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Hi from Carlsbad, CA

Postby natol » Sat Feb 16, 2013 8:36 pm

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I'm originally from Oregon, but recently moved to Carlsbad. I've always been interested in growing tropical/subtropical fruits but never had any land anywhere warm enough to grow them on up until recently. I've mostly started out last spring with planting bananas. I'm currently growing 5 different types. Recently I've planted pineapple guava, ruby-x guava, strawberry guava, a reed avocado, surinam cherry, mission fig, and a tree tomato plant. I've also been trying to grow tea plants for about a year, but am not having much luck with those.

The soil at my house is mostly clay which will probably be a problem for some of the plants I am trying to grow. I've also been very impatient this winter, and should have probably waited until spring to plant some of these plants. But, hopefully they will make it through to spring.

Re: Hi from Carlsbad, CA

Postby nullzero » Sun Feb 17, 2013 12:31 am

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Welcome to the forums. I bet your having a fun time with the climate. I would look into adding more figs, mangoes, and dragon fruit.

Re: Hi from Carlsbad, CA

Postby RodneyS » Sun Feb 17, 2013 10:06 am

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Welcome to sunny CA! Good luck w/ your collection thus far. You can ask your local coffee shops for their used coffee grounds & horse stables for their composted manure for free/cheap soil amendments.

Cherimoya would do well for you. What banana varieties do you have?

Re: Hi from Carlsbad, CA

Postby natol » Sun Feb 17, 2013 8:55 pm

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I have dragon fruit. It's small but growing pretty well so far. I love Mangos, but the skin from fresh mangos gives me such a bad rash that I'm skipping that plant in my garden It's basically like touching poison ivy for me to touch a fresh mango, unfortunately.

I've never heard of Cherimoya. I just read the wikipedia entry about those though, and I am intrigued. Thanks for the tip. I'll definitely keep an eye out for that plant next time I'm at the exotic fruit nursery.

The first bananas I planted were Raja Puri, Gold Finger, and a Lady Finger. All 3 of these are very big, and I think I will get my first fruit off of them this Summer. I have 2 smaller California Gold bananas that I planted a little later, but I suspect that the person who sold them to me may have given me dwarf cavendish instead. I'll probably have to wait until I get my first ripe bananas to know for sure. I'm also growing 2 very small Gros Michel's in pots in my living room that I'm waiting until spring to plant in my back yard.

Re: Hi from Carlsbad, CA

Postby Oolie » Sun Feb 17, 2013 10:24 pm

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I'm interested to see how the vintage banana does in our climate. Rodney is right, you can have free soil amendments/ fertilizers all over, and when planting things that need well drained soil, just plant on mounds or high spots.

I've read that the hellen avocado does well in less than ideal soils.

It's too bad about the mango allergy, it's common, but in some people it is infrequent. Lychees, longans, passionfruit, loquats, white sapote, and many others do well here, if you haven't yet, there's CRFG meetings the 4th wedensday of every month down in balboa park, not sure where or when north county holds theirs, but you can meet a lot of people who have a lot of knowledge.

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