Tropical Fruit Forum - International Tropical Fruit Growers



Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.


Messages - containerman

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 6
1
Citrus General Discussion / Re: What lime is it that I had in Costa Rica?
« on: October 26, 2020, 12:31:15 PM »
Limůn mandarina is a hybrid between the mandarin orange and the lemon. It is preferred over other varieties of lemons or limes in Costa Rica because it is easier to peel, juicier (and therefore easier to squeeze), has beautiful orange pulp, and is slightly more sweet than the regular lemons or limes yet still very sour.
From:
http://ardentlight.com/ministry/lemon/



Yes!!  Thatís it in the picture! How do I find seeds or plants?  I might need some help from our tico members so I get the right seeds.  Seems to be some debate over what this is.

And yes, itís absolutely delicious.  Perfectly bridges the gap between sour and sweet.  Like a lime and a mandarin had a baby.
if you get some I might have to drive down to morro bay from modesto lol  :)  just kidding.

2
Citrus General Discussion / Re: Tangerine flowering now
« on: October 22, 2020, 09:53:17 AM »
Millet----thank you for your advice.

Container Man----thank you too.
                                I'm still very impressed with your Little Cado growing technique in wine barrel for 6+ years without repotting it.

last season it had 45 fruit this season I just counted and it has 33 fruit. I pruned the lower branches last season and they came back with twice as many vigorous ones. I'm expecting a better season this coming year.

Yeh, that is plenty of fruits for container grown tree.  My wurtz is on its second year in the ground and bears its first  6 fruits.  Can't wait to taste them.

You are growing Gem avo in pot too?  Has it gaven you any fruits yet?  If so, how do you like the taste? 
I went to Brokaw in Oxnard by my house, to buy Gem avocado.  But they only sell a quantity of 25+ plants.  What a bum!

Still in search for mini-nugget barks for the container grown...  I have found Whittier Fertilizer in Pico Riviera selling mini-nuggets.  I'm going to drive there to check them out.  Hopefully it will be the right stuffs.  Do you screen your bark nuggets ?


Tangerine trees do not like sand, do they?  I mixed 40% sand, 20% perlite, 30% coco coir, and 10% peat for potting mix.  They are not happy due to drainage issue.

My Gem,Reed, Gwen, Carmen and D'Arturo are new young trees so they are a few years from producing. My Reed has doubled in size and might give me a few fruit this season, we will see. I'm expecting all my other varieties to produce this season as they are filling out with really nice and full canopies. Fuerte, Mexicola, Pinkerton, Bacon, Stuart and Wurtz.

3
Pruning all my stone fruit trees which i will turn into great mulch for my 11 varieties of avocado trees  :)

4
Citrus General Discussion / Re: Santa Teresa lemon taste?
« on: October 20, 2020, 11:28:13 AM »
My Santa Teresa lemons are not much different from common lemons.  They ripen over a long period of time and can hang on the tree for many months without breaking down. 
This is a great trait because lemon trees don't usually fruit year round in Phoenix AZ like they do elsewhere.  They bloom in the spring and ripen in the winter.
My Meyer lemons all ripen within a month and starts to rot or dry up a month after that, so Santa Teresa is more useful here in Phoenix.

That is interesting because my meyer lemons hand on the tree for a long time and remain very juicy whereas Eurekas in my experience dry up.

5
I like bacon and stuart/stewart. Stuart range is 18-24* depending on the cite and bacon is 24*

6
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is the best tasting avocado variety?
« on: October 19, 2020, 12:11:31 PM »
just like with any other fruit taste is subjective. I've heard Jan Boyce makes the top 5 list. Reed, Gem, Holiday when ripe(18 months), Fuerte but it alternate bears. Carmen is another which produces multiple crops annually.

7
Citrus General Discussion / Re: Tangerine flowering now
« on: October 17, 2020, 05:52:32 PM »
Millet----thank you for your advice.

Container Man----thank you too.
                                I'm still very impressed with your Little Cado growing technique in wine barrel for 6+ years without repotting it.

last season it had 45 fruit this season I just counted and it has 33 fruit. I pruned the lower branches last season and they came back with twice as many vigorous ones. I'm expecting a better season this coming year.

8
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: October 16, 2020, 11:44:42 AM »
Banana looks fine, it looks a bit elevated, havent seen that before really.  Maybe the soil is really shallow.  It looks like it needs mulch around the corm. 
Thanks for getting back on my question Brad.  The soil isn't shallow, but it's quite rocky/stony.  I believe the reason it's built up on its corm like a medieval fortress could be all the years I've been cutting it back only to have it grow out new growth within a day or week.  So it's like a scar that keeps scaring over itself.  There's plenty of detritus around from the cutting I could throw around the corm fortress.

Today we tried a holiday avocado that dropped early.  A mouse had nibbled on it and it dropped but ripened ok.  The oil content is good but still has room for improvement.  The taste is like reed, not much nuty flavor, just buttery and straight forward mild flavor.  The fruit has potential.  Overall, Im still not that impressed with the tree and fruit.  Theres others like reed that taste similar but grow better.  The huge size isn't great either.  Its a bit much even for a family of 4.


My holiday on the side-yard is the worst of five trees planted out together at the same time and under similar conditions.  The tree is weepy, and it held just one avocado where the others are doing much better this year.  Definitely agree based on minimal experience that Holiday seems to be a loser variety.  Maybe it would do well in a container (relative to alternative varieties).
out of the 13 different varieties I own only my holiday died. All the others are thriving.

