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Hello from San Jose

by Achew » 13 hours ago in Introductions

Hello Cloud forest,
I have been reading these message boards for a while now and I have finally decided to join. I live in north San Jose in a south facing house most of my fruit trees are packed near the southern facing fence in the back yard. I am interested in growing subtropical fruit trees, and fruit trees/bushes native to North America. Like many people in this community I would like to grow Cherimoyas I have recently planted two pawpaws and am would like to plant a few of their south American cousins. I'm also interested in doing more grafting and increasing the number of cultivars on my existing trees. This seems like a really cool community and I hope I can learn a lot here.
Achew

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Fellow Palm & Exotic Plant Grower Passes Away

by Banana Joe » 18 hours ago in Palms and The Tropical Look

Yesterday Feb. 27, 2015 long time exotic plant enthusiast Vlad passed away here on SSI. He was hoping to make it another few months to see his first grandchildren being born. His three daughters are expecting in May, Vlad was excited to see them.,, unfortunately his battle with cancer ran out. He was a regular contributor on this forum posting great pics and lending his knowledge. R.I.P.

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root trench around fig

by yeti17 » 2 days ago in Fruits, Rare Fruits, Orchards and Exotics

I've noticed that my fig (brown turkey) has some pretty thick roots extending many feet past the drip line. Would it harm the tree if I dug a trench and severed the roots maybe two feet or so past the drip line? I have some young, recently planted trees in the area that I'm guessing would lose a root-war with the fig.

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The end of February and a very mild USDA 9b winter

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

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What a difference a year makes. December of 2013 brought a freeze that damaged many of my plants and left my garden looking frayed and awful. All through 2014 I braced myself for a repeat of the event. I decided I wouldn't cover anything I had. If it died, I didn't want it in my garden. Anyway, we were blessed with a mild winter with only a handful of freezing nights (and I doubt any got below 30 near the house). Here are some pix of things in late February, which is really the start of spring in Northern California (my grandmother's almond tree always blossomed in February, so I don't think this is a new phenomenon).
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Citrus from seed

by cchan » 4 days ago in Fruits, Rare Fruits, Orchards and Exotics

Is there any information on how long it takes citrus to bloom from seed? I found some where people say that the Bearss Lime takes two years and some oranges take up to ten years.

I want to know how long does seeds of Papedas, Tangerines, and Finger limes take from seed to fruit before I try starting them. If it takes 10 years I do not want to waste my time growing them from seed.

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