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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Vista White Loquat
« on: May 25, 2023, 03:22:03 AM »
This loquat has not gotten as much attention as other varieties. I think it is very unique because the fruits of the Vista White is large, round with some bumps, has the thinnest skin of any loquat I have and pure white flesh.

I will post some photos of my large tree which is over 30yrs old, those of you who have purchased the Vista White cuttings from me last year and this year when I cut most of it down, you are the lucky ones to have this variety in your collection.

Many of the fruits are just starting to ripen so I will post some photos now of the fruits on the tree, later in a week I will show the inside flesh, and take a brix reading. This year all of my loquat varieties have drop in brix reading, probably because it has been cool in April/May so the fruits just are not as sweet as last year. One of my seedling variety (KT6) last year had a brix=30, this year the fruit only had brix=20 so far. Most of the fruits are ripe now so I don't think it will get any sweeter.

If anyone else is growing the Vista White (Nate), then please post some photos of your tree & fruits so everyone can see the variation in fruits.

I have many white flesh varieties in my collection (10+) and the Vista White has the whitest color flesh.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Contorted Mulberry Tree
« on: May 18, 2023, 07:28:56 AM »
Since I have not seen many people post about their contorted mulberry tree, I thought I would take some photos of my grafted branch and show you what it looks like. This tree is pretty unusual in that the branch is all contorted, I read some people use the branches in flower arrangements.

The fruits of the contorted mublerry is very sweet, what a surprise it was. The last few years it only had a few fruits on each branch that were very small (1/4"-1/2" long) so it was difficult to taste it for flavor or compare it to other varieties like Shangri La.

This year my grafts have full size fruits, and lots of them. The size of the fruits are 1/2-3/4" long, taste is very good, sweeter tasting than the Shangri La, Jan's Best World's Best, Tahi Dwarf, Tice, Oscar, Silk Hope.

If you grow this variety, please post some photos or make your comments on the taste of the fruits.

I heard that the name given to this contorted variety by the lady who found the mutation on her tree is:

Callie’s Delight Contorted Mulberry

Ok, since I'm watching the NBA playoffs, I thought we should do another (last one for year) Peluche loquat cutting give away.

Here's the Requirements to Particiapte:
1. You must be a member of the TFF forum for a minimum of 6 months. 3 months.
2. When you submit your guess, by posting below, I will enter your username on the list.
-> My list is the master list, regardless if I miss someone.
3. When I enter your guess on my list, the first 3 people 5 people to guess correct on my list will win.
4. I have the right to refuse to enter anyone.
5. After the NBA championship game is over, I will let you know who the winners are.
6. That's right, there will be 3 5 winners.
7. The winning person will have picked the 2023 Champion in their guess below.
8. Only open to US residents (lower 48 states).
9. Don't ask me to sell you cuttings, I will not.
10. Winner needs to collect the cutting within one week after I send you the message.
11. Winner pays for shipping cost, $10.20 (USPS priority mail, small box).
12. You can enter until the day before the Championship game day (June 1, 2023).

I will post some photos of my Peluche tree from which you will get the winning cutting later.
If you already won a Peluche cutting on prior contest then don't play this one, let someone new win it.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Happy Mother's Day !
« on: May 14, 2023, 02:40:25 PM »
For Mother's Day, I picked the last of my ripe Valencia orange to make a Mimosa for my wife.

For anyone who was on my Advance List of buying the small grafted plants of the Sangue e Latte, here's my status update.

This is not open to the general public, only the members that are on this list. I am not adding new names (taking orders).

I have tried grafting this scionwood to some rooted mulberry cuttings two times, did not have much success at all. I had two nice size grafted branches which gave fruits each of the last 2 years. But one branch died and I only have one other grafted branch. Since this variety does not grow many side branches to cut for grafting it has been difficult for me to take many cuttings to try and graft on the small, rooted cuttings. Also, I ran out of most of my rooted cuttings I used to graft other varieties.

