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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sapodilla tree won't grow
« on: March 31, 2023, 11:56:04 AM »
A year is not very long.  Be patient, eave it alone.

I think sucking the air out of the zip lock is good if the scions are not wrapped. 

Otherwise, that's pretty much it.  Wrap them in tape.  Or not if they are on a short distance trip just put them in a bag and suck the air out and zip lock it. 

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Himalayan mulberry scions
« on: March 27, 2023, 04:33:22 PM »
I actually went and looked for good pieces for people and my tree is already leafed out so no scions now sorry.  Also a lot of people were asking for it.  I dont really want to hackmup the tree that much either.  If you have extras people want them Kaz.  You can sell them on my thread, I dont care.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pineapple thread
« on: March 26, 2023, 05:34:26 PM »
Greenhouse, they need tomstay dry when it is cold.  Pineapples love greenhouses.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: March 25, 2023, 06:43:16 PM »
Here's how the tree from the video in December turned out.  Even with our long winter they are growing ok.  Not ideal but it seems like they will make it.  Gray Martin says my early grafting is frowned upon.  But it seems to work ok.  Now way I could have done so many bark grafts otherwise.  It would still not slip yet with all the cold.  I top worked 15 or 20 trees and they all seem to be growing out in this weather.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Himalayan mulberry scions
« on: March 25, 2023, 05:43:15 PM »
Yeah sure I can send a few. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: March 25, 2023, 05:37:32 PM »
Brad, do you think this long cold, wet winter may have affected the fruit quality on the Malama? 

At this point, I think I'm finished collecting avocados.  Hopefully the scions I got from you in January take, this long winter has kept them dormant.

Looking forward to trying your varieties, but I've also come to the conclusion I need to streamline.  I'm tired and overwhelmed from too many projects and variety trials. 


I think it just doesn't grow well in CA and the fruit don't taste good.  It's not worth growing here.  The weather probably doesn't help but the fruit did get large and were not really watery but they have a grassy flavor that's off.  It's got a thinn skin also.  I have too many projects too, it's annoying.  Why do we do it to ourselves?

Hopefully your grafts are going soon.  Mine have all started growing now.  But it has taken a lot longer than expected.

Here's the top picks for me
Sharwil, Hass, Reed, Nabal

2nd tier but still great are
Pinkerton, fujikawa, Gwen

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: March 25, 2023, 02:39:19 PM »

this Fuerte pushed growth heavily on two limbs, but the other one was left behind (right side of the picture). Should I trim the new growth back to level out all limbs again?
just leave it alone and let it grow.  That tree is going to be way to big for its area but you can let it go for now. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: March 25, 2023, 01:55:18 PM »
I tried a Malama today.  Not impressed.  Not bad but not good either.  Hass and sharwil crush this avocado.  Oh well...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Need advice on moldy Atemoya cuttings
« on: March 25, 2023, 12:08:44 PM »
People need to stop with the wet paper towel.  You cannput cuttings in a plastic bag dry and they wont dry out, the bag seals in all the moisture. 

We almost need a new thread on how to ship scion material and make it mandatory reading.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: March 21, 2023, 04:48:18 PM »
Could be the fertilizer you use or could just be the tree getting ready to shed.  A lot of my trees look a lot worse than that right now but in a couple months they will shed and regrow new beautiful leaves.  They always do every spring.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: March 21, 2023, 02:56:52 PM »
Its salt damage from the water you use I would assume.  Still not anything to worry about. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: March 21, 2023, 02:19:36 PM »
Its normal, avocado leaves dont last forever.  Thry get beat up then fall off every year and re flush.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Anybody hav3 Leo3 atemoya?
« on: March 20, 2023, 08:36:17 PM »
I have tons of LM3 scions if anyone wants send a message.  Have too many of these trees actually and need to top work somemof them. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Achacha in California?
« on: March 20, 2023, 02:40:42 AM »
Theres some kind of plant that is almost the same as achacha called lucs garcinia.  Its named after a guy in mexico called luc who was on this site.  You can search for lucs garcinia here and find more info.  I am not that informed on the difference but I have both types and the Lucs seems to be less affected by the cold weather.

Heres a link

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Achacha in California?
« on: March 19, 2023, 08:02:14 PM »
I have some trees growing but they are not that well suited.  The Lucs tree seems to be more hardy. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: March 19, 2023, 07:15:21 PM »
I found a bunch of dropped fruit on my malama tree.  This is a hawaiian one and I have never tried the fruit but will be in a few days.  The fruit get really big and turn black on the tree then fall off.

Theres a hass, sharwil, pinkerton, fuerte seedling, and 2 malamas for size comparison.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Gopher Gold
« on: March 12, 2023, 02:09:46 PM »
I use traps and pull out dead bodies.💀

You should let the root stock grow for 1 or more years thrn do the grafting. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: March 03, 2023, 06:48:26 PM »
Ill save you a box John.  Unfortunately I only have enough for a few mix boxes.

If there was ever any question that we are growing mangos at the edge of the desired zone, this winter has been a cold reminder.  Itís been a long time since the forecast has been so consistently cold with rain, hail, and snow at low elevation.  Last night was mother natureís climax with the lowest temp my property has recorded in 3 years (31F). Only the strongest will survive this winter. Wishing all you zone pushers the best over the coming weeks.

34 here just for comparison.  I dont think theres much damage done.  The worst should be past and spring should be incoming now. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seedling Mango tree thread
« on: February 21, 2023, 04:32:48 PM »
Yes, we ate many of them.  It ripened fine and they were good but not great.  Just kind of boring flavor.  Not that sweet or strong tasting.  Just a classic taste and no fiber but lowish brix.  I plan to top work. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pineapple thread
« on: February 18, 2023, 12:26:35 PM »
Kevin it needs to be yellow.  That will not be sweet yet.

I took this picture a few weeks ago to post here and forgot about it.  This is a 15 or 20gal pot with 3 plants in it.  It worked out great, less space taken and all of them ripened at the same time.

It takes 2 years to grow these then I bring them inside and leave them on the cou ter and my family eats it all in 10 minutes. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rootstock size for mango grafting?
« on: February 17, 2023, 01:27:20 AM »
If you graft it small like that it will blow extra energy flowering before the tree is large enough to hold fruit.  Its easier to deal with the grafting now but there is a downside to it. 

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Mandarin fruit for sale
« on: February 17, 2023, 12:47:53 AM »
I have some gold nuggets, dancy and shasta golds for sale.  We have way more than we cannuse.  Will send boxes for cheap.  10$ plus postage for a medium size box.  The fruit are really nice ones very juicy. 

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