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My experience from cherimoya/atemoya is it will die. The longest I've allowed them to go is about a month. USually it was from a critter/insect eating the leaf. But, I also don't place seedlings directly into a 5 gal pot. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 10b - best snacking fruits for kids
« on: January 23, 2023, 11:14:31 PM »
Each time my kids walk by my neglected kumquat tree, they grab a few. Perfect little snack for them. My daughter only eats the skin, and my son eats the whole thing. The tree receives little care, is beat up constantly by little ones, and still produces prolifically. They certainly will forage for anything, though.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragonfruit and Bees
« on: January 23, 2023, 08:11:44 PM »
That's Ludacris. Bees 100%. If bees can't pollinate it, it eventually gets the axe. S8, Haley's Comet, PG, dark star, BHR have set fruit without self pollination. Bees do start early, so if you have a problem, I suppose you could tie a rubber band to the flower so you can hand pollinate at night. But that's to much work for me.

I believe  could get better fruit set with PG and dark star if I did hand pollinate, though.

Hi John,

I want to parfianka Pom Air-Layer if you are willing to ship it.


Sure, PM me your address and I'll see shipping cost.

Could you ship out the 5 seedling bunch of sweet tart mangos to me? I just purchased a home and in the process of planting stuff in the front yard

Sure. PM me your address and I can see how much it'll be to ship. It'd be best for me to downsize the pot, otherwise it would be cost prohibitive to ship the longer pot.

Need to clear some stuff out to make the wife happy  ;D. I'm in San Diego.

250 Pierce x Pierce Cherimoya Seeds $SOLD shipped

60 DC Cherimoya Seeds $SOLD shipped. This is a seedling I grew out. This is a keeper for me.

Parfianka Pom airlayer in one gallon pot. $15
Ready to go inground and will come out of dormancy mid-February. Either needs to go inground or up-pot soon.

1 Parfianka Pom airlayers $10. Just took my tree down to stub and forgot I started these airlayers at end of summer.  A third one has roots but not fully loaded with roots, so I'll give that one for free with the first person that buys an airlayered plant. One Left

3 Kohala Longan seedlings in 1 gallon pot. $10 each.

3 Sweet Tart Seedlings 2 @$SOLD each 1 @$SOLD. These are from my tree. 2 were just up-potted and one is established in a gallon pot. One of them has 5 seedlings!

I'm often slow to respond since DM's don't send me email notifications, so please be patient

Looks like I need to be in California for this one lol.

If you want to call evergreen nursery carmel valley road location in san diego and see if thry have it, I will go buy a few and send you some.

Moon Valley bought them out, so that nursery is pretty cost prohibitive.  Really miss Evergreen

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Homegrown guava taste review
« on: January 01, 2023, 07:00:28 AM »
Good news about the seeds. Hopefully it's a keeper.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Homegrown guava taste review
« on: December 30, 2022, 11:15:28 PM »
Very nice. Was it very seedy?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Tarocco Orange
« on: December 16, 2022, 12:53:10 AM »
Thanks, please keep us posted. I like the varying rind colors for cocktails. I might get some of that budwood this year.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Tarocco Orange
« on: December 15, 2022, 12:08:41 PM »
Thanks for the picture. I grafted Torocco #7 onto my Cara cara for a darker pigment and flavor profile in 2020. I'm hoping it blooms and sets fruit this year. The pigmentation looks similar to my Cara cara. (See pic). Did the rind have any other coloration?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango: SoCal mango start flowering
« on: December 07, 2022, 11:56:53 PM »
My in ground  sweet tart(on atulfo rootstock) started to flower. All others growing vegetatively. Quite interesting that it still had hanging fruit and started flowering. I will not let the first bloom flush fruit since it always gets PM  early on.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Early cherimoya season in San Diego.
« on: October 13, 2022, 02:31:47 PM »
Yes, I harvested a few Pierce and a knight which were the ones I pollinated first. I had figured that was why they ripened so quickly.


My mango trees are about 13 years old growing in a cool coastal climate.

Really nice, Janet. Any better growers for the coastal side? Going to set my friend up with a seedling and a 15 gallon tree. Not sure which variety I'll graft onto the larger tree. I have most of those varieties as seedlings, along with a few others. Sweet tart had a great second bloom this year but I only let a few fruit hang this year because I had braches break from the weight (lesson learned).

Yes, 10% is very conservative...more like 15-20%. Don't forget about those magically shrinking packages. Packaged meat, chips, dips decreasing volume/size of product and inflating with air.

FWIW, Chips are sold by weight, not volume. The bag is filled with nitrogen to preserve freshness. Animal flesh is also sold by weight, generally.

User name checks out with this knowledge.

Flipping hilarious! Here, maybe this will explain what I failed to articulate:

Yes, 10% is very conservative...more like 15-20%. Don't forget about those magically shrinking packages. Packaged meat, chips, dips decreasing volume/size of product and inflating with air.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Too late to plant a mango tree?
« on: September 23, 2022, 11:29:43 AM »
Is the OP in Florida? Here in SoCal 10a September is my favorite month to plant out trees. Planted a couple seedlings last week and had great weather to get them established.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Flora Farms - A Slice of Heaven in Cabo
« on: September 17, 2022, 04:56:07 PM »
Wow, thanks for the heads up! Looks stunning.

Bummer. This winter I'll get a better idea if I can top work the existing tree since it has other varieties grafted or if I need to stump it. Thanks for the help, all.

pollinated in March?  Cherimoyas are dormant in march and april no? 

I dont do pollination until June-August

Usually, but I had a brief defoliation. I tried to start earlier to see if the later Ripening tube through winter was the problem. I was grafting/pruning/pollinating at same time.

First year I have done that. But again, other cherimoya  are developing so it is not from that.

Best cherimoya fruit development requires temperature above 62F for 10 hours post pollination.
Do you get 10 hours above 62F in March after pollination?

In my yard, hand pollinated cherimoya fruits are much bigger than self pollinated fruits.

Great info. Yes, I'm sure it was but can't confirm. Other cherimoyas are developing nicely from that time.

I'm 10 miles from ocean half way up a hill that gets good airflow. My microclimate (10a) is a bit warmer during the summer and cooler during the spring and winter. Pierce will self pollinate better than the others but I will have smaller but fully developed fruit if I don't pollinate them. Those are the fruit I thinned.

Brad, this is the 3rd year of non developed fruit. The fruit in the picture was pollinated middle of March when my tree was just flushing. There are a few more seedling fruit that are even smaller.

During the periods of intense heat, the cherimoya trees do shut down a bit, but Pierce fruit does continue to develop. Now that cooler temps are back, trees look good again. It's either a crappy seedling or, as, galatians522 mentioned, it may not like this microclimate. I'm more than happy to give scions away when I cut this thing down to graft more knight and Pierce to it. Maybe someone wants to experiment (doubtful). Many other varieties I acquired in last couple years have not fruited yet (I'll let them next year) and I'll see if they'll have problems. I doubt it. But with his easy pierce has been, definitely going to top work that to this tree.

Here's a picture from last year's fruit that didn't mature. It's about the size of an 8 ball.

Apparently that is what Cherimoya always does in Florida. Suposedly, it is related to high temps causing the fruit to stop developing. Maybe some varieties are more heat sensitive?

Interesting hypothesis. It certainly gets warmer in my microclimate, but chilly add well. Appreciate the insight.

Thanks. These certainly won't set fruit without hand pollination. Too dry here. Pretty sure seedling rootstock is dud and will need to top work this spring. Oh well.

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