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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Summer Fruits in Socal
« on: June 29, 2015, 01:55:58 AM »
Hey Bill, I have 2 Kaimana's both are around 3 feet tall and wide (maybe a tad less). 1 tree had a decent crop, put on a new flush, and proceeded to dry up and discard all fruits...the other is holding maybe 20 fruits that are of good size and are getting a nice red color. Time will tell-fingers crossed. By the way, Orange farm supply on Chapman between Main and the 57 has one out by the street that had a good amount of fruit last I checked. Funny thing is it looks like a's maybe 4ft by 5ft and the trunk is not visible. Chris

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Summer Fruits in Socal
« on: June 27, 2015, 11:29:33 PM »
Hopefully I can put up a pic of my Kaimana lychees in a couple weeks. Chris

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: New home new plantings!
« on: June 26, 2015, 02:41:00 AM »
Congratulations Osito, I can picture that future yard in my mind. Those are Italian cypress trees I believe and Floridians are talking about Bald or possibly Leyland cypress trees? Not sure. With no HOA's you can do what you heart and mind desires (for the most part). Good luck, Chris

Hi Tropicaliste, Nice rack! Seriously...where did you get your green racks from? I am in dire need of someplace to put all of my small seedlings. Thanks, Chris

Hey NewGen, its normal for the petals and stamens (fluff) to fall off but the "bells" should stay on the tree if the size is fairly decent. I have a 9 footer in the ground and I just give it normal summer watering. If the tree gets stressed due to lack of water or size then it will likely start to thin out the fruits. Best of luck, Chris

Hey SamiC, why not just order LZ, CC, and ST trees from Top Tropicals? The shipping is expensive but they usually have what you want...though I personally have mixed reviews of their trees. Best of luck, Chris

 Hi Behl, I guess I'm late to the game but I would really love any leftovers. Thank you, Chris

Hi Ataygirl, i saw them for sale at California rare fruit trees in Vista, Ca. (N. San Diego county). I think they were at least 5 gallons and around $60...probably 4+ ft. tall. Otherwise you could order them online delivered but it's quite a bit more expensive. Chris

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Problem with my soursop
« on: June 09, 2015, 02:01:02 AM »
Hey Booey, It appears like you have a mealy bug infestation on that particular have a lot of ants by chance? The two seem to go hand-in-hand. My 2 cents. Good luck-Chris

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What type of fruit is this
« on: June 06, 2015, 10:36:34 PM »
Strawberry guava. Chris

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Planting dragon fruit close to wall
« on: June 03, 2015, 02:08:36 AM »
Hey Funlul, I am no expert on the subject but I have about 6 fruiting DF in my yard. Their root system is not aggressive at all and planting them in a sunnier location seems to be best for them. My Father-in-law stopped by my house with a few pots and put them in various locations around my yard...I noticed the DF's that had less light grew thinner and vice versa (not to mention fruiting or lack thereof). If you built a little scaffolding across your wall they would enjoy it I'm sure or go the usual vertical "T" route.


I hope you have a great vacation with your family Ed. If you don't mind me asking..How old are your girls? I have a little girl 6 and a boy that will be 2 at the end of July. I had a poor upbringing so I appreciate those who do the right thing. I like the "let's do it up!" approach for the wife and kid's part of the vacation and the "on the way back..." for the hard working dad ;) Take care, Chris

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Kiss the lychee goodbye?
« on: May 30, 2015, 11:57:25 PM »
True Fyliu...They looked like they had trees in jacuzzi's  ;D


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Plant O Gram Poncho Avocado Tree !
« on: May 30, 2015, 11:53:25 PM »
Yes B2B, they have started to comeback 2 months later. I was just bummed out about it...Thanks, Chris. On a side note, that poncho really looks great and I too have not heard of it before this post. Take it ez

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Kiss the lychee goodbye?
« on: May 30, 2015, 03:24:57 AM »
California Tropical Fruit Tree has some Lychee trees approaching 15 feet in 65-80? gallon containers that are over 20 years old. So, it can be done with some vigilance. As far as digging up a Lychee..i'm not sure...though i have dug up quite a few different trees and haven't had any problems thus long as the usual protocol is followed. Best of luck, Chris

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Plant O Gram Poncho Avocado Tree !
« on: May 30, 2015, 02:55:16 AM »
Sorry for hijacking your post Ed. Best regards, Chris

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Plant O Gram Poncho Avocado Tree !
« on: May 30, 2015, 02:51:35 AM »
Nice tree ED! I have had 1 good and 1 bad experience with POG. My first was a Maha a couple years ago which was great. The second was a couple months ago of Rollinia and Santol. Both were riddled with anthracnose and lost most of their respective leaves. One of the problems I had was the option to pick your tree...A or B. The tree I received looked nothing like what I received...In fact, looked so different I thought they made an I.D error. I respect the fact that trees may need to be trimmed, bound, etc. to ship but to nearly destroy a tree to fit in a box that is really on suitable for 1 tree? Seems almost unacceptable to me.

Subsequent emails went unanswered. Chris

Hi Pancrazio- GREAT looking little mango tree you have grown but I would have to agree with Behl on the mulch. If the small area were mulched sufficiently you could water the mulch and then add your water "insulation". The moistened mulch will give off more heat than dry soil. I still think your tree looks fantastic. Take care. Chris

Alas, my Hak Ip dropped all potential fruit this year but my brewster is looking ok (fingers crossed). Best wishes everyone. Chris

James, we call it Wax Jambu in the U.S. What problems are you having? They are easy to grow in the greater L.A area and should produce quite a few fruit once they are more than a few feet tall. I have one in the ground that is around 9 feet and the only problem I have is leaf eating bugs. I fertilize all my trees with Ferti-Lome 9-58-8 and it works like a charm. I believe its about $14 for 3lbs. Chris

Fair enough Rob. I was just taking her word for it since she is in the tropical fruit biz. I was wondering though, is a 6ft. caimito the same age as a Florida caimito the same size and would that explain the fruiting? Chris

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Socal Dale and Red Manila mango
« on: May 21, 2015, 02:00:26 AM »
Sounds great Frank- I appreciate it! Chris

Well, I said "to maturity"...this was 2 years ago as well. Chris

Great idea Adam!..Now go to bed. Chris

I agree with Frank. I know a lady in Orange who has a beautiful 6 foot green variety but last I checked she hasn't got a fruit to full maturity. I will stop by and check back with her. Chris

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