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Tropical Fruit Discussion / What could these trees be?
« on: May 12, 2022, 03:40:21 PM »
This area of central CA has lots of commercial orchards growing almonds and grapes. This is the only grove with these trees.


Citrus General Discussion / What kind of mandarin is this?
« on: March 03, 2022, 12:03:42 AM »
Wrinkly thick skin.
Flat bottom.
Diameter is about 3".
Tastes quite sweet.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / What are these things in my container?
« on: November 27, 2021, 05:01:16 PM »

An LSU fig hasn't looked healthy for a while, so I decided to check out the root ball.
Found these in the soil. Are they harmful to the tree? How did they get in? The branches also have lots of scales and ants are all over the place.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Is wax jambu true to seed?
« on: November 08, 2021, 09:52:10 PM »
I just ate some "Black Pearl" fruits. They're not really black at all, just a deep , dark red.
Will the seed give me what I ate, eventually?

I put together a GH from Harbor Freight, it was 10' wide, 12' long, and 10' tall. Took a bit of work all by myself. I had it for about 8 years, then the HOA finally noticed that it was visible over my front gate. I was forced to take it down. Now I'm looking for something that can be assembled and disassembled every year. I only need/want it up for about 2-3 months for the winter months. I've looked at the GH with tubular frames and clear plastic cover, and have used a few, they don't hold the heat well at all because there's no floor. They also get wind blown easily, even with tiedowns. The sturdier GH all seem to be the kind that you assemble and leave it place year round. Is there any that can be put together and taken apart relatively easy?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Strawberry guava not looking good.
« on: September 02, 2021, 10:57:10 AM »
The fruits are turning black and the leaves don't look healthy either. Does it look like over watering to you guys?


These are still very small, maybe an inch all around. Other fruits on the tree are still green and maturing.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / What cultivar of "Thai" mango is this?
« on: July 06, 2021, 01:09:42 AM »
A friend bought a box and gave me some to try.
All he knows is they're called "Thai" mango at the store.
He said it's expensive, $33+ for a box of about 10 or so. Length is 6"-7".
Tastes sweet and crunchy, with a hint of tar, which I kinda like.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / How do you minimize the squirrel problem?
« on: June 25, 2021, 04:56:46 PM »
I've accepted the fact that they cannot be prevented, but I'm just hoping to have some fruits for myself.
They've feasted on my plums, nectarines, and peaches. Now they're climbing the mango branches and knocked down unripe ones. I feel sad and angry seeing those would-be delicious mangoes on the ground. I've trapped some of them, and shot others (great fun to see them roll over, Lol). I've already ordered a few more traps, this seem to be the best way. Shooting requires me to be home all the time, I will lose my real job, haha. Is any type of poison food an option? Any advice is much appreciated


Tropical Fruit Discussion / What % shade cloth is recommended ?
« on: May 17, 2021, 11:50:28 PM »
I know different kinds of plants prefer different amount of sunlight.
In my case, all my annonas get burned badly in the summer.
Very dry and hot here in Bakersfield.
I'm planning on putting up some shade, just not sure what % I should get.

Thanks for any opinions,

Temperate Fruit Discussion / What's causing my plums to split?
« on: May 17, 2021, 11:37:02 AM »
It's a potted weeping Santa Rosa.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Do I really have a "Prolific" paw paw?
« on: April 23, 2021, 12:45:02 PM »

I ordered Susquehana and Prolific last year. Received them as bareroot twigs, actually, just twigs as they didn't have any roots to speak of.
Anyways, after a few months and they both sprouted, I'm pretty happy about it. Comparing the leaves of both, the Susquehana definitely looks like a paw paw. However, the leaves of the Prolific look different.
Thanks for your opinions,

Auto vents are $30 each, or $100 for all 4.
Thermostats are $35 each or $60 for both.
I live in Bakersfield, but go to OC and LA areas from time to time.
This weekend, I'll be going through LA, OC, and SD counties.
Can meet up somewhere along the way if anyone is interested.

