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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pouteria in North San Diego county.
« on: June 16, 2020, 06:55:37 PM »
They should all be able to survive for you. Ong's Nursery in San Diego has Canistel and Ross Sapote.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Wax Jambu Challenge- Arizona
« on: May 06, 2020, 02:17:02 PM »
I grow it in San Diego outside with little care, just water and very occasional fertilizer. They've seen temperatures in the high 30s briefly at night and were fine. They don't need humidity, nor do they need a ton of direct sunshine (a tree on the north side of my house, half in bright shade, produces fruit that are plenty sweet). But in Arizona you will likely need to protect them during winter nights.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: WHY IS THIS HAPPENING AGAIN?
« on: May 06, 2020, 02:12:20 PM »
Cacao tend to be grown on hillsides for good drainage, and in low pH soil, usually clay.
Low pH = high acidity. Clay is high pH; it is alkaline.

That's not true, I've been growing one in San Diego for several years. It's watered several times per week with tap water from sprinklers and it sets fruit every year.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mulberries not setting fruit
« on: May 06, 2019, 03:37:14 AM »
Well you obviously need to water them; you can't expect to grow fruit without irrigation unless in a consistently wet climate. That's your biggest problem. Fruits require quite a bit of water so the trees need to be well watered. Secondly, do the flowers have pollen? If so then they are male.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Muntingia tree leaves in SoCal
« on: March 26, 2019, 08:04:34 PM »
I'm just a couple of miles from the coast (much warmer at night than the inland areas) and mine looks fine. It did not die back or lose many leaves; a fair number of the leaves look crinkly and a little brown on the edges, though it does have a good number of healthy-looking leaves. I don't think it grew during the winter though, but I'm expecting it to begin its usual rapid growth very soon.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit stuff in San Diego?
« on: March 25, 2019, 08:05:39 PM »
But avocados and citrus are not "interesting". Exotica is a great option because it's not just a nursery; they have 50+ year old fruit trees of all kinds so you get to see and sample really established and mature exotic fruit trees. Quail has fruit trees but you're not allowed to pick or eat the fruit there.

The red-fruited surinam cherries are the most beautiful in my opinion because they fruit often with extremely vivid yellow/orange/red fruit, and even the leaves are glossy and decent-looking, and of course are red when young.

Bananas are another obvious option.

Not possible. It's supposed to require high humidity and high warmth all year long, and my understanding is that even in the tropical countries where it's grown commercially, it still needs to be hand-pollinated for reliable production.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Are there any low-light fruiting plants?
« on: January 15, 2019, 08:29:12 PM »
Its fruit was probably terrible though. Generally the more sunlight plants get, the sweeter the fruit. So you have to think about quality as well.

Velutina and Royal Purple have basically ordinary leaves (though with purple midrib) and colored fruit so it sounds like that's what he's looking for.

Ice cream / blue java is a popular edible variety that has fruit that is teal when unripe and looks really exotic and tropical. If conditions are warm enough then you could grow any red variety of bananas as well.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: HOW to grow apple from seed
« on: September 06, 2018, 04:47:53 PM »
Do not attempt this; it will probably not even be edible.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Olosapo ( Coupeia Polyandra)
« on: September 05, 2018, 02:44:10 PM »
Is anyone growing this in California? It sounds intriguing.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Kei apple....worth growing?
« on: August 15, 2018, 07:18:21 PM »
The fruit is absolutely delicious. Juicy, sweet, great flavor, and you can eat it whole. I'd grow it except I have very cramped space so a thorny plant like that isn't suitable for me. But the San Diego Zoo has a bunch of them spread out so I help myself to a bit of the fruit sometimes when I visit it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: USPS irradiating packages?
« on: August 13, 2018, 11:01:50 PM »
X-rays do not kill plants any more than they kill humans.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help: wax apple won’t flower
« on: July 05, 2018, 02:29:23 PM »
Most of my wax jambu are also not flowering this year but have flowered/fruited last year. (One, the red-green, is setting a small amount of fruit but it barely flowered.) They're in-ground and I run my drip irrigation three times a week in summer. Do they do better with less water? I was under the impression frequent watering helped them flower, and less water helped the fruits sweeten more.

Nobody will try to taste the fruit if it doesn't ripen. A better idea is to try to zip-tie the hanging fruit to the branches where they might be hidden from view.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cainito fruit set photo in San Diego
« on: June 08, 2018, 05:09:48 PM »
Are yours (the ones that dropped) green or purple? I have a purple caimito from Ong that was flowering when I bought it last year, and looks perfectly healthy through winter (no defoliation) but I haven't had any fruit set yet. It may be too young. What insect pollinates this?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Good fruiting indoor plants
« on: June 05, 2018, 08:08:50 PM »
Yeah that's a good one; it's a shade tree and I believe the flowers can be pollinated just with wind or shaking the tree.

Plants from California nurseries are expensive due to land and water. Both are cheaper in Florida.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Good fruiting indoor plants
« on: June 05, 2018, 01:25:46 PM »
You're really going to want plants that can fruit in shade. How about coffee? But of course all of these plants require pollination to fruit which is a problem when indoors. Seedless fruits do not so you might try pineapple (needs sunlight though) or perhaps even babaco.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Wax Jambu anyone?
« on: June 01, 2018, 02:21:12 PM »
The fruit we call Rose Apple is Syzygium jambos and it only comes in one color: pale yellow. They are small, round, and dry, though sweet.

Wax Jambu is S. samarangense and it comes in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and colors, but the flowers are always pale yellow.

Malay Apple is S. malaccense and its flowers are always bright pink.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Wax Jambu anyone?
« on: May 25, 2018, 02:36:41 PM »
The newer cultivars can be really good. I have a green one sold to me as "Green Bell" that is sweet and sour and tastes quite a bit like green apple. Another, "Apel Hijao", is smaller and red and honestly tastes like red apple. It's probably my favorite that I've tried. I also have one Ong calls "red-green" which tastes like honey but is milder than the other two. And I've tried plenty of bland ones too.

Ong says they are heavy feeders and can produce for months if you constantly fertilize them. They also like lots of water and sun.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rainbow Eucalyptus
« on: May 10, 2018, 12:59:54 AM »
Dude I can't believe you haven't seen the ones at the San Diego Zoo. They have a bunch of them in front of the main entrance (just outside the entrance) as well as one or two within the zoo. They are fully mature and are pretty colorful right now. I have read that they get more colorful in tropical climates, here they're a bit more subdued but still interesting if you know to look for them. It's not really eye-catching though.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Question on cashews
« on: May 10, 2018, 12:57:54 AM »
So the fruits have no taste aside from sugar? Basically just a collector's plant but nothing more?

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