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Honestly you should visit both places; they're very different. In terms of plants, PR has a tropical rain forest but Hawaii does not, because PR is overall much wetter and more consistently tropical. But that can work against you if you grow fruits that actually prefer it drier, which would be much easier on the western halves of the Hawaiian islands.

But PR is MUCH cheaper and also much closer to other places as well as Florida. Hawaii is a 6+ hour flight from anything.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tropical cherry fruit?
« on: September 05, 2020, 08:06:37 PM »
Australian beach cherry, aka cedar bay cherry, is a eugenia with a very cherry-like texture (very crisp) which is very salt-tolerant (hence the "beach") and a sweet but subtle flavor. Some are kind of bland but others have a subtle flavor on top of the sweetness. (No sourness though.) The fruits are bright red.

Acerola / barbados cherry, specifically the very common "Manoa sweet" variety, is very good. Seeds are a bit annoying, I tend to just eat the perimeter of the fruit, but the plants fruit prolifically and the bright red shiny fruits are very nice-looking.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Red Jabo Blooming Madness - Photos
« on: August 29, 2020, 04:12:35 AM »
My own tree, which I bought as a 3G six years ago, created its first ever flowers and fruits earlier this year, and now it has more ripening fruits as well as tons of flowers. It went from 0 to 100 very quickly!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cedar Bay Cherries Are Ripening Now
« on: July 31, 2020, 07:40:24 PM »
Pretty cool! Can you grow Barbados cherries in San Diego?
Yup, there are local nurseries that grow them and I have one that created a lot of fruit already the last couple of months and now has new unripe fruit and more flowers. Delicious and very productive.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cedar Bay Cherries Are Ripening Now
« on: July 23, 2020, 07:50:24 PM »
aka Beach Cherry, I have a couple of plants too (very small). The fruits are OK. The problem is this species is only propagated by seed so each one is different. One of my plants makes fruit that is sweet with little bitterness and some slight flavor; hard to describe but at least it's not completely bland.

By contrast, my Ice Cream Bean makes sweet fruit but with no flavor whatsoever.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit tasting get together san diego
« on: July 22, 2020, 07:51:17 PM »
This thread has gone way off the rails. I do agree that get-togethers are ideally best avoided.

For what it's worth I have no ripe fruit right now. My acerola just finished fruiting but is putting out another wave of flowers, my red jaboticaba, which fruited for the first time ever a couple of months ago, is now creating new flowers, and my wax jambu are flowering and I've unripe bananas that'll ripen later this year along with green sapote, and I have a mango tree (either Lemon Zest or Coconut Cream) that should have had ripe fruit but the biggest ones split open so I guess it's getting too much water.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Black Limes Platter
« on: July 20, 2020, 11:04:17 PM »
I had no idea what he was talking about, but he means this:

There should be plenty of local nurseries that carry it. Make sure you get a "sweet" cultivar, the most common of which is Manoa Sweet. Don't get a random seedling or unknown cutting. I'm just familiar with San Diego but Ong Nursery has it, (in Vista) had lots of them, as well as a mature one in-ground, Kartuz used to have it (that's where my now-productive tree came from), etc. So ask around and make sure it's a cultivar like Manoa Sweet (or taste a fruit if possible).

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pouteria in North San Diego county.
« on: June 16, 2020, 06:55:37 PM »
They should all be able to survive for you. Ong's Nursery in San Diego has Canistel and Ross Sapote.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Wax Jambu Challenge- Arizona
« on: May 06, 2020, 02:17:02 PM »
I grow it in San Diego outside with little care, just water and very occasional fertilizer. They've seen temperatures in the high 30s briefly at night and were fine. They don't need humidity, nor do they need a ton of direct sunshine (a tree on the north side of my house, half in bright shade, produces fruit that are plenty sweet). But in Arizona you will likely need to protect them during winter nights.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: WHY IS THIS HAPPENING AGAIN?
« on: May 06, 2020, 02:12:20 PM »
Cacao tend to be grown on hillsides for good drainage, and in low pH soil, usually clay.
Low pH = high acidity. Clay is high pH; it is alkaline.

That's not true, I've been growing one in San Diego for several years. It's watered several times per week with tap water from sprinklers and it sets fruit every year.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mulberries not setting fruit
« on: May 06, 2019, 03:37:14 AM »
Well you obviously need to water them; you can't expect to grow fruit without irrigation unless in a consistently wet climate. That's your biggest problem. Fruits require quite a bit of water so the trees need to be well watered. Secondly, do the flowers have pollen? If so then they are male.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Muntingia tree leaves in SoCal
« on: March 26, 2019, 08:04:34 PM »
I'm just a couple of miles from the coast (much warmer at night than the inland areas) and mine looks fine. It did not die back or lose many leaves; a fair number of the leaves look crinkly and a little brown on the edges, though it does have a good number of healthy-looking leaves. I don't think it grew during the winter though, but I'm expecting it to begin its usual rapid growth very soon.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit stuff in San Diego?
« on: March 25, 2019, 08:05:39 PM »
But avocados and citrus are not "interesting". Exotica is a great option because it's not just a nursery; they have 50+ year old fruit trees of all kinds so you get to see and sample really established and mature exotic fruit trees. Quail has fruit trees but you're not allowed to pick or eat the fruit there.

The red-fruited surinam cherries are the most beautiful in my opinion because they fruit often with extremely vivid yellow/orange/red fruit, and even the leaves are glossy and decent-looking, and of course are red when young.

Bananas are another obvious option.

Not possible. It's supposed to require high humidity and high warmth all year long, and my understanding is that even in the tropical countries where it's grown commercially, it still needs to be hand-pollinated for reliable production.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Are there any low-light fruiting plants?
« on: January 15, 2019, 08:29:12 PM »
Its fruit was probably terrible though. Generally the more sunlight plants get, the sweeter the fruit. So you have to think about quality as well.

Velutina and Royal Purple have basically ordinary leaves (though with purple midrib) and colored fruit so it sounds like that's what he's looking for.

Ice cream / blue java is a popular edible variety that has fruit that is teal when unripe and looks really exotic and tropical. If conditions are warm enough then you could grow any red variety of bananas as well.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: HOW to grow apple from seed
« on: September 06, 2018, 04:47:53 PM »
Do not attempt this; it will probably not even be edible.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Olosapo ( Coupeia Polyandra)
« on: September 05, 2018, 02:44:10 PM »
Is anyone growing this in California? It sounds intriguing.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Kei apple....worth growing?
« on: August 15, 2018, 07:18:21 PM »
The fruit is absolutely delicious. Juicy, sweet, great flavor, and you can eat it whole. I'd grow it except I have very cramped space so a thorny plant like that isn't suitable for me. But the San Diego Zoo has a bunch of them spread out so I help myself to a bit of the fruit sometimes when I visit it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: USPS irradiating packages?
« on: August 13, 2018, 11:01:50 PM »
X-rays do not kill plants any more than they kill humans.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help: wax apple won’t flower
« on: July 05, 2018, 02:29:23 PM »
Most of my wax jambu are also not flowering this year but have flowered/fruited last year. (One, the red-green, is setting a small amount of fruit but it barely flowered.) They're in-ground and I run my drip irrigation three times a week in summer. Do they do better with less water? I was under the impression frequent watering helped them flower, and less water helped the fruits sweeten more.

Nobody will try to taste the fruit if it doesn't ripen. A better idea is to try to zip-tie the hanging fruit to the branches where they might be hidden from view.

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