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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Just peachy.
« on: February 17, 2017, 07:33:56 PM »
My peach tree has been in full bloom for a few weeks.  There are already maybe 100 little fruits set the size of almonds. 

Im always amazed how early they are ready.  Will just me 2 months or so from now.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Local Nurseries Can Surprise You
« on: February 16, 2017, 11:33:24 PM »
Seems like good weather down there but space could be lacking.   Regarding avocado rootstocks,  I think almost all of them are on zutano rootstock unless otherwise stated.  Some types of avocado cultivars are just more agressive.  Hass and Fuerte seem to geow the fastest here.  And I believe all my trees are on zutano rootstock.  They are all la verne trees or trees from clausons.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Local Nurseries Can Surprise You
« on: February 16, 2017, 07:11:08 PM »
We couldn't temp you with that Guanabana?  I stopped by and bought a Reed avocado and a McBeth loquat.  The have been on my list for a while.
Unfortunately I am running out of room in my backyard and the limited spots available will require a lot of work (ie removing old roots from a tree that I removed).  I have to balance the 'that would be cool' with what my wife would actually eat.  She's a bit more conservative in her fruit choices.  That said, I've planted some sapote seeds from a fruit that I bought awhile back.  Hopefully they germinate and then I'll just have to find a spot for them..... I know, a lot easier to just buy a tree, but I'd have a hard time justifying the cost to her.
Indeed, space and growing a fruit tree just to say you did are limiting factors.  I agree that you should enjoy the fruit you eat as well.  I don't have the soil and climate to grow many of the things i would like, but I am slowly adding more fruit trees/shrubs to the landscape to keep my tropical fruit addiction satisfied.  Good luck with the Sapote seeds.  Let us know how they do.  It would be great to see how they mature for you.

Where are you located ?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My Theory on Avocados
« on: February 15, 2017, 03:54:31 PM »
You can always gently tap the pot while holding below the graft and check whats in that pot when shopping.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Local Nurseries Can Surprise You
« on: February 14, 2017, 04:48:49 PM »
Good choice on the reed avocado.  Sir Prize is a nice one also if you want more avocados. 

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: The best way to clear grass under trees
« on: February 14, 2017, 12:20:40 AM »
You could use glyphosate once then mulch.  I would not want glyphosate on my food plants roots personally.  But I do use a lot of it around the property.  Give it a week to work then mulch over it.

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Hi I was searching for posts about sprinklers and found this old thread.  What did you end up with and how are the trees?

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Exactly Fun Project! ....

Ed

Best of luck with your project Ed.  Keep us posted. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Local Nurseries Can Surprise You
« on: February 13, 2017, 04:43:44 PM »
I blow way too much money at walter andersons in poway.  Very nice nursery and awesome train set and ponds out on display.  Kids love the train. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Taste Question to Cherimoya Aficionados
« on: February 12, 2017, 10:25:51 PM »
Dis you ask where his farm is?  I want to know if anyone is growing them way inland like near the wild animal park or in ramona. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My Theory on Avocados
« on: February 12, 2017, 08:44:27 PM »
I would just let them have full sun if possible.   Its a good time of year to get them going in full sun. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My Theory on Avocados
« on: February 12, 2017, 07:31:09 PM »
In post #20 it looks like the weeds need to be cleared and the trees planted in a mound and mulched.  It also looks shaded, too much shade could cause them to grow poorly and rot. 

Here is a photo of some of my trees.  The large ones are the oldest at about 1.5 years old. They were 5 gallon 2 to 3 ft tall trees when planted.  They are 10ft tall 10ft wide after one summer now.





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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best chainsaw chain oil
« on: February 12, 2017, 01:51:43 PM »
Pretty much any oil will work fine.  I don't use cooking oil but I have used motor oil, suspension oil, whatever is handy.  Canola oil would be fine.  You probably won't be using a ton of it so just get a jug of canola oil at the grocery.

