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WAR TIGER
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Satsumas and Freezing Temps....



FaDB,

I have a great satsuma tree in back.
There are several satsumas left on the tree and I was wondering if this cold snap tonight will ruin them.
Should I pull them all off tonight?
I have enjoyed eating a few and sharing a few every day.

What should I do?







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Jabberwocky
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re: Satsumas and Freezing Temps....


my satsuma's have always been ok EXCEPT for last year when it snowed. if you want to leave them on, throw a blanket over the top of the tree.





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Pepe Lepew
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I picked my tree clean over 2wks ago, they were already ripe......





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Geauxtiga
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A freeze will make them better, seriously.

EDIT: Colder temps, not a "Freeze" sorry, wrong choice of wording.



This post was edited on 12/12 at 10:14 pm


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LEASTBAY
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I have a meyer lemon in a huge put. I was able to drag it into the house when it got cold last week through my french doors. Now it looks like its gonna bloom. Anyone else have buds on their citrus? A friend of mine said one small section of his satsuma is budding.





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A friend of mine said one small section of his satsuma is budding.
This late? Seems odd but maybe he fertilized them too late.

Running a sprinkler on them and having the water freeze-over the trees is money for saving them...hard to believe but true.






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LEASTBAY
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I have christmas lights on mine but its small enough to drag it inside. I think it would probably be fine unless it was raining or something but I didnt want it to get beat to hell in the wind.





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I have christmas lights on mine but its small enough to drag it inside. I think it would probably be fine unless it was raining or something but I didnt want it to get beat to hell in the wind.
Actually the rain would help if it froze. Not sure how much heat the Christmas lights will put out but if I were worried and it could be brought in, I would.

Also, I edited my earlier post cause I meant colder temps improve taste, not freezing ones.






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LEASTBAY
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re: Satsumas and Freezing Temps....


yeah, I figured I would have the christmas lights on it and throw a sheet over that to contain the heat.





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unless you see ice on the ground, don't worry bout the tree. i know in venice, on the satsuma farms, they would wet the trees before the freeze so that, when they ice up, that was the coldest that they were going to get.







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they would wet the trees before the freeze so that, when they ice up, that was the coldest that they were going to get.


Just be careful there's not too much ice build-up and it breaks the branches.






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WAR TIGER
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re: Satsumas and Freezing Temps....


So if I leave lots of satsuma's on the tree, I won't lose them in 25 degree weather?





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So if I leave lots of satsuma's on the tree, I won't lose them in 25 degree weather?

Cold is good but THAT cold, I'd say yes, you'll lose them but there are other variables to consider also. For example, a few days of cold weather before the freeze may better prepare them but 25 degrees is fregin cold.



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“Cold is good for satsumas, it’s what makes them turn sweet, but at the same time it can be devastating,” he said.

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Freeze damage on citrus trees occurs when water inside the fruit, leaves, twigs and wood of a tree freezes rupturing the cell membranes. Unlike deciduous trees which protect themselves from cold by shedding their leaves in the fall and entering a dormant state, citrus trees continue growing year-round. Extended periods of cool weather prior to a freeze may allow a citrus tree to prepare somewhat. This is why sharp freezes following warm weather are more damaging than gradual temperature changes. However, virtually all freezes will cause damage of some kind.

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