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Just curious, how old are these seedlings?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: ID please
« on: May 22, 2018, 11:22:53 PM »
My guess is Cannonball tree- Couroupita guianensis. The flowers are beautiful. :)
Fruits are edible, but not generally desired by humans. It is in the same family (Lecythidaceae) as the Brazil nut and Paradise nut.

Recently bought seeds of this species, and have quite a few. :)
Iíd really prefer to trade for:
Edible Passiflora cuttings/seeds, Spondias cuttings, ginger flower rhizomes, pineapple slips, Myrtaceae seeds, and long mulberry cuttings.

PM if interested, I may be willing to negotiate a price for those who are set on buying.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Trade Winds Fruit
« on: April 22, 2018, 10:58:36 PM »
I frequently order from Tradewinds Fruit.

I have had a good experience overall. They are pretty flexible with things, if any issues arise.

My experience:
I prefer to order recalcitrant seeds (short shelf-life seeds). They are more likely to be fresh when you get them, as some seeds have zero to poor germination rates. The seeds are generally priced nicely so there isn't much lost if germiantion issues occur.

I like to frequent their site to check out whats new. Newly introduced seeds generally are more likely to successfully germinate.

Most seeds seem to benefit from 1-2 soaking in warm water, and a dip in fungicide to prevent rot. Sandy well-draining soil is highly recommended.

Here's an extensive list of genera and species I have successfully germinated (Of course I don't still have all of these :/

Annona: reticulata (poor), squamosa (poor), purpurea (excellent)
Aristotelia chilensis - Maqui Berry
Artocarpus lingnanensis- Kwai Muk
Bromelia pinguin
Clausena wampee - Wampee
Dovyalis (poor germination)
Eugenia (exellent)
Flacourtia (poor-decent germination)
Garcinia: hombroniana, intermedia, madruno, xanthochymus
Lansium domesticum
Monstera deliciosa
Muntingia calabura
Passiflora: incarnata (excellent), laurifolia (poor germination), mollissima (good-excellent) , nitida (excellent), tarminiana (excellent), quadrangularis (Passiflora seeds here are iffy, but not too pricey, so its worth it)
Psidium eugeniaefolia (poor germination)
Psidium guajava- Waiakea & Colombian Red Guava
Rollinia deliciosa
Rubus niveus - Mysore Raspberry
Syzygium oleosum - Blue Lilly Pilly

Hope this helps!

Wow, that's awesome! I hope they develop into fruits. :) What rootstock was used?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Where to get best deal on 0-0-50
« on: March 20, 2018, 01:45:45 PM »
Not sure if this is available, but some hydroponics stores have the bulk bins where you can make your own custom fertilizer mix. I have not done this before, so I don't know much about the differences in pricing.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Greenhouse Longan Bloom
« on: March 14, 2018, 11:49:21 AM »
I had this Longan 3 years ago as a gift from friend. He bought from It didn't a tag when I received it. Therefore, I have no idea which variety it is. I had it in 25 gallons pot for 2 years, and then put in ground last year because it seems to outgrew the pot. It produced fruits for the last 3 years, but this year it has more flowers.
The fruit is not very big, and the seed is small as well. Very tasty.

Ah, okay. I've been looking at some of their longan cultivars on their site for some time now. I'd like to order from Top Tropicals, but I've heard many comments regarding poor labeling on their end. But its good to hear that the fruit quality is good from your tree! Maybe the fruits will get bigger over time, or if you thin them more.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Possible Hydroponics Candidates?
« on: March 13, 2018, 02:48:55 PM »
I recently got into soiless propagation of different leafy vegetables, and would like to experiment with tropical/subtropical fruits.
Can anyone add to my list of ideas? Guava?
As of aeroponics, I know of someone who is propagating dragon fruit.
I am open to aeroponic and aquaponic candidates as well.


Thanks in advance!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Greenhouse Longan Bloom
« on: March 12, 2018, 02:42:50 PM »
Good for you! :) Itís awesome to see success from northern growers. I have some questions for you..
How long has it been growing? What nursery is it from? What variety? And lastly seeing that youíre in Virginia, what mail order sites do you use?

Im looking for some to be sent to S.A

Any good sources appreciated :)

When is the season for these?
I generally see them available in summer.
The viability of Ingas tends to be very short. Often times, they sprout in transit. I donít know how that would work out for importing the seeds, since germinated seeds count as live plants. I guess youíd also need a phytosanitary certificate.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Largest leaved tropical fruit trees
« on: March 03, 2018, 12:15:24 AM »
Passiflora macrophylla
Garcinia magnifolia
Poor Manís Parasol
Giant Rhubarb

But then I noticed that you specified California.. :o

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: where is the meat
« on: February 18, 2018, 01:51:29 PM »
Could you ask if the flowers were hand pollinated? Inadequate pollination can be a cause. Not 100% sure, but I donít think youíd need multiple trees.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tampoi like fruit identification needed
« on: February 12, 2018, 02:46:36 PM »
I don't think it looks like B. angulata. B. angulata is more obovoid and ridged.
This site shows what B. angulata looks like:
You photo looks like the red-fruited form of B. macrocarpa aka "tampoi". I don't think it is known under a separate species.

