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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: where is the meat
« on: February 18, 2018, 10:50:43 PM »
There are different varieties of Ice Cream Bean which I know nothing about except that there are long skinny ones with relatively small seeds and a good amount of flesh to seed ratio. Iíve also tasted Machete Ice Cream bean which are very thick but the seeds are quite big and the flesh was not as sweet as the longer skinny one.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Guava from taiwan
« on: February 18, 2018, 09:53:36 PM »
Did it have seeds?

The sweetest best tasting green skinned crunchy guava Iíve ever eaten was what I believe is an Indonesian or Thai seedless guava.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherimoya / Mango Advice For SoCal (10a)?
« on: February 18, 2018, 09:51:22 PM »
Pierce and Booth are both excellent varieties. Also consider El Bumpo and Orton. Before you purchase a variety, you shoul try to make it to a Cherimoya tasting at the UC extension in Riverside so you can taste the different varieties before selecting which one to purchase.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherimoya / Mango Advice For SoCal (10a)?
« on: February 18, 2018, 09:40:17 PM »
I just looked up the USDA zone 10a and it states that average minimum temperatures are 30-35F. Are you sure youíre in Zone 10A? If your average minimum temps are 30-35F, you may be able to find an area where the microclimate is slightly warmer where you can successfully grow Mango. If you are going to try to grow Mango, I would try to acquire a polyembryonic seed from a variety that you like and plant the seed directly into the ground after the last chance of frost so that it can establish a decent root system before the next Winter. You may have to protect it the first several winters but once it puts on some size, it will be better able to withstand the cold. There are videos of people successfully growing Mango in Northern California( Bay Area) and also in Arizona
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lwGDDiRay6Q
If you plant in a south facing area that gets the earliest morning sun and if you have a large thermal sink like a cinder block or stone wall that can slowly release heat at night, you maybe able to grow Mango.

Mango is so delicious, I would definitely do everything I can to plant it. Some polyembryonic varieties that are pretty well liked by many people are Nam Doc Mai, Sweet Tart, Po Pyu kalay, Lemon Zest.

I know NDM, Sweet Tart and Lemon Zest seedlings grow very well for me but Lemon Zest seems to have an issue with setting Fruit because of issues with Powdery Mildew.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: February 18, 2018, 09:17:38 PM »
If you start with non rooted cuttings, they root best with heat. If you try to plant non rooted cuttings during cold wet weather or you overwater or your soil retains too much moisture, the non rooted buried end can often start rotting.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: No Mai Chee
« on: February 16, 2018, 09:50:08 PM »
Congratulations on fruiting it Shot. Iíve never tasted Salathiel before but it looks to be a great tasting variety from the video I saw out of Australia.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lemon Zest Seedling Project
« on: February 16, 2018, 09:41:51 PM »
Shinzo, I remember coming to a similar conclusion. The dominant seedling being the clone or not is dependent on the variety of Mango.

Here is one paper with some useful information.
http://www.scielo.br/pdf/pab/v47n11/47n11a10.pdf

Note that they found that a seed can produce more than one zygotic seedling.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lemon Zest Seedling Project
« on: February 16, 2018, 06:51:00 PM »
My Lemon Zest seedlings usually get the wavy look after a couple flushes. Hereís a picture of one of my LZ seedlings showing the wavy leaves. Unfortunately many of my random seedlings also have wavy looking leaves.

Itís probably going to be a couple more years before I get Fruit from the LZ seedlings I have planted around San Diego county. To get the best chance of getting a clone, ensure your seedling from a polyembryonic variety has at least two sprouts from different segments of the seed and grow out both seedlings to fruition.



Simon

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Valencia Pride gets huge from my understanding. Are you trying to give more space to your trees to increase air flow and try to limit fungal diseases? If so, tall trees or any trees that are really dense are difficult to spray and the larger and taller they are, the more difficult it is to spray the entire tree. A fogger should help but keeping trees smaller will give you more high quality fruit that you can pick and spray easier.

I recently sprayed some 15 foot tall by 15-20 foot wide Mango trees and it was not fun, especially when there is a slight breeze.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jXzpjZA38N0
Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hoop house
« on: February 16, 2018, 04:36:16 PM »
I read somewhere that people were using their used membranes as a pre filter to extend the life of the new filter. Iíve never done this myself but it makes sense.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Least Colorful Mangos
« on: February 16, 2018, 11:15:58 AM »
Carrie, Mallika, and many of the Thai varieties that are eaten green and crunchy such as Keo Savoy, Khun See, Kook Lom Krong, NDM. Several of the Indian Mango varieties are also picked green and allowed to ripen off the tree. Iíve had excellent Alphonse and Kesar that weíre green in the box and ripened yellow at room temp. Iím sure I butchered some of the names.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: No Mai Chee
« on: February 15, 2018, 11:57:41 PM »
No Mai Chee lychee flowering this year yeah!! also Kwai May Red,Emperor,Bosworth 3,Bengal, maybe more?
Huge  bloom on  fei zi xiao aka sweethart florida

Congrats on the flowering. Iím still wondering if anyone has the real NMC in the USA? It is one of the least productive Lychees in China and may only produce a good crop every 3-5 years for large established trees. It requires a lot of cold stimulus and the reports Iíve read from the experimental station in Hilo indicates it is a very poor producer in warmer climates.

