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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is this white sapote ripe in June?
« on: August 20, 2022, 01:01:01 AM »
Most likely bug stings. They ripen ok.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is this white sapote ripe in June?
« on: August 13, 2022, 08:30:21 PM »
The largest fruits look like this now, any idea?




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is this white sapote ripe in June?
« on: July 19, 2022, 02:51:46 PM »
Several fruits on the tree are quite large and light golden in color. They are, however, rather hard still.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is this white sapote ripe in June?
« on: July 18, 2022, 06:29:44 PM »
You will know it is not ready to pick if the sampler fruit never softens up well/ stays firmish, or if it is lacking in sweetness.

Many cultivars will ripen fruit throughout the year.



Finally softened up after nearly a month.
Not bitter, not sweet, definitely too early.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is this white sapote ripe in June?
« on: June 25, 2022, 08:12:34 PM »
All fruits are still hard, but I went ahead to pick a medium one. Time will tell...


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is this white sapote ripe in June?
« on: June 25, 2022, 02:33:20 PM »
Socal is in the middle a heat wave, could it be sunburn?
White sapote has the reputation of almost year-round blooming, would the fruits ripen in certain months only? Or almost year-round too? Thank you so much

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Is this white sapote ripe in June?
« on: June 25, 2022, 02:09:51 PM »
Dear TFF family,
I'm super new to white sapotes, my tree gave exactly one edible fruit last year, but this year it's really pushing to the limits and I started to feel sorry to the yellow leaves.
Would you think these fruits are starting to ripen already? I thought they are meant to ripen around October...

Thank you so much,

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Lychee for Southern California
« on: March 21, 2021, 09:25:54 PM »
Idk my lychee tree has flowered consecutively for 6 years and I'm yet to see a fruit that really sets. What is your secret in making the lychee tree produce? I have several friends growing lychee and none of us successful.

Coming back to report that in 2020 I took time to spray the tree with water whenever I remembered, and maybe the increased humidity helped the tree to finally set a few fruits. (Or maybe it was finally TIME.)

I was very disappointed by the huge seed and mediocre quality though. Guessing it's a Brewster. First time fruits...

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Besides mom complaining on-and-off about less production (well the tree IS much smaller compared to before), I am really happy with what I have after nearly 6 years. Thanks to everyone's great tips and my friend's generosity with scions.

This year reed had less production, poor tree probably tried to distribute energy.
Jan Boyce on the other hand is fully loaded and cracked much less.
Sharwill has exactly one fruit, not able to keep up with other varieties at all.
I trimmed off Mexicola's large branch and left only a little bit of it, no fruit formed from flowers.
Good news, I finally grafted hass last spring and it shoots for the sky, successfully filling the center void. Let's see if it will flower soon.
I also grafted 2x gem branches but they are really shaded by hass thus barely growing.

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Do you hire any tree trimming expert to trim the branches or you have done it on your own?
Major trimming definitely done by tree companies.
Nowadays I could keep the tree at the same height by myself.

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Mine has been throwing a couple flowers every night for just over a week. I’m getting fruit set with ‘Constance elliot’
And less consistently with ‘Frederick‘

Amazing! Have you observed any fruit setting without cross pollination?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Lychee for Southern California
« on: May 20, 2020, 03:17:55 PM »
No secret or anything special that I do. I think it is because my tree is old (30+ yrs). I only water it 2x a week.
Here's some photos of my tree from 2019. Must have had about 50-75 lbs of fruit last year.

Sooooooooo impressed. How big is the tree? (approx height width?)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: The Reed avocado thread
« on: May 15, 2020, 05:10:31 PM »
I let my avos thin themselves.

When is everyone picking the reeds? I was told to wait until end of June, but have started seeing mature size fruits on the ground with sunburn.

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I'd be curious as well about long term compatibility of grafting something evergreen like black sapote on deciduous tree roots and whether that affects sap flow and fruit viability over the winter.

Quite curious here, as I have a fuyu persimmon tree to experiment with.

I have once grafted an evergreen variety of green jujube to my deciduous li jujube. It fruited heavily the next year. In the winter the whole tree is bare except this evergreen branch. I eventually removed it because 1) I did not like the green jujube's taste and 2) I was worried it would eventually hurt the rootstock for losing dormancy.

