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Yeah too much cold nights especially.  Its still in the 50s at night here.

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I would just use the native soil if it drains well like you said.  Is it sandy soil?  Take a close up photo of it maybe.

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You want to use dirt to make the mound then cover that with mulch.  Probably best to put fresh dirt on that site for the mound.  I would go ahead and put it in the same location.  Apparently it only takes a few hours of saturated soail to start killing avocado roots by the way.  Day after day of rain would do it.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rabbit or Squirrel or Skunk
« on: Today at 12:41:44 AM »
Squirrels for sure shoot em dead.  Rabbits, you should really be closing off their entrances or they will just keep coming back.  Kill them if you have to but better to use chicken wire or whatever you need to do to keep them out instead of trying to kill them all.

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This variety has no kinship with Guatemalan and is not sport of my father's tree, we cultivated the variety 20 years ago on our farm.

Well, doesn't look like it has W. Indies either.   If it's patented you must have some info on the parentage via DNA flags?

Stunning fruit BTW!

Adalgiza has Hass as an upward, but has the spherical shape, less fibers, buttery flavor, smaller seed and more pulp. Thank you!

Sounds like it would grow ok in CA.

Can you post some photos of the trees and the new flushes up close?

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This is Sir Prize.  More I research this variety the more excited I am about it.

Sir Prize is a good early season avocado, covering the gap in spring before Hass arrives. I was buying them at the local farmers market a while back and grew quite fond of them, but they are a second tier avo for me because fat content is not their strong point. What I liked as the unusual golden color of the flesh and the fact that it would not oxidize no matter how long I left it on the counter.

Probably got ones picked too early.  They get really dense and oily here around May.  If they were grown up north I would expect not to really be ready until July or later.

I let a few hang until June this year and they were amazing.  Skin should be black when they are still hard to know when to pick.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rabbit or Squirrel or Skunk
« on: June 17, 2018, 10:51:40 PM »
Rabbits like to eat leaves and also chew bark.  They have pretty cheap trail cams available on amazon.  Bushnell makes good ones.  Theres lots of brands out there though.  You want to get a tripod for it also if you get one. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rabbit or Squirrel or Skunk
« on: June 17, 2018, 09:47:46 PM »
Rabbit or mice/rats.

If you really want to be sure you can get a trail cam and take some video.  Thats what we do here if we need to figure who is doing what.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: psidium sp. ?
« on: June 17, 2018, 12:30:26 PM »
Here is my "big yellow" strawberry guava.




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Longan Pride
« on: June 16, 2018, 07:03:36 PM »
Haha.  Good thing youdidnt yell at him, he could have had a mac10 under the seat.

You could get the tupac tatoo across your belly that says "fruit life" instead of "thug life".


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Nice colors

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: psidium sp. ?
« on: June 16, 2018, 02:27:15 PM »
I have a strawberry guava that makes the yellow fruits.  If you let them get really ripe and soft on the plant they are really good.  The red ones are good too.

Looks like yellow strawberry guava to me but Im no expert.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: drought tolerant stone fruit
« on: June 16, 2018, 11:05:22 AM »
Patrick, do you have any idea the depth of the water table there?  I have not been around spring valley much, just a few times when living in la mesa.  Based on the name of the town I assume at one point or maybe still there was a spring flowing somewhere?  And its in a valley?  I know theres spots in Poway where the water table is only 20ft down.  Even one of my neighbors who lives down at the base of the hill we are on had a shallow well of only 20ft.  Your water table could potentially be shallow enough that your trees are able to get their roots in the water table if you are able to water so infrequently.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Industrial garden hoses
« on: June 15, 2018, 11:44:38 PM »
Yeah I have new brass ends and apex is refunding the purchase price on the 4 junk "industrial" hoses.  Definitely keeping and using the hose itself with new brass ends.  But I still need a few new hoses and wont be buying those again.  I see they have really stout looking hoses at the local nurseries, should probably ask them where to buy.

I would just buy 500ft of hose and make up my own hoses if I knew where to get the good stuff.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Industrial garden hoses
« on: June 15, 2018, 11:21:21 PM »
You guys who have been through lots of garden hoses, do you have a favorite?  Anyone with big farm or grow outfit have leads on the idustrial hoses?

I have 10 apex industrial hoses.  The red no kink hose material is good but they started putting aluminum ends on them and now they get stuck to brass outlets.  Need to find some new hoses asap.  Something stout enough I can leave the water on all the time and not worry of bursting and has to be brass hardware. 

