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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Overhyped avocados
« on: May 31, 2022, 11:44:47 AM »
Ive got a bunch of reed seedlings growing that havent flowered yet but they are pretty big.  Gray martin said to do a girdle around the base of the trees in October and they will flower the following spring.

I was pondering the potential of Reed seedlings-- usually I've been finding the largest Zutano or Bacon pit and they grow decently.  Do Reeds grow better than the traditional rootstocks?

It was fun to see the collection of trees at Ong's this past weekend.  I was somewhat interested in Jambu (Wax Apple) and Guava for which they seem well stocked. 
Some brief questions for the group:
  1) Tropical Guava:  What are your favorites among the vast selection they have?   (I'm most interested in Asian Guava varieties and not Lemon, Strawberry, or Feijoa)
  2) Wax Apple:  Of the varieties you've seen, which seem most flavorful or sweet?
  3) Mango trees: I got an offhand answer from an attendant that they grow them on Manila rootstock but some carried Florida type labels-- any impressions from those who have bought these and tried them?



Hi All,
    You all have some very nice SoCal Mango trees around.  For those on this thread, I'm interested in learning more about the soil you use for your In Ground Mango trees.  In particular, I was considering the best way to plant Mango trees into the typical sandy clay that characterizes some Inland Empire or Orange County areas.   Assuming that drainage isn't too big a problem do you tend to plant in (1) straight native sandy clay,  (2) supplement with some percentage of sand / gypsum / pumice, or (3) alter the planting hole some other way?  Also, does the rootstock or variety matter in the decision of your soil choices?

Thanks Ahead.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Planning a Trip to San Diego
« on: August 10, 2021, 12:53:41 PM »
Hi There,

    I was at San Diego Botanic garden (Encinitas) last week, and it's got a nice collection of trees and shrubs (and a Children's garden too).  While I did see some tropical fruit trees, it was clear that fruit is for display and not for picking or sale.  I am not a San Diego native however-- some may be able to point toward other fruit stands or farmers' markets that would be good for tasting.
Hope that helps.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Watering Mango Trees in SoCal
« on: July 08, 2021, 02:11:24 PM »
I'm interested in opinions regarding watering Mango Trees in SoCal:

Please comment on how much or how frequently you would water the following trees, assume 90-100 degree daytime temps in summer with decent drainage:

1) A potted seedling, 0-6 months old
2) A potted tree, 3 gallon to 5 gallon size   (like a Manila from Home Depot, newly bought)
3) In ground tree, average clay soil with decent drainage, 5-7 gallon size

Thanks in advance! 


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Carmen Hass Avocado
« on: June 29, 2021, 02:32:54 PM »
I have a Carmen Hass that is doing reasonably in SoCal.

This was an interesting read:

Great to see such nice trees in SoCal.
I'm wondering, to those who have success with ST and Peach Cobbler-- do you tend to plant Florida rootstock trees into the ground at the 3g or 7g size, or grow them larger than that in pots first?

Thanks ahead for advice,


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tangerines or Blueberries?
« on: April 20, 2021, 08:07:11 PM »
I realize that we all have our regional limitations-- 
Here in inland SoCal we have Oranges and Avocados in abundance-- southern highbush blueberries do well too.  I do think there is something like 100 chill hours needed so i'm not sure how Hawaii ranks in those categories.
If only I could grow a Mango or a Papaya-- those end up being a 8 out of 10 on the difficulty scale here due to our wet cold winters.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado tasting
« on: March 19, 2021, 05:52:58 PM »
Hi All,
    I'd be interested as well.  FWIW I am more knowledgeable about avocados but need wisdom about Mangos.


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