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I have germinated a couple in the past. I have a few seeds left I will try to germinate again.  I recommend you use a small hack saw to cut the shell.  Also I lost my first batch of seedlings to rot. I grew them indoors and they did not like the peat based mix.

Yes it should root with properly calloused cuttings.

Pretty sure that nursery is old footage from the 2014 flow.  As of this moment (and that could change literally at anytime), the lava is only in Leilani subdivision.  Plenty of shaking going on though. I had to run outside for the 6.9.  That was scary.

Picture 30, someones fruit farm in direct path of the lava flow   :'(.

Good photo update of the lava flow here

You can see a nursery burning down with the lava flow in the pictures. I hope Oscar's place is not impacted, he may not be to far from the fissures opening up  :-[

Largest stems around 8mm to 11mm diameter in 3 years, this is in mostly shade and lower fertility conditions 2 years out of 3 years. First year it was in container with part sun and time release fertilizer.

I have Saba comenrensis vines growing.  They are in mostly shade in sugar sand type soil with lower fertility. They don't grow particularly fast. This is in zone 10a FL humid monsoon half the year and dry savanna type climate the other half.

When I had the seedlings in coco coir mix in containers with time release fertilizer and part sun the vines were growing about a foot every few months. In the ground now they are a little slower it seems.

With more sun and higher fertility soil the growth rate could double about a foot every month. The plants however are very strong to neglected conditions; drought, low fertility soil,  and light frost.

I gave a tree to Adam in Florida. It was doing really well over 5ft tall I believe. It survived 30F, but got killed back to ground with 24F. Adam, told me its still alive at the roots and had a small shoot emerging from base of trunk!

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!

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