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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: May 25, 2020, 02:42:50 PM »
Hi Brad, thanks for the info.  My small lamb in the side-yard is best fruited next to the Pinkerton.  Sure, they will not hold, but I see what you mean.  I need to give an update post soon.  I screwed-up the Expandable Containers with a simple mistake that anyone might make.  I want to give the public service announcement on that at least.  Have a great Memorial Day!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: May 25, 2020, 02:10:45 PM »
Kris, I did the same last year.  The Surround seemed to hold up fine through the year, and with plenty of rain sessions.  I need to get out there and "paint" the top branches of my exposed trees today.  Thanks for the reminder.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: May 25, 2020, 01:51:04 PM »
Great line-up and pic Brad.  Thanks for sharing the assessment.  How does lamb-hass compare to the original Hass in your opinion?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: April 24, 2020, 08:33:00 PM »
Good to know that Lowes is an option for Reed.  I'll keep an eye out.  Thanks.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: April 23, 2020, 11:39:33 AM »
Thanks Kris.  I remember you mentioning that Green Acres had some in your areas from a year or two back (four winds growers was the source I believe).  I've stopped into that nursery and checked many times since but have yet to get lucky.  I sometimes ask if they can special order, but it never works out.  I have a single seed I started here as well, which I may try my hand at grafting on again.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: April 23, 2020, 12:32:21 AM »
Dang I went to my local nursery for strawberries which they were out of and just stopped by some avocado's that just arrived and left with a Gwen tree. That makes the 5th new avocado tree this spring. I've added a Carmen, D'Arturo, Reed, Gem and Gwen to my collection. My other trees are Pinkerton, Fuerte, Bacon, Mexicola, Stewart and Wurtz.
Nice! I wish I can do the same but I have too small of a back yard.
Where'd you find the Reed.  I've been searching around for one for a few years.  I'm growing in containers as well.  I have five in container and three older ones in the ground.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: April 19, 2020, 04:04:45 PM »
Thanks for sharing Brad.  Your avocado "farm" is beautiful.  I bet it's lovely to walk among the trees.  Here's hoping you hold a lot of excellent fruit.

Hi Mark, one positive of this Shelter in Place is that I'm really catching up on all the chores at home.  I had been out of the country and abroad for 5 out of 6 weeks (work stuff), and all the trees and gardening suffered.  I now have a late garden sprouting in the garage, and today I finished juicing/freezing/canning the:
- Limes
- Lemons
- Pomelos
- Grapefruits
- And left-over oranges

I'm well stocked for citrus for the year, to say the least.

Plenty of other choirs in the outdoors getting accomplished as well.  The Avocado trees are looking good so far.  We had a super mild winter, so I'm hoping for a banner year there.  I'll post some pics and an update later in April.  Have fun!

Hi Mark, I just saw your reply (a month late).  The lemons on that Meyer!  I hope you're taking care and living well off the land.

Hi Mark, thanks for the insight.  I had imagined a new panel each year, but you're probably right that it's not worth the effort at such a low incremental volume increase.  Do you bump up the volume every year, or more infrequently?  We've had an extra warm winter so far here, so I'm hoping all the trees come through without the usual heavy leaf drop and reset.  How's it going there?

Hi Kris, I think we only dipped below freezing a couple times, and briefly, this winter (so far).  I hope this weather holds through late winter and spring.  If so, all the avocado trees will be thriving come late spring.  The side yard trees are all looking great, except that some of the leaves took a bit of discoloration and damage after the one large freeze we had a month or maybe two back.  They all look ready to push new buds.  One of the trees, a Bacon I believe, that I transplanted to my front yard -- one of three older Avos actually pushed out new blooms when we had a warm streak of days after that cold drop.  I guess the tree though Spring had come early.  I'm not sure what will become of all the blooms.  I'm thinking I might lose any chance of a crop on that one.  You can see some pics in the big avocado thread.

The five trees in my side yard all seem to have grown up some with beefier trunks, which is nice to see.  I probably need to expand their RootMaker containers by one slab each this Spring.  I think they're ready for a little extra room there.  I'll post an update after Spring if/when they set any fruitlets.  I hope your endeavors are growing well.

Thanks for the pointers.  I don't know what's worse the immediate damage an invading canine can wrought on a garden, or the slow, life-sucking extraction that invading roots from an adjacent neighbor's trees can apply.  I hope you can patch up the hole for good.

Kris, those buds seem to be hanging on well enough.  Where are you and Mark getting your starter material?  I know you can use the store bought ones, but I bet there are better options (at some cost).  Thanks, Naysen

Mark, looks like I've got a new mission to accept.  Maybe I'll save this one for 2021.  I'll probably DM you some more questions down the line.  Thanks!

