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The Asians get freebies on new year.
Itís all good!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Great Scion Wood Exchange 2023
« on: January 15, 2023, 02:05:22 AM »
I hereby invite you all to attend Orange County Great Scion Wood Exchange on January 21st.

To get free parking, tell the fairground attendant that you are attending scion exchange event.
Itís used to work in the past.

Free entry.
Bring scions if you have some to share.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: All this rain in California
« on: January 14, 2023, 11:59:59 AM »
You can click on each reservoir to get a new tab that show a graph of water level.
Only Folsom reservoir is dumping water.
The rest are low, so water levels are rising.

Here in my area we got an inch of rain per storm.
We could use some more rain.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: All this rain in California
« on: January 14, 2023, 03:06:29 AM »
Rain is helping, but not enough.

Tires as mulch? Say it ain't so.

Anything that block water vapor from the soil from escaping is a mulch.
Rocks and pavers and other chunky materials are mulches.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Guava losing leaves
« on: December 30, 2022, 02:08:24 AM »
Thanks. They are in the ground. How much water do you give per week?

A few gallons when you have a few days of low humidity.
With plenty of rain and no leaves, your guava trees should be ok.

I dumped 100 gallons of rain water on my in ground trees.
Iíll dump more from rain this weekend.
All guava trees here still have leaves.
Not a single leaf dropped since rain.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado top work video
« on: December 28, 2022, 02:13:17 AM »
Looks good.
Are you getting good takes at this time?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Guava losing leaves
« on: December 28, 2022, 02:12:17 AM »
Too cold or drought.
Probably the latter.
Iím watering in ground tree once a week.
Every 2-3 days for trees in pot.
Tall guava branches loss some leaves from dry wind.

Your trees are in pots?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Happy holidays!!!!!
« on: December 26, 2022, 01:12:04 AM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Air layering guava in winter question
« on: December 16, 2022, 10:47:38 AM »
You can graft or air-layer evergreen tree year round.
Itís just slower during cool weather.

Do your guavas drop leaves over winter?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cheribelle Atemoya
« on: December 05, 2022, 07:56:25 PM »

I have 3 cherilata grafts on 2 soursop trees.
Soursop drops all leaves after a few hours of cold wind.
Cherilata doesnít drop leaves.
Iím using cherilata as a nurse branch to keep the soursop alive over winter.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cheribelle Atemoya
« on: December 04, 2022, 10:23:39 PM »

Cherilata T-bud to soursop.
Works on cherimoya and atemoya rootstocks too.
Graft to any rootstock you have.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best time to graft jaboticaba?
« on: December 01, 2022, 06:37:16 PM »
I got 1/6 from last August grafting.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Happy Thanksgiving Forum!
« on: November 24, 2022, 08:40:27 PM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grafting wax jambu help
« on: November 24, 2022, 04:09:00 PM »

Simple cleft. Very high take rate. 10/10
I use ziplock bag to block dry wind.
11 mph 12% humidity right now.

Sun protection for 3 weeks.

Chip budding with nurse leaf.
2 out of 3.
This graft is 7 weeks old.
Waiting for buds.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: When to graft annona?
« on: November 21, 2022, 06:27:19 PM »

Mango nurse leaf test.
This is why Iíve had successful grafts with mango in winter grafting here in SoCal.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: When to graft annona?
« on: November 21, 2022, 06:14:51 PM »
For rooting cuttings, cut the leaf to reduce leaf area to reduce water vapor loss.
There is not much water loss when the cutting get frequent misting inside rooting area.
Iím guessing the cut absorbs the mist to keep cutting fresh, not from reducing water loss.

That's really interesting, I never thought a leaf would absorb water in that way.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Inverted T-budding with nurse leaf
« on: November 21, 2022, 06:09:02 PM »

July 16
Slice off a bud with leaf attached.
Seal the wound so donor shoot keep growing.

Insert bud.
Seal graft.
Tie graft with rubber band.

Cut off the end of the nurse leaf.
I use sandwich ziplock bag so I keep about 4Ē of leaf.
Fill bag with 1/4Ē of water then zip it over leaf.
Bend the 2 ends of the bag up over the rootstock then clamp the ends to support the weight of the water.

No need to remove any leaves or tip on the rootstock above the graft.

4-5 weeks later cut off the nurse leaf.
Trim rs back to 4Ē above graft or remove some bark above graft to let bud grow.
Itís ok to cut off nurse leaf after 3 weeks but bud wonít grow until graft healed, about 5-6 weeks.
By Oct 9th graft grows this big.
Trim rootstock above graft and call it done.

I have over 20 grafts of this type going on this day Nov 21th.
Success rate at this time is higher than cleft graft in spring, when scion is fresh.

With this method you can set buds 90 degrees apart, or 120, or any angle you like.
With cleft you are stuck at 180.

Try it.
The rootstock is not harmed during this graft.
Worst case cut below graft to cleft in spring.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Nurse leaf concept
« on: November 21, 2022, 05:27:23 PM »

Atemoya leaves under testing.

A week or 2 later.
The cut end of the leaf absorbs water to keep leaf fresh.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Split atemoya fruit while on tree.
« on: November 21, 2022, 12:47:18 AM »
Some varieties prone to splitting in the cold.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherimoya Varieties and Seasons
« on: November 13, 2022, 04:15:23 PM »
Cherimoya flowers from new growth.
You can set when the tree flowers by trimming and removing leaves 6 weeks ahead.

To extend the season, you could trim 1 tree in August to get mature fruits in April.
You could learn to graft to convert the bad tree into ant varieties you like.
Donít dig it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: When to graft annona?
« on: November 13, 2022, 12:33:32 AM »
Fall is a great time to graft.
Iím still grafting, but I donít use cleft graft at this time.

3 grafts on this 8 months old seedling.
Iím using inverted T-budding with nurse leaf.
The rootstock continues to grow while the grafts heal.
March 1st Iíll trim the rootstock and cut off the nurse leaf to force the grafts to push.

On bigger rootstock I make 5 grafts.
You should try it.
Worst case you graft again in spring

Seedlings in my yard flowered any where from 9 months to 3rd year.
On cold winter some loss all leaves and some kept leaves.

Guava flowers on new growth.
I trim all the branches in Feb.
Many flowers open by spring to early summer.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How should I prune a red atemoya?
« on: November 08, 2022, 12:26:27 PM »
I would leave it alone.

No problem.
Wrap foil to block sun so callus forms faster.

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