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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: cherimoya id anyone?
« on: March 20, 2014, 01:52:16 PM »
Not sure, that was my first guess but I figured someone might know definitively. It definitely has lots of el bumpos all over.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus...Mulch or NO Mulch?
« on: March 20, 2014, 01:50:32 PM »
I am surprised by the no mulch consensus so far. All the happiest , healthiest citrus trees I see from my yard to the citrus collector with over 200 varieties has as much wood chip mulch piled up as possible, as deep as possible and right up to the trunk. Citrus are acid living plants and thrive from any mulch I put on from redwood to oak to Eucalyptus! I dunno, that's what I see. Citrus guru around here says fertilize once a month with 30-10-10 azalea and rhody fert.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: cherimoya id anyone?
« on: March 20, 2014, 01:38:24 PM »
I picked up this whopper at the farmers market yesterday , coming in from Santa Paula , CA.
I am hoping someone can ID the variety. Thanks.

Free seeds from this 2+ pounder beauty, pm if interested.

Prince of Plinia , how am I looking?


Patrick I have a 30 pound bag of spagnum Peat, a bag of Mix and Mulch, and another 2 different bags of Kellogs Mulch including N-Rich and Growmulch....I think I wll make a house blend of all of this since I apparently Purchased some Hydroponic Medical Bob Marley Soil that will kill my trees.

I like the coco wet surfactant in addition to neem oil. It might only be available with the umm Foxfarm at the "medical Bob Marley " store but it's made in Texas so it can't be that hippy dippy right?
In addition I would highly recomend not purchasing kelloggs soil/ mulch products as the ingredients are misleading in that they contain a lot of sewage sludge from LA inland Empire , which certainly is another way to turn a waste byproduct into a business. They do this without labeling sewage sludge in their product. FoxFarm is ok , a little heavy. I would recomend these 3 cubic ft. Bags of aurora innovations 707. A very good product for all of my potted fruits, and incredibly fast draining. Check the ingredients

These specialized "garden" stores have quite a bit to offer compared to your box stores or commercial farm supply.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: chlorine filter recommendations
« on: March 19, 2014, 12:13:04 PM »
I am in the market for a chlorine filter to attach the hose to so my seedlings and other trees won't be affected by the chlorine (and other harmful elements).  Anyone have a good one to recommend that is fairly inexpensive?


All chlorine filters on sale now here. These are fantastic for removing chlorine ,the filters last me about 1 year.

This ones just for outdoor watering

JF I think I'm in luck!!!! I have a south Facing Property which My entire back yard gets full sun and is also elevated, considering my side yard  is a  slope which is fenced from the back..... does about a 13ft gradual drop to the bottom of my lot....I'll also be placing 2 Mango trees on the same slope behind the red Barrons and Saturn peach tree...Also will be putting 1 or 2 trees in the front yard despite promising the Wife the front Landscape will be left alone lol...I haven't discussed this with her  yet.....But I have my fingers crossed

Ahhh fruit tree compromises with wifey, I know it well. Congrats on your new mango babies and thanks for detailing your experience in ordering them. Put those babies in the ground and your well on your way to a grove of mango paradise. And of course the front yard would Look way better with a flowering/ fruiting Mango or 2. :D

I recomend having your other hole dug and moving the dug up avo into it immediatly . Dig as wide as you can when moving the reed and transplant In early morning. Dig ASAP while soil is still hopefully saturated from recent rains. If you planted as a 15 gallon try and get a hand moving the rootball to keep as much intact from point a to point b. Good luck.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit trees at Costco
« on: March 03, 2014, 07:56:16 PM »
Here Wal-Mart has for many years brought in plants that will never fruit in most places here, like high chill apples, peaches, pears, nectarines, persimmons, etc. Unaware people foolishly buy them because they are familiar and fond of these fruits from having lived on mainland, and they think just because Wal Mart sells them they will grow here also?  :o They get a great price on the trees and so feel they got a "bargain"... so what if it will be soon be dead?  :'(
What a crock. That is quite a deceptive business practice. Add it to the list for Walmart. Yet another reason to never step foot near a walmart. I wonder if the nursery they source from knows their works are for not. They probably sell in such huge amounts , they don't even know some get sent to hawaii for retail.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grafting white sapote question
« on: March 02, 2014, 10:43:08 PM »
Has anyone made it back to Bob's orchards since the 2011 visit ?  Any new observations from growing out his varieties?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: The Annona Files
« on: March 01, 2014, 03:20:10 PM »
This is an edible fruit? What do you eat?

