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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Star Apples from Vietnam
« on: Today at 03:01:27 PM »
I just bought a case of 3 fruits at Thuan Phat supermarket in Linda vista. They are sold out fast at $5.99/lbs. it is slightly sweet not as sweet as the one I tried at my country 21 years ago. I have a tree here but have not given me any fruit. Rilght now my tree doesn’t have any leaves left on the branch. I’m afraid it will die because of cold weather.

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Shanxi Li vs Li jujube
« on: January 08, 2018, 06:31:53 PM »
Shanxi Li is larger than Li. I don't have one to compare taste. Don't think it's sweeter.
Sherwood is smaller. It's denser and later season than most others.
Li is what's sold in supermarkets. They harvest them way early and let them sit there and lose moisture until they're spongy. It's much better if you grew it yourself. It's produces heavy crops. Once in a while you'll get a mediocre year when they're a little spongy and not as sweet, but not like the supermarket ones. So many people avoid them now because of what they did that they're not selling small ones (sugar cane?) as honey jujube.
GA866 is a shy bearer. It doesn't produce much fruit but tastes very sweet.

Thank you Fyliu for your information. Well, now knowing Shanxi Li might not sweeter than Li, I will wait until the fruits half ripe on the tree before picking them. I am curious how sweet the ga866 compare to sugar cane ,so I will buy it too.

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Shanxi Li vs Li jujube
« on: January 07, 2018, 10:09:25 PM »
I wonder if they are different variety or just simply Li? I have Sherwood and sugar cane and think about to add a few more into my collection? I like sweet taste . Is  Shanxi Li. sweeter than Li? Do you know what variety is usually sold in the super market? I don't like those since they are spongy and tasteless.
What about GA 866? Does it produce A lot of fruits and taste sweet?

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I believed I bought an airlayer Malaysian apple tree. It is a huge , healthy tree now like 8-9 ft in 30 gallons pot but shows no flowers. Can I graft it on the rose appple or wax jambu in the ground ? Please advise me what type of scion I should use if there is a possibility . Thanks

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Green sapote sun requirements in SoCal?
« on: December 29, 2017, 01:13:28 AM »
I've been playing with Green Sapote in the 9b San Jose area. Last year I had a tall spindly one in the ground that was killed by frost, but it was a weak plant with foliage only at the top, planted in an open area at the bottom of a slope. This year I planted another one near the top of my slope under the canopy of a big oak tree. It's not the sunniest spot but it's got frost protection. I also have a few more Green Sapotes in pots which are currently in an open area. We've had such a mild winter there hasn't really been an opportunity to test their hardiness yet.

I should also note that 4 of my potted Green Sapotes flowered like crazy this year but there was no fruit set. It could be that being pots was a factor in that, or it could be that our cold summer nights were the cause.

My Sapote's are all potted, and they're doing well.
Only issue with potted plants is they need to be beaten up once in a while or provided with plenty of worms.

Sue/Ver Sapotes grow very easily here in our area Bush, take some of my fruit if you'd like, not many of us eat it anymore.
I was thinking about grafting the Green Sapote on half of the tree since it's growing so vigorously and very cold hardy.

Hell, I can give you scions if you'd like.

Are Sue/ver bitter nearby the skin, waxy?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Will this cracked ppc ripe?
« on: December 20, 2017, 09:42:21 AM »
Thanks dragon, picked my second one cracked yesterday.

Sami- I have no problem with any other atemoya cracking.  Just this ppc which is one for doing so.  Will try dragon’s method to see if I can save the last one.

Bhkkatemoya ,

I found one African pride cracked in ziplock bag, so my method might not save the fruit. Like Samu mentioned , inconsistent watering was the blame or could be the cold weather caused the fruit cracking.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cutting or Air layering on Sapodilla advice
« on: December 18, 2017, 10:44:08 PM »
Airlayering was difficult for me too. I did 4 this year and none of them worked.
Seedlings grow pretty fast though. My grafting of sapodilla is very slightly better.

I did airlayer on 3 branches and they all died.i plan to do on one branch this spring instead of 3 at the same time like last year .


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Will this cracked ppc ripe?
« on: December 18, 2017, 02:59:11 PM »



These are the two I picked This morning to send to my grandma . I hope they will be okay on the way there

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Will this cracked ppc ripe?
« on: December 17, 2017, 01:25:42 AM »
This season I have 7 fruits and so far i don't have any crack. I wrap ziplog bag around it with big holes on the sides. I don't know if that is the reason keep them not to crack.
Back to your cracked fruit, I guess you have to pick it to prevent further cracking. It is ripe If you see yellow line between the eyes, and singly green peel

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: lisa Atemoya
« on: November 22, 2017, 01:53:56 AM »
He now sales his 15gallon phet pakchong for $375.  His wife told me in the begining the Phet pakchong was really expensive because it was hard to import.   

Now you can get a three gallons of the phet pakchong for 75 bucks but not from Ong.

