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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking for Papaya Seeds
« on: April 22, 2019, 01:33:02 AM »
Hawaiian Solos are excellent and they don't have the puke aftertaste.
Reliable source here: https://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/seed/
I just received 3 varieties. Planting this week. Only 6$ :)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Where can I buy cherimoyas in NorCal?
« on: April 17, 2019, 08:21:10 PM »
Korean plaza. They usually get manilla mangos and guavas but not a big selection of fruits. Cool store to go to regardless of what they have. I make sure to stock up on soju ;)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Where can I buy cherimoyas in NorCal?
« on: April 17, 2019, 04:18:08 PM »
I'd check out the flea market in marysville. Less than an hour (Depending on what part of sacramento you are in) and they have quite a bit these last few weeks. I picked up a mamey sapote recently too.
And are you the Merce3 from bananas.org? I just sent you a message there the other day asking about some bananas :P

EDIT: They also have alot of citrus, It's so common that I forget people enjoy citrus sometimes :P

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I guess what we are all wondering is...why do you have so many cucumbers. lol

They go well with and are higher in calcium than the peppers.


Ah, yes of course. ;)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: April 15, 2019, 01:25:53 PM »
Ive got 2 of these holiday trees and both have the same issue.  Both trees have to be staked up to keep from falling over and both have weepy growth on top with exposed bark.





How is the taste of the holiday? Mine is blooming heavily and is in a 15 gallon pot but I don't like how crooked the graft is...

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: To Mulch or Not to Mulch (Fruit Trees)
« on: April 15, 2019, 01:23:35 PM »
I just rented a chipper for a major cleanup and chipped many kinds of trees I have removed from the yard. I plan to amend a large section of my yard with compost then spread this pile on top.
I got probably 10 yards of mulch out of it to spread around. my 'custom blend' includes

Fruitless plum,
Cherry,
Palm,
Bay Laurel,
Sycamore,
Persimmon,
Last years christmas tree,
some other bush/trees with hard blue berries that stain my concrete


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So this likes moist rotting material? If you want to ship it over I could use several hundreds pounds of innoculant to help break down a dump truck load of cucumbers I'm composting.
 ;D





I guess what we are all wondering is...why do you have so many cucumbers. lol

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Where can I buy cherimoyas in NorCal?
« on: April 13, 2019, 06:41:37 PM »
An hour north of sacramento there is a flea market on sundays in Marysville, Ca.
They have some cherimoyas, Guava, passion fruit, dragonfruit, Longan and some other stuff but the cherimoyas are all hard and taste like bad cheese. They're all imported right now.
Good market to check out though, the dragonfruits are tasty :)
I'll probably be going a bit later in the morning once the wife wakes up, so won't be able to give you a report in time tomorrow.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: To Mulch or Not to Mulch (Fruit Trees)
« on: April 12, 2019, 11:43:14 PM »
I hit 115 with no humidity in the summer too w/ high winds
I've only mulched my citrus and persimmon for one year (I'm in a fairly clay area in northern ca near a river)
I put about 4 inches around my trees and they are looking phenomenal! Huge difference with mulching around my trees.
I have super wet winter too (flood warnings yearly)
the mulch seems to help me. so far... Time will tell.

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Air Layered persimmon
« on: April 12, 2019, 04:14:28 PM »
Does persimmon air layer well?
I have a very large Fuyu persimmon I'd like to clone and give to the original owner of the tree.
How well do these trees air layer and when should I expect them to produce?

Thanks!

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One of my guava was ripped from its stake. We hit 30mph here. Been fairly warm though

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Can I save my coffee plant?
« on: April 08, 2019, 03:40:51 PM »
Itís spring

Fine a spot with some shade and plant it

This is mine on the backside of my shed




Agree, this is Citrus. Looks a bit like lime.
Look behind the shed above the roof.

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Is anyone selling plants or cuttings?

Thanks,

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: caring for young Alano Sapodilla
« on: March 28, 2019, 04:14:23 PM »
I have some seedlings I started last year that are a few inches tall of most of these varieties. I'm several hours north of you guys, are any of them particularly more cold hardy?

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Blueberries
« on: March 25, 2019, 05:33:14 PM »
I have 3 blueberry bushes in 5 gallon pots with wood chip mulch that are doing great and blooming pretty heavily right now but I've heard they like acidic soil.
Should I be adding coffee grounds, or pine mulch on top of these or using an acidic fert?

thanks,
Kris, I use a mixture of all three on my blue berries (potted and in ground):
(1) Amend soil with sulfur and peat moss;
(2) mulch with pine-needles.
(3) Use Azalea fertilizer or cottonseed when I have it
(4) Measure from time to time with a good pH meter.

