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Very professional service. Would buy again

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Very nice growth.

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I'm still able to find Cherimoyas for sale at some roadside stands in North County (Escondido, Valley Center, and Pauma Valley). I thought the season ended much earlier here but apparently not!

I often see fruit stands (roadside or farmers market) selling what appear to be supermarket type of fruits,  rather than locally or backyard grown.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Cuttings for Trade
« on: May 19, 2020, 02:29:15 AM »
Hi Oolie,

Thanks a lot for the detailed descriptions. It seems the Persian mulberry is worth having. Please let me know if you want to sell or trade. I have emerald drop and geo pride pluot scions.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Cuttings for Trade
« on: May 09, 2020, 09:08:11 PM »
How does the Persian mulberry taste? Thanks

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Red Rover Passion Fruit - Photos
« on: April 22, 2020, 04:45:23 PM »
Brad, is it why the red rover grew extremely well? are you able to save it by transplanting part of the root ball and vines?

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Mulberry Thread.
« on: April 08, 2020, 11:11:30 PM »
Does anyone have Australian green or Himalayan red cuttings for sale? I want to graft them onto my mulberry. Thanks

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Received mine. Thanks for organizing this.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Loquat Cultivars/Varieties
« on: March 31, 2020, 02:39:01 PM »
Following. How does Avri compare with others?

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I will buy some Kaz in a month or so once my loquats are off the tree.  Right now every branch end is covered in fruit.  And the first few are turning yellow now.

Brad you can do side graft without affecting fruiting.

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This is a very good price for quality scions. I bought from Kaz several times before and his stuff was always top notch in quality. Very good value for the money!

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Can someone try to contact Behl? He hasnít logged in since feb 25. Hope everything is fine.

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Best apple varieties for zone 10b?
« on: March 06, 2020, 08:04:36 PM »
Chill hour for Apple trees is probably just a myth. I am in 10b and had no problem with goldrush and another type. They fruit almost all year long

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Just sent payment for 1 non perforated. Thanks

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Concrete dragonfruit post
« on: February 26, 2020, 12:16:58 PM »
Heres the video where he shows how to tie off your vines so it doesnt need a top support.  Im going to use nylon rope.

https://youtu.be/ZCtUTAibWN8

Wow. Not sure if I can bend my vines like that. The vines in the video seemed very long and thin, and easy to bend.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Red Rover Passion Flower Starting To Bloom
« on: February 19, 2020, 01:58:53 PM »
I had the same issue with Lilikoi in San Diego costal area with winter dieback, late fruiting causing fruits dropped before ripe etc. but once fully ripen they tastes better than Fredrick or red rover.

Another variety I really like is purple possum, which also is also less acidic and is sweet with strong aroma. Unfortunately my container grown one died all of a sudden.

With that said, Fredrick and red rover from brad still tastes pretty good, much better than mine since his area gets much more heat than mine.

Now Iíve had three pot grown PF vines which died after growing really well initially and gave me a few dozen fruits. I am about to give up growing them in pots. Iím now growing a few in the ground and raised bed to check if it makes a difference.

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We cut this one yesterday.  Its a del monte gold plant that Simon gave us a year or so ago.





Brad the piney looks so good. Letís us know how it tastes.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Iguana removal opportunity with the cold
« on: January 27, 2020, 11:55:53 AM »
So back in the 1960s some people thought exactly this and imported the carp to Arkansas.  It was a trial of biological control of algae in fish ponds.  Had the fish stayed in the ponds, perhaps a success story.  They didn't, and now there is a problem species taking over swaths of the Mississippi and Ohio river watershed, displacing native fish and we are left trying to make lemonade (when you are handed a lemon you make lemonade - looking for a positive out of a bad thing).

I repeat the quote that I posted earlier.

"The presence of silver carp in the Mississippi dates back to the 1960s, when scientists in Arkansas brought a few different species of Asian carp into the country to see if they might offer a chemical-free way to clean algae out of fish ponds. When funding for the experiment dried up, the fish were released to the waterways and swiftly began outcompeting local fish. Today Asian carpómostly bighead, silver, and grass carpómake up 90 percent of the biomass in parts of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers."

No one is arguing that these fish do not eat algae, that is immaterial to the conversation we are having about them being invasives, undesirable in our waterways and creating havoc for local species.  Some well intentioned scientists, thinking the same thing you are thinking today, made a move in the 1960s.  It turned out to have been the wrong move.

... again, "the road to hell is paved with good intentions."

Agreed!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango Tree Issues
« on: January 09, 2020, 02:13:18 PM »
New growth on some branches dries up. Some of the leaves are curled and deformed. Can anyone identify the issue and solution. Tree is in San Diego 2 miles from the coast. Lots of fungal issues in the area.

Thanks so much.
 






I think it could just be lack of heat in San Diego winter. I have the same issue on winter flushes but the summer growth had been fine.

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Hoangís Passiflora decaisneana is really delicious!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is the best variety of loquat?
« on: November 05, 2019, 08:55:12 PM »
I grow my Loquat as a tree. The heavy fruiting on my tree seems to take away a lot of its vigor. I also top worked several branches of my Loquat which seems to have slowed it down even more.

Simon

Simon I think your loquat tree is stunted. My three loquat trees all thrive in really bad, clay type soil and fruiting has not slowed them down at all. It could be that your soil is even worse for loquat.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Santa Anas
« on: November 03, 2019, 12:41:09 PM »
Nice harvest Brad. Good that your family is safe and plants are doing well.

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I received the fruits and cuttings. The fruits are very sweet for passion fruits with excellent flavor. The cuttings are heathy too. Thanks Hoang!

The only drawback seems to be relatively small amount of juice for its large size. The rind is very thick and the juice doesnít occupy the entire internal space (based on three fruits I sampled). I will try the rest to find out if they are the same. But its superior taste more than makes up for it.

I got some purple possum passion fruit from my container vine before it died. Though the fruits were not fully ripe (still mostly green before the vine died), after sitting on counter for a week the flavor is also excellent. With right balance of sweetness and slight tartness, as well as a strong fragrant taste, itís also a top variety for me. Fortunately I saved some cuttings before the mother plant died and I am growing the cuttings now.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: August 22, 2019, 12:58:40 PM »
Its too much of a hassle to go out at night and do it.  The bees are hitting the flowers for me as soon as they open around 7:30PM

I go out at night sometimes and the pollen is already gone from the bees too.  The bees really like DF flowers and pollen.  I can see balls of it hanging off their legs.

Interesting. Having bees can be a negative then?

I never thought of it that way but I guess it is if you are really on top of pollinating, the bees are not as good at it as you and they take all the pollen.

My problem is I dont like to go out at night because we have mountain lions and rattlesnakes. 

So yesterday evening I went and tied some S8 flowers shut as an experiment.  When I went out there this morning all the pollen was still there and I was able to cross pollinate some other plants!  So this is what I have to do...  my plants are about to do a mega bloom so I will try and pollinate them. 



Thatís a smart way to save pollen. Iíd be interested to understand if hand pollination in the morning yields good results. I think early morning should be fine, but the stigma starts to dry up shortly after.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: August 20, 2019, 02:49:08 PM »
Its too much of a hassle to go out at night and do it.  The bees are hitting the flowers for me as soon as they open around 7:30PM

I go out at night sometimes and the pollen is already gone from the bees too.  The bees really like DF flowers and pollen.  I can see balls of it hanging off their legs.

Interesting. Having bees can be a negative then?

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