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Citrus General Discussion / Please help ID pomelo variety
« on: February 13, 2019, 12:45:11 PM »
I have a large pomelo tree growing in my back yard but no clue what variety.
It most closely resembles 'thong dee' to me from pictures. I forgot to get a picture of the inside of a fruit but I'll post one later.
The fruit is light pink with very thick rind.

Please let me know what you think it is. Thanks.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Sourcing tree pots
« on: February 11, 2019, 02:21:11 PM »
Where does everyone get their tree pots?
I have yet to try locally, but I'm looking for some tree pots for some cherimoyas and moringas.
I'll be calling my orchard supply today but I was looking around online and have not had much luck finding any without a hefty shipping fee.

Preferably the pots should be re-usable as I hate just using a pot once and it falling apart..

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Bought wrong surfactant
« on: February 07, 2019, 10:20:38 AM »
I accidentally bought the wrong surfactant (much cheaper at and I was wondering if this would still work for foliar feeding? (primarily seaweed, and neem oil sprays)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Recommendations: Pruning tools
« on: February 04, 2019, 11:45:45 AM »
Hello all,
I just wanted to know your personal recommendations on pruning tools.
I'm in need of some tools and wanted to know what you guys recommend.
I have some overgrown citrus and persimmons to trim as well as a shade tree in my front yard.
I'm fairly limited by a budget right now but I'd like to hear what works for you for:

Polesaw (Manual or powered)
Pruning shears
Pruning saw

as a side note I will be getting a Ryobi 12in 18v chainsaw, has anyone tried this out before? I have only .2 acres and already own multiple ryobi tools so this sounded the most conveniant.

Citrus General Discussion / Cushiony Cotton scale
« on: December 21, 2018, 09:54:40 PM »
What's the best removal method for cushiony cotton scale?
I got rid of alot from my naval orange in the spring with rubbing alcohal and removing some severely infected areas, now I have some on my pomello tree.
I prefer to not use chemicals but at this point I'll do whatever works...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Dense passion fruit planting
« on: December 18, 2018, 04:21:32 PM »
I was wondering if anyone has experience growing passion fruit's close to other passion fruit vine.
Could you please share your experiences?

Does it work OK or do they strangle each other out?

I currently have an unknown purple, and will be planting a lilikoi in spring next to it, but I have a third variety I am interested in growing. (Lingulari)
These are growing on two 16ft cattle panel tied to 10 ft t posts in a straight line.

Volume isn't a huge deal for me as it's mostly just myself who enjoys them.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Bananas in 9B NorCal: Variety Inquiry
« on: December 13, 2018, 04:51:46 PM »
Hello everyone,
Just wondering what kind of bananas would do well in my area from other peoples experiences. I have an unknown variety that flowers but doesn't produce. It's also about 15ft tall... I plan on ripping these out and replacing them with some quicker producing bananas to give them a try. They will be planted near my Stucco wall for some extra warmth. Currently my really tall bananas get a bit of damage from the wind as they are taller than my house but mostly protected by the house/fence. In winter the leaves die back but regrow quickly in spring.

TL;DR which bananas would you recommend I try in norcal, 9B? I want to try tastier varieties, as well as some easier to grow types.
I'm somewhat interested in the varieties below, but what's your opinion?
-Hua Moa - Sounds like it grows fast.
-Namwah - Sounds tasty
-dwarf cavandish - Tried and true. Sounds like an easy variety.
-ice cream banana - Novelty, I'm sure but sounds fun to try.


Temperate Fruit Discussion / 'Bing' cherry blooming in fall?!
« on: November 26, 2018, 05:08:23 PM »
My 'Bing' Cherry has some flowers and many new buds on it.
This tree is on it's way out (25+ years old, and has something wrong with it)
I was wondering if anyone has ever had out of season flowering like this though?

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Pawpaw inquiry
« on: October 17, 2018, 03:46:37 PM »
Hello! I've seen a lot of talk in this forum about Pawpaws and I've been interested in them for several months now.
I have a couple questions about them though,

1) Will they grow well in my area? I am in zone 9b. Locally we grow alot of stone fruits in my area so chill hours should be ok?
2) What are some good varieties to grow? I've seen discussion about some tasting like mangos, others like banana, etc. I personally prefer banana, but the wife loves mangos.
3) Can they be maintained in a pot?
4) Sourcing: would anyone have seeds come late winter/early spring to try? I'm at my limit for what I can germinate and keep warm for the winter here.


Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Best cure for Powdery mildew?
« on: September 20, 2018, 11:46:31 AM »
My pumpkins and goji berries recently got some pretty heavy powdery mildew, what are your experiences with remedies?
Should I use a fungicide? Baking soda/oil/soap? Neem oil?

Please share! Thanks!

Citrus General Discussion / Advise me citrus masters!
« on: September 12, 2018, 11:39:22 PM »
Sorry if this is a long post. I've got some issues with my Citrus trees right now.
They all appear to have some leaf curl in new growth and possible leaf miner. Is there any thing I can do to treat these short of spraying a pesticide? If I absolutely have too I can, but the wife would prefer a 'natural' solution. The trees are Naval Orange, Meyer Lemon, and Pomelo. Not sure what variety.

Any help is appreciated.













Pomelo Leaf

Pomelo sundamage? Very hot summer. Should I paint this over?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Looking for: Starfruit seeds
« on: September 12, 2018, 05:32:07 PM »
Hello everyone.
I'm looking for some starfruit seeds.
Preferable dwarf varieties (Hawaiian, or Maher, etc)
Please let me know if you have any for sale.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / JoeHewitt!! Show us your place!
« on: September 07, 2018, 05:45:06 PM »
I love Bills videos, he's always so excited about everything he does.

