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Looking to get some african blue basil cuttings.
Please send me a PM with cost.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Wanted: Szechuan pepper
« on: October 15, 2019, 05:54:05 PM »
I only know the reference because my wife loves that show. I can't stand it. :(

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Bee magnets
« on: October 15, 2019, 05:10:12 PM »
If anyone has some African blue basil shoot me a PM. I've been looking locally for a plant or cuttings but no luck.

Thanks,

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Wanted: Szechuan pepper
« on: October 15, 2019, 05:05:44 PM »
Looking for Szechuan/Sancho pepper trees and your experience growing them apprciated. I believe you need male and female? Is it really cold hardy?

Thanks,

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Bee magnets
« on: October 15, 2019, 08:36:36 AM »
My citrus brings so many bees it sounds like a jet engine above your head. Passionfruit is the same. We used to have 3 myrtle bushes out front that attracted bees by the swarm. but they stained the neighbors patio and we're in a weird spot. I live near a large orchard plant supplier, walnut, peach, and persimmon groves so there are bee boxes nearby

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2019 SoCal Mango tasting
« on: October 14, 2019, 10:25:07 PM »
Kris,

I believe the Cotton Candy grape is patented. Probably the best thing to do is to go to a grape tasting and find something that maybe you and your wife will like as much, if not more than the CC grape.

You know, there a Cotton Candy Mango as well and Bsbullie said it did taste like cotton candy.

Simon
It is, but I have heard of people growing it themselves.
Personally, I don't care for them but I gotta keep the wife happy with this hobby of mine... :)

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I too am looking for Galangal/Ginger/Tumeric sent yo ua message d-grower

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2019 SoCal Mango tasting
« on: October 14, 2019, 10:11:58 PM »
Mark, thanks for sharing the details about the different varieties of grapes you’re growing. I’m not a grape grower so I’ve never heard about most the varieties you listed but I sure am interested in sampling them. The last grapes I had were the Cotton Candy and the elongated black grapes and they were both excellent tasting. Actually I just looked in the fridge and my wife picked up a box of “Flavor Promise” grapes from Trader Joe’s and they have an excellent crisp texture that is very low acid, almost no acidity and are Seedless. They are reddish in color.


Wow, this grape is really amazing! I just took a Brix reading and it came out to be 23.5%. This grape has the best crisp and firm texture I’ve ever had in a grape.

Simon
speaking of cotton candy - if anyone has a plant of that one I'm interested. I kept looking for a bit of vine to root in those packs and had no luck. Wife really loves them.

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Price on cuttings?

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Trees were painted and covered in surround. Stewart still had some burn but is pushing growth. Mexicola and reed seedling couldn't handle it.
Probably my fault for planting them so late in the season. I hope to replant one earlier in the spring next season. I also learned to never order directly from four wind growers. I received a fuerte from them that died within two weeks of receiving it and all they would offer me is 50% off and I had to pay shipping again.

Trees did not receive any fertilizer, just mulch. Mine were on an elevated sand and dirt pile I hauled in by the truck.

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I've lost most of my trees. Only one that is pushing growth is my stewart. Mexicola looked good for most of the summer then just roasted that last 100+ heatwave we had. Hopefully my guava and papayas will help shade that area next year but I'm probably only going to replace one plant, I'm a lazy gardener...

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I ended up purchasing one from Logees. It's growing well.
I did not have much luck with seeds. They would sprout, then die off.

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Several avocado growers here use it and have more than they could ever use. I'd recommend posting something in tropical fruit buy/sell/trade

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Zombie post!

Hey z_willus_d, do you have any updates on these trees?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is Florida Hill Nursery Hill Legit?
« on: September 30, 2019, 11:56:12 AM »
I think this is the place Charles Malki from IV Organics uses.
I've heard of people having mixed reviews but ultimately always getting their plants.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Passionfruits
« on: August 22, 2019, 02:02:34 PM »
Man I have not been on here in a while - Brad, do a lot of your passionfruits fall off green and turn red afterwords? Mine are dropping like mad right now but leave them on the counter for a couple days and they are perfect.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado grafting
« on: July 30, 2019, 04:03:05 PM »
I haven't grafted any 'cados but my young trees got scorched even painted and covered with surround. They are pushing new leaves but all mature leaves burned to a crisp when we hit 110. :(

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They can't even handle full sun in a coastal Northern California climate -- I nearly killed them from wind and sun during the "summer" of 72 F degree highs and 55 F degree lows.  They do great in afternoon shade with wind protection.
Now I'm afraid to move mine outside. I'm north of sacramento so I get a few frost days in the winter and we break 110 in the summer. :(

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How do they handle the cold? I'm in 9b and I have 5 seedlings - one will be going outside once it grows a few more inches.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Frederick Passion Fruit has fruits!
« on: June 17, 2019, 10:49:23 PM »
I have a purple passion fruit of unknown variety. I keep it restrained to a 16ft cattle panel and it's LOADED. Mine didn't freeze back as we had a mild winter. Will see how it does next year but id say it's a great fruit for the Sacramento valley

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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Summer Heat Blossoms!
« on: June 14, 2019, 01:18:36 PM »
My Finger Lime, Meyer Lemon, Pomello, Minneola Tangelo, Calamondin, and mexican key lime all started blooming like mad this week too! Every tree already has good fruit sets (and in the case of my meyer several different stages of fruit set) going to be a good year for sure. I walked out to water some stuff last night and was hit with the scent of citrus blooms. I love it, but not my sinuses...




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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Avocado scions
« on: June 13, 2019, 12:12:23 AM »
The seed from the reed you sent me is probably just shy of two ft tall. They grow well even up here so far. Do you think it would be a good rootstalk for me or should I try and get something more cold hardy?

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: My Blueberry Growing Tips..
« on: June 12, 2019, 10:20:07 AM »
Nice harvest!
I keep my blueberries under my persimmon tree positioned so that they only get morning sun as well. Besides the pot my dog keeps knocking over I have 3 heavy producers so far and am starting 4 or 5 more - though I fail to recall the varieties. They were 'random selections' from Baker Creek.

I'm just now getting ripe berries. Last year these same 3 plants only produced 4-5 berries each now I have probably 200 in all. I haven't had to water mine over the winter yet but will keep an eye out for that in the future. The only special treatment I give them is osmocote and some pine needle mulch.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What's this scaly thing?
« on: June 12, 2019, 08:49:23 AM »
I do not believe you can visibly tell if it's hatched unless you see babies running around. Daintree, that picture you posted is not a cockroach eggsac. They are much more cylindrical

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What's this scaly thing?
« on: June 11, 2019, 02:01:47 PM »
Praying Mantis eggsac.

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