Sunday, November 28, 2021
Sunday, November 14, 2021
Back in the spring of 2015 I started with 150 cherimoya seedlings in 1 gallon bags. Ninety one plants survived their first summer. About half were up-potted to 5 G pots to go into their first winter. The remaining plants were left in 1 gallon bags.
A couple dozens survivors were planted in ground (by the building wall) in the following spring (2016). More trees died in the following years. Now there are only one strong vigorous tree that bloomed and fruited in 2021. The tree experienced the range of temperatures between 23F - 114F. It grows by the Southern wall and does have some protection from the building.
The first fruit was produced in fall of 2021 without hand pollination. There is another small fruit developing on the tree. The ripe fruit was very pleasant in flavor and sweet, medium in size. I collected all seeds and started germinating them.I plan to start propagating this tree in spring of 2022.
Friday, November 12, 2021
Now on November 12, I still do not see Tagan II forming gel in the middle of the fruits. It might be specific to this cultivar. My tree fruits the first time ever, and the fruits might develop in a different way in the following years.
The fruit form is unusual, irregular with depressed bottom. The flavor is sweet - sour, well balanced but gritty. The ripening period seems to be late. The skin is tough.
Sunday, November 7, 2021
These white sapote fruits were collected from a friend’s orchard on November 6 and tasted on November 7, 2021.
Friday, November 5, 2021
This year, my earliest fruiting cultivar was Redlands, I picked two fruits on October 4. I greatly disliked Redlands fruits. They have some very unpleasant medicinal flavor. I tasted the same flavor in the fruits collected from a friend's tree a couple of weeks later.
On October 30, I harvested a few fruits of Delta Gold (earlier known as Harvey B3, picture below). These turned out to be excellent fruits. They have a very pleasant intense creamy caramel flavor with thick, but not bitter skin.
On November 4 and 5, I harvested more of Delta Gold and four additional cultivars, see the pictures and descriptions below. These five cultivars are all good to excellent and definitely worth growing. I don't want to give exact scores as these would be based on a few fruits from single trees or grafts.
The skin is bitter. More intense than Vernon. Sweet caramel with a hint of lemon.
The skin is not bitter. Very soft sweet melting flesh with a hint of acidity.
Skinner makes lager fruits that start ripening at least a week before Himalayan DMOR9. The leaf shapes are different too, see the picture b...