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Hello - New fruitiphile in Socal

Postby SocalKoop » Wed Nov 20, 2013 1:24 pm

Posts: 20
Joined: Tue Oct 22, 2013 4:15 pm
Location: Lake Forest, CA (9b)
Climate Zone: 9b
Hi, I felt required to join this excellent forum after getting so much good advice from reading other's posts as a visitor discussing many of the same plants I am attempting to grow in containers.
I recently (2 yrs ago) caught the rare fruit bug and have been collecting an odd assortment of plants, most of which are still not of fruiting age but that I obsess over. I’m currently growing:
-Tamarillo (flowering and fruiting heavily now) and feeding all the aphids in the neighborhood.
-Passiflora edulis 'Frederick' – currently feeding some very pretty purple and orange caterpillars.
-Synsepalum dulcificum “Miracle Fruit” – I’ve been hand feeding this monster bottled water for over a year and it’s finally produced its first berry, just being to ripen! It will be my first time trying this.
-Jaboticaba – 2 ft tall, 3 years old
-Sapodilla (Morena (4 ft) and silas wood (2 ft))
- Grumichama (4 ft)
- White Starfruit (Something misnamed at a san diego nursery as "white grumichama" but leave aren't right and fold at night.
- Eugenia reinwardtiana (Australian Beach cherry)
- Randia Formosa (Blackberry Jam fruit)
-Muntingia calabura (Jamaican Cherry)
- Pitaya - Fruited in Sumer and now have second crop that flowered a few weeks ago - Will these young fruits survive winter? - not enlarging as fast as Summer crop.
- Solanum pseudolulo (Sweet Naranjilla)
- Hardy Kiwis (Kens Red and Anna) – Both under 1 ft for last 10 months in ground, and my equally small male pollinator just curled up and died. Anyone successfully growing these here in Southern Orange County California?
- Green Sapote – 3.5 ft, just bought from some local guy on craigs list. Looks tired and abused in a 3 gal. – any advice of this one? Can I fruit these in Containers in Socal?
I have a little 6’x5’ pop up greenhouse I’m keeping most of my plants in for the winter.. I am heating it with a little portable heater for a few hours at night, should I be bothering if temps at 50°F? Totally new to trying to keep tropical plants alive…

Re: Hello - New fruitiphile in Socal

Postby RodneyS » Fri Nov 22, 2013 12:54 am

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Joined: Fri Nov 26, 2010 6:41 am
Location: Cerritos, CA
Climate Zone: USDA Zone 11a
Welcome koop! Nice collection you have there

Re: Hello - New fruitiphile in Socal

Postby SocalKoop » Fri Nov 22, 2013 10:19 am

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Joined: Tue Oct 22, 2013 4:15 pm
Location: Lake Forest, CA (9b)
Climate Zone: 9b
Thanks Rodney, Most of my plants are still young, but I'm patient :)

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