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Temperate Fruit Discussion / 50 year old apple trees
« on: May 31, 2023, 05:21:54 PM »
Thought you guys might find this interesting. The area I live in is an old apple orchard and I still have some of the original trees on the property. Probably somewhere over 50 years old.










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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Can you airlayer a cactus?
« on: May 30, 2023, 12:25:31 PM »
All you really gota do is just stick them in the dirt. I donít even use rooting hormone for cuttings

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Grafted Jaboticaba
« on: May 28, 2023, 02:08:25 PM »
PM sent

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Fruit trees will naturally thin the fruit they're holding. I have a lemon tree that had hundreds of  little fruits and its also dropped hundreds. How big is the tree?

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: spring blooming loquats
« on: May 24, 2023, 02:34:36 PM »
that's awesome Nick what variety is it? i tried grafting Novak but had no takes and then lost the whole plant

This is on a multi grafted tree with Christmas and big Jim, but the flower buds are coming out on a Christmas branch

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Big problem with bees
« on: May 24, 2023, 01:43:27 PM »
To bee clear. Killing a hive of honeybee's , at this point, as a fruit farmer, is asinine.

Is there any other move that can show you are completely out of touch with what is happening with the main food crop pollinators in 2023?
Fuuuuuuccccckkkkkk!

Facts. Fruit farmer or not.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Big problem with bees
« on: May 24, 2023, 11:16:57 AM »
My only hive swarmed a little over two weeks ago and ended up in a cypress tree 20 ft up. They eventually disappeared but found them at eye level two days later in a pear tree. Just cut off the branch and shook them into a new frame.






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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: spring blooming loquats
« on: May 24, 2023, 09:48:26 AM »
Most definitely flower buds. Might end up with some summer loquats




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Black things in my feijoa
« on: May 23, 2023, 10:50:35 AM »
Most definitely scale insects. I have a never ending battle with them especially when overwintering plants indoors

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Inducing flowering in pomegranate
« on: May 21, 2023, 07:41:11 PM »
I grew a wonderful pomegranate from seed 10+ yrs ago

That might be your problem right there. Most pomegranate trees are air layered or grown from cuttings. They're one of the easiest trees to air layer. My wonderful started flowering a little late this year possibly due to our long winter. Maybe try grafting more cold tolerant cuttings on your tree. If you're interested, I can give you some cuttings of my wonderful in the winter. It flowers profusely and produces softball or bigger fruits that taste amazing

Appreciate the offer, might have to take you up on it down the road. Itís just weird the tree has flowered before and has no problem with my winters under a polytunnel

Tree currently




Flowers back in 2017




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Contorted Mulberry Tree
« on: May 21, 2023, 01:43:42 AM »
Hereís a pic of the branches in the winter. I pruned a ton of the more contorted lower branches last year to let more light for a persimmon behind it




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Inducing flowering in pomegranate
« on: May 20, 2023, 09:32:19 PM »
Do you have flower buds yet? Nothing on my Russian #26 so far, it's fully leafed out but I am not seeing any buds at the ends of the flushes.

I got nothing yet. All my varieties are fully leafed out no buds in sight

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Contorted Mulberry Tree
« on: May 20, 2023, 09:30:48 PM »
Is that a male contorted mulberry?
Where did you purchase it?

Pretty sure itís male. Think I grabbed this one off EBay like 5-6 yrs ago

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Contorted Mulberry Tree
« on: May 20, 2023, 07:42:53 PM »
Knew I was cursed with a male tree. A ton of flowers and never a single fruit. Great looking tree tho




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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: spring blooming loquats
« on: May 16, 2023, 08:16:58 PM »
My tree is pushing out some new growth after i recently pruned it and just noticed these, do these look like flower buds forming?




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Growing a few varieties

red malaysian



strawberry



ruby supreme




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chill hours should only affect stone fruit's ability to flower

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Pinching back mango flowers
« on: May 11, 2023, 08:15:54 PM »
I have this small grafted mango that tried pushing out flowers over a month ago. I knocked those back and is now sending out even more flowers. Any advice on how to encourage foliage instead?




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nice, from seed?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: fruitlovers.com no longer active?
« on: May 03, 2023, 01:35:47 PM »
I check in on the listings pretty often and things here and there have become available. Ordered not too long ago also.

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Red Fleshed Pears
« on: April 30, 2023, 11:14:01 PM »
Grafted a variety called Summer Blood Birne to my pear tree this year

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help identifying a fruit
« on: April 25, 2023, 10:57:27 PM »
looks like garcinia xanthochymus

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not a tree but any thorned blackberry and any of its hybrids. super invasive

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: The most hardy non trifolate citrus tree
« on: April 16, 2023, 03:52:07 PM »
Xie shan is still going strong in 7A

But you keep it in a cold frame, do you?

Yup, itís in  a non heated hoophouse so it still requires a little more protection in the colder months. I wrap it in and a garbage can filled with water together in frost cloth

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Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: The most hardy non trifolate citrus tree
« on: April 16, 2023, 10:39:46 AM »
Xie shan is still going strong in 7A




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