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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Decomposed granite and how to amend?
« on: March 17, 2018, 07:28:17 PM »
If only you live in San Diego.   You can have all the granite dust from my yard.

Yeah I could be a millionaire

I'm no tree hugger PETA member but killing every dear that gets near your fruit trees seems a bit excessive. You cant shoot 1 or 2 deer and fix the problem, more will keep coming.

Building a deer fence isnt that expensive really.  T posts are about 7$ a piece.  Tenex deer fence 7.5ft tall is around 50 cents a foot.  T post every 10 feet.  You can easily work out the cost.

The cost per acre decreases the more acres you fence in.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Decomposed granite and how to amend?
« on: March 17, 2018, 12:10:17 PM »
Mikey if its DG you should not really need ammending.  Top dress with heavy mulch and fertilize when necessary.  Thats what I do for my plants and all seem happy.  Myproperty is DG, at least 600ft deep nothing but granite.

The only plants I have ammended for are bananas.  For those I add a lot of compost.

Fence may work best long term, but will be very pricey.  I just checked, and it is in fact legal to get a nuisance deer permit, but I think I'll have to get declared as agricultural land, which I intended to do anyway.  It will lower my taxes a little, and I do plan on selling fruit eventually.

How big is the property?  How many feet of fence?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly!
« on: March 16, 2018, 11:04:20 PM »
Can't view the pic. Do Atkin carry smaller manila mango but not HD small?

They have their own propogated manilla or maybe champaigne mango.  They have 5 gallons that are a decent size.

Pissing, dog piss, hair, soap, hot pepper....  None of that crap works.  What works is a 7ft tall deer fence.  Tenex high tensile if you dont want to pay for welded wire.  8ft T post every 10ft and fencing material. 

Been there done that, no more deer problem.  They still eat anything hanging over but they don't come in the grove.  I go out in the early AM and they are just hanging out and not touching my garden.  We get along fine now.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lost tag
« on: March 16, 2018, 09:14:45 PM »
Yeah brazil cherry, looks like a nice plant.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Dragon fruit
« on: March 15, 2018, 10:32:30 PM »
Cuttings 7$
Shipping 12$ for medium flat rate box or 17$ for large box.
Cosmic charlie,
Dark star,
Natural mystic,
San ignacio,
American beauty,

I have some plants already rooted in pots also if you are local. Some that are 5 and 6 feet tall for 25$.  Everything for sale is in a greenhouse and actively growing.  They are not stalled out from winter and will be quick to root and grow.

Thanks Barath. For SoCal what’s your top 5?

Spaugh, I have Fredrick and young Blight Knight vine. Trying to graft BK to Fredrick. How does red rover taste and is it vigorous? Fredrick is very rigorous but is a little too tart to me.

Too soon for me to draw too many conclusions but red rover fruits are more flavorful than fredrick so far.  Both vines are growing crazy fast. 

That said, flowers and fruit look very similar.  They are both edulis cultivars and not significant difference.  I may yank one and replace with a different species later this year.  The problem with these plants is they take so much space.  Hard to cram in a lot of different types.

barath, I just saw this thread for the first time.  Wow you have quite the collection of passionfruit.  I would be interested in acquiring cuttings from you if they are available.  I have a "red rover" edulis and fredrick and a baby lilikoi that is still getting started in the greenhouse.  The red rovers seem better tasting but smaller than fredrick so far but plants are still less than 1 year old. 

What part of southern CA are you moving to?

Walter andersons has strawberry, lemon and pieapple guavas.  I have a couple large plaants that I want to take out.  For 20$, they are both yours.  You dig them out and take them home.  They are like 3ft x 3ft size.  They grow really fast by the way.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Trees Flowering
« on: March 13, 2018, 05:56:47 PM »
I was looking at my neighbors citrus trees today.  They are big mature trees and are completely loaded with fruit.  The guy does absolutely nothing for his trees.  No water, no fertilizer, no trimming, spraying or care.  He can't even eat citrus, he is missing about half of his teeth or more.  Guy is a total hillbilly, the rest of the yard is full of old cars and junk.  Made me think about this when I read the post about careful watering and pampering of citrus.  Doesnt seem that necessary for my neighbor.  I will snap some photos of his trees. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Possible Hydroponics Candidates?
« on: March 13, 2018, 05:42:34 PM »
Not super stropical but strawberries do well in small net pots in a bucket with full water and air stone.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: March 12, 2018, 09:18:20 PM »
Rob, thanks for the detailed reply.  Both sides of the fence are mine, it's my deer protection for the land we are farming.  Whatever hangs on the other side will probably be eaten by deer.  Plan is to train them up the inside then loop through and back over at the top to keep most inside.  Worse case, I can throw an electric wire along the outside of the fence if need be.  I am not sure the white paint will be a bad thing, it's pretty hot where I live.  Like surface of the sun hot.  We are way inland on a south facing hill that gets roasted.   I may try and put 1 of each type in 1 black and 1 white pot and see how that goes or maybe 2 per pot like you said.  I also have a lot more of the fence panels laying around not being used.  At least 6 more 24 ft sections that are laying in another part of my yard.  And lots more welded wire.  And lots more pots and dirt.  I am going to put them on a drip system so I don't have to deal with watering.  Very good input on alternating species and under filling pots.  I will make a spreadsheet and try and order things accordingly.  Was going to group them by color but your idea is better.  Thank you very muchfor the help.


