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I just tried fruit from the Orpet tree, was not good. Had the garlicky weird taste, and was just sweet and sour with no other identifiable tastes besides the bad one. Here is an article about it:,-Randy%20Baldwin%2C%20San&text=This%20tree%20in%20the%20Myrtle,in%20late%20winter%20into%20spring.

Article implies they might taste good underripe so I may go back and try a less ripe one. A shame it didn't taste good as fruit looks nice, was very juicy and tree was pretty and productive.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What do you use to label plants?
« on: June 15, 2020, 09:09:52 PM »
I posted about this before.  It depends how many you are doing to see if it would be worth the expense but using a Dymo Rhino with metal tape works great.  The attached thread describes how I attach them to PVC pipe (as stakes).  It has been holding up for years with no issues & is as legible as the day I made them.  An added plus is that the PVC pipe gets easily destroyed by a bush hog or lawn tractor without any damage to the mowing machine if some idiot rides over them while mowing (which wouldn't be the case if you used something like rebar for the stake).  If you opt to use this method, spend a little more & use SS screws (reg screws sure don't last well in HI). 


How many labels have you made? I am concerned about durability of the embosser if I were to shell out that much for a tool, would be pissed if it broke

Tropical Fruit Discussion / What do you use to label plants?
« on: June 15, 2020, 05:08:24 PM »
Was looking into buying some of those aluminum tags, does anyone have a brand they recommend - or some completely different way to label? Want something durable that won't peel apart or fade in a few years.

Have non producing Meyer lemon I want to topwork

In SF last year I was able to find Mexican grown mangosteen that was fresh (not the hard stuff they used to import from Southeast asia) in a Chinese produce store. Just keep your eyes open and ask the store owners when the season will start.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Artocarpus and frost
« on: June 11, 2020, 07:47:01 PM »
Kwai Muk is supposed to be cold hardy from what I have read, at least compared to jackfruit

Is there much variation in the different cultivars?

Everything arrived quickly! Thank you for the generous extras!

Once hardened off, do they prefer full sun? Right now they seem happy in a windowsill but I want to accelerate their growth. I can also put them in partial shade if they prefer that, just curious about whatever would make them grow fastest.

Right now they seem happy in a windowsill but I want to accelerate their growth. I can also put them in partial shade if they prefer that, just curious about whatever would make them grow fastest.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Can jackfruit seedlings take full sun?
« on: May 19, 2020, 11:27:51 AM »
This is for small seedlings, only a few inches high

For very small seedlings, e.g. a few inches tall

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lotsa mangos this year!!!
« on: May 18, 2020, 07:30:44 PM »
He has probably only ever had Tommy Atkins, you should try to convert him with a good one

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Which garcinias are cold hardiest?
« on: May 14, 2020, 12:19:22 PM »
Plan on attempting to grow them in Santa Barbara area. From my research online it seems like lemon drop mangosteen is the hardiest, followed by achacha and Luc's garcinia?

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Quince Loquat
« on: May 10, 2020, 11:17:08 PM »
Is loquat even in thee we rose family?

Yeah it is. Learned this the hard way when all my seedlings got fireblight :(

I posted this in the wrong forum, can a moderator move it to the main one? My apologies for the mixup.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Slowest growing plants with good fruit?
« on: May 05, 2020, 07:35:40 PM »
What should I start now, so I can enjoy while I am still alive?

I was guessing chlorosis, so add iron supplement? It doesn't seem to be affecting all of the leaves evenly, just some

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Seeds
« on: May 02, 2020, 09:27:15 PM »
Thanks for the extra seeds!

Actually ignore me, it doesn't look as obvious in the picture.

The spines point up. So the tapered end near the writing.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best way to root feijoa cuttings?
« on: April 26, 2020, 11:28:36 PM »
Wow John that is very discouraging, if a commercial nursery isn't able to get above that success rate.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Best way to root feijoa cuttings?
« on: April 24, 2020, 06:22:52 PM »
Have just failed for the third time, losing hope on this. From what I have read online it is possible and this is how it is commercially propagated in New Zealand, but other resources have said it is difficult. Has anyone here succeeded with this? What method did you use?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: The "Cerrado Curse"
« on: April 21, 2020, 10:59:22 AM »
Has anyone fruited Annona Crassiflora in the US?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: It's been a long time!!!
« on: April 13, 2020, 01:00:34 PM »
Adam what is your annona ranking (e.g. top 10)?

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