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The skinny part will never get wider,  new growth will but it will take forever  to get any fruit. I'd cut off the vertical growth on both and slowly bend up the wider horizontal branch and make it the main growth, the plant will grow much faster and thicker.

i stripped mine near the end of winter, now flower buds are every where at least 2 at each node where i stripped the leaves off, while the leaves are barely coming out.
Last year i stripped the leaves around end of April and only got a few flowers to come out.

What temperature requirement for these? Can I grow them successfully here in Northern California?
Will it ever fruit?

If you have it in pot then watch out for water logged because of the root, happen to mine once before, 2 years of good care the tree grow fast and choke itself to death. From that point on, I always drill extra holes about 2" up from the bottom just in case and I'll know when to trim the root or repot to a bigger one.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Help with wampee
« on: April 04, 2015, 01:16:05 AM »
 Thanks Millet.
My wampee has about 9 tips loaded with blooming flowers now, hope they will set fruits.
Cold front is coming in a next couple days, hopefully there will not be any damage.

Citrus General Discussion / Help with wampee
« on: April 03, 2015, 09:49:56 PM »
Hello. My wampee start blooming for the first time in a long time this year, how long does it take for the fruit to develope ? Harvesting time frame? Does it self pollinate?
Any info are much appreciated.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Atemoya as rootstock?
« on: April 01, 2015, 10:18:11 PM »
It should not be a problem, I grow atemoya from seed as root stock and graft different varieties of annona, all are doing well.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Seedless guava
« on: March 29, 2015, 10:39:09 PM »
Thanks Simon.
I'll give them a call.

Hi Adam, stil have scion available?
I'll love to take 2 each.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Seedless guava
« on: March 24, 2015, 10:55:45 PM »
Hello. Does anybody know where I can purchase seedless guava plant ?
 Tasted the fruit in southern Cal and my wife love the fruit.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Grafted Cherimoya - "Behl"
« on: February 10, 2015, 10:04:17 PM »
Please put me on the list, if possible can you graft behl, el bumbo and pierce together?

Go to god little acre nursery in old Almaden road, there were quite a few large parkistant mulberry trees available with large fruit you may taste.

Definitely sugar apple, and cherimoya will be on my list. My wife and I really like the sugar apple, even though not too many people like the fruit because of too many seeds and grainy, but it just bring back the memory, we have the sugar apple tree when I was a kid in Vietnam. Did I mention that the last winter also took away my good size sugar apple, black and white sapote? I thought the sapote was suppose to be cold hardy and planted 1 of each in my front yard, they were all dead to the root. Now I have a fig tree in the place. Just saw a couple of 3 gallon honey heart cherimoya today at home depot, they were around $30. I'll try to get them when I have time this weekend.

Longan, lychee, wax Jambu, sugar apple, papaya all dead during the freeze in Dec, it was down to 22 at 5AM , I'm in San Jose area, is it zone 9b? All of mine were just under the arbor, no green house.
Live and learn. I have a green house project this summer.

I guess that I'm very lucky, my wife has severe allergy and never take a step to the backyard, I got the whole world to myself,  grow what ever I want and she would never know.
Buy it, plant it and apologize later :) just pray that she'll never find out, just make sure you use one of those prepaid card.

Hoang, I'll try to find the old picts, they were not that really big trees, I pruned them hard every year to keep them at around 4-6' tall including pot. I change the pots when I got them and have not since, I used fast drain mix 2 parts pine bark 1 part perlite and 1 part crushed lava rock and 1 part worm casting compost, similar to what they call gritty mix now a day, and just top it off with more mix and worm casting when the soil  settled down every year, one thing that I have been practicing for quite a long time now is that all of my pots are drilled with quite a few holes to help with drainage and preventing root bound problem  very similar to the commercially available air-pot, just imagine the plan old black plastic pot with 1/2" holes everywhere and cheap :) I don't use any commercial fertilizer, just strictly worm casting from my vermicompost and compost tea once every 2 weeks.
I got the longan and a few others from Roger Meyer in SoCal and the lychee from one of the home grown private nursery also from SoCal (Craigslist), next on my shopping list are mango trees, maybe get some when I visit SoCal next month, are they expensive?

