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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Big mulberry tree
« on: May 27, 2023, 10:58:45 PM »
When the fruits are ripe, please take a few photos of the fruits, I would like to see how large and color of your fruits. That is a huge tree, never saw one with that large a trunk.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pantin Mamey Ripening in May?
« on: May 27, 2023, 07:54:32 PM »
Alex, wow, I didn't know the Pantin fruits get so large. Very nice looking fruit.
If you take cuttings from the tree, I would be interested in buying a few small (1/4"-1/2" diameter) cuttings. I think I have a green sapote which has not had any flowers yet so I want to graft a fruit scionwood eventually on the tree. My tree is about 8 ft tall (skinny, no side branches).

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Big mulberry tree
« on: May 27, 2023, 07:50:10 PM »
Bill, those fruits look like maie flowers.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Vista White Loquat
« on: May 26, 2023, 01:10:09 AM »
SHV, if your Vista White loquat has fruits now, can you take a few photos of your fruits and post it here. I like to see how similar everyones fruit looks. Is your fruits large or on the smaller side?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Vista White Loquat
« on: May 26, 2023, 01:09:00 AM »
Sam, I will need to check if I took it last year of the KT9. This year the brix on all my loquats are significantly low since our weather in April/May is 15-20 degrees cooler than last year. When we don't get enough heat many of the loquats will not taste as sweet.

I'll post a photo of the Vista White and KT9-Lindsey side by side by tomorrow. KT9 also has large fruits for an orange flesh loquat.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Vista White Loquat
« on: May 25, 2023, 03:22:03 AM »
This loquat has not gotten as much attention as other varieties. I think it is very unique because the fruits of the Vista White is large, round with some bumps, has the thinnest skin of any loquat I have and pure white flesh.

I will post some photos of my large tree which is over 30yrs old, those of you who have purchased the Vista White cuttings from me last year and this year when I cut most of it down, you are the lucky ones to have this variety in your collection.

Many of the fruits are just starting to ripen so I will post some photos now of the fruits on the tree, later in a week I will show the inside flesh, and take a brix reading. This year all of my loquat varieties have drop in brix reading, probably because it has been cool in April/May so the fruits just are not as sweet as last year. One of my seedling variety (KT6) last year had a brix=30, this year the fruit only had brix=20 so far. Most of the fruits are ripe now so I don't think it will get any sweeter.

If anyone else is growing the Vista White (Nate), then please post some photos of your tree & fruits so everyone can see the variation in fruits.

I have many white flesh varieties in my collection (10+) and the Vista White has the whitest color flesh.

yes, air layer works fine like other fruit trees.

Yes, there are some loquat fruits that only have one seed, this Vista White and others I grow. But when the fruit only has one seed, the fruit usually is on the small side. So I prefer to have the large fruits with more than one seed since it has more flesh to eat.

yup, your correct, it does say that.

Nate, the shape matches some of the Vista White fruits I have seen from nursery and locally. But I'm not sure why some people who grow this variety say the fruit size is small to medium. My fruits are always on the large size. I'll post photo of the I took yesterday of this tree.

Yes, I think it was from me. I was going to highlight this Vista White loquat fruit so other people can appreciate the fruit. It is very large compared to others, except for the Peluche fruit. My tree has lots of large fruits, without thinning and they tastes very good.

Very unusual growth. I know about the albino seedlings, I had those, they will either die off or turn back to normal green Leafs. But this weird growth is something I never saw on any seedlings before. Maybe they are results of fruits that had irradiation treated for importing here.

Wow, that is neat. What is the growing right at the seed?
Is it a flower or some yellow leaf?

Very interesting seedling, I have never seen anything like that on my avocado seedlings. Do you know what avocado variety it was.

I love the loquat fruits so it is a fun hobby to see if there is another seedling or variety that tastes better than what I am growing. I started my quest about 7yrs ago when I only had the Gold Nugget, Vista White and Big Jim. Now I have over 90 varieties which includes 25 seedling trees that fruit (my seedlings) and it looks like I will be done with my search this year.

For these seedling tree introductions, I thought it would be nice for the people who have the tree to be able to show case their tree with excellent fruits.

