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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is the best tasting avocado variety?
« on: October 01, 2023, 09:01:33 PM »
Here we go again !  Lol

Who's greengold is producing well in nor cal?




I know what you mean by dry.  That's high oil and low water you are sensing.  That's what happens when the fruit is 25+ percent oil.  Cheese is also not watery. 

Easy way to add a bit of water is put it in a bowl, squeeze some fresh lemon juice on it, mash it a bit, maybe a bit of garlic powder and chili powder.  BAM!  It's better than anything out there.  Mexicola is not even in the same league.

Nobody wants to add water! I think there's something other than oil content that's distinguishing what I'm trying to describe, though. Some Mexican varieties are even higher oil % than Sharwil, and they seem... "smoother"? ... "creamier"? ...when eaten with a spoon straight, rather than mashing. Their oils are more like palm oil and less like coconut oil. The Guatemalan "oily" avocados like Reed and Sharwil are more fatty than oily, I'd say, in the sense of soft oils vs crystalized oils. Which can be great when mashed up and mixed with other things, and a million times better than the watery WI avocados, but if I'm just cutting it in half and eating with a spoon + salt, then I prefer something with some Mexican genes. Hass is such a winner because it's somewhere between those textures, where some Mexican avocado cultivars are overly soft, almost mayonnaise-like (which is also not watery, but not desirable either).

What mexican variety is higher oil content than sharwil?  That doesnt sound right. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is the best tasting avocado variety?
« on: October 01, 2023, 08:56:26 PM »
Nishikawas were pretty good here as well but the peel had a lot of grit.  Like a LOT.  I chainsaws that one down and will top work with sharwil. 

I've eaten a lot of avocados since this thread was started and for me sharwil is #1 undisputed.
Would the sharwil do good in South FL?

Im am just guessing not. otherwise everyone would grow it but just a guess.  Carlos probably already tried it and has notes.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is the best tasting avocado variety?
« on: October 01, 2023, 03:58:19 PM »
Here we go again !  Lol

Who's greengold is producing well in nor cal?




I know what you mean by dry.  That's high oil and low water you are sensing.  That's what happens when the fruit is 25+ percent oil.  Cheese is also not watery. 

Easy way to add a bit of water is put it in a bowl, squeeze some fresh lemon juice on it, mash it a bit, maybe a bit of garlic powder and chili powder.  BAM!  It's better than anything out there.  Mexicola is not even in the same league. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is the best tasting avocado variety?
« on: October 01, 2023, 01:38:23 PM »
Nishikawas were pretty good here as well but the peel had a lot of grit.  Like a LOT.  I chainsaws that one down and will top work with sharwil. 

I've eaten a lot of avocados since this thread was started and for me sharwil is #1 undisputed.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Weed eater damage
« on: September 29, 2023, 03:06:12 PM »
It happens, they will be fine.  I do it all the time on accident.  Trees will grow out of it. 

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I would tey growing some cherry trees.  They seem to grow well and are very hardy.  Should be an easy win. 

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Avocado scion wood
« on: September 28, 2023, 02:54:46 PM »
Brad,  can I have 3 mexicola grande scions?  How do you prefer payment?

Thx,
JJ
Email: p3_scheduler@yshoo.com

Hello, I sent an email. 

If you read this, my paypal is spaughbradley@gmail.com

If you want to order please use a friend payment and put the order details and your address in the PayPal notes.

Thank you!

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Avocado scion wood
« on: September 28, 2023, 02:53:15 PM »
I am finding the earlier the better with grafting to top work.  I started doing grafts this week because of the weather.  But last year and again this year I will do most of the grafting in December.  I feel February is too late for my location.  Grafts are not always healed well enough before the heat may kick in.  It was not that hot this spring but some years it is.  I had almost perfect success on 50+ grafts last year in December. 

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Pretty much all the subrtropical stuff needs lots of heat. 

From this list its doubtful any of these would do well excpt maybe lemon guava.  Just being honest.

You are much better off growing things suited for your climate that other farmers are having good results with.

-Lychee
-Longan
-Sapodilla
-'Dream' atemoya
-Macadamia
-Lemon Guava
-Blue Passionfruit
-Pistachio
-Date Palm
-'Ice Cream' Banana
-Almond

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee harvest
« on: September 27, 2023, 11:57:58 AM »
I think if you thin the fruit down and more energy goes into each fruit then they would have more seeds or larger seeds.  It seems to be fruit not fully developing, not enough energy to fully complete seed development before the fruit turn red.