How big is your NMC and how long have you had it in the ground?

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Air pruning pots on the cheap - lol
« on: February 15, 2018, 11:33:09 PM »
You donít have to worry about drainage with that pot, lol. It looks like it got blasted with a shotgun.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Vietnamese black watermelon?
« on: February 15, 2018, 09:40:44 PM »
Hey Simon,

This is one of the fruits we decorate for Tet (Vietnamese new year- same time as Chinese New Year).  I think what the other person meant to tell you was ďthis is a Vietnamese watermelon variety that was grown in Mexico.Ē  They plant and harvest around this time for Tet.

Thereís a lunar festival celebration this Friday-Sunday at the Mira Mesa park.  Donít forget to come out to enjoy the food, music, and games for those in San Diego.

Thanks for the info, youíre probably right. The Watermelon was very good, Iíll probably pick up another one. I went to the festival last year and the family had lots of fun.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Vietnamese black watermelon?
« on: February 15, 2018, 06:35:05 PM »
I was at Lucky Seafood last week and they had a watermelon that looked very similar to the Hokkaido Black watermelon(Densuke) that I used to grow. I picked up the watermelon and another customer told me it was a Vietnamese watermelon but the label said it was from Mexico. I decided to try it out and it was very sweet for a Winter Watermelon.

I went back today and asked the cashier and she didnít know where it came from but said maybe it was from Vietnam and shipped to Mexico and then to the US?

Anyways, this watermelon looks almost identical to the Hokkaido Black I grew and tasted a lot like it as well. It only had a couple formed seeds. This Watermelon has a Brix of 13% which is very sweet, especially considering itís Winter now. Hereís a picture of the fruit.



Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help with african pride brix
« on: February 15, 2018, 06:14:16 PM »
See this post. Itís quite an old post but I still do pretty much the same thing except that I also add frequent small applications of Gypsum.
http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=8097.0

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee grafted onto Longan?
« on: February 15, 2018, 05:44:25 PM »
Hey Max, thanks for the update! Iím about to innarch Emperor Lychee onto Lychee seedling rootstock to see if I can increase its growth rate and adapt better to our soil conditions. With your successful Lychee onto Longan grafts, it gives me hope it is possible. I am still a bit worried about long term graft incompatibility but each year that your grafts stays alive gives me that much more hope. Lychees hate my heavy clay soil but Longan is growing fine in it. Thanks again for the update Max.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Over 60 grafts
« on: February 15, 2018, 05:07:01 PM »

Hey Max, the large Mango tree you topworked at your aunts place is a living work of art. Please keep up with all Your grafting experiments, itís inspirational to see what youíve accomplished!

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: what to do with a stunted mango tree
« on: February 13, 2018, 01:35:47 PM »
The tree is already there so you may as well top work it when it warms up.

For areas with bad soil in San Diego, I recommend you plant a variety of mango seeds directly into the ground in hopes that one seedling will perform better than another. Plant a bunch of mono and polyembryonic seeds and whichever one grows the best, use it as rootstock.

I have horrible clay and rock soil at my house and I plant most my trees on small mounds.
Hereís a picture of some random Mango seedlings about 1-1.5 years old that have adapted to my bad soil. You can see 2-3 seedlings in this pic but theyíre planted super close so they look like one tree. Other seedlings barely grew or were badly affected by fungus or the cold. Plant lots of varieties and some will do better than others.


Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cheese Pine Pineapple
« on: February 13, 2018, 01:28:11 PM »
Congratulations, Iím very interested in what it tastes like. Hopefully it will be sweet enough to balance the high vitamin C.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee grafted onto Longan?
« on: February 11, 2018, 04:53:30 PM »
I have successfully fruited Huang Lai lychees from my longan tree. My proudest achievement in the gardening world. Fruit was so so so good. Flesh was juicy soft and melting sweet with very good aroma.  Also, majority of the seeds were tiny. No rag and tanium after taste like some other lychees.

















Hey Max, how is your Heurng Lai Lychee grafted onto Longan doing? Also I was wondering if you know what variety is the rootstock Longan?

Anyone else have a successful graft of Lychee onto Longan?

Simon

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Great looking trees. I love the separation of the scaffold branches on your Cherimoya tree. Your Longan look great as well. Franks got tons of great Annonas. Those are going to be awesome trees. Donít forget Orton in your Cherimoya line up.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Improving Mango Fruit set
« on: February 08, 2018, 12:05:19 PM »
Iíve posted this before but thought it would be useful for members to re read this article since many of our Mango trees are now in full bloom.
http://scihub.org/ABJNA/PDF/2010/3/1-3-421-429.pdf
This article is referring specifically to Keitt Mangos but it may help with Fruit retention, Fruit size and Increased Brix for other varieties of Mango as well.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pics from the garden
« on: February 08, 2018, 11:15:40 AM »
Beautiful plants and fruits!

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Good video how make plant
« on: February 08, 2018, 11:13:50 AM »
Thanks for sharing, that is very creative

Simon

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