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Tree looks great and very healthy! Thanks River!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seeking info on M-4 mango
« on: April 19, 2017, 06:38:31 PM »
I vouch for M-4.  Among more than a hundred varieties I've had the delight to eat, it will join the ranks of a rarified top 10 mango.  Time will tell if it can bump something out of the Fab 5.

Hey Future, thanks for the input!

Just a quick question (and not to derail the thread), what is the Fab 5 in your opinion?

boxturtle beat me to it. I was going to say contact the man himself.

I bought some seeds from luc last year at got about 90% germination. I have several seedlings all doing great. They are still small and I protected them over the winter, but they are now waking up with the spring.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: royal poinciana dwarf
« on: April 03, 2017, 02:35:26 PM »
Oh, to answer the original question: We have them at every Lowes and HD around here. I would actually be surprised if you CA Lowes / HDs don't carry them. They are very often sold as 1 gallons, but they grow fast!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: royal poinciana dwarf
« on: April 03, 2017, 02:32:08 PM »
Any one know where they sell this tree? I want replace my gigantic flamboyant that's cracking the sidewalk
Dwarf flamboyan

Hey Frank, based on the image I agree with Roy-Ind: Red Bird of Paradise (Caesalpinia pulcherrima). We have them all over the neighborhoods down here. In fact I had one in my backyard for years before I ripped it out to make room for a mango.

Nothing invasive about the roots and gets maybe 10-12 ft tall. It wants to be very bushy, so if you want to grow it like a tree you will be pruning it several times a year to keep the form.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Wanted: Amrapali mango budwood
« on: April 02, 2017, 10:40:55 PM »
I am looking for some Amrapali mango budwood. If anyone has it and is able to mail it via priority mail please let me know.

Oscar has Amrapali. I ordered some from him last year and my grafts took. They are still too small to harvest, otherwise I would offer some from my trees.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Mango Seeds in Bulk
« on: March 31, 2017, 10:14:10 AM »
I don't know if they have "Mangoes" in Florida but around here they do. It's like a smoothie shop chain. They saved me a weeks worth which amounted to about 200 (a garbage bag full anyway). The guy seemed to think it was better for the environment to "recycle" them, so he gave them to me for free. Came back the next week for a few hundred more. Unfortunately only about one in 15 germinated. Idk why. Irradiated? Too long in the cold? I bought about 50 champagne mangoes from Mexico at the produce market with tiny seeds and got an 80%+ germination rate.

I noticed that last year too. I got a bunch of Kesar and Alphonso mangoes (SO GOOD!!!) from India last year. And only 1 out of about 30 seeds germinated for me. I agree with you that they were probably irradiated. But the "yellow" mangoes from Mexico (Manila, ataulfo, champagne) had an almost 100% germination rate for me.

Another (IMO) easier solution than figuring out SpiceZee pollination potential would be to just graft a Burgundy plum onto the Sweet Treat. Burgundy is a good pollinator for most of the lower chill plums / pluots. Plant the SpiceZee near the Sweet Treat and turn one of the Sweet Treat branches into a Burgundy.

EDIT: Basically what GardenScientist said :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dwarf Namwah ... uhhhhh.....
« on: March 24, 2017, 05:36:27 PM »
Don't give up on the dead one either, keep watering the area it was who knows. A neighbor gave me
a small pup from her finger bananas and it didn't flourish even though I watered it. I dug it up and through it in
my mulch pile. Now it is 12 feet and looks better then my bananas I care for. It definitely loves the mulch pile.
As far as the red blotches I would grow it up and see in 6 months what it looks like. I know some people tell me
to never buy tissue culture plants. The reason is that the plants have never been exposed to anything and have no
immunity? I also should have pups later this year from Dwarf Namwah if you need one? My namwah has only had one
pup and I don't recall red on the juvenile leaves


Thanks, that is good advice. I will keep watering it, give it some compost, and see what happens. And thanks for the offer!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dwarf Namwah ... uhhhhh.....
« on: March 24, 2017, 05:35:21 PM »
Hi Mark, i am no expert but i do have the dwarf Namwah ALL GREEN LEAVES , however that is not why i am sticking my nose in i would like to know why for the past few months so many of the postings with photos just show me a square with a red X in it and no photo, on a second note if your bannana does not work out for you of you would just like a new one let me know i can send a corm or pup.          Regards     Patrick

Hey Patrick!

Thanks, that's what I figured. Regarding the pics: Man, I have no idea why that is happening for you. The pics show up for me without issue.

Thanks for the offer on the pups / corms! I might take you up on it!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Dwarf Namwah ... uhhhhh.....
« on: March 24, 2017, 01:18:24 PM »
So I used to have a Dwarf Namwah that I got from Going Bananas. Everyone says it is a great banana plant. It grew great from me all last summer, took the heat just fine. I moved it to a different spot in my yard because I had it potted and I wanted it in the ground. Long story short ... I killed it by underwatering.

Not the plants fault, totally my fault. And as it grew all last summer it had gorgeous green typical banana leaves.

So I decide to get another one this spring. Not from Going Bananas but another place.

I get the tree in and this is what I get:

.... uhhhh ... this does not look a Dwarf Namwah to me.

So this is what I wrote to them:

"I just received an order in which I ordered a Dwarf Namwah banana. However the banana that I received is not a Dwarf Namah. The leaves have red splotches on them. See attached picture. Based on the spotches, I think it is either Siam Ruby or Sumatran X or something similar. It is definitely not Dwarf Namwah which have solid green leaves (I used to have one, so I know what it should look like)."

This is what they responded with:

"We have spoken to our horticulturist and he said that since these are made by tissue culture it is possible for the Nam Wah to have red color variations. This is the correct banana even though your last one had only green leaves."

Does this pass muster?