I noticed my brewster had a lot of small fruit that ripened last and they had hardly any seeds but fruit were not big enough.

Im planning to start thinning the fruit on lychee trees that set to many going forward.  I dont really think the smaller seed gets you more flesh, its just a smaller seed in a smaller fruit.  I really dont mind a big brewster with big seed.  Gives you something to work on with your mouth each time you eat one. 

Its kind of like sunflower seeds with no shell or pistachios with no shell.  Personally I like having to remove the shells.  Its kind of boring without them.  I think the whole seedless lychee thing is overhyped.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Parfianka Pomegranate Blooming...like now
« on: September 26, 2023, 04:36:06 PM »
Oops, John says thry won't ripen, maybe take them off so the plant can grow then.

The plant looks a little chlorotic.  Maybe too much water.  They really need almost no water.  Sulphur and iron might help also.  A little dose of citrus avocado food if you have not also.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Parfianka Pomegranate Blooming...like now
« on: September 26, 2023, 04:29:40 PM »
Our poms are ripening now.  The blooms were pretty late this year but not that late.  I would leave them and just see what happens. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee harvest
« on: September 26, 2023, 01:29:55 AM »
I guess they werent free either that tree was 200$ but its paying itself down. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee harvest
« on: September 26, 2023, 01:28:41 AM »
Yeah they are good, kind of just taste like lychee.  I would say the brewsters are better.  But free lychees are pretty awesome no matter what type.  My whole family goes out and we stand around the trees and eat them until we are stuffed. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee harvest
« on: September 25, 2023, 08:09:56 PM »
This tree is very small and loads up with way too much fruit for its size.  It is very precocious.  I think next 2 or 3 years I will strip the fruit and let it grow. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee harvest
« on: September 25, 2023, 07:18:15 PM »
The last time I saw Bradís trees, I was surprised at how well they were growing.  I canít seem to get mine kick started and I live in a similar climate.  I have killed a ton of seedlings and had no luck with air layers.  Iím probably planting them when theyíre too small even though I have them under shade cloth.  Or fertilizing them wrong.  Whatever, Iím going to keep trying because I want raw fingers from peeling so many Brewster lychees. 
Lychees have to be one of the most beautiful trees when full of ripe fruit. Nice haul Spaugh!

I think soil media plays a very big role for growing any kind of trees especially fruit trees.  Brad's land is probably has very fertile soil, consists mainly of granite rocks.  Those rocks have a lots of mineral especially Phosporous which promote root growth and fruit settings.

The guy SHV lives not far from here and has similar soil I believe.  Pretty much all the countryside hilly areas in san diego county are granite.  Its not especially fertile but it drains well and plants really like that.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee harvest
« on: September 25, 2023, 07:14:07 PM »
Heres some seedless lychee pics.  About 95%+ are seedless and the ones that are nit have a large seed and the fruit are larger. 







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Sharwil avocados are easily the best flavor IMO

Carmen also a great choice especially for the coast, it ahould be a hit. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: HELP: Topworking 5-ft. Mango Seedling
« on: September 24, 2023, 06:28:10 PM »
I would cut that puppy about 1ft high and do a simple cleft on it.  At least here its best to graft before summer not after for mangos.  Maybe thete its warm enough to push them still but for CA its too late. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: JoeHewitt!! Show us your place!
« on: September 24, 2023, 04:10:35 PM »
I was thinking the same thing.  So much work to keep it in check with all that rainfall.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: JoeHewitt!! Show us your place!
« on: September 24, 2023, 01:46:41 PM »
Cool video.  60 acres in HI !!!    $$$$$$

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Avocado scion wood
« on: September 22, 2023, 03:43:43 PM »
Also Hellen

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Sabotage?  The plot thickens....

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Avocado scion wood
« on: September 22, 2023, 12:27:50 PM »
Lots of people have been asking for them lately so heres a list.

Postage is $8.50 for a small flat rate box priority mail.

5$ per stick wrapped in buddy tape, premium bud wood only.

Fuerte
Hass
Reed
Fujikawa
Nabal
Murishige
Sharwil
Pinkerton
Mexicola grande
Mexicola
Lamb
GEM


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grafting avocado on fresh shoots
« on: September 18, 2023, 11:19:06 AM »
Heres one i chopped down like 3 months ago.  It took a couple months before the suckers started to form.  I could probably graft it now but those suckers will be better in another month or 2.



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