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Where is your palm mecca?

by Axel » 7 hours ago in Palms and The Tropical Look

Where are all the palm meccas? Which part of your greater metropolitan/geographical area happens to be the best place to grow palms and where the most palm growers live? I have some ideas.

In Hawaii, it's obviously the Puna district of the Big Island, that is where the biggest concentration of palm nuts reside, and where the climate is just about perfect for growing any palm without even having to water.

In Southern California, palm mecca has to be the Vista-Fallbrook-San Marcos triangle, far enough inland to get plenty of heat but hilly enough to provide ample great microclimates.

In Coastal Central California, (North of Ventura and South of the Bay area) the horticultural paradise appears to be Santa Barbara, hands down the biggest concentration of tropical nurseries and an ideal climate to grow all sorts of things.

In the Central Valley, there's got to be a good spot, I suspect it's in the Southeast foothills where the citrus station is.

Oregon? Washington? British Columbia?

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cherimoya seedling question

by yeti17 » 14 hours ago in Fruits, Rare Fruits, Orchards and Exotics

I threw some cherimoya seeds in a pot last year. This seedling seemed the most vigorous; it's about a foot tall now, but is completely bent over.

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Any suggestions about what to do? Can I cut it down, or should I stake it?

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Wanted- Ben beaut or big fruited Cherry of Rio Grande scions

by RobertS » 1 day ago in Exchange Scions

Hi All, looking for scion wood soon as now is good time to graft Cherry of Rio-Grande, looking for a few scions of Ben's beaut or any larger fruited good tasting C.O.R.G. can trade for White Sapote scions. ;)

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A few more plums to add...

by pylot » 2 days ago in Fruits, Rare Fruits, Orchards and Exotics

I am trying to add a few more plums to my collection. I'm considering:

Elephant Heart
Emerald Beauty
Mariposa
Flavor Supreme
Howard's Miracle
El Dorado

Any favorites? I like juicy soft fruit with good flavor and on the sweeter side (we love Santa Rosa and Flavor Queen, and waiting to fruit Beauty and Burgundy) We get about 500 chill hours and have mild summers highs ~75 deg, but looking to possibly move to a warmer area soon.

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Question for Axel

by boojum » 2 days ago in Palms and The Tropical Look

I'm fascinated by America's native tropical and subtropical plants. I know that Hawai'i's native palms are highly endangered. Have you made any efforts to acquire some? How about the native tree ferns of Hawai'i? Other trees?

If I'm ever able to move back to South Florida, I think I'd be just as interested in trying to recreate a native tropical hammock with gumbo limbo, strangler fig, royal palms, etc., ad I would be in planting all of the tropical fruits I love.

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