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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado 24/7 Thread
« on: May 24, 2019, 11:33:32 AM »
I have probably three crops on mine right now, and just got a few off it a month ago... it's a good producer for sure. I don't like how they taste when stored off the tree.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado 24/7 Thread
« on: May 24, 2019, 10:39:43 AM »
This is the very first fruit production of my ‘Oro Negro’ Avocado variety. I would describe it as a heavy production; I decided to get this variety because I have often heard Carlos (the Avocado Expert) favorably mention it. | (Photo Date: 05-16-2019)

Nice looking tree!

Even though I'm growing in a greenhouse before the big freeze my ON was a heavy producer.  Fruit isn't up to the quality of SoCal fruits but it's still worth planting.  With the freeze die back it now hosts Lamb Hass, Pinkerton, quite a few Sharwil grafts/branches and if all goes well the Jan Boyce will take.  Grafted late last year it's now 7' H X 8' W.

Here's a few in March 2017 with some Meyer lemons.  Apparently you folks in S. Florida start harvesting early winter.  Mine weren't ready until March.


Here in northern California my meyer has light crops most of the year, heaviest being around summer and early january?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Making my cherimoya flower!
« on: May 24, 2019, 10:28:57 AM »
yeah its an interesting case study for sure about seeing how atemoyas perform here and cherimoyas won't... my lowest temp here is about 55 degree F.      its actually hilarious as i write this that there are 1000's of posts on this forum with everyone trying to grow stuff wanting the higher temps and here i am wanting the low temps!  haha

Is this why i don't hear about many of you california guys growing atemoya??  cause its too cold for atemoya there?   sounds like cherimoya is prime in california tho.

Atemoyas grow fine here too.  Cherimoya tastes a lot better to me.
You guys can have some of my chill hours -_-
Can't wait till my cherimoyas are big enough to see how they do out here though!

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Joe,
were did you source your seeds? I'm working on mounding up and planting my avocados and would love to experiment with an in ground seedling but out here all I can find is Hass fruit.

Thanks,

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Nice to see some success in my area. I'm actually pretty close to some GIANT duke's in oroville.
Did you plant in a mound or directly at ground level? I know standing water is a huge issue out here.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: May 10, 2019, 02:29:20 PM »
My Hass dropped like 90% of it's leaves.

Stewart, Mexicola, Holiday all seem ok.

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Meyer lemon, why?
« on: May 06, 2019, 06:56:08 PM »
A Meyer lemon left on the counter too long taste like someone squeezed a bitter orange in to your drink.
I use mine fresh or not at all to avoid the aftertaste.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit Bearing Bushes for 9B
« on: May 06, 2019, 04:15:21 PM »
I'd stay away from raspberries or black berries near your ac unless you want to trim them a lot. I vote blueberries :)

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I live near a river in a farm town that grows rice and we have a lot of standing water from the rains. It''s a nasty year for mosquitos. I bought a few citronella plants to put around my patio and burn citronella torches. As long as my wife is outside the mosquitos leave me alone :)

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Meyer lemon, why?
« on: May 04, 2019, 06:02:00 PM »
I have a Meyer and I like it for lemonade.
Can't wait to try it next year with some sugarcane juice...

I have found if you leave the fruit out too long it tastes like crap. I harvest them from the tree and juice immediately. The bees love it too!

If it weren't already mature when I bought the house, I don't think I would have picked meyer over anything else but I have no complaints about mine.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Osmocote on sale (Amazon)
« on: May 03, 2019, 11:37:11 AM »
I have a bag left in an unfinished garage and the package won't reseal perfectly and I've been to lazy to move it to something air tight.
Still looks brand new after almost a year of storage (we don't really get any humidity)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Osmocote on sale (Amazon)
« on: May 03, 2019, 10:55:00 AM »
Funny, I just saw this on slickdeals and was about to update my post.

13.43 currently.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My pot garden
« on: May 02, 2019, 01:20:01 AM »
I came for something else entirely..

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: May 01, 2019, 05:24:40 PM »
Sure Kris.  I just purchased two bags to help with shipping.  If you want to split the price, you're welcome to one of the 25lb bags.  It would be nice to meet you and visit sometime.  You ever get into placer county?
Yuba is a farm town,
Any real shopping is done in roseville. My family is also up in auburn so I frequent your area alot.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: May 01, 2019, 03:25:28 PM »
When you want to offload some if that surround let me know. ;) Brad sent me some and I'll try it once summer rolls around but right now my trees are growing like weeds. That initial 90+ weather seemed to shock them but this week they've exploded.

Let me know how it works on melons brad.

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Great shade trees - as long as you're not going to get in trouble for staining sidewalk or roadways...

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: April 28, 2019, 12:27:58 PM »
I have no idea why they like holiday, its a worthless tree IMO.   

If you want to put in a tree and wait 10 years for it to size up and give a decent crop it might be ok.  If you actually want your tree to grow and make loads of avocados, pretty much anything is better.
this post made me instantly regret my holiday. Lol.. :(

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Cantaloupe. Mild, bland, watery and slimy. Junk.

There are amazing Cantaloupes. They need some heat and dry weather to shine.
We have fantastic cantaloupes in the Sacramento valley (ca) Hot, dry summers. I've had melons in S. Carolina during some of my stays and did not find them nearly as tasty as back home.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado grafting
« on: April 25, 2019, 10:47:13 AM »
As my trees are young and not ready to bear fruit I don't mind there not being any bees on them, but I too noticed the bees are distracted.
In my case I have hundreds of them in my citrus trees. It's the first scent that hits you when you walk outside, they're ignoring my wildflower bed almost completely to swarm my citrus, and to a lesser extent my strawberry beds.
If my trees flower at the same time as my citrus on a regular basis I'm worried I may have to manually pollinate for any fruit set...




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: April 24, 2019, 11:47:09 PM »
This video goes over pretty well how to deal with poor soil.


https://youtu.be/U26i4J9yv10

Mark makes the best videos! I can't help but smile, he's so pumped!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: April 24, 2019, 01:16:23 AM »
I paint mine with a 'natural' brown paint.
Mine have dropped alot of leaves this year. (Mostly my Hass)

I'm still a couple weekends out on putting mine in the ground (mounded) huge undertaking in my back yard.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking for Papaya Seeds
« on: April 22, 2019, 01:33:02 AM »
Hawaiian Solos are excellent and they don't have the puke aftertaste.
Reliable source here: https://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/seed/
I just received 3 varieties. Planting this week. Only 6$ :)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Where can I buy cherimoyas in NorCal?
« on: April 17, 2019, 08:21:10 PM »
Korean plaza. They usually get manilla mangos and guavas but not a big selection of fruits. Cool store to go to regardless of what they have. I make sure to stock up on soju ;)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Where can I buy cherimoyas in NorCal?
« on: April 17, 2019, 04:18:08 PM »
I'd check out the flea market in marysville. Less than an hour (Depending on what part of sacramento you are in) and they have quite a bit these last few weeks. I picked up a mamey sapote recently too.
And are you the Merce3 from bananas.org? I just sent you a message there the other day asking about some bananas :P

EDIT: They also have alot of citrus, It's so common that I forget people enjoy citrus sometimes :P

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