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Looking for large Sweetheart Lychee in SoCal
« on: April 07, 2017, 03:39:24 PM »
Hello everyone,

I'm looking for a large Sweetheart Lychee tree to purchase here in SoCal. It's difficult for me to drive around the nurseries looking for trees with my two young daughters and I don't want to call up the nurseries because I'm looking for a tree with decent shape and many of the nurseries around here simply want to unload their trees. I'm looking for a large tree if possible, I can rent a truck to drive it home if need be. I know there are many members here that frequent the nurseries so if you happen upon a nice large Sweetheart, please let me know. Thanks in advance!

Simon

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Re: Looking for large Sweetheart Lychee in SoCal
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2017, 04:08:50 PM »
Simon,

Go to ong nursery. He has plenty of good size. I bought one from him last year. It was 6-7 feet tall . After one year in my hand, it died off 1 of 2 branches.  Now the young leaves look very burned at the tip

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Re: Looking for large Sweetheart Lychee in SoCal
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2017, 04:41:50 PM »
How much does a good size sweetheart goes for in California? I been on the lookout for one for a while now, too.

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Re: Looking for large Sweetheart Lychee in SoCal
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2017, 04:48:44 PM »
Hi Simon
You should've told me I prune branches that were 5' last fall
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Re: Looking for large Sweetheart Lychee in SoCal
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2017, 04:49:17 PM »
Its probably going to be in the 200-400 range depending on how big.
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Re: Looking for large Sweetheart Lychee in SoCal
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2017, 05:29:58 PM »
Its probably going to be in the 200-400 range depending on how big.

Yup , expect that range even more when you go to ong nursery

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Re: Looking for large Sweetheart Lychee in SoCal
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2017, 08:10:44 PM »
Definitely take Frank up on the offer. If he can get you an air layered plant/branch it will be so much better.  The Sweetheart I purchased from Top Tropicals was really unhappy after it arrived.  It almost completely defoliated and it has taken me almost a year and a half to get it acclimated to California.  This is one of the lessons I learned about buying local, most of the plants in SD county are more expensive, but are well adjusted to the climate.  I have noticed it takes almost a whole year for many plants to acclimate if they are shipped in from another place.  If you have a greenhouse large enough to nurse them along, then all is good.
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Re: Looking for large Sweetheart Lychee in SoCal
« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2017, 11:33:50 PM »
I saw mimosa in L.a. ad states they have 20 gallon but they are really 15 gallon size with lychee I would buy anything less the a 25gallon size.   you can call champa in El monte also.  They have really nice and healthy trees a Lil pricer then mimosa but worth it in my opinion

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Re: Looking for large Sweetheart Lychee in SoCal
« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2017, 11:36:41 PM »
Simon,

Go to ong nursery. He has plenty of good size. I bought one from him last year. It was 6-7 feet tall . After one year in my hand, it died off 1 of 2 branches.  Now the young leaves look very burned at the tip

don't know if you did it but do not put fertilizer in the hole when you transplant.  I have seen many lychee trees die this way

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Re: Looking for large Sweetheart Lychee in SoCal
« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2017, 12:42:02 AM »
don't know if you did it but do not put fertilizer in the hole when you transplant.  I have seen many lychee trees die this way
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I did not put fertilizer in the hole when I planted. However I use grow more branch 10-52-10 to fertilize it . I notice that longan, lychee show the brown tips on leaves the most. The rest, I don't see any problem. Now I only use rain water to see the brown tips disappear.

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Re: Looking for large Sweetheart Lychee in SoCal
« Reply #10 on: April 09, 2017, 08:25:02 AM »
Thanks for the responses everyone. I got a nice small air layer from Leo Manuel last year but I'm looking for a large, already rooted tree for my mother in law. I'm looking for something in the 15-25 gallon range if not bigger. I can always put on some air layers onto Leos large Sweetheart but I don't want to wait another year. I'll call Mimosa and Champa and make a visit to Ongs. Thanks for the info everyone.

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Re: Looking for large Sweetheart Lychee in SoCal
« Reply #11 on: April 09, 2017, 04:48:38 PM »
I just called Mimosa in LA and the guy said they have some Sweetheart Lychees in 20 gallon containers on sale for about $285. If anyone happens to be at that nursery, I'd appreciate some pictures of their larger Sweetheart Lychees trees. Thanks in advance!

