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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Growing pawpaw in Southern California
« on: October 17, 2018, 04:16:56 PM »
Hi everyone!

I've read that pawpaw requires more chilling hours than what is conventional offered in the San Diego climate.

Does anyone know of low-chill varieties/cultivars of pawpaw? I really really want to grow it here!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / What does a pawpaw taste like?
« on: October 17, 2018, 12:38:01 AM »
i'm trying to figure out what to do with the last two spots in my yard. Pawpaws are one of the few fruits I havent planted.

So my question is: How does this fruit taste? How do you rank it compared to fruits like mango or citrus?

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I have avocados, guava, dragonfruit, cherimoya, mango, longan, white, yellow, and mamey sapote, citrus, figs, persimmon, jaboticabas, surinam cherry, cherry of rio grande, grumichama, pomegranate, and peach.

I have two old trees that are declining and need to be replaced. These trees are located next to eachother. They get partially shaded during winter months by nearby trees, but get more sun during the summer months when the sun shifts directly overhead.

I was thinking of a jujube tree, but I dont know if I have enough sunlight for it. I was also considering carambola but I'm not super wowed by the fruit.

What are some other good options?

Thank you all!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / How good does Carambola taste?
« on: October 15, 2018, 01:43:10 AM »
I have never had properly ripened star fruit. I have only tried poor quality starfruit from the store, where the fruit was a very pale yellow with tinges of green. I was pretty unimpressed.

But I was wondering, a properly ripened starfruit will obviously taste much better. But where does starfruit rank in taste next to amazing fruits like peach, mango, cherimoya?

I'm curious what your opinions are of this fruit.

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Citrus General Discussion / What is infecting my tree?
« on: October 09, 2018, 11:06:36 PM »
This is on a satsuma Mandarin tree, about 6 years old




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Is the Bowen Mango a good variety?
« on: September 24, 2018, 11:49:20 PM »
I have a friend interested in planting a mango tree. He lived in Australia for a few years and really enjoyed Bowen mangos. These appear to be common down under, so my question is:

How does this tree stack up to the possibilities of amazing varieties of mangos, especially in Southern California (Fallbrook)?

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I've only ever had the autalfo mangos from the grocery store. I find they can taste pretty good.

Are varieties like sweet tart, lemon meringue, lemon zest, bolt, pina colada really that much better tasting?

Thank you for your thoughts!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / When should I pick cherimoya?
« on: September 14, 2018, 03:37:14 PM »
In san diego, I have a cherimoya thats been sitting on the tree since spring, when the tree flowered. At what time of year is it ready to be picked?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Gratting success!!!
« on: August 31, 2018, 10:18:21 PM »
This was my first time ever grafting, but I managed to get a few successful pushes on my sweet tart Scion, (courtesy of squam) and man am I buzzing!!

I feel like those cavemen after they invented fire lol

But after all, I am a newb, so to be sure, these are successful takes right? :D




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Should I prepare prune the trees?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / What is happening to mango leaves?
« on: August 13, 2018, 04:22:35 PM »
This is an Alphonso mango variety.

The edges seem to bedrying out of new growth. The leaf then becomes wavy.






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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Should I graft a small mango seedling?
« on: August 09, 2018, 04:22:22 PM »
Right now is the time to be grafting mangos here in San Diego. One of my trees is a Manilla Seedlings, no more than 2 feet tall with a very thin trunk.

Should I graft onto this skinny tree? Ideally I would like to get this project taken care of, but is it smart for the health of the tree?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Can I graft mangos with 'inactive' budwood.
« on: August 08, 2018, 07:28:04 PM »
I was going to order some lemon meringue scions, but I am being told they do not currently have any active buds on the tree.

Do I have any options/chance grafting with inactive budwood?

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I have 6 mango seedlings in pots. I want to order some scions and graft them on.

I'm sold on getting Sweet Tart from many people here saying it grows well in SoCal. What are your top 5 mango varieties?

I have not tasted many mangos, so I would love a top 5 that sort of covers the range of flavors these elite mango varieties come in.

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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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