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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Inducing flowering and fruiting
« on: March 25, 2017, 02:43:02 PM »
With girdling, you remove the cambium. It's like marcotting or taking an air layer but you allow the cambium to re connect in the case of girdling. Someone on this forum mentioned that a tie such as a paperclip can be used on Jaboticabas to induce flowering.

You basically want to block photosynthates from going back down the tree.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jackfruit marcotting air layering
« on: March 25, 2017, 12:54:08 PM »
I haven't tried this technique yet but it may work well for jackfruit.
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Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Over 60 grafts
« on: March 24, 2017, 05:58:40 PM »
Hey Max, how's your tree doing? I would love to see a picture of how the canopy looks now. I just top worked one of my friends large trees with a few varieties. Thanks,

Simon


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Large avocado...
« on: March 24, 2017, 05:55:18 PM »
That sounds like you may have an interesting seedling! If it increases production and the size of the fruit is consistent, it will be a good candidate for naming and preserving. You should share scions in case something happens to the tree. Does the fruit oxidize fast or slow? Some varieties like Reed will not turn brown even when cut open and refrigerated for a day.

Simon

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That tree is very small with very little foliage so I agree with the others to not prune now. With Lychees, you really want to let it grow and establish a decent canopy that can later protect the inner canopy from wind damage. Mauritius grows really well around my area, it seems to tolerate higher pH soils.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Inducing flowering and fruiting
« on: March 24, 2017, 05:03:17 PM »
Girdling will work on many trees.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What to grow next?
« on: March 24, 2017, 05:02:16 PM »
If you want to impress yourself and friends, try miracle fruit. Fruit sized trees can be ordered online. Pineapples are another fruit that might work in your situation.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado pits stuck? Fruits falling
« on: March 22, 2017, 05:45:02 PM »
I'm glad your watering according to weather and not on a strict schedule as it can be wasteful and detrimental to your trees. Hopefully the issue will resolve itself once your tree has fully matured.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado pits stuck? Fruits falling
« on: March 22, 2017, 04:58:03 PM »
Your soil does look moist and worms are usually a good sign. The reason why it looked like water stress to me is because the older leaves were all pointed down and curled up a bit. When new growth occurs or there are changes in conditions, it can stress your plants into dropping fruit. Your trees are still young and they actually look very healthy.

If you are watering about every other day, you may not be allowing the soil to dry out enough and your trees can get root rot. Looks like you are on a slope how ever so you may be safe.

When younger trees start blooming, they often coincide with a large leaf drop which may explain the downward pointing leaves. Your trees really do look pretty good, I hope you like Avocado smoothies and guacamole:) you'll be burried in Avocados in no time.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grafting various fruit trees
« on: March 22, 2017, 04:46:59 PM »
the trick with loquat is to collect scions and graft when the tree is not flowering. Immediately after fruit harvest is a good time to collect scions and graft.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lemon Zest Seedling Project
« on: March 22, 2017, 03:49:01 PM »
That sounds really promising, please save me one or two scions when your tree is large enough:)

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado pits stuck? Fruits falling
« on: March 22, 2017, 02:58:35 PM »
Agreed, looks like water stress. It takes about a year for Hass to be ripe and the season is generally about April-Oct depending on where you live and how large your tree is. It seems the lack of water may have caused them to fall off prematurely. Perhaps Carlos can chime in.

Simon

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The blooms come after it loses its leaves so the other plant may flower as well if you strip its leaves or wait for them to naturally fall off. I would not allow a small plant to hold fruit as the quality will definitely be sub par. Wait until the plant is large enough and has lots of leaves to ensure the quality will be better.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado pits stuck? Fruits falling
« on: March 22, 2017, 09:06:44 AM »
How long has the fruit been holding on the tree? If they stay on the tree too long, they can become hard and rubbery or woody. Are you experiencing a new flush? A picture of your tree and fruit may be helpful in a diagnosis.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grafting various fruit trees
« on: March 22, 2017, 08:22:16 AM »
I generally graft according to the condition of my rootstocks and scions. I like to graft when the rootstocks are showing signs that they are about to push or when they have already begun pushing new growth. Prepping scions by removing leaves and waiting for the petiole scars to swell will ensure your scions are in top shape. If the apical bud is already swolllen, there is no need to prep the scion.

simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seed grown Longan blooming!
« on: March 21, 2017, 10:36:50 PM »
I hope you get some fruit this year! Please keep us updated.

