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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Amazing grape tasting event 8/4/2017
« on: August 04, 2017, 01:13:31 PM »
International Fruit Genetics facility
33397 County Line Rd (across from Road 192)
Delano, CA
8am to noon

From FB Steven Murray description:
"Here is just another reminder of our meeting coming up this Saturday. It will be amazing! We will be trying many amazing grape varieties developed by International Fruit Genetics plant breeder David Kain. This includes the cotton candy grape and many many other amazing varieties. No bud wood or plant material can be collected many many cool varieties will be out there to taste."
"He has around 50 varieties, I've grown up with grapes around my home and these grapes all taste better than any other grapes I've ever eaten. Cotton Candy is great but these others have even crazier flavors."

Fee: free for CRFG members, public $5 suggested donation

Citrus General Discussion / When to harvest gold nuggets
« on: April 03, 2017, 12:04:51 PM »
I have a gold nugget that flowers in February but the fruit is much better tasting in April and holds until June. Is it bad to keep fruits on the tree while it's flowering?

Tropical Fruit Online Library / Massive list of fruits with pics
« on: January 12, 2017, 06:56:57 PM »

There are mistakes in some of the fruit photos.
It's a Chinese forum but most fruits have western names as well as Latin.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Cherimoya Tasting 2015?
« on: January 06, 2015, 05:00:22 PM »
Does anyone know the date of the tasting or if there will be a tasting this year?
I checked the OC newsletter but didn't find anything.
It's normally in late January.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Opuntia 'Santa Ynez' pads for postage
« on: December 06, 2014, 08:07:59 PM »
I got about 10 pads of the 'Santa Ynez' Opuntia available for postage.

They came from a generous CRFG member in the Pasadena area and he cut lots of pads for distribution at the meeting. He never got any fruit from it and thinks he has too much nitrogen in the soil.

Anyway, the long narrow pads are typical for this cultivar. So the plant will be upright rather than spreading. The width doesn't exceed 6 inches but the longest pad is over 1.5 foot.
There are very few glochids on it.
Rivenrock cactus used to sell them and they still have them for $15 a pad if you contact them.

Here's a photo of most of them.

If you're in socal and willing to wait, I can bring them to the OC scion exchange in January. That's where they'll go if there are leftovers.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / lychee question
« on: July 08, 2014, 02:37:38 PM »

What do you guys do for fruit splitting due to the skin drying out? Is this something that's specific to growing in desert climate?

These are halfway ripe. Fragrant but still has some tartness. There's another tree with smaller fruits that are just beginning to size and color up and half of them are cracked.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / ID this plant
« on: May 08, 2013, 04:04:35 PM »
I have a seedling that needs identified. The seed is fairly big and in my jabo pot so I'm pretty sure I put it in. Can someone ID it from these photos?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Fruit Hunters US screenings
« on: April 11, 2013, 09:21:59 PM »
I received this news from CRFG SD.for showtimes on May 12, 14, 16, 18, the Media Arts Center.

Other locations include LA, Cleveland. No Florida still.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Myrica rubra group order
« on: December 04, 2012, 03:26:02 AM »
Would anyone be interested in joining a group order of Myrica rubra from China? The varieties are BiQi, DongKui, and ShuiJing(meaning crystal). Male trees are also available. These are 3 year old grafted trees which should be stronger than the ones I got in March. They'd be approximately $20-25 picked up from San Diego or add the cost of shipping to your location.

A friend in the Bay Area is doing the work of collecting and sending the money to the nursery. I'm just posting to see who might be interested.

There's a 2-page varieties and order details here Contact Yun Fei or Tynan if you live near them. Or contact me if you're near LA or need shipping.

