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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Sale
« on: December 22, 2017, 12:30:04 PM »
Do you have a pic of the green sapote? I'm in San Pedro. 

Mine are already starting to germinate Luc.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Wtb: wax Apple seeds
« on: October 14, 2017, 02:27:05 PM »
The season is short. Mine are already done for the year and the seeds are very recalcitrant. Keep it in mind for summer when they are at their peak. A lot of the better ones are seedless and they don't come true from seed.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking for Monstera deliciosa
« on: July 01, 2017, 03:28:45 PM »
They are sold in nurseries under the name split leaf philodendron.

The researcher who first described CCD and coined the term hasn't been able to verify a legitimate case of CCD in years. The problem this last season seems to be the weather here in the US. There was a false spring where colonies came out of winter cluster and then we're killed off when there was a sudden cold shift. Secondly,  there has been mismanagement of hives. Over medication and reliance on antibiotics and such for commercial hives and the opposite trend with so called "organic" beekeepers and "treatment free" home beekeepers. The treatment free people are not managing the varroa mites in their hives and their hives are too weakened by mite loads and the diseases they carry to make it through winter. The commercial people are super focused on honey production and so breed for colonies that are good producers but not as hardy. Add the uncertainty of the climate and you have something of a perfect storm for overwinter colony loss.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Tropical apricot cutting wanted
« on: April 24, 2017, 11:52:00 PM »
Looking for fresh cuttings of tropical apricot, the Dovyalis hybrid in the US.

Put me on a list for these Raul, let us know when they become available please.

It's the males? Good to know, and makes sense. They are pretty densely packed around here, just a general funk around them.

I don't see why they shouldn't grow in the SE. They take down to freezing when mature. Probably best to grow from seed.for root stock then graft or bud from known female producers with a male here or ther for a pollinator. Pretty tolerant of soils. There is a big one a couple hundred feet down the street that drops pods all over the sidewalk.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Vallarta supermarket Socal
« on: March 13, 2017, 02:15:51 PM »
Where are they located. I work out of Orange myself.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherimoya or A. reticulata ??
« on: March 13, 2017, 02:14:51 PM »
They're both reticulata.
1) Check the leaves, those long pointy shiny leaves are a dead reticulata indicator, whereas A. cherimola has large round fuzzy leaves.
2) When you click on the pic, they're both labeled as "Annona reticulata - Guerrero Orange" and "Annona reticulata - Guerrero Yellow"  ;)

I put those names on the pics till I'd be sure , just to find them back faster .  Now the trick will be getting a bunch of seeds of each , I really wanna grow these .
Yeah Luc, these look very nice. I'd like to get some seeds of these.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking for babaco cuttings
« on: March 13, 2017, 02:10:11 PM »
I sent you a PM yesterday, when you get a chance let's set a price. If you are in LA perhaps I could set up a PU.

It grows like a weed here in Los Angeles. Male and female trees. Stinks to high heaven on a hot day. Very drought tolerant. They get huge here.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Looking for babaco cuttings
« on: March 11, 2017, 08:33:43 PM »
Hi all. Looking for babaco cuttings. I'm in Los Angeles. One of my wife's favorites and like to start a few for her.

Looking to pick up a grafted starfruit here in the Los Angeles area without having to mortgage the house. Any leads would be appreciated.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Tasting Garcinias?
« on: February 09, 2017, 08:44:26 PM »
All time favorite is the Bolivian. I'm also partial to lemon drop and, believe it or not xanthochymus. Haven't had a chance to try Luc's but i'm looking forward to it if I live long enough. To tell you the truth I like purple mangosteen but not crazy about it.

PM me.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WTB: Garcinia seeds
« on: January 13, 2017, 02:22:07 AM »
Most garcinias aren't in season at the moment. Keep monitoring this page though, when they come up they generally sell out pretty quickly. As for shipping, I use just famp, not wet, ground peat for recalcitrant seeds. Luc always uses vermiculite when he ships to me. Others have used coir, sawdust, all sorts of things. Every time I've gotten seed in wet paper and they've been in the mail for longer than a couple days they've general been rotting. I never soak seeds except some guavas to help break dormancy.

PM me about blue java.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Deformed leaves on Yellow Jaboticaba
« on: December 24, 2016, 04:33:50 PM »
Mine looks perpetually "burnt" Joe, but usually only on older leaves. The compost you used may not have been completely composted and that can burn the roots, leading to problems with the newer leaves. Mine is containerized and give it the micro with iron twice a year or so, and keep the p.h. at about 6 or so. I moved it into full sun about a year ago, outdoors full time. It has responded very well. I made my own mix, peat, coir, sand and perlite and only about 10% well composted compost. The older leaves do get tip burn but I think that is due to mineral content in my local water. I'd say the compost is probably the real culprit here.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: wtb Grimal Jaboticaba plant
« on: December 21, 2016, 06:13:46 PM »
Hit up Plinia Prince. He's also Flying Fox Fruits.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: allspice seeds for sale
« on: December 18, 2016, 11:30:24 AM »
Hey all, just got mine from Patrick. Packaged very well and he sent me a nice handfull of very fresh berries. If you're interested in growing this grab them. Everyone seems to sell dried, dead seeds. These need to be fresh for any chance of germination. Thanks again Patrick.

Jambulan from better varieties need to be air layered if you want to ensure fruit quality. I have about 40 seedlings right now from a pretty good one that grows at the Fullerton arboretum. Even though they are polyembryonic, you still will get a pretty good range of quality. One of the problems we have in the states is growers continuously sowing poor quality plants to make a buck with no thought towards improving the stock.

They can be very variable from seeds. I have one in my yard that flowered at about 3 years and 5', amazing good fruit. I gave one to a friend from the same batch of seedlings, took 6 years to fruit and nowhere near as good a quality.

Even the varieties that profess to being really aren't, at least when young. There are larger stand alone trees here in my part of SoCal that fruit well, but who knows if that's due to age or if there is another tree nearby. Always best to get 2 varieties for cross pollination. Seed grown are pretty much only good for rootstock

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