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If I wasn't in Chula Vista then I would grow in the high areas of Vista, they get the warmer summers and the winters are real mild. Paul Thomson had his "Edgehill" place near Vista.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Potassium Oleate insecticide
« on: April 16, 2018, 10:43:40 PM »
The "soap" they sell here as an insecticide is "potassium salts of fatty acids", it can be found under another name as "impede", and I thought the "safer" soap is the same formulation.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: cloning gels
« on: April 15, 2018, 02:50:49 AM »
I used to use Hormex#45 when it was available and I would get real good success on lychee, longan, guava and wax jambu. I would use a paste of the 45 with pure peat moss.

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Thanks Behlgarden, I just placed an order. Hopefully it grows ok on my tangerine or lemon trees.

Simon
Simon, I have a green one grafted on my valencia, it's been going good for about three years.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 12' greenhouse in san diego
« on: March 31, 2018, 10:49:08 PM »
Are you in a canyon near the coast in San Diego?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee grafting experiments
« on: March 28, 2018, 12:56:06 AM »
Mark, definitely innarch the No Mai Tze. I killed several air layers already. It might even be a good idea to innarch them onto clonal rootstocks that are proven to grow well in our soils like what the articles pineislander linked to suggested.

Mark, you may even want to innarch a branch onto your in ground Brewster or Mauritius since we know they are thriving in your soil. Please put me in line for an air layer of your NMT if you are successful!

Simon
Iíll work on getting you one Simon.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee grafting experiments
« on: March 27, 2018, 02:57:38 PM »
Simon,

I have plenty of seedlings and just got a couple more Emperor and No Mai Tze airlayers so Iíll see what I can doWhat do you think of inarching the no mai tze?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee grafting experiments
« on: March 27, 2018, 01:43:05 AM »
Simon,

I planted a seedling Brewster within a few inches of my small Emperor in the ground with the idea of inarching the Emperor to the Brewster, but the Brewster seems too small in diameter to match the Emperor. Have you tried to match just one side?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help slow release fertilizer.
« on: March 23, 2018, 05:41:33 PM »
Yes I ordered several times and built much of my GH from GH mega store.

No issues.

This stuff is not the same physical fertilizer shape as the osmocote plus on amazon.  The amazon stuff is little yellow balls that never disolve.  They hollow out but always remain, at least on top of soil.

The pro stuff is small granuals and a few different sizes and colors.  Its not all packed into one ball like the plus stuff.
Just go down to your local Poultry ranch, like Hillikerís in Lakeside and get some manure for your bananas, youíll have great results.

GH megastore has other osmocote stuff also, they have the 15 9 12 osmocote plus but I have not tried it to see if its the same stuff as amazon. 

What I really want is time release 10 5 20 for my bananas.  If anyone knows a high potassium time release let me know.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Atemoya African pride ID
« on: March 23, 2018, 12:17:37 PM »
The bottom photo is Geffner.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rats Started Eating My Papayas
« on: March 22, 2018, 01:17:04 AM »
"...since we'll never control outside rodents."?
Well, let's just throw in the towel and stop trying to grow any fruit or vegetables.
Pretty much they are here to stay, one just has to make their fruit trees unattainable to the rodents with  traps, and barriers. In the next few years typical rodent poison will be unavailable in California. A birth control bait will be used in the next few years, it has a real short half life so that it will not affect animals that consume the rodents.

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You have to have pretty mild winters for them to flower and flourish. Even down here in San Diego there aren't that many. JF on the forum has a nice one in front of his house, but he is in a mild area of La Habra.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rats Started Eating My Papayas
« on: March 21, 2018, 08:20:08 PM »
Get a rodent box where only rodents can enter, you can fit a trap inside. Contact www.sdvector.com and they will come out and give you an idea, mostly for keeping rodents out of your house since we'll never control outside rodents.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee success in SoCal
« on: March 21, 2018, 06:30:41 PM »
No blooms on any of my parents' 3 lychees this year. I guess they're resting this one out.

Be prepared for fruit drops. In China, they have a spray to keep the fruits on. I don't know what's in it. My mom just pinches off all the new leaf growth so the energy goes into the fruits.

I also forget if you're supposed to water or withhold water during flower time. In China, the advice is to withhold water but that's because it rains there and the rain makes the flowers not set fruit. Bottom watering might be different.
Fang,

Since we are opposite of China in rain I was told we should water good while it is flowering. I do that with my longans also and seem to get good fruit set. Maybe Leo Manuel knows since his lytchee crops are amazing.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee success in SoCal
« on: March 21, 2018, 10:39:09 AM »
That is a very impressive Brewster Mark. How old is it?  My Brewster is growing much faster then I thought it would. I'm going to have to give it a heavy pruning every year if I want to keep it contained to the area I have for it.

Does your tree fruit every year?

Bill
The tree has been in the ground for about 5 years, it has just started giving fruit yearly. It started out as a 3 or 4 foot seedling. I haven't added any thing to the soil and just foliar feed it during the spring and summer with some hi bloom spray.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee success in SoCal
« on: March 20, 2018, 11:46:54 PM »
Here is my Brewster right now down in south San Diego, loaded with flowers. This tree grew super quick as well.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grafted Luc's garcinia onto Imbe
« on: March 20, 2018, 10:58:58 PM »
Here is my largest Lucs on an in ground Imbe. It was grafted in August of 2016 and is about 3 feet tall. The first photo in this thread is the same graft from August 12, 2016












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The fruit looks like a "red dwarf lady" papaya

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Would grafting two 1-year old Lavern manila seedling from HD work?
All the time

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Grafted ones produce pretty quick. I've got them in one gallons with fruit.

Thanks Mark - I'll have to come see you.
Yeah come by some time.

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Cherimoyas are definitely doable in San Jose - in some areas you might not even need to protect them. I've had Booth, Pierce, and El Bumpo for 2 winters. Booth and Pierce succumbed last year while El Bumpo was unharmed. I didn't protect them in any way. This year I have 15 different varieties planted so I will get more data on which are the best for our climate.

Nice job, could you share what types you are growing?  How large are they?  Pots or ground?

In ground I currently have Bays, Behl, Burton, Ecuador, Spain, El Bumpo, Fino de Jete, Pierce, Booth, M&N, Mark Lee, Honeyheart, Vietnamese. They range from 5' to 8' tall. I also have smaller Dr. White, JA and Santa Rosa in pots.

Joe, here is a photo of one of the Mark Lee seedling fruits that just ripened. I think we need to change the name to describe it better, haha.



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Grafted ones produce pretty quick. I've got them in one gallons with fruit.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Largest leaved tropical fruit trees
« on: March 02, 2018, 11:13:31 PM »
That "broadleaf" papaya has a pretty big leaf.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grumichima and Pitomba flowering
« on: February 28, 2018, 04:27:26 PM »
I have a section of the yard that I'm planting different types of berries and small fruits and these sound really cool. Is anyone growing these in southern California? Are these large trees or more bushy shrubs? Are there any stand out cultivars that have superior taste?
I have 3 different pitomaba varieties growing in south San Diego, they taste kind of like an apricot. Easy plant to grow, just water good when it is flowering.
One is, the other 2 get some afternoon shade.
Are they in full sun?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grumichima and Pitomba flowering
« on: February 28, 2018, 10:31:08 AM »
I have a section of the yard that I'm planting different types of berries and small fruits and these sound really cool. Is anyone growing these in southern California? Are these large trees or more bushy shrubs? Are there any stand out cultivars that have superior taste?
I have 3 different pitomaba varieties growing in south San Diego, they taste kind of like an apricot. Easy plant to grow, just water good when it is flowering.

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