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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherries in San Diego?
« on: February 19, 2017, 12:04:07 AM »
Cristobalina is a fourth one worth trying as a low chill cherry. 

Even if you find an ultra mild SoCal location and have it next to a structure there's still a humidity issue.  I'd try pushing some of the more realistic tropicals for the area.

Yeah same here.  I might have something in summer, but can't promise which variety.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: LARGEST Surinam Cherries-E. uniflora
« on: January 29, 2017, 10:00:21 PM »
I found Chamba up here and it's my favorite variety actually.  It's a different flavor then the black ones which seem to be a bit sweeter.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Subtropical reccomendations
« on: January 26, 2017, 12:53:52 AM »
For subtropicals maybe look into "Lost Crops of the Incas".  The book is a pdf online.  Those subtropicals will do better with your lack of heat especially if you are in a frost free zone.  There was someone who grew some Lychee in Marin for multiple years, but I don't think they ever got fruit.  Longan took all year to ripen for me (April-late Nov/Dec.) and I'm in Concord which gets more heat then anywhere in Marin Co.

Persimmons do great as do Date Plums.  Avocados can ripen as far north as Sonoma Co.  So can White Sapote.   

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Loquat relatives
« on: January 18, 2017, 11:03:11 PM »
Bronze Loquat is the one you are most likely to encounter.  Wasn't aware any of the others were notable for fruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ilama ID
« on: January 15, 2017, 12:50:29 AM »
Yes it is grafted.  I just bought a small grafted tree didn't see fruit.

I understand this type of question is very close to a what variety is this type of question where someone posts a plum or fig and it's basically impossible to identify.  Was just hoping that the variety of Ilama in CA was low enough there might be a chance of kind of knowing potential varieties at least.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ilama ID
« on: January 15, 2017, 12:10:50 AM »
Fruit is supposedly green outside/white inside as opposed to the red ones.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Ilama ID
« on: January 14, 2017, 10:15:44 PM »
Just curious, but if you purchase a green Ilama in California what are the possible varieties?  I was under the impression there were not a ton of varieties.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: DNA plant sexing tests?
« on: January 06, 2017, 12:30:55 PM »
Yeah you'd need to know which genes are involved in sex determination.  Then sequence for presence or absence I guess.   Comparison of a known male and female genome and looking for the differences is the first step.

Finding the genes /system is the expensive part.  Doing the test once you have it on a sample is relatively cheap. 

That's good to know.  I also ended up with one of those Mimosa air layers.  I didn't know if it was just a random tree like I already had or a sweet one. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Where to hunt for fruit in California?
« on: November 18, 2016, 02:37:18 PM »
Maybe you should check out plantings?

Burbank Experimental Garden in Sebastapol, Quarry Lakes in Fremont, Prush Park in San Jose, Fullerton Arboretum in Fullerton.  LA Arbo and SD Arbo both charge, but the first one is relatively cheap.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Where to hunt for fruit in California?
« on: November 15, 2016, 06:10:37 PM »
Might be worth asking some CRFG chapters where you know you will be going.  Might even be able to see some yards with some odder stuff.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Where to hunt for fruit in California?
« on: November 15, 2016, 04:33:26 PM »
Yeah January isn't the best time in CA for looking for fruits. Maybe some native fruits since winter is the rainy season at least in theory?

Dwarf Ambrella/Spondias grow and fruit fast in pots, but quality isn't super high.

It's hard to guess how non-rose family stuff calculate chill or if they even use chill.  I'm not that hot, but kind of at the limit for these as they take a beating in summer.  9a-9b is probably near or at the the limit. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Some pics of my NorCal yard
« on: November 01, 2016, 08:46:21 PM »
He's being modest.  He has an outdoor Biriba flowering too.   

Why not get a Cherimoya and make it multi-grafted with both Cherimoya and Atemoya on it? ;)

I've had fruit set issues here with Karp's Sweet, but my Pineapple does get soft enough to eat fresh if you leae it on the tree.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Diamond River Longan
« on: October 24, 2016, 06:34:09 PM »
I have it in a 15 Gallon pot here in NorCal, but it survived a winter in a protected spot (although so did Degelman, Kohala, and Biew Kiew).  Also, it's growth rate appears above Biew Kiew and Degelman, but less then Kohala.  It did set some fruit, but I picked it off so it would grow.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Super Fast Lychee Air-Layer
« on: September 27, 2016, 01:41:43 AM »
Cool.  I wonder how it would work on slower things like Carob.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Borneo Red jackfruit
« on: September 20, 2016, 02:03:05 PM »
Nice looking trees.  They look like are doing well for you. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Canistel Cold Hardiness
« on: September 05, 2016, 01:20:43 AM »
Just curious, but are any varieties of Canistel known to be more cold hardy/recover from cold better then others.

Yeah, but morphology may be hiding cryptic species.  Did they do genetics as well? 

Jamun is actually pretty hardy compared to it's relatives.  It survives for me out in Concord, although I doubt it will get huge like Fullerton.  It's even hardier then Rose Apple which survives closer to bay, but can get burned for me.

Any idea of variety of those Santa Clara Mangos?

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