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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Summer Heat Blossoms!
« on: June 14, 2019, 01:18:36 PM »
My Finger Lime, Meyer Lemon, Pomello, Minneola Tangelo, Calamondin, and mexican key lime all started blooming like mad this week too! Every tree already has good fruit sets (and in the case of my meyer several different stages of fruit set) going to be a good year for sure. I walked out to water some stuff last night and was hit with the scent of citrus blooms. I love it, but not my sinuses...




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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Avocado scions
« on: June 13, 2019, 12:12:23 AM »
The seed from the reed you sent me is probably just shy of two ft tall. They grow well even up here so far. Do you think it would be a good rootstalk for me or should I try and get something more cold hardy?

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: My Blueberry Growing Tips..
« on: June 12, 2019, 10:20:07 AM »
Nice harvest!
I keep my blueberries under my persimmon tree positioned so that they only get morning sun as well. Besides the pot my dog keeps knocking over I have 3 heavy producers so far and am starting 4 or 5 more - though I fail to recall the varieties. They were 'random selections' from Baker Creek.

I'm just now getting ripe berries. Last year these same 3 plants only produced 4-5 berries each now I have probably 200 in all. I haven't had to water mine over the winter yet but will keep an eye out for that in the future. The only special treatment I give them is osmocote and some pine needle mulch.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What's this scaly thing?
« on: June 12, 2019, 08:49:23 AM »
I do not believe you can visibly tell if it's hatched unless you see babies running around. Daintree, that picture you posted is not a cockroach eggsac. They are much more cylindrical

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What's this scaly thing?
« on: June 11, 2019, 02:01:47 PM »
Praying Mantis eggsac.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Miracle Fruit Seeds for sale
« on: June 04, 2019, 09:13:51 PM »
I'm pretty sure I sent you a PM but I may have forgot.
I am interested in seeds.

Thanks

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself
« on: June 02, 2019, 01:16:42 AM »
Just out curiosity, does anyone in California ever refer to their state as "Cali?"  (I didn't think so.)
it's a fairly common abbreviation up here.
So it is used in speech by some Californians?  The reason why I ask is that I never heard it as a native Californian when I lived in California.  I though it was just a word that New Yorkers invented!
mostly younger people.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself
« on: June 01, 2019, 10:09:02 PM »
Just out curiosity, does anyone in California ever refer to their state as "Cali?"  (I didn't think so.)
it's a fairly common abbreviation up here.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself
« on: May 31, 2019, 05:59:09 PM »
Welcome! Always good to see more 'locals' and not just So. Cal folk :D

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Joe, excellent and extremely interesting (and to me) important work that you've presented.  I've been on a similar, if less sophisticated and successful, quest to successfully grow avocados here in Sacramento (Roseville suburb), where we often see the wild temp drops, particularly with these artic inversions we've been getting of late.  I came upon the Duke story (and even held dialogue with it its progenitor and others related to it).  I've made several trips to Oroville to take cuttings and search for seeds.  I've only found one half-eaten avocado from in my visits.  The 2nd set of cuttings I took were grafted onto 2 or 3 box store 5G trees I purchased.  The trees were not healthy due to the winter they withstood, and wild several of the grafts took, the trees ultimately died.  I'm now banking on my Fuerte, Mexicola, and Bacon to survive the transplant I just subjected them to in my front yard.  These trees just produced their first fruit (the Mexicola was excellent) last year.  I had them in large ~50-gal containers for 5+ years.

At any rate, I'll be following your work very closely.

Thanks for sharing.
-naysen

You're welcome! You've been to the very tree that I took most of my seedlings from! At the 3rd week of August, I watch the wind forecast and wait for a very windy night and then long before daylight, I would be at the base of the Duke Train Station Tree collecting fruits knocked by the wind.  Just holler if you want cuttings of Lynn's Cold Hardy Hass. They're selling their house within a couple of months and I have access to cuttings between now and the house gets sold.
August huh? I'll have to make a trip up there. It's too close not too.... :)

Leave some for me? Please....
Your secret to success is out, I want in!
I've seen pictures of the tree though and I don't see how I could strip it clean :P I just want a few seeds to experiment myself. I've tried grafting for the first time this year and am amazed at how simple it really is. Would be cool to keep this trees lineage alive.

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Joe, excellent and extremely interesting (and to me) important work that you've presented.  I've been on a similar, if less sophisticated and successful, quest to successfully grow avocados here in Sacramento (Roseville suburb), where we often see the wild temp drops, particularly with these artic inversions we've been getting of late.  I came upon the Duke story (and even held dialogue with it its progenitor and others related to it).  I've made several trips to Oroville to take cuttings and search for seeds.  I've only found one half-eaten avocado from in my visits.  The 2nd set of cuttings I took were grafted onto 2 or 3 box store 5G trees I purchased.  The trees were not healthy due to the winter they withstood, and wild several of the grafts took, the trees ultimately died.  I'm now banking on my Fuerte, Mexicola, and Bacon to survive the transplant I just subjected them to in my front yard.  These trees just produced their first fruit (the Mexicola was excellent) last year.  I had them in large ~50-gal containers for 5+ years.

