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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: February 14, 2019, 06:11:23 PM »
This is a real email I got this morning.  :D

I'm not the only one who's phones about to die first thing in the morning... Woohoo!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Lemon Zest mango tree
« on: February 13, 2019, 01:11:49 PM »
For all interested I've bought 4 grafted trees from brad past year and all 4 are growing much better than my Florida trees.they actually have dense growth and look like they're in their natural habitat. They easily made it though several rounds of Santa ana winds and more recently 5 days of morning frost.

Brad -thats a great looking tree and I'd buy it from you except I've already got a brad LZ creation! How is that ardith doing by the way?

Could you post some pictures? I am stuck with 20 different varieties of mangoes on turpentine rootstock before I read about it, most of mine were on 15/25 gallons and flowering currently. I am planning to grow ataulfo seedlings in deep nursery bags and graft as a replacements.

You may have some failures but many of your trees will likely do ok.  I would advise you to use mexican Kent rootstocks.  You can get cases of them in summer for cheap.  And they are much more vigorous than ataulfo seeds.  The ataulfo seeds tend to get long and lanky and not short and stout.  They like to flop over and seem to die back easier over winter.  At least grow both types and hedge your bets. 

For what its worth, I am going to do some more trees with Simon this summer on the rootstock stockpile we have and then thats probably it.  Because getting seedlings through the winter here and then the success rate on grafts makes it not really worth the effort even at 100$ a tree.  Theres a reason no one is growing grafted mango trees in CA.  You need a greenhouse to really keep them happy and keep from flowering.  And lack of heat units and light units over winter even in San Diego is really hard on these plants.  So by the time I grow out 100 trees maybe I have 30 good ones that make it to be grafted and good takes in a state people want to purchase.  Any slow seeds, lanky seeds, sick seeds etc I toss.  Then the rest have to stay good for 6+ months of cold weather, then have to graft and have good takes.  Major PITA.
Hmm, I think we can get kent here. Maybe I'll try some of those for rootstalk to.. I have some nam dac mai, manilla, tommy atkins plants right now that took a bit of a beating but made it through some cold weather (They're inside now)

Citrus General Discussion / Please help ID pomelo variety
« on: February 13, 2019, 12:45:11 PM »
I have a large pomelo tree growing in my back yard but no clue what variety.
It most closely resembles 'thong dee' to me from pictures. I forgot to get a picture of the inside of a fruit but I'll post one later.
The fruit is light pink with very thick rind.

Please let me know what you think it is. Thanks.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sourcing tree pots
« on: February 11, 2019, 03:10:01 PM »
I get alot of free pots from a local nursery, but they don't ever have any tree pots.
I'll try calling around as I'm surrounded by orchards (stone fruits)
Glad to hear about good experiances with greenhouse megastore... I've nearly ordered from them twice now. :)

Thanks guys!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Sourcing tree pots
« on: February 11, 2019, 02:21:11 PM »
Where does everyone get their tree pots?
I have yet to try locally, but I'm looking for some tree pots for some cherimoyas and moringas.
I'll be calling my orchard supply today but I was looking around online and have not had much luck finding any without a hefty shipping fee.

Preferably the pots should be re-usable as I hate just using a pot once and it falling apart..

34 this morning, no frost and my diesel truck was very happy :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Bought wrong surfactant
« on: February 07, 2019, 04:42:11 PM »
Got walmart to do a return at no cost. Was a surprising pain in the butt. Ordered spreader sticker on amazon, will be here before I even receive my order from walmart. :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Bought wrong surfactant
« on: February 07, 2019, 11:01:15 AM »
It was purchased from a 3rd party through walmart. I tried to cancel the order immediately and was unable to as their customer service was literally nonexistant. Emailed the seller with no response.
Ideally if it would work that would be best. I think I paid 15$ for it, probably not worth the hassle of returning.

