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Citrus General Discussion / Re: What is the BEST Lemon Variety?
« on: March 15, 2019, 10:42:15 AM »
Lisbon Lemon tastes like a grocery store lemon as far as lemon juics. But obviously being grown at home the freshness is superior. Especially in the zest. I harvested a few bucket fulls of Lisbon's off my main tree, and made a fresh lemon curd with lots of zest in it. Intensely good.

For a 2x smaller tree, my Meyer Lemon puts out 2x more fruit than my Lisbon. (so something like a 4x production factor). It is crazy productive. But it is not a really a lemon. Definitely characteristics of orange and lemon. The fruits are large and they make a lot of juice.

So between the choices you gave in the original post:
- if you want a lemony lemon, get a Lisbon (or Eureka, both are similar)
- if you want to maximize productivity in a small space, go with a Meyere
My Meyer is a super heavy producer too. I like it for Lemonade, though if I leave the fruit on the counter too long before juicing the flavour is more 'orange' and not as good. I like to juice and freeze mason jars full of concentrate.

Citrus General Discussion / Grafting citrus on top of Pomello
« on: March 15, 2019, 10:33:58 AM »
I have an established pomello tree with three main trunks that produces heavily. Unfortunately, it overproduces and I'm not too crazy about eating a pomello every day.

I'd like to graft some other varieties on 2/3 of the main branches. What kind of citrus could I graft on to this tree and would a bark graft work to add to each (3-4inch) branch? Ideally I'd like to have 3 coming off each branch.

-A must have for me is Mineola Tangelo (Is this compatible?)
-Does anyone have budwood they'd be willing to share of good varieties? (I am in california)

I already have Naval Orange, Mexican key lime, Australian finger lime, Meyer Lemon

Thanks for your help.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado grafting
« on: March 14, 2019, 12:34:42 PM »
Hi Brad, cados look great.  Got a Pinkerton pushing already, other 2 looking good with bud swell. Thanks.

Nothing beats the ease and efficiency of Surround.  A TB in a gallon and you've got a great whitewash.  I can't see going thru the trouble of foil or latex paint.  I've got 20# or so which enough to supply all of SoCal.  If you want some let me know.

Pesticide ID required for California?  That's crazy.  It's nothing more than clay powder.

I got a bag of surround to use this summer.  That pesticide thing is a mistake on that website.  I ordered some last year.
I've been interested in trying this too. I think Mark recommended it to me (Or someone else) and I've been interested since. Going to check my local orchard supply and see if they have smaller quantities as I only have 3 'cados going in the ground as soon as I drop my 25-30ft palm tree.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Cushiony Cotton scale
« on: March 11, 2019, 11:47:00 AM »
I noticed some more on my pomello. The never ending battle continues!

We've finally go some nice weather so I'll be able to be much more attentive. I've also stripped the tree of all it's fruits so it should be easier to find now. :)

I've worked in IT since I was 16... some techs have no idea what they are doing. sorry for your bad experience... some people give us a bad rep :(

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Anyone grow black goji berry?
« on: March 07, 2019, 11:15:30 AM »
I got some seeds from Baker creek this year (Yes, I know this is an old post) and already have a mature, heavily fruiting red. I didn't particularly enjoy the taste of the red but it's not bad. Kind of like a tart tomato to me?
Anyone else have experience with the black? Taste and growth wise?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Guavas in NorCal (9B)
« on: March 06, 2019, 04:59:23 PM »
A round trip drive to San Jose would cost me well over $120 with current diesel prices :)
Thanks for the recommendations though.

I'll be a little closer to sacramento this weekend and take a look around there.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Guavas in NorCal (9B)
« on: March 05, 2019, 07:53:02 PM »
Looks like she hasn't paid her godaddy bill... I'll message her on facebook and check her out. Thanks.
Fresno is 4 hours from me and out of reach for me fuel wise :P thanks though

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Cushiony Cotton scale
« on: March 05, 2019, 12:11:50 PM »
I've applied imidacloprid at the highest listed rate, as a soil drench, to half of my trees.  I removed any fruit from them first. 

The other half I will treat with only soap sprays.
Hey Brian,
Any updates?

Now I wonder if my wife actually likes manialla, or if they are autalfo in disguise. :P
We usually but 'manilla' but the case in asian supermarkets when theyre in season... I have multiple seeds growing here in norcal. They overwintered fairly well and should start pushing growth here soon..

I've had success with multiple varieties germinating in paper towels.

Reed avocados every 6ft

Haha, good point -- that would work well.  Though they'd be a perfect target for people to pick.
Pretty sure I'd be upset if someone took some a good avocado off my 'cado hedge. :)

I'd say passionfruit and bananas are a good choice.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Guavas in NorCal (9B)
« on: March 01, 2019, 11:51:32 AM »
Good morning everyone!
I'm looking to add a Guava or two to my collection and had a few questions:
Do they do OK in pots (If I like the variety it would go in the ground within a couple of years)
I would prefer a sweet variety - and something good for juice (POG)

secondly, where would I source these in northern california? Does anyone have any good varieties for sale?


