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Wow after battling the winter here in Central Texas for several months I have flowers on my Grimal Jaboticaba! Very excited! I am looking forward to harvesting that first fruit from my own tree! It will make the winter battle worth the trouble!


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Decaisnea
« on: March 02, 2015, 11:49:18 PM »
Anyone growing Decaisnea or know where to get seeds?



Tropical Fruit Discussion / Prepared for freezing weather in Central Texas
« on: February 16, 2015, 09:21:53 PM »
I have all my plants ready for the low 20s tonight in central Texas.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Neal Peterson Pawpaws
« on: January 22, 2015, 08:12:31 AM »
I wouldn't normally post something like this but I have been chasing the best pawpaw since the mid 80s and I think Neal Peterson has done the best work with them so far.

Neal Peterson has just started a kickstarter fundraising campaign so he can get the Asimina cultivars he developed licensed in Japan and Europe.  Neal has devoted his life to discovering and developing outstanding Asimina accessions.   The ultimate goal is get Asimina grown more widely and generate interest and demand that can fuel more research and preservation  so I am including below the link to the kickstarter page.  Please distribute as you see fit. There is only a month for the funding drive, but the page is quite a good read about Asimina.  Whether or not anyone wishes to offer support, I think most fruit enthusiasts would enjoy learning the information presented.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Geffner late season fruit
« on: October 16, 2014, 11:30:57 PM »
I found this Geffner atemoya fruit hiding in the canopy today.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / roselle harvest
« on: October 16, 2014, 11:26:41 PM »
Roselle harvest today.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Makok sapodilla fruiting in a container
« on: October 16, 2014, 11:09:32 PM »
Makok Sapodilla fruiting in a container.

Texas Fruit Growers - Houston:Seed/Scion/Plant Exchange & Persimmon Tasting

Saturday October 18th  10 am

Our focus at this meeting will be, but is definitely not limited
to: Persimmons.

This will be a meeting where all are welcome who have an interest in fruit, plants, grafting and growing.

For more info just send me a message.



Tropical Fruit Discussion / Sweet Tart Mango
« on: September 07, 2014, 11:43:45 PM »
Here's a photo of one of my recent Sweet Tart mango grafts.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Orange Sherbert mango seeds/seedling
« on: September 01, 2014, 11:57:23 AM »
I planted 3 Orange Sherbert mango seeds. One seed put up one sprout, another 4 sprouts and the 3rd one 7 sprouts. So is it possible to separate these sprouts?



Tropical Fruit Discussion / mango poly vs mono
« on: August 06, 2014, 07:28:53 PM »
I'm new to mangos and really did not have any interest in growing them until recently. So what causes the difference in the mono vs poly seeds? What are you looking for when they sprout? Best way to separate? How long does it normally take a seedling to fruit?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Zilli Mangos
« on: August 05, 2014, 12:03:18 AM »
I was wondering if anyone has he shipping size Zilli mangos to sell?



Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango graft
« on: August 04, 2014, 01:05:58 PM »
After trying some decent mangos I decided to try grafting one a few weeks ago. Here's a photo of my first mango graft.


Well I must confess I spent many years trying not to like mangos! With the help of a forum member I was finally able to sample some top tier mangos! I'm hooked on them now! I was able to sample Fruit Punch, Orange Sherbert, Honey Kiss, Edgar and Zinc. Unfortunately or fortunately since eating a Fruit Punch I think every fruit I try after that will be second rate! I have been growing and trying fruit since 1985 and haven't ever had any fruit that was good as the Fruit Punch mango! It just has a very nice fruity flavor that could only be called deliciousness itself! I had company when these mangos arrived and I shared a small slice of this mango with them and they were totally amazed! After getting that sample each time I went into the kitchen and got the knife and cutting board out I had a crowd wanting to sample another mango! The next favorite was Orange Sherbert. I really liked the flavor a nice very sweet orange flavor to me! All the mangos were very good but if I lived in an area where I could grow mangos unprotected I would have an orchard full of Fruit Punch and Orange Sherbert! As a matter of fact I would probably trade my whole collection of fruiting plants that I have been collecting since 1985 from all over the place for fruiting size Fruit Punch and Orange Sherbert trees!

Now I understand the mango fascination!

Zills please keep up the great work!


Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Mango seedlings
« on: July 21, 2014, 08:50:04 PM »
Anyone have any spare mango seedlings? I'm looking for 3 or 4 for rootstock.
Willing to buy and pay postage.



Tropical Fruit Discussion / Pensacola, Fl
« on: July 14, 2014, 08:07:45 AM »
I was wondering if any members live in the Pensacola, Fl or north west Florida? I will be in the area for a week.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Texas Fruit Growers Summer Meeting
« on: July 08, 2014, 06:52:49 AM »
Summer Fruit Group Meeting Schedule:

Summer Seed, Scion, Plant exchange and fruit tasting. We have the date, time and location confirmed for the Austin Area and Houston area. Will provide RGV info when confirmed.

Houston Area Meeting:

August 9th 10 am

Bill Arendt Host
11 Shadow Lane
Houston, TX 77080

Spring Branch area of town (West side of town / I-10 and Gessner)

Austin Area Meeting:

August 10th 10 am

Shane and Lisa Lamb hosting in the North Austin area. Directions will be provided once we get closer to date.

Any questions please let me know.



Tropical Fruit Discussion / Ilama seedlings
« on: June 13, 2014, 10:10:19 PM »
Finally after trying several methods to sprout Ilama seeds have 2 sprouting! All I did was just plant them this time! I had given up on sprouting any of them!Very excited to have a couple sprouting!


A small batch of White Jaboticaba Myrciaria aureana Scions from my 6 year old tree left over from my grafting this morning. Scions were freshly cut this morning. I will sell or trade these. Scions are $5 each or will trade for the following:

Ross Sapote scions,
Ilama Scions or seedlings
Kwai Muk seedlings or grafted
Coconut Cream fruit
Lemon Zest fruit

US only thanks.

You can Pm or email me @


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Texas Persimmon - Diospyros texana
« on: June 09, 2014, 07:40:12 PM »
Texas Persimmon - Diospyros texana
Looks like a nice crop this year!


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Unknown Rollinia
« on: June 08, 2014, 10:38:07 PM »
Unknown Rollinia blooming.


Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / kwai muk
« on: May 02, 2014, 11:50:51 PM »
I was wondering if anyone knows of a source for kwai muk plants or seeds that will ship?



Tropical Fruit Discussion / Feijoa grafting success
« on: April 28, 2014, 12:49:44 AM »
Looks like a few of my pineapple guava grafts may be successful.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Loquat Tasting Event - Texas
« on: April 25, 2014, 10:48:34 PM »
Texas Fruit Growers Club

Loquat Tasting Event Houston Area

New Date of Saturday-May 3rd - 10 am

Rain out date Sunday May 4th at 2P.

11 Shadow Lane
Houston, TX 77080
Spring Branch area west side of Houston---I-10 and Gessner area of town…

Bill Arendt

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Wabash Pawpaw
« on: April 19, 2014, 08:44:46 PM »
A photo of the pawpaw fruit forming on my Wabash pawpaw.

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