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I have been collecting mango seeds for the last couple weeks and I have been wrapping each one in wet paper towel then seal it inside a ziploc bag.

Every couple of days the paper gets dark and very often rot starts to build and as soon as I notice it, I wash the seed and wrap it in a new paper. It seems that so far the main root is still pushing in some of them.

I was wondering if any of you is familiar with sanitizing the seeds, maybe bleaching? Should sanitizing chemicals have a negative effect on the sprouting process? If that's possible, it could probably save me some time replacing the paper.

I cannot use soil at this point and I can't plant the seed in the ground. The whole point is that I'm traveling overseas and I wanted to take with me some seeds but the only way I could think of to save the seeds until then was to try and sprout them, unless you know of a better way to preserve the seeds for a couple weeks.

Thank you!

I found if you make paper towel too wet, it will cause mold, if you make it wet and squeeze out by hand lose moisture, then wrap, put in garage, it will not get mold and will sprout much faster.

we got 30 so far. lets get it to 50 and we will probably get better prices. need 20 more.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Australian Finger Lime Culture
« on: April 23, 2019, 06:56:15 PM »
Here is picture of my Australian finger lime fruiting. Bought a 3 gal for $23 from home Depot in Jan, put into ground immediately. It's in full sun. It put one fruit from 2 flowers from winter, it's blooming again, is it year round producer?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherimoya Masterpiece
« on: April 21, 2019, 11:26:43 PM »
Beautiful tree Behl! I use to like multigrafted trees that was until a few years growing then 2-3 cultivars will take over the tree. Behl, it looks like you selected yr var. well....

Would be interesting to see which outgrows which.

These are all similar growth varieties. Still pruning maintenance is needed to keep all in check

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherimoya Masterpiece
« on: April 21, 2019, 11:24:59 PM »
But will each variety really give you fruit?

Yes, I have been enjoying cocktail fruits for a while. All produce well.

Please post on another thread understand buy sell trade. Thanks

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is the best variety of loquat?
« on: April 21, 2019, 02:36:47 PM »
I have done cleft and veneee

Will find out hopefully next week. It takes some persistence and arm wrestling to get few bucks out of these guys

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mulch problem - need your help
« on: April 19, 2019, 07:03:35 PM »
glad to hear. I always make sure these inspectors are happy, mail man is happy, trash man is happy, after all we rely on their service. Next time you see the inspector, offer him some fruit (even if store bought, he wouldn't know). it goes a long way, tell him its fruit of your labor.

Alphonso mangoes are known for there flavour and sweetness all over the world. The best alphonso are grown in the areas of Ratnagiri and Devgad are the best in the market.
you can see the Ratnagiri mango in this link:

Alphonso is mediocre here in US, does not put out same flavor that you get in India. I have top worked my tree. besides spongy texture issues, Florida mangoes are well adapted for US Folks and flavor is hard to beat.

I have tried tipping it, but dont like the shape it gets, all branches from the apex. Now I cut the head off and allow 3 branches to grow from leaf nodes that are spaced apart and in different directions.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is the best variety of loquat?
« on: April 19, 2019, 06:09:21 PM »
Mine are very flavorful. It has not rained in 6 plus weeks and this is where these sized up 50% and now ripening.

My tree is also 7 yrs in ground and about 7-8 feet tall. Very nice shape without pruning.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mulch problem - need your help
« on: April 19, 2019, 05:47:15 PM »
Here is what I did, hedge and California native plants, covering my side yard full of fruit trees.  All these areas were grass at one time.

And front side yard gets covered by big cherimoya tree. This time it gets exposed due to pruning. I need to clean up more, landscaper would do today.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is the best variety of loquat?
« on: April 19, 2019, 04:18:22 PM »
For the first time after 6 yrs my big Jim is producing big fruits. Crop is 50% of last year but huge nuggets.

From what I know it's a nice NPK with micros. On lychees, I use cottonseed meal and sulphur with organic seaweed and fish emulsion. Lychees are sensitive to ferts but love low PH

We are trying to organize group order for this organic fertilizer., could save $5 to $7/bag from current market prices.  Those who have used this can tell how good this stuff is for Anona plants (Cherimoya, Atemoya, custard apples, etc.)