9
Citrus General Discussion / Re: Tangerine flowering now
« on: October 11, 2020, 06:13:53 PM »
Trees inside air root pruning containers don't stay in the same pot for ever, but do stay longer than standard nursery containers. The air root pruning containers I use were purchased from Root Maker Company. You can find Root Maker Company on line.

Ditto I have most of all my younger citrus trees in those containers. My Lee x Nova is 5 feet and still looking healthy.

10
Citrus General Discussion / Re: Tangerine flowering now
« on: October 08, 2020, 02:31:06 PM »
5/15 different varieties of my mandarins have bloomed with small fruit on them for the past month. I'm just letting them do there thing.

11
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: When to Pick My LIttle Cado Avocados
« on: October 07, 2020, 09:08:01 AM »
Here is what my tree looks like and its container. This was last season where I cut off all the lower branching.









This was this morning showing all the new lower growth from the above pic

12
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: When to Pick My LIttle Cado Avocados
« on: October 06, 2020, 10:25:27 PM »
yes 5-1-1

13
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: When to Pick My LIttle Cado Avocados
« on: October 06, 2020, 09:22:57 AM »
I repotted it 6 months after I purchased it and it has been in that container ever since.


14
1- Mandarins
2- Pluots
3- White Peaches
4- Avocados
5- Pineapples

15
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: When to Pick My LIttle Cado Avocados
« on: October 05, 2020, 06:52:08 PM »
Jeff how is your little cado doing these days? Mine is 7 years old about 8 feet grown in a 1/2 wine barrel size wood container and produces 30-40 avocados annually.

16
The alternate bearing makes sense with younger trees with underdeveloped canopies since I also have young Avocado trees still developing and experience alternate bearing with them. I have 10 different varieties of avocado trees.

17
Ive got a dancy mandarin that also makes HUGE crops every year.  It never alternates.  None of my citrus trees do. 

I think it just comes down to if the tree is getting enough inputs(sun, water, nutrition) to flush during the year while it holds fruit.  If the tree doesnt have enough energy to flush more new growth AND make fruit then its going to alternate.  Culling the fruit a month or 2 early isn't going to make much difference.  The new growth needs to be going on all year.
thats a good sign since all my container citrus in 1/2 wine barrel containers are flushing out with new growth.

18
My GN tree doesn't alternate.  Maybe your location isnt getting enough heat units or hours of sun?
that just might be the case as I'm in California's Central Valley and mine is in full sun.

19
Gold Nugget is an alternate tree.  Whether you pick the fruit when it is fully ripe, or a month or two early when it is not completely ready the tree will be alternate bearing.  You can try pruning some of the fruit when they are still in the marble size to reduce the effects of alternate bearing, but even then it is a gamble.  Golden Nugget taste remains well even into September.  I have a Golden Nugget tree, and I just live with the alternate bearing.  You could always buy a second tree.

If I didn't already have so many varieties that would be my solution but I have plenty of varieties so the alternate bearing doesn't bother me with GN. Last season I had about 60 fruit on a 5 foot tree and this year in the 40's. So I'm happy with my 5 year old GN's production so far.

20
Citrus General Discussion / Re: growing in half oak wine barrel
« on: September 05, 2020, 10:01:48 PM »
for the wood barrel, do you see any sign of root bound?
Has anyone try to grow in an oak wine barrel cut in half?  Do you think root bound won't be a problem with this type of container?

I have over 30-  1/2 wine barrels in both synthetic materials and wood in which I grow citrus, avocado's, dwarf peaches, nectarines and blueberries in my yard.
No but none of my trees are over 7 feet right now.

21
Citrus General Discussion / Re: growing in half oak wine barrel
« on: September 05, 2020, 06:00:51 PM »
Has anyone try to grow in an oak wine barrel cut in half?  Do you think root bound won't be a problem with this type of container?

I have over 30-  1/2 wine barrels in both synthetic materials and wood in which I grow citrus, avocado's, dwarf peaches, nectarines and blueberries in my yard.

22
I was wondering where to order these Citrus Trees in the US?

Thank you!

John

John I'm in the Central Valley and can find them at places like Costco in spring, Home Depot and Lowes. The Bay Area has some good nurseries where you should be able to find some nice varieties of citrus. I would call some near you and see what they have in their inventory.

23
Citrus General Discussion / Re: My Citrus trees
« on: August 30, 2020, 03:45:17 PM »
w
When you posted Pursha Lime, it was the first I have ever heard of it.
is it different than the Bearss ?
Hi! Yes, nothing to do with it... see this link:

https://www.oscartintori.it/en/prodotto/pursha-lime-sweet-lemon-roman-lime/
Thanks for the links

24
Millet,

I also have a grafted dekopon branch (from 2017) which fruits every year. It is not that large yet, only a 2-3ft long branches but it gets about a dozen fruits for the last 2 years. The new dekopon scions I grafted in 2019 also have full size fruits as well.

I like the dekopon/sumo the best of all the mandarins. My fruits ripens in Dec-Jan here in Calif.







Good to know as my tree has 3 fruit on it this year and I'm north of you in the Central Valley.

25
Citrus General Discussion / Re: My Citrus trees
« on: August 30, 2020, 12:37:06 PM »
w
When you posted Pursha Lime, it was the first I have ever heard of it.
is it different than the Bearss ?

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 6
Copyright © Tropical Fruit Forum - International Tropical Fruit Growers