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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Photos From The Citrus Dome
« on: December 01, 2019, 12:24:49 PM »
Owari and Brown Select Satsumas, Mayer Lemons, Key Limes, Persian Limes, Finger Lime Key Lime Cross:

Cooler weather is here and I need to be thinking about keeping my plants alive for the winter.
I'm building a new greenhouse in my backyard (to add to my plant menagerie... this make 3 GHs so far!) and was hoping to get some suggestions for an electric heater.
Here are the basic facts:
Location: Tuscaloosa in West central Alabama...Zone 7B - 8a... we get some temps in the teens every now and then.
The greenhouse is 240 sq ft.
I am not trying to create a tropical climate all winter... just keep temps above freezing on those really cold days/nights.
Needs to be electric.
For now... Service is provided with extension cords from garage/house back porch.
In the past I have used a couple of milk-house style heaters in my other GHs to keep the temps above freezing.

They work OK.

This is basically an inner-city neighborhood... so there are a few zoning restrictions I have to obey.
Primarily height, square footage and property-line setbacks.
But the city has been pretty helpful.

It's not a huge GH... 20ft X 12. Still under construction as time allows
Shed style pitched roof - 12 ft on high north side - 8 ft on low south side.
PT lumber - Screws - Simpson Strong Ties.

Here's a few construction pix:
Pre fab wall units:

Now with roof rafters and end-walls:

Today I start working on the doors.

Thanks for any input.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Finger Lime/Key Lime Cross Fruit Photos
« on: November 05, 2019, 10:07:38 AM »
More Pix:


Finger Lime/Key Lime Cross Fruit For Sale
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I have 5 Finger Lime/Key Lime Cross fruits to sell.
$60 and FREE Priority shipping.
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Finger Lime/Key Lime Cross Fruit For Sale
24 Hours Only!
I have 5 Finger Lime/Key Lime Cross fruits to sell.
$60 and FREE Priority shipping.
FRUITS...Not Plants or Seeds!

You may contact me here:

PayPal and USA only please!

Here's what the ripe fruit look like on my Finger Lime/ Key Lime cross.
Weird Pinkish-Red Peel coloration:


Thai Dwarf Mulberry.
Why wait years for fruit... when you could be picking fruit in only months!

My mother plant started as a mere stick last spring... and now is over 6 feet tall and covered with large delicious Mulberries.
Fast and easy to grow. It thrives in a pot too. Just cut it back hard... and wait for the fruit to start setting.
Multiple trees could be pruned into production... in rotation... to keep fresh fruit available all season.


Rooted cuttings: Only $35 each with FREE Priority Shipping to US and PR!
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Thai Dwarf Mulberries
« on: September 16, 2019, 01:58:19 PM »
I have several Thai Dwarf Mulberries in pots and was considering setting out 2 of them in my backyard.
Anyone know if they are hardy in zone 8b? Tuscaloosa...Central Alabama?
I have one larger mother plant in a 25 gallon nursery bag which I plan to move into my greenhouse this fall.

Thanks for any input!


Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Shangri-La Mulberry Cuttings
« on: August 12, 2019, 05:47:23 PM »
I'm going to cut back my 3 Shangri-La Mulberries this week.
Let me know if you'd like some cuttings.
If not... I will pot them up to root and maybe try to sell a few rooted cuttings later.

10 cuttings plus bonuses: $20 plus USPS Priority Mail shipping... around 8 bucks.


Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / STARFRUIT PLANTS FOR SALE
« on: August 11, 2019, 11:06:12 AM »
Example of the fruit harvested from Mother plant this spring:


Green Fruit:

Typical Seedling:

I have 5 plants left... - first come first serve please.
Original seed stock is from Hawaii.
Very sweet and large fruit.
Easy to grow!
My Mother plant lives happily in a 15 gallon nursery pot!

Seedlings are $35 with FREE USPS priority Mail 2-3 day shipping

PayPal only please.
US and PR only please.

For more information:

Tropical Fruit Discussion / My Best Pitangatuba
« on: August 08, 2019, 01:48:34 PM »
Recent fruit:

Sweeter than the others I have... and the largest fruits. The seed rattles around inside the ripe fruit like a walnut.


