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Clays should help, but as you've found out, clays are better at binding to themselves(clumping) than evenly sorting themselves in a mixture. They will also sort themselves out into a layer (even subsurface) given enough time/water.

Not all Zeolites are equal, pore size will determine which ions are sorted out (caught) versus released into the soil. They vary by orders of magnitude in porosity as well.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 'Egg of the Sun' mango . . .
« on: May 13, 2021, 06:40:19 PM »
They're very babied Irwins. They taste like Irwin.

Beautiful fruit, but not desirable from a epicure's perspective.

Looks good. I'd let all the buds flush for now to keep it from getting too top heavy before the union is secure. I'd prune it back to the best flush during first dormancy.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: One Seed Loquat Fruit
« on: May 09, 2021, 07:12:17 PM »
Jim Neitzel had one he called "onsey-twosey, because of the low seed count.

I was thinking of the same fruit.

Seed count doesn't count for much though, unless it's for ease of processing.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: White sapote cultivars
« on: May 09, 2021, 03:48:43 AM »
Looking for scions or a grafted tree?
I may have some Rainbow scions later this year.

I definitely have some Chestnut and Subelle ready to go, maybe others.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fish frames as fertilizer
« on: May 07, 2021, 01:30:04 AM »
I'm so jealous of the variety of delicious fish you have access to. We have some good ones, but the ones you're talking about are nice prizes.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fish frames as fertilizer
« on: May 05, 2021, 10:06:23 PM »
By frames I assume we are speaking in regards to the skeletons.

The bones are an excellent source of calcium and nitrogen (connective tissue) there are other nutrients present, but quantities vary.

If the fish are from the ocean it is important to first remove the saltwater from the fish with a freshwater rinse as Chloride doesn't benefit the plants.

Adding directly is not recommended due to the decomp time, and the smells associated with the process.

You could grind up the bits and add them to a bucket of water with an aerator stone at the bottom. 4 parts fish  to one part molasses is a good ratio to provide the micronutrients to help accelerate decomp.

If you don't eat the heads, I'd recommend giving it a try. The best meat on the fish is in that area.

What cherimoya cultivars?

I would thin that one out, otherwise the fruit will cluster like peaches, and there will be issues where the edges touch.

I've theorized that the best way to accelerate fruit development on mango would be to use paper/ waxpaper bags to encapsulate the fruit. Thank you for the data point.

They work best in the shade, and you have to secure the lid, otherwise they will get out.

Bait upside down for a few days, then flip, then switch spots so they don't wise up.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherimoya pollinating question
« on: April 30, 2021, 07:48:39 PM »
I like the idea of periodically stripping a few branches for fresh bloom.

Extending the season/ having more chances is important, especially if a heatwave comes through and burns the leaves off, sometimes the smaller fruit will persist in the shade where the larger, earlier ones burn too badly.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Battle with the June beetles
« on: April 30, 2021, 07:43:17 PM »
I would love to try a milky spore that works on those grubs.

I've used worm castings around the root zones of affected trees, and it seems to help a lot.

It breaks down their exoskeletons if the castings are fresh.

Thank you Spaugh and Oolie for your input. This is sounding hopeful.

You're welcome, your greenhouse is an inspiration!

The figs you ripen make Texas seem pretty appealing.

Most PM is species specific.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Indian Mango Season in So-Cal
« on: April 23, 2021, 03:35:22 AM »
Thanks Val.

I'd love to travel when this situation gets sorted out.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: can cherimoya be sterile?
« on: February 07, 2021, 05:57:04 PM »
With annona, low humidity can limit fruit set.
If possible, spraying the tree to increase the inner canopy humidity can boost fruit set by keeping the female portion of the flower from drying out and becoming unreceptive.

Especially in dryer climes, you want to prune for density, and strip the leaves on thicker branches towards the center only after you have sufficient coverage towards the edges. That way, when flowers emerge, there will be sufficient humidity retention of the inner canopy.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Thoughts on the Mango season in SoCal
« on: February 03, 2021, 10:36:26 PM »
Your LZ is as lush as a lychee. Mine looks much worse, but the gophers have been keeping the roots confined to the cage.

A decline in mango quality could be due to potassium and calcium, it may be a good idea to add some at the last signs of frost.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: tetraploid seedlings or plants - how to recognize
« on: January 24, 2021, 12:04:46 PM »
There are some very good posts on this forum about this.

I would search for them.

Key things to take away, somewhat dwarfed habit (when viewed from a distance). Fewer and larger pores on the bottoms of leaves (microscope slides are manufactured using impression of bottom of leaf on clear nail polish).

Seems like you're looking to breed triploids, that may be a good search term to use.

Temperate Fruit Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: WTB: Apple scion wood
« on: January 24, 2021, 02:24:48 AM »
I'm planting at least three of those varieties this year. By next year I should have cuttings.

I have Fuji.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Trifoliate graft incompatibilities?
« on: January 11, 2021, 10:51:26 PM »
Do graft union issues happen with all grafting techniques? For example a patch bud graft vs a cleft graft

Yes, due to the variance in caliper.

Don't fret though, as bridge grafting will keep the tree from failing.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Citrus IBERO
« on: January 04, 2021, 11:18:40 PM »
These giant citrus are very nice.

Limes don't like the cold much, but the interveinal cholorosis is due to the high pH of tap water. If you add some elemental sulfur to the top of the soil, it should green up again if it makes it through the winter.

Meyer lemons can take some serious cold, but are sad compared to a good italian lemon.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: persimmon collectors?
« on: January 02, 2021, 12:05:27 AM »
Chocolate really impressed me in previous years. This year the Maru finally hit its stride, producing multiple large crops.

The pollinated ones easily surpassed Chocolate in flavor, but they had to be eaten on the softer side. I dried most of the unpollinated marus, and even though they were slightly astringent (even in dried and peeled form) they had good flavor.

You could get lucky, I've heard of some trees having both flower types.

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