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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Garcinia morella.
« on: July 02, 2020, 06:12:10 AM »
how does it look like from the inside?

Oscar at has the seeds on stock.

I am looking for this also.  I got some scions from the last sale but I failed to get them to root, I want to try again

Try my method for rooting tropical guavas:

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Seeds
« on: June 11, 2020, 03:07:23 PM »
Received the seeds in great condition as always! thanks a lot

I'm really interested in this variety as well. even for cuttings.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pink flesh Guava
« on: June 08, 2020, 08:13:33 AM »
Ruby Supreme, Sweet Kiss, Honeymoon and Jalisco Red (hard to find) guavas are said to be great options.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Killing a Pomegranate Tree
« on: June 07, 2020, 07:42:34 AM »
If you do want another variety, Angel Red is my favorite so far.  Super dark red color, a tart refreshing sweetness, and extremely soft seeds.

Is the dark red color in reference to the outside peal or the seeds inside?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is your favorite banana variety?
« on: June 04, 2020, 02:21:14 AM »
Ras baale grown mostly in Coorg and Canara districts of old Mysore, present Karnataka, India. Please note that the word 'baale' means banana. It is also the rarest and costliest banana in the Indian market and hard to find. Not cultivated as a commercial crop in farms due to higher chances of succumbing to fungal (wilt) disease. But is grown in few home gardens.

What is the flavor like?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pitangatuba vs Pitomb
« on: June 03, 2020, 03:33:59 PM »
Just an opinion here, I've been growing both for a few years. To me, pitangatuba is horrible. I even just tried it with miracle fruit. Absolutely horrible. It has an apricot taste for about a second & a half after miracle-fruit. However, I had to spit it out quickly as the intense sour was flipped over to intense sweet, and not in a good way.   It is ornamental though, but not worthy to grow as an edible.  Worse than suriname cherry.

Pitomba is pretty good. I currently have ~50 fruit on my bush.  It is more edible, but also just a novelty fruit. 

Pitangatuba was pushed a few years back at the rare fruit meetings and on this forum. Sure, may be improved variety, however, it is a stinky sour fruit not worthy of growing other than as an ornamental.   

I have heard that there is a big variation in taste between pitangatuba trees, there is a variation as well in leaf shape.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How to get rid of birds?
« on: June 03, 2020, 12:47:34 PM »
I've been bagging the fruit to protect them from birds.

Bird feeders are not, they are actually squirrel feeders.

A lesson from bagging fruit, thin heavily. Then you have less, but bigger fruit to bag. This makes the chore easier.

You reminded me of this ex NASA engineer who tried hard to squirrel proof this bird feeder:

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is your favorite banana variety?
« on: June 01, 2020, 10:00:27 AM »
Dwarf musa Orinoco.   Mostly because it is the only banana I can get to fruit.  But it is very good and actually getting fruit is more than half the battle, right?

That's right  ;D

Is it the cold that causing you trouble with fruiting or the heat?

Has anyone tried the Ele'Ele (Hawaiian Black) Banana?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Papaya Seedlings
« on: May 31, 2020, 09:47:28 AM »
I have found that they really hate standing water in pots, makes sure you use free draining mix and don't over water. This was with my Hawaiian papaya seedlings. Not sure if Mexican types are more forgiving.

FHIA-03  AKA sweetheart is my favorite. Produces one or two pups at most, tolerates drought and poor soil better than other bananas, is one of the more attractive plants, relatively wind tolerant,highly disease resistant, does not lean to the point of needing support, and bears faster than most. Fruit quality is excellent but fruit are not large. Best overall variety in my yard so far.

I have heard that sweetheart does not taste much different than Cavendish. Is that true?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / What is your favorite banana variety?
« on: May 30, 2020, 11:16:36 AM »
I'm curious, what is everyone's favorite banana variety that they grow in terms of flavor. I have been watching videos of this guy tasting a bunch of different ones:

and this sorta got me thinking what everyone here is growing. So what is your favorite banana variety that you grow? and why?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Wax Jambu Challenge- Arizona
« on: May 29, 2020, 01:21:16 AM »
Are you able to amend with ironite?

Mine was fine in a pot when it got down to 34F (1c). I put it in ground last Feb with shade cloth on all side but not top, and it is doing fine. Our 8.5+ ph soil however is causing iron deficiency.

