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I ordered some Thaumatococcus Danilli ~ Katemfe..  Miracle Plant, African Sweet Prayer Plant etc.

ive put a half dozen of these seeds in dirt. its going on 6 months.  Id forgotten id planted one and start tearing at this pot with my fingernail.

this knot in the center of the pic came up with about 5 half inch roots coming from it and an apparently green knob from one side. 

however, it still hasnt sprouted after  i put it back.  Im concerned ive broken off a taproot.. if they have tap roots.
and im concerned a slug or bug has chewed it off at ground level.

 please, any ideas?

Your problem is, you can only buy from certified TX sellers. You can not bring any citrus into your state.

Its always something aint it?  Thanks for the link!   

BTW,  i have a mysterious sapling in my yard. Shiney green leaves, thorns.. where should i send a picture for identification?

Firstly, Are these LEMBA sprouts? 

THey seem accordion like, like baby palm leaves. I tried to use new potting soil, and there has been some algae and contamination.

Unfortunately i only had 2 sprouts. And  as usual, as soon as i discovered them, one was felled by a bug.

So i ask What are the Growing Requirements for LEMBA?  Are they Self Fertile?  How should i transfer to the next sized pot?

Thanks guys,

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: wanted Ackee
« on: May 27, 2019, 12:33:17 PM »
Any idea for mainland sources? 

This is just slang to mean "Whats the information"    Im in Texas, so we have a great environment for Citrus, but ive never seen any in garden centers here

i tend to steer clear from garden centers.. i get a little nauseated everytime i see someone buying trees that dont bear fruit.  i have panic attacks about it lol

Any body know a cheap online retailer? eBAY and ETSY have been taken over by scam artists. with images of purple strawberries, posted 30 times a piece.  i dont trust those.

Whats the skinny?  I don' understand the question. The skin is thin and prone to damage and Citrus splitting. They split in a very unique way. Like a whipped cream spray can.
Where are they?  garden centers, and Australia
How do you grow them?  Pretty much like a lemon, but avoid hot sun the first years. Is prone to die-back by Phoma
Do you have any? yup, small diamond shaped leaves, fruits like small pickless, pink small flowers, dense foliage and very thorny bush

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Grafted cherimoya trees
« on: May 27, 2019, 12:25:09 PM »
I have some some Sugar Apple or Cherimoya coming up from seed.   i was told the seed husk could come off.

But it appears to have cotyledons?  the seed had pulp in it.  and i probably killed this.  Do these look alright to you?

also, how long do they take to bear from seed? and what the lowest temp they can handle?  Can they be grown in pots?


Did these ever sprout for you?

Subject says it all.

Finger Limes.. the same image we see over and over.. elongated limes with disconnected vesicles. Like a hollow Citrus Shell full of Tart Beads.

Whats the skinny?  Where are they?  How do you grow them?  Do you have any?

Thanks guys. 

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: wanted Ackee
« on: April 30, 2019, 06:35:32 PM »
Is that a gentleman here? or does he have a biz link?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: ackee wanted
« on: April 30, 2019, 06:33:05 PM »
HOw did they come along?  Are Ackee seed viable after dried or should they be planted on receipt?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Grafted cherimoya trees
« on: April 30, 2019, 06:22:03 PM »
How long have they been grafted, since March?

Is it related to Miracle Berry Dulcificum Synsapalum?  the only thing i can find on this is a single article by Eat The Weeds and No where else.  Flavor Enhancing or Tongue Shifting Proteins are kinda a big deal, and im surprised if this is true.  Expecially since Saffron Plum is native to Florida and Texas.


interesting, i hadnt considered temp at all. could it be cold? they are all at least sub tropical. hasnt quite gotten to Texas temps just yet.

much appreciated.  I try to water them all with slightly acidic water once a month. i use general hydroponics "pH up"  it certainly could be that.

my garden get yellow around the edges of the leaves. but these, i just cant nail it down.  they come in like zebras. the leaves never quite recover, they always will be yellow.

  the squirrels got the first one. thats the second one.. before i got a chance to plant it one of my cousins kids was squishing on it. i had assumed he'd cracked the seed and there was a gelatinous pulp. It honestly felt like a gummy.  I just put a third seed in. it was hard as a rock, with a soft gummy annulus. I was going to try and score it but was afraid to. Maybe i still should. 

This is the Mystery Sprout.  The first "leaf" is short and blunt tipped. The Blunt Tip is odd, and unlike a grass. The second growth came up and is long and thin like a grass.
The stem seems to have a red color.  The sprout is close to where the jelly like seed was planted. So im unwilling to weed the pot. 

Still have fresh Curculigo latifolia seeds, aka Lemba.

Excellent!  Just sent an order.  For C.Latifolia and Yoco too.  Supposedly we have weather into the 50's next week  :-\  i dont know if that would affect travel

 Im having a hard time finding growing instruction for Lemba, any resources would be appreciated.

