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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / WTB Sweet Tart mango scions
« on: April 02, 2022, 10:35:30 AM »
I'm looking for about 6 Sweet Tart mango scions that are pencil diameter or a bit thinner.  Please PM me if you have some.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / WTB Sweet Tart mango scions
« on: June 20, 2021, 10:22:28 AM »
Looking to purchase a small quantity (3-5) of scions of Sweet Tart mango.  Please contact me if you have any available. 


At any stage of ripeness, the citrus I grow in my yard are harder to peel than those varieties normally are if I were to get them elsewhere, e.g., buy them at the store.  I know some varieties are harder to peel than others, but I'm talking about comparing the same variety grown in my yard to that variety grown elsewhere.  For example, the Valencia orange in my yard is harder peel than a Valencia I could buy.  Same for my Page mandarin, and my Moro blood orange.

Anyone have any ideas about why this might be?  It doesn't have to do with level of ripeness/maturity, though that certainly affects easy of peeling (easier on more mature fruit).  Could it be something about the way I'm growing them, e.g., not enough of certain minors?  Watering regime?  General climate (cool coastal)?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / thinning cherimoya, any rules of thumb?
« on: August 13, 2016, 02:36:51 PM »
This year's hand pollinating was very successful, now I've got way too many small fruit on many branches of my cherimoya.  Anyone have any general rules of thumb they follow when fruit thinning cherimoya?  For example, for peaches, you'll often see something like 6-8" spacing recommended as the goal of fruit thinning.  Given that cherimoya can get so much bigger than peaches (e.g., I grew a 5 pound Dr. White last year), I'm guessing I should aim for greater spacing on average.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / top working cherimoya: bark or cleft grafts?
« on: February 20, 2015, 11:44:11 PM »
I'd like to add more varieties to my Dr. White cherimoya.  I added a few using cleft grafts last year, but my rate of success was pretty low, about 30%.  Compared to the nearly 100% I get on stone fruits, this is disappointing.  Do bark grafts work better on cherimoya?  Any secrets to success, you experienced folks, Behl, JF, and others?

Thanks to those who gave me scion wood last year.

Somehow I got the impression that it was best to harvest scion wood from cherimoya when it was still leafed out, but snip the leaves off, wait a few days for the remaining bit of petiole to dry and drop, and then harvest the scion wood.  Is that right?  Or does it not matter that much?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / wanted: cherimoya scions
« on: March 22, 2014, 02:17:29 AM »
I'm looking for scions of any of the following cherimoya varieties:

Inca Red
Fino de Jete
El Bumpo

I don't have much to offer in trade, other than Dr. White cherimoya. All my stone fruit and figs have already broken dormancy.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Which cherimoya varieties to extend the season?
« on: February 20, 2014, 01:57:06 AM »
How long could you extend the cherimoya fruiting season if you chose the right varieties?  Which cultivars are early and which are late?  Which would you choose?

Right now, I only have Dr. White, but I enjoy it thoroughly.  I'd like to graft some other varieties on to it to extend the season, so I can enjoy this delicious fruit for as much of the year as possible.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / shade tolerant tropicals/subtropicals?
« on: March 23, 2013, 01:13:59 AM »
I'm sick of watering my very small front lawn and plan to replace it with fruit trees/shrubs.  The lawn doesn't look great and the water would be better spent on plants that make fruit for me.  The challenge is that it has heavy dappled shade from a large tree on the verge that I can't legally remove.  The area is shaded by the big tree only during winter, and gets pretty much full sun during summer.  Summer is humid and relatively cool where I live (averaging highs of 70's F).  Winter gets down to mid to high 30's F sometimes.

Anyone have suggestions for trees/shrubs that might be happy in this spot and produce fruit?

I know peaches and nectarines are not tropical fruits, but many of you fruit experts live in subtropical or warm-temperate areas where it is possible to grow low-chill stone fruits.  Do any of you know of brown rot resistant peaches or nectarines that are low chill varieties?  I've seen lists of brown rot resistant peaches, but the lists don't seem to include low chill varieties.  I know that cultural practices and proper fungicide spraying regimes can deal with this disease pretty effectively, but any advantage I can get would help.  My very moist coastal environment seems to be a great incubator for this fungal disease and many others.  Thanks.

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