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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Gopher Gold
« on: January 28, 2023, 03:58:48 PM »
Ferrets are not an option in California, and in El Cajon, we have many birds of prey. The property has some of the tallest trees in the area, so the owls and hawks (Mostly Redtail) use them as perches for hunting and nesting.

Even with all of the birds, the gophers reproduce too quickly for the birds to really knock down the population.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Gopher Gold
« on: January 25, 2023, 08:05:26 PM »
I don't know, the ones in my yard would tower over that one. I need to get back to trapping, I lost some very mature/ old trees the last year. All figs will now be in pots, and I will have to address the mango area, where gopher numbers are low and losses are high.

I need our Alabama cats out there, as they are rodent catching champs.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Loquat cold tolerance
« on: January 24, 2023, 12:37:04 PM »
In zone 8 Alabama where temps get down to 19 F consistently, I do still see loquats bloom and fruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 10b - best snacking fruits for kids
« on: January 24, 2023, 12:19:55 AM »
I wish there were a less thorny version, but I've watched kids devour finger limes.

I grew up devouring loquats in season, and I think though it's difficult to recommend, Morus nigra.
It depends on how you feel about stained clothing.

The Barbados cherry or Acerola is a very productive tree, rare to see it without fruit on it, so it's an easy choice if planted in a warm spot.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Little Gem Mango
« on: January 23, 2023, 12:59:44 AM »
Thank you!

If the antifungal effect is due to the lowering of surface pH, you might have more success with potassium bisulfate.

That said, the potassium will help the tree grow and may help with bloom stimulation.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Little Gem Mango
« on: January 22, 2023, 11:37:27 PM »
Since this thread contains most of the info about this cultivar on these boards, I thought I'd ask the question here.

Anyone ever checked to see if the seed is mono or poly?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Syzygium phillyreifolium
« on: January 22, 2023, 10:13:18 PM »
Is it Cherry of the Rio Grande?
Usually referred to as Eugenia aggregata?
If so, it's like an intense cherry.

As a Californian, I'm sure you know you need to pick the most vigorous varieties. I'm eager to hear how vigorous SA is for you.

What flavors of mangoes are you interested in planting? Are you interested in fresh eating only, or do you need ones with a significant shelf life? Multiple crops? Specific sizes?

There are quite a few new varieties, with diverse qualities.

Even though Pineapple Pleasure is not the most vigorous, it is a poor fruiter in Florida, which is a favorable characteristic for California growers.

Other newer varieties that have drawn praise when grown in California are Sweet Tart, Lemon Zest, Venus, Val-Carrie, and Honey Kiss.

Might as well plant seeds now and let them get established while you decide what you want to graft.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango parent relationship graph?
« on: January 14, 2023, 02:13:36 PM »
A lot of educated inferences and misinformation, so you can just call it guesses.

Other than other issues noted in the posted thread, you can also note that Keitt is not descended from Mulgoba.

So it's a good visual plot of commonly shared discrepancies.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: MBSS resistant Mangos
« on: January 11, 2023, 11:06:40 PM »
If you graft the tree to a different variety it's not a waste, the established rootstock gets the new variety up to speed quickly.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus in Japan
« on: January 10, 2023, 04:40:51 PM »
Kochi is a trek, but beautiful.
I hope you enjoyed the trip.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is my white sapote sick?
« on: January 10, 2023, 01:54:37 PM »

"Sandy loam, sandy loam! My kingdom for some sandy loam!" 

The grass is always greener.

I have silty loam (similar to sandy), but it drains so well, water costs are high, also gophers. With softer soils, you get gopher activity in the extreme, and it's certain that you will lose trees each year, even established ones.

My Carla tree hasn't been super vigorous, but it's also growing in So-Cal.

There are good videos online to show you all about grafting, Truly Tropical has a few.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is my white sapote sick?
« on: January 09, 2023, 10:59:13 PM »
If you're really worried you can add lots of gypsum to the soil to help loosen the clay up, but it's probably going to grow through it either way.

That said the gypsum can only benefit the fruit quality, so it's your call.

The mulch will break down eventually, for good drainage things that can't break down like biochar have more favorable results, but that's only if you feel like replanting the trees. I wouldn't bother, once established the trees will take off.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is my white sapote sick?
« on: January 09, 2023, 08:15:45 PM »
It looks as you described, root tips succumbing to wet feet.

Once the trees establish themselves they will use that water up.

I've seen a roadside tree planted in a very similar situation, heavy soil, at the bottom of a steep drainage, but it is well established, and thrives for the extra water it receives.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Citrus damage after freeze
« on: January 05, 2023, 12:04:21 AM »
I wasn't in Alabama for it, but the day before Christmas was a low of 16 and a high of 30 All first year unprotected citrus defoliated, and many branches died. I may be looking at a few trees that are now rootstocks.

Either way, I suspect Keraji will rebound, as well as Meyer lemon, but 88-2, and Shiranui look pretty poor, and I don't think the limequat will return either. Loquat lost tender new growth and is flushing again. Butias have no damage. Feijoas are perfect.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: New Fruit Report! Cereus spp.
« on: December 22, 2022, 12:00:58 AM »
I believe so, I have always known them as such. The cultivar looks similar to the one I grew up with, I am fond of them.

I've seen more productive selections, and have heard they are good, but I'd play with the timing on the one you have before grafting/replacing.

They do split, especially if it rains around ripening time.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: New Fruit Report! Cereus spp.
« on: December 20, 2022, 11:49:18 PM »
Nice Peruviana. Really good depending on the cultivar. If you found them insipid, try them earlier/ more blue.

I've not seen leaves like that before, but the quick guide indicates potassium deficiency.

Usually when planted close to cement though you see micronutrient deficiencies, but I'm not seeing the obvious ones.

Interesting, does the cement statement apply only to mango ,or is it a general accurance with plants? I quess that acid loving species would be more sensitive?

That's right, it's due to the high pH from the slightly soluble concrete. If the roots don't grow in that direction, it tends to be a non-issue however.

I've not seen leaves like that before, but the quick guide indicates potassium deficiency.

Usually when planted close to cement though you see micronutrient deficiencies, but I'm not seeing the obvious ones.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Cherimoya scions
« on: December 15, 2022, 12:25:13 AM »
Is your rootstock already breaking dormancy? That's the best time to graft.

What about EB do you like? There's lots of great varieties out there.

I like the taste of it, but it does vary greatly tree to tree. It's subsistence fruit, a bit gritty like a pear. It's a snack.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Who's got Tangerines Ripening?
« on: December 12, 2022, 12:17:35 AM »
I tried one yesterday from a dooryard tree in Alabama. The fruit was shaped like Dancy and it was phenomenal.

It's a slow grower and the blooms are less prominent and mainly present in the springtime, but Cherry of the Rio Grande is pretty. Any kind of Syzigium may fit the bill as well.

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