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Leaf drop could be stress but Avocado is semi-deciduous and will drop leaves during this time of year before or after spring leaf flush and flowering. Osmocote is good. You can expect a few months for trees to establish, deep watering is better a minute or so might not be enough as it gets hotter.
Here is a simple irrigation install for trees:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGltbFrUEsk

Typical irrigation supply online but you can get supply locally near Orlando.
https://www.sprinklerwarehouse.com/

you can easily bury hoses a few inches below grass line using a 3" wide trenching shovel. Beware to not cut existing underground cables and water lines.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Chilean Guava propagating
« on: March 25, 2019, 06:38:12 PM »
Most guavas strike easy with air layers. If you get good rooting put the layers in pots but transplant to ground as soon as the roots develop into the potting soil. I did this and they really took off and began flowering almost immediately at 2 feet high. I removed those flowers but now six more months later they are almost waist high and should have harvestable fruits in 3 months.
If you don't have a tree and can only get cuttings I don't know.

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I can't judge for California but mine were huge in Florida on a 15H x 10W tree. I sold most of them and got a good price because of the variety & unique size. Maybe 60 lbs were on the tree. This is one small box of the harvest.



At a younger stage:


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Do Garcinia Trees Have Invasive Roots?
« on: March 25, 2019, 02:08:40 AM »
Wholly cow. 16,000 achacha trees? I can't even count that high.
I think it is an exclusive deal for the one orchard, they pack ship and even export. Not sure how they control others from growing them, maybe market is cornered somehow?
Edit, orchard is for sale and has a monopoly till 2035:
https://www.goodfruitandvegetables.com.au/story/5373045/worlds-largest-achacha-plantation-for-sale/

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Year six talk hard to it and threaten to cut it down. Every year after that drive a nail into it till she fruits. No kidding that's what the old Cuban man told me and he fought beside Camilo. I had two old seedlings 20 feet tall that I stumped in preparation for top working and one responded by blooming on me. I'm talking hard to #2.

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Would like to buy or trade for cuttings of Elaeocarpus serratus. I understand it comes with fruit in blue or green.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit fly protection
« on: March 24, 2019, 05:11:23 PM »
Thats what I call organic peach growing! Hope it works well.
Question: where would I find smaller bags to use over individual branches or fruits?
Thanks
Search Amazon for "drawstring organza gift bags". Better price for larger quantities but I got 200 6x9 inch for fifteen cents each.
they might last a few crops. Just slide over fruit & pull drawstrings.
Now my guava trees have curious purple stuff all over.  :o
Thank you! Hope it can also stop birds and squirrels from the ripening fruits.
I understand it does not help for vertebrates they will also ruin the bags for re-use.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Weeds in nursery pots
« on: March 24, 2019, 05:10:32 PM »
I noticed a bursery using permeable geotextile weed discs. I'd be interested but didn't get the chance to ask how they have worked out. Similar to these:
 http://www.timmenterprises.com/te-weed-prevention

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Do Garcinia Trees Have Invasive Roots?
« on: March 24, 2019, 05:04:27 PM »
Recommended spacing is 30 feet for Achachairu they grow wider than taller so while it might grow they prefer wider spacing.. Here are mature trees in an orchard environment to see what they really want.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=th_9Pcfsv4U
The slow speed really seems related to a flush resulting in only one new pair of leaves each branch. If a way could be found to get more frequent flushes these might be speeded up. Does anybody know what makes them flush?
 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How to get Monstrea to fruit?
« on: March 24, 2019, 04:55:09 PM »
Monstera starts fruiting when the vine is about 1 1/2 to 2 inches thick and the leaves are about 2 to 3 feet in diameter.
I agree. I planted 30 of them 1.5 years ago under mature mango and am starting to get flowers on the largest ones. They need to bulk up with plenty of water and nutrition.
Flower to fruit might take a year. Not on mine but I have seen 2 dozen fruit on one plant. Makes productive use of space under larger trees with semi-shade. Mine are generally growing outwards so they will search for proper light levels.
Propagation by large stem cuttings with 3-4 nodes 1/2 buried in pots should give you a viable plant in six months. I found 3 gallon pots at Home Depot with a dozen usable divisons in each pot but large cuttings give larger plants faster. Pile logs around plants they love climbing on rotting wood and it helps humidity. No chance for fruit in a 1 gallon pot the plant will give back what you put in, maybe a 20 gallon pot but better in ground.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit fly protection
« on: March 24, 2019, 04:33:36 PM »
Thats what I call organic peach growing! Hope it works well.
Question: where would I find smaller bags to use over individual branches or fruits?
Thanks
Search Amazon for "drawstring organza gift bags". Better price for larger quantities but I got 200 6x9 inch for fifteen cents each.
they might last a few crops. Just slide over fruit & pull drawstrings.
Now my guava trees have curious purple stuff all over.  :o

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It looks like a mixed flush/bloom but is under stress. The new leaves have not hardened & tend to droop especially in water stress.
You might notice less stress in morning which would indicate it needs water.
Tree will be happier with competing grass removed out 3 feet or so and some mulch to conserve water and keep soil temp lower.
Removing fruit on a small tree might put energy into canopy and root growth. 3-4 mangoes such a young tree might produce might only cost a few dollars to buy and allow tree to reward you with larger crops faster.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jabo pruning advice
« on: March 15, 2019, 06:51:12 PM »
Quote
Adam Shafran of Flying Fox Fruits demonstrates how to properly prune a jaboticaba tree.

