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Don't waste your time on seedlings.  My Brogdon/Waldin is now a rootstock hosting 4 healthy, vigorously growing GEM grafts/branches.

For S. Florida I'd recommend Reed, which used to be sold commercially there.  It laughs off heat.  My greenhouse recently hit 112F until I got to it and gave everything a shower.  No damage. 

Yes pumice not cheap to ship but will outperform vermiculite  by far and perlite performs better than vermiculite but its stll not anywere near the performance qualitys of pumice, the pots will for sure be heavyer but for more heatlhy  roots pumice is unmatched and its still lighter than sand and/or gravel much less dence.

Tell that to my trees.  I've had to top this 11' cocktail citrus tree about 4X since it froze back to a stump Jan. 2018.  It is loaded with limes and oranges.  Left side, rear corner.

Tree in the front, left side of photo, is a 8' Sharwil, Lamb Hass, Pinkerton grafted tree from last year that also froze back to a stump.  It's a good 8' wide and growing like a weed. I hope to get a heavy fruit set next year.  Am rebuilding now.

Frozen back Reed stump, March 19 2018 pushing some fresh shoots.

7 months later, 10'.  I've had to top it twice when it hits 13' at my roof!

I gave up on perlite because the dust is hard to deal with and it's so fragile, falls apart when shipped and handled.  That once "Coarse" grade soon becomes a "Fine" grade.  Vermiculite contains some beneficial elements such as Silicon, is light and doesn't break down thereby maintaining an open soil structure.

To each his own.......  :)

Avoman, not to rain on your parade but I think shipping cost on pumice is gonna be a deal killer. Stuff is not light compared to vermiculite or perlite.  I'd try to sell for pick up only locally.

I buy large bags of vermiculite for around $22.  Hard to beat for being lightweight and super "airy".

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: July 07, 2019, 10:23:07 AM »
My new Ettinger avocado tree arrived today! It's great! I'm very happy!
I will post pics tomorrow...   ;D
My new Ettinger avocado...



Good choice, congradulations and good luck with that one.

Cant beat that for a windbreak.And you have a reason to be proud for planting those trees .Each tree has advantages and disadvantages and those Cypress did grow fast but if its like im suspecting,that when you planted them they were allready 4-5 years old ,add 12 years and we get 16-17 years

Nope, less than a year old, 30 cm. tall when I planted them. They are started from cuttings at a wholesale nursery.  Sometimes before a rain I do a drive by in my ATV and toss scoop fulls of a high N food at their base.  Haven't done that in a long time.

I used them for Xmas trees, choose and cut.  Notice the striking color differences.   I've got two huge ones down at the highway gate which have never received supplemental water nor fertilizer.   They will grow at least a meter a year if fed and watered.  I know trees, all kinds of trees - fruit, nut, landscape, shade.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: July 07, 2019, 08:01:35 AM »
If the variety you are talking about is actually ‘Sugar Dragon’, it won’t take much pollinating. You could probably sleep in and do it in the morning 👍👍

I did just that, this morn at 5:30 a.m.   I "diddled it" but didn't see any pollen sticking to the make up brush.  Huge flowers, must have been a foot across.

Nice work!

Whatever you use, sharpen it with a WorkSharp.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: July 06, 2019, 01:05:30 PM »
Have a big "Sugar" blossom looking like it will split tonight.  I know what's gonna happen too.  My wife will be yelling at me to come to bed from my home theater's easy chair and I'll forget to get to the greenhouse to hand pollinate it.

The pitaya bed has grown crazy since I planted it last year in Sugar, Physical Graffti, Santa Barbara Red, Frankie's Red.  Some are 8' high crawling up the greenhouse covering.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: July 06, 2019, 12:57:42 PM »
Haha.  You should really make up some new names if you plan to share scions.
Really?  :o

Absolutely.  They are seedlings, not Stewart or Sir Prize.

For a thick windbreak, ground up, it's hard to beat Arizona cypress and Leyland Cypress. I planted these 12" liners about 12 years ago.  The blue A.C. is cultivar "Blue Ice", my fave.

They like droughty conditions, are bullet proof.  May not live as long as an oak but neither will I.

