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Thanks for the advice, appreciated! The reason I went with loquat there is because itís a high foot traffic area with lots of folks walking by. Wanted to go with a tree that I donít care as much about as my other trees like mango, lychee, etc.. and produces more fruit than I can eat, so I can, ďshareĒ, with all the folks that canít help themselves that walk by. I think a lychee tree for example would get picked clean by people walking by. Itís also a north facing wall blocked by a shed so the heat factor isnít really there anyways.

Thanks for all the replyís itís appreciated! That wall you see just separates my front yard from my backyard, no neighbors there, just my side yard with a shed.

As for the tree hanging over the sidewalk and ďordinancesĒ, check out, ďthe waveĒ, that use to hang over the sidewalk from my yard where the loquat is now, ha! A 30+ year old ficus whoís roots (as Brad suggested the loquat could do, good call) raised up/cracked the sidewalk, threatened the foundation of the house, and upended the brick retaining wall. Research tells me loquat roots arenít as invasive (hope hope). I shaped that ficus over fifteen years ago, I got one letter from the city in those 15 years, and none before that. Guess Iím fortunate to have some pretty chill neighbors, we all talk and get on really well. After I received the letter from the city, I trimmed the tree a bit, left the tunnel, but made it wider, and never heard from the city again. However, several neighbors have voiced their displeasure of me actually cutting the tree down. I guess A lot of kids in the neighborhood enjoyed ďsurfingĒ it and riding their bikes through the tunnel. Maybe I can shape another ďwaveĒ with the loquat...but this one will be will be edible.

Hi guys, I just put this Big Jim loquat in the ground a couple days ago and now Iím having second thoughts on the close proximity to the wall. Is it too close to the wall? The other tree in the photo will be removed FYI. I plan on doing high density planting in that area which is why I planted so close to the wall. Iíd like to keep the tree under 10ft. Also, do you guys like growing loquat trees, or bushes? Iíve been pulling off the suckers trying to branch up from the trunk to shape it into a tree. If kept as a tree shape, can you keep it short enough to harvest from for the foreseeable future? Or should I let the suckers grow to have more fruit thatís in reach. Thanks.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is the best variety of loquat?
« on: November 04, 2019, 02:28:08 AM »
Nice fruit Behl!

For those of you having trouble with Big Jim, are you watering and fertilizing properly giving your tree a dry period before flowering? My Big Jim produced when it was a small tree and has produced well every year, ever since. Due to its heavy fruiting, it has not grown much. It has been in the ground about 6-7 years and is about 6-7 feet tall at its highest point and has a similar width.

Most Loquat grow vigorously here in SoCal, I have not noticed that Big Jim is any more vigorous.


Hey Simon do you grow your loquat tree as a bush or tree? Thanks.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 20 year old mango tree removal
« on: October 30, 2019, 02:03:21 AM »
Patrick, I would wait until late spring so the tree can push some leaves after being transplanted.  Assuming that what youare asking that it can be transplanted?

Hey Brad do you think this is true for most fruit trees? I was under the impression itís also good to plant/transplant in early fall so the trees will push their energy into the roots? I was planing on putting a pretty good sized loquat in the ground this week after the Santa Anaís chill out. Thanks.

6ft tall Jamaican Strawberry Tree in 7 gallon container for sale. Has fruit hanging on it now. Local pick-up only. $95.

maybe try to girdle at the base?

Maybe know what youíre talking about before giving advice...

Absolute BEST service, BEST communication, and BEST packing job on the plants I received this weekend from Kevin. Plants arrived super healthy and much bigger than I was expecting. Thanks Kevin for being top notch from start to finish. He also hooked up a free seedling. QUALITY.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ragged looking Sir Prize
« on: October 16, 2019, 06:05:34 PM »
I think somethingís up with your soil or fertilizing. Iím 3 1/2 mi from the coast FYI. Hereís my sir prize planted out of 15g from Clausens. Put in the ground this spring. No burnt tips, lots of growth this summer, mostly vertical. It Flowered once but didnít set fruit. Good luck, wish I could be more help. I use Jobes fertilizer spikes and spray it down early morning if itís going to be over 80. I also pee on it ;)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Growing Ice Cream Beans in Containers?
« on: October 12, 2019, 12:59:51 PM »
My seeds just arrived.  Here we go!

