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Aha, good catch Oscar!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Making my cherimoya flower!
« on: May 19, 2019, 04:08:27 AM »
I had a friend in California with many fruiting cherimoyas but she struggled to get Selma to produce. Perhaps this variety is just shy relative to others. Jeff, do you have any other Cherimoyas growing to compare?

"Não existe" says Marcos Sobral. Eugenia leitonii is a name that was written in a herbarium label and never published. The species in question is Eugenia pseudomalacantha.

Interesting, then, that Harri Lorenzi would put Eugenia leitonii in his book and not even mention Eugenia pseudomalacantha as a synonym. (See attached page from the recent english ebook edition)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Myrica rubra
« on: April 07, 2019, 07:50:02 PM »
I'm so excited about this fruit. I got to taste some California-grown Yangmei a couple years ago and loved it immensely.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Small lot seed permit protocol
« on: April 07, 2019, 03:16:11 PM »
Despite all the previous discussion about this, I don't blame anyone for being confused even after reading it all. Much bad advice in previous threads. I just ordered seeds from someone who supposedly was experienced with the APHIS protocol and still they put the labels inside the box!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Carambola in San Jose/Nor Cal
« on: December 20, 2018, 07:50:50 PM »
My Hart tree defoliates every year. Seems not to be a serious event.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Carambola in San Jose/Nor Cal
« on: December 18, 2018, 06:39:29 PM »
I have the Hart variety from TopTropicals. It has survived 2 winters (lows of 28F) and just began to flower for the first time.  I'd recommend it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: SF Bay Area Tropical Fruit Experiment
« on: December 11, 2018, 01:28:22 AM »
A drier winter would certainly have helped. I see more and more black spots and other fungal issues as winter goes on. These plants just don't have the defenses for this combination of cold and dampness. As far as microclimates, I did plant some trees in the canopy of oaks (green sapote, babaco, tamarillo) and observed significantly less damage to them on frosty nights. The canopy is good for at least 5F difference and little frost forms there. No doubt, if you can provide cover for your trees the odds are in your favor.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: SF Bay Area Tropical Fruit Experiment
« on: December 08, 2018, 10:40:50 PM »
Hey guys. I am way overdue for an update video. If I could sum it up, the subtropicals have done ok but nowhere near their best. I don’t think it’s worth growing trees that putter along and struggle to produce any fruit. If I were going to stay in the Bay Area I would probably keep the cherimoyas and jaboticabas and replace the rest with figs, white sapote and other proven plants. Anyway, the conclusion of the “experiment” is that I’m moving to the Big Island of Hawaii so I can grow tropical fruit for real.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anona season approaches
« on: September 23, 2018, 04:30:30 PM »
I have to ask, is there a reason you’re spelling it Anona instead of Annona?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tree ID... ¿Blepharocalyx salicifolius?
« on: August 27, 2018, 03:56:16 AM »
I also have Blepharocalyx salicifolius from Vitor but mine looks very different. Like Solko, mine has small fragrant leaves. I think your seeds got mixed up.

600 gallons every 5 days for a fifth year tree??? I don’t give my trees anywhere near that up here in the north and haven’t seen a reason to increase their water yet.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: White Sapote, should I uproot it?
« on: June 18, 2018, 03:58:15 PM »
4 million and one??  Really?  I've said at least a million times that it never pays to exaggerate!

That's where you're wrong, my friend. I was paid handsomely by the Sapote Growers Union for this exaggeration. Remember, a sapote a day keep the doctor away.

This is Sir Prize.  More I research this variety the more excited I am about it.

Sir Prize is a good early season avocado, covering the gap in spring before Hass arrives. I was buying them at the local farmers market a while back and grew quite fond of them, but they are a second tier avo for me because fat content is not their strong point. What I liked as the unusual golden color of the flesh and the fact that it would not oxidize no matter how long I left it on the counter.

I've noticed this with my Tamarillos too, but that's nothing compared to the fly trapping powers of their Solanaceous cousins Tobacco. I have a bunch of ornamental Nicotianas around the yard. They are sticky as hell and covered in bugs. Best thing is they volunteer readily all over the place. I sometimes wonder if they are too effective and I might be killing a lot of good guy insects.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Subtropical abiu relatives?
« on: June 12, 2018, 05:21:34 PM »
Here in Northern California I have a Canistel (unknown variety) that's been outside for two years and it's never suffered any harm from the cold. In fact it pushed out some new leaves this winter. Just put it in the ground this past April. Who knows if it will ever fruit or just be one of those subtropicals that survives but grows super slow and produces nothing.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Myrica rubra
« on: June 11, 2018, 01:10:05 PM »
I know of two separate projects to propagate the Chinese cultivars of Myrica (actually Morella) rubra and make plants available for sale in the US. I think it's safe to say that within 3-5 years they'll be easily found.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tasting Pitomba
« on: May 16, 2018, 10:11:01 PM »
Around 28F

A happy update - 7 of the 9 varieties I ordered are now pushing through the parafilm. Perhaps the two weeks in the fridge was not fatal but merely slowed them down a bit. Happy customer here, thanks again Behl!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Green gold avocado tree
« on: May 15, 2018, 04:54:02 PM »
I planted a 5g tree last year. The former leader of the tree has already been overshadowed by a lower branch that started growing sideways and had to be trained up. I hope I can coerce it to grow vertically. At least it seems to be hardy enough for 9b.

We were talking about Aravaipa over on the CRFG Facebook group and one fellow chimed in to say he had tasted it and it's very good and similar to Fuerte. So there's another data point for you.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: White Sapote, should I uproot it?
« on: May 13, 2018, 03:39:34 PM »
Let me guess, the tree was simply labeled "Sapote" where you bought it?

There are 4 million and one fruits with "Sapote" in the name and yet people still go around calling some of them simply "Sapote" as if it's the only sapote on earth.

For the love of pete, people, stop it!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tasting Pitomba
« on: May 08, 2018, 05:55:26 PM »
The Pitombas I saw in the videos about "Pitomba Feast" are a completely different fruit. That's Talisia esculenta - in this thread we're talking about Eugenia luschnathiana.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tasting Pitomba
« on: May 06, 2018, 09:46:59 PM »
The winter after this video was made the Pitomba tree died back to the ground. It has since grown back from the roots but is now the same size as a seedling I grew from the fruit I ate in the video. I dug it out and it is now in a 15g pot where it will probably take 10 years to reach the size it was before.  It is not a good plant for zone 9b it seems.

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