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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: CRFG-San Luis Obispo scion exchange
« on: February 17, 2016, 08:44:45 PM »
Yeah I wanted to go, but heading down to LA Tuesday so too hard to do 2 trips so close together.. 

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Another Paw Paw Variety Question
« on: February 10, 2016, 02:05:55 AM »
So another which Paw Paw Variety to get question.  I had one in a pot, but likely left it to long to transplant it well (years).  Anyway the choice at the nursery is Rappahannock,Prolific, Overleese, Susquehanna, and Shenandoah.  At some point I will want a multigrafted tree, but would like a good "base" tree.  Don't know my Paw Paws that well.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ficus palmeri edible?
« on: February 07, 2016, 08:29:13 PM »
Thanks I couldn't even find if it was edible or not by searching.  Didn't think it would be the greatest.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Ficus palmeri edible?
« on: February 06, 2016, 12:51:06 AM »
Does anyone know if Ficus palmeri produces anything like a edible fruit? 

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Hovenia dulcis
« on: February 05, 2016, 10:42:41 PM »
When I germinated mine I did cold stratify.  I forget if I then knicked the seed coat or not.  It was years ago. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pictures of SoCal fruits
« on: January 21, 2016, 04:55:09 PM »
It was a sweet and watery taste with after astringency.  Not sure if you'd want to devote the space to it if your not a collector/lot of land/a botanical garden.  Not bad, but not top tier.

Thanks for posting I was always to lazy to post them here.

What was most surprising was the fruiting Canistel in Fullerton.  It's grafted on something else (Mamey?) 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pictures of SoCal fruits
« on: January 20, 2016, 11:42:14 PM »
Yeah the Yellow Mangosteen is at Fullerton and fruits in 2015.  The Waterberry is the one at Quail/SD (Syzygium cordatum).

I had some really intensley flavored rose apples this summer.  I could eat a few everyday if I had them available.  Wax Jambu wasn't that flavorful.  Never had Clove.  Others have been sweet with some astringent, but I wouldn't say much flavor.

As far as flavor Rose Apple had the most intense flavor in that group.  Still a minor fruit though.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: sun sapote
« on: January 12, 2016, 05:33:41 PM »
Not really.  I keep mine in a pot and it grows maybe a few inches a year.  I got mine as a seed out of curiosity.  Not a viable thing here. It doesn't die though so worth trying in warmer areas.  No idea how good the fruit actually is.  It's unknown enough though that one or two early bad reviews might just keep getting repeated.  I doubt it is super good though.   

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: sun sapote
« on: January 12, 2016, 02:03:47 PM »
I have one It can take some cold, but really not enough heat for it to grow well here.  A little over  foot after a couple years.

Capulin Cherry might be a possibility.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Do H. edulis cuttings root?
« on: December 14, 2015, 12:57:28 PM »
Just curious, but can you root cuttings of Hexachlamys edulis or Rose Apple with any success.  Going to be traveling and just wondering if it' worth taking cuttings.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Canistel Cold Hardiness.
« on: December 08, 2015, 05:19:32 PM »
So a year or two ago I got some Canistel seeds from someone.  I didn't really take care of them because I didn't expect them to survive.   I kind of left them outside under a Redwood and forgot about it.  After a cold spell that killed a lot of Dragon Fruit I was kind of amazed the one that had looked the best was untouched.  I started taking care of it better and it looks OK.  I ended up getting a larger seedling and while it grows slower then Lucuma, Green Sapote, or P. hypoglauca for me it does grow.  I saw the tree at the Fullerton Arboretum and while it's grafted on something it fruits at a fairly small size.

So basically, if I'm going to try to really zone push Canistel in a pot what variety should I try?  Are any varieties more cold hardy then others?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Prosopis alba (Banana Carob)
« on: November 28, 2015, 05:46:46 PM »
Is anyone growing Prosopis alba (Banana Carob).  It looks like it might be doable in Northern CA from what I read.  Do seeds last a while?

I saw small Eugenia stipitata (not sure of variety) fruiting in pots at a LA nursery at a very small size.  Like a foot tall.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: RIP... second loquat tree loss
« on: November 16, 2015, 12:31:48 PM »
I've never seen fireblight move from bottom to top.  I had loquats be totally unaffected while nearby trees caught some, then one year by Big Jim just got completely wiped out relatively quickly.  Guess I wasn't aggressive enough dealing with it.  Odd thing is I had a grafted seedling Oliver and Argelino (spelling?) in pots ten feet away as well as seedling with no infection.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Muntingia wet/cold tolerance?
« on: November 16, 2015, 12:25:44 PM »
I think it's really unknown.  It will depends on how well it takes colder soil conditions.  While a lot of people will point out the pots are less insulated and can get colder then the ground they also heat up more during the day.  Unlike Florida the cold will be sustained and unlike SoCal the ground temperature is just colder even in mild frost free areas. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Acerola propagation
« on: November 12, 2015, 03:25:03 PM »
Thanks I need to do some pruning anyway so figured I'd try.  Going to use bottom heat unless someone tells me otherwise.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Acerola propagation
« on: November 11, 2015, 11:05:08 PM »
Just curious, but what's the best way to propagate this one?  Air layer, cutting?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Green monkey orange (strychnos spinosa).
« on: October 31, 2015, 12:57:20 AM »
I have two spinosa  in pots.  They seemed to be hardy, but hurt by frost.  They always came back.  Maybe because they were little?

I doubt it except in the most absolutely warmest locations.  Probably slightly interior Orange County and maybe some of LA county might be worth trying, but keep in mind min temperature during a century freeze, etc. . .

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: are all cactus pears edible?
« on: September 26, 2015, 10:26:29 PM »
As far as I heard all Opuntia you'd find are edible, some are just much more superior to others.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pouteria sapota in Socal
« on: September 18, 2015, 04:47:49 PM »
What do you guys recommend as far as varieties in SoCal or is it to early to say?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Kajang Starfruit!
« on: September 17, 2015, 08:59:15 PM »
So while I have not fruited Star Fruit I grow it in pots (5-15 gallon) next to my house under a overhang in winter then move it into the sun in Spring-Fall.  I am east of San Francisco Bay so I think you can definitely grow it.  You will be less cold then me.  You don't get my summer heat though.  A grafted plant flowered for me this year, but unsure if it will hold fruit.

Also they have a lot of difficulty getting use to full sun with our low humidity. 

It's test seedlings or a common grafted variety first though to see if it survives and grows before you try anything rare/expensive. 

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