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I have many very successful eugenia in pots. I don't think you can go wrong with any of them.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Growing pawpaw in Southern California
« on: October 04, 2022, 05:31:40 PM »
I am trying in my 9b, 2200' elevation location with more or less inland heat during the winter. We get plenty of chill hours.

I DO NOT recommend planting them in full CA sun. Mine would produce nice leaves when the temps were cool then they'd get absolutely fried when the heat went up and humidity went down. These are understory trees in their native habitat and I think our sun and high temps are just far too much for them without the humidity to match. Mine are of good size, probably 3/8" - 1/2" trunk and they still are not able to handle it. They completely defoliated twice in heat waves and are leafing out again at absolutely the wrong time of year.

In many ways I regret planting them in one of the best sun zones on my property - but that said, it's only full sun from 8am to around 1pm. I would've preferred to plant them in an area that gets sun from 8am to 10am with dappled the rest but they seem well established and hopefully other fruit trees around them will shade them in some years. Some avos planted about 10' from them so I suspect the avo will outgrow them substantially.

Store pens and sharpies point down and they'll last WAY longer has been my experience.

I use the aluminum embossing tags for permanent tags once the plant is a good size. Writes fine with pencil or pen and you can wrap the wire around a little trunk or branch and good for long term, may just need to move them if branch outgrows wire tire.

Paint pen is also a good call.

Red and yellow do taste different, imo. I find the yellow more tart and a really good strawberry guava really does get some strawberry hints to it - but they need to be dead ripe falling off the tree nearly black for that, in my experience.

I am always on the fence which one I prefer.

Cattleyanum can get nice and big.

I had a MONSTER strawb guava this morning. I topped my tree and the fruit is obscenely big this year compared to last.

You headed down past Santa Barbara Elouicious? Drop on by if so.

What exactly is Orange Cotrg? How long does it take from seed to fruit?

It is Cherry of the Rio Grande with orange skin. I have some of these from Marcos and they took about 2.5 years to fruit. They look very similar to CORG eugenia involcrata but the growth habit is quite different - less tree like, more bush like. Their trunks are much smaller than comparable CORGs I grew during the same time. They are a lot sweeter, but at the same time lack complexity. I need to try them again next year as you can't judge a plant on its first fruits. It is a keeper though.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Leaning papaya
« on: September 28, 2022, 12:22:57 PM »
If it is a male very unlikely to ever make a fruit. Sometimes rarely they can make a fruit so this is an ornamental and wouldnt be carrying fruit.

You do need a male for pollination of true females though, right?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Leaning papaya
« on: September 27, 2022, 06:23:05 PM »

I know itís a concern when papayas lean, especially young. I think this is wind or sun related.

Should I add a stake and haul it over?

This is a male so it wonít hold fruit if Iím not mistaken?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seedling Mango tree thread
« on: September 20, 2022, 05:54:08 PM »

Valencia pride at home

Orange essence at home

Orange essence at work

Valencia pride at work

The woodchips at work tend to float inward to the trunk when I water so I just scoot them back each time. The orange essence at work and VP at home were planted on the same week, interesting to see the differences between the one at home which suffers much more inland heat sometimes near 110f vs at work where they never see much more than 80f (by the sea). The soil is drastically different from my house to work, I'm basically just on ancient seabed sand (very little organic matter) whereas at work it's a heavy clay.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WTB Achacha or Cambuca
« on: September 19, 2022, 07:46:37 PM »
That would be great. How old is the plant?

Probably a year old by now. It's not that tall, but has a lot of roots so it's in a 5 gallon. I have a bunch of other stuff you may be interested in too, always glad to meet 805 locals! PM me and we can arrange a meet up

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WTB Achacha or Cambuca
« on: September 19, 2022, 03:13:16 PM »
I've got a decent cambuca plant I could sell you up here in Santa Barbara.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seedling Mango tree thread
« on: September 16, 2022, 02:20:57 PM »
I've planted out a couple valencia prides (one at work, one at home), a few orange essence (one at work, one at home) and they seem to be doing really well. I hope to report in this thread in about 3-4 years.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Squirrel battle
« on: September 16, 2022, 02:20:05 PM »
I got a particularly bad one with my compound bow this year. Instant kill, silent, neighbors didn't even know. Just have to worry about what's behind the shot for safety. I'll use it again if there's another one that's causing issues.

Luckily we have so many oaks that they don't bother my crops too much. I struggle way more with birds.

