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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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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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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 / 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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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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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 / 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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Could there be something to seedy fruit tasting better?

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Citrus General Discussion / What is your favorite tasting mandarin?
« on: February 27, 2018, 08:40:53 PM »
What mandarin is the most flavorful/interesting mandarin you have tried?

I just got to try a Kinnow and wow is it tasty. Maybe the best flavor of any mandarin.

If only it was seedless...

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I was looking for a seedless Kishu mandarin tree at Home Depot when I finally found one labeled simply "kishu".

Is there a distinction between "seedless kishu" and plain old "kishu"?

Also, does anyone know anything about Home Depot's "dwarf" citrus trees? Is it that pesky "flying dragon" rootstock? Is it worth planting or should I look elsewhere?

Thanks

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I'm trying to decide what would make the best potted fruit tree for someone with only a balcony and an interest in tropical fruit trees.

I was thinking a jaboticaba could be a good choice since it does well in a pot, and can space out a crop over the year.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Jaboticaba help
« on: February 25, 2018, 04:34:02 PM »
My Sabara jabo pushed out some new leaves a while back, but they were very pale yellowish-white in color. Not only that, but the new foliage has burn spots.

Does anyone know what might be going on?



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What are your top 5? Are you basing it more on production or taste?

Thanks!

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I plan on putting 4 or 5 varieties of mandarin very close to each other. These would include seedless Kishu, golden nugget, and satsuma.

My question is: These individual mandarin varieties are normally seedless. But if I group them together in my yard and allow them to cross pollinate, will the fruits become seedy?

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Tiny mangos have set, but there's powdery mildew very near.

I didn't spray the tree at all this year, hence the powder mildew issue.

Is it too late to spray? Would it be beneficial, and possibly save the fruits?


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I am completely new to stone fruits and would like to know: what are some new/rare varieties?

For example, is there a variety of peach that wins all the taste competitions?

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Citrus General Discussion / Does an older tree make better tasting fruit?
« on: February 20, 2018, 09:12:36 PM »
I've read that citrus trees produce better-tasting fruit as they get older.

Have taste tests been done between the fruit of a 5 year old tree, versus the fruit of a 30 year old tree?

Does this improvement in taste relate to a reduction in total crop yield?

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I currently have a Valencia orange, Moro blood orange, Cara Cara orange, Satsuma mandarin, and Ruby Red grapefruit.

Are there any specific, lesser-known varieties that stand out? 

I have been reading about new hybrid mandarins coming out that are supposedly phenomenal. I had "Ruby Tango" and I am obsessed with the flavor. It almost doesnt taste like mandarin. More like berries with good tartness and complexity.

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