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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Bananas for sale in SoCal
« on: April 20, 2018, 03:31:39 PM »
No, not all. I have fruited namwa, ice cream, California gold, raja puri, goldfinger, and dwarf Brazilian.

Bill

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WTB AeAe variegated banana
« on: April 19, 2018, 10:32:01 AM »
Thanks for the info. Please do keep me in mind if you get any pups.

Bill

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WTB AeAe variegated banana
« on: April 17, 2018, 10:32:27 AM »
Chris, are you growing it in full sun or part shade?  Seven feet of growth in nine months over winter is very good growth. You definately are doing something right.

Bill

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WTB AeAe variegated banana
« on: April 17, 2018, 10:27:21 AM »
That's exciting. It's good to hear about people having success with this variety. If you have pups in the future that need a new home please keep me in mind.

Bill

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / WTB AeAe variegated banana
« on: April 16, 2018, 05:08:12 PM »
Hi all, I'm searching high and low for an AeAe variegated banana.  I know they pop up for sale occasionally on Ebay but does anyone here grow them?  Or know where I could buy one?

Thanks,
Bill

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The two foot Achachairu is sold.

Bill

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Bananas for sale in SoCal
« on: April 16, 2018, 10:00:04 AM »
Yes the Ice Cream I have is the real Blue Java.  Right now I only have a small pup and I'm not sure if it will live.  I didn't get much corm or roots when I removed it from the mother plant.  Try me in a couple weeks and I'll let you know how it did.

Bill

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Hi all, I want to buy a Garcinia Madruno or Garcinia Madruno sweet seedling.  I'm willing to pickup in SoCal or mail order.  Any help is appreciated.

Bill
Long Beach, CA

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / WTB Garcinia Paniculata
« on: April 13, 2018, 01:16:09 PM »
Hi all, I'm searching high and low for a Garcinia Paniculata seedling.  I can pickup in SoCal or mail order is fine.  Anyone have one?

Bill
Long Beach, CA

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Hi all, I have several Garcinia Achachairu seedlings for sale.  These are for local pickup only.

two feet tall $40 SOLD
1.5 feet tall $30



six leaf seedling $15

Bill

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Bananas for sale in SoCal
« on: April 13, 2018, 12:35:43 PM »
Hi all, I grow the following bananas.  All heights listed are the height of the Pseudostem i.e. "trunk" at fruiting height. By propping I mean that certain varieties when fruiting become top heavy and will fall over. To prevent this they need to be propped up. All plants are one to three feet tall and currently growing in 3-5gallon pots.  The size doesn't really matter because they grow so fast. The true value here is that you are actually getting the variety you pay for.  Many, many bananas sold online and at nurseries are mislabeled. 

Currently available for sale I have Manzano, Namwa, Mysore, Dwarf Brazilian and Gold Finger.

Dwarf Brazilian - Beautiful plant, grows to 8-10' tall, nice wide dark green leaves, produces large bunches of delicious fruit. If you plant only one banana this should be it. Never needs propping. Photo 6.

Gold Finger - Nice dwarf banana, grows to 7-10', large fruit. It is a cross between Dwarf Brazilian and Gran Nain (the bananas you buy in the store i.e. Chiquita bananas. Never needs propping.

Manzano - Grows tall and skinny, produces bananas that have a slight green apple taste to them, grows to 10-13' tall. Requires propping.

Mysore - Reddish purple coloring in the trunk, and the underside of the leaf. Produces heavy bunches of very sweet flavorful bananas 3 to 5-inches long. Widely grown in India and one of the favorite dessert bananas there. Very ornamental and a good producer of quality bananas. Grows to 10-14' tall. Requires propping. Photos 2 and 3.

Ice Cream - This banana tastes like no other! It has a light and fluffy texture with a slight vanilla taste. The fruit ripens to a blue, silver color with light green leaves on the plant. Grows to 10-12' tall. Can require propping. Photos 4-5.

Namwa - Produces 200-300 of the sweetest bananas you have ever tasted! Fruit flesh is dense and light orange colored. Requires propping. Grows to 8-11' tall.

Red Iholene - One of the most beautiful banana plants due to its attractive coloring of red and purple on the trunk and under sides of the leaves. The pink fleshed bananas are delicious fresh or cooked and is a favorite Hawaiian variety. Grows to 10-12'. Photo 1.

Gros Michel - The original store bought banana! During the '60s and '70s when you went to the grocery store you bought a banana called a Gros Michel. They were a little larger and MUCH better tasting than the bananas that are available in the stores today. Grows to 12-14', requires propping. Photo 7.

California Gold - A very short and cold hardy banana. Excellent for colder areas or to be grown in a pot. Grows to only 6' tall. Does not require propping.

Raja Puri - A very short and wind tolerant banana. It grows to only 6' tall. Never needs propping.

Dwarf Red - Very beautiful short plant that is very sensitive to cold. The plant has red coloring to Pseudostem and fruit. These are the red bananas you can buy in the store. It grows slow and is recommended only for collectors. Grows to only 6-8' tall. Photos 8, 9 and 10.






















