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I'm just wondeeing what people want that isn't availible here  :)


Tropical Fruit Discussion / what seeds are these?
« on: October 24, 2014, 06:10:02 PM »
Supposed to be moringa but they dont look it at all.

I was planning to get some seeds from them and was wondering if anyone had some experience with them and vouch for them.

Hello all. So i was looking at some cheap greenhouse options and i found something called the "Flowerhouse Conservatory" greenhouse for about 300 bucks at walmart. It's about 9 ft diameter and 10 ft high. I was wondering if anyone had experience with this as a season extender to add a couple extra months to the growing season? Thanks.

So just wondering, about how far could i get with trying to grow the regular, non-dwarf variety of acai in a container? What would be thee minimum requirements and how big would it get before fruit or heart of palm? thanks.

Hello all! My Pickering has set some fruit! However, the fruit looks like it had red specks? Is that OK?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Tissue culture question.
« on: June 26, 2014, 09:40:01 PM »
So I'm looking into tc and i'm wondering, the kits that come with "baby food jar caps", what are those? are those literally the caps for the baby food jars? If so, then where am i supposed to get the jar? thanks.

I visited Hicks Nursery on Long Island yesterday and lo and behold they had a table with Miracle Fruit trees (three gallon, flowering), Carambola trees, Dragon Fruit, and Passion Fruit (all three gallon.) All of these plants were 50 dollars. They also had some fukushu kumqats (40 dollars i believe)? Last year, they had some other citrus too, such as Meyer Lemons (i bought one, it's doing great), Meiwa Kumquats, Key Lime, and i think the variegated pink lemon. This is in new york. Love this place.

IT looks like TWF is now carrying a "garcinia sp., mexican garcinia"

Is this the same as "luc's garcinia?"

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Best Paw Paw (asimna) varieties?
« on: May 23, 2014, 08:52:08 PM »
Hello all. So at my school, we may be able to put in a paw aw tree in soon, and as it's tropicalish I hoped you guys could give me some info on the best varieties and where they are available. Thanks.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Annona edulis?
« on: April 17, 2014, 03:04:44 PM »
What is it? trade winds has it for sale it seems? Can't find any info on it.

Edit, spelling

What would happen? to elaborate, I'm referring to something like an Asimna that would usually have a large taproot that would make it difficult to grow in a container, or a mangosteen say. Would the early root-pruning make the plant able to survive well without a taproot or would that have the same effect as damaging the root when transplanting (which can be pretty bad for something like a pawpaw). I'm wondering because early rootpruning would work and safely remove a taproot from a plant that usually has very little lateral roots, that would make it far easier to containerize, which is what i have to do here.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Which is the best solo papaya?
« on: February 25, 2014, 05:16:56 PM »
What is the best tasting solo papaya variety? sunrise,sunset, waimanalo? just wondering which one i should attempt to grow.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / forcing a mango to bloom with cold?
« on: February 14, 2014, 06:02:05 PM »
Just wondering, i have a mango ( a pickering) that i have in a pot that i got last fall. IT hasn't really flushed out al all since i got it (has been indoors in lowis light). I really don't care much about the fruit, but i would like to just have it push some flowers this spring just so i can say it did. I've read a lot of posts here talking about cold snaps trigering blooming, so mu question is...

Before i set out the mango in the spring, would i be able to indue flowering by putting it out a bit early and exposing it to some temperatures in the 50s? if so, how long would it need to be exposed? andif this does work for the mango, what other fruits could it work for?

thanks much.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Village Dwarf coconut?
« on: January 26, 2014, 07:01:48 PM »
It seems to be a very small, dwarf var of coconut. Anyone got info on this?

So you're on vacation in some fruit paradise. There, you find a variety of some fruit or something that you really love and want to bring back germplasm. However, you have no clue how to / lack the ability to get a phytosanitary certificate for the plant matter. What do you do?

essentially, if you don't know how to get a phyto for something in a foreign country, how do you do that, and if you can't what can you do to bring back the germplasm (legal options preferred  ;) ). Is there a way or are you just screwed?

So the question i would like to ask is what do you guys think would be the best avocado variety to attempt to grow in containers? I have heard of holiday, wurtz, and gwen as candidates, but the comparisons between holiday and wurtz always vary as to which one is smaller, and i have not seen a comparison between gwen and any others. I have also heard that there are other better varieties out there? and to add to my confusion, I had always read that wurtz was a horrible tasting cado, but then i saw somewhere that wurtz is one of the best? someone please help me through this much so i can get an avo tree next year  :).

