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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Finally a giant Megalanthus
« on: January 22, 2021, 08:02:16 PM »
How do you tell when itís ready to pick? Mine is starting to yellow up. Figured it woulda stayed green and not ripened up until it warmed up but it looks like it has other plans.

Btw thank you Simon for bringing these into radar!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mexicola flowering
« on: January 18, 2021, 12:29:59 PM »
Hey Brad, have you heard of the dorado variety? Itís a Mexican type.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: This seedling look familiar?
« on: January 13, 2021, 04:17:42 PM »
Loquat maybe?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: January 12, 2021, 06:42:00 PM »
Has anyone tried the Mexican avocado, Delgado?




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I cracked another one and it looked like the seed had rotted out



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Try to crack the seeds and look for one that is viable.

Thanks for the tip!! I had no idea. I cracked the shell of the seed open and got a nice looking seed out, please see pics below, how do you tell if itís still viable?






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Has anyone germinated these yet? Iíve had no luck.

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Has anyone had any luck germinating these? No luck here yet.



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Finally a giant Megalanthus
« on: January 02, 2021, 12:41:22 AM »
Hey Simon, Happy New Year. Hereís a pic taken today of my Peruvian Mega I got from Brad thatís fruiting. It grew and fruited pretty quick, planted the cutting in July 2019. Canít wait to try this one. Iím stoked you went to Hong Kong all those years ago ;)
Cheers,
Nate



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2021 mango season (California)
« on: December 23, 2020, 10:39:37 PM »
My LZ is sending out flowers now and a stalk has bean size fruits already. Most other mangoes are ready with flower buds also. They all will be cut off. This seems to be a little sooner than the passed years.

I will let them hold fruits in April.

Isnít it still 2020?

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Pepino Dulce cuttings & plants
« on: December 20, 2020, 01:00:03 PM »
Surprise me today, I think I planted the cutting around Aug/Sept and it is flowering.  Very easy root from cutting. 



Looking great! Are your plants protected or out in the open?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Questions about Ice Cream Bean
« on: December 20, 2020, 12:50:02 AM »
How do you know when theyíre ready to eat? I have several pods that are starting to get soft but they are not extremely plump. They have started turning yellowish from green. Thanks for any advice.
Once they turn yellowish they are over ripe, and seeds inside will have long roots. It's better to open when fully plump, but not yellow. They don't really get soft until way over ripe.


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Thanks Oscar. I was waiting for them to plump up but they never really did, Iím hoping It was because it was the first time the tree set fruit.





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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Questions about Ice Cream Bean
« on: December 19, 2020, 08:14:35 PM »
How do you know when theyíre ready to eat? I have several pods that are starting to get soft but they are not extremely plump. They have started turning yellowish from green. Thanks for any advice.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sugarcane
« on: December 17, 2020, 06:18:16 PM »
They probably didnít have a chance to get established before this cold weather hit. Try again in the spring and you should have no problem. Like everyone else has said once theyíre established theyíre pretty hard to kill. Good luck.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: December 15, 2020, 10:43:10 PM »
What causes avocados to be ďwateryĒ? I have a 5 or 6 year old Haas and last season half the avocados were delicious and the other half were watery.
Now that's interesting.  I thought only Florida avocados were watery, or immature avocados.

We got good ones and watery ones all through summer, even the ones we didnít pick off the tree till Aug/Sep so I donít think immaturity was the problem.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: December 15, 2020, 05:51:49 PM »
What causes avocados to be ďwateryĒ? I have a 5 or 6 year old Haas and last season half the avocados were delicious and the other half were watery.

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What is the season for myrica rubra?

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Kadsura seeds are in season....

