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I believe itís been about two years from seed. It should grow faster this season now that it has some size to it.
Check out this thread over at the Growing Fruit forum...

Supposedly, they were planted around African villages to keep out lions... if that is true, I guess it would work with coyotes?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Eugenia uniflora-Suriname cherry
« on: April 13, 2019, 05:00:55 PM »
Mine didnít fruit the first year it flowered... 2nd year I got only a couple of fruits. This year it is loaded with flowers, and Iím expecting a much larger crop.

I have one that I grew from seed in a three gallon pot... my plan is to graft on a male branch if it turns out to be female, or vice-versa if male. Keeping the majority of it female as it grows. I did this on a carob tree and it worked out great.

Cyphomandra sibundoyensis - Forest Tamarillo (frost damage)

First time tasting this cactus fruit. Tasted sour/lemony not unpleasantly so.
Iím not sure what type of cactus it is.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Eggs deposited in bark...
« on: November 16, 2018, 11:31:25 AM »
Cicadas cut into the bark and deposit their eggs like that... my guess is cicada.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Does anyone know what fruit tree this is?
« on: November 12, 2018, 04:15:55 PM »
Youíve got a lot going on in this photo, a lot of different foliage. But iíll try to take a stab at it. If you mean the tree coming up in the center, it looks like a volunteer mulberry seedling. Iíve had them pop up every once and a while in my yard.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: passiflora caerulea blue passion
« on: November 10, 2018, 03:40:38 AM »
I let one grow that came up on itís own... not only was it bland and unappetizing, the seeds ended up everywhere. They are weeds that I was puuling out of the ground for a few years, and still every once and a while one pops up.

Well, I think that one is indeed Pitomba... just the wrong pitomba (Talisia esculenta) instead of (Eugenia luschnathiana).

Hmm... that tree looks indistinguishable from a standard finger lime. Somehow I was expecting something intermediate between the two. Looks really healthy though.

Can you post a picture of the tree and leaves?

Gypsum is a good additive for breaking up heavy clay soil. Pretty sure you can get a bag of it at HD pretty cheaply.
My passion fruit vine really took off and did much better in the ground than in a pot. Though it was hammered by that heat wave that we experienced this year, but I was away when it hit and couldnít water when it needed it most.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What does a pawpaw taste like?
« on: October 17, 2018, 10:53:33 PM »
There are three small paw paw trees at the Fullerton Arboretum, here in Southern California. Iíve seen them in bloom, but I havenít been there at the right time to see if they held fruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit ID?
« on: September 21, 2018, 12:11:20 AM »
Maybe a jujube? Hard to tell from that photo though.

Club soda would be putting carbon dioxide into the soil, not oxygen. Seems like you would be creating an anaerobic environment in the pot. That does not seem like a good idea to me.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango Seed Germination
« on: August 29, 2018, 10:19:39 PM »
I peel off the husk and put the bean-like seed onto the surface of seed starting potting mix, in a small pot. You can put a perforated platic bag over it if you want to keep the humidity up.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Peanut Butter tree...B.glandulifera
« on: August 18, 2018, 12:17:24 PM »
I've never heard of Peanut Butter Trees being male and female.  I thought flowers were perfect?

I stand corrected! I guess I was given false information... sorry for passing it on.

I acctually didnít buy and grow the peanut butter plant about five years ago because I was told it needed a male and female tree, and I didnít want to waste the space on a male tree. Maybe he was just trying to get me to buy an extra tree. :-/

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Peanut Butter tree...B.glandulifera
« on: August 18, 2018, 01:06:20 AM »
I believe male and female flowers are born on seperate trees... do you only have the one tree?
(The above is incorrect info)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Kei apple....worth growing?
« on: August 15, 2018, 04:07:43 AM »
Check out this thread over at the growing fruit forum...

The way he espaliered his saved a lot of space and made it more managable. He also talks about how he uses them.

I hope it is ok to post a link to another forum.

hmmm... no milky white sap... curiouser and curiouser.

I find these unknown plant threads very interesting... please keep us updated!

Yeah, those seeds do look more papaya like than pea like.

I notice in your third picture the new leaf coming out is turning more palmate than spade shaped like the others. Leaning more towards papaya/papaya relitive.
Does it bleed milky white like a papaya?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Can anyone ID this legume from Vietnam?
« on: August 09, 2018, 03:32:02 PM »
It doesn’t really look leguminous to me... more like some kind of wierd papaya that formed an unholy marriage with a tamarillo.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Black/purple Guava
« on: August 05, 2018, 05:07:09 PM »
Itís ok but nothing to write home about... squirrels usually nab them before I can get them though.

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