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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Seeds
« on: May 07, 2020, 06:22:38 PM »
I too received some beautifully packaged and organized seeds and scions. Thanks again.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Central Valley, ca thread
« on: May 06, 2020, 08:15:20 PM »
This is the property I live on, which is at 2200' in Santa Barbara, CA. It is almost always sunny, even during the June gloom, May grey, Fogust that SB gets, so the hours of sunlight my plants receive is pretty ludicrous. It was 80f in SB today, and cranked up to 93f today. We will see several 110+ days this year, so I would say this is indeed more central valley than it is SB Coast. In the winter, it went down to a recorded 26f. Luckily I have a nice micro climate inside the oaks, so when my neighbors are watching things die, my little slice is doing a bit better just a couple hundred feet away they'll be 10F lower!

This area is where I put all my most sensitive plants that can take the heat and sun. It is 10f hotter here, even in the winter. Mangoes, dragonfruits, sapotes, and eugenia area. Especially helpful for seedlings. I ran a frost cloth over top of all the dragonfruits and had string lights in it which kept everything toasty all winter long. No damage or deaths here.



This lower area is the next best for sun and heat, and I yank stuff over below the deck if it's looking really cold. Plums, cherimoyas, pluots, atemoya, guava, pitanga / strawberry combo pot, vanilla ice cream bean, black sapote, raspberry, caviar lime and panache fig



This is the area where I have more sensitive plants and those that don't need a lot of sun. I have a very large sabara jaboticaba that seems to be ready to fruit this year, two grumichamas, cherry of the rio grande, 7 blueberries, a lychee, gooseberries, and a whole lot of seedlings.



Everything is in pots mostly... Since the house isn't mine and I'm just a tenant. Luckily the well water is good stuff!
That climate does certainly sound more like the valley than it does the coast. I always got a bit depressed that sb was so gloomy throughout the year. Itís nice that you get that sweet sunshine but can easily head to town for some cool weather if need be.

I was actually looking at some cheap property in the hills of Santa Barbara, something like 200-300k for a couple acres but it was teeming with red tape. There is some good spots up there.

I'm always looking at the land - and after substantial research, those plots you see in the 200-300k are rife with issues. Stuff over by Conejo Rd is slide-prone. Stuff on the 154 has fire and water issues. The stuff in Rosario Park is nice, but not enough sun and warmth for what I'm looking for.

Just sorta hoping to see just the right piece come up, but inevitably when it does, it's snapped up quick.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Central Valley, ca thread
« on: May 06, 2020, 06:52:28 PM »
This is the property I live on, which is at 2200' in Santa Barbara, CA. It is almost always sunny, even during the June gloom, May grey, Fogust that SB gets, so the hours of sunlight my plants receive is pretty ludicrous. It was 80f in SB today, and cranked up to 93f today. We will see several 110+ days this year, so I would say this is indeed more central valley than it is SB Coast. In the winter, it went down to a recorded 26f. Luckily I have a nice micro climate inside the oaks, so when my neighbors are watching things die, my little slice is doing a bit better just a couple hundred feet away they'll be 10F lower!

This area is where I put all my most sensitive plants that can take the heat and sun. It is 10f hotter here, even in the winter. Mangoes, dragonfruits, sapotes, and eugenia area. Especially helpful for seedlings. I ran a frost cloth over top of all the dragonfruits and had string lights in it which kept everything toasty all winter long. No damage or deaths here.



This lower area is the next best for sun and heat, and I yank stuff over below the deck if it's looking really cold. Plums, cherimoyas, pluots, atemoya, guava, pitanga / strawberry combo pot, vanilla ice cream bean, black sapote, raspberry, caviar lime and panache fig



This is the area where I have more sensitive plants and those that don't need a lot of sun. I have a very large sabara jaboticaba that seems to be ready to fruit this year, two grumichamas, cherry of the rio grande, 7 blueberries, a lychee, gooseberries, and a whole lot of seedlings.



Everything is in pots mostly... Since the house isn't mine and I'm just a tenant. Luckily the well water is good stuff!



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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Fruit/Seeds for sale
« on: May 06, 2020, 02:33:46 PM »
FLNative was very kind to include some extra seeds from this which I ordered from him. Well packaged and healthy seed.

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Thanks FLNative for the seeds delivered here to Santa Barbara, CA. The extras were appreciated, and everything was well packaged. I've already re-ordered.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Central Valley, ca thread
« on: May 05, 2020, 07:12:58 PM »
Though I am not really in the central valley, I am "sort of" in the same climate. I'm at 2200' and several miles inland above Santa Barbara. I get way more of that desert heat like the central valley and am 9b due to the elevation.

