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I have these used for members only

They cost $65 new (

$25 each or $20 for 2 or more.

Limited quantities. Very durable. Better then the plastic ones. Will last for a long time.

You can cut 55 gallon barrels in half and fill it with soil and you can plant what ever you want.
Or use the premade  planting pots

Tropical Fruit Discussion / sugarcane
« on: April 25, 2015, 07:27:48 PM »
Anyone growing different varieties of SugarCane.

I'm looking for different varieties.

Anyone have to much sugarcane in Their back yard. I Can help you get rid of some of them.

Looking to buy bundles of sugarcane if your local.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Want to buy sugarcane bundles
« on: April 25, 2015, 04:22:04 PM »
Anyone here local in SoCal have any fresh sugarcane stalks in their back yard. I want to buy a bundle or two depending on price.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Cape goose berry vs Chinese lantern plant?
« on: April 09, 2015, 05:45:31 PM »
Cape goose berry vs Chinese lantern plant?

Anyone tried the Chinese lantern plant?  Anyone know what the taste is like?

Similar different?

Any one know where to buy Where to buy cape goose berry plant. Ground cherry.

If so how much?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / How to kill a tree?
« on: June 15, 2014, 01:20:13 AM »
I need to kill a tree.

Yes I said it.

Any one know what I need to kill the roots

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Manila mango 5 for $1
« on: June 12, 2014, 02:20:05 AM »
Don't all rush to superior market for your manila mango

5 for $1

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Taikal sapodilla self fertile?
« on: June 02, 2014, 04:07:12 PM »
Does any one know if the taikal sapodilla is self fertile?

Meaning does it need another sapodilla to set fruit?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / What's your highest water bill?
« on: May 18, 2014, 01:16:30 AM »
I'm curious as to whats everyone water bill is.

I recently had forgotten to turn off the water and left the hose running all night. I haven't received the bill yet but I expect it to be high.

Anyone had that happen before? Or would you never admit it?

I read some where that lava rocks should be placed under banana trees because their natural soil containes lava rocks.  Does anyone use lava rocks in their banana plants soil?

I also bought a small papaya tree and noticed there's lava rocks ont he bottom.

Does the lava rocks help promote growth?

Anyone with experience with Lava rocks?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / WTB - Finger lime
« on: April 23, 2014, 03:07:57 PM »
Anyone know where to buy finger lime in locally?

So cal?

If not in so cal where?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Hand polinating longan tree?
« on: April 23, 2014, 01:55:24 AM »
So I have 2 longan tree. One hasn't bloomed, the other one I got from minosa nursery and it looks Like a big fat twig.

The fat twig has bloomed and I see a bunch of flowers opening but many of them are falling off.

Anyone tried hand polinating a longan tree?

Can we use lawn fertilizer  Iornite & Milorganite  to green up tropical fruit plants?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Green scene
« on: April 13, 2014, 01:07:34 AM »
I saw maybe 5 different vendors that had tropicals at the green scene.

Chatted with another forum member.

Bought a dragon fruit cuttings for $2, two papaya tree, a surinam bush, coffee, lingario all from the CRFG to support the  organization.

Was it worth the $8 entrance?  .

If you were into other stuff beside Tropicals then I would say yes. 

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Sapodilla fruit in supermarkets?
« on: April 07, 2014, 02:01:32 AM »
Anyone know of any supermarkets selling sapodilla?

I just want to confirm with your guys.

I've been trying to find out whats the correct ph for my fruit plants and what Im finding is that most seem to like  slightly acidic soils, a PH of 5-7.

Am I Wrong?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Haskap anyone?
« on: March 31, 2014, 11:33:52 PM »
Anyone have Haskap?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Treepots vs regular 1 gallons round pots
« on: March 31, 2014, 12:50:18 AM »
Is there a difference in choice of pots for seedlings?

Specifically the deeper treepots vs the regular round 1 gallon pots.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Fruit bloom pictures.
« on: March 28, 2014, 10:10:40 PM »
Spring time is here just wanted to share my favorite  fruit blooms.

What fruit blooms do you have?

Feijoa / pineapple guava -

All my berries have dried up, shribbled up, and dropped dead to the ground or the birds got to it before me with the exception of a few that I haven't ripen up yet.

How many times in a year will morus alba pakastain mulberry fruit?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Birds ate my mulberry
« on: March 17, 2014, 12:39:16 AM »

I had several mulberry that were ripening up and I though great my first taste will be in a couple of days. I went out today to check n them and they weren't there!

I'm taking a wild guess but I'm pretty sure it's birds.

Time to get a fake owl? Or is there an alternative to this?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Home humidifer used for plants?
« on: March 16, 2014, 04:29:03 PM »
Just curious if anyone has tried using a home humidifer for plants in california or other hot dry climates.

I saw this video and would like to make it,  but Before I venture out and try to make a bigger one for outdoor plants.

