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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Can someone help ID this?
« on: April 02, 2013, 07:15:13 PM »
Come to think of it, I remember the director of landscaping at one of the universities (Point Loma Nazarene) here in San Diego had told me about a "strawberry tree" that had delicious fruit.  That was three or four years ago and I never bothered looking up stawberry tree (hence, this topic).  hmmm.  Based on everyone else's feedback, I'm guessing her taste just happened to be different than most peoples - but it does make me want to try growing out a few now.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Can someone help ID this?
« on: April 02, 2013, 04:44:11 PM »
Thanks - I won't waste my time on this one then... plenty of other fruits already on my want list.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Can someone help ID this?
« on: April 02, 2013, 03:12:53 PM »
Hey Cookie Monster - this is actually right off of Hwy 33 - on the way toward Ojai - but still close enough to get the coastal influence.  The picture was taken Easter morning and it rained about a half hour after taking these pictures.  I picked and ate some of this fruit last year but couldn't figure out what it was - now that I found this forum, I wanted to get some more pictures up to ID it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Can someone help ID this?
« on: April 02, 2013, 01:34:06 PM »
Thanks Ethan!  Now that I know it isn't poisonous, I don't mind sharing that I tried it... but it wasn't very good (more than slightly bitter).  Do you know how it is propagated and if there are improved varieties?  I will have access to thousands of the fruit again this Summer and wouldn't mind growing it if I knew I could find a worthwhile cultivar to graft onto it.  The tree itself is attractive.

I picked up two "Coolidge" feijoa shrubs from Home Depot about 4 years ago - they were grown by LaVerne and in #5 pots.  One has a very round fruit, about the size of a golf ball (some bigger), the fruit has a very strong "perfume" smell and the taste is not something I care for.  The other has elongated fruit that can reach 4-5" long, the fruit is very sweet with just a hint of "perfume" aroma.

PHOTO FROM 2009.  Transplanted from #5 containers.

PHOTO FROM 2013.  Both hedges are over 4' tall and more than 5' wide and very prolific producers.

PHOTO OF FLOWERS.  The flowers on both specimens are delicious - the pedals are delicate and taste like pure nectar.

PHOTO OF ROUND FRUIT.  Some of the fruit are perfectly round - but nowhere near the oval shape of the other plant.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Can someone help ID this?
« on: April 02, 2013, 12:07:46 PM »
There are about a dozen of these trees that were added as lansdscaping along a street in Ventura, California.  Trees are evergreen and produce small red & orange fruits (with, from memory: multiple seeds and a cream colored center).  The picture of picked fruit was from July last year.  The photo of the tree and leaves were taken in March of this year.  Unfortunately, I lost the photos of the fruit cross-section, which I am sure would help.

PHOTO TAKEN MARCH 2013.  Tree structure.

PHOTO TAKEN MARCH 2013. Leaf structure.




Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado Tree Question
« on: March 29, 2013, 02:23:21 AM »
I'll take a closer look at them tomorrow - I just figured it was the weird weather.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado Tree Question
« on: March 29, 2013, 12:28:19 AM »
I've never seen this type of defoliation happen here on any of my avocado trees. Deciduous trees act this way, but not avocados.

I grew up in California and remember avocados being essentially evergreen, with some shedding of old leaves during flushes of new growth.  My trees and those of my neighbors dropped all but a handful of leaves this year - the new leaf growth follows the flowers, but usually the old leaves stay on until that cycle is more or less complete.  Not this year, at least not for me.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Remove Orange flower?
« on: March 28, 2013, 08:54:49 PM »
My 3' tall navel orange produced 3 huge fruit last year and has about dozens of flowers on it now.  I don't think leaving the fruit on hurt its growth at all.  I say, leave the flowers and enjoy the fruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado Tree Question
« on: March 28, 2013, 08:52:31 PM »
I'll chime in from San Diego as well... seeing the same thing - lots of flowers popping and almost completely defoliated.  No wind.  Strange weather with multiple cold/heat cycles over the last couple of months.