My sabara and red are holding lots of fruit sets. Some straggler pitanga, calycina, and cherry of the rio grande are coming in, kumquats and guavas are loaded but still green, and lots of dragonfruit ripening up now.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Wireing avocado for training ?
« on: September 10, 2022, 03:12:08 PM »
I do a lot of training, pulling branches down flat if too vertical or running into another one. Widens the canopy nicely. Some people don't like the look on certain species but I don't care, I just want better sun exposure for more fruit!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Overhyped avocados
« on: September 07, 2022, 01:45:45 PM »
Brad do you have any complaints with certain cultivars being more likely to get burnt leaves with high heat? I know this last week was exceptionally hot, but damn, my avos got beat up. Sir Prize shrivelled up completely. Hass and Lamb did ok.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anyone willing to send one seed to me
« on: September 02, 2022, 07:59:44 PM »
Asifh, I see you're new here.

While there are many very generous people on this forum, this type of post is not in good taste. You're asking for donations of not just the seed, but also the postage fees and someone's time.

Many people here have really good stuff. Things you can't get anywhere else, along with tons of helpful knowledge. Respect that and just simply go to the Buy Sell Trade area of the forum and purchase some seeds there for the price + shipping people are asking.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is wrong with this grimal?
« on: August 29, 2022, 01:57:10 PM »
My jabos periodically get bothered like that sometimes. They tend to spring back, sometimes it takes forrreeverrrr though. In my case, I think it's due to extremely hard water and lockout. I add a bit of fertilizer and that seems to help them out. Liquid fertilizer seems to really be the ticket for situations like these.

Which liquid fertilizer do you recommend? What chemical ratios for nitrogen, potassium, etc

I don't think they're too picky, you just want some kind of liquid fert. A handful of Hollytone will also probably work.

I don't think you should up pot. If you'd asked me, I'd say the pot is too big and that may actually be causing some of the issues.

Mimosa certainly just does re-sell plants, as do most smaller nurseries. You can walk through and see 20 different tags divided between big lots of plants. This said, Mimosa always has good stuff and is in general well kept. I've visited all their LA locations.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Coffee
« on: August 26, 2022, 01:23:57 PM »
Even selected varietals that are very sweet just kind of have a meh undertone for me.

Any fruit is edible, it's just how much you enjoy it. If you don't mind the undertones, you will be happy eating the cherries anyways.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is wrong with this grimal?
« on: August 26, 2022, 01:22:36 PM »
My jabos periodically get bothered like that sometimes. They tend to spring back, sometimes it takes forrreeverrrr though. In my case, I think it's due to extremely hard water and lockout. I add a bit of fertilizer and that seems to help them out. Liquid fertilizer seems to really be the ticket for situations like these.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Should I top my Ice Cream Bean?
« on: August 25, 2022, 07:26:03 PM »
I haven't met a plant that doesn't grow again after topping, it just tends to be wider and shoot out. Sometimes it doesn't grow a new leader. If you're going to keep this long term indoors, 6'8" is the height of a door and it'd be annoying to have it much larger than that.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grow pots for dwarf citrus
« on: August 25, 2022, 01:48:18 PM »
Just going to chime in that you DO NOT want to use fabric pots. They end up making the soil hydrophobic over the course of about a year. Growing tomatoes or something for the summer in them is great, but they are NOT good for long term use. Been there done that.

Can you elaborate on how that happened?

I have used these with a great deal of different soil mixes and the end result is always the same - the outer layer dries out rapidly due to evaporation to the point it can become hydrophobic especially in the case of peat mixes, but aged forest product soils, sand, coco coir etc all eventually meet the same end in my opinion and experience. "Just soak the pot" only works so well after awhile. The water never reaches the outside of the pot. At least with a plastic pot the path of least resistance is often around the outside. It'll just pour out the side of a fabric pot if you experience the same condition I did.

In Florida you may have different experiences due to substantially higher humidity than inland CA temps and % but anyways, just relaying my experience.

The other issue is that the fabric deteriorates in the sun and you can say goodbye to those handles in about 1 year's time.

I simply cannot fathom why you want to use these for long term growing. They're not made of long-term materials.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: red jabo first flowering
« on: August 25, 2022, 01:34:39 PM »
Nice one. Mine are flowering about the same size as well. Mine did flower last year, same kind of bud as yours but didn't hold any. I hope yours hold.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Supremo Grape Breeding
« on: August 24, 2022, 05:26:15 PM »
Interesting project! How close are grape seedlings to their parent usually?

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