The goal is to remove the smaller branches, to encourage the caulis to be exposed to more sunlight.

First we prune a Myrciaria trunciflora, and then a Myrciaria aureana.

Take part in the discussion about this video, on the Tropical Fruit Forum. 
https://www.youtube.com/redirect?redir_token=HjjsGjKu3VZxf1A3SeokXlL4QBV8MTU1Mjc3NjU4M0AxNTUyNjkwMTgz&v=PaFH9SvXMdI&q=http%3A%2F%2Ftropicalfruitforum.com%2Findex.php%3Ftopic%3D14825.0&event=video_description
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaFH9SvXMdI

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Sapodilla

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / 53+ pineapples fruiting now
« on: March 13, 2019, 06:50:02 PM »
The cold weather this year has stimulated a very good fruit set on my pineapples.
Here is a video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5ZCm6S1awo&feature=youtu.be

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: is this guava grafted?
« on: March 12, 2019, 05:24:18 PM »
I just bought organza bags for guava. 6x9 inches for 15 cents each. That size should be OK for the clusters of 3 fruit which I hope to get, they are flowering that way.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Inga???
« on: March 10, 2019, 08:03:12 AM »
Yes, looks like Inga. This is in Hawaii? That is not an uncommon tree and primates do spread seeds!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit Youtube Channel Recommendations
« on: March 09, 2019, 07:24:38 AM »
Noal Farm fruit and Vegetable farming videos:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs7_DmeDzs0C8HkwucWRNTA/videos

Grow, pick, prepare and cook fruits and vegetables in Hunnan:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQG_fzADCunBTV1KwjkfAQQ/videos

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You don't use it when they are flowering. When dealing with the myriad of pests we have in this horrid Ag zone there is no such thing as too powerful of a pesticide. You will find out shortly what I mean. Imadacloprid is pretty much manditory
I've only needed Imadacloprid for citrus leafminer, once. No other fruit trees at my place have needed it. It is a neonicotinoid which is hard on bees. So long as my trees continue to grow and increase in size I can tolerate some leaf damage.

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Respectfully I don't exactly understand what you're trying to accomplish.  On their own soursop branches elongate and tend to droop down.  It would seem to me that your fruit, which are naturally large and heavy, might be practically on the ground when ripe.
Every fully grown tree I have seen has grown almost vertical and fruit is quickly out of reach.
Here is an example:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUrQD4cUYXY
If you can show me a photo of a naturally drooping soursop tree I'd be interested in seeing that.

This is an exception:
Observe the growth habit shown here which is about the best I have seen. He doesn't go into early training but shows pruning to eliminate the apical dominance. You can see he has stopped vertical growth over 8 feet:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6k2ONKDsbw&t

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Those hose end fertilizer sprayers work by the venturi effect when water is restricted it creates a suction for the solution. So you will need a high pressure pump to make them work. Maybe you could use the low pressure pump and begin with low fertilizer concentration plants then medium concentration plants and finish up with the highest concentration plants. It would require stops to add more fertilizer but only require labor no purchase or modification.

This pump will probably work for you, read reviews people use it to wash campers and pump stuff it probably makes enough pressure for you.
https://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200352045_200352045

 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Growing Habit: Cherry of Rio Grande
« on: March 03, 2019, 08:31:18 AM »
I'm putting in several of these from seedlings, and enjoyed the small fruit close to the cherry range.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEGAKJDP4Kg

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Experiment to control Soursop Growth habit
« on: March 02, 2019, 10:53:45 PM »

Sorry the video ends abruptly my battery ran low but you get the idea.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyIJU0SWJng

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I think Spaugh you are growing Tithonia Rotundifolia. It has softer leaves and seeds prolifically.
This is the diversifolia. Lives for years develops a stump one foot in diameter.
He is exagerrating the nitrogen but it can be 1% and does concentrate phosphorus.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3L3gcvS0oZQ

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If you just want a good looker and no fruit how about mexican sunflower (tithonia diversifolia)?  It grows really fast and large and makes tons of flowers.  It stays green all year and is completely dense so you cant see through it.

You can start ot from seed and have big 10ft tall plants in a year.



The Tithonia diversifolia we have here in Florida is close to sterile. I have hundreds and never get any making viable seeds. Strikes very fast from basal cuttings 1" or more in diameter which have adventitious roots. Just stick in the ground during rainy times and they start growing. That is how I made a 350 ft. long hedge. Can cut 3 times/year or more for self-mulching hedge.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tithonia_diversifolia

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