What fruits did you eat today?


I’m in Livermore. How is the leaf curl on these early peaches?


Thanks @RandallW and @fruitgrower. Jon lives in Orangevale and has all the advantages of ideal central valley fruit growing weather (hot summers and enough chill) which I could only wish for :slight_smile: Although our spring weather shouldn’t be too different, the timing of my recently planted Sauzee Swirl is probably due to the fact that its a first year fruit (which usually ripen out of season). It does motivate me to graft some early season varieties though - TastyRich, Nicole and Earlitreat, which I didn’t previously think will produce decent quality fruit in my area.

@Monardella to answer your question - its too early to tell for me. I sprayed the neighboring PeachyKeen with Joe Real’s Italian Salad dressing spray. I think it worked well, but many of the grafts that leafed out (grafted after spraying) had bad leaf curl which spread to the host tree mildly. Sauzee Swirl next to it does not show any curl so far, but I should have better assessment next year.


Nicole apricots. Brix around 18. Very decent fruit for mid May.


my son just bought a townhouse in Yuma, AZ. he has about 1/4 acre yard with a 20ft. orange tree. he asked me to come visit in the fall and help him prune it. the previous owner told him it sets a lot of fruit. he also wants to add a few more fruit trees when I’m there. anxious to try a tree ripened orange. when do oranges ripen in the s. Arizona? sorry . a little off topic.


Just had some apricots from Costco. Pretty bland. One year I lucked out and got apricots there that tasted amazing, made it my favorite fruit. Have been searching for something similar since! Hope you’re are awesome.


Sounds like a fun little adventure. Have you spent much time in az? Maybe you’ll be woo’d into staying!


That’s very exciting, Steve. Unfortunately, it’s hard to say without knowing the variety. Most navel oranges ripen between mid-to-late winter. For Valencia oranges, the fruit needs to stay on the tree until summer. Interestingly, both fruit would have identical color (of course you can spot the difference in the navel at the bottom) in winter and while one is ripe, other one will make you pucker. I’m sure you guys will have fun figuring out the variety by reading online and comparing the fruit! Four winds growers list different varieties which can be useful for identification - https://www.fourwindsgrowers.com/pages/citrus-variety-info-chart


i wouldn’t mind snow birding there. just not a lot as far as outdoor recreation. if i could figure how to grow something out there with any consistency id be ok.


I’ve got some friends who just moved down there. They’ve got figs going, they forage a lot of prickly pear and stuff like that. I’d like to go visit myself and learn a bit more about growing things in the desert. It would open and shut a lot of doors growing wise, that’s for sure.


I had an Ag Dept. employee stop by last week and she commented on the lack of PLC on my peaches/nectarines. She said it is a bad year for PLC but that I am lucky. My plantings allow me to harvest peaches/nects from late May to September. I sprayed with Daconil several times during dormancy and had no PLC on any of my trees until just recently. Now I have a few infected leaves on each tree, but not too bad. I have been picking those off and destroying them, but I am not sure that does any good. Thoughts on that anyone? I wonder if I risk spreading the fungus that way.

Btw, I planted an Octoberfest Peach and grafted Last Chance and Halloween peach scions to my Carnival peach aiming to extend my harvest even more.


like a different world compared to what we are used to for sure. with my asthma it would be a lot better for me. i struggle with humidity. here.


My wife bought me these cherimoyas and some Saturn donut peach. I am looking forward to eat them. YUM.


I tried @JoeReal’s Italian salad dressing spray couple of times during the dormant season. I didn’t have any PLC when the peaches leafed out but reading CRFG emails, others in the area who didn’t spray at all didn’t have it then either. After a spell of dry season and rains, I got hit badly (others too) but observing the tree, I think it was concentrated on a couple of my grafts (which were not likely sprayed) and mildly spread to the rest of the tree. So, hard to say anything about the effectiveness of the spray. I’ll try the same procedure again and observe what happens.

Octoberfest sounds very interesting. I have my eye on it for next winter order. @RandallW What are your fav peaches/nectarines so far?


@californicus i skipped joes sprays this year as i thought limesulfur would do it…pretty heavy plc compared to just a couple leave the last couple years i ised joes strong recipe with hydrogen peroxide. Was also an exceptionally dry and warm spring here this year. Will do them again next year and see how things go


Clery strawberries, the first small Charentais melons and the Rouge de Roussillion apricots. Delish!


A white nectarine with some pink in the flesh. It measured 17.4 Brix, and had good acid for a white nectarine.


Citrus trees don’t need much pruning, most years I don’t do it at all except for removing dead wood. I was always afraid of removing branches from a productive tree but my Meyer lemon and a Mandarin that are over 25 years old were declining in production and branches were getting long and scraggly looking. On the Meyer Lemon I selectively removed branches from inside the canopy, letting more light penetrate the interior. The tree responded well so I then took on the Mandarin which I had almost given up on and pruned it pretty heavily during the winter… I was afraid I cut back too much and exposed branches to sunburn.(freezing is not a problem here, but be aware that new growth will be sensitive to it.) The flush of new growth will need to be thinned some. New sprouts can simply be rubbed off where the are not desired.

Btw, I have a Lane Late Navel Orange that doesn’t start getting sweet until May, then keeps getting sweeter until October-November by which time we have harvested the last of them. That would be about the time an earlier Navel would be harvestable.


Earlitreat has produced some nice crops for me and has had fine flavor. Last year, I lost the whole crop to brown rot, and I tried to prevent it this year by spraying with Daconil after petal fall. Unfortunately it is already affecting my fruit when it is still a week or so away from being ripe. It starts softening at the blossom end, the spreads through the rest of the fruit until it drops from the tree with a soggy ‘splat’. I am trying to salvage what I can by picking them at the first sign of rot and cutting them up. They don’t have much flavor ant the pit has not even hardened. I hate to throw away usable fruit when i have nothing else, so it can be tossed into oatmeal as it cooks or sweetened with honey.

Last year, Earlitreat was the only peach/nectarine so affected out of about 14 varieties. I will be harvesting Flordaking in about 2-3 weeks and will keep my fingers crossed. Is anyone else having this problem?

Another question; I am seeing tiny black beetles in and around the affected area. Are the a causitive or contibuting factor?


Do your rotted peaches have cracked pits? Insects can indeed make localized BR infection more spread, specially flying insects like Drosophila.


I found these apricots at Costco. They are the best ones I’ve ever had. Most at the grocery store are hard and sour but these were melting and sweet. Now I kind of know why people go through the efforts of growing these. They are probably not as good as what people can grow but I don’t know any better.