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i had 3 mangoes on turpentine (fruit punch, glenn and mallika) in ground for 2 years and they didn't really do much at all. i ended up digging all 3 out and put them in pots and they seem to respond better (healthier looking at least). replaced them with one corriente (sweettart) and two manila roostock (coconut cream/lemon zest) and i've gotten more growth and flowering in 1 year than i ever saw with the turpentine. YMMV but that's my own personal experience.

i haven't witness or caught on camera raccoons climbing trees to get fruit but they loooooove to dig up my mulch looking for grubs or bugs. so maybe i lucked out that whatever's in the mulch keeps them busy enough.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Jan Boyce scion for sale
« on: February 10, 2020, 02:49:21 AM » tempting..but i'm not ready yet to do some grafting...hopefully you'll have more later on this year.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My Sweet Tart is pushing new leaves!?
« on: January 31, 2020, 09:19:04 PM »

southern california...sweet tart.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Persimmon question
« on: January 21, 2020, 01:57:49 AM »
i've tried it and it's not the same as just letting it ripe as long as possible on the tree.

yours look to be all red...that's when i usually will pick them before they get super ripe and the birds get to them...soi've left those to just ripen on the counter and that works better for me. you can take some and try that method out too.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Canít get rid of fungus gnats, any ideas?
« on: January 10, 2020, 11:09:21 PM »

the yellow sticky pads just made me feel good about catching those bastards. but gotta go to source..and gnatrol took care of it for me within the week.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: sugar loaf mango sale
« on: October 26, 2019, 03:58:46 AM »
is that on turpentine rootstock i assume? thanks!

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: Wasabi?
« on: October 16, 2019, 11:00:12 AM »
some interesting videos on wasabi origin on youtube.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocados in containers?
« on: August 26, 2019, 02:16:21 AM »
If you are really serious about growing a avocado tree in a pot then I suggest that you look into amaroo boxes sold by  in Duarte Ca.  The 36 inch box is equivalent to a 125 gallon pot . They hold slightly over 1 yard of soil.


have you been recently? any attempts to contact them has resulted in nothing...guess i could drive out there personally to see....

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Avocado scions
« on: June 16, 2019, 03:38:14 AM »
+1 on the Reed. I have one that I planted and it grew 8 ft. in the first a pot.

what feeding regime did you do to get that much growth!

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: My Blueberry Growing Tips..
« on: June 11, 2019, 09:29:50 PM »
thanks for the detail experiences with blueberries is that the first year i get them..i get a crop. and then after that...i get nothing..NADA...maybe some flowering and then nothing. haha.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit thieves
« on: June 10, 2019, 07:13:20 PM »
Heh. My "neighbors" up the trail have a very nice pair of avocado trees that make lots and lots of fruit. I never take without asking, so I walked around to the front of the house and introduced myself. Me:
"Hi! I'm your neighbor from 4 doors down. We moved in last year. I've got the big backyard garden with the pumpkins and corn, etc. I'm having my big corn harvest party on Sunday. Why don't you come by and pick some corn? We also have tomatoes, artichokes, leeks, onions, and a few kinds of squash. I'm wondering if you'd like to trade some vegetables for some of your avocados!"
"No. We use them all."
<slack-jawed silence>

I think I've been literally speechless maybe 3-4 times in my life. This was one of them.

haha..this was like a /yesyesyesno
i had to pause and re-read that again...can't imagine it in person.

maybe this will help. where did you get your jan boyce? that's one on my list to get.

squirrels get to mine before they even hit the ground.
mine do lose their leaves in the winter so you would have some bare looking trees till spring is another consideration.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit tourism in Hawaii?
« on: April 25, 2019, 02:32:43 AM »
chinatown haha. first place i like to stop at to stock up with fruits for the rest of the trip. :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mulch problem - need your help
« on: April 18, 2019, 01:12:38 AM »
just visually speaking..what if you put some like borders around the mulch circles. maybe could make it look "cleaner" and your neighbors might not complain.

you're brave to plant so many trees out front. i've been hesitant about any fruit trees in the front cause it would suck to watch them grow and someone takes them. :P

Does anyone have experience with Corriente rootstock and if they are suitable for Southern California? Maddock is selling 5 gallons for $28.

i have corriente, manila and turpentine all in the same area and planted around the same time. i won't have any concrete proof till years later haha. but i was told as you've read that manila is good here..but corriente is great too but more unknown and harder to find (ie manila available at the box stores).

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: February 18, 2019, 12:34:06 AM »
Any chance you could add a photo of the trees? Are the trunks 6-9 feet apart or is there 6-9 feet of space between the canopy edges?

And just curious, is this in Glendora?

hey greg,...the trees are in arcadia. i was basing it off the distance between the trunks of the trees as the canopies of all of them used to just blend in together. the trees aren't lined up in a row..more like zig zag positioning a bit. i thought i had a more recent picture but i'll take another one.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: February 17, 2019, 01:43:08 AM »
i have about 4 avocado trees that have been in decline for the past 4-5 years. i had an arborist come out to take a look. unfortunately they're in pretty poor shape. he estimated that they're about 90+ years old and at the tailend of their lifespan. he said the drought and heatwave really took a toll on these trees...from losing their leaves and then not being able to protect themselves from the sun was like a domino effect. recommended mulching the area and make sure they are water and fertilize properly. he recommended replacing them to get better yield of fruits in the short/long term. if not...he also recommended making future plans to replace them eventually.

goal is to make the effort to keep them alive and in better health but also start to prepare for future. normally if these were just in a backyard, i would replace them but they're a huge part of the landscape and bc of the age/size..losing one would create a large gap in the landscape view.

so i was thinking while there is spacing between these older trees (6-9 ft apart) could i plant new avocado trees in between so that in the future if the older ones are no longer there, i have a head-start on their replacement in the same position in the landscape.

are these easy to root? or better to graft?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: What citrus would you plant?
« on: December 20, 2018, 04:57:28 PM »
cara cara...and golden nugget....

They grow back fine here regardless of time of year and amount removed. One warning though, here they donít heal larger cuts well and eventually rot out.

would painting over the larger cutting help heal?

my gardeners would hack it every month and it still grows back like crazy.'s the new growth that they're really cutting so not sure how older wood branches would do but i would think it would still grow back strong.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: 'Bing' cherry blooming in fall?!
« on: November 26, 2018, 09:39:57 PM »
not sure if this is related but could be a reason why..

Tree surgeon Hiroyuki Wada told Japan's NHK news agency that the culprit is the extreme weather that plagued the island nation throughout the summer, specifically the major typhoons that lashed the country.
The Somei-yoshino variety of cherry blossom develops its buds during the summer months, Wada tells the state broadcaster, but the trees' leaves prevent their blooming by releasing a hormone that inhibits their growth.

Because many of the trees lost their foliage during the summers' violent storms, there has been nothing to stop the buds' development. This, coupled with warmer temperatures following the storms, has resulted in the earlier-than-planned blooming.
While the 350-or-so sightings this fall are considered to be aberrations, earlier-than-expected blossomings have been noted before. In 2013 unusually warm weather prompted sakura blooms 10 days earlier than average and 15 days earlier than the previous year.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pickering Mango container size?
« on: November 06, 2018, 02:20:08 PM »
have one in a 5 gallon pot for about a year now and the tree is about 5ft tall. i'll be repotting it probably into a 10 gallon pot for the next step up. and then see how that goes. i rather not have to keep on re-potting but it's prob best in the long run for the tree. also i get to amend the soil and check on the roots. i've only used dr. earth potting soil or the kellogg ones but i'll amend with worm castings, fertilizers etc. seems to be okay so far.

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