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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Custom Nursery Boxes
« on: May 11, 2021, 10:55:01 AM »
I've been trying to find shipping inserts in order to be able to securely hold my plants in their boxes.  If anyone who has a small nursery is interested in trying to go in on an order of inserts let me know!

I just got a package from Annies Annuals that had this awesome 6 spot 4" plant holder. It was really well designed.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Myrtaceae
« on: May 06, 2021, 02:08:39 PM »
Well, I know I shouldn't do rainforest plums (E. candolleana) or cloves (S. aromaticum). Any other recommendations of what I should avoid/try (jaboticaba perhaps?)? Thanks!
The rainforest plums (E. candolleana) grows fine here.
Sundrop (E. victoriana) and Blue jaboticaba on the other hand are pretty hard to impossible.

It's funny you say that! All my candolleana have died in the hoop house, and my Eugenia victoriana didn't even defoliate!  I do have a blue jabo that hasn't had leaves in about 6 or so months though haha

I heard that they are sweet and pleasant although not a whole lot to eat.  Definitely interesting enough to look at that it certainly has some value in culinary uses.  Very stoked to be seeing this around more in peoples gardens.

I think it's really all about making sure you have fresh seeds. I had purchased some seeds two years ago that you could see were not viable upon arrival.  Although, this time I had nearly 95% germination. Germination was very easy and a couple days before the 40 day expected germination time.  There is a facebook group, ' Kadsura - 黑老虎 ' that has some good info from people who are more familiar with the plant.

I treat them as I treat most of my seeds; in a tupperware container, coco coir medium dampened, sealed lid until first germinants start to show, crack the lid slightly until cotyledons show, when cotyledons show gradually work lid off, moving it to allow more air in over a span of 3 or 4 days. When you remove the plants to a new container depends greatly on what genus/species you are working with but kadsura seemed good until first true leaves started to show.

The plants seem pretty vigorous, might have to start up potting out of 4" soon (prices & shipping increase) :(

Green, Oval and Ice White Kadsura are now 42$.

Shaka brah!

I was noticing some dying back of the tips of the plants so I went ahead and clipped them all to graft onto some M. californica.  I left rootstock & a bit of graft in most cases and plan to wrap those in tape.  I'll probably just be doing cleft grafts.

 I just got 4, 5 gallon M. californica to try and graft a few of each type onto.  They are a pretty common tree in nurseries here in Northern california. 

I like the holes in the lower parts of the pots, seems like some things that don't like sitting in excess water would enjoy that. 

Thanks again for all your work on making this happen! And to K-rimes for making it down to San Diego for the Norcal Group.  Most people are picking up their plants this saturday and everyone should have their plants by that point.  Most of the plants look good! I broke a graft and was wondering how they grafted it.  Does it look like an approach graft to anyone else, or a peeling the bark back graft?

BIQI definitely look like the healthiest of the bunch.

Thanks again!


Chris, send me an email. I got you

The suspense!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Wanted: Feijoa Cultivars
« on: April 25, 2021, 08:28:16 PM »
Hey Nate  -
I bought 1g Apollo and Kaiteri from One Green World over the winter and they're still pretty small but Apollo especially grows like a weed. I'd probably have some of that for you in a couple of months. Also, several weeks back another member here was kind enough to swap me some of their Mammoth for Albert's Supreme that I had. The jury is still out on my grafts of that but give me a shout if you would like their contact info.



Looks like I missed out on all the NZ cultivars being offered by one green world, but awesome to see them with the NZ cultivars.  I'm definitely interested in Apollo and Kaiteri.  I have some alberts supreme and some 8ball grafts but didn't label them so not sure which is which... haha. I guess time will tell maybe.

I have a lead on someone who has all of the cultivars so i'll keep you posted.


Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Wanted: Feijoa Cultivars
« on: April 25, 2021, 01:09:57 PM »
Hey how's it going?

I have a ton of Feijoa ready to be grafted and have been trying to get my hands on some of the New Zealand cultivars. Does anyone have any? 

Thank you!


Yeah in a dream world our soil would be innoculated but the plants do not have an obligate association with Frankia spp.

I use AM Leonard Vinyl Tags and a Brother P touch label maker.  It is awesome and is super efficient for labeling. You also have control to put QR codes, simple pictures, and an abundance of information.

Seller said the roots are wrapped in something to keep them moist.

OK the trees will arrive Thursday evening - not a great timing as it takes time to get an appointment with USDA. It means that likely the trees won't be cleared by UDSA before Monday. I am working with a customers broker to get the trees ASAP.

I spent a lot of time dealing with the seller/different customs brokers and even USDA back and forth... lots of lessons learned...

Sorry for lack of more frequent updates. The process is very stressful (many steps could go wrong) as it involves so many peoples' hope and money. I hope for the best and will keep you updated.

Thanks beicadad!

I am totally interested! I'd love some. Are you growing the 'Egyptian Walking Onion'?

Ahh that totally makes sense.  I think six months seems like a pretty reasonable amount of time. 
Is it possible to unlock individual posts at the request of the Original Poster if six months is passed?

Thanks Murahilin

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WANTED : CAS guava tree
« on: April 18, 2021, 12:30:12 PM »
Hey onur, ill be selling 4" potted seedlings on my website in a month or so.

Thanks for the update beicadad!

In regards to transportation, do you have any idea on how they will be coming into the US? Will the roots be bagged, in a medium to keep them moist, or will it be a bundle of sticks and roots as is commonly seen in bare root stone fruit distributors?

K-rimes and I have been talking about the best way to transport them.  I don't have a truck shell, but I have a tarp and a cargo net that I frequnetly used to transplant plants on freeways to my farm.  I am thinking I will load the plants in and cover the roots with how ever many bags of potting soil (that I'll later use for potting up) necessary, watering it in slightly and getting on my way back to the Bay Area. Any thoughts are appreciated.   

Bump bump bump

Still no word from mods or admins? 

I see Bellamytrees is capable of editing his original post. Any updates on a fix for this?


Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Unlocking nursery thread?
« on: April 14, 2021, 09:55:05 PM »
Yeah good point. That secure server switch maybe changed things up. 

Thanks bsbullie, I'm trying to unlock the very first post though so I can keep a thread like Marcos, to list my new offerings in the first post.

Thank you both!

Sorry to post this here but I've reached out to three admins and can't seem to reach anyone (blocked by FFF?).

I'm trying to open my nursery thread's original post to post as required by the forum rules, although my initial post is locked.  Can any admins help me out?



I believe K-rimes is picking up for people on the Central Coast, yeah? 

I'll be picking up plants for people on the way northern end of the Central Coast (Monterey Bay Area) and SF Bay Area.  Please reach out to me if you want me to get your plants. I believe everyone has reached out except knlim.


How's it going TFF?

I have some really beautiful seedlings that have sized up and are ready for sale! Check out my website for some more information and to purchase.

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