Tropical Fruit Forum - International Tropical Fruit Growers



Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.


Messages - zephian

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 10
1
Citrus General Discussion / Re: Cushiony Cotton scale
« on: January 20, 2019, 12:06:25 AM »
I used isopropyl alcohol a while back and spot treated best I could, don't see any cotton scale. This is what I used on my oranges last spring and seems to have worked again. Will update if I see more soon. Haven't been in the yard much it's been cold and rainy.

2
Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking for: Starfruit seeds
« on: January 02, 2019, 05:34:21 PM »
Hey Guys, going to revive this post.
Does anyone have any seeds available? Preferably US based as I'm a cheapskate.
I'd prefer dwarf varieties.

Thanks,

3
Citrus General Discussion / Re: Cushiony Cotton scale
« on: January 01, 2019, 01:58:34 PM »
I'm having good luck spraying isopropyl alcohol again. My infestation is all on interior mature leaves. I just don't want to go outside with this cold north wind :(

4
Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Wanted variety Passiflora
« on: December 24, 2018, 09:41:37 AM »
Posci35 may still have passiflora lingularis.

5
Citrus General Discussion / Re: Cushiony Cotton scale
« on: December 22, 2018, 04:26:33 PM »
Nurseries here sell ladybugs, but I've never seen the vedalia beetle. They are missing the hair the vedalia has on their backs. These are different, yes?

6
Citrus General Discussion / Re: Cushiony Cotton scale
« on: December 21, 2018, 10:57:49 PM »
Can these beetles be purchased?
I believe I had a bunch of them in the spring in my trees, maybe they helped me control it last time but I don't see any currently...

7
Citrus General Discussion / Cushiony Cotton scale
« on: December 21, 2018, 09:54:40 PM »
Hello,
What's the best removal method for cushiony cotton scale?
I got rid of alot from my naval orange in the spring with rubbing alcohal and removing some severely infected areas, now I have some on my pomello tree.
I prefer to not use chemicals but at this point I'll do whatever works...





8
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dense passion fruit planting
« on: December 19, 2018, 01:03:47 PM »
Mine will be approximately 7-8 ft apart. I'm planting them in a bit from the edge so they can grow both ways. the only issue I have with my setup is it's only a couple feet from my main fence and my purple keeps trying to grow up in to my persimmon and the neighbours bay tree :)

If all goes well it will be really cool to see three different colours on this 'fence'

9
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pineapple disease?
« on: December 19, 2018, 12:37:09 PM »
That looks like a heck of a lot of fertilizer too.

10
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dense passion fruit planting
« on: December 19, 2018, 10:14:51 AM »
Thank you everyone for your input.
if my plants don't freeze back (It's been fairly warm and we only drop below 32 for very short periods of time) I will trim hard.
Currently only my purple is mature enough to produce, but I expect my lilikoi to be ready in spring. We'll have to see about the lingularis variety. I don't know of anyone growing them up here.

11
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dense passion fruit planting
« on: December 18, 2018, 11:53:05 PM »
Glad to hear your having success. My 3 plants for 32ft of fencing sounds like nothing compared to yours! Just ordered seeds for the 3rd variety. Hopefully I'll have it ready by spring!

12
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Dense passion fruit planting
« on: December 18, 2018, 04:21:32 PM »
Hello,
I was wondering if anyone has experience growing passion fruit's close to other passion fruit vine.
Could you please share your experiences?

Does it work OK or do they strangle each other out?

I currently have an unknown purple, and will be planting a lilikoi in spring next to it, but I have a third variety I am interested in growing. (Lingulari)
These are growing on two 16ft cattle panel tied to 10 ft t posts in a straight line.

Volume isn't a huge deal for me as it's mostly just myself who enjoys them.

Thanks,

13
Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking for cherimoyas
« on: December 14, 2018, 01:51:56 PM »
I'll have to check them out again soon. My closest whole foods, sprouts, etc are about an hour away. Haha

14
Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking for cherimoyas
« on: December 14, 2018, 10:19:07 AM »
Never buy an imported Chilean Cherimoya if you want a positive impression of the fruit.
That's what was holding me back... haha. Too bad I don't have a reason to go to SoCal anymore :(

15
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Bananas in 9B NorCal: Variety Inquiry
« on: December 13, 2018, 10:44:04 PM »
Awesome, thanks for the replies.

When is usually the best time to get pups? Early spring? Mine seem to spread like weeds all year...

16
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Bananas in 9B NorCal: Variety Inquiry
« on: December 13, 2018, 05:09:44 PM »
Oh, I forgot about the Gold finger, that's FHIA-01 right?


Thanks for the input!

17
Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking for cherimoyas
« on: December 13, 2018, 04:57:06 PM »
I am jealous. :( Only place that has them up here is whole foods.
$10 a pound and the fruits are rock hard.

