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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Yangmei (Morella/Myrica rubra) thread
« on: September 15, 2023, 01:34:45 PM »
My 1 remaining plant (out of 10 that I bought) that still survive in a 7 gallon pot.  It was labeled as a dong kui male but it looks like a seedling.  Wonder if I can take an air layer of the main trunk?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Alano Sapodilla Fruit set
« on: September 12, 2023, 03:12:25 PM »
This year, my alano sapodilla has thousand of flowers but no fruit set.  All the buds seems to be drying and dying off.  Is there a way to improve the fruit set?  I give it extra water & fertilizer this year.  Does it need to be cross-pollinated?  Location zone 10a/b.

I'm in san diego. I got budwood for Queen. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: April 03, 2023, 02:03:42 PM » does it compare to a reed? 
This Nimlioh fruit fell off early but was still pretty nice.  I can tell it will be really good in a few months.  The tree produced a few fruit for the first time this year and is still holding a couple.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: March 27, 2023, 01:00:44 PM »
Brad, do you think this long cold, wet winter may have affected the fruit quality on the Malama? 

At this point, I think I'm finished collecting avocados.  Hopefully the scions I got from you in January take, this long winter has kept them dormant.

Looking forward to trying your varieties, but I've also come to the conclusion I need to streamline.  I'm tired and overwhelmed from too many projects and variety trials. 


Are you growing the Linda in your collection?

I think it just doesn't grow well in CA and the fruit don't taste good.  It's not worth growing here.  The weather probably doesn't help but the fruit did get large and were not really watery but they have a grassy flavor that's off.  It's got a thinn skin also.  I have too many projects too, it's annoying.  Why do we do it to ourselves?

Hopefully your grafts are going soon.  Mine have all started growing now.  But it has taken a lot longer than expected.

Here's the top picks for me
Sharwil, Hass, Reed, Nabal

2nd tier but still great are
Pinkerton, fujikawa, Gwen

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Yangmei (Morella/Myrica rubra) thread
« on: February 16, 2023, 02:17:09 PM »
I only have 1 tree survived from both group buys (not the latest from dec 2022).  It is labeled as male dong kui.  I've read somewhere on this forum that the male trees from the group buys are not necessarily male trees but just a fail grafted male tree so they are just tree grown from rootstock?  Can anyone confirm?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Avocado Scion Wood
« on: January 19, 2023, 01:10:52 PM »
PM sent.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / source to buy rootstock
« on: September 04, 2022, 04:23:08 PM »
Is there a good source to buy a couple to rootstock for stone fruit trees?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Brazil Palora Cuttings
« on: July 07, 2022, 12:27:07 AM » you have any hana cutting to sell?

Citrus General Discussion / Tango mandarin flowering again
« on: July 06, 2022, 12:27:24 PM »
My tango has a flush of flowering at this time of the year.  The amount of bloom is almost as much as in the spring?  Has anyone seen this before?  For background information, this tango had a big flushed of blooms in the spring but set very few fruits.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit party?
« on: June 22, 2022, 07:17:21 PM »
Yes I'm in.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: leaves cupping / curling
« on: June 10, 2022, 12:30:22 PM »
It's an multi-grafted tree.  I think this part is the ponkan.

with updated picture it looks like a kumquat, nagami type or hybrid?

When I have seen this type of cupping it seemed to be caused by the tree becoming too dry at some point and beginning to shrivel.   Even after proper watering the curled leaves never returned to normal, but new leaves grew fine.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: sign of citrus greening
« on: June 09, 2022, 12:11:38 PM »
Maybe..before this, I sprayed with a mixture of insecticidal soap + spinosad to prevent leaf miner but I only sprayed when it's cool.  I also sprayed with a mixture of micronutrients + seaweed extract + fish hydrolysate (all organics). 

It looks to me like you may have sprayed your trees with either a homemade or incorrect application of an insecticidal soap or nutritional spray. Then the leaves burned and the plants went into a state of shock.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: sign of citrus greening
« on: June 09, 2022, 12:08:45 PM »
I hope it's not either.  Glory to Jesus Christ..thank you.
I hope it is not HLB by the way. I don't want to be a pessimist, but that disease has just been burned into my brain from seeing it everyday. It has been a heart breaking disease to watch here in Central Florida. Kindof like being forced to watch your home burn to the ground without being able to do anything to prevent it. I have several dear friends in the industry among them are one in his 80s and another in his 90s. They remember Florida before AC and Disney. Few people have worked harder or longer to earn what they have and it breaks my heart to see them working to the bone when someone in the corporate world would have been retired for 20 or 30 years by this point. Neither of them would have stayed at it if they thought there was any possibility that they were harming others by all the things they were trying to find a solution. Neither they nor their groves will be around much longer--what can I say. The Lord gives and takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: leaves cupping / curling
« on: June 08, 2022, 02:58:34 PM »
Updated with correct picture.

