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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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I guess what we are all wondering is...why do you have so many cucumbers. lol

They go well with and are higher in calcium than the peppers.


Ah, yes of course. ;)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: April 15, 2019, 01:25:53 PM »
Ive got 2 of these holiday trees and both have the same issue.  Both trees have to be staked up to keep from falling over and both have weepy growth on top with exposed bark.





How is the taste of the holiday? Mine is blooming heavily and is in a 15 gallon pot but I don't like how crooked the graft is...

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: To Mulch or Not to Mulch (Fruit Trees)
« on: April 15, 2019, 01:23:35 PM »
I just rented a chipper for a major cleanup and chipped many kinds of trees I have removed from the yard. I plan to amend a large section of my yard with compost then spread this pile on top.
I got probably 10 yards of mulch out of it to spread around. my 'custom blend' includes

Fruitless plum,
Cherry,
Palm,
Bay Laurel,
Sycamore,
Persimmon,
Last years christmas tree,
some other bush/trees with hard blue berries that stain my concrete


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So this likes moist rotting material? If you want to ship it over I could use several hundreds pounds of innoculant to help break down a dump truck load of cucumbers I'm composting.
 ;D





I guess what we are all wondering is...why do you have so many cucumbers. lol

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Where can I buy cherimoyas in NorCal?
« on: April 13, 2019, 06:41:37 PM »
An hour north of sacramento there is a flea market on sundays in Marysville, Ca.
They have some cherimoyas, Guava, passion fruit, dragonfruit, Longan and some other stuff but the cherimoyas are all hard and taste like bad cheese. They're all imported right now.
Good market to check out though, the dragonfruits are tasty :)
I'll probably be going a bit later in the morning once the wife wakes up, so won't be able to give you a report in time tomorrow.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: To Mulch or Not to Mulch (Fruit Trees)
« on: April 12, 2019, 11:43:14 PM »
I hit 115 with no humidity in the summer too w/ high winds
I've only mulched my citrus and persimmon for one year (I'm in a fairly clay area in northern ca near a river)
I put about 4 inches around my trees and they are looking phenomenal! Huge difference with mulching around my trees.
I have super wet winter too (flood warnings yearly)
the mulch seems to help me. so far... Time will tell.

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Air Layered persimmon
« on: April 12, 2019, 04:14:28 PM »
Does persimmon air layer well?
I have a very large Fuyu persimmon I'd like to clone and give to the original owner of the tree.
How well do these trees air layer and when should I expect them to produce?

Thanks!

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