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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit ID: nephelium?
« on: December 30, 2019, 03:43:55 AM »
Garcinia Acuminata aka Charichuelo

Thanks guys! Got them in some vermiculite. Seller was very cool and said they would issue refund/new seeds if they donít germinate, fingers crossed 🤞🏽

Hope everyone had a nice holiday. I just received these seeds in the mail today, are they viable? They seem dried out, arrived with what appear to be mold spores on them, and werenít packed in any medium, just a plastic zip lock type baggie with small holes poked into it. However, I have no idea if these seeds require medium or can be shipped dry? Any advice would be greatly appreciated on the condition of these seeds. Thank you.

PM sent. Thank you sir!

Hi, I sent you a PM along with payment but havenít heard back. Sorry to bother but just verifying youíve received my payment? so my seeds will go out tomorrow before you leave on vacation.
Many thanks,

Just from personal experience lately..I think it may depend on where it is in Cali itís going. Iíve been getting small seedlings from FL and theyíve all arrived healthy, but, we never freeze where I live in Southern California. Hereís the temps where I live (about halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego) this week.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Christmas harvest
« on: December 16, 2019, 12:49:34 PM »
Rollinas grow as vigorous as any anona in SoCal the problem is they don't like our arid climate. I'm now experimenting with a special variety and rootstock hopefully this will correct the problem so far things are looking promising

Hey Frank, just came across this older thread...any updates on your rollinia rootstock project? I just purchased some Rollinia seedlings. Thanks and hope all is well.

Thanks Chris! My buddyís not picking up the tree until spring and itís loaded with fruit now that will be ripe soon, if you havenít tasted the fruit from one of these trees lemme know and Iíll get you some to try if ur curious. It seems to fruit year round. Iím growing another one from seed thatís about 3ft tall now, it will be interesting to see the difference in taste/fruit quality between seedlings.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anyone bought from 9waters on ebay/etsy?
« on: December 03, 2019, 11:29:07 PM »
9waters is one of the BEST sellers online in my opinion. Iíve never had a bad experience. You will be very happy buying from him.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Carambola Problem
« on: November 29, 2019, 12:43:46 PM »
My carambola experienced the similar issue. I treated it as iron deficiency and added iron as a foilar spray and around the base of the plant. Tree showed signs of improvement prett fast and is now doing very well. Good luck!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Garcinia kola for sale
« on: November 29, 2019, 12:15:51 PM »
How do you germinate? Germination seems very difficult for these seeds. Thanks.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Various seedlings for sale
« on: November 27, 2019, 07:50:05 PM »
PM sent

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Talisia Floresii seeds available
« on: November 21, 2019, 09:45:39 PM »
PM sent. Thanks.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Various seedlings for sale
« on: November 20, 2019, 02:37:54 PM »
Hi, Iíve sent you (I think) a couple messages, did you receive? I havenít heard back. Thanks.

Thanks for the advice, appreciated! The reason I went with loquat there is because itís a high foot traffic area with lots of folks walking by. Wanted to go with a tree that I donít care as much about as my other trees like mango, lychee, etc.. and produces more fruit than I can eat, so I can, ďshareĒ, with all the folks that canít help themselves that walk by. I think a lychee tree for example would get picked clean by people walking by. Itís also a north facing wall blocked by a shed so the heat factor isnít really there anyways.

Thanks for all the replyís itís appreciated! That wall you see just separates my front yard from my backyard, no neighbors there, just my side yard with a shed.

As for the tree hanging over the sidewalk and ďordinancesĒ, check out, ďthe waveĒ, that use to hang over the sidewalk from my yard where the loquat is now, ha! A 30+ year old ficus whoís roots (as Brad suggested the loquat could do, good call) raised up/cracked the sidewalk, threatened the foundation of the house, and upended the brick retaining wall. Research tells me loquat roots arenít as invasive (hope hope). I shaped that ficus over fifteen years ago, I got one letter from the city in those 15 years, and none before that. Guess Iím fortunate to have some pretty chill neighbors, we all talk and get on really well. After I received the letter from the city, I trimmed the tree a bit, left the tunnel, but made it wider, and never heard from the city again. However, several neighbors have voiced their displeasure of me actually cutting the tree down. I guess A lot of kids in the neighborhood enjoyed ďsurfingĒ it and riding their bikes through the tunnel. Maybe I can shape another ďwaveĒ with the loquat...but this one will be will be edible.

Hi guys, I just put this Big Jim loquat in the ground a couple days ago and now Iím having second thoughts on the close proximity to the wall. Is it too close to the wall? The other tree in the photo will be removed FYI. I plan on doing high density planting in that area which is why I planted so close to the wall. Iíd like to keep the tree under 10ft. Also, do you guys like growing loquat trees, or bushes? Iíve been pulling off the suckers trying to branch up from the trunk to shape it into a tree. If kept as a tree shape, can you keep it short enough to harvest from for the foreseeable future? Or should I let the suckers grow to have more fruit thatís in reach?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is the best variety of loquat?
« on: November 04, 2019, 02:28:08 AM »
Nice fruit Behl!

For those of you having trouble with Big Jim, are you watering and fertilizing properly giving your tree a dry period before flowering? My Big Jim produced when it was a small tree and has produced well every year, ever since. Due to its heavy fruiting, it has not grown much. It has been in the ground about 6-7 years and is about 6-7 feet tall at its highest point and has a similar width.

Most Loquat grow vigorously here in SoCal, I have not noticed that Big Jim is any more vigorous.


Hey Simon do you grow your loquat tree as a bush or tree? Thanks.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 20 year old mango tree removal
« on: October 30, 2019, 02:03:21 AM »
Patrick, I would wait until late spring so the tree can push some leaves after being transplanted.  Assuming that what youare asking that it can be transplanted?

Hey Brad do you think this is true for most fruit trees? I was under the impression itís also good to plant/transplant in early fall so the trees will push their energy into the roots? I was planing on putting a pretty good sized loquat in the ground this week after the Santa Anaís chill out. Thanks.

6ft tall Jamaican Strawberry Tree in 7 gallon container for sale. Has fruit hanging on it now. Local pick-up only. $95.

maybe try to girdle at the base?

Maybe know what youíre talking about before giving advice...

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