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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.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Best tasting fig?
« on: April 29, 2018, 03:15:01 AM »
What is your favourite fig? I'm thinking about adding one to my collection and I want one that tastes great fresh off the tree. Zone 9b.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Identify: Banana
« on: April 26, 2018, 11:54:22 AM »
Hello all,
I have a bunch of bananas in my yard (I already cut out about 2/3 of them)
Could you please help me identify the variety?
They flower but don't produce fruit. It could be the temperature, or because they're so dense.
Any help is appreciated!

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Ornamental Plum fruited!
« on: April 26, 2018, 11:43:51 AM »
I have an ornamental plum that's been around since the 90's... set fruit for the first time. I hear they're very poor tasting, but has anyone tried them? Mine are still rock hard and cherry sized.

Citrus General Discussion / My yard: Work in Progress
« on: April 23, 2018, 11:58:52 AM »
Just a few images of my back yard and some plants to go in. Will also be removing the red plum, palm tree and possibly the Hachiya persimmon and cherry (Bing) in the next year or two.
From left to right trees are - Banana(Unsure of what type, blooms but never fruits) Naval Orange, Meyer Lemon, Pomello, behind it is pluot, Hachiya Persimmon, behind is bing cherry (planted in 94, starting to die out) then fuyu persimmon.

In pots: Holiday, Hass avocado. Manila Mango, 2x blueberry (one pink lemonade, forgot the other variety)Mexican Key lime, Wonderful pomegranate, white strawberry, bubble strawberry, edulis passiflora, goji berry.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Looking for: lilikoi
« on: April 23, 2018, 02:49:15 AM »
Anyone have seeds or cutting's they are willing to sell? If not, I will buy some seeds off trade winds but I'd rather be sure I'm getting the right plant. Thanks.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Trade Winds Fruit
« on: April 22, 2018, 01:24:49 PM »
Good morning all!
Has anyone ordered from before and had success?
I'm looking for Lilikoi and seeds seem to be the only way to go.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Manila mango -9b
« on: April 20, 2018, 04:04:19 PM »
Do these trees grow well in 9b? A nursery in Anaheim has some small ones for 25. May try them. No visible graft though...would I be waiting too long?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Planting Advice: Short - partial shade
« on: April 12, 2018, 03:20:38 PM »
Hey guys,
Looking for some suggestions on what kind of fruit bushes would grow well in partial shade and not grow overly large.
I want to plant some stuff around my fruit trees in the future and would like to look in to a few things in the mean time.
Are Miracle berry's worth the time?


Good morning All!
Yesterday the wife and I were at the local nursery picking up our holiday avocado tree (yay) and saw that they have purple passion fruit and multi grafted cherries.
Our cherry tree (Bing) is on it's way out. It was planted in 94 by the previous homeowner and it's had alot of rot and dead limbs. This year I cut a very large section out and it's growing some nice cherries now but we want to start a cherry tree in a large pot now as we know this tree is past it's prime.
I have a few questions regarding Cherry tree and passion fruits.

Is there any downside to multi grafted trees? I believe they were Bing, Lapins, Van cherries. some had black tartarian. Are they safe to grow in pot for another year or two?
Do passion fruits grow well north of Sacramento? I believe I'm zone 9B (we have a few days that dip below 28 degrees or so. Would I need to grow this in a pot or would it be safe to plant in the ground now? I know the cold will kill back the vines and that they are VIGOROUS growers, does dying back completely to roots affect the harvest?

Any input will be appreciated. Trying to expand our garden currently. We've got Meyer lemons, Pluots, Pomellos, Bing Cherry, Limes, two persimmon variations, blue berries, Naval oranges, raspberries and our newest pomegranate and holiday avocado (Coming soon: GEM avocado!!)

Thanks and enjoy your weekend!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / SoCal - GEM AVOCADO + Recommendations
« on: April 04, 2018, 01:57:07 PM »
I live in NorCal (North of sacramento) but I will be visiting SoCal to make use of our disneyland passes...
I'm trying to locate a GEM avocado tree in the LA area (within an hour or so) as I can not locate them up north.
Does anyone know where to locate one currently?

I'm trying to decide between Holiday, and 'LittleCado' for my second tree as well, any input?
I hear with our night time temps we don't have to stress the 'A' or 'B' type flower to much as the plants will be creating both flowers during the same time.
Any help is appreciated.


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