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Ive done a lot of hydroponic vegetables and "herbs".  I have used the 5 gallon deep water setups like that and also dutch buckets that all drained into a 1.5" pipe and fed back into a 50 gallon reservoir.  What I have found is that you will be doing daily PH adjustments and water refilling which can become very time consuming.  For a 5 gallon DWC system, you will be ok with a mango tree until it gets larger.  The tree will require a much larger water and root zone once it gets to be 5 or 6 feet tall and starts flushing lots of leaves. 

If hou plan on keeping it going for the long term, I would suggest using a pot about 10 times that size.  A 55 gallon trash can full of hydroton with drippers on top and a drain a few inches above the bottom back to another reservoir would work well for a tree.  The bottom few inches will always have water like a dutch bucket and you could use a pump on a timer to drip from the top every few hours while the lights are on or the sun is shining. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My Theory on Avocados
« on: February 11, 2017, 09:08:22 PM »
It must be your soil.  I am just an amatuer home gardender but Ive planted 23 grafted avocado trees at all times of the year and do very little for them and they all take easily and grow really fast.  Its the low rainfall and decomposed granite soil that drains well that makes it easy. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How do you get rid of ants ?
« on: February 11, 2017, 01:16:54 AM »
The clean up any scraps you leave around.  If you wear sandals in your garden they will bite your feet really bad if they are the small red agintine ants. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How do you get rid of ants ?
« on: February 10, 2017, 02:29:17 PM »
If the hill is right there, pouring gas down it is a quick way to kill them.  If you don't want gas near your tree, you can pour water with borax or boric acid in it and they will die when they walk in it.  Sprinkle the boric acid around the hill and down the hole.  Diamacias earth sprinkled around the mound will kill them also. 

Honestly though, gas gets it done fast.

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherries in San Diego?
« on: February 08, 2017, 02:42:32 PM »
The new ziager low chill Cherry 6gm25 is available now. It was just released this year. You should be able to get it bareroot now. It is supposed to be low chill like Minnie Royal and Royal Lee and delicious. It is also self fertile.

Bill

Thanks Bill, if I see that one I will try it.  Hey only had a few types at my local nursery.  Ill have to see what the big box places have. 

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherries in San Diego?
« on: February 08, 2017, 12:35:07 PM »
I let them know I live close to the nursery in Poway.  He said lapins will be no problem so I guess I will put one in and see what happens.  They had the royal pair there too but I had read a lot of mixed reviews on those and decided a self pollinating tree would be better.

  I have 9.6 acres to work with so if my one tree fails its not the end of the world.


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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Cherries in San Diego?
« on: February 07, 2017, 11:19:55 AM »
What verieties grow well here?  They said lapins at walter anderson nursery but the tag says 400 chill hours.  I don't know if we get that much chill here.

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You AZ guys can probably pull off some hass trees if they have some surrounding shade for afternoon sun.  And plenty of water.  It get extremely hot where Im at.  110 during a heateave and the trees don't seem to mind much if they are watered.   They are getting full exposure on a south hill.

That's just a few heatwave. Try averaging 107F for 3-4 straight  months ,.....there are not too many Hass in Palm Springs and there is a reason for that.

I would just suck it up and move somewhere less like hell.  My wifes side of the family lives in Phoenix.  Of course they love to rag on California.  But they are always happy to visit in summer and complain about their 1000$ cooling bill.   :'(

At least citrus grow well there...

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Keeping security camera in my garden
« on: January 31, 2017, 08:56:35 PM »
You guys need to learn to setup mousetraps that hit a nail with a cap on it or hollowed out shotgun shells.  Use a trip wire to set it off.  It will scare the crap out of the theives and wildlife. Works well for deer.

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You AZ guys can probably pull off some hass trees if they have some surrounding shade for afternoon sun.  And plenty of water.  It get extremely hot where Im at.  110 during a heateave and the trees don't seem to mind much if they are watered.   They are getting full exposure on a south hill. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mulching for New Orchard - Good or Bad?
« on: January 26, 2017, 05:50:30 PM »
You can get 50lb bags of urea 46-0-0 to crank up you woody mulch.  Work good for my mulching and feeding trees.  Or if you have a tractor and access to lots of grass clippings you can mix them and make compost out of it.   Horse poop and mulch works well too for faster breakdown. 

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