40 acres? overlooking the bay? Will you be documenting this project? I know I'd love to see it!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Guavas in Nor Cal?
« on: September 06, 2018, 05:00:36 PM »
Can you grow Guavas in northern California 9B?
Preferably red varieties for juice.

Are there any varieties that would be recommended for juicing? And are there any dwarfed varieties?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Shading young plants
« on: August 29, 2018, 08:35:13 PM »
I have some young seedlings (Mainly Eugenias, sapodillas, Mangos) That I am transferring outside as it's no longer 110 degrees outside. Currently they are under a raised bed I made for strawberries but I will have more seedlings and I'm about out of room.

Is there a good shade cloth I should look in to? Could anyone provide pictures of their setup? I don't even know what % I should be looking at.
My back yard is facing east so it gets morning sun, but is usually pretty shaded by 5pm.

Any help is appreciated!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Looking for: Miracle fruit + Moringa
« on: August 29, 2018, 04:57:28 PM »
Please send me a PM if you have seeds for miracle fruit and Moringa oleifera for sale.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Which Avocado next:
« on: August 26, 2018, 03:38:34 PM »
Which avocado should I get next? I have room for two trees. They will stay in pot until next season as I am going to start prepping the corner of my yard with wood chips.
I need a tree that can stay fairly small, and is fairly cold tolerant. I'm in 9b.
I currently have a hass. My local home depot has Bacon, holiday, lamb hass, mexicola, stewart. This is the largest selection I've seen in my area, should I try and order a grafted plant from a forum member or go forward with one of these?

When is the best season to plant them? Should I plant after night time temps are 40ish after last frost in the spring to give them time to mature before next winter?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / My plants (New to tropicals)
« on: August 18, 2018, 05:50:25 PM »
Just wanted to post a few pictures of my newest addiction. Mostly fueled by Mike's low price seeds! (Thanks Mike)
Had a bit of a learning curve with some seeds so far, and not all are doing well, but it's a work in progress.

Zills black suriname in the middle, rest are sapodillas. (Silas, Makok, hasya)

My only avocado tree that bounced back after over watering (Hass)

4-in-1 cherry. struggling a bit. Lost all green foliage on a graft recently.

Dead-ish avocados. some suckers from root ball. Will see how these do before tearing them out. (Lamb-Hass and holiday)

Y. Grumichama, pitomba, pitangatuba and peanut butter fruit (and my last sapodilla still emerging)

Same as last but also some muntingia calabura. I had alot of tip burn and  started using water that's been sitting out for a while instead of straight from the tap, appears to be helping.

Manilla Mango

And pruning advice on this? I lopped about 1 ft off when I got it and it's growing weird now. [Same Manilla]

Baby mangos from seed. Manilla, Nam Dac Mai, tommy atkins? (From the grocery store)

Goji Berry. Not sure I like these too much. Reminds me too much of a tomato.

Passion fruit (Red) Finally taking off and growing. Should be flowering soon but not expecting fruit (first year)

Constructive criticism welcome. Like I said, I'm new to this so will take any advice.
I lost alot of seeds (Including all my cherries of the rio:( ) but I now have them on a heat mat and in upside down plastic totes. Humidity is now kept around 70% and I'm noticing much better growth on some seedlings, though my camera doesn't show alot of it!

Hey everyone.
I am looking to experiment with some plants and am looking to get some seeds or cuttings of many varieties.
I am looking for :
-Mango seeds. I have manilla and tommy (I believe) germinating now.
-Miracle fruit
-Barbados Cherry
-Honey berry
-Lilikoi Passion fruit
Any recommendations on small fruits that do well in pots?

Please let me know if you have any of these and are willing to share. Thanks!

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Wind + pluots
« on: May 12, 2018, 09:00:55 PM »
We got heavy wind yesterday and I lost 3/4th of my plots :(
Is there something I can do to prevent that or is this just a random occurance? I also lost some branches on my persimmon and plot trees. Very abnormal wind yesterday :(

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango root stalk for grafting
« on: May 11, 2018, 12:35:22 AM »
Hey everyone. Just picked up some manilla mangos from the Asian market and I plan on growing a bunch as they are the wife's favourite. I wanted to experiment with grafting (never done it before ) would manilla be an OK root stalk to try or should I get some seeds/seedlings from the forum? I want to try some other variations, I have a small yard so a dwarfing rootstock would be fantastic if possible. I hope to grow 3 or 4 seedlings for the yard as I hear they do better from seed, though take longer to bear fruit. If at all.

Any input appreciated. Thanks!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Avocado/Mango pruning
« on: May 10, 2018, 11:24:06 AM »
I have three small avocados (3-4 ft,) and one mango (3ft)
I've read somewhere that in order to promote branch growth on the mango you should cut off about 1/3 of the top.
Should something like this be done for the avocados as well? (Lamb Hass, Hass, Holiday) If you have any instructional videos, or sources that would be fantastic!


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Help: Mango
« on: May 09, 2018, 12:16:25 PM »
I have a very small mango seedling (Manilla) that has some orange spots on the leafs. Is this red rust or sunburn? I believe it was shaded prior to me getting the tree and I put it in full sun for a while.
It is now starting to have new leaves but growth is slow. I have it in partial shade currently during hottest part of the day.

Do I need to remove the afflicted leaves?


Temperate Fruit Discussion / Bird tape?
« on: May 08, 2018, 12:35:29 PM »
Quick question:
Does bird tape work? How much should I use? My cherries are starting to redden, pluots will be next and my persimmons will be growing soon and I need to keep the birds off my fruits.

Please share your thoughts.

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