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I think the growers in FL and CA are lucky when it comes to group sales and we always get the short end of the stick in AZ.
Seriously, take him up on the offer.  I really wish we had enough AZ members to do something like this.

Not too far of a drive out for something really cool, but I know it hurts and is $$$. Even just up here in Santa Barbara I get jealous of the SD groups meet-ups.

Looking good, love seeing jabo grafts in particular. One thing I've been doing is putting my finger right over top of the rootstock on the top of the blade and that prevents it from zipping down into your left hand holding the graft. It'll hit your finger and only go the depth of the blade. Works good.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Huge Loquat Leaves
« on: January 20, 2022, 11:46:20 AM »
I have a seedling like this as well, full sun. Almost foot long leaves. It is from that tree I still want to get you scions from, Kaz. Will try to find the house owners this spring. The fruit quality is VERY good so maybe this is a good sign for  that seedling.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Gopher Gold
« on: January 20, 2022, 11:44:45 AM »
The only damage so far is that a vole was coming out and munching down stalks of golden berry. I was going to prune it hard anyways so I don't care too much but it's not a good sign... I'll probably start trapping them to be safe.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Multi-Grafted Citrus tree fruiting
« on: January 19, 2022, 10:11:07 PM »
Wow, that is so cool to see! Very healthy. I see you've tied individual fruits to branches, did you also tie some of the super loaded branches to something? That production is insane!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Gopher Gold
« on: January 19, 2022, 12:03:11 PM »
I have handled all the gophers in the immediate area and now have a new task... VOLES. They are harder to figure out since they don't leave mounds. I often don't find their holes for weeks.... Sigh, now to read up about how to trap them. Sounds like mouse traps along their "runs"

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Root Feeding: Yea Or Nay?
« on: January 17, 2022, 08:33:47 PM »
It sounds to me like disturbing or cutting a few roots and soil feeding would be doing the same thing? It just seems weird that a single pierced root would "turn on" the tree like you're describing. Eventually whatever you put on top will leach down to the roots.

Did an imidacloprid + Propiconazole drench. Believe, convinced, these black Aphids carry a wilting fungus.  This tree is too small to worry about any fruit now. 

My annonas, even in the greenhouse, have that sometimes too. I've always suspected it to be winter blues / coming out of dormancy too early.

I try so hard to not use treatments at home but then I realize any time I eat fruit from a grocery store, it's probably had the entire "icide" book thrown at it for fungal, insects, etc, so, I don't worry too much anymore. For as effective as it is, I would wager imidacloprid use must be widespread in agriculture.

Imidacloprid is supposedly fine for eating after 2 weeks in the soil. I dunno, reading about how it makes insect's brains explode seems uhm, a lil concerning for consumption haha.

I don't have a scale problem but I do get other sucking insects (whiteflies and Leafhoppers).
I started to use Imidacloprid drench once a year while the trees are young to help them get established better.
The organic methods that seem to work involved pretty expensive stuff with weekly spraying (Botniguard and azadirachtin) and I couldn't keep up.

I get scale on my abiu and i use tanglefoot for that to stop the ants

I gave up on organic stuff and also use imidacloprid if it's out of control. I especially don't mind using it on non-producing or juvenile trees but try to stop when they are fruiting actively.

Scalebug is effecting a lot of stuff I have so I'll probably need to go hard in the greenhouse to clear it out. Sprays of neem and pyrethrin haven't been doing it.

Looks like typical color caused from cooler temps.
I notice all my jabos look ragged this time of the year and
usually push new leaves around March and look much better.

Same thing here. That purple look is classic "I am cold and do not like it" for all my eugenia / jabo. We're almost out of the hole and I see them charging up with lots of new branch spikes.

I own a zoological facility in Michigan and we house a large number of sloths here.  A part if their natural diet is the leaves and fruit of the cecropia tree.  I am looking for reliable suppliers that could do weekly shipments of leaves and fruit.  Thank you

Very cool. I saw many sloths in Costa Rica when I was there a few weeks ago. You're doing great to serve them up the cercropia, they were always in them there.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grafting Che to Mulberry
« on: January 15, 2022, 03:46:55 PM »
Do you like the fruit?


I tried it at another SB collector's house and I found it agreeable. It's like mixing a mulberry and a watermelon and it has little sliver style seeds that aren't bad to crunch or spit out. It's not a 10/10 or anything but I think it's worth having. It's really cool looking, big mutant red fruits hanging off branches.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grafting Che to Mulberry
« on: January 15, 2022, 03:45:48 PM »
I think my friend told me he collected Osage seed at Francheschi in the last month or soÖ..?
I haven't been able to find osage orange anywhere at CA nurseries. If someone has a line on some, let me know. I see some bare rooted grafted norris for $30 so I may do that, we'll see.

