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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Do ants damage white sapote blossoms?
« on: October 13, 2023, 12:27:03 PM »
You do need to watch for scale and meally bugs but tree might be to young to hold fruits anyway, I think ants can be good pollinizers on some plants I think they help my cherimoya.

Another eugenia is calycina does real well outside never had die back here in Arroyo Grande, my selection is from Miguel in Portugal he named it 'Nelita".
I've killed so many rainforest plums it's not happy here also, eugenia mattosii is fine outside with South facing and overhang of psidium and eugenia uvalha is good outside.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Are there any other fruits worth growing?
« on: October 04, 2023, 10:53:44 AM »
you need many eugenias surinam cherry, cherry of the rio grande, orange fruit cherry of the rio grande, guabiju=myrcianthes pungens and many other eugenias check-em out.

Guabiju is definitely hardy enough there, I planted two small seedlings in 2021 and they've grown very slowly but have only had very minimal dieback with some pretty cold winters the last two years. I've heard some mixed opinions about fruit quality, but mine are still probably at least a few years from producing, so I've never had the fruit.

Do you enjoy eating any eugenia species? I don't think I've met anyone who has tried them. I've been considering a Cherry of the Rio Grande but I'm on a suburban lot so going for stuff I know I'll like. So far as the Guabiju, I have a Myrciaria vexator - Blue Grape seed germinating, had read it was the best of the myrciaria species.
Cherry of the rio grande are amazing I have some very tasty varieties will worth growing Surinam Cherry have very good one too enjoy them all when ripe. Don't forget to try grumichamba I have a purple one very tasty ;)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Are there any other fruits worth growing?
« on: October 03, 2023, 05:55:25 PM »
I love guabiju they have a spicy flavor skins are pretty tough though I have big fruited variety from Oscar and a smaller fruited one from Ben Poirier in Fallbrook, Ca. Both taste the same but big one has more delice flesh to eat.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Are there any other fruits worth growing?
« on: October 03, 2023, 10:53:10 AM »
you need many eugenias surinam cherry, cherry of the rio grande, orange fruit cherry of the rio grande, guabiju=myrcianthes pungens and many other eugenias check-em out.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pumice, lava rock , or both ?
« on: October 03, 2023, 10:46:56 AM »
I've used pumice for years in my potting mix and very pleased with mix but also thinking of red lava rock has iron in it might help with some plants. I buy half a yard at a time and store it in covered bins.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Introduction and Cherilata in Bay Area?
« on: October 02, 2023, 02:57:58 PM »
aaronn, what varieties of Paw Paw are you growing? You must be warm inland because by paw paws are still sizing up!

My WS is flowering now. Iím in zone 9, high likelihood of temps as low as 29 or 28 this winter. Anyone have experience to suggest what will happen to these flowers?

The tree is young. It flowered in March 2021 and made a first crop of 8 fruits, ripe 10 months later. No flowers in 2022. In March of this year it flowered again, but dropped them all. Now this. Trying to understand this creature.

