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I don't know how big is your yard but, you can certainly create your own micro climate by building a pond (increase the humidity) and planting some cold hardy trees to protect your trees from cold wind. Don't expect to grow cocoa plants outside, but your chances of successfully growing sub-tropical will be much higher.

Watch this
http://youtu.be/4p5JJFWs1y0


Funny you mentioned this, I actually built a carbon fiber pond with koi (75gal) to accompany the greenhouse.
The humidity levels go from 50%-80%, rarely 100. That's when my louvers automatically open to circulate the air.

Been really cold here lately, high 20's to low 30's for several days on end.
Everything seems to be surviving but not flourishing since they're dormant.

I do keep my White and Yellow Sapote outside dancing in the rain, frost and wind.
Some die back on the new growth flush and it's growing flowers out of control.
I've been trimming but they seem to do it constantly.

Also a massive collection of Australian Finger Limes, 16+ varieties, some were barely grafted a year ago.
They're all doing well, just dropped leaves but a new growth flush revealed itself this weekend. I think I'm in love :D <3 <3 <3

Also have Hawaiian sugar cane, they're doing fantastic, no issues.


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Tropicals...NONE.

You need to plant for your location, unless you like plant genocide

If "some" mangoes survive. Then most would.  Will mangoes survive, thrive and produce well...highly doubtful.

People consider dragonfruit, jujube, white sapote, banana, avocado, feijoa, passionfruit, guava and jackfruit tropical...

Agreed, if it's not an apple, pear or a peach it's tropical to me.

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Wow that really sucks ! Your plants were doing really well too. If your going to continue growing cold sensitive fruit trees you might want to invest in a greenhouse. Hope that many of your plants recover . I have too much money invested in grafted trees to gamble with cold temps. My stuff is in a unheated greenhouse with two layers of 6 mil plastic. This has done the trick so far. Best of luck to you in the future.

 William

Exactly this, Zone 9 isn't a joke during winters. They're long, harsh and sometimes no sunlight for days.
I have my investment in a heated greenhouse and 2x 6Mil poly. You can pick one up from the greenhouse website.
Do not buy the ones from the big box store, it's not meant for anything beyond a days use.
Goodluck with your current situation, hopefully a good amount will bounce back.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Smaller fruit trees
« on: January 13, 2017, 03:31:21 AM »
I have a white sapote and a yellow custard (forgot species) they have been outdoors in 9B 25-35F these past few days and have been fine. New growth flush froze and died but more grew right after. I also forgot to mention they're flowing like crazy.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Himalayan Papaya??
« on: January 12, 2017, 07:15:55 PM »
I planted a few seeds of this one, they took a little longer to germinate than papaya usually does but they grew fast. 6 feet tall and flowering at about a year from seed going in the ground. I've been told fruit quality is variable in seedlings.

Where did you obtain your seeds?
Where do we get these seeds?

Fixed :D v

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Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Looking for Japan citrus seeds.
« on: January 12, 2017, 04:12:46 PM »
These interest me as well, if anyone has any.

Thanks

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Trade winds - 45 minutes away
« on: January 12, 2017, 03:06:43 PM »
Just learned that Trade Winds Fruits is in Sonoma which is pretty close to me. Go figure.

That's awesome, so ground is overnight shipping :D

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Purple Star Apple (Caimito)
« on: January 12, 2017, 03:02:44 PM »
Yes, please update!

I've heard these trees setting fruit but do not fully mature past the size of a golf ball.
Can you verify this to what size your fruits are if they set fruit at all?

I have a set of air layered Purple and Green Caimito myself.
Doing very well here in Zone 9B, considering the frost we had lately, it's starting to throw out new new leaves and growth flush.

Thanks!

Picsss please... and what variety? Pot or in-ground? For how long now??


Im eager to slap it in my zone 9b-10a

It's just the standard Green and Purple Variety I picked up online.
I'll try to get pics this weekend when it's sunny again, been raining and flooding.
As far as planting it's in a 10g pot and in my heated greenhouse 50F lows (28-35F Outdoors)
It did drop all of it's leaves, but growing new ones to adapt to the climate.
Only about a year old in my possession, age wise looks to be about 3 or more years old.
Height is about 3-4Ft, caliper/girth/trunk is the size of a thick pencil.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Purple Star Apple (Caimito)
« on: January 11, 2017, 07:54:34 PM »
Yes, please update!

I've heard these trees setting fruit but do not fully mature past the size of a golf ball.
Can you verify this to what size your fruits are if they set fruit at all?

I have a set of air layered Purple and Green Caimito myself.
Doing very well here in Zone 9B, considering the frost we had lately, it's starting to throw out new new leaves and growth flush.

Thanks!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Himalayan Papaya??
« on: January 11, 2017, 07:51:20 PM »




Ahhh thank you for the picture, this is amazing.
Those seeds are so big for such a tiny fruit.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Himalayan Papaya??
« on: January 10, 2017, 03:38:23 PM »
That's amazing, bite size papaya skin an all.
Got a picture of it cut open. seeds specifically :)

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Your most priced citrus fruit?
« on: January 09, 2017, 03:42:01 PM »
Miho Wase Satsuma, Yuzu and Sudachi <3

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Brrrr... the weather outside is frightful!
« on: December 31, 2016, 01:35:32 AM »
Been freezing all week here in SJ.
Low - 28F
High - 48F

My heated greenhouse is keeping at 55-60F.
Still very cold, lots of frost.
Freezing rain every other day in next weeks forecast.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Greenhouse replacement panels alternatives?
« on: December 13, 2016, 02:02:06 AM »
With these:



It's quite simple, cost efficient and very reliable.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Greenhouse replacement panels alternatives?
« on: December 12, 2016, 01:52:19 AM »
I use poly film 6mm, have had it for the past 4 years and it hasn't need a replacement in SJ extreme weather.
(30-40MPH Wind, heat 100+F, Cold, Rain, Frost)

It's used in conjunction with wiggle wire and the brackets that go with it.
I had panels but they were such a pain to deal with, also more expensive.

I religiously remove the polyfilm from the roof and the sides to allow bees to pollinate my trees during spring.
With panels it takes forever, poly film, done in 10 mins and easily reattached.
Insulation isn't the best, so you may want to double up the sheets while you're covering.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pulasan Flowers getting closer...
« on: November 27, 2016, 11:08:38 PM »
Totally gorgeous, I'm really jealous.
Great job keeping it so lush and green!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: low 30F next weekend
« on: November 21, 2016, 03:26:52 PM »
It was actually quite cold these past few days.
Luckily I have my mangos in a 20'x20" greenhouse.
I have a control panel that controls the temps.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Really Skinny Longan Tree
« on: October 28, 2016, 12:07:17 AM »
It's definitely a taller on the growth side, mine did the same thing.
Cutting the tip is recommended if you want it to grow outwards.
I had to cut mine several times to keep it at 7 feet, any taller it would be too difficult to reach the fruits.
We usually cut ours during late fall, early winter. Come spring they'll sprout big bushes.

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I emailed you, let me know if you got it.

Cheers.

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I haven't had many issues from Mimosa, Champa is also great.
Although, it seems most of the Longans and Lychees have been sold for the season, lots of left overs.
Great deals to be had, unless you don't mind waiting until next Spring.

My sweetheart flowers like no tomorrow, but rarely sets fruit.
I was at Mimosa just last weekend, none of their lychees fruit either, unless it was all eaten by customers.

Gorgeous tree, gem indeed!

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