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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit Set
« on: October 13, 2017, 02:31:54 AM »
I have a Purple haze dragon fruit vine that been flowering constantly over the summer to fall. None of the fruit set. Does it need a cross-pollinator or any tips for helping the fruit set? It currently being watered by a drip irrigation system also if that a problem.

Purple haze was developed by Paul Thomson.  Paul named his seedlings S1-S9.  Purple haze is aka S5.  This variety is not self-fertile and required cross pollination.  I’be told use a non-S variety will yield better results.  The reason is many of the S series shared the genetic of the parents. 
Df doesn’t need much water.  Be cautious of overwatering.  Too much water will also cause fruit and flower bud drops.

S1=Physical Graffiti
S2=cosmic Charlie
S3=Delight
S5=purple haze
S9= dark star
S8=sugar dragon

What variety would you recommend. I thought i made sure to see if it was self pollinating  :-\. I have a Rixford and halley comet at another place. I thnk i have a natural mystic somewhere too.

Rixford is one of the parent plant for nearly all ‘S’ series df.  Haley’s Comet Or natural mystic are probably options.  Use whatever freshest pollen available.  You should use Rixford if you have it.  Just want to point out which pollens will yield better results.  I have a LaVerne Red variety and it took me 3 years to find the right polllen.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit Set
« on: October 12, 2017, 01:32:11 AM »
I have a Purple haze dragon fruit vine that been flowering constantly over the summer to fall. None of the fruit set. Does it need a cross-pollinator or any tips for helping the fruit set? It currently being watered by a drip irrigation system also if that a problem.

Purple haze was developed by Paul Thomson.  Paul named his seedlings S1-S9.  Purple haze is aka S5.  This variety is not self-fertile and required cross pollination.  I’be told use a non-S variety will yield better results.  The reason is many of the S series shared the genetic of the parents. 
Df doesn’t need much water.  Be cautious of overwatering.  Too much water will also cause fruit and flower bud drops.

S1=Physical Graffiti
S2=cosmic Charlie
S3=Delight
S5=purple haze
S9= dark star
S8=sugar dragon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: October 03, 2017, 02:28:46 AM »
I have the same problem getting orange spots on my dragon fruit


This also looks like fungi.  Your best bet is spray with systemic fungicide.  If you do nothing it could rot or the plant will fight it off.  I have seen it on my plants when I sprayed with fungicide these turned into black crust.  I have also seen my plants fought off some smaller patches.  That spot eventually get crusty and peels off.  I know people feed their df via foliage sprays.  If you must, do it early mornings.  Keep the stems dry at nights.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: September 15, 2017, 10:57:10 PM »
In more pedestrian news, last night I had two varieties flower simultaneously, for the first time ever! La Verne Pink and Physical Graffiti.


I'm 0/10 on crossing these two so far, but I've always used stored pollen, so maybe my storage/freezing technique is poor.


Last night I transferred the fresh pollen directly from flower to flower, so if they're compatible, this should work. Fingers crossed!


My yellow and my white varieties are also pushing buds right now, so I might finally get my first fruit this season.

I have a 6 year old LaVerne Red taking me 3 years to find the right pollinator.  S8 is the right key.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: September 13, 2017, 03:55:52 PM »
Post hurricane recovery for dragon fruit.
Need some help and info.
Some branches snapped right off and I assume a clean cut believe the break is in order.
Some bent, broke but did not break off.
What should I do about those?
A couple have flours and I want to save them if possible.

dont worry about the bend and break.  you could prune back after fruit season.  meanwhile let them be and they will be fine.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: September 11, 2017, 02:16:40 PM »
How long will it take for a 6" cutting to bear fruit ?

under the right condition 12 months.  I have 3 plants bloomed and 2 fruited from cuttings I got last year.  all of the cuttings were matured with blooms before rooted them.  I only kept 1 upward stem from my plants.  once they reached the top of my trellis I cut it to promote side growths (like an umbrella).  SoCal weather has been warmer than usual this year.  probably one of the reasons contributed to faster growth.

1) bruni 12" cutting in 5gal container - 11 months (1 flower and fruit is set)
2) unknown white 12" cutting in 10gal container - 13 months (1 flower bloomed last week, not sure if it will set.  most likely does cuz it seems like a self pollinate variety)
3) S8 hybrid 8" cutting in 5gal container - 12 months ( 3 flowers and all set)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anthracnose treatment large tree
« on: September 05, 2017, 12:59:51 PM »
Are there any "fruiting bodies" (tiny mushrooms) on those dark spots on the cherimoya leaves?  If not, it may be sunburn, burn from use of Neem oil or other oil in hot weather.

there are no "fruiting bodies" around.  it's so random.  I am seeing this on couple of leaves here and there on my avocado, atemoya, guava, longan as well.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anthracnose treatment large tree
« on: September 05, 2017, 12:17:39 AM »







Hi experts, could you help me to identify whether this is anthracnose?  I am seeing this on nearly all of my fruit trees.  I am hesitate to use copper cuz it burns.  I am picking off these leaves as I see the symptom.  What is the recommended treatment?  Thanks

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: September 04, 2017, 02:40:10 AM »
I think some people in Florida don't realize how dry and different California weather is compared to Vietnam, Malaysia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Florida.



