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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado graft
« on: July 30, 2022, 03:42:22 PM »
You can graft now, just keep the grafted plants in shade if you can. If your plant is in ground, then just make sure to cover it for shade. It should take in a few months but don't put the plant in direct sun for 3 months, keep in partial shade if you can.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: July 27, 2022, 03:48:46 AM »
ok, I did notice that I will need to open the anther on the last flower that will open in another week. The pink flowers look nice, but it does close rather quickly in one night/day.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: July 24, 2022, 12:49:09 AM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: July 24, 2022, 12:47:24 AM »
Question on hand pollination of my Asunta 3 dragon fruit flowers.
This is from a cutting from Brad, it is about 2-1/2 years old and it's the first time it has flowers.

The DF plant has 3 flowers, I didn't hand pollinate the first flower, can you tell from this photo if it will set fruit or drop the flower?

I just took some photos tonight at 8pm, this is the second flower that is blooming. Does it look ready to hand pollinate or should I wait until moring?


I did pick my first yellow DF fruit yesterday, it was small (Home Depot plant) but it tasted sweet.

I purchased my seedling plant from our local Greenscene (CRFG O.C.) at CSUF arboretum and they said it was a green sapote. I have some mamey seedling plants and the leaves are not that of the mamey.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is this white sapote ripe in June?
« on: July 19, 2022, 03:04:11 PM »
If you use a fruit bag it works well since it will catch the fruit if it gets too ripe and fall off the tree. The fruits will get ripe on the tree and fall on the ground even if you check them every few days.

I noticed both the green sapote and Mamey plants are sensitive plants. Any little change and it doesn't like it. I had a few green sapote seedling plants in pots that looked good for a year, then all the leaves fell off and now it looks to be dead. Same with Mamey plants, they start growing fine in pots, and after a few years the leaves might drop then it gets worse from there, eventually dies. The only healthy one I have now is the in ground green sapote seedling tree I purchased over 7 yrs ago, now it's about 9 ft tall and doing well, but never had flowers or fruits. It is planted under my large lychee tree and so it grows skinny and tall.

Your green sapote seems worse than when you got it (to me) so I hope your leaves don't all drop off, if it does, then it is not looking good for you. At least you have new leaves growing so that is a good sign for now.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is this white sapote ripe in June?
« on: July 19, 2022, 05:42:59 AM »
Next time, you should be able to squeeze the fruit while it's on the tree. If it gives a little, then its ready to pick. It should get ripe on the counter within a week after you pick it. My white sapotes have small fruits on them now, only a few varieties have fruits about the size of a golf ball. My Younghan's Gold seems to be very productive this year, all the grafts have small fruits on them. Last year my Cuccio was the best productive variety but now I don't have my large, grafted branches and will need to start over. My large tree that I transplanted (20 ft tall) seems to be dying so only have my two smaller trees (McDill seedling and Yellow sapote seedling). The ones with fruits are Walton, Lemon Gold, Rainbow, Younghan's Gold, McDill seedling, Supersweet, Malibu.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help ID Passion Fruit with red flesh
« on: July 11, 2022, 11:42:17 AM »
Yup, I agree, it just grows everywhere like weed, hard to get rid of it. It is growing on the fig trees and everywhere else.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: grafting guava
« on: July 09, 2022, 12:43:40 AM »
unless they are coming from below the graft union (if it's a grafted one like the ones I see from box stores).

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help ID Passion Fruit with red flesh
« on: July 06, 2022, 01:36:27 AM »
Thanks for pointing this out about the cyanide. I did read further and it says the leaves have the cyanide in an inactive form bound to sugars as chemicals known as cyanogenic glycosides. So until you chew the leaves the cyanide does not get released. Interesting info here.

socalbalcony2, I tasted both the yellow wooly leaf sapote and McDill sapote fruit there at the arboretum. The McDill is very good, the yellow sapote is ok, not that bad tasting, it is ok but not as good as the white sapote. It doesn't say what variety the yellow sapote is, must be an inferior one.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help ID Passion Fruit with red flesh
« on: July 05, 2022, 10:04:13 AM »
Jack, I will need to look for that butterfly next time I check out the passion vine and fig trees, looks like a neat orange butterfly.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help ID Passion Fruit with red flesh
« on: July 05, 2022, 09:33:38 AM »
thanks Paul, I guess it is safe to taste one. This vine is growing wild next to some wild figs.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Help ID Passion Fruit with red flesh
« on: July 05, 2022, 03:09:01 AM »
I found this passion fruit vine which has many small yellow fruits with red flesh. Can anyone help with the identification of this variety. Also, I'm not sure if it is safe to eat this fruit.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: ? Summer ripening mandarins
« on: July 05, 2022, 02:26:46 AM »
Yes, I agree about Miyagawa, it gets large fruits and is juicy, not as sweet as other satsuma but still a large fruit. My grafted branches gets many fruits and since they weigh so much, it always pulls down the branches on my large in ground tree.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is this white sapote ripe in June?
« on: June 30, 2022, 05:38:36 PM »
funlul, how was the fruit you picked, did it get ripe/soft. Did you taste the fruit?

Gulfgarderner, I had 34 varieties grafted on one tree (now gone) and I noticed certain varieties were more productive or consistent fruit set each year. The Cuccio is a winner, also the others with fruits were Younghan's Gold, Fairhaven, Fiesta, Lemon Gold, Leroy, McDill, North Park, Rainbow, Santa Cruz, Sunset, Supersweet, Bonita Springs, Walton. Since I had to transplant my multi-grafted tree, I had to cut off all the branches so don't have any of these varieties which had lots of fruits earlier this year.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Passion Fruit problems in San Diego
« on: June 30, 2022, 01:33:29 PM »
Yes, my Passiflora edulis and the other unknown passion fruit vines always have leaves on them, grows like ivy plants everywhere. The Passiflora incarnata grows even out of the ground (roots must spread fast) with new shoots popping up in the yard.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: ? Summer ripening mandarins
« on: June 30, 2022, 12:42:56 AM »
I think I will need to add more grafts of the King Tangor on my trees for next year.

Here's the photos of what citrus is ripening (or still hanging ripe) on my trees now:

USPS- Priority Mail package I received was damaged, box broken in half when it was delivered at my door step.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is this white sapote ripe in June?
« on: June 29, 2022, 10:58:04 PM »
Robert, my photo of the ws above is the Cuccio (from Jonah scionwood). It had many large fruits on my grafts, taste was sweet. This variety seems to be very productive here in SoCal.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: ? Summer ripening mandarins
« on: June 28, 2022, 11:50:54 PM »
Ok, thank you for this info, I do have the VI-235 grafted on my trees. Just don't have any fruits on the new grafts yet. If it's larger than the Murcott fruit and ripens later that would be good for me to have more citrus to eat during summer.

I took some photos of my Murcott (from FL, VI-147) and Valencia today, will post soon. I also have Oroblanco fruits that are ripe and hanging on the tree. I have Melogold which is supposed to be similar to the Oroblanco from UCR but Melogold ripens earlier and hold for only 3 months (Dec-Feb).

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: GuavaKing on ebay - Scam?
« on: June 28, 2022, 02:11:38 PM »
Your choice to pay the high price or not. Doesn't mean he is a scammer.

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