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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Avocado fruit
« on: April 26, 2021, 10:54:08 PM »
Hate when work gets busy!  I'll take one if any left.

Excited to hear your report on the Mogi.  Just grafted a few of those, based on the possibility of the flavor.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Advice on Germinating Yangmei
« on: April 20, 2021, 01:40:13 AM »
I also wanted to try out some seeds and the directions said they needed to be stratified for 3 months. They're still in the fridge, but will try to sprout them next month.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Higher Fruit Production
« on: April 18, 2021, 02:39:19 AM »
Another article on it
says triple yield!  However, the study seems to be for mature already HLB-infected trees?  Curious how the benefits translate to healthy trees.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Higher Fruit Production
« on: April 18, 2021, 02:27:23 AM »
Interesting!  Will have to look for this study.  Any hypothesis on why?  I wonder how localized the effect can be.  I normally get more fruit on the north side of my tree, but I also have to prune it less since the south is towards the fence.

We have 2 young trees in our north yard, so only the very tops have recently gotten direct sun over the winter.  No leaf drop issues with the winter shading.  We don't get a lot of heat either, so citrus in that yard never sweeten up, but the avocados have fruited fine so far.  They may not grow as fast or produce as much fruit, but we'll have to see how they perform as they continue to mature.  I don't know how it would be if we were another 5 degrees cooler though.  We're usually 2-5 degrees lower than what's reported on for the city, as we sit in a depression behind the western hill.

Sampled our first Big Jim last week.  Champagne to the right.

The fam definitely prefers the Big Jim, but we'll only have like 6 fruits from the new grafts.  More of the rest for me!  My daughter & I prefer the Champagne a little tart, so trying to figure out when to pick them, as the transition from very tart to none seems pretty quick.

I'm currently trying bird netting on loquat.  I just had a squirrel find its way in through one of the gaps where I didn't tie it closed properly, but it hadn't chewed its way in or out.  I'm hoping they might not be as motivated to chew through it if it's far enough away from the fruit.  I imagine if any material is right up next to the fruit, then the rodent would be more likely to go right through it.


I suspected you might have small hands, so had to pull the largest remaining gold nugget out back, but alas, the Santa Anas must have sucked the moisture right out of it :P

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Most squirrel resistant trees?
« on: March 23, 2021, 02:12:44 PM »
and..... cue hysterical chattering in the side yard

enter stage right... evil squirrel evading carefully prepared defenses for the loquats

dammit! jinxed myself!

Honestly, I don't know if the guava is reducing pressure on the other trees.  I often see up to 3 rodents at a time in yard, so if the guy that prefers guavas can chase away other less selective ones, I'd feed him happily.  I don't think he can do that though.  At most, he'd just protect the guava only, if that.  I'm considering trying out an explicit feeding station to see if that keeps them content without attracting more of them.  We used to have a couple neighborhood cats that used to hang around since a neighbor would feed them.  But they didn't do anything for the squirrels.  The cats would sun themselves on the block wall, with 2 squirrels screaming at them, within 18 inches, to get off their highway!

Think he meant preliminary.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Most squirrel resistant trees?
« on: March 23, 2021, 12:42:37 PM »
Just lost 2 reeds.  Hopefully, they found the immature ones unpalatable and will leave the rest alone for now.  I haven't lost a lot to squirrels so far, so hoping this doesn't become a real problem.  They love my guava and I use it somewhat as my trap crop.  They also sample mandarins.  I net loquats, so haven't lost those yet.  I haven't noticed any losses on passion fruit or alpine strawberries.

That's some mean squirrels!  I use the clamshells for guava and so far it's worked 100%.  I still lose most that aren't protected.  For smaller clamshells, I've seen them nibbling on parts that come in contact with any holes in the clamshells.  Not too bad for guavas that can callous over.  I don't yet have mangos to test it on them.  I did try them on avocados before, for rats instead, but I found they would chew the stem, or just knock them off with their weight presumably, so the avocado would fall down, and then sometimes make it through the packaging.  At least with guava, the clamshell is wrapped around the whole branch so it's secured pretty well.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: When to put passionfruit outside
« on: March 23, 2021, 12:22:17 PM »
i've had purple possum outside for the last 6 years, and yellow for the last 2.  A few short frost mornings over the years, nothing protracted, but often get to high 30s.  They go dormant, but haven't seen damage.  Purple is against a wall, but the yellows are on an open arbor.

I'd be in for some lychees, if the requirements could be worked out.

Is there a way to support tagging of posts?

Is this still available?  I pm'd before, but since I didn't hear back, thought it was just for that weekend :(

Got a bunch of marbles also.  There were still open flowers up to about 3 weeks ago. Only been fruiting for 3 years, and this year started the earliest so far.  Wonder if it's just a maturity thing, or this winter just started earlier than previous?


Sampled a wind-damaged fruit yesterday and it was good, especially if you prefer more of the champagney taste.  Going to see how far these earlier fruit can go without getting too bland, since the netting seems to be working against any critters.

Dont know what all of the places are you named but you can skip Hatcher.

Me neither.  This will be my first mango pilgrimage so was just scouring forum, yelp & google reviews for any place that might hint at a fruit stand with mangos.  Will have to call them up when we get closer to confirm varieties, availability, hours.  Thanks for helping weed out though.

YP is  Oops, that was a potential lychee, vs mango, source.  Not yet sure if it is worth trying to drive out extra to Loxahatchee area, since we're staying in Boca Raton, but was just keeping it as possible (as well as Naga & Carribean) to check on later.

Will look into Peace River.  Thanks!

We'll be doing similar trip starting the 17th.  Hoping to snag all the mangoes up front, but marked a couple extra stops along the way in case.  Haven't vetted them all yet, and haven't finished looking for stuff in the later half, but possibly:

Walter Zill
Carribean Plants & Produce
Tropical Acres

Truly Tropical

Hidden Acres
Palmettto Bay Farmers Market


Pine Island

Fruit & Spice
Mango Men

Robert Is Here
Redland Market Village

Grimal Grove

Any duds here, or other notables?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: How to best graft small CCPP scions?
« on: March 11, 2021, 12:49:39 PM »
Had to look that up.  This one?
I have tried that and the variant at the bottom, except I was tucking the scion against the vertical cut instead of deeper in the flap.

Great service, product, & packaging even!  Greatly appreciate the bonuses as well.  Barely got them all grafted last night before the rain came in.  With all the attention to details, if I ever found myself in Alabama, I'd have to make a stop at your place just to see what you've done.

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