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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: Today at 06:15:24 PM »
The quickest way I’ve found to root cuttings is take a fresh cutting and dip in rooting hormone, then place in shade for a week or two to let it callous over. Then plant 4 inches deep in we’ll draining mediums, then tie a stake to the cutting, after that I place a clear plastic bag over it and place in warm shade or greenhouse. They root real quick that way.
I had 100% success establishing 40 plants directly in the soil. I did not cut the branches into sections as some do. I made my cuttings cut at the natural growing 'breaks' between sections which are woody rather than fleshy. Still, I did leave them for weeks to harden and some began to root into air. These I planted directly out into the field into amended soil. One month after planting I sprayed with fish emulsion. Two weeks later they began sprouting and I thinned those to one leader only. They are beginning to climb the poles.

So, in a good climate it is possible to plant directly in soil. Many of the successful commercial growers in Thailand, Mexico, Colombia and Ecuador can be seen in videos planting the way I did. Hopefully I am emulating their success.
Being in a dry climate in San Diego, I use the plastic bag to increase the humidity since these plants come from real humid areas. Staking it keeps the roots from being disturbed while rooting. If you have a large, thick cutting you can get fruit in 2 years after it has rooted.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: December 12, 2017, 04:06:11 PM »
The quickest way I’ve found to root cuttings is take a fresh cutting and dip in rooting hormone, then place in shade for a week or two to let it callous over. Then plant 4 inches deep in we’ll draining mediums, then tie a stake to the cutting, after that I place a clear plastic bag over it and place in warm shade or greenhouse. They root real quick that way.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grafting onto cold hardy Annonas
« on: December 12, 2017, 03:57:29 PM »
I doubt it would work because the rootstock goes into dormancy for so long. All of the other annonas need constant pushing.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cacao seeds and seedlings
« on: December 09, 2017, 02:48:25 AM »
Forget about fruiting a cacao outside down here in San Diego. I had a decent sized one in a 15 gallon that was starting to flower that I left out of the greenhouse 2 nights when it got into the 40's and it was toast in a week. We just don't warm up enough in the days to make up for cold nights. I've never had frost and my tender subtropicals struggle in the constant temps below 50. We are lucky to get a jackfruit to hold onto the tree through the winter and size up to maturity even though the trees do just fine. Growing the trees and fruiting are totally different.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: nance cold hardiness
« on: December 09, 2017, 02:40:54 AM »
I think they aren't as cold hardy as acerola, they don't need that much humidity to do ok, but to really fruit good they need a Nayarit, Mexico type of climate.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: nance cold hardiness
« on: December 08, 2017, 09:16:40 PM »
My friend fruits his nance up above Escondido in N. San Diego.

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4-5 years is about right. I fruited an seedling Atemoya from Taiwan in 4 years in a pot.

Mark

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Has anyone fruited Namibia Orange? I've had cuttings for several years, but finally planted it out 2 summers ago. I haven't had any blooms. The guy I got it from said that it originally came from the late father of the guy that owns Papaya Tree Nursery. When I asked Alex about it, he didn't know anything about it. I gave cuttings to I believe Leo, Simon, Sven and Richard Reid, and I haven't heard of any of them getting fruit yet. I'm wondering if it is just an epiphyllum? If anyone has a photo of theirs I can compare what I have to theirs.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Wax Jambu recommendations
« on: November 29, 2017, 01:02:38 PM »
Hello,
  I wanted to see which wax jambu variety do you all recommend?
My favorite which has a good flavor is one named “Kecil” I got it from Frankies awhile back.

that's the green one, right? if so, that's a good one!
Yes, it's the green one. It has a more round shape

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Wax Jambu recommendations
« on: November 28, 2017, 07:41:05 PM »
Hello,
  I wanted to see which wax jambu variety do you all recommend?
My favorite which has a good flavor is one named “Kecil” I got it from Frankies awhile back.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: wow plantogram prices
« on: November 27, 2017, 08:19:04 PM »
You used to be able to get small miracle fruit trees from a Home Depot for around $25 but they were very small. I looked around and wanted a big tree and they had the biggest trees for the price that I could find.

Mark, can’t you graft Maprang onto Mango? I bet you could do it at your location, especially if you keep it in a greenhouse until it’s older or if you Graft onto a vigorous Mango.

Simon
Simon, I was looking into grafting it, but it seems that everyone has had a hard time.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: wow plantogram prices
« on: November 27, 2017, 08:04:20 PM »
I just ordered a couple of maprang trees from them, trying to see if they can make it in San Diego.

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Hasn't there been issues with plants being mislabeled, or w/o labels at all at Exotica?
The ones on turpentine in the ground in the back have been there for years and they are only a few feet tall, it may be from lack of care also. The lychees, longans and annonas in the back lot are doing real well though.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mini Guava
« on: November 22, 2017, 11:41:32 AM »
Wow, variegated? I was looking for this one for years. I saw some pics on the other forum ones but the guy who owned the variegated plant said he lost it. I would like to have some seeds if not a scion. Do you think you could ask your friend if he can sell some? My fruits are not tart at all. I will repot it in spring.
I'll see what I can do.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mini Guava
« on: November 22, 2017, 02:10:29 AM »
My tree is in a 5 gallon pot and is pretty bushy. Below is a photo of the latest ripe fruit. It is a bit tart at this stage and the ones that are more ripe are milder.

My friend has one that is variegated and is small like these.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mini Guava
« on: November 22, 2017, 12:15:18 AM »
Here is a photo of my mini-guava.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: lisa Atemoya
« on: November 21, 2017, 10:35:00 PM »
One think about Ongs that is different from other nurseries is he doesn't put a 5 gallon plant in a 15 gallon container. He is honest and he has the most diverse plants for sale. 40 varieties of Wax Jambu!Go up to California Tropicals in Vista and you'll see some pretty high prices. I saw a 45 gallon Chico for $4000. The guys that import some of the rare items have to pay quite a bit and then if the inspector from the AG dept. sees one illegal (hitchhiker) bug then everything within 15 feet has to be destroyed. Also it takes years to grow some of these sub-tropicals up to a size that customers want.

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I've got a fruiting one in Chula Vista, I believe it is a Pantin variety. It fruited once and then died back, but is doing fine now. I Have another one in a 25 gal. pot that is doing fine.

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Looks like a great trip

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Longan plant
« on: November 17, 2017, 11:29:38 PM »
I highly doubt a longan fruiting at 5 years from seed, airlayers usually take up to 4 years to fruit.

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Which were the best ones?

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Thanks Oscar!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What Is Eating My Papayas?
« on: November 15, 2017, 07:12:53 PM »
Probably a rat unless you have tree squirrels in your area.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Can coconut palm survive anywhere in CA?
« on: November 15, 2017, 05:56:42 PM »
The only one that survived for several years was one planted near a sidewalk in Newport Beach. Another one according to Jim Neitzel was being grown by Paul Fisher in El Cajon near San Diego. I’ve had a Manila palm aka. Christmas palm  in a 25 gallon outside for almost 10 years, this is the first year it has produced the bright red seeds which look like Christmas lights.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pond apple rootstock San Diego
« on: November 15, 2017, 12:20:59 AM »
I also had one in a 15 gallon, it wasn't doing too well so I took a cutting and grafted it to an in ground cherimoya. The one in the pot died, and the graft has flowered the last two years and sets fruit late around now, but I haven't got a fruit to survive to maturity. I don't get frost, but the prolonged under 50-55 degree nights and not really any warm days for a few months is probably the reason it doesn't thrive.

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