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 Thereís also Magnolia Nursery in Anaheim and Vanís Nursery in Westminster.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jim Neitzel passing away
« on: June 12, 2018, 01:49:45 PM »

Yes the last time I saw him was around two to three years ago at the California cherimoya association annual meeting in carpinteria at the home of Jonathan Brown.  He came up with one of his sons who if I remember correctly had a place in Escondido. Anyway we talked plants in general for quite awhile before the meeting started. It was a really day .


  You might try getting ahold of Norman Beard in Goleta. He used to sell trees .

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jim Neitzel passing away
« on: June 11, 2018, 02:04:37 PM »
    Hi Frank

 Itís good to hear from you. I was wishing that there was a ď like button ď to press in agreement with your comments. I for one count it a privilege to have had the opportunity to know these persons and call them my friends. But what really surprised me was that they called me friend back when I had so little to offer to the friendship . I learned a lot from each of them and was always ready to learn more as they offered up their knowledge . Thereís not too many of them left. How is Rudy doing ? Do you see him much ?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jim Neitzel passing away
« on: June 10, 2018, 08:49:55 PM »
    Jim will truly be missed in the rare fruit grower family. I had the pleasure of knowing this man for around 20 years and I considered him a great friend.  Even though I knew that he was Iíll for some time it still comes as a shock when you hear the news. Iíve had the pleasure over the years to get to know Jim , Paul Thomson,Bill Whitman, George Emerich, Eunice Messner, and these are people who you donít forget. I used to enjoy talking plants with these people for hours. Rest In Peace my dear friend.



 Is there any sign of gophers in the area ? They do love fig roots.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Surinam Cherry "Blackstar"
« on: May 07, 2018, 08:33:24 PM »
I have a Blackstar suraname cherry in a 15 gallon that is fruiting for the first time this year the fruits are not ready yet, but Iíll report back after they ripen.

Call Maddock ranch nursery . They carried them last year.



Thanks for sharing your experience with this fruit. Iíve always been curious about this fruit . Tried to grow it a couple of times but the seed that I received did not sprout.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherry of rio grande
« on: April 26, 2018, 01:27:37 PM »
I have a tree planted in the ground back in Ď07 . It took about 4-5 years before it flowered. Each year after its first flowering the amount of flowers increased. Fruit size seems to go hand in hand with how much water they receive. They are thirsty trees. Mine is flowering now. I usually get a second bloom towards the end of summer and a lighter crop. The sweetness increases if you leave the fruit on the tree until it changes from a shiny appearance to a very dark dull color about to fall off the tree. Birds do love to peck on the cherries too which can be a problem.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: An unplanned visit to Mimosa Anaheim.
« on: April 25, 2018, 03:19:08 PM »
You got the approval from "the boss" already, what are you waiting for?  ;D Since Ethan hasn't been that active, we in the middle of CA need another local source to buy tropical plants.


I was going to wait until I retire in a few more years but who knows ??


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: An unplanned visit to Mimosa Anaheim.
« on: April 24, 2018, 08:31:47 PM »


Time to start your own nursery, Mimosa Visalia!!

 Trung ,

 Funny that you should mention this because my wife was just saying the other day that she thinks that I should start a small backyard nursery. I would probably offer mail order.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: An unplanned visit to Mimosa Anaheim.
« on: April 24, 2018, 08:18:27 AM »

 Based on the prices posted for the black sapote , I have around $1000.00 .  But based on the overall prices of what you showed, My plant collection is a real GOLD MINE ! 


 I remember Ben Poirier in Fallbrook growing them at his place. Iím not sure if he still sells the vines or not youíd have to call him to see .


 That is some really good news about your Reed tree Mark.  I'm happy for you.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee success in SoCal
« on: March 20, 2018, 01:09:04 PM »
  Very nice Bill . Congratulations

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: kampong mauve sugar apple
« on: March 18, 2018, 11:37:51 AM »
 Very nice Mike !


 Alex Silber has a good instructional video showing how to prune cherimoya on YouTube. He states on the video that heavy pruning stimulates 3 times as many flowers. I have a 15 year old fino de jete that I need to cut way back this spring.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / " White Sugar " variety of sugar apple
« on: February 27, 2018, 08:19:16 AM »
    Good morning group

 I was looking over the plant list for papaya tree nursery and Alex has a sugar apple variety called " White Sugar " listed. I did a forum search but it turned up nothing. Does anyone in the group have any experience growing this tree ? I'm curious and considering buying one but would like to know more about it first.


  Jose  I just looked at the shipping info and it excluded Europe . Sorry.


 I just bought a 4 pound bag off ebay .

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Indoor soursop fungus ID and treatment
« on: February 04, 2018, 09:37:52 AM »
I have 2 soursop trees and a cashew tree in pots in front of a south facing window in my den. They all 3 do really well there and continue to push new growth throughout the winter. When they need water I take them outside to water them. I do have to keep a close eye for spider mite though as it seems that they can be susceptable to them inside.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tertoh Avocado
« on: December 31, 2017, 09:52:04 PM »

 Thank you for sharing this creamhart seedling story. It sounds like it is worthy of propagation based on your description of the fruit irreguardless whether itís the real one or not . In my opinion it needs to be propagated and made available with clear discription that it is believed to be a seedling of a creamhart, then let the patron decide if he wants to buy it . I had a couple of Stearns planted . Had them a number of years but they never set and held any fruit. I  eventually lost the trees after some really hot heat wave . If you ever have any of your creamhart F1  grafted trees that you want to sell , Iíd be interested in purchasing one.  But one question still bothers me , Iím sure that Orton being a Nurseryman must have sold lots of creamhart trees ? Not one in existence in so cal ?  Same with the tertoh avocado ? All those groves over so cal and no ones knows of a tree tucked in a grove somewhere ?  I just find it hard to believe that thereís not one tree somewhere out there .


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tertoh Avocado
« on: December 31, 2017, 06:54:49 PM »
    Thanks Jack,

They have the variety listed yes but no showing of a planting location within south coast field station. If my memory serves me correctly I remember asking Julie Frink during my time searching if she knew of a source for budwood for it and she didnít.  Iím more or less asking if anyone knows of a single tree in a old neighborhood still growing that is a result of trees grafted and distributed from the first shipments of budwood.  Another one that seems to be non existing anymore is the Creamhart.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Tertoh Avocado
« on: December 31, 2017, 06:07:13 PM »
  Reading the post about the Corona avocado earlier , reminded me about the tertoh avocado which I had read about quite a few years ago. It was a introduction of a 3 pound giant from the property of Mr. Castillas from Guatemala, by Wilson Popenoe. Don't know why it never really caught on as it was said to have excellent flesh , small seed , and of course lots of meat. Once while having a phone conversation with Jim Nietzel I brought up this avocado to him and he said that he actually thought that he came across fruit of this type at a exibit at the San Diego fair. I tried tracking down some budwood and found that there appeared to not be a source in california . Florida did have it listed in a germ plasm , But when I finally made contact with someone about ordering budwood I was told that the tree in their collection had sun blotch virus. I am writing this more as a curiousity to see if any readers might have heard of or even better might know of a tree to source budwood from.


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