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Tropical Fruit Discussion / best way to grow seedlings for sale?
« on: July 13, 2020, 12:09:57 AM »
Hi People.
I have a bumper crop of Billardiera cymosa in my backyard.  What's the best way to germinate and grow seedlings for sale, shipping within the continental US?   I can use regular 3" pots, or compostable 3" pots, or jiffy pucks (never used those before, but what the heck), or rapid rooter / root riot plugs.  What's the best way to grow seedlings for shipping within the continental US?  What is your preferred method? I have ample experience growing tropicals & subtropicals for myself, but I've never grown anything for sale; so please let me know.   Also,  I searched USDA website and found no restrictions on shipping Billardiera -- or did I miss something?   Please let me know.   Thanks in advance!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking for Psychotria viridis
« on: June 11, 2020, 12:05:49 PM »
Top Tropicals used to have it, check with them.


This is them now.  One year old, 4 ft tall.

This is impressive!  Maybe humidity is the issue?  Mine had quite a bit of leaf sunburn initially when moved outside in part shade, even though they were bigger (had 3 or 4 pairs of leaves) when I moved them out.  They pulled through OK, but full sun here in San Diego would have killed them. They are doing fine in part shade (morning sun only), but it’s hot and dry here so more stress.  A proper procedure is to acclimate them gradually by moving them into a shade, and then part sun.  They will need full sun eventually, but not right away

No.   They need to be hardened off gradually.   

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / WTB lucuma seeds
« on: April 22, 2020, 02:11:59 PM »
I’m looking for lucuma seeds (Pouteria lucuma) in US only - no shipping from abroad.   Preferably a “moist” fruit variety, not the “dry” fruit one.   Please PM me if you have fresh Lucuma seeds for sale or know where to buy them in US.  Thanks in advance!  Dimitry.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Spondias pinnata
« on: April 18, 2020, 11:37:03 PM »
I have a young Spondias pinnata (from Trade Winds Fruit seed I planted in January 2018) that needs to be repotted into a larger container.  What type of soil do they naturally prefer?  (Rich / poor, pH, etc.).  Also, should I feed it heavily or sparingly, and with what composition of fertilizer (NPK values, micronutrients)?  Please let me know.  Thanks in advance!  Dimitry

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Can passion fruit grow in container
« on: April 15, 2020, 06:28:04 PM »
They will grow and fruit in a pot.  15 gallon is plenty.

Yes, indeed.   Regular passionfruit (Passiflora edulis) fruited for me repeatedly in 5 gal container, but looked rather miserable.   It's much more happy now that it's in the ground.  15 gal container should work just fine.   Enjoy!    Also:  don't overfeed.   If you overfeed you'll get great growth but no fruit (I'm speaking from firsthand experience here).   Kindest wishes!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Phalsa
« on: April 02, 2020, 11:17:41 PM »
Both Grewia asiatica (phalsa) and Grewia occidentalis (crossberry) grow well in San Diego.   There are  Grewia occidentalis trees/bushes in Balboa Park and in Sorrento Valley, blooming just fine but not setting fruit.  Evergreen nursery on Carmel Valley Road had rather large Grewia occidentalis, trained as trees, with fruit, in stock this winter.  Your best bet would probably to talk to the Evergreen staff, to figure out what Grewia needs to set fruit: whether it's just a matter of the plant size or not.   I have several Grewia species, including the above two, growing from seeds. Some are blooming but none set fruit yet. They are easy plants to grow (or hard plants to kill - depends on your perspective), and pretty, but don't expect fruit anytime soon.  Both Trade Winds Fruit and TopTropicals have Grewia seeds occasionally, that's where I've got them.
Kindest wishes,

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit sightings in San Diego
« on: December 20, 2019, 07:32:21 PM »
I bought longans at Mira Mesa Hmart a few times.  Tried sprouting the seeds, but not a single one sprouted.  Are they irradiated?  Or is there some trick to sprouting them?  Lychee on the other hand sprouts just fine.   Any ideas?
Happy Holidays!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Fruit in October
« on: October 20, 2019, 05:27:02 AM »
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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking for Psychotria viridis
« on: August 18, 2019, 12:33:22 PM »
check Top Tropicals,  they may have it.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / WTB Texas persimmon Diospyros texaana
« on: August 09, 2019, 01:14:48 AM »
I'm looking for fresh seeds of Texas persimmon Diospyros texana.   Does anyone have any to sell?   They're supposed to be in season in August. 
Thanks in advance!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: YARA YARA SEEDS for SALE/TRADE
« on: July 31, 2019, 10:17:41 PM »
> The scientific name is "Duguetia lepidota" :)

Thank you!!!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: YARA YARA SEEDS for SALE/TRADE
« on: July 30, 2019, 11:56:11 PM »
What's the binomial (Latin) for Yara Yara?

Sunshine Seeds have been getting quite a few negative reviews: , FYI.  If someone have a recent experience with them, either positive or negative, please let the forum know.

SilverHill seeds is great - I ordered from them before and got very good germination rates - but tragically Rachel and Rodney Saunders were murdered last year:  , so keep that in mind.  SilverHill is still active, so I'd order from them again for sure unless they decide to close.

Best regards

If you grow purple mombin (Spondias purpurea) from cuttings here in SoCal, keep in mind that roof rats are really fond of them as I discovered.   So far all the cuttings I've got from achetadomestica are alive and have rooted (awesome cuttings, really good!) but three of them were defoliated clean by roof rats at one point.  Put some rat-traps with white bread next to your plants, your plants will say thank you if you do :)

Mikado apricot is an old variety / cultivar.  I found mentions of it from as far back as 1915 in California, here:
The word "mikado" in this case comes very likely from an English-language operetta "The Mikado".

Temperate Fruit Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Wanted: Prunus Mume
« on: May 20, 2019, 12:58:13 AM »
H-Mart in San Diego carries fresh unripe ume, presumably for pickling.  99 Ranch may have them as well.  The pack says "product of USA", so I don't think they are irradiated.  The seeds should be viable. 
All the best

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Flying Fox Fruits Nursery
« on: May 16, 2019, 11:20:01 AM »
At least Plinia is tasty!  I remember people buying Phrag. kovachii for 10 times that just a few years ago... Not to mention the whole tulip-bulbs story :)
Also, well deserved Adam for great work with Plinias!

I have a seedling of Randia formosa I grew from seed.  Can it survive outside?   I'm in San Diego.  If anyone has successfully grown Randia formosa (a.k.a. Rosenbergiodendron formosum, blackberry jam fruit) outside in SoCal, please let me know the best ways to keep it alive and happy.  Thanks in advance!

AFAIK Maclura tricuspidata is synonymous with Cudrania tricuspidata (“che”).  Is that what you’re looking for?  Or are you looking for something else?  Trade Wind Fruit has Cudrania tricuspidata seeds.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Flying Fox Fruits Nursery
« on: May 15, 2019, 10:42:52 AM »
Once again, i just wanted to drop in, and express my love for everyone who has been so excited and supportive over the years.

We love you too!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Giant Ameiva Lizards
« on: May 01, 2019, 06:13:27 PM »
In California you need fishing license to take reptiles O_O

I have a ton of western fence lizards in my backyard - those are native (and awesome to watch).  That, and an occasional alligator lizard.  I've rescued lizards in the past, they're easy to rehabilitate (and release, if they're native).  No invasive reptiles here so far, but it's probably a question of time.

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