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This is part of an experiment that myself and others in my group in Las Vegas will be doing to see if Mango fares better here seed grown than grafted. We've had some success with grafted trees, but monoembronic seeds we've planted seem to do better (and generally those are the only types sold in stores here). But, monos being monos, they won't be true to type, so meh.

I'm particularly looking for high quality variety ones, especially coconut cream. I managed to snag one a few months ago, but some asshole creature dug out the seed sprounts and damaged their roots, thusly dead.

I won't complain if the seeds are still inside fresh fruit. ;)

Don't have much in the tropical world to trade at the moment, but I do have a large seed collection, particularly for peppers. Failing that, I'll be happy to pay for them via Paypal.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: October 06, 2017, 05:21:01 PM »
Wow! Now THAT is a dragon fruit vine!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Growing Ice Cream Beans in Containers?
« on: October 06, 2017, 05:19:52 PM »
The simple answer is, yes, you can.

I'm growing them in containers, also from seeds from Hawaii. As an experiment, I grew about 20 saplings, kept six, and gave the rest away to talented gardeners in the Vegas gardening group I help run.

Here are some things we've observed. Keep in mind that these observations are all things that myself and others in our Vegas gardening group have learned from research and experimentation on saplings that are now becoming short, young trees. Your mileage may vary, and there may be things I'm not aware of that can produce better results for you.

1. Their growth is heavily dependent on the amount of root space they have, particularly the vertical space. Once that level of space has been reached, they will stall. You'll either need a bigger pot, put them in the ground, or have them stay in the same pot if they reach a height and size you prefer.

2. As nitrogen fixers, avoid all nitrogen containing fertilizers. If you can't, get ones that have a low amount. I have one that I use that's 0-10-10 and fish based that they really like. They really like potassium in particular. A friend also used some weak compost tea and it made it quite happy as well.

3. If grown indoors first, they'll need to be hardened off to varying to degrees before getting full outside sun, which they like. This was super important here getting them to survive, let alone grow in Vegas.

4. Use well draining soil. Soil quality itself doesn't appear to be too much of an issue, as long as it drains well. I've had good results with Wonder Soil, which is enhanced coconut coir. Others have used Foxfarm potting soil, or various other kinds with good success. Straight crap Vegas dirt in a pot didn't work out so well (no surprise there).

5. Water judiciously. They don't like to be drowned, but prefer soil that's fairly moist on a consistent basis. They're also surprisingly somewhat drought tolerant, so they can go with bone dry soil for a few days to a week and be fine. If overwatered, the leaves will yellow and growth will totally cease. If underwatered, fix that very quickly because they went from wilted to dead REAL fast.

6. Pods. Pods? What pods? Unfortunately our trees are too immature to provide information on that since they're 7 months old from seed. All I know is what I've read, and that is it can take a couple years for them to start fruiting at minimum, and the size of the pods can vary depending on the health and environment of the tree. Since I'm growing them in Vegas, I'm very curious to see how that goes.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: October 05, 2017, 03:25:51 PM »
Thanks! In that case I'll stick with grafting scions as my primary method. Still, I'd like to experiement with rooting cuttings and some folks in gardening group I run have had some success.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / WANTED: Avocado scions/cuttings.
« on: October 05, 2017, 03:24:26 PM »
Looking to get some avocado scions and cuttings. Scions will obviously be for grafting, and cuttings will be for rooting experimentation.

Varieties I'm specifically looking for are Reed, Wurtz, Day, Lula, Pinkerton, Holiday, and/or Bacon/Jim Bacon.

Shipping would be to Southern Nevada.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: October 04, 2017, 01:05:56 PM »
Has anyone attempted to grow these with rooted cuttings rather than grafted trees? If so, what level of success did you have in terms of getting them to root, and how well did they do once established?

I'd like to attempt to do this myself, but want to make sure its viable before I go looking for cuttings to purchase.

I believe he's scarpered off.

I'm interested in purchasing some.

Is $3 per scion the total price including shipping?

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