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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Yangmei (Morella/Myrica rubra) thread
« on: February 28, 2023, 05:04:35 PM »
As of a week ago I now have a second tree budding. I am not giving up on the others yet, but it is the largest two that are budding.

Wow! Yeah, I think I see buds on my Biqi - the biggest tree I received.

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: How to NOT advertise fruit
« on: December 08, 2022, 04:06:16 PM »
I thought Hachiya could be treated with CO2 to remove astringency. Are those at publix? I need to go grab a bag. I have some ripening on the counter but they're taking weeks.

I had stone fruit, dragon fruit and a veggie garden under the canopy of eucalyptus in San Diego. It was definitely not my best spot in the yard but everything grew slowly and produced fruit. I also had tons of jade right next to the tree trunks, that I cut back. Once I started cleaning up the leaves, I suddenly had weeds growing there too.

My coturnix took a couple bites out of an epiphyllum I was rooting, but it was the only plant within reach. With that size greenhouse I doubt they'll damage anything mature, or they might peck some things out of curiosity then quit. If you ever grow veggies in there, they will eat any leaves close to the ground.

If they're coturnix they will appreciate some little boxes to hide in (cardboard is fine), but no coop or perch.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Early cherimoya season in San Diego.
« on: October 13, 2022, 02:45:07 PM »
I saw cherimoya at Sprouts two weeks ago with a Melissa's sticker on them, indicating grown in USA. I thought it was early!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Any guesses on what avocado this is?
« on: August 01, 2022, 08:41:06 PM »

The main export is the Semil 34 type, which is harvested from October to January; Hass, which is the most demanded avocado in the world and is produced in the Dominican Republic all year long (whose main destination is the United States); Popenoe, which is harvested from May to July; Simmonds, Pollock and Doctor Dupoi, which have a great acceptance in international markets. The country also grows the Carla variety, which is harvested between March and April.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best mangos of this season
« on: August 01, 2022, 01:15:22 PM »
Another vote for cac

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pineapple thread
« on: July 29, 2022, 03:08:02 PM »
I have a few pups that I can't plant due to surgery. I picked them on Monday 7/25 then had a surgical procedure on 7/26 that prevents me from potting them for at least a week or more.  Didn't know i would be out of commission. What is the longest time frame I can go before they die? It may be 10 to 14 days before I can pot them up.

Pups meaning no roots? 2-3 weeks should be fine as long as they aren't sitting in the sun. You can start them in water, too, keep the water level just below the plant.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: A dozen volunteer papayas!
« on: July 19, 2022, 03:58:13 PM »
My only fruiting papaya in California was a volunteer.

I found a bunch of palm seeds in raccoon scat the other day so I wouldn't be surprised if that's how you got 12 papayas in one place.

Turns out I have a mango tree in my yard already too.. but it's pretty shaded by oaks. Need to ask my neighbor if it's ever set fruit.

It's supposed to be self fertile, but that was not my experience. It may just not be precocious. I was repeatedly unsuccessful using pollen from itself and edulis. If you have quadrangularis or alata I would try that.

What did you graft onto? I grafted decaisneana onto alata, the graft healed well but the entire branch died back past the graft.

I have also successfully used last year's pollen. Air dry in a coffee filter and store in the freezer like matty suggested.

Holy cow. Hope you can hire some help soon. 12 miles doesn't seem like too much of a commute but I'm from California.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: April 11, 2022, 06:55:00 PM »
Today I ate a very ripe Colombian yellow dragon fruit (the small ones) and it tasted strongly of lychee instead of the usual sweet but nondescript flavor. Normally these start to turn yellow in November and I pick in January, but they are so small I hadn't bothered. I finally picked it today because it was getting sunburned. I suppose I should let them hang longer in the future, the critters don't touch them since they are covered in thorns.

Interested in a December order. Located in Florida. Thanks!

Wow, these look great! Glad everything made it through the frost.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Don't Forget to Flush
« on: March 02, 2022, 07:18:57 PM »
Mine get clogged with goop every once in a while. It is caused by iron eating bacteria living in the lines.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mexican avocado imports blocked?
« on: February 17, 2022, 04:39:52 PM »
No need to click, title says it all

This is a good enough time for it to happen, everyone is used to empty shelves. Just shrug and buy something else.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Making mamalade
« on: February 14, 2022, 05:36:49 PM »
If your primary goal is to eliminate sugar -
I have canned kumquat preserves (cut in half, squeeze out seeds) on the stove with no added pectin and half a cup of sugar for 6-7 pints. Might be able to eliminate that entirely for your diet. Kumquats are naturally high in pectin, not sure if NZ lemonade is too but it's worth a trial, I think. After cooking/canning the fruit isn't complete mush and it's a good alternative to jam.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is fruiting ?
« on: January 27, 2022, 02:14:41 PM »
Macadamias, passion fruit, kumquats, navels, handful of blueberries and the last yellow dragon fruit.

 I should be moved out there before July, and in need of trees :)

I heard it mentioned a couple months ago through CRFG San Diego. As it might be more tolerant of our soils than blueberry. Not sure if the person followed through and grafted.

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