Cold hardy citrus in WA state update June 2021

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  1. SoCal2warm

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    These are growing outside in the ground in Olympia, WA (climate zone 8a). For the most part they were not covered, and survived through the winter.
    These special rare and hard-to-find varieties have more hardiness than normal citrus varieties, which would not be able to survive here. All pictures taken June 12, 2021.

    The two Ichang papeda plants have begun putting out new leaf growth
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    Here is the Bloomsweet. It is looking good, leaves are a very healthy green color and it has recently grown out a big new branch, which grew out very rapidly. In the background you can also see a Yuzu plant (also doing well, grafted on rootstock) and the edge of a special hardy Parfianka hardy pomegranate plant.
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    The Bloomsweet is not as hardy as the other hardy varieties. It is probably only just slightly hardier than Satsuma mandarin. (I'd say this is more of a zone 8b variety) For this reason it is about 70 cm away in front of a south-facing brick wall, in a warmer spot. (and I did put a paper grocery bag over it with a container of water inside to cover it just during the coldest three days in winter, but otherwise it was uncovered the rest of the winter)
     
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    The Sudachi put out three little blossoms, and you can see what looks like the beginnings of a little fruit druplet on one of them.
    overall the Sudachi looks a little ragged, like it is not growing the most vigorously or putting out the most growth, but the color of the leaves look reasonably healthy.
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    The Keraji (on grafted rootstock) has put out an abundance of blossoms, despite the plant not being that big, and it looks like it is doing very well.
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    The flowers right now I would say smell like orange blossoms mixed with Satsuma mandarin blossoms and regular mandarin blossoms.
    I had also smelled the blossoms a week ago, when they were first opening, and at that time I thought they smelled like a mix of the flowers of Satsuma mandarin, combined with the blossoms of a mild sweet lemon, with a little bit of honeysuckle.

    This special Ichangquat seedling (which I suspect might be a hybrid with citrumelo) is also starting to put out a flush of new leaf growth.
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    Are you growing all your plants to produce a viable crop of fruit?

    Or as flowers only - a beautiful scent

    There’s someone on here who grows citrus in the farm community north of Victoria BC - I think
    (Approximately west of Anacortes WA)
     
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    Here's the Yuzu seedling as of June 29, 2021
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    The trunk looks like it's gaining some thickness. Now maybe just a little bit thicker than pencil-thickness.

    The coloration of the leaves look just okay, not really good and healthy but not too bad either. The older leaves have regained most of their green color back since the winter.
     
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    Here is the very tiny Keraji seedling that has survived in the ground for a few years without protection. It lost its leaves earlier in the year (perhaps due to slugs eating the leaves) but it has now regrown some new leaves. The leaves are small and not too big but look decently healthy. This thing is very small, about an inch, less than two inches high. I'm not sure if it will ever eventually be able to put in some size. It seems to suffer a setback after each winter, but then very late into the season, around late July, it starts to recover but then there is not much growing season time left in the year. It looks about the same now as it did the same time of year last year, and the year before that. But it is amazing such a tiny seedling is surviving and not declining.

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    August 10, 2021
     
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