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Tropical Fruit Discussion / CRFG San Diego Fruit Tree Sale
« on: October 05, 2019, 06:23:28 PM »
The San Diego chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers is holding its annual fruit tree sale tomorrow, 6 October at the Bancroft Center for Sustainability from 10am to 1pm at 3845 Spring Dr, Spring Valley, CA 91977.

https://californiararefruitgrowerssandiegochapter.wildapricot.org/event-3561009

I just finished helping set up and they have a ton of interesting fruit trees. Figs, longans, mangos, Garcinia livingstonei, katuk (star gooseberry), jabuticaba, jack fruit, grapes, bananas, sugar cane, pineapple, pomegranate, dragonfruit, apples, etc etc. There are usually more than one variety available.  I know that not all the above are rare or tropical, but some of the varieties are rare.

If you are looking for something interesting and are in the area, come on down!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: No pollen on passionfruit flowers
« on: September 28, 2019, 03:26:37 PM »
I do not know the reason for this, but I saw the same thing a couple of weeks ago on my vine.  It was hotter than normal for a couple of weeks, so perhaps our heat had something to do with it.  I didn't do as much supplemental watering either.

I'm in Southern California.

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Ficus Carica ID by Fruting Habit
« on: July 30, 2019, 02:48:18 PM »
With the challenges the tree is facing, you may want to dig it up and put it in a pot.  Let it recover in a pot, then you can see about putting it back into the ground inside a gopher cage.

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Try Walter Andersen nursery, they have locations in Poway and the Old Town/Point Loma area (near SPAWAR).

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Thompson seedless grape vine
« on: May 24, 2019, 12:04:14 AM »
I'd leave it in the pot to avoid transplant shock.  Definitely put it in the ground after it goes dormant in the winter.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ripe figs in Germany in May
« on: May 23, 2019, 11:59:53 PM »
In areas with short growing seasons, it's best to focus on the breba crops.  They'll get enough sun to ripen and develop a lot of sugars while the main crop, pushing into the late Fall/Winter months will not get enough sun to ripen properly. 

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Those trees look super.  I had one for a few years but managed to kill it last summer.  Not sure what it was, perhaps overwatered.  I had it in a pot, only used rainwater and fertilized with the acidic type miracle grow.  I had to bring it in the house every winter. I'm looking for a replacement, but don't want to spend the big bucks on a nice sized one.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Passionfruit crosspollination
« on: March 22, 2019, 08:15:26 PM »
Cross pollination shouldn't affect the fruit.  If you plant out the resultant seeds you might get something interesting.

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Best tasting fig?
« on: March 07, 2019, 04:18:42 PM »
You really cannot go wrong with a VdB!

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Thanks! I'm a novice fig grower - would it be expected for a potted fig that's planted out in the spring to abort its fruit that first year?
What's done is done, but just curious.

I have a first year Deanna fig tree that produced a couple of figs for me.  It would have produced more but I pinched them off so that the tree would spend more energy growing.  I've heard that other growers have gotten pretty decent crops off of first year trees.  A lot is variety dependent, but also dependent on the local conditions, soil, watering, etc.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How to plant seeds
« on: January 28, 2019, 05:52:28 PM »
For the dragon fruit seeds, clean them and spread them on the soil.  Depending on your climate, I'd do it in a pot or two first.  Then barely cover the seeds with the growing media (dirt).  They should sprout from there. I think I once used saran wrap to cover and provide a humidty dome, probably not really necessary, just keep the soil moist (not wet).  I had a lot of success with the DF sprouting. 

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Winter is the dry season in their natural environment.  Try not to get water on the leaves to avoid anthracnose, which is probably the brown spots on your leaves.  You can spray to treat it if necessary.  I just try to be careful when I water the tree to avoid wetting the leaves in the late afternoon, you want them to dry off quickly.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Where can I buy meiwa kumquat in Socal?
« on: November 15, 2018, 12:12:55 PM »
I've seen them at various nurseries around San Diego.  However, they usually aren't available until mid-Spring.

Clausen Nursery actually propagates them on-site:  http://clausennursery.com/citrus-trees/kumquat-trees

I've also seen examples at Anderson's and Armstrong nurseries.

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Just because 'some guy' says so isn't a real reason to do anything.
Check the data for LA compost yourself:
https://www.lacitysan.org/san/faces/home/portal/s-lsh-wwd/s-lsh-wwd-s/s-lsh-wwd-s-gw/s-lsh-wwd-s-gw-sta;jsessionid=gKClzcD1tR_tjv7w78SrUzg30q9XWsy_E78tNqKqmJb6rsa7mc4U!1511500448!727084434?_afrLoop=10738200133044499&_afrWindowMode=0&_afrWindowId=lanacion.com.ar;apw_exc_fcf=1540350000.0.1.n_2184390.gDoedE9_kIVq213Mwi32nOWX_n4q7kYjw3XObKzO3yM;apw_aac_0=1542937916.34.1.KG5fMjE4NDM5MCwxNTQyOTM3OTE2KQ.sCJLmRAQUbXZJ7qHtZNSmBQzWwdxlmt7WyT8FDNcx-8&_adf.ctrl-state=10kapfr3g9_1#!%40%40%3F_afrWindowId%3Dlanacion.com.ar%253Bapw_exc_fcf%253D1540350000.0.1.n_2184390.gDoedE9_kIVq213Mwi32nOWX_n4q7kYjw3XObKzO3yM%253Bapw_aac_0%253D1542937916.34.1.KG5fMjE4NDM5MCwxNTQyOTM3OTE2KQ.sCJLmRAQUbXZJ7qHtZNSmBQzWwdxlmt7WyT8FDNcx-8%26_afrLoop%3D10738200133044499%26_afrWindowMode%3D0%26_adf.ctrl-state%3D10kapfr3g9_5

