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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Mango scions for sale
« on: June 30, 2020, 12:08:23 AM »
PM sent

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Papaya (again)
« on: May 22, 2020, 02:38:20 PM »

I'm interested in growing papayas, but have never done it. Can we really find Red Lady papayas at Lowe's? When you purchase them, do they already come with perfect flowers or do I need a second plant? Thank you!

I saw them in Mimosa LA and Calpoly nursery in the past.

I know a person who used to sell this variety. I would call and ask.

Thanks Simon for all the informative posts. I am glad I read all your posts and did not buy any mango trees from FL. I instead bought few Manila (5 gallons $25 to $27 each). Let these grow a few years and before grafting.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: New HLB Areas In California
« on: May 02, 2020, 04:58:07 PM »
This is bad. I know those CCPP budwoods came from UC Riverside. I hope by now they raised enough funds to build massive green house for those thousand varieties they have there.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: branch die off
« on: May 02, 2020, 04:54:23 PM »
Thanks for this. I just posted the same question on a different thread. Good to know this is "normal"

Citrus General Discussion / Citrus branch die back
« on: May 02, 2020, 04:48:41 PM »

Hi folks, need help. My mandarins plants seems to have some branches dying back every season, beginning of summer. Any mitigation steps / tips? This usually happen to my young newly planted trees.

I bought flying dragon and it is super small. Hard to graft. I suggest getting the C35.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Malaysian Red Guava Ripening
« on: January 30, 2020, 12:14:19 AM »
Fruits can still develop throughout winter. Malaysian red is an easy one for me. I can smell it when the fruits are ripe and ready. Color also change to lighter maroon.

I am having the same dilemma. I never consider Lamb as Greg Alder website stated that Lamb season overlapping Reed. I would go with a Hass and Gwen as second choice if I have limited room.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: FmFruitforest- Guava Trees 2018 stats
« on: June 13, 2019, 01:19:09 AM »
White TW Pearl. Small tree in container produced large crunchy fruit.

King Kong. Low seeds counts and likely the best in my yard.

Emperor. New addition and yet to taste.

Topic white

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Grafted cherimoya trees
« on: April 29, 2019, 01:36:16 AM »
Agree with Brad. I am a newbie. Learned it the hard way as more than 10 grafts of mine failed last fall. I thought I was very bad at grafting. I tried this Spring with 100% success rate. All cleft.

Citrus General Discussion / Orri Mandarin
« on: April 14, 2019, 05:30:28 PM »
Tried the Orri for the first time. Saw them many times in the local market and I never bothered as the Gold Nugget has been selling for $1 a pound until this week. The lady at market was peeling the Orri and letting customers to try and only took a bite to get hooked. A bit seedy but excellent taste that rivals the GN (to my taste bud).

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Help with Citrus Leaves
« on: March 29, 2019, 01:59:26 AM »
Leaf miner season in Socal is from May to November. Those damage have been done from last year I suspect. My take: spinosad is more cost effective compared to the trap. Should be good if spray once a month.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Guava trees - GONE
« on: February 27, 2019, 11:10:47 PM »
FREE. I have two extra trees that I just dug out (reorganised my back yard) from the ground. Beaumont red and tropic white. Both were > 6ft but were pruned back. Pick up in 91745 area. Please PM me to arrange pick up.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My first guava fruit.
« on: February 10, 2019, 04:29:36 AM »
I personally tried tropic pink and Beaumont Red and disappointed. Sour and soft flesh. I then found a backyard grower who sold me TW King Kong and Pearl. There is no going back. Crunchy and with the right level of sweetness. I'd never plant pink flesh guava again.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Questions about my new guava tree.
« on: January 22, 2019, 11:03:58 PM »
Buy one of this and problem solved. Keep it moist when temperature is above 70F. Guava is very heavy feeder. You should be worried more about fertilizing (especially if you go organic) more than watering.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Giant Cherimoyas
« on: January 08, 2019, 11:32:49 PM »
Great job! What variety is this? I heard Big Sister gives big fruits when tree matures so I bought one. Have not planted into ground yet.

TW pearl I have are crunchy with subtle sweetness, which is what I personally like.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Bananas for sale in SoCal
« on: November 17, 2018, 09:06:09 PM »
PM sent. Interested in the 6 gallons Draft Brazilian.

Thanks for the suggestions - what time of year does there tend to be a lot in stock?
Last month I saw many trees in HD and Lowe's. HD don't specify the variety. Lowe's has Dr White / Vietnamese variety.

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