I would like to know if anyone has tried this and would like some input.

Waste of time?


Plant Propagation by Layering: Instructions for the Home Gardener
1/99 HIL-8701

Erv Evans, Extension Associate
Frank A. Blazich, Professor
Department of Horticultural Science

Stems that are still attached to their parent plant may form roots where they come in contact with a rooting medium. This method of vegetative propagation is generally successful, because water stress is minimized and carbohydrate and mineral nutrient levels are high. The development of roots on a stem while the stem is still attached to the parent plant is called layering. A layer is the rooted stem following detachment (removal) from the parent plant.

Some plants propagate naturally by layering, but sometimes plant propagators assist the process. Layering is enhanced by wounding the stem where the roots are to form. The rooting medium should always provide aeration and a constant supply of moisture.

Types of Layering

Simple layering can be accomplished by bending a low growing, flexible stem to the ground. Cover part of it with soil, leaving the remaining 6 to 12 inches above the soil. Bend the tip into a vertical position and stake in place (Figure 1). The sharp bend will often induce rooting, but wounding the lower side of the bent branch may help also. Simple layering can be done on most plants with low-growing branches. Examples of plants propagated by simple layering include climbing roses, forsythia, rhododendron, honeysuckle, boxwood, azalea, and wax myrtle.

Figure 1.

Simple layering can be done in early spring using a dormant branch, or in late summer using a mature branch. Periodically check for adequate moisture and for the formation of roots. It may take one or more seasons before the layer is ready to be removed for transplanting.

Tip layering is quite similar to simple layering. Dig a hole 3 to 4 inches deep. Insert the tip of a current season’s shoot and cover it with soil. The tip grows downward first, then bends sharply and grows upward. Roots form at the bend. The re-curved tip becomes a new plant (Figure 2). Remove the tip layer and plant it in late fall or early spring. Examples of plants propagated by tip layering include purple and black raspberries, and trailing blackberries.

Figure 2.

Compound (serpentine) layering is similar to simple layering, but several layers can result from a single stem. Bend the stem to the rooting medium as for simple layering, but alternately cover and expose sections of the stem. Each section should have at least one bud exposed and one bud covered with soil. Wound the lower side of each stem section to be covered (Figure 3). This method works well for plants producing vine-like growth such as heart-leaf philodendron, pothos, wisteria, clematis, and grapes.

Figure 3.

Mound (stool) layering is useful with heavy-stemmed, closely branched shrubs and rootstocks of tree fruits. Cut the plant back to 1 inch above the soil surface in the dormant season. Dormant buds will produce new shoots in the spring. Mound soil over the new shoots as they grow (Figure 4). Roots will develop at the bases of the young shoots. Remove the layers in the dormant season. Mound layering works well on apple rootstocks, spirea, quince, daphne, magnolia, and cotoneaster.

Figure 4.

Air layering can be used to propagate large, overgrown house plants such as rubber plant, croton, or dieffenbachia that have lost most of their lower leaves. Woody ornamentals such as azalea, camellia, magnolia, oleander, and holly can also be propagated by air layering. For optimum rooting, make air layers in the spring on shoots produced during the previous season or in mid to late summer on shoots from the current season’s growth. For woody plants, stems of pencil size diameter or larger are best. Choose an area just below a node and remove leaves and twigs on the stem 3 to 4 inches above and below this point. This is normally done on a stem about 1 foot from the tip.

Air layering differs, depending on whether the plant is a monocot or a dicot. For monocots, make an upward 1- to 1 1/2-inch cut about one-third through the stem. The cut is held open with a toothpick or wooden match stick. Surround the wound with moist, unmilled sphagnum moss (about a handful) that has been soaked in water and squeezed to remove excess moisture. Wrap the moss with plastic and hold in place with twist ties or electrician’s tape. No moss should extend beyond the ends of the plastic. Fasten each end of the plastic securely, to retain moisture and to prevent water from entering. If exposed to the sun, the plastic should be covered. Aluminum foil can also be used, as it does not require twist ties or tape to hold it in place.

The process for dicots is similar, except a 1-inch ring of bark is removed from the stem. With a sharp knife, make two parallel cuts about an inch apart around the stem and through the bark and cambium layer (Figure 5). Connect the two parallel cuts with one long cut. Remove the ring of bark, leaving the inner woody tissue exposed. Scrape the newly bared ring to remove the cambial tissue to prevent a bridge of callus tissue from forming. Application of a root-promoting substance to the exposed wound is sometimes beneficial. Wrap and cover using the same procedure as that described for monocots.

Figure 5.

After the rooting medium is filled with roots, sever the stem below the medium and pot the layer. The new plant will usually require some pampering until the root system becomes more developed. Provide shade and adequate moisture until the plant is well established.

