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I have an unknown variety, but I go by the look of the flower end of the fruit (don't know the scientific name). The drier and brittler it is, the riper the fruit. Just my observation.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pomegranate grafted on dwarf pomegranate
« on: September 27, 2016, 09:05:01 PM »
I don't know about dwarf poms, but I grafted some known varieties on my large unknown variety pom last year, almost all of the grafts took. From my first experience, I think poms are pretty easy to graft, since I chose small, lower branches to graft, instead of dominant ones, and yet the grafts took. They are pretty easy to propagate from cuttings too.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What's fruiting in your yard?
« on: June 02, 2016, 01:03:08 AM »
Papayas, Santa Rosa Plums, Blueberries, Hass avocados, and cherry tomatoes.  8) I have no pics though.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ants: How do I stop the little devils?
« on: March 29, 2016, 03:56:33 PM »
Hi I  got several questions on my spray rig and was asked to post pics. of the rods that I built to inject the ground like the pros do to get rid of termites and ants. Here it is >>===> copper 1/2'' tubing, reducer 1/2'' to  3/8'' as a tip    and some 3/4'' hose end fittings reduced to 1/2'', a regular threaded spray nozzle with thread at the tip, a 50' or 100' feet air compressor hose, (does not have to be high pressure hose )  with fittings, holding 25 or 100 gal tank ,a pump from (Northern Tools) on demand Diaphragm Pump 2.2 gal. @ 70 PSI ) and some simple soldering of the fittings.
This spray rig can be used to spray all plants and trees with Miracle Gro or anything else u want.
My pump has been going for ten years all u have to do is flushed with clean water and disconnect the hose so that it can dry up inside after each useand if u are going to stored for winter u can shoot some WD40 inside or some olive oil so that the Diaphargm wont dry up wont.

Thank you so much, Carlos, for taking the time to post pictures and instructions. I was one of the people asking you about your termite control. Thanks for sharing.

Gary, I have Alano sapodilla.

Thank you George for the care you put in prepping and shipping the scions. Big thank you also for the many bonuses included.

Thanks for posting the video. Very interesting.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grafting citrus fruits
« on: November 13, 2015, 08:21:18 PM »
I think people buy these kinds of plants at the New Year just for ornamental purposes, like they would buy a bouquet of flowers. They want a tree loaded with fruits, especially golden colored ones, because it symbolizes prosperity and fertility for the New Year.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grafting citrus fruits
« on: November 13, 2015, 06:34:01 AM »
Fang, it looks like he owns a nursery. I don't recall he said what time of the year, but he said he grafted the trees for sale at the Lunar New Year. He also said pomelos are grafted when very small, but wait for the oranges to be close to maturity before grafting them.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Grafting citrus fruits
« on: November 12, 2015, 09:25:41 PM »
In this video, at the 10:15 mark, you can see the man grafting unripe citrus fruits (he said all kinds, such as Pomelo, orange, and mandarins) to a citrus tree. I have never seen anything like this. Wonder if we can do the same thing with Anonas.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ylang Ylang?
« on: November 02, 2015, 09:33:49 PM »
Thank you, Jack and Oscar. I am still holding out for the Hexapetalus, although the Uncinatus looks prettier.
I just now noticed that there were 2 responses to the article I posted the link above, and one of them was from our own Luc (Vleeracker). The world is small indeed.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ylang Ylang?
« on: November 02, 2015, 07:58:47 AM »
Thanks, James. I saw your post after I posted mine.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ylang Ylang?
« on: November 02, 2015, 07:49:16 AM »
Thank you so much, Sonny. I think it was ARTABOTRYS HEXAPETALUS. I just googled the name, and found this blog. The flower pictured is the closest to what I remember, and, get this, the author said he took the pictures in South Vietnam. Here is the link.
Now I need to find the plant.  :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Ylang Ylang?
« on: November 02, 2015, 01:27:06 AM »
Please bear with me. I know Ylang Ylang is not a tropical fruit, but I value the knowledge of the forum members here, so I am asking for your help. I am looking for a plant, actually a flower, from my childhood in Saigon, Vietnam. I included the location to say that the plant , which I never saw, was tropical. All I remember was my friend bringing what she called "Hoa Mong Rong" (literally translated as: Dragon Claw Flowers) to class. I did some search on the web and I think they maybe Ylang Ylangs. But if my memory serves me right, they resembled cacti more than the pictures of the Ylang Ylang flowers that I see on the web. They were (cactus) green, not yellow, with stiff curved petals. The flowers were the size of a small lemon with petals shaped like small curved fingers. They were very fragrant. That's all I can remember. If you grow Ylang Ylangs or have knowledge of them, your input is greatly appreciated.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My soursop seedlings (One year update)
« on: November 01, 2015, 02:20:49 PM »
HMelendez, congrats. I am green with envy here.  :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My soursop seedlings (One year update)
« on: October 29, 2015, 10:17:57 PM »
U think my huanabana wud survive in my area? ( san fernando valley)