Mark, those pineapples look delicious.  How cold can they get and produce well?  Do you have a thread detailing how you propagate them year to year?  I wasn't able to find any avocados hiding in your Reed pic, but I'm sure they're there.

Nice work!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: November 14, 2019, 01:18:49 PM »
That's great to hear.  With the mild CA weather, I'd expect your trees are in heaven.  It wasn't so too hot this summer relative to what we've seen in some other years.  Looking forward to hearing more about your new varieties.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: November 14, 2019, 11:21:51 AM »
Sounds like a plan.  We can make a bet to see if anything hold through to next Summer.  It's certainly more interesting to follow.  Thanks for the notes.  I hope you're having a good season.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: November 14, 2019, 11:09:25 AM »
Hi Brad, it's good to hear that it happens.  It's a new phenomenon from my experience.  It's as if this entire tree is blooming and it believes it's in Spring.  I'm thinking this late-Spring like whether we're experiencing has confused it.  I'm betting none of that new bud and flower makes it through the full Winter though, which is why I figured it might be wise to snip them off -- save the tree some resources.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: November 14, 2019, 10:53:57 AM »
Thanks for the reply Mark, but the question still stands around: (1) why this Fuerte tree started to flower at the start of Winter?  This has never happened to me on any of my 10 or so Avocado trees; and (2) would it be best to pinch off the flowers and new buds or just leave them alone?  If left alone, I assume they will freeze off when Winter really enters.  Thanks.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: November 13, 2019, 07:10:41 PM »
I have a question for you Avocado experts.  Earlier this year (early Spring I believe it was), I transplanted three Avocado trees in my front yard in "raised beds."  These trees had been growing in large ~50-gal food grade barrel makeshift pots for 7 years or so.  They were heavily root bound, so the transplant was shocking and they dropped all flowers fruit through the process.  They seem to have recovered through the Summer, and we've had a very long summer here in the Sacramento valley.  Right now we're nearing middle of November with daily temps in the high 70's low 80's.  There's been little winter chill yet -- an extremely warm/mild Winter start to say the least.

The reason for my post and my question has to do with the first of three transplants, a Fuerte tree.  You can see it in the pics below.  I noticed this morning that the tree had started to set blooms on nearly all of its terminal buds, and this has me worried.  The tree has never bloomed in the Fall/Winter like this before.  I wonder if it is confused from the transplant and/or this inordinately warm Winter weather.  Does the tree think it's already Spring?  We did have a bit of a cooling trend a few weeks to a month back.

Whatever the case may be, ought I to pinch off these flowers, since the Winter will surely come sooner or later?  Is this common elsewhere in the state?  I was really looking forward to maybe getting a crop this next season (Starting with the flower in Spring '20).  I'm worried that the tree will confuse itself with this early flowering and fail to set more in 4-5 months after Winter ends.  The trees are getting full/100% southern exposure where they're at BTW.  Looking forward to some good advice.  Oh, the other two trees have yet to show any signs of premature flowering.  Thanks!

Sounds like you created your own natural hybrid of the two.

Here's an enormous thread on growing tomatoes indoors overwinter, but there's so much more to find there:

Yeah, I have volunteers like that popping up here and there on my 30% grade 1/3 acre north-facing hillside.  The chickens take care of the low hanging fruit, and if I'm ever working on the hill in summer, I might pop a few.  The smaller varieties always seems to out-compete the beefier.  The only issue I have with letting a tomato sprawl is that it takes up so much more space for growing other tomatoes, and its much harder to harvest.  If you have ground running rodents, they're more likely to snag the fruit as well.  It is fun, though, to let them alone and get fruit for what seems like "free."

I stopped grafting my tomatoes two years back because it was such a heavy time and effort investment.  I have 20% worse tasting tomatoes now, but there are still some decent hybrids with resistance to my soil fungi you can find coming out of Japan and a few good ones that have worked up through the states.  Have a good day sir!

Hi Mark, that's neat.  Though, from my experience with over-winter indoor grow labs of Dwarf Heirloom varieties (with ~$1000 in LED lighting, etc.), indoor tomatoes are hard to fruit, and what comes out is never as good as their sun-kissed peers.  But maybe you're just playing around.  If you really want to take it to the next level, look into grafting tomatoes.  That was a necessity for me with my Fusarium/Verticilium infested dirt.  If you're interested about any of that, you can reference my and others blogs on tomatoville.

Everything is looking great.  What was the reason for the heavy prune on Reed?  Just getting too tall for your space?

Hi Brad, nice to hear from you.  Thank for the kind words.  I just hope the trees can survive the winter and produce.  I always enjoy following your posts.  All the best.

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