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It seems like deciduous trees donít like me...Apple, peach, pear, cherry, and quince cuttings they dry up and wither in our hot and humid climate, despite the cuttings being placed in indirect light. If you can get those cuttings to root, then your growing skill can likely net you a few rooted Australian Green cuttings!👍😁

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Rare Subtropical Seedlings For Sale
« on: September 28, 2023, 12:26:53 PM »
From my experience...

Kadsura cocinnea will grow in full sun in a mild climate (Highs in the 70s-80s(F) and lows in the 60s-50s (F), such as coastal SoCal and certain regions of the Mediterranean).

Otherwise, it prefers/appreciates being grown under dappled shade in hot climates (Highs in the 100s-90s(F) and lows in the 80s-70s(F) with high humidity, such as South Texas, South Florida, lowland Puerto Rico, etc...)

Most are very prone to root rot (makes sense considering they like to inhabit mountain slopes in Southeast Asia and Southern China). So avoid growing them in wet, muddy soil...

Once established, they are surprisingly quite resilient!

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It is folks like Kaz who make TFF such a great place to learn and succeed as plant enthusiasts, thanks again!

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Thanks Kaz for providing fresh, healthy mulberry cuttings! In the previous order, Iíll give you an update...

The Black Pakistan cuttings were rooted. No leaf growth yet, but I did the scratch test on the bark and most are still green.

The Red Himalayans were grafted. To my surprise, most are still green and a couple of leaf buds on a few cuttings are showing signs of growth.

Now the bummer part. Not sure if it has to do with rootstock and scion compatibility issues or my grafting technique, but already many Australian Green grafts have dried out. It appears Australian Green variety is even more finicky at grafting than the White Shahtoot variety. I think I would like to try a few more Australian Green cuttings and, hopefully, I can get that bad boy to graft successfully...

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Give away of Kepel Seeds
« on: September 22, 2023, 05:28:30 PM »
One of the few times I care to admit where lurking on the forum can pay off big time, thanks! 😁

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Longan Scions for Sale ---Closed
« on: September 13, 2023, 08:10:08 AM »
Yeah in Asia the tiny, wrinkly seeds are usually referred to as chicken tongues due to the resemblance. Anyhow, from what I can tell from the description it appears to bear some resemblance to Kohala longans, with a crop having a mixture of regular and chicken tongue seeds and tends toward alternate bearing...Its fruits are also quite delicious!

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You canít go wrong with Maha Chanok and Orange SherbetóMy 2 favorite mangos!!!
Got the chance to eat several Maha Chanok and yes sir it definitely lives up to the hype as one of the best tasting mangos that Thailand has to offer. Although I have yet to try an Orange Sherbet mango, I do believe the hype. Take one look at that mango and the mango will tell you, ďCheck me out, Iím world class baby!Ē You donít normally find these mangos in your local suburban supermarkets!

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Longan Scions for Sale
« on: September 12, 2023, 10:25:57 AM »
Can you give me some of the merits of the Sakip longan?
Iím looking for varieties with a good number of fruits with ďchicken tongueĒ seeds and also high productivity is a plus. Land is at a premium so if Iím going through the trouble of watering, weeding, and feeding, just need to know Iím getting a decent return for my investment, thanks!

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Whoa, that was pretty fast. 😯😅

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I may want to get some achacha selecto seeds.
What about ďSingaporeĒ jack fruit, is it the crunchy type or is it the chewy type?
Iím a big fan of crunchy jackfruits with few latex...

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Of all my varieties, this Red Himalayan is the monster tree, can grow super fast and large.

Since they are among the fast and large growing mulberries, perhaps they could be a good alternative to hybrid willows for those who need a wind break in a short amount of time. A big plus to having excellent fruits.

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Donít you just love mulberries?!?
They are able to be grafted onto each other quite easily. Wish more fruit trees are that compatible...

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Wow, just imagine how many Red Himalayan grafts can be created from those ďexcess branchesĒ!
You can start a grove, a Red Himalayan mulberry u-pick farm!👍😁

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Yangmei (Morella/Myrica rubra) thread
« on: August 06, 2023, 09:23:56 PM »
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I've had way better success just planting the seeds, endocarp and all, and letting them go through winter outside and sprout in late spring.