I did a quick Google search to see if Namwah ever has red splotches and could not find anything.

So the question to the banana experts here is: Can Dwarf Namwah have red splotches?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: the best avocado to use for rootstock?
« on: March 21, 2017, 02:16:37 PM »
Lula seeds will work well for rootstock.

Agreed. I get avocados shipped from FL not only for the fruit but also to use seeds for rootstocks.

Simmonds = vigorous, big seed. Very good. But shows a little salt sensitivity (not much). Little suckering but not much
Waldin = vigrous, big seed. However tends to sucker a lot, like Adam says.
Lula = vigorous, big seed. Excellent grow, very little salt sensitivity, little suckering.

Like Rob and Carlos say, I like Lula too.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Cherimoya seeds
« on: March 21, 2017, 09:49:05 AM »
I got some cherimoya seeds if anyone wants.

The cherimoyas came from southcoastorganics.

PM for details


How was the fruit quality?  We just ate our first Booth from Goodland Organics and it was delicious!  Cross between a pineapple, strawberry, banana, and kiwi.

I too got some Dr. White cherimoyas from South Coast Organics last week. Man, they were superb! It was a big box that had 1-2 ripe on arrival and the range of sizes ripened over the course of 5 days (that is how long I could make them last :) ). And I love Dr. White chermioyas: Pear / banana / tropical flavors, just a little acidity, very juicy and incredible texture. So good!

Shopping for beans from a farm known of within the community of growers.

Please let me know if I can buy unroasted coffee beans, up to 3 lbs, from you or a friend.

Thank you!

Sweet Maria's beans.  They really take this stuff seriously and offer only the best.

Hard to beat the community based and supported area of Costa Rica Tarrazu La Millita.  Highest quality too.  Goodland Organics sells locally grown (SoCal) greens but the prices our ridiculous.


When I used to roast my own coffee (which I did for years) I always bought my beans from Sweet Marias. Totally agreed they are the best.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: help looking for jackfruit mai3
« on: March 14, 2017, 06:04:23 PM »
Excalibur has it on their website, whether it's in stock and they ship there I do not know.

yeah, i emailed them, waiting for their response.

anyone else has any other suggestions?

Hey Kiet, it says on their front page that they don't do shipping. But if you hear otherwise, please let us know. If Excalibur does ship, there are quite a few trees I would buy from them!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherimoya or A. reticulata ??
« on: March 09, 2017, 09:22:22 AM »
Several forum members should be selling seeds of A. reticulata over the next few months since it it starting to be fruiting season.  It would be interesting to try them in Palm Springs to see how they fair.  Just make sure you have them protected from those 125F temps in the summer and the occasional 25F-27F extremes in the winter. A friend of mine lives in Rancho Mirage and he has tried several fruit trees with many failures.  Mango and citrus to well, but completely shut down growth after July, just too hot!

I picked up some A. reticulata seeds from carlos here. I have exactly the weather you are describing (123 F last june, upper 20s in the winter). But the custard apple seedlings did great all summer, even in the heat. Granted, they were seedlings, so I had them protected from direct sun, but they seemed to love all the crazy heat.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / WANT: Purple Mombin cuttings
« on: March 04, 2017, 07:02:32 PM »
I would like some Purple Mombin cuttings to try and root them. Does anyone have some for sale / trade?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: wanted Loquat seeds
« on: March 04, 2017, 09:02:48 AM »
Hey Gary, I had not ever hear of loquat seed liqueur until you just mentioned it. So I looked it up:

That sounds super cool, please let us know how it turns out!

I don't have an answer, but I would also very much like to know the answer.

Raul, BTW the E. Candolleana seeds I got from you sprouted great, and so did the pumpkin papaya seeds. Thanks!

I have had mamey sapotes on several occasions and I love them. They are one of my favorite fruits. Usually the cultivar name is not known, but based on descriptions I think I have eaten Pantin and Magana.

Here is how I would describe them:

Larger (size of a nerf football)
Generally 2-3 seeds
Inside is brown with grey streaks / fibers
Texture is good
Flavor is the classic mamey sapote flavor

Smaller (size of softball, but still pointed like the mamey should be)
Generally 1-2 seeds
Inside is orange-brown with no streaks
Texture is superb, no graininess and is like a firm custard
Flavor is the classic mamey sapote flavor but with something a bit more indescribably 'tropical' in the flavor profile.

I picked up a Pace mamey sapote last year (not fruited yet), but I am wondering which varieties are considered must-haves.

So my question to the group is, how would you rate these cultivars?

Cepeda Especial

To get your mangosteen seedling fruiting/flowering prior to celebrating its 5th anniversary of being planted out, it doesn't always take special treatment.Mine fruited at 7ft and at almost 5 years in the ground,being 1 foot when planted. It didn't get special  treatment like dry season watering and regular fertilzer until after it first fruited.Likewise a grafted durian fruited within 5 years before weather took it down.I think the prolonged heat and humidity of the local monsoon season may give them a boost.I do however have a mangosteen runt which at 5 years is heavily branched but only 4 feet and nowhere near fruiting.

Eri Soto tried to reply but reported this to the moderator instead. Here is the reply:

see my videos on youtube at Pitahayas en Puerto Rico. I have more than 25 varieties.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: sale. seed. GUANÁBANA GIGANTE
« on: February 14, 2017, 09:28:38 AM »
Fruit Woman replied to both onur and cmichael258

However she did a 'report post' instead of replying, so it ended up in the moderator log.

Here is the reply:

Vendo 100 seed por 100$ USD Incluye envío internacional

PM sent!

Hey Ken,

Thanks for posting your Wilma experiences here!
I also love the pic you shared with me of your Wilma tree, that thing is just gorgeous. Would you mind posting it here to share?

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