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Have a nice range of local fruit scions for Artocarpus/Durio/Mango

PM me if with what you would like.

All scions are $3 plus shipping


My email is

You have mangoes I want and Borneo Durio which I have heard is the best.  I was intending on meeting up with someone in Borneo.  I am looking for many mangoes.  I will be growing over 400 varieties I have already sourced.  There are 500 more varieties in the world, many in Indo.  Maybe you can help.

I am also growing 100 or so Durian.  Borneo has great varieties.

We have 20 acres in Hawaii, with over 200 inches yearly rainfall.


Ok Sorry made this difficult for you and me. Here is list of scions currently avail.
It is possible to get others but will need to created.


Thai Jackfruit  Red/orange/yellow


Kan Yau
Tuan Mek Hijau
Kop Kecil
Black Thorn
Kra Dum Thong


Wild Jungle Mango
Brahm Kai Meu
Tong Dum
Chok Anan
Bang Khun Si
Black Gold
Namdokmai Simaung
Ok Rhong

If you want to have good crops of mango you shouldnít be where you get 200 inches of rain a year.  Thatís why there are no mango farms on the wet sides of the islands. Try kona if you wanna grow mango

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Will White Sapote produce in tropics?
« on: March 30, 2020, 04:01:45 PM »
Yes thereís some in Hawaii but I found they are better in SoCal. I think they like having a brief winter, helps with keeps bugs at bay

Nice! If you need help eating those mangoes later this year I could help you ;)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is Artocarpus species
« on: March 08, 2020, 10:37:08 PM »
Very cool looking plant.  Quick google image search tells me that it is likely artocarpus tamaran

doubtful its a hybrid, it looks like a pedalai leaf to me...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mountain coconut
« on: March 02, 2020, 10:57:26 AM »
what does inside look like?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Who is growing No Mai Tsze lychee?
« on: February 28, 2020, 03:18:41 PM »
that is very big. i was just thinking yesterday how kaimana lychees can get big, not as big as that but i find the taste is sweeter in the not so big ones

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Durian Theft in Hilo Hawaii
« on: February 20, 2020, 05:00:39 AM »
Article gives no details. Durian sells for $3-4/lb a pound on big island. At $25-60+ per fruit itís really Not surprising at all that people steal it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Persimmon question
« on: January 21, 2020, 12:14:05 PM »
i tried freezing/thawing one that was firm , and it still gave me the chalky mouth sensation the further i cut into the fruit

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Persimmon question
« on: January 20, 2020, 07:28:42 PM »
thanks, looks like some of these are going in the freezer then

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Persimmon question
« on: January 20, 2020, 06:17:29 PM »
I was told one can freeze hachiya (astringent) persimmons and when they thaw they wonít be astringent anymore. Is this true?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: A walk in the park
« on: December 29, 2019, 11:27:38 AM »
what does african breadfruit taste like? how does it compare to regular breadfruit?

I had some great fruits in KL and bentong area when i was there a couple years ago this time of year. I wouldnt expect to find as many rare , wild fruits there as you found in Borneo though

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: A walk in the park
« on: December 28, 2019, 06:03:07 AM »
Can you list what the fruits are ?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Juicy pearls in season again
« on: December 18, 2019, 09:15:46 AM »
Never heard of that before. Whatís the Latin name ?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Mexicola avocado seeds
« on: December 12, 2019, 10:55:09 AM »
mexicola avocado's are cold hardy up to 18 F (so they say) , they are delicious, very thin skin. $3 per seed plus shipping. minimum of 10 seeds per order. I don't have coco for shipping, will ship in damp paper towel.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mexicola avocado taste and types
« on: December 11, 2019, 09:44:29 PM »
Fruit is not like the leaves i would not reccomend growing mexicola if cold hardy type is wanted your better off growing Duke, Boony Doon,Black Johnson, DelRay or Aravaipa Avo trees. Mexicola not much flesh but you can eat skin since skin so thin.

why do you recommend all these over mexicola? mexicola are one of, if not the best tasting avocado ive had

I wanted to know if there is a way to identify Longan Tree purchased from Walmart with no variety tag by the foliage. The foliage is different than my Koala tree I already had. The foliage is very wavy and larger compared to the Koala. The Koala has very flat leaves.

i think you mean Kohala

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best tropical berries to grow?
« on: November 20, 2019, 10:56:52 AM »
Mysore raspberry are good but highly invasive and difficult to manage

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How big does Jackfruit need to be...?
« on: November 13, 2019, 01:12:30 PM »
I am in zone 7 too, Northern Virginia and I also have a Jackfruit in my sunroom. I planted it 20 months ago directly into the ground.On the lower right of the picture,you can see it's very healthy and only  at 4 ft. tall now.The variety is Var-small from Top T. and you can keep it at 7- 8 ft tall. The height of my sunroom is also 13ft.

Thatís really cool. What other trees are in there ?

Can someone list some of the fruits mentioned ? When I was in Costa Rica the best I had were mostly of Asian origin , excluding peach palm and cherimoya

Yes, the durian hybrid was great. Fortunately they did not pick it underripe like most kutejensis.

Thanks, Future

What is the region or town where you found it?

Dang the durio z x kutejensis must have been amazing

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seedless Jackfruit from Thailand
« on: November 03, 2019, 09:03:35 AM »
I still see some seeds. Deformed yes , not seedless

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First safou harvest
« on: October 24, 2019, 11:50:24 AM »
How Is Oscar able to sell seeds if the plants havenít even fruited yet?  ???

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