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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Is this El Bumpo?
« on: November 19, 2022, 01:48:41 PM »
Got this scion  from a well known member couple years back and was wondering if its el bumpo.  This is suppose to come from the OG tree.  Also post pictures of your el bumpo. 

Thanks in advance

or knows someone that have an in ground 5 years or older fruit punch mango in so cal? How old is it? What root stock is it on? Was it a pretty vigorous? How is its fruit production and is it proned to diseases?


What would cause the bark to be like this?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Does this look like Maha Chanok?
« on: August 24, 2022, 12:05:01 AM »
Yeah online I see only 1 or two that looks like my Brother's tree but I also see alot of the ones that are skinner and longer profile.  That's why I wanted to see .  I was aware of ndm having a couple variations out there but was aware it was the same for M.C

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Does this look like Maha Chanok?
« on: August 22, 2022, 05:40:25 PM »
Wondering if this is mc....I grafted these about 3 years ago

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: The Reed avocado thread
« on: August 09, 2022, 11:32:30 PM »
i think they take about 8-9 days

Thanks Brad lol I thought there was something more to it then waiting over year for them lol 😆

I saw a couple articles that state if you prune a fig tree it would send  more of its energy into ripening the fruit faster.  Does this apply to cherimoya also?   My cherimoya is a mature tree and I usually prune down at least 4ft every year.  Seeing some post from the more experienced growers don't sell scion when they have fruit hanging I assumed that it wasn't wise to prune mine while there are fruit hanging. As always any input is much appreciated.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: The Reed avocado thread
« on: August 06, 2022, 05:59:38 PM »
It should be ready to pick now.  Thry are tasting amazing.  Having one with corn ship and hot sauce for breakfast today.

How long should it ripen on the counter after you pick it?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: The Reed avocado thread
« on: August 04, 2022, 11:58:02 PM »
How do you know if they are ready to pick? I still got a couple hanging from my first crop last year.  I had 1 a week ago and it was kinda salty.  Not as creamy as a couple of them that dropped in mid July.

Pictured is a cherimoya flower I already hand pollinated.  Once it opened up can I use the pollen from the same flowe to pollinate other flowers?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sweetheart lychee new growth problem
« on: April 27, 2022, 01:10:14 PM »
Awesome thanks all for your valuable input :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sweetheart lychee new growth problem
« on: April 26, 2022, 03:27:41 PM »
Yeah I mulch it pretty heavily.  I have a big one in the front that's more exposed to the elements then my small one but the big one doesn't have any issues.

That's why I figure it might be a nutrients issue. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Sweetheart lychee new growth problem
« on: April 26, 2022, 01:17:50 PM »
Hi All,

I have a 2 year old in ground sweetheart lychee that's having some new growth problem.  Im located in southern California from the charts I see online it looks like either boron, or calcium difiency but not sure. Any gurus know what it might be exactly?

 Thanks ahead of time for the input.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sugarloaf or Pineapple Pleasure
« on: April 01, 2022, 02:01:11 PM »
I have both…really like both but Pineapple Pleasure really unique…I actually grafted sweet tart to it as well…medium tree…produces average to good in mid Boynton Beach

pp growth habit about the same as sweet tart?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sugarloaf or Pineapple Pleasure
« on: March 28, 2022, 12:25:59 PM »
any updates for sugarloaf vs PP?

I was curious too.

Google searches amazon works.

do you have a link i searched it didn't come up

kool thanks i used the amazon search lol its out of stock :(

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Free Sweetheart lychee Scions
« on: March 23, 2022, 03:37:41 PM »
Unfortunately I need to cut back my tree as the branches aren't growing right. I'll cut the scions this week. So yeah let me know if you want some. I purchased the tree few years ago directly from PIN. Scions are 1/4 inch thick, maybe even more thick........ok yes I'm asking you pay for shipping $10. If you would like to throw in a bit extra to cover for my time that would be swell. Or we can do a trade.
I'm interested in scions of soursop, jaboticaba, grumichama, cinnamon apple. And many more so please feel free to make offers.
Why are the branches not growing right?
yes need to breathe more. Air flow is like a 100 on a test. It makes everyone happy. Yeah the rollup sides aren't here yet so all the trees are floppy. $400 freight shipping my butt. I'll go pick it up like a real person.

Shortened version -

do you have pictures of the tree?  they don't grow like traditional upright trees.  It's like a Hemispherical big bush.  if you want a traditional shape tree you will need to let it fill out and prune off the bottom half.   it takes about 4-6 years for it to properly fill out

do you have a link i searched it didn't come up

I might have to do some bark grafting if new shots dont come out.  So im looking for suggestions or recommendation for a sealer.    I checked on amazon and home depot looks like its the bonide brand or the tanglefoot ones.   I remember in one of Dr. Campbell's videos that he used a japanaese product.   Let me know what you use and where to buy it.  Thanks!


I hope so last year we had similar blooms but experienced alot of fruit drops even with good size fruits.  This year I'm going to hit it with some espsom and gypsum


Mine was an airlayer I put in ground about 5 years ago.  It fruited two years ago for the first time.  And then I had to do heavy pruning so last season it didn't bloom.  The fruit I had was excellent quality! Good size fruit, crunchy  aromatic flesh thats sweet but not overly sweet. Seeds were medium size not as small as pepper seed longan but taste way better.  Biew keiw fruit was similiar but if i had to have only one it would be the Sri Chompoo.  Fruit is yummy and you get the scarlet red flush. 


Biew kiew longan is blooming again after heavy pruning two years ago.  Last year it did not flower.

Sri chompoo  longan flower panicles are just coming in

Sweetheart lychee panicles emerged early this year but started to bloom about a week or two ago. 

Hope everybody is doing well.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Santa Anas Blow
« on: February 04, 2022, 02:03:41 PM »
yUPS I hate the wind too  >:( It use to hit only in the fall. Now it seems to be all year around.  luckily for me no damage and fingers still crossed.  Surprisingly my sweetheart hasn't suffered any major damage the last two years.   Hopefully all the past storms had just made it stronger.   

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: grafting cherimoya tips
« on: January 27, 2022, 03:38:27 PM »
wait another month when night time temperature warms up a bit unless you have a greenhouse.   It sucks that those that sell scions early sell them knowingly that it's not ideal time to graft.   

Mauritius and Brewster are proven varieties to produce.  Sweetheart is pretty new, mine is about 7 years in ground.  Last year was the first official year it fruited.  It wasn't much but it was very high quality fruit.  In my opinion lychee does well in 10a or 10b.  Look for a 15gallon tree if you can.  I put mine in ground in full sun, at least 12hrs and had no problem. Wind protection is surrounding structures or trees.  My Sweetheart is super picky only thing that doesn't give it tip burn is oscomete, highly diluted fish/seaweed emulsion, and worm compost.   If you follow fertilizing tip from the video you posted on a young lychee tree you would probably kill it or severely give it leaf/root burn. 

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