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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Visiting Hawaii - Recommendations?
« on: June 01, 2018, 02:52:52 AM »
Last time I was at Frankies, Lynn wouldn't pack them for USDA so I just bought the plants and barerooted them at the USDA office at the airport. The people were real nice, they even supplied me with a bucket of water and newspapers and inspected the plants. I hope they are still helping out. After they passed them I packed the plants in a plastic tote and they tagged it. I got some nice unusual lychees, wax jambus and cainito.

oh sweet...didn't know you could actually bring back plants like that. i know plumerias were okay...this changes my gameplan next time i go back to hawaii.

hit up chinatown to try what's in season.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Wax Jambu anyone?
« on: May 30, 2018, 09:11:28 PM »
the santa ana winds below most of the leaves off for me. that's alot of flowers! no flowers i guess this year since it's putting it's energy back into growing new leaves.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pakistani Mulberry Tree Too Big
« on: April 27, 2018, 04:51:11 PM »
do the fruits grow on new branches or old? have the same problem....guess at least it means the tree is healthy.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: will loquat survive if cut in half ?
« on: April 27, 2018, 04:50:02 PM »
you were able to just cut off the top and re-pot it? no need for airlaying? hmm...maybe i should try the same.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: April 09, 2018, 01:49:31 AM »
I remember your post now.  It looks like a hass type but seed looks larger than normal hass.  Maybe gwen hass or just a hass seedling.  Is the tree fairly small for its age? 

You should let some fruit hang on the tree through summer to figure out when is the best time to pick them.  Its ok to let them hold this years and next years fruit at the same time.



oh that helps! the tree has been around the same size for a looong time. i can't wrap my arms around the trunks of the trees....although back in 2012-14 it looked like it was about to die but has now come back. i did find some pictures of avocados i had picked from that tree and those were from july so i'm still early then compared to when i had picked most of them last year. but i'll pay more attention to the colors this time.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: April 09, 2018, 01:20:42 AM »
Wow, are you sure that's a Hass tree you have? Did you get it from a Nursery or ? Hass usually as a smaller seed, could be seedling maybe?

this is from my parent's backyard. super old tree...decades old....

When hass fruits are starting to get a decent oil content they turn dull green and then darkish green almost black on the tree.  If they are bright green they need more time.

i'm not 100% sure it was a haas. the skin is super pebbly...but i'll try to take another pic of one that isn't as black as that.
thanks spaugh for the tips. i'll leave the remaining ones on the tree longer and see how that goes.

i've been picking them based on size and not color. :P

oh! i just realized that i had posted once about what type they were but we couldn't pinpoint exactly what they were. the avocado above is the middle one.



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: April 08, 2018, 06:32:39 PM »
Hi everyone

So we have this hass avocado tree where we have a hard time figuring out when itís ripe or not. Itíll turn black on the outside but the inside is still pretty hard. And also quite bland.

So Iím not sure whatís the issue. Not enough water? Need more fertilizer? Thanks!



Let it hang on the tree longer

thanks for the advice. i'll leave the ones on the trees for a bit longer. I had thought they were done since the tree is flowering again.

from what i've read...haas season here in socal is around feb to july?


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: April 08, 2018, 04:10:14 PM »
Hi everyone

So we have this hass avocado tree where we have a hard time figuring out when itís ripe or not. Itíll turn black on the outside but the inside is still pretty hard. And also quite bland.

So Iím not sure whatís the issue. Not enough water? Need more fertilizer? Thanks!



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Wax apples
« on: April 07, 2018, 03:06:38 AM »
mine are still potted after 3 years. they lost alot of their leaves from the santa ana winds we had awhile ago. the previous year, they lost the leaves due to the cold front we had too. but seem to be pretty hardy so far. i have 3 potted and they're taking turns fruiting each year.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Guava from taiwan
« on: February 18, 2018, 05:41:58 PM »
did you take a picture of it?

