Caimito will not fruit in SoCal.

newgen(9 Central California)July 20, 2011

I got one, the purple kind, a few months back, just because I love the fruits. Going in knowing that the chances of getting fruits are slim to none, I still bought it, just to see it growing. Today I spoke to Champa nursery in El Monte, CA. They confirmed that it will not fruit, they tell this to all their Caimito customers. Oh well, the tree still looks good in the pot, though. 8-)) I'm wondering if it can fruit in So Florida.

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hmhausman(FL 10B)

I find it very difficult to believe what you have been told. They fruit heavily here is South Florida. They are not very wind resistant. They tend to uproot and tip over or snap at the base of the tree in heavy thunderstorms......nevermind hurricanes. But, fruiting is absolutely no problem. Why did the nursery say that they won't fruit there?

Harry

    Bookmark   July 20, 2011 at 4:58PM
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pikorazi

Caimito also fruit over here...

Felipe

    Bookmark   July 20, 2011 at 5:15PM
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newgen(9 Central California)

The employee there said that because of the low humidity in SoCal, same reason why lychees are poor producers here, and why rambutans won't fruit either.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2011 at 5:31PM
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red_sea_me

Newgen,
sounds like a challenge to me, give me a few more years to prove the employee wrong. ;)

they are beautiful trees,
-Ethan

    Bookmark   July 20, 2011 at 7:45PM
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hmhausman(FL 10B)

Yeah, I think this can be a challenge you guys in the desert can conquer. Best of luck...good growing.

Harry

    Bookmark   July 20, 2011 at 7:58PM
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stu123

I talked to Roger Meyer several years back and he said Caimito doesn't fruit here in SoCal.

I've never tried it so can't speak from experience.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2011 at 1:01AM
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jfernandez(10B)

Ethan

you won't have to prove him wrong, they certainly DO fruit in Socal- I've seen a huge 12'-15' fruiting caimito tree in Cypress.

Newgen

Roger Meyer is a very knowable person but he told me a couple of years ago that Mamey Sapotes will not fruit in Socal that was until I showed him a pic of 10 meters fruiting Mamey tree 7 miles from his house.If you wish, I could give you the number of the gentleman that propagates them and fruits them in Cypress.

JF

    Bookmark   July 21, 2011 at 2:08PM
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newgen(9 Central California)

JF: I would love to contact the person who has a fruiting Caimito.

Thanks!!!

    Bookmark   July 21, 2011 at 4:47PM
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RodneyJS

JF-I sent you an email. I would like to get in touch with the person in Cypress and observe/buy a tree.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2011 at 6:03PM
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jfernandez(10B)

Newgen,

ematl me.

JF

    Bookmark   July 22, 2011 at 11:13PM
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jfernandez(10B)

Anyone who sends me an email please identify yourselve with your moniker or I will not reply.

JF

    Bookmark   July 23, 2011 at 8:54PM
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ToShorty

jfernandez

How big was the caimito fruit? was it like a golf ball?
it can have fruit in socal( depend on areas, most humidity), just because it blooms at the wrong season( in winter mostly)so the fruits can only grow up to an egg size.

Of course it can have fruit in Florida and Hawaii, because it humid throughout the year.

Roger Meyer was right about the Mamey "BEFORE". It cannot have fruit in Socal back then including chico sapote. Now you see, the weather in socal is getting more and more humid. that's why you see the mamey and chico sapote start getting fruits. But not much, only few.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2011 at 5:17PM
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stanofh

Its not getting any more humid in soucal..but for sure its warmer. L.A. is 11f warmer (day + nights)in winter then it was in the 1940's I read. Thats the trend in California's urban and coastal areas..warmer winter nights,with occasional longer summer heat waves..except for this year on the hot.
I can tell you even here in the bay area-its much milder in winter lows then back in the 1960's. Back then,a few early mornings every other year I saw frozen over puddles of water,Now? never.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2011 at 7:06PM
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ch3rri(z6 PA)

I have a caimito tree too. It is 6 years old now and never flower for me. I'm wondering will it ever flower and fruit. Anyone planted a caimito in pot and fruited or even flowered?

    Bookmark   August 17, 2011 at 1:16AM
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