Hi Jason, how would you explain the taste of your Kadsura? Those are great looking fruits you have in that picture. Are they kadsura ďcoccineaĒ? Iím growing a few kadsura coccinea vines. Thank you, Nate.
it tastes sweet

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Any pictures of the pitanga fruit? Does it look like Surinam cherry? Thx

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Large Mango Trees in So Cal
« on: December 06, 2020, 04:35:13 PM »
I donít think anyone wants other people to know where their mango trees are located. Why would you? So people can steal the fruit? Thereís large trees growing here and theyíve been reported on by Frank, Simon, and others, thatís all people need to know, IMO. Iíve seen many mango trees all over Orange County that are 25ft+ but I would never reveal the locations out of respect for the grower.

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Hey Nate, if you graft one of the branches with mature scion, it will significantly slow down the growth of your plant. This is because, generally speaking, the scion is what determines the maturity of the grafted branch. The branch that is grafted with mature scion will flower once nightly average lows are below about 61-62F. The non grafted branches will likely Not flower however the grafted branch will so it will be pulling energy from the trees resources.

The energy spent on flowering, which in SoCal can last upwards of 6 months, is taken away from the vegetative growth. This not only affects your plant for the first year or two but it will affect you rootstock variety until it naturally reaches sexual maturity.

I would advise that you donít graft your tree until it is approaching the final size you would like to keep your tree.
Simon

Thanks a lot Simon! Iíll let patience be my virtue and wait for the seedlings to get bigger and then, watch out sweet tart and lemon zest scions...Iím coming for you! Happy gardening Simon! Cheers

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If you donít have any luck I have a couple of trees, could probably hook you up with a cutting or two this summer.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Keepin my ďUltra TropicalsĒ safe!
« on: December 02, 2020, 02:56:19 PM »
Those arent ultra tropicals.

This doesnít seem like much ďhelpĒ, but I would consider MikeTís response helpful, and the young grower thanked him appropriately. Bully you trippin.

Young Grower, good luck on your nice collection!

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Hey Nate,

Iím the adventurous type so my personal opinion is that if you spent the time to grow out a seedling, you might as well let it fruit to see what you have. Who knows, you may chance upon a new flavor profile or just get super lucky with an amazing tasting fruit.

It is highly unlikely that you will get a super amazing fruit but there is a good possibility that you get a decent tasting fruit. My friend Margot grew out a tree from seed about 20-25 years ago and here tree is very productive with good tasting fruit. Itís not top tier but itís a good fruit in the same league as Kent, Glenn, Vp etc...

http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=21350.msg261001#msg261001

Leo Manuel also planted out many seedlings and he has made a number of selections from them. Not all the seedlings were keepers but the ones he kept are quite good and very disease resistant.

http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=3188.0

Nate, not all seedlings are the same. With Polyembryonic mangos, there is a significantly higher chance of good quality fruit from the seedling because there is a high probability of getting a clone. With Polyembryonic mango seedlings, there is also the probability of getting the zygotic seedling but the zygotic seedling may be selfed, meaning it was pollinated by itself.

This selfed seedling is Not a clone even though all of its genetic material came from itself. The zygotic seedling is the result of sexual reproduction so there were rearrangements of its genetic material. This is a possible explanation for how Lemon Zest and Orange Sherbet were selected from Po Pyu Kalay seedlings.

I highly recommend that us SoCal mango growers grow out Polyembryonic seeds from varieties like Sweet Tart, Orange Sherbet, COC and NDM as their number one choice for rootstocks. I recommend these even over Lavern Manilla.

Monoembryonic seedlings are also excellent as rootstocks but you are much less likely to get excellent fruit from them. Monoembryonic seedlings are highly variable from the research I have done. Monoembryonic seedlings usually start out as bigger plants as soon as they sprout because they get the energy fro the whole seed unlike Polyembryonic seedlings.

Simon


THANK YOU for the awesome, informative reply Simon! Hereís a pic of one of my seedlings (Kent) itís got 3 branches scaffolding out.

If I graft onto just one branch I wonder if it will slow the growth of the rest of the tree down? I do plan on growing out the other branches to see if I hit the lotto and wind up with a good tasting seedling fruit.

(ps if anyone knows how to rotate pictures please send me pm, thx)

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Various seedlings
« on: November 28, 2020, 02:25:41 AM »
PM sent for red longan, thank you.

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