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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: want to buy gem avocado scion
« on: October 05, 2018, 04:01:45 PM »
Atkins nursery in Fallbrook had some last week.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best tasting mangos of 2018
« on: October 01, 2018, 10:56:55 PM »
As mango season approaches and end in SoCal I edit my top ten list once again






I told you that "Señorita" was the best out of the hundred or so we tried last year.



1. Señorita
2.ST
3.Zinc
4.E4
5.OS
6.Creme brûlée
7.LZ
8.Parson
9.M4
10.HK

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I used to work for the AG dept. in the pest prevention program. There are occasional rare individual fruit flies caught in the traps put out, for example back in 1984 my co-worker caught a Queensland fruit fly in San Diego. Every year there are Mexican, Guava, Oriental, Med Flies etc. caught. There are specific lures and trap designs for the melon, med, and oriental fruit fly for example. The Mexican fruit fly is usually caught along with the olive fruit fly and most other harmless diptera (house flies) mostly in the "McPhale" trap which uses the yeast mixture.

Behl, if you suspect you have an "exotic" fly take the larva to your county AG department and they can ID it for you. I doubt that you have an infestation of  exotic  flies because others would be caught in your area where the CDFA places their traps and then there would be a canvassing going on which would require a quarantine of fruit  and trees with fruit being moved in your area.

Thanks Mark, I did just that and I was asked to take closeup picture of larvae and send to them, and they will get back to me with analysis and possible help in providing further traps for their study. They would not give out any lures, which sucks, no one has lures, looks like more gardeners are out of luck on this. One manufacturer was kind to send me few samples of each to try out to see which one works, but refuses to sell.

Behl, if you did find one of the exotic flies on your property, the state would strip all of your cherimoyas, atemoyas, guavas, mangoes etc. and take them away and dispose of them. Even if they found a fly within a mile of your place and they thought it necessary to strip the fruit they would of everyones trees in that radius.

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I used to work for the AG dept. in the pest prevention program. There are occasional rare individual fruit flies caught in the traps put out, for example back in 1984 my co-worker caught a Queensland fruit fly in San Diego. Every year there are Mexican, Guava, Oriental, Med Flies etc. caught. There are specific lures and trap designs for the melon, med, and oriental fruit fly for example. The Mexican fruit fly is usually caught along with the olive fruit fly and most other harmless diptera (house flies) mostly in the "McPhale" trap which uses the yeast mixture.

Behl, if you suspect you have an "exotic" fly take the larva to your county AG department and they can ID it for you. I doubt that you have an infestation of  exotic  flies because others would be caught in your area where the CDFA places their traps and then there would be a canvassing going on which would require a quarantine of fruit  and trees with fruit being moved in your area.

https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/plant/PDEP/treatment/treatment_maps.html

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Medium Height Banana Plants
« on: September 24, 2018, 09:05:11 PM »
The Ha'a Ha'a is super productive, and gets to about 6-8 feet. You can cut the stalk without getting on a ladder. The fruit is on the small size and has a good flavor.

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It is also similar to the other name Cedar Bay Cherry, this one comes from Colombia and Venezuela.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Sold Lucuma seeds for sell
« on: September 19, 2018, 05:06:04 PM »
Do you still have Lucuma seeds still available?
I have new lucuma seeds available again.
Are you still interested.

Thanks,

Mark

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango ID wrong cultivar?
« on: September 06, 2018, 12:03:06 AM »
Thanks, it did look similar to my small Keitts.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango ID wrong cultivar?
« on: September 05, 2018, 07:59:45 PM »
I received this budwood a few years ago in Southern California here from a member saying that it was "Kesar". Obviously it's not. Does anyone have any ideas? Keitt? I'm on the very southern coast of California and it is by far the largest mango I have grown so far because of our mild summers.

Thanks






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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: September 05, 2018, 07:41:52 PM »
By the way, where do we get a copy of the Paul Thompson book?  Cant fine any for sale online.

Leo Manuel of San Diego, California is the publisher and source for the book.
I believe Leo doesn't have any copies left. Someone was asking if they could make a copy of it.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: September 05, 2018, 07:40:51 PM »
Rebar is not stiff enough. I've seen design like yours drooped.

Do you put nuts at end?
If you prune your vines you can keep them light enough and not bend the rebar. Mine have been in the ground over 6 years and I trim out old vines and keep the structure stable.

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I bought pitomba seeds from you last year and got nearly 100% germination! Thanks Mark!
You’re welcome. Thanks

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I have a limited amount of seeds right now, as the fruit is ripening I will have more. Sales only to USA addresses.

Price is $2 per seed, minimum 5 seeds, plus $2 shipping.

Thanks


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Melon from southern mexico ID
« on: September 04, 2018, 10:54:53 AM »
Does anyone know what this melon is from Mexico? it is red inside. It is unlike the kiwano.



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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Eugenia Casearioides seeds for sale
« on: September 01, 2018, 01:12:26 AM »
What’s the taste like?  I tried to read about it online but there’s not much information. I’m definitely interested in seeds.
The taste is mild similar to Australian beach cherry. No sour taste at all.

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5 seeds for $10 plus $2 shipping. Only available for sale to USA addresses. Fruit is similar in growth to Australian Beach Cherry or Cedar Bay Cherry. Withstands probably down to high 20's. Taste is similar to Beach Cherry also, it is mild and fruits after about 3 years.

Thanks


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Raul,

did you get any scions? Next time you go up there I'd like to get some of the good scions.

Thanks

Mark
I'll go get some this week...
Thanks Raul

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Raul,

did you get any scions? Next time you go up there I'd like to get some of the good scions.

Thanks

Mark

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: August 17, 2018, 07:46:04 PM »
I have about 8 posts in the ground at my place. Most are stainless steel or galvanized steel from a metal recycler place in Chula Vista. They are about 8-10 feet tall, I dig a 3 foot hole and fill with concrete and then at the top drill holes and place two pieces of rebar to form a cross covered with irrigation hose. They have lasted many years. I do have one or two 4 inch thick redwood posts that I did the same way. Here is a photo of one of the redwood setups.


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I have fresh Pouteria lucuma seeds for sale. The price is $3 each minimum 3 plus $3 shipping in US. Sorry no sales outside of US.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee small seed variety
« on: August 09, 2018, 12:17:26 AM »
Doesnt look like Brewster (plus flesh of Brewster tends to stick to the seed and have larger seeds).  What level of acidity?  That will define if Mauritius.
Thanks Rob,

There is a little acidity in the not totally ripe ones, but the majority are just fine.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee small seed variety
« on: August 08, 2018, 08:42:55 PM »
Simon,
For sure it isn’t Sweetheart, it came from Caltropical and the leaves are a lot smaller than Sweetheart. Maybe it is Mauritius.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Lychee small seed variety
« on: August 08, 2018, 02:48:58 PM »
So, the lychee tree I have which I think is Brewster is giving me an awesome percentage of chicken tongue seeds.


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Here is a photo of the opened Golden Nugget jackfruit from here in southern California. I think it fell off the tree a bit soon. There weren't very many mature seeds. The edible flesh was nice and sweet.


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Nice Mark.  Is your tree out in full exposure?
Yes, it’s in full sun and been in the ground maybe 5 years

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