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Re: Hello - I am new
« Reply #900 on: March 03, 2014, 07:54:56 AM »
Welcome Mystee.
Dragon fruit will only flower from horizontal or pendulous stems. A vertical (upward growing) stem will not do so. That's one of the reasons they are trellised or grown in pots with stakes. Let your plant form drooping branches from the main stem and you will be in business. I tried growing one in a basket and it got so heavy that the basket broke.

While this generally regarded as a true statement of dragon fruit culture, on my dragon fruit stands, once they got some size, they have also flowered/fruited on uprights, quite frequently actually.
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« Reply #901 on: March 03, 2014, 08:19:54 AM »
Hi Everyone - I grow d. fruit, because a friend said it was interesting. She sent me a large cutting with no i.d.
 I waited for roots to come and then planted. It quickly grew large , to 3 ft. no flowers or fruit. So, this year , I hope to
get flowers and fruit. I would also, be interested in trading cuttings and selling. I am in zone 8, Texas. Please, pm me if interested.
Thanks for your nice replies, Mystee  :)

Howdy from the Lone Star State. You've found a nice place to meet new friends and share, enjoy!

Not to be a hall monitor  but it helps others if you'll put your zone and location in your Profile info.   Gives us a reference point regarding climate.  Exactly what zone are you in, A or B?  Curious because I too have a dragon fruit, pitaya, from Costa Rica.  They are epiphytic so the care is gonna be different than soil based plants.

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Re: Introduce Yourself
« Reply #902 on: March 04, 2014, 04:24:16 PM »
Hello everyone!  Glad to have run into a forum like this on tropical fruit. 

David Perez, with Green-Land Tropical Nursery and Perez Groves.  We have been growing tropical fruit commercially since 1979, specializing in Mamey Sapote, Sapodilla, Longan, Lychee and Caimito.  Our nursery contains many tropical fruit trees including

Mango(30varieties)
Avocado(15 varieties)
Lychee
Longan
Mamey
Sapodilla
Jaboticaba
Cashew
Star Fruit
Sour Sop
Atemoya
Sugar Apple
Caimito
Tamarind
Peaches
Spanish Lime
Persimmon
Mulberry
Loquat
Guava
Fig
Barbado Cherry
Jakfruit
Citrus


I hope to learn from this forum and hope to be of some assistance to some of you.

Happy Growing!

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« Reply #903 on: March 05, 2014, 11:50:20 AM »
Hello everyone!  Glad to have run into a forum like this on tropical fruit. 

David Perez, with Green-Land Tropical Nursery and Perez Groves.  We have been growing tropical fruit commercially since 1979, specializing in Mamey Sapote, Sapodilla, Longan, Lychee and Caimito.  Our nursery contains many tropical fruit trees including

Mango(30varieties)
Avocado(15 varieties)
Lychee
Longan
Mamey
Sapodilla
Jaboticaba
Cashew
Star Fruit
Sour Sop
Atemoya
Sugar Apple
Caimito
Tamarind
Peaches
Spanish Lime
Persimmon
Mulberry
Loquat
Guava
Fig
Barbado Cherry
Jakfruit
Citrus


I hope to learn from this forum and hope to be of some assistance to some of you.

Happy Growing!
Welcome to the forum. Do you by chance sell and ship your produces? I would love to order some when they are in season :)

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« Reply #904 on: March 05, 2014, 12:35:51 PM »
I didn't think to introduce myself a few weeks ago when I started using the forum, apologies!  I'm an anthropologist who taught for a few years and went back to school to study public health.  When I was young I was an exchange student in Thailand, and when I was older I went back to live and work there for several years.  My wife and I own some land in NE Thailand where we have an orchard that is about 6 years old now -- unfortunately, we're living in Alberta right now, but hope to return.  We're growing the main fruits of Thailand that grow in the north and dry northeast, but haven't tried things like durian or marang yet.  Our trees are just starting to fruit heavily, and we're told our in-laws are overwhelmed with star apples, star fruits, santols, mangoes, breadfruit, crummy Thai pomegranates, kaffir limes, real limes, Rangpur oranges, and hopefully lynchees (flowering now).  I've introduced three fruits that are unknown in the area -- soursops, pejibayes, and jaboticabas -- and hope to plant abiu, green sapote, Rollinia, poshte, and ilama.  Of these only the soursops have fruited and it cannot be said that they are a huge hit . . .  We have four trees and I think at least two are going to come out if we ever get any seedlings going of those above.  I'd also like to grow avocados, but that's a project that will have to wait until we can visit an agricultural research station in Khorat or Tak and get some real grafted varieties that are appropriate for the climate (and for pollinating each other). 

That's about it -- it bugs me, thinking about all these things as we endure the winter up in Edmonton . . .


