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Interesting. I tried with a few purple edulis. I will have to try again

Just wanted to say thank you to Kevin. I bought 4 different plants from him and all arrived healthy and in great packaging. He was also very communicative and easy to work with. Would buy again.

Temperate Fruit Buy, Sell, & Trade / ISO White Nanking Cherry bush
« on: June 12, 2021, 11:33:24 AM »
ISO White Nanking Cherry bush to be shipped to California. I have a few red, bit would like to add a white to go with them.

I would be patient. I've had fig cuttings take a few months to start showing roots. Give it another month I would say

How did you get it to fruit? I have a large Ruby glow that put it tons of flowers, but I didn't get any fruit even after have pollination. Would another Ruby red cross pollinate it? How is the fruit?

Oh man, I would love red finger lime (I have green), meiwa kumquat, and the Aussie blood lime. Being in California, I believe these should not be imported. What a bummer. But good luck on getting dinner cuttings to root!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: September 16, 2019, 06:22:36 PM »
I spent the weekend ripping out out some old bushes and ivy and then building a new trellis for the dragon fruit. I got some cuttings from spaugh and they have taken off pretty well. I will be potting them up in 25 gallon containers before moving to the trellis.

Is it a really firm pear?

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Best low chill pear for Southern California
« on: August 22, 2019, 10:07:48 AM »
I live in coastal Southern California. We get 200 to 250 chill hours a year. I am looking for a low chill pear to plant in my backyard. I prefer a more soft flesh than a crisp one. Looking online I was thinking maybe the pineapple pear would be for me. I will need it also keep it pretty small by summer pruning. I'd like to keep it under 10 ft total. Do you have a pair that you would recommend?

Potted up my Pickering today:

The 5 gallon should be perfect. You might have to re pot in a month or two but it will grow better than growing directly in a giant pot. The worm casting tea will be great. Wait until you see the roots before using the Dyna Gro.

You can pot your tree and if the roots are fine and you donít see any wilting about a week or two after potting, it should be safe to use fertilizer. If your tree is showing any signs of wilting, do not fertilize.

Since you just received your tree, you should gradually acclimate it to full sun.


Thank you for the feedback. I will up-pot tomorrow :)

Youíve got the right idea. Give it a fast draining soil mix with slow release fertilizer. Potted Mangos will perform much better if given occasional applications of minors and trace, especially Iron, Zinc, Magnesium and Manganese.

Donít over pot it, put it in a container that is slightly larger than its root mass. Once it fills in that pot with roots, up pot again with a slightly larger pot again.

In SoCal, mangos do most their growing in the the heat of the summer so you need to maximize growth between June-September by ensuring they are properly fertilized.

Right now is prime vegetative growing season for Mangos but since you just received your tree, you have to be very careful with over fertilizing. If you donít disturb the roots much, you can use a mild fertilizer but if the plant was rootbound and you have to trim the roots, donít fertilize it until it settles in.

This time of year, Mangos are very resilient with very little signs of diseases because the heat pushes growth and the growth out competes the fungal diseases and die back.

Now is also a great time to graft.

Unlike growing Mangos in Florida and other prime mango growing areas, you want your branches as vertical as possible.

One of the big mistakes SoCal mango growers do is to bend their branches horizontally. Horizontal growth will tend to flower and we donít want that for young non established trees. Vertical growth has a slight less tendency to flower but only slightly. Everything you can do to tilt the growth towards vegetative growth instead of blooms will be that much better for your tree.


I have 5 gallon containers I can use now. It would be *maybe* twice the size of the rootball. I also have some Dyna Gro I have been using on other plants: I could use that now as well. And some worm tea as well.

I got this beautiful Pickering on Friday. What tips can anyone give me on container mangoes in SoCal? I was going to put it in a 10 gallon fabric pot and use BX Promix ( with osmocote. Will that work well for a mango?


You donít need to damage the husks by using a knife to pry them open. Just find the ďfiberyĒ part that runs  along the length of the husk, is you use your fingernails (or butter knife) and scrape along that fiber, you can usually find a small opening in the husk. Once I find that small opening/hole, I can usually jut pull the husk apart and open with my fingers without ever having to insert a knife into the husk.

I use a butter knife to scrap all the pulp off and try to pry it open. I guess I will have to look more closely for an opening. Can't seem to find one. I have been using a new method of taking some vice grips on the edges to squeeze and create an opening along the edge then using the butter knife to split open.

Iíve sprouted plenty of damaged seeds. Iíd just plant them and see what happens.


Thanks Simon. Already planted 😄

I damaged 2 of the 3 seeds trying to get them out. I assume these are too damaged to germinate?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Red rover passionfruit plant
« on: July 23, 2019, 07:10:39 PM »
The purple possum is very similar to red rover.  Once you get it going and have some decent size branches I can send large cuttings to graft if you want to try that. can graft passionfruit?

I havent done it but yes you should be able to graft it pretty easily.  Most plants can be grafted.

I just watched some YouTube videos. This opens a lot of possibilities :)

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Red rover passionfruit plant
« on: July 23, 2019, 12:26:21 AM »
The purple possum is very similar to red rover.  Once you get it going and have some decent size branches I can send large cuttings to graft if you want to try that. can graft passionfruit?

I found a Manila mango Tuesday at Home Depot and will grow out some Kent seeds as well.

Yes of course, theres no husk in that photo.  Eat the mango, dehusk, toss in pot of dirt.

Thanks, I have 6 organic mangoes from Costco. Just checked and they are kent from mexico that were hot water treated. Hopefully they should work.

Its not necessary to do anything special with mango seeds.  Just plant them in a pot or in ground under 1" of soil and keep the dirt wetted. 

Just lay it flat like this and then cover with 1" dirt.  A week later you have new trees.

Do you take them out of their husks?

Is there a good write up or guide for starting mango seeds?

I have a purple possum (or fredericks cant tell yet) that I bought at 6ft tall in a pot. Its still growing and putting out flowers and I hand pollinate. I mean really hand pollinate. If you just gently use a motion like picking a penny up off the floor to get pollen on your finger tips then run your fingers along the stigma, you can pollinate a flower in a manner of seconds. Been working really well for me.

Shax, if you want a smaller or container mango tree, a Florida tree can be fine for you. If you get a Florida tree, you can also use it for scions to practice grafting.

Ammoun, the lazy way to feed seedling trees is to use a slow release fertilizer like Osmocote, Osmocote Plus, Nutrikote or something similar that feeds over several months. The slow release fertilizers are especially suited for container growing because regular fertilizers get flushed from the soil very rapidly.

Right now is a great time to fertilize our mango trees to maximize growth during these critical four months between June and the end of September where our Mango trees do most of their growing.


Thank you Simon. I got a Sweet Tart and will wait for the LeVerne mangoes to come to Home Depot to experiment with grafting.

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