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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Sell E4 Sugarloaf mango
« on: January 02, 2019, 04:34:41 PM »
Rob, please ship me an E4.   :)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Yellow Dragon Fruit variety.
« on: September 19, 2018, 09:50:39 AM »
Just checked their Facebook page it seems they ship cuttings worldwide since they send to Paraguay and Thailand. Beautiful fruit.
Yes they ship world wide and that is one many are after at the moment

I wouldn't mind some of these.  Group order?  ;D

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Osmocote on sale (Amazon)
« on: September 18, 2018, 11:34:18 AM »
Good deal.  Picked up a couple more bags.  Thanks!

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Does anyone here use this stuff on their trees?  If so, how effective is it?  I'm looking for something that does exactly what this product is claiming to do.  Protect and repel.

IV Organic 3-in-1 Plant Guard for trees and shrubs, (such as Fruit & Nut Trees, Ornamental Trees, Roses & Shrubs). Used by home gardeners and orchard growers to protect tree trunks and branches from sunburn (summer), sunscald (winter), repel insects and rodents. This product is organic, non-toxic & environmentally safer. FIRST DEFENSE: Apply IV Organic 3-in-1 Plant Guard to provide a shield against the sun's harmful rays that cause sunburn during the hottest summers day-- as well as sunscald which is caused when the temperature abruptly rises too high during the cold winter months. Both Sunburn and Sunscald cause the tree's bark to crack and/ or die-- resulting in additional stress which get compounded by insects and parasites that enter the barkless wood-- an invasion that will ultimately shorten the tree's life. SECOND DEFENSE: Apply IV Organic 3-in-1 Plant Guard to provide a shield against beetles, termites and other wood boring, chewing & piercing type insects. Organic & effective time release defense with 7 natural oils, including castor, cinnamon, clove, garlic, peppermint, rosemary & spearmint oils. THIRD DEFENSE: Apply IV Organic 3-in-1 Plant Guard to provide a shield that repels most rodents that may gnaw on the tree's bark. This product contains castor oil, which comes from the Castor Tree Seed, and naturally makes everything coated with this product taste horrible! You can also dilute 1-2 teaspoons of the prepared IV Organic 3-in-1 Plant Guard with a gallon of water to make a foliar sun screen spray to provide your entire plant with defense to the elements up to 1-2x per year--Ideal at time of transplanting. Proud Member Of The Organic Trade Association. Registered Material For Use In Organic Agriculture, color white; colors brown & green pending.

http://ivorganics.com/product/iv-organic-3-in-1-plant-guard/#overview

Thanks!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Osmocote on sale (Amazon)
« on: September 12, 2018, 10:36:27 PM »
Whatís the shelf life on these things?  Is it good to stock up and hold it for a year or so?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon fruit plant in pot
« on: September 12, 2018, 10:37:34 AM »
What are you guys using as stakes inside the tomato cage?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jumbo Sweet Tart
« on: September 11, 2018, 01:57:18 PM »
Impressive!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: September 05, 2018, 02:34:39 PM »
Wicked setup, Brad!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit Punch baby mangoes... really red.
« on: August 17, 2018, 11:50:43 AM »
does diatomaceous earth works instead of using  surround wp for insect control?

Someone here did post saying they mix doamacios earth in water and spray onto plants for insect control.  Seems like a safe enough thing to try.

Question for you guys... Is it possible to add foliage spray and surfactant to the diatomaceous and spray that in 1 go?

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I was really hoping to get coconut cream as my third choice. But honeykiss seems to be an interesting variety.

How much more productive is honeykiss in so cal? How much better does coconut cream taste?

Honey Kiss bears in clusters like Sweet Tart. Coconut Cream is poor producing here and has droopy attitude, with fragile branches, and could snap in santa ana winds. taste wise, both are excellent but different.

You should taste them before making up your mind.

I tasted a few honey kiss mangos from Zill's Mangos, and they were excellent!  It was very sweet and I tasted some traces of orange and pineapple.  Hopefully, they do well here cause I put the seeds in the soil!

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Central FL Zill Mango Order
« on: August 14, 2018, 05:03:11 PM »
FROM MODERATOR: philek, please send a PM directly to PrimeDinner, don't hijack the thread

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Truly Tropical has Honey Kiss listed an Mono...  Are they wrong?

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Lemon zest on CA rootstocks
« on: August 07, 2018, 12:43:18 PM »
Very helpful, Simon.  Thank you.

Do you guys have any recommendations on which brand(s) to use for an organic tropical fruit tree fertilizer, mycorrgizal fungi, kelp emulsion, and compost?  Or I can just look for some on Amazon and leverage their reviews.

Phil they have Dr Earth and Happy frog and some other organic stuff at the good nurseries.  You should have some kind of decent nursery nearby.  I think DR earth has a fruit tree mix in a blue bag that is 5-5-2.  That should be a good one to start with.

Thx Brad! 

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Lemon zest on CA rootstocks
« on: August 06, 2018, 05:28:13 PM »
Very helpful, Simon.  Thank you.