I have sprayed chelated iron on the leaves, added 15g of sulfur and 30g of humic acid and 1.5g of micro elements around the plant. I will check on it again this week.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Wax Jambu Challenge- Arizona
« on: May 23, 2020, 10:42:41 AM »
Mine was fine in a pot when it got down to 34F (1c). I put it in ground last Feb with shade cloth on all side but not top, and it is doing fine. Our 8.5+ ph soil however is causing iron deficiency.

message this guy on ebay, he sells Tice cuttings:

I have 2 trees and get hundreds of fruit every year.
I really like the fruit. I let them melt in my mouth and it's just like
a spoonful of peanut butter. Allot of people don't like it?
My wife and kids don't like the fruit. My oldest  son said it reminds him
of boiled peanuts. He likes boiled peanuts but not this fruit?

So maybe you need cross pollination?

Looks very similar to my Kwai Muk seedling.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best tasting fig for SoCal?
« on: April 27, 2020, 04:58:10 PM »
The best tasting figs for drier climates would be:

- Black Madeira - Now this one is slow to grow and not that prolific, however, the taste is just on a league of its own. It has a sweet and syrupy complex berry fig flavor.
- Borjasotte Grise - This fig has great dependable production. it is a strawberry jam type with good sweetness and very thin skin.
- Panache - This fig is very pretty as it is stripped. It is a strawberry jam type with high sweetness and thin skin.
- Socorro Black - This one has weak roots, so I'd graft it on a good root-stock like Desert King of Black Mission. Is has strong strawberry flavor, mixed this notes of melon, all topped with honey flavor and sweetness.
- White Madeira # 1 - I don't know much about it but my friends rave about it. I hear it is very sweet with strawberry/raspberry jam flavor.
- Marseilles Black - This tree is smaller than your typical fig trees, though it is still a fast grower. It is a Honey sweet fig with rich berry and cherry flavors (the cherry flavors are only reported in hot climates).
- Green Kalamata - A Greek fig that can be hard to find - They say it is basically a mandarin Orange flavored syrup. Three times sweeter than cane sugar. However reports vary. Also, this should not be grown outside of California as it needs the fig wasp to be able to bear fruits.

Other varieties that are known to be really good in drier climates are Col de Dame Blanc (low sugar berry type), Exquisito (3rd crop has banana yogurt overtures), Pastiliere (has notes of plum), Genovese Nero AF, Hative de Argentueil, LSU Scott's Black, Martinenca Rimada, Violette De Bordeaux and Yellow Long Neck (light refreshing fig)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best way to root feijoa cuttings?
« on: April 26, 2020, 01:17:53 AM »
Shpaz, thanks for the suggestions, the leaves on one of your photos are those of the tropical guava.  I, too, have had no difficulty with cuttings of the tropical guava, but still interested in rooting cuttings of the feijoa.  Certainly worth a try!

I'll take that challenge next winter and report with results

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best way to root feijoa cuttings?
« on: April 25, 2020, 12:40:51 PM »
shpaz, what type of guava are you speaking of??

I have had decent success rooting tropical guavas, but NO success rooting feijoa/pineapple guava (in perlite!!)!

Also, does anyone know if strawberry guava (psidium cattleyanum) roots from cuttings? I have a branch that broke on my bush, and is barely hanging on there. I'd hate for it to go to waste.. maybe air layer it?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best way to root feijoa cuttings?
« on: April 25, 2020, 08:57:53 AM »
This is how I rooted tens of Guava cuttings this winter/spring:

What you will need:
a. Guava cuttings
b. Peat moss
c. Perlite
d. 2 clear plastic cups of the same size
e. 1 painted or covered plastic cup of the same size as the 2 clear cups (I warped a clear cup with black electric tape)
f. Heating mat (with thermostat)

My Method:
1. Prepare a potting mixture of 60% peat moss, and 40% perlite. Pre-moisten the mix;
2. Clean the cuttings then dip them in diluted clonix (1 parts clonix 1.5 parts water);
3. Drill 4-5 small holes on/near the bottom of one of the clear plastic cups;
4. Fill 1/3 of that cup with the potting mix. put one guava cutting in the cup and start filling the area around it with potting mix until the cup is almost full. Press lightly on the potting mix and add more if you need;
5. Put the 2nd clear plastic cup on top of the first cup to make a green house like dome. Use a tape to securely attach them together. Don't make holes on the 2nd cup;
6. Insert the bottom cup into the painted/covered cup. this will keep light from getting to the soil (roots don't like light);
7. Put this on a heat mat set to 77-68f degrees (25-25.5c); [you can use another cup with potting soil (inserted into a painted cup) to stick the thermostat in if you need];
8. Leave them be for about 3 weeks. After that, you can check for roots periodically by simply removing the painted/covered cup. Very simple.

Mine rooted within 3-6 weeks. I have about 60-65% success rate using this method.

Another method I have used with slightly lower success is a bit more difficult as it requires a lot of DIY. I 'll share it if there is enough interest.


Setup before inserting it in a covered cup

After inserting in a covered cup

The result

Amazing roots

I hope this method works for feijoas

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