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Tropical Fruit Discussion / 1st cherimoya of the season
« on: December 12, 2018, 12:31:14 AM »
It came off of grafted pierce cherimoya.  It's in a 20 gallon pot so  I only pollinated 3 flowers on this tree.  The fruit was a lil bigger then a baseball.  I was hoping it would get bigger but the fruit dropped from the last storm.  The skin already had a bit of yellow blush on it.  When I picked it up the fruit was still hard.  Crossed my fingers that it didn't drop too soon.  After 5 days of just leaving it on the kitchen island this morning i checked and it soften.  In the fridge it went and I I had it after dinner.  OMG! no wonder everybody raves about this variety!  I wouldnt say it was a low seed count but wasnt alot either .
Each quarter contained about 6 to 7 seeds.  The 1st thing I noticed was the clean texture, no grainyless at all, not chewy but not mushy either.  I wasn't to impress with the flavor with the 1st bite.  But and a big but! oh boy in between feeding my 5 year old..the flavor and sweetness started to intensify.   I been to 2 Irvine cherimoya tasting and this one set a new standard.  Definitely this one is going in ground this Spring!




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guy selling this stuff on craigslist anybody ever use this stuff? what is it good for?  from what I ask him it sounds like its just kelp meal? does this stuff have a self life....guy claim it was from a vineyard that went out of business and selling it for about 150 for a 220lb drum... 100 bucks if buy in bulk....any info is greatly appreciated

'Kelp based Hydrogel (Hi water absorbent). Mineral rock form. Vineyard went out of business. Excellent water holding capacity. 50% Less watering. Improved nutrient uptake. Below the ground water retention. Use smaller containers for large container growth. Excellent for building super soil and no till. I have noticed explosive growth in my own personal federal, state and local government compliant Medical cannabis garden. E-mail me for a link to a UC Santa Barbara study going on with exopolysacchrides for arid and semi arid soil amending.'

that's what the ad states

https://images.craigslist.org/00G0G_byB3RgGmGiI_600x450.jpg


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anona season approaches
« on: September 24, 2018, 12:37:07 AM »
Hey Frank keep me on your list always a treat to taste new varieties  :)

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thanks Simon. yes, grafting does work on Lychees, they are easy takes on Lychee on Lychee.

hey behl when is the best time to graft? do anything different then mango grafting?  cleft? veneer? suggested length of cut?

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A few members have asked me if they could combine Mamey with the mangos, sapodillas and anonas to reach the 10 minimum scions. The answer is Yes. Another question was is there a discount on scions if I buy more? The answer is Yes. The price drops to $4 per scions if you buy 100 or more. Another question was can I combine my order with someone else to reach the 100 scions. The answer is Yes as along as you have one address to ship. I will not do a group order and ship to each individual. If there are any more questions please PM or email me.
Thanks for yr patience
Frank

That's customer service for you! One of the nicest person I ever met and knowledgeable at that.   If you ever have the time it's worth driving down to his place, of course check with him first.  Kinda give you an idea what you can turn your own yard into.

 Thanks again Frank

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: what's happening to my annona grafts?
« on: August 31, 2018, 10:36:41 PM »
thanks all so much......so much more to learn lol that's why I love this site members have a wealth of knowledge and the heart to share

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: what's happening to my annona grafts?
« on: August 31, 2018, 10:30:33 PM »
The roots starved to death during the month or two after all the leaves were cut off the root-stock during high-metabolism/ active growth time of year.

Four to six good-sized leaves must be left on the root-stock until that are at least that many mature, hardened up leaves on the scion.  Tender new growth is not photosynthesizing enough for its own needs, much less for the needs of the roots and trunk, which are all live cells needing glucose to survive.  Remember that fertilizers are mineral supplements, not food, in the sense of source of energy to live.  Fertilizers will actually make a situation like this much worse.  And any disease or pest finds the plant defenseless.

