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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Dwarf Red banana flowering, finally
« on: February 25, 2021, 03:59:07 PM »
It's only about 6 / ft tall.  The pseudostem is a bit small in diameter, and will need staking

Pics uploaded

Fresh Sunrise (aka Strawberry) papaya seeds.
Grows fast & fruits quickly

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Forum Banner Image
« on: February 11, 2021, 03:48:06 PM »
Not showing up

I say full sun.  More heat, the better

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Which livestock for mango grove?
« on: January 12, 2021, 04:25:28 PM »
What about alpacas or llamas?

Starting in October, I spray with neem oil (about 1 tbs w/ 1 tbs liquid soap in a 32 oz spray bottle of water) weekly.  I have 2 sample bottles of Dr. Zymes Eliminator, and have been using that with the same regimen.

Yes.  I'm unsure about restrictions to Belgium

Which variety did you get?

Cleft grafts are good, too

People often graft when they go dormant around April

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Annonas in 9b
« on: December 09, 2020, 09:49:16 PM »
I'm not a pro, but nearby Santa Barbara is prime cherimoya growing territory.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mystery Cherimoya
« on: December 09, 2020, 03:29:58 PM »
My guess would be Booth, due to the bubble gum (Juicy Fruit) flavor

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: Garlic
« on: December 07, 2020, 08:48:46 PM »
I tried sourcing some Inchelium Red garlic, to no avail.

I bought a few garlic from the local farmer's market, split off some cloves, leaving the skin on, and planted them.  Almost all sprouted. 

I also grow yellow potato onions.  A little larger than scallions, because the bulbs multiply, I have a endless supply of onions.  Less messy than Egyptian walking onions,too

I have Violette de Bourdeaux, Lattarulla & Ronde de Bourdeaux.  I really enjoy them.  Will have to check Black Madeira

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Paw paw
« on: December 03, 2020, 06:59:59 PM »
Susquehanna is Neal Peterson's personal favorite

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Out of Topic - new house owner
« on: December 03, 2020, 04:04:01 PM »
Reminds me of the "Merlin" game by Parker Brothers

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit Cocktail mango
« on: November 17, 2020, 08:45:50 PM »
Fruit Punch is a more highly regarded cultivar

RodneyS, palingkecil, simon_grow, thank you for the advice. It looks like Ataulfo is polyembyronic. When I grow the seedlings do I need to figure out which one is the clone or does it not matter if I'm planning to graft on top? Also, how many seedlings do I need to grow? Is grafting difficult? If I fail will the whole thing die or will I be able to try again on the same root?

For the Ataulfo, if you're using them for rootstock, then it doesn't matter.  Grow as many seedlings as you plan to graft, either in the near or distant future.  Youtube "mango cleft grafting".  If the graft fails, the scionwood will rot, but the rootstock will still be alive, so can be used to graft, again.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best banana tree for South Florida
« on: November 06, 2020, 02:53:39 PM »
BS I had a pitogo banana do that once the first time it bloomed.Has your Kandrian bloomed again with the same condition?Cultural,climatic ex dry cold ,nutritional  or maybe lawn herbicide?I lean towards nutritional at the time of development.I have seen this in other yards.

look at nutritional

How would you rate pitogo against namwah, praying hands, dwarf Brazilian etc.?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What do you use to fertilizer your plants?
« on: November 05, 2020, 04:05:22 PM »
Rabbit, guinea pig and other animals of those type, have manure that can be used fresh, unlike chicken & cow manure.

I use-
worm castings (top dressing & liquid)
aquarium waste water
Dr. Earth liquid concentrate & slow release fertilizers (occasionally).  This mainly for the kelp.

I would like try growing a mango tree in Long Beach, and after reading through this thread it looks like mango seedlings are the best way to go. Is there somewhere I can go around Los Angeles/OC to buy different varieties of the fruits (for seeds) or do I need to order seeds online? I know there are tons of mango varieties available at stands in Florida, but I've never seen any varieties other than Alfonso or the regular Mexican mangoes here. Is it easier to just plant a manila and then learn how to graft?

Buy Ataulfo/Manila, Kent & Keitt mangoes from the supermarket, then plant the seeds.  Watch videos on cleft grafting, and buy grafting tape ( Parafilm, Buddy tape) and a grafting knife or a razor blade.  Source mango scionwood from other members.  You can also purchase scion at in the summer.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mini mango tasting, SoCal grown
« on: October 21, 2020, 11:33:27 AM »
When I tried Kesar, IMHO, it tasted like black licorice

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mini mango tasting, SoCal grown
« on: October 20, 2020, 11:11:04 AM »
I've been curious what the "resin" taste is like?  I've not had the chance to sample as many different types, so trying to pin down that characteristic.  I've tried some imported Kensington Pride that had what I might consider a resinous aftertaste, although I might stretch it further to more of a gasoliney flavor.  Perhaps a closer resin hint I've tasted would be in some lesser ripened Valencia Pride.

Buy an Alphonso and/or Kesar mango from an Indian supermarket.  You'll see right away.  Little India in Artesia is not too far drive from you.

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