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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Reed avocado, welcomed surprise
« on: January 16, 2022, 02:09:44 PM »
Sometimes they are not always super round.  Mine are often shaped that way too.  It looks like its not that ripe though Carlos.

Young reed trees tend to drop the fruit early and not get super ripe u til the tree ages.  The loose seed is indication its not fully ripe.  The flesh will turn more yellow if you can get them to ha g longer. 

I purchased Vittelaria paradoxa from Oscar Jaitt / Fruit's Lover. Probably the worst seller I ever dealled with. He shipped the seeds in normal courier which took more than two months to arrive. Seeds arrived totally roten. When you are a pro you know these species need to be planted fastly and cannot travel for a while (like clove, cocoa, etc..) Asked for refund, no news.

It seems to me that this is not a completely fair statement. I recently bought seeds from Oscar, additionally paid for express delivery, the purchase amount was more than 1 thousand dollars, so I asked Oscar to indicate in the declaration the amount of 200 dollars to avoid customs duties in Russia. The parcel arrived to me 18 days after being shipped from the USA. All seeds are in good condition. I think you yourself made a mistake by not paying for express delivery.

1000$ ?

Zutano rootstocks work fine. 

I dont have any potted trees but gwen and pinkerton make loads of fruit on small trees.  Also superior flavors.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WTB sugar dragon cuttings
« on: January 12, 2022, 10:30:19 PM »
Yeah I have those.  I can cut as many as you want i planted a ton of that.  Not a great time of year to start cuttings though u less its really warm there?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Harvesting Sugar Cane
« on: January 12, 2022, 06:53:19 PM »
way easier to use a sugatcane press and then boil it down if your goal is to make syrup.  One 6ft cane makes about a pint of super sweet juice. 

the also sell a hand tool for peeling it like a carrot.  makes it much easier if you want to eat it. 

What you need to do to make the grafts more robust on any tree is cut back the ungrafted portion so that it has to also grow back with the new grafts.  If theres a big honking rest of the tree there to use all the energy, its not going to get distributed well to the graft. 

Also for what its worth, its way easier to do what you are doing while the trees are small.  Once the tree gets larger its even more difficult to multigraft or top work cherimoyas. 

Sounds like you just hung out with Debbie Downer...


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help with Avocado Tree!
« on: January 08, 2022, 03:37:22 PM »
You can use a box cutter and slice that off and cover with plastic tape.  Or just leave it alone and not worry about it.  It looks pretty minor but its hard to tell since its just one close up photo.  How does the rest of the tree look?

The white stuff is sap.  Its the trees blood leaking out and forming a scab and healing itself.  Dont keep wiping it or adding chemicals or tanglefoot.  Its a living being it can heal itself. 

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Avocado scions
« on: January 08, 2022, 11:31:17 AM »
Sorry, I cant send to Russia, the government here makes shipping there a pain.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help with Avocado Tree!
« on: January 08, 2022, 11:29:47 AM »
Its sap, leave it alone the tree is healing itself. 

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Avocado scions
« on: January 07, 2022, 07:49:18 PM »
I think I have got everyone who contacted me invoices.  If not, send me another message.  I have been busy with this and other stuff the last week so I appologize if anyone didnt get a response who should have.

4 different guys named Juan contacted me for scions.  I think I got all the Juans covered.  If any of you guys named Juan didnt get everything sorted, please email again I will get you straightened out.


Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Avocado scions
« on: January 07, 2022, 12:32:23 PM »
Thanks for the scions, Brad! They arrived in great shape. Got my trees grafted up today. Unfortunately, it was freezing cold today and the parafilm didn't want to stick to itself. Anyway, I have a feeling that most of them will take. Thanks again!

Give the buddy tape a try, its a lot softer than parafilm.  I wrap my scion in buddy tape, then just wrap the graft unions with just flagging tape because it pulls tight and comes off easy. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado poll
« on: January 06, 2022, 05:49:10 PM »
i looked up oxnard on the map.  its very close to the ocean so you can graft probably anytime you want.  its best to use budwood from late winter though I think.  theres been studies done by old time ca avocado growers where the tried grafting all times of year and saving scions for 6 months and trying it vs the fresh stuff.  and the result was scion wood taken in january or february worked best even when used much later in the year and compared to fresh cut summer scion. 

i looked at the thermometer today it was 84 here!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Avocado scions
« on: January 06, 2022, 04:54:37 PM »
I responded, check your spam box?

Just tell me your order here if you want and I will email a invoice. I need the types and quantity of each please.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado poll
« on: January 06, 2022, 12:37:33 AM »
Yes they will flower but they will also make leaves and push new stems.  Yes remove flowers on any tree that is too small too hold fruit. IE just grafted this year. 

For me it gets too hot here in March and April so its better to graft now.  If you live somewhere cooler, you have more flexibility in when you choose to graft your avocados. 

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Nursery pots for sale
« on: January 05, 2022, 11:41:11 PM »
1.7 and 2.2 gallon

3 for 1$ and 2 for 1$

have stacks, will dondeals if you buy them all.

pick up in poway CA

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado poll
« on: January 04, 2022, 04:49:33 PM »
i forgot about the leaf shade trick.  Just tie a leaf over the grafts.  Webt and covered them all today

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado poll
« on: January 04, 2022, 01:05:11 PM »
I thought about ordering some small white paper bags to slip over them to keep the sun off.  It hasnt really been a problem for me in the past when the temperatures stay below 80.  Temperatures are really low here and the sun is pretty weak so it should be ok without but shading them for a month would definitely not hurt. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado poll
« on: January 03, 2022, 08:46:47 PM »
i started top working the rootstock trees this week.  Ive decided to do mostly hass, reed, and sharwil trees.  Also a few nabals and a couple other odd ball trees but those 3 are the main ones Im propogating. 

I took some pics, the bud wood on some varieties is super swollen right now.  looks awesome.  Im super stoked, the trees were just fruits hanging on the tree one year ago and now after 6 months in ground I am already top working! yay

Temperate Fruit Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Low chill stone fruit scions
« on: January 03, 2022, 08:24:14 PM »
I always do them end of January but you can still do it in february and march.  In zone 10 it doesnt really matter.  If you live somewhere like zone 8 or less, you are supposed to cut scions in winter and store them in the fridge then graft afterthe sap starts to flow in March. 

and Ive had people tell me they did it in june also.  if you look on google, you will get all kinds of answers.  From personal experience l get 95%+ takes during end of january or early february. 

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Avocado scions
« on: January 03, 2022, 02:51:26 PM »
I didnt see a message from you, if anyone doesnt get a respinse from me on the forum you can email to

I have for sale what is listed in this thread.

Holiday, grows somewhat slow, not terribly so.  It has tight internode spacing and stays compact. I dont have a queen tree.  Nabal and reed are better trees than holiday for me personally.  I think all 3 are related with Nabal being the original type brought from guatemala in the early 1900s.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Cold hardy avocado seeds
« on: January 01, 2022, 11:23:16 PM »
i have mexicola grande and bacon seeds I can send to europe.  i already sent seeds to several people in europe without issues.

Unless the sewer line is broken, its not going to be leaking any chemicals.  And same for letting roots in, unless its broken roots arent going in it. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Happy new year, Feliz 2022
« on: December 31, 2021, 09:20:00 PM »
Happy new year.   :)

Heres wishing everyone good health, and fortune for 2022.  If the world tries to bury you, be a seed. 


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