Maybe if you cover it on freezing nights. That's what I plan to do when I put mine in the ground.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My soursop seedlings (One year update)
« on: October 28, 2015, 09:16:36 AM »
Thanks, JF, Fang and Gary.
 Fang, you are too humble, I always think of you as a master gardener.
Gary, is your 7' soursop from the same batch of seeds you gave me? If it is, it must be due to the miracle weather of Florida. With my seedlings, location plays a major role, I think (duh). The littlest ones were under a tall Pomegranate, the bigger ones received partial shade. My cousin had hers in full sun, and they were burnt badly. They were the tallest plants when I gave them to her, but now they are the same size as my smallest ones.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My soursop seedlings (One year update)
« on: October 27, 2015, 11:43:55 PM »
Time to share new photos of my one year old Soursop seedlings. Out of the initial 20 plants, only 10 are left. I gave 2 to my cousin, and the rest died. Out of the 10, 2 are 3ft tall, 2 are 2ft, and the rest around a foot tall. Here are the 3 footers
The rest

I also have another one that I bought from Ethan 2 years ago, when it was about a foot tall. It's now 4ft. I am looking for a spot in the ground for it.

JF, is HP soursops the same as HP cherimoyas? Is your tree in full sun too? When my tree was about a foot long, I noticed it got leaf burn when left in full sun. It's now in a pot under a pomegranate tree, and it's thriving.

Does any one successful grow a soursop and fruits regularly in Southern California (10a, 10b zone)? Does any one have a soursop tree that grows in ground more than 10 years? Thank you

My 7' tall soursop tree is putting out some new growth and blooming (first time).. Its been in the ground almost 2 years.  During winter about half of the leaves fall off..  Today I counted about 20 not fully developed flowers..    ;D.   

Is your tree planted in full sun, or in the shade? I have a soursop I would like to put in the ground, but I am unsure about the location in the yard.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grafting soursop on cherimoya
« on: October 20, 2015, 11:32:45 PM »
Congrats,Hoang. Very encouraging. BTW, when did you do the grafting?

Trung, your tree looks sick to me. I don't know the cause, but I don't think dry heat is the main problem.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Over 60 grafts
« on: June 15, 2015, 11:37:33 PM »
Thanks for sharing, Max. Very impressive grafting work.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Attracting bees
« on: June 05, 2015, 08:21:54 AM »
Bees love my cilantro flowers.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Squirrel problem
« on: April 29, 2015, 02:59:40 PM »
I had a squirrel in my garage a few weeks ago. It chewed on some of the plastic food containers. Desperate time called for desperate measures. I used a glue covered rat trap sold at a bargain store for 99cents. Got the squirrel over night. I also put out the Tomcat blocks I bought at Home Depot, but it didn't even touch it. I used to think of squirrels as adorable creatures, but o more. They are enemies now.

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