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Tropical Fruit Discussion / How to keep Annona pollen from drying out?
« on: November 24, 2014, 10:40:49 PM »
Many of us Arizonians have attempted this, but no avail. Even trees that are 6 years old never fruit. So I was wondering how Californians preserve moisture in the flowers, since you just had a tough drought. Any suggestions would be nice. Also, is tying a damp plastic bag to branches holding fruitlets a good idea?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Is this mango seedling ready for grafting?
« on: October 16, 2014, 01:56:55 AM »
I started this Tommy Atkins last June and the main stem is quite thick for such a young plant. Here, it is compared to a mature branch on my 'Okrung' mango. It's quite healthy and does well under full sun, but it is the first time I have grafted mango.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Papaya Flower Bud?
« on: October 16, 2014, 01:50:11 AM »
Is this papaya bud a flower? Today, the leaf branch below the buds fell off. It's been about a month and they haven't changed in shape. There is no pollinator nearby (it's my first time growing), but the bud doesn't look like a flower. Show I give it some flowering inducing fertilizer and hope its a hermaphrodite or wait until next year? We get 5 days of freezing temperatures a year. By the way, this variety is Tainung #2 - better cold tolerance than most papayas.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Quest for the Best Papaya
« on: June 12, 2014, 01:02:34 AM »
Papaya appear as one of the most tropical fruits, and it came to a surprise to me that I could grow it in Arizona. For most common tropical fruit, you simply need to increase the humidity by watering consistently for them to grow. I recently bought a Red Maradol and a Tainung #2 from the local tropical nursey, and they are doing wonderfully. I plan to plant them in the fall. Have you seen any special papaya varieties? Papaya are extremely fast growers, and I could potentially try them all! :P

I have never tried any of these fruits, nor will I ever, so I need help from my fellow forum members. Grading in terms of flavor intensity, creaminess, and production.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Wanted: 'Valentine' Pomelo Seeds
« on: February 28, 2014, 08:36:56 PM »
I am looking for Valentine Pomelo seeds, not a tree. This is because it is difficult to ship live trees to my location. The Asian Citrus Psyllid and the citrus greening disease makes it difficult to transport to Arizona. I am interested in seeds, not cuttings, as this is the only way to transport it without it being illegal.
"One of the most promising pigmented selections, pummelo hybrid 6C-28-18, resulted from a cross of ‘Siamese Sweet’ pummelo x (‘Dancy’ mandarin x ‘Ruby’ blood orange)...Valentine fruit are round to somewhat pyriform in shape, usually with a slight to pronounced neck at the fruit base (stem end), but in some cases the neck is absent, resulting in a more typical spheroid grapefruit-like shape. The fruit apex (blossom end) is rounded and smooth. Rind color is medium to dark yellow for fruit harvested in Riverside in mid-February, with similar values for fruit harvested from the Lindcove Research and Extension Center in Exeter. Valentine does have seeds, averaging somewhere in the 20's per fruit. The rind is moderately easy to peel when fruits are mature. ‘Valentine’ combines large size and low acidity from its pummelo parent, complex, floral taste from ‘Dancy,’ and juicy red pulp from ‘Ruby.’

This post is directed more towards Californians and Arizonians, as this variety had originated in UC Riverside.
I know it will takes 5-8+ years to fruit from seed and not true to type, but this is the only way to ship or transport this tree without smuggling.
Thank You. PM me if you have this.

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