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Thanks for the pictures Karen! Wow, they get pretty big. I see a lot of potential for this fruit crop on sides of hills and other dry areas that normally wouldn’t be farmed.

This kind of plant will grow without any care in inland southern CA.  Maybe a few waterings during summer and anual fertilizer and it will grow really fast.  We dont ever have watering bans either Karen.  They just dont want people watering their grass everyday when theres a drought. 

Hard to believe people even have lawns here to be honest.  Even in Arizona people grow grass and water it everyday to keep it green.  Its really makes no sense. 
I talked to you about making plants.  I will be doing some avocado seedlings in .7gal 5x9" tall pots for grafting and mail shipping.  Bear with me as it takes a long time to go from seed to hardened off graft.  Once I have seeds in a state ready to graft I will check back to see if you still want trees and what you want grafted.
Please put me on your wait list if you’re able to get cuttings or seeds! The fruit look super delicious, how do the plants look?


When mature? 

When relatively young, and well cared for?


I do have a Jubaea in fact! But they are borderline hardy here and need protection in colder winters.  Mine spear-pulled after the winter 16/17 and is still recovering.

Here, what is dangerous aren't the absolute lows, which have never been lower than -16C in the last 20 years and usually no lower than -10/-12C, but permanent frost. Long freezes tend to be lethal at much milder temps. USDA zones are not transferable 1:1. If they were, I could grow Butia odorata without protection – but I can't.

Yeah, I'm working on some experiments with soil heating to zone-push palms.  It's tricky, though - if you heat the soil too much you break dormancy, which - in cold weather - will kill your plant.  You need to stop the soil from freezing too deeply, but not warm it so much that the plant decides, "Time to grow!"  And of course in the winter you want the roots to stay rather dry (to encourage dormancy / discourage rot).
I have a Fuerte that seems to be doing well. It's actually one of the only two varieties Lowe's sells here, the other being Mexicola (and grande). Both handled this past winter like a champ, although it was definitely warmer than normal here. Both trees are in a shaded area with a slightly more humid microclimate, so they're spared the majority of our blistering sun.

I tried Hass and it wasn't as cold tolerant, and also seemed more sensitive to root rot and soil salt. Wouldn't mind giving it another go having learned some things since then.

Appreciate the tips on Rootmaker and copper hydroxide paints, I'll check them out!
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango Bud Grafting T-Bud Graft Method
« Last post by simon_grow on Today at 12:46:04 PM »
Hey Behl, have you tried to prune back the apical branches? I do that to my citrus bud grafts to re direct the energy. If they’re still green, hopefully they will push once the weather warms up. There’s another 1-2 weeks of cool cloudy weather in the forecast. May grey followed by June gloom.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Nectar of Neptune Mango
« Last post by skhan on Today at 12:45:59 PM »
I saw Dr. Campbell is selling this variety at his farm in Homestead.
Anyone know the history? or really anything about it?
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: San Diego garden photos
« Last post by spaugh on Today at 12:43:55 PM »
Hello Spaugh,

    Is your place close to Rawhide Ranch in Bonsall, Ca?
You have an awesome place!  Congrats

Thanks for the kind words.  We are planting a lot right now and trying to get it done before the heat kicks in.  I will post more photos once more stuff goes in.  Its fun to look at before and after photos.

Bonsall is about 30 miles north of here.

Heres some more photos

Mangos are store mangos for rootstock.

Had some reeds drop early off an immature tree but they were actually pretty good quality still.
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee grafting experiments
« Last post by simon_grow on Today at 12:39:43 PM »
Ariel, a couple members here have successfully grafted Lychee onto Longan rootstock, see this link:

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