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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Video tour
« on: Today at 12:37:56 AM »
Thanks joe and Simon.  Just so people know Simon lives fairly close to me and helps me out a lot and has a lot of his nice mango and annona trees planted here.  And a lot of potted pineapples and some other plants Im probably forgetting.   We have a lot of joint efforts/experiments going here that we will photo or video in the future.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Video tour
« on: June 24, 2019, 09:10:09 PM »
Those trees look super healthy, did you add anything to the dirt before planting?

No I don't use any ammendments when planting on most plants.  On the stuff that is super vigorous and hungry I will add composted yard waste or cow manure.  Things like watermelons, banana, papaya get some.  Any hardwood fruit tree (avocado, annonas, stone fruits, citrus, mango, etc) gets no ammendments.  Only top dressed with lots of mulch and then later fertilized from the top and watered in. 

The soil is very sandy/rocky and low in organic matter. Which provides plenty of drainage and minerals without causing root rot.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Video tour
« on: June 24, 2019, 07:55:41 PM »
Thanks guys.  I just wanted to capture where we are this year with the orchard and archive it this way.  Hopefully it wasnt too boring. 

Scott I have never seen frost on the ground or on cars but it gets almost down to freezing a few nights per year.  Its 1200ft and 16miles inland so we do have more extreme weather than near the beach but its still fairly mild.
 The steep hill drains the cold air down to the valley below.  And the dirt is all decomposed granite and does drain water very well.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Video tour
« on: June 24, 2019, 03:28:19 PM »
I tried to do this as fast as possible so the video is a bit rushed.  We have a lot of plants to squeeze into a 10min  video.  Use the subtitles, it helps with the poor cellphone audio.  I was carrying around my daughter who is almost 2 and getting very heavy to carry.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Stressed Avocado tree
« on: June 23, 2019, 07:02:36 PM »
Avocados are pretty fussy about soil and drainage.  Most bagged potting mix has too much compost in it.  A cactus mix with lots of perlite and pumice is better.  Still hard to keep them happy in pots long term.

Or maybe a greenhouse could also help. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 1st cotton candy aprium harvest
« on: June 23, 2019, 11:51:28 AM »
Loquat and apple,  no!

These fruits are so much better. 

I planted the cotton candy in Jan of 2018 and its probably 10ft tall (after many rounds of pruning) and full of fruit.  The only stone fruit I ever had that sapped out and died was way over watered.  There was so much rain and cool weather this year, I have barely watered my stone fruit trees and they are all growing like crazy. 

The weather has been so mild the la verne trees are probably ready later than normal. I called them for months last year or the previous year and they kept saying next month nexth month, all the way until august or sept. 

I give up on them and grew cases of seeds last summer and now have all the rootstocks I need.  Just planted a bunch of them. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Stressed Avocado tree
« on: June 22, 2019, 03:37:47 PM »
Roots are probably rotted.  Flip it over and have a helper lift the pot off and have a look.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: MANGOES FOR SALE
« on: June 22, 2019, 10:48:40 AM »
CA has no idea whats in the boxes.

You can plant several close together and keep the winners.  Im doing some of that here.  Plant 2 or 3 trees in a hole and strongest survives etc.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Does this look like herbicide damage?
« on: June 21, 2019, 09:55:06 AM »
It happens when the plant goes dormant or loses vigor and the growing tips stop and die back.  Then many tips regrow from that point.  I think its from cold weather or aphid damage here.  I have lot of little potted rootstocks that have done it and definitely didnt get hit with herbacide. 

My flowers are full of them also. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fertigation
« on: June 20, 2019, 06:51:47 PM »
Heres one with a pickup hose and flow adjuster.  This stuff is insanely cheap.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Fertigation
« on: June 20, 2019, 06:29:52 PM »
Just throwing this out there in case anyone was interested in a venturi injector.  They have knock offs on amazon for 4$ shipped.  I use these and have a real mazzei thats was around 40$ for the 1/2" version.  I ordered one of these just to see how they work.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Frederick Passion Fruit has fruits!
« on: June 17, 2019, 08:39:26 PM »
This is my fredrick on the fence, its all one plant.  I keep it trimmed to 50ft of fence but it would easily cover 100ft. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Frederick Passion Fruit has fruits!
« on: June 17, 2019, 06:10:47 PM »
Those fredricks get to be massive in size if you put it in the ground.  Its so vigorous, most likely will not be happy for long in a pot. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Who is growing No Mai Tsze lychee?
« on: June 17, 2019, 12:20:21 PM »
So Cal Update:

my graft of No Mai Tze is growing very well, it appears to be aggressive grower, and it holds fruits very well. Although my grafts are young, I am very happy to report that this variety may be better suited for So Cal. I have it on both longan and hakip rootstocks.

Nice Behl. 

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Avocado scions
« on: June 16, 2019, 03:49:02 PM »
+1 on the Reed. I have one that I planted and it grew 8 ft. in the first a pot.

Im growing a few reed seedlings and letting them go and not grafting.  It should only take a few years if they keep up the pace.  It looks like mine will also be very large after 1 summer. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Papaya questions
« on: June 13, 2019, 03:44:20 PM »
I finally got a ripe papaya.  The plants did nothing all winter/spring.  Was a long cold season.  The fruit is pretty good, no seeds thats nice.  Not sure what that means?  The whole sex of papaya plants is a bit confusing.  One tree was not making fruit so I killed it.  Im down to 2 trees. 

They fatten up with age.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Avocado scions
« on: June 13, 2019, 10:01:22 AM »
Grow as many seeds/trees as you can and test it out.  Seeds are cheap.  The rest is just theoretical until you try it.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Avocado scions
« on: June 12, 2019, 07:36:39 PM »
Sure next spring we can do that.

Avocado seeds are really easy to sprout, anyone can get them going and make their own trees.  My advice is start them in 5 gal pots with cactus mix or potting mix with extra pumice, sand, and perlite.  Then graft in late spring.  You can put the seed just barely covered in soil and keep wetted for a month or so and they will usually be sprouted.  For people in southern CA that have acess to reed seeds from farmers markets, those make good rootstocks.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Avocado scions
« on: June 12, 2019, 10:42:08 AM »
In the future I may have some GEM scions.  Looks like it will be a while, its a slow grower. 

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Avocado scions
« on: June 11, 2019, 03:55:42 PM »
Yes I can send you a package Denis.  Now is a good time.

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