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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Suggestions for a small hedge?
« on: August 16, 2023, 07:12:12 AM »
well, lilly pillies are out. 5 became "mulch", a lucky one got a pot :)

On the left side I will plant white supreme and stone ruby guavas. On the right side I don't know yet, as there is a longan just a meter away. Maybe two smallish guavas like strawberry and lemon.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Suggestions for a small hedge?
« on: August 13, 2023, 06:37:30 PM »
I have a path in my backyard with three lilly pillies on each side forming a small hedge (about 4ft tall) along the path.

They haven't borne fruit yet, so I don't even know whether I'll like it (it's not a fruit you could buy around here), but in any case, I think six are actually a lot of them.

I'm considering replacing some of them with something else, keeping a low height profile, 4-5ft max. The path is about 8ft long.

Before the lilly pillies, I had blueberries. It's too hot for them. My backyard gets quite hot even with a mild temperature (it's like a greenhouse). In fact, I moved the blueberries (they are in pots) next to a wall where they don't get morning sun, but still they struggle and one even dried up.

I think a possible choice here would be pomegranate. But what other choices do I have? I would expect to have four varieties here, lilly pilly, pomegranate, and two others. There is no trellis, so vines are discarded.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Canistel pushes leaves but not roots
« on: July 30, 2023, 09:57:53 AM »
nope, that spot gets about 8 hours of sun, from 12 to 20 more or less

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Canistel pushes leaves but not roots
« on: July 28, 2023, 09:01:29 AM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Canistel pushes leaves but not roots
« on: July 25, 2023, 07:06:02 PM »
I got a small canistel, Bruce or Ross don't remember.  It pushed some leaves, then basically dropped everything and couldn't recover.

I dug it out and the roots had some white stuff on them. Put it in a pot and it has pushed leaves again. However, there is no root ball, it's like roots are not growing. If I gently pull the trunk, it looks like is the roots are not "stuck" to the soil.

Any ideas about what's going on? Because it's so weird it's pushing leaves when roots are not growing.

I have two possible spots where put these guavas.

The first one is in full-sun all year round, but the tree needs to be espailered.

The other one has plenty of afternoon sun from February to November, but the other months is in full-shade. On this side of the backyard I also have a lime/lemon planted together and a red atemoya. The problem is that guava season here is from October to January, so I assume the lack of sun will impact the harvest, right?.

There is a third spot where I have right now a beach cherry which I could dig out and move to a pot or something, as it's a small low growth plant. In this spot, the tree is somewhat limited in space but it's not necessary to espalier it. Also, it gets morning to afternoon sunlight, but with some shade from papayas planted nearby. For reference, I have a lychee here too.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Black things in my feijoa
« on: May 23, 2023, 09:09:10 AM »
Oh so these mother fuckers are insects after all . I supposed they weren't insects because of the hard shell

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Black things in my feijoa
« on: May 23, 2023, 06:46:17 AM »

My feijoa has these black things all over the place. It's not an insect, but I have seen ants gathering around.

What are these things?

This is it.

Last fall I bought a nectarine tree with a nice but very high branching, so I cut it down to knee high and it became a whip.

It has pushed growth for a while already. The problem is that the stubborn want to push growth on the lower buds, no matter how many times I stop it.

It has only pushed growth in one of the high buds, which is already a branch pushing more branches.

How could I encourage the other buds to start growing? Should I prune back this new branch that it's already pushing too far?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cocktail Trees
« on: April 25, 2023, 06:12:41 PM »
instead of grafting, I'm planting different varieties together and pruning to give the shape of a single tree.

I have golden japan, black amber and santa rosa plums. Apples Anna, Top Red, and forgot the name of the other (a variety from South Africa I think). Lemon and lime. Oranges navel late and sanguinelli (red).

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Papayas are not ripening
« on: April 23, 2023, 10:11:55 AM »
These papayas have had all these fruits for many months already, since September if I recall correctly.

Still there is no sign of ripening. In fact, they're starting to develop those white stains.

What might be happening?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: April 16, 2023, 05:46:14 PM »
Flower pruning day on this Reed. It had more than my Hass and Fuerte combined when they flowered lol

This is already with a few dozens already removed:

Final result:

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Pruning espailered pomegranate
« on: April 14, 2023, 03:58:41 PM »
Last year I planted an espailered pomegranate and so far I've been randomly attaching branches to the wall with no specific shape.

I installed now a proper trellis with three tier of wires along the wall, picked the most convenient branches and pruned the rest.

As you can see, the lowest tier is more than double of the other tiers. Should I trim those branches back so that all three tiers are leveled?

Also,  does it make sense to leave that second branch at the bottom left? The one that is between both tiers.

I ended up putting them on soil and cutting them at 1m tall to create a low hedge at both sides of this path.

in theory, they're oleosum, at least that's what the nursery says. However, as elouicious pointed out, it seems oleosum is named blue lilly pilly, but the fruits from these (well, from the ones in the nursery which presumably are the same) are pink. But, to make things more confusing, looking in Google images for Syzygium Oleosum shows images with blue and pink fruits 🤷‍♂️

Many of the Australian Syzygium species are shaped as hedges or standards. Also they are often kept as permanent large container plants. As rainforest plants they are adapted to sit and wait for a canopy opening to take off. How much are you fertilising them. If you don't want them to rapidly out grow the pots, maybe hold back on the fert.

0 fertilization, but they just grow grow and grow. The vendor at the local nursery had told me that these beast grew very fast, but I just wasn't expecting them to be that fast :)

I have 6 lilly pillies in 9L pots. I planted them around July and they have grown from 20cm to 150cm more or less. These things grow quite fast! xD

They are too tall for these pots and strong winds are blowing them to the ground. I purchased 20L pots as replacement, but maybe should I just go a little bigger, like 30L?

Also, how should I shape them? Without any pruning so far, so are growing with a main trunk with four horizontal branches at various levels, and others are growing with multiple trunks (although one is bigger than the others).

This was the situation earlier today 😅

so the dark stuff is normal?

Spring just started a few days ago.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: March 25, 2023, 03:55:46 PM »
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.
the idea is to keep it within 8-9 ft, but my concern is that as these two limbs are noticeable bigger now, sap will flow mostly on their side, leaving the tree unbalanced forever.


what is going on with this red atemoya? It started with the dark stuff, but at least the leaves were green. But now it's getting worse, with the leaves actually becoming quite yellow-ish and drying up.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: March 25, 2023, 02:19:07 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?

still all my papayas are very green. Any ideas about why is it taking so long? According to information I have found, it should be 5-6 months max from flower to harvest, and I'm already on the 7-8th month.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Attaching kiwi to wall
« on: March 21, 2023, 03:37:52 PM »
this is it. Let's see if it works as I expect it to work.. I have never grown a kiwi before :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Attaching kiwi to wall
« on: March 20, 2023, 06:01:18 PM »
I think I will do something like this:

The kiwi I bought is branching very low, so I'll try to let the cordons grow on either side, and tie the fruitful wood in the horizontal canes.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Attaching kiwi to wall (no trellis)
« on: March 19, 2023, 06:02:08 PM »
I am also interested in the containerized kiwi idea, althought  i think mini/ arguta kiwis would be a better candidate for this, as they arent as agresive growers as the regular ones......

well, at the end of the day, a plant/tree grows as much as you are willing to let it grow. It's all about how often do you want to prune.

I asked ChatGPT for ideas about the "potted trellis" and according to it, it should be very feasible using trellises with an A, single T (unlike the standard double T used for kiwis), or fan shape.

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