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Yes they can fruit in 3 to 5 years.  Its not risky, its an avocado tree.  It can always be top worked. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: March 22, 2019, 12:09:20 PM »
Cool comparison. Thanks. If you could only grow Pinkerton or SirPrize, which would you keep?

I don't know?  Too hypothetical.  I wouldnt recommend either if someone can only grow one tree. 

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Growing citrus in pots
« on: March 21, 2019, 11:54:58 PM »
I have a Page mandarin going on 10, maybe more don't keep track anymore.I just downsize this tree from 25 to 20 squat container this January All my others about 30 were uppotted to 15 gl squat containers, they will be in there for a long time.

Nice trees.  What do you use for dirt?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: March 21, 2019, 03:48:59 PM »
Heres some side by side comparison of sir prize and pinkerton.  I like to do these side by side tests.  You can't really gauge the flavor profiles well without doing comparisons at the same time.  These are both great avocados.  The trees aren't the greatest growers but that may be because they both fruit so heavily they don't have energy to really grow well.  Fruit thinning or stripping would help here.

The sir prize fruit has a much softer skin and turns black on the tree while still hard.  The pinkerton has a thick hard green pebbled skin.  I really like the harder skinned types as the animals (mice and birds) can't see them as easy and can't peck or chew into them as easy.  The only downside is its harder to tell when to harvest the green skin fruits. 

Sir Prize is more creamy and soft where pinkerton is more dryish.  The pinkerton has a really strong avocado flavor.  Very nutty and straight forward flavor.  Excellet flavor.  Sir prize also is very good in the flavor department but does have a faint anise taste that I don't care for.  Sometimes I pick up the mexican anise flavor in hass also.  Its most apparent when the fruits are extra ripe.  Sir Prize has a better seed to flesh ratio but maybe not quite as good for pure taste.


Sir Prize

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Skanky Coffee Grounds
« on: March 20, 2019, 03:58:08 PM »
I would bury it somewhere else. Why pour a bunch of bad anerobic material on your plants.  Sounds like you already know its not a good idea.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Asunta #3 dragonfruit 5ft tall
« on: March 20, 2019, 01:42:51 PM »

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Asunta #3 dragonfruit 5ft tall
« on: March 20, 2019, 12:45:43 PM »
A few people said they want the DF plant.  If you guys want it you can come by and pick it up or send a paypal and I will hold it for you.  Otherwise its 1st come 1st serve.

Thats quite the collection.  Where did you obtain all of these?  You sure they authentic?  Can you post some pics of the cuttings or the mother plants?
I believe they are authentic. I got some from THREE LITTLE MOUNTAINS from Philippine and Puerto rico. He has a huge farm. He showed me pictures of the actual fruit and plants from his farm. He has like 100+ varieties. Some very RARE. I took some risks buying and shipping to USA cause of phyto certificates requirement. All of the pictures he showed are from his farm and some canít be found online.

Isis gold I bought them directly from Australia farm. I had to buy >10 cuttings for her to ship it to me. Those ISIS for sure are REAL.

Sounds like you scored some good DF cuttings.  I will send a pm  to order a couple.  Thanks for info and pics, they look good. 

How big is the house?

Thats quite the collection.  Where did you obtain all of these?  You sure they authentic?  Can you post some pics of the cuttings or the mother plants?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Asunta #3 dragonfruit 5ft tall
« on: March 15, 2019, 11:27:44 AM »
I had an extra one of these if anyone local wants it for 25$  Just planted one on a support yesterday.

Its 5ft tall and should produce fruit this year if you get it set up on a support.  The plant is pretty vigorous.  I haven't tried it but there was a report on here from a few years ago that it has a brix of 23 which is as high as any dragonfruit.  And the fruits are pretty large and flowers are purple.  Seems like a great DF to grow.  Its one of Edgar's rosses.

Dragonfruit post!   ;D

Wait, you're kidding right??   ;D

What you don't want a dragonfruit post as the centerpiece of your front yard?   ;D.  All your neighbors can admire the huge blooms.  At 2AM.   ;)

Those tropicals dont stay looking as beautiful all year here in CA. 

Dragonfruit post!   ;D

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado grafting
« on: March 14, 2019, 10:02:35 AM »
Hi Brad, cados look great.  Got a Pinkerton pushing already, other 2 looking good with bud swell. Thanks.

Nothing beats the ease and efficiency of Surround.  A TB in a gallon and you've got a great whitewash.  I can't see going thru the trouble of foil or latex paint.  I've got 20# or so which enough to supply all of SoCal.  If you want some let me know.

Pesticide ID required for California?  That's crazy.  It's nothing more than clay powder.

I got a bag of surround to use this summer.  That pesticide thing is a mistake on that website.  I ordered some last year.   

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 53+ pineapples fruiting now
« on: March 13, 2019, 10:34:50 PM »
Looks awesome

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado grafting
« on: March 13, 2019, 02:23:43 PM »
Day grafted Jan. 8th

Day today

Whitsell, Don Gillogy, Day, Popenoe, Mexicola Grande, Monroe, Gwen, Choquette and a seedling that is reported to be excellent. Hopefully I will get some fruit to taste test this year.

Nice collection.  I notice you got the blurple grow lamp in the background. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado grafting
« on: March 13, 2019, 01:30:23 PM »
Hi Brad, why are your grafts so far out on the branches???  you know it is going to be getting pretty hot AND BRIGHT SUNNY in your area soon.     Regards   Patrick

Patrick, I put them where they matched up diamter wise.  Then trimmed off extra branches to force energy to the grafted tips.  Now they are way out there, you are right.  Maybe it was a mistake?  I just want to save these here temporarily.  That entire tree will haveto be removed in a couple years. 

Yes, its going to be hot and sunny.  Should I tinfoil them?  I never really had a problem with scions in 80F sun to be honest.  The parafilm will keep them from getting dry. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado grafting
« on: March 12, 2019, 10:49:27 PM »
Heres hass tree I just put a bunch of sticks on that CA Hockey donated to me.  Thanks Khalid.  Hopefully Some of them take.  This time of year seems pretty ideal to do this stuff. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado grafting
« on: March 12, 2019, 10:35:09 PM »
Brad, your young cados look so healthy!
I very much like the idea of setting up a "breaking in" area,
seems like you are an expert grafter/nurseryman now Brad!

Grand opening "Brad Spaugh" Nursery in view...?  :D

Thanks samu.  I really want to sell more grafted avocado and mango trees but to be honest its a huge pain.  The weather is too extreme here to make it worthwhile. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: is this guava grafted?
« on: March 12, 2019, 07:05:01 PM »
I just bought organza bags for guava. 6x9 inches for 15 cents each. That size should be OK for the clusters of 3 fruit which I hope to get, they are flowering that way.

They get bigger if you thin clusters of 3 down to 1.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado grafting
« on: March 12, 2019, 04:20:07 PM »
Update on the trees.  Planted out in fall.  They are still very tiny but starting to grow.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Cushiony Cotton scale
« on: March 11, 2019, 10:35:41 AM »
You will probably get better results if you use it during summer when your trees are using more water. 

Brian, are you unable to hose the tree off because of the greenhouse lacking drainage?  Simply blasting them off with a hose seems to work the best. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: March 11, 2019, 10:28:15 AM »

Anyone like to take a guess on the chance of this being a Megalanthus cross? Red flesh fruit, no spikes, self pollinating. From Vietnam apparently.

It looks like polyrhizus.

Thanks for the inca red scions.  I put about 8 of them on one of my trees.  Sent you a box of fruits this morning as payment.

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