Hey, I just stumbled onto all of this in search of growing this way out of its zone.. Iím in Bucks County, PA and was wondering how you are doing with your seeds? Did they germinate? Where did you purchase them from and what variety did you get? I currently only grow a Ponderosa lemon as far as fruiting trees go.. but I have over 250 other tropical plants.

I have ice cream bean seedlings and seeds for trade or sell. if anyoneís interested email or PM me. Thanks, Nate.

I can hook you up. Private message or email me.

as far as i know the taste from seed is not the same with the parent plant and most times a lot worse. It is far easier taking cuttings, they root within a week for me

Thanks a lot. I would plant cuttings but my friend only has a plant that produces cream colored fruit with no purple stripes, not very appealing to the eye as the ones with the purple stripes.

Is pepino dulce true to seed?

Thx, just made my mouth water...PM sent.

How is the taste compared to Pakistan?

How about buy a squirrel trap and get rid of them?

I definitely over thought haha

Sunflower seeds that are hard to get to for the squirrels, like all stuck together in a big hanging ball ...They ravaged my sunflowers this summer so I know they love chowing down on those seeds! Good luck. I use to think squirrels were cute, until I started growing fruit...

Whatís up fruit lovers! How do your Surinam cherry trees fruit in mostly shaded areas for you guys and gals? Fruit Quality and Quantity? Thanks

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Exotica Lottery
« on: October 02, 2019, 06:02:19 PM »
Right on, thanks Behl.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: problem with new bananas...
« on: October 02, 2019, 06:00:58 PM »
No worries and thank you! Unfortunately I canít help you out with your other questions as I just started growing bananas myself and havenít seen those other problems that you have going on. Hope you get some great tasting nanas out of your trees! Good luck!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Exotica Lottery
« on: October 02, 2019, 12:27:56 PM »
Whatís up Oolie! Hope all is well my friend. What did Mr Steve have on the tasting table?! Just curious.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: problem with new bananas...
« on: October 02, 2019, 12:25:11 PM »
Donít worry about it. They will correct themselves as they get bigger.
Mine did the exact same thing. I unrolled the leaf manually by hand once or twice, it ripped the leaf but I think it may have helped, you can try this or just leave it alone and see what happens. Hereís a picture of my trees this morning. My leafs were sticking together about two months ago but no problems since. Also, Get them in the ground if you can, they really take off once you do.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Growing Ice Cream Beans in Containers?
« on: September 26, 2019, 08:32:12 PM »
Careful about putting it in the ground, they have a very evasive root system.

You can plant it in a large pot, cut the bottom out of the pot, and then plant it in the ground so the roots travel down instead of out and up.

Cool videos, thanks a lot for sharing. Iím trying to figure out what all the hype is about though...itís definitely a beautiful tree with lovely bark, interesting foliage, and neat fruit as it grows on the trunk and branches. Very cool. My problem with this fruit is the large seeds that you canít really crunch through, the thick skin which isnít palatable, and the not so great seed to flesh ratio.  Maybe if thereís a holy grail variety with small/no seeds, edible skin, and good seed to flesh ratio Iíd be sold. Is there a variety like that? Or should I just stick to eating grapes...the picture below are the ones Iíve been nibbling on and a picture of the tree that I picked them from. I donít know the variety, probably sabara.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cinnamomum ID question
« on: September 21, 2019, 01:57:39 PM »
Anyone growing Ceylon in So Cal and been successful? Iíve had two seedlings die on me. Maybe my soil was too acidic? Gonna give it one more shot as I have another seedling on the way.

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