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Can you compare American Concord grapes with Pione, Kyoto, and Black King? I love Asian grapes but here in America, the most similar to Asian grapes I can get is Concord.

I donít remember how the American concords taste, and last time I bought them they didnít have any sourness.

The Japanese grapes all have a similar flavor but Pione has a slight wine taste and is typically smaller I think. Kyoho is larger and imo tastes a little better. Black King is by far the largest and best tasting, I think it might also be a little more sour than kyoho, but I havenít had them side by side.
Side by side, Pione is a littler sweeter and has more wine flavor than Black King.

I wish they would sell black king in the US. Also the Kyoho grapes in the US taste nothing like the Japanese Kyoho grapes, idk what theyíre doing wrong

Nice! I'm in love with the Asian grapes. Shine muscat and kyoho are super good.
Glad to see another variety worth collecting.
While you are there, did you find any ruby roman grapes?

Oh I forgot about ruby roman, Iíll start looking for them. I saw a red grape but I donít know what it was.  Yeah so far this Black king is by far the best

I loved Kyoto and Pione grapes from Japan. Iím in Hong Kong now and theyíre selling these Japanese grapes, I had just bought 2 bunches of pione grapes when I saw this gigantic grape called ďBlack KingĒ
I bought it for $18 USD.

It is sweet but balanced with some acidity. Seedless, and about 30 grams per grape. It has a grape flavor but is more natural than artificial. Also the skin is very thin and peels off in one piece.

I found this link I think itís their website:

I ordered a custom grafted loquat tree in 2020 and still didnít get it. I texted them, emailed every email I could find but never got a response since 2021.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sudden lychee death
« on: September 25, 2021, 12:35:25 PM »
If you have a friend or neighbor with a large, healthy lychee tree, you can request to dig some soil to inoculate your soil with any beneficial microbes it may have. Also, Lychees love a thick layer of mulch beneath their canopy and out past the drip line. The thick layer of mulch and the deterioration of plant matter and whole microbial ecosystem it supports significantly increases the rate of growth of Lychee trees. The mulch also holds in more moisture and can increase the ambient humidity which may benefit leaf growth.

If the edges of your Lychee leaves look burnt, your water quality is probably poor. Rain, pond or RO water is very good for Lychees. Most hose end water filters are useless. Better water quality and a wind break for younger trees is extremely beneficial.

Once a lychee tree gets some size, city water is fine and a wind break is not necessary.

Lychees love Iron and I drench my trees with chelated Iron throughout the growing season.

Iím the only one I know of who grows anything cool or even edible lol. Tropical fruit isnít really trending near me in Tarzana

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sudden lychee death
« on: September 24, 2021, 09:28:41 AM »
Thanks for the input. Hopefully itís not the disease. I have like 7 lychee trees.

Maybe itís watering issue? But I have 4 other lychee trees on the same bubbler setup and theyíre still fine.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sudden lychee death
« on: September 24, 2021, 03:46:14 AM »
It's probably because the root system is not strong enough. I had many of my purchased air-layer lychees do the same thing (4-5 plants died) even after 6-9 months of keeping them in pots in the shade. Lychee seems to be a weak plant until it has some good root system which might take a year or so. Since your plant is in ground you might have issues with the soil mixture. I have two small plants like yours in ground now and one died after 9 months, the other is still alive. Of course in my case it could be due to the fact that I don't regularly water my plants, if I remember I will water it once a week so it probably doesn't like the inconsistent watering it gets.

Once it starts showing new growth it should be good. Other forum members will probably give you better advice on the soil and watering since they seem to have no problem with them. The only lychee tree I have that is no maintenance is my 25yr old Brewster which is a large tree (18'x20') and doesn't need any special care except to trim back the tall branches each year.

I'm sure Simon and others with more experience growing lychees will provide feedback here.

That makes sense. I  amended my soil with peat and pumice. I planted it about a year ago

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Sudden lychee death
« on: September 24, 2021, 02:59:05 AM »

Why would this be happening? Itís a mauritius. I have a hakip 7 feet away and itís doing fine

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Are Emperor Lychee usually this large?
« on: September 16, 2021, 04:59:39 AM »
Awesome! Where did you get your tree? I couldnít find one anywhere

All I had to do to make my rock hard clay good was dig a large hole and amend with pumice and peat moss

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seedless Sugar Apple
« on: August 26, 2021, 09:37:24 PM »
Is there a name for this variety? Does anyone propagate it?

Can you ship to California?
Iíd like all 4 of the white sapotes

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Kadsura coccinea
« on: August 04, 2021, 05:04:28 AM »
I got all my kadsura from here

They are growing well in LA but needs some sun protection when itís really hot 90+.
I have mine in pots

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Banana Help
« on: August 03, 2021, 06:26:58 PM »
Also in SFV and my banana plant looks in  quite similar condition to yours. I am a beginner myself so I'm interested in following this thread. I have noticed that my bananas would have leaves looking lush and after about a month begin to look like the leaves in your picture and then shrivel up. I only give my banana plant a bunch of steer manure and compost (the bagged one from home depot) and a lot of water.

Yes this is the same exact thing that happened to me. They were fine when it got to 108 a couple months ago but for some reason arenít doing well now.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Banana Help
« on: August 03, 2021, 03:34:58 PM »
My bananasí leaves started yellowing and folding down and I donít know why.

I included a soil test and already applied fertilizer and foliar feeding since the test.

I gave them extra water yesterday but no difference.

Located in the San Fernando Valley (Los Angeles)

Any suggestions?

What were you expecting?

Here's my Cuccio fruits on my grafted branch. The fruits on my small branch which is only 3 ft long are getting very large. There were 6 fruits on this cluster but it was just to crowded so I removed one so now it has 5 fruits. I'm not sure how much bigger these fruits will get but it is still growing. The largest fruit measured 12-3/4" in circumference. I will let you know how the taste is when I pick one when it gets a little soft/ripe.

Thanks to Bush2Beach who supplied this scion variety to my collection (28 varieties).


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Do you know what it is?
« on: June 12, 2021, 09:41:57 PM »
Is it Passiflora foetida?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Florida Fruit Guide?
« on: June 11, 2021, 06:38:21 PM »
Are there any place that for sure has lychee varieties like sweetheart, mauritius, emperor, or no Mai Tzse?

In SEFla, you are probably going to be limited to Brewster.

Are the other ones out of season? Iíve tasted Brewster before so Iím trying to find the ones I havenít had

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Florida Fruit Guide?
« on: June 11, 2021, 03:39:38 PM »
Are there any place that for sure has lychee varieties like sweetheart, mauritius, emperor, or no Mai Tzse?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WTB Hak IP lychees
« on: June 03, 2021, 01:22:46 PM »
I bought some Hak Ip and Sweetheart lychee from Lara Farms on facebook a couple weeks ago. If you have a facebook account it might be worth a shot.

I will check out Lara Farms, thanks for the info.

Lychee canít be shipped to California iirc

99 ranch has yangmei flavored chips right now. I've never tried the fruit so now I have some idea what it tastes like.

These tasted bad to me lol

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Buying Local Fruit (Los Angeles)
« on: May 18, 2021, 02:42:52 PM »
Looking to buy locally grown fruit:
And other fruit

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Foliar Micro-nutrients
« on: May 17, 2021, 05:01:12 AM »
Can anyone recommend a good foliar fertiliser for micro nutrients and trace elements preferably in Australia?  Im already using powerfeed and seasol for foliar but i dont believe either of these are for micros.

What micronutrient are you missing? I use fish and kelp foliar which has most macro and micronutrients

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