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It depends what your goal is? Do you want the fastest growing- Kohala, probably the most consistent fruited as well. Without knowing your growing conditions or goals, I would suggest Biew Kiew because it grows well here and has excellent fruit.

Same for Lychees. You should really try out as many varieties as possible to see which one you like best. You can try visiting the nurseries when the Fruit is in season to sample the Fruit. Mauritius and Brewster are productive here but a friend has a Kaimana that is fairly productive as well. Emperor is also a great Fruit and the tree stays small but itís root system can be sensitive here in Socal. Sweetheart and Fake Hak Ip are good tasting fruit but they can have some tannin taste if you are the type to break the skin with your teeth.

 All the varieties have tannin in their skin but some are more noticeable than others. Sweet Cliff is very productive as well with a smaller size Fruit, some people love it but itís not one of my favorites because the Rose scent and flavor that I associate with a good Lychee is lacking in this variety.

Ohia is also a good tasting variety but I donít know how well it grows here. Groff sucks from the few Fruit Iíve eaten. No Mai Tsze is by far the best tasting variety Iíve ever eaten. I donít believe Iíve ever eaten a true NMT/NMC here in the USA.

Simon

I have been reading that lychees are not consistently productive here at all... People manage to get a few fruits here and there, but with little consistency. I would love to have a lychee tree over a longan, but I would rather have consistency over a pain in the butt. What do you think?

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Is there considered a superior variety of longan to grow here?

What about lychee?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Is the Longan tree wind-intolerant?
« on: June 19, 2018, 05:18:43 PM »
I'm deciding between a lychee and longan. I've read that the lychee is essentially wind-intolerant.

My planting location is on a slope that gets directly hit by Santa Ana winds (strong, warm, dry winds). This is surely a major problem for lychee. Is the longan any better at withstanding the wind?

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Are Longan trees also sensitive to wind? As much so as lychee?

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I have one spot left in my yard.

I have heard that it lychee trees can be very finicky here. Is this true?

Are Longan trees easier to successfully fruit here?

Thanks!

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Alphonso even in India cant produce good quality fruit unless its grown at its birth place, there are really good varieties out there from Florida, just top work this variety.

Does topworking have any disadvantages?

What I mean: Does Alphonso's susceptibility to powdery mildew carry over onto the new budwood I choose for grafting? After all, I would be keeping the trunk as alphonso, and grafting onto that trunk.

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I have had similar problems with Lemon Zest.
In your case, try wettable sulfur fungicide instead.
I haven't given up on LZ, since it tastes so great.  Just waiting for the upcoming Orange Sherbet release...hoping it is more resistant to PM.
In the case of Alphonso, I also haven't found anyone in SoCal that has been able to get it to produce consistently.  The one fruit I did get was excellent, but it seems to have been an anomaly.

If you decide to top work Alphonso completely, behead it at 2.5-3 feet and do bark grafts or behead it and graft on the sprouts that will come out this summer.  However, you will still have to deal with the issues associated with turpentine rootstock (I assumed your Alphonso is grafted on turpentine).
From my observations, Sweet Tart produces the most consistently in SoCal.  But it took a little while for me to get acclimated to the indochinese flavor .

Is there any issue with grafting onto this alphonso tree (which is already grafted onto what I suspect to be turpentine)? Will the powdery mildew susceptibility still be there if my new variety is growing out of alphonso?

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The tree is pretty, it seems healthy, it has been flowering constantly.

There is just one problem:

POWDERY MILDEW!!!!

This tree keeps putting out new flowers, and those flowers keep getting utterly destroyed by powdery mildew. I have sprayed with copper fungicide before and during flowering, but it doesn't seem to care. The powdery mildew shows up all the same.

So, as many have warned me, it seems that Alphonso is kind of a waste of time in Southern California. I plan on replacing it with Sweet Tart, or some other tried-and-true variety in this region.

The tree is decently mature (6 feet tall with a 1 inch trunk). So my question is: since the tree is pretty mature (and I paid a lot for it), should I just prune hard to wood (leaving no leaves) and graft on the superior variety?

Thanks everyone!

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They have very similar leaf qualities. I would be shocked if they aren't related.

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I am looking to make a big order of fertilizers and micronutrients for my subtropical fruit trees.

I thought it would be smart to seek some advice from the forum on what to get.