At any rate, I'll be following your work very closely.

Thanks for sharing.
-naysen

You're welcome! You've been to the very tree that I took most of my seedlings from! At the 3rd week of August, I watch the wind forecast and wait for a very windy night and then long before daylight, I would be at the base of the Duke Train Station Tree collecting fruits knocked by the wind.  Just holler if you want cuttings of Lynn's Cold Hardy Hass. They're selling their house within a couple of months and I have access to cuttings between now and the house gets sold.
August huh? I'll have to make a trip up there. It's too close not too.... :)

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I'm growing Sunrise, Sunset, Waimanalo from seed currently. They're only about 2 inches tall at the moment. Good to know about root rot, I'll keep an eye out. Anything 'tropical' in my yard is being planted in mounds. I plan on putting these between my avocados and keeping some in pots.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado 24/7 Thread
« on: May 24, 2019, 11:33:32 AM »
I have probably three crops on mine right now, and just got a few off it a month ago... it's a good producer for sure. I don't like how they taste when stored off the tree.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado 24/7 Thread
« on: May 24, 2019, 10:39:43 AM »
This is the very first fruit production of my ‘Oro Negro’ Avocado variety. I would describe it as a heavy production; I decided to get this variety because I have often heard Carlos (the Avocado Expert) favorably mention it. | (Photo Date: 05-16-2019)

Nice looking tree!

Even though I'm growing in a greenhouse before the big freeze my ON was a heavy producer.  Fruit isn't up to the quality of SoCal fruits but it's still worth planting.  With the freeze die back it now hosts Lamb Hass, Pinkerton, quite a few Sharwil grafts/branches and if all goes well the Jan Boyce will take.  Grafted late last year it's now 7' H X 8' W.

Here's a few in March 2017 with some Meyer lemons.  Apparently you folks in S. Florida start harvesting early winter.  Mine weren't ready until March.


Here in northern California my meyer has light crops most of the year, heaviest being around summer and early january?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Making my cherimoya flower!
« on: May 24, 2019, 10:28:57 AM »
yeah its an interesting case study for sure about seeing how atemoyas perform here and cherimoyas won't... my lowest temp here is about 55 degree F.      its actually hilarious as i write this that there are 1000's of posts on this forum with everyone trying to grow stuff wanting the higher temps and here i am wanting the low temps!  haha

Is this why i don't hear about many of you california guys growing atemoya??  cause its too cold for atemoya there?   sounds like cherimoya is prime in california tho.

Atemoyas grow fine here too.  Cherimoya tastes a lot better to me.
You guys can have some of my chill hours -_-
Can't wait till my cherimoyas are big enough to see how they do out here though!

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Joe,
were did you source your seeds? I'm working on mounding up and planting my avocados and would love to experiment with an in ground seedling but out here all I can find is Hass fruit.

Thanks,

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Nice to see some success in my area. I'm actually pretty close to some GIANT duke's in oroville.
Did you plant in a mound or directly at ground level? I know standing water is a huge issue out here.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: May 10, 2019, 02:29:20 PM »
My Hass dropped like 90% of it's leaves.

Stewart, Mexicola, Holiday all seem ok.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Meyer lemon, why?
« on: May 06, 2019, 06:56:08 PM »
A Meyer lemon left on the counter too long taste like someone squeezed a bitter orange in to your drink.
I use mine fresh or not at all to avoid the aftertaste.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit Bearing Bushes for 9B
« on: May 06, 2019, 04:15:21 PM »
I'd stay away from raspberries or black berries near your ac unless you want to trim them a lot. I vote blueberries :)

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I live near a river in a farm town that grows rice and we have a lot of standing water from the rains. It''s a nasty year for mosquitos. I bought a few citronella plants to put around my patio and burn citronella torches. As long as my wife is outside the mosquitos leave me alone :)

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Meyer lemon, why?
« on: May 04, 2019, 06:02:00 PM »
I have a Meyer and I like it for lemonade.
Can't wait to try it next year with some sugarcane juice...

I have found if you leave the fruit out too long it tastes like crap. I harvest them from the tree and juice immediately. The bees love it too!

If it weren't already mature when I bought the house, I don't think I would have picked meyer over anything else but I have no complaints about mine.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Osmocote on sale (Amazon)
« on: May 03, 2019, 11:37:11 AM »
I have a bag left in an unfinished garage and the package won't reseal perfectly and I've been to lazy to move it to something air tight.
Still looks brand new after almost a year of storage (we don't really get any humidity)

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