Anyone know where to find a Shasta Gold mandarin tree (any size)?

deadorinjailMay 19, 2011

I am DYING to track one down, and can't seem to find any in stock at any of the fruit-focused nurseries I usually shop at in the Los Angeles area. Please help!!! I would absolutely consider mail order as well. I'll gladly send anyone with correct info a basket once I get a crop. Thanks in advance. -Dave

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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA

Clifton's Nursery. And I'll be waiting for that basket of Shastas :-)

Patty S.

Here is a link that might be useful: Clifton's Nursery: Shasta Gold Mandarin

    Bookmark   May 19, 2011 at 10:46PM
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deadorinjail

If only it were that easy. I called them. Sold out. Thanks for trying though. Next up?

    Bookmark   May 19, 2011 at 10:51PM
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cebury(9)

Rather than us provide a list of everyone, who have you checked in CA? I assume you checked 4W.

You want to plant it in the ground?

    Bookmark   May 19, 2011 at 11:08PM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA

4 Winds doesn't have any on their online store, but worth emailing. Also, try checking Menol Growers: http://www.menlogrowers.com/index.html Their web site does not appear to be finished, but a phone call may do the trick.

Patty S.

Here is a link that might be useful: Menlo Growers

    Bookmark   May 19, 2011 at 11:13PM
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deadorinjail

To Cebury:

I've checked with 4 Winds, Brokaw, Cliftons, Papaya Tree, all no dice. Left a message with Menlo, haven't heard back.

Locally, I've been to San Gabriel, Mimosa, Green Arrow, and Sperling; I have over 50 different trees (all in ground) and one (usually more) of those four has always had everything I ever wanted. It's weird, we all remember Shasta Golds being around a couple of years ago, right? It's like they just disappeared from the market.

Any other help from anyone? Maybe a citrus specialist near Santa Barbara or San Diego? Maybe a random Home Depot that's had one sitting for several years? I'll take whatever I can get.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2011 at 2:06PM
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cebury(9)

I'll go check my local nursery tomorrow. I special ordered mine and they had to order 3 at a time -- and last I looked nobody else had bought the other two. I felt bad but I did pay double their normal price for it. I'm not sure how I'd pack it up for you, but we can work it out.

If you're that desperate, can you drive 6-8 hours to get one that you KNOW for sure is there?

I know the standard line is "don't move citrus" but you can move citrus from Northern CA INTO your area, right? Obviously this would be very safe, straight from nursery to your place.

If you have that many trees in-ground, why not graft from certified bud wood? Just a thought...

    Bookmark   May 24, 2011 at 4:23AM
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deadorinjail

Cebury! Thank you! I'd consider just about anything at this point, but I'd certainly gladly reimburse you for all expenses, and then some, if you can pack and ship. Perhaps the nursery can do it themselves? I will certainly owe you a big favor. I have four young kids, so I can't really get away for long drives like that (oh, I wish).

RE grafting, to be honest, I've never tried it before. I'd like to learn how someday, but until those kids grow old enough to do all the hard work... :)

    Bookmark   May 24, 2011 at 10:01AM
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deadorinjail

Cebury -- please ignore the above -- Menlo Growers called me back and they have one! Phew. Still, an A for effort -- both you and Hoosierquilt (thanks!!!) are owed a basket. Cheers.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2011 at 1:56AM
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cebury(9)

Excellent. They did have one left and I almost grabbed it for ya. But it's a much better idea to get it locally or direct-ship.

You might end up regretting postponing grafting: fairly easy and you don't have to wait forever to see if it works. If any trees in your orchard aren't your favorite, it's a perfect target for topworking. But it's your call and certainly one more tree is easy enough!

Hope it all goes well. Happy fruiting!

Chris

    Bookmark   May 25, 2011 at 12:33PM
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