Here's the schedule:
- get a count of how many plants people want -- Dec 8 or so
  - send the numbers to China for the final price
- calculate the price for each individual -- when they know the price
- collect money for the plants -- end of December
- receive the plants and ship or wait for pickup -- Early January hopefully. The earlier the better.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Socal grafting party
« on: July 31, 2012, 03:57:44 PM »
Anyone in Southern California want to get together and graft some plants? Maybe in 2-3 weeks? When is a good time for you?

Since we have people from Ventura to San Diego I'm think somewhere in between like Orange County would be a good start. VyVy, Nullzero, Behl I know are around there. VyVy has been wanting to graft some thing on her cherimoya and it would be good practice for the rest of us and an opportunity to meet and trade.

August 4, 2012, 9:30 am: Foothill Chapter Meeting

Los Angeles Arboretum

The legendary Jim Nietzel will come to teach us about Mangoes. He will demonstrate Mango grafting, seed planting, scion selection, and discuss varieties and care of mangoes. He will be bringing some scion wood, so plant your mango seeds now and keep them warm so you have something to graft onto in August!

Lecture Hall “A”. The easiest access is straight through the Gift Shop, then down the stairs to the right in the adjacent building.

Jim was the first volunteer in CRFG history. By that I mean he was volunteered into leadership by his peers at the time to register the organization with the state of California. That seems to be how leaders are chosen in the San Diego club. He resides in San Diego where he continues to propagate and develop new fruit varieties on his 2 acre property. Some varieties he developed over the years include Big Jim loquat, Neitzel pitaya, Big Sister and Sabor cherimoya.

Stop by to enjoy some mangos and talk about rare fruits!

Place: Sepulveda Garden Center
16633 Magnolia Blvd., Encino, CA 91316

Program: Charles Portney

Charles Portney, a life member of our LA Chapter as well as the West LA Chapter has a beautiful organic garden consisting of
about 200 fruit trees and multiple herbs and spices. He also grows over a hundred varieties of vegetables.
Charles will talk to us on the underlying principle of all organic gardening; taking care of the soil. Pay attention to the health of the
soil and the soil will take care of the health of the plants. FDR said, “the nation that destroys its soil destroys itself”. Building up the
soil results in more successful edible gardening with ultimately less work.
Charles will also be generously donating the following plants for our plant sale: tamarillos, sugar-cane, babacos, cherry of the rio-
grande, blackberries, peppinos, thornless cactus pear, pineapple sage, etc.
Charles has requested that before our members have a chance to get to the plants, he be given an opportunity to discuss what
he has brought in for the sale. Please note, that none of these items will be available until after the lecture is over and David
officially opens up the plant sale.
Let’s follow Charles’ generous lead and also bring in plants for the sale.

The topic sounds general but it's close to me and it'd be nice to see someone's garden. Hopefully there will be lots of photos.

Here's the speaker's bio from several years ago:

Tropical Fruit Discussion / July 14 West LA presentation on Dates
« on: July 13, 2012, 10:43:36 AM »
Topic: The Sex Life of Dates
Speaker: Mark Goulet

The General Manager at Shields Date Gardens is going to give the popular presentation passed down by the Shields.

The talk will include varieties, pollination, pruning, harvesting, etc.

CRFG West LA Chapter
10117 Jefferson Blvd
Culver City, CA  90232

Attendence is normally around 35 but the room can fit more.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Barerooting evergreens in the summer
« on: June 06, 2012, 12:16:23 PM »
I know transplanting things in the summer is not recommended but what would likely happen? The tree will be set back a year? Dead tree?

This is a very nice database with many tropical fruits listed. Document names starting with F_N have worksheets for growers to calculate costs and profits.,%20Nut,%20and%20Beverage%20Crops

The CTAHR publications database reflects over a century of study by researchers and extension agents in the College.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Soapnuts - anyone growing them?
« on: June 05, 2012, 02:28:09 AM »
These are related to lychees and have native species in many parts of the world. I started one from seed two years ago from an ebay seller and it's been in a 5 gal pot. It's not an edible fruit. Anyone have experice with any species?

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