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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Guava Tree?
« Last post by 8ofGac on Today at 02:04:22 PM »
Anyone know where i can get a "Gemo de oro" guajava tree ? I think it comes from Brazil.
I tried one time on an immature seedling, and it did sprout.  Reached a beautiful 8 inches with lovely leaves, and then immediately died due to not having enough reserve in the feeder leaves due to being immature.

Got my hopes up for a big let down.  100% of the mature ones grown in the same media and treated exactly the same way survived without any issues and kept going.  They held on to their feeder leaves for months after the runtling died--who's feeder leaves dried up and withered just days before the plant decided to give up.

I documented this step by step years ago on a forum--possibly this one.  Anyhow, that should save you some time and trouble.
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Annona IDs
« Last post by Viking Guy on Today at 01:44:08 PM »
I'd guess SanPablo on the red fleshed one. No clue on the other.

Close.  It's Fernandez, and was my first time finally getting to try it.

The pulp surrounding the seeds was the best tasting I've come across--was like a mix of alpine red strawberry, RL papaya and Ruby Supreme Guava all in one.  Really hard to describe the joy entering into your mouth with such complex flavors.  The pulp near to the rind was a little gritty and not as flavorful, but the seed pulp more than made up for it.

The cuban white wasn't as full flavored as the Fernandez, but the flavor was sugary and similar to an orange sherbet melon, and the flavor was consistent throughout the seed and rind pulp.  Much more gritty near the pulp than the red.

I highly recommend both of these custards.
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tagging trees
« Last post by ricshaw on Today at 01:30:05 PM »
I have a question to all. What do you use for tagging trees. I used plastic tags and write on them with a permanent marker. But often after some time it fades out. Any hints on close to permanent labels will be appreciated!

Problem was solved for me when I started using Aluminum Plant Label Tree Tags (deluxe version of cutting up an aluminum can).

I found a smaller quantity being sold on eBay.

Note: You will need to upgrade the wire provided.
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Container Growing Dwarf Mango's
« Last post by hcbeck2689 on Today at 01:28:28 PM »
Yes, use fafard or promix.  Do not waste your time and money with gritty mix.

Do you think these mixes will be a good option for a tree that will spend its entire life in a pot? I plan on keeping mine in pots until they stop producing or until I die. So, they could be in pots for 50 years. I'm not sure how that soil will look and perform after a few decades.
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Chrysophyllum
« Last post by Caesar on Today at 01:26:07 PM »
I think Oscar has a variant that consistently produces large fruit (and likely breeds true from seed). The thread (which also discusses other cultivars) can be found here:;all

At the other end of the size spectrum, Vitor from Brazil found several interesting Sapotaceans, including one small Chrysophyllum that was apparently of exceptional flavor. I'm not sure if he's found more, recently (he was out when last I checked), but I tried my hand at it the first time. It seemed vigorous enough, until I put it in the sun.  :-[
Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: SKhan's Yard Sales
« Last post by skhan on Today at 01:25:47 PM »
Out of Garcinia livingstonei (Imbe) and Myrciaria aureana
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anyone harvesting yacon?
« Last post by Caesar on Today at 01:17:30 PM »
Old post, but I'm bumping it up, to move it to the vegetable forum.
Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: Yacon review
« Last post by Caesar on Today at 01:16:44 PM »
Bumping this up to move to the vegetable forum.
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: off topic, any Cyperus esculentus?
« Last post by Caesar on Today at 01:14:42 PM »
Now that it's up, this should probably be moved to the vegetable subforum.

I grew Chufa for a while. I wanted to make horchata with it, but as my plants were few, my first harvest was small. I'm no longer actively growing it, but I think it's still there in the plot. I guess I'm waiting for a more opportune moment to restart production. They were fairly good, and quite productive.
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