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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: fighting against asshole neighbor
« on: September 17, 2019, 01:43:45 AM »
Language crybaby, kids are on this forum.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: 20 gallon Coconut Cream mango FS
« on: September 17, 2019, 01:35:49 AM »
You would rather live in Florida than San should visit FL in the summer.

I’m looking for very sweet, locally grown mangos, grown from seed sowed straight into the ground, in and around Orange County, Los Angeles, and San Diego. I plan on planting the seeds directly into the ground in my backyard.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What’s this?
« on: September 11, 2019, 01:50:37 AM »
You da man, thanks Chris! Unfortunately there were only a few left on the tree or I’d say get over there and grab one. Hoping I can get these seeds to sprout. I really enjoyed the fruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / What’s this?
« on: September 11, 2019, 12:32:42 AM »
Picked this at the Fullerton Arboretum today. It taste good, sweet with some sour and only one seed. Would someone please help me identify? I can’t find a picture of it anywhere online.

Thank ya very much!

Most of what I see here as landscaping plants are Philodendron bipinnatifidum not Monstera deliciosa. They do look similar...

Thanks for the heads up. How do you tell the difference?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help with little green grasshoppers
« on: September 09, 2019, 10:53:06 PM »
Had a bunch on my blueberries a couple weeks ago. I used Soap and water to immobilize, then squished them with my fingers, or you can just hose them off your tree.

Has anyone seen this ripening up in So Cal yet? There’s so much of it everywhere, from apartment landscaping to mall and retail store planting’s, it’s used all over the place here, and I think  99% of the people that walk past it everyday have no clue it’s edible.

Can someone provide a picture of what to look for when it’s ready to pick off the plant for further ripening?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Minimum spacing in bananas?
« on: September 09, 2019, 10:41:37 PM »
Well you could just tie the wooden uprights to the wall. Usually concrete anchors work by drilling a hole in the concrete and expanding when screwed in. Aluminum flat stock is easy to bend to an "L" shape, easy to drill and doesn't rust. It is available at hardware outlets.

Thanks for the great ideas my friend. I really appreciate your time. Happy growing!

Anyone else?  I would think that there has be larger Luc's growing in SoCal. 

I grafted one on an Imbe that is in the ground a few years ago, the Luc's is now 6 feet.

Hi Mark, would you please post a picture of your tree? I’m curious to see what it looks like at that size. Thank you, Nate.

Actually the tree is 7 feet, I just measured it. Here are a couple of photos.

Thanks for the pics Mark. Great looking tree my friend! Well done.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Minimum spacing in bananas?
« on: September 09, 2019, 05:25:47 PM »
Thanks Pineislander. I like your idea, nice and easy. However, I have small children so I’d llike to have a more secure way of keeping the trees in place, especially since I built that structure pretty quick and it’s not THAT sturdy. Also, if that structure were to collapse because of the weight of bananas and crush my kids, I wouldn’t hear the end of it from the wife ;)  I guess not too many members have experience with anchoring to a wall (or don’t care to help) so I’ll figure something out and try to post what I come up with in case  someone else has a similar problem.

Anyone else?  I would think that there has be larger Luc's growing in SoCal. 

I grafted one on an Imbe that is in the ground a few years ago, the Luc's is now 6 feet.

Hi Mark, would you please post a picture of your tree? I’m curious to see what it looks like at that size. Thank you, Nate.

Thanks Bill. I wonder if anyone has fruited one in Cali yet...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Minimum spacing in bananas?
« on: September 07, 2019, 02:37:24 AM »

These nanas have started to get pretty big since I first stared this thread and are starting to lean a bit.

Does anyone have a suggestion or idea on how to anchor them to the cinderblock wall? Thanks.


Got this seedling in December 2018 when it had one or two sets of leaves. Since then it has grown two or three new sets of leaves, with the most recent set being huge compared to the other ones. I hope to get it in the ground this fall.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee success in SoCal
« on: September 05, 2019, 03:58:00 PM »
I'm going to buy either a 3 or a 7 gallon Sweetheart Lychee this weekend from Champa Nursery in El Monte, $60 or $95 respectively. I could do another air-layer on my brother giant tree but don't want to wait. This time I will heavily add kitchen vegetable-fruit waste on top around the tree to simulate the southern China mountain condition. I have been adding kitchen waste to my mango trees and this helps to keep the soil moist and tons of earthworms.