Thanks

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: spaugh Hero Member great guy.
« on: June 15, 2018, 12:25:16 PM »
I have started putting a chicken wire wrap around the small tree trunks.  Especially mango and anything that is harder to grow and $$$.  My fence keeps the rabbits out 99% of the time but somehow every once in a while we get a Houdini that finds a way in.  Jack rabbits seem to be esepecially destructive.  Something chewed the crap out of some poly tubing and some industrial hoses a while back.  It wasnt a rabbit.  Either or coyote or a mountain lion.  It looked like it chewed right through a heavy duty garden hose in 1 bite.  Now anything outside my fence, I just dig a trench and use PVC and bury it.  Animals suck, ants suck, aphids suck, gophers suck....

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: June 15, 2018, 10:26:52 AM »
Here is a video showing 8 months progress on my bed of dragon fruit and pineapple. DF is an unnamed pink fleshed variety with average size and flavor which was seen to be self fertile in my area.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1bAZqhqw2U

Amazing garden.  Thanks for the video.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: spaugh Hero Member great guy.
« on: June 15, 2018, 09:38:05 AM »
Wow, poor dog. 

Stupid rabbits chew all my good stuff.  Had a jack rabbit eating plumerias behind my house yesterday.  Had one chew a nice mango tree in half a week ago.  They are trying to get the water out of the plants since it never rains here.  They eat my succulents too.  I used to keep the 410 handy.  But kept missing squirrels and rabbits.  So now I keep a 12ga handy.  Shot a big one that was eating plumerias yesterday.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado tree getting too much water??
« on: June 14, 2018, 03:24:09 PM »
Yeah probably root rot from too much sitting water.  Probably need a raised bed or big mound next time.  Doubtful it will make a comeback.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: spaugh Hero Member great guy.
« on: June 14, 2018, 03:07:12 PM »
Good news and bad news.  Its still alive, but a rabbit chewed the crap out of it.  Like all the leaves got taken off and Im not sure if it will make a comeback because its on a shady spot.  I may have to dig it out of the ground and move into the full sun to get it to go again.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: spaugh Hero Member great guy.
« on: June 14, 2018, 12:07:43 PM »
So....   How about those avocados?!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pineapple ID
« on: June 13, 2018, 04:22:08 PM »
Very nice.    :D

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pina Colada Mango
« on: June 13, 2018, 12:41:30 PM »
I haven't noticed any increased disease issues due to dwarfing rootstock.

I guess this totally depends on situation. If one is only growing a couple of trees and desiring a large shade tree, then a full-size rootstock is more appropriate. However, when one has dozens of mature trees, pruning turns into a literal multi-month chore each and every summer -- which is doubly painful in the hot / humid weather and in addition to the normal maintenance activities (eg, fertilization, spraying, weeding, etc).

There is also a difference of perspective based on where one is in their growing journey. At the outset (the first 5 - 7 years), everyone looks forward to seeing rapid growth on their new trees. But when the maintenance kicks in and becomes the major component of one's free time, perspective tends to take a turn towards looking for less maintenance and more free time :-).

I greatly dislike dwarfing root stock and will probably never purchase another mango tree that I know is on dwarfing rootstock. My most disliked tree is my about 5-6 year old planted Pickering. It's still less than 3 1/2 feet from ground to top and it produces way too few mangos for it's spot in the sand in my yard.

In my yard, I think it's best to have trees that will quickly grow through fungus & other disease attacks. It reminds me of citrus and citrus greening/canker etc. The trees need to grow grow grow through any attacks... This dwarfing root stock does not cut it in my opinion... I have no problem trimming a healthy fast growing big tree, but if a small slow growing tree picks up a diseased area, it's hard to remove the area if small & it helps to have plenty of healthy limbs to cut off this affected area.

I would like to see all mangos in pots labeled as to rootstock type so I could avoid buying any dwarfing root stock. This would also make it easier for condo growers to identify & purchase these dwarf trees instead of me.
  smart man

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Yeah it looks like greenery recycled yard waste compost.  Absolutly good stuff.  I use truck loads of the stuff.

 To be honest your soil looks pretty decent.  Is the soil pretty easy to dig when wet?  Drains ok?  Looks like decomposed granite or sandy loam type stuff which plants love.

  I would just top dress the soil with an inch or 2 of the free compost and then get their free mulch or wood chips and top dress on top of the compost.  Once you start watering the worms will show up and work it into the soil for you and take care of things.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Banana pups san diego pickup
« on: June 11, 2018, 01:03:46 PM »
Raja puri, dwarf cavendish, ice cream pups available in 5 7 and 15 gal pots.  15$ to 30$ depending on size.  Local pickup in Poway, CA


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