Stuart is a good upright, smaller size tree with excellet fruit.  8 to 9 months to go from flower to ripe fruit.  They are small fruits though.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: March 12, 2018, 12:34:39 PM »
I acquired a bunch of free pots from a landscaper and am going to put different DF cuttigs in them along a welded wire fence.  I have a neumatic paint sprayer and already did 16 pots.  Going to put a quick coat on the fence rails.  Otherwise the rails and the pots get super hot in summer. 

I am thinking 1 cutting per 15gal pot.  1 pot every 3ft.  Anything special you guys would do with the materials on hand to make it better?  I have a bunch of old trex 2x2s laying around also. 

For soil, I am going to use decomposed granite local soil mixed with compost and steer manure. 

Input on anything?  Changes?

My buddy has one thats very old and it makes loads of fruits.  He never waters it and its up on a hill.  The fruit falls everywhere and makes a mess.  The tree would surely produce even more if he watered it occasionally.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Surinam cherry leaves turning red.
« on: March 09, 2018, 02:02:27 PM »
Nice area, I always look at those houses along thet 52 and think how nice it looks up on that hill.  Is your yard looking north or south?

I wasn't trying to tell you your zone was incorrect or anything, I just find it interesting how everyone has different weather that doesnt always go according to the zones.  I think the zone systems are not that accurate in san diego because of all the hills and valleys.  The zone map itself it pretty interesting to look at also. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Surinam cherry leaves turning red.
« on: March 09, 2018, 01:52:17 PM »
What part of San Diego do you live in?  I am just curious because your profile says 10B.  I think my house is offically 9B but we didn't get any frost.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Surinam cherry leaves turning red.
« on: March 09, 2018, 12:18:05 PM »
We recently had some cold nights. Is the red tinge of the leaves due to some sort of cold shock?

Yes, new leaves should be red too! it is a sign of a healthy plant. They do that to protect themselves from freezing, they can resist -7º C

My new flushes are red, the rest of the plant is dark green.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hoop house
« on: March 08, 2018, 06:04:23 PM »
I have a lot of glyphosate.  The power company pays for it so I will maintain a fire break for them.

I have 2 kinds.  41% and 41% with premerchent (total control).

I am thinking remove everything and nail it with the nuclear stuff and then move back in.

Its more pain for me mark because I have lots of small propogation pots crammed together.  I have to move them all out to spray or risk getting on all the plants.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hoop house
« on: March 08, 2018, 01:37:12 PM »
I have a lot of weeds in the hoop house.  Big surprise I know.  What do you guys think about spraying with a pre emerchant?  I hate to spray chemicals in there but I wonder if I kill the weeds and sterilize it with pre emerchent that weeds will stay gone?

I would get a longer stake so that you can strap the branch onto it and pull it upwards like mentioned. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: North-facing hillsides
« on: March 02, 2018, 10:34:25 AM »
Seems like avocado is doing the worse over at the neighbors house.  They are on a really steep hill too by the way.  With lots of shade trees and a house above the grove.  So with the exception of things that have to hang for 14+ months on the tree, you would most likely not have much issue.

That is assuming you don't have anything at the top of your hill to the south, it should be OK.  During summer, the hill will get plenty of sun.

I realized now you are further north so that may have impact on your trees also.  Now is a good time of year to go observe the hill and see how much shade its getting. 

Plant tall trees at the bottom (north end) of hill.  A little planning will go a long way.

I am in the same boat. I grafted my cherimoya with so many different scions past week and I want more! So far I have:
Anona Rosada
Genova Red
El Bumpo
La Habra Gold
Jumbo AP
Giant Atis
Arka Sahan

Wow thats a lot of grafting.  Please keep an update of how it goes.

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