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Lemon drop has fruit and flowers now, with a few ripening here and there.  Seems to fruit all year round now.

Still waiting on mangostana, aristata, achachairu, brasiliensis, Luc's, and hombroniana.

Seashore easily is fastest grower for me too. Recently topped, but was about 9 feet tall. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anyone bought from 9waters on ebay/etsy?
« on: December 04, 2019, 04:23:55 PM »
very small plants in my experience.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hello
« on: December 01, 2019, 10:39:53 AM »
Glad you are bouncing back after Irma. I can see her marks still all over my yard. Have a large in ground jabo growing at a 70 degree angle, gave up on straightening her out. She will remain windblown.

Welcome back!

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Various seedlings for sale
« on: November 28, 2019, 12:41:59 PM »
Maprang arrived nice and healthy, well-packaged for the journey.

Plant has been repotted and is adjusting in dappled light. Looking good.

Thanks!

Order with confidence. 

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Starfruit, like most things in life, is best when done right.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Rarepalmseeds.com
« on: November 27, 2019, 08:05:27 AM »
I've got 3 acai palms that came from their seeds. They arrived already sprouting in the bag. Nearly 100% germ rate.

I bought calafate and another type of seed on another occasion from them with 0 germination.

Communication and support were good. One order was late, a replacement was sent for free.

I would order again.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grafted scion turning brown
« on: November 27, 2019, 08:01:42 AM »
Wrapping it with buddy tape is the way to go. The bag did you no help.

Are you growing mango indoors?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherimoya Season 2019 (So Cal)
« on: November 27, 2019, 12:04:14 AM »
Finally sampled a real cherimoya.

Received a Honeyhart from an anonymous annonaholic in Cali.

So much better than I expected. Immediately walloped with a wave of intense flavor. Very sweet, complex, creamy, with just enough tang. Forgot about all the crazy stuff going on in the world for a few moments, then zipped off to work wishing I had brought the rest of it with me.

My wife, who usually only eats mangoes, polished it off when she found it in the fridge. She won't eat guanabana, sugar apple, rollinia; even a really good custard apple was just meh to her. But she loved the moya.

Gonna need more of these. Much more.

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Grimal received. Unique and effective shipping, shall we say custom, lol. Plant is healthy and happy. Thanks!

...follow up.  Sundrop arrived today. Looking healthy and as pictured.

Would order again. Thanks.


How old do you think the Grimal is?

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Various seedlings for sale
« on: November 19, 2019, 04:27:36 PM »
pm sent

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Carambola911
« on: November 19, 2019, 03:40:14 PM »
If it has new growth, probably is okay. Most of the action is probably below the soil level. Give it a couple of weeks and hit it with light fertilization.

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grapefruit is awesome

passionfruit


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jabuticaba
« on: November 16, 2019, 11:04:20 PM »
Jabos grow slow, red hybrid grows a little faster.

Hard to say, would guess your tree is 4 to 6 years old.

And welcome to the forum! =)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jabuticaba
« on: November 16, 2019, 04:52:15 PM »
Size and age will correlate differently depending on variety. Do you know what kind of jabo you bought?

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Most or all pd cuttings have taken root. These are easy to get going. Thanks Hoang!

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Usually when they lighten up, mine are ready. They look ready to me. Give one a try and see how it tastes.

First crops are smaller fruits.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: CA PSA Pharaoh moth on cherimoyas.
« on: November 14, 2019, 03:47:47 PM »
You could catch a goliath grouper fishing with bait like that.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Opinions on Star Fruit Trees
« on: November 07, 2019, 07:33:43 AM »
I just eat them. My friend makes a chutney.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Santa Anas
« on: November 03, 2019, 12:11:53 PM »
Scary!! Wishing you and your family, and your property and plants safety and wellness.


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Yes. As long as they are ripe when picked or when they drop, they will continue to ripen and sweeten up some, and lose acidity and sourness.  Wrinkled ones are fine with me, they are just near the end of their goodness.

An unripe passion fruit picked early or that drops early will not ripen properly.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is blooming?
« on: October 29, 2019, 10:32:54 PM »
quite few caimito flowers

medium to light flowering on: soursop, rollinia, carambola, lemon drop mangosteen, sapodilla, papaya, jabo, barbados cherry, and a few passion flowers

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Shaking is a good technique for passion fruit. Unripe ones hang on pretty tight, ripe ones fall after a while.

Shaking is also a great way of finding fruit when you have thick vines. Many times I cannot see the fruit, but can feel them when shaking the vine. A little like fishing, much less exciting.

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Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: Wasabi?
« on: October 25, 2019, 10:41:27 AM »
Might be a way of growing it indoors, in a climate controlled hosing and with aquariums, good flow, and a chiller. Would be a fun but expensive endeavor.

Any leads on finding true wasabi in the US would be greatly appreciated. Been hunting for a while. 

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Pretty sure that is not allspice. My tree has large long leaves, elongated oval that come to a point. When crushed, the leaves smell sweetly of allspice.

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