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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado 24/7 Thread
« on: March 02, 2019, 11:21:54 AM »
Ive achieved avo 24/7 here in CA.  Havent bought any for over a year. 

Sir Prize is in season now.  This is maybe my favorite avocado. 

What does your 24/7 avocado yearly schedule look like?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: November 02, 2018, 11:51:31 PM »

I am not too sure. I always thought all avocados flowered around spring time.

I have Frederick and Ruby...and ruby has never fruited. Ruby does give off a lot of flowers though. It must be pollinating with something else you have.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: November 01, 2018, 11:28:28 AM »

My Sharwil is in the beginning stages of flowering


Ribbit (sharwil fruit on the left)

Very nice!
I have a lizard friend that lives on my Reed tree. Not too sure if thatís a good thing or a bad thing.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: October 30, 2018, 11:25:01 PM »

My Sharwil is in the beginning stages of flowering

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango flowering in October
« on: October 13, 2018, 11:47:46 AM »
Found my answer.

Sounds like I should wait for average temps to be over 65 to pinch off.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango flowering in October
« on: October 10, 2018, 05:12:18 PM »
I have a tree or 2 starting to bloom.  Its cold weather making it bloom.

What do you do with these fall blooms? Do you eventually cut them off? I had another Manila seedling flower around April/May of this year and produced mangos which I thought it was normal, but these are a little weird going into winter. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango flowering in October
« on: October 10, 2018, 05:03:20 PM »
It appears that I have one branch from the whole tree flowering...seems kinda weird. I stopped fertilizing September 15. It is one of those Manila Seedlings from Home Depot. I am going to assume this has happened before to other people and would possibly know what is going on here. 

Thanks Warren for an awesome presentation which was very informational. That evening I was a bit starstruck from seeing so many familiar faces that I've seen on YouTube (especially the guy from the ''Let's Find Out'' show)...really enjoyed it. Thanks again Warren.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Pomegranates in upper Texas Gulf Coast
« on: September 23, 2018, 04:04:55 AM »
sucks to hear that. Hope you have better luck next year. Houston is my hometown!

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Spider Mites
« on: September 15, 2018, 02:02:15 PM »
The usual recommendation is horticultural oil or soap spray.  I don't know about the scent additives but I can't imagine they would hurt.  I use Dr Bronners unscented baby soap which has no detergents.  It's kind of expensive so if anybody knows a cheaper solution let me know.

I have been fighting a cottony cushion scale infestation for *years* now.  Soap spray keeps them in check but they keep coming back.  Like you, I live in a temperate area where CCS isn't native and have not brought any new trees in for a while I know that I simply haven't eradicated them all from my trees.   I am going to switch to hort oil in the fall when it cools off a bit. 

My biggest issue has been that it takes forever to spray using a 3-gal pump sprayer.  It takes me an hour and a half to coat all my trees.  I tried two different hose-end sprayers and they were complete junk.  However, you can find horticultural oil bottles with built-in hose-end sprayers (Bonide brand I think, maybe Bayer).  I read somewhere these built in sprayers are far superior to the re-useable sprayers.  I am going to try this, and if it works well see if I can modify the single-use sprayer to be re-useable.

here's the link about the sprayers:

Would this Dr. Bronners soap work as well? Its at Costco right now

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: want to buy gem avocado scion
« on: September 10, 2018, 01:47:00 PM »

Did you ever find a place that sold grafted GEM avocados in SoCal?


I have some scions for you if you are in the hunt for some. My GEM is growing a bit wildly. PM me

Missed it in on 08/04....will 100 percent be there on 09/20.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: USPS irradiating packages?
« on: August 13, 2018, 01:38:06 PM »
i can probably find out the answer to this question in a couple of days. I know most outbound/inbound international  LA mail gets x rayed due to shipments of marijuana going out to the rest of the world. Maybe cocaine is getting shipped from Florida and it gets Xrayed? Not too sure. Iíll ask around to see how the domestic mail works.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado grafting
« on: August 06, 2018, 08:04:54 PM »
Has anyone tried this method?

Holy smokes year 3 and beyond in the summer is a lot of water.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: May 06, 2018, 01:17:13 AM »
Did someone take a shit under your tree to get the flies Mark? ;) I've never seen a fly in my yard on a flower. Good luck to you...I know you had a rough winter. Chris

Not that I know of. 

I have some really strange pollinators, 100's of them at any given time.  Those are houseflies, have others that have that shiny blue purty!  Bees, moths, butterflies.  Being in the country helps.

I have the little flies on my flowers too mark.  You aren't alone.

I also had* flies and bees all over my trees.

I'm about 6 miles from the beach and could use some more heat in the summers. When everyone is suffering during heat waves in the summer my trees flourish. I would say maybe 10-15 miles from the beach.


Picture from March 13. Still growing. About 3-4 feet tall right now.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: SoCal - GEM AVOCADO + Recommendations
« on: April 04, 2018, 02:56:40 PM »
I saw some 15 gallon Gems the last time I went to Atkins Nursery which was like 6 weeks ago. I'm sure they probably still have it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Reed Avocados in April?
« on: April 03, 2018, 05:33:50 PM »
This produce place has Reeds ready right now, I was curious about why the Reed's would be ready right now instead of summer time (as most websites/info out there suggest).... Sounds like you are kinda on the same boat.

I'm actually trying a similar project. I just put them in a cedar wood box without a bottom. Hopefully I can train them (espalier) with proper pruning. It's Sir Prize, Queen, and Lamb Hass. Sir Prize and Lamb Hass are currently flowering.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: skhan yard update 2018
« on: February 03, 2018, 02:34:31 PM »
I'll add the backyard soon but editing this is getting crazy.
I'm open to trying a different format if anyone has suggestions

I saw you were looking for ideas on other formats...I created a private Facebook page for my trees. Each tree has its own album. Makes it pretty easy to have everything organized and see the growth of trees.

Kahaluu can go as high as 28% oil. We have a whole range of avocados here from watery West Indian types to very high oil types, and everything in between. I believe we have a bigger selection of cultivars here than anywhere else in USA. There are so many available for sale. Unfortunately most vendors don't label the cultivar names.
This poster lists 107 types grown here, and it only scratches the surface of what's available.

Yea I went to the Farmers Market in Hilo about 2 weeks ago and most sellers did not know the names of the avocado varieties they were selling.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Nabal vs Holiday
« on: January 17, 2018, 01:39:13 AM »
Yes, I have been doing research and I have been reading a couple of articles say that the Nabal is the "ranchers secret" or the "farmers favorite" but the only downside is the heavy alternate bearing....which I don't mind since I have Lamb Hass and Reed as well.

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