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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: hybrids with precocious Poncirus
« Last post by Walt on Today at 12:53:38 PM »
Ilya.  All I want to harvest from precocious Pt is pollen.  And I'm willing to wait if I must.  I want to see if the gene(s) have different  effects in different backgrounds.  Cutting even one year per generation would be of value.
Mikkel.  I'm keeping my Flying Dragon because it makes some zygotic seeds.  I haven't read reports saying whether or not precocious does that.
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How to prevent Mango from blooming
« Last post by Squam256 on Today at 12:21:43 PM »
Gibberellic Acid will inhibit bloom but doesn’t work on all cultivars and I suspect would be even less effective in California
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How good does Carambola taste?
« Last post by HIfarm on Today at 12:10:04 PM »
As others have mentioned, most do not consider this a top tier fruit (I would certainly put it under the 3 fruits you mention).  There are better varieties as some have mentioned but some are pretty bad.  To me, most seem to have a vegetal component but in the better varieties, there is enough fruity flavor & sweetness to offset this and make them more interesting.  Not a bad fruit to clear your palate after breakfast, for example, but not many people would be saying "oh boy, starfruit!" when they see one.

Another strike against this fruit is that it can be harmful to those with impaired kidney function so, if you have any kidney issues best to eat this sparingly, if at all.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / How to prevent Mango from blooming
« Last post by behlgarden on Today at 11:42:36 AM »
every year here in So Cal we get recent grafts that barely pushed or dormant to start blooming instead of growth in Spring and when you knock out blooms OR wait for fruitlets to be pea size to knock them off, soon after grafts and small plants bloom again, cycle about 2-3 times at expense of growth.

any good way to prevent stop blooms? I heard folks use KNO3 for blooms, what is the antidote to stop blooms?
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Miracle fruit grafting?
« Last post by Jct on Today at 11:22:31 AM »
Oh that's interesting, I'll have to remember this for next year and give it a try.
Citrus General Discussion / Re: Snow In Colorado
« Last post by hardyvermont on Today at 11:06:54 AM »
The only Poncirus that survived in Vermont were those that were mostly in the shade in the winter and out of the wind.  Plants in sunny locations that looked great in January with green stems died back by March. 
Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Buying Mexicola avocado seeds
« Last post by nexxogen on Today at 10:37:34 AM »
Let's try one more time. Does anyone have seeds of Mexican avocado varieties for sale?
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How good does Carambola taste?
« Last post by palmcity on Today at 10:12:05 AM »
I have never had properly ripened star fruit. I have only tried poor quality starfruit from the store, where the fruit was a very pale yellow with tinges of green. I was pretty unimpressed.

But I was wondering, a properly ripened starfruit will obviously taste much better. But where does starfruit rank in taste next to amazing fruits like peach, mango, cherimoya?

I'm curious what your opinions are of this fruit.
I only have two trees so limited varieties etc. Two people in my family enjoy eating it year round if fruit are on the tree. I only enjoy eating it when IMO they are sweet.

This past summer I did not think the fruit was sweet and I would not eat it and most were light yellow to greenish (they had a hard time advancing to orange color if at all). But 2 other family members ate the summer fruit and apparently thought they were good.

Over the past about 10 days the trees are more loaded with fruit and I have enjoyed eating the fruit that go from the light green to orange color and IMO means they are sweeter. It is also good to have another fruit to eat at this time of the year in S. Fl. with only a few mangos left on the trees if you have enough mango variety in your yard.

All 3 of the people who eat mango and carambola here believe the mango taste better than the ripe orange carambola; but carambola is good for a change of taste.
Temperate Fruit Discussion / Grafting Actinida / kiwifruit
« Last post by Mango Stein on Today at 09:43:10 AM »
I am a fairly skilled grafter but have had no luck with Actinidia. It obviously works because I purchased grafted varieties in pots, however I don't think it works when you are grafting onto a mature plant. I think a multi-varietal vine doesn't work. My grafts would take, then push out minimal growth and die. The thing is, I wanted to keep the original main growth. Maybe should have grafted at a more terminal location?

Another thing, I have wanted to graft A. arguta onto A. deliciosa. Is this even remotely possible that they co-exist with similar vigor on the same vine?
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Difficulties with pulasan
« Last post by Kada on Today at 09:11:19 AM »
Ya.I'm  from Canada and have had troubles. But many more have issues without phyto, and bugs could be an issue. Make sure its clean,without sticks, black spots etc.
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