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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Unknown Benefits Of Mangos
« on: November 22, 2017, 08:46:50 AM »
or invent an apple-mango

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WTB: Pierce Cherimoya Fruit
« on: November 15, 2017, 05:44:57 PM »
anyone selling pierce cherimoya fruit?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: sweet tamarind seeds
« on: November 14, 2017, 11:46:40 AM »
You must post the sale and shipping price in all for sale posts

Do you have Pierce cherimoya, and do you ship to AZ?
If the answer is yes to both, I'm in!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rooting Guava Cuttings - need Help
« on: November 12, 2017, 04:39:48 PM »
I rooted a bunch of brazilian guava cuttings (very similar to cattley) and used lignified but not woody scions about 1/8" diameter. Stripped all the leaves except for two at the top of the scion. Dipped bottom in Clonex gel and put into pots with spagnum/perlite mix. Put into a humidity bin (rubbermaid tub) under growlights. Added bottom heat set to 85 F. They rooted and pushed new growth in a few weeks.

I have not tried with tropical guava yet, but Daleys had a youtube video that is basically the same method and it works for them.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WTB: Pierce Cherimoya
« on: November 11, 2017, 04:26:02 PM »
I found this:

"On Knight/Pierce/etc, my understanding is that Pierce is the smooth fruit commonly called that, whereas Knight is a fruit with a number of synonyms ('rough Pierce, etc) but small bumps-- and is thus distinguishable from true or smooth Pierce. I remember at the CCA meeting a year or two ago that we were both at, I thought the Pierce was the best tasting of the 5 or so varieites they had-- the few times I've tasted it, it always had really nice lemony/acidic tones that seem great to me."

So the question is: Does Knight from LaVerne have smooth skin or small bumps?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WTB: Pierce Cherimoya
« on: November 11, 2017, 02:49:36 PM »
Here in socal, looking to obtain a pierce cherimoya tree.

home depot in stanton had some but it's labeled knight cherimoya you can also talk to the nursery manager to special order if your local home depot don't have it

boxturtle: So the Knight cherimoya that LaVerne propagates is actually Pierce?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / WTB: Pierce Cherimoya Fruit
« on: November 09, 2017, 06:16:40 PM »
I am looking to buy some Pierce cherimoya fruit (large flat rate box size, or however you prefer to ship), and I would be willing to pre-order.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My first taste of Dr. White cherimoya
« on: November 09, 2017, 08:33:09 AM »
I love Dr. White cherimoyas too! Thanks for sharing.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Are 'Black Medeira' fig trees overrated?
« on: November 04, 2017, 05:49:09 PM »
Thanks harvey! That is a great review and endorsement. I bought a lot of cuttings from you last year including Figo Preto and so many rooted and are growing extremely well for me. Figo Preto (Black Madeira) is definitely the slowest growing out of all the figs I got from you, which I was certainly expecting based on many accounts of its growth habit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Peach Cobbler Mango?
« on: October 18, 2017, 02:40:23 PM »
It will go overripe quickly if allowed to start to turn soft on the tree. Harvest it green/firm when the color turns to a lighter shade.

That was my problem. I let it color up on the tree.
However I did eat a few peach cobblers this season, and they were delicious. Peachy with a cinnamon spice note to them. Richly flavored.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / WTB: Mamey Sapote Scions
« on: October 16, 2017, 10:23:34 AM »
I would like to buy mamey sapote scions from the following cultivars:

- Akil Especial
- Papa
- Lorito

I already have Pace and Cepeda Especial (not enough to harvest yet, so I can't offer a trade).

Ive got several reed seedlings going.  They need a lot of heat to get started.  They do take 6 to 8 weeks to pop up.  Reed trees also seem to take super hot dry conditions no problem.

Most of the trees available in san diego nurseries are on polinator rootstock.  Mostly zutano or bacon seeds are used for rootstocks here.

Same here. I ate a bunch of Reeds in early Sept and planted them on my avocado mound. At least half of them have sprouted already.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Mamey Sapote cultivars
« on: October 13, 2017, 03:24:12 PM »
Based on flavor of the varieties I have tried, here is my ranking:
1) Lorito
2) Green Sapote - TREC (close enough to mamey)
3) Pace
4) Pantin (may not have tasted a prime example)
5) Viejo
6) Magana

Sepeda(Cepeda?) Especial is rumored to be excellent.

I have 7 trees in my yard in the ground over 4 years, pantin, pace, lorito, Viejo, Sepeda Especial, and TREC GS.  I have only harvested 3 pantin fruit. Lorito has the nicest appearance and is the best grower. Pace and TREC are the slowest. Next year, I will probably harvest around 30 fruit.

I have a 7ft tall Pace, no fruit or flowers yet. I also have a small Cepeda Especial based on others reviews. But given how well you regard Lorito, I would love to try growing that one! I have a bunch of mamey seedlings for grafting. Is your Lorito tree large enough to harvest scions off it, and if so would you be willing to sell me a few? Thanks!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Guava season in Socal
« on: October 09, 2017, 08:18:36 PM »
Hey JF, those look awesome!!
I am one of those who will be buying some Jalisco Red cuttings from you in March!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is Cacao Possible in SoCal
« on: September 02, 2017, 05:19:11 PM »
good news. sorry i haven't read the responses in the entire thread so i apologize if it has been answered already. There is a full grown tree in Carlsbad planted in the ground with adult fruit on it. this looks to be a very mature tree and is very happy so i want to say the answer is yes but it will take a whole lot of love to get it strong and happy

Awesome! We go to Carlsbad / Oceanside usually once a year. Where is it at, I would love to see it!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: seeds
« on: August 19, 2017, 10:24:02 AM »
Man, if only you wanted a flying pig instead of a three-legged duck ....

I got mangoes from Mark ( and Alex (Tropical Acres) and Shamus had a mango tasting with ones he brought back from Zills

My favorites this year:

1. Sweet Tart
2. Lemon Zest
3. Peach Cobbler
4. Coconut Cream
5. Mahachanok

Also I absolutely loved Cac. I would put that in spot 5 along with Mahachanok

I had some Duncan, Edward and Mallika that were also superb.

Per the forum rules, you must post the price

Please post the price of the cuttings.

I have received two boxes of mangoes from Mark, and just placed an order for box #3. They are awesome!! Excellent variety in each box and the mangoes are all at varying stages of ripeness so you get to enjoy them over several days. Such high quality and so delicious. Thanks!!

Please list the sale price and the botanical name

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Banana Corms
« on: May 25, 2017, 04:58:01 PM »
pm sent!

Alex, Do you have any slides for the talks for those of us not able to attend. I would love to see your notes! Especially any notes you have for the growing mangoes in central Florida talk.

Ladies and Gents,

   After careful consideration, I came to the conclusion that I must have been out of my mind.  I can not possibly part with my collection.  Sorry for those of you looking to buy trees but congrats to you looking to buy budwood.  As soon as the trees are finished fruiting, we are back in business!

George, that is great to hear! I am so glad for you that you are keeping your collection for your benefit and enjoyment. And I am so glad (selfishly) for us that you are keeping your trees so we can continue to buy top-quality budwood in such a vast variety!

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