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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Lower soil ph with sulfuric acid
« on: October 16, 2020, 08:07:50 PM »
Most blueberry growers add sulfuric acid (battery acid) in their irrigated water to help lower soil ph.  Anyone use it to help lower soil ph?  My city water has ph of 8-8.5

Soil sulfur take a long time to lower the ph.  I am thinking of buying battery acid from auto parts store to help lower the soil ph.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango seedling new leaves issue
« on: October 13, 2020, 12:12:17 AM »
Any idea what wrong with the 3 new leaves from this seedling?  They are cupping inward.  I sprayed Ag Micronutrients earlier today.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Pine bark uses for 5-1-1 potting mixes
« on: October 07, 2020, 07:46:17 PM »
Hello, I have been trying to make 5-1-1 potting mixes for sometimes,  but can not find pine bark fined or small size pine nuggets.

Is there anyone known where can I purchase small pine barks in Ventura County area, preferably Oxnard?  TIA

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Longan new leave flush wilted
« on: October 06, 2020, 02:17:00 AM »
Lately my kohala longan newly leave flush wilted and died.   What is the remedy? 

Thank you

Here is the new flushed leaves look like

Citrus General Discussion / Tangerine flowering now
« on: October 06, 2020, 01:40:06 AM »
My tangerines (clementines and california honey) are in full bloom for the last two weeks.  What to do?
I did not pick all of the fruits until late June.  Usually they put out flowers in late March.  This March they had very little flowers,  but for the last two weeks they flower very heavy. 

Any Southern California citrus grower run into this situation? 

Should I take all little fruitlets off the trees? 

Thank you, Cham

NOTE:   My navel orange, tango tangerine and  Florida honey tangerine bloomed in March as normal

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Grafting tape
« on: September 10, 2020, 05:07:15 PM »
Hello, has anyone ever tried this for grafting?  It's medical grade.  This may help grafting tissues heal & breath better.  Any idea?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango seedling leaves issue
« on: August 31, 2020, 05:44:49 PM »
Hello,. My altoufo Mango leaves have reddish brown spots as shown in pictured.  Is it nutrient decency or anthracnose?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Fertilizer for foliar spray
« on: August 31, 2020, 02:19:02 AM »
All my trees response well when I foliar spray with liquid fish fertilizer.   Here are my questions:

1) Has anyone used other fertilizer to foliar spray and get good results?
2) Can  all water soluble fertilizer be used for foliar spray?

Thank you

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Espalier Cherimoya
« on: August 22, 2020, 06:14:43 PM »
Hello, running out of grow space on my backyard.  So for the last few years I decided to plant my fruit trees using espalier method to maximize growing space.   Here is my 6 years old espalier Cherimoya in the pot.  I have been training it along with plum and peach trees and still learning.  Question is what is the appropriate time to thin/prune the cherimoya branches.  Should I do it in summer after fruit set or in the fall?

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Pakistan mulberry
« on: April 26, 2020, 02:55:06 PM »
Anyone growing Pakistan mulberry in Southern California experience that the fruits are ripening early this year?   Usually it begins to ripe early June, but Mine started to ripen last week.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Shot hole disease on plum trees
« on: April 02, 2020, 04:02:46 PM »
Anyone has solution/cure for shot hole disease on plum trees?  I have it for 2 seasons already.  So far I spray Liquid Cop several time in winter as well as Neem Oil now at bud break but can not subdued the disease.  I also practiced picking up leaves drop in winter...

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