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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherimoya Season 2019 (So Cal)
« on: March 05, 2020, 01:53:20 PM »
Just harvested some Cherimoya from one of my seedling trees today.  They come in all shapes in sizes.  I'm not sure how anyone could identify one variety from another when the fruit shape and surface texture is so variable.

I too had a decent crop from both my young cherimoya trees and a 30ft tall older tree with no split fruit.  Fortunately, all the fruit are harvested. The recent cold snap did a number on the young tree leaves.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Malaysian Red Guava Ripening
« on: January 30, 2020, 04:43:18 PM »
Thanks for both replies. Sounds like I will have to be patient a bit longer. Unfortunately, the local wildlife have been sampling a few to confirm ripeness.  My only other concern is the mold that develops at the base of the fruit as it continues to hang on the trees.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Malaysian Red Guava Ripening
« on: January 29, 2020, 10:01:32 PM »
I have a couple red guava trees that have been loaded with fruit for several months.  This is their first year beating fruit.  For the last two months, the fruits have stopped swelling, changed color, but remain rock hard. All of my other guava (tropic white and Mexican pink) have ripened and were devoured by December. Is this just a case of continuing to wait?  Do Malaysian reds take longer to ripen?  I assume the our Winter temps in SD have slowed down the ripening process, but I was hoping to benefit from your experience in growing this variety. Thoughts?  Sample guava picts for your viewing pleasure.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Aussie Mango in USA 19/20
« on: October 31, 2019, 01:49:04 PM »
Dropped by Gelson's today and remembered the Aussie Mango thread.  They had KP priced at $7.99 each.  Turned around and walked out.  I love mangos, but that's an indulgence I will leave to others. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Santa Anas
« on: October 30, 2019, 05:33:42 PM »
Fortunately, irrigation went off early this morning before they cut power, but yes, no well water moving forward until they restore power.  If these power cuts are going to be an annual occurrence in SoCA, it might be time for me to start planning backup generators for the farm.
The Avos are disappointing because the trees were loaded this year from the rainy winter and mild summer.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Santa Anas
« on: October 30, 2019, 04:34:42 PM »
Yeah, these winds suck. Been without power since this morning. Any new growth flushes have been torn to shreds by the wind gusts. Itís also doing a great job of thinning the avocados  :(
I can tolerate all of this so long as fires are removed from the equation.

Thanks guys. Unfortunately, I discovered this forum a bit late in the game, after several Florida trees were already purchased, struggled with, killed a couple, then searched online for guidance.   After spending more hours than I care to admit reading old threads, discovering how easy it was to graft, I planted several Home Depot specials (Manila) as well as other seedlings of various mango varieties acquired from Exotica last year. The seedlings were fairly priced and have grown gangbusters  since planted. The difference in growth compared to Florida grafts is shocking. Iím letting them establish strong root systems this year, then plan to graft next year.  I have already grafted some older seedlings that have traveled with me from a previous residence.  My FL grafts that appear to be fairly robust are Peach Cobbler, Pineapple pleasure, cotton Candy and Sweet Tart. I lost a Madam Francis, Lancetilla, and Fruit Punch.
My newest mango playground project includes 20 Ataulfo seedlings (planted today) and another 10 Kent seedlings (tomorrow) planted on my unused backhill. Hopefully they survive the gophers, rabbits, deer, winter chill, and every other obstacle we face in SD county backcountry.

Thank you Har and Simon for your observations and recommendations.  I will take these into consideration as I attempt to correct the nutrient deficiencies.  I am not using a surfactant when I foliage feed, so that should be an easy fix. Currently, I foliar spray every month since May and add slow release fertilizer every 8 weeks. Perhaps thatís a bit much.  I have clay/dg soil surrounding this tree that seems to drain fairly well, and water near the tree base with a vortex spray stake at ~15 gph for 30 mins twice a week during summer.
Thanks again!

I could use some help with a persistent problem on my Sensation Mango seedling.  This has been in the ground for 3 years, but is a 6-7 year old tree.  It produced its first fruit this year, 1 mango   8) but as long as it's been in the ground, ~50% of the new growth has a black crusty line that forms along the midrib of each leaf.  You can see it clearly in the images.  Also, a good portion of that new growth forms small leafs that often never fully develop, curl, then shrivel up and die.  Those leaves that do form normally without the black midrib are small in size (4-6 inch) compared to the leaves (8-12 in+) on my other healthy mango trees. You can see the shriveled leaf litter on the ground.  I have tried a systemic fungicide, foliar sprays (fish emulsion/Kelp), 16-16-16 pellet fertilizer with iron, zinc, manganese micronutrients.  None of these seem to eliminate the problem.  Any thoughts on this issue?  Thanks in advance!

While checking out the new growth on my Choc Anon tree from Florida (presumably grafted on Turpentine rootsock), I noticed the branches are drooping over instead of standing erect.  Is this the infamous drooping phenomenon that we observe with some mango varietals on turpentine in SoCA?  Or is there something else of which I should be concerned?  This is the third growth flush from this mango in ground, but the first that I have observed this behavior.  Unlike the other ~20 in-ground mangos, it looks like I am getting some flower panicles shooting on a couple branches as well.  Choc Anon doing its thing?

Iíve noticed my mango treeís leaves form those sigmoidal shape growth pattern, curl, and drop prematurely when I have overwatered them. There appear to be brown tips on the new leaves as well which could be another indication of root stress.

Likewise, I really appreciate the collective information on growing mangos in Southern CA. In my limited experience (3 years), seedling growth has been far more robust than my grafted trees from Florida. The constant flowering really delays the vegetative growth during our short season. I have planted seedlings from various types of mangos and they all seem to establish well. My first Alphonso seedling flowered after just three years in the ground (a small panicle), but it has established itself well with strong growth. Hoping to topwork with some favored varieties next year.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: SoCal mango flowering update
« on: April 14, 2019, 04:20:11 PM »

My familyís Sweet Tart tree located on the coast in Del Mar

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself
« on: April 10, 2019, 07:42:21 PM »
Hello, my name is Jason and I live above the San Pasqual valley of Escondido, CA.  I manage a small vineyard (1100 vines of 3 varietals) and maintain ~30 mature Hass Avocado and 30 Citrus trees as well as various other deciduous fruit trees on the property.  My primary passion is for tropical fruit trees with recent plantings of 20+ mango varieties, 6 guava varieties, papaya, sapote, tropical cherries, pomegranate, carambola, cherimoya trees and passion vines.  I am looking to improve the success of my fruit farming though this forum along with contributing to shared knowledge. Cheers!

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