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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pics from the garden
« on: October 05, 2020, 04:59:46 PM »
Thanks Mugenia!

Found some plants shooting up out of a pot. Obviously something I planted. Cannot figure what they are.

Anyone know what these might be?

What did this turn out to be?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pics from the garden
« on: October 05, 2020, 03:43:21 PM »
Indian tulip tree?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What are the best varieties of wax jambu?
« on: September 03, 2020, 06:31:53 AM »
I got this green wax jambu from Ong nursery and it took me 7 years to fruit.  But it is worth the wait.

I believe I got the same green long bell shape wax jambu from Ong about 4 years ago but mine are so bland. I was hoping they would get better with time. Are yours sweet?

Hey Brad.  Please put me down on the wait list for one of these.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Concrete dragonfruit post
« on: February 25, 2020, 11:59:32 PM »

Payment sent for 1 perforated roll.


I attended an informative lecture this month at CRFG regarding this issue.  This guy runs a nonprofit and may be able to provide some more information tailored for your region.  Here in SoCal, it seems white clover is a good candidate for ground cover and a "living mulch". Many benefits in doing what your trying. You may want to reach out to him.

His website below is ...


I just picked up a Carmen Hass from Four Wind Growers for $35. Recently learned about it and it seemed liked a good choice. Tree arrived in perfect condition.  You may want to look into it.  I've never seen or tried the fruit.

My Lamb Hass grows nicely and has produced great fruit in the past. Unfortunately it has been dropping fruit the last 2 years in a row.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado grafting
« on: October 26, 2019, 07:16:59 PM »
Nice work Brad!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Miracle fruit berries for sell
« on: August 30, 2019, 04:39:35 AM »
Hi Mark,
I was just wondering if you keep your tree in a pot or if you put it in the ground? Are you keeping bubble wrap around it? I am also in Chula Vista.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pura Vida Avocado in S. Florida
« on: August 19, 2019, 01:31:48 AM »
Please include me on that list for scions.

Can you tell us about the taste?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Papaya Problem
« on: June 05, 2019, 04:53:49 PM »
Thanks for the info.  I was looking at the website alohaseed and wondering what might be the sweetest and best tasting of that bunch that would do well here in San Diego area?  I already have the Tainung, but have not tasted the fruit.  It has 2 fruit on it, but growing stalled when the cold hit... coming back to life now as well.  I also have a Hawaiian Solo (not sure which one) from HD.  Here are some more pics.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Papaya Problem
« on: June 05, 2019, 01:49:31 AM »
Any ideas on what I should throw on this? Its about 1 year old, Mexican papaya, 3 trunks, same hole, in zone 10a, went through the winter in the ground and lost all their leaves. Thought they were not going to make it.  Started trying to make a comeback, but still hurting.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Giant Ameiva Lizards
« on: May 01, 2019, 03:44:36 AM »
Try catching the lizards using the lizard leash method.  We use it for our smaller lizards out here. Obviously the bigger lizards will just bust through the blade of grass.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Grafted cherimoya trees
« on: April 28, 2019, 03:44:46 AM »
PM sent.

Thanks for clarifying.

Does this taste much different from the Psidium cattleianum, also known as strawberry guava? Which one would you say tastes better?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Please help me save this M4 mango tree
« on: December 16, 2018, 02:51:29 AM »
I actually don’t recommend growing Alphonso in SoCal because of fungal issues and also because the fruit can get internal breakdown, Jellyseed and the fruit quality doesn’t reach its full potential compared to the fruit grown in India. I would recommend Kesar or Jumbo Kesar instead of Alphonso.


Yep.  I purchased this tree several years ago before I found this great forum.  I had heard it was the "king of mangoes" and was excited to get it.  How things have changed.  Haven't seen it in anyone's top 5 for a while now.  I wonder how things are going to change in the next several years, especially what might emerge as the top mangoes in this area compared to Florida.  I still have a few spots open in my yard if you want to plant some of your grafting experiments  ;D

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Please help me save this M4 mango tree
« on: December 15, 2018, 08:22:09 PM »
Have you considered grafting the Alphonso and perhaps 2 of your other varieties onto your 15 footer, making it a cocktail tree with 3 or 4 varieties?

