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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Goldfinger banana question
« on: September 23, 2023, 03:31:30 PM »
Very nice bunches. Doubt that any of those will be ready until thanksgiving or later. During winter it is a good idea to harvest before the psuedostem goes into full decline and ripen in the garage. If they are somewhat plumped up they usually ripen.

Which one is Goldfinger? My example has underperformed severely so if you rip it out I might be interested in a pup.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Amazing melon variety from Japan
« on: August 25, 2023, 06:20:23 PM »
The melon variety is probably Ichiba Kouji.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherilata in Southern California
« on: May 04, 2023, 01:39:23 PM »
I have a nice young Cherilata tree that I grafted on cherimoya rootstock last year. Very vigorous. Will probably get fruit this season. Actually it set and aborted a couple last year so it appears precocious. I have started giving annonas 2 or 3 years before deciding on fruit quality. I have had several varieties of cherimoya were very average on young trees but become excellent by year 3 in my yard. Fino de Jete, Knight, and Dr. White did not perform well early on.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: macadamia tree in container?
« on: January 09, 2023, 07:00:01 PM »
Maybe it is just me but I never put my nuts in containers.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherimoya Bluing Inside
« on: December 07, 2022, 02:17:40 PM »
Looks like sunburn damage. Happens mostly to fruit on young trees with sparse foliage.

Is anyone in Southern California getting good quality fruit from Kwai Muk?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Early cherimoya season in San Diego.
« on: October 12, 2022, 06:10:01 PM »
I was very surprised to see some cherimoyas coming ripe this week, particularly Fino de Jete, Knight, and El Bumpo. Harvested a couple 3 days ago. They will be ready to eat this evening. Suspect it is the result of our unusually hot September.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Butterscotch sapodilla
« on: October 07, 2022, 05:08:41 PM »
Supposed to be a dwarf.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Chopping down the losers videos
« on: September 13, 2022, 12:21:38 PM »
Will you top work the stumps?

Season is late fall through early spring.

Anyone know what rootstock Lara Farms use for their green sapote?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit party?
« on: July 20, 2022, 06:54:36 PM »
I will be there. Doubt I will have anything ripe. Plan to bring some jakfruit by way of the Asian market.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lucuma vs Canistel morphology.
« on: July 11, 2022, 05:24:30 PM »
I am sure the descriptions are very useful if one has a good working knowledge of classic botanical nomenclature and
Morphology. Unfortunately I do not and a quick attempt at self education was not successful. For me it will take pictures or the experienced eye of someone else. No worries as I will be equally delighted to see fruit on the tree be it Canistel or Lucuma. I have never had a tree bloom this intensely without fruit so fingers crossed.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lucuma vs Canistel morphology.
« on: July 10, 2022, 02:41:45 PM »
Unfortunately the flowers are very similar.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lucuma vs Canistel morphology.
« on: July 09, 2022, 08:35:05 PM »
Here’s a couple of images of the tree in question.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Lucuma vs Canistel morphology.
« on: July 08, 2022, 02:21:18 PM »
Do Lucuma and Canistel trees differ enough in morphology to tell them apart without seeing the fruit?  I ask because I have 4 different varieties if you include Ross as Canistel. The Ross, Oro and Trompo have very similar growth habits leaves and flowers. The fourth Labeled Bruce is similar but the leaves are smaller, a little rounded and slightly shorter. The Bruce flowers are also pointier making me question if it might be Lucuma. None have set fruit. The Bruce is 3rd year in ground, 8 or 9’ tall with many 100s, perhaps 1000s of flowers. It bloomed less the last couple of years and did not set fruit. First year for the other varieties.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit party?
« on: June 22, 2022, 01:22:07 PM »
Count me in.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Pitago Banana Plant Wanted
« on: June 21, 2022, 11:34:50 AM »
I would like to find one too. Let us know if you find a source.

Ha ha ha!! I don,t care who pollinates my flowers as long as they make nice fruits.

Thanks so much for sharing your experiences.  Guess I will continue pollinating for now knowing that I will thin later for fruit shape and position on the tree. I am highly motivated as cherimoyas have now become a big Christmas gift demand in my extended family. On a side note my trees do seem to self pollinate pretty well. I have noticed a population of small beetles, dark brown, measuring 3 to 4 mm in many of the flowers. I wonder if they may be becoming a natural vector for pollination in my garden.

My cherimoyas are on their third season. Most we’re planted in ground as average 5 gallon specimens and have grown well. Last season without hand pollination my 15 trees held an average of 8 fruit each, range of 0 to 20. This season I started hand pollinating 3 weeks ago, 2 days a week. A high percentage of the flowers have set. So many that I wonder when I should stop. How many fruit can a vigorous 10’ cherimoya bring to maturity? Will too many fruits on a tree thin out naturally? Will higher fruit numbers stress the trees or hurt fruit quality? Thanks for sharing your experiences.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Id mystery plant?
« on: April 16, 2022, 03:51:45 PM »

22 and 112.

Lara Farms also ships to California.

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