This on three different varieties, all equally affected.

I have Some Family Memebers Who are seeking The Leaves Of The Guanabana Plants To Make Tea

ed - I read an article on negative health impact of eating seeds/flesh/bark from annonas (particularly Cherimoya) - are there known health risks/benefits of consuming the leaves?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Sugar apple scions
« on: March 27, 2013, 11:38:05 PM »
kh0110 - I'll definitely take it as I'm very interested in getting some sugar apples going here.

I can bring you a seedling (one month old) Cherimoya and some Campas Cherimoya sticks in exchange if you'd like.

My trees are too small to take budwoods from them, but I have a 5 months old chewy sugar apple seedling (seed from Cambodia) that I could part with. It has withstood the winter and still retain 1 leaf left. Its cold hardiness however slowed down considerably its growth, see picture below. If you come up to LA areas, you could pick it up but I don't want to send it.
This is first come, first serve. So if you're interested, PM me first.


Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Sugar apple scions
« on: March 26, 2013, 12:02:33 PM »
I would like to clarify... the Cherimoya sticks I have (Campas) are for anyone who would like them... not just for people who have sugar apple.  This is not a quid-pro-quo - if you have some sugar apple sticks, I would love them.  And, if anyone would like some Campas Cherimoya scions I am happy to send those out.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Wanted: Sugar apple scions
« on: March 25, 2013, 12:04:16 PM »
Does anyone have any sugar apple scions they would be willing to send to San Diego?  I attempted grafts of Congrejos (thanks JF, Behl & Simon) earlier in the month and hoping they will take - but I would like to throw a couple more cultivars on my tree before it starts to flush out new growth.

I've got about a dozen sticks from my Campas tree that I would be happy to send out as well.



ps-here's a photo of the Campas fruit...

I am happy with my TradeWinds purchases... my most recent purchase was Carob & Papaya - 80% germination of the papaya and 3 of the 10 or 12 Carob came up - but theyre doing just fine and that's better than I had expected anyway (there were 3 big seeds and the rest were smallish - the big seeds germinated in about a week, the others are still in a bag).

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherimoya vs Sugar Apple
« on: March 18, 2013, 03:52:32 AM »
I just germinated 60+ Seeds from my Campas tree - 45 of them are over 3" tall already.  Using the plastic bag method they started to sprout in 8 days (avg of about 2 wks and some took over a month).  I put the bag on top of the water heater for warmth.  Once they sprouted, I transferred them into vermiculite and they're doing great.

I also tried to germinate another batch of 20 by sowing diretly in soil mix and they still haven't come up - it's been about 5 weeks now.

My intention was to get some rootstock going - I was surprised at the overall success rate (over 80%).

Since this is a splinter of the original topic, I'll weigh in on sugar apple vs cherimoya... My wife is Brazilian and for her the Cherimoya is no substitute to eating the Fruit she grew up with.  The fruta de Conde / sugar apple is also kind of fun to eat - it's the fruit equivalent of pull-apart bread.

Sounds like a great vacation!

Oscar - I appreciate the (honest) answer!   sending you a PM.

Does anyone know the rules for shipping small quantities (<100) of seeds (not on weeds/invassives list) from US to Puerto Rico?  Is a phyto certificate necessary?



Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: wanted atemoya scions
« on: March 06, 2013, 04:33:24 PM »
I'll cross my fingers that JF cuts some more of the Cangrejos' sugar apple :)

Would love to have that one going here.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Bacon Avocado
« on: March 05, 2013, 03:26:56 AM »
The Bacon avocados I have had were very large, thin & smooth skin, with a very nice appearance and texture... but no flavor.  With so many great avocados (i.e. Haas) available in SoCal, it's a mystery to me how this one ends up in markets here.

Thanks for the generosity - I'm interested in the Rollinia if you have more.

Sent a PM.

-- Jeff (San Diego)

For what it's worth, seems to be a poor place to set up shop... lots of negative feedback from buyers that have been burned.

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