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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best time to graft jaboticaba?
« on: December 01, 2022, 06:37:16 PM »
I got 1/6 from last August grafting.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Happy Thanksgiving Forum!
« on: November 24, 2022, 08:40:27 PM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grafting wax jambu help
« on: November 24, 2022, 04:09:00 PM »

Simple cleft. Very high take rate. 10/10
I use ziplock bag to block dry wind.
11 mph 12% humidity right now.

Sun protection for 3 weeks.

Chip budding with nurse leaf.
2 out of 3.
This graft is 7 weeks old.
Waiting for buds.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: When to graft annona?
« on: November 21, 2022, 06:27:19 PM »

Mango nurse leaf test.
This is why Iíve had successful grafts with mango in winter grafting here in SoCal.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: When to graft annona?
« on: November 21, 2022, 06:14:51 PM »
For rooting cuttings, cut the leaf to reduce leaf area to reduce water vapor loss.
There is not much water loss when the cutting get frequent misting inside rooting area.
Iím guessing the cut absorbs the mist to keep cutting fresh, not from reducing water loss.

That's really interesting, I never thought a leaf would absorb water in that way.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Inverted T-budding with nurse leaf
« on: November 21, 2022, 06:09:02 PM »

July 16
Slice off a bud with leaf attached.
Seal the wound so donor shoot keep growing.

Insert bud.
Seal graft.
Tie graft with rubber band.

Cut off the end of the nurse leaf.
I use sandwich ziplock bag so I keep about 4Ē of leaf.
Fill bag with 1/4Ē of water then zip it over leaf.
Bend the 2 ends of the bag up over the rootstock then clamp the ends to support the weight of the water.

No need to remove any leaves or tip on the rootstock above the graft.

4-5 weeks later cut off the nurse leaf.
Trim rs back to 4Ē above graft or remove some bark above graft to let bud grow.
Itís ok to cut off nurse leaf after 3 weeks but bud wonít grow until graft healed, about 5-6 weeks.
By Oct 9th graft grows this big.
Trim rootstock above graft and call it done.

I have over 20 grafts of this type going on this day Nov 21th.
Success rate at this time is higher than cleft graft in spring, when scion is fresh.

With this method you can set buds 90 degrees apart, or 120, or any angle you like.
With cleft you are stuck at 180.

Try it.
The rootstock is not harmed during this graft.
Worst case cut below graft to cleft in spring.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Nurse leaf concept
« on: November 21, 2022, 05:27:23 PM »

Atemoya leaves under testing.

A week or 2 later.
The cut end of the leaf absorbs water to keep leaf fresh.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Split atemoya fruit while on tree.
« on: November 21, 2022, 12:47:18 AM »
Some varieties prone to splitting in the cold.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherimoya Varieties and Seasons
« on: November 13, 2022, 04:15:23 PM »
Cherimoya flowers from new growth.
You can set when the tree flowers by trimming and removing leaves 6 weeks ahead.

To extend the season, you could trim 1 tree in August to get mature fruits in April.
You could learn to graft to convert the bad tree into ant varieties you like.
Donít dig it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: When to graft annona?
« on: November 13, 2022, 12:33:32 AM »
Fall is a great time to graft.
Iím still grafting, but I donít use cleft graft at this time.

3 grafts on this 8 months old seedling.
Iím using inverted T-budding with nurse leaf.
The rootstock continues to grow while the grafts heal.
March 1st Iíll trim the rootstock and cut off the nurse leaf to force the grafts to push.

On bigger rootstock I make 5 grafts.
You should try it.
Worst case you graft again in spring

Seedlings in my yard flowered any where from 9 months to 3rd year.
On cold winter some loss all leaves and some kept leaves.

Guava flowers on new growth.
I trim all the branches in Feb.
Many flowers open by spring to early summer.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How should I prune a red atemoya?
« on: November 08, 2022, 12:26:27 PM »
I would leave it alone.

No problem.
Wrap foil to block sun so callus forms faster.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: seeds
« on: November 04, 2022, 11:55:25 PM »
I should have bought scions.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pruning/tipping Canistel
« on: October 28, 2022, 01:42:02 AM »
My seedling has many shoots in the 2nd year.
No intervention needed.

Trees with trash underneath have ants and soft scales.
Remove the trash then add pavers.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Early cherimoya season in San Diego.
« on: October 13, 2022, 04:50:39 PM »
Ate Chaffey, Honey Hart, and Sabor already.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Growing pawpaw in Southern California
« on: October 09, 2022, 07:02:07 PM »
Leaf burns like Chaffey cherimoya.

I had a couple of used pots with aluminum duck tape attached.
The tapes were still sticky and removable after 2 years in my possession.
They had what looked like black sharpie markings on the duck tapes.
Markings looked fresh after 2 years in the sun.

I havenít test this method yet.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hurricane Ian Prep
« on: September 28, 2022, 05:37:47 PM »
Good luck.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Red Ruby guava
« on: September 25, 2022, 11:29:14 PM »
The expensive one here now is Thai Ruby seedless.
A friend paid $350 for a foot tall tree.
Taiwan version has seeds so half price.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Quava pruning
« on: September 24, 2022, 06:22:47 PM »
I prune in February, coldest month here.

Grow a few.
Cull later.

Best cherimoya fruit development requires temperature above 62F for 10 hours post pollination.
Do you get 10 hours above 62F in March after pollination?

In my yard, hand pollinated cherimoya fruits are much bigger than self pollinated fruits.

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