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I agree, having a hard time finding theobromas.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2020 Mango Season (Florida)
« on: May 25, 2020, 08:28:58 AM »
think i planted mine too close, tipping is not controlling their size,  maybe good Pruning on half every other year and letting the other half fruit will be best?

What was your spacing on them?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: flood tolerance
« on: May 24, 2020, 10:41:43 AM »
Its been over a month.  It seems the flood did not cause any damage whatsoever

Great news Brian! :D

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Im pretty sure that fruit is set.
 The Physical Graffiti that I grow is definitely not self fertile but in saying that, it will occasionally set a fruit with no help from me. When I cross pollinate the flowers I get 100% fruit set almost all of the time. I assume that any fruit that appeared on unpollinated flowers(by me), are the result of insect carrying pollen from somewhere else.
If I left my P.Graffiti to the bees, Id have little to no fruit.

Not had it long but my PG never sets on it's own.

Thanks guys,

Yeah, we were super excited and slightly confused to see what looked like fruit setting after we thought for sure the beautiful flower would simply fall off!

Don't even know of anybody super close growing dragon fruit for a chance pollination. We were just excited that it was flowering would be super grateful to try such an astonishlingly beautiful colored fruit.

I'll take another new picture as it looks even more advanced now. Just hoping when we cut into it that it is indeed Physical Graffiti! ;D

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A few years back I grew several Cyphomandra trees.
My wife referred to them as the "Pee" trees because of the rank urine smell when you brushed the leaves.
Like you... I have a fascination with Solanums.
Good Luck!

Kevin Jones

Ick, human urine? I call pink guava the cat piss fruit as it smells and has a taste reminiscent of it :o

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The other day I noticed a single white flower on what was sold as a Physical Graffiti from ECHO...

I have researched in the past when we got it and read it was self-sterile and needed other dragon fruit for pollination to produce, however we have no other flowering dragon fruit and this is the only flower on the plant as of now. The flower seems to be developing into a fruit so does this seem to be Physical Graffiti or another dragon fruit?

Or are we in for disappointment when the flower suddenly drops :'(






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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: FRESH Zill Mangoes in Cali
« on: May 21, 2020, 01:45:19 PM »
I've done the whole close your eyes and visualize the mango in your mouth, even adding a nagging child in my imagination scheme hounding me for a slice of the magnificence. Without mobbing to Florida, without waiting for trees to produce, just boom bomb mangoes in my face devoured with pent up desire . Some of my Cali folk feel the woes but today all that is over! There is a plug who ships the mangoes to us misfits! The grocery store told us, "No! Only Tommy Atkins and boiled chlorine mango for Cali!". Sweet redemption is upon us forgotten ones. Fly mangoes are on the way.

This sounds like a beautiful Haiku  :'(:P

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: unexpected first flower
« on: May 19, 2020, 07:49:51 AM »
Awesome!!! Is that Edulis?

Still patiently waiting to try the fruit :-X

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XXX animal gnawed on a ho hum mango...toss it into the bushes. On a delicious like Carrie the other day, focus high pressure garden hose on *that spot* to wash away all potential baddies. Then I eat it outside with my N95-Covid19 face mask on to be extra, above top secret assured, reassured and rest assured. Then I swallow a Hydroxychloroquine tablet with some zinc. Yum!

Sounds like somewhere in the routine you forgot to inject bleach intravenously ;)

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Guys, no offense, but it is a little unprofessional and unnecessary to bust the guy over his pricing for a product he is trying to move.  That same fruit, plus SA's, etc, sells at local vendors in Miami for much more right off the street corner--not even including the added benefit of shipping to the doorstep.  They are hefty, but for good reason when most people pay for the fruit for a ROI by selling the seeds online.

Depending on the quality of his product, and with everything going on, it is likely competitive, and some vendors are raising prices to avoid running out of stock entirely to meet demand.

Completely agree.

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I highly recommend Ginkgo tree.

I have one of these in a 3 gallon pot. Nice fall colors and you can make a tea with the leaves, but it's not exactly know for it's fruit... Here is a description I found online, "All agree the aroma is unpleasant but to what degree depends upon the person some describing it as ripe camembert cheese or rancid butter, and others comparing it more to dog feces or vomit."  ;D

OP, I assume you're talking about growing from seed? Maybe consider a Garcinia or Joba.

Why does somebody know what dog poop tastes like?!?! :-X

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I have interest in a plant/fruit called "Dead()man's finger",However,this isn't about buying it(yet).This is about some questions about it. Anyone who has one or anyone who can answer these questions is greatly appreciated.