Hoang, I'm in 95118, I have no idea what type of longan and lychee I had, yes they were in 15 gal container sitting on the edge of my deck under the arbor, full morning sun until noon, bright and airy,  the afternoon sun we have in this area is so harsh on tropical plants,  they were given (confiscated) from a friend. I was not really into tropical fruit tree gardening at the time ( just only ornamental flowers and dragon fruit) but started to have interest in tropical fruit tree since my trees died and I'd like to take on the challenge of successfully growing tropical fruit trees in this area and hopefully can have some tropical fruits in the near future.

Mine is grown in the middle of the yard where there is no shade at all, you should paint the expose lateral branch with white wate base paint to protect it from sunburn, after a year or two the canopy should be enough to protect the branch from sunburn, also I'd noticed that trimming the tree do that it can have a wide canopy is much better then let it grow tall and leggy, at least the canopy can protect the tree from the summer heat and winter frost. The freeze last year in NorCal only burn the top leaves but everything else underneath was well protected and flourished once the weather warmup.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Colored Finger Limes
« on: April 20, 2014, 12:30:14 AM »
Just bought a finger lime tree from local nursery, should I care for it just like other citrus or is there any special thing I should watch out for such as water and feeding?

Since avocado does not like standing in water, When I planted my avocado 3 years ago,  I just put the tree at the spot I want to grow then build up compost around the root ball to the trunk level, water it well everyday, just add more compost when it settled down, my tree grow much faster than expected, almost triple in size especially the trunk size, full of fruit in the third year. Avocado loves water but does not like to be water logged, just make sure the soil drain fast then yours should grow like crazy, btw I used strictly pine needle compost from the neighborhood, just gather them up and let them compost for about a year before using them, no fert needed. The old leaves tend to get brown spots the drop, as long as the new growth look good I would not worry about it.
Hope this help

I had my longan and lychee for about 7 years but the trees must be older since I got them from a friend in SoCal, they were neglected for several years since my friend just leave them in the original pot from nursery (impulse purchase and not knowing how to care for them) and waiting for them to fruit. Tired of them not growing and gave them to me, with a little care and feeding last year was the second year I got fruit from them not a whole lot but much better than the year before, last year I had about 40+ lychees and close to 60 longan fruits. The trees were only about 4 feet tall. They were doing well under the patio until last Dec, I guessed I had under estimated the freeze that we got when there were about 10 straight days of low 20s, I was pushing it a little hard.

Wow, I did not know that there are crazy folks like myself trying to grow tropical fruit trees here in San Jose :) got into the hobby  few years ago, last winter killed most of my collection (under estimate the freezing temp). Hoang, you can grow longan and lychee quite well here in San Jose, mine fruited well last summer sadly they all died because of the freeze in Dec. I just start my collection again this year, although they are still small. So far i have a couple of Hak ip lychee, DR longan, jaboticaba, cherry of rio grande, a couple variety of mulberry, 4 types of jujube trees, and dragon fruits, avocado plus a few of other citrus. I may try to add a few mango trees someday  if my wife let me put them in our bedroom during the winter :)
Btw, your trees are looking good.

Ethan" hope you got my pm, can't wait to get my hand on some grafted tree.

Thanks for the replies, I mainly looking for the different varieties of cherimoya, sugar apple, longan and the black pearl wax Jambu to replace the one I lost due to the cold spell in December, we  had a period of about 10 days with temp in the 20s. I currently have an unknown variety of cherimoya, diamond river longan, a few fruiting dragon fruit plants, wampee and a couple of hakip lychee plants, they all survive well through the cold spell with the exception of the wax Jambu (forgot to move it in). Just love to get my hand on some more of the tropical fruit trees.
I'll contact Ethan and see if I can acquire a few plant from him.
I'd tried to grow from seeds  for the past few years, no problem with germination but when the plant get to about 6 to 8 inches tall they all start to have problems and eventually die back :(
Any idea why?

Hello folks, got bitten by gardening bugs  for awhile, I'm looking for tropical fruit tree nursery in the Bay Area, can anyone point me to the right direction.

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