I'm having luck with a lot of things here, including mangoes. I am tempted to let the small plants hold fruits this year with support.

Some other things I'm having great success with:

Dragonfruit
Eugenias (100% success, almost all uncovered)
Jaboticabas
Passionfruit
Mulberries
Figs
Guavas

Things I am not having success with:

Garcinias
Stuff in the ground (gophers)
Campomanesias



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Nice looking tree - I just bought some similar ones from Champa. Almost everything you see here in jabo form is Sabara. Those are certainly the same.

How much did you pay if you don't mind my asking?

I bought a 3 gallon for $60 and a 15 gallon for $120 just now.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pitangatuba part 2
« on: May 04, 2020, 04:57:58 PM »
Every single tuba I've received as a seedling has suffered the same fate. I don't know what it is about them. I'm going to try them from seed this time and see how I fair.

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Bringing this thread back rather than a new one - I would like to point out that I had several Pitomba seedlings I purchased this year that all suffered really hard. They all pretty much died back to nothing and I left them for dead completely uncovered in 9b. They have ALL come back with fresh growth, and they were hammered with hail, totally defoliated, and took 26f for a few hours.

Pitomba are starting to get a "tough as nails" ranking in my books. I would say on this alone they are worth trying out. I have some seeds coming soon. :)

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Iíll take 10. Thank you!

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Fly Mangoes To Cali
« on: May 03, 2020, 04:44:28 PM »
If it's really valuable to you, maybe just make a road trip out of it and have them delivered to a friend in AZ or OR, etc. Honestly if you can get a solid enough delivery it'd be worth it... They are simply divine.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Dragonfruit cuttings
« on: May 02, 2020, 11:48:43 AM »
Spaugh has the goods. I recommend him and his DF cuttings.

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Interested in non perforated Buddy Tape, if any still remains.

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Mine went down to about 32f uncovered, totally unfazed and didn't defoliate. All my eugenias do fine with the cold though many did defoliate. I would say that Cedar Bay is more like CORG, and can probably go as low as 25f, but that's just a guess and no one would take my word. The thicker leaves remind me of CORG, so I figure this may be the case.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / WTB Babaco Cuttings in CA
« on: April 27, 2020, 11:35:48 AM »
Looking to buy some babaco cuttings to propagate from here in Santa Barbara. Hoping someone knows a source around or could ship!


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Great work on the interior - lets see the outside! Looks like a daunting project, but the results are stunning. Wish I were ready for that step to buy, and in that area.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Lemon Guava?
« on: April 23, 2020, 12:33:38 PM »
You can sometimes find Lemon Guava at Lowe's or Home Depot. It's fairly common.

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I had considered using horse manure, since it's super cheap and easy to find. A few friends in the area mentioned trying it out and seeing nematode issues afterwards throughout the whole yard.

I'll stick to chicken manure after hearing this.

Perhaps the aging gets rid of this?

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I wish I'd known! I was in LA two days ago.

I'm in Santa Barbara, if you know of anyone coming up this way. Pitanga is my favorite.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Concrete dragonfruit post
« on: February 25, 2020, 03:15:31 PM »
Epic work Brad, jealous as usual.


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Getting a nice flush from this grafted diamond. Will there be any SoCal mango scions available any time soon?



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Disease on Pitanga, Jabo, Blueberries?
« on: January 10, 2020, 01:40:38 PM »
Iíve been seeing some unusual leaf spotting around my garden on several different plants. It has been around for awhile on some, and seems to be getting worse with winter. We also did have a pretty vicious hail storm and it came up on almost everything after - which makes me wonder if itís just damage from getting beat with ice pellets.

Is this something to be worried about? Can anyone identify it? Itís not present on all the plants. Maybe just winter blues?











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Including pictures of few models seen on internet if anyone used thoses types and liked them let me know.




Tried with zero success. Just going to use a knife next time. Don't waste your money.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango Tree Issues
« on: January 03, 2020, 07:47:54 PM »
I had many trees which I put the free local mulch on (with eucalyptus). All the trees which had this mulch had the same curl issues, and they vanished when I removed it.

Dunno if it's of any help, but it seemed to fix my curl issues.

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The only place I've seen larger mango trees for sale has been Exotica in San Diego, and usually pretty fairly priced. He doesn't like to part with top tiers and it'll be hard to convince him to sell his Orange Sherbets, but he did offer the uglier of the two to me once... For $150 (5 gallon).

You'd probably be better off just planting seeds from known good types. Florida mango season is starting and sometimes you can buy fruit from known good trees.

I will say for sure my grafted mango doesn't do much but produce tons of flowers at inappropriate times and at a size that it could never bear them at.

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