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Hmm... that tree looks indistinguishable from a standard finger lime. Somehow I was expecting something intermediate between the two. Looks really healthy though.
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: GEM avocado in Los Angeles area?
« Last post by mmhendrie on October 20, 2018, 11:49:18 PM »
terrific - thanks so much folks - this is just the sort of thing I would have done wrong. Hugely appreciated. I plan on planting where i currently have grass and putting a short bark mulch perimeter around the trunk. The location gets sun consistently 8am-6pm, is that sufficient? In terms of water, it will be in the path of one or two sprinkler heads that is currently keeping the grass green. I think they're on either 2 or 3 times per week for 8 minutes each time, at around 1am. Anything sound like a red flag there? Do I need to water daily for a period of time after planting? I read about under watering and over watering, and its tough to figure out what's what as a beginner - are there any good rules of thumb when it comes to watering?
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: SF Bay Area Tropical Fruit Experiment
« Last post by Zpusher on October 20, 2018, 11:17:18 PM »
Excellent video, I believe he's a member of the forum. Hopefully we get a video of how his plants did after this winter is over.
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What causes Atemoya/cherimoya graft dieback ??
« Last post by Guanabanus on October 20, 2018, 10:15:43 PM »
Looks good.

I often loose about half of my top-worked Annona grafts, so join the club!
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / SF Bay Area Tropical Fruit Experiment
« Last post by SoCal2warm on October 20, 2018, 09:03:54 PM »
I don't know if any of you have seen this. This guy is around the San Francisco Bay area, zone 9b

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1e7cxoXeJo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FSOb4hdF8Q

Quick summary of what survived and what didn't:

Thrived:
Longan (although one of the trees died)
Starfruit
Jaboticaba (several different species)
Cabelluda
Suriname Cherry
Cherry of the Rio Grande
Cherimoya (although one of the trees died)
Atemoya
Lucuma

Damaged but did not completely die:
Cinammon  (half of the new growth died back)
Grumichama
some of the mangos

Died or mostly died:
Lychee
Green Sapote
Achachairu
Luc's Garcinia
Imbe
Black Sapote
Peanut Butter Fruit
Pitomba
Cinnamon Apple
Wax Apple (note about the Wax Apple, I am aware of a few people with thriving Wax Apple trees in Southern California, zone 10 )
Bay Rum
most of the mangos

The lowest the Winter temperature got down to was 28 F. There was some frost on the surface of the soil.
He didn't bother protecting any of the plants.

His bananas also look good too.
He's also growing oranges and a macadamia nut tree.
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Finger Lime/ Key Lime Cross Sets First Fruit
« Last post by Kevin Jones on October 20, 2018, 08:19:31 PM »
Tree and leaf images:






Kevin
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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking for Swap from Peru and Thailand
« Last post by bbudd on October 20, 2018, 07:56:04 PM »
PM sent
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« Last post by spaugh on October 20, 2018, 07:34:54 PM »
You really should get ahold of some Sugar Dragon variety. I personally havnt tried the new, larger yellow fruits that have started showing up recently, but I know I wasn't a fan of the original yellow Megalanthus. It wasn't its sugar content either that turned me off, in fact, it was almost the opposite. To me, Megalanthus yellow tastes almost entirely of sugar, like eating old time rock candy, pure sweet but no other flavor. I do know some of the darker reds and magentas are getting pushed into high sugar production, but for me its not all about sweet. Add a bit of fruity flavor to that, though , and now we're talking.
Having said that, Im hoping I can get a chance to check out that new yellow variety sometime soon to I can give an honest, personal, comparison.

Its just sugar flavor again.

I had some sugar bomb american beauties here that were as sweet as the yellows plus a nice grape floral rose flavor.  Excellent.  I prefer that any day over the giant yellow. The fruits are larger and easier to grow too.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: GEM avocado in Los Angeles area?
« Last post by CA Hockey on October 20, 2018, 07:12:19 PM »
Yes, totally agree with brad. Get a smaller tree. It will outstrip the larger tree within a season or 2.
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: GMO Papaya/Solo Papayas in Florida
« Last post by fsanchez2002 on October 20, 2018, 06:49:45 PM »
I have been harvesting from all 4 types of Solo papayas here in Sarasota, FL 34240. These Waimanalo X-77 were soft on the "tree" this morning and taste incredible. There have been some what I believe is fungal issues on the skin and some have worms from the Papaya wasp but I haven't been proactive in bagging or using the tanglefoot/green ball method. I am wondering if the fungus enters through the stinging injuries.

SOLO TYPES WILL GROW AND FRUIT IN FLORIDA AND THE TASTE IS BETTER THAN ANY OTHER PAPAYA I HAVE EATEN.

I will try some grafting experiments at a later time with Red Lady or another reliable Florida producer rootstock to see if that helps push them along in the cooler months. 



I've grown and harvested Waimanalo X77 in SoFl and IMO these are hands down the best papayas I've ever had. They've also resisted for over 2 years without ringspot virus, but finally giving up.
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