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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How to get rid of birds?
« on: May 27, 2020, 09:24:57 PM »
Hang some red Christmas ornaments in the tree or use rocks. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How to get rid of birds?
« on: May 27, 2020, 05:47:15 PM »
"By April 1960, Chinese leaders changed their opinion due to the influence of ornithologist Tso-hsin Cheng[2] who pointed out that sparrows ate a large number of insects, as well as grains.[8][9] Rather than being increased, rice yields after the campaign were substantially decreased.[10][9] Mao ordered the end of the campaign against sparrows, replacing them with bed bugs, as the extermination of sparrows upset the ecological balance, and insects destroyed crops as a result of the absence of natural predators.

By this time, however, it was too late. With no sparrows to eat them, locust populations ballooned, swarming the country and compounding the ecological problems already caused by the Great Leap Forward, including widespread deforestation and misuse of poisons and pesticides.[10] Ecological imbalance is credited with exacerbating the Great Chinese Famine, in which 1545 million people died of starvation.[11][12] The Chinese government eventually resorted to importing 250,000 sparrows from the Soviet Union to replenish their population.[13]"

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How to get rid of birds?
« on: May 27, 2020, 05:46:11 PM »
feed them away from your fruits. move feeders depending on where you want them not to be. you cannot get rid of all the birds, and it would be sad if you did

They tried getting rid of all the birds once in China. 

"The "Four Pests" campaign was introduced in 1958 by Mao Zedong, as a hygiene campaign aimed to eradicate the pests responsible for the transmission of pestilence and disease: the mosquitos responsible for malaria; the rodents that spread the plague; the pervasive airborne flies; and the sparrows specifically the Eurasian tree sparrow which ate grain seed and fruit.[1] The government also declared that "birds are public animals of capitalism".[2] According to some eyewitnesses, citizens would bang pots and pans so that sparrows would not have the chance to rest on tree branches and would fall dead from the sky.[3] Sparrow nests were also destroyed, eggs were broken, and chicks were killed. In addition to these tactics, citizens also resorted to simply shooting the birds down from the sky.[4] These mass attacks depleted the sparrow population, pushing it to near extinction.[4] Furthermore, contests were held among enterprises, government agencies, and schools in cleanliness.[3] Non-material rewards were given to those who handed in the largest number of rat tails, dead flies and mosquitoes, or dead sparrows."

Mine made tons of fruit but they always ripened way late then would get beat up during winter and take far into summer to come back.  Maybe there's better ones but my solos sucked.

Its rotting from the cold wet winter.  Mine rotted at the ground and tipped over.  Papaya is a waste of time in CA IMO. 

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: White Jade Pineapple Slips
« on: May 26, 2020, 04:24:40 PM »

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / White Jade Pineapple Slips
« on: May 26, 2020, 12:18:13 PM »
Big healthy slips

5 for 40$ shipped  in California
45$ shipped outside California

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How to get rid of birds?
« on: May 26, 2020, 11:28:47 AM »
Paint some rocks bright red and put them in the tree.

Theres no frost here, it gets to the mid 30s a few nights a year.  Very few hours under 40 this year.   Its not the absolute lows its the prolonged winter thats a problem. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: The Reed avocado thread
« on: May 25, 2020, 06:59:23 PM »
Check out the fruit set on the reeds here, looks like every flower set a fruitlet.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: May 25, 2020, 06:56:07 PM »
The hass right now are super good too.  Sharwil is amazing and they ripen to a high oil level earlier than hass.  Its a really early season fruit in my yard.

Heres the Lamb hass tree, havent started picking these yet.  Its an awesome tree.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: May 25, 2020, 02:35:43 PM »
Great line-up and pic Brad.  Thanks for sharing the assessment.  How does lamb-hass compare to the original Hass in your opinion?

Lamb is pretty close to refular hass.  Maybe not quite as good.  Just barely lower quality, most people probably couldnt twll the difference.  But its a later season fruit and the tree is very prolific fruiter.  I like it a lot and have planted a bunch of those. 

Im deciding what types to plant out here in a new orchard section and hass, gem, and lamb are high on the list. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: May 25, 2020, 11:10:47 AM »
We did a taste test with these varieties the other day.  Reed, hass, ardith, sharwil, sir prize, pinkerton.  Reed and ardith need more time so not fair for them.  Sharwil, pinkerton, and hass are consistently the best fruit off my trees.  Im going to say all around best tree and fruit is hass.  The fruit quality is superior, the tree grows well, maes tons of fruit, and they hang forever.  Sharwil also good all around but I need more years to see how the trees perform here.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Wanted dragon fruit sicon
« on: May 24, 2020, 11:47:53 AM »
No fruit on mine, you need to hand pollinate it.
I just don't get to the flowers in time and its done usually when I notice it. But my plants are big.
Should be same or similar, its from La Verne nursery.

That one is a columbian type megalanthus.  It has smaller spiney fruit. 

The big palora type megalanthus have larger and less wavy vines. 

The lilikois fo well during summer but get hit by the cold.  Im yanking both my yellow plants.  Obe was really large and made fruit but it was just not happy in winter and looks bad after winter. 

The seeds go for around a year in a pot then in the ground.  Greenhouse or simons yard for the first winter.     

The seedling trees definitely do better with the first 3 years of no flowering compared to a pre grafted tree.  The flowering is so strong here it just stunts small trees.   

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: scattering cherimoya seeds
« on: May 22, 2020, 11:39:35 AM »
They will sprout if you leave them around.  Easy to start in pots too.

Kaz does have good stuff.

I grafted several of these onto my mulberry tree along with the other ones Kaz sells.  They are all growing nicely. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Squirrels
« on: May 21, 2020, 06:11:10 PM »
Squirrelinator trap with bread in it.  And shoot them if you can also. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Garden hose
« on: May 20, 2020, 10:29:20 PM »
I think 900m is too long for 1" pipe

Yeah cut them or they will start taking all the energy.  I cut those low branches up 1.5ft off the ground at least or it will be on the ground when it fruits. 

Cut the branches nearly flush with the trunk so thry dont resprout.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Garden hose
« on: May 19, 2020, 11:33:44 PM »
I keep a lot of fire hoses in 1" and 1.5"

For watering plants rubber hose is better.  If you need to move a lot of water the fire hose is nice but they are heavy and do kink and they wear out easier dragging it around. 

Its san francisco, you can put everything in full sun. 

They all look the same basically.  If you grow from seeds its not the same as the parent anyway. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: The Reed avocado thread
« on: May 18, 2020, 09:39:01 PM »
Had one drop off and we ate it for dinner.  Was pretty good but they need another month to get more oil.

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