:( that was my other thought maybe I topped the rootstock too soon.  I guess I luck out with my other grafts that I did the same.  I thought the new growth was enough and the rootstock would put all it's energy into the graft to survive

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Gratting success!!!
« on: August 31, 2018, 10:26:18 PM »
only sure after 2nd flush but scion looks nice and healthy

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: what's happening to my annona grafts?
« on: August 31, 2018, 09:07:34 PM »



so I went and barerooted it....didnt know how to do it so lost most of it :( Brad, drain holes weren't clogged and no white stuff.  I use promix hp and mix about a 3rd of bark into it.  I felt the soil ...it was moist but not water logged.  the base of the stump does seem to have excessive moisture tho. 
     Behl I did about 8 grafts the 1st time and only one lost so far ....this one was 1 out of 10.  the 1st time I just thought it was stress due to that 112 day....i did place all of them in full shade for the day but only one reacted this way.  I consider myself lucky.  But it happen again to this one in the 2nd batch so i was puzzled.   
    The first one was a pierce this one is a Selma.  in both batch had couple of the same that survived and are thriving in pot.  That's why it's puzzling. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: what's happening to my annona grafts?
« on: August 30, 2018, 10:36:26 PM »
the 1st one was about two months and yes it was mid summer this one about a month......root stock is very much alive because new growth buds still sprouting.....they look like not getting water but soil is moist.  Thought it was the heat but usually when I have that happens leaves would brown in a day or two.   the first one took over a week to die....this one has been 3 days now.....both were in partial shade

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / what's happening to my annona grafts?
« on: August 30, 2018, 09:10:25 PM »
this is the second time it happened.  it was going strong then leaves starts looking like this.  The other one was much bigger then this one and did the same thing.   just a failed graft? overwatered?


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don't need it right away but if you have some let me know

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thanks all moved them to a place with a lil more shade

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Stolen fruit grrrr
« on: August 08, 2018, 11:34:05 AM »
I think the main thing is you have to tell the police you want to press charges...tell them you fear for your safety....that way there is a record of this happening.   If police don't do anything and something does happen.  A good lawyer might be able to get you enough from the city to buy you a more private farm :)

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1st I thought it might be just old leaves but I saw similar thing on my small lychee tree too......all trees are in full sun










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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Stolen fruit grrrr
« on: August 07, 2018, 08:41:30 PM »
it's theft and trespassing.....next time take a picture or even better video him in the act....then press charges

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so e4 is not the same as m4?

No...why would you think they are the same?


I saw numerous post on this site said they were the same :/

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https://www.homedepot.com/p/Diablo-9-in-5-TPI-Fleam-Ground-Pruning-Reciprocating-Saw-Blade-DS0905FG/203464862

single pack is sold out only the 5pack left just click to quality tab to drop down and select 5
looks like ship to store only


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so e4 is not the same as m4?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seeking info on M-4 mango
« on: August 02, 2018, 11:34:24 AM »
so would put M-4 as the best coconut flavored mango?

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i'm exploring a fast and easy way to shade or protect my trees from high winds.  The main tree I want to protect is my sweetheart lychee it's about 7ft tall now and just as wide.  I always lose a branch or two in high winds but nothing to bad this past year.  The last scrotcher toasted 40% of it's leaves thankfully no damage to the branches.   The best solution so for is those instant screenhouse but the height of those are only 7 and half feet tall.

https://www.amazon.com/Coleman-Instant-Screenhouse-10-Feet/dp/B00339C3G4/ref=sr_1_5?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1533223513&sr=1-5&keywords=coleman+screenhouse&dpID=41757o0VRNL&preST=_SX300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch

something like this.....but I will have to add 2 to 3 feet to the poles to increase the height....replace the roof with shad cloth

anybody have another better idea?

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sorry I am out for now

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bigger is not always better for most trees a true 15gallon is the sweet spot.....I say true because I been seeing a growing trend that nurseries are up potting just to get higher prices  :-[

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bump will have couple more mid next week

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