I noticed an aberration on one of my Eugenia Calycina 'Nelita' plants - grown from seed I received from Miguel in Portugal a couple of years ago.
Looks like the growth tip has triple the number of stems growing as one:

By comparison... Here's a normal one from the same plant:



Tropical Fruit Discussion / Jabo ID Please
« on: July 04, 2019, 07:05:29 PM »
Got this Jabo a couple of years ago as a bonus plant from Flying Fox Fruits.
Beautiful foliage and grows great in a 15 gallon nursery bag.
First flowers a month ago and now the fruit looks ripe. Is it?
Not sure of the variety.
About 3ft tall and wide.
Ideas please?

My Na Dai “Easy Peel” has been blooming for a few weeks now and I resorted to hand pollination to hopefully set some fruit.
I noticed a couple of likely candidates this morning:

Does this look like fruit set to you?
If you have any anecdotes or info about this variety to share I would appreciate it.


I have some nice seedlings for sale.
About 15 or so...

Typical seedlings:

Mature plants:

$12 each with a minimum order of 5.
FREE  Priority Mail shipping.
US and PR only please.

You can contact me here:

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Jabo - First Blooms
« on: June 21, 2019, 02:34:54 PM »
First Red Jaboticaba blooms and fruits.
3 year old plant from Adam Shafran at Flying Fox:

Incarnatas are starting their 2019 blooming... now until frost.
Easy to grow and will come back every year.

I have 5 more starter-plants for sale.

Passiflora Incarnata
A special selection of the native Maypop.
Chosen for extra-strong vibrant color in a hardy variety.
Sturdy small well-rooted starter cuttings.

$30 each with FREE 3 day shipping to USA and PR.
Discounts available for multiple plants or local pickup.
PayPal only. USA and PR only.
You can contact me here:

Several people have expressed interest in obtaining scions from my Black Star Suriname Cherry.
It's finally stopped blooming and I need to prune it back some.
I assume the less time between cutting them, shipping and grafting the better.
What size scions are best for grafting... and what is the best way to ship them for maximum survivability?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Pitangatubas Are Exploding!
« on: May 04, 2019, 02:26:49 PM »
Figuratively speaking anyway... My half-dozen mature plants are blooming right now... better than they ever have.
Is this normal?

I have some space available along the street in my front yard and I was thinking of planting Mulberry trees. There used to be 3 ancient Hackberrys trees there... but Alabama power in their infinite wisdom pruned them to death to keep the branches out of the lines overhead. Now I have 3 positions open.
I have several specimens of Pakistani and Shangri-la available. Are these suitable in your opinion?
Any ideas or suggestions?



Goumi Seeds.
(Elaeagnus multiflora)

Picked Fresh Today... will consume and send seeds ASAP!
Don't worry... I will only consume the fruit... not the seeds.

20 seeds available: $20 for all, with free shipping to US and PR.
More to come.

Contact me here:



Tropical Fruit Discussion / Eugenia Mystery Plant
« on: April 05, 2019, 02:08:09 AM »
I received this plant in a shipment of Cherry of the Rio Grandes from Adam at Flying Fox a couple of years ago as a bonus plant.
At first I thought it was a COTRG... but it began to show slightly different physical characteristics.
Salmony colors in the new growth... less dark green that the other COTRG plants.
It's a beautiful tree and fast growing as well.
I am hoping it is Eugenia calycina.

It started blooming a couple of weeks ago... here are a few photos I shot today:

Let me know if you recognize this mystery plant.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Grafting Suriname Cherries
« on: April 03, 2019, 11:42:52 PM »
I want to start trying to graft my Black Star Suriname Cherry onto some Black Star seedlings and I was hoping someone could share some of their experience... as I have never grafted before.

I've done some research and watched a lot of Youtube videos but was wondering if there was any technique particular to Eugenias that I might consider.

I bought a grafting kit from Amazon and thought I could use it:

My mother plant is getting huge and somewhat burdensome to handle so I thought I could prune and graft at the same time.

Thank you.


I noticed today that the Ebay store "Polynesian Produce Stand" is using several of my Cedar Bay Cherry photos in their ad.

These are photos I posted here on the forum:

Anybody know these folks? Looks like they are in Hawaii.
I'm not so much against someone using my photos as I am against them not asking permission or providing some sort of compensation for their use.
They can reach me here at this address to discuss this topic:

Cedar Bay has something to say...




Tropical Fruit Discussion / Exporting Plant Materials Abroad (From US)
« on: January 25, 2019, 10:19:37 AM »
I communicated with someone wanting cuttings sent to Denmark from the US.
What kind of customs or import/export issues might be involved?



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