I agree...Sometimes the best way to plant a rare, stubborn seed is to just plant it in the ground, keep it relatively moist, and give it some time and be patient. Like most expensive wine require time and patience to get to that desirable level,  so do difficult seeds. Give nature a chance to give it a nudge and wake it up! Our fast paced society wants it bigger, faster, and stronger. But I think nature takes her own time!.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Ilama seeds
« on: August 02, 2023, 09:59:09 AM »
Hey, thanks for the link to the short Youtube video!

Perhaps once the seedlings appear, I can show them the video, saying something like, ďThere goes your mother plant, ainít she a thing of beautyĒ!😉😛😂

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We are out of space and cannot add anymore trees.

Yup, when some people are fine at paying $2500 a month for an itsy bitsy studio apartment in NYC, us fruit enthusiasts would prefer to be out and about enjoying the pristine air of the great outdoor. A reasonable number of us are also looking for more land to feed our seemingly endless desire for fruit tree varieties...👍😁

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Governor plum seed try to outdo orange Luc seed when it comes to how long can it last inside moist coco coir!😅


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Thank you for the link to your video Benjamin. I see your place received some much needed rain. Well Iím happy to say that my area had just received some much needed rain too. 2+ months of hot, muggy weather without hardly any actual rain in the forecast can make you ask the question of why have a garden in the first place. But when the rain finally arrives and the temperature begins to somewhat moderate and you finally got the chance to pick a 1.5 pound Thai giant guava, then youíll remember why itís worth it...

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Wow, nice collection Benjamin; Good luck with the sale!!
Canít believe you can grow all those cool tropicals in cool and rainy PNW (in a greenhouse nevertheless)...Iíll trade a few months of your weather with my hot, humid weather so I can easily grow me some yacon plants! Yacons are suffering in this crazy 100F and 80% humidity, ughhh...

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Ilama seeds
« on: July 24, 2023, 07:24:27 PM »
Received some awesome fresh ilama seeds; I feel there will be a decent germination rate in this batch. Great seller, thanks!!

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A ripe, fragrant fruit with a highly praised delicious taste, the seeds of which could survive in moist coco coir for a year and still be viable? Sounds like a winner in my book...👍

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Yangmei (Morella/Myrica rubra) thread
« on: July 06, 2023, 12:35:06 PM »
Wanted to say that after talking with many people and doing trials myself, I now come to the conclusion that yangmei will do well in zones 8 and up. Now I don't know the max though as chill hours seem to be required. I know many people who are hesitant to try yangmei down in south FL and PR as the lack of chill hours may be a problem. Now, there are many cultivars, so I think it's only a matter of time till we find one that does well in tropical climates.

Since yangmei is historically native to the Southern Chinese provinces of Guangdong and Guangxi, near Vietnam, and interestingly enough, those provinces also happen to be the native habitats of the venerable lychee! So what am I trying to get here? Since lychee trees are known to grow and fruit in some areas of South Florida, I think itís only a matter of time when yangmei will begin to adapt to the South Florida climate like their next door neighbor, the lychee...

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Oh wow, if you didnít tell me the orange fruit was an olosapo, I would have thought that you placed a mango pit to the left of the cinnamon apple fruits! Upon closer inspection, it is indeed a ripe olosapo (with a shape and the color that look like a mano pit)!

My olosapo plant unfortunately perished during the  Christmas Freeze of 2022. Wish I can get access to a few seeds or seedlings. I heard olosapo is underrated in some regions. Itís definitely one of the tropical fruits that I want to try out...

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Inga laurina seeds
« on: June 30, 2023, 10:23:40 AM »
Ha, at first glance I thought they were small bananas!
Nice looking inga beans btw...

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Maprang & "Red" Chempedak
« on: June 29, 2023, 10:10:54 PM »
Yeah I think you may be able to succeed, and I think you need to be a pretty dedicated zone pusher to achieve the level of success that would enable it to get to fruiting age...I feel like it wants to be placed in a bubble of tropical mountainous terrain of eternal SpringóTemperature hovering around 75-80F with mostly humid air.

And kapps, I am very interested to see how your grafting turns out. If grafting a chempedak onto jackfruit seedlings can actually increase cold hardiness and resistant to root rot, then that sounds like a good idea. Jackfruit seeds germinate readily from store bought fresh jackfruits at local Asian supermarkets.

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