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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee success in SoCal
« on: September 12, 2019, 09:22:27 PM »
I fertilize it two or three times a year.

Bill

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee success in SoCal
« on: September 12, 2019, 10:55:53 AM »
Nothing fancy. I give it vitoro citrus fertilizer from Home Depot. It has 2-3Ē of bark nuggets as mulch. I know it likes that.

Bill

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Bananas for sale in SoCal
« on: September 10, 2019, 02:33:37 PM »
Hi, sorry but shipping really isn't worth the hassle to me.  Good luck.

Bill

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Seven feet sounds like the largest one I know of in SoCal. So hopefully it will start fruiting in 2-3 years?  Mark, does it grow in flushes or is it always growing on some part of the tree like mine does?

Bill

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Six feet!  Very nice. Is that the largest one you know of in SoCal?

Bill

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: California grown mango harvests
« on: September 07, 2019, 12:06:07 AM »
Nice haul.  I should be picking mangoes soon.

Bill

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Bonsai Beast, those plant definitely need some shade.  A shade cloth or something that blocks the late afternoon sun will help them grow faster.

FV Fruit Freak, that is about the size mine was when I put it into the ground.  Next summer if you put it in the ground or a larger pot it should really take off.

Bill

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

Bill

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee success in SoCal
« on: September 06, 2019, 02:19:44 AM »
If the trees look healthy then buy the bigger one. Just be careful this time of year some people sell freshly removed air layers in pots. You want a plant that has been in the pot long enough for o root out and be happy.

As a side note I ate one of my lychees yesterday and it was delicious. Very sweet and tender. Iím going to eat one a week to get a feel for when they are at peak ripeness. Then next year Iíll have a better idea of when they are ready.

Bill

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Ok. Great. There are so many mis labeled bananas sold I wanted to make sure you didnít get a bad one.

Bill

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Hi Rodney, I donít want to bum you out but non of those plants look like dwarf red. Are you sure that is what you have? 

Bill

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Long Neck Avocados?
« on: September 04, 2019, 02:13:12 AM »
Thanks for the link.

Bill

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee success in SoCal
« on: September 03, 2019, 09:50:32 PM »
I have been keeping mine from 9-12í. Right now it is about 12í. I will remove the air layers soon and prune the rest of the tree. I would say 12 is a good minimum size.

Bill

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee success in SoCal
« on: September 03, 2019, 10:30:17 AM »
What happens if I leave them on the tree for too long?

Bill

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Puerto Rico Fruit Haul
« on: September 03, 2019, 02:20:09 AM »
Nice haul!  Iím jealous.

Bill

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee success in SoCal
« on: August 31, 2019, 06:59:28 PM »
I have given the tree a lot of Nitrogen.  I guess next year I will hold off on the fertilizer.  In the first picture of the fruit above my hand was closer to the camera.  This made the fruit look smaller then they are.  Here are a couple other photos that show the fruit from different angles.






The fruit has been completely red for about a week or two. 

Bill

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Hi all, I know there is a post about growing Luc's Garcinia around the world but I thought it would be a good idea to start a post about growing it in Southern California.  I figure it is common enough now that we can gather information specific to our location.  Information like growth, cold tolerance, heat tolerance, disease problems, fruiting characteristics etc. can vary from location to location.  Hopefully gathering information in one place will be useful.

I'll start by telling you guys my experience so far.  I obtained my one year old seedling in April of 2015.  If I remember correctly it was about six inches tall.  I grew it in a pot until spring of 2018 when I put it in the ground.  At that time it was about two feet tall.  That summer it had three growth flushes.  It grew to three feet tall and started to branch out laterally.  This summer it is always in a constant state of growth.  It doesn't have growth flushes where the whole plant grows at once, anymore.  It now is always growing somewhere on the plant but not all at once.  It is currently over 4.5' tall and sill growing strong.

My house is in Long Beach and I live about two miles from the beach.  Because of this I have mild summers and winters.  I have the Limoncillo planted in dappled shade with about two inches of mulch.  I fertilize it several times a summer.  The only disease problem I have had so far is scale attacking the new growth. 

I'm hoping it will fruit at about 6-8 feet tall?  I really have no idea.

Here are some pictures.








Bill

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee success in SoCal
« on: August 31, 2019, 06:23:44 PM »
Here are some photos.











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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee success in SoCal
« on: August 31, 2019, 06:20:47 PM »
An update on my Brewster tree.  It is still growing like a weed.  I am controlling its size by pruning and air layers.  It is currently about 11-12' tall and wide.  I wish I would have given it more space when I planted it.  But to be honest I thought it would take ten years to reach this size.  Last year I got one fruit off the tree after a heavy spring bloom.  This year I have nine fruit after a medium spring bloom.  The fruit have turned completely red but still have a spiny or spiky skin.  I know I need to wait until the skin smoothes out for the fruit to be ripe.  Are there any other things to look for that tell me the fruit is ripe?

Bill

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Bananas for sale in SoCal
« on: August 28, 2019, 04:08:32 PM »
Availability updated.

Bill

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Gonzo, it appears you are in Florida. If the air layer survives shipping to you I would suggest planting it in a three gallon pot with well draining soil. Since Florida is very humid you would probably be fine keeping it in full shade until it has a growth flush. After the growth flush hardens off you can move it to full sun.

Bill

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I hate to rain on anyone's parade but I feel that I must add my opinion to this.  Just so everyone knows an air layer that has been freshly removed from a tree is very delicate.  Ideally it should be placed in a green house with most of it's leaves removed until it can grow more root mass to support the foliage.  If you don't have a green house you will need to put it in full shade and mist it several times a day.  A clear plastic bag with many small holes in it placed over the plant will help to hold humidity.  Even doing all this does not guarantee survival.  I'm not trying to ruin the sellers post but I think it is important for buyers to understand what they are going to receive.  There seams to be a large interest in this post that I don't understand.  This is a very common type of Lychee that can be bought in So Cal at many nurseries or even off Craig's List.  A freshly removed air layer is worth way less than a well rooted growing healthy plant.  Again I'm not trying to ruin what this seller has going.  I just want to make sure everyone understand what they are going to receive.

Bill

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Banana uneven ripening
« on: July 21, 2019, 09:54:53 AM »
I have no idea. I have never seen or experienced that on my bananas. Hopefully it will just go away on your next bunch.

Bill

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First fruiting of garcinia madruno
« on: July 07, 2019, 01:35:51 PM »
Very nice!  About how tall is the plant?

Bill

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