Many thanks.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / My Long Island Garden:
« on: October 27, 2013, 10:11:59 AM »
So i figured i might as well start this thread to keep all my stuff in one place. ALso, i found the camera cord, so i'm in a pic posting mood. Enjoy  ;D

These are pics of some pineapple seedlings that i had placed in a paper towel to germinate and completely forgotten about for six months.:

Now in cups:

Overview of seedlings:

Date seedlings:

Longan seedlings:

Rambutan seedlings (unfortunately only one or two are alive):

Solanum Torvum (sundaikkai, pea eggplant):

Mango seedlings:

Mamey Sapote seedling:

It seems to have something funny going on. WHAT'S UP WITH THIS PLANT????

Lemon and clementine seedlings:

Guava seedlings:

Cherimoya seedling:

Dragon Fruit:

Let's head outside (these plants are all coming in over the next couple days):


Red Dwarf

Double Mahoi

Orinoco (i think):

A plumeria (bought in hawaii):

Curry leaf with Kona Sugarloaf in corner:

Kona Sugarloaf Pineapple:

Store bought planted from top pineapple:


Meyer Lemon (with lemon on it):

And recently bought Pickering Mango and Makok Sapodilla:

Will keep updating as more stuff grows!

Just curious, what trees can be air layered/ grown from cuttings? And what can't? i'm hoping to make a comprehensive list for future reference.

I'm so happy! i wish i could post pics but my darn connector cable is missing and of course they couldnt use a simple mini-usb. I got 2 three gallon trees from PIN, a pickering and a makok, and they look as if i just picked them out of the nursery myself this morning! They are really healthy and simply amazing!

So this is what i'm thinking. I have a bunch of steel wool lying around, and steel wool is very easy and safe to burn. The result is iron oxide. How good is pure iron oxide as a supplement for plants?

Hello all. I recently had my interest in SW (self watering containers) rekindled, and i am thinking of it as a viable option next year to put some of my tropicals in. However, i don't know if all tropicals would enjoy a steady supply of water. I have heard that citrus for example likes having periodic dry periods in between waterings. SO would it like a SWC?

So essentially, what plants would do well in this and what plants prefer a more staggered, varied water supply?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Warm surfaces inside houses?
« on: October 03, 2013, 06:06:51 PM »
I google this and all i get is global warming stuff.  ??? I need a surface of a common object that will stay warm 24/7 (for seed germination) that is not a fridge. My fridge top never seems particularly warm, definitely not in the 70s or 80s needed for some plants. So what should i use?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / So about this whole permit business...
« on: September 16, 2013, 08:27:58 PM »
Ok, so i have a bunch of questions about this whole permit business that i want cleared up, and i'm sure these are questions some other poor souls have been wondering also (why can't the USDA make this stuff clear, huh?). I can't really find these questions anywhere, and the only other way to get answers seems to be to call the USDA ("umm, hi. I'm a teenage kid that wants to import some plant matter into the U.S., grow it out, and propagate it, but i have no clue what i'm doing. Can you help?" Like that's gonna go anywhere.). So here i go:

About getting a permit, is there an age requirement? I have sort of assumed that you would have to be 18 (which i'm not) to get one. Can minors have an import permit?

After sending in the application, is there an interview that has to be done?

for small lots of seed, must i specify all the types i wish to import?

For plant material, how can i add another species? do i have to resubmit the permit? will there be another interview?

Once i get the permit, what do i do with it? HOW THE HECK DO I USE IT?!?!?!?!?!?!? do i send a copy to the shipper? Do i keep a copy on my person if i the germplasm is on my person? Does it work the same for small lots of seed and plant material?

will i still need a phyto?

When importing, must i send the material to a facility for some sort of screening? does this cost money? if so, how much?

If the material is on my person, and i'm at the airport, who should i ask to deal with? will customs know what they are doing? are there certain airports that it is better to enter via? Will i still have to send the material to some sort of facility?

I keep hearing stuff about "yellow and green tags." I can't find any information. Help please?

Ok, so thanks for sticking with me on this. I know it's a lot of questions, but i swear that the USDA makes this whole process obscure and difficult for the beginner on purpose. However, i want to have the ability to import plant matter, hopefully without a phyto, to be able to increase the diversity of what we have available here in the US. And also i wan't to grow cool stuff that no one else has.  ;D

So thanks in advance!!!

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