We hit 30 here around 6am. lots of ice on stuff this morning but not quite as bad as last night.
Another 32 degree night expected tonight. that makes 3 nights in a row but it looks like our 32 and below temps are very short. (2 hours or so) I've yet to see any damage to my passion fruit but I did bring my mangos in side.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Bought wrong surfactant
« on: February 07, 2019, 10:20:38 AM »
I accidentally bought the wrong surfactant (much cheaper at and I was wondering if this would still work for foliar feeding? (primarily seaweed, and neem oil sprays)

Hit my lowest temp of the year here to in NorCal.
We hit about 29 in the valley. Got all my baby mangoes inside monday night.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Recommendations: Pruning tools
« on: February 06, 2019, 02:03:33 PM »
I cheaped out and ordered this chainsaw -
It's amazon so if I hate it, I'll return it. Still may get the Ryobi kit later on down the road but this one will do the trick for now... I'll let you guys know if it's a decent saw or not. Should work for felling the trees I need to drop (Except my giant palm tree)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Recommendations: Pruning tools
« on: February 05, 2019, 07:48:40 PM »
Haha. I have mostly 1-2 inch diameter limbs from trees that I use for my firepit and the indoor fireplace. My larger diameter wood I split and cut out in my family's pasture an hour away. (we've collected probably 20+ chords over the years and are still working through it... :)  )

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Recommendations: Pruning tools
« on: February 05, 2019, 06:14:55 PM »
Thank you all for the recommendations I appreciate it.

As for getting a $40 chainsaw at harbor freight... I will use my chainsaw frequently (I have a wood fireplace) but not 'heavily' and I'd rather not have a chainsaw that will catch fire. :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Recommendations: Pruning tools
« on: February 04, 2019, 11:45:45 AM »
Hello all,
I just wanted to know your personal recommendations on pruning tools.
I'm in need of some tools and wanted to know what you guys recommend.
I have some overgrown citrus and persimmons to trim as well as a shade tree in my front yard.
I'm fairly limited by a budget right now but I'd like to hear what works for you for:

Polesaw (Manual or powered)
Pruning shears
Pruning saw

as a side note I will be getting a Ryobi 12in 18v chainsaw, has anyone tried this out before? I have only .2 acres and already own multiple ryobi tools so this sounded the most conveniant.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Watermelon
« on: January 26, 2019, 08:18:16 PM »
Rats really like my melons and zucchini. Powdery mildew is a concern here too in september- onward.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Watermelon
« on: January 23, 2019, 12:06:57 PM »
Wow, my camera is garbage.
Supposed to show:

Sakata's Sweet Melon (Baker Creek)
Hopi Yellow Watermelon (Baker Creek)
Charentais Melon (Baker creek)

then just standard sugar baby and honey rock cantaloupe.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Shiranui too large for branches
« on: January 23, 2019, 12:49:41 AM »
I have an unknown type of pomelo that had the same issue with winds this year, and a plot last year. Always a learning experience... I lost a full wheelbarrow off one branch from my pomelo this year the fruits were soccer ball size!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Watermelon
« on: January 23, 2019, 12:33:59 AM »
I grow a lot of peppers and greens. This year my veggie garden will be a lot larger (planting around baby avocados) going to use that space for melons. We did really well with pumpkins on cattle panels last year. (Still gave a chest freezer full of pumpkin puree) Rats ate all of our melons though...

Current melons I'll be planting. I also have some orange go from you still.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Watermelon
« on: January 22, 2019, 10:14:03 PM »
We just made about 150$ order with baker creek. We are going to try a few melons and I plan on starting them next weekend in doors. I'll post what kinds we are trying when I get home! Let me know if you like any you got :)

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Cushiony Cotton scale
« on: January 20, 2019, 12:06:25 AM »
I used isopropyl alcohol a while back and spot treated best I could, don't see any cotton scale. This is what I used on my oranges last spring and seems to have worked again. Will update if I see more soon. Haven't been in the yard much it's been cold and rainy.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking for: Starfruit seeds
« on: January 02, 2019, 05:34:21 PM »
Hey Guys, going to revive this post.
Does anyone have any seeds available? Preferably US based as I'm a cheapskate.
I'd prefer dwarf varieties.


Citrus General Discussion / Re: Cushiony Cotton scale
« on: January 01, 2019, 01:58:34 PM »
I'm having good luck spraying isopropyl alcohol again. My infestation is all on interior mature leaves. I just don't want to go outside with this cold north wind :(

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Wanted variety Passiflora
« on: December 24, 2018, 09:41:37 AM »
Posci35 may still have passiflora lingularis.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Cushiony Cotton scale
« on: December 22, 2018, 04:26:33 PM »
Nurseries here sell ladybugs, but I've never seen the vedalia beetle. They are missing the hair the vedalia has on their backs. These are different, yes?

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