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My papaya trees have been bearing fruit since summer, yet all of them are still very green.

Normally, how long does it take from flower to harvest?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Curly leaves on yellow sapote
« on: December 30, 2022, 03:22:49 PM »
Whats a yellow sapote?
at least where I live, it's known as Canistel. Scientific name is Pouteria campechiana.

Looks like the leaves are drying up. Likely transplant shock from breaking the root. Just keep it well watered and maybe give it a bit of shade with some shade cloth or maybe a large potted plant that can cast a shadow over it until it pulls through.
water is not a problem. It's been raining, and when it does not for some days, I water the tree. Actually, I have two potted mangoes "protecting" it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Curly leaves on yellow sapote
« on: December 20, 2022, 04:14:42 AM »
This yellow sapote was recently dug out and planted in this location. In the process of digging it out, I broke the largest root, I wasn't expecting such small tree to have a root that depth. This was about two weeks ago.

Right now, this is the situation in its new spot:

Notice those curly leaves? What might be the reason?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / What's this white thing in my lychee?
« on: November 26, 2022, 05:39:47 AM »

Bad focus, but it's something appearing at different branches of the tree, and even around the trunk on the soil.

It's not solid, rather like a "spider sac", although it's not really so. It's kind of sticky, but easily cleanable.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / How should I prune a red atemoya?
« on: November 07, 2022, 04:17:31 AM »
I planted this red atemoya about five months ago.

It's been consistently growing on those two main branches.

Should I trim them back to encourage branching as in deciduous trees?

My idea was to let it grow up to the black zone, and then let it form a canopy.

I'm returning to this topic because things are getting worse on the lychee.

They are all over the tree now.

I have tried potassium soap, sticky adhesive around the trunk, commercial ants insecticides... nothing seems to work.

I have read that citric juice like lemon juice could work because they don't like it, but also that it's a risk because it reduces the pH of the soil. However, as lychees like acid soils, maybe could that work?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / What might be wrong with this mango?
« on: October 22, 2022, 04:40:08 AM »
What might be wrong with the mango (Lippens) on the left? All new growth from summer has not transitioned into dark green.

It uses the same mix that all my other trees (including those in the ground), so I hardly doubt it's about poor drainage or lack of nutrients.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Full shade from late October to February
« on: October 20, 2022, 10:51:08 AM »
Starting today (literally, yesterday was ok) until late February, the patio of my backyard is fully shaded.

Persimmon, apple, pear, pomegranate, plums, nectarine, peaches, lychee, longan, guava, citrics, subtropicals.... any suggestions for that area, considering that it has to be a potted plant.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: A dilemma with my lychees...
« on: October 07, 2022, 11:04:59 AM »
two months and a half later, this is the status:

I think I should have swapped them. In fact, the lychee in the "main spot" isn't in a very good shape, I'm even considering digging it out and put into a pot in a more protected location.

I planted some weeks ago a pomegranate and a pear.

The pomegranate is doing good, the pear still has to show growth symptoms. However, I know that pears are fine in espalier so I'm not really worried about it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Small fruit bush for this corner?
« on: September 11, 2022, 03:59:20 PM »
This corner in my lawn is looking for a small fruit bush:

- Area: 4 by 5 feet.
- Max height: 3-4 feet.
- Sunlight: full day. In some years, when the lychee on the right side grows, this corner will be shaded by the last few hours of the day, but still plenty of direct sunlight.
- It has to be evergreen.

I'd be looking for something similar to the size of a kumquat, in fact, this would be ideal, but it's pretty hard to get here. By contrast, limequat is available at most nurseries, but I don't really like it.
Another choice might be a blueberry, but I think this spot has too much direct sunlight for it.
I had even thought about some potted strawberries, but I don't really like this idea.

What else comes to your mind?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Blueberries in warmer climates
« on: September 11, 2022, 08:51:34 AM »
Just today visited a nursery and they had Biloxi for sale, some bearing fruit already, so I got one.

