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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherimoya grafts
« on: March 27, 2014, 06:51:10 PM »
The Behl, easily my favorite cherimoya as it was my first cherimoya graft to push through para film.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Un-invited loquat picker
« on: March 27, 2014, 06:45:00 PM »
There's a lemon tree around the corner from my house, actually there are 100's of lemon trees within 1 mile of my house. For a lot of people they are ornamental evergreen landscape trees, not unlike a Loquat or pineapple guava around here. So this particular lemon tree around the corner from my house is on my walk/ ride home from the grocery store and on this day I chose to walk by and have a laugh at the laminated sign they have hung from their lemon tree . The tree is not only planted on the sidewalk but growing into the street , a quiet side street where this lemon tree growing into the street woul block a car door from opening or parking .
The sign reads something like this " is this your lemon tree? No! Then why are you picking my lemons ....etc... Etc...." You can imagine how much steam is built up in this 1 page dangling warning.
Well the funny part on this day was next to the sign was a laminated color security camera still frame of a young woman picking a lemon!! Haha your busted!! Well that was the funny, but the irony is that there are more lemons than anyone knows what to do with hanging all over the neighborhood. No one would target this neighbor to raid his particular lemons, the tree is still loaded and you can bet with his signs there it stays loaded all year long . I would not advocate for taking anything off of private property but if there is a fruit tree hanging over the sidewalk ( Still private here) and I am picking from the street ..yes I do that. My bike gives me an extra foot off the ground to reach in the canopy for loquats, pineapple guavas and citrus. So in a way I am that uninvited loquat picker, but I will never step foot onto someone's private property, or pick from a tree that is cared for and being harvested by its owner. There is a group in town the "fruit tree project" that gets permission from property owners to go on their land and harvest fruit that would otherwise go to waste and split it up or process it amongst the pickers.

Holy smokes Oscar ! Serious business when you come a pruning with Stihl in hand.
Looks great. Flowering should be an overwhelming show!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: cherimoya id anyone?
« on: March 21, 2014, 11:54:03 PM »
it could also be Campos (from Spain) not to be confused by Campus. I got exact looking fruit from one of the growers and it was Campos. looks a lot like El Bulbo. Campos has thick skin. how was the skin on this one?

Skin was not thick, no grit. Perfectly ripe.

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

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