The top 3 loquats (will not list now) from my collection is not a named variety from the nursery or have been around for more than 10yrs. The top 3 varieties are all seedling trees that was grown in someone's yard and not many people know about it. But anyone who loves to eat loquat will be happy to be growing at least a few of the top 5 varieties since majority of the orange flesh loquats taste very similar and it's hard to find any particular flavor difference, maybe only the high brix.  The white flesh loquats seem to have more flavor difference and just the brix will not give you the whole story on the taste. White flesh loquats will be sweet but tart at the same time, if you pick them early it will be more tart (some people prefer this) and if you let it fully ripen it becomes deliciously sweet, more than the orange flesh. So far, the brix on white flesh seems to be the highest (up to brix=30, from last year's testing).

For me, I don't think there will be another loquat better than what I already grow, but everyone will have their personal preference so I will not be ranking the varieties, I will leave it up to the individual person to decide.

Thanks Reed, got the Rita, will be grafting it today.

Update: 5/22/23

I was able to graft about 15 or so on small rooted red mulberry and some of my rooted cuttings. So if the graft takes in a few more months, I will start contacting you on the list in sequential order. The red mulberry seedling I purchase a year ago grew very slowing so I couldn't use them until this year. The ones I grafted to my rooted & seedling trees are a little larger so it will cost more. Price is based on the size of the plant I grafted to, and cost to ship. Probably will range from $30 for small to $50 for a little older rootstock, plus shipping cost.

You will have the option to pay for it when I send you the message or you can pass and let the next person on the list buy it. The first 10 people on the list may be able to choose which size grafted plant they would like to purchase, I will number each plant and show the cost, plus shipping cost for each one. The others on the list (11-20) will not have the option to pick, I will show the photo of the plant, if you don't want it, then it will go to the next person in line.

My grafted branch is holding fruits now, but I see some smaller side branches that can be used for grafting so I will try to finish grafting to cover the 20 people on the list. I will not be adding any more people to the list. Hopefully by next year there will be enough people growing this variety so others can sell/share from their trees.

For people that have no seedling rootstock or trees to graft, this rooting of cuttings may be the only way to go. But I agree with his summary, not a good idea to root citrus, only a few varieties like lemon  are easy to roott, the rest are a lot of work for little gain. The roots on orange and grapefruit cuttings will never be better than growing out seeds and grafting to them. Good luck to those who like to experiment with rooting citrus.

Excellent write up/ repot by Fruitmentor.

Seanny, wow, that's how I need to do it. My seedlings are starting to drop most of the leaves and some new ones just starting to grow again.

I will separate them into individual pots and try something similar to your method.

Ok, for germination, its no problem. Just use normal plant mix in a pot, it will grow out in 3 months. I have germinated these a few times now, once it gets about 1 year old, that is when you may need to worry about the potting mix.

I will probably play around with how to keep it a little more wet than my other citrus seedling trees.

I'm growing a lot of seedlings in a community pot, never thought about having to worry about that. Maybe that is why my 1year old seedlings are not looking as good now. Until now, the seedlings were growing strong and recently they seem to be slowly looking weak. How old is your plants?

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Good resource for grafting?
« on: May 21, 2023, 10:12:32 PM »
Just watch all the YouTube grafting videos. Then when you want to learn to do it, have an experienced person who knows how to graft teach you. Then you won't get cut and go to the emergency room.

Don't try to do it on your own, bad idea.

Nice looking fruit Nate.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Contorted Mulberry Tree
« on: May 21, 2023, 03:26:00 AM »
Ok, now I see it. So it does have the nice, contorted branches.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Contorted Mulberry Tree
« on: May 21, 2023, 01:08:31 AM »
Is the branches contorted, I can't really tell from the photo. My branches seems to be a little more obvious with twisted looking branches. You four main branches does not seem to be as crooked as my grafted branch. Mike (achetadomestica ) has the parent tree from where I got my scionwood and his tree looks very twisty.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Contorted Mulberry Tree
« on: May 20, 2023, 07:48:00 PM »
Is that a male contorted mulberry?
Where did you purchase it?

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