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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Passifloras suited for a drier climate?
« on: September 12, 2017, 11:48:58 PM »
There is a native AZ passiflora that has attractive flowers and would have to be extremely heat and drought tolerant.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Feijoa - Acca sellowiana cold hardiness?
« on: September 12, 2017, 11:44:53 PM »
I lived in Hampton, VA, zone 7b/8a.  I grew it. The norfolk, VA botanical garden grew it as a hedge.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: cold hardy Citrus for zone 7b?
« on: September 12, 2017, 11:37:55 PM »
Changsha Mandarin, keraji Mandarin, bloomsweet.  All good fruit, but, probably more of a 8a/b fruit.  Need to placed in a very good microclimate and will need protection under 15.  Call Stan McKenzie, he has an awesome selection and good quality trees.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Your favorite zone 8a plants?
« on: September 12, 2017, 11:30:14 PM »
Apple, pear, peach, blackberry, pomegranate.  Blueberry, cranberry.  Winter mint.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Black sapote opinions
« on: September 09, 2017, 12:13:44 AM »
Thanks guys, looks like it is staying!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Black sapote opinions
« on: September 08, 2017, 12:00:11 AM »
I have one growing in a pot, but, I am thinking of getting rid of it.  I know it does not taste like chocolate pudding, but, it does grow ok in AZ and I thought it is a cool tree.
Lately, though, I hear that the fruit taste horrible.  That it needs to be blended with other fruit, or, it is nasty.   I have limited space, so, I cannot grow everything.
So what are people's opinions on the fruit?  Would love some advice.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Expert opinions on zone 9b, desert climate
« on: September 07, 2017, 11:54:45 PM »
Desert dreamer, I can answer that one. 
They need to be planted in early fall to get their roots established.  Also, should be planted in shade and allowed to grow towards.  It does need regular water.
I have seen too many people in AZ say to plant it at anytime.  That is really bad advice.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Looking for planting help on jaboticaba
« on: August 31, 2017, 12:03:03 AM »
Was lucky enough to find a 5 gallon jaboticaba, sabra,  locally. The other Phoenicians,  palm spring or any other desert growers, what are my best planting options?  Full sun, part sun, afternoon shade, dappled shade, complete shade?

Is yellow grimichama considered better tasting fruit than the red?

I hear most varieties are not ready until late november.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Cups Test To Begin At Lindcove
« on: August 22, 2017, 12:24:27 AM »
Millet, do you know what Mandarin varieties she is mentioning for improved resistance for citrus greening?

Cool, may need to try it in AZ.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Recommendation on guava variety
« on: August 19, 2017, 04:26:52 PM »
I am not a guava fan, they are ok, but my wife loves.  I live in Scottsdale,  AZ, zone 9b. They guava I bought I Beaumont red.  For third year in a row it has produced fruit and for the third time my wife has complained that the fruit are too bland for her tastes.
My wife was born and lived in Nicaragua until she was 9.  She used to eat the guava in her neighborhood, mostly under ripe. 
She is not into sweet fruit, but, she wants her guava very flavorful.
She has no idea what variety she used to eat.  Does anyone of the central American posters on here have a good guess on what variety is most popular in Nicaragua?
Does anyone else have a suggestion for a guava tree that is flavorful, but, not necessarily sweet?  Also, that can handle over night lows to 28?

Wow, you got some cool things going on in Scottsdale!  Might have to stop over one day and check them out.

Just want to thank you for selling me tree.  Tree was larger than I expected, very healthy.   Very attractive little tree.  Everyone should buy one!

Yeah, he makes a lot of sh#$ up.  In many ways, he has no idea what he is talking about.  Kind of scary he is thought of as an authority on the subject.

Actually, he is a reason I want to do this because I don't trust him.  30% of Phoenix gardening community are completely head over heals in love with him, the other 70% consider him an obnoxious jack ass.  Not much middle ground with him.
He lost me immediately when he said that rootstock is completely irrelevant.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Expert opinions on zone 9b, desert climate
« on: August 02, 2017, 01:22:41 AM »
I live in Scottsdale, AZ.  I have a fair amount of tropicals, such tropicals.  But, really trying to get a definitive graspecial on what tropical/subtropical trees/shrubs wI'll grow out here long term.
It is obvious that citrus are no brainers, along with pomegranate.
But, I would really is get all of your expert opinions on what to grow out here.
Of course, it is rarely easy enough for things to be a yes it will, no it won't.   So I would like to categorize fruit plants as following.
1. Plant in ground, will grow well.
2. Plant in ground, will need protection from afternoon sun.
3. Plant in ground, but, needs to be planted in a warm microclimate or covered in a frost cloth.
4. Potted plant only, needs to be brought inside for winter.
5. Don't grow.  Cannot survive longterm in pot and cannot take 9b winter conditions.

Thoughts on my list?  Anything add, subtract, combine?
Really asking anyone on here to contribute.  Even breaking down varieties that might do better.
If you read online, very hard to get truth vs sale pitch.  Also, fair amount of people out here making claims they cannot support for sales.  Would be nice to have a reference for people looking to buy and grow out here, and have the confidence they are not waiting their money.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Asian Citrus Psyllid Survival
« on: August 02, 2017, 12:36:57 AM »
Well, maybe the days in a row in Phoenix may actually be good for something!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Jaboticaba
« on: July 30, 2017, 01:01:31 AM »
My little jaboticaba seedling/tree died this summer.  Had it in a pot and it probably dred out before I could water it.
Since I am starting a new anyone have any recommendations for a replacement for zone 9b and with best taste?  Sources to buy?  Thanks!

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Plums
« on: July 29, 2017, 02:53:41 PM »
Does anyone know if an Asian variety plum can fertile a Chickasaw plum?

What temp killed back your strawberry tree?

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Paw Paw Farm sugestions
« on: July 22, 2017, 11:27:46 PM »
I wish you good luck.  Beautiful tree, beautiful flowers, great fruit. The problem with paw paw is that the fruit don't hold long after being picked.  That is why it is not commercially sold in the USA. 
So, if you are looking for varieties to sell, need to find fruit with longest shelf life.

Duncan is an old variety, but, does well in FL and supposedly has the truest, most grapefruit taste of any variety.  Fell out of variety due to seediness.
I have heard many people state that browns select satsuma mandarin is their favorite citrus.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hardiness of Inga Edulis
« on: July 14, 2017, 12:44:20 AM »
Well, very possible.  The person I bought it from, shamus oleary, is a self professed plant expert.  After purchasing some plants from him, found out his previous job was furniture salesman and my 11 year old probably knows more about plants than him.  He makes to FL, stuffs his truck with plants and brings them back here.  So, he is relying on someone else to tell him what it is, as he has absolutely no idea.
Has not bloomed yet.  Any hinges I can look at to see what variety I may have?

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