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I don't have a a photo of the fruit cut, but I can provide one if needed. As the package states, it's a dark red, purple color.

Is the tree productive? Where could I find graftwood?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: San Diego garden photos
« on: February 05, 2018, 04:27:57 PM »
This is one of my dreams.

Where is this plot of land if you don't mind my asking?

I have my avocados on a south facing wall. I've heard of farmers planting dragon fruit as a companion to the avocado. Anyone know if this would work?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Are there superior Dragonfruit varieties?
« on: January 30, 2018, 02:33:29 PM »
Get named varieties so you know exactly what youíre getting. American Beauty, Sugar Dragon, Frankieís Red and Yellow Dragon are the four varieties I would plant if I could only have four varieties.


Do you know where I may find and buy these varieties?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Are there superior Dragonfruit varieties?
« on: January 30, 2018, 01:12:43 PM »
I have the red, pink, and white fleshed varieties from home Depot (la Verne nursery?).

Are there superior named varieties?

I can drive and pick up anywhere from San Diego to LA

Pierce is excellent and so is El Bumpo, Orton, Fino De Jete, Booth, Dr White and many others. I would recommend trying to taste as many different varieties as possible before planting a tree because taste is so subjective. Iíve heard some people complain that Pierce is too sweet but I love it. See if you can find a multigraft tree if possible.


Do you know anything about honey heart? Ive seen her at home Depot. If they're good, I could save money getting one of those.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / What is your favorite variety of cherimoya?
« on: January 20, 2018, 01:26:42 PM »
I'm looking to plant a tree. I heard Pierce is good.

I saw a nice atemoya tree at a nursery. It's labeled as "annona x atemoya"

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: bigold nugget loquat or Big Jim?
« on: January 15, 2018, 01:43:23 AM »
Never heard of "bigold nugget" loquat.  Typo?

indeed   :D

I have 2 that look just like that.

And I'm assuming they're doing well?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Is a White Sapote supposed to look like this?
« on: January 13, 2018, 08:17:40 PM »

I've heard of some tropical plants having a fat bulb at the roots. Is this normal for white sapote?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / bigold nugget loquat or Big Jim?
« on: January 13, 2018, 04:38:16 PM »
Which is superior?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / What trees will fruit in partial shade?
« on: January 13, 2018, 01:36:01 AM »
the location gets morning sun and afternoon shade.

I have a guava tree planted but I am being told won't produce sweet fruit because of a lack of sun.

What are my options?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / What is the best variety of loquat?
« on: January 13, 2018, 01:33:41 AM »
so far my options are big jim or golden nugget.

Which one produces more? Which tastes better?

the tree gets plenty of morning sun, but some afternoon shade. I've heard that guava trees will not fruit unless in full sun.

Does anyone have experience with this?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Should I buy a grafted loquat tree?
« on: January 12, 2018, 07:42:35 PM »
Most that I see are grafted and named.  Big jim, champaigne etc.

I would get a grafted one personally.

Do you know any nurseries in San Diego that would sell them?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Should I buy a grafted loquat tree?
« on: January 12, 2018, 06:21:11 PM »
I have only found seedling loquat trees at nurseries. Should I go ahead or look for a grafted variety?

The only place that I know of that sells Mango trees on Manila rootstock is Mimosa Nursery in Anaheim or LA.  Anyone know of any others?  The problem with Mimosa is not everything is labeled.  I am afraid to buy from them.

You can buy manilla trees anywhere.  Best option is to buy one and graft onto it.  Or grow some seeds and graft them.

What is it about turpentine rootstock?

I only have room for one atemoya tree. Which one would you reccomend?

Go to Ong's Nursery.  They may have samples of different atemoyas.  I tasted AP, Lisa, and Geffner last week. 

I'm literally en route!

I only have room for one atemoya tree. Which one would you reccomend?

I have one spot in my yard for an atemoya. I want something productive but also top tier in terms of taste.

Many of the nurseries in the southern california region focus on African Pride. Is this a tasty variety or its simply easy to grow but loses out on the flavor you would get from other varieties?


You could grow it as a Maha Chanok on yr ataulfo rootstock and graft sweet tart onto same tree later. This would be quite a combination.

Although possible to multi-graft onto one tree, it would be rather difficult to control/balance, as sweet tart grows much bigger than Maha in his San Diego climate.

You are saying that the sweet tart will grow into a larger tree than the Maha Chanok.

Consider my planting location: I have a slope to the south side of my house. The idea is to have 3 mango trees going down the slope, one by one, forming a sort of vertical hedge.

Given that I want to create this downslope row, would it be smarter to plant the sweet tart at the bottom, and maha chanok at the top, so that the maha chanok doesn't get shaded out by the larger sweet tart and they eventually form a somewhat even 'flat' canopy.

does this make any sense? I hope haha

I've heard that sweet tart and maha chanok are two very good options in San Diego. Any other good options?

Between these two varieties, which grows larger? Is there one that would work better on ataulfo?

There must surely be rare varieties of avocado with superior flavor to the ubiquitous haas.

There are probably several recommendations... but a properly tree ripened Hass Avocado tastes very good IMO.

I agree they are very delicious! I'm just curious if there a some little-known, yet superior varieties.

It seems to be the case with mangos, with all these crazy delicious varieties. Why not avocados as well?

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