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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Transplanting Mature Lychee Tree?
« on: May 09, 2022, 02:08:31 AM »
I had to move our lychee tree during home construction. Because the tree was so heavy to move, I had to prune off all the branches. I dug out a root ball. And to my surprise, the tree survived. New shoots came out about 1 month after replanting.

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I would be interested to buy 2 trees

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Thanks
« on: February 22, 2022, 04:25:13 PM »
Thank you, Janet

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Thank you, Janet.

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May I ask the members of this thread to update those of us who are interested in purchasing but missed out on the deadline on how the trees are and how you revive them?  If you can share your method of reviving the plants such as what soil you use, how to maintain humidity, temperature, etc...  That would be tremendously educational and helpful.

Thank you very much.

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Thanks Beicadad for all the work you put in.

I have not received any confirmation whether the pick up of plants is for tomorrow.  I hope I have not missed email or message.  I will keep checking this post for  updates.

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I have paid for the 4 trees that I requested.

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Even with 300 or more varieties, most are hidden from the general public.  Even connoisseurs of mangos have a tough time finding them.  There are good reasons for that (rarity, poor production, weather conditions affecting production, shyness in tree production, etc...)

I am like some of the sentiments here.  Take mangos for examples, I know a good mango that I like but may not be able to appreciate the nuanced taste flavours.  Mangoes are like people, a new variety always is on the way (it seems).  I am happy with having just a handful of varieties that I like.

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I would take 4 (1 for each variety).  I live in Los Angeles.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« on: March 22, 2021, 03:57:32 PM »
Durian is a fruit that not only grows in the tropics, it grows on people. The more you have the more you like and appreciate them. How many people don't like avocado when they first try it? Taste pretty bland and why isn't it sweet they might say. Durian is pasty/creamy and has a sweet and savoury balance with slightly bitter and nutty tones and even vanilla if you use your imagination. Sure the skin is aromatic and pungent but the flesh does not have any taste of cat urine, rotten onion, night soil, vomit and not blue cheese.Try to describe the taste of mushrooms to someone who hasn't tried them or even pate'. Having a cultured palate means you have to be a little adventurous and develop appreciations.

Well said.

It is a taste that grows on you, like many things in life.  I may add that the first taste of hot pepper should drive many people away.  But if you give it a try and let your taste buds adapt, you may find it to be an enriching culinary experience.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« on: March 18, 2021, 03:56:13 PM »
Finca,

I am hoping that you will succeed and do well.  It would be much easier to come to Costa Rica to try out durians than to travel to Malaysia for me.  I love how you appreciate that it's a generational project.  Keep up the good work.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Patch of Heaven Sanctuary
« on: January 30, 2020, 03:11:03 PM »
What a beautiful structure too.  Thanks for sharing.

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I wonder, what is the equivalent of tropical fruits for which members of this forum would pay top dollars to consume?  For me, it would be a top notch Durian.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Indian Mango season 2018
« on: May 04, 2018, 07:53:24 PM »
I went to Pioneer Cash & Carry today and found some Alphonso mango.  They just came in on a shipment from India.  They are $35 for a box.  I am sure the cost of air shipment has something to do with he cost.  If you would like to try some Alphonso mango from India, come and pick up some before they run out.  The store is at the corner of 183rd and Pioneer.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Indian Mango season 2018
« on: May 04, 2018, 01:41:46 AM »
Is Kesar the only type of Indian mango that is available at the store now?

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I notice there is increasing availability of sapodilla for sale at Asian and Hispanic supermarkets around LA and Orange Counties.  They have sticky labels on them with nispero/chico.  They come in different sizes some egg size, some larger, indicating that they are different varieties.  The one thing they have in common is that they are very green, hard to the touch and have no scent at all.  They are not cheap.  A recent visit to the supermarket finds them at $7.99 per pound.

My question is if any forum members have bought them.  Are they worth it and will they ripen properly on the counter?  Thanks for your input.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mangos, Mangos, Mangos CRFG
« on: March 01, 2018, 06:33:11 PM »
How do I order one copy of the magazine?  Thanks for the advice.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Growing Sugarcane In Arkansas
« on: February 25, 2018, 01:26:30 AM »
I love reading your post and your sprouting system using sand.  Please keep us posted.

Once they sprout and multiply, how much sugarcane are you planning to propagate?

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JF,

Please keep us posted with your Cuban soursop fruit progress, the good, the bad and especially the ugly.  I don't have a tree but I have heard so much about how difficult it is to grow soursop here in Southern California.  I would like to know one way or the other.  Granted that this winter is unseasonably warm and dry. 


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pics from the garden
« on: February 08, 2018, 01:26:36 PM »
Beautiful garden and such healthy looking trees.  Where did you get the yellow dragonfruit?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: End of January Harvest
« on: February 02, 2018, 09:54:27 PM »
What a beautiful spread of tropical fruits.  I have a question.  I don't get to see fresh durian often.  The ones I have seen in the store here in Southern California have a golden, light brown color.  Your monthong has a green appearance.  Is it just the characteristic of monthong or do you pick them green then let them ripen off the tree?

Thanks for your input.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: SoCal Papaya sources?
« on: January 30, 2018, 11:57:27 PM »
I second recommendation to grow from seeds.  I too have ordered from Aloha Seeds.  You get more variety and the seeds germinate and grow well in Southern California.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: love watching this mango farm in thailand
« on: January 30, 2018, 11:54:25 PM »
You know you are a tropical fruit addict when you search Youtube for video tour of fruit farms.  Trust me, I know.  I do the same thing.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee in So Cal 2018
« on: January 28, 2018, 11:58:33 PM »
I have a mature Sweetheart in the San Gabriel Valley area.  I have had it in the ground for about 11 years.  It is now about 7-8 ft tall and about that size wide with a large drooping canopy.  No matter how to try to shape it, the new growth keeps drooping to the ground especially when they hold fruits.  The first 6-7 years, I would get inconsistent blooming and may be lucky to get one fruit.  The last 2-3 years, the blooming is more regular.  Right now, there are many panicles of flower buds, even with the dry winter that we have had.  Last year, I had a good harvest.  I think the cool spring in May and early June 2017 helped the fruitlets to hold.  Usually, the heat of late May to early July just beat up on the fruitlets and they would drop like flies.  As you know by now, growing lychees in Southern California is a challenge.  If it would be easy, you would have seen locally grown lychees in the markets some time ago. 

Your tree being 4 ft tall is just too young.  I would just enjoy it growing and give it time.  If you are like me, you would get rewarded in due time.  Surprisingly, my lychee tree has grown quite well.  The major wind storm 6 years ago caused some large branches to break.  But it has recovered well since then.  The tree branches are quite weak.  A heavy sustained wind can easily snap a branch or two.  Good luck.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Southern California Longan cultivars
« on: January 03, 2018, 12:14:25 AM »
Longans do very well in Southern California.  I live in the San Gabriel Valley area and have a Kohala.  It does very well through the hot dry summer and the occasional days when overnight temperatures hover in the 30's in the winter.

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