It's an invasive albeit fast growing tree here in Texas that is strongly condemned. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: July 03, 2019, 09:40:07 AM »
Heres the holiday tree that is flushing nicely.  I figure it will be 10 years before this tree can hold a decent load.  Maybe I will get 1 or 2 this year.

That's a beautiful shape.  Would think you'd get a good load by now then again I've never grown a pure Holiday.

sc4001992, sounds pretty nice and much like my vineyard which is on steroids without any irrigation or fertilizer.  It's all about the roots.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hoop house
« on: July 01, 2019, 09:45:43 AM »
Very nice Brian.

Awesome, hope it works well for you.  I am about to get mone up and running for summer so I can run it if the temps get crazy here.  Hasnt hardly broke 85 here much yet so havent had to use.  Been just opening up the hoop house and lwtting the wind blow through. Once its super hot and dry here it actually work better to close the HH and run the mist.  Works super good on those hot dry days.

I've been following your temps once in a while.  I find your highs of mid 70's just crazy (nice). 

My greenhouse hit 107F couple of days ago.  Amazing but everything looks fine.  I went thru 250 gals. of rainwater yesterday.

Stay cool and enjoy your 4th.  Here's our treat for the 4th, ice cold Gazpacho.  Everything home grown but the cukes - tomatoes, garlic, red onion, bell pepper, key lime.  Get your lycopene and vitamins, it's addicting stuff.

send it my way and your mess will be over.

Tried to cut and yank one out yesterday.  Just butchered it.  Time to dump them and break them away by force I guess.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: House in greenhouse. Citrus garden
« on: July 01, 2019, 09:36:00 AM »
Citrus tree on 2 roots of different varieties. I have a problem with chlorosis in my garden when using trifoliates as a rootstock. The second inoculation of rootstock - Pamela freed from chlorosis and enhanced the nutrition of the tree.

Yep, and Flying Dragon is the worst.  If you can get your hands on Keyplex 350DP, it's really good.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: July 01, 2019, 09:32:02 AM »
These gardens are amazing.

Last year's cutting of Sugar is showing a blossom.  Not much, but it's a start.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: July 01, 2019, 09:28:41 AM »
Interesting because the Irvine orchard tree she showed was perfectly shaped.  Are you giving it a lot of nitrogen?

I think it was Part two.

You think you have a problem? Have a look at the crown on this.
I have two like this, Dole Gold pineapples from grocery store tops....

Give it Mohawk cut.

Simon, been following Poway temps once in a while. I'd love to have highs in the mid 70's.  The warmer temps in Brad's greenhouse must help.  Mine hit 103F before I cooled off everything with cool well water yesterday.  Took my pre dawn walk in a cool 65F this morn. Saw where parts of France hit a record 114F the other day. Germany and Austria are hitting 100+ temps!  :o

I guess I'll take a knife to that mess as I don't want to pop the whole plant out and disturb the root system.

I dropped a couple of calcium carbide nuggets into 4 oz. of water, let it fizz for a while and then poured the water into my biggest pineapple's cup.  Let's see if that induces it to fruit.

The literature says to remove the pups for larger fruit. If you want more plants, you can leave them on and just up pot the entire bunch but you will likely get a smaller fruit.


Use a knife to cut them off the main?

My trees can be outside for 5 months out of year come inside house for winter will be planted in cali down the road i have no Gem trees yet but have a contract with brokaw for next year and they will mostly be on Dusa rootstock, but  have plenty grown on seed rootstock.

Sounds like a helluva plan.  Good luck.

White Sugarloaf and others are doing the same thing - all pups, and mama won't grow big enough to fruit.  Before the Jan. 2018 freeze hit I had some 4' or so wide, big enough to fruit. 

I assume you're growing in a greenhouse?  Would love to see pix of your op.

For smaller trees I highly recommend GEM and Pinkerton.  I've got new grafts that are growing really well. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dwarf mangoes for growing in pots
« on: June 26, 2019, 12:12:22 PM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: June 26, 2019, 12:10:53 PM »
But it hasn't been over 70 F in san diego for the last 7 days.  Does young tree suffered heat damage this easity?

Nope.  Some types of spiders and caterpillars roll leaves over their "home". 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: June 20, 2019, 04:17:27 PM »
Thread on heat tolerant varieties.  Reed does best.  I've found it very heat tolerant too.

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