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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: my 9month old niece eating durian
« on: February 23, 2019, 10:26:26 PM »
she is super cute

Grafting those deciduous fruit tree are very easy. In mid-Jan or so, collect bud woods (please clean the shear with rubbing alcohol) and store them in a zip lock bag in the refrigerator. Wait til the tree starts showing the buds swelling up (can also graft when flowering). That is the time when the tree is pushing the sugar upward. Usually 100% take as long as both cambium layers fuse (please clean your hand and tools with rubbing alcohol prior). btw when the tree is pushing you can also do bark grafting because you can peel the bark back....What you see there is the cambium layer.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / air layer starfruit
« on: December 21, 2018, 04:22:31 AM »
Anybody has success air-laying start fruit tree? I have a tree that have 2 trunks.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What avocados can live in -10C?
« on: October 25, 2018, 02:05:24 AM »
Winter Cado. J/K....I think most will die in the 20's, nevertheless, -10.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: GEM avocado in Los Angeles area?
« on: October 19, 2018, 11:28:56 PM »
If you getting a lamb hass  tree for $199, I assume the tree is in a 15 gal or larger. The downside to it is the planting technique. Some people kill the without even knowing by yanking the tree out of the container. The tree gradually dying in a short period of time. Guess what? They want a refund blaming the nursery selling them a sick, disease tree. The following is my way:

1. Having good drainage is like winning half the battle
2. Dig hole; planting higher is always prefer
3. Position your tree next to the hole
4. Use a lopper to cut the bottom out (those bottom holes for drainage is a good guide)
5. Have a buddy to help lift and ease the container into the hole; do not drop.
6. Again use the lopper to cut horizontal down all the way from top to bottom
7. Remove container then back fill.
8. Of course what ever mix or amendment is up to you, but don't use cow manure.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: GEM avocado in Los Angeles area?
« on: October 18, 2018, 01:22:54 AM »
Lamb hass is very prolific. I have a 3-4 ft tree for like 5 years in the ground with about 30-40 avocado. Majority of the avocado are touching the mulch. I was so impressed with the cultivar that I bought 4 more tree (3-15 gal, 1- 5 gal) this year. The heavy fruit set is preventing the tree from growing big.

What variety do you have that set flowers at this moment. I have a Kari which usually starts to flower in late September or October. It would be nice for Kari to set flowers now as it get the heat for the fruits to grow large. Btw....I had no problem from flowers turning into fruits. The problem is the late season fruit sets.

Pull the plant out and look at the root.


What cultivars of Cherimoya are in your collections?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Kari star fruit question
« on: December 12, 2017, 04:48:31 PM »
Starfruit tree are very resilient. No need to worry. Here in San Jose, CA leaves fall off during the winter and new growth emerges when the warm weather arrives.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: cherimoya top working
« on: November 18, 2017, 06:34:31 PM »
My experience with grafting best is when the tree starts pushing new growth. I never try this on cherimoya but I think this method will work. Cherimoya molt their leaves sometime in March-April. Wait for the the first sign that new growth emerge; cut the tree to a stump, preferable 3-4 ft. Bark graft wood to stump (cambium to cambium; preferable second year wood and the larger scions). Tape them up tight and apply tree sealer to exposed area. BTW wrap the scions completely with the clear white tape (forget the name) so rain water doesn't get in and to hold in the moisture. Good luck!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: October 27, 2017, 04:27:56 PM »
Samu FYI, my 10 ft tree had a couple of fruits in 2015 that I picked in December that year (much too early per JF: I agree, tasted bland), no flowers in 2016 for some reason, this year 2017 have some fruits hanging, along with few others from different variety scions...

I'm on the same page with you. One of my Sir Prize is the same size as your. Had very little flowers but manage to have 2 fruits. Hopefully over time the flowering increase 100,000 folds (hope it will be ridiculously as the Lamb). The Sir Prize is a really fast grower which I'm very fond of. My (2) 5 gal second year in the ground are like 5ft already. I think they will hit 10 ft next year.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Vietnames sugar apple
« on: September 24, 2017, 05:03:37 PM »
Hi Richard,

Can I buy seeds from you?


