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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherimoya Masterpiece
« on: April 21, 2019, 11:26:43 PM »
Beautiful tree Behl! I use to like multigrafted trees that was until a few years growing then 2-3 cultivars will take over the tree. Behl, it looks like you selected yr var. well....

Would be interesting to see which outgrows which.

These are all similar growth varieties. Still pruning maintenance is needed to keep all in check

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherimoya Masterpiece
« on: April 21, 2019, 11:24:59 PM »
But will each variety really give you fruit?

Yes, I have been enjoying cocktail fruits for a while. All produce well.

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Please post on another thread understand buy sell trade. Thanks

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is the best variety of loquat?
« on: April 21, 2019, 02:36:47 PM »
I have done cleft and veneee

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Will find out hopefully next week. It takes some persistence and arm wrestling to get few bucks out of these guys

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mulch problem - need your help
« on: April 19, 2019, 07:03:35 PM »
glad to hear. I always make sure these inspectors are happy, mail man is happy, trash man is happy, after all we rely on their service. Next time you see the inspector, offer him some fruit (even if store bought, he wouldn't know). it goes a long way, tell him its fruit of your labor.

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Alphonso mangoes are known for there flavour and sweetness all over the world. The best alphonso are grown in the areas of Ratnagiri and Devgad are the best in the market.
you can see the Ratnagiri mango in this link:
https://rdkokan.com/eng/

Alphonso is mediocre here in US, does not put out same flavor that you get in India. I have top worked my tree. besides spongy texture issues, Florida mangoes are well adapted for US Folks and flavor is hard to beat.

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I have tried tipping it, but dont like the shape it gets, all branches from the apex. Now I cut the head off and allow 3 branches to grow from leaf nodes that are spaced apart and in different directions.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is the best variety of loquat?
« on: April 19, 2019, 06:09:21 PM »
Mine are very flavorful. It has not rained in 6 plus weeks and this is where these sized up 50% and now ripening.

My tree is also 7 yrs in ground and about 7-8 feet tall. Very nice shape without pruning.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mulch problem - need your help
« on: April 19, 2019, 05:47:15 PM »
Here is what I did, hedge and California native plants, covering my side yard full of fruit trees.  All these areas were grass at one time.



And front side yard gets covered by big cherimoya tree. This time it gets exposed due to pruning. I need to clean up more, landscaper would do today.



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is the best variety of loquat?
« on: April 19, 2019, 04:18:22 PM »
For the first time after 6 yrs my big Jim is producing big fruits. Crop is 50% of last year but huge nuggets.



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From what I know it's a nice NPK with micros. On lychees, I use cottonseed meal and sulphur with organic seaweed and fish emulsion. Lychees are sensitive to ferts but love low PH

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We are trying to organize group order for this organic fertilizer., could save $5 to $7/bag from current market prices.  Those who have used this can tell how good this stuff is for Anona plants (Cherimoya, Atemoya, custard apples, etc.)

BioFlora Dry Crumblesฎ is a dry granular fertilizer, formulated to provide an excellent source of high quality organic nutrients for all types of plants.  It is a balanced formula, which can be used for pre-planting or continued fertilization throughout the growing season in agricultural fields, vineyards, greenhouses, orchards, turf farms or vegetable and flower gardens.  Only the highest quality materials are used in the formulation: fish meal, dry poultry litter and alfalfa meal.  Added to this mixture are humic acid, seaweed and sulfate of potash.  The final product is high in natural NPK (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium) and secondary elements such as calcium.

Guaranteed Product Analysis
Total Nitrogen (N) …………………...         6.00%
    1.23% Ammoniacal Nitrogen
    0.43% Nitrate Nitrogen
    4.34% Water Insoluble Nitrogen
Available Phosphate (P2O5) …………..6.00%
Soluble Potash (K2O) ………….……..        5.00%
Calcium (Ca) …………………………         8.00% 

4 Bags min, trying to get the price under $30 (I hope), seller in Santa Rosa is selling for $27 but pickup only. last year price was $37 at farm supply stores, this year not sure, will check but if this seller is selling for $27, I am sure we can get same price or cheaper here at local stores via group order. We need min 40 bags, or 10 people committed. Also bags will need to be picked up from Farm Supply Store (to be determined in either Anaheim OR Riverside).