Do you guys have any recommendations on which brand(s) to use for an organic tropical fruit tree fertilizer, mycorrgizal fungi, kelp emulsion, and compost?  Or I can just look for some on Amazon and leverage their reviews.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Lemon zest on CA rootstocks
« on: August 01, 2018, 09:39:11 PM »
For sale 2 grafted lemon zest trees on CA rootstocks.  Simon did the grafting on these with scions from his trees and we used the most vigorous rootstocks of the lot.

100$ per tree.

Trees are in tall pots.   

I also have a few seedling (not grafted) lemon zest and sweet tarts for sale for 40$

Whatís a CA rootstock?  And do you have any photos of the trees?

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Spoons, the other option which is even easier is to plant seeds from Good Polyembryonic varieties so that you have a seedling that will grow vegetatively for several years before flowering. The benefit of this is that you donít have to graft.

Simon

Simon, where can one purchase such seeds? 

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You need to make sure its on Manilla rootstock.

Adding to Rob's statement...Unfortunately, Coconut Cream on Manila rootstock will be quite difficult to find in a CA retail nursery since Coconut Cream is still legally under patent, and to my knowledge, only commercially grafted in Florida on turpentine rootstock.  So you would likely have to graft CC yourself onto a LaVerne Nursery Manila rootstock.

There are at least 3 Florida businesses that sell and are certified to ship grafted Cocount Cream mango trees to CA:
Treasure of the Tropics, Plantogram, and Top Tropicals.  Treasure of the Tropics is my preferred choice.

Very helpful, thank you.  You're right.  I can't find any CC grafted to anything but turpentine thus far and none in the CA area.

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Call up Champa Nursery in El Monte, (714) 213-7747. Thats where i got my Coconut Cream mango from.

Was it grafted to a turpentine rootstock?  How's the tree coming along?

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Anyone have one for sale somewhere in SoCal?  Or know of any place locally since I canít find places willing to ship to California?

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Go to home depot and buy a 5 gallon avocado tree and a 5 gallon mango tree.  Plant them, mulch them, water and occasionally fertilize them.  They will grow and you will have save a 1000$.  You can thank me later.

With that size, how long can I expect before it starts to produce fruit?

Wht do you want a Manilla mango anyway?  Do you plan to graft onto it?  If not, seek out a better quality variety but the key is to make sure its grafted onto Manilla roitstock, not Florida turpentine.

Just to eat.  I enjoy the ones I buy from my local store.

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Go to home depot and buy a 5 gallon avocado tree and a 5 gallon mango tree.  Plant them, mulch them, water and occasionally fertilize them.  They will grow and you will have save a 1000$.  You can thank me later.

With that size, how long can I expect before it starts to produce fruit?

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I appreciates all the responses thus far.  The general consensus is Nay on the Mango tree so I'm going to pass on that, thanks!!!  Going with something smaller like 15g sounds reasonable but my concern is its longevity.  I know I'll make mistakes along the way so factoring that in with my area's climate, I'd like to seek out a size that will provide me the most margin of error without breaking the bank.  Does that mean a 15g will suffice?  Or do my odds increase significantly with a 24g? 

I am new to fruit trees and found this forum through a google search.  After searching and reading through some threads, I decided to post this since I wasn't able to locate what I needed.  I have begun calling other nurseries around the area and some of the ones you guys suggested.  Clausen's is enticing, reasonably priced, and reviewed highly but that's quite a drive for me so I'll need to figure out the logistics of transportation/delivery if I went with them.

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No wayzzz on the mango tree. It  starts branching out too high and this will only get higher and worse after you plant it. Even with $500 free money I would not pay more than $100 for it. Due to the high branching out. The avocado has lower normal branching out, looks nice and "bushy" so is likeable. With that $500 in free money burning a hole in my pocket.... I might pay full price on the Hass or offer him $100 less and settle for $50 less. Maybe.

The correct photo was posted shortly after so youíre good!  Thx for the reply.

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The avocado looks like an orange tree.  Hard to tell though, cant zoom on it. 

If you drive down to san diego you can get avocado trees that size for 75$ or less.  Try clausons or atkins.  Clausons might wven have some large mango trees also.

Mango looks nice but $$$, and its going to fall over when you take the stake off it.  Getting trees that are small that dont require staking is one upside besides the huge cost difference.

Will falling over be a concern after it's been planted over time?  I'm trying to get as big as I can afford so I don't run the risk of the tree dying.  I live in Santa Clarita where it gets really hot and windy. 

Also, I had the wrong photo up for the Avocado.  I'll repost when I'm home.  Thx!

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Hi all,

I've been looking for a mature Manila Mango and Haas Avocado trees and was offered a 30 gallon Mango @ $750 and 24g Avocado @ $285.  Below are some photos.  Do you guys think it's worth it?

I appreciate your responses/feedback.

Thanks!

Haas Avocado (Updated correct photo)


Manilla Mango






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