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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Carmen variety?
« on: January 16, 2021, 04:29:42 PM »
I don't have an answer for you, but unless you're selling that, I think you posted in the wrong section. Nice tree though ;D

Super fast shipping! Well packaged with plenty of extra seeds and a beautiful cutting. Looking forward to my next order. Thanks :)

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: RARE - Eugenia ligustrina, seeds
« on: December 22, 2020, 04:13:27 PM »
Did you get my PM?

Which Etsy seller did you buy from?


After a long search, I finally purchased a Chilean Guava off of Etsy last year. It's doing well. They're still on there for $20 and $40 + shipping.

Use google to try to find some farmers markets. They usually take place on the weekend and there are many of them across Southern California. The San Gabriel Valley (10-20 mins east of LA) has plenty smoothie shops that also sell tropical fruits. Unfortunately many of them are dealing with fruit shortages due to covid. That was a few months ago, things might have gotten better since then. Look up "Trai Cay" in the San Gabriel Valley on google or yelp and make sure you call ahead before you go.

Tracking gave up a few weeks ago, but my package arrived today! Thank you Miguel!

Nice! They are so hard to find. I have been looking for one for over 5 years and I pretty much live in it's native range :-\

Wow, you have actual turnera diffusa? Do you mind posting a photo of it?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anyone Tried Egg Layering?
« on: May 27, 2020, 10:42:24 PM »
It's a Feijoa. Yes, I scraped the bark and used rooting hormone. I was expecting at least 3 months and I'm at the 1.5 month mark, so I think it still has a while to go. I'm just glad the soil was still moist. Good luck with your eggs

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anyone Tried Egg Layering?
« on: May 27, 2020, 09:02:21 PM »

So I decided to crack an egg open at the halfway point. Soil was nice and moist and it looks like I'm getting roots or at least some white clumps that look like roots. Sorry for the awful photos. Are these roots? Is it normal for them to grow like this? I'm also not happy with how the soil stayed separated in each egg half. I'm worried it will tear the roots away from the scion next time I open them. It's my fault for packing the soil in too hard. Could that also be causing the roots to form the way they are? I opened up a couple more (both had the same white clumpy roots) and removed/loosened some of the soil with a toothpick. Maybe I should do that for all of them

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Please identify
« on: May 06, 2020, 06:31:40 PM »
Sorry about your muntingia. Looks a bit like Goji Berry

I highly recommend Ginkgo tree.

I have one of these in a 3 gallon pot. Nice fall colors and you can make a tea with the leaves, but it's not exactly know for it's fruit... Here is a description I found online, "All agree the aroma is unpleasant but to what degree depends upon the person – some describing it as ripe camembert cheese or rancid butter, and others comparing it more to dog feces or vomit."  ;D

OP, I assume you're talking about growing from seed? Maybe consider a Garcinia or Jabo.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Seeds
« on: May 02, 2020, 01:11:59 AM »
Seeds arrived! Pro packed and got here quick. Plenty of healthy germinating seeds and generous amounts. Thank you!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Please Id this Eugenia?
« on: April 26, 2020, 11:47:15 PM »
The first pic has opposite leaves and the second pic has spiraling leaves. Does this mean it's a different species or can it be a hybrid variation? I'm very new to this stuff

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best way to root feijoa cuttings?
« on: April 26, 2020, 01:48:38 AM »
I've heard feijoa cuttings are pretty difficult to root. I have a little feijoa loaded with air layers right now here. It's only about a week in, but I plan on updating that thread with my other air layers and the results later on.

Rooting cuttings is considered possible, but difficult according to this plant propagation chart. Good luck man.

Don't lose hope..the only time I tried growing feijoa from cuttings is when I threw the cuttings in a compost pile.  Later green sprouts appeared and when dug up they had rooted.  Magic?  Possibly.
That's interesting. What kind of environment were they in? I imagine dark and moist. What time of year was it? What was the weather like?

Ha! Good luck! This is my white whale. It's funny, the plant is somewhat native to the area we live in, but I've never been able to find the plant or seeds. As you probably know, all the Damiana you see online, with the expectation of dry herbs, is Turnera ulmifolia, which is not Damiana. I foolishly bought cheap seeds on ebay years ago. They never sprouted and I later found out they weren't T.diffusa anyways. Even bought some recently ($30 for 10 seeds ebay) and asked the seller if he could guarantee they were authentic. He gave me a very vague answer by saying the price reflected their authenticity. I was suspicious, but still ordered. The seeds came in an unprotected letter envelope, smashed and were not T.diffusa. Was treated rudely by the seller too. They're still on there selling seeds. :(

Anyways, the plant is considered sacred (and profitable) in Mexico. Maybe has something to do with the lack of seeds? If cartels are involved with avocados, they're most definitely involved with Damiana. Pretty sure Mexico is the only place exporting the dried herbs. Also, the herbs are easily available and reasonably affordable, so I guess there's not much demand for seeds to grow your own. I do have some good news, I recently found a source that has the plant and is attempting to root some cuttings for me. I'll let you know how it goes.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Please Id this Eugenia?
« on: April 25, 2020, 03:40:57 AM »
Photo looks like Eugenia involucrata to me. E. involucrata and E. calycina are both referred to as CORG. Maybe your other varieties are E. calycina? Unless I am understanding your question wrong

I actually just bought my first Pitangatuba about a week ago, so I can't really comment on how sensitive the plants are, but it should be fine. Keep it out of the hot sun for a while. Maybe mist the leaves once and a while, since it might struggle to get the water it needs with less roots. I wouldn't fertilize until you start seeing growth. Good luck.

Do root sprouts fruit faster than seedlings?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What's wrong with my Loquats?
« on: April 18, 2020, 11:10:45 PM »
 Thank you everyone for your advice. I went out and did some pruning today. The Loquat tree in my childhood home is the fruit that got me into fruits to begin with.  I hope this one recovers :(

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What's wrong with my Loquats?
« on: April 18, 2020, 02:06:15 AM »
The same

That's funny, although I guess we have pretty limited peaches choices in SoCal. I was thinking about adding to my tree. Which white did you go with?

Hope you get a better batch this year. They are probably my favorite fruit in my yard. I love a good ripe yellow peach and they look great  :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What's wrong with my Loquats?
« on: April 18, 2020, 01:04:11 AM »
Yeah, the rain came at the worst time a couple weeks ago, just as everything was blooming. I took my little paint brush and tried to pollinate as much as I could before the storm hit. Looks like I'm getting about half the amount of fruit from my Red Baron peach this year compared to last. What kind of peach are you growing?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What's wrong with my Loquats?
« on: April 18, 2020, 12:38:29 AM »
Oh man. That's not good. I did notice some blackening, drying and falling off of some of the flowering stems earlier in the spring. I guess I'll start pruning and a vinegar treatment before moving on to some stronger stuff.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / What's wrong with my Loquats?
« on: April 18, 2020, 12:01:06 AM »

A few of my Big Jim Loquats are doing this. I cut them open, no bugs. Weather has been a little cold (gloomy 65f-70f daytime) and we just got a little rain. They almost look like...well lets just say I wasn't sure if I should mark this post NSFW ;D Anyone had this problem before?

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