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One of my guava was ripped from its stake. We hit 30mph here. Been fairly warm though

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Can I save my coffee plant?
« on: April 08, 2019, 03:40:51 PM »
Itís spring

Fine a spot with some shade and plant it

This is mine on the backside of my shed

Agree, this is Citrus. Looks a bit like lime.
Look behind the shed above the roof.

Is anyone selling plants or cuttings?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: caring for young Alano Sapodilla
« on: March 28, 2019, 04:14:23 PM »
I have some seedlings I started last year that are a few inches tall of most of these varieties. I'm several hours north of you guys, are any of them particularly more cold hardy?

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Blueberries
« on: March 25, 2019, 05:33:14 PM »
I have 3 blueberry bushes in 5 gallon pots with wood chip mulch that are doing great and blooming pretty heavily right now but I've heard they like acidic soil.
Should I be adding coffee grounds, or pine mulch on top of these or using an acidic fert?

Kris, I use a mixture of all three on my blue berries (potted and in ground):
(1) Amend soil with sulfur and peat moss;
(2) mulch with pine-needles.
(3) Use Azalea fertilizer or cottonseed when I have it
(4) Measure from time to time with a good pH meter.

BTW, I've read that coffee-grinds only lower the soil pH (or is it acidity) temporarily, but maybe that's just because worms break it down into neutral castings.  It could also be the carbon sequestering ions, etc.

Your biggest challenge will probably be keeping the birds and other critters off the crop.  I'd like to snack on the berries off the shrubs over time, but that just gives them more time to assail the harvest.  Same goes for peaches!!!
My berry bushes are usually safe because I have a husky who never likes to go inside... My cherries are a different matter. Before I chopped my 27+ year old bing tree down last year the birds cleared it out in ONE day as soon as they turned red :(

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Blueberries
« on: March 25, 2019, 02:05:34 PM »
I have 3 blueberry bushes in 5 gallon pots with wood chip mulch that are doing great and blooming pretty heavily right now but I've heard they like acidic soil.
Should I be adding coffee grounds, or pine mulch on top of these or using an acidic fert?


I have been waiting for this update!
My Hass is starting to drop it's old leaves and push new growth and looks like your holiday is blooming like mine!
Mine will be going in the ground hopefully next month - I just dropped a 30 ft palm tree where they're going to be planted and need to chip and dig up some roots in the planting zone. Ill try and grab some pictures if I can find my digital camera to compare... My phone camera will no longer focus.

Things are going well here.  You can read up and see pics from the side-yard Avocado project here:

This past week, I transplanted 13 citrus trees to 4-panel RootMaker pots.  I have limited space in the flat part of my backyard, so I'm going to have to prune heavily to keep the trees in their limited airspace.  Here's a pic of the situation as of today.  I'm looking forward to observing how the citrus thrives in their new root-pruning pots.  Several of them were quite root-bound from just a year in their 5G pots. They all arrived via mail from Four Winds Nursery in very small 1 quart (or thereabout) tall, square-shaped nursery "pots."  I look forward to following your fabled Reed.

Everything looks great!

Wish I could order from Four Winds.  Much of Texas is under quarantine regarding HLB, citrus greening problem.
In the county he lives in they have a quarantine zone (I buy my plants in the same county) but they never actually ask what county you're going to be planting in...
as a side note - Green acres had some australian finger limes from four wind growers a few weeks back! :)


A bit expensive outside of California at 2.50 a bud (that would be $15 a scion) but they have Red finger lime.

or you can buy a tree from here

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Help with Citrus Leaves
« on: March 20, 2019, 10:26:39 AM »
I too had pretty bad leafminer damage on my citrus last year during first flush.
I don't want to spray my trees with anything that will affect bees as they are active right now in my area....
I'm interested in those traps as my Meyer lemon and my lime are loaded with flowers and my trees are mature. The leafminer damage is ugly but my trees still overproduce.

Are these the traps you are using?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Wanted: Guava saplings
« on: March 19, 2019, 12:55:55 PM »
I just ordered some guava trees from baker creek hereís a link, iím not sure if they will ship there though, also they pick 2 rando varieties so you donít know exactly what kind youíll get
I just recieved a baker creek order - wish I had seen the guava on their site. How did their Guavas look? Picked up a lemon guava at home depot yesterday to try. baker creek sends very small plants. I got 3 figs, 2 aronia berry and some sweet potato and all plants were under 3 inches tall.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Best tasting fig?
« on: March 19, 2019, 12:09:24 AM »
I just got 3 figs from a random assortment t her ought baker creek. Anyone growing brown turkey, little ruby, olympian? How's the taste?

I also have vdB and celeste.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: bugs I can't identify
« on: March 18, 2019, 02:23:28 PM »
Could the second bug be a carpet bug?
They have many different patterns and are native to georgia.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Grafting citrus on top of Pomello
« on: March 15, 2019, 07:15:24 PM »
Interesting that your pomelo tree seems to grow so well so far North.

Probably oranges or grapefruits would show the best compatibility to pomelo.

Tangelo might be borderline compatible, maybe not the best, but I'm sure you could probably get fruit off it.
My wife fell in love with the mineola tangelo's at Winco... I'm sure they'd be as good as, or better than what I got at the store.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Osmocote on sale (Amazon)
« on: March 15, 2019, 03:06:49 PM »
Have a 50# bag of a 12 month for $87 coming in from A.M. Leonard.  Had a free shipping offer about 3 weeks ago.
Very nice. I'm still going on my small bag of osmocote, so for small growers like me this is still a good deal :)

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Grafting citrus on top of Pomello
« on: March 15, 2019, 02:25:31 PM »
Very nice! This is what I'm envisioning basically - but with more varieties.
Do you have updated pictures? I don't see any dates.

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

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