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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Book recommendations?
« on: November 26, 2022, 12:57:13 AM »
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Tending the Wild by M. Kat Anderson
Water in Plain Sight by Judith Schwartz
Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond by Brad Lancaster
The Perfect Fruit by Chip Brantley (story of Floyd Zaiger, Dave Wilson, and some of the largest growers in California)
The Resilient Gardener by Carol Deppe
Frutas no Brasil

I have many wild foraging books as well, top four are:
The New Wildcrafted Cuisine by Pascal Bauder (foraging/cookbook)
Incredible Wild Edibles by Samuel Thayer
Around the World in 80 Plants by Stephen Barstow (Somehow another author published a different book under same title)
-Stephen Barstow has a website called Edimentals
Edible Wild Plants by John Kallas

Thanks Janet! A lot of these sound very interesting! Gonna check them out

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

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Happy Thanksgiving Forum!
« on: November 25, 2022, 12:18:34 PM »
Happy Thanksgiving!

For compost, I have 2 of those fairly large plastic compost bins that I scored for free like 15-20 years ago. I just dump kitchen scraps in it every day or 2. When Iím sweeping leaf litter from walkways Iíll occasionally throw some in the bin. When cleaning out chicken manure Iíll throw some in. No big labor invested in this method. I just keep a digging fork next to the bin and turn it a bit every time I dump something in there. Once I fill one of the bins, the other gets spread around the yard as finished compost. Works well for me. I would think that burying green waste would work great but in my yard with a dog and lots of nighttime critters, Iím certain it would regularly be dug up. Digging in my soil is more work than composting. But hey, I bet if I dug those holes for green waste the soil would improve.

I donít make biochar, but I did buy a truckload of high quality biochar a couple years ago. It cost more than I would have liked, close to $200 I think. But I understand it will outlast my lifetime, so I figured, what the heck. I charged it with liquid kelp, humic acid, MycoGrow, and probably some liquid fish. I havenít noticed much change to plants but I do think I get more mushrooms. Iím really succeeding in spreading lepiotas around my yard but I think that is more related to spreading the mushrooms and manure.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Which is better, Rambutan or Longan?
« on: November 14, 2022, 05:04:26 PM »
Top three were Sakip, Ikeda, and Chu Leon.

Thanks Janet!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Which is better, Rambutan or Longan?
« on: November 14, 2022, 03:15:24 PM »
I think rambutan probably tastes better but I have a strong preference for longan because of how it makes me feel. Probably a quirk of my biology, but longan makes me feel really good. I can eat pounds and pounds of it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Which is better, Rambutan or Longan?
« on: November 14, 2022, 03:13:20 PM »
I had the opportunity to taste about 7 varieties of longan side by side and there are definitely differences in flavor in the varieties.

Any standout favorite varieties? Iíve never known the names of longans Iíve eaten but have a preference for the stronger flavored longan fruitís Iíve tried. Iím growing seedlings, hoping to graft, and would love some info regarding which variety scion I should pursue.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Ross Sapote Seeds
« on: November 13, 2022, 01:57:56 PM »
PM sent!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: cherilata
« on: November 12, 2022, 07:52:34 PM »
I grow cherimoya here in northern ca zone 9b.
Can cherilata grow here?

Iím in Napa (9b) and recently traded for a nice cherilata tree. Itís entering its first winter at my place. So far, so good. I think my yard will do well as frost collects in the neighborhood but not in my backyard due to a slope and some large oaks for cover. Cuts into my sunlight a bit but the trees seem to manage.

I only had good feijoas a couple years ago and I am very into them. Itís hard to get tired of eating feijoa. The first ones I tried were from the variety Moore and one or two of Mark Albertís selections, but Iím uncertain of the identity, probably Albertís Pride and/or Albertís Joy. They were excellent. Iím growing a small Moore and very excited for it.
Most of the feijoas Iím growing are seedlings of Mark Albert varieties. Iím generally hopeful, but occasionally apprehensive, about the future quality of these fruits. I recently had some seedling fruits from a friend and really enjoyed them though I donít think they were as good as Moore.
I think Apollo is another well regarded variety.

Sugarlata seeds look a bit like cherimoya seeds, anyone know if they germinate as easy as cherimoya? Or are they a tricky one?

Good scores! Congratulations! I think Iím out with a delta of 9. Fun to play tho, thanks!

Iíll take the Lucís!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Trading: Figs for Ö?
« on: September 12, 2022, 01:25:08 PM »
Updated list of available figs  :)

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Trading: Figs for Ö?
« on: September 11, 2022, 05:28:02 PM »
Thanks StelaG! Iíve been starting seeds and letting the winter show me whatís possible in my yard. So far, Iím very optimistic  :)

Iím cheating! I peeked at W.ís researched answer and am like, hmmm, what if he didnít improve quite that much. Good luck man! Straight 36s and Iíll send you a tree!

English 30
Math 34
Reading 32
Science 34

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: White sapote varieties
« on: September 09, 2022, 11:36:34 PM »
- Grafting a seedling can set them back on growth. Make sure you are grafting on one that is pretty thick and has vigor.

Thatís an interesting observation, Iím seeing the same thing in CA but hadnít drawn that conclusion.
I grafted Walton onto a seedling that was at least half inch caliper with great success, and grafted Walton and Malibu #3 to much smaller caliper seedlings. Those all failed though Walton held on longer. I had to store my grafts in a much warmer/sunnier spot than I would have liked due to a new puppy in the yard. I had considered the heat and sun as likely culprits, as well as Malibu#3 being challenging to graft, but Iím seeing that those failed grafts are now low vigor, as youíve observed.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Trading: Figs for Ö?
« on: September 09, 2022, 01:14:35 PM »
what is the best tasting fig you have?

I think I have a different favorite every year. I-258 is awesome and Iíd be surprised if anyone hates it with a passion, but I get it, Iím a bit idiosyncratic here and there. I do grow it but would need time to propagate a tree. Iíll send you a PM today! Thanks man!


Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Trading: Figs for Ö?
« on: September 09, 2022, 12:10:46 PM »
Figs are so delicious. They photograph well also. What is the name of the fig in your last bottom photo?

I agree, beautiful and delicious. That one is Capoll Curt Negra. Great fig from the Montserrat Pons collection on Mallorca. Itís becoming a new family favorite. Here are a couple more of that oneÖ

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
Figue díAlgerie
Causses de Vers

Likely Smyrna - probably requires pollination to fruit
Vasilika Melissi

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

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

Correct me if I'm wrong, but those are all "common" variety figs that don't produce viable seeds due to lack of pollination from a fig wasp and a male tree. They just produce sterile, tasty fruit with bunk seeds.

Any caprified (ďpollinatedĒ) fig will produce viable seeds. Common varieties donít require caprification to produce fruit, but they do require caprification to produce viable seeds.

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
Stuff like that. Thanks!

Iíd love the first pack for $30. Sending you a PMÖ

Sent a PM. If still available, Iím interested. Thanks!

Sounds delicious! Which White Sapote varieties that youíve had does it rank near? I grafted Walton and Malibu #3 this year. If youíve eaten those, Iíd be particularly interested in your thoughts regarding Mary Ln in comparison. Thanks!

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