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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best peach tree for zone 10A
« on: April 06, 2019, 12:40:42 PM »
I want a peach tree or apricot tree.  I am in very hot Arizona desert zone 10A.  Any one here from same area?

Check out the mid pride peach from zaiger genetics (sold by Dave Wilson). It's considered the best freestone yellow peach for southern California and Arizona climates.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Does Star Apple Taste Any Good?
« on: April 06, 2019, 03:33:36 AM »
The texture looks...interesting haha

I planted:

Ataulfo (15 gallon) 18 months ago. Tree tripled in size, set fruit last season, and is in full bloom this season. Produced about 20 medium sized mangos last year. Fruits first tasted fibrous and ok, but improved in texture and flavored through the season into fall.

Alphonso on Turp (15 gallon) 18 months ago. Grew pretty well, doubling in size but droopy. It set fruit, but fruit dropped after reaching size of a marble.

Manilla seedling from home depot (3 gallon) 12 months. Has barely grown at all. Flushes are very stunted.

Does lemon meringue produce well here? What are the heaviest producing zill varieties?

In CA...Generally no without spraying with fungicides.  Lemon meringue (aka PPK...which is not a Zill’s creation) and it’s offspring Lemon Zest are powdery mildew magnets.  We are still trialing the offspring orange sherbert, but I would imagine it would have the same PM problem.

The heaviest producing newer Zill’s varieties has been Sweet Tart.  Some have had good luck with Coconut Cream, but not me.  Overall, I haven’t heard of any newer Zill’s varieites being heavy producers.  Most have been classified as low to moderate at best.

So what varieties outside of zills are productive here?

Does lemon meringue produce well here? What are the heaviest producing zill varieties?

Out of Mauritius and Sweetheart, Mauritius is the vigorous grower of the two in my yard.

And what about fruit set? Chicken tongue?

I already have a Brewster and am trying to decide between a sweetheart and Mauratius as my second tree. Which is better for California?

I put on several air layers on his tree several years ago but the trees are already planted and some were given to friends. 


Have you been able to identify if this chicken tongue characteristic has carried over to these new trees?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Lychee Minimum Sun Requirement
« on: March 26, 2019, 12:04:25 AM »
How much shade can I get away with?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Does Chilean Wine Palm Taste Like Coconut?
« on: March 25, 2019, 01:20:07 PM »
Supposedly it takes 20 years to fruit. But when it does, do those fruits actually taste like coconut?

I really want a reliable tree. IS Brewster the way to go? What about Sweetheart?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Do Garcinia Trees Have Invasive Roots?
« on: March 22, 2019, 02:39:42 PM »
I was thinking of planting a new world garcinia, like a lucs garcinia, g. humilis, or g. brasilensis right up next to the house.

Is this a bad idea? What sort of root damage can a garcinia do?

Looks like sunquat is being damned by faint praise.

Haha indeed! I still see a bit of hope with the Calamondin

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Who dun it?
« on: March 22, 2019, 12:40:15 PM »
I'll tell you who did it, ...a dead man.

But seriously that sounds really frustrating.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Weeds in nursery pots
« on: March 19, 2019, 11:36:06 PM »
Mulch the pot instead.

Some would say yes they are worthy to grow, especially Calamondin.  I am not one of them

Is that based on the taste? I've heard they have some cool features. What makes you skip over them?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Giant loquat tree in Seattle
« on: March 19, 2019, 02:54:25 PM »
Thats so cool.

Its amazing to see how large of a tree it is. It must enjoy the rain or something.

People have been suggesting these varieties as highly ornamental edible citrus. Are they considered elite or more novelties?

I find them quite interesting nonetheless and would love to learn more.

Calamondin x Citrofortunella microcarpa is well known as an indoor / outdoor container ornamental.

Aside from the beautiful, somewhat flattened, vivid bright-orange globular shaped fruits, the plant itself is quite handsome, and makes an excellent houseplant for the indoors. Calamondin has been praised by scores of writers of indoor plant books. Alfred Byrd Graf mentioned the calamondin in ‘Exotica’ (1957) & his ‘Exotic House Plants’ (1976) book, along with Charles Marden Fitch in ‘The Complete Book of Houseplants’ (1972). Considering this acclaim, it’s no doubt that the calamondin is an excellent plant not just for the tropics, but for northern cities as well, when pruned as a small bush.

“The small flowers are fragrant and bear white petals... In the opinion of many, the calamondin is among the most ornamental and beautiful of all citrus trees and its fruits among the more intriguing for culinary use” (Hawkes, Alex D.).

What makes this species of citrus more ornamental than others?

Dragonfruit post!   ;D

Wait, you're kidding right??   ;D

Tropical Fruit Discussion / What are the most ornamental fruit trees?
« on: March 14, 2019, 03:45:14 PM »
I have a spot in the front yard that could use a nice fruit tree. But, I want the tree to be evergreen and have good tasting fruit.

I was thinking of something like a loquat, although I already have one. Any other ideas?

Citrus General Discussion / What is the BEST Lemon Variety?
« on: March 13, 2019, 11:39:03 PM »
I need to keep a potted lemon tree so here is my question:

For general use and productivity, is it undisputedly between Eureka and Meyer?

Are there any lesser-known varieties that can compete for the G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time) status of lemons?

What about Lime? What are the best lime varieties?

I bought a McBeth loquat but am waiting on fruit to ripen.

Does anyone have experience with this variety? Does the fruit taste any good?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Identifying ice cream bean species.
« on: March 10, 2019, 03:22:41 PM »
I was planning on purchasing a 15 gallon tree but the seller isn't aware of the species.

Any suggestions?

So he's looking for a diligent man who will take care of his business.  I hope he is also trying to find someone who will love his daughter and treat her with kindness and respect. ???

Eh, I guess that would be ok too...

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