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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Seeds actually a danger to dogs?
« on: July 01, 2023, 03:49:41 PM »
Iíve been hemming and hawing about planting a white sapote or two in my yard. Iíve read the seeds are deadly poisonous and that they could kill a dog chowing down on fallen fruits. My son has a dog and it would be truly a tragedy if this is the case as he might be likely to chomp on ďavailableĒ fruits.

Is this a real concern? Or a limitation to the available information? Does anyone have actual experience with this?

Thanks!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Generally frost free
« on: December 18, 2022, 04:04:20 PM »
I live in Napa, CA, zone 9b and have been thinking my yard may have a pretty unique microclimate but I havenít done specific measurements or observations. I work in a technical and regulated field and enjoy just vibing in my hobby fruit growing. Iím on a hill and have a good amount of large tree cover. Sometimes I mutter to myself about the level of shade but over the years Iíve come to appreciate the frost protection. On cold mornings with ice on the windshield out front and frost on the ground behind my property, there is no frost on the ground or plants in my yard.

I mostly grow temperate fruits but do have some subtropicals and am increasingly growing tropical seeds. Last year I left out cherimoya and longan seedlings in pots under deciduous oaks on the slope and they had no damage. Avocados and White Sapote seem to do fine. This year Iíve left out small seedlings of Abiu, Canistel, Jaboticabas, Jack/Chempedak hybrids, and various Garcinia and Annonas. So far, the only dead seedling is a single custard apple seedling, 2 others still fine, Iím not sure the death is necessarily due to cold. One of the Abiu has some cold damage but itíll be fine. A Geffner atemoya shows some leaf damage, but this could also be further stress from the Geffner struggling in heat waves a couple months ago. All the cherimoyas are doing better than this one atemoya so far. And a cherilata is doing great.

Iím hoping to select a handful of hardy trees to plant in ground in sheltered locations that can still receive some sun. This seems to be a necessary balance Iíll need to observe. Admittedly, Iím early on this journey but Iím starting to think it may be possible to grow many of these fruits outside in my yard in pots that can be moved to deeper shade and shelter in the winter. But itíll be years yet before I can observe how flowers and fruits handle the winter as I expect these wonít be as hardy as the tree itself.

Even if I remain frost free, it is pretty cold, dipping below 30F based on a weather app. I donít know how much that changes. Frost formation seems to be more damaging than cold air. Iím sure I canít grow truly tropical fruits like Mangosteen, Rambutan, or Durian. But a lack of frost seems to be a significant benefit in growing some hardier tropical plants.

Any thoughts or suggestions are welcome! I might get more of a taste for measuring and tracking as I go, but currently I prefer to run a bit wild and free through my hobbies, so no promises, though I appreciate any ideas and who knows what might inspire me.












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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Book recommendations?
« on: November 25, 2022, 01:28:06 PM »
I need a new fruit/grower book! If you have a book you love, or find yourself returning to over the years, please let me know. Thanks!
A couple that Iíve appreciated:
The Holistic Orchard by Michael Phillips
Fig Trees of the Balearic Islands by Montserrat Pons

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Trading: Figs for Ö?
« on: September 09, 2022, 11:26:06 AM »
Hi! I have some fig trees I intend to auction but Iíd also be open to trades within the continental U.S. Below is a list of some trees I have available. I could be interested in tasty Longans, Annonas, Pouterias, Duguetias, Sapotes, Mangos, Jabos, geez, maybe anything delicious and possibly hardy enough after a few years growth to a zone 9b that might push 10.

Some of these are more rare and sought after than others and more or less advanced in current growth. If youíre interested in a particular fig and have something to trade, feel free to inquire, I have many more varieties and could potentially propagate something down the line. Thanks!

Figo Preto
Violette de Sollies
Bourjasotte Grise
Galicia Negra
Unk Col de Dame (Noir or Grise)
Coll de Dama de Ciutat
Paratjal Rimada
Capoll Curt Negra
De la Plata Campanera
Paratjalina
Figue díAlgerie
Causses de Vers
Pichoto

Likely Smyrna - probably requires pollination to fruit
Shenshare
Vasilika Melissi

California seedlings that supposedly donít require pollination to fruit
Meteorito
Feather River
Thermalito
Raspberry Tart

California seedlings that are not yet known whether they require pollination to fruit
Raspberry Cream
WXC-019












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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Looking for some avocado scions
« on: August 03, 2022, 12:49:57 PM »
Hi! I have a few more avocado rootstocks and am hoping to graft them up this year. Iím happy to trade or whatever. I mostly grow figs, I have over 100 varieties, but I grow lots of other fruits as well. If you can spare scion of any of the following, letís chat!
Phoenix (sometimes sold under trademarked name Carmen Hass)
Lamb Hass
Greengold
Nowels
Edranol
Ardith
Stuff like that. Thanks!

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Looking for Longan varieties
« on: December 28, 2021, 03:37:10 AM »
Hello!
Iím looking for Longan plants of named varieties like Kohala, Diamond River, Biew Kiew, etc. Iíd love to trade but am not opposed to buying. I grow lots of different fruits, mostly figs, about 100 varieties.
Thanks!
Aaron

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