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Nobody will try to taste the fruit if it doesn't ripen. A better idea is to try to zip-tie the hanging fruit to the branches where they might be hidden from view.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cainito fruit set photo in San Diego
« on: June 08, 2018, 05:09:48 PM »
Are yours (the ones that dropped) green or purple? I have a purple caimito from Ong that was flowering when I bought it last year, and looks perfectly healthy through winter (no defoliation) but I haven't had any fruit set yet. It may be too young. What insect pollinates this?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Good fruiting indoor plants
« on: June 05, 2018, 08:08:50 PM »
Yeah that's a good one; it's a shade tree and I believe the flowers can be pollinated just with wind or shaking the tree.

Plants from California nurseries are expensive due to land and water. Both are cheaper in Florida.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Good fruiting indoor plants
« on: June 05, 2018, 01:25:46 PM »
You're really going to want plants that can fruit in shade. How about coffee? But of course all of these plants require pollination to fruit which is a problem when indoors. Seedless fruits do not so you might try pineapple (needs sunlight though) or perhaps even babaco.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Wax Jambu anyone?
« on: June 01, 2018, 02:21:12 PM »
The fruit we call Rose Apple is Syzygium jambos and it only comes in one color: pale yellow. They are small, round, and dry, though sweet.

Wax Jambu is S. samarangense and it comes in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and colors, but the flowers are always pale yellow.

Malay Apple is S. malaccense and its flowers are always bright pink.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Wax Jambu anyone?
« on: May 25, 2018, 02:36:41 PM »
The newer cultivars can be really good. I have a green one sold to me as "Green Bell" that is sweet and sour and tastes quite a bit like green apple. Another, "Apel Hijao", is smaller and red and honestly tastes like red apple. It's probably my favorite that I've tried. I also have one Ong calls "red-green" which tastes like honey but is milder than the other two. And I've tried plenty of bland ones too.

Ong says they are heavy feeders and can produce for months if you constantly fertilize them. They also like lots of water and sun.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rainbow Eucalyptus
« on: May 10, 2018, 12:59:54 AM »
Dude I can't believe you haven't seen the ones at the San Diego Zoo. They have a bunch of them in front of the main entrance (just outside the entrance) as well as one or two within the zoo. They are fully mature and are pretty colorful right now. I have read that they get more colorful in tropical climates, here they're a bit more subdued but still interesting if you know to look for them. It's not really eye-catching though.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Question on cashews
« on: May 10, 2018, 12:57:54 AM »
So the fruits have no taste aside from sugar? Basically just a collector's plant but nothing more?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Barbados cherry
« on: April 26, 2018, 03:03:56 PM »
Kartuz Nursery in Vista sells Manoa Sweet. I bought it a year or two ago but it hasn't flowered yet.

Also Fairchild Botanical Garden, which has a bunch of fruit trees but is just an incredible botanical garden with a massive collection of tropical plants of all kinds. I need to plan another vacation to Miami partly just to enjoy it again. I think it's one of a kind in the US.

EDIT: It's not a nursery if that's what you're looking for, and neither is the Fruit & Spice Park, but it's a must-visit.

Can you post a picture of the tree?

Exotica Nursery in Vista sells them. I bought one from them a few years ago and it grew absurdly quickly, though I had to kill it because its roots were really spreading out shallowly and messing with some nearby plants. It flowered and fruited a lot and the fruits were quite good, tiny (blueberry-sized) but good.

I tried perennial peanut in San Diego. It's planted in shade beneath some trees,  getting a bit of direct sunlight but not much. I planted it (not from seed but from a nursery) a few years ago. It survives but I often forget it exists because it's very small. I think it might be because of the lack of sunlight. I may try it again elsewhere in a more sunny spot.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: wax jambu in san diego?
« on: December 27, 2017, 06:29:33 PM »
Mine haven't dropped and they are actually growing new leaves/branches but it hasn't been lower than high 40s so far this year. I'm a couple of miles from the coast.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Yay! My first pitangatuba fruit!
« on: December 01, 2017, 02:51:32 PM »
One of my plants just recently produced its first two fruits. In both cases the fruits fell off when they were yellow mixed with light green. I ate them immediately but they were just OK; they weren't very sweet and were slightly resinous. Should I have left them alone to ripen off the plant? Or maybe they just dropped too early (being the plant's very first fruits) and next year's fruits will be better?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Green Caimito Blooming
« on: November 02, 2017, 02:25:04 PM »
I have a caimito originally from TopTropicals that is a decent size yet has never flowered. So a month ago I bought a much smaller caimito from Ong's nursery that had lots of flower buds and now they are all blooming. I'm hoping I get some fruit set but it might be early, especially since the tree is probably still adjusting to the soil.

Anyway I think some of them are just runts that will never flower so I plan to chop up the first one.

I have a grafted purple Caimito from Top Tropicals that I bought a bit over two years ago, planted in my yard in San Diego and completely neglected aside from irrigation. It is maybe 9' tall now and growing very well but has not flowered. Of course I won't keep it if convinced it will never flower but I'll give it a few more years maybe, but the tree does survive without any apparent issue here.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Babaco
« on: August 20, 2017, 06:34:01 AM »
I've been attempting to grow it in San Diego but agree that it does not seem to like sun. One plant in part-day sun died, another is barely alive, but the one I put in shade seems to be doing OK, but they're all very small still. I know of a local nursery that has a fruiting one which does get a good amount of sunlight so maybe they just don't like sunlight when small...

I'm jealous! I've had a grafted red jaboticaba in the ground for three years that still hasn't flowered.

My (alleged) Lemon Zest from Florida, which I bought about six months ago and is in the ground, has already set a couple dozen fruit but it is also growing new leaves from the base of those panicles, so it's not doing what some others report where trees fruit themselves to death. So it seems like a great performer.

My Coconut Cream, purchased at the same time from the same place (Plant O' Gram), flowered but did not set fruit and I haven't yet noticed any new leaves either, although I last checked a week ago.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: San Diego Botanic Garden Visit
« on: May 22, 2017, 07:37:18 PM »
The zoo has a bunch of excellent kei apple trees. One is near the elephants and another is on the way to the tortoises, opposite the bananas along the big open area.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Spring time in SoCal
« on: May 12, 2017, 09:45:46 PM »
So jealous of all of those canistels! My Ross Sapote ripened its last of 5 fruits a few days ago but it's still young. Surinam cherry has tons of unripe fruits that are just beginning to ripen, my mulberry has been producing ripe fruits throughout the last few weeks, an imported Lemon Zest mango set fruit a few weeks ago but they're months away from being ripe of course, and my wax jambu are producing lots of flower buds but still a little while before they'll bloom.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What grows without full sun...
« on: May 06, 2017, 05:30:16 PM »
Surinam cherry does well with part sun and I suspect other eugenias will as well. Guava and mango, on the other hand, are some of the most sun-critical trees, needing as much sun as they can get for optimal fruit quality. Wax jambu and carambola are good part-shade plants.

I bought it from TT a couple of years ago (they're one of the few nurseries shipping to CA legally). It really is highly productive even though it's variegated. Fruits are relatively small and with plenty of seeds, but the flavor can be good. I say "can be" because I found that ir varied; early season fruits seemed much better than later season fruits. TT also sells a variety they call "Sweet Kiss" and I think tha one is much better quality, though not as productive.

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