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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: January 24, 2021, 08:28:28 PM »
Nicely done 🙌  Looks like you may need to get a couple acres in the country if you get many more plants. 

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Inground citrus fertilizer
« on: January 24, 2021, 07:36:10 PM »
Once the citrus tree is full size it doesn't need a ton of nitrogen.  Some of you guys are nitrogen freaks.  Using jacks and spraying urea totally overkill here, my trees are green and healthy with just mulch and occasional chicken manure and maybe some citrus fertilizer (8-6-8 with micros) and handful of 0-0-22

This last year it was just mulch and chicken poop and very little if any bag fertilizer, trees were loaded up so much branches are hanging down and bending to the point of almost broken. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: January 24, 2021, 07:25:47 PM »
Cool, I grew up in Stockton.  We never had avocados but we grew a lot of citrus and peaches.  Pistachios there are super good too, if they would grow here I'd be all about those. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: January 24, 2021, 06:23:39 PM »
sir prize is very productive but the tree is pretty weak.  Same with holiday.  holidays are kind of worthless IMO.  i know there are people that like it but theres better options personally I wouldnt propogate it.  Too bad they sell it home depot and people waste time growing it. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: January 24, 2021, 05:27:02 PM »
that is a small seed.  sir prize also has a ver good seed to flesh ratio and has a soft melting flesh similar to JB. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: January 24, 2021, 03:44:00 PM »
bacon on top jan boyce on bottom.  honestly these are both really good.  the JB does taste better but not out of this world.  they will still get more oil in a month or 2.  some had started dropping and cracking though like typical mexican avocado.  the thin skin and dropping is typical and not a good feature. the JB tree has a stretchy pattern that leaves the fruit somewhat exposed to sun which is also not a good feature.  that seed sure is small though.



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mine gets some minor damage from cold here and it never freezes.  i think frost will damage it but have no experience with it.  it seems more cold sensitive that citrus.

plants seem to get less damage in the GH vs outdoors with the same temps. 

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Parafilm tape
« on: January 21, 2021, 11:56:56 AM »
1/2" wide, 4 rolls for 20$ free shipping



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mexicola flowering
« on: January 18, 2021, 03:27:53 PM »
Never heard of it.  The UC website has a pretty extwnsive list of cultivars in a searchable database though.  You could look it up. 

My mexican avocados are blooming now too.  I saw some hass trees in peoples yards in town and they were in full bloom already.  Peaches are blooming here now also.  It was 90 here the last couple days. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mexicola flowering
« on: January 18, 2021, 10:19:14 AM »
Mex grande is mediocre at best.  Taste is ok but the thin skin and sticky seed coat suck.  They drop off the tree if you stare at them too long also. 

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Can I reserve some sakips for May?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: This seedling look familiar?
« on: January 13, 2021, 04:38:44 PM »
Does .ook like a loquat

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: January 13, 2021, 01:44:28 PM »
I have no idea, pretty much everything here gets Persia mites but I'm able to nip it in the bud quickly by using the californicus predator mites.  I got it before it hit all the trees last year.  Maybe half the trees got hammered, reed and hass are for sure mite magnets. 

People asked for some fujikawa scions, I'll definitely have some available in 2022 spring.  I want to sample it before sending out a lot of wood.  If its not better than reed its not worth growing.  Every avocado tree has different attributes that make it worthwhile (or not).  Like the fruit quality, season and duration of fruit ripeness, tree growth habit, cold/heat tolerance, productivity etc...  Theres way too many avocado cultivars being passed around that aren't worth growing IMO.  The nurseries are propagating junk trees.  I don't want to pile onto that mess.  I'm hoping this fujikawa has equal fruit quality and season as reed with a stronger/larger growing tree.  Reed has issues with dropping fruit in cold and also premature drops.  It also isn't that great of a grower once it gets into production the tree stays smaller.  I want a reed killer. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: January 13, 2021, 10:55:28 AM »
I grafted a seedling rootstock like the one in the pic in summer of 2018 with fujikawa wood. Its now around 7ft tall and has around 10 avocados. 
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: January 13, 2021, 10:36:09 AM »
Yesterday I made a copy of this tree.  Heres some pics of how I do grafts on undersized rootstock.  Some people here wanted to see pics of how I fraft seedlings.  Doing it on the side allows multiple attwmpts if the first fails.







I use presco texas brand flagging tape to pull my grafts very snug.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: January 13, 2021, 10:21:51 AM »
These are fujikawa avocados.  Seedling grafted in summer 2018 now holding fruit.  Of all the hawaiian avocados I'm growing this one is showing the most potential.  Sharwil also seems to do well here.



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: January 12, 2021, 01:34:48 PM »
Looks like my Zutano is starting to get flower buds here in Northern California. Given I's only 4' tall and doesn't need to pollinate anything, should I break the flowers off and (supposedly) let the energy go toward growth instead of fruit production?

Thanks!

Dont pinch the flower just leave it alone and if it sets fruit and you dont want it to hold them, pinch the fruits off in June or July.  Its a smart move to let the tree size up some before allowing to hold fruit.  It will grow much faster if it isnt putting energy into fruit.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Cherimoya Fruit
« on: January 11, 2021, 11:36:07 AM »
Thornable and kimjy got the last of them.  Trust me I wish I had enough to go around. 

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Cherimoya Fruit
« on: January 10, 2021, 09:25:45 PM »
I have a couple more boxes wirth of cherimoyas if anyone wants one post here and I will do it in order and give kimjy 1st dibs.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Ong seedless lychees
« on: January 06, 2021, 01:06:16 PM »
I planted one last summer.  Its growing slowly but surely.  Probably 4-5 years before seeing any fruits.  The mother trees were imported from china. 

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Florida prince peach
August pride peach
May pride peach
Evas pride peach
Snow queen nectarine
Tropic snow peach
Arctic star nectarine
Sun kist apricot
Tropic gold apricot
Cottoncandy apricot plum
SpicyZ nectarine plum
Double delight nectarine
Lapins cherry
Minnie royal cherry
Royal lee cherry
Royal crimson cherry
Emerald drop plum apricot
Flavor delight apricot plum
Red barron peqch
Stark saturn peach

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These ones are all cherry

Lapins cherry
Minnie royal
Royal lee
Royal crimson

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Temperate Fruit Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: WTB sweet cherry scions
« on: January 02, 2021, 11:53:35 AM »
Ok, send me a PM.  Lapins is 400hrs of chill from memory.  Thats the only stone fruit tree I own thats never fruited here. The chill requirement is too high for my location.  The other ones I have are lower chill and less hardy.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Finally a giant Megalanthus
« on: January 01, 2021, 02:13:57 PM »
Those are pics from a video you posted.  I took screenshots from the video.

We have the peruvian churuja, palora, columbiana plants and a few other unknowns that haven't fruited yet. 

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Florida prince peach
August pride peach
May pride peach
Evas pride peach
Snow queen nectarine
Tropic snow peach
Arctic star nectarine
Sun kist apricot
Tropic gold apricot
Cottoncandy apricot plum
SpicyZ nectarine plum
Double delight nectarine
Lapins cherry
Minnie royal cherry
Royal lee cherry
Royal crimson cherry
Emerald drop plum apricot
Flavor delight apricot plum
Red barron peqch
Stark saturn peach


I have a few others as well I cant recall off hand

2 scions for 5$ plus postage.

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