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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Choloric Peanut Butter fruit flowering
« on: July 10, 2018, 11:08:37 PM »
I've drenched this this with iron, added cottonseed meal and even lowered the PH of stored rain water. It is slowly starting to green up, but it is flowering profusely now. I'm hoping the flowers form into fruits. I've only got a few fruit to mature the last few seasons. Any ideas.

I've had this outside for a few years in a pot and have it marked as Vangueria edulis. Can anyone confirm this is the "Spanish Tamarind"


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Surniame Cherry from Jim Neitzel
« on: June 12, 2018, 11:15:41 PM »
Jim, said he bought this tree at Walter Andersons nursery in San Diego some 20 years ago and said it was labeled as Eugenia Smithii, I know there is not a species "Smithii" so it must be a variety. The leaves are thicker and bigger than any other Unifloras I've come across. The fruit is large and are black as "black star' and "Zill's dark". The taste at maturity does not have any resinous or bad after taste.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Cainito fruit set photo in San Diego
« on: June 07, 2018, 11:17:19 PM »
Here is finally a good photo of some Cainito fruit set in San Diego

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Jim Neitzel passing away
« on: June 04, 2018, 05:52:00 PM »
For those of you who knew Jim Neitzel and all he did for the rare fruit  community, it was sad to hear he passed away this morning. Jim was a big inspiration to me and i'm sure thousands of others in pursuing this rewarding hobby.

He developed so many great varieties of fruit. Some of you may heard of the "Big Jim" loquat along with many other loquats that haven't been widely recognized. Also he did a lot of work with cherimoyas and produced some great ones. At his place he has some amazing macadamias, and hundreds of other seedling fruits that deserve to be shared. He also worked with Paul Thomson in developing some of the pitahayas we enjoy today.

I'm sure there will be more folks that have great things to say about Jim and how he affected them.


Looking to buy about 30 scions of Imam Pasand mango. Need them about pencil or sharpie marker size.



Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Looking for Mango scions
« on: May 25, 2018, 10:18:50 AM »
I am looking for these varieties of mangoes with scions of at least pencil size. Thanks

30 Mun Kun Si 
3   Shamsul-Asamar

3  Son Pari

3  Ivory

3  Kook Lom Krong

3 Imam pasand



Tropical Fruit Discussion / Pineapple slips, what to do?
« on: November 13, 2017, 02:53:20 PM »
What do I do with these slips?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Selma Cherimoya and unknown seedling
« on: November 01, 2017, 10:20:36 PM »
I just dug into these ripened cherimoyas, I still think Selma is one of my top 5 in taste, it has a berry overtone to it.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Fresh Pitomba seeds available again
« on: November 01, 2017, 10:11:56 PM »
Pitomba seeds available again.

Cost is $2 each or $1.50 each for 10 or more plus shipping

Minimum of 5 seeds per order

US orders only


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Super Fast Lychee Air-Layer
« on: September 26, 2016, 10:41:32 PM »
An airlayer was made on my Brewster on July 31 this summer, so less than 2 months and the root ball was filled to about 90%. I used rooting hormone as a paste when I made it. Has anyone else had success this way.

I have plenty of Cedar Bay cherries for sale. They are an Australian fruit, that gives you fruit in about 2 years from seed. A very tasty berry.

Seeds are $1 each plus shipping (minimum 5 seeds per order)

I can only send to US addresses and Puerto Rico.

Thanks and please send me a Private Message

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Fresh Pitomba seeds for sale
« on: September 12, 2016, 10:15:45 PM »
Pitomba seeds available now.

Cost is $2 each plus shipping

Minimum of 5 seeds per order

US orders only


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Grafted Luc's garcinia onto Imbe
« on: August 11, 2016, 06:05:09 PM »
Here is a photo of a Luc's garcinia grafted on to an in the ground Imbe, it was grafted on to a root sucker of a large Imbe. The ones I grafted onto the Luc planted into the ground have yet to break out.

I have a chal chal fruit tree, which comes from Brazil, I have had flowers, but it has not set fruit.

I wanted to know if anyone else has tried this fruit. It comes from Brazil in an area at a similar latitude of Southern California.

Is it worth keeping or planting out?


3 nice jackfruit, 3 nice Pawpaws, Soursop fruit and Soursop flowering all about a mile from the coast. The best of both worlds.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Illama flower
« on: July 02, 2016, 02:24:06 PM »
I just got my first flowers on this Illama, and not sure which variety it is. Is there are difference in flower color in the varieties of A. divesifolia?

Another question, can the pollen of the illama be used to cross cherimoya, atemoya or any other annonas or vice-versa?



Tropical Fruit Discussion / First Pitangatuba fruit
« on: June 29, 2016, 08:08:55 PM »
Just got a couple of Pitangatuba to set fruit. I have it in a 15 gallon and watered real heavy during flowering. How long from this size fruit will it be mature? Has anyone else been fruiting this in California?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Some big Cherimoyas
« on: November 03, 2015, 04:21:53 PM »
The Selma and Elixir weighed 5lbs. combined.

Last week a couple of nights in a row some guys jumped my friends fence to his yard in San Diego and stole about 15 chico and atemoya trees in 15 gallon containers. Hopefully the thief doesn't check this website. But if anyone starts seeing some larger Alano and Atemoyas for sale or any nurserymen are offered them could they please let me know. The Sapodillas are around 8-10 feet tall.

Thanks Mark in Chula Vista

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Maha and Heidi finally
« on: September 10, 2015, 03:14:00 PM »
I guess down in the very south of California near the ocean our mangos come in last as far as ripening.

These two just started to soften on the tree so I yanked them. It is my first Maha, so not sure what the color should be for optimum tasting. The Heidi should be good in a few days.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / First Canistel fruit, maybe a favorite
« on: July 23, 2015, 11:32:34 PM »

Ate my first canistel I've grown in California, and I think it is one of my favorite fruits, I haven't had one in many years, and this was one was pretty dang good. I have two grafted and one large seedling that is starting to flower. Hoping for a long humid summer.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Santol flowering in South California
« on: July 05, 2015, 11:12:23 PM »
Finally the day came, I got my first Santol flowers on my tree. Has anyone got this far or fruited one outside in California? Any hope of a fruit?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Todays Southern California fruit haul
« on: July 03, 2015, 03:59:53 PM »
White, Green and black sapotes, "houghton" pitahaya, kei apples, cedar bay cherries, pitangas, lucuma, custard apples, yellow jaboticabas, tomatoes and an avocado.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Garcinia Id needed from Hawaii fruit
« on: June 16, 2015, 02:57:15 AM »
I ate a few of these at Frankies in April, and would like to know what Garcinia this is? Thanks

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