Thanks for reflections.
Just let it do it's thing as it becomes more mature it will flower and when it want to according to climate. Young fruits formed now will be fine as long as you don't get hard prolong freeze.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Huge bunch of Goldfinger bananas
« on: September 28, 2023, 06:14:20 PM »
Nice Bill, your going to be in bananas for sure 8)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: September 28, 2023, 06:11:29 PM »
I'm assuming the baby cerrado is a yellow type? They are sooooo sweet 8)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: JoeHewitt!! Show us your place!
« on: September 25, 2023, 11:01:52 AM »
Eyeckr, very nice video looking forward to 2nd one, Joe is a very cool collector even when his was in Ca. in Los Alto's hills had amazing place now in Hawaii with loads of land only his imagination can stop him now ;) 8) 8)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: September 24, 2023, 11:26:47 AM »
Kevin, in the previous post of pictures the purple flower var. was that Asunta? All your D.F. varieties have turned into a nice hedge 8)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Kei apple cold tolerance
« on: September 21, 2023, 06:45:21 PM »
Yes, it is Shane but remember that's a mature bush/tree makes great property bearer too!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Burying Avocado beneath the graft
« on: September 21, 2023, 12:01:39 PM »
I've tried that before with a Duke 6 scion on mexican rootstock and i buried below graft to see if Duke would grow own roots but no luck. Still have tree with Koala grafted on one trunk and Duke on other trunk. If I remember right I believe I sliced into scion and put rooting hormone on before burying.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Kei apple cold tolerance
« on: September 20, 2023, 07:05:25 PM »
I have 5-plants in ground for years the oldest one's 20yrs plus with very sour fruit and one grafted to a female scion wood a friend had but no fruit yet. Most promising is a seedling from sweet fruited plant that used to be a San Diego Botanical Garden which is about 4' tall but no flowers yet. Had a sweet variety from Marta but was small and it died, hoping to get another one from Marta. Mature trees have taken down to teens one year without harm.
Grafted in Jan. many years ago and one took out of 3-grafts.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grafting avocado on fresh shoots
« on: September 18, 2023, 11:57:21 AM »
I've used new shoot growth for years never did like bark graft because they need staking for so long. I use schick single edge razor blade on the new shoots in Dec.-Feb. for best percentage of takes, soft wood grafts which I use whip & tongue I wrap first with buddy tape then rubber band on graft section and put white paper bag over graft until leaves start pushing then open bag more and more as weeks go by until fully hardened to full sun.

Great Nate, so you got some butia e. from Dennis, cool he's nice guy I have fruiting butia capitata from his selected varieties he talked about back in 2011 I think at CRFG conference. Very juice tropical taste.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Wildlands' Eugenia spp. 'Orange' fruited
« on: September 14, 2023, 12:55:23 PM »
When I get more fruit I will try to get the seeds out to forum members. 

Wow, that's gorgeous. Is this the same as the Orange CORG that Marcos is selling?

Nattyfrootz might know, I have no idea where he got them.
This is a good question as I have a 'eugenia missions' that looks the same from seed from Marcos many, many years ago and I know now he sells a COTRG- orange fruited species so, maybe Marco's could answer this for us if he sees post??

I've used heating mats for years i think it helps on many tropical seeds but also coming around to closed bag with moist vermiculite to start seeds in warm place. i do have a g.h. but live in cool Spring-Summer area so g.h. helps with zone pushing plants. I think many people over look stratification technique because even some sub-tropical seed need heat-cool cycles to germinate well. Just saying you need to take in your seed cycle since coming off of tree which can be hard to do no knowing how some folks store seeds you have to think that reliable seed dealers do the right storage.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Yangmei (Morella/Myrica rubra) thread
« on: September 14, 2023, 12:31:58 PM »
Kevin, My m. californica has died back too all the grafts from excellent wood from Brad finally died some seemed to be going to push then failed. I cut back all the trucks one is still green at ends so time will tell. But I'm leaning towards Kevins, way of thinking lost two  grafted plants from original buy now this is 2nd time i grafted to m californica with no success so might be time to say no more for me too  :( :P
I applaud all the folks who have successfully grown yang mei and I wish you all fruitful future growing  ;) 8)

Kevin, we are heading down in morning and planning on getting out of there by 2-3 in afternoon at latest. Most likely will catch you next time down that way. ;)

We're planning on going down Wed. maybe will see you there Nate, wishing you successful sales 8) ;)

I keep a Holiday and Hellen at about  8' tall but you need to prune often some varieties like Reed would be hard to keep small like Fuerte too. But I have a 25 yr old Fuerte avocado that I keep at 8' tall but has spread sideways by 16-18'. If your willing to stay on your trees and prune or tip constantly then you can do it but it's work.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: AKME Gardens
« on: September 08, 2023, 06:35:43 PM »
Kaz, I hope you still check in now and then you are a valuable rare fruit grower with knowledge that will be missed not mention your excellent pic's.

Nice Kevin, looks like you had a assortment of fruit nass on Ilama looks and sounds delish 8) ;)

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