Here is my list of trees if it helps:

-blueberry, raspberry, blackberry
-pomegranate
-figs
-citrus
-jaboticaba (nutrient deficient currently, also has powdery mildew)
-cherry of rio grande, surinam, grumichama
-guava
-dragonfruit (I heard these like epsom salt?)
-avocado
-mango (has powdery mildew)
-cherimoya
-canistel, mamey sapote, white sapote
-loquat, peach

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Considering that white sapote is related to citrus, is it susceptible to citrus greening disease?
'?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Surinam cherry leaves turning red.
« on: March 09, 2018, 12:31:33 AM »
We recently had some cold nights. Is the red tinge of the leaves due to some sort of cold shock?

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Planting citrus in a bath tub.
« on: March 07, 2018, 06:17:26 PM »
I'm in Carlsbad, a few miles inland.

Here are a couple pics of the ones. The photos don't give good depth perception.




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Citrus General Discussion / Is this citrus greening?
« on: March 07, 2018, 02:32:34 PM »





The tree has been dug up and replanted 3 times in the last twleve months. It had never been a very healthy tree.

So is this greening or simply malnutrition/transplant shock?

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Cara Cara vs Tarocco ?
« on: March 07, 2018, 02:29:18 PM »
You already have the best blood orange in the moro.  Cara cara is so unique with excellent flavor that's where I'd lean.

I've heard that the Moro is completely inferior in taste to the toracco

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Planting citrus in a bath tub
« on: March 06, 2018, 08:02:43 PM »
I am planting 3 citrus trees.

One problem: the ground is nothing but rock and clay...

I have dug 4 feet deep, yet water continues to sit like its a bath tub. (I fill the hole to the brim, and in 24 hours, its drained about 60%. But I don't think that's good enough).

I added gypsum to the hole to penetrate into the ground. I hammered a crowbar into the bottom of the hole to get another foot deeper, and hopefully get through the clay layer.

What else should I do before planting these citrus? Elevate the rootball off the ground? Hugelkultur?

Thanks for the advice!

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Citrus General Discussion / Planting citrus in a bath tub.
« on: March 06, 2018, 06:12:47 PM »
I am planting 3 citrus trees.

One problem: the ground is nothing but rock and clay...

I have dug 4 feet deep, yet water continues to sit like its a bath tub. (I fill the hole to the brim, and in 24 hours, its drained about 60%. But I don't think that's good enough).

I added gypsum to the hole to penetrate into the ground. I hammered a crowbar into the bottom of the hole to get another foot deeper, and hopefully get through the clay layer.

What else should I do before planting these citrus? Elevate the rootball off the ground? Hugelkultur?

Thanks for the advice!


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I have an in ground Valentine pummelo.  It is a great tree.
you

How would you describe the taste of the Valentine? Is it acidic at all?

What would compliment my oroblanco better? Valentine or cocktail? Or should I plant those two and forget the oroblanco?

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Citrus General Discussion / Valentine Pummelo or cocktail grapefruit?
« on: March 01, 2018, 05:43:50 PM »
I need to choose between these trees to round out my collection.

I have an oroblanco planted. Which tastes less similar to an oroblanco?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Are Jaboticabas true to seed?
« on: March 01, 2018, 02:51:42 AM »
Also, where is a good place to buy seeds? Especially rare varieties?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Are Jaboticabas true to seed?
« on: March 01, 2018, 02:44:43 AM »
I was thinking of finding all varieties of jaboticaba and planting them ASAP. Will the fruit be any good (true to seed)? or be a random new variety?

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The UCR citrus collection says they don't currently have budwood for the tree.

Is there any nursery or online store in california which offers the xie shan?


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I got some fruits at FM. I like the flavor. It reminds me of a Minneola, juicy, sour/sweet pleasant taste. No seeds so far.

You got ruby tango at a farmers market in la? Did this person grow it themselves? I was under the impression no one had access to a tree.

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All Kishu mandarins are seedless.   Whats wrong with Flying Dragon as a root stock?  Flying Dragon is a great root stock, produces very good tasting fruit..

I was under the impression it was abandoned because it was overly dwarfing. But I'm very new and dont claim to really know anything haha.

Does rootstock really affect taste? How drastically?


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Could there be something to seedy fruit tasting better?

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