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« Reply #905 on: March 09, 2014, 09:02:36 AM »
Hello everyone- I have been using this forum for a couple years and have gleaned  a whole lot about tropical and container tropical fruit cultivation. I joined  now in order to connect with others interested in this incredible hobby  and learn even more:) I also enjoy growing tonic and medicinal  herbs especially from ayurveda and TCM.
The fruit trees I have at the moment are:
White sapote
Banana(Williams)
Mango(tommy Atkinson and Kensington)
Litchee
Wax jambu
Coffee(arabica)
Granadilla
Guava(pink)
Grape fruit(star ruby)
Naartjie
Tree tomato
Marula
Big num num
Pineapple
Pomegranate
Grape

I also have grown from seed and about three months old:
Rollinia deliciousa
Miracle fruit
Rambutan
Longan
Starfruit
Cherimoya
Amla
Jaboticaba

I know many say it is a waste of time growing from seed but even obtaining seeds is difficult and expensive for me let alone grafted varieties. It's also risky on anything recalcitrant as shipping takes a month or more For me living in South Africa. So I figure I just grow more than one seedling and hope for the odds to be in my favour. I'm sure after 8 years plus if I get fruit it will taste fantastic to me anyway!

I look forward to learning more and "growing" through this forum.

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.
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« Reply #906 on: March 09, 2014, 09:47:09 AM »
I also enjoy growing tonic and medicinal  herbs especially from ayurveda and TCM.

:) me to.

Nice fruit trees you have. That big num num tree looks interesting. see you.....

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« Reply #907 on: March 10, 2014, 08:14:57 PM »
Great to hear:) medicinal herbs are what started my obsession with plants.
The big num num is a very nice shrub and it's indigenous to my country so I felt obligated to grow it ha ha. Iv yet to try the fruit fresh but iv had it in a very nice pie.
Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.
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« Reply #908 on: March 13, 2014, 10:09:08 PM »
Good evening (time-zone dependent), everyone.  I figured it's about time to finally say hello to the group.  My wife and I are fairly new to fruit as a hobby but we've been slowly building up our plant collection.  We lived in San Diego for about six months but recently drove across the country to North Carolina with four pets and a trunk full of plants.  We have some white sapotes and kei apples from Exotica in Vista, CA, two types of Garcinias and some cacaos from Montoso, some quenepas and miracle fruits from seeds we brought from a trip to Puerto Rico, and a few other miscellaneous plants.

We want to add more Garcinias and some Annonas to our collection and are also interested in Eugenias and Joboticabas.  Some of the rare things that pop up on these forums seem quite interesting so I'm sure I'll be in touch with a few of you soon.  We definitely need to plan a trip to Florida to visit Bender's, Flying Fox, and Pine Island.  We hope to make it down there sometime this Spring.

Since we live in a temperate area, we'll have to get a few Pawpaw cultivars, some persimmons, and more.  We're buying a house with two acres so we should have plenty of room for plants both inside and out of the greenhouse.  I look forward to getting to know the lot of you soon.  Have a good one!

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« Reply #909 on: March 13, 2014, 10:18:36 PM »
Hi Keith,

Nice to hear from a grower in a neighboring state. I am in Virginia myself. NC is really pretty. I have been there many times. Growing Eugenias and Garcinias sounds like a great idea. I am into Eugenia species myself. I assume you have a greenhouse for your most tender plants.

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« Reply #910 on: March 13, 2014, 10:23:21 PM »
Hi Keith,

Nice to hear from a grower in a neighboring state. I am in Virginia myself. NC is really pretty. I have been there many times. Growing Eugenias and Garcinias sounds like a great idea. I am into Eugenia species myself. I assume you have a greenhouse for your most tender plants.

Tomas

Hi Tomas.  We haven't built the greenhouse yet, so the plants are all indoors for the time being.  They'll be getting better light in about a week.  Which Eugenias do you have?  So far we only have a small Suriname Cherry seedling we germinated.

Keith

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« Reply #911 on: March 13, 2014, 10:32:22 PM »
Hi Keith,

I have Eugenia aggregata (Cherry of Rio Grande), Eugenia klotzschiana, Eugenia pyriformis, Eugenia speciosa. There may be others that I cannot remember at the moment. I have very limited space for my pots right now. Later on I will add some more Eugenias. There are many good Eugenias and almost all of them can be cultivated successfully in pots, which is what I like.

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« Reply #912 on: March 14, 2014, 02:21:37 PM »
The klotzschiana looks pretty interesting.  Have you been successful fruiting it?

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« Reply #913 on: March 14, 2014, 02:24:07 PM »
Hi Keith,

E. klotzschiana is very hard to grow - at least for me. I only have a small plant. It's more a curiosity for me. The fruit is supposed to be very sour.