 You have an awesome selection, i could go broke!  Id like to make a request for Picralima Nitifola ~ Akuamma 
 So many fruit id like to get. Black Berry Jam, Peanut Butter, Cocoplum, Annonia's, Garcinias, Sweet Tango Tamarillos.  Awesome Website Oscar. Will make recommendations.

 Patiently waiting for Thaumatococcus daniellii too.

  Thanks man.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself
« on: April 15, 2019, 10:29:35 AM »
  Hey Guys,  the name is Bart.  Im a zone pusher in South East Texas 9a
  Doing my best to find Far Flung, Weird, and Amazing Troppie/SubTroppie fruit and veg.. that will dig into our gumbo clay.
  (that can survive our brief cold spells, with as little modification as possible, or even container growing)
  any recommendations for my locale is greatly appreciated.

   Im obsessed with Flavor Modifiers, Sweeteners.. utilitarian/medicinal plants.. genetic oddities.. and conversation pieces, whether thats color or stink or flavor
  (Katemfe/Lemba.. Yoco,Mitragyna,Miracleberry.. Cassabanana,Ackee,Tamarillo.. Stinkbean,BlackberryJamFruit,Sapotes)

   Thanks for the website! Looking forward to meeting, exchanging, trading and buying your wares and talking shop

 Looking for "Tango" Tamarillo, Thaumatococcus "Katemfe" sources

Tango Tamarillo, is a special New Zealand variety. That is supposedly sweet and less acidic. if you know Tamarillo.. this is an amazing thing.
Very specific.

  if you have a seed list or website. lay it on us. So people have a sniff around.

Thanks guys

At this point, I don't recall what katemfe looks like when it sprouts, that might be it.  Be aware that these can take a VERY long time to germinate.  See thread:;nowap

Thanks HIfarm!  Thats impressive. Whatever convinced you to keep a seed in moss for 2 years?! lol
Much appreciated man.  Oscar has sold out. You dont happen to have any fruit from your Katemfe do you? I might try Latifolia too.  im Texas 9a, so it might be fruitless (pardon the pun) to begin with :(

It much appreciated.. just knowing what to expect make a whole hell of alot of difference.

  I live on the Texas Gulf. A little inland. Historically a Pine Forest, Bayou jungle, Salt and Sedge lowlands. 
  My soil is a several layers of acidic (5.5pH in some extreme cases) alluvial clays. Gumbo in some places.

  Its truly a wild mixture of extreme Humidity one day, Dry the next. Wet the following day. But always hot.
  In general our winters can dip into the thirties, they mostly stay in 40's and 50's.. but following our random template, every decade or so we get hard freezes for a night.

  Ive been on the hunt for Rare.. Odd.. Seldom Seen.. Far Flung.. Tropical and Sub-Tropical and Temperate Seed.
  What are your Successes for this area.. (or those similar)

  I have potted and seedling Loquat, and Mango.. Tree-bean, and Mitragyna. Betel Palm, Miracleberry, Kumquat. 
  But im interested in finding viable Annonia, Moringa, Guave and Eugenia, Sapotes and Sapodillas, Jujubes, Blackberry Jam tree, Starfruit, Jackfruit, Durian fruit, Banana!, Tamarillo! Papaya
  Cassabanana, Caffees, Kiwis.. etc etc
  Whatever would grow well here.  What have you grown successfully and what were your methods?


   I have a reoccurring problem. Its comes and goes, but i can not identify what the issue is.. or what im doing (or nature for that matter) to fix it.

   I have Synsapalum Dulcificum, Mango and Mitragyna that are growing Lime Green leaves.. Yellow in some cases. Almost anemic. 
   The leaves look good, perfectly shaped. No warping or crumpling. Possibly dwarfen.

  Here are examples, of my Miracle Berry.. the mango almost has cobweb appearance. Its most noticeably visible with the Mitragyna (its a very ravenous fast growing tree)
  finally here is a Loquat example.. though their leaves begin yellowed. (i remember loquat leaves being richly green like magnolia)

 Is there an easy to use reference for treating nutrient surplus and deficiency by  appearance and color of leaf

  Hey Guys;   ( Texas, zone 9a, Bayou/Pine,Oak,Sweetgum forest, acidic clays - Hot ~ we have periods of drought, and occasionally cold winter spells )

  Ive recently tried to locate Katemfe/Thaumatcoccus Daniellii.  Trade Winds Fruits, and Oscars Fruitlovers offer fresh seed. Oscar has sold out. but TradeWF has sent me a few
  but i havent had much luck getting TradeWinds seed to germinate. (pic below of a possible sprout, or a stray grass seed)

  Does anyone know of another location that sells Katemfe, or other flavor enhancers. Curculigo Latifolia, and similars? (i already have Miracleberry D.Synsapalum)

  A resource for temperature specifications, pH, tolerances.. things to avoid.. container growing, propagation would be greatly appreciated.

  Here are some pics of sprout in a T.Daniellii pot (it could be a grass, some stray seed, but i can find pics of Katemfe sprouts.)

   Thanks Guys..

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