So, this is the last time I will attempt to graft you a small plant for the sale I promised previously. I have enough cuttings now this year for only the first 10 people on my attached list below. If the grafts fail again, I will not fulfil your advanced order.

If anyone wants to buy the cuttings now instead and attempt to graft it yourself you can, I will only sell you one cutting (no extra), length will be 6", about 1/4" diameter hardened scionwood.

Cost is $15, plus shipping cost of $10.20 = Total Cost => $25.20
Only those people on my list (ID# 1- #10) will have the option by Monday to contact me (PM) and let let me know if you want to purchase it, instead of waiting for me to graft, then sell it to you later after the graft heals.

If you are not on this list, please do not send me any messages asking to buy cuttings or grafted plants, won't happen. Not open for new orders on this waiting list.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mulberry Fruit Comparison
« on: April 27, 2023, 06:41:46 AM »
Some of my mulberry fruits are starting to ripen so I wanted to share some photos of the ripe fruits I picked. I will put up the photos soon today.

The following mulberries are ripe here in SoCal:
1. Thai Dwarf/World's Best
2. White Pakistan
3. Australian Green
4. Saharanpur Local
5. Shahtoot/King White
6. Red Himalayan

As far as I can tell, the four white long fruited mulberries above are the same variety. The fruits are the same size, taste, and color. But I do notice there are differences in growth of the branches/leaves.

I only have the Red Himalayan fruits ripening and do not any of the other red long fruiting mulberry (i.e. Skinner, Taiwan Long).

If anyone has ripe mulberries, please share your photos and describe how you like the taste/flavor.

Once my mulberry trees are done with the fruits, I plan to cut them all back a lot so if there is interest, I will generate an Advance purchase list for the mulberry cuttings so it will make it easier for me to just contact you when I cut the branches and then you can pay and I will ship. There are some rare/scarce varieties that I will not be taking cuttings yet since my grafts are too small.

Here's my list of mulberries grafted on my trees. But only the ones with X will be large enough to take cuttings and share.

Since my Thai Dwarf/World's Best and Red Himalayan, White Pakistan, Australian Green, Saharanpur Local have all fruited and most are half way done ripening I will start the advance order list for cuttings:

1. To be on this Advance Order -Waiting List, here's what you must meet.
2. TFF forum member for 1 year minimun (no exception)
3. Limit of 3 cuttings max of any variety I mention. No minimum
4. Shipping cost of $10.20 (USPS small flat rate), no pickup.
5. I am limiting the number of members on the list to 10 max. You can be on more than one variety list.
6. I will check your registration date to determine yrs of membership.
7. Any member with 10yrs or more gets the cuttings for free, but pays shipping cost of $10.20

I will not be reading this post here for request to be on this list, you must send me a message and when I acknowledge you are on it, then you are good to go. When the fruits are done, I will start going in priority order of this list.

I'm going to collect any scionwood/budwood of new seedling trees/finds that you may feel tastes excellent, better than any other named varieties you tasted.

Also, if you loquat tree shows a different type of fruit shape than normal, it may be of interest to collect. I would like to include any loquats that grow giant fruits, fruits with the eye open more than others, unusual shaped fruits, fruits that bloom more than one time in a year, have multiple crops per year, very cold hardy.

I was hoping to have Adam do this for me (all my seedlings) but that didn't work out. So, for anyone who has found a new seedling tree or has grown a new seedling tree with excellent or unusual fruits, let me know.

What I will do is the following:
1) Collect 2-4 scionwood from your seedling tree.
2) Graft it on my multi-grafted tree (has 84 varieties now).
3  Next year or when it has the first fruits after i graft it, I will document the photo of your fruits.
   Take Brix measurements to log into MY comparison table.
4) Since its a seedling, you can also name the new variety and I will introduce your variety here
    by ID, photos, brix, and taste comparison to Big Jim.
5) This is open to USA residents only.

This is your opportunity to have your seedling tree (variety) recognized by the loquat collectors in our forum. Once the grafted branches grow, I will try to share some cuttings with the other forum members here. If the fruits end up not tasting good then I will not distribute any scionwood, but instead just cut off the grafted branches after 2 years (fruit twice).

