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A large Rollinia promptly died during my 9b winter (RIP buddy). It's a no go for me for anything but cherimoya and atemoya me thinks.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Shine Muscat
« on: May 19, 2022, 11:48:18 AM »
Add another for cuttings on this one.

Had a couple solid orders from Kevin and great as usual!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fertilizer question
« on: May 18, 2022, 12:57:04 PM »

This is what 8-3-9 does when you spread it a couple of times a year.
This is the third time I had to heavily prune the guava. It's already about to hit the ceiling.

Guavas are all ridiculous growers for me. They often go from 1g to 15g in one year if potted. I'm giving up on a lot of them for container culture and putting them in ground.

Re: flowers, they flower off new and old growth so pinching shouldn't effect flowering much. I do the same for most plants, I prefer a bushy look that holds the fruit better. Long spindly arms = too heavy and lean over with fruit

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: June FL Trip
« on: May 18, 2022, 12:55:08 PM »
Get a 12x12x48 box. Bring some tape so it move around, cover top of pot with paper and tape so not to lose soil.  Gently drop into box without breaking branches. Reinforce corners so not to crushbox. Check in with luggage. Consult with wonderfruit on how tall plant with pot, just in case it needs to be bigger that 48 inches. Luck.

Is Wonderfruit a nursery or location? I tried messaging the user on here and no response.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fertilizer question
« on: May 17, 2022, 04:40:55 PM »
My guavas eat anything and aren't picky. I admit to being really lazy with them and just using slow release citrus avo 6-4-6 granules by the handful every month during growing season. I'll throw a bag of chicken manure on in the spring and also use organic fertilizers if I have them on hand but certainly will say they don't care much.

I'll be in FL in July and would like to buy some. Where can I buy them in person?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: June FL Trip
« on: May 16, 2022, 01:34:04 PM »
Visit wonderfruit with a sized box and send yourself a Lucís Garcinia.

Was that the person who posted something like 900 Luc's for sale on here in a bulk deal? I would love to send or carry plants back home, does anyone have advice on what they did?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: June FL Trip
« on: May 13, 2022, 02:31:39 PM »
I have pushed this trip back into July, from the 7th to the 10th landing in Miami. I hope to hit the Fairchild Mango Festival, Fruit and Spice Park, and a few backyards if others are willing! Really looking forward to it. My first trip to FL.

Our mulberries seem to be behind others in California.  Got to taste a few side by side this week of the fruit grown at our farm in Fallbrook.  Red Himalyan DMOR9 was probably the sweetest, flavor seemed similar to Black Pakistan but fruit was skinnier, less juicy.  Dwarf everbearing was very bland with small fruits, I'm going to remove the plant.  Thai dwarf was my husband's favorite, and we all thought it was good.  Earlier fruit was not as sweet, but this current crop is sweet and acid and tastes the most like a blackberry and the fruits are firm.  I love this plant.  Planted as a small 1 gallon rooted cutting last year and already about 8 feet tall and producing an abundant crop.  Looks like buds are forming already for another round.  Not sure why others in SoCal think it is bland, I'm going to start a lot more plants at the farm so there's plenty for the birds and us. The Thai Dwarf at my home garden in Laguna Beach also gets sweet even without the warm temps, our highs have only been in the 60's most of the spring.  Only got a couple Sahararanpur that were ripe, most are still green, it was very sweet with different flavor than the DMOR9.  I have read that Saharanpur, White Pakistan, and Australian green are the same, but the leaves on my White Pakistan are definitely different than the Sahararanpur.  It hasn't fruited yet to compare the fruits.  Still have several more varieties I'm trialing.  Noir de Spain has only started to leaf out a couple of weeks ago.  Buds on the Noir de Spain are noticeably different looking than all the other mulberries I grow.  Didn't take any pics.


Mine are really far behind others. I was eating handfuls of perfect sweet pakistani off my gf's family tree which I planted last year. Mine are still totally green on pak/himalayan. I had a King White batch earlier in the season and the tree is loaded but has stayed green for weeks. We need the heat and luckily it has finally arrived today and into the next week! Now hopefully the birds and rats don't get them...

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking for Lamb Hass Scions
« on: May 13, 2022, 02:00:38 PM »

Photos of my lamb hass from last night

Excuse its raggedy look, I just planted it a week ago - we had random 36f weather two nights in a row out of nowhere. Been watering it a lot to try to make it not so stressed.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hunt for the best Surinam Cherry
« on: May 12, 2022, 07:32:19 PM »
I just had my first surinam cherry. Does anyone prefer the red variety over the darker hue varieties? Seems like everyone likes the darks more

Red gets a bad rap but I like them just the same really. Even a tart pitanga is tasty to me.

I am looking to buy No Mai Tsze, Sweetheart and Emperor lychee tree in southern California area if anyone has them.  Please shoot me a PM.

Champa usually has a stack of emperor and sweetheart in stock, call ahead to confirm.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking for Lamb Hass Scions
« on: May 12, 2022, 06:36:46 PM »
I might in search for some as well. Received this as lamb Hass but doesn't look like it to me. Anyone tell what kind of avocado this is?