Should I buy the 3 or the 7 gallon?

I’m no expert but maybe take both the 3 and the 7 gallon out of their pots and check the roots to make sure they’re not badly root bound. I’d also base my decision on overall health of the tree and shape.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Growing Rambutan in Southern California
« on: September 02, 2019, 01:22:25 AM »
I also have a small ramputan tree that I grew from a seed this year. So far my plant is doing really good in a container. Have anyone have success in growing one with fruits on it? I heard they need another tree to  pollinate...

What’s up Tina, my plant turned out to be a coffee plant, NOT RAMBUTAN. The two seedlings I got in the last year both put on a couple new growth flushes and then kicked the bucket :( Good luck with yours, please keep us posted. Peace.


Looks like they’re lacking iron, but I’m no expert. Good luck.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: SoCal mango flowering update
« on: August 22, 2019, 01:10:14 AM »
Here are (5) photos taken over this last weekend. We are probably two months behind south Florida in terms of flowering but of course, they had a very warm 2019 winter so I assume flowering is way down the further south you go.

All of the noted trees I have been grafted to Manila rootstock except Val-Carrie which is on Turpentine. These Trees have been in the ground on average about 2.5 years. Just for something different the last photo is of my eight-year-old Beaumont Macadamia Tree in Bloom.


Sweet Tart on Manila

Mallika on Manila Rootstock

Nam Doc Mai #4 on Manila

Val-Carrie on Turpentine

Coconut Cream on Manila

Beaumont Macadamia Tree

On the CRFG website it states Beaumont macadamia flowers are bright pink. Your flowers look white.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: August 21, 2019, 06:56:58 PM »
Does anyone know if Haley’s Comet is self fertile? Thanks in advance.

Don’t have Facebook. Please just post list and make it easy for everyone. Thanks.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pura Vida Avocado in S. Florida
« on: August 19, 2019, 11:16:15 PM »
When hunting for new avocados, Campbell and Ledesma browse such outdoor markets in search of fruits with outstanding physical features. “We basically want trees that have unusual fruit—whether long, big, purple-skinned, without a seed, whatever,” Campbell explains.

If the local market lacks interesting fruits, Campbell and Ledesma may work a trick that has many times drawn great avocados out from hiding: They drive slowly through the dirt streets of a village and, using a bullhorn, invite all the locals to bring their homegrown avocados to a weekend fruit competition, at which the best avocado will win its owner a new bicycle, previously purchased at a local shop on the expedition’s expense account. A small crowd of locals, Campbell says, is almost sure to gather at the appointed place with samples of their backyard fruits.

The next step is tracing an interesting fruit back to the tree from which it was picked—an often challenging feat that may depend on the assistance of a local guide familiar with the region’s geography and its farmers. Even after the collector has pinpointed the location of a tree, another hurdle may be convincing its owner to allow branches to be cut. “They’re often worried that we’re trying to put them out of business or that they’ll lose their income if they give us any wood,” Campbell says. Sometimes, befriending locals in the village bar over several rounds of beer can do the trick. And to quell any lingering suspicions, Campbell usually provides written assurances of royalties on fruit sales should the tree ever become a cultivated commercial variety.

Through their many expeditions and negotiations, Campbell and Ledesma have brought some knockout avocados back to the Fairchild Garden. There is one they found in a backyard garden in Rivas, Nicaragua called the Pura Vida. The Pura Vida bears gourd-shaped fruits averaging 18 inches in length, with some growing as long as 3 feet. Then there’s the Juan Jose, an avocado Campbell and Ledesma found growing on a tree in Costa Rica and whose fruits contain no seed at all—just light, creamy flesh within a soft, green skin. Campbell and Ledesma dubbed another the “car wash avocado” after the rural outpost where they found the tree growing in Guatemala. Similarly, there are two “truck stop avocados,” each collected from a roadside truckers’ café in Guatemala.

Is anyone growing the seedless “Juan Jose”? avocado with NO seed?! Yes please!!!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pura Vida Avocado in S. Florida
« on: August 18, 2019, 06:30:16 PM »
Brad, wow, thanks for bringing this variety to my attention! It looks like a looooooong Pinkerton.

Hello Oscar, that’s great news! Please add me to the PV scion list. Thank you sir.

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