Natural Forms of Layering

Sometimes layering occurs naturally, without the assistance of a propagator. Runners and offsets are specialized plant structures that facilitate propagation by layering.

A runner produces new shoots where it touches the growing medium (Figure 6). Plants that produce stolons or runners are propagated by severing the new plants from their parent stems. Plantlets at the tips of runners may be rooted while still attached to the parent or detached and placed in a rooting medium. Examples include strawberry and spider plant.

Figure 6.

Plants with rosetted stems often reproduce by forming new shoots, called offshoots, at their base or in the leaf axles. Sever the new shoots from the parent plant after they have developed their own root systems. Unrooted offsets of some species may be removed and placed in a rooting medium. Some of these must be cut off, whereas others may simply be lifted from the parent stem. Examples include date palm, bromeliads, and many cacti.

For Further Reading

Bryant, G. 1995. Propagation Handbook. Stackpole Books: Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.
Dirr, M. A. and C. W. Heuser, Jr. 1987. The Reference Manual of Woody Plant Propagation: From Seed to Tissue Culture. Varsity Press: Athens, Georgia.
Hartmann, H. T., D. E. Kester, F. T. Davies and R. L. Geneve. 1996. Plant Propagation, Principles and Practices. 6th ed. Prentice Hall: Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.
McMillan Browse, P. D. A. 1978. Plant Propagation. Simon and Schuster: New York.
Toogood, A. 1993. Plant Propagation Made Easy. Timber Press: Portland, Oregon.
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Herb Festival, Spring Plant Sale,Tomatomania!®,
and Bromeliad Bonanza 2014
March 15 – 16
9 am – 5 pm

We are very excited to have Sharon Lovejoy as our special guest speaker at this year’s Herb Festival, Spring Plant Show and Tomatomania®, and Bromeliad Bonanza. Sharon’s passion for the natural world guided her to become an award winning nature, gardening, and children’s book author and water color illustrator.

As a graduate with Distinction in the Field of Art from San Diego State University, Sharon successfully combined her training in art with her love of botany and natural science. She worked as a docent naturalist for the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History and for the Smithsonian Institution in the lagoons of Baja, California.

During the course of her brilliant career she has founded organizations, written and appeared in countless books and publications, been a guest on many radio and television shows, and serves as a consultant to over 10 museums, gardens and garden societies.

As a recognized gardening expert, Sharon has lectured throughout the United States at conferences, educational symposia, museums, botanic gardens, arboreta, public and private educational institutions, and for professional trade associations and gardening organizations.

Sharon’s Speaking Topics
Secrets of a Good Natured Gardener (and Garden): It’s all about team work, and in this program, the “team” is a hard working host of critters, herbs, edibles, and native plants. Author Sharon Lovejoy will introduce you to some often overlooked and under-appreciated garden workers who can help transform your soil and yard into a verdant and bountiful landscape.

Contain Your Creativity (in pots, that is): Gorgeous containers brimming with plants are the quick change artists of your garden. They’ll add color, flavor, and scent to even the most boring area. Join author Sharon Lovejoy as she leads you down the pathway to create small theme gardens in bountiful containers. Harvest ideas for a mini herb garden, a hummingbird haven, a tea garden, knot garden, beneficial insects medley, gourmet’s delight, Italian dinner bowl, succulent mosaic, window boxes, and more.

In addition to Sharon’s presentations, there will be on-going speakers on garden and herb-related topics, guided tours of the Herb Garden, Herb Festival Marketplace, the A-Z or Herbs information booth, and the SDBG Spring Plant Sale with a multitude of vendors.
Back by popular demand is Tomatomania® with lectures on culture and care and plenty of tomato seedlings.

NEW: Bromeliad Bonanza
Come and shop for a wide variety of bromeliads not available in nurseries. Experts will be on hand to answer questions and give advice on growing and caring for these sub-tropical plants that are both water wise and exotic, guaranteed to give any garden a luxuriant character.

NEW: Kidzone
Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 3 pm
Petting Zoo (small extra charge applies)
Pony Rides (small extra charge applies)
Special Craft Activity Featuring the Herb of the Year – Artemisias

Learn about this marvelous plant and its uses. The aromatic leaves of some species are used for flavoring. Such as, A. dracunculus (tarragon) which is widely used as a culinary herb, particularly important in French cuisine. However, most species have an extremely bitter taste.

Botanical Printers
For details on speakers, vendors, coupons and more, visit as we get closer to the event.

Cost: Free with admission or membership


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Green Scene Plant & Garden Show 2014
« on: March 11, 2014, 01:57:26 AM »

Green Scene Plant & Garden Show 2014

Saturday, April 12 & Sunday April 13, 2014
10:00 am - 4:00pm
Ticket Price $8.00
$6.00 for Arboretum Members or with Titan Card

      *Members only preview Saturday- 9:00-10:00 am
Last Admission 3:30 p.m. both days


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