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Thank you for the advice Lorenzo. I will see what I can do. :)
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: GEM avocados
« Last post by FruitFool on Today at 02:35:19 AM »
Atkins nursery in Fallbrook had it last time I visited few weeks back.

-FruitFool
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We have seeds on offer from 3 different chempedak varieties we found on our trip to Thailand last week. Descriptions and pictures:

Chempedak 1
This is the first chempedak we found and also the smallest one. We found it at the local market in Chanthaburi sold by an old lady who seemed to be selling stuff from her own garden.
The chempedak was small, but had a good taste and was filled with many pods. Because the seeds are also very small the seed to flesh ratio is quite good, even though it's a small fruit.






Chempedak 2 (giant and super sweet, 2-4 kg per fruit)
Chempedak 2 is the biggest one we've found and we think might be the most cultivated variety. We bought them from a local contact we have that owns a family farm. These chempedaks probably weighted between 2-4 kg each! They were are very abundant. Taste very intense, very sweet and more on the fruity side. The colour of the flesh is light yellow. The very thin skin means even more edible parts per fruit! (this is my partners favourite)








SOLD OUT Chempedak 3
This is another chempedak we found at the same market as the first one on another day. They were the second smallest chempedak and for both of us our least favourite because of not so much intensity in taste (might be because it was picked too early) and also they were not very abundant fruits.



Chempedak 4
This chempedak we found the tree of while we were driving around and the tree was super abundant and the ground covered in fruits. The fruit were the second biggest and probably weighted between 1-2 kg each. The skin is still green when fully ripe and the flesh is white-coloured and tastes less fruity and more creamy/custardy, for me the taste reminded me of the vanilla filling of a Magnum Classic ice cream bar. As you can see in the picture it has quite a thick skin but is actually the easiest one to open, because the skin is quite firm it easily tears/rips apart. (my personal favourite)






And here's some comparison pictures of chempedaks 2, 4 and 3:






Price: 5$ per seed + shipping costs

Contact me for discount on bigger quantities (10+)
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: GEM avocados
« Last post by CA Hockey on Today at 02:00:28 AM »
Hard to find. I bought mine from Bonita creek nursery. Brokaw and duarte nursery are growers that have it but don't sell to the public.

Try holiday avocado. It's also a dwarf variety. Can't remember if green gold is also dwarf or not but mine grows like one.

K
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Citrus General Discussion / Re: breeding - what can I do with citron
« Last post by SoCal2warm on Today at 01:55:31 AM »
Well I ordered a Citrumelo (poncirus x Duncan grapefruit). Maybe I can cross citron with that.
It could only improve the taste of the Citrumelo. haha  ;D
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: lychee problems
« Last post by SoCal2warm on Today at 01:42:05 AM »
Lychee trees have trouble taking the heat of the scorching sun combined with air that has low humidity. But it's really the roots. When these climate conditions occur, the roots have trouble supplying water to the leaves fast enough, it doesn't matter how much water you pour into the soil, the roots will not be able to take in enough water fast enough and the plant will start getting dried out and scorched. Make sure you keep the soil moist and consistently watered though when it gets hot. A tree that has more established roots that has been planted in the ground is able to much better deal with water stress. It usually takes about 1 year for a tree to get established in the ground, but lychees are slow growers so that could be 2 years. Keeping the soil moist is a good idea even for an established lychee tree in the ground; for a lychee still a little plant container it's imperative. Except for during the Winter, put the container in a spot that will get a fair amount of shade but still some sun. (If it really seems to be drying out, put it in more shade) Water 2 or 3 times a week and keep the soil moist. If for some reason there's a time you're afraid you might forget to water it, it would be better to put it in almost full shade than take the chance that it could dry out.
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: lychee problems
« Last post by OCchris1 on Today at 12:59:21 AM »
I have had this happen to 2 lychee trees. like Rob mentioned, keep it well watered (misting would help if you have it). Just keep at it and it should recover over time. Also, Espoma Holytone for acid lovers is a good fertilizer for lychee. Good luck, Chris
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: lychee problems
« Last post by bsbullie on Today at 12:26:22 AM »
Water it and "mist" it to keep it hydrated.  Young lychees do not like to dry out.  If they get to a point of excessive dehydration, they will have extreme problems taking up water through their roots and the can easily perish.
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Could be, but we keep that water in open bottles for 24 hours before using it to water plants. But in case that is the issue, how do I fix it?


Letting the water still in open bottle for 24 hours is absolutely NOT enough to get rid of problem.
Apart from chlorine there are tens of different disinfectants used to treat tap water nad most of them are chlorine and bromine based so TOXIC to plants.
I strongly advice you to take the easier solution: collect rain water and use it for watering your plants.
This will save you A LOT of problems.
By the way I'm italian i was in Bar several times, the climate is lovely, you will be successful in growig your passiflora as soon as you will protect it from winter cold, expect to get fruit in less than a couple of years, goodluck!  :)
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« Last post by RobPatterson on Today at 12:17:15 AM »
Couple responses:
1. Cross pollination does often result in a genetically different variety of fruit, but the result is often a complete crap shoot as to whether you're going to get something that's better than what you started out with. Each cross picks and chooses features from the parents and adapts them to a new genetic base in the seeds of the fruit. Most often, you end up with something very similar to what you started with, sometimes so often that it takes genetic testing to even confirm a variance. This is why there are so many versions of the white and pink varieties. Each one is just a smidge different from the other, and each has its own name given to it by its proud farmer parents. But, that adds to confusion as to what variety is what, with discussions like "no, that one's skin is to thick to be XXX, it must be YYY".
I tried my hand at breeding early on, and I did end up with one plant that seems to be something new, but until I can get that confirmed by someone with a bit more knowledge than me, I'm just keeping it on the down low, as they say.
2. You should not fertilize cuttings. Until your cutting turns onto a solidly growing plant, maybe 3ft tall with a few months of actual active growing time, it should be kept in nothing more than loose or airy soil and watered occasionally. Using a cactus potting soil or some native dirt from your yard, mixed with bark, perlite, gravel, etc. to get a decent consistency for drainage, should be more than enough for a cuttings first few months of development. As a side note to that, if you're only going to raise a few plants from cuttings, I suggest starting them off in clay pots. They don't have to be large, maybe 2 quarts, just big enough to support a decent stick or small post for the plant to be attached to as it climbs. The pot will absorb water into its walls, which will help regulate soil temperature between waterings, and when its time to upgrade to the pot (or soil) you're going to have the plant live in, if the roots are too clingy or grow through the bottom of the pot, a couple whacks with a hammer or rock will crack the pot and allow you to remove the root ball with little or no damage. Sometimes transplanting can do a lot of damage as dragon fruit plants tend to have shallow roots that are fairly easy to tear.
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