Oh dang, I hear osage roots SUPER easy too so I would love to find that plant there. I can't seem to find the plant map from Franchesci, I saw it once though. I'll have to cruise around.

I've sorted out everything based on the best of my abilities. I'll ship on Tuesday. Hopefully seller will respond and give refund for the ~$300 loss. Sucks that most of that loss was on 1 person, not distributed among everyone.

Yes, I wondered how losses would be distributed. I hope you all will have luck with germination and refunds due to insect issues.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Multi-grafted Citrus Show Off
« on: January 15, 2022, 11:09:52 AM »
I just did a similar project on my gf's parents totally inedible pomelo. Now has: xie shan, pixie, pink shaddock, meiwa kumquat, orogold grapefruit, and a few others. Really excited to see these cocktails take off!
The pomelo is a graft on a rootstock, and so the cocktails were grafted on the pomelo branches?

Why not cut off those nasty spikes that could scratch the hands? Any good reason to leave them on? They can cause a flat tire I'm sure.

I would suspect it's a grafted tree, but part of me wonders if this was just a pomelo seedling or something. The quality is absolute garbage. Truly inedible. It was actually purchased as a meyer lemon by my gf's parents. It grows really well though so I figured it's a good call for grafting. I look forward to seeing it bush out over the next few years.

I didn't know you could clip the spikes off. They are awful, but I figured it may wound the tree or leave it susceptible to infection if I clip too much.

Not sure what you mean v-cut vs one-side-cut? I did a standard cleft graft with a long low angle V on the scions. They're sealed in buddy tape and then I used nursery tape to really smush the graft union, it's my go to method for any grafting. Sometimes I will change the angle of the V cut on the scion to re-direct the angle of the branch for aesthetic reasons.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grafting Che to Mulberry
« on: January 15, 2022, 11:05:15 AM »
I haven't been able to find osage orange anywhere at CA nurseries. If someone has a line on some, let me know. I see some bare rooted grafted norris for $30 so I may do that, we'll see.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Multi-grafted Citrus Show Off
« on: January 14, 2022, 07:58:27 PM »
I have made a multi-grafted citrus too many years ago here on the Central Coast with our cool Summers I have had the best success in late Spring to Summer here. When or what time of year have you all done your graft's. Great looking trees louicious and Kevin.

I tacked these on in August. It was dang hot while doing it!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Flowering Sabara Scions
« on: January 14, 2022, 05:22:02 PM »

I am going to prune my flowering / fruiting Sabara jaboticaba soon and have some scions I could sell of various sizes, pencil size and maybe even a touch larger. Fruit is good quality with small seeds and thin skin.

$10 each minimum 3 + $10 for USPS priority. US ONLY

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grafting Che to Mulberry
« on: January 14, 2022, 05:16:23 PM »
No experience here... but I would be very interested in attempting to graft some.
Anyone have the large-seedles type cuttings for sale?

I have a large grafted "Norris" che tree and plenty of scions available

Have you tried rooting them before?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Grafting Che to Mulberry
« on: January 14, 2022, 03:13:50 PM »
I saw a few successful Che to male mulberry bark grafts online but wanted to see if others have had success on TFF doing this. I tried che for the first time last year and it was very agreeable and aesthetic so I want to give it a try grafting to ever bearing / dwarf mulberry which seems to be a universal receiver of mulberry grafts.

Also wanted to try rooting some cuttings which I hear is challenging but not impossible.

Anyone have experience?


Seeds are here! Unfortunately, we are missing some stuff, and all the psidiums are listed as psidium sp. so I have no way to tell them apart. I'll contact seller and ask, although how is he to remember??? I'll try to id based off of number bought.
some other seeds are not named...Seller originally had each person's order in a separate bag, but customs just took them out and threw them into a huge pile...

Andre mixed my seeds and then we went back and forth sorting them out. He mixes large and small seeds, or oval + spherical in the same pouch so it's usually pretty easy to tell apart. He'll help you out via whatsapp

It sounds like a nutrition issue more than climate. Peppers are pretty easy overall and suit a variety of climates. I had most issues when the soil I had them in ran out of nutrients and I wasn't using a slow release of some kind then I got all kinds of fruit rot or slow growth.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: King White Mulberry Scions
« on: January 13, 2022, 04:18:22 PM »

I have two more bags of scions. Iím throwing as many clippings that seem usable as possible in each, even small stuff just to make sure if you donít like one of the scions thereís something else for you to attempt with. I will contact two more folks and I think thatíll be about it for the year. Maybe have one more but need to look at the tree again.

Thanks everyone.

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