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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado 24/7 Thread
« Last post by Mark in Texas on Today at 11:04:21 AM »
Here in northern California my meyer has light crops most of the year, heaviest being around summer and early january?

Twice a year?  If I want my Meyers on the tart side I harvest a few in Dec.  If I want them fully ripe I harvest in March.  They store well. Just grabbed one from the fridge and cut it to make a drink.  Was in perfect shape.
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado 24/7 Thread
« Last post by zephian on Today at 10:39:43 AM »
This is the very first fruit production of my ‘Oro Negro’ Avocado variety. I would describe it as a heavy production; I decided to get this variety because I have often heard Carlos (the Avocado Expert) favorably mention it. | (Photo Date: 05-16-2019)

Nice looking tree!

Even though I'm growing in a greenhouse before the big freeze my ON was a heavy producer.  Fruit isn't up to the quality of SoCal fruits but it's still worth planting.  With the freeze die back it now hosts Lamb Hass, Pinkerton, quite a few Sharwil grafts/branches and if all goes well the Jan Boyce will take.  Grafted late last year it's now 7' H X 8' W.

Here's a few in March 2017 with some Meyer lemons.  Apparently you folks in S. Florida start harvesting early winter.  Mine weren't ready until March.

Here in northern California my meyer has light crops most of the year, heaviest being around summer and early january?
They need some sun.  Try partial shade then in a week or so more sun. 

To be honest I put mine out in full sun right away if its 60-80f out but since you had them inside you might want to work them back in sun slowly. 

This one is avocado but its the same as cherimoya for me.  In mild weather, fresh grafts can be in full sun. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Making my cherimoya flower!
« Last post by zephian on Today at 10:28:57 AM »
yeah its an interesting case study for sure about seeing how atemoyas perform here and cherimoyas won't... my lowest temp here is about 55 degree F.      its actually hilarious as i write this that there are 1000's of posts on this forum with everyone trying to grow stuff wanting the higher temps and here i am wanting the low temps!  haha

Is this why i don't hear about many of you california guys growing atemoya??  cause its too cold for atemoya there?   sounds like cherimoya is prime in california tho.

Atemoyas grow fine here too.  Cherimoya tastes a lot better to me.
You guys can have some of my chill hours -_-
Can't wait till my cherimoyas are big enough to see how they do out here though!
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Geodesic dome greenhouse build
« Last post by Mark in Texas on Today at 10:24:28 AM »
My experience with polycarbonate, wood, and tape/sealants is that water will find a way and you will have leaks you cannot avoid.  Even manufactured double-pane vacuum-sealed windows leak sometimes.

Yep.  Only way to do this is double walled polycarbonate resulting in less light and plants that tend to be leggy and may not fruit well.

Otherwise he needs to go with single and cough up the bucks to heat it.  I would assume that gas heating would be the cheapest with controllers.     
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: No pollen in male Salak flowers
« Last post by Finca La Isla on Today at 10:21:54 AM »
Maybe.  I am located 9N, so more tropical than you I think.
The male salak trees have always produced lots of pollen, even at times when the females were not flowering.  Research and experimenting proved that by always cleaning the females of all dead material, cutting away completely un pollinated flowers, old fruit stems, lower leaves, etc. The females started to fruit over a longer period.
 Salak has certain peaks of production but I can almost always find some ripe fruit any day of the year here.  My weather is very similar to parts of Malaysia and Indonesia.  We have two seasons of mangosteen and durian for instance.  That is not so everywhere in Costa Rica but on the Caribbean coast it works.
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is My Lychee Tree Sick?
« Last post by Cookie Monster on Today at 10:07:00 AM »
OK, then that's odd. You should post a picture.
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: New additions
« Last post by Seanny on Today at 10:06:04 AM »
Same old addiction!  :)
First I did research on where the cold hardiest oldest trees are found and when they bear fruits. So during the fruiting season, I looked at the forecast if it is windy. If that afternoon to evening is windy, I schedule a very early morning trip to those trees and then pick up their fruits from the ground. Most of these trees are in public parks and if on private properties, some of their branches extends to the roads and so I pick up the fruits, and I ripen them, got to taste them too, and then use their seeds as rootstocks.

Now I have many cold hardy avocados grafted on to those seedling rootstocks and as they bear fruits, I use the seeds to experiment if they make excellent rootstocks. I usually started them by germinating them during the winter on potting media, and left outside. I have produced many cold hardy seedlings this way. I will have plenty to experiment from my first generation fruits.

Damn, that's what I call passion.  Good on ya!   If I wasn't getting too old for this chit I'd reinvent the wheel with Nuevo Leon and Oxaca Mexican Criolo avocados, growing and selections. I have a connection thru a friend who knows a Mexican avocado grower who grows and sells varieties of the old landrace Mexican cold hardy Criolo avocado trees.  He's offered my friend scions.  i backed out of her request to graft different named varieties due to the risk of customs and other issues such as disease/insect contamination, which I guess you could get around with a quarantine drill.  She would basically have to smuggle them across is what she's telling me.  Here's one such avocado hanging from one of his trees.  These Mexican and Guatemalan avocados come in all shapes in sizes from ping pong ball size to 2 pounders.

Here's a partially censored variety script he sells beginning with the words "Tengo...." aka "I have....."

I wonder what his "egg of the bull" variety tastes like.   ;D
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: No pollen in male Salak flowers
« Last post by Chandramohan on Today at 09:25:03 AM »
I look at the flowers every morning and afternoon. The first three ,four flowerings, I could collect almost all the pollen. Could it be the weather?
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