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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Wurtz Avocado from Excalibur is Type AB?
« on: October 17, 2018, 12:28:10 PM »
Typically lows are in the mid 30s with some occasional days in the low 30s/high 20s. Very, very rarely gets any lower than that and if it gets in the 20s, it's only for a few hours.

We had an unusually warm winter last year where we barely had any frost days and lows were often in the high 30s/low 40s.

As for it having mediocre fruit outside of Florida, it's no biggie. Right now the challenge for myself and others is just to get any avocados to thrive and fruit here. Since fruiting avocados now exist in Arizona with specialty growers, we're looking to accomplish the same thing here. Wurtz should have a higher chance since they're better suited to pots than most other varieties (which means we won't have to worry about them coming into contact with our crappy, high pH soil) and are more cold tolerant.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What does a pawpaw taste like?
« on: October 17, 2018, 12:20:38 PM »
Paw Paw's are decidious trees, yes?

On average how many chill hours are needed?

Wondering if these will stand a chance here in Vegas. Heat is never in short supply here, but our Winters are, while cold, shorter than other locations.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Wurtz Avocado from Excalibur is Type AB?
« on: October 16, 2018, 06:04:54 PM »
Home Depot in Vegas just started selling Wurtz (aka Little Cado). Never seen them for sale here before. First time I've seen Home Depot sell any avocados here actually.

Bought a couple to go with my 1+ year old Fuerte, Mexicola, and Aravaipa. I'll be very cautiously optimistic.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mature ice cream bean in 9B/10a Florida?
« on: October 11, 2018, 04:17:59 PM »
They get more cold tolerant as they mature, but overall they're not cold tolerant, especially for extended periods under freezing temps. As long as the roots survive they can bounce back, but ideally you'll want to protect them from frost.

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For those going the potted route, elemental sulfur is very effective, but you'll want to be judicious with its application. It's very easy to be impatient and use too much as it takes some time to break down and take effect, and can sometimes get caked in and create super acid zones depending on the soil you're using (typically soil that's very compacted and low draining). While it wasn't on trees, I got a little sulfur happy with my peppers last season and half of them died from the soil becoming too acidic for the roots to handle.

To keep pH levels lower, I recommend a combination of acid fertilizer (the kind used for blueberries and other acid loving plants, which often includes just the right amount of sulfur) and bi-annual use of FoxFarm's Sledgehammer (mid-fall and early spring) which washes away soil salts. Salts from high pH hard water are unavoidable in my area, and this helps tremendously to counteract its effects in addition to loosing hardened up, hydrophobic soil. It also helps "cleanse" our native soil whenever I'm inclined to incorporate some with other soil mediums.

Also try to keep a decent soil worm colony in your larger pots. They help keep the soil aerated, and thusly drain better and wash away salts easier, thus slowing high pH creep.

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Pitcher plants such as sarracenia and nepenthes are great natural fruit fly traps. We had a problem indoors and after I got some of those, they were substantially lessened.

Depending on how many trees you have and your environment, it might help a fair bit in addition to other methods. That and pitcher plants are neat to have in and of themselves.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Osmocote on sale (Amazon)
« on: September 12, 2018, 02:13:03 PM »
Thanks for the heads up! Picked some up and shared this with my FB group.

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Also interested in the PKM2.

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Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / WTB Finger Lime Tree
« on: July 31, 2018, 12:32:34 PM »
Preferably shipped from within the US. Grafted only.

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Which soil pH meter did you get KarenRei? Been looking to get one myself.

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PM'd

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Sounds like you need some miracle berries (fresh or in tablet form) to enjoy them.

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So how would one go about acquiring seeds for this tree? This definitely sounds like something I'd like to try and establish for my growing area, and share with some elite growers here.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado tree getting too much water??
« on: June 19, 2018, 12:12:10 PM »
You'll need a soil mix that's fast draining and resists compaction. Considering the amount of rain you get, it'll be important in preventing the roots from getting drowned again.

You can amend standard top soil with perlite, sand, etc. to make it drain and breathe better, and help mitigate future soil compaction.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado tree getting too much water??
« on: June 18, 2018, 05:52:21 PM »
I'd say you have nothing to lose at this point.

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Looks neat! Never heard of these before, oddly enough.

Is this a variety you created yourself? What does the fruit taste like? Based on the color it makes me think of cherries.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Banana Corms
« on: June 15, 2018, 01:49:38 PM »
Do the prices include shipping?

Also, which variety is the SH-3460? Googling doesn't yield much info.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: June 11, 2018, 04:51:07 PM »
They're getting mostly shade with some brief late afternoon sun. The sun here is way too intense for avocado trees this young, so mostly shade is the only option until they get a couple years in to grow some protective bark, root out to take in more moisture, and leaf out to provide adequate trunk/branch protection. Stunted growth is expected and an acceptable sacrifice to keep them alive and the trunk unburnt. This is the method Don Olson from Shamus/Greenlife recommends, and others in Arizona have had success with it.

I'm going to carefully move them into large Rootbuilder sacks/pots once the current leaf nodes grow out, but they won't be going in the ground for the foreseeable future. Unfortunately I have a small yard and have to make do with the space I have, which means a lot of container growing. That and if they manage to survive a couple years (they're about nine months old since they were purchased), I want to make sure I can take them with me when I eventually move into a place with a bigger yard.

I also have some seed grown ones that I'm experimenting with by exposing them more to our sun, heat, and crap native soil. If they do well, then I'm going to attempt to graft scions and and see how they do.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: June 11, 2018, 02:25:01 PM »
My Mexicola Grande, Fuerte, and Aravaipa are all doing well, especially considering that the temps have hit triple digits here in Vegas as of last week. Solid leaf growth with a decent amount of swelling buds on the nodes. They still look spindly from dropping a lot of foliage once winter ended, but I'm hoping they'll fill out nicely.

All are in large containers, and the Mexicola and Fuerte are under a shade tree with lots of wood mulch in the containers, and leaf mulch on the ground to help add some humidity to their little microclimate.

Keeping an eagle eye on their watering since they seem to be retaining water well, despite the high temps. All previous avos I had died from root rot due to overwatering during the hottest parts of the summer.

Also planted some beans in the containers to help put some more nitrogen in the soil and soak up some of the extra soil moisture.



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fig trees
« on: June 07, 2018, 02:57:37 PM »
Here in Vegas, they grow like crazy with just some occasional watering. They basically thrive on neglect beyond that. It is, however, really hot and dry here, so if you're somewhere where it's cooler and more humid, you'll want to water it less and make sure it gets full sun.

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Found this vendor that's selling it cheaper than eBay. Free shipping too. $37.

https://www.lawnandpestcontrolsupply.com/products/cupro-5000-fungicide


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Apologies for the necro bump, but does anyone have any recommendations on where to purchase copper hydroxide to make the homemade version of Microkote? Unfortunately the links from are long dead and I'm having some difficulty sourcing it.

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I purchased some Roottrapper pots from Rootmaker to migrate my avocados into. Eager to see how they do. Considering moving some other plants into them and purchasing more if they do what they advertise.

They work as advertised and the white fabric helps in hot weather/sun.  I'd move them as little as possible to prevent root damage.  I'm so paranoid about avocado roots I've cut off the pot to prevent any damage when transplanting.  Not so with other trees.

Awesome. They should work really well here then. How good are they on drainage?

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