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Old 12-13-2015, 06:41 PM   #1
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So for Christmas, I want a couple of satsumas to plant at the new place, hopefully will have better luck with them as I'm way further south than my last house.

Where is the best place to get them? I've heard fro guys at work Baldwin county, but no where specific yet. Any other tips for growing them? I plan on keeping them in the buckets in the sunroom until March or so when the serious freeze danger hopefully has passed.
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Old 12-13-2015, 08:59 PM   #2
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I think about any place you find them they will be about the same, just be sure they're not diseased. Also go with the Owari strain, taste better than the Brown. Just shop for good looking trees at what your budget can afford.

The bigger the tree the more it will cost, obviously, and the quicker you'll get fruit. Mine stay in big pots year round and it keeps their size manageable to protect from freezes. Got some critter, probably a possum, helping himself to my ripe sats, pissing me off.

BTW, bringing citrus trees into Florida from out of state is a big no no as far as the law is concerned, just so you know.

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Thanks for the info. How big are your trees and pots?
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agree with getting the awari. they are the best. we have probably 10 in pots and a few in the ground. they are probably 4 ft tall for the ones in the pot and get about 30 off each. maybe more. we sort of prune them when they start budding so it doesn't over cramp the tree. may not need to but that's what we do. the only reason we have them in pots is we are waiting to get some land cleared to get them planted. I would plant them so they would be out of the north wind if possible.
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-i killed mine, now all that is left is the sour lemon it was grafted to.

my neighbor kept hers in a pot and it did much better. it is now in the ground and loaded.

i read to use plenty of fertilizer. they make a citrus mix.
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http://www.bandcnursery.com/

This is where I bought mine from, mandarins Satsuma. Came with fruit loaded on it and was about 6 foot tall. If you have any questions about care of it they'll hook you up.

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Go with owari, I would recommend the nursery in Robertsdale on hwy 59. Buy the smaller trees about bellybutton high, the root ball will be less bound up in the pot and roots will spread better after transplant. Sorry I can't remember the name of the nursery right now,but their trees come on good rootstock for our area.
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Wasn't there already one back there?
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I got mine at a local nursery and only have one. have no idea what kind and it held up just fine during the freezes and snow . I do think it is the last year for it because it has developed a trunk problem where the bark is coming off.

I never cover it or my 7 orange trees so they freeze without bothering them [ location i guess. ]
even the oranges thaw out and taste good for another month after a freeze.

I agree to buy the largest tree you can find as they also have a better chance with the cold. I will replace this one with two in the spring
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I got mine at a local nursery and only have one. have no idea what kind and it held up just fine during the freezes and snow . I do think it is the last year for it because it has developed a trunk problem where the bark is coming off.

I never cover it or my 7 orange trees so they freeze without bothering them [ location i guess. ]
even the oranges thaw out and taste good for another month after a freeze.

I agree to buy the largest tree you can find as they also have a better chance with the cold. I will replace this one with two in the spring
the satsumas need the freeze to get that sweeter flavor. at least that's what I have always been told.
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