I find it odd that a forum like this doesn't have a dedicated section to post items For Sale, or Wanted, that are related to our passion of growing tropical fruits.  I have several things from my greenhouse that will be useful to somebody. I don't want to post them yet, because it might violate some rules that I don't know about, Lol.

Citrus General Discussion / New growth on my potted Tango looks weird.
« on: September 23, 2020, 10:56:33 AM »

What caused this?
Thank you.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / How to get rid of these?
« on: August 17, 2020, 12:20:43 PM »
My inground Fuji apple tree pretty much has every single leaf infected. The whole tree still looks healthy, several fruits on it at the moment.
What can be done?

Thank you,

How would you prune this?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Dragon fruit branches are too flat.
« on: July 24, 2020, 02:00:58 PM »
My potted DF are all putting out lots of branches, but they're kinda flat and not plump like they're supposed to be. Soil is moist a few inches below the surface.  I'm  thinking of drenching the pots (30 gallon) daily,  but will have to watch out for overwatering. Are flat branches indicative of not enough  water? I use Fox Farms potting soil, these were potted about 6 months ago,  so there should still be enough fertilizers in there.  I can add some Osmocote Plus if you think it's a fertilizer deficiency.

I started a couple of airlayers on my  potted fig plant, and  about a week later, 2 fruits appeared just upstream from the airlayers.
This is my 1st time doing it with figs, so I don't know if it's a natural response by the tree. Photo is of 1 airlayer, the other one is the same, but on a different branch.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Pugging lanky Manila mango tree.
« on: June 25, 2020, 10:47:15 PM »
My Manila has 4 really long branches, I recently cut down 2 of them, those 2 are sprouting new growths.
I left the remaining 2 branches on because they're loaded with fruits. I like Manila mangoes, very fragrant and sweet.  I intend to cut them down as well, after harvesting the fruits in September.
Question: how long should I expect to wait to get fruits again, 2 years? 3 years?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Does Black Sapote set fruits easily?
« on: June 05, 2020, 10:19:41 AM »
Last year it had less than 5 flowers, no fruits. I  just counted almost 100 flowers just now.  I've never tasted one fruit. Maybe I'll get lucky this time.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / What kind of mulch do you recommend?
« on: May 29, 2020, 12:08:59 AM »
I've only bought from either Home Depot or Lowe's. I've used several different kinds and now forgot which one's "best". Of course I stay away from any rubber mulch, or anything with colors added. I've had a few issues, but because I've used different kinds so it's hard to pinpoint where the problems came from.

I've used this one in containers:

The problem is the water just runs off on top of the wood chips (I only bought the Small Nugget) and doesn't get soaked into the soil. I ended up removing the mulch and for now it's just bare soil.

Also used this one:

It's a bit better than the "nuggets".
Same problem if used in containers, water just runs off the mulch.

Any other recommendations?

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I planted this Solo 2 years ago. Up until late 2019, it was doing well. Lots of leaves and several fruits.
Then winter came, all leaves dropped, the immature fruits held on, but eventually dropped as well  in early 2020.
The tree didn't die, but there's a portion of it near the top that's damaged, see photos with arrows.
The new leaves that are growing out now are much smaller than those that were on the tree last year.
I think the damage on the trunk is preventing nutrients from being delivered to the top.
What do you guys recommend? Should I chop it off just below the damaged section?
Remove the entire tree? It's about 12 feet tall.

Thank you,

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Questions about my 2 sapodillas.
« on: May 17, 2020, 04:32:53 PM »
Hasya lost all leaves last winter, now leafing out.
Had a few flowers last year, but no fruit set.
It's been in the ground for 2 years. Prior to that it was in a pot, and was loaded with flowers, but no fruits.

Alano leaves stay on year round.
No flowers, ever.

Is it normal for one to lose leaves but the other never does?
What may be the reason(s) that the leaves on both trees  are  kinda pale?
I'm leaning towards getting another sapodilla and just keep it in a big pot. Maybe my soil in not good for saps. My mangoes are doing great in the same soil.

Thank you,

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