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I am looking for seeds of Averrhoa carambola and Vasconcellea species. Does anyone have any available and are willing to ship abroad?

Also looking for spiny longan (dimocarpus longan subsp malesianus var echinatus) or similar longan subspecies.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / In need of guava advice
« on: October 08, 2020, 10:29:14 PM »
Hi to all,

My young guava tree has been fully defoliated for about a month now, and is experiencing die-back from the top down. Interestingly, there is new growth appearing from the bottom and middle sections of the trunk. I would like some advice as to how I can stop it from continuing to die-back. The days have averaged approximately 16 - 17 C for the past month and has been watered only when the top soil has been dry.


PS. Moisture is 5.5 and pH about 6.8 according to the pictures.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Brown at the base of carambola seedling
« on: October 02, 2020, 04:45:31 AM »
Hi all,

Is the brown colouration at the base of this starfruit seedling normal or should I be concerned? The soil has only recently been watered - it was dry before.


Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / WTB Vasconcellea seeds
« on: September 07, 2020, 11:00:38 PM »
Hi all,

I am looking to buy seeds from different Vasconcellea species. Any help would be deeply appreciated.

Hi all,

I am looking to buy starfruit seeds, particularly those from named varieties (I am aware that they don't usually grow true to type).

Thanks all :)


I am looking to source seeds from different starfruit varieties, particularly those of Giant Siam, Kari and Fwang Tung. I am aware that the seeds probably won't grow entirely true to type.

Thanks all.


I will be re-potting my starfruit plant into a large container. What potting medium is best for starfruit?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Starfruit issue
« on: November 26, 2019, 02:12:20 AM »
Hello all,

These white specks have begun to appear on the leaves of my young starfruit plant. This started approximately 1 week ago and it doesn't appear problematic for the plant, yet. Does anyone here have any ideas as to what might be causing this?

Hi, I am looking to buy some seeds of Vasconcellea monoica, parviflora and or stipulata.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Is my Longan okay?
« on: October 05, 2019, 10:36:31 PM »
Hello, everyone,

My Longan here isn't looking so great. I am from Auckland, New Zealand, which is approximately USDA zone 9b. We entered spring in September. During the winter from June - August, the plant was subjected to average lows of 11C, with extreme lows at around 4C. It has been protected under the eaves of the house since May, and during winter it received approximately 3-4 hours of direct sunlight. I watered it very infrequently during the winter (deep water once every 2-3 weeks) months. However, since late August it began showing signs of brown-tipping on the leaves. I am wondering, what issue might be causing this? I haven't fertilized at all, and I have watered it with rainwater with a few waterings of a natural seaweed mixture added in. Its watering has been controlled, with no natural precipitation affecting the plant. Cheers

Hi, does anyone have any Carica Parviflora, Carica Stipulata and/or Carica Monoica seeds available?

I am interested in purchasing some seeds :)


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