Separating domestic from international sounds nice, but I don't think it would be that convenient, seeing that some international vendors tend to post unrelated threads in the wrong sub-forums. Also, I feel that the traffic on the forum would decrease from such a drastic change.

Overall, I like the forum layout. It just bugs me when members post in the wrong forums. Don't think its too preventable though.

One of my pet peeves is when vendors create multiple individual posts, instead of updating everything as one thread. It would be convenient if we enforced using an ongoing thread as a rule. Even though there are some awesome offerings, its overwhelming to see so many individual posts.

It would be cool if there were some way to make location mandatory when signing up or a forum security update requesting location as mandatory information. With this change, we could filter out what can be posted where without having to manually delete inappropriate postings.

Pine Island Nursery should carry them. At least according to  their website.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Inga cold hardiness pictures
« on: January 30, 2018, 04:54:06 PM »
Wow! Itís amazing what the cold stress can do! How old is the tree and is it flowering from the graft or the rootstock? Also do you know sources of Inga scions? Iím too impatient for my 2 yr old trees to flower. :P

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Tropical Apricot seeds
« on: January 18, 2018, 11:28:56 AM »
Tropical Apricot is a hybrid tree. I don't think the fruits would be identical to the parent tree. Might want to obtain cuttings instead? They'd produce faster as well.

I run on 24/7 light and my CAM plants in general do poorer than my non-CAM plants.  I think you need a proper night cycle to get good growth out of CAM plants.  But that of course means more light during the day to make up for it.  Non-CAM plants seem to generally quite enjoy 24-7 light.  I may at some point switch to 18-6, depending on how the greenhouse project goes  ;)  Also, a few of my plants are short-day plants, so when they reach flowering size, if I want to get anything out of them I'll have to cut to even shorter day lengths, at least until flowering/fruiting is triggered.

It's interesting.. My pineapple will grow well as a CAM plant, but dragon fruit just doesn't budge. But I still need to try new lighting first to see how things change. :) Since all of this is backed so well ( and as long as I have the other essentials along with light), I should probably see results with the new lighting we'll just have to see!
So guess same lighting, different cycle? OR would cacti enjoy as different range?
Thanks again :D

Thanks for the replies, resources, and recommendations everyone! Iíve been sifting through your suggestions the past couple of days. Iíd already looked up some info prior to asking on the forum, but I just got a bit overwhelmed by so many product choices as well as the several factors that play into plant growth . Iím currently grouping plants by their age, cost, area occupied, and photoperiod requirements. Iím really just curious to how Iíll set them up. I definitely donít want spend less on something inadequate only to pay more in the long run.

Lastly, what about for cacti; particularly dragon fruit? They just donít grow much for me (at all) in the cooler months. Iíd really like to sustain their growth over winter. But they are CAM plants, there they respire differently. Will they grow still as long as adequate lighting is present?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Supplemental Lighting Setup/Recommendations?
« on: January 15, 2018, 02:20:37 AM »
Hey all, its winter here in Ohio, and I would like to invest in some grow lights that will work well for tropical fruit plants. (Probably LED but open to other sufficient sources.) A lot of searches pertaining to grow lights speak of being effective for growing marijuana. But I know tropicals may have lights that they are better suited for.

I'd like some economical options if possible. I'd even be fine with going a bit bootleg, re-purposing other types of lights. Since they are just for winter. It doesn't need to be the best of the best. Just something to help them out on cloudy days.

I've been searching on Amazon a lot. Has anyone bought lights from Amazon that they would recommend?

Any other northern growers have some supplemental lighting setup example images?

Thanks in advance!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pink/White Hawaiian Guava?
« on: January 08, 2018, 07:43:12 PM »
This site contains pictures of some of the more common and uncommon guavas grown in Hawaii. You might be able to identify yours by going through the pictures.
Coyote, thanks for the resource! Some of these species/cultivars are a bit hard to find photos of for ID.

Use the search tool and look up the species. There are past threads that you can dig up that have useful info on junglesop from other forum members.

Is this species recalcitrant? Can they be dried?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is this keledang?
« on: December 14, 2017, 09:39:05 AM »
I'm no expert, but I don't think its keledang. I think its Artocarpus anisophyllus, entawak. Based off photos. I get why you thought it was keledang, seeing how bright orange the fruits are. But I think keledang pods are darker orange.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherimoya prices skyrocketing
« on: December 04, 2017, 12:48:28 AM »
They are available in Ohio at "Jungle Jim's International Market" fluctuating between $7-$9. They don't seem to sell well, and I often times see them at a reduced price that is still ridiculous for a practically inedible fruit (Practically zombie-like fruit). I guess they don't sell as well where I am because people aren't familiar with them or don't know how to eat them.. I don't want to waste my money on an overpriced, mediocre-quality fruit, when I can try growing my own. They don't always look great, and also are picked earlier since they wouldn't ship well. I wouldn't want to be disappointed.

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