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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mangoes in San Diego
« on: October 06, 2023, 03:05:21 AM »
Thank you so much! I'll see what I can find in the morning

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mangoes in San Diego
« on: October 05, 2023, 10:35:08 PM »
I'm visiting an ill aunt and want to bring her tasty mangoes. Please guide me where to get them oh wise ones.

@Fygee I'm no Lychee expert but you'd probably want to invest in a strong rootstock rather than air-layered roots for those temperature swings and extremes in LV. I believe young plants are pretty heat-sensitive to 90+ degrees so it'll probably need to be babied. Lack of humidity won't help either.
There's a couple threads on all the potentially "cold-tolerant" Chinese varieties that can be grafted.

As for Kaz's Brewster Lychee, absolute 100/10. Super sweet, juicy, and slightly floral; loved em.
How big do they need to be to survive the heat? I do know some people in Houston protect lychee during the winter and have big trees and it makes me want to try, but with this year's heat wave I even lost figs 😢

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: Garlic
« on: August 26, 2023, 02:28:35 AM »
Gary - my wife has planted two 15 foot rows of "grocery store" garlic cloves
for the past 4 years with good results.  She has not had good success
with the Elephant Garlic for some reason. (it may be a PH issue with the soil)
I finally replaced my 40 year old (and seldom used) PH meter for a higher quality
one and we will be paying more attention to soil quality now that we are in a new
location.  Our old place in Winter Garden had pretty rich sandy soil that
grew just about everything well.
so yes, your garlic should do very well if the PH is between 6.0 and 7.5 with good drainage.

Johnny in Kissimmee


Soak your elephant garlic in water mixed with a capsule or two if vitamin c (ascorbic acid) for like 15 minutes. The difference it made was wild

Wishing you and your trees to very best luck. Glad you included Xie Shan an absolutely outstanding citrus. .
Thank you. I have plans to pretty much build a greenhouse around them for winter so as long as we don't have power issues they should all make it

I'm the end here's what I planted

[ ] Pomelo bien hoa
[ ] Mandarin Xie Shan
[ ] Pomelo Nam roi
[ ] Mandarin Shiranui (Sumo)
[ ] Improved meyer lemon (not grafted)
[ ] Satsuma miho
[ ] Satsuma owari
[ ] Satsuma brown select
[ ] Lemon new Zealand lemonade
[ ] Satsuma early St ann
[ ] Plum Methley
[ ] Plum Flavor Gernade
[ ] Apple Dorsett
[ ] Apple Ein Shemer
[ ] Apple anna
[ ] Grapefruit oro blanco
[ ] Plum satsuma
[ ] Lime Persian sweet
[ ] Lemon ujukitsu
[ ] Lemon variegated eureka
[ ] Lemon variegated eureka
[ ] Lemon improved meyer
[ ] Orange Cara cara

I don't kill mine. My plants are doing well enough that there's enough to go around. I have plenty of wasps that keep caterpillar populations under control.

What a hilarious name for a caterpillar that looks like bird poop, not a dog, and furthermore is not orange.

Come again? Are you saying the bird poop dissloved one of your bael?
Lol, no it's a caterpillar that looks like bael fruit. Probably a swallowtail that usually eats citrus.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Spice trees
« on: June 05, 2023, 08:52:29 AM »
Spice bush is an awesome native. I have a great testing Virginia Pepper Weed that appeared in my yard. Taste seems to vary by plant though.

I might be out. I got roots and a little leaf on one cutting, then it started to shrivel. As a last effort I planted it in a pot outside. The others still had green at the node on the bottom, but no roots. I'll know soon enough if all turned black and kicked it

Can you list or the varieties for the cuttings?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dream greenhouse build help
« on: May 09, 2023, 04:07:40 PM »
You may be able to find refurbished ac units. I would check with several local companies and see what they say.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Help me pick a mandarin / satsuma
« on: May 06, 2023, 09:10:57 PM »
You don't need to make a greenhouse. It can be way more temporary than that. Go to the dollar store and get brooms for the Fram. Shower curtains for the plastic. 😉

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Help me pick a mandarin / satsuma
« on: May 06, 2023, 11:54:54 AM »
If you're willing to protect I bet you could do any of them. Incandescent c9 Christmas lights and create a greenhouse (this year I'm trying plastic panels on the windy side and frost cloth panels on the others).. Someone in here just told about an anecdote where a person puts a bucket of water with an aquarium heater in it inside the makeshift greenhouse and that worked. I haven't tried that, but it makes sense to me

Tie your trap open and feed outside the first night then progressively farther in, then the night after you feed all the way in take the tie off.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best native type persimmon
« on: May 02, 2023, 06:19:05 PM »
Yes, the American Persimmon does well in the gulf coast area. The named varieties typically have larger fruit than wild trees but not quite as big as the Asian varieties. Most of the named American persimmon varieties are hexaploid (90 chromosomes) which is common in the north while tetraploid (60 chromosomes) are found in the south. This means that even if there are wild male trees around, the hexaploid named varieties should be seedless in the sourthern region since they are not compatible with the native tetraploid males.

I've got small trees of 100-46, H63a, and WS 8-10 growing at the moment but not bearing yet.
That's very exciting. I hope they fruit for you. The one I collected seeds from fruited mid summer. No idea when it flowers though.

Thanks for the info on the genome mismatch.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best native type persimmon
« on: May 02, 2023, 06:16:13 PM »
Don't forget Diospyros texana  ;)
You are growing that variety from seed right?

It's never worked after the migration or whatever. I've just dealt with it.

That's unfortunate. I hope it can be fixed

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Breeding citrus what affects things
« on: May 01, 2023, 03:27:00 AM »
Thanks so much for the in depth answer

No way
What changes do you watch for before cutting?

They arrived quicker than expected and look great. The box was stuffed full. Everything smells wonderful and I'm looking forward to growing and eating these. Turtle was also kind enough to include a few pieces of black tumeric 🖤

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Kumquat seeds
« on: April 25, 2023, 01:27:53 AM »
can you buy the fruit from Florida kumquats inc.

I just checked and they don't ship to Texas

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Kumquat seeds
« on: April 25, 2023, 01:25:31 AM »
I actually ran across them and bought a bunch. I've never seen (as far as I recall) meiwa in stores, so I'm super excited. I collected a huge number of seeds while binging on them, so I'll hopefully have a lot in a couple of years. Now I'm seeing if I can hunt down a few other varieties to try. I know Limequat used to be available in the area, but haven't been able to track one down.

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