Yup. Especially Southern California. Many areas are, climatologically-speaking, a desert. In many years we get less than 10" of rain.


I can't think of any food crops in S. California that are not irrigated.


Prickly pear cactus does ok


You should grow a Peruvian Apple.  Very sweet fruit with crunchy seed like sugar crystals.  Absolutely delicious.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: photo moving
« on: September 02, 2017, 12:58:35 PM »
save the photo from FB then upload it in TFF.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Need help!!! African pride fruit dropping.
« on: September 02, 2017, 01:01:23 AM »
Why don't you guys use a balanced fertilizer with micros?  Try gro power 8-6-8 fruit tree fertilizer.  10-50-10 is for growing flowers.

I almost forgot I have a bag of that.  Lol.  Which is better osmocote 14-14-14 or 8-6-8 for increasing fruit size and potentially fruit quality such as taste?  Or perhaps something else one may suggest?

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Pickup a case of Mexican Keitt.  The largest mango I have ever seen.




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Need help!!! African pride fruit dropping.
« on: September 01, 2017, 11:58:43 PM »
The 10-52-10 fertilizer is high in phosphorous and my understanding is used for induce flowers.  I remember someone mentioned it also can increase fruit size and that's why I used it.  I had no drops before I used it and no drops since I stopped.  I had been using seaweed extract foliage spray weekly since the beginning of spring.  My tree is looking healthier than ever.  I am still looking for fertilizer to increase fruit size but afraid the wrong one could cause more drops :(.  I have read Growmore 0-50-30 is a good one but worry about the amount of phosphorous.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Need help!!! African pride fruit dropping.
« on: September 01, 2017, 04:51:05 PM »
I have also experienced fruit drops after using super bloom 12-55-6.  The fruits were size of walnut. 
No more drops since I stopped using super bloom.  I need to find another fertilizer which will increase fruit size but wont cause drops.

I also foliage feed with seaweed extract.  but I think that's only nitrogen. 

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Hello, anyone here can tell me which tastes better? African Pride or Geffner? Man, I bought 3 Geffner and 3 African Pride from a nursery,and put all of it on the ground. Now that all these trees have fruits, and all 6 trees turn out to be AP 😭. Don't know what to do now..

I have the same problem.  My Geffner is bearing fruits and they look exactly like my AP.  really upset with the nursery who sold it to me  >:(.  My Geffner is still in container.  Perhaps I can try to sell it.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Super small dragon fruit..?
« on: August 31, 2017, 01:52:32 PM »
Guys, how come everyone dragon fruits look big and mine looks super small? What in the world is this variety? It's just one inch big??? I have 6 fruits and they are all riped, but super duper small cheese..






good things come in small packages  ;)

Sugar Dragon produce one of the best tasting fruits and the average size is like a duck egg.  Neon, VooDoo Child, Frankie's Red, Columbia yellow all produce smaller but very tasty fruits as well.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Jaboticaba for Southern California?
« on: August 25, 2017, 06:17:41 PM »


I am growing a Mycriaria Grimal in 15gal container.  It has a tag from Pine Island Nursery.  The fruit I tasted from another more mature tree was delicious.  Hopefully my will produce fruits soon.

I"m no expert, but I don't think this is a grimal. The leaf shape and color seem a little off. I have several grimal trees and I have never seen and pink/red in the new growth. It looks a lot more like a sabara to me. In any case I hope you get fruit soon!

Maybe my mistake.  This is my first jabo.  If someone can kindly help me identify it that would appreciated.








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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Atemoya splitting
« on: August 25, 2017, 03:53:53 PM »

Hi Har. Do you mind sharing a few tips for picking atemoya at the perfect stage for home consumption? Is there a huge difference between cultivar ripeness traits?

I dont mean to steal Har's thunder.  my experience is the fruit starts turning yellowish, and the pointing lobe are starting flatten out.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Atemoya splitting
« on: August 25, 2017, 03:47:02 PM »
wow.  your fruits are ripping early.  my AF usually start to ripe near December. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What do Lychees hate?
« on: August 25, 2017, 03:43:41 PM »
i dont know if my soil contained urea.  I am using HP Pro Mix with Mycorrhizae.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What do Lychees hate?
« on: August 25, 2017, 03:05:08 PM »
would it be helpful if I apply some gypsum?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What do Lychees hate?
« on: August 25, 2017, 01:46:14 AM »
It's in shade now surrounded by other trees.  I did a deep flush about 2 weeks ago and being watering 2x daily with my irrigation mini sprayer. 




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Soda can size trunk?  That's bad news for me.  Mine is grafted and barely grew in a year. 


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What do Lychees hate?
« on: August 24, 2017, 10:59:58 PM »
I am having the same issue.  Two flushes this year and 95% of the leaves dropped.  What's remain are sick looking leaves. 

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congrats.  I know 3 friends successfully growing jackfruits in So Cal.  El Monte, Cerritos, and Rosemead.  I was convinced and bought a tree last summer.  base on our conversations it maybe a little late for your young fruits to reach maturity.   if the weather stays warm you might get lucky.  W LA tends to be cooler then inland.

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