Probably more enjoyable for the eyes than the mouth. I thought it was good for the Annona files , an Annonaceae most have not seen. Check the link for some mouthwatering fruit photos.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: The Annona Files
« on: March 01, 2014, 02:40:12 PM »
This years winner of the fruit shoot. Xylopia aromatica -  Annonaceae -Monkey Pepper

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking for Loquat scions
« on: February 28, 2014, 05:23:10 PM »
Nice Adam. Sooooooo... What varieties might those be?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit trees at Costco
« on: February 28, 2014, 05:20:06 PM »
Costco is certainly a big box store. In my town they have always offered a very competitive living wage and good benefits.  It is the only box store permitted in the city and no new fast food joints can open here either. Opening a new chain store of any kind here has long been protested loudly, with a crowd of protesters.
My experience with costco fruit trees is they have filled a need none of the other 10+ nurseries in the immediate area do.  They stock citrus on semi standard and standard rootstock, Citrus varieties no other nurseries stock, and the newest varieties. Several pallets come in at a time and they are almost always sold out in 1-3 days. The other good thing I notice about costco is they do a good job of selling food and beverages from local companies, small and big. This could be entirely unique to my area. I have never bought from Walmart , target, and see different philosophies in these money-opolies that have noted unethical business practices. I found it quite frustrating I could not locate citrus varieties on semi standard or standard rootstock in my county outside of costco , then was grateful someone had them. Kept my tax dollars local too  ;)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My fall garden pics
« on: February 27, 2014, 11:32:28 AM »
It's fantastic to see all your plants together in one garden tour thread . All of your tropicals are sizing up nicely and all the more impressive for one of the northern most tropical fruit growers. I really like hearing about others success in our marginal zone of many microclimates. Your place in Vallejo seems to get the best of both worlds with inland type heat and enough marine influence with the bay to not freeze! Great job with all the plants. My cherimoya seedlings leaves get really big and wavy like that when they are in deeper shade than the rest.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Looking for Loquat scions
« on: February 26, 2014, 12:40:41 PM »
I have a Loquat grafting project with a bunch of last years seedlings. I am looking for any varieties that come highly rated for taste, size, early bearing, color.  I have Big Jim already but that's it. Any offers are greatly appreciated.
I have for trade right now seeds of Cherimoya, Jaboticaba, Sapodilla, Mamey Sapote, Tamarillo, Eustis Limequat. Avocado scions and Dragonfruit cuttings.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fingerlimes in supermarkets and stores
« on: February 25, 2014, 12:07:46 PM »
No worries Starling, I am always learning and would not want to share information that is incorrect. My favorite local crfg orchard tour is at this mans house with around 100 citrus varieties. All limes coming true to type from seed is a factoid I have heard yearly from these folks. It has proven true on the 3 other limes from his orchard I have grown out from seed. Thank you for the clarification.

Hi! How can i get a capulin cherry? Thank's! ;D
Capulin cherries flavor is variable from seed. You are lucky if you get a sweet tasting one. I can send seeds when it fruits later this summer.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fingerlimes in supermarkets and stores
« on: February 24, 2014, 05:31:36 PM »
Starling, thanks for the ID! That's excellent news.
Luisport, Limes are true to type from seed, so you should get a tree identical to the parent.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Newbie trying to grow dragon fruit
« on: February 24, 2014, 01:39:21 PM »
You can grow Dragonfruit in Belmont. They grow very fast and will grow all winter with protection. You could buy a couple varieties for cross pollination, but DF is Always quite expensive for what it is here as it's slightly uncommon. I can send cuttings of Haley's comet , voodoo child & physical graffiti if you want to go that direction.

For a thick evergreen hedge I like Feijoa's , citrus and Loquat . Capulin cherry is beautifull and evergreen and the flowers are nice. Very easy to prune to shape.
2/23/14 Capulin Cherry

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fingerlimes in supermarkets and stores
« on: February 24, 2014, 01:11:20 PM »
The ones I've had that were that color in mikes photo were very sour , definitely made me pucker. Those were purchased from Goleta,ca. My trees from W & N , the fruit is dark purple when ripe and a more balanced interesting flavor unique to this fruit . What starling says is true for me as well in regards to flower , fruit set and over all healthy look of the tree . They don't prefer full sun . Here's some almost fully ripe , when they are dark purple.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cocktail Jaboticaba
« on: February 23, 2014, 01:18:45 PM »
Thanks for the pictures and posting the study. I did not see Cabelluda  ( Eugenia tomentoso, myrciaria glomerata) listed as a rootstock that was tried in the study. Wouldn't this be a closer relative to try for rootstock? It listed as fast grower and that has been my experience with it growing to 3 1/2 ft. From seed in 2 years. The wood however is a lot different looking from M. Cauliflora.

Thanks for the latest plants Ethan, they are settling in to their new home nicely. The Mac nuts , Black Sapote , and white pineapple you sent 9 months ago are thriving as well. All of the plants arrived with root structure that was a perfect time to transplant.

Lemon Drop Mangosteen

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Growing figs from seed
« on: February 23, 2014, 12:02:47 PM »
The potted figs photo is awesome , are those 65 or 100 gallon containers?

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