Simon

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Oh man I really need to contact my buddy at the Kesar farm,  I really loved those mangoes.

Please tell your friend that we are still waiting for the Jumbo Kesars here in the USA. I was hoping they would show up in the supermarkets around here last year. I hope the plantation is still doing well.

Simon

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When I get a box of Cherimoyas, I hasten the ripening of a few fruit so that their ripening time is spread out. I use a box filled with shredded paper and put the Moyas in so that they are not touching, top with shredded paper and close the box and place in a warm location, about 85-90F. Make sure to keep them out of air conditioning as this will retard the ripening process. These fruit will ripen several days to a week earlier than the other fruit kept at room temperature but it depends on many other factors such as how ripe they were to begin with and how warm your ambient temperature is.

This is also how I try to get many different varieties of mangos to ripen at the same time for our annual Mango tastings.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lemon Zest Seedling Project
« on: March 21, 2017, 05:46:25 PM »
Wgphil,

It may be worth a try to break a leaf from each seedling and smelling the sap to see if it's citrusy. Do you happen to have a Lemon Zest? If you do, I wonder how different the Orange Sherbet seedlings leaves smell compared to the Lemon Zest?

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Bugs on Mango's
« on: March 21, 2017, 05:40:21 PM »
Yup, looks like mealybugs to me. Your local garden center should have a type of orchard spray to kill these bugs. Just as the nurseryman for their advice on a mealybug spray. A type of orchard spray that has some Sulfur in it may slightly help with any sooty mold you get as a consequence of the mealybug exudates.

Simon

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Hey Raulglezruiz,

The Jehengar is an excellent sweet mango that has a bit if that classic Indian resin taste but that Indian resin taste is much more prominent in Alphonso and Kesar. The flavor profile of Kesar is such that even a person not accustomed to that strong Indian resin flavor could still enjoy this fruit. In fact, I brought several Kesars to my work and everyone that sampled the fruit said it was one of the best mangos they have ever tasted and then they asked me where they can purchase some fruit.

The Jehengar was excellent and has an unusually almost white or beige flesh color with a uniquely delicious undertone that is very difficult to put into words. It's almost like a guava type of savory umami, slightly resembling that unique taste I get from the Ice Cream mango that Maurice Kong introduced. I would definitely add Kesar to my collection if I didn't already have it. Actually, if you can get it, Jumbo Kesar is supposed to taste the same as Kesar except it is much larger.

Simon

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Once you have your tree planted, keep it watered but don't over do it. When a tree is first planted, it will need more frequent watering as the roots have not established yet but keep in mind that Mangos are regarded as drought tolerant and when the rootzone is kept constantly moist, there is little physiological need for the plant to send its roots out farther in search of more resources. I would hazard to guess that more rookie Mango growers have killed their mango trees from over watering rather than under watering. Over watering can decrease oxygen levels, promoting anaerobic conditions which can lead to root rot.

I want to re emphasize here that you should be planting seedlings that are not grafted. This means that you will either need to learn to graft or know someone that can do the grafting for you. This may seem like a lot of trouble to go through but if you want a healthy, large and productive tree, I highly recommend this route if you are looking for something other than Valencia Pride, Alphonso and a few other varieties that seem to perform ok on Florida/Turpentine rootstock.

If you do plant a pre grafted Florida/Turpentine rootstock tree, you will get annual blooms which will significantly slow down the overall growth of your tree. I also want to point out that not all Turpentine rootstock are bad performers here in SoCal. Leo Manuel has planted Turpentine seeds and used them with success.

Simon

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Kesar Mango
http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=2358.0


Jumbo Kesar
http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=20763.msg255311#msg255311

Behl, I have Kesar grafted onto my multigraft and it's currently flowering so maybe we will be able to taste it when grown in San Diego. I only Grafted a small branch so it may not even hold any fruit but I'll definitely bring it to the tasting table.

Simon

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Behl, I'll definitely post here as soon as I see them in the markets. I'll also post pictures, Brix and a taste report as they roll in.

Here's a teaser from last year. http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=20091.0

Simon

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