Tomas

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« Reply #914 on: March 14, 2014, 02:26:27 PM »
Hi Keith,

E. klotzschiana is very hard to grow - at least for me. I only have a small plant. It's more a curiosity for me. The fruit is supposed to be very sour.

Tomas
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« Reply #915 on: March 14, 2014, 08:16:11 PM »
Obrigado, Luis.  Tomas, I also forgot that I have a few E. stipitata seedlings.  I heard they were hard to germinate but they popped right up in about a month.

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« Reply #916 on: March 18, 2014, 01:30:28 AM »
Hello there fellow fruit growers, Im buddyguygreen real name Jordan.

Im 23 florida native and live in Kissimmee FL at 125 feet altitude on a quarter acre. I just recently started growing exotic fruit trees. Im into chinese and aryurvedic medicine and thought why not try to grow the herbs to save money. So when i got into amazon herbs it was more of fruit medicine with herbs so I bought some camu camu seeds for the vitamin C, which grew amazing with some trial and error but ending up helping me with my green thumb, next thing i know Im getting into exotic fruit trees and it took off from there.  I always tried to grow papayas, mangos and avocados but never had any success and they just were never happy so I sort of gave up for some time (only my tangerine and grapefruit tree seemed to be at home), Then randomly 2 weeks after the japanese tsunami in 2011 I had a bunch of seeds i planted around my yard that never grew suddenly pop up and without doing any work they grew like it was their native region. So i tried various other fruit trees like figs and bananas and they grew amazing, better than ever before with the same work and soil. So I did more research and found this forum which is awesome with knowledge and good people. I then realized ive been living in a bubble with fruit trees thinking the ones in the store were the good ones (was i wrong, a trip to kauai'i fixed that ;)), So after realizing the possibilities of flavors I am now on a mission to have them all (with one problem not enough room but it doesn't hurt to try to fit as many as possible) ;D, I believe in canopy layering just like the amazon (tall trees that like sun, then medium trees that like partial sun, the small trees or bushes that like shade, and then ground cover). So with your help lets create a utopia of fruit trees :)



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« Reply #917 on: March 18, 2014, 01:42:42 AM »
Hello there fellow fruit growers, Im buddyguygreen real name Jordan.

Im 23 florida native and live in Kissimmee FL at 125 feet altitude on a quarter acre. I just recently started growing exotic fruit trees. Im into chinese and aryurvedic medicine and thought why not try to grow the herbs to save money. So when i got into amazon herbs it was more of fruit medicine with herbs so I bought some camu camu seeds for the vitamin C, which grew amazing with some trial and error but ending up helping me with my green thumb, next thing i know Im getting into exotic fruit trees and it took off from there.  I always tried to grow papayas, mangos and avocados but never had any success and they just were never happy so I sort of gave up for some time (only my tangerine and grapefruit tree seemed to be at home), Then randomly 2 weeks after the japanese tsunami in 2011 I had a bunch of seeds i planted around my yard that never grew suddenly pop up and without doing any work they grew like it was their native region. So i tried various other fruit trees like figs and bananas and they grew amazing, better than ever before with the same work and soil. So I did more research and found this forum which is awesome with knowledge and good people. I then realized ive been living in a bubble with fruit trees thinking the ones in the store were the good ones (was i wrong, a trip to kauai'i fixed that ;)), So after realizing the possibilities of flavors I am now on a mission to have them all (with one problem not enough room but it doesn't hurt to try to fit as many as possible) ;D, I believe in canopy layering just like the amazon (tall trees that like sun, then medium trees that like partial sun, the small trees or bushes that like shade, and then ground cover). So with your help lets create a utopia of fruit trees :)



me in the beginning stages of my garden




Welcome Jordan. A lot of the fruits you had in Kauai should be fairly easy to grow in Florida, like lilikoi (passionfruit), guavas, papayas, and ofcourse bananas.
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« Reply #918 on: March 18, 2014, 02:44:15 AM »
Thank you oscar and may i say you have an amazing abundance of knowledge when it come to the exotics, Ive already learned so much reading through some of your posts, so Thank you. The lilikoi passion fruit was actually the first exotic I bought along with giant guava and their thriving, I recently purchased a few other different types of passionflower seeds like banana passionfruit, sweet calabash and giant granadilla, also some guava seeds like red strawberry, pineapple or feijoa, chilean guava, wild, Brazilian, and purple forest guava that just all sprouted so i cant wait to see what they taste like also. But I have to say the best fruit I tried in kauai was the cherimoya ;D, So Im definitely gonna collect the annona family. I have a few cherimoya seedlings growing now along with an ilama about 2 years old and a kepel thats about 2 years also, so Im catching up for lost time but still have few years before I get to taste the fruit.

