Looking to buy a Mardarin Tree

goyo626 S.Cal.8b/SZ20March 11, 2014

Which is the best tasting mandarin for southern california (20mi east of downtown LA)?

Taste, productivity, and hanging on tree for extended harvest are three qualities I find most important.

Thank you.

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joncha(9a)

Tango is a recent UCR inspired tree. Seedless Murcott. Nice looking, vigorous and hangs well on the tree. Of course if you are just into flavor you can't beat the satsumas.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2014 at 6:47PM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA(10b Sunset 23)

My top favorites (and many of my CFRG members and other citrus enthusiasts):

Seedless Kishu
Ponkan
Clemenules
Tango
Gold Nugget
Page
California Honey (Seedless Murcott referred to above by Jon)
Pixie

I've probably missed a couple of cultivars, but those are the ones that pop to mind that I favor in my orchard. Not as much a fan of satsumas with the exception of Xie Shan, which is nearly impossible to find here in California . They take at least 5 years to mature into best flavor, and can be rather bland and unexciting until then. All above cultivars hang well on the tree, especially Seedless Kishu, Gold Nugget, Tango and Page. Satsumas will become puffy and bland if left too long on the tree.

Patty S.

This post was edited by hoosierquilt on Wed, Mar 12, 14 at 20:14

    Bookmark   March 12, 2014 at 8:10PM
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DocHollywood 9b Central Tucson(USDA 9b)

Container planted 2 tangos' this past week on our visit to Tucson. Looking forward to some "cuties"

    Bookmark   March 12, 2014 at 9:43PM
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goyo626 S.Cal.8b/SZ20

Thank you for all of the advice. I will keep my eyes peeled for Kishu and Murcott. It seems many of the nurseries in my neck of the woods have their citrus under quarantine. Any tips on where I could find these will be appreciated.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2014 at 10:33PM
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evdesert 9B Indio, CA

Just planted a tango mandarin in my back yard. It was from lowes and the nursery it came from was duarte and it's on carrizo root stock so I'm hoping it gets fairly large. I live in the desert so it should do ok here.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2014 at 9:36AM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA(10b Sunset 23)

Goyo, you'll probably have to buy from nurseries just in your area, then, if you're under quarantine. I would talk to all the larger nurseries and see who has citrus for sale right now.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2014 at 9:52AM
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orangelime1

Dochollywood ,evdesert beautiful tango's . I Also bought a tango tree from home depot last year it also came from duarte , by far the most beautiful citrus tree I have in my collection

Brian

    Bookmark   March 13, 2014 at 9:58AM
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evdesert 9B Indio, CA

Dochollywood, thanks, I can't wait to see what kind of fruit quality I get from this tree. I had my first tango mandarin a couple months ago and had been searching for one ever since. The picture posted sideways but was right side up when I loaded it on the post, weird.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2014 at 10:10AM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA(10b Sunset 23)

Eve, you probably have an iPhone. Apple photos "remember" their orientation. Take your photos in landscape with your phone, volume buttons facing down. Or, take them into a photo editing program, and re-set the orientation. Then you can upload them and they will retain the true orientation.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2014 at 4:34PM
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goyo626 S.Cal.8b/SZ20

I ended up getting a seedless kishu. It was sourced from a local nursery. The thing is it didn't have a rootstock tag. The supplier is duarte nursery and it says semi-dwarf on the tag.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 4:56PM
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johnorange

Patty mentioned satsumas getting puffy and bland. While I like them dead ripe, they do seem to be better while there is still a touch of green on the skin.They grow lots of satsumas here in SE Texas. I think they are good for us here because we are getting far enough north to catch some hard freezes now and then. They are pretty cold-hardy after they get a few years thickness to the trunk. My Ponderosa lemons lost about half of their leaves due to cold this winter, and all of the leaves dropped off a lime, but the satsumas didn't noticeably loose leaves. They seem to do about as well in the cold as my meiwa kumquats.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 5:13PM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA(10b Sunset 23)

Most likely C35, Goyo. They use C35 quite a bit. If not, then it's Troyer/Carrizo. You can always contact them and ask. If the rootstock or scion has a paint splotch on it, then share that color with them. Growers often color-code their rootstock as well as the scion.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 5:18PM
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goyo626 S.Cal.8b/SZ20

Thanks. Come to think of it the tree had a green plastic where the rootstock and potting material. Do you think this could be a rootstock identifier?

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 7:02PM
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tcamp30144(7B N.ATLANTA)

Any pics goyo

    Bookmark   March 29, 2014 at 12:18AM
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evdesert 9B Indio, CA

Goyo, when I bought my Duarte farms Tango mandarin it had 2 tags on it. One tag was the citrus quarantine tag (yellow) and the other tag had the date the tree was grafted onto its root stock and the type of root stock on it as well. Thought I'd share a pic of my new Gold Nugget that is going to get put into the ground today too!
Evan

    Bookmark   March 29, 2014 at 10:04AM
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goyo626 S.Cal.8b/SZ20

Sorry for the late response but here are some pics.

Bonus

    Bookmark   March 30, 2014 at 12:56AM
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susanne42(6)

that last picture really made me smile big time. thank you :)
i have two big ones and eight little ones just three weeks old. probably will be happy when the first one leave and cry when the last one is gone

    Bookmark   April 21, 2014 at 11:44PM
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