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Jackpot is a new product, so it's not safe to say that it can't hold its own. I say ... try it!

D. virginiana X D. kaki is known as Nikita's Gift and as Rosseyanka. I'm not sure if that's what you're looking for but it's being sold as cold hardy alternative of Japanese Persimmon. 

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Shipping mangoes to Arizona
« on: July 16, 2015, 03:52:45 PM »
Yeah, shamus has the best selection. You can even request varieties of mango, even the newer ones like ST, LZ, and PP. He doesn't have the unreleased ones though like Fruit Punch and OS.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: March 22, 2015, 08:12:11 PM »
Leo's Costa Rican Dragon will be available to those that are willing to drive to Leo's home in late summer.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: jackfruit tap root
« on: March 03, 2015, 05:44:10 PM »
I don't know if it will live, but jackfruit improve in drought tolerance with taproots. It may be potentially hampered, but pot it up and give it a whirl. I would pot jackfruit in a tall milk container or one of those black tall pots that citrus come in from Laverne nursery next time.

I mostly go there for info on persimmons. I got that email of that partnership too. I think it's best to leave to deciduous stuff for them and keep the tropical stuff here, cause were're obviously superior!  ;D

What do you suppose is the cold tolerance?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cocktail Loquat
« on: February 16, 2015, 12:43:01 AM »
I have one of those annoying Bradford pears and I've been meaning to do something about it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cocktail Loquat
« on: February 15, 2015, 11:52:35 PM »
Loquats can be grafted onto pear and quince right?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help IDing a fruit
« on: February 15, 2015, 11:14:23 PM »
Just popping by here, and I would like to mention that 'Sugar Cane' is a superior variety. Jujubes also are nice dried. The 'pointed seed' really gives it away.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: New Fruit So-Shang Elaeagnus latifolia
« on: February 11, 2015, 08:19:12 PM »
I received some cuttings from emegar and I was wondering how to propagate these.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: dogs dug up my Jack fruit seedling.
« on: February 11, 2015, 01:32:00 AM »
Approximately how long was that taproot? Plants with taproots do better than others in drought.

Just a thought, most of the plants that do well in Texas also are flood tolerant. You can potentially make a rain garden (this type of garden diverts rainwater to a central area). The best place to get tropicals  is in the Brownsville-Harlingen area. If you live some where colder then bamboo, ume plum, and kumquats are also nice. Citrus on flying dragon rootstock and stuff like jabaticoba and sapodilla (makok&silas woods) stay small and potted for 10 years. Diospyros virginiana is the name of the rootstock for persimmon and some good varieties of asian are 'Giombo', 'Kyung Ban San Si/Korean', 'Honan Red', 'Suruga', and select 'Great Wall' seedlings.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: I gots me a fuerte
« on: February 03, 2015, 02:25:03 PM »
I am new to this forum, and I hope it's ok to hijack this thread, but It seems most on the thread are in Cal... Can anyone recommend a location in AZ to find Avo, and if so, any recommendations on planting/care?
Thank you!
Avocados do very badly in Arizona. In fact most people, when they try avos for the first time, give up because they get the mindset that NOTHING grows here. That is simply untrue. Unless you are a pro and have been growing other tropicals in AZ, then should you try avos. Basically, they hate everything here, except the fact that we have heat. They don't like the soil, tap water and need shade. Most of us put them in pots, but they rarely fruit. The best way to grow avocado is to get a bunch of seeds and transplant them all into one hole. Water them normally and a regular 50 compost/50 native soil mix. The ones that survive are adapted. Pull any weak ones. One variety 'Aravaipa' was a Hass seedling that does well here. I would not recommend a grafted plant because seeds have a better root structure. Since it's all Hass, you can do it yourself! If you don't want the hassle, you can find All-in-one almond (at most nurseries, even Home Depot) or Garden Prince (at Tropica Mango) for an oil source, but all Arizonans recommend mangoes, passion fruit and white sapote instead.

I'm surprised that the more common fruits aren't claimed yet. They need love too :'( It's too bad I don't live in CA. Could I have some cuttings of a few?

Persimmons are extremely popular in Texas as the rootstock for them grows wild there. Another good one is Pawpaw, who is currently underway for some good varieties. There are tastings for pawpaw all over the southeast and you could potentially ask those people to ship some scion. The juicy factor is covered by peaches plums and the lot. Oil rich comes from almonds and hazelnuts. Creamy is pawpaw. You could also try maypop for flavor, but is kinda unreliable. Seabuckthorn is a good source of vitamin C and very sour. There are others as well like kiwi cuttings, chinese date, pear, che cuttings, mulberry, fig cuttings, and goumi. Of course you can get all the stone fruits you want, but looking at your list, it'll be tough.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Planting Mango Tree in So Cal Rocky Soil
« on: January 29, 2015, 11:55:39 PM »
Wow! Mango can take wet roots? I heard in a question about papaya drainage that you should dig an a deep hole (at least 3ft deep). Then fill a third with uncomposted rice hulls/perlite for drainage. I'm not sure if it's good for the roots, but it should help if clay soil is the issue.

Interesting, maybe I should try again pretty soon, as heat comes in really fast here. What brand of liquid cloning do you use?

Hey there, this a cutting of 'Frederick' that I took in November. I tried using dry rooting hormone, but I kept on washing off in the solution, so consider these untreated. Anyway, I haven't seen any white roots on the base of the the cutting, just that the end is frayed a little and is brown. The following is some ripe fruit that finished ripening this week after sheltering. I've never tried fresh passion fruit, and I'm anxious of it wrinkling.

Jackfruit decrease in latex as they ripen. The best way of cleaning is to wear oiled gloves and a oiled knife. The latex is not toxic at all.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Valentine Pummelo seeds available
« on: January 20, 2015, 08:37:23 PM »
I was once told that no pomelo grow true to type, meaning that your seeds will not be exactly like Valentine Pummelo, unless self pollinated. BTW hear another nice pomelo is Tahitian pomelo.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: New Manila seedlings
« on: January 20, 2015, 08:06:31 PM »
We got them too in November at Lowes.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Update on So. Cal mangoes
« on: January 20, 2015, 08:05:01 PM »
Yes, my Local Lowes sells 'fake' Manilas for $23 or so as well. I might get 2 or 3 for rootstock.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: BK Lemon Jack Seedling Germination.
« on: January 19, 2015, 01:47:14 PM »
Doesn't jackfruit have a 95-100% germination rate? I beg to differ; Asian supermarkets that sell jackfruit aren't irradiated (mine sprouted). Frozen jackfruit would be unmarketable because it destroys the texture.

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