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« Reply #919 on: March 18, 2014, 03:32:58 AM »
Thank you oscar and may i say you have an amazing abundance of knowledge when it come to the exotics, Ive already learned so much reading through some of your posts, so Thank you. The lilikoi passion fruit was actually the first exotic I bought along with giant guava and their thriving, I recently purchased a few other different types of passionflower seeds like banana passionfruit, sweet calabash and giant granadilla, also some guava seeds like red strawberry, pineapple or feijoa, chilean guava, wild, Brazilian, and purple forest guava that just all sprouted so i cant wait to see what they taste like also. But I have to say the best fruit I tried in kauai was the cherimoya ;D, So Im definitely gonna collect the annona family. I have a few cherimoya seedlings growing now along with an ilama about 2 years old and a kepel thats about 2 years also, so Im catching up for lost time but still have few years before I get to taste the fruit.

Cherimoya probably will be hard to fruit at your location, likes it cooler, but the other annonas, which are more tropical, like rollinia, sugar apple, atemoya, soursop, and ilama should be easier. Welcome to fruit addiction!  ;D
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« Reply #920 on: March 18, 2014, 04:49:30 AM »
Hi Jordan
That's a very nice collection you have going there:)
I would love to try some of the exotic passionfruits it's great that their flowers are so pretty too! I'm also very jealous of your kepel I wonder if there's any truth about its fruits making your sweat smell good? Probably not but interesting lore nonetheless:)
May I ask what TCM and Ayurvedic plants you grow/take? It's rare to find a westerner who takes and grows such things although jujube goji and Longan are widely grown for fruit not medicine but and are some of the 50 fundamental/superior herbs of TCM. I have tried many times to germinate schisandra berry but have never been good with  stratification.

This forum is a great place I only just joined but.have been getting info here for ages!  Oscar is not just a sage of fruit wisdom but also provides an awesome range of fruit seeds of very high quality. My slow mail took well over a month but nearly all my seeds survived I got 100% germination on rollinia and Starfruit even! A saviour for us third world.country folks ha ha. I must thank you Oscar as I would only have dreamed of growing such things otherwise:)
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« Reply #921 on: March 18, 2014, 04:54:26 AM »
Hi Jordan
That's a very nice collection you have going there:)
I would love to try some of the exotic passionfruits it's great that their flowers are so pretty too! I'm also very jealous of your kepel I wonder if there's any truth about its fruits making your sweat smell good? Probably not but interesting lore nonetheless:)
May I ask what TCM and Ayurvedic plants you grow/take? It's rare to find a westerner who takes and grows such things although jujube goji and Longan are widely grown for fruit not medicine but and are some of the 50 fundamental/superior herbs of TCM. I have tried many times to germinate schisandra berry but have never been good with  stratification.

This forum is a great place I only just joined but.have been getting info here for ages!  Oscar is not just a sage of fruit wisdom but also provides an awesome range of fruit seeds of very high quality. My slow mail took well over a month but nearly all my seeds survived I got 100% germination on rollinia and Starfruit even! A saviour for us third world.country folks ha ha. I must thank you Oscar as I would only have dreamed of growing such things otherwise:)

Hi Stuart, glad you received the seeds and were able to get them all growing. Hope you get lots of fruits! 8) Pass it on if they do fruit, so maybe these fruits can get more established in S. Africa.
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« Reply #922 on: March 18, 2014, 05:21:37 AM »
Thank you very much Oscar:D
I hope to spread them as far as I can here and intend to also plant at my families more tropical coastal home.
Litchi and mangos are as exotic as it gets here so hopefully I can start a fruit revolution! Since I got such good germination rates I have offered some of my spares to any friends I trust to care for them I'm just glad I'm still young enough to take the journey from seed to fruit with these magnificent plants:D but there's alot more on the fruitlovers list that I "need" ha ha
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« Reply #923 on: March 22, 2014, 07:58:18 PM »
Hello everyone!

I am a peace corps volunteer serving in the small Caribbean island of Grenada. I have fallen in love with tropical fruit during my time here. It has been so much fun learning about and tasting all sorts of fruits that I never knew existed. I look forward to learning from this forum and sharing my experiences with fruit in Grenada!

Steve
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« Reply #924 on: March 23, 2014, 12:44:19 AM »
Hello there stuart, I view the TCM as well as Ayurvedic herbs as treasure, Its absolutely amazing how they work. Im currently growing some Foti, Chinese licorice, self heal, Brahmi, Albizzia julibrissin, Amla, Lo han guo, as well as Goji and Longan. Still trying to sprout the jujube and Shisandra, actually got a couple Shisandra to sprout 5 months after planting no stratification just planted straight in potting mix. Out of 40 seeds only 3 Shisandra have sprouted so far and only one is alive now after some trial and error, but I have been reading that it can take 6 months to 6 years to sprout the Shisandra seeds so patience definitely will pay off in this case.

 

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