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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: Today at 10:14:02 AM »
I have a SS filter on the well head too.  The big blue filter gets me down to 5 microns.  Unfortunately we have an iron and manganese bacteria in our water that turns into particulate downstream from the water tank.  I already have it filtered at the tank and can get rid of this one.  Its an old leftover from before I put the whole property filter at the boost pump a year ago. 

Samu, it all comes down to your pipe size and flow rate.  What size pipe do you have and how much water are you running through it in a minute?  How many minutes you run per month? 

If you look close, theres a black valve you fine tune the flow rate with on the inlet tube on the mazzei.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: June 23, 2018, 07:30:18 PM »
Nice find.  Looks like the same thing.  To be honest I am not overly impressed with the flavor compared to a good red or purple but they are very sweet. Did you buy a plant?  Or already growing yellow megalanthus perhaps?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: June 23, 2018, 07:21:37 PM »
Mark, heres the mazzei injector hooked up.  Works awesome!  Super happy with that.  Thank you very much for donating it to me.  I threw 5lbs of fertilizer at my trees on that station today over the course of a 45min watering.  I think theres about 50 trees on that station.  They were needing some fertilizer and more water.  My son thinks the injector is cool too btw. 




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: June 23, 2018, 04:20:16 PM »
Heres an american beauty with peruvian yellow DF "grafted" onto it.  Simon was nice enough to share some of the peruvian yellow DF with me and I am going to see if the growth rate is improved at all with a different rootstock.  They are quite slow growers even in a greenhouse so we wjll see if it helps at all.

Brad,
What is the Peruvian yellow DF?  Is it a seedling from one of the giant yellow Megalanthus fruit we are seeing sold in the U.S.?

Yes

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: June 23, 2018, 11:04:21 AM »
Its the drill and tap graft someone else here had a thread on not long ago.

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A motion detection sprinkler with an injection of "liquid ass" of squirt deer urine on the mangos. Chris

Israeli crowd control spray?

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I am surprised the dirt below the GH can store the heat for more than a day or two.  I wonder how long the elevated temps in the soil exist if the fan is shut off during the day?  At least if you get down deep enough you can probably get rid of any frost just from the earths natural temps many feet down.

He also mentioned they have bananas growing year round.  I need to see some banana racks to believe that.

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I have some rosary peas for you to offer them

00 lead roasary beads?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: June 22, 2018, 08:56:44 PM »
Heres an american beauty with peruvian yellow DF "grafted" onto it.  Simon was nice enough to share some of the peruvian yellow DF with me and I am going to see if the growth rate is improved at all with a different rootstock.  They are quite slow growers even in a greenhouse so we wjll see if it helps at all.


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Put a fake camera on them and put a sign next to it that says you are on video.  Dont steel the fruit or face criminal charges.  Stealing fruit in CA especially off a farm is a big deal.  They will throw the book at you.  Maybe not for stealing fruit from someones yard but if you get caught stealing fruit from a farm you go to jail.

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By the way, I found that putting the seeds directly into pots is best fo sprouting seeds.  They pop easy, I have a couple hundred sprouted easy in the GH.  The dirt dries out too fast if left outside especially in the sun.  The other thing to do use tall pots so the tap root can get down there where it stays wet. 

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Just watched the video. the key is to have humid green house, on my, where do I get that from? I have a greenhouse but I cant maintain humidity, LOL

Brad? how would do you it? Maintain Humidity?

I put it in my greenhouse and set the humidistat to 60% and temperature to 85.  Could probably just stick it in a mostly shady area for a few weeks and slowly work it into more sun.  My greenhouse has 50% shade over it.  Seems to work well for mango grafts. Have never done any this small.  And the scion wasnt hardened so who knows if it will grow.  This is all experimental for me. 

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Small scions and depends on the cultivar. Monoembryonic seedlings are generally sufficiently thick. For polyembryonic seedlings (which are thinner), there is a technique where one tips the scion donor tree before planting the seed to produce thin shoots. I think the trick is to tip just after a flush point / node (vs below it), which produces a large amount of thin shoots.

When I've grafted recently sprouted seedlings like this, I've always favored monoembryonic seedlings. I know nurseries like turpentine (which is polyembryonic), but I've had excellent success with monoembryonic seedlings, such as glenn.

Mango seedling can be grafted 3 weeks after sprouting (while still tender and "red stage") with high rate of success. The seed generally has a store of energy for 2 flushes, so if you can graft on the first flush, there is still enough energy to push the scion to a full flush. That flush is then used to provide energy to the tree.

Just wondering about how low it takes for Turpentine seeds to grow to 3 gallon grafting size?

Single bud or small scions?  It seems like the seedli gs are really small to be grafting to at that point no?  Need steady hands?

Ok, I tried it on a small Haden seedling with winters 20222 scion.  The wonters already was pushing a bunch of small new shoots.







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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: June 21, 2018, 10:10:55 AM »
Mangos are for sure a challenge here.  The climate is marginal for them in Southern CA. 

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Its an invasive weed here.  They surely dont need irrigation.

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Mango seedling can be grafted 3 weeks after sprouting (while still tender and "red stage") with high rate of success. The seed generally has a store of energy for 2 flushes, so if you can graft on the first flush, there is still enough energy to push the scion to a full flush. That flush is then used to provide energy to the tree.

Just wondering about how low it takes for Turpentine seeds to grow to 3 gallon grafting size?

Single bud or small scions?  It seems like the seedli gs are really small to be grafting to at that point no?  Need steady hands?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: June 20, 2018, 03:47:44 PM »
Nice Khalid.  Whats next?


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

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado tree getting too much water??
« on: June 19, 2018, 12:14:17 PM »
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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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado tree getting too much water??
« on: June 19, 2018, 09:53:56 AM »
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: June 19, 2018, 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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