The mushroom compost uses horse stable manure which has medications and cottonseed meal most of which is GMO and roundup ready. However, I figure composting takes care of most issues.
If you live in LA or most any city you've already accepted a highly polluted environmental legacy in soil and present in air.
Sorry, forgot to mention that he worked at the Miramar land fill....

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Is there a tall Ficus Carica variety?
« on: October 25, 2018, 12:11:14 PM »
Alright so pruning will help it form into a tree?
Yes.  A lot of fig varieties tend to produce a lot of suckers.  Just prune them away - or airlayer them and turn them into additional plants. 

You will have to protect the tree to keep it from freezing and dying.  I have seen a 20+ foot tree in the Tigard, OR area that goes completely unprotected.  Last Thanksgiving I was eating figs from branches that hung over into my parent's yard.

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I wouldn't use any soil from the city for edible plants, you never know what gets dumped into it.  I don't put a lot of chemicals onto my lawn - thus the raging weeds, etc - but a lot of people do.  That ends up in teh green recycle bins which goes into the city compost heaps.  I met a guy at a neighborhood party about a year ago and the subject came up, he would not use the city compost for edibles.  The composting cycle is not always completed before it's distributed.  Find a mushroom farm that gives away used soil like this one in San Diego:

https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Free-Mushroom-Mulch-Growing-San-Diego-Fans-153848945.html

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I believe that passionfruit vines do not like wet feet.  Near the place were I wanted to plant mine tended to collect water, so after excavating a hole, I backfilled the hole with soil amendments to raise a mound and then planted the vine.  Seems to have worked as I have several dozens of fruit ripening right now (after getting a couple of dozen earlier this year) on a one year vine.  Under decent conditions they really like to grow, so you will need some sort of trellis.

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Is there a tall Ficus Carica variety?
« on: October 22, 2018, 04:32:46 PM »
Yes, but it may depend on your definition of tall.  I've seen them top 20-30+ feet, but they typically do not get that large unless conditions are perfect.  Many fig varieties will try to take a bushy form, you would have to select the main trunk and prune it to the form desired.  Thankfully you can prune a fig at just about any time of the year.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Miracle fruit grafting?
« on: October 15, 2018, 11:22:31 AM »
Oh that's interesting, I'll have to remember this for next year and give it a try.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: what should I know while growing kiwano?
« on: October 12, 2018, 11:56:59 AM »
I bought one as an experiment and germinated some seeds for kicks.  As the fruit wasn't that good, I didn't take care of the seedlings and they all died.  The germination rate was very high with the fresh seeds.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 52 degrees, too cold for potted tropical?
« on: October 09, 2018, 01:00:53 PM »
When evening temperatures drop below 60 degrees F, I bring my miracle berry bush inside.  It does not like anything colder.

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I have a mission fig in a 30 gal pot that is not producing any fruit. It looks nice and healthy but its just full of leaves. Its been there about 2 years and have only gotten one little fig so far. What am I doing wrong? I live in Phoenix AZ. so I put it under partial shade. Any suggestions are welcome. :)
It's been using this time to fill the pot with roots - one reason to not up-pot in giant steps, but to take incremental steps instead.  In ground fig trees usually take longer to fruit than potted figs as they take the time to grow before fruiting.  Starting to fill the pot causes stress which induces fruiting.  Keep up what you are doing and it will eventually fruit.

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Figs do well in a pot, I have a couple in the ground, one took about 3 years to fruit heavily while the other hasn't done anything.  I rooted a couple of varieties this winter and one is producing figs already!  Pretty excited about it, but I did prune away most of the figlets, but am keeping 3 on one branch. THe pots constrain root growth, so energy is pushed into reproduction instead of growth. Like achetadomestica mentioned, you may have better luck keeping them in pots.  IN addition, you can more easily control their size, which is my plan.  My available yard space is pretty much full, so anything new has to be in pots. You can cover the top of the pot when rain threatens to control how much water they receive.  For my inground figs, they get drip irrigation 3x week and while I provide supplemental water to all my other trees and veggies, the fig gets nothing.

Best of luck!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Easy peasy (and cheap) pitaya trellis
« on: September 26, 2018, 11:46:57 AM »
Mark PVC will break on u.  It cannot hold the weight.  Even 4x4 will redwood will eventually break on u. 

Oh don't say that, it's what I'm using!  I guess I'm going to have to look at changing my setup sometime in the future.

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Passiflora arida - Desert Passionfruit
« on: September 26, 2018, 11:32:37 AM »
From Dennis...private grower in North San Diego. Do you want his info?
Thank you, but I'd hate to bug him for a request like this.

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I do not believe that they will bother citrus.  Could be wrong.

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