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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rooting purple mombin cuttings question
« on: February 18, 2018, 06:09:35 AM »
Thank you!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Rooting purple mombin cuttings question
« on: February 17, 2018, 11:47:36 AM »
I am trying to root cuttings and currently there is growth that appears to be flower buds.

The question is are those flower buds or leaf buds? If they are flower buds should I remove them?

They have been in the rooting medium about 5 weeks.


Temperate Fruit Buy, Sell, & Trade / WTB/WTT Male Che scion
« on: February 05, 2018, 09:00:49 PM »
Let me know if you have male Che scion. (Approximately 1/8 - 1/4 inch caliper)

I can trade female Che scions and also some Fig cuttings, or pay.

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: WTB/WTT Flying Dragon seedlings.
« on: January 03, 2018, 07:05:00 AM »
Thank you for clarifying Millet.

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / WTB/WTT Flying Dragon seedlings.
« on: December 31, 2017, 02:28:00 PM »
I have several fig varieties and Che mulberry cuttings if you are interested in trading.

Please PM.

Can also trade for cuttings of several fig varieties. Thank you!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Growing fruit trees in pots
« on: December 23, 2017, 08:53:43 AM »

 That looks like a 7 gallon Kampong Mauve ? Is that correct ? I have a kampong mauve in a 7 gallon squat that gave me 1 fruit during thanksgiving weekend. It set probably half a dozen fruit but over time all but 1 fell off, I'm guessing because the tree is young. I have since assembled a few greenhouses to provide a more humid environment for my annoas. That was my first time trying a sugar apple .  It was good but I think cherimoya beats it hands down. Still waiting to try ilamas and reticulata.


William, this is a Red Sugar Apple. Its 2 yrs old and I believe it is in a 5gal. It made multiple fruits as well and all  turned black and fell off except for one. Unfortunately I was out of town when it ripened. Gave it to my BIL who said it was excellent. Yes, Cherimoya I would say is better, but SA is very good as well and easier to grow in containers.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Growing fruit trees in pots
« on: December 22, 2017, 08:32:00 AM »
It would help to have the holes but it would also cause more evaporation and require you to water more often depending how dry your climate is. I have not personally tried drilling holes in my containers. I grow all my tropicals in containers due to my climate.

I have tried the smart pots or fabric pots and plants grow really well in them. The only disadvantage is that it is a bit difficult to remove the plant for up-potting or root pruning. The roots sometimes grow into the fabric and may also grow through it.

As for soil mixes I like ProMix. ProMix HP(high porosity) would be probably good for citrus as they do not like wet feet. Or you can buy ProMix BX and add as much perlite as you like to customize the mix. Eventually you will have to up-pot or root prune and rejuvenate the soil by removing some old mix and adding fresh mix.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rooting Guava Cuttings - need Help
« on: November 12, 2017, 09:52:11 AM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rooting Guava Cuttings - need Help
« on: November 12, 2017, 07:35:44 AM »
I am attempting to root Indonesian seedless cuttings from my potted tree. Started with 6 softwood cuttings, 2 still hanging on at 5 weeks. The dark green leaves give me hope.
Found out a couple of days ago that my original tree dried up suddenly, so hope these make it.

Trying to root them in a humidity dome. I mist the cuttings a few times a day and bottom heat is provided with a heat mat. Used promix bx with extra perlite added for the medium. Forgot about the vermiculite till you asked the question and I started looking for the previous thread on rooting.

Having trouble attaching a picture right now. Getting internal server error. Will try later.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rooting Guava Cuttings - need Help
« on: November 12, 2017, 07:15:34 AM »
Been trying to find the following topic and finally found it. In the middle of the page there is info on rooting with vermiculite.

Also came across the following link regarding high success rate with vermiculite;

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Quava in Greenhouse
« on: November 06, 2017, 09:06:47 PM »
Love the shape of your guava. What does the inside look like?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Has anyone in here ever grafted guava ?
« on: November 06, 2017, 09:05:16 PM »
Yes, approach grafting with guava is more reliable in my opinion although it may be slower. Also you may need to support the graft till the union is fully strengthened.
Currently have a 3 in 1 guava in a container. No fruit yet.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Has anyone in here ever grafted guava ?
« on: November 06, 2017, 06:15:37 AM »
Several years ago I grafted scions onto 5 seedlings. Defoliated the scion a week prior to grafting.
Wrapped the cut scion in parafilm and wedge grafted. 2 out of 5 made it. This was done in spring before it got hot.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Vietnamese sugar apple
« on: November 01, 2017, 09:14:28 PM »
Mine took over a week to get to Texas. Looks like the PO could not process it automatically perhaps because of the thick seeds? There was a red stamp on the envelope stating something to this effect.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Surinam Cherry
« on: September 29, 2017, 06:39:10 AM »
Kevin, how high is your plant? Would love to see a picture of it with the container so I could see its form.

