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Looking for loquat and feijoa scionwood/cuttings

by jbclem 9b Topanga » 17 hours ago in Exchange Scions

I have some seedling loquat trees that are about 3 feet tall, started to branch last year. I'd like to find some scionwood from different varieties such as Big Jim, Tanaka, Early Red, McBeth.

Same for some young and old feijoa trees. I have two older feijoa trees/bushes that bloom in Sept/Oct, and never have any fruit so even though I've heard it's difficult to do, I want to graft some different types onto them and also ontothe 2 year old seedling I have. Variety names that I've heard of are Coolidge, Choiceana, Superba, Mammoth, anything from Mark Albert (Albert's Supreme, Albert's Pride, Albert's Choice).

I have a young Nazameth Feijoa so that's one I don't need, but I can offer some cuttings off of it.

Also have Condor dragonfruit cuttings if anyone wants to trade.

John

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Wollemi Pine

by Las Palmas Norte » 1 day ago in Palms and The Tropical Look

There has been a trial with Wollemi Pine in the PNW with a great deal of success over the past 8 years or so, since it became available thru National Geographic in North America.
Wondering if any California folks have tried the Wollemi or know of some plantings there. Mine is 6' tall now after being planted some years ago as a 2 gallon specimen.

Cheers, Barrie.

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Garden yard waste.

by Las Palmas Norte » 1 day ago in Palms and The Tropical Look

How do you remove or deal with garden yard waste? I guess there are many answers depending on local by-laws or property size. I'm on a half acre and there seems to be a phenominal amount of garden material I have to deal with annually. Composting is only a small percetage of was is feasible here, and I've stock piled a fair amount on undeveloped neighboring property, in hope of finding an effective way to deal with it later.
In the mean time, the fire ban has been lifted and I burn ... burn baby burn.

Cheers, Barrie.

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Loquat Tree Turns Out Not To Be a Dud!

by jonathan415 » 1 day ago in Fruits, Rare Fruits, Orchards and Exotics

The grafted Golden Nugget loquat tree that I was complaining many years back, about not giving fruit even-though it looked big enough, finally gave fruit this year. After 9 years in the ground, and bought as a 15 gallon with a 3 inch trunk to start / 8ft tall.

I thought it was a dud for all these years. My brother was about to cut it down.
I wasn't even sure if I had a grafted Golden Nuggest tree either, given that grafted trees are supposed to fruit in a couple of years.

There is also some info on the internet that says loquat trees needs a 2nd tree, and is unisex (male or female), which turns out not to be true.

I think the real problem is that most people aren't patient enough to give a tree that much time, so they come up with theories why it isn't fruiting, and marking it off as a dud. Then it gets cut down. After all, 10+ years is a very long time to wait, watching it do nothing at all but get bigger and bigger.

So for anyone who has a Loquat Tree, I found out that if you grew it from seed, it can take as long as 15+ years for it to start fruiting. Even with a grafted tree, mines still took almost 9 years. I think that tree was already grafted for 2-3 years prior based on size.

So don't mark your tree off as a dud too early. Give it time. It needs lots of it.

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Desert King - Ripens Partial 2nd Crop - Didn't Expect That

by jonathan415 » 1 day ago in Fruits, Rare Fruits, Orchards and Exotics

This is the very first year that I gotten a 2nd crop from my Desert King tree. It has been in the ground for 5 years growing very strong and fast. I think it really likes the clayish super rocky and hard hillside soil. The soil is poor, but that thing took off like a monster once the root system got hold. This year, it didn't even need watering at all. It somehow managed to find it's own water. Prior to that I had it in the 15 gallon pot, but didn't grow much at all for 3 years.

This is the very first year that I've been getting a 2nd crop of Figs ripening. I didn't expect to get that at all given that I read on the internet that you can't get a 2nd crop without a special wasp to pollinate, and in mild climates, you don't have enough time to ripen a 2nd crop. It has been giving me about 2 figs everyday for the last 2.5 weeks. So probably somewhere between 30-40 smaller sized figs.

Those 2nd crop of figs are like 1/4 the size of the huge brebras, and are very high sugar content compared to the breba, and flavorful.

I just thought it was kinda odd, and highly surprised that it was able to ripen a 2nd crop in this climate.

The only thing I did differently this year was:
1. fertilize only once in spring, and not a 2nd time after the brebas are gone.
2. dumped in lots of lime onto the soil.
3. don't water much at all, and let it get it's own water. I normally don't need to water much at all even in previous years, but I water even way less this year.

This is my favorite fig, and I think it tastes better than most figs I buy at the farmers market or stores. I think Black Mission and Kadota (overpowering sweet) from the stores are just okay, but way too sweet, without substantial unique fig flavor to keep it memorable. Desert King is just juicier, and not pure sugar sweet. It has just enough sweetness to keep me happy without being overpowering. I like the texture of the insides of the Desert King, with it plump reddish pulp, and it has a figgy taste that I like.

I am not a fan of Brown Turkey, and that's last on my list, but will still eat and buy them, if I have absolutely no other figs available. That's how much I love figs.

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