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Indeed, passionfruit leaf finished among the top 6 medicinals tested for longevity (using a yeast "model") in one study of about 34 legendary herbs.  Life span increased about 30% for the top herb (white willow bark).  Anti inflammatory effects are deemed causative.  I take this as a tea every day.  Use it in the evening as it does aid sleep. 

Anecdotally, a friend gave 3 fruits to a chronic insomniac and she slept for nearly 12 hours that night.
Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Guidelazeri
« Last post by polux on Today at 04:51:55 PM »
Guilherme is very good seller. Seeds arrived in perfect conditions, packed in sphagnum and what is important, he provide tracking number so I can easily check when I can expect to receive the seeds. I will post update when they start to germinate. Thank you. :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pics from the garden
« Last post by roblack on Today at 04:38:08 PM »
Looks awesome 8)

Your yard must have a really ideal micro climate.

Thank you mucho! I water and irrigate a lot, maybe too much. The fence and high shrub wall insulates quite a bit from wind. Beyond that, our weather is usually nice for most tropicals and subtropicals. Only a few plants struggle here. Not sure the abiu is going to make it to fruiting, but everything else seems pretty happy.

Planning on building a pond this summer, which should add to our humidity and hopefully help during cold/hot/dry spells.

I'm riding an irrigation system here in southeastern Brazil, I have 1500 mm of rainfall a year, but my winter is dry, cold and windy, dehydrated plants, I want to use drip, which flow would you recommend me for each Score?

I'm seeing drippers of 4 and 10 liters per hour, is that enough?

I do not use mulchi because I have many snakes and they love to stay under the mulchi

Thank you!
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself
« Last post by Suebelle on Today at 04:28:19 PM »
Hello everybody,
My name is Alena and I got into this addiction just recently. I am Czechoslovakian by origin so forgive my language errors.
I live in San Jose, California so weather is quite suitable for many trop-fruit trees. Ten years ago I planted  suebelle sapote from Home Depot(less than 30$). I love that tree very much. It is making wonderful tasty fruit whole year long. I did not imagine how great decision I did on a whim.
Recently I retired and I started to read more about sapotes, than I found this site and I got hooked. At this moment I have 3 guavas, golden berry, klementine, tiny cherimoya and jaboticaba, curry tree, strawberry tree, carambola, passion fruit, magic berry and goji berry. Of course I have some “regular” trees and bushes - apple, blueberry, gooseberry, red currant and I try to do some vegetable growing also. I want to get some mango and avocado tree also.
I am discovering how wonderful it is to plant, grow and use fruits of your work. Well, better late than never....
I was always city person and never had much connection with gardening before so this is like opening new miraculous world.
Since my garden is pretty much limited in size I am trying to explore some container growing, especially with cold susceptible trees. There can be some cold winter nights in San Jose.

I am grateful for any suggestions what is good to grow in San Jose.
Thanks to the people behind this forum. I appreciate very much to be here.
Re synchronicity, the new cherry 6gm25/ royal crimson bridges that gap. But... if you have enough stone fruit you will definitely get lots of fruit set. Yes, one of those flowers 3 weeks before the other, but mine set and bear quite a bit (barring losing fruit to santa anas) despite the synchronicity problems, so some other stone fruit is pollinating it.
Raul, will you have them available in a few months?
I am interested but right now it's too cold and would like to avoid to refrigerate them( does it even work for this?) .

By the way, how many years does it take with grafted plants?
Hi Chris, yes I'll be going depending of the orders, in March weather starts to warm up, from seed is taking around 7/8 now since the first seeds were sent out by Luc, and I think nobody was able to fruit them yet, some scions that I sent to Taiwan they told me that flowered the next year but flowers were cut to promote growth, I want to think 2/3 years to fruit...
Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: cold hardy Citrus for zone 7b?
« Last post by Samodelkin on Today at 03:35:18 PM »
-8 inside the greenhouse. For example миагава00 Satsumas on orange rootstock have been destroyed. The rootstock was insulated with foam
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pics from the garden
« Last post by spaugh on Today at 03:24:52 PM »
Looks awesome 8)

Your yard must have a really ideal micro climate.
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pics from the garden
« Last post by roblack on Today at 03:09:06 PM »
Red Lady Papaya

Kapoho Solo Papaya: fav for eating green and marinated

Purple Caimito: still no flowers. going to graft on some other varieties soon

Nam Doc Mai 4: planning on grafting Maha Chanok to it this spring

Coco Cream


Casturi sending out new growth. Planting in-ground soon. Found the perfect spot. Always room for one more

Sabara Jabo. No flowers yet.

Oro Negro Avo: think its time to prune out the lower branches

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