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I have a Stenocereus stellatus large rooted cutting that flowered at about 4ft in height and 4 inch diameter. I would assume that this would be similar.  However may need to trigger a stress response / hormone release to spur earlier flowering from seedlings.

I hear grafting to different cacti can spur flowering with the various hormones flowing. I would think a mature dragon fruit that is flowering would be good to graft to.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Whitman's fiberless soursop is sour
« on: February 11, 2018, 01:58:15 PM »
What month was your fruit produced?  Maybe it is a temperature thing.

I believe it was late spring harvest in FL.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Whitman's fiberless soursop is sour
« on: February 11, 2018, 02:14:27 AM »
I found it sweet and tangy.

I have Stenocereus queretaroensis seedlings for sale. They are 6 months old and 1 inch tall in height. These fruiting cacti are also called Pitaya De Jalisco. Here  is the seed source:

I am selling for $5 per seedling minimum order of 2, and small flat rate box shipping cost.

Here is a picture of the seedlings;

These lights work out well for supplemental lighting.

Otherwise I would look into cob led grow lights, I can vouch for roleadro ones.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fast growth rate megathread
« on: January 04, 2018, 07:26:07 PM »
Tamarillo fruits fast, more like a Naranjilla. I would say 1 to 2 yrs for sure.

West Palm county and up your more likely to get higher elevations above 7ft above sea level. Groundwater table is more likely to be +4ft depending on season WPC and north. There are sand dune ridges especially north of West Palm that can get 10ft to 15ft above sea level and be within a 1/2 mi from ocean. However majority of population is going to be living in flat plain type areas where it was easier to do development.

I think mites and other minor pests are going to find their way would be good to have a counter balance with beneficial insects.

I would recommend the following;

Lucs Garcinia (maybe a few at least)

Wax Jambu (Make sure its one of the better jumbo selections, its a pretty plant that produces tasty fruits well as a large bush).

Guava, can't go wrong with a good variety. Look for seeds from a superior selection from Taiwan.

Star fruit, (Fruits in shade has pretty fruit that has a good flavor and is juicy).

Cacao, Bicolor, and Cupussu. Pretty plants with beautiful fruit. Biocolor and Cuppusu would have more flesh to make unique juices/smoothie additions. (Contact Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania, they have a highly productive dwarfish cacao inside the greenhouse fruiting right now, and should have seeds available if you tell them your project)

Some good palms to add
Dwarf Acai Palm
Spineless Peach Palm
Dwarf Coconut

I will add some more later when I can think of some good exotic ones.

Sorry to hear you guys are getting no germination. I got 5 out of 5 to germinate. Maybe post methods that everyone is using to germinate.
I am curious what method you used to get 5 out of 5?

I soak the seeds in R.O. water with a drop or two of nitrozyme added. Seeds are left soaking in small baggy with the water for about 24hr.

I then use a 16oz water bottle and use a coir/peat moss petite seed starting mix. The seeds are planted with a light layer of mix covering.

I make sure the mix is lightly damp. I then add another table spoon or two of water over the seeds. Seal up the container with tape and make a small slit on the cap and slits foe drainage.

Container is placed inside a corner of a grow tent with an LED grow light. Temps range between 76 when lights out and 85 with lights on.

Sorry to hear you guys are getting no germination. I got 5 out of 5 to germinate. Maybe post methods that everyone is using to germinate.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / .
« on: October 23, 2017, 05:35:50 PM »
I deleted the post so nm.

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: Tropical Mushroom Cultivation
« on: October 18, 2017, 01:26:37 PM »
Oak is really good wood for cultivating most mushrooms. What you want to do is cut up the oak tree into smaller logs. Then have the logs dry out a bit. Then order plugs online or saw dust from a fungi source that specializes in edible southeast U.S. strains. Drill holes into the dried out logs and insert the plugs/saw dust. Cap off the holes then soak the log in water overnight. Take out log and place in shaded moist area in the yard. Mushrooms should spawn soon after if the temps and humidity are right for the fungi strain.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: We are alive but battered on St. croix
« on: October 13, 2017, 08:26:48 PM »
I will keep you in mind if I get some good seeds my way. Best luck with the recovery, hoping for a speedy return to normal.

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: Tylosema esculentum
« on: October 11, 2017, 01:32:00 PM »
I have grown it,  it seemed sensitive to too much moisture and humidity. It died back to the root then came back again.  I would have to check up on the status again.

Are you suicidal or running away from your wife....LOL...For no amount of money I would go over-there and traveling in a bus at night !!! You have no fear man . Good luck , I'll keep the GA3 ready ....

It took two years to sprout the seeds of annona diversifolia cv. white without Gibberellic acid. Really tough seeds, two years underground without demage.!

2yrs for the seed to sprout?  What if you nip it a bit so that it can absorb water , would that speed up the process?

Try using some sand paper on the coat and ga3 with around 50ppm to 200ppm.

Whole foods has the CA keitt in right now. Cost 3.33 per mango.

Interested as well, best of Luck Raul. Stay safe and good luck with the fruit hunting!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hurricane Maria
« on: September 18, 2017, 04:54:09 PM »
I know we have a bunch of members from PR. I am hoping it misses  :'(. Currently looks on track for a direct hit with PR as a strong CAT4 Hurricane.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Passifloras suited for a drier climate?
« on: September 13, 2017, 01:18:23 AM »
There is a native AZ passiflora that has attractive flowers and would have to be extremely heat and drought tolerant.

Passiflora bryoniodes

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Successful Fruit Growers in Vegas?
« on: September 12, 2017, 12:07:34 PM »
Would have to check with the water district in Henderson. I do recall older neighborhoods have different restrictions then the newer developments.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Successful Fruit Growers in Vegas?
« on: September 11, 2017, 01:24:04 PM »
Familiar with the area, have family that lives there. I have seen Citrus, Pomegranates, Figs, Peruvian Cactus apple, and stone fruits doing well there (jujubes may be another good option). It gets quite a bit colder then southern AZ, however there is lots of micro climates due to the concrete and urban build up. Biggest issue is water cost and restrictions.

A well trimmed mature live oak can withstand winds above 100mph. I had a Peruvian cactus apple large section snap off. Coconut palms that are well anchored into the soil can withstand high amounts of wind.

Things like type of soil, amount of saturation, and direction of wind play a big part in tolerance. If the tree is use to winds from the east, and the wind comes from the west it can cause failure easier.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Category 4 Hurricane Irma
« on: September 07, 2017, 01:32:01 PM »
Its not looking good the tracks are now putting the hurricane on course for a direct hit on south Florida. Before the tracks were starting to trend to the east.

Same thing as KnLim000- Envelope without seeds. Seed packet was there minus the seeds. Bummer. Chris

Had the same thing happen to me. I got 3 out 5 though. 2 seeds were lost.

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