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Guineense is loaded with fruit sets and bees are pollinating it all day. My non-productive "Skittles" is right beside it and looks to be setting heavy.

Guineense front, non-productive Skittles behind

First flowers on fern leaf guava

Species cocktail, thai white rootstock, guineense, striatulum, "Skittles"

The Giant Gecko pack are all looking pretty good. Schenkianum, Ganevii, "Pinkish", Australe

Sorcabense also from Giant Gecko was topped by him to try to branch out, it just wanted to be tall, I just let guava leaders fall over usually and then they'll sprout like crazy from the base, as you see here

Lemon guava setting nicely

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My Yard 2022
« on: Today at 12:55:50 PM »
I sense this is one of the peaks of fruit for the year for me, so I wanted to share what's going on in the yard.

This is a Nelita seedling that I have been growing out from Miguel directly, not a 2nd generation from a US grower, and it looks like I got a winner here. This is the first time it has fruited!

I have deployed around 200 organza bags for figs, and had my first BFF free figs in 2 years. Bagging works.

Fig forest has filled in substantially

LSU champagne breba, the tree is loaded with main crop.

This kohala longan has struggled and not really grown much, but it is putting on a nice show with flowers. It seems everything needs about 3 years in the ground here, so I expect next year it will take off like a rocket.

My calycina and CORG have been absolutely mental this year producing easily 1000 fruit between the two of them. This was after having a severe blossom thrip issue which I solved with lacewing larvae and nematodes, but feared I'd get zero fruit or it would all be damaged. I seriously cannot keep up and purchased a cherry pitter yesterday so I can make jam.

This Anna apple graft has been absolutely insane, and I think the tree chose to focus on it as the leader despite grafting it just 3 years ago. I will need to remove it this fall, because it is pulling the tree over. I had to stilt the tree AND leave a ladder under this branch to keep it from breaking under the weight of all the fruit. I thinned it several times and it was still not enough.

My bees haven't paid all that much to psidium usually, they have had better native forage I think, but they're working them now. This is guineense.

My Paw paws continue to look absolutely perfect despite weeks of 95f+.

Santa Rosa plum left, Orange flesh guajava center, grafted guabiju below it (fruiting on last year's Bush2Beach grafts already), Flavor King Pluot absolutely loaded to the right

Up potted both my orange CORGs which are probably my new favorite eugenia. They are different than red CORG, actually. Sweeter, less funk, and a bit of spark to them.

CORG city


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Black Fig Fly Protection
« on: July 20, 2024, 12:58:59 PM »
After half my quarter dollar coin sized figs (VdeB) fell of all at once a month ago I assumed it was the tree just getting rid of excess fruits. Then I saw this thread and cut open one of the figs laying on the ground. Notice the white thing? It doesnít move and Iím wondering if this is the larvea? There was two on the other half but this is the best foto.

Tough to say there. It is likely, though, if all your figs fell.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grafting Sabara vs. Other Jabos
« on: July 18, 2024, 03:37:18 PM »
They take awhile for me too. Donít get it. Should be great compatibility.

I did a bunch earlier this spring, probably grafted in March, and just pushing now.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Black Fig Fly Protection
« on: July 18, 2024, 03:36:31 PM »
They sting through the side of the fig for me frequently so I donít think itís a perfect solution.

I am also trialing nematodes this year which target fungus gnats as an experiment for a local insectary, and I canít say for sure it did anything, but Iíve had zero BFF this year. I was also very sterile last year and cleaned up every dropped fruit, which was bagged, and even if there was bff in the fruit it did not escape the bag.

My opinion is bagging is the way to go. I went down to a smaller bag this year, I think 3x4 and itís a touch easier than the 5x6. Bagging the entire branch doesnít work, messes up the leaves.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Bees in our Cherilata tree.
« on: July 17, 2024, 07:52:57 AM »

Bees will build incredible hives outside of trees, boxes, or holes. As soon as there is even a lick of comb they can become very defensive, especially if there are resources like honey or brood.

All these strange psidium are really precocious. Stoked it worked so well for you. I have plenty more scion if anyone wants any.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Bees in our Cherilata tree.
« on: July 15, 2024, 01:00:44 PM »
Had they built any comb? Usually by the time they have some comb theyíre defensive. Canít go wrong with free bees tho! Iíve avoided my bees swarming over the last 2 years but know Iíll have one eventually

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: container inga rootball
« on: July 14, 2024, 11:25:32 AM »
Maybe Iím brutal, but Iíd be experimenting with removing roots to the point you could get it into a 15g with plenty of room left, and then you have the option to go up 20g in early spring. Iíve seen really successful growers doing incredible root pruning. 10 year old mango trees with trunks 5Ē wide permanently in 15s. Bricks in the pot to keep it heavy enough to not topple.

I think inga can take crazy abuse and be totally fine.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: container inga rootball
« on: July 13, 2024, 03:42:08 PM »
Why not just root prune? You can probably take off 50% of the roots and it wonít notice.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Annona Spinescens
« on: July 12, 2024, 07:16:01 PM »
Youíve sold me. Iíll give it a shot off Lance. I have a feeling mine wonít sprout.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Annona dioca
« on: July 12, 2024, 07:00:24 PM »
Have a bunch of seeds from Brazil in promix. Everyone down there said it was excellent.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Campomanesia Guazumafolia
« on: July 12, 2024, 06:58:37 PM »
Mine is looking really promising this year. I have read that folks have them flower for many years fruitless then all of a sudden they are fruiting heavy solo. My bees work them so I am letting them do the work.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2024 FL Mango Season
« on: July 12, 2024, 11:37:55 AM »
My last FL mango was a Cac. I didnít think it would be all that, but what a season ender! It has a really interesting almost rum flavor, and had me pondering tiki cocktails. It was perfectly ripe.