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Re: Looking for large Sweetheart Lychee in SoCal
« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2017, 03:49:35 AM »
I just called Mimosa in LA and the guy said they have some Sweetheart Lychees in 20 gallon containers on sale for about $285. If anyone happens to be at that nursery, I'd appreciate some pictures of their larger Sweetheart Lychees trees. Thanks in advance!

Simon

Hi Simon,

I don't have any pictures but I was just there this weekend and saw several 20G Sweethearts flowering.
Couldn't tell if they were male or female flowers yet but they looked a bit on the skinny side.

Several Brewsters were blooming like crazy and huge 5-6 footers.
If only I saw this message while I was there I could have just did a live shot and let you cherry pick!
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Re: Looking for large Sweetheart Lychee in SoCal
« Reply #13 on: April 10, 2017, 06:04:55 PM »
Thanks for the info Waxy, at least you confirmed they have have them. It's over a 2 hour drive each direction for me if there's no traffic. I need to find time to visit them.

I also called Ongs nursery but Quang's mom scared me off when she said they have large trees up to $2000! Yes, that's thousand!

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Re: Looking for large Sweetheart Lychee in SoCal
« Reply #14 on: April 10, 2017, 06:46:00 PM »
Simon,

Mimosa offers 15 gal plus on sale for $99 around Sep. I bought from him, mine died not at fault of Mimosa, its just my area winds and heat are bad for lychees. could be they need partial sun and full wind protection.

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Re: Looking for large Sweetheart Lychee in SoCal
« Reply #15 on: April 10, 2017, 07:44:07 PM »
Thanks for the info Waxy, at least you confirmed they have have them. It's over a 2 hour drive each direction for me if there's no traffic. I need to find time to visit them.

I also called Ongs nursery but Quang's mom scared me off when she said they have large trees up to $2000! Yes, that's thousand!

Simon

Just stop by and talk to him instead. He might have a tree more than 200 but less than thousand too. Don't let his mom scared you off :)

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Re: Looking for large Sweetheart Lychee in SoCal
« Reply #16 on: April 11, 2017, 12:36:33 AM »
Yes, I need to call up Quang, he's a really good guy and I haven't seen him for a long time now. Ongs nursery is only 30 minutes from my house compared to Mimosa which is over two hours away.

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Re: Looking for large Sweetheart Lychee in SoCal
« Reply #17 on: April 11, 2017, 02:09:11 AM »
Hey Simon- Cal Rare Fruit Trees in Vista has 12 footers (I believe they said over 20 years old) for $10,000++. Lots of them in fact. I know they are outrageously overpriced but they are beautiful specimens. At minimum, its a nice place to walk around. Chris

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« Reply #18 on: April 11, 2017, 02:11:52 AM »
Also, I remember Mimosa in Anaheim having 24" boxed Lychees (can't recall if they were sweethearts) that were pretty nice for about $1,000 give or take. Chris

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« Reply #19 on: April 11, 2017, 10:39:27 AM »
Also, I remember Mimosa in Anaheim having 24" boxed Lychees (can't recall if they were sweethearts) that were pretty nice for about $1,000 give or take. Chris

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Re: Looking for large Sweetheart Lychee in SoCal
« Reply #20 on: April 11, 2017, 04:33:11 PM »
Hey Simon- Cal Rare Fruit Trees in Vista has 12 footers (I believe they said over 20 years old) for $10,000++. Lots of them in fact. I know they are outrageously overpriced but they are beautiful specimens. At minimum, its a nice place to walk around. Chris

Thanks Chris, I'll go check them out. I'm looking for the biggest healthiest Sweetheart I can find for $500 or less. I appreciate everyone's help!

Simon

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Re: Looking for large Sweetheart Lychee in SoCal
« Reply #21 on: April 11, 2017, 05:36:08 PM »
 Sounds like i'm in the wrong business . I need to be buying and repotting lychees to box size  !

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Re: Looking for large Sweetheart Lychee in SoCal
« Reply #22 on: April 11, 2017, 07:30:34 PM »
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« Reply #23 on: April 11, 2017, 10:52:39 PM »
Thanks for the pictures Kiet! Are those at the Mimosa in LA?

