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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: pineapple starts 4-sal
« on: October 18, 2018, 02:03:58 PM »
Shipping is the same as states.  USPS Priority Flat Rate box is the best way to go. 

I would order as many as you can fit into one or two of the larger flat rate boxes.  I'm thinking 5-10 could fit into one box. 

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: pineapple starts 4-sal
« on: October 18, 2018, 11:19:04 AM »
I am very interested in buying some slips from you.  Please let me know when you have more available and are ready to ship.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Sugar cane starters
« on: October 18, 2018, 11:17:32 AM »
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Difficulties with pulasan
« on: October 11, 2018, 09:14:58 AM »
I bought some from Han Sen in Malaysia (see the for sale section of this forum) among others such as Rambutan, Seashore Mangosteen, Purple Mangosteen, etc.

All the Pulasan sprouted and all the other seeds sprouted.  When they arrived to me, they all had roots from being packaged in vermiculite.  I made a mixture of peat moss, local soil, double chipped mulch, and some sand.  They are all doing great. 

I have similar climate here in St. Croix as Guadeloupe.  The rainy season just started so that probably helped with keeping them happy.

On a side note, would love to visit Guadeloupe some day!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Escarlate Scarlet Jaboticaba Seeds $5
« on: September 24, 2018, 11:22:22 AM »
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Are Forgotten Crops the Future of Food?
« on: August 28, 2018, 01:09:47 PM »
Think of the places that are known to have large percentages of centenarians.  Places like Dominica, Japan, Costa Rica, etc.  The lifestyles that these people have in these regions is antithetical to modern society and the science of "improving" life expectancy.  On the contrary, they live a lifestyle that is very much a thing of the past.  Eating whole foods, living simple lives, doing lots of walking and moving around, tending gardens and growing food, and being surrounded by friends and family until their last days on earth.

Does anyone subscribe to mango mans emails?  I believe he is Marvin Pickering right, the guy who the Pickering mango is named after.  I haven't purchased any of his CD's but I do enjoy reading his emails. 

Overall, I think modern society is killing us in many ways. 

Down here in the Caribbean, with the high price of groceries, its easy to stay healthy.  Between what we grow, the fish I harvest from the sea, and the local Farmer's Co-op we have been part of for many years, we only need the stores for raw staples. 

A friend of mine has been developing his Moringa business for many years.  He has an FDA approved organic Moringa processing plant with organic Moringa grown on the island of St. Croix.

I have to thank forum member pineislander for sending down some greens that we continue to enjoy frequently, the Okinawa Spinach and Longevity Spinach.  We also use Katuk a lot. 

My son attends a Survival Skills class where he as learned all different types of local greens that can be foraged and they are quite good.  If anyone is looking to take a learning vacation, I strongly recommend the Mt. Victory camp here.  The folks who run it could easily survive here if the ships with goods from the states stopped coming.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Use aquarium water for plants
« on: August 28, 2018, 11:35:21 AM »
Interesting topic.

I don't have an aquarium but I do have a tank collecting rainwater.  The catchment is a roof that collects a lot of leaf litter, bird droppings that end up in the tank.  Frogs enjoy living in the tank and make babies lots of babies in there.

I just recently cleaned the tank out of all the sludge collecting.  I never tested the pH but will once I have a good batch going again.

My thinking was the bird droppings, decaying plant matter, and frog excrement has to be making some good irrigation water.  I irrigate all the potted fruit trees I have with it and they seem to be doing quite well.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ackee Trees and Small Children and Pets
« on: August 03, 2018, 04:12:25 PM »
Along the same lines, I shied away from macadamia trees because I heard they are poisonous to dogs.  I have a black lab and anyone who knows labs understands they will eat just about anything. 

Is macadamia similar to ackee where sure its poisonous but animals intuitively know better?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Eugenia ID Help Please
« on: August 01, 2018, 10:16:25 AM »
Good day,

I have a beautiful Eugenia on my property here on St. Croix.  Its very hard to discern which type. I'm leaning towards Eugenia Rhombea or Eugenia Confusa. But perhaps its Eugenia Psuedosidium?   

Any Eugenia experts here that can help?  Berries are small and red when ripe with a sweet taste.  NEw growth is pinkish red that turns to green.  Trunk is mottled. 

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Selling: fruits plants
« on: July 30, 2018, 10:06:45 AM »

I live on St. Croix and would love a Langsat and Durian.  Do you have any left?

No problems importing trees.  Maybe there are certain requirements but I am not aware of any.  I have shipped in plants through US Mail and also through Ocean Cargo and they all arrive no problem.

I should clarify, the Lemon Zest I have seen are in pots at one of the few nurseries.  I thought LZ has been around for awhile.  I am more interested in the recent offerings.   

I have considered budwood.  I have planted out several kidney mangos this year to establish rootsock.  I am new to grafting so I want to perfect my technique before importing budwood. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Update on Russells Sweet Garcinia
« on: July 18, 2018, 09:30:40 AM »
Is there anyone selling seeds?

Good day,

I am traveling up from St. Croix to South Florida for a brief visit . I plan on going to Excalibur nursery to get some other types of fruit trees but not sure if they have any of the new Zill mango varieties in stock.

I'm not really sure which ones I would be looking for because there are so many! If I could find coconut cream, E4 or Sugarloaf, Orange Sherbert, or any other Zill varieties, I would be stoked.

Down here we have tons of Julies, Kents, Carries, and Lemon know, the usual.   I really want to bring some of the Zill varieties down here.

Any suggestions on where I could find these in the South Florida/Treasure Coast region would be much appreciated.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Looking Plinia Edulis Seeds (Cambuca)
« on: June 26, 2018, 04:36:16 PM »
Does anyone have any sources for Cambuca seeds?


Wow! That looks very nice.  You have been busy!  Looks like I should propagate more of my lemongrass and plant more of it! I really like the self-mulching orchard approach. 

I wish I could get my hands on some hurricane mulch.  Its been available in St. Thomas but not in St. Croix.  Go figure.  I heard they didn't do a good job of sorting out the trash from the vegetation. 

We are having quite the influx of Sargassum at the moment so I have been using some of that. 

How long does it take for these to germinate?  I have had them in soil for about three weeks now and have not seen any signs of germination.  One of the seeds looked like it was germinating before I planted it but have not seen anything come above the soil.

I hope I haven't been over watering them.  I have them under some tree canopy and a shade cloth above them so they don;t get any direct sun but still see filtered light.   I mist the soil surface with a garden sprayer every morning.  Fingers crossed!

Hi Miguel!

My Neilita seed I got from you last year is doing well and just under 1' tall.

If you still have some available, I would like to order a few more.  Please let me know!

Maybe he is lurking out there in the interwebz. 

From his profile:

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I would love to meet Coconut.  He sounds like a character for sure and his posts were one of a kind!

Seems like he was/is pretty well connected and one of those people well versed in many aspects of life.  Has anyone ever met him before?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Suggestions on how to use comfrey
« on: May 25, 2018, 08:32:42 AM »
Great information everyone.

Comfrey is awesome stuff.  I have used it to heal a few injuries.  Now lets see what it can do for my trees!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Chipper recommendations
« on: May 25, 2018, 08:30:26 AM »
Thanks for the replies everyone.  Looks like I need to spend the money on a good one.  Appreciate the input.

His posts were most entertaining and he seemed to have a lot of knowledge.  I messaged him awhile back about the elusive Soursop but no reply. 

Just curious if anyone knows him and why he doesn't post here anymore.  Also would love some seeds from the fiberless seedless Soursop he talked about!

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