They should be hard when you get them.  They have to soften up like an avocado.  But 10$ is $$$

Its worth it to at least try them though.
Would that not impact the taste too much? Whole foods imports them from Chile, which I'd assume means they are picked super early. I'd hate to judge a fruit just because I've tried an inferior quality one from a retail store. Everything I grow tastes several times better than what I find in stores and I'm sure that's the same for most fruits.

18
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Bananas in 9B NorCal: Variety Inquiry
« on: December 13, 2018, 04:51:46 PM »
Hello everyone,
Just wondering what kind of bananas would do well in my area from other peoples experiences. I have an unknown variety that flowers but doesn't produce. It's also about 15ft tall... I plan on ripping these out and replacing them with some quicker producing bananas to give them a try. They will be planted near my Stucco wall for some extra warmth. Currently my really tall bananas get a bit of damage from the wind as they are taller than my house but mostly protected by the house/fence. In winter the leaves die back but regrow quickly in spring.

TL;DR which bananas would you recommend I try in norcal, 9B? I want to try tastier varieties, as well as some easier to grow types.
I'm somewhat interested in the varieties below, but what's your opinion?
-Hua Moa - Sounds like it grows fast.
-Namwah - Sounds tasty
-dwarf cavandish - Tried and true. Sounds like an easy variety.
-ice cream banana - Novelty, I'm sure but sounds fun to try.

Thanks!

19
Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking for cherimoyas
« on: December 13, 2018, 10:30:56 AM »
I am jealous. :( Only place that has them up here is whole foods.
$10 a pound and the fruits are rock hard.

20
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: SF Bay Area Tropical Fruit Experiment
« on: December 09, 2018, 11:28:45 AM »
Hey guys. I am way overdue for an update video. If I could sum it up, the subtropicals have done ok but nowhere near their best. I donít think itís worth growing trees that putter along and struggle to produce any fruit. If I were going to stay in the Bay Area I would probably keep the cherimoyas and jaboticabas and replace the rest with figs, white sapote and other proven plants. Anyway, the conclusion of the ďexperimentĒ is that Iím moving to the Big Island of Hawaii so I can grow tropical fruit for real.
Please keep up posted, I've seen you in a few of Bill's videos lately and your property sounds nice out there!

21
I have a Meyer lemon, it's about 5 feet tall and easily to keep short. Still produces 100+ lemons at a small size, though I am letting it grow up a bit now.
Effeminately a good lemon in my opinion. I make tons of lemonade when I have lemons, and you can freeze the juice too. I want to get some sugarcane going soon so I can use that for the lemonade... yum.

22
Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: 'Bing' cherry blooming in fall?!
« on: November 27, 2018, 12:37:16 AM »
I wonder if it could be a fire response. Like misinterpreting smoke cover for short days.
hmm maybe. I'm right below the camp fire and we've had little to no sunlight since it started. Rain cleared it up now that the fires out but now we are getting morning fog. Weird weather man... we had 2 days frost in a row now it's in the mid 40s at night.

23
Temperate Fruit Discussion / 'Bing' cherry blooming in fall?!
« on: November 26, 2018, 05:08:23 PM »
My 'Bing' Cherry has some flowers and many new buds on it.
This tree is on it's way out (25+ years old, and has something wrong with it)
I was wondering if anyone has ever had out of season flowering like this though?

24
Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking for Sapodilla fruit
« on: November 26, 2018, 05:01:27 PM »
Sapodilla grows well for us here but it is a slow grower. We just recently planted a tree at the orchard so it will be many years before we get a good harvest. I used to not like the taste of Sapodillas but now Iím a huge fan of them.

Simon
Simon
You are going to be surprise how quick they grow after the first year. Production should start for you after the second the only problem in SoCal is to find cultivars to extend the season year round.
I hope that's the same for me up here in NorCal. I have 4 different varieties from seed I planted in June. I have 3-4 leaves on each but they do seem to be growing, slowly. :)

25
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: White Jade Pineapple
« on: November 18, 2018, 10:52:14 PM »
Fang, yes, all my plants are from the original tissue cultured plants from Adam. They all started growing exactly the same until I changed their environment. The plants with larger pots, more fertilizer grew larger. This particular fruit has a very short stalk. Iíll try to keep track to see if itís clones also result in short stalks.

Mark, I think I have the Peters, I just have to start using it regularly.

Simin

Citrus loves it too.  I turned Brad on to it.    Seems he's going thru bags of it like changing underwear via the Mazzei injectors I sent him.  Actually its a 25-5-15.  Has a great micros package too.

Typical this time of the year for us - we're getting some really cold nights and it never fails, I get the white, mottled cold dots on the leaves.  For some strange reason White Jade and White Sugarloaf are not affected near as much as my "twistees".

[/url}
I was actually about to ask if this was cold damage. I have a pineapple that looks very similar. Will they be ok in the cold or should I move it in?

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 10
Copyright © Tropical Fruit Forum - International Tropical Fruit Growers