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It does fruit in LA. The fresh fruits first became available last year in LA, so most of the seedling growers wouldn't be getting flowers just yet, except for a few like barath and the guy that fruited it in LA.

I'm sure there'll be lots of people fruiting it from seed in a couple of years.

Have we heard of any success yet?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Lychee for Southern California
« on: May 05, 2020, 03:03:28 AM »
Idk my lychee tree has flowered consecutively for 6 years and I'm yet to see a fruit that really sets. What is your secret in making the lychee tree produce? I have several friends growing lychee and none of us successful.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Avocado ID help: two crops in spring / fall
« on: February 06, 2020, 11:18:31 PM »
Help to ID this avocado please? Owner says it produces two crops, spring (now) and fall (Sep-Oct).



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Question on top working mature citrus trees. Do you keep nursing limbs? Or cut down to stump?

I have two citrus trees whose flavor is less than satisfactory -- I prefer sweet seedless and easy to peel. The 15ft orange tree is currently loaded with fruits, and 6ft mandarin tree is done fruiting for the season. I kind of plan to graft 3 varieties to each tree.

I removed the orange tree's left limb (old picture below still shows it) last spring and grafted onto new shoots. Most of them grew very slowly, and I suspect the tree directed most energy to fruits??

My main concern is how RISKY is it to not keep any nurse branches at all, for larger and smaller citrus trees. Both produced heavily this season.

Interesting read https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/.../Reworking-citrus-trees.pdf
Quote
Nurse branches:
- provide sun protection to the recently exposed
parts of the tree;
- reduce the effect of strong winds on the graft
area;
- maintain sap flow in the tree to allow the grafts
to establish and grow rapidly.

Tips, precautions, ideas please!! Thank you very much!



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: January 28, 2020, 02:54:02 PM »
November 30, 2019

2 hour long interesting video on Avocados.

First half on Avocado roots, rootstock, and why Brokaw trees are better.

Second half of the video is a discussion on Avocado varieties, pollination.

https://www.youtube.com/Growing Avocados

Thank you very much, informative discussion. Interesting that he has a no compost in soil approach.

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Here is the tree after latest trimming, trying all I could to keep fuerte from overgrowing again.
Trimmed Mexicola (?) in half as I don't have much faith in its super thin skin, got exactly one fruit this year.
The center of the tree is still mostly empty, I grafted a few hass to see if it could fill in (both the space and harvest season)



Harvest report:
- Fuerte: off year with 1/2 production, which I understand as last harvest season was all fuerte (2018 summer heat wiped out everything else)
- Reed: big year, another 6 months away
- Jan Boyce: decent harvest, skin still cracks in rain season
- Sharwill: I really want to remove it. Barely grows and exactly one fruit

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: July 05, 2019, 04:45:18 PM »
My dad has an avocado tree that he grew from a seedling 15 years ago.  He brought the seed back from his trip in VietNam. I remembered it fruited a couple of times in year 4th or 5th.  However, it has't produce any fruit since then.  It is quite a vigorous and healthy tree.  Every year it would flowered but wouldn't fruited.  This year, it shed all the leaves and right now there is nothing but flowers.  See attached.  I know it is a crapshoot in getting fruit from seedling but is there any trick or anything he can do to get a some fruit from this tree?  It is quite beautiful.




If it's in good health, top it down to 3-4 ft tall and graft onto new shoots. I did it to mine and can't be happier. Mix and match different varieties if desired.

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I know it's possible, just wondering about probability. Say 1/3 or more like 1/100?

Here in FL, fruiting in 5 years is common. Have seen a tree fruit in less too.

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Avocados from seeds...

In a series of discussions, someone (A) claimed he had grown multiple avocado trees from seed in SoCal and all of them fruited around year 5. Another (B) said his relative planted a costco avocado seed in East Asia and it fruited in year three.

I'm curious what you think. What is the likelihood of the above being all true? If you guesstimate, how likely is 5 avocado seedlings all fruiting at age 5, assuming excellent care? (We all know they don't grow true to seed, or even no fruit at all. So how risky is it, really?)

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Did I do my math is correct??
1 gallon = 231 cubic inches
42 x 42 x 36 = 63504 cubic inches = 275 gallons

It does look big but is it really 10 times bigger than a 25 gallon pot?

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Sorry to hear the losses, do keep posting.

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