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I had a Barbie Pink guava for a few years which I eventually threw away. The fruits were huge in size and were occasionally good but usually very bland. It got morning sun but not a lot of afternoon sun. I have found the "Sweet Kiss" variety, sold by Top Tropicals, to be much better. Those fruits are small but are usually sweet with a berry flavor, unique for guavas. I have also had very good Ruby x Supreme guavas from Exotica Nursery but haven't not yet grown my own fruit of that variety so it's not quite a fair comparison.

Agreed, I was just going to suggest sapodilla because the fruits do not look edible but are good and the tree is pretty resilient as long as it's watered decently.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Can you eat avocado seeds?
« on: March 07, 2017, 02:43:09 PM »
Apple seeds have a small amount of cyanide in them. I've heard of one person with a weird compulsion to eat apple seeds who died from cyanide poisoning doing so, but he had to eat a whole cup of seeds. You can survive eating small quantities of poison but that doesn't mean you should. Why even ask if you can eat avocado seeds when there are so many actual edible seeds to eat instead?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First Canistel fruit, maybe a favorite
« on: December 28, 2016, 06:32:17 PM »
You mean you cut off the tip of every branch? Does that encourage more branches for denser fruit production?

Here in CA you cannot bring (in) plants from out of state or even bring (in) fruits from out of state.
Both of these statements are incorrect; fruit from other states or overseas is sold in California all the time, and I have bought tons of plants from Florida nurseries. But for plants you need a certain certificate to be filed and attached to the package, and also the plant must not have been grown in the ground due to nematodes, plus other stipulations. Probably there are requirements for fruits/vegetables as well but I wouldn't know about that.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Canistel vs. Lucuma
« on: December 04, 2016, 10:13:28 PM »
OK but when did the fruit actually set (begin to grow out of the flowers)? For example surinam cherry ripens in about a month while sapodilla takes a year to ripen. My Ross set three months ago, meaning the tiny fruits began appearing out of the flowers back then, and I'm just curious how much longer it'll be until they're ripe.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Australian rainforest fruits
« on: December 04, 2016, 05:53:52 AM »
Syzygium paniculatum is grown as an ornamental around here sometimes. The fruits are pretty and technically edible but not worth eating.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Canistel vs. Lucuma
« on: December 04, 2016, 05:33:56 AM »
A bit off topic but how long does Ross Sapote usually take to ripen? My fruits set three months ago.

Is it in a pot? Plants are often much slower growing in pots than in the ground even when not root-bound. Also, young plants do not need fertilizer, especially if you bought fertile soil for it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Achacha in California?
« on: October 04, 2016, 02:47:40 PM »
Are these the sort of fruit you basically have to suck on, like Spanish Lime (genip)? Or is it easy to eat?

What is the name of that nursery? Do they ship plants? Even to California? Many true nurseries only deal with commercial bulk purchasers and can't be bothered to deal with individuals.

I have ordered many many plants from TT over the last couple of years. They always had great customer service; I never had any trouble contacting them by e-mail or phone and if a plant arrived dead then they always issued me a refund or credit. Shipping is also reasonable to California and they ship by air, so the plants arrive two days after they shipped. This is unlike Plant-O-Gram where shipping prices are absurd and they ship ground.

Like all nurseries they occasionally mislabel things; I think I've had one plant mislabelled (as far as I know at least) which was just a flowering plant anyway. Also they often list 3-gallon plants but they're actually 1-gallon or less; this isn't common but it happens. However you can ask them to send you a photo of the actual plants for sale.

But all syzygiums' new leaves are dark red.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ross Sapote setting fruit in San Diego
« on: September 02, 2016, 01:02:01 PM »
I've always suspected it's actually a natural hybrid of canistel and some other pouteria, possibly lucuma.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ross Sapote setting fruit in San Diego
« on: September 01, 2016, 01:06:40 PM »
In this case it's in pure Kellogg's soil, if I remember right it's Patio Plus. It's supposed to be mixed with native soil but native soil here is clay. With the pure soil it's very fast-draining which is good for some things, and ridiculously fertile of course.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ross Sapote setting fruit in San Diego
« on: September 01, 2016, 04:57:25 AM »
I'm not sure what you mean, JF. It should be Ross Sapote; it was sold to me as such and its leaves are a lot larger than the leaves of my similarly-sized canistel tree.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Ross Sapote setting fruit in San Diego
« on: August 31, 2016, 04:22:16 PM »
I'm excited, my Ross Sapote that I've had for two years flowered for the first time this year and has surprisingly already set a bunch of fruit. Hopefully they ripen properly. Has anyone grown this plant in California?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is dog urine harmful to lychee trees?
« on: August 30, 2016, 03:30:35 AM »
Plants are literally supposed to be urinated on and defecated on because they are in nature so plants have adapted to take advantage of those nutrients.

Currently I have Kari which makes nice sweet and sour melon-flavored fruit with a few seeds but not many. The tree is about six feet high at the most but it still produced ripe fruit December through April even though it was only one crop, it just ripened one by one over months.

Now I'm looking for another variety that is sufficiently different than Kari, particularly Fwang Tung or Sri Kembsomething. How do they compare?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Photos of Some Fruits Harvested Now
« on: August 23, 2016, 03:41:01 AM »
Are those two squat fruits velvet apples? What are they like?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit ID - Cerbera manghas
« on: August 23, 2016, 03:39:24 AM »
The plant is ridiculously poisonous. I wouldn't suggest even touching the insides of the fruits without wearing gloves.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Update on "ultra tropicals"
« on: August 18, 2016, 07:33:49 PM »
Vanilla is very much a shade orchid. Shade is mandatory, even in the humid tropics. In fact even cacao is grown in shade.

I recently acquired coconut cream and lemon zest trees. How do they do for you here? Can you post pictures of the trees?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Subtropicals for California Zone 9
« on: August 08, 2016, 09:50:53 PM »
Babaco is absolutely more cold-hardy than papaya but that doesn't mean it likes frost. For example here in comparatively warm San Diego my papaya loses most leaves in winter and just has a tiny crown with leaves that have basically no stem at all, but the babaco on the other hand looks just fine. Papaya is very sensitive but babaco is much less so.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Imbe cranking out the fruit!
« on: August 07, 2016, 01:37:41 AM »
How many flowers did it create?

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