Why would you want to send me free scionwood of your seedling tree?
1. This is a way for you to get your new variety named and spread to other loquat collectors.
2. It will allow you to compare the brix of your seedling variety with all the others I'm growing.
3. Once your seedling variety has fruited and turns out to be a winner, then you can sell your
    cuttings for a lot of money like the Peluche loquat (maybe?).
4. When you submit your scionwood/cuttings, let me know if you want to be the exclusive seller
     of your seedling. If you do, then I will not share/sell any cuttings from your seedling variety.


Citrus General Discussion / Seedlings from Variegated Citrus Fruits
« on: April 14, 2023, 02:46:28 PM »
Anyone growing seeds from citrus fruits that are variegated?

I remember Laaz mentioning that most of the variegated fruits seeds will end up as albino and die and only a very few varieties will not be albino. So I decided to try and germinate as many of the variegated citrus fruits I can find this year.

I have a neat variegated Satsuma fruits that I germinated seeds and all of them (100%) germinated as albino seedlings. Very interesting that the small seedlings are still alive after a few months. There were some that started to die but half of them is still alive.

If you have any variegated citrus fruits you are growing, please take a few photos of the seedlings and post it here. I have 3-5 different seedlings starting to grow so I will post them soon..

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Interesting Fruit Shapes
« on: April 14, 2023, 01:32:20 AM »
Here's some fruits that seemed interesting to me.
I purchased the Honey Pomelo fruit. The other fruits are from my trees.

I wanted to compare the taste again of the Honey Pomelo fruit and the Sumo so I bought some Sumo and tasted it as well.

I liked this Honey Pomelo fruit much better than the ones from the Asian market I purchased back in Nov-Dec that were much larger (3-5lbs each) for the Chinese Moon Festival. This Honey pomelo fruit has some sweetness, no acid/tartness, and the flesh is firm. But compared to the Sumo, it was no match, the Sumo was 2x as sweet and the flesh also has the firm texture. This Honey pomelo has a much more long neck than the ones I purchased from the Asian markets.

My lisbon lemon seems to have some weird shaped fruits on the tree, this one looks like fingers.

My p. edulis passion fruit has both the egg shaped and round shaped fruits. Taste is the same as others like the Frederick, Red Rover, Purple Possum.

If you have some strange shaped fruits, I would like to see them, please post below.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Show Your Loquat Fruits - 2023
« on: April 13, 2023, 03:58:14 PM »
Hi, does anyone have some loquat fruits starting to ripen?

If you have some fruits starting to turn yellow or are ripe, please post a photo and identify which variety it is.

I will start taking photos of my loquats that are starting to ripen now and list which varieties they are.

So far the green Peluch fruits seems to be the largest variety. My Imperiale fruits look smaller than the Peluche.

The Sunset fruits are still green but the fruit size looks smaller than many of the other varieties. Big Jim seems to be one of the earlier fruiting for me. I did have a seedling tree which had ripe fruits in January.
If you think your fruit this season is one of the largest fruits then please take a photo of the fruits on a scale so we can see who might have the largest loquat fruit for 2023.

I will be taking brix reading of all the fruits as they ripen and create a table for each variety. If you have a brix meter, please take a reading when your fruit is ripe.


It's been raining & windy here and some of my branches from the KT3 & KT9 have too many fruits hanging, so I need to trim some branches before they break off. So next week after the rain stops, I will be selling a limited quantiy of cuttings from my seedling trees to registered forum members.

I do not plan to sell any loquat cuttings this year, but due to the weather, I will share this rare selection to our members. KT3 fruit shape is elongated, large, flesh is white/light yellow. Taste is very good. KT9 fruit looks similar to Big Jim but fruit seems to be a little larger, could be a cross of Big Jim with one of the other 50 varieties that was grafted on my tree at the time I planted the seeds. KT9 has orange flesh, very sweet, some people say it is one of the best tasting, no tartness when ripe. I would rate both of these in my top 5 best tasting of the 25 seedling trees that have fruited for me.