1. What is the temperature hardiness (I live in a temperate climate, so can it withstand cold?)?
2.I have heard this thing is self compatible(for fruit production), is this true?
3.Soil preference
4.What is its natural height? Do pots affect this?
5.(If 1. is answered no, or even if yes) Is this plant pot compatible? If yes, How deep/or big? Is it still capable of producing fruit?       

Supposedly hardy down to 5 F or -15 C

Can get 16-26 ft tall in ground

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Have you any other name for this?  including in another language?  Do you know where it is from?  What does the tree or the fruit look or taste like?



Looks like blue Cecropia fruit! Jared (Weird Explorer) said it tastes like Watermelon in a tasting video.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decaisnea

AKA Blue Sausage Fruit, Blue Bean Plant.

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Hi,
I lost the ID tag for this pot, and my memory is getting worse,  Lol.
Any idea what this might be?
Thanks!






Definitely looks like Coffee to me!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Low cost irrigation emitter
« on: April 30, 2020, 09:40:48 PM »
These run a little more than a trickle, but not a spray. My system runs about 10 psi across 2-1/2 acres. I will test the flow but mainly wanted to show that there is a DIY method with lowest possible price. I see rainbird emitters costing $4 ea the small tubing costs 10 cents/foot.

Just clarifying, the flexible tubing is ~ 1/4" diameter? What would you say the diameter of the large tubing is?
1 inch its the big tube.
I am using 3/4 inch main line tubings and cut off pieces of the 3/4" for the diffusers. Yes, Outside diameter of the small flex tube is approx 1/4". Come by and I can show you and direct you to the local sellers out near Labelle.
In Europe we use cm and SI promoted by Napoleon,but all the pipes we still measure in inches   :D.

Thanks, we'll have to stop by so you can show us.

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I have a bad attitude to various growth stimulants because it's all chemistry and it has its consequences. I prefer a natural product, I can be completely sure of it
Yes, all chemistry has it's consequences for sure! You cannot escape cause and effect! It is the ruler of chemistry and physics and biology is really just the study of these two sciences effects on life.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Low cost irrigation emitter
« on: April 29, 2020, 08:03:14 AM »
These run a little more than a trickle, but not a spray. My system runs about 10 psi across 2-1/2 acres. I will test the flow but mainly wanted to show that there is a DIY method with lowest possible price. I see rainbird emitters costing $4 ea the small tubing costs 10 cents/foot.

Just clarifying, the flexible tubing is ~ 1/4" diameter? What would you say the diameter of the large tubing is?

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i got u homey...be a fellow darkoverlord, and come out that porthole, i got the key code, i no longer require human food, howard the duck and his girl are weak AF....we about to take over the industry...
Can you teach a eugenia class?

Like an overview and then some of your plants?  I have a few, but only been growing and collecting em this past year, so pretty much tasted none but Surinam cherry- have some natives also tho I understand the fruit may end up being trash compared to some of the more sought after species.

Been loving the content! My wife and I were saving up and were stoked that we should be meeting you at the Rare Plant sale but it looks as if that probably isn't happening :'( :'( :'(  Yeee Yeeeeeee Adam!! 8)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Geodesic dome greenhouse build
« on: April 25, 2020, 11:43:51 PM »
Thx Jabba.I googled to see if you have these birds in North America and you dont have them but you do have that saying that new born kids are brought by the stork.
This is the original bird from that saying.
Migrates between Europe and South Africa.


Yeah, unfortunately no storks, except for every once in a while you can catch a glimpse of one dropping a newborn off down a chimney :P



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Geodesic dome greenhouse build
« on: April 25, 2020, 07:30:29 PM »
Around here we call circling birds "Buzzards" and I would be looking for a dead something or other.
Dome looks really great... give us an actual detailed tour video when you have some time.
Thanks.

Kevin Jones

These are storks not vultures and they dont eat dead animals.
They like to nest on houses and legend has it that if you destroy their nest,they will bring red coals into their beak and set your house on fire.
Its just a legend but a nice one.
They congregate like this and fly in circles only in the first day they arrive from Africa .




Beuatiful birds and beautiful dome you built Walnut.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Wanted: Moringa Drouhardii
« on: April 22, 2020, 10:28:52 PM »
I was just checking my records, I bought all those in 2010, so it has been 10 years. Too impatient?
The Dipteryx alata is still a holy grail for me, I actually scored seeds a few years back, I only got 1 out of 10 to germinate.
I planted it out, was out of town, and my son weed-wacked it down. It briefly sprouted again then died.

