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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Natal Queen Pineapple plant
« on: March 15, 2018, 07:29:04 PM »
Mine core rotted this winter and now it's making a sucker.

Thanks Behl! I'll gladly share with you what I have.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Perfect Rootstock for Mandarins
« on: March 15, 2018, 02:34:33 PM »
I get the feeling the lemon and mandarin might be on the same rootstock. Kumquat might be on something different.

I know that some rootstocks can make citrus sweeter or jucier. I don't know what they are or if they're still good to use. Some good rootstocks of the past stopped being used because of susceptibility to new diseases.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Minh sions to trade..
« on: March 12, 2018, 12:47:18 PM »
What do you think of the taste of Minh? I got 1 fruit from my tree this year and I don't know how to describe it. It's not too sweet but it has this aroma that's kind of like feijoa.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Valentine Pumelo
« on: March 09, 2018, 06:52:07 PM »
Valentine is way better in my opinion. It doesn't have the high acidity of Chandler if you like acidic fruits.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: LaVerne's Vietnamese Cherimoya Info
« on: March 08, 2018, 11:18:27 AM »

You can pollinate the flowers from the same variety. It gives more reliable fruit set. See the pollination section and illustrations in the link.

Just do it once a week or less frequently is fine. Both male and female stage flowers must be present on the tree. You do want to try making it fruit in the interior of the tree for sunburn protection and larger fruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Root cuttings outside or indoor?
« on: March 07, 2018, 05:22:01 PM »
Rooting hormone causes the roots to start, but inhibits roots from growing (elongation). So if you see white stubs that should be the start of roots, the best thing is to wash off the residual hormones from the cuttings.

Also terminology clarification you likely know:
root cutting (v): sticking unrooted branch cutting into the soil so it can grow roots.
root cutting (n): part of the plant's roots that's cut off so it can grow new shoots for a new plant.

I think the B plan is better. You especially don't want that right upper branch to develop too much and become top heavy so soon. The lower branches on the right branch are fine. Watch out for the vigorous growth from the higher points this summer. You'l probably need to control those. How tall is the highest point in B anyway? It looks really tall compared to the fence. My fence is 6 ft.

Behl, how many levels of branching do you suggest for your ideal 6 ft pruned tree? It's good to get a rough idea. I have 5 smaller trees that I need to shape this year. First I need to figure how many grafts will take and how many varieties I can get on them.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Root cuttings outside or indoor?
« on: March 07, 2018, 02:07:42 PM »
I just looked up rooting persimmon. Did not know you could do that. Thanks!

I root all my stuff outdoors under a shady tree. I wouldn't give them much light if they're newly planted. It could stimulate them to grow leaves instead of roots. Do give them some light if they start growing. Hopefully it'll give them more energy to grow.

Of course indoors with humidity and heat mat is best. Then move them out gradually when they start growing.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Planting citrus in a bath tub.
« on: March 07, 2018, 01:57:59 PM »
What part of SD are you in? That sounds terrible.

Maybe build a raised bed out of bricks like the others said. Gypsum doesn't work as fast as we like. There's "liquid gypsum" that I've heard mentioned for SD that's supposed to work faster. I don't have any personal experience with it.

I thought the 3 have different colors. See the photo in my link above. for several pummelo hybrids cross sections.


I'm partial to Valentine.

Cocktail and Valentine are closer to one another than to Oroblanco. They are pummelo hybrids with mandarin while Oroblanco is pummelo hybrid with grapefruit.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Lemonade tree
« on: March 01, 2018, 04:10:52 PM »
I can't answer your question, but, pink lemonade or new zealand lemonade?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Annona scions in San Diego.
« on: March 01, 2018, 04:08:00 PM »
The speaker was telling me he doesn't have a lot of scions. You might have to contact him like Mike's done on FB to ask for specific ones.

Miracle fruit not low maintenance? Are you joking? Aside from olives, its the best no maintenance shrub out there. Have had one for years in a half barrel pot half under an overhanging eave. I rarely even water the thing. Took the 20s weather we had a month back and didn't even lose a leaf.
It's good that it's easy for you. It's not so easy to grow in my area. I have to roll it in and out of the garage every day so it doesn't get too cold and defoliate in cold nights. It happened last year and it took most of the year to grow back and start fruiting again.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Annona Seedlings
« on: March 01, 2018, 01:01:03 PM »

Moscow is probably too cold for cherimoya unless you're growing in a greenhouse.
Cherimoya will try to make fruit in 3-4 years from seed in my area.
I think it's better to find people outside the U.S. to send seeds. Postage rates in the US are so expensive now.
After you have some plants from seeds, then maybe it's worth it to buy scions from the US.

You called and they told you? I still see it listed in the order form.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: What is your favorite tasting mandarin?
« on: February 28, 2018, 03:48:36 PM »
Kinnow, sweet? It tastes really acidic to me. It does have some HLB resistance.

I don't have Xie Shan and Shiranui fruiting yet, so Gold nugget for me.

In the US, I don't think there's a seeded kishu. In China, I've eaten kishu-like mandarins with seeds. That's just the normal one they sell everywhere.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mangos, Mangos, Mangos CRFG
« on: February 28, 2018, 03:01:30 PM »
Good to see it features in the FG to generate even more interest in mangos for California.

Does an interest in tropical fruit trees mean this person would be willing to put in the effort to keep it healthy and alive? or just having the tree and it's a bonus if it doesn't die from neglect?

Miracle fruit is very good for containers. Not low maintenance.

There are different conditions that produce seedless fruit:
1. Tree can set fruit without pollination, cross pollination will produce seeds, no other compatible variety is present to pollinate.
2. Tree can set fruit without pollination, other varieties present but the tree won't accept foreign pollen.
 a. Flower has a genetic defect where the pollen won't reach the ovules.
 b. Flower has a genetic defect and fails to recognize compatible pollen, rejects everything.
 c. Other causes I don't know.
3. Other combinations I don't know.

#2a is the condition I think seedless kishu, gold nugget, etc., exhibit.
Your concern has always been on achieving #1, I think.

My shiranui/ dekopon grafted last yr end of march now starting flowers
How much has it grown? Was it a bud or did you graft a stick of several buds? All mine grew about a foot. The buds grew faster than the sticks.

Temperate Fruit Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: WTB/Trade - Jujube Lang Cuttings
« on: February 26, 2018, 01:27:45 AM »
ugh, my Lang is already pushing growth. Li does fine by itself though. I personally don't like Lang. Too dry to eat fresh.

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