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600 gallons every 5 days for a fifth year tree??? I donít give my trees anywhere near that up here in the north and havenít seen a reason to increase their water yet.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: White Sapote, should I uproot it?
« on: June 18, 2018, 03:58:15 PM »
4 million and one??  Really?  I've said at least a million times that it never pays to exaggerate!

That's where you're wrong, my friend. I was paid handsomely by the Sapote Growers Union for this exaggeration. Remember, a sapote a day keep the doctor away.

This is Sir Prize.  More I research this variety the more excited I am about it.

Sir Prize is a good early season avocado, covering the gap in spring before Hass arrives. I was buying them at the local farmers market a while back and grew quite fond of them, but they are a second tier avo for me because fat content is not their strong point. What I liked as the unusual golden color of the flesh and the fact that it would not oxidize no matter how long I left it on the counter.

I've noticed this with my Tamarillos too, but that's nothing compared to the fly trapping powers of their Solanaceous cousins Tobacco. I have a bunch of ornamental Nicotianas around the yard. They are sticky as hell and covered in bugs. Best thing is they volunteer readily all over the place. I sometimes wonder if they are too effective and I might be killing a lot of good guy insects.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Subtropical abiu relatives?
« on: June 12, 2018, 05:21:34 PM »
Here in Northern California I have a Canistel (unknown variety) that's been outside for two years and it's never suffered any harm from the cold. In fact it pushed out some new leaves this winter. Just put it in the ground this past April. Who knows if it will ever fruit or just be one of those subtropicals that survives but grows super slow and produces nothing.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Myrica rubra
« on: June 11, 2018, 01:10:05 PM »
I know of two separate projects to propagate the Chinese cultivars of Myrica (actually Morella) rubra and make plants available for sale in the US. I think it's safe to say that within 3-5 years they'll be easily found.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tasting Pitomba
« on: May 16, 2018, 10:11:01 PM »
Around 28F

A happy update - 7 of the 9 varieties I ordered are now pushing through the parafilm. Perhaps the two weeks in the fridge was not fatal but merely slowed them down a bit. Happy customer here, thanks again Behl!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Green gold avocado tree
« on: May 15, 2018, 04:54:02 PM »
I planted a 5g tree last year. The former leader of the tree has already been overshadowed by a lower branch that started growing sideways and had to be trained up. I hope I can coerce it to grow vertically. At least it seems to be hardy enough for 9b.

We were talking about Aravaipa over on the CRFG Facebook group and one fellow chimed in to say he had tasted it and it's very good and similar to Fuerte. So there's another data point for you.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: White Sapote, should I uproot it?
« on: May 13, 2018, 03:39:34 PM »
Let me guess, the tree was simply labeled "Sapote" where you bought it?

There are 4 million and one fruits with "Sapote" in the name and yet people still go around calling some of them simply "Sapote" as if it's the only sapote on earth.

For the love of pete, people, stop it!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tasting Pitomba
« on: May 08, 2018, 05:55:26 PM »
The Pitombas I saw in the videos about "Pitomba Feast" are a completely different fruit. That's Talisia esculenta - in this thread we're talking about Eugenia luschnathiana.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tasting Pitomba
« on: May 06, 2018, 09:46:59 PM »
The winter after this video was made the Pitomba tree died back to the ground. It has since grown back from the roots but is now the same size as a seedling I grew from the fruit I ate in the video. I dug it out and it is now in a 15g pot where it will probably take 10 years to reach the size it was before.  It is not a good plant for zone 9b it seems.

Some good news - I'm seeing buds push on two grafts - one Deliciosa and one Campos. The rest aren't budging. Oh well, at least my mistake with the fridge wasn't a total loss.

When I received my scions there was still mid 30s weather in our forecast so I felt it was a bad time to graft. Did some searching on this forum and found some old threads where people said cherimoya scions could last in the refrigerator for at least a month. Well that was probably bad advice. I put them in the fridge for two weeks until our weather improved. When I grafted them the scions were all still green but the buds had mostly turned black. I grafted anyway. That was two weeks ago and nothing has pushed yet.

My sapote recommendation would be not to assume because the word "sapote" appears in the name of a fruit that they are in any way related to other "sapote" fruits. Sapote is the most useless word in the fruit vernacular.

You might as well be asking for a recommendation for plants that start with the letter "B". I mean... I could recommend one but I don't really get why you would ask that.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Kesusu (Prainea limpato) Germination
« on: March 11, 2018, 12:17:05 AM »
This is the year of the Kesusu. The trees at Tenom Park in Borneo went off and a number of seed sellers and collectors scooped up all the fruit and sent thousands of seeds around the world. If your seeds don't germinate, I bet you'll have a chance to buy a seedling within the next year or two on eBay or this forum.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: North-facing hillsides
« on: March 04, 2018, 05:02:34 PM »
My backyard is a north facing slope. Itís not the end of the world. Yes, things grow slower and get going later in spring. I wouldnít want to grow a commercial orchard here, but Iím just a hobbyist so the reduced yield is acceptable.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First Frost of the year
« on: February 21, 2018, 10:53:03 AM »
Here in Los Gatos it got down to 32. A bit shocking given that my brain had already switched into "spring mode" from that stretch of high 70s earlier in February. Too early to assess the damage, especially given the 10 more days of near-freezing temps in the forecast.

I was relieved to see that many of my most tender plants, like Jackfruit, Babaco and Green Sapote, had no frost near them because I planted them near the canopy of large oak trees. Others, which are under open sky, like Carambola and many Cherimoyas, had light frost on their leaves. Considering that most winters we dip down in the 20s repeatedly, I am still counting this as a mild winter.

Reed Reed Reeeeeeeeeed!!!!

If I was Marty McFly I would use my DeLorean to go back in time, murder Rudolph Hass and make Reed the standard avocado of California and Mexico.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Anona Scions Sale start February 5
« on: February 07, 2018, 11:26:37 AM »
The list is missing some of the Cherimoya varieties you sold last summer, like Libby and Campas. Will those be available in March?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: SoCal Papaya sources?
« on: January 31, 2018, 12:03:48 AM »
The farm store nursery at Cal Poly Pomona always has a lot of good sized Papayas for sale whenever I've been there:

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: I made an uvaia mermelade
« on: January 26, 2018, 06:26:55 PM »
Here are some closeups of the supposed Uvaia leaves. As you can see they are not fuzzy like Ubajay leaves.

Here are leaves from my two Ubajay trees, one from Brazil and one from Santa Barbara.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: I made an uvaia mermelade
« on: January 26, 2018, 11:17:32 AM »
I will take some more pictures of the leaves up close.

I have two different types of Eugenia myrcianthes, one of which is a seedling of the tree described in this article.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: I made an uvaia mermelade
« on: January 25, 2018, 09:33:13 PM »
It hasn't fruited or flowered yet so we have only the leaves to go on. I have a couple variations of E. myrcianthes (aka Hexachlamys edulis) and they look very different from this plant. Eugenia is such a mysterious and confusing genus.

My other Eugenia pyriformis plants (sourced from the highly reputable have tiny leaves and look totally different.

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