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Messages - So_Cal_Mike

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Gypsum is a good additive for breaking up heavy clay soil. Pretty sure you can get a bag of it at HD pretty cheaply.
My passion fruit vine really took off and did much better in the ground than in a pot. Though it was hammered by that heat wave that we experienced this year, but I was away when it hit and couldnít water when it needed it most.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What does a pawpaw taste like?
« on: October 17, 2018, 10:53:33 PM »
There are three small paw paw trees at the Fullerton Arboretum, here in Southern California. Iíve seen them in bloom, but I havenít been there at the right time to see if they held fruit.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit ID?
« on: September 21, 2018, 12:11:20 AM »
Maybe a jujube? Hard to tell from that photo though.

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Club soda would be putting carbon dioxide into the soil, not oxygen. Seems like you would be creating an anaerobic environment in the pot. That does not seem like a good idea to me.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango Seed Germination
« on: August 29, 2018, 10:19:39 PM »
I peel off the husk and put the bean-like seed onto the surface of seed starting potting mix, in a small pot. You can put a perforated platic bag over it if you want to keep the humidity up.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Peanut Butter tree...B.glandulifera
« on: August 18, 2018, 12:17:24 PM »
I've never heard of Peanut Butter Trees being male and female.  I thought flowers were perfect?

I stand corrected! I guess I was given false information... sorry for passing it on.

I acctually didnít buy and grow the peanut butter plant about five years ago because I was told it needed a male and female tree, and I didnít want to waste the space on a male tree. Maybe he was just trying to get me to buy an extra tree. :-/

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Peanut Butter tree...B.glandulifera
« on: August 18, 2018, 01:06:20 AM »
I believe male and female flowers are born on seperate trees... do you only have the one tree?
(The above is incorrect info)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Kei apple....worth growing?
« on: August 15, 2018, 04:07:43 AM »
Check out this thread over at the growing fruit forum...

http://growingfruit.org/t/kei-apple/4908

The way he espaliered his saved a lot of space and made it more managable. He also talks about how he uses them.

I hope it is ok to post a link to another forum.

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hmmm... no milky white sap... curiouser and curiouser.

I find these unknown plant threads very interesting... please keep us updated!

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Yeah, those seeds do look more papaya like than pea like.

I notice in your third picture the new leaf coming out is turning more palmate than spade shaped like the others. Leaning more towards papaya/papaya relitive.
Does it bleed milky white like a papaya?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Can anyone ID this legume from Vietnam?
« on: August 09, 2018, 03:32:02 PM »
It doesn’t really look leguminous to me... more like some kind of wierd papaya that formed an unholy marriage with a tamarillo.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Black/purple Guava
« on: August 05, 2018, 05:07:09 PM »
Itís ok but nothing to write home about... squirrels usually nab them before I can get them though.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Black/purple Guava
« on: August 05, 2018, 12:40:10 AM »
Yeah, my Red Malaysian Guava looks exactly like that.

It seems to require a lot more water than my White Indian Guava, is slower growing, and is harder hit by high temps unless heavily watered.

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It really depends on soil type and your local climate... my yard is 6Ē of dirt before I hit chalk. So for me it was a little of both, digging deep holes for trees and raising up with low stone walls for what is in essence a raised bed. There is really no ďrightĒ answer for everyone. This place has taken 40 years to get to a point that is just ok, but certainly not fantastic.

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Iím no doctor... but my guess would be that breathing in particulate mater into your lungs might be the issue... not that chemicles would leach out into your planter. Itís probably to get you to wear a dust mask.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Brutal heatwave 7/06/18 in Socal
« on: July 18, 2018, 08:01:26 PM »
I also wasnít here to water during the heatwave... there is a lot of damage, Iím hoping most will survive. But there are a few trees that Iím not sure will make it.

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I grew those same yellow dragon fruit from Ecuador...

What I did is to sow the seeds directly on the surface and cover the pot with plastic wrap so the humidity would remain high. I kept the pot on a window sill so the seeds were getting diffused light.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Industrial garden hoses
« on: June 15, 2018, 11:39:06 PM »
Have you considered cutting off the aluminum ends and replacing them with brass fittings?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What are these weird things ?
« on: June 10, 2018, 05:01:15 PM »
Looks like some form of fungus with the fine black powder being reproductive spores. Maybe a slime mold?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: capers won't set fruit
« on: June 10, 2018, 03:15:06 PM »
Also, as an aside, capers are sorted by size... the smaller capers are considered the best. When a jar says “non-pareil” that means “without equal”, under 7mm, softer and more tender.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: capers won't set fruit
« on: June 10, 2018, 12:05:41 PM »
I have a couple of small plants that have not flowered yet, but from all that I have read, they are self fruitful. The pickled capers are generally the unopened flower buds anyway. They do pickle the fruit too but it is considdered inferior to the flower buds.

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I’ve only tasted this one...
it was very sweet (but flavor could be attributed to the climate it was grown in) with larger seeds than the standard white and red Hylocereus dragon fruit that I grow.

Here are the seedlings.

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Hmmm... I have seedlings going from these fruits that I bought here in L.A., same company from Ecuador. As far as I know they are Selenicereus megalanthus.
I never thought about looking at their site. Now I’m wondering what I have.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Subtropical abiu relatives?
« on: June 06, 2018, 03:17:31 AM »
P lucuma has gone through two winters here so far with no problems.

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