I had a good source for Brazilian cerrado seeds I found here, I used to get monthly emails from him but he hasn't answered for some time now, so looking for a new source.

10 years seems way to long. My  first stenopetala fruited in only a few months. I wouldn't be suprised if my hildebrandtii's flower this year too.

I'm hoping the one I got from you flowers quickly!
I sold you a stenopetala? Totally forgot!

Yeah a few months ago I believe, looking great!

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Wanted: Moringa Drouhardii
« on: April 22, 2020, 07:31:07 PM »
I was just checking my records, I bought all those in 2010, so it has been 10 years. Too impatient?
The Dipteryx alata is still a holy grail for me, I actually scored seeds a few years back, I only got 1 out of 10 to germinate.
I planted it out, was out of town, and my son weed-wacked it down. It briefly sprouted again then died.

I had a good source for Brazilian cerrado seeds I found here, I used to get monthly emails from him but he hasn't answered for some time now, so looking for a new source.

10 years seems way to long. My  first stenopetala fruited in only a few months. I wouldn't be suprised if my hildebrandtii's flower this year too.

I'm hoping the one I got from you flowers quickly!

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Wanted: Moringa Drouhardii
« on: April 22, 2020, 07:29:45 PM »
I was just checking my records, I bought all those in 2010, so it has been 10 years. Too impatient?
The Dipteryx alata is still a holy grail for me, I actually scored seeds a few years back, I only got 1 out of 10 to germinate.
I planted it out, was out of town, and my son weed-wacked it down. It briefly sprouted again then died.

I had a good source for Brazilian cerrado seeds I found here, I used to get monthly emails from him but he hasn't answered for some time now, so looking for a new source.

10 years isn't anything to scoff at haha, I thought waiting 4 years for trees to fruit is going to be unbearable :'(

Stinks that your only succesful germination bit the big one, they always tease you after by hanging in there and giving false hope just to make two rounds of agony. Hopefully you will find a source soon!

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Wanted: Moringa Drouhardii
« on: April 22, 2020, 06:33:40 PM »
I have 2 M. drouhardii and 1  M. hildebrandtii in my FL backyard. I planted them several years ago, they are huge now. I planted the two drouhardii together in the same hole due to space limitations, that was a mistake, they spiraled around each other until it looks like one is finally dominating. The hildebrandtii is larger, at least 15' taller and about twice the diameter at the base. Neither species has flowered for me. I live less that a mile from the ECFL coast, maybe they don't like the salt. They did stand up well to the hurricane-force gusts from Matthew and Irma, not even loosing any branches.

The first branches are pretty high up but reachable with a 30  foot ladder. My nursery-person skills are weak, I've experimented a little with grafting sea grape and  carob without success so far. Frankly I would be leery of the weak root system from air-layering or cuttings for these massive trees. Maybe better to get your small seed importer license from the USDA and buy the seeds from India, if they cannot be sourced domestically. However maybe not so bad if if you prune the tree to spread as a large centerpiece, or if you are a bonsai enthusiast... I did the opposite since they are only 15' from power lines, now my thoughts tend more to how I'm going to get these massive bottle trees down. My original intent was to explore the Moringa genus and the possibility of getting seeds for root-stock or maybe even hybrids. Similarly my M stenopetala have never flowered, they are coppiced now. I did dig out one of those when it was about 10' and gift it to someone on the mainland, hers flowered years ago. It's been a disappointment, another another dead-end in my prolonged suburban agroforestry experiments.


My interest now is more towards improved varieties of M. oleifera. I'm trying to source the MOMAX3 variety. I'm also very interested in sourcing some Dipteryx alata seeds or seedlings. If you want to try a branch cutting from M. drouhardii maybe we can work something out. I'll be checking my messages here if you're interested.

PM'd! How old are these moringas that haven't flowered?

We are going to attempt to keep them manageable. Really want Ovalifolia!

The Dipteryx sounds awesome!

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The info that previous poster mentioned is good. They aren't always hard to root but this year I did have little success. Sometimes I've had near 100% success and other times less than 20% success. Anyways I'll list when/if I have extra rooted cuttings. Unfortunately to my embarrassment I couldn't get enough rooted for all askers this season. Still 3 people in line before the person above recently asked in which yes you'll now be fourth in line.

I sent you a PM Derek :D

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