I'm from San Jose. I got el bumpo, honey hart, m &n, vietnamese, fino de jete, and african pride (atemoya). Viet and fino are second years in the ground. others are older. None of them are cover during the winter. If you are worry, cover with frost cloth, not plastic for cherimoya.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Turmeric !
« on: August 06, 2017, 03:44:16 PM »
This is my first year growing tumeric that I ordered from TT. Can I leave the tumeric in the ground over winter? Will the rhizome rot?


Call Dale Ace Hardware Fremont, CA to order you a Reed tree. The tree are superb in terms of health. For $70 you can purchase two tree. It takes about 2-3 weeks to get in but you won't be disappointed. I got 3 Reed tree from them and they are flushing now. Sometime in September, they all will be a 7 gal size tree. I will take a few photo later and post them to my facebook. You can check it out. Pat Luong (thumbnail: shizu dog).

Hello CoookieMonster,

I'm from San Jose too and have all the varieties that you have mentioned. I agreed with bsbullie- grow whatever you like, whether fuerte or sir prize. Both are good. I have 3 "sir prize" avocado tree. They grow upright (fast too) but the flowering is minimal comparing to others at least for now. I have 1 fuerte and the tree looks extremely nice. The foliage looks fantastic. Fuerte branchec out in all different direction like a spider (if you have kids who like to climb tree, this is the avocado for you).

Like Spaugh said, get the 5 gal instead of the 15 and he said why too. First of all, it will also save you ton of money, and for us in Northern California. The money that you save can be use to provide some good fertilizer and medium for the tree. The tree grow really fast when she is happy. Play sand, quality compost, 1 whole bag of worm casting, Neptune's liquid fertilizer,  natural wood chips, etc.

If you don't want to worry about pollination, get the reed or lamb hass. Both set fruits like crazy meaning you have to thin a few out if not done naturally. Lamb hass can be found anywhere. The reed is harder to locate but you can have Dale Ace Hardware in Fremont to order for you. I bought 3 reed tree from this store and is very happy with all of them.

Just leave as is and let it fruit. Mine only have two leaves. The bunch came out nicely. Harvested 3 weeks ago.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragonfruit root rot
« on: December 18, 2016, 02:54:37 AM »
I plugged 2 cuttings (white flesh dragon fruit) into the ground next to the fence late fall 2015 without watering or amending the soil with anything. Sometime in Spring 2016, the cuttings grew so I staked it with a wooden pole on each plant and forget about it. I watered the plants like 4-5 times during the summer. September 2016 flower buds formed on the plants. Plants are like 2 - 2.5 ft. tall; fruiting are like 1 ft above the soil. I got 1 medium and 1 ginormous dragon fruit November 2016. December 2016, plants are like 3-4 ft. tall. I planted 8 more cuttings last week. You don't need to water them every week. Where I'm at is pretty hot too, similar to Southern California micro climate. Very bless especially during the Winter

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Growing avocados in gopher land
« on: November 05, 2016, 12:37:20 AM »
Cover all the holes with dirt except the most profound one. Tape a hose (co carbon dioxide doesn't leak) to your old car exhaust pipe. Stick the other end of the hose as far as you can inside the hole. Cover the opening of the hole with plastic, but not all the way seal. Run vehicle for 30 minutes. Cover it up with dirt afterward. If you don't see anymore hole week later, problem solved.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Passion fruit empty.
« on: October 24, 2016, 08:28:56 PM »
No sex, No seed. Just saying.....I don't know the reason why.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: I hate waiting
« on: September 15, 2016, 01:43:06 PM »
Fertilize with 0-10-10 fertilizer. It will help with flowering and fruiting.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: OC orchards
« on: September 01, 2016, 11:09:17 PM »
Very Nice! ;)

It happened to my  3 year old Fwang Tung tree exactly the same way. I dig down and found a tunnel running through the tree root. 98% of the root are eaten up. I can literally put the tree up with very little effort.

My "Ice Cream" banana takes 19 months from a 1 foot plant to fruit planted on the ground. The banana flag showed up late this year event though I fertilized them with 0-10-10 fertilizer. 1st flag: July 20. 2nd flag: Aug. 21. 3rd flag: hopefully soon. I planted 4 more at a different location this year.

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