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Lovetoplant, I just hear from people who purchased many cuttings of my White Pakistan cuttings that their grafts did not take. It is one of the more difficult/touchy one of the mulberries to graft. I'm pretty sure if you had a fresh one (like graft it on the day it was cut) it will do better. I try many grafts myself to make sure it will graft ok. I did more than 20 grafts from my large tree and grafted to some rooted cuttings (Shangri La and Black Pakistan) and only got like 6 grafts to take and grow fine. You can use any graft method, some people like the whip & tongue because it has the most contact of the cambium, I just use same size rootstock to scion and use cleft graft.

So, because the White Pakistan (at least the one I have which is on the dwarf growth habit) is so difficult to graft if it is not immediately grafted on the same day, I stopped selling cuttings since the people who buy them will be disappointed even if I give them plenty extras.

In the future, I think I have a source for some good rootstock so I will buy more and graft the difficult ones like the White Pakistan and my rare Sangue e Latte and sell the grafted plants to share with our members here.

In fact, once my Sangue e Latte branches grow a little more this year, I will try to have another contest for a Free Grafted plant. This will be at the end of summer.

Sorry for the long winded reply to a simple question.

Very informative.  I appreciate that you went thru all the details. 

Kaz, what method gets high successful rate when grafting Pakistan White?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Aphids
« on: March 22, 2022, 01:16:32 AM »
Thank you guys for all the useful informations and the suggestions. The plant flushed lots of new leaves; I must have added too much urea like Brad mentioned, to the fish emulsion when foliar sprayed.  These might have attracted the aphids.  Will hose them down with water daily.

Citrus General Discussion / Aphids
« on: March 18, 2022, 09:13:00 PM »
My tangerine are infected with aphids. What is the best way to get rid of them?

This awesome and fun.  We should do this often.  Too bad I do not grow loquat(I hope this is a loquat) otherwise I would join the game. This loquat looks delicious.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado graft pics
« on: March 09, 2022, 07:12:27 PM »
Brad, you were correct on grafting them in January.  The grafts took a lot faster than spring graft.  I have mine pushed in just 3 weeks.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado poll
« on: March 09, 2022, 07:06:29 PM »
Brad, do you make your own dusa rootstock from a tree on dusa or just buy them from a nursery?  Just curious, thanks

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Adding micronutrients into the paint
« on: March 03, 2022, 05:47:21 PM »
Any thoughts about adding micronutrients into the latex paint before whitewash tree limbs and trunks?  Will the plants able to absorb them?  Anyone done it before?  Thanks

I started several seeds of cherimoya, custard apple, sugar apple and atemoyas, plus some mystery annonas seeds from past seasons.  I wasn't expecting much and planned on using them for rootstock.
One plant pushed well and really looked good so I set it aside.  Today it was the victim of kids playing and was snapped in two.  I will try to nurse the stump but wondered if anyone can suggest what this might be from the leaf which is unusual and unlike any of the others that germinated.

Some extra info
The seedling held leafs through our winter, but that may be because it's in a pot close to the house and was brought indoors for the coldest nights
It was about 18 inches tall when it met it's Waterloo at the hands of a errant volleyball.
The leaves are deep green and roundened.
No felt on the underside but soft and smooth to the touch on the upper side.

All suggestions welcomed.

Just a question question since you have just started annona from seeds.  I tried germinating cherimoya seeds for 3 weeks now and nothing comes up. 

How long did it take yours to germinate?

Thank you

Mark,  I just sent you a pm. 



Thank you!  Will pm you for the mango scions I am interested in. It will be fine if some scions not readily available.

Btw any chance that you have "Falan variety" Thai mango?

Mark, what varieties of mango scions do you have? I am interested.
Thank you

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: sapodilla recommendation?
« on: February 24, 2022, 02:57:11 PM »
Does the butterscotch has sandy/gritty texture or smooth flesh to taste?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fresh mangosteen is here
« on: February 23, 2022, 06:49:06 PM »
Fresh mangosteen is available in the Asian supermarket.  Pure white.

Where are they being imported from? And how much per lb?

I don't know where it is imported from, there is no label.  Last year imported from Mexico.

Yep mangosteen considers the queen of all the fruits, my most favorite.  I ate 3 kilograms at on sitting back in Thailand. It only cost just under a dollar during its season.

Glad to help! And good idea to add more airflow. Might try that with my orchids too!


Great to know that you are growing orchids. What varieties are you have growing?