So Far Committed (22):

Behlgarden - 4 bags
Vincenton - 4 bags
alangr088 - 4 bags
Bananaizme - 4 bags, could be 6
hawkfish007 - 2 bags, could be 4
minh - 4 bags

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Last time we did group order most didn't want in so we did a 4 way split. Requirement again is min. 4 bags and we need 40 bags. I will take 6. I am sure JF will take a few. Others? Let me. Open the post again

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If we get enough interested, we can do it. It has to be So Cal only as everyone will need to pick their own.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: To Mulch or Not to Mulch (Fruit Trees)
« on: April 18, 2019, 09:18:54 PM »
I had a hard top layer of soil, over past 5 years with mulching the soil has become very soft and you can drive a thin stake 12-18 inches without hammer. I believe that work mulch needed to do is done, as trees mature, all I will be doing is fertilize them both organic and non organic. once in a while do a very thin layer of much may be every 2-3 yrs, no more than 1" thick.  Thoughts?

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Grafting Question: Advice Needed
« on: April 18, 2019, 06:42:21 PM »
Question: any recommendations on getting a graft to wake up? My Carrubaro lemon is still green and the graft has fused (grafted at the end of December/beginning of January) but showing no signs of swelling. My two other amalfi grafts should be leafing out any day now.

Note: the Carrubaro is inside a plastic container that is sitting on a heat mat.

Thanks for your time! :)

Kelley






Put it in a garage, hot temp there might push thru the cutoff node.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mulch problem - need your help
« on: April 18, 2019, 12:58:55 PM »
Another idea is to throw in 3-4 big boulders between sidesknand side yard if city allows. Make it look like a desert

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Cherimoya Masterpiece
« on: April 18, 2019, 12:47:05 PM »
After letting a grafted seedling grow for 3 yrs, I went hack job to create a cocktail masterpiece. Don't be afraid to cut your tree hard. This tree was nearly 8 feet tall with single trunk. Look at it now, 40 inches tall and has nice spread and has been turned into a cocktail paradise

It's got:

Pierce
Sabor
Orton
Santa Rosa
Helmut
Fino
Selma
Ena
Honey Hart
Campas





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Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Looking for Xie Shan wood
« on: April 18, 2019, 12:36:21 PM »
Anyone nearby in Riverside area or in So Cal has this where you can share, trade, or sell me 2 - 4 PC's of wood?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mulch problem - need your help
« on: April 18, 2019, 12:22:31 PM »
one thing you could do is blend in few California native low water succulents or cactus plants in open spaces, it will really give great appeal to your neighbors and it it looks great too.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mulch problem - need your help
« on: April 18, 2019, 08:51:45 AM »
I have a huge side yard at the end of cul de sec too. I had metal fence, for privacy reasons I put in tall hedge and now inside hedge I got fruit orchard. Another frost side yard is huge orchard but have no HOA and it looks like a tropical jungle there.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mulch problem - need your help
« on: April 16, 2019, 08:42:18 PM »
from my understanding City can only dictate mulch type for the parkway area only, the strip between curb and your sidewalk. All other areas do not require any approvals in any city as its your property. If you have HOA, you better read their requirements as those HOA folks are sneaky bastards.

In Public hearing, you will hear complaints from your neighbors, and City will talk about notices issued and why you have not taken any action.

You need to go prepared to:
1. Fight, in this case you need to cite city requirements on mulch, what is specified if that, where is requirement coming from, and if HOA has any limits. It would help if you can have an expert weigh in on benefits vs. complaints sheet comparison.
2. You surrender and remove. this would be devastating.

The one problem I see is that you have been putting so much mulch piling on that its making a mess on sidewalks and road and creating unsightly conditions, If my neighbor did what you did, I would be pissed too.

Do your homework. Go to the City that handles parks and recreation or public works. Ask them for city requirements on Mulch and where that requirements apply. Then you see if your mulch is within the guideline. Mulch is a mulch, but too thick layer that blows off with wind and makes a mess is your problem I believe.

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I tried and was said no to Shasta, Yosemite, and Tahoe gold varieties. only bet is to buy trees

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: To Mulch or Not to Mulch (Fruit Trees)
« on: April 15, 2019, 05:24:42 PM »
I have a tractor mounted chipper and point the chute directly into my truck for easy transport. I've applied fresh chipped mulch from legume trees (Acacia) and applied 4 inches thick with no problem. If it is thicker like a pickup truck full it will heat up. Like the video I posted from Australia above says, however, some fresh chipped material can be harmful and they suggest letting it age. They also show a test which involves soaking the chips in water to see it they stain the water. I will say that aged mulch has significant benefits and gets better with age. I sift out old mulch which has been decomposed and get a fairly good potting mix.

Agreed. A good mulch has some fines and color is sort of faded to turning black. that is good stuff. I see some very fresh wood chips like it just came off the mill, that I would stay away from.

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