf mandarin which I recently purchased because of the shoots coming from the FD Rootstock. That part may have died and the rootstock, "Flying Dragon" took over. The Future of the Flying Dragon Citrus In addition to the studies above, the Flying Dragon (Poncirus trifoliata) is also in use as experimental rootstock for non-hardy citrus trees. developmental work with ‘Flying Dragon’ trifoliate rootstock, which is able to dwarf most standard cultivars by 90 percent, making them easier to harvest. Ripening Time: Late fall. Working these last 10 years or so at a nursery has made me appreciate many things. Due to the difficulty and slowness in growing Flying Dragon, Citrus varieties grafted onto this variety are usually more expensive. But, because of this blog, I was able to rule out, with confidence that what I received was not Mayer Lemons but almost surely Flying Dragons. It is also used in the Central Valley of California in heavy soil areas. The two rootstocks producing the largest trees, ‘Cleopatra’ and ‘Kinkoji’, were also the lowest in cumulative fruit yield. Once again, I truly love this site you created, I have visited often since I have discovered it. Thanks! Your help would be appreciated!! Flying Dragon is a small, beautiful tree with multitudes of fragrant white flowers and small sour fruit that are used to make marmalade. I would bet dollars to donuts that is what is wrong, under watering. Initially, I thought it was the Kaffir Lime, but it had additional bilateral leaf appendages. Appreciated. Rootstocks not only determine the overall size, vigor, and precociousness of a tree but also what soil types it can grow in, its drought tolerance and how well anchored your tree will be. If you can wait until about November or so, touch base with me via E-mail (TheCitrusGuy@netzero.com) and remind me. Could they be semi-decidous tree as "cousin" of a decidous tree? Again, most are healthy, but this is affecting about 20% or more. For the non-geeks in the audience, Gamara was a giant monster turtle.....he was a good guy type monster. I'd love to grow a few (or all) of them !!! We have not seen any disease problems on our Citrus plants. This time though, I feel compelled to comment on your opening anecdotes about Godzilla and Gamara - I was amused when I read it as I am all too familiar with these two mythical characters. They have pretty much lost all of their leaves and are on their way to dormancy. It is a mutated Trifoliatia species which has hooked thorns and is much slower growing. Imagine growing this for two years, and finding out later on that I received the wrong plant.

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