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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Joey Avocado in the Freeze
« on: Today at 06:05:37 PM »
Mexicola is a really vigorous and cold hardy rootstock.  I leave them outside in 5g pots and they've been through a few frosts this year and last year and have showed no signs of damage.

It's hard to say if the plant is beyond saving without seeing pictures. But planting it in the dead of winter is definitely a very risky wager to place haha.  If I were you I would potentially consider diging it up, repotting it in well draining soil, watering with warm water and keeping it indoors until spring comes around.
Look into getting the "Aravipa" variety. It was a chance seedling found in a canyon in Arizona where it snows, and gets really hot.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First Frost of the year
« on: February 20, 2018, 06:34:14 PM »
Chula Vista was 38 last night, I didn't notice any frost. Simon, I thought you were up enough not to get any frost.

Folks shouldn’t take it personal when we (USA members) refuse to send seeds or scions overseas. We know from experience of the delays and the seizures. Too much of a hassle for something we have no control

True JF for quite a few countries now , forget Africa in general ( don't take this personal my African friends ) , I don't even wanna mention Brazil .....Portugal is also becoming a problem . And to the USA unless you're lucky or have the USDA permit .
I had the USDA come over and confiscate 50 lychee airlayers from China I had in legal quarantine for over a year. All they said was " we can't have lychee material from China anymore."  The trees were clean from any pests, I never got an explanation. They let me keep my longan and wax jambus from the same seller.


I bought Pitomba seeds from you last year, and almost all sprouted. They look great and healthy (but as expected by their reputation, are slow growing). Thanks for offering more of your seeds!
Good to hear, once in the ground mine took off pretty quick and fruited pretty young. Good luck

I've found that lychees have a real tough time surviving transplanting.

Sorry you feel that way, I did answer your question if you check a few answers down at #14. The answers to the question where you thought I was rude was in to response to previous questions from others. Sorry for the confusion.

Take care,


do these have separate male and female trees?
the trees are self fruitful.

Is this luschnatiania? How does it taste? Sweet or sour?
The reply below was not meant for you. Yes, they are luschnatiana.
Also, the fruit is not very sweet, it is kind of like an apricot with a little acidity. By the way, sorry for being ignorant where is Udon?

Sorry that you took me to mean that I can't send seeds to countries out of the USA to people as "riff raff" Mexico is 15 minutes from my house and I can have one of my friends mail the seeds to someone in Mexico usually without any problems anytime. The reason I don't usually send seeds out of USA is the packages may not make it to their final destination. Another reason is if they get to the country they get destroyed. I sent some pepper seeds to my friend in Fiji and the Ag department confiscated the seeds.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My Singapore Jack fruit has a flower
« on: February 11, 2018, 04:23:18 PM »
Looks like you have a female there.

Hey Mark , been very occupied and only noticed your post today ...then I noticed ' USA only ' ...I respect that , no problem ...If it was somebody else I'd be pissed and sue for discrimination ....LOL......
So...since I can't get your seeds that produce in 3 some years can you give me some advise ? I have one struggling tree , lots of die back , full sun , probably close to 10 years old , flowered a couple of times , no fruit set , regular watered ....did better when it was still in a large planter . WTF am I doing wrong ? Hope to hear from you my friend . BTW great tip on grafting Luc's to Imbe  .
I sent you a PM

I gave a Imbe seedling to a friend and there are no imbes within 20 miles probably, and this one sets fruit on it's own. At my place my 10 foot, 12 year old Imbe produces a zillion flowers also and I get no fruit set. I even grafted a female and one of my friends scions to my tree and still no fruit. Good luck Luc. The good news is I grafted one of your Luc's Mangosteens to one of the new growths coming up from the big tree and the Luc's after almost a year and a half is 4 feet. So, I may be top working the non-productive Imbe with more Luc's.

Plantogram had them about a month ago.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Longan air layer in san diego
« on: February 01, 2018, 07:23:06 PM »
Keep it watered while you have the layer on, like Simon mentioned it is fine to do airlayers now, just make sure you water the tree good with the dry weather we are having. I had some wax jambu airlayers fail because I didn't water them enough last year.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: SoCal Papaya sources?
« on: January 30, 2018, 01:10:21 AM »
If you get down to San Diego go to Ong's Nursery, he has some nice Thai varieties. I think Exotica in Vista has other varieties also.

do these have separate male and female trees?
No they are self fruiting, and fruit pretty quick, just a couple of years.


Yes they are Eugenia luschnathiana, I have two trees that bear right now. One is a little sweeter than the other.


I can only send to the USA, sorry.

They love bananas

How long did it take to get the plant in the pic to first bear fruit?
I believe about 3 years

Seeds now available

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2018 Lychee Bloom
« on: January 20, 2018, 06:31:29 PM »
My Brewster is blooming a lot. This is the first winter it has bloomed this early. Nothing on the Sweetheart and Emperor.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Star Apples from Vietnam
« on: January 18, 2018, 06:59:32 PM »

I haven't tasted any of the imported ones, but have had fresh ones from trees. They are actually pretty good, but not lychee or longan "good".

Let us know.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is the best variety of loquat?
« on: January 13, 2018, 08:22:11 PM »
Ben Poirer in San Diego county has what he calls a "strawberry". I grafted one a few year ago but haven't had the fruit yet.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Should I buy a grafted loquat tree?
« on: January 12, 2018, 09:56:12 PM »
Ong nursery has grafted "Big Jim" trees.

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