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Tropical Downpour

by Axel » 1 day ago in Palms and The Tropical Look

We got a massive downpour down here in Fallbrook and Temecula, lots of thunder and lightning and rain coming down in sheets. I'll get some videos uploaded later. We were driving back through Temecula when it started to rain hard, it went from 102F to 68F really quickly because it rained so hard. The storm was heading Southeast towards Fallbrook and by the time we got home it started raining hard here too.

There is nothing nicer than lovely monsoon desert rain, the smells, the air, it's all delightful. This will give us a little burst of green. The humidity is through the roof, 78F with a dewpoint of 73F, that's Hawaii style humidity, almost as humid as Florida.

All I can say, is what a treat!

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Any ideas?

by Las Palmas Norte » 3 days ago in Palms and The Tropical Look

Spotted this low growing plant in town. It has fleshy, silvery blue leaves that appear nearly white in full sun. They're about a foot wide with wavy margins.
Any ideas what this might be? Thanks in advance.

Cheers, Barrie.

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Newbie Quex about HLB

by MrsLK » 3 days ago in Citrus and Citrus Orchards

Hi All,
I'm new to these forums, and I posted some newbie questions about HLB issues in California on the "getting started" section. I realize maybe I should have posted them here in citrus, but I don't know what the rules are about double-posting. So if anyone feels like tackling a couple of simple things concerning citrus transporting and grafting in California, please check my post over there. Thanks all!

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Do HLB issues affect grafting and moving citrus trees in CA?

by MrsLK » 3 days ago in Getting Started

Hello Citrus people,

I grow mostly pomes and stone fruits here in Santa Cruz. However, my family in the SF Bay Area wants to get rid of a couple of citrus trees in pots. Is there any problem with bringing them down to Santa Cruz? Maybe this is a silly question, but I heard something about not taking citrus from one county to another. I want to be super-careful.

Secondly, I've really enjoyed grafting with non-citrus fruits and would like to try citrus. If I bring my parents' citrus trees down here, can I graft onto them safely? At our CRFG scion exchange, they always say "no citrus!" so I wondered if there are regulations about or concerns with grafting citrus. What sources of citrus scions are considered safe?

Thanks!

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Cordyline Surviver

by AaronJ » 4 days ago in Palms and The Tropical Look

Found this beautiful flowering cordyline at one of my clients houses on fri. Not many of these beauties left around victoria after winter 2008.

As most of you know befor 08 there were huge examples all over the city, but now there are only a handful of tall ones left. Most on waterfront locations like this one. I know of some near the downtown core a couple in Sidney. I'm sure there are still more out there though.

This one is 12'-13' tall and much more impressive in person. Too cool.



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