[NAFEX] rootstock under meyers lemon

nottke1 nottke1 at earthlink.net
Sun Apr 15 14:03:03 EDT 2007

How do you remove the Trifoliate plants?
Jim Nottke

-----Original Message-----
>From: Tony Adrian <nursingdata at gmail.com>
>Sent: Apr 15, 2007 1:49 PM
>To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
>Subject: Re: [NAFEX] rootstock under meyers lemon
>We have Trifoliate established as an invasive throughout the woods 
>behind us. The flowers are abundant, very pretty, but only lightly 
>scented for a citrus. The bees appear to like them. The fruit is 
>worthless. The thorns are so large and sharp I had to replace the front 
>tires (plural) on my farm tractor with 19 ply jet airplane tires filled 
>with foam. Every time I'd try to clip the trails thru the woods, no 
>matter how careful I mowed around and attempted to avoid these monsters, 
>I always got multiple punctures.
>These things are a hazard. If you are mowing and aren't aware it is easy 
>to get slapped by a branch as it is pulled loose from another tree or 
>shrub. The risk of serious injury is very high. When I say serious 
>injury I mean a trip to the emergency room and perhaps some inpatient 
>time as well.
>If you see them starting in your area I would strongly advise getting 
>them out ASAP.
>Opelousas, LA
>Zone 8 (right between A & B)
>> Trifoliate Orange (Poncirus trifoliata) can grow to a large citrus tree.  The juvenile spines are thin, but on the mature tree they are stout and up to 2.5 inches long.  Here it is hardy to 5 degrees.  The fruit is very seedy and the pulp is very tart - with much effort, the fruit can be made into marmalade or lemonade.  They are hard to eradicate once established.
>> Jim Nottke
>> near Winston-Salem, NC   Z7
>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: Ginda Fisher <list at ginda.us>
>>> Sent: Apr 14, 2007 10:25 PM
>>> To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
>>> Subject: [NAFEX] rootstock under meyers lemon
>>> My potted meyers lemon has a sprout from below the graft.  It looks 
>>> completely different:  the leaf is long and has three leaflets, and the 
>>> stem has more, thinner spikes.
>>> I plan to remove it, but I'm curious what it might be.  Any guesses?
>>> The plant is hardy to about 20F, and the mature bark on the stock looks 
>>> just like the mature bark on the lemon.
>>> ___
>>> Ginda
>>> eastern mass. Zone 6
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