It looks like it doesn't have any chill requirements.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Papaya roots outside of the soil
« on: September 08, 2022, 03:13:57 PM »
at least, this is a small variety (Honey). In theory, it stays at 2m (~7ft) tall for about 4-5 years, and then suddenly has a growth spurt to 3-4m.

The nursery told me that the most common is that people cut them off by the fourth year.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Papaya roots outside of the soil
« on: September 07, 2022, 06:28:18 PM »
A few weeks ago, I started to notice how this papaya was leaning to one side. Days later, I also noticed how it was very unstable, and a few days later, I started to see its roots.

It's like if the soil was spitting it out. I tried to add more soil but to no avail.

Any ideas about how to approach this? The other papaya in the background is very healthy.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Lychee with branches under soil?
« on: September 07, 2022, 06:21:30 PM »

this is a lychee from an air layer. Can you see how there are like "roots" coming out of the soil? Should I trim them?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Blueberries in warmer climates
« on: August 29, 2022, 06:33:24 AM »
I know there are some low chill blueberries, but are they low enough that you can grow them in South Florida or Hawaii? Which are the climate most similar to the one where I live.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help filling out a hedge
« on: August 29, 2022, 06:29:42 AM »
you could also have a look at the lilly pilly family. They area ideal for hedges, fast growers and good coverage.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Propper tree for potted Citrus
« on: August 27, 2022, 06:46:44 PM »
just buy a tree from a nursery and move it to the desired size pot.

I have eureka and lime both in the same pot, and doing fine.

As they grow, you have two choices, either you size up, or if the trees already have the size you want, once a year shake the soil and cut some roots.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Avocado not as healthy as my other avocados
« on: August 27, 2022, 12:38:51 PM »
About 5 weeks ago, there were very hot days where I live, about 35C (95F).

From all of my trees, the avocados were the one hit harder, which was expected as they are in the most sunny area of my backyard. Most of their leaves were sunburned.

I have a Hass, Fuerte and Reed. The Fuerte and Reed have recovered very well, however, it looks like the Hass is not keeping up with them. It looks rather sad with curly leaves.

These two are Fuerte and Reed:

The thing is that I think the problem is not really related with those hot days over a month ago. This Hass also has a thousand of ants living under the mulching, like many of my other trees, but particularly this one and an orange tree have the most.

Could it be that these ants are damaging the roots?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What's going on with this yellow sapote?
« on: August 21, 2022, 03:55:59 PM »
while watering today, I noticed a small grey-ish insect making small hops around this and other trees. It's not a grasshopper, it's smaller, about half an inch.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What's going on with this yellow sapote?
« on: August 20, 2022, 12:23:36 PM »
Have you looked for insects at night?
nope really, will need to have a look.

edit: just checked. No sign of any insect, but the tree is already in a very bad shape.

I finally pulled the trigger today. Got an Anna and African Blush, both advertised as "ideal for seashore" apple trees, meaning they had very low chill requirements. And the third one I got was a Top Red. Dunno about the chill requirements for this one, but if this nursery is selling it (it's located near the coast), I assume it has low chill requirements too.

So I live in an 11b area of the Canary Islands.

Apples should not bear fruit because the temperature is not chill enough. However, there are plenty of apple trees everywhere, even on public spaces, all with fruit.

Given this situation, I'm considering planting 3 varieties close together to grow into a "single tree", but prior to that, I'm trying to understand why are they bearing fruit if the chilling requirements are not met?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What's going on with this yellow sapote?
« on: August 19, 2022, 03:29:11 AM »
well, now that you mention it, I do have grasshoppers on my backyard, but I have never seen them in any tree but on the lawn.

today I have noticed other trees, especially a red cherimoya close to this yellow sapote have similar leaves.

I assume bees and wasps don't do this, right? because I have tons of them.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What's going on with this yellow sapote?
« on: August 18, 2022, 06:29:46 PM »
nope, no crickets, ants, aphids...

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