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Citrus General Discussion / Re: My yard: Work in Progress
« on: April 23, 2018, 03:41:47 PM »
Hi Zephian, looks like you're on your way to your own personal Eden there.  Your avocados appear healthier than do mine.  I believe with all the rain over the past several weeks, my seedlings that were outdoors took up too much water.  The grow medium I have them is is heavy in peat and coco-hulls.  I see drooping leaves that leads to dropping leaves.  In some cases, all leaves were dropped, though the leaves seemed otherwise healthy.  In short, be careful with the watering and retention in the pot for the young avocado trees.  Good luck with all the planting.  Now is the time!
I still need to transplant my hass to a bigger pot but for my holiday i lined the pot with rocks (and added some holes) then mixed some potting soil + Worm castings + cactus mix soil. Soil seems to stay moist with watering only every few days but never soggy. Hopefully the forecast clears up though because I'm tired of lugging them in and out every couple of days right now! haha.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking for: lilikoi
« on: April 23, 2018, 03:34:28 PM »
Yes, thank you.
I made a post about this vendor the other day and this is probably where I will purchase but I was going to see if I could locate cuttings or something from a member first. I'm always worried an online vendor may not send the correct variety.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: My yard: Work in Progress
« on: April 23, 2018, 03:32:47 PM »
Birds and squirrels are a huge issue where I'm at. During persimmon season I usually leave some high up and they generally leave the larger, tastier fruits alone.
Do you not care for the taste of your berries or where they planted with the birds in mind?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus Spring feeding and care regimen
« on: April 23, 2018, 03:28:22 PM »
No doubt at all that with proper care the tree produces more fruit, but more importantly higher quality fruit.  I was at the super market yesterday, and seen the Cara Cara.  Huge fruit very juicy high quality fruit.
Oh yeah. No arguments from this guy. I'm going to try some fertilizer and I'll be calling around to some tree companies and try to locate some mulch for my trees. I'm excited to see how well they will do with a little more care. I think I got the wife to see that a vegan fertilizer isn't going to reasonable for my budget, so we will settle on organic. Probably espoma.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: My yard: Work in Progress
« on: April 23, 2018, 02:27:55 PM »
I'm going to keep my goji berries in pots for now, eventually we are going to redo our front yard and remove most if not all of the lawn and add more useful trees/bushes. Hopefully nothing that will be stolen frequently but some less obvious berries. I have some miracle fruit seeds on order too, hopefully those grow well!

Nice Pics.  I grow my citrus in pots here where we get 110F temps regularly in the summer, so I can do nothing close to neglect the trees.  In fact, I can give them everything from regular watering (even hourly micro watering in the heat), mulching, good draining rejuvenated soil, foliar spray, time release and specific organic fertilization, compost teas, and AACT drenches and sprays, and more, yet they still struggle to thrive.  What I don't give them is regular root pruning and re-potting, which I just can't facilitate with the size they're at now.  The trees in the ground at my parents house, well that's another story.
I have a meyer lemon, Naval orange and pomelo tree that have been directly planted in the ground , no fertilizer, grass up to the trunk. The only water these trees got from me last year was from the sprinkler for the grass. My 4 ft lemon tree still has lemons it produced so much and It took ages to go through my oranges. Ill see if I have pictures of my trees producing. I probably get about 20 pomelos, most as large as my head! They are thriving and I'm happy to admit I had nothing to do with it!

Citrus General Discussion / My yard: Work in Progress
« on: April 23, 2018, 11:58:52 AM »
Just a few images of my back yard and some plants to go in. Will also be removing the red plum, palm tree and possibly the Hachiya persimmon and cherry (Bing) in the next year or two.
From left to right trees are - Banana(Unsure of what type, blooms but never fruits) Naval Orange, Meyer Lemon, Pomello, behind it is pluot, Hachiya Persimmon, behind is bing cherry (planted in 94, starting to die out) then fuyu persimmon.

In pots: Holiday, Hass avocado. Manila Mango, 2x blueberry (one pink lemonade, forgot the other variety)Mexican Key lime, Wonderful pomegranate, white strawberry, bubble strawberry, edulis passiflora, goji berry.