BioFlora Dry Crumblesฎ is a dry granular fertilizer, formulated to provide an excellent source of high quality organic nutrients for all types of plants.  It is a balanced formula, which can be used for pre-planting or continued fertilization throughout the growing season in agricultural fields, vineyards, greenhouses, orchards, turf farms or vegetable and flower gardens.  Only the highest quality materials are used in the formulation: fish meal, dry poultry litter and alfalfa meal.  Added to this mixture are humic acid, seaweed and sulfate of potash.  The final product is high in natural NPK (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium) and secondary elements such as calcium.

Guaranteed Product Analysis
Total Nitrogen (N) …………………...         6.00%
    1.23% Ammoniacal Nitrogen
    0.43% Nitrate Nitrogen
    4.34% Water Insoluble Nitrogen
Available Phosphate (P2O5) …………..6.00%
Soluble Potash (K2O) ………….……..        5.00%
Calcium (Ca) …………………………         8.00% 

4 Bags min, trying to get the price under $30 (I hope), seller in Santa Rosa is selling for $27 but pickup only. last year price was $37 at farm supply stores, this year not sure, will check but if this seller is selling for $27, I am sure we can get same price or cheaper here at local stores via group order. We need min 40 bags, or 10 people committed. Also bags will need to be picked up from Farm Supply Store (to be determined in either Anaheim OR Riverside).

So Far Committed (30):

Behlgarden - 4 bags
Vincenton - 4 bags
alangr088 - 4 bags
Bananaizme - 4 bags, could be 6
hawkfish007 - 4 bags
minh - 4 bags
CA Hockey - 6 bags

Last time we did group order most didn't want in so we did a 4 way split. Requirement again is min. 4 bags and we need 40 bags. I will take 6. I am sure JF will take a few. Others? Let me. Open the post again

If we get enough interested, we can do it. It has to be So Cal only as everyone will need to pick their own.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: To Mulch or Not to Mulch (Fruit Trees)
« on: April 18, 2019, 09:18:54 PM »
I had a hard top layer of soil, over past 5 years with mulching the soil has become very soft and you can drive a thin stake 12-18 inches without hammer. I believe that work mulch needed to do is done, as trees mature, all I will be doing is fertilize them both organic and non organic. once in a while do a very thin layer of much may be every 2-3 yrs, no more than 1" thick.  Thoughts?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Grafting Question: Advice Needed
« on: April 18, 2019, 06:42:21 PM »
Question: any recommendations on getting a graft to wake up? My Carrubaro lemon is still green and the graft has fused (grafted at the end of December/beginning of January) but showing no signs of swelling. My two other amalfi grafts should be leafing out any day now.

Note: the Carrubaro is inside a plastic container that is sitting on a heat mat.

Thanks for your time! :)


Put it in a garage, hot temp there might push thru the cutoff node.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mulch problem - need your help
« on: April 18, 2019, 12:58:55 PM »
Another idea is to throw in 3-4 big boulders between sidesknand side yard if city allows. Make it look like a desert

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Cherimoya Masterpiece
« on: April 18, 2019, 12:47:05 PM »
After letting a grafted seedling grow for 3 yrs, I went hack job to create a cocktail masterpiece. Don't be afraid to cut your tree hard. This tree was nearly 8 feet tall with single trunk. Look at it now, 40 inches tall and has nice spread and has been turned into a cocktail paradise

It's got:

Santa Rosa
Honey Hart

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Looking for Xie Shan wood
« on: April 18, 2019, 12:36:21 PM »
Anyone nearby in Riverside area or in So Cal has this where you can share, trade, or sell me 2 - 4 PC's of wood?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mulch problem - need your help
« on: April 18, 2019, 12:22:31 PM »
one thing you could do is blend in few California native low water succulents or cactus plants in open spaces, it will really give great appeal to your neighbors and it it looks great too.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mulch problem - need your help
« on: April 18, 2019, 08:51:45 AM »
I have a huge side yard at the end of cul de sec too. I had metal fence, for privacy reasons I put in tall hedge and now inside hedge I got fruit orchard. Another frost side yard is huge orchard but have no HOA and it looks like a tropical jungle there.

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