 I built this GH especially for growing "Vanda" orchids since 1996.  It used to be 12x8 then my collections got bigger and I had to extend it another 12 feet.   The first 12 feet was built with a single wall, and the addition was a double wall.

At one point my Vanda collections was closed to 300 matured plants bloomed with beautiful flowers.  They were mostly  starting from tiny plants from inside the flask bottles.
Over 20plus years of growing orchids. Plus Between a restaurant business and a newly born child got me burned out.    Majorities of them died plus a few were given away leaving the GH emptied for a few years.

Now thanks to all members from this forum. They inspire me to grow my favorite fruits, mango. Now the GH is filled with mango seedlings with a few ready to graft this spring.

Let's get to your question.  The least expensive way to circulate air inside the GH is using box fan.  For the exhausted fan I use thermostat controlled fan as you can see on the very back of the second and third photo

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado graft suggestions
« on: February 17, 2022, 04:30:05 PM »
Thanks guys for sharing your experiences and giving the suggestions.  I will give it another try. 

This is great information! my mango gets really sticky under the leaves as well. I spent weeks looking at them trying to spot bugs or anything but never found anything. I guess I'll try a fan too. Also, watering less helped.

Yes, I am glad I figured this out. It bothered me for months. Also big thanks to Carolyn for the help of sharing her experiences with her plants.

Basically air movement thru plants ' canopies helps them transpire more efficiently.   

Carolyn, thank you for your indepth analysis and suggestions.

 I tried to keep the RH high by misting 3X daily, but only use 1 circulating fan along with temperature control exhaust fan. 

I set the thermostat to turn on the exhaust fan at 95 which makes inside of the GH very hot and humid figuring that the young mango plants would love it.  They grow fast, but the underside of the about to mature leaves secreting sticky sweat-like substance  which you call it as "guttate"

I noticed that the plants directly got blown by the fan do not have this symptom.  They "transpire"  easier.

So for the past few days I added another circulating fan and turn off the misting system.  This  substantially helps drying up the underside of the leaves.  I believe that by adding a extra fan may has solved the problem. 

With your second opinion/explanation it really makes sense now.  Are the plants inside your GH still have this "guttation"

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Avocado graft suggestions
« on: February 15, 2022, 05:35:36 PM »
My seed grown avo has 2 trunks.  I grafted Gem on one and Kona on the other in early November.  The Gem took the other was failed. 
Should I reattempt to graft another scion on the failed trunk or just cut it off?  Thanks

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Sumo Citrus
« on: February 14, 2022, 11:47:32 PM »
Does anyone know how to increase the weight/juice of the fruits?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Multi-Grafted Citrus tree fruiting
« on: February 10, 2022, 07:30:07 PM »
Kaz, Millet: thank you for the super detailed comments.  Myself, I just love citrus with no acidic taste. That is why I really fell I love with Florida honey murcott when I bought it from the supermarket 10plus years ago. I had been looking for the tree, but could not find it. I bought W. Murcott and California honey trees, but they were not "it" so I ended up plants a few from seeds from store bought. 

I have not tried Valentine before, but saw Kaz posts its flavors higher up on his list compared to Tong Dee. 
I love Tong Dee taste back home in Thailand, because it is dry and sectioned easy. I figured if Valentine sections easy, I will plant one.

Does the inside of your GH reach 100* now too?

SaltwaterTx I am struggling to control the RH inside my greenhouse too.  The RH is in low 20%s early afternoon when tempt are in the 90s-100. At night fall RH will be in the 80s%. 
I set thermostat to turn on the exhaust fan when tempt inside the greenhouse reaches 90 , but the RH hardly change.  Any recommendation?  I did put a fountain inside the greenhouse along with overhead misting system (Arizona Mist) too

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Sumo Citrus
« on: February 10, 2022, 05:17:02 PM »
Thank you Millet. Will set a reminder on those days.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Sumo Citrus
« on: February 10, 2022, 02:58:41 PM »
Lovetoplant, True to type citrus seed.  Almost all sweet oranges come true from seed.  Grapefruit, lemons, limes, pure mandarins, except King and Clementine, come true from seed. Most Tangelos, hybrid tangerines and tangors (except Temple) also come true from seed. Most pomelos do not

Thank you Millet. So my seed grown Florida honey murcott is a replica of the fruit I bought.

Foliar spray with urea after petals drop will help increase fruits size, correct?

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