Looking forward to next year already.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Annona Spinescens
« on: July 12, 2024, 12:24:47 AM »
Looks great! Outdoors all year? What are your lows?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First imbe flowers
« on: July 11, 2024, 05:51:04 PM »
 Neat! How old from seed is it?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Annona spinescens seedling
« on: July 11, 2024, 05:50:23 PM »
That's you're own internal conflict. I guess it's just the norm in the tropical fruit world to blindly sell things that may or may not work out?

I'm an edible landscaper and have worked for various people including owner of the San Diego Padres. You think I'm intentionally planting things that I know will suck there?

You seem to have a chip off your shoulder for the folks who want to find out if stuff will work or not, which is funny to see on this forum. It is in my opinion, one of the pillars of this forum to continue doing so even against the odds. A lot of these species are being newly introduced to our continent(s) and climates and we should try them out, because even if they fail, we learned something. The scientific world needs hypotheses to be proven wrong and documented, just as much as it needs hypotheses that prove correct.

This one has fruited in FL. That means SD can pull it off. If you don't want to spend money on the seeds, no big deal, no need to bitch about people who do or the sellers providing them.

Sorry Lance your thread is for discussion now, not for selling.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grafting Cas to Guajava
« on: July 11, 2024, 01:18:48 PM »
I tried Sartre to Guajava, no luck, tried it on myrtoides and it's a maybe. Though the vast majority of psidium appear to be compatible, I don't think all are. I would guess CAS is not compatible, just by the visual look of the two.

Skittles and guineense have somewhat similar leaves to guajava, these other oddball psidium are... Unique.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2024 FL Mango Season
« on: July 11, 2024, 01:11:21 PM »
I had one of those Prete's as well, great mango and massive size. So fiberless I'd classify it near jelly! Total winner.

I'm winding down my FL mango gluttony, I brought back probably 30-40lb (which I dutifully mowed down over the last 2 weeks) and have just a few left, a Lemon Zest, a Honey Kiss, a CAC and a Cotton Candy. Thanks again to Skhan, FLNative, and Joe for the bounty.

Top 3 so far?

Peach Cobbler truly blew my mind this year. They were picked at peak ripeness, though firm enough to travel home with.

Zinc had a couple total stand out flavors, super orange'y

Orange Sherbet was a real winner

Lemon Zest did not disappoint

The single perfect M4 that was on point was great, but a bit more fibrous than I'd have liked

The others kind of varied in ripeness so I cannot speak to them. I did get one excellent M4, which I enjoyed this morning, but it could have  been on the tree a few days longer for sure. I had Prete, Lemon Zest, Cotton Candy, CAC, Peach Cobbler, Zinc, All Summer, M4, and a couple other singles I sampled at Fruit and Spice (iirc Bailey's Marvel, Cogshall and a couple others)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2024 FL Mango Season
« on: July 11, 2024, 01:01:03 PM »
I had one of those Prete's as well, great mango and massive size. So fiberless I'd classify it near jelly! Total winner.

I'm winding down my FL mango gluttony, I brought back probably 30-40lb (which I dutifully mowed down over the last 2 weeks) and have just a few left, a Lemon Zest, a Honey Kiss, a CAC and a Cotton Candy. Thanks again to Skhan, FLNative, and Joe for the bounty.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fresh Yangmei Fruit on Weee!
« on: July 11, 2024, 12:47:06 PM »
More Eastern Giant (Dongkui) went to Weee's warehouses in the Bay Area and LA yesterday.  We have more being picked tomorrow and expect that to be our final harvest for the year.  I enjoy eating yangmei but am tired and am looking forward to having a break.

Somebody younger should be doing this work, please find someone to buy our farm so we can retire!  :D  (Our real estate listing expired and I may pursue selling it directly for a bit.)

Great work out there Harvey. I enjoyed another box nice quality fruit last night.

Wish I could afford it, I'd take on your property in a second!

For what it's worth, UK journalist George Monbiot in his book Regenesis challenges some of Allan Savory's claims

I think it's kind of funny that somehow, cows which have been domesticated only 11,000 years ago, are the vaunted solution to drought conditions or topsoil loss. Cows take a tremendous amount of input or at best grass field consumption. Perhaps, if you have the perfect climate that rains enough for the grass to grow year round, where the creeks flow bountiful for the cows to drink freely, and you have thousands of acres for them to range - maybe just maybe you can call them a net gain for the environment.

Here in CA though, you're pulling water from wells or the canals for their drinking water, and you're giving them feed for more than half the year when the summer is here.

There's a lot of money to be made with cattle ranching, our thirst for meat outstrips are capacity to to produce it. We've cut down huge swaths of the Amazon effin' rainforest to get that beef money. I would suggest the complete opposite, that cattle ranching is doing the exact opposite of "restoring the environment". I'm a beef eating guy and enjoy it deeply, but to suggest that beef are the solution? Kinda funny.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First soursop fruit, when to pick?
« on: July 10, 2024, 07:52:37 PM »
When there is a bit of give and the skin is starting to yellow a bit.

Sunrise was a great mango if I recall correctly, very flavorful and beautiful color / blush.

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