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Hi Mark,

can you advise me on the best practices for germinating pitomba seeds, have +/- 2 doz seeds nothing visible in over 2 weeks.

am keeping earth moist, indirect light


P J, the Dirt Diva

Sounds like you are doing the right thing, they don't need to be too wet. They take about as long as the other usual Eugenias. Good luck

Two weeks is nothing.  Takes couple months for mine to make an appearance above soil

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: When to uncover mango grafts.
« on: July 04, 2020, 05:54:29 PM »
I'll put a white paper bag over them if it gets to hot.

Get the nursery grade weed cloth, mine has worked for about 8 years, but it eventually breaks down.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Renovation on greenhouse
« on: July 04, 2020, 05:48:41 PM »
The growers out here in southern California paint the plastic with a diluted white latex paint.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherimoya pollination
« on: July 04, 2020, 05:46:28 PM »
Can pollen from cherimoya be used to pollinate atemoya? Does pollen have to be from the same tree to pollinate the flowers of cherimoya?

Any of the cherimoya and Atemoya are interchangeable and within any varieties. I even pollenate my Illamas with cherimoya or atemoya pollen.

Does anyone know if foliar feeding causes discoloration of leaves? If so, why?
It depends on what is in the spray. I use a seaweed mixture with a spreader/sticker and my leaves are brownish, but that is a good sign that the fertilizer is sticking.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lucs garcinia leaves
« on: June 03, 2020, 12:59:21 AM »
This is a leave off one of mine grafted on an in ground Imbe. It is the biggest "Lucs" leafI've seen.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Leo Hybrid #3
« on: April 20, 2020, 05:26:46 PM »
Hey Simon or Brad,

I got this hybrid of Leo's a few years ago, does it look familiar? Do you have a clue as to which one it is? It's a bit sunburned and I just picked it today as it was starting to split from all the rain.



Hey Mark, Leo asked if you have a picture of the inside of the fruit? He doesnít recall what variety it is by the looks of the outside.

Hey Simon, here is the inside of the fruit.

I grafted one 3 years ago onto Imbe (G.Livingstonei) and it is over 7 feet tall here in Southern San Diego.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Leo Hybrid #3
« on: April 15, 2020, 09:29:03 PM »
Hey Mark,

I donít recognize that fruit. I wonder if that could be Leo Hybrid #2? I donít recall ever sampling his #2 Hybrid so Iím not positive.

It has an amazing taste and very few seeds. I couldn't measure the brix, but it is pretty sweet.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Leo Hybrid #3
« on: April 12, 2020, 06:54:48 PM »
Hey Simon or Brad,

I got this hybrid of Leo's a few years ago, does it look familiar? Do you have a clue as to which one it is? It's a bit sunburned and I just picked it today as it was starting to split from all the rain.



Is Luc's Mexican Garcinia more cold hardy than Imbe?  How about compared to other tropicals?
Imbe is more cold tolerant, my Imbe leaves never seem to be affected by the cold, but the Luc's leaves bend and bit on newer leaves.

Shouldn't your Fortunata be  called "Fortuna", if it came from Rudy?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Daily 11 Avocado Taste Quality
« on: March 16, 2020, 10:07:43 PM »
I really like the Daily 11, it's no "Jan Boyce", but with some salt or in a quesadilla it's fine.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Ross Sapote grafted to Chico Sapote?
« on: March 16, 2020, 10:04:14 PM »
Has anyone had success grafting the Ross to the Chico? I have plenty of Chico seedlings but would rather have Ross. I know Canistel would accept Ross.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Maprang in ground zone 10A?
« on: March 14, 2020, 08:43:45 PM »
I really doubt it, my Mamey in coastal southern California fruits, but my Maprang just doesn't like the long cold winters. No frost but too much time under 50.

Is the "Ong Ruby" Atemoya also 47-18?
Geffner X red custard apple?

How does the "Ong Ruby" Atemoya taste?
I haven't tasted the Ruby, but it is white inside.

I went to Ong's Nursery today to drop off a big stalk of Vietnamese bananas and was surprised at some real nice trees and fruit he's got going. He calls the red atemoya. "Ong Ruby" Atemoya.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherimoya Season 2019 (So Cal)
« on: February 20, 2020, 09:46:09 PM »
I've picked hundreds of African Prides at a friends farm, we get them when they have a bit of yellow, and have a sticky feel to the skin.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 4 seasons longan
« on: February 20, 2020, 09:43:43 PM »
Ong Nursery sells the 4 season longan. I have one growing in my yard and it has fruit now.

Here is a photo of the "Cumbe" cherimoya at a market in Arequipa, Peru a few years ago. I have a few seedlings going, but no fruit yet. Does anyone have photos of their "Cumbes"?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: wanted dragon fruit plants
« on: February 08, 2020, 08:57:29 PM »
looking for some of the good variety dragon fruit plants in san diego some of the named varietys
lady at elk creek was out and i guest mattslandscape is closed

I've got many of the named varieties available.I'm down in Chula Vista. Contact me through private message.



Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What avocados can live in -10C?
« on: December 25, 2019, 03:15:03 PM »
Aravipa from Arizona

San Diego State has one fruiting in their greenhouse.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Paul Thomson Mango
« on: September 27, 2019, 02:46:39 PM »
So this one isn't "Edgehill"?  I found one location that supposedly has it, but haven't checked it out yet.
There are about 15 different trees left on the property and when the property was developed, I don't think they had any idea which mangoes to keep. He may have named this one, and I haven't had the real "Thomson" in years so I'm not sure which one I grafted.

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