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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 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.

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.

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).

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.

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

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!

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 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.

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?

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.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: jujube FRUIT u-pick
« on: October 09, 2017, 01:14:18 AM »
I get over 60 gallons of fruit a year pickers use ladders and i made a picker/shaker pole  also new deck is 17 feet from the ground so i can use my pole to shake the top of the tree tarps or sheets of plastic on the ground catch most of the fruit .       Patrick

i need to see a picture of this! that sounds like some serious business. haha.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Guava ID?
« on: October 08, 2017, 05:14:35 PM »
greenman62 - thanks for the help. definitely happy that it fruited this year for like a 15ft tree (need ladders to reach the top) finally after like who knows how many years. was just curious to get an idea of what it could be just to know. but help from members here and using that info for more research is pretty educational too.

Yes, top work it and graft on the varieties you like to eat.

Are the mume fruits good? Maybe consider bringing cuttings to your local scion exchange where you can pick up other varieties of stone fruits. These happen in mid-Jan/Feb around LA.

You actually missed a pretty good graywater presentation this morning at the arboretum in Arcadia.

was the presentation part of the crfg? i'll have to pay more attention to the events then.

the ume plums i don't think you can just eat them. they're mostly used to make umeboshi....lots of pickling involved. i rather have something edible and i can't imagine removing the tree.

local scion that also part of crfg?

another question....going with the grafting idea...i assume i could cut the branches down almost to the trunk and then graft whatever variety i'm looking at from that point on?

We have this mature ume plum tree. Fruits like crazy but we just don’t have a use for ume plums.  My mom used to make umeboshi with them.

I don’t even want it to be removed due to the age and size of it. Could I top work it down and graft it then? i thought maybe with all the expert grafters here on the forum that someone could give me an idea of what i can do with a tree this size.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Guava season in Socal
« on: October 07, 2017, 05:46:15 PM »
adding my socal guava pics to this thread that i had posted about trying to get an ID but so far the best bet is mexican guava.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Guava season in Socal
« on: October 06, 2017, 12:56:46 AM »
how does the inside look like?

and it's definitely guava season! everytime i open the fridge or walk into the kitchen, it's guava!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2017 SoCal mango tasting
« on: October 04, 2017, 01:43:06 AM »
when is prime grafting time for mango in socal?

gonna get some rootstock in the ground now and have them ready!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Brazilian Papaya
« on: October 04, 2017, 12:42:25 AM »
NOt to bring this back from the dead but came across the Brazilian papaya at Home Depot today
Strange I canít google any info?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: October 04, 2017, 12:22:09 AM »
@johnb51 - Fuerte yes. haha.

pinkerton hmm. i'll research more about it and compare some more pictures to see.

@gregA - yea...these are REALLY OLD trees....way older than i am now and the trunks i have to stretch to wrap my arms around some of them. had issues with some sprinklers and etc so it's taken a few years for it to start to recover again.

i'll go take some more pics of the 3rd one in more detail when i get back.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: October 03, 2017, 05:49:24 PM »

These 3 varieties.  Assuming the left one is a Fuentes.  The other two not exactly sure.  Thought maybe middle was haas. But wife says it doesnít taste like the ones she gets from the market.  It has a more pebbly skin.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Guava ID?
« on: October 03, 2017, 05:14:41 PM »
@spaugh - thanks! yea...strong smell when it's more whiteish not green. crunchy flesh but softens in the fridge. i'll go now and do some more research on mexican guavas. thanks for the possible id! let me know how that taste test goes! can never have too many guavas...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon fruit plant in pot
« on: October 03, 2017, 01:21:56 AM »
thanks for the DETAILED explanation. going to home depot/lowes tomorrow to give this a try!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon fruit plant in pot
« on: October 02, 2017, 05:32:31 PM »
looks like inside is like a tomato cage? and the bars are support beams (daiso or homedepot has them) to help give it more support...but the top portion i'm not too sure. one of the picture looks like iron pipes? the first picture is what..a bike tire of somesorts?  ;D

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon fruit plant in pot
« on: October 02, 2017, 04:19:17 PM »
looks great! more information on how you built the structures?

how far apart are you guys here in socal planting the mango trees from each other?  i read that our climate here does limit growth (so not like the huge mango trees i see in every yard in hawaii when i was there haha).

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Guava ID?
« on: October 01, 2017, 01:12:10 PM »
it's white inside. here's a pic of the inside along with some of the tree itself if that helps!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Guava ID?
« on: October 01, 2017, 01:34:25 AM »
hi there,

after many years, my mom's guava tree finally fruited. unfortunately she's not around anymore for me to ask her what kind of guava she had planted. So if there's any guava experts out there that can help me ID this guava, i would greatly appreciate it.


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