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I would like try growing a mango tree in Long Beach, and after reading through this thread it looks like mango seedlings are the best way to go. Is there somewhere I can go around Los Angeles/OC to buy different varieties of the fruits (for seeds) or do I need to order seeds online? I know there are tons of mango varieties available at stands in Florida, but I've never seen any varieties other than Alfonso or the regular Mexican mangoes here. Is it easier to just plant a manila and then learn how to graft?
Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: SOLD
« Last post by pinkturtle on Today at 02:52:26 PM »
I am so excited today.  I saw some of seeds are spouting.  Hoping they will grow here and graft the purple mangosteen to it if I can find the scions.  Thanks Ertdude.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Rollinia Q's
« Last post by gnappi on Today at 02:35:31 PM »
Last February I bought a Rollinia which was about 6' tall with a 1" caliper at the base of the trunk at the time. It's very healthy and happy in the sunny spot I put it in which was "vacated" by my Gold Nugget Jak.

At this time, it's filled out nicely and attained another foot or so and the trunk is fattening up nicely. Everything I've read states that they can fruit REALLY fast. That begs the question, at what size are they mature enough to fruit?

Given the original size of my seedling I would "guess" it was at least 2-3 years old when I got it and even after its growth spurt here I can't see it (and I do not expect it to) fruiting for another 4-6 years. So how realistic are claims I've read that they can fruit in as little as 2 1/2 years?

Its not like that at all
850fl, like you said, water that keeps flushing's much diff then mud puddle.
I'm gonna try 50/50 store sand/topsoi fill. 
I'll do drain test after hole's dug.  Any suggestions how long it should take per inch to drain?
Tempted to get 2 same exact trees, mix one 50/50 & other straight sand.  Fertilize regularly.
End of next week i'll hopefully by buying 6 semi dwarf varieties.  3gal, 7gal, 15gal, whatever fits the bill best.
Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Rarepalmseeds
« Last post by Pandan on Today at 01:37:09 PM »
From what i gather of RarePalmSeeds its best to buy only from the new section IF the seeds you're looking for recalcitrant like many probably most tropical plants art.

And even for orthodox seeds or seeds for long storage periods I'd move with the idea they may be duds by the time I get them.
Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Sale: Papause seeds (Ilama) Rosada
« Last post by JF on Today at 01:16:25 PM »
Papause seed sale starts today Iím back in the states.
See this blog for a lot of infos
The author collects rare edible plants and their wild relatives. He also sells most of the plants he writes about on his Ebay. I have ordered cuttings and seeds from him before and can recommend it, he packages them very well.
It sounds great! thanks!
Leaves damaged by Citrus Leaf Miners, are not an energy drain on the tree.  It is true that they don't generate the same amount of energy and a well formed leaf, but they still do generate a lot of energy.  It is best to control the miner and let the damaged leaves remain on the tree.
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rambutan seedlings VS Marcots
« Last post by Finca La Isla on Today at 11:31:59 AM »
I have been lucky with rambutan seedlings.  I got one that could be the best in the country.  Itís just luck to get that.
Of the fifty seedlings which were all from very select seed, there are about 3 others that are high quality.  One of those is a tad too acidic for some but has profound flavor and there are people who want that one.
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