Regarding the resinous aftertaste I read on the hort.purdue site that cutting open and chilling the fruit may help dissipate it.

"For table use, they are best slit vertically on one side, spread open to release the seed(s), and kept chilled for 2 or 3 hours to dispel most of their resinously aromatic character."

Seems like a lot of work for a small fruit but if it improves the experience......

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Your favorite zone 8a plants?
« on: September 01, 2017, 11:46:55 AM »
Here in north Texas which is zone 8a the following have done well for me


If you have any I would like to buy some or trade for some.


Thanks! How tall is your tree and do you prune it to keep it contained?

Since the fruit seems to bear on the trunks my thinking is to prune it often to create more branches and control height and width.

Anyone growing the sweet type? Would love to graft a branch on to my tree.

I am growing one in a container from seeds I got from Adam.

I have several questions on them.

1. Does anyone else grow these in a container and able to fruit?

2. How long before it fruits?

3. Are there cultivars or selected trees that have superior tasting fruit or large fruit etc?

I kept 3 plants and was able to easily graft branches from each other.


Local pick up only in Flower Mound. PM me if you are interested.

All grown in containers.

Gefner Atemoya $50 (fruited last 2 yrs)

Gefner Atemoya small grafted plant $10

Sugar Apple - green $40 (fruited last 2 yrs)
Sugar Apple - red $20 ( 2nd yr plant starting to flower - seeds came from Adam)

Che - Mellon Berry $15 ( grafted on to Osage Orange)

Cherimoya $10( 2+ year old plant)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Garage ripened container Gefner
« on: December 20, 2015, 09:29:44 PM »
Hi Max,

I do have a north facing window in my garage but it only provides very little light. The lights I use intermittently are 4ft LED shop lights, not the fancy LED lights that are used to grow plants. Last year it survived these conditions fine. Sometime the outside temps went down to the 20's F. It dropped most of its leaves, but come late February they want to grow so badly and start new buds.

I have had Guava fruit enlarge and ripen in the garage over winter but they were not quite as sweet. The Genfer blew me away because it was sweet and tasty! My summer temps are high - in the 90-100F for July, Aug and Sep. Wish I had a green house, but this arrangement seems to work fine for me.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Garage ripened container Gefner
« on: December 20, 2015, 12:13:04 PM »
Thank you all for your input!

The container is about 15 gal. 22" diameter and 17" high. At the beginning of the year when I moved it to this container from a 3 gal. the container looked overly big for the plant but then it took off. I will need to strategically prune it before new growth starts. It will be in the garage for the next 4 months or so but will start putting out new buds before it gets warm enough to be outside.

I might take up on your suggestion and put it in a cloth container next year. I have had very good growth with those pots with other tropicals this year.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Garage ripened container Gefner
« on: December 19, 2015, 07:42:44 PM »
My container Gefner survived the winter of 2014/15 in the garage. In early June I pollinated several flowers which resulted in one fruit.

The average first freeze date in my area is around Nov 15 so I moved the Gefner into the unheated garage with the unripe fruit around Nov 10. I provided some light for  a couple of weeks and then discontinued it.

Well yesterday, after being in the garage for well over a month,  I noticed the fruit had fallen. Today I cut it open and ate it and to my surprise it was sweet and delicious! (while not a fair comparison it was much better than a $10 Cherimoya I bought at the store.)

I had thought of getting rid of it as it is very vigorous and wanting to grow large but now I think I will keep it.

Do you have any tips on keeping it small in a container and getting a few fruit every year? I pruned it last year and know how to do that.
What I am interested in is does the location of the flower affect chances of ripening early?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Is Cherimoya a good heat tolerant rootstock?
« on: August 23, 2015, 07:43:33 AM »
I am growing some Cherimoya seedlings from a California grown fruit.

I plan to graft Sugar apple and Atemoya on to some of these.

I am growing these seedlings under a fig tree now as they tended to burn in full sun once the heat kicked in.

My Gefner Atemoya and Sugar apple seem to handle the heat fine. The Gefner better than the Sugar apple.

The question is would these seedlings do ok as a rootstock as far as heat tolerance?

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