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I have Mauritius lychee that has been in the ground for 7 years bought from local nursery in 15G, that has grown to reaching the house roof line and beyond. It produced “decent” crop in 2019, but none in 2020 and only a few dozen fruits for 2021 and even less this year!
The tree seems to be a healthy looking and still growing, but the last 3 years it has not been producing enough fruits to speak about.

So, I am puzzled with it, perhaps someone(s) would offer some suggestion of what should I look for that may help increase this tree’s fruit production?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / First ever Carambola
« on: December 10, 2019, 07:05:39 PM »
I just want to share my excitement of seeing my Kari carambola tree produces 4 fruits
for the first time ever. Bought as a 3 ft tiny stick in April 2017, in the ground since May 2018:

The tree:

Looking forward for the taste test, soon!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / No seed mango husk
« on: October 14, 2019, 11:40:20 PM »
Consumed 2 mangos the last couple days, besides their excellent taste,
was surprised to see that their husks contain no seed in them.
I had no seed papaya before, but first time on mango for me:

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Is this a "NDM" mango?
« on: September 17, 2019, 02:59:24 AM »
The 4yrs old budwood I obtained from my own "NamDocMai" mango is now holding a single fruit on a Manila rootstock for the first time. (While the original grafted NDM tree I bought in Sept. 2014 did not produce any fruit yet).
But from the looks of it, I am doubtful if it is an NDM if I compare it to other NDM mango photos elsewhere:

Hope someone(s) can help me guesstimate of what kind of mango do I have instead?

My Mauritius Lychee tree has been in the ground since 2015, and has grown to about 9 ft tall and as wide. Last year, 2018, it grew mostly vegetatively, which is ok.

This current season 2019 season, I think the tree is large enough now to start bearing some fruits. Looking at the currently early tips growth, looks like mostly (if not all of them) are leaves instead of flowers (unless I am seeing them wrong).

I am wondering if there is a way to induce the tree to produce flowers instead of new leaves? Or, am I too early to expect seeing flower panicles?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Atemoya fruit ripening problem
« on: December 21, 2018, 04:30:27 PM »
This year, most if not all of my AP fruits are not ripening properly; to varying degree, the skins started to darken to dark brown, and become thick and hard, the meat gets mushy and taste like rotten fruit.  Never had this experience like this on my annona trees before, and this particular AP tree was producing fine fruits last year, so this is disappointing.
I fed them mostly Osmocote Plus every 4 months, like most of my other 20 trees or so.
Any input or idea of what may have caused this is appreciated.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Help ID some seeds, please.
« on: October 30, 2018, 01:06:35 AM »
Just given some seeds from a family member from Java Island, Indonesia,
but unfortunately on these 2 kinds of seeds he completely forgot what "tasty" fruits
they come from...
Thanking you in advance!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / First Hasya sapodilla of the year
« on: August 16, 2018, 02:08:03 AM »
Just want to share my first taste of Hasya sapodilla off my tree this year.
The fruiting of this variety has been very elusive for me, even with my help in
manual pollinations, it only produced about 12 or so fruits this year,
while the much smaller 2 Alano branches have maybe 20 or so fruits,
with hardly any help from me.

So, I highly anticipated tasting this fruit, and it's as good as I expected.
Pretty soon, the Alanos and the Makoks are ready for tasting as well.
Hope you guys are also enjoying your sapodillas this year... :D

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Curly peach leaves
« on: May 18, 2018, 03:54:07 PM »
My Midpride peach are showing this "curly leaves" again this year.
Started to showed up last year, I lightly sprayed it with Horticulture oil and Spinosad this Spring (not knowing the real cure), but the symptom came back. The tree looks like fruiting normally, but seems like something is not right. Would anyone offer a suggestion, thanks!

I have this so called: "Citrus amblycarpa" (In Indonesian it's commonly called: "jeruk limo") in the ground for over 3 years, in 5G pot before that for about 5 years or so. It looks reasonably healthy, 7 foot tall (more if not pruned) lots of leaves despite gotten minor Citrus Leaf Miners attack last year.