You can also check this post out -

I've gotten seeds from him several times. Always great prices and good germination.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mystery plant growing in compost bin
« on: February 28, 2019, 04:17:48 PM »
Potatoes come up in my compost every year.
and all over my garden. It's a good problem to have.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mystery plant growing in compost bin
« on: February 28, 2019, 01:26:12 PM »
Any potatoes in there?
If so pull one up, you'll probably see a potato chunk in the roots.

If you want to go that large just have some soil delivered. Usually a three yard minimum (In my area). Cheaper than bags though.

Even if you don't have a truck you could always go to a big box store and get some bagged potting/raised bed mix (7-15$ a bag). I believe that would suffice in a pinch. It's going to be alot more costly than getting a truck load (about 35-40$ here) of good soil. Perlite and vermiculite can both be found at big box stores as well.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Best tasting fig?
« on: February 25, 2019, 11:38:31 AM »
Finally picked up a fig yesterday and I reread this topic.
I ended up getting a Violet de Bordeaux, and I recently acquired some cuttings from Achedomestica / Mike for Celeste.

I believe my wifes grandfather has some tiger stripe figs the wife and I enjoyed, I may grab a cutting from him this week and give that a try too.

We hit 34... alot of snow around us in higher elevation.
This looks to be our last bit of cold nights before we get back in to 40's and 50's at night in the valley. (This matches historical last frost dates for us too)
About to get busy in the garden/yard!!!!

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Please help ID pomelo variety
« on: February 20, 2019, 10:58:57 AM »
Hey Guys,
I'm thinking about multigrafting this tree later this year. It has three main branches and I'd be leaving a good portion of it as pomelo.
I wanted to know what kind of citrus grafts are compatible with a pomelo root stock?

I've recently tasted some mineola tangelos, and a blood orange and really enjoyed the taste. Would these be good matches for the pomelo? What about finger limes? My main issue with this tree is it just produces WAY too much for my wife and I, and we have a small lot (under 1/4 acre) and I'd love more variety. (and to practice grafting!)


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: February 14, 2019, 06:11:23 PM »
This is a real email I got this morning.  :D

I'm not the only one who's phones about to die first thing in the morning... Woohoo!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Lemon Zest mango tree
« on: February 13, 2019, 01:11:49 PM »
For all interested I've bought 4 grafted trees from brad past year and all 4 are growing much better than my Florida trees.they actually have dense growth and look like they're in their natural habitat. They easily made it though several rounds of Santa ana winds and more recently 5 days of morning frost.

Brad -thats a great looking tree and I'd buy it from you except I've already got a brad LZ creation! How is that ardith doing by the way?

Could you post some pictures? I am stuck with 20 different varieties of mangoes on turpentine rootstock before I read about it, most of mine were on 15/25 gallons and flowering currently. I am planning to grow ataulfo seedlings in deep nursery bags and graft as a replacements.

You may have some failures but many of your trees will likely do ok.  I would advise you to use mexican Kent rootstocks.  You can get cases of them in summer for cheap.  And they are much more vigorous than ataulfo seeds.  The ataulfo seeds tend to get long and lanky and not short and stout.  They like to flop over and seem to die back easier over winter.  At least grow both types and hedge your bets. 

For what its worth, I am going to do some more trees with Simon this summer on the rootstock stockpile we have and then thats probably it.  Because getting seedlings through the winter here and then the success rate on grafts makes it not really worth the effort even at 100$ a tree.  Theres a reason no one is growing grafted mango trees in CA.  You need a greenhouse to really keep them happy and keep from flowering.  And lack of heat units and light units over winter even in San Diego is really hard on these plants.  So by the time I grow out 100 trees maybe I have 30 good ones that make it to be grafted and good takes in a state people want to purchase.  Any slow seeds, lanky seeds, sick seeds etc I toss.  Then the rest have to stay good for 6+ months of cold weather, then have to graft and have good takes.  Major PITA.
Hmm, I think we can get kent here. Maybe I'll try some of those for rootstalk to.. I have some nam dac mai, manilla, tommy atkins plants right now that took a bit of a beating but made it through some cold weather (They're inside now)

Citrus General Discussion / Please help ID pomelo variety
« on: February 13, 2019, 12:45:11 PM »
I have a large pomelo tree growing in my back yard but no clue what variety.
It most closely resembles 'thong dee' to me from pictures. I forgot to get a picture of the inside of a fruit but I'll post one later.
The fruit is light pink with very thick rind.

Please let me know what you think it is. Thanks.

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