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Found a decent lemon guava at JRN 1 for $40. Still hunting for a strawberry guava. Iíll most likely ship one in this week. Thanks for everyoneís help!

Thank you! I will hit them up again. Last couple times they havenít had any. Ive gotten alot of great fruit trees there in the past.

Looking for fair sized strawberry and lemon guava trees. Anyone have any or seen any at nurseries around the Houston area? Iím trying locally before shipping them in.


Iíll have lots of Musa raja puri later this spring. They are amazing! Also recommend dwarf Brazilian. Very similar taste but a better grower and has no issues choking. Be careful there is a lot of ďfakeĒ raja puri out there.

I am a well known Musa grower/researcher and only sell true to type pups.

I have pictures on my site.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First Banana Bloom! Supposedly Blue Java
« on: January 17, 2023, 10:14:03 PM »
Dang always sucks when storms drop em. My whole farm got reset again this year! Thatís 2 (once in a lifetime winters) in 3 years! That sucks is other than that one night it hit 16f itís been really mild!

You can pretty much confirm itís the real blue java. Iím 95%+ sure. Everything looks right. Itís for sure not namwa or a Pisang awak type which is usually the ďfake bjĒ. It would have to end up being something fairly rare to look that much like bj at that stage. So your good.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Frost hardiness data for White Sapote?
« on: January 17, 2023, 09:38:23 PM »
There was a man that had one here in my zone 8b that was 30+ years old! Produced alot yearly! Sadly our winter blast couple years back killed it totally. I know it had survived around 20f with major dieback. Mine are all in a greenhouse but during our same record winter the greenhouse hit 26f and it didnít effect it at all. I plan to plant my first one/two outside this spring. I think the main thing is protecting it until it gets big. They grow super fast!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First Banana Bloom! Supposedly Blue Java
« on: January 17, 2023, 09:22:47 PM »
Itís looking like the real blue java! Congrats. I can confirm 100% as the bunch develops.

Thanks for the update! I tried again this year on mine also. Failed again. That makes me 0 for 3 total.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Abiu seedling tips needed
« on: January 17, 2023, 09:05:32 PM »
Even my largest ones were very sensitive to cold! Just like Carolinazone said. Under 50f they start to look bad! Mine havenít grown all winter.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lakatan banana
« on: January 17, 2023, 09:02:07 PM »
Be careful most all Lacatan and Lakatan here in the US is a tall cavendish variety. Another mixed up name! Actually 1 name for 2 different varieties.

Agristarts TCs the cavendish. I have verified it. I imported 2 varieties of the real Lakatan from Thailand and Cambodia several years back. They both tasted amazing! The Texas deep freeze wiped out all but 1 pup. Lost the the tall Lakatan variety. The real Asian Lakatan has orange pulp like the pictures. The cavendish doesnít. The real Lakatan bunch looks a lot like a GM bunch. Huge bend outward and slight bend sideways. Mine made truly impressive bunches! Especially for my area. If youíre interested in pictures etc just shoot me a message.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Che tree cuttings
« on: January 17, 2023, 08:54:25 AM »
I had excellent results from mine last year. Highly recommend excellent seller.

My cedar bay I got from Kevin came back from our record Feb 2021 winter here in Texas. Even a larger surinam cherry beside it died. Iíve also noticed from repotting them they donít have huge root systems. Perfect for a container plant. Havenít tasted them yet. I have a few so hope I get a good one!

Iím in East Texas and have some extra purple mangosteen seedlings and some sapodilla seedlings. Iím happy to trade for something. They were started early spring this year.

I have a few SH-3640 pups.

Would be happy to sell or trade. Everything I sell/trade has been verified and 100% be careful a lot of Musa is mixed up. Especially the rare stuff.

Ty Taylor

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Mandarin melon berry aka che
« on: July 20, 2022, 10:13:34 AM »
It was earlier this year in May. Very easy to root. I just keep them very lightly moist in my banana potting mix (rice hulls, composted pine bark, and perlite). A clear plastic cup on top for added humidity. Rooted and growing well in my propagation greenhouse under 70% shade cloth. 

Iíll break the tie. Texas has the best citrus!! Lol Iím just kidding. Iíve tasted amazing Valencia oranges years ago in FL as well as amazing navel oranges from CA. I believe that good growing conditions and care can make excellent citrus fruit in most warmer climates. Home grown has always been best for me. I know what goes into it and can pick them ripe not green.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Mandarin melon berry aka che
« on: July 18, 2022, 08:29:26 PM »
I got a couple cuttings from achetadomestica and both rooted easily using dip n grow. They send amazing cuttings. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mysore vs Raja Puri vs Pisang Raja
« on: July 02, 2022, 02:17:40 PM »
Raja puri is a great banana. It does have a similar taste to Brazilian and is closely related to it. I find the raja puri has more of a ďtropicalĒ taste to it. Both taste amazing.

Musa manzano and musa Pisang raja are totally different varieties. And have very different tastes.

Manzano is an AAB genome silk subgroup banana. Very popular in south and Central America. Also known as ďapple bananaĒ. Not to be confused with the true HI apple banana Brazilian. It is quite astringent and very tart until it is totally ripe where it is very sweet.

Pisang raja also an AAB genome but from Asia. Mostly Indonesia and the Philippines. It is harder to grow for me here in TX. I have fruited them a couple times and they make a similar looking fruit to manzano but the fruit itself is dark yellowish orange almost like an iholena. Very sweet even under-ripe! The true Pisang raja is quite rare. Iíve seen a lot of plants sold as Pisang Raja that were actually mysore, manzano, and others.

Musa Velutina is considered a diploid musa Rhodochlamys. Musa balisiana is an Eumusa. Itís not impossible but bananas are hard to bred in general for me. It would be more fun if you have any seedless edible banana flowering to try taking the balisiana pollen from the male flowers and breeding freshly opened female flowers. I find itís best to do in the early morning. Iíve bred a few musa ornamentals but find the seeds are very hard to germinate. Even using embryo rescue in vitro. Most embryos just donít develop. I have flowered 2 of my successful musa ornate crosses sadly to get the exact same color as the parent lol. My luck. Itís fun though. Give it a try!

Ty Taylor.

That is a Musa balbisiana wild banana. It is the B genome of modern hybrid bananas. They do have a good taste but not much pulp. About 80% seeds 20% pulp. Some places they will harvest them really early and boil them or pickle them. The seeds will still be white, soft, and underdeveloped. Itís known as ďwild plantainĒ itís known more as an ďemergency foodĒ now days though.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: seeds
« on: May 16, 2022, 09:02:41 PM »
Very impressed. Most seeds were sprouted and some of the best scions Iíve ever received!

Got mine today. Looks awesome. Thanks for another great plant Kevin

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Most Cold Hardy Dragonfruit?
« on: May 14, 2022, 08:43:53 PM »
My yellow variety I started from a piece of plant attached to a fruit from an Asian market. It survived our early 2021 insane record winter here in Texas. We lost power and water for 2 weeks so my main greenhouse got down to 26f. I had a little dieback. Maybe 10%.

Iíll keep track of my success and failures of each variety and method and report back here on the forum. Iím usually fairly good at getting cuttings of things to root. Even rooted jujube cuttings and finger lime awhile back. Some things seem to be a lot easier than others.

Great info! Thank you. Yes my plans are to keep them either potted or planted inside the greenhouses and safe. Later taking my own cuttings and moving some of the more tolerant ones outside as a test.

Thank you for sharing your experience.

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