Awesome! I just picked one of these plants up, I can't wait to try this out. My wife can't sleep some nights and marijuana helps her sometimes but I'm down for a cheaper alternative!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Looking for: lilikoi
« on: April 23, 2018, 02:49:15 AM »
Anyone have seeds or cutting's they are willing to sell? If not, I will buy some seeds off trade winds but I'd rather be sure I'm getting the right plant. Thanks.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: An unplanned visit to Mimosa Anaheim.
« on: April 23, 2018, 02:43:39 AM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: An unplanned visit to Mimosa Anaheim.
« on: April 23, 2018, 02:41:21 AM »
I picked up a hass (25) goji berry (12) manila mango (25) and passionfruit (28) while I was at mimosa saturday it was near my hotel. Some crazy prices but what I got wasn't too bad. I wanted a miracle fruit but 65? No thanks. Also grabbed some bubible and white strawberries at home depot. Already fruiting can't wait to try!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: seeds
« on: April 22, 2018, 06:10:32 PM »
How is the pitangatuba in 9b? I'm always interested in things that grow well in pots. :)

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Trade Winds Fruit
« on: April 22, 2018, 01:24:49 PM »
Good morning all!
Has anyone ordered from before and had success?
I'm looking for Lilikoi and seeds seem to be the only way to go.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: SoCal - GEM AVOCADO + Recommendations
« on: April 21, 2018, 01:04:39 AM »
Thanks for all the help. Money's a concern currently or I'd happily get a tree at bonita. I think we're gonna plan it out a bit more and wait. Maybe grab a couple passion fruit vines for now and that'll hold me over.... well be back our Disney land pass doesn't expire til october!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: SoCal - GEM AVOCADO + Recommendations
« on: April 20, 2018, 07:58:12 PM »
Bonita has 7 gal for 120 or 15 gal for 130. 15 gallon need to grow a bit more though normally 160. Think I'm gonna wait for now. Does hass grow OK in 9b, or is there another hopefully compact version I should try?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Manila mango -9b
« on: April 20, 2018, 04:04:19 PM »
Do these trees grow well in 9b? A nursery in Anaheim has some small ones for 25. May try them. No visible graft though...would I be waiting too long?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: SoCal - GEM AVOCADO + Recommendations
« on: April 20, 2018, 01:59:10 AM »
Awesime, thanks for all the help!

Anyone know if there are any vegan alternatives to fertilize with? My trees are going insane but they produce so much I'd love to see how they'd do with some more fuel.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: SoCal - GEM AVOCADO + Recommendations
« on: April 20, 2018, 01:29:32 AM »
I am a complete novice, I wouldn't even know what to do with it :(

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado - New leaf damage
« on: April 20, 2018, 01:26:05 AM »
The cold weather scared me and my holiday,has been inside at night and during rain. My pomegranite, lime and blueberries seem to be happy though. Hope your trees get better!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: SoCal - GEM AVOCADO + Recommendations
« on: April 20, 2018, 01:21:09 AM »
Never heard back from atkins. Wondering if anyone else had a recommendation on where to find gem? We are gonna take a break from Disney land tomorrow and checkout a local nursery or two.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: SoCal - GEM AVOCADO + Recommendations
« on: April 17, 2018, 01:17:43 PM »
I got a hold of Atkins again today, they will check with the owner if he's willing to part with underage trees. The problem I have with reed is the size. I want something compact as I'm only on .2 acres. Sounds like the GEM is going to be smaller and has a great fruit quality. I thought about the 'Littlecado' but it sounds like it's a short but wide bushy tree with only moderate tasting fruit. Maybe I can fit more GEM trees in the car if they decide to part with them.... otherwise availability is slated for late may early june.... sounds like another disneyland trip.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: SoCal - GEM AVOCADO + Recommendations
« on: April 17, 2018, 10:46:12 AM »
Thanks guys,
I actually tried to order from adamstropics already. ordered a $39 tree, next thing I know I get an email saying they only had the next size up and an invoice from paypal requesting another $130... shady... I emailed and asked if they can do a local pickup though as I'll be down there... we will see.

While I've got your attention here, is there any nursery's I should stop by just to see? The wife is interested in growing Passion fruit (lilikoi) and would love to find some while we are down there.

Thanks again!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: SoCal - GEM AVOCADO + Recommendations
« on: April 16, 2018, 04:50:21 PM »
Hey guys,
My trips wednesday and I called atkins and a few nursery's around anaheim area and no one has the gem. Atkins says they'll be available in june.
Any other recommendations?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Planting Advice: Short - partial shade
« on: April 13, 2018, 04:44:07 PM »
I REALLY love miracle fruit! I grow pineapples and all types of citrus all of which are extra amazing to eat when I pop a miracle fruit first. I've even come to especially love grapefruits with MF. My miracle fruits grow in relatively heavy shade (a couple hours a day at most), and the only care they get is coffee grounds an some water when it's dry. BTW, I have pineapples growing and producing in shade as well. Good luck!
Until now I have never looked at a pineapple plant. Ha.
Thanks for the recommendations.

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