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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Holy Hell Santa Annas
« on: September 03, 2017, 01:37:51 PM »
Was a real scorcher here yesterday.  111F, 22% humidity and blowing hard winds.  The weather put a real smackdown on my avocado and other fruit trees.  I have been watering daily and they havent dropped any fruit!  Seems watering extra heavy in these conditions is crucial. To top it off our air conditioner went out right at the peak of the heat yesterday.  Now we are just roasting hoping summer will end soon.

Photo is a newly planted jacaranda tree with a avocado tree down below getting blasted by a desert wind.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Avocado scions
« on: August 03, 2017, 07:26:48 PM »
I am going to do some bottom pruning if anyone needs avocado grafting wood.  Send me a PM, I have the following trees that need trimming. 


Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Grow lights LED
« on: July 28, 2017, 04:38:51 PM »
I have a 130W actual wattage and 260 actual wattage grow lamps for sale.  They are the equivalent of 300 and 600 watt HID lamps.

They are VIPARSPECTRA reflector series 300 and 600 models. 

75$, and 150$, free shipping.

They were only used for a few months over winter and I am not going to be able to use them again next winter with a new baby on the way. These are super bright and will work wonders on your cold tender plants.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Passiflora spacing
« on: July 25, 2017, 03:18:45 PM »
Ive got 100ft of 6ft tall fence I am going to put passion fruit on.  I picked up a few different ones at the nursery and the spacing recommendation is different on each one ranging from 6ft to 15ft spacing.

What do you guys think?  Depends on the variety or they pretty much all get the same size?  Am I going to regret planting these things for any reason?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / San Diego Neighbors garden
« on: July 05, 2017, 06:59:34 PM »
Snapped a few photos of my neighors trees when I was at their bbq for the 4th.  They have a cool electric fence to keep animals out.  They have a bunch of stone fruits, citrus, avocado, mangos, longan, bunch of stuff.  Their trees were planted too closely so its kind of a jungle.  But fun to hike around in.

I have a couple other neighbors with nice gardens, I will try and get over to theirs and take a few photos.  One lady has some amazing bananas and coffee going inside a guava patch.

Guava I think

Persimon and asian pear maybe


Mango tree


Tropical Fruit Discussion / San Diego garden photos
« on: July 03, 2017, 05:34:25 PM »
Took a bunch of photos of the garden today.  I have some jackrabbits eating trees and some persea mites but otherwise things are looking nice.  Plants are loving the heat.

Just put in some dragon fruits.  I got 8 or 9 different types in 5 2x2ft boxes.  Trying redwood 4x4s and also 8ft tall T post.   


fuji apples

I had 4 banana trees but the rabbits took out the smallest one down to the ground.  Pesky rabbits.  I'm in the process of wrapping chicken wire around the bottom of the 750ft of plastic deer fence that the rabbits can chew through. 

Mandarin orange tree doing a big flush and 2nd bloom.

mexican guavas

mandavillas and plumeria

desert rose

florida grafted mangos planted over winter

Avocados fruit set, lamb hass, sir prize, hass, reed

Avocado trees, I've been pruning these heavily to keep them 6 to 8 ft tall.  Now I am going to let them grow until spring and get a bit larger.  They have a nice balanced shape I like now.  The trees are all around 2 years or less.



hass and stewart trees


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Persea mites
« on: June 23, 2017, 08:40:10 PM »
One of my reed trees has them.  What do you use to treat them?  Spinosid?

Citrus General Discussion / Second Citrus bloom?
« on: June 19, 2017, 10:44:38 PM »
Anyone else getting second blooms on their orange and mandarin trees?  I've got a couple mandarin trees and a naval orange which all set nice fruits many months ago.  Now they are blooming again.  Not sure I have had this ever happen before.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Haircut time?
« on: June 19, 2017, 08:35:34 PM »
Should I give my stonefruit trees a haircut now?  All of the fruits are harvested.  Or is it better to wait till fall?  If I trim now maybe they will do a second flush?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Avocado varieties
« on: May 06, 2017, 05:52:39 PM »
Any input on these types?  The walter anderson nursery in poway has these new trees.  I snagged a sharwil.  Anyone growing any of the others?  Any worth getting?

