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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.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Rootstock and grafting question.
« on: April 05, 2022, 05:44:52 PM »
That is good to hear because that is what I did. Will let the rootstocks grow for probable bidding late summer.

Saw a posting for some on figbid a few days ago.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Rootstock and grafting question.
« on: March 31, 2022, 07:49:11 PM »
I ordered some stone fruit rootstocks and scions from separate sources. The scions look great. The rootstocks are healthy but are much smaller than I expected as in between 1/8 and 1/4” diameter. Most of the scions are thicker than that. Do most people grow these rootstocks out before grafting them? I can do that and use the scions on my current in ground trees. Actually have enough material to try grafting to the rootstocks and my tree. What have your experiences been? The scions are apricot and plum.

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: cherries in san diego what?
« on: March 24, 2022, 03:49:23 PM »
For what it is worth I see some fruit set on both my Governer wood, and Kansas sweet cherries in Bonsall Ca this year. They are still flowering. Also have Stella near by but it has not broken bud yet. Minnie Royal, and Royal Lee will be going in the ground in a few weeks after they have filled the pots they were purchased in with roots. Fingers crossed for a nice harvest in a couple of years.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WTB Cherimoya seedlings
« on: March 14, 2022, 08:30:59 PM »
Atemoya nursery in Vista may have some rootstocks to sell.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lara Farms tree source
« on: March 12, 2022, 04:41:39 PM »
Based on recent recommendations I got a Ross Sapote and Canistel Trompo, both 3 gallons. I am very happy with what I got.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado graft pics
« on: March 09, 2022, 04:54:14 PM »
That is very encouraging Brad. Our weather has been unusually variable week to week for the past 2 months including a couple of Santa Ana events. If they are good now future grafts should be a pretty sure thing.

Very nice selection of quality annona scions. Completed 15 grafts this morning. Thank you so much Mark.

Capulin cherry was readily available in the past. Never tasted one good enough to want to plant it either. They are fast growing nice looking trees though. Aren’t there regular deciduous cherries you could plant?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: For Sale—-annona scions.
« on: February 18, 2022, 08:41:16 PM »
Any luck fruiting your red ilama?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Digging Up Established Cherimoya Trees?
« on: February 18, 2022, 06:47:52 PM »
This sounds like more trouble than it is worth. It will take multiple hours of difficult labor. Even if you are successful it will be a couple of years before it can recover and produce again. You could take scions from the tree and graft them to vigorous seedlings. After 2 years in ground they may be ahead of the transplant.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: I can't taste fruit
« on: January 26, 2022, 01:46:04 PM »
Omicron is now he dominant variant but delta is still around. It can take months for smell and taste to return.

Wow Kevin,

Those are just beautiful Shangri La scions. I will have plenty for my needs and enough leftover wood to smoke a Brisket. Thanks so much.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherimoya tasting /get together
« on: December 05, 2021, 12:19:19 PM »
This tasting was the first I have attended. It was great getting to taste a few new to me cherimoya varieties and other interesting fruits. Above all it was wonderful to meet other fruit growers and put faces with some of the familiar names on this forum. Thanks so much for hosting Brad!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherimoya tasting /get together
« on: November 29, 2021, 08:22:22 PM »
Will be there with Fino De Jete and maybe Pierce

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