Yup, more than a year ago , this variety was not cheap like now . I should have waited...

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: lisa Atemoya
« on: November 21, 2017, 11:44:49 PM »
One think about Ongs that is different from other nurseries is he doesn't put a 5 gallon plant in a 15 gallon container. He is honest and he has the most diverse plants for sale. 40 varieties of Wax Jambu!Go up to California Tropicals in Vista and you'll see some pretty high prices. I saw a 45 gallon Chico for $4000. The guys that import some of the rare items have to pay quite a bit and then if the inspector from the AG dept. sees one illegal (hitchhiker) bug then everything within 15 feet has to be destroyed. Also it takes years to grow some of these sub-tropicals up to a size that customers want.

He also has good customer service skills that sometimes make me forget the price until I came home  and looked back at the price tag and wondered why I bought it so high .




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: lisa Atemoya
« on: November 21, 2017, 09:52:34 PM »


Yea it has some resemblance of Lisa like my Birula. Quand calls it Lisa so you have to believe him but $375 for a 15 gallon is outrageous
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$375 is kind of average price at his nursery. You will fall off the chair to see the price tag of phetpakchong $1,200.

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My Honey Jar went dormant, but is now vigorously pushing new growth, too, like it was Spring.  Unlike your Sugarcane, mine is currently staying dormant.



Do you think it will gradually go to sleep soon or start to wake up like spring? My husband told me the tea really does the magic on the tree. I don't know if it is the case.

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Today I saw My sugarcane jujube suddenly sent out new leaves . I wonder if this is normal or it is a result of giving it compost tea from  SD Hydroponics store? I watered the tea last Sunday and go to the store to get free compost tea to water again this afternoon.
Has anyone used this kind of tea before ? How often should I use it? 


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What Is Eating My Papayas?
« on: November 17, 2017, 12:49:28 PM »
Last night I put the Rat Zapper next to the papaya plant and this morning found a zapped rat.  I'll keep putting it out at night to see if there are more.
Strange because this is the first time that any of the backyard critters have gone after the papayas.






Looked at the damage the rat did to my beautiful dragon fruit. I will set the trap and kill him

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Exotica nursery in vista will have lemon zest and sweet tart.  I got the last coconut cream from them two months a go.  I know they can order more.

Last Sunday, I saw one lemon zest ($150.00) and another one $400.00.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What cause longan fruits 'skin crack
« on: November 09, 2017, 10:40:47 PM »
I experienced some cracking of my fruit as well, especially during the heat wave. I try to keep the moisture level consistent in order to eliminate one of the many possible causes of the cracking.





Simon

Look like you have more than one variety right Simon? What are those names? My fruits,  look similar to the first pic you posted. How old is your tree? Mine is almost 3 years, and have not grown much since I bought it.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My first taste of Dr. White cherimoya
« on: November 09, 2017, 08:30:08 AM »
Very nice Sam.  I love dr white too.

Do you need to hand pollinate ? Is it chewy?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What cause longan fruits 'skin crack
« on: November 08, 2017, 09:36:01 PM »
It can be from uneven moisture levels, lack of Calcium or other minerals, changes in weather such as going from heat waves to cold weather and also from fertilizing at improper times. If you randomly fertilize, the fertilizers can cause rapid expansion of the fruit which can split the Fruit.

You may also notice splitting of fruit when trees go from fruiting to vegetative growth. Do you have a picture of your tree?

Simon

I just cut down 2 branches of fruits that my tree produced this year. I noticed the tree flushed out new growth from the top

Probably extra watering along with the heat we got a few weeks ago.
All of my longans turned out fine, I really haven't watered them much.

I think I watered too much. I heard longan will drop fruits if they don't get enough water. Plus I plant it in the pot, so I am afraid the tree lacks of water if I don't water it for 2 days

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / What cause longan fruits 'skin crack
« on: November 08, 2017, 04:53:39 PM »
Does anyone know what cause longan fruit split open ? Too cold, too much water or lack of water? I am sad beacause I will not have the chance to taste mature , ripped longan fruits first time this year.

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Ok, thanks Brandon909.
Thanks everyone for sugesstions and offerrings. I think I am going to check out linda farm in fallbrook to see if she has good price and healthy trees, and also a chance to visit a farm

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I bought three varieties of K-1, C.Charlie and Bruni, and it was free shipping.

Thanks Rustropic

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It was delivered to me for free. The cutting is quite large and looks healthy. I bought it in August.

Do you know how many I have to buy to get free shipping? Do you have pics?

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I have.  My favorite from what I have is American Beauty.  Nice big fruit

I have American beauty too. It had one fruit when I first bought it in nov 2016 , but not produce any bloom since then. The same thing happened to my red sugar. My physical graffiti produced many sweet fruits with different sizes.  I enjoyed the taste very much.

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I bought many different types of cutting here http://www.spicyexotics.com


Rustropic,

How much is the shipping fee for more than one cutting? Is it long and healthy vine? How long it takes to fruit at your house?

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