That's the plan.  I was waiting for these newer mangos in pots to branch out some more before harvesting scions.  I will try grafting the Alphonso mango onto the manila before I pull the tree.  Anybody else still have green alphonso mangos on their tree?  Seems late.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Please help me save this M4 mango tree
« on: December 13, 2018, 05:05:52 AM »
Thanks for all the suggestions.

Well... it looks like I lost the M4.  I cut it back almost down to the graft, but the trunk looked pretty sad... cambium layer barely green.  Waited way too long to do something about this and I should not have let it fruit... all my fault (some of us have to learn the hard way).  So bummed.  At least I got one seed out of it... hopefully I can get it to grow.  I understand it is poly-embryonic from prior posts, so I'll see what happens several years from now. In the meantime, if any of you SoCal peeps know where I might get another M4 around here, please let me know.   Better yet, if some of you guys are selling M4 (or other new tasty varieties) grafted onto better rootstock for San Diego area please let me know.  I would love to purchase or trade. 

On a brighter note... other small mango trees in pots are luckily doing okay (Cotton Candy, Sweet Tart, Fruit Punch, Phoenix, Orange Sherbert, Maha Chanok).   I had also planted 5 Laverne Manila in the ground a year ago to graft onto later that look happy.  Already have a 15 foot tall Manila in the ground for a few years that has been doing well.  I will try my luck at grafting onto it next spring.  The Alphonso mango tree I planted in the ground a few years ago looks sad.  Holding about 8 green fruit on it now, but it is so droopy and the main trunk is flopping over like a candy cane. This weeping mango tree will eventually get replaced with one of the newer varieties on appropriate rootstock.


“I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.” - Thomas A. Edison

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Please help me save this M4 mango tree
« on: December 11, 2018, 03:21:55 AM »
JM, when you get trees from the nursery, it is best to step up the size of the pot slowly. From the pictures you posted, it looks like you have a small plant inside a big pot. When I up pot, i usually use a pot that is about 1-2 inches deeper and/or wider.

Got it.  I will up-pot more gradually from now on.

That looks like hardwood mulch on top of the soil.  If it is I would remove it as it's to rich for it. Pine mulch would be a better choice.

I believe it is small fir bark.

Also avoid compost in mango pots.

Thanks for chiming in Har.  I do avoid placing the compost inside the mix in the pot, but I thought it was okay to top dress with compost.  Should I avoid compost completely with potted mango trees?  How do you feel about compost with mango trees in the ground?



Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Please help me save this M4 mango tree
« on: December 09, 2018, 08:28:44 PM »
Thanks for the replies.  Appreciate you guys.  I knew I could count on Simon to help out.

The soil is whatever it came in from the nursery in 5 gal. which appears to be loose planter mix with some sand then up-potted with a mix of HP pro mix with additional micorrhizae, azomite, worm castings, perlite, and some compost topping.  I will admit that I have somewhat neglected this mango tree.  Usually foliar spray with seaweed concentrate, but I want to say I have been missing this one.  I have been feeding it with Osmocote Plus and "Organic Plant Magic".  It started looking pretty sad when I let it keep one fruit... I took off the other 3 fruit when they were quarter size. Harvested the one tennis ball size M4 mango last month. Leaves are already toast unfortunately.  Had a few green leaves a few days ago, but then then we were hit with a recent downpour and the Santa Ana winds that finished this little tree off.

I've been reading through some posts.  I'm going to try PlantDoctor drench now and Ag Liquid Copper spray (although this is probably wasted with no proper foliage for uptake).  I really don't want to lose this tree... don't think I can find another one here in SoCal.  I think I'll bring it into the garage and keep it under lights and hope for the best. I'm cutting all the dieback off, but may be left with a stub when I'm done.  I was hoping to use scions from this tree to graft onto manila tree seedlings that I have planted in the ground as Simon has suggested in the past.


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