Citrus General Discussion / leaves cupping / curling
« on: June 07, 2022, 01:12:27 PM »
What are the possible cause for leaves cupping like a taco?  Updated with the correct picture.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado trees video
« on: June 06, 2022, 01:59:08 PM »
you are competing with Greg

The nimlioh..what do you think of the taste so far?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: sign of citrus greening
« on: June 03, 2022, 02:44:00 PM »
The two sumo are 2.5 years and the multi-grafted one is 4 years old.  I topped the multigrafted last year and graft a few different varieties onto it.  I fertilize about every 2 months. 

No not citrus greening.  Many of the leaves are just showing that they are old.  A citrus leaf has a life span of 18 months.  How often do you fertilize your tree, and how old is the tree/

Citrus General Discussion / Re: sign of citrus greening
« on: June 03, 2022, 12:28:38 PM »
How would you deal with such mold and fungus? 
I have only seen the CCPP website photos and your leaves looks more like a bad case of mold and fungus. I read the HLB infected trees takes a few years before it starts showing the yellow/veins in the leaves and the fruits start to look bad. But your yellow leaf color doesn't look normal. Something is wrong with your tree.

I guess you will know for sure when they come and test your plants. If they are HLB/citrus greening then your area will be in a quarantine zone now.

Citrus General Discussion / sign of citrus greening
« on: June 03, 2022, 11:58:18 AM »
Location is san diego out of the quarantine area.  However, I'm seeing signs on my trees that I think could be citrus greening (huang long bin).  These trees were healthy as recent as 2 months ago with full of little fruits.  I fed them with micronutrients in late February so I think it is not a micronutrients deficiency.  But I left town for 9 days 6 weeks ago and when I came back it deteriorated.  Below are some pictures.  I have contacted CDFA and they will have someone calli me next week to check.  I'm dreading this.  Two of the trees in the photos are sumo and one is a multigrafted.  Do they look like citrus greening?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Overhyped avocados
« on: June 01, 2022, 01:34:30 PM »
Brad..can you prevent alternate bearing if you cull them on a year with big fruit set?
Pretty much all avocado trees alternate if they do a big fruit set.

I can tell the difference between a nabal tree and reed tree if the tree is in good health its obvious.  The fruit are very similar looking but nabal is very slightly more squat in shape and has a bigger nipple on top where the stem connects.  The spotting on the nabal is mkre spaced out and the skin color is more dull while still on the tree.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Overhyped avocados
« on: May 31, 2022, 02:33:11 PM »
How would you rate the taste of Don Gilogly?
Last year we planted out over 60 seeds from our Don Gillogly tree in Fallbrook to use as rootstock and they are doing great.  Surprisingly, on most of the trees the older leaves from last year still look great without any tip burn and the seedlings are branching out nicely and have a good shape.  Our mother tree at home is over 15 years old and produces reliably even with our clay soil and cooler weather.  It also thrives with minimum watering, I don't water it at all from late fall to early spring and only once every couple weeks during summer.  I'm sure it would need more water in a warmer climate, but our highs are still only in the upper 60s, forecast shows high of 73 this next week. 

In March, we purchased an old avocado orchard with about 2000 Hass and Reed trees.  The water on the property has been turned off for about a year, but we have been harvesting some Hass.  Some were better than any avocado we have ever purchased.  I was surprised at how good some of them were even on neglected trees.  We also tried a couple Reed even though we knew they weren't ready yet and fruit was still okay, so looking forward to trying them in a few months.

Now that we have these mature trees, we plan on letting all the Don Gillogly seeds grow into trees to see what we get.  Looking forward to experimenting with seedlings and grafting new varieties onto some of these old trees.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Overhyped avocados
« on: May 28, 2022, 10:05:37 PM »
Last year..I saw an craigslist post for nabal avocados.  He charged 2 for $20.
Love me a good controversial post. 
Brad- if you could pick one avocado other than Hass to start an orchard where you live considering growth habit, productivity, fruit flavor, and market value, what would you choose?
Iím still picking Hass off my trees and they are damn good this late in the season. Personally, I need a variety to cover the other 6 months of the year when the Hass trees are picked clean.

I dont know tough question.  If you want to sell to a packing house then hass, gem, lamb are the best.  Those are great commercial trees.   For me I just have a small grove and dont want to sell to a packing house.  Its more of a for fun make a few extra bucks botique thing.  So for that I chose to plant hass, sharwil, reed, and nabals a few GEM, lamb, and gwens.  Even though I think GEM is overhyped, it is a nice tree and the fruit is pretty good, its a good commercial tree.

For late season, I think reed has the best flavor and produces ok and grows ok.  Lamb grows better and more productive but it just isnt as good tasting as hass or reed IMO.

Satya, my BC did the exact same thing.  It was the first to leaf out and was looking quite good and afterwards wilted.  It looks dead from what I can tell.  The others that leafed out are doing well.
Same here...It had the best roots also. Maybe it has to do with something else as my other trees are looking fine (at least for now).

My BC did the same thing. It was the first to leaf out, then slowly wilted away. I'm waiting if it actually comes back. Another BC that also leafed out is not completely dead but it's struggling. Anyone can think of what can be the problem?

The same thing happened to my two BC.  Leaf out first then shriveled and died.  May be due to RKN infected roots.  I noticed when I received the trees, the BC roots were the least developed.

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