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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best product for Phomopsis?
« on: April 07, 2018, 07:40:02 PM »
I thought I would provide an update to this topic since their has been some talk recently on this forum of Phomopsis problems on Mango trees in SoCal.  Since about January I have sprayed my Mango trees every 30 days with copper and every 15 days with Sulfur.  I can say that compared to last year at this time Powdery Mildew is much less of a problem and as a result I have much more fruit set.  Unfortunately my fungal issues, which are assumed to be Phomopsis, haven't improved much if at all.  I still experience sudden dieback on branches and what was left of my Dot mango died back to the graft line.  It has since been replaced with a larger Dot. 

I am now going to start using Organocide Plant Doctor which is a systemic fungicide to my spraying regimen.  It is similar to ProPhyt and Phostrol in that it contains Phosphorous Acid.  According to this article on grapes, http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/controlling_black_rot_and_phomopsis_from_grape_clusters, it is best to use a systemic fungacide once plants are already infected with Phomopsis.  Hopefully this will help.  If not I will try it adding Captan to my regimen.  I'll keep you updated.

Bill

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Reed Avocados in April?
« on: April 05, 2018, 01:33:08 AM »
I ate one of the Reeds tonight. Though it was very very large it definitely wasn't mature yet. It tasted watery and bland. Hopefully the last fruit on the tree will hold. If not the tree is starting to bloom like crazy and I should have lots of avocados next fall.

Bill

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: April 05, 2018, 01:28:13 AM »
My small Reed is just starting to bloom now and dropping it's fruit from last year.

Bill

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Reed Avocados in April?
« on: April 04, 2018, 01:02:46 AM »
My yard is on a drip system so water isn't an issue. I guess the tree just wants to drop them since it is young and blooming. The avocados are giant!  I hope they taste good. I'll report back.

Bill

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Reed Avocados in April?
« on: April 03, 2018, 04:04:13 PM »
Hi all, my two and a half year old Reed Avocado is dropping its fruit.  The tree is about ten feet tall and three or four feet diameter.  I let it hold three fruit last year and stripped the other fruits off.  Two days ago it dropped one of the fruit and today it dropped another.  The fruit are very big the first weighted over 24 ounces and the second weighted over 26 ounces.  I've read that Reed usually weight 16-20 ounces.  Is this true?  If so are these fruit dropping because they are ready?  Or are they too big for the small tree?  Any advice would be appreciated. 

The first fallen fruit is getting soft and I will try it tonight.

Bill

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango epidemic spreading in my yard
« on: April 03, 2018, 03:58:36 PM »
Hi Behl, I was wondering why you recommend such a high dose of Agri-Fos and only once a year?  The directions state two teaspoons per gallon sprayed every 14 days while blooming and every 30 days when not blooming.  Due to this short interval application rate I'm assuming the systemic effect doesn't last long.

Bill

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Stone fruits?
« on: March 31, 2018, 11:12:07 AM »
Long Beach Peach growing here in Long Beach is covered in quarter size fruit. Small parts of my Royal Lee and Minnie Royal are blooming. My Red Barron Peach is just starting to bloom. Stella Cherry is still resting.

Bill

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Strange Royal Lee Cherry behavior
« on: March 23, 2018, 11:55:27 AM »
There is also a Tango Tangerine and Reed Avocado blooming right next to the Toyal Lee. Can these cross pollinate with the Royal Lee?  Or only other stone fruits will cross pollinate with it?

Bill

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Strange Royal Lee Cherry behavior
« on: March 22, 2018, 10:31:31 AM »
There is a Long Beach peach right next to it that has been blooming. So that must be it. I didn't know that other species of fruit could provide cross pollination. I thought it had to be a cherry. So I guess I would recommend a Long Beach Peach to anyone that is having problems getting their MR RL combo to bloom together.

Bill

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dot mango dying in SoCal
« on: March 22, 2018, 01:37:43 AM »
Good info on Dot. Thanks.

Out of curiosity what disease problems does Dot have in Florida?  I have always heard it is disease prone but nothing specific that I can remember. Is it powdery mildew?

Bill

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee success in SoCal
« on: March 21, 2018, 09:58:58 AM »
That is a very impressive Brewster Mark. How old is it?  My Brewster is growing much faster then I thought it would. I'm going to have to give it a heavy pruning every year if I want to keep it contained to the area I have for it.

Does your tree fruit every year?

Bill

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dot mango dying in SoCal
« on: March 21, 2018, 09:55:01 AM »
Thanks Frank, I might have to do that if my new Dot can't prove its self in our local environment. What variety is HK?

Bill

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dot mango dying in SoCal
« on: March 21, 2018, 09:52:28 AM »
warren, now that you mention it we did have a LZ at Gary's. If I remember right it also was a little under or over ripe. I remember it had potential but I was saving judgement until I could try it again. Dot on the other hand I have had at what I would consider optimal ripeness and it is incredible. Dot in my opinion should be eaten a little under ripe. At this stage it has a lemony citrusy taste that I love. Hopefully my new Dot tree will be more disease resistant.

Bill

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee success in SoCal
« on: March 20, 2018, 10:56:31 PM »
I have not had any fruit off this tree but I have had SoCal grown Brewsters and they are great.   Hopefully I can tell you how good these fruit are soon.

Bill

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