I found out from this thread:
that this citrus has a very long "Juvenile stage" and could take 6 to 10 years before it begins fruiting? Oh gosh, every Spring I was hoping this is it, but still not yet!  >:(

Anybody knows how to help "speed up" the maturity process? (I think I've waited long enough...)
Citrus amblycarpa on Right:

It's thorns:

Citrus General Discussion / Citrus Spring feeding and care regimen
« on: April 12, 2018, 01:40:52 PM »
My citrus trees are showing activities now: new leaves and blooms in SoCal. I wonder if there is special extra feeding and/or disease prevention regiments; (other than the normal feeding routine) we can give our trees so they may stay healthy and produce well this year?
Thought I ask, not wanting to make mistake, thanks a lot fellow gardeners ...!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Is this a sign of a mango disease?
« on: April 05, 2018, 10:28:06 PM »
Hi friends,
Beside having issue with a large cracked trunk on my NDM mango - (discussed here recently: -
I also notice that some leaves of the "Golek" mango next to it showing this:

Top view:


What is causing this and should I be concern about it? If so, any suggested remedy?
A bit of background: Bought this tree as 1 G at the same time and place where I got my NDM tree over 3 years ago in a nursery in EL Monte, Ca. Only bear a single fruit to maturity last year, no flower this year. (The NDM never flowered).

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Any repair on a large cracked mango trunk?
« on: April 03, 2018, 10:31:38 PM »

It's labeled as NDM, I bought from a local SoCal nursery. In the ground for about 3 years, never bloom, and had lanky/droopy branches that I had since prune them hard.

I am wondering if it's worth growing and saving this tree, if so, how? Thanks for your advice!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Can we use egg shells for our fruit trees?
« on: February 15, 2018, 12:14:03 PM »
I am wondering if I can make use of these normally kitchen discards to good use?
I read more than a few times how our fruit trees need Calcium, as part of their important  nutrients. Seems like Gypsum is the choice materials to use for this purpose, but I also read crushed Drywalls also work, albeit not too conveniently.

Since eggshells contain lots of Calcium, I am wondering if we can also utilize them for our fruit trees? I already started saving the shells and put them in regular blender to form a rough crushed material and spread them under the trees. (after heating it in microwave for about 2 minutes). Is there a pro and con about eggshells...? What is your opinion?


This is my Lemon Zest, from 3G size planted Springs 2015 purchased from TopTropicals. I didn't know at the time that Turpentin rootstock's characteristic is not desirable for Southern California area, which I suspect this tree's rootstock is. This is 2nd year flowering, didn't have any fruit that held to maturity size last season. The tree has been growing quite rapidly, but mostly long and lanky branches. It's planted next to a manila rootstock only a foot away, but this LZ seems to dominate the manila rootstock tree's growth; in fact it's hard to see the other manila tree from this photo!
I kind of able to visualize, that, as others may have reiterated times and again, that since almost all the branches are so long and so skinny (due to Turpentine's rootstock characteristic grown in S. California), so any fruits that may develop on them may well required some extra supports. If that's the case, that I have to provide the branches extra support yearly, then I prefer not to have this tree.

Is this the only prognosis of this tree behavior going forward, or is there other way to tackle this undesirable growth habit?
Or should I just start again from scratch and dig out the tree? Please advice if there is a way to live happily with this lanky mango tree...Thank you, guys!

Citrus General Discussion / My first Kishu mandarin harvest
« on: January 07, 2018, 08:52:42 PM »
I just want to share my very first harvest of Kishu mandarin.
I planted the tree in December 2015 from 3 G size pot or so; about 3 ft tall, it's now about 6 ft tall and seems to be growing nicely.
The last 2 seasons, the fruitlets kept dropping, until this season when they held up to maturity.

The taste test: Very easy to peel, surprisingly refreshing, juicy, with just enough sweetness and a scan of tart. And to my surprise: no seed at all! (This is a bonus, I didn't know about this when I purchased the tree). So, overall I am happy with this tree just hope and pray that HLB won't be infecting this tree that I have to cut it down...!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / My first taste of Dr. White cherimoya
« on: November 09, 2017, 01:37:02 AM »
Just want to share my first time tasting experience of this variety: Dr. White. (Thanks again to Simon for his generous gift of the scion). This variety didn't win any best tasting award that I can tell from reading this forum.

But, oh my, when I tasted this fruit for the first time about a month ago, it overwhelmed me: smooth "flesh" with very desirable (to me) slight chewiness..., just the right amount of sweetness, and low seed count to top it off.

