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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Multi rootstock grafting
« on: September 13, 2022, 08:49:43 PM »
Here's a thread for multi-rootstock mango:

There are some pictures but I don't recall if any of those are of a mature tree.  Here's a thread for lychee:

I've seen some others but not recalling them now.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: California Super Mango rootstock experiment
« on: September 03, 2022, 08:17:43 PM »
Thanks for this very interesting idea, Simon.  What criteria do you (or anyone else who has tried this) use to select which seedling you will to allow to continue to grow and which one(s) will be trimmed?  If you're just trying to speed up the growth of an interesting seedling then I guess the answer is obvious.  If the goal is to quickly create a rootstock for later grafting, do you choose the seedling with a thicker stem, more leaf surface area, taller growth, or something else?  I'm inclined to select for the most leaf surface area, but then again I am in a very different climate to California.

For what it's worth, I have a bunch of double rootstock mangos grafted this summer, some double lychee grafts (which you also have an interesting thread on) and some other things.  It does seem to be pretty easy to get the graft to take, although I suppose I might experience delayed graft failure down the road.

I have several Vidal Blanc vines, which are my favorite.  I think the fresh eating flavor is similar to Cotton Candy grapes from the grocery store.  The main downside is it's not super productive for me.

Looks like a nice find.  Do you have Japanese beetles in your area?  I'm also in PA with a lot of Japanese beetles around and have read that they like persimmon leaves.

Nice progress.  I tried this back when you originally posted.  So far I haven't seen any growth from any of the sections.  I guess you keep them in the shade for a while?  Anyway I rarely get any noticeable growth the first year when planting whole tops, maybe because of the short season here.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: 2021 seeds
« on: May 24, 2021, 08:31:55 PM »
Got my seeds today, just as described some are already germinated.  Thanks again!

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