I was wondering if the water that comes from the air conditioning condenser coils is harmful when used in gardening? Our home A/C unit produces about 10 gallons of water per day during the summer, and I have been collecting it and using it to water a satsuma tree and a cantaloupe plant. Should I be concerned about any kind of contamination or harmful effects in the fruit?
Air conditioner condensation water is almost the same as rain water. They both come from the moisture in the air. So you are doing fine. I use the moisture from our window units for my roses.
I have a 10 year old Satsuma tree. It produces great oranges but it continues to grow suckers at the graft knot. How can I stop it from regrowing?
Here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/tree-sucker-removal-and-tree-sucker-control.htm
I have a brown satsuma tree. It is growing new limbs on it and they have stickers on them. I was told this is a male limb. Is this true and should I remove the new branches?
These trees self-pollinate, containing both male and female flowers and are not either a male or female tree.
I have a satsuma tree that is dying. I live in southeast Texas and I have not had any problems with the tree in recent years. But this year it bloomed late and it has branches that are dying on it and leaves are falling off. Also, the fruit is falling from it and it is not fully grown like previous years. I don't know how old the tree is but, it has about a 4-inch diameter base and is about 10' tall. Any suggestions on what is happening? We did get hit by a hurricane last year and I was wondering on that.
All information I found states that this is a small tree, assuming that, your tree is probably mature. Before cutting any branches, check for signs of life. It is possible the tree is just now showing it’s reaction to the hurricane. Did it get any saltwater? If so, this could cause some short-term damage. If you feel the limbs are dead, remove them properly. While it is normal for all fruit trees to drop blooms and immature fruit, it can be a sign of stress in the form of heat/cold, too much/little water and/or fertilizer.
The first year the fruit was very orange, soft and sweet. Now they turn yellow but stay very hard and are extremely bitter.
When you say first year, I'm assuming that means the fruit that was on the tree when you bought it. If you give your tree the care it needs, and are patient, it should come around. Remember, it was removed from its nice cushy nursery to a big new world. It has to develop roots and do a bunch of growing. Other than youth, hard bitter fruit is most often caused by insufficient sun, environmental extremes, or water stress (too much then too little.) This article has more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/tangerine/mandarin-orange-tree-care.htm
Will cutting out rotting branches help new branches to shoot, or should the tree be replaced?
It's best to cut out the dead branches and see if the tree recovers on its own.
If you suspect the tree might be diseased, though, you might want to remove it to prevent any disease from spreading to nearby related trees (other stone fruit trees). Make sure to sterilize your tools with a 10% bleach solution after you prune the tree to kill any potential disease organisms. Or, consider talking to an arborist or local extension agent to see if the tree has any disease problems.
Also, see these articles about plum tree diseases:
its now November and my satsumas are not sweet why?
Sometimes, when these lack sulfur in the soil it can affect the taste. Sulfur comes in many forms. Iron sulfate will help in this case.
Here is an article for information on the care of these trees: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/plum/satsuma-plum-care.htm