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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.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Avocado scions
« on: June 11, 2019, 12:55:23 PM »
5$ per scion


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado grafting
« on: June 11, 2019, 10:56:20 AM »
I got my son out to paint the small trees.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado grafting
« on: June 11, 2019, 10:50:33 AM »
Heres some pics of the hawaiian avo trees started last summer.  They are starting to grow nocely now.  Ive been trying to train them to have a main trunk with no branches for at least a foot or more. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado grafting
« on: June 11, 2019, 10:44:31 AM »
Looks good.   Avocado takes well to side veneer grafting.

I did this in ground seedling a month or so ago based on your suggestion to vaneer it.  It started growing then it was around 102F here yesterday so it may have gotten cooked.  Will be interesting to see how all the grafts do in a week from now.   Ive got several small trees that were starting to grow that are totally unprotected in the sun/heat.  Its actually good to see just how much abuse they can handle. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit thieves
« on: June 10, 2019, 07:29:12 PM »
The thing is avocados are way better than squash and corn and whatnot.  I would have actually been annoyed if a neighbor I never met asked for my avocados first time we met. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado grafting
« on: June 10, 2019, 02:27:49 PM »
Good luck looks awesome!

Here’s my recent avocado Graft
I think it fused !

Nice, its great when things go as planned.  I had good luck lately but it looks like slugs or snails ate one new graft.  Some grafts look good then fizzle out too.  Once they get a normal size leaf its usually in the clear. 

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Dragonfruit plants and cuttings
« on: June 10, 2019, 10:11:40 AM »
Rooted 2ft tall plants in 1 gal pots  12$  plus shipping
Cuttings 7$

Have lots of types available.  PM me if theres something you are looking for and I can check if I have that one.  Will post pics of the rooted plants later today. 

I have a lot of mango rootstocks if anyone wants any shoot me a message.  They are kent seedlings. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hoop house
« on: June 09, 2019, 07:11:10 PM »
Some of the bottled water is just RO water.  So its not surprising if its very low TDS. 

Your 200ppm is kind of marginal but will probably be ok to just use as often as you want.  You will get buildup on fans and vents after a while and get a good idea how the plants respond.  If you find that the pump makes too much mist and it cycles on and off(from a controller) then you should adjust the system to have less nozzles and more water going through the bypass circuit.  That water can be sent to a barrel and used for watering with.  Unless its super hot, your mist setup will most likely not need 10+ nozzles.  It may only need 4 or 5 to keep things cool. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado grafting
« on: June 09, 2019, 05:58:55 PM »
Its getting hot here and getting late to be grafting.  Today I went to GregA's house and tried to do one last avocado graft for the year.  I only had one seedling left to graft and have already tried and failed to make a copy of this tree of his.  So today I tried putting a side vaneer graft and then also inarched his tree onto the seedling.  The grafts were double wrapped with tree tape over the parafilm and then clipped up.  Hopefully it works...

Mark, I snapped this pic of my young nabal tree for you.  The tree was planted about 1.5 years ago.  Its got a really nice christmas tree shape and strong (very thick) upright branches.  Nice looking tree.  I grafted another one onto an in ground seedling.  This will make a good one to hang other varieties onto if you wanted to do that.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Malama Avocado scions
« on: June 05, 2019, 04:36:10 PM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Yellow leaves on cherimoya
« on: June 05, 2019, 03:10:39 PM »
Is it last years growth or new flush?  If its last years you may need to defoliate it to flush again.  My trees mostly defoliate on their own and have new flush now. 

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Malama Avocado scions
« on: June 05, 2019, 02:11:55 PM »
5$ each.  I only have a few to spare.  Send a PM please.

Malama is a Hawaii selection that is a regular, heavy bearer with fruit ripe early in the fall. Skin is purple when ready to eat, easy to peel, with a rich and nutty flavor. The fruit has high oil content and is deliciously creamy."

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Papaya Problem
« on: June 05, 2019, 10:54:28 AM »
It will start growing again once it gets warmer.  Hasnt been hot enough yet this year.  Its barely broken 80F here yet and Im 16 miles inland.  Its probably even more mild in chula vista.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Gopher Gold
« on: May 31, 2019, 04:40:03 PM »
I might have to order some of the trapline traps to test them out.  Hate to do it since Ive already got 20 macabees. 

These hori hori knives work good for opening tunnels.  If I could find one slightly wider it would be perfect.   

Yes plant it, nows a great time.  I plant them from 1 gal pots.   They have weak root systems so be careful when removing the pot they fall apart easily.   

Sphagnum peat moss is readily available, I've never seen coco coir for sale in any retail outlet I've visited.

It's worth finding. If you've not tried in, I strongly recommend you do. You will simply never go back. Get the really fine stuff that has about the same consistency as coffee grounds. Usually it comes pressed in to dry bricks, and you just add water. It's the best soil additive for water retention, drainage and root development I've found. Added to your mix at around 1/4 it's amazing. The chunky, bark-like stuff is an excellent top dressing mulch. On top of that it's the best seed germinating medium I've tried too.

Guarantee you guys in the states have it. I use stuff like this:

They sell it at my local nursery and on amazon.  It is good stuff but its pretty expensive.

literally $9USD per 5kg brick. Add water and you've got 2 1/5 cubic feet of the stuff.

Yeah 9$ plus 20$ shipping for 11lbs of "dirt" is not cheap.  I grow a ton of stuff, 2cu feet is not a lot of soil. 

Its about 14$ for a block at the local store.

But I agree with you that the stuff is awesome.  I do use it in a lot of my potting mixes.

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