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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: 'Bing' cherry blooming in fall?!
« on: November 26, 2018, 09:39:57 PM »
not sure if this is related but could be a reason why..

Tree surgeon Hiroyuki Wada told Japan's NHK news agency that the culprit is the extreme weather that plagued the island nation throughout the summer, specifically the major typhoons that lashed the country.
The Somei-yoshino variety of cherry blossom develops its buds during the summer months, Wada tells the state broadcaster, but the trees' leaves prevent their blooming by releasing a hormone that inhibits their growth.

Because many of the trees lost their foliage during the summers' violent storms, there has been nothing to stop the buds' development. This, coupled with warmer temperatures following the storms, has resulted in the earlier-than-planned blooming.
While the 350-or-so sightings this fall are considered to be aberrations, earlier-than-expected blossomings have been noted before. In 2013 unusually warm weather prompted sakura blooms 10 days earlier than average and 15 days earlier than the previous year.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pickering Mango container size?
« on: November 06, 2018, 02:20:08 PM »
have one in a 5 gallon pot for about a year now and the tree is about 5ft tall. i'll be repotting it probably into a 10 gallon pot for the next step up. and then see how that goes. i rather not have to keep on re-potting but it's prob best in the long run for the tree. also i get to amend the soil and check on the roots. i've only used dr. earth potting soil or the kellogg ones but i'll amend with worm castings, fertilizers etc. seems to be okay so far.

i would think that adding some wood chips around it would help improve the soil quality..and protect it too. every bit would help!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Osmocote on sale (Amazon)
« on: September 18, 2018, 02:32:43 PM »
i had to give it a try after reading some of the comments. got it at $15 too.

i'm sure most you know but using camelcamelcamel makes it easy to get alerted for any price drops in the range you want.

very little. not as robust as the other side or below that area.

but yea..the tree is very very was there when i was a kid..and now i have kids of my own...  :)

Is this tree oozing any gummy substances?

none that i could see...just bark peeling back on that half of the tree.

great. thanks for the replies. i'll get to painting it to protect it and hopefully heals.

Citrus General Discussion / Orange Tree Bark Splitting. Pictures Included
« on: September 07, 2018, 02:20:57 PM »
have this orange tree in the backyard where the past 2 years or so, this section of the tree keeps splitting it's bark. however sections of it still is trying to grow new leaves.

the other side of the tree seems fine. It has oranges growing right now.

Not sure exactly why...any advice would be appreciated. thanks!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Use aquarium water for plants
« on: August 28, 2018, 02:35:12 AM »
dang! good to know. i also switched to saltwater...but this is a good reason to setup a freshwater tank now.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Japanese Plum, Ume
« on: August 20, 2018, 09:20:29 PM »
I think I found one!!!

Still you should layer it :D v

awesome. glad you found one. i'll be your backup just incase in a few months. haha.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Japanese Plum, Ume
« on: August 20, 2018, 01:50:16 PM »
i'll keep you in mind. i've been wanting to air-layer a few branches from the main tree. i'll let you know how that goes in a few months. haha. i do go up to SJ a few times a year (driving) so if it goes well and too big to ship, i wouldn't mind meeting up. no guarantees but i'll try. haha.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Japanese Plum, Ume
« on: August 20, 2018, 03:40:45 AM »
are you looking for a tree or like scions.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: August 03, 2018, 12:47:34 AM »
Yeah use a nitrogen heavy fertilizer made for citrus and avocados.  Just use it in moderation and use it often when its hot.

which fertilizer are you using for your avocados?

I gave Spaugh a Mazzei injector for his commercial op and recommended this Peters food to inject for his avocados.  He loves them both.  This is probably the highest quality, high performance (strong) food you can get for N lovers.  Especially good for citrus too as this is the NPK they assimilate as revealed by leaf petiole tissue analysis.

thanks for letting me know about it. I'll give it a try and see how it goes.

@spaugh - thanks for letting me know about the salt issue.

i've only really used dr. earth fruit tree fertilizer the past year so i'll switch it up and see how it does.

Call up Champa Nursery in El Monte, (714) 213-7747. Thats where i got my Coconut Cream mango from.

how long ago was this?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: July 31, 2018, 03:20:49 AM »
Yeah use a nitrogen heavy fertilizer made for citrus and avocados.  Just use it in moderation and use it often when its hot.

which fertilizer are you using for your avocados?

interested too! let me know if any still available!

that's a good looking tree...before getting fried. but looks like it can recover..just cover up for the next few days with the heat coming in. did you order it online or was it a local nursery?

i had thought they need a good amount of humidity for this area. i almost wanted to try putting it into a greenhouse or something to provide more humidity for it.

i didn't realize how many mangosteen trees were in hawaii last time i went.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Brutal heatwave 7/06/18 in Socal
« on: July 17, 2018, 12:47:00 AM »
lost all my mangos.
i had a wax apple tree that was bursting with flowers this year...all burnt to a crisp. i see a few survivors hidden below though.
persimmon dropped a bunch of fruits
some avocado shriveled up
some avocado trees in pots lost all the leaves.
longan leaves got fried and lost some fruits
and i had a champaca tree that just got fried too.

figs took it like a champ though.

i don't quite ever remembering a heatwave like this before? but then i really started to pay attention to this 5-6 years ago. man..just brutal.

Here in California my Coco Cream and Maha Chanok mango trees are similar in growth insofar they are spreading and have a wide girth in terms if overall width of the tree.  The Nam Doc Mai #4 I have in the ground on manila rootstock is much more compact in growth and not as spreading as my coconut cream in the ground.

Would suggest the CC and Maha Chanok would be a good match. Not so with the Nam Doc Mai. Containers will Not work after more than 1-2 years as the trees will become rootbound and will outgrow even larger 25 gallon's. You can not grow a CC mango tree in a pot long term.


where did you get your coconut cream tree? been looking for one...or scions. thanks!
- johnny

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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