BTW, I've read that coffee-grinds only lower the soil pH (or is it acidity) temporarily, but maybe that's just because worms break it down into neutral castings.  It could also be the carbon sequestering ions, etc.

Your biggest challenge will probably be keeping the birds and other critters off the crop.  I'd like to snack on the berries off the shrubs over time, but that just gives them more time to assail the harvest.  Same goes for peaches!!!
My berry bushes are usually safe because I have a husky who never likes to go inside... My cherries are a different matter. Before I chopped my 27+ year old bing tree down last year the birds cleared it out in ONE day as soon as they turned red :(

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Blueberries
« on: March 25, 2019, 02:05:34 PM »
I have 3 blueberry bushes in 5 gallon pots with wood chip mulch that are doing great and blooming pretty heavily right now but I've heard they like acidic soil.
Should I be adding coffee grounds, or pine mulch on top of these or using an acidic fert?

thanks,


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I have been waiting for this update!
My Hass is starting to drop it's old leaves and push new growth and looks like your holiday is blooming like mine!
Mine will be going in the ground hopefully next month - I just dropped a 30 ft palm tree where they're going to be planted and need to chip and dig up some roots in the planting zone. Ill try and grab some pictures if I can find my digital camera to compare... My phone camera will no longer focus.

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Things are going well here.  You can read up and see pics from the side-yard Avocado project here:
http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=27629.msg346847#msg346847

This past week, I transplanted 13 citrus trees to 4-panel RootMaker pots.  I have limited space in the flat part of my backyard, so I'm going to have to prune heavily to keep the trees in their limited airspace.  Here's a pic of the situation as of today.  I'm looking forward to observing how the citrus thrives in their new root-pruning pots.  Several of them were quite root-bound from just a year in their 5G pots. They all arrived via mail from Four Winds Nursery in very small 1 quart (or thereabout) tall, square-shaped nursery "pots."  I look forward to following your fabled Reed.




Everything looks great!

Wish I could order from Four Winds.  Much of Texas is under quarantine regarding HLB, citrus greening problem.
In the county he lives in they have a quarantine zone (I buy my plants in the same county) but they never actually ask what county you're going to be planting in...
as a side note - Green acres had some australian finger limes from four wind growers a few weeks back! :)

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https://ccpp.ucr.edu/

A bit expensive outside of California at 2.50 a bud (that would be $15 a scion) but they have Red finger lime.

or you can buy a tree from here https://www.fourwindsgrowers.com/products/australian-finger-lime-trees

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Help with Citrus Leaves
« on: March 20, 2019, 10:26:39 AM »
I too had pretty bad leafminer damage on my citrus last year during first flush.
I don't want to spray my trees with anything that will affect bees as they are active right now in my area....
I'm interested in those traps as my Meyer lemon and my lime are loaded with flowers and my trees are mature. The leafminer damage is ugly but my trees still overproduce.

Are these the traps you are using? https://www.amazon.com/Citrus-Leafminer-Traps-traps-lures/dp/B011SA1KD6

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Wanted: Guava saplings
« on: March 19, 2019, 12:55:55 PM »
I just ordered some guava trees from baker creek hereís a link, iím not sure if they will ship there though, also they pick 2 rando varieties so you donít know exactly what kind youíll get
https://www.rareseeds.com/guava-rare-assortment-2-plants-ships-march-june-/
I just recieved a baker creek order - wish I had seen the guava on their site. How did their Guavas look? Picked up a lemon guava at home depot yesterday to try. baker creek sends very small plants. I got 3 figs, 2 aronia berry and some sweet potato and all plants were under 3 inches tall.

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Best tasting fig?
« on: March 19, 2019, 12:09:24 AM »
I just got 3 figs from a random assortment t her ought baker creek. Anyone growing brown turkey, little ruby, olympian? How's the taste?

I also have vdB and celeste.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: bugs I can't identify
« on: March 18, 2019, 02:23:28 PM »
Could the second bug be a carpet bug?
They have many different patterns and are native to georgia.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Grafting citrus on top of Pomello
« on: March 15, 2019, 07:15:24 PM »
Interesting that your pomelo tree seems to grow so well so far North.

Probably oranges or grapefruits would show the best compatibility to pomelo.

Tangelo might be borderline compatible, maybe not the best, but I'm sure you could probably get fruit off it.
My wife fell in love with the mineola tangelo's at Winco... I'm sure they'd be as good as, or better than what I got at the store.

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