Closed now.

It's been windy here and some of my branches from the KT1-Kosmic loquat have broken so I will have scionwood for sale this week.

I do not plan to sell this seedling variety for the rest of this year so anyone who wants it should buy it now. This tree is one of my most productive tree I have, it has so many fruits each year that I need to watch how many fruits are on each branch or it will break off.

==>  see new update on 4/16/23 below <===

Tropical Fruit Discussion / "Passiflora-quadrangularis Challenge"
« on: March 13, 2023, 09:29:25 PM »
The "Passiflora-quadrangularis Challenge" winner will get the following:

1. Winner gets to name this seedling variety.
2. Winner will receive either $50 Paypal credit (from me) or $50 worth of items when
    I sell any fruit tree cuttings. Or the choice of any 1 cutting from my loquat collection
   (81 varieties).

-> See special note below (3-23-23) on loquat variety

-> I'm not sure if our Admin will allow direct $50 payment to your account.

Here's the Challenge Rules:
1. Must be a forum member for minimum of 6 months, live in the USA.
2. You must get the cuttings of the vine from me, so I will log your username.
3. I have the right to refuse to enter anyone (if you're on my No Sell list).
4. Winner: First person who gets the cuttings and grows the first fruit must PM me, and then post here a photo of the fruit. Let us know how it tastes.
5. Challenge will go for this year and 2024 until someone gets the fruit.
6. Any questions or clarification on the rules, please post here.


If you want to get in on this Challenge, then you will need to get some cuttings from me so I can log down your name to be entered. Here's the For Sale (Free Cuttings). First come first serve for these cuttings. Once I run out, there will be no more.


I'll give additional information on this later tonight. Also will post some photos of the cuttings, size of small box and medium box cuttings.


Here's are some pointers from Hoang on best method to root/graft the cuttings, and then once it grows into a vine, how to get fruits to set.

1. To root cuttings in a pot, use a mixture of coco mix/coir and potting mix. Ratio should be 4:1. Keep temperature above 60F. Should root in 2+wks.

2. I have also rooted these cuttings in jar of water, then moved them into a pot.

3. To graft cuttings, it can be grafted on passiflora (i.e. Frederick, Red Rover). Use scion cutting with 2-3 leaf buds. After attaching to rootstock, cover with a plastic bad. This worked fine for me with Hoang's p. decaisneana.

4. Best chance for fruit, if it flowers in July/August. To force flowers you can feed manure 1/2 feet away from vine trunk.

5. To set fruits, hand pollinate with P. alata, PQML, P.decaisneana. I tried hand pollination using its own pollen and it did not set fruit.


Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / For Sale: Purple Passion Fruit vine
« on: March 12, 2023, 04:14:04 PM »
For any forum members, I have a purple passion fruit vine that I will be cutting this week.
Fruit looks similar to Frederick, but sometimes it has round fruits. Taste is similar to Frederick/Red Rover.

Cost for cuttings, $3 each.
Length of cutting depends on shipping box size below.

The two shipping option I will use is:
1. USPS priority mail, small box, $10.20 (box size is 2"x5"x8")  -> can fit maybe 4 cuttings with no leaves

2. USPS priority mail, medium box, $17.10 (box size is 11"x6"x8") -> can fit maybe 5-6 cuttings with some leaves

Sales is for this week only (3/13-3/17), ship to lower 48 states.

Paypal, Friends & Family payment.

Send me a PM if you are interested in some cuttings.

Here's the photo of the fruits.

For any forum members, I cut most of my Passiflora-quadrangularis vine down and will be giving them away, buy you will need to pay for the cost to ship. This P. quad will probably need to be hand pollinated to get fruits. I have not hand pollinated any for fruit so you can try it.

The two shipping option I will use is:  I'm changing the size of the medium box
1. USPS priority mail, small box, $10.20 (box size is 2"x5"x8")  -> can fit 7 cuttings with no leaves

2. USPS priority mail, medium box, $17.10 (box size is 12"x3"x14") -> can fit 10-12 cuttings with no leaves. Cutting length will be longer.

