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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Self Fertile Sapodilla
« on: March 10, 2024, 04:00:18 AM »
Hasya has not been productive for me in SoCal. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Are black and white sapote worth it
« on: February 20, 2024, 12:54:56 AM »
My Suebelle white sapote produces fruit that makes me think of lemon custard.  It's the only variety I've tasted.  I do quite like it. 

Black sapote is a Winter crop, and a prolific bearer.  Lots of fruit means lots of calories, in case SHTF.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Potting Soil Mix
« on: January 20, 2024, 02:27:36 AM »
Potting mix with sand makes it nice & loamy.  Only drawback being sand is quite heavy

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Annona germination
« on: January 19, 2024, 12:47:12 AM »
I'd soak cherimoya seeds in water until they sank, before planting out

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best plants to grow from seed?
« on: January 14, 2024, 01:44:37 AM »

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I will be pruning my chaya tree during it's winter dormancy, and will have plenty of cuttings available. 

I have a vigorous, spineless variety, with large leaves.  Tree is very hardy

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grafted mango tree or a seedling?
« on: January 01, 2024, 12:00:10 PM »
Looks like the left branch is a graft union.  Check to see if there's a V-indentation.  You can also post up close pics

Yup. Add more acid

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Stawberry Papaya - Tasting
« on: December 16, 2023, 02:24:51 AM »
It'll flower within a year from sprouting in-ground.  They are vigorous growers

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Stawberry Papaya - Tasting
« on: December 15, 2023, 02:37:36 AM »
I've been growing Sunrise (aka Strawberry) Papaya for around a decade.  It's a vigorous grower, and bred to be mainly hermaphrodite.  No musk smell at all, unlike Maradol Papaya.  Very sweet

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Compost Fertilizer?
« on: December 05, 2023, 04:08:25 PM »
I have compost piles & a DIY worm compost bin.  Additions which I grow/acquired-

moringa, banana leaves/pseudostem, longevity spinach, general tree leaves, fruit scraps, kombucha scobies, insect frass I acquired for free from in Compton, CA

For purchased food, I add-

coffee grounds, organic tea bags

The only outside input I buy for my plants is kelp meal.

I feel this provides just about everything

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First Nam Wah bananas for 2023
« on: November 05, 2023, 01:39:08 AM »
Have a flower bud coming out right now.  Dwarf Namwah takes SoCal Winters just fine.  Thick trunk usually doesn't require staking.  Great flavor!

Here's pics of old Namwah bunches

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Leaning papaya
« on: November 03, 2023, 03:02:11 PM »
I originally purchase Sunrise & Waimanalo seeds from the University of Hawaii at Manoa Seed Bank.  They are mainly hermaphrodite.  Sunrise, aka strawberry papaya, is very sweet with no musk smell.  I highly recommend it

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Eugenia neonitida / selloi growing tips
« on: October 11, 2023, 09:18:14 AM »
Seedlings do fine in full sun & during the Winter where I am.  Fruiting, too.  They are hardy plants

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Goldfinger banana question
« on: September 23, 2023, 02:43:04 AM »
I think early next year, at the earliest

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Can a Pickering of this size produce?
« on: September 21, 2023, 01:29:30 PM »
Yes, it will.  They bear fruit a lot smaller than that

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit trees reliable in containers / pots?
« on: September 11, 2023, 11:58:14 AM »
Dwarf fruit trees (apples, peaches, etc.)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is Keit mango this big normally?
« on: September 11, 2023, 11:52:21 AM »
 California Keitt mangoes are grown commercially in the Coachella Valley.  Keitt are great late season mangoes, but prone to disease

For CA-

Pickering (flavor & reliable production)
Venus/Sweet Tart (related cultivars)
M4/Sugarloaf (related cultivars)

I've read Val-Carrie does well, too

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Siam Ruby banana.... edible?
« on: June 19, 2023, 05:39:13 PM »

According to this website, the fruit has a lot of seeds & is unpalatable.  So, it seems it's ornamental

Violette de Bourdeaux, Ronde de Bourdeaux, Lattarulla

I would believe so, due to the cyanogenic glycosides.  Chopping the leaves up prior to boiling will help dispel the cyanide faster, too.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best commercial papayas out there?
« on: August 24, 2022, 02:59:34 AM »
I grow Sunrise aka Strawberry papaya.  No musk smell, and it's very sweet.  I recommend

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