The best that I ever had of cherimoya fruits, albeit my limited tasting experience of just a few varieties so far. Hmm, I am looking forward with much anticipation of what the other favorite annona varieties taste like...

Here's couple of photo of the fruit:


Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Sapodilla scion exchange, anyone?
« on: June 26, 2017, 03:20:50 PM »
Hi members,

I have Sapodilla Haysa (plenty of), and  limited Alano and Makok scions that I would like to swap or buy any other variety that I don't have.
Please PM me, thanks!


Please PM me, I'll response right away...thanks!

I just wanna share my first Wax jambo I planted in the ground Oct. 2015 from 3G pot; (because I am a rookie and too excited to see it's "quick" growth  :) ) and now this small tree is showing this for the first time:

Just received delivery and placed in pot Feb. 2015

On it's 3rd flush Oct. 2016:

First flower buds(?) today:

Hope I am not too hasty to call it... flower bud?
If so, can't wait to have some crunchy bites this year... ;D

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Help determining papaya flowers
« on: April 19, 2017, 12:51:32 AM »
I have a young papaya tree, standing only at about 5 ft tall, among 3 others that I planted in one hole, and only one of the four has some flowers on it.

Please advise what kind of flower (sex) do I have, I read somewhere that papaya tree can have male, female, both or hermaphroditic... :o
Can you tell which one do I have?
Is that baby-like fruit in the middle going to be the real fruit later on?

This is my first experience growing papayas from seeds that would grow this far for me, so any help is appreciated! Thanks!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Need help shaping my young mango
« on: April 02, 2017, 06:00:45 PM »
Have a Laverne manila rootstock, with a 3 scions on it. One dominant scion turns out to be an almost 2 years old Mahachanok, the other scion is still young, and the third has not pushed yet. (but still green).
Maybe due to my ignorant, I let this scion's grew to about 45 degree to start with, then branched out horizontally; so, it's really doesn't look good, way out of balance, in my opinion. Can't believe how could this happened right under my nose... :D

My question is, how should I made the cut, so I can correct it's future growth to look "half way decent", and still preserving the 2 years of scion's growth? By the way, it's hard to see from this photo, but the graft's union is right by the stake's shadow; and this is the first time I see a this tree bloomed...

I am tempted to make the cut a couple of inches above the graft, but would like to hear your opinion; and also, when is a good timing to do the cut?
Thanks a lot, friends; I appreciate your help!

edit: changed to larger photo

Tropical Fruit Discussion / What's wrong with these Lychee leaves?
« on: February 10, 2017, 04:59:11 PM »
I've just noticed that some of my Mauritius Lychee's young leaves have "spotty rust color" on the leaves. It's been in the ground for 2 years; I've been feeding lightly with Osmocote and occasional Dyna-Grow liquid food.

Comparing with a smaller Brewster nearby, I also see some discouraging sight, the leaves don't look healthy to me...albeit it doesn't show the spotty rust...

I am including some fotos below...

I wonder what's happening on with these 2 Lychee trees, I am afraid this may affect the normal growth of these young trees, or any other adverse effect unknown to me. Got me worried..., lacking some nutrients, water issue...?
Please help, any advice is highly appreciated, thanks!

Mauritius leaves:

Brewster leaves:

I have a few couple candidates to do this kind of grafting, but not sure on how to do it properly.
I buried few seeds next to a more established trees for purpose of doing an approach grafts in the future; thereby making the trees essentially a double root stocking ones.

Spring is few months away, I thought I better prepare myself and do it correctly. (or, does it matter what season?).  Meanwhile, the seedlings will probably be about pencil thick, while the more established trees are about large broom handle sized or even larger currently.

In short, how would one do the proper cuts in order to mate the skinny branch to the larger trunk? I've seen videos and drawings of approach graftings, but I have yet to see how to do it on uneven sized branches...?
I guess my worry is that, the cambium alignment thing... I am pretty sure is being done, would anyone share the proper technique how this is accomplished?
Your help is greatly appreciated...thanks!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Fruits from Hilo
« on: September 16, 2016, 12:59:15 AM »
Just wanted to share our fruits we got  from
Hilo Farmers Matket in the Big Island yesterday.

While the Durians are in the small side, but the taste
is the best to me, smooth/creamy, sweet, I can also taste
some fermentation going on too.
Now wishing I'd bought more...

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