Daily 11,

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Avocado police
« on: May 04, 2017, 06:14:05 PM »
Is it legal to sell avocados online in CA?  Any licences etc needed?  I have searched high and low and can't find any defiite answers.  Anyone familiar with the legalities?

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Florida Prince peach
« on: April 23, 2017, 09:41:22 PM »
Love this tree.  Fruit should be ready in a few weeks.  Sweetest peches ever!  I thined them down to 1/3 of what had set and its still loaded.

Citrus General Discussion / Best mandarin recommendations?
« on: April 09, 2017, 10:42:01 PM »
I have a satsuma tree already.  Would like to get a few more trees.  Was thinking gold nugget and maybe dekopon/sumo.  What do the experts say?  Walter anderson had about 8 different types.  Algerian, honey, gold nugget not sure what else.  And there is clausons.  Please I would like suggestions on best mandatins to grow inland san diego.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Avocado pits stuck? Fruits falling
« on: March 21, 2017, 11:26:57 AM »
I have a 2 year old hass tree that had a half dozen or so fruits on it.  Wasnt planning to start picking them for another couple months but they have started falling off the tree.  The do ripen and taste great but they all have a pit that sticks to the flesh.  They are not splitting and coming in half easily.  There is a hard part still in the flesh connected to the pit.

2 questions.  Is the tree dropping fruit because it is just immature?  I suspect that is the case.  We had a heatwave here also and the old leaves are shedding and the trees are blooming. 

The second question is whats going on with the seeds and the bad flesh sticking to the pit?  Hopefully this goes away when yhe fruits hang longer or I will probably end up taking the tree out or regrafting it.   

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Bacon blooms
« on: March 09, 2017, 05:35:17 PM »
Most prolific bloomer of the bunch.  Most mediocre avocado...

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Cherries in San Diego?
« on: February 07, 2017, 11:19:55 AM »
What verieties grow well here?  They said lapins at walter anderson nursery but the tag says 400 chill hours.  I don't know if we get that much chill here.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Vanilla Bean Plant?
« on: December 27, 2016, 01:23:49 AM »
Is it a tropical?  Anyone growing vanilla?  We were going to buy some good vanilla for home made ice cream and its $$$$.

Citrus General Discussion / Orange tree never fruits
« on: December 23, 2016, 07:45:43 PM »
Ive got a bunch of citrus trees, they all look good and make fruit except one.  Its a naval orange tree that is big and healthy but no fruits.  I dont think it flowered at all this year.  Its 8 or 10ft tall.  Im the second owner of this tree so I dont know if it ever made oranges.  Is there a teick to make it fruit?  Put a nail in the trunk?  Chemicals?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Avocados flowering in December?
« on: December 10, 2016, 03:05:59 PM »
All of my trees are starting to bloom  :-\

Im afraid a cold snap will come and ruin this years fruit set.  Is this normal or am I in trouble?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Is this a cherimoya?
« on: December 03, 2016, 10:29:03 PM »
I bought this from the farmers market today.  Its 2lbs and cost 10$ so Im hoping its good.  The guy who sold it to me said it was a guavana or guabana but he had a strong mexican accect so I couldnt tell if he was saying its a cherimoya or its a close relative.  Any ideas what it is?  Would it be worth saving seeds?  Can the seeds be dried out and saved or do they need to be grown right away?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Top these cherimoyas?
« on: December 01, 2016, 05:24:45 PM »
Picked up these 2 herimoya trees at Lowes today.  35$ each.  One is labeled "vietnamese" and the other is a "honeyheart".  Question:  is it ok to go ahead and top them now?  I probably wont plant them for a few months.  They are just one stick now.  They look like they need to be topped.  What do you guys say?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Need help getting started in San Diego County
« on: October 11, 2016, 12:19:08 PM »
Hello, I just found this forum while trying to find info on growing mangos and other tropical fruit trees for my area.  I have a 10 acre property with well water that is on the east end of Poway.  We have planted 18 avocado trees and they are doing awesome.  We also put in 3 guavas, 2 cherimoyas, loquat, and 1 manilla mango tree.  We want to put in more mango trees but need help with what veriety will grow here and where to find them.  Can anyone make any suggestions on mango types.  Or anything else I should be growing?  We are on a large hill at 1200 ft and the soil is all DG.

Thank you!

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