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Need help with lychee tree

Postby Jason59 » Sat May 11, 2013 1:35 am

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Hey, guys
I really need help with my sweet heart lychee tree, I was not sure wear to post this but hopefully some one can help.

So I purchased the tree and planted in the ground around 2 months ago;
I water the tree about every 6 days but will be doing more often when it heats up.
I have not applied any fertilizer, only used Mycostim Benefici Mycorrhizae during the original planting.
The soil I have is more clayish but has reasonable drainage.
I have the following tree in the ground and they seem to be doing well: Pomegranate, apricot, 3 citrus trees, persimmons, and a apple tree.

The problems I have are the following:
1. Twisted rusty leaves (I did some research and erinose mites may be the cause)

2. The biggest concern I have is the new buds witch would develop into new growth, dry up and die without opening

Her are some pics:
http://uploadingit.com/file/view/kn3mgz ... to%205.JPG
http://uploadingit.com/file/view/dgldmr ... to%204.JPG
http://uploadingit.com/file/view/z1oahb ... to%203.JPG
http://uploadingit.com/file/view/c1lmks ... to%202.JPG
http://uploadingit.com/file/view/rnimgs ... to%201.JPG
http://uploadingit.com/file/view/mxdyct ... to%205.JPG
http://uploadingit.com/file/view/pfsoru ... to%204.JPG
http://uploadingit.com/file/view/bu13zg ... to%203.JPG
http://uploadingit.com/file/view/6787qr ... to%202.JPG
http://uploadingit.com/file/view/rdpt5o ... to%201.JPG

I would really appreciate your thoughts, recommendation, or experience.

Thank you all
Jason

Re: Need help with lychee tree

Postby bluenkimchi » Sat May 11, 2013 4:43 pm

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I'm no expert, but seems wind burn is the biggest enemy with lychee's new growth. My Mauritius and Emperor lychee is doing the same thing. What I do is build a wind barrier for the lychee when it's flushing then after it finish hardening off I take it down. but even with a wind barrier, the leaves still gets burned just less, misshapen and not to mention smaller than normal. My Longan on the other hand doesn't even flinch at a gust of wind and just grows fine. Longan seems to be more hardier for us Californian(I assume you're also in Cail) but longan in general is just less finicky and hardier than lychee.

Re: Need help with lychee tree

Postby Jason59 » Sun May 12, 2013 3:52 am

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Hey, Bluenkimchi

Thank you for the reply
The tree is some what protected from wind, it is surrounded by mature trees all around, but like you said, i was thinking of adding some additional wind protection.

What type of longan do you have? Does it produce well? I do want to plant a longan tree as well but im running out of space

Best regards
Jason

Re: Need help with lychee tree

Postby bluenkimchi » Sun May 12, 2013 8:57 am

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I have the "kohala" variety. I've read that it supposedly does well for us Californians? But I guess with some protection any variety should do ok. If you search the the Modesto longan on this site, you'll see pictures of Jeff Earls mature longan in Modesto. Although Modesto is a very marginal zone but some how he manages to grow many of the tropical with some minimum protection. But i've never mange to see his pictures on the thread when I open them, so I don't know how big his tree actually looks, but it's mature. However in parts of southern California, they do very well and get big with lots of fruits, but nothing like south Florida. My tree on the hand is still to small and young, I think 3 years from grafting and is only 3' tall so maybe i'll see my first fruits in a year or 2.check the link below of a southern Cali longan with fruits, not cluster and cluster like in south Florida but enough.
http://www.tropicsphere.com/main/forums ... f=2&t=6825

And this link of a mature and big longan tree
http://www.latimes.com/features/home/la ... otogallery

Re: Need help with lychee tree

Postby Jason59 » Sun May 12, 2013 11:00 pm

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Wow that is defiantly enough, great links.
I guess i'm going to remove one of my citrus tree, does pictures got me thinking.

I will update on the lychee in a few weeks, it does have some fruit holding on as of right now. It should be interesting to see if it will ripen.

Many Thanks
Jason

Re: Need help with lychee tree

Postby Jeff » Fri Sep 06, 2013 5:58 am

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Location: Modesto, Ca
Climate Zone: USDA zone 9b
They hate soil and water with a PH above 6.5.

Mulch with peat and fir bark and water with rain water or PH adusted tap water.
No nitrogen fert!
At least that is my experience and I have a 10 year 25 feet tall Mauritious.. Here in Modesto.


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