Sales is for this week only (3/13-3/17), ship to lower 48 states.
-> I will extend this sale to end of next week, 3/24/23. I have all the cuttings ready to pack and ship.

Paypal, Friends & Family payment.

Send me a PM if you are interested in some cuttings.

I will be posting on the discusson section about a "Passiflora-quadrangularis Challenge."
Winner will be able to name this unknown seedling variety and will win $50.

Click on this link to get more details on the Challenge, it starts now.

Here's the photo of the flowers.

I'm looking for a few cuttings of the passiflora edulis called black magic.

If you have this one, please send me a PM. I can buy 2 cuttings or if you want to trade, I have loquats, mulberries, and persimmon for trade.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Loquat ripening in February ?
« on: February 05, 2023, 02:40:27 PM »
I'm in SoCal and have one seedling loquat tree that is fruiting now, and it has some ripe fruits in February. I tasted a few ripe fruits, and it was sweet.

Anyone else have early ripening loquats on their trees?

All my other loquat varieties have green fruits, but none have ripened this early. 

I'm interested in buying the following white sapote cuttings:

1. Fairhaven -JF seedling tree of Suebelle
2. Grand - seedling of McDill
3. Sunset
4. Rainbow

I may be able to trade a few cuttings from my Super Sweet or Younghan's Gold.
If you know any nursery that carries any of them, please let me know.

For Sale::

These cuttings are from an old tree, 40+ yrs, planted in my parents yard. Fruits are non-astringent, larger than fuyu or jiro, very sweet, seedless.

I have some non-astringent asian persimmon cuttings for sale:
1. Cuttings are $5 each
2. Shipping, USPS priority mail, $10
3. Cuttings will be 1/4"-7/16" diameter, length 6"-8" long.
4. Only shipping to lower 48 states
5. Paypal payment only, For Friends and Family.

Send me a PM if interested.

I have the right to refuse sale to anyone.

Here's some photos of the fruits and cuttings.

Can anyone help me identify this fruit on the tree. It may be a grapefruit or pomelo.

I will not be able to tell what fruit yet, when it is ripe I should be able to taste it.
This fruit is interesting in that it has the pitam (tip) that I don't see in most fruits.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / close
« on: December 29, 2022, 01:56:27 AM »

Citrus General Discussion / Citrus Fruits - Ripe in SoCal December-January
« on: December 14, 2022, 03:10:28 PM »
Picked some ripe fruits this week.

Citrus General Discussion / Fingered Citron Fruit
« on: December 14, 2022, 11:51:26 AM »
Buddha's Hand citrus fruit, anyone else growing this one?

I'm not sure what use there is, maybe ornamental. If you grow this fruit, please mention how you use the fruit.

-symbol of happiness and long life, good fortune.

I grafted a few branches with the Buddha's Hand and got my first fruit this year. Here's some photos of the only fruit.  If you have fruits, please post some photos of your Buddha's Hand.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Makrut lime
« on: November 22, 2022, 06:21:56 PM »
I have a Makrut lime tree which has been giving some fruits. I know people like to use the leaves for cooking, dishes.

I wanted to ask if anyone ever use the juice from this fruit. It seems to have lots of juice in each small fruit so it is nice, but I didn't know if it can be used for anything.

Here's my fruit photos.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Yucatan Custard Apple Hybrids ?
« on: November 21, 2022, 12:45:45 AM »
Does anyone have Franks seedlings of these yucatan custard apple hybrids?

1. Uxmal rojo
2. Tizimin rojo
3. Merida amarillo

He was selling 12 seedling trees in 2020 and i wanted to see if anyone that purchased it can provide status of how their tree is doing now.

I got 2 from Frank, the Uxmal rojo and Merida amarillo, but the Uxmal died so I only have Merida now. My tree is in a pot, grew to about 5 ft tall now.

Anyone know when these seedlings would start to fruit?

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