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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: MULBERRY. Thai dwarf vs worlds best?
« on: August 18, 2022, 04:46:23 PM »
Hi Jan,

Good info, yes I agree about the taste. I got some scionwood of Jan's Best early spring and I grafted them to my large mulberry tree. I did get a few fruits this year on my graft and it does taste better than the Thai Dwarf and World's Best.


I have some additional comments on the seedling from named varieties. I purchased 5 seedling plants that were already growing in 5 gallon pots (maybe 1-2 yrs old) and here's what I noticed:
1. Manila - skinniest plants of all three types that were on sale.
2. Kent - very good rootstock, about 1/2" diameter main trunk.
3. Atkin- best, most vigorous growth, about 1/2"-3/4" diameter main trunk.

I used these plants for grafting some good scionwood varieties.

I have a multi-grafted lemon tree which is older (20yrs). I do notice the same thing on the Sumo grafts that is on the lemon tree. It seems to ripen about one month earlier than the same Sumo budwood that is grafted on mandarin tree.

Citrus General Discussion / Citrus macrophylla
« on: August 13, 2022, 03:46:22 PM »
Has anyone tried growing seeds of Citrus macrophylla ?

I have a lemon rootstock, Citrus macrophylla, that I let grow and now its a pretty tall tree (7-8 ft) and has some large fruits on it. Fruit is still green, size of a large lemon, so I will wait until the fruit turns yellow before I pick them and get the seeds.

I'm planning to grow the seeds and use the seedlings to graft some lemon varieties I have since the seedling rootstock should have stronger roots (tap roots).

Also, has anyone rooted cuttings of the Citrus macrophylla? It may be quicker to grow them from cuttings but I'm not sure how good the root structure will be for use as a rootstock plant.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pinkglow pineapple
« on: August 10, 2022, 02:50:59 PM »
The pineapples I purchased from Tokyo Central had about that much or less but was more dried up. Good luck trying to grow it, you might also want to get some seeds and try growing them. I tried the seeds sind the crown went bad in a few weeks when I tried to start it in water.

When you eat the pineapple, please report you taste test results.

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.

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