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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Growing pawpaw in Southern California
« on: October 17, 2018, 06:40:05 PM »
Excuse me. Pawpaw / Acimina triloba is a Temperate Zone plant. Probably zone 9 (San Jose) may be the lower limit in the State of California. Needs about 400 chill hours and about 5 frost free months.
I have a suggestion. I will send you 100 fresh seeds from our 3 varieties of grafted trees I cleaned and kept 2 weeks since. I will priority-mail it to you free of cost. I have some thoughts of what to do to train the plant to think that it is an ideal time of it's winter. Defoliate them just like they do for apples in lowland tropics!
Let me know soon. The seeds are yours if you want them free of cost. Triphal.

Wow that is quite a nice gesture! I would gladly accept your seeds and take your suggestions on how to grow them! I will send you a private message.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What does a pawpaw taste like?
« on: October 17, 2018, 06:08:11 PM »
Indeed - needs both chill and summer heat.  It's the latter that prevents me from growing them here.  They're quite temperature-hardy, but even the least heat-demanding cultivars can be hard to ripen in for the example the Pacific Northwest due to heat requirements.

Pawpaws are adapted to continental climates, where it gets both cold and hot.  That said, there are California pawpaw growers (for example, Lagier Ranch in the San Joaquin Valley), although I've never heard of any growing as far south as San Diego.  You can always contact KSU (the foremost experts in pawpaws) and ask.  But I imagine chill will be a big problem (in the SF area, both chill and heat can be problems, depending on the location and cultivar)
CRFG president has fruited pawpaw in Santa Monica, southern California, not far from the coast. So there are types that can fruit without extreme heat or cold.

Wow really? This gives me some hope!

You wouldn't know what varieties the president has? Or perhaps where I can get more info on this?

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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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Luc's Garcinia and loquat, spring supply.

I have a loquat.

What does Luc's Garcinia taste like?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How good does Carambola taste?
« on: October 15, 2018, 06:04:36 PM »
Can carambola grow in partial shade?

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You have a great selection going but I don't see sapodilla?
I also really like atemoya and I believe you have better selections out there
with JF then we do in Florida. I liked my Lisa atemoya this year better then
anything else I produced.

I didn't have a spot for it, but it was really close to making the list. The problem now is the spot I have available probably doesnt give enough sun for something like sapodilla.

Does Atemoya do ok with some shade during winter?

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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 / Re: What is infecting my tree?
« on: October 10, 2018, 04:18:37 PM »
So we arent certain of what it is?

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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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Don't tease, there's nothing stopping you from sending Mango to CA.

Oh you poor soul.....if you were not in Cali would ship you some next season

I thought there was some sort of government regulation.

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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 / Re: Gratting success!!!
« on: September 01, 2018, 03:07:25 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




What type of graft did you use?

Both pictured were done with a cleft graft method.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Gratting success!!!
« on: September 01, 2018, 03:06:52 PM »
hahaha y'all are funny. Thanks for the replies!

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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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Humans are members of the animal kingdom. Like other animals it is our nature to kill for various reasons. What should separate humans from other species is our ability to be humane to others since we have the ability to empathize and understand suffering. Burning an animal alive is a form of torture. Not a laughing matter imo. I worked in animal shelters for years you see some bad stuff and these are supposed to be people’s pets. Including dogs and cats intentionally set on fire.

I disagree. What separates us from other species is our ability to be inhumane. There are very few other species that kill/torture for sport/boredom. Only dolphins and apes come to mind. Just about everything else kills as quickly/efficiently as possible.

Don't bears eat humans alive, piece-by-piece?

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I have a few mangos hanging on the tree. Should I remove them before grafting?

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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 / Re: Should I graft a small mango seedling?
« on: August 09, 2018, 04:45:28 PM »
if in ground, ok to graft, if in Pot, I would put into ground and wait a year. grafted trees in pot if kept for longer times here in So Cal catch phomosis.

IT has been in ground for a while, but it is still very small.

What is phomosis?

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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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