Not sure if all the same tree, but the lowest photo looks like my lamb hass I bought. The wiggly leaf edge is what I am noting is the same.

K-Rimes: is your Lamb Hass has red fleckles on stems?

Will check when I get home

Yes I am looking for cuttings to root. They seem to root fairly easy and fruit fast from cuttings or seed. Yes they are a different genus.

I am in 8b/9a and some will do great outside here from what I read. However I do research on Musa and have a lot of greenhouse space for the more tropical types.

I would love buy some of your large sweet cream guava cuttings! Any growing or rooting advice would be amazing also. Iím totally new to guava and most other tropical fruit trees. However Iím already quite addicted lol.

Fair warning that in my 9b area, lemon, strawberry and pineapple guava do great - all the rest of the standard "tropical" guava kinda get destroyed every winter and frost nips the newest branches back.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking for Lamb Hass Scions
« on: May 12, 2022, 03:58:36 PM »
I might in search for some as well. Received this as lamb Hass but doesn't look like it to me. Anyone tell what kind of avocado this is?

Not sure if all the same tree, but the lowest photo looks like my lamb hass I bought. The wiggly leaf edge is what I am noting is the same.

People are still giving away horse manure, food scraps, grow legumes, city mulch, your urine

I strongly caution against using, at least, the local dump mulch here in California. Full of eucalyptus and agave and it sends your plants backwards. Probably fine for succulent gardens and palms but not appreciated by any fruit tree I've put it on.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pineapple thread
« on: May 12, 2022, 01:16:49 PM »
Not mine but at a house a few blocks over. Gives me hope of growing some also! There were a ton of succulents next to it.

Mine languished outside... They do awesome in the greenhouse. 9b as well.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pineapple thread
« on: May 11, 2022, 05:31:35 PM »

Not sure whatís going on here but seems weird.

Looks pretty normal.  Which type is that one?

Phewf, was worried the bottom growths were gonna make it turn into one of those mutant hydra pineapples with multiple heads.

Those are from you, probably white jade. I didn't label them so no idea really. I am not sure I'll do pineapple again from the slips - they take up a ton of space in the GH for just one fruit.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking for Lamb Hass Scions
« on: May 11, 2022, 02:56:17 PM »
Bought a couple lamb hass grafted plants at home depot for $30 recently. Not bad. A minimum scion order + ship will get you close to that.

Definetely a win-win no compromise loss with chickens. My daughter's chickens work until they retire. About 80% of our kitchen green waste gets processed by the chickens. Then the "amended" pine shavings/straw goes into the compost pile with the other 20% and yard refuse.

Good fresh eggs and compost for the plants. The 10 year old retiree "managees" the young (8 month olds) flock for  us. Talk about a stern and vicious overload. I mix the chicken compost with a couple of yards from the calpoly dairy and along occasionally with fish emulsion, seems good enough for the for the year. I do have a couple of bags of the $11 deal and some other organic just in case.

Water is the greater concern this year. Those who have been conserving too well are getting squeegeed big time.

Would love to do the same but coyotes and wild cats would be at my door every day for them where I'm at...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Growing "Lolita" Suriname Cherry?
« on: May 11, 2022, 01:45:19 PM »
I ended up bucking my 7' lolita down to a stump and leaving half of it grafted Zill's and the other short stump I will let recover as lolita for cross pollination. I got tired of the little tiny blossoms getting burnt off by heat in my area. This cultivar may be better adapted to more humid climates than mine is my guess.

On that note, I stumped two pitangas and both are coming back with a fervor I haven't seen before. HUGE bushy growth with massive glossy thick leaves.

Yeah, I sourced a couple 5gs in Santa Maria. Not cheap but nice plants.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pineapple thread
« on: May 10, 2022, 12:36:37 PM »
Mine looked like that when I had them in full sun. Now they're in a mildly shaded location in the greenhouse and are nicer looking.

K- rimes, thanks for the suggestion regarding watering,u said after flowering the water to be lowered and not before that ,right?

My two greenhouse plants are getting gigantic ( by Bulgarian dragon fruit standards ),  really want them to flower this year, i havent been watering them alot, just enough to keep the slightly moist.
Is there a season to their flowering in similar climates as mine  or do they just flower when they feel like it, i wonder.....?

After I pollinate the flower(s) I will hold off on watering sometimes for 7 to even 10 days. It depends on the weather at the time. I changed nothing else but that and got plentiful fruit sets.

My DF are set into "flower mode" with heat, and lots of it. I have some flowers buds now that are nearly finished which were initiated by a random 1 week of 30c temps, but we went right back into 15c-20c and nothing coming out now. If you can get the heat going, they will flower. Also, I find tipping is helpful when the arms are cascading down the trellis.

Another point is that they don't tend to flower all that well until they are a good size. Mine did not produce well till they were over top of the trellis. I believe there is something to do with the arms pointing down - people suggest, probably kind of just "bro science" that the nutrients collect in the tips and that induces flowering. I personally think the plant has enough mass and says I can afford to reproduce.

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