update: WA state hardy citrus 2020

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  1. SoCal2warm

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    Keraji seedling
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    This is its second winter in the ground, outside.
    The 2018-2019 winter was pretty cold, and it got killed back to the ground, but this year looks like it's been easier for it. The small seedling is only a little more than an inch high.

    Keraji is closely related to Satsuma, but more hardy, smaller somewhat more sour fruits, and very seedy.

    Ichang papeda x kumquat hybrid seedling
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    Sudachi
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    Sudachi is closely related to Yuzu but the fruits are usually picked while still green.

    These hardy citrus varieties are pretty rare and very hard to find.

    Olympia, WA, climate zone 8a
    pictures taken April 2, 2020
    None of them were protected this winter, survived out in the open, in the ground.

    It will be a while until they start putting on any growth though.
     
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    Here is a photo of a sudachi I am currently selling in North Saanich on Vancouver Island in case anyone in our area is looking for a sudachi. I made this one in my greenhouse last year :-D

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    I've found that Changsha mandarin and Ichang papeda are very easy to grow from cuttings, inside (with warmth/humidity).
    The same is not true with many other varieties.
     
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    Ichang papeda in the ground
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    It's growing on its own roots.
     
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    Ichang papeda (a different one, on rootstock) just beginning to leaf out now:
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    see the reddish tips at the end of the branches.

    Don't mind the unhealthy looking older leaves in this picture, I think an Ichang papeda's old leaves normally look better than that, this one already wasn't doing so well after being planted outside last year. The other Ichang papeda (not pictured) has greener looking leaves.

    tiny Keraji seedling in ground still alive and looking good
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    May 4
     
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    Changsha mandarin
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    looking very good, in a protected spot on the south-facing side of the house (but wasn't protected this winter)

    Bloomsweet "grapefruit"
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    probably the least hardy variety of my hardy citrus, only slightly more hardy than Satsuma mandarin I think. It managed to be able to keep about half of its old leaves. They turned very yellowish but have now been surprisingly greening up. It's just in the last week begun to put out some new leaf growth. It's up against a south-facing brick wall, but other than that wasn't protected and managed to survive through this winter. It made it through the very cold winter the year before that too, but I had put a special cover over it and it suffered some moderate damage then, did not do so well. This year it looks like it is doing just okay.
     
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    Yuzu seedling
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    growing on own roots
    It has gone through two winters without any cover over it, in the ground outside.
    The 2018-2019 was colder than usual and nearly killed it back to the ground, but it subsequently regrew, and this winter it was able to keep all its old leaves, as can be seen in the picture.

    May 21, 2020
     

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