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My sapote recommendation would be not to assume because the word "sapote" appears in the name of a fruit that they are in any way related to other "sapote" fruits. Sapote is the most useless word in the fruit vernacular.

You might as well be asking for a recommendation for plants that start with the letter "B". I mean... I could recommend one but I don't really get why you would ask that.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Kesusu (Prainea limpato) Germination
« on: March 11, 2018, 12:17:05 AM »
This is the year of the Kesusu. The trees at Tenom Park in Borneo went off and a number of seed sellers and collectors scooped up all the fruit and sent thousands of seeds around the world. If your seeds don't germinate, I bet you'll have a chance to buy a seedling within the next year or two on eBay or this forum.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: North-facing hillsides
« on: March 04, 2018, 05:02:34 PM »
My backyard is a north facing slope. Itís not the end of the world. Yes, things grow slower and get going later in spring. I wouldnít want to grow a commercial orchard here, but Iím just a hobbyist so the reduced yield is acceptable.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First Frost of the year
« on: February 21, 2018, 10:53:03 AM »
Here in Los Gatos it got down to 32. A bit shocking given that my brain had already switched into "spring mode" from that stretch of high 70s earlier in February. Too early to assess the damage, especially given the 10 more days of near-freezing temps in the forecast.

I was relieved to see that many of my most tender plants, like Jackfruit, Babaco and Green Sapote, had no frost near them because I planted them near the canopy of large oak trees. Others, which are under open sky, like Carambola and many Cherimoyas, had light frost on their leaves. Considering that most winters we dip down in the 20s repeatedly, I am still counting this as a mild winter.

Reed Reed Reeeeeeeeeed!!!!

If I was Marty McFly I would use my DeLorean to go back in time, murder Rudolph Hass and make Reed the standard avocado of California and Mexico.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Anona Scions Sale start February 5
« on: February 07, 2018, 11:26:37 AM »
The list is missing some of the Cherimoya varieties you sold last summer, like Libby and Campas. Will those be available in March?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: SoCal Papaya sources?
« on: January 31, 2018, 12:03:48 AM »
The farm store nursery at Cal Poly Pomona always has a lot of good sized Papayas for sale whenever I've been there:

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: I made an uvaia mermelade
« on: January 26, 2018, 06:26:55 PM »
Here are some closeups of the supposed Uvaia leaves. As you can see they are not fuzzy like Ubajay leaves.

Here are leaves from my two Ubajay trees, one from Brazil and one from Santa Barbara.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: I made an uvaia mermelade
« on: January 26, 2018, 11:17:32 AM »
I will take some more pictures of the leaves up close.

I have two different types of Eugenia myrcianthes, one of which is a seedling of the tree described in this article.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: I made an uvaia mermelade
« on: January 25, 2018, 09:33:13 PM »
It hasn't fruited or flowered yet so we have only the leaves to go on. I have a couple variations of E. myrcianthes (aka Hexachlamys edulis) and they look very different from this plant. Eugenia is such a mysterious and confusing genus.

My other Eugenia pyriformis plants (sourced from the highly reputable have tiny leaves and look totally different.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: I made an uvaia mermelade
« on: January 25, 2018, 04:07:21 PM »
Some pictures of my Uvaia that is struggling a bit. Looks like a combination of cool weather and dampness, perhaps some fungal disease taking hold. We havenít had any frost. Itís in an air-pruning pot so drainage should be excellent. I think it will probably be fine but I might have to prune it back a bit.

With all the different Uvaias out there Iím not really sure if this is Eugenia pyriformis or some other species. It was purchased as a seedling from the Hawaii-based ďPolynesian Produce StandĒ seller on eBay.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: I made an uvaia mermelade
« on: January 24, 2018, 09:33:06 PM »
You are growing Uvaia outside in zone 9?

I am in zone 9b (California) and my Eugenia pyriformis isn't too happy this winter. Not dying just looking sickly.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: I made an uvaia mermelade
« on: January 24, 2018, 06:13:57 PM »
Wow that looks delicious! I wish I had so many Uvaia that I could try such an experiment.

Kind of looks like the seedling fell over sideways and then regrew upwards after that. Not all that unusual.

There was some talk of the HTFG doing a bulk order of these hybrids from Fairchild. Probably need to remind Ken Love and Axel Kratel to contact Noris. We'd love to try going these on the Hamakua coast where mangos are a real tough grow.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is the best variety of loquat?
« on: January 13, 2018, 06:29:11 PM »
I'm not a Loquat expert but I have explored this question in the past. Some varieties that came highly recommended were Avri, Vista White, Macbeth, Sugar Crisp and Argelino. I haven't tasted any so I am just passing on others opinions here.

The best Loquat I've ever tasted came from an unidentified street tree in Berkeley, CA - I plan to propagate it this year.

One thing that is not mentioned frequently enough is that avocados increase in richness when left on the tree an extra long time. I discovered this when I tasted some Hass from my tree that was hanging about 18 months. The butter factor was so high, it was like I was eating a Reed or some Hawaiian avocado.

If you join California Rare Fruit Growers you get a subscription to Fruit Gardener magazine, which is always excellent.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: White Sapote size control?
« on: January 11, 2018, 01:00:52 AM »
Interested in hearing what others have to say about this. I have a Suebelle that's been the ground 3 years and I've been having to prune it often. It grows so fast the limbs get top heavy and bend sideways when I want it to grow tall and not shade the plants around it. I'm not sure how sustainable this is.

Just harvested my first home grown Cherimoya from the M&N tree. It was 9.5oz and extremely delicious. No more fruit on my trees but I'm going to work hard on hand pollinating this year.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: A stroll through the yard
« on: January 08, 2018, 04:37:07 PM »
Jealous! Bravo Frank. I'd love to see a walking tour video of the yard.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ilama dormancy in a cold climate
« on: January 07, 2018, 02:30:25 AM »
JF, so your tree has never gone through a Cherimoya-like molting? Do your Cherimoyas even do that?

Joe no leaf drops here

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Ilama dormancy
« on: January 03, 2018, 05:50:38 PM »
I planted a bunch of Ilama seedlings this year here in northern California (zone 9b). They grew well in the summer but since it got cold they have been dropping leaves, much in the way a Cherimoya would do in spring. I thought they were cold damaged but then I noticed the fuzzy new leaves starting to bulge out (see picture below), again just like Cherimoyas. It seems that they have the same rhythm as Cherimoyas, just 3 months earlier. Given that we're still at least 6 weeks from the end of frost season, this seems less than ideal.

Has anyone else in a similar climate experienced this behavior in their Ilamas?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Will It Transplant? S01E01
« on: December 29, 2017, 05:25:53 PM »
Whoa, Nelly! I take it your soil is a little too waterlogged for these guys?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Green sapote sun requirements in SoCal?
« on: December 29, 2017, 04:30:53 PM »
Good luck with that incoming cold, Brad! I'm realizing now that Mamey is not an "ultra" tropical. I have intentionally left a lot of truly tropical plants outside this year to help judge their relative hardiness. Santol and Chempedak were dead the moment temps approached 40F. Mamey Sapote still looks perfect despite several nights around 30F.

Green Sapote is another level up. If I lived in SoCal I would plant Green Sapote in full sun and not worry about it.

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