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It's been a...week???....since I bagged my pomegranate seeds. So far only one of them have begun to sprout, one is a lost cause due to mold, and there a few others that have some hope. I have another set of seeds I acquired on Sunday, but I'm drying those out completely before I attempt to bag them. These seeds went straight from fruit to bag, which explains why the one seed has molded.





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Any hopes to get viable fruit from seeds? I understand many (most?) fruiting trees don't grow into what you'd expect, and that grafting onto new rootstock is the typical method for propagating the species.
 

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I know that farmers do grafting, but that's done in order to have a tree begin to fruit as quickly as possible because farmers have a business to run.

Growing fruit from seeds like I'm doing takes a good deal longer. For example, for pomegranate to begin to fruit, it takes as much as 5 year before it begins to fruit. It can be as soon as 2 years though. Avocados take anywhere from 5yrs to 10yrs before it begins to fruit.

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So I've found a few things about mangos in California. Apparently, they're a thing here in SoCal!! So out in the Coachella Valley (Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Indio, etc.) they have mango groves!! Then in San Diego County, Los Angeles County, and Orange County, they are spotted all throughout. I'd imagine that they are fairly common to the San Bernardino and Riverside County (where I live) areas as the climate are all roughly the same to each other, excluding mountain areas.

My challenge with both my mango and avocado trees is the fact that I get light dusting of snow where I live each winter. I'm at a 2,800ft elevation so it does happen from time to time each winter.

That said, here are some better pictures of my little trees.

Oh, and one of my pomegranate seeds took hold!













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I like listening to AM radio. Most people don’t realize how far those stations signals travel at night and when the weather conditions are right. Living in Michigan, I can tune into Nashville or Toronto most evenings. And this can be with pretty much any portable or car radio.

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Last week I started two new avocados and last night I started a new mango. The mango, if it sprouts, should be ready to pot in about two weeks. The avocados however, will take about 2 months minimum before they're ready to be potted.

The avocados have since been moved into a 16oz water bottle as the 6oz water bottle and two Solo cups is all I had at the time.

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This seed here is a persimmons seed. I have no idea about this guy, or how long they take before they begin to sprout. I had two other seeds but they molded over so I threw them out. This is my last shot at sprouting this. My mother in law introduced me to persimmon and it was fairly odd, but good. The skin and its texture were that of an apple, but the meat of the fruit was similar to a tomato, but unlike a tomato, the taste was very sweet. I hope this little guy makes it.

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Finally, here is my second mango. I also have a 3rd mango drying out. I'll be bagging it next week.

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So I haven't been paying much attention to my mango seeds and today I happened to glance over at it while watering my other plants. Good thing I did too because it has sprouted!! So I put it in a "pot" today, lol.

Also, some pics of my other plants. The pomegranate saplings are really taking off! The smallest one is about 4" tall and the largest one is about 7" tall.









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You're having some pretty good luck with all that germination. I tend to kill ~90% of anything I try to grow. :)

My first encounter with persimmons was in Japan a couple years ago - there were persimmons trees all over the place in Niigata. I agree, they're... unique. I recall I wasn't put off by it but I haven't gone out of my way to get more (the local Asian grocery carries them).
 
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Update on my plants:

My second mango seedling died. I'm betting that the reason why is because a quart sized yogurt tub isn't a proper pot and doesn't drain properly. I also mever cut a hold in the bottom until it was way too late. I'll try again on the next mango I buy, lol.

I have however, finally had success on getting a pineapple to sprout roots! Third time's the charm, right? I learned quite a bit from my first two attempts as they were both failures. This last one, I transplanted it over to a "pot" (the bottom half of a Coke bottle with a hole drilled in the bottom where water collects into the bottom half of an old milk jug). Let's see where it goes. I will say though, that a fully mature pineapple plant will be approximately 4*4*4 in volume and it will be anywhere between 3 - 5 years before it begins to sprout pineapple flowers. The pineapple fruit will be ready about 2 months after that.

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That looks kinda creepy, I won't lie. :)

My yuzus survived the winter and are sprouting new greens like crazy with the sun being stronger now. Both plans have started flowering as well - we'll see how many fruit I get in a few months!

I've also been working to [continue to] remediate the horrible condition of the lawn we inherited from the previous owner. Last year I dug up some of the worst sections, put down new soil and seeded - which worked well but was a ton of work! This year I just raked the old, dead stuff a bit and laid down a bunch of seed... we'll see how well that goes in a month or so. I also put in a half a dozen prairifire crabapples in the tree lawn. We might do some landscaping this weekend if the weather breaks...
 

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Remember to leave lots of SkyView for the Eclipse.

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Are you still in the path since you moved?
 

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Got a new hobby. Since I have lots of time in the garden with my son (he looks for worms/slugs/rolly polys) and I weed, my next project is starting a vermicompost bin (my kid calls it a "worm ranch").

While SF has composting, I don't exactly want to pay for more quality soil for my garden boxes (the last batch I got from SF was a bit more mulchy than actual rich compost). SF only occasionally offers the compost dirt (and clearly not now during the lockdown). He likes gross wiggly things so why not?

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Remember to leave lots of SkyView for the Eclipse.

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Are you still in the path since you moved?
Our yard isn't huge and there are areas with tall trees fairly close, so the horizon is pretty much a bust from 25 degrees alt. on down. But... no issues looking up at the sun during eclipse hours! I moved only about 10 miles, so it's only a second or two less. :)
 
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I had a really cool observing night this week; I got home late, and as I stepped out of the car, I realized it was clear as glass, so I grabbed my 4.5" scope and went to the pool.

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Last night was transplant day! My avocados have been growing and it was time to move them up. A trip to HD for more soil, new pots, and a touch of gravel later these guys have been moved up. I've also placed them in my back yard in the planter now from inside my house. Them being in my backyard now has them east facing instead of west facing. This also means that they'll receive direct sunlight until about 12:30 - 1:30 each day. It should save them from the hottest part of the day which is usually around 2pm - 3pm around here. They will be needing more water than before for sure.

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My biggest concern about these two avocados being out here isn't so much the heat, it's the dog. My wife had a ponytail palm out in the back yard last year and the dog ate the plant. My wife was pissed at the dog for sure. Now that the dog is older and has a little bit less energy, I hope he doesn't chew / destroy either of these two avocados.

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I also moved up my pineapple plant from it's "pot", formerly the bottom half of a 2L soda bottle, into one of the pots that was previously the avocado's. I didn't get any pictures of it's root system, but it's definitely growing!

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Yes, that little orange "ball" back there is one of the two avocado seeds I started a few months ago. This one took hold but the other one did not.

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The next set of moves to happen will have to be my pomegranates. They're all just about outgrown their Solo starter cups.
 
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Tested it out with the Mustang first. Didn't want to risk the Coug on the first trip up.

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