Anyone Want Some Grapefruit?

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Re: Anyone Want Some Grapefruit?

Post by jwhouk » Mon Sep 03, 2018 12:07 pm

Yeeeah. Especially since the fruit that was already there back in May was hard as a rock last I looked.
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Re: Anyone Want Some Grapefruit?

Post by jwhouk » Wed Feb 27, 2019 11:50 am

An update:

Thanks to me actually a.) fertilizing both trees, b.) remembering to water them daily thanks to a timer, and c.) that huge rainstorm we had that dumped snow on Northern Arizona and doused the valley with rain, I have the beginnings of buds on both trees. Whether or not this produces fruit is another story.
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Re: Anyone Want Some Grapefruit?

Post by Typeminer » Wed Feb 27, 2019 7:31 pm

Cool! Hope you get fruit. If it bore fruit before, maybe the soaking will help.
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Re: Anyone Want Some Grapefruit?

Post by jwhouk » Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:03 am

Good news/Bad news time: The bad news is that the Orange Tree... is kaput. Had a landscaper come out and look at it, and he pointed out a distinct lack of new growth. It's all "suckers", which means the tree is really dead. It's going to get ground down to a stump by this weekend.

The Good News? The Grapefruit tree will get trimmed back, but it has definitely produced some decent fruit. Not huge fruit, but then again this is the off-season for it.
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Re: Anyone Want Some Grapefruit?

Post by lake_wrangler » Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:54 pm

jwhouk wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:03 am
Good news/Bad news time: The bad news is that the Orange Tree... is kaput. Had a landscaper come out and look at it, and he pointed out a distinct lack of new growth. It's all "suckers", which means the tree is really dead. It's going to get ground down to a stump by this weekend.
So it's not just mostly dead, but completely dead... You know, there's only one thing left to do, then... Go through its pockets, and look for loose change... :mrgreen:

Glad there's still hope for the other one, though.


Meanwhile, I'm starting to wonder if I didn't kill the roses that came with the backyard of my house... :roll:

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Re: Anyone Want Some Grapefruit?

Post by jwhouk » Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:06 pm

Orange tree is gone, and stump ground down. Grapefruit tree was trimmed back, and yard sprayed.

Best of all, though, was the palm tree. It got shaved back to the trunk and the fronds were cut back. It looks frickin awesome.
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Re: Anyone Want Some Grapefruit?

Post by Bookworm » Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:03 pm

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Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:06 pm
Orange tree is gone, and stump ground down. Grapefruit tree was trimmed back, and yard sprayed.

Best of all, though, was the palm tree. It got shaved back to the trunk and the fronds were cut back. It looks frickin awesome.
So, you're saying you had to _shave your palm_?

What HAVE you been doing?
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Re: Anyone Want Some Grapefruit?

Post by jwhouk » Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:36 pm

Ha ha. :P

Seriously, though - the outer bark of the tree had been slowly rotting and causing bark "husks" to fall and mess up my yard. Imagine if someone ran over a coconut shell with a truck; that's what those things look like (but are remarkably thin and only mildly annoying).

Here's what it looks like now:
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As for the orange and grapefruit trees:
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(EDIT: Not sure why both pictures are turned 90 degrees to the side...)
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Re: Anyone Want Some Grapefruit?

Post by TazManiac » Thu Jun 06, 2019 12:10 am

(that's the problem; yer growing yer plants SIDEWAYS!)

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Re: Anyone Want Some Grapefruit?

Post by lake_wrangler » Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:51 am

I'd be more concerned about having to get into the house sideways... :mrgreen:

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Re: Anyone Want Some Grapefruit?

Post by jwhouk » Thu Jun 06, 2019 12:22 pm

It's a browser thing, methinks. Comes up right way on a narrow screen. (Right click view image to see it as-is.)

Compare to how it looked last year, you can see the difference:
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Re: Anyone Want Some Grapefruit?

Post by jwhouk » Fri Jun 28, 2019 5:53 pm

Not a "tree" update (though I'll say that the fruit isn't good as they have huge ass rinds, but that's another subject), but one that is WS related:

Wife got a couple of birthday coupons that were good through the 30th for Buca. We already used the discounted one for some Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo earlier this month; we decided (since she got off work early today) to use the other one today. It was for one of their free Colossal Sundaes.

Three words to describe it: Oh. My. GOD.

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Re: Anyone Want Some Grapefruit?

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Re: Anyone Want Some Grapefruit?

Post by lake_wrangler » Sat Jun 29, 2019 5:42 am

Is the whole mound ice cream, with various syrups drizzled on it, or is part of is whipped cream? And if so, just how much of that mound is ice cream, and how much is whipped cream?

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Re: Anyone Want Some Grapefruit?

Post by jwhouk » Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:04 am

I think, based on what the congealed mass that is left of it looks like in our freezer, that it was probably about 35-40% ice cream, 35-40% whipped cream, about 15% brownies, and the rest chocolate sauce and toppings (sprinkles and a cherry).

BTW that medallion that says "Buca di Beppo" on it is actually white chocolate.
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Re: Anyone Want Some Grapefruit?

Post by lake_wrangler » Sat Jun 29, 2019 1:28 pm

jwhouk wrote:
Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:04 am
I think, based on what the congealed mass that is left of it looks like in our freezer, that it was probably about 35-40% ice cream, 35-40% whipped cream, about 15% brownies, and the rest chocolate sauce and toppings (sprinkles and a cherry).

BTW that medallion that says "Buca di Beppo" on it is actually white chocolate.
So essentially, the top is whipped cream, the bottom is ice cream, and the "ring around the collar", delimiting the two, are brownies?

Personally, I think I would have preferred a mix which leaned more heavily towards the ice cream side... :roll:

And you got this for free, because of a coupon?

How much does it normally cost, do you know?

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Re: Anyone Want Some Grapefruit?

Post by jwhouk » Sat Jun 29, 2019 9:36 pm

Didn't actually look, but Buca is not cheap by any means.

The Tiramisu, as an example, is $15.00.

The card was a gift for Sarah's b'day. It was good through the end of June, so we were going to use it this weekend regardless.
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Re: Anyone Want Some Grapefruit?

Post by jwhouk » Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:00 am

So, I'll say it again: Anyone want some grapefruit?

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Re: Anyone Want Some Grapefruit?

Post by lake_wrangler » Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:01 am

Picture 1: You're going to give those grapefruits an inferiority complex, storing them next to the garbage can... :P

Picture 2: that's an odd looking tree... (Part my hair in the middle, please! :lol: ) It looks so dead in the middle, yet the sides still flourish.

Picture 3: are we looking at a pile of branches that have been cut off the tree?


And to answer your question, regardless of whether I would want any or not, I think importing fruits through the mail is a big no-no... So we'll have to forego the whole thing...

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Re: Anyone Want Some Grapefruit?

Post by jwhouk » Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:08 pm

That bucket is only about half of the fruit on the tree. And very little of it is edible. The fruit, besides being baked in the sun, has large thick rinds with little meat. (A low level of phosphate in the fertilizer apparently did that.)

Yes, the tree is heavily bifurcated because all that was in the middle were "suckers" - branches that didn't produce fruit, only drooping leaves and weak branches.

Basically, I was told by the park management that the tree had to be cut back. I am going to try one more growing season (after Labor Day) to see if I can get decent fruit from the remaining branches. If not, the tree may very well go the way of the orange tree (not appearing in your picture because it is no longer there).

My other issue is all the weed that are still around the tree. I am learning to HATE spurge.
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