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Mine has the velvet leaves.

Looks like mine.  Supposedly mine is V. infausta.

Yeah so scale was introduced into my stuff from SoCal stuff I brought back so take that seriously.

Thanks got them today and they look good.

Might have to grow them in a greenhouse but ordered some.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Green Star Apples in CA.
« on: January 30, 2018, 10:33:55 PM »
Does anyone know what variety the Green Star Apples are that have been showing up from Vietnam in California?  Internet possibilely gave me an answer, but not even sure its a variety name.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Star Apples from Vietnam
« on: January 19, 2018, 12:04:34 AM »
The ones I tried weren't great, but one was sweet.  Hope to find some scion wood and see if I can fruit these with a indoor/outdoor arrangement.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ilama dormancy in a cold climate
« on: January 03, 2018, 07:08:40 PM »
Yeah. you see the buds as soon as the leaves drop practically.  At least in my location "real" frost chance really stops after Jan. I think.  I did find out last year they can drop leaves and try again a few times at least.

They stay viable at leas a month and a half if you keep them in the "goo" around the seed.

Brian: that leaves look way more slender/elongated than ours! it should be a different variety

Yeah so young leaves appear to be broader.  If you think it's something else let me know.  Fruit looks the same as yours though when you cut it or break it open.

I've got them to sprout fairly well, but suspect it has more to do with seed quality then me.  I soak them for 24 hours, then plant.  If the seed breaks off eventually I exposed the very top of the root and it eventually sends up a shoot.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cutting or Air layering on Sapodilla advice
« on: December 20, 2017, 02:31:11 PM »
Probably better to try grafting especially since your in NorCal.   


I tried the tree at Santa Barbara, California.  Odd smell, sweet taste.  Like a acidless pitangatuba to me in a way.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: nance cold hardiness
« on: December 09, 2017, 01:24:44 AM »
Can these take CA's lower air humidity?  Is it similar to Acerola in hardiness?  I have a few indoors, but would love to not tent them, etc.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Edible Conifers and other Gymnosperms
« on: December 07, 2017, 02:51:44 AM »
Bunya Bunya taste pretty good and the seeds are huge for pine nuts.

Well the issue is the citrus quarentines as well as export/import/quarentine stuff.  I had heard rumors there was stuff under quarentine, but it would be for commercial people.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rauls's illama (annona diversifolia) seeds
« on: November 03, 2017, 12:30:05 AM »
Very cool that there will be choice germaplasm in CA.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Calostro, jumbo african pride,
« on: October 20, 2017, 03:35:01 AM »
That African Pride 2 tastes really good.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Chrysophyllum oliviforme
« on: October 14, 2017, 01:27:02 AM »
Barath, it grows and fruits in coastal north San Diego County.  It looks like it does fine there.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Barbados Cherry can't set fruit
« on: September 26, 2017, 12:24:22 AM »
I think it's a temperature issue in the Bay Area. Next time I have blooms I might try the tomato set spray. I suspect a cold night issue is at play.

When grafting Garcinias do they have to be the only shoot or can you just graft a branch?

I've put so much work into some of them, plus the ones I got from Barath are getting decent sized.  Kind of hesitant to graft over whole thing.

Do you have lack of iron or is the pH a problem?  I use the acidifier they make to correct yellowing, but my problem is pH. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Black sapote opinions
« on: September 11, 2017, 02:28:40 PM »
And they don't get spoiled falling down?

You need to get them same day as they fall.  I assume they would spoil.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Black sapote opinions
« on: September 11, 2017, 12:34:03 AM »
Actually the best ones I had also were ones that fell off and I immediately got off the ground.

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