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Which D. betafaka?

by benr7132 » 16 hours ago in Palms and The Tropical Look

Thinking about getting this plant, which I am told is D. betafaka...of some sort. Axel, do you have a POV on this? Is this the one in the decipiens complex? Any views on likely cold hardiness?

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Persimmons for the Central Coast/Zone 17?

by florallie » 20 hours ago in Fruits, Rare Fruits, Orchards and Exotics

Hey folks,

I'm looking for some feedback on Persimmons that have wowed in cool-summer areas ;).

Specifically, I'll be planting one in a garden 1/2 mile south of Manresa Beach, 1/2 mile from the ocean in the Santa Cruz area (where there is already a young Hachiya), and another in a garden in Pleasure Point by itself. Both places are in Sunset zone 17 and get good winter chill. The first garden can have some summer fog in July & early August.

I looked back through old posts and it looks like a few cool-summer Cloudforesters were giving Saijo a try a few years back...I'm wondering if any of those folks have updates on how they've done, flavor/successful ripening, etc.?

I've also heard good things about Chocolate, but only from a couple of people with young trees. Does anyone have experience with Chocolate grown on the coast?

The friend whom I'm helping out south of Manresa really loves the astringent/Hachiya types, hence my draw towards Saijo & Chocolate, both of which I know I can find locally. She already has a Hachiya planted, but I've told her that it might not ripen in all but the warmest summer years.

For the Pleasure Point location, I've been looking at Izu for its compact form and early ripening. If anyone has any thoughts on Izu's flavor and success on the coast, I'd love to hear them! I'm open to any other suggestions also.

Thanks for any thoughts!

Allie

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New Varieties of Pummelos / Grapefruits from Israel

by raimeiken » 21 hours ago in Citrus and Citrus Orchards

Pretty interesting new types of pummelos. Would love to try these some day. I hope we can get our hands on some of these so I can add them to my collection in my yard.

http://www.israelagri.com/?CategoryID=4 ... cleID=1045


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• "Flamingo" – Red Pomelo is a hybrid of the 'Chandler' pomelo with a hybrid of a Shamouti orange and a clementine. This pomelo variety ripens in the period from October to December and unlike other varieties it maintains its red color when the temperature drops. The pomelo is sweet (14% sugar) and seedless and its special feature is the presence of lycopene, a red pigment considered to possess unique health advantages such as preventing cancer.

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• "Hanna", White Pomelo is a hybrid of the 'Tahitian' and 'Chandler' pomelos. This pomelo variety, which is white inside, ripens during the period from October to December. It is characterized by its especially sweet taste as it contains 12.6% sugar and it is seedless.



• "Einat" – Pink Grapefruit is a hybrid of the Hudson Tetrafluoride with a pomelo, which is not sour in taste. This grapefruit variety ripens during the period from October to January and it maintains its inner pink color (lycopene) throughout all the season. It contains 11.5% sugar and its segments are seedless. What makes this grapefruit unique is the absence of sourness.


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• "Aliza" Grapefruit is a hybrid of the 'Chandler' pomelo with "Ora", an easily peelable fruit. This grapefruit variety ripens during the period from November to February and as it ripens so its inner and outer colors become orange. It contains 16% sugar and is seedless. The fruit owes its prominence to its sweet taste and high sugar content, and these qualities earned it high marks in tasting tests. The Aliza grapefruit has the potential to dominate the global market.


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Favorite Figs on the Central Coast?

by florallie » 22 hours ago in Fruits, Rare Fruits, Orchards and Exotics

Hey folks,

I'm looking for some feedback on which figs people have found most worth growing in cooler summer areas. Specifically, I will be planting two or three 1/2 mile south of Manresa beach in the Santa Cruz area (1/2 mile from ocean), in a relatively warm protected alcove in rich sandy loam soil. Lately summers have been warmer, but July & early August can be pretty dreary some years.

Does anyone have experience with Panache or Violette de Bordeaux (Negronne?) in such a location? I'm also considering Desert King, Genoa, & Osborne Prolific. I've heard that Desert King doesn't disappoint :). I'm open to other suggestions as well, these are just varieties that I've seen locally available. Also, I'm more concerned about flavor & texture than maximum productivity.

If possible, I'd love to select for variety in fruit color—hopefully at least one purple skinned variety & one green/yellow skinned.

I'd really appreciate any thoughts or testimonials :)


Many thanks!

Allie

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Interesting info about seeds

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

Just came across this. Might be helpful to anyone who wants to germinate any kind of seed.
The book is by Norm Deno. Not being published anymore but you can download this via the USDA National Agriculture Library.


Seed Germination: Theory and Practice (12 mb)
http://hdl.handle.net/10113/41278

First Supplement to Seed Germination: Theory and Practice (5 mb)
http://hdl.handle.net/10113/41279

Second Supplement to Seed Germination: Theory and Practice (5 mb)
http://hdl.handle.net/10113/41277



Happy reading !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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