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« Reply #24 on: April 11, 2017, 10:53:24 PM »
yes

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« Reply #25 on: April 12, 2017, 12:40:54 AM »
Ya, those were the ones I saw while I was there.

Flowering but skinny :D

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« Reply #26 on: April 12, 2017, 11:49:04 AM »
so sad that they can just up pot a small tree like that and sell it for more for me those look like 15 gallon trees....makes me just want to open up my own lychee nusery :)

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Re: Looking for large Sweetheart Lychee in SoCal
« Reply #27 on: April 12, 2017, 06:02:58 PM »
Comparison between 2 nurseries: (My experience buying Lychees trees at Mimosa ELA and other nursery) in Southern California:

15G Mauritius fr Mimosa East LA: March 2015 $90


15G Brewster fr. other nursery: March 2015 $90


Same prize, size and month of purchased, but:
Seems like the 15G fr Mimosa's roots had been filling the 15G pot for some time..., while the 15G fr the other nursery: I see they uppotted recently to 15G. (I can see the old smaller pot "soiled formed cylinder...").

Note: after 2 years in the ground, the Mauritius has been growing over three times as big as the Brewster...



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« Reply #28 on: April 12, 2017, 06:20:04 PM »
two different variety

Comparison between 2 nurseries: (My experience buying Lychees trees at Mimosa ELA and other nursery) in Southern California:

15G Mauritius fr Mimosa East LA: March 2015 $90


15G Brewster fr. other nursery: March 2015 $90


Same prize, size and month of purchased, but:
Seems like the 15G fr Mimosa's roots had been filling the 15G pot for some time..., while the 15G fr the other nursery: I see they uppotted recently to 15G. (I can see the old smaller pot "soiled formed cylinder...").

Note: after 2 years in the ground, the Mauritius has been growing over three times as big as the Brewster...

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« Reply #29 on: April 15, 2017, 02:32:32 AM »
You would be shocked to see how beautiful Cal. Tropics Lychee trees are...even IF you don't have an extra 10k in your wallet (that day). I was super impressed. They also have a Jaboticaba grove (In ground) as well! Yes they are overpriced, but still impressive nonetheless. Chris

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« Reply #30 on: April 17, 2017, 11:00:50 AM »
Comparison between 2 nurseries: (My experience buying Lychees trees at Mimosa ELA and other nursery) in Southern California:

15G Mauritius fr Mimosa East LA: March 2015 $90


15G Brewster fr. other nursery: March 2015 $90


Same prize, size and month of purchased, but:
Seems like the 15G fr Mimosa's roots had been filling the 15G pot for some time..., while the 15G fr the other nursery: I see they uppotted recently to 15G. (I can see the old smaller pot "soiled formed cylinder...").

Note: after 2 years in the ground, the Mauritius has been growing over three times as big as the Brewster...


 It looks like what you really got was a 7 gall but paid for a 15 gallon. That sucks.

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Re: Looking for large Sweetheart Lychee in SoCal
« Reply #31 on: April 17, 2017, 11:11:31 AM »
Sweetheart no bloom pruned too aggressive




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« Reply #32 on: April 18, 2017, 02:25:50 PM »
simon did you get the tree yet if so where?

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« Reply #33 on: April 18, 2017, 02:43:07 PM »
I did not get a large tree yet but Frank and Fang air layered one for me. I will plant the smaller one at my house and I still want to get a large one for my mother in laws yard. I'll probably go and check out California Tropicalfruit nursery when I get a chance.

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« Reply #34 on: April 21, 2017, 07:24:26 PM »
I picked up this 20 gallon sweetheart...


Not sure if its a good deal. All i know lychee are slow growers... i picked up a good size.
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« Reply #35 on: April 21, 2017, 11:11:57 PM »
from where and how much?

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« Reply #36 on: April 22, 2017, 03:13:21 AM »
Here is the photo from mimosa nursery..thats the one i got...










I even saw a beautiful brewster 20 gallon






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Re: Looking for large Sweetheart Lychee in SoCal
« Reply #37 on: April 22, 2017, 02:49:09 PM »
Those are good sized trees for very reasonable prices. Too bad it's just so far away from me.

Simon

 

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