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so is there eventually going to be a ban on selling citrus trees in CA? like you won't be able to find them anymore at home depot etc?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ca atemoya taste
« on: January 19, 2018, 01:26:28 PM »
decided to pick the largest one and let it sit on the counter for a few days. my wife is more the expert and she approves. alot of work and time but worth it!





though..i found a smaller one that turned purple on the tree still.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ca atemoya taste
« on: January 18, 2018, 04:24:44 PM »
what is considered atemoya season here in socal? i have ones of varying sizes this year (first time - alot of hand pollinating) but not sure when they're ready to go.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango Turpentine Rootstock Update
« on: January 14, 2018, 11:34:52 PM »
Hey I was wondering about that recently. In Florida we get a summer crop of turpentine but the larger growers must need root stock year round. It makes sense they might go abroad to get them.

so if we order any type of mango from florida, it's most likely turpentine then?

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: HLB Getting Worse in California
« on: January 13, 2018, 12:54:27 PM »
sorry..i am not sure. i've just recently gotten into keeping fruit trees and am still learning alot and catching up with reading old posts on this forum. i've begun to really appreciate older trees and at my parents house they have lots of fruits trees that were there before i was born so i've taken a stronger interest in keeping them healthy. i'll post if i get more info if i come across it on fb.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: HLB Getting Worse in California
« on: January 12, 2018, 11:37:39 PM »
this was shown on my fb feed tonight....



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jambu wax apple in trouble?
« on: January 05, 2018, 02:32:49 AM »
should be okay i think. the leaves are still there. just make sure to not overwater it. mine lost like 80% of it's leaves from the last santa ana winds a few weeks ago.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: California Keitt at Aldi
« on: November 18, 2017, 11:03:22 PM »
went to check it out...walking to the entrance saw a lady push a cart out with at least 30 mangos. so i hurried in. and in front of the mango section was another lady who was picked up another 25....by the time i got to it, it was slim pickings but i picked up 4 to try and at least get some rootstock to try.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rooting Guava Cuttings - need Help
« on: November 12, 2017, 12:22:30 PM »
i tried at first some cuttings that were maybe a bit thinner than a pencil. (in hindsight, they were a bit too skinny). left a leaf or two and cut the leaves in half. put them in a small pot with some soiless mix and covered them up with a water bottle to create a humid environment. then put them in a shady area with no direct sunlight.

none of them took. (however, figs, loquats all took - all of different sizes from pencil diameter to 1.5" diameter thick branches).

i'm going to try a larger diameter on the guava next to see.

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go get some mangos planted in your yard now. (home depot still has some manila mangos around).  let them get settled in and maybe around summer time you can look into getting some scions for grafting. best bet for scions around that time are the members here or you can check online (ebay etc).

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Strawberry plants? where to go?
« on: November 07, 2017, 12:56:06 AM »
waiting for their season to start again so i can stock up.

http://www.usberryplants.com/

also...there's nothing like growing strawberries using towers (vertical gardening).

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How to open a mango seed. . . .
« on: October 26, 2017, 01:08:11 AM »
dang. newbie here. i thought the husk was a seed and just tossed it into a pot. didn't know the seed was inside! just ate a mango so i just snip off a tiny bit of the husk and just snipped the edges till i could pry it open. maybe this will make it grow faster now without the husk!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mosquito fruits??
« on: October 18, 2017, 09:31:43 PM »
good excuse to tell the wife we need a pond now.  ;)

had someone come out from https://www.sgvmosquito.org/ last year and she was telling me they tried to see what would kill the eggs and they even hatched in bleach.  :o

dead leaves that curl up near sprinklers? they'll hatch from there too. i've seen some DIY traps that uses brown sugar and yeast...might try that.

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Upgraded cold frames for growing trees.
« on: October 16, 2017, 11:10:18 PM »



That's a Satsuma mandarin in there, and although kind of flimsy this should be more than suitable for zone 8. Also notice there are some water containers inside to help hold heat.

nice! where did you find that frame at?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mosquito fruits??
« on: October 16, 2017, 10:44:58 PM »
probably. anything that can hold some water and they'll breed. been in invasion of mosquitoes in the SGV area for the past 2 years. gone are the days of just going out in shorts and tshirt and not get bit.

the most vicious are the tiger mosquitoes. those SOB follow you into the house whenever they can and bite all day long.

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