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Tropical Fruit Discussion / To trim or not to trim Sapodilla Hasya
« on: November 23, 2014, 10:11:50 PM »
After reading some commentaries from forum members here, few days ago I got myself a couple of
plants, one of them is 15 gallon Sapodilla Hasya. For some reason, I picked the seemingly "vigorous"
 one, which also has a few small flower buds developing in one branch.
After observing and contemplating of where to plant it for a couple of days, I think I need to do something
with that one middle branch that soaring out high by itself; almost 4 feet above the rest.
(Total plant height = 9 ft 3 inches)

My understanding is, in order to encourage developing more lateral branches, I need to trim this branch
to about even level with the rest of them. Am I correct in this assumption?
If so, when is the better timing to do it? Now, while it's still in the pot at this time of the year, or later, after
it has been in the ground for a while?

Thanks for any advice you can contribute.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Easy way to pollinate Cherimoyas
« on: November 22, 2014, 02:04:12 AM »
Interesting article Simon, thanks for sharing.
Please let us know the result of your experiment; if successful, I will try this method
someday when my young Cherimoyas trees start flowering...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherimoyas ripening
« on: November 13, 2014, 01:05:47 PM »
Thanks Simon for your reply. Yes, I noticed that also, fruits from my Cherimoya could have different shape and
textures. I thought I gave it a shot since you seem to be a Cherimoya expert in SoCal.
I currently have 2 young Cherimoya plants; soon I will be in search of the El Bumpo and African Prince (Atemoya) scions
that I've been hearing about in this forum...
Happy growing!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherimoyas ripening
« on: November 12, 2014, 09:12:23 PM »
Thanks Simon for posting those varieties of Cherimoyas in pictures.
I had this Cherimoya tree I bought some 24 years ago from Mimosa Nursery,
it had been a consistence producer with excellence taste every year; but I never knew
what the variety is.
Can you or anyone help ID it? I no longer own this tree, since we sold
the property last June; so this info is just for my own information.
(Photo was taken Jan. 2014.)

Since I never tasted Nam Doc Mai, I went to the store as listed above; and only bought
2 to sample.
While there, I also pick up of what looks like Cherimoya (no labelling) and Jack fruit.
The mangos are now in the fridge, can't wait to taste it after dinner...
Thanks for sharing the store address Osito!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is attacking my citrus leafs?
« on: October 15, 2014, 05:46:03 PM »
Looking at photo #3, photosynthesis is pretty compromised - not good.

Imidacloprid is my pesticide of choice for complete leaf miner kill.  Yes, at any stage, bearing or not.


I guess it's too late now to save the existing "adult" leafs, right? Seems that most -if not all the leafs
except the newly sprouted ones- were already affected. So, I'll start looking to get those
recommended cure to be use to protect the young and the upcoming leafs...
Thanks Mark!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is attacking my citrus leafs?
« on: October 14, 2014, 11:30:41 PM »
Wow, this forums are great! Thanks Rob, Don and "pug".
You guys have been so helpful!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is attacking my citrus leafs?
« on: October 13, 2014, 10:17:36 PM »
Ok, Leaf miners; thanks "jeg" and David!
(Obviously, I had no idea before).
I'll do some search on this.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / What is attacking my citrus leafs?
« on: October 13, 2014, 09:05:30 PM »
Would anyone can help identify what's attacking my citrus plant leafs and suggest some remedy for it? It's a 3-4 yrs Washington Navel Semi Dwarf planted in a 1/2 Whiskey barrel, it fruited excellent 4-5 oranges last year; but I am afraid I won't get any this season.
The close up first photo is the bottom, the 2nd is the top of the leaf.
The new young seemingly healthy leafs already sprouting in some places (3rd photo), so if I can prevent this from happening again, hopefully I will get better result next season.

As you can see I am a newbie in this forum as well as a home grower, so any help would be much appreciated!

Very interesting post, thanks for sharing this with us. I too, have had many failures with Avocado trees, I currently have 3 avocados plants in pots (2 out of 3 are in half whiskey barrels) from store bought about 3 years ago, and none of them produces any fruit! I thought growing avocado from seed takes many years (like 7-10?) before it starts to bear fruit, but I see your method is different.
So, I will plant those seeds in the ground (not in the pots, right? Why?) and hopefully will be ready to graft unto it next year. By the way, do you use the seeds from market bought avocados?

Thanks again, Simon!


Yes, that's what I kind of worry also, "not having strong root structure because they lack taproot".
Thanks PW!

Hello friends,
A newbie here, glad to find this site, been reading a while and learn quite a lot; thank you!
And this is my first post; start with a question, please.

I have a 6 foot tall Manila mango as a result of air layering from a Home Depot's bought plant
some 3 years ago or so. The fruits that I tasted from this "parent's plant" (I have since planted
this in our daughter's back yard) didn't taste good  and has lots of fibers; no where near the store
bought ones. So, I just wonder if it is ok to graft scion(s) unto the air layered plant; or should
I buy another one and use it as a rootstock?
Sorry if this has been covered before in this forum, but I just can't find it.
Thanks! Sam.

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