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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

Here are some photos from yesterday of some trees fruiting here in southern California


Beach Cherry

Mamey Sapote


Custard Apple

Thong Dee

Valentine Pummelo

Maher Star Fruit

Red Lady Papaya

Paulista Jaboticaba


I wanted to know anything about these areas, and what fruit is in season and possible seeds I could get while there. Are there any good markets. Looking for Caimito, Biribia, Guanabana, any other Annonas, Artocarpus species, Eugenias, and any other good stuff.



Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Valentine Pummelo seeds available
« on: January 20, 2015, 02:09:34 PM »
I have a limited number of the Valentine Pummelo it is a a cross of ‘Siamese Sweet’ pummelo x (‘Dancy’ mandarin x ‘Ruby’ blood orange) seeds. Please message me for availabilty etc.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Another video garden tour southern California
« on: December 22, 2014, 11:48:04 PM »
I made this today since I was on the roof putting up lights and decided I should go ahead and make a little video, (haha 16 minutes) and put on youtube. I didn't really edit it, later I will add some captions.

Citrus General Discussion / African Shaddock
« on: November 22, 2014, 09:53:35 PM »
Anyone else growing this or tried it? I grow mine a few miles from the coast in southern California and it doesn't get too hot and the fruit is real good.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Southern California fruit haul
« on: September 04, 2014, 01:45:49 AM »
Here are a few of the things ripening down here in San Diego.

Li II Jujubes, Lucumas, Starfruit, Pickering and Heidi Mangoes, Houghton Pitahaya, Green Tea Wax Jambus and Cedar Bay Cherries.

Waiting for a few other Mango varieties to ripen and my first crop of Pitomba after four flowerings.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Costa Rica seeds ID
« on: August 21, 2014, 12:57:06 AM »
My friend brought back some seeds from Costa Rica and couldn't remember what they were from. Any ideas on the three? They were from fruit that she ate.

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