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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tipping figs
« on: May 19, 2018, 04:10:59 AM »
Yes, I prune mine back the first week of February. The reason people in colder climates pinch the growing tips is so that the fig tree’s energy goes to the existing fruit. No point in letting the tree put all that energy into growing fuit that will never ripen.

Iíve been aware of this place  for a long time... iíve never delt with them myself though.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tripod Ladder
« on: May 15, 2018, 11:00:49 PM »
I have a 12 foot Tallman that I got on Craigslist for 100 bucks... worth keeping an eye out for them on there if you are willing to wait. I really like it for pruning because I can put the pole next to the trunk which I could not do with a standard ladder. I,m keeping an eye out for a short one, 6 or 8 footer for picking fruit on my citrus.
Oh, and only use them on dirt, never on hard surfaces, the pole has to bite into the ground.

Those are pill bugs, not beetles. I wonder if the problem is that the soil is too moist close to the trunk. It looks like the trees are being irrigated with soaker hoses? Try moving  the hoses farther out from the trunks, so that the soil is kept dry close to the trunk.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Plant ID help
« on: May 10, 2018, 08:54:05 PM »
Looks like Hoja Santa (Piper auritum)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Please id plant.
« on: May 06, 2018, 08:23:30 PM »
That second picture is definitely Pereskia aculeata... it is actually a leafed cactus. The first picture is too small for me to tell, does it have curved spines at the leaf nodes?

Two years later, my six seeds from Oscar have grown vigorously...

Here is one of them in a 5 gallon pot.

Have you tried growing Lychee Tomato (Solanum sisymbriifolium)? It is also spiny like that and the ďtomatoesĒ are pretty tasty. I think Trade Winds had seeds if you find it interesting.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cow Breast Orchid, Uvaria grandiflora
« on: February 13, 2018, 05:53:59 PM »
if anyone has success let me know
especially with a place i can buy seeds, or seedlings.

I got seeds from Trade Winds for what itís worth... their seeds have been a coin-toss for me, but Iím hopeful.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cow Breast Orchid, Uvaria grandiflora
« on: February 12, 2018, 06:18:59 PM »
Planted a couple of seeds today of Uvaria grandiflora... I have my fingers crossed!
If not for this thread I would not have known of it, so thank you very much Sahai1!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: White sapote seed safety
« on: February 11, 2018, 08:24:34 PM »
 The seeds are fairly large, it is hard to imagine someone accidentally swallowing one, without first choking to death before succumbing to any toxicity. The seeds also have a covering on them, looking quite simmilar to a large, fat orange seed.
 I donít have any information on the seedís toxicity, other that stuff Iíve read on forums.
 Iíve never noticed any sleepiness after eating white sapote.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit ID in San Diego
« on: January 25, 2018, 03:44:57 AM »
Total shot in the dark, if it isnít strawbery guava (which seems the most likely) could it be Myrcianthes pungens?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pajura fruit
« on: December 27, 2017, 09:29:26 PM »
I found this in a search...

ďFruit - raw . A thick, aromatic, oily pulp with a thin skin and a sweet, pleasant flavour . The fruit is up to 13cm long and 10cm wide.Ē

I have three eugeniaefolia

Leaves have a faint camphorous scent when crushed.

Leaf tops

Leaf bottoms

That's weird, it says the same for me... this item cannot be shipped to your selected location.
I can't imagin why that would be.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grafting: Female x Male plants
« on: July 31, 2017, 09:40:40 PM »
I personally grafted a female scion onto a male carob tree. It worked exacly as I hoped with the female flowers being pollonated by the male flowers on the few branches I left in place.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Monstera deliciosa fruits
« on: June 29, 2017, 05:35:33 PM »
I grew this one from seeds I got from Trade Winds...
As it grows up-pot frequently and it will get larger faster.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: WTF... defective osprey?
« on: June 26, 2017, 06:38:01 PM »
Ha! That's one way to prune your trees.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: WTF... defective osprey?
« on: June 26, 2017, 04:29:27 PM »
Don't ospreys pretty much solely eat fish?

This is a pretty good instuctive video on how to pollinate cherimoyas...

This is fantastic! Thanks for posting the article.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: star fruit seeds ?
« on: June 17, 2017, 12:22:49 AM »
I grew two carob trees from seed, one turned out to be male, the other female. I grafted a different female onto the male branches, leaving one or two male branches. All that said I think there are some that are hermaphrodite.
I guess my point is that even if you end up with a male tree it may actually be a plus. You can always graft on female branches leaving one male branch... making your tree kind of self pollinating.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fertilizing annonas
« on: May 23, 2017, 03:32:32 PM »
call crop production services, they have stores in So Cal and they carry this item. you may have to special order it

Thanks for the info, I was totally unaware of Crop Production Services. There are a couple fairly close to me. Do their stores sell retail or only wholesale?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jujube Pollination Question
« on: May 21, 2017, 04:47:05 AM »
I have two Chinese jujubes in the ground (Li and Lang), and one in a container (Sugar Cane). That is what I am attempting to hand pollinate the Indian jujube with.

ajbb: That is interesting that the two are graft compatable, I hadn't heard that before.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jujube Pollination Question
« on: May 20, 2017, 07:56:35 PM »
Yes, I believe I am giving it sufficient water. It is in a #5 nursery pot, looks healthy and
is growing and flowering, just not fruiting

Still, I am curious about the pollen compatibility question between The Indian and Chinese

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