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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Wanted different Ilama Scions
« on: February 28, 2024, 06:20:03 PM »
Catchy and interesting sounding names can help with sales. ĎMexican Roseí sounds intriguing. Now I feel like I want to try out some of its scionwood! :D

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Ilama Rosada scions
« on: February 21, 2024, 07:32:36 PM »
Just imagine if one of the grafts succeed, you are essentially getting your money back!.😁
Ilama seedlings are still rare and quite expensive. Availability of grafted ilama trees is even rarer and more likely to be even more expensive...

Well it varies...Some times I cheap out and divided a 6Ē cutting into three parts, each with a bud or two. Other times I graft a whole cutting. I like to experiment using different graft lengths for cleft grafting as I am still fairly new to different grafting methods and I need more hands on experience...
What I can say is even small 2Ē to 3Ē cleft grafts eventually failed after being grafted for a month or so. I covered some of the cleft grafts with clear, long thick zip lock bags in the hope that would help keep the grafted wound moist. I guess it works, but think the clear bags can heat up the scion wood during the middle of the day. Maybe thatís one reason why my grafts failed. My strategy had changed as this time I was using aluminum foil for the bud grafts. Seems to help as all my bud grafts are still showing signs of green...

I tried cleft grafting both cultivars and, as far as I can tell, there were no signs that any of the cleft grafts made it. My hypothesis, and itís only a hypothesis, was that the rootstock had a more difficult time keeping the whole length of a cleft graft alive. The cleft grafts would usually dried out at their tips and make their way down toward the root stock until the whole grafts withered and dried up.

One of the reasons I tried budding this time was because I figured the rootstock would need to use less energy to keep a small bud alive as opposed to having to keep a whole length of long graft alive. I just checked on them yesterday, and so far my Red Himalayan buds are holding up. Yes, I heard itís better to do budding techniques when the buds are still dormant. I am still very new to bud grafting, but I hope to make it one of my go to techniques to win over the more difficult to graft fruit types and/or cultivars...

For anyone who is on the fence of grafting difficult mulberry cultivars such as Red Himalayan and Australian Green, consider grafting using budding techniques. I have Red Himalayan budded to mulberry seedlings. Itís been a tad over 2 weeks now since I done the grafts. Last I checked they were still green. Actually some of the Red Himalayan buds had swelled up a bit...

Hint: Might want to cover those grafted buds with aluminum foil to protect them from sunlight and drying wind as well as keeping in the moisture at the tree wound of the grafts.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: ISO Kyoho grape cuttings
« on: January 30, 2024, 09:04:34 AM »
Also you might want to look at the Everest grape, the fruit of which is supposedly about twice the size of a Concord grape and is seedless! It is said to have some genetics of Kyoho grapes, so there is some potential for good taste and decent fruit quality...

Some vendors could learn a thing or two from Lanceís business model: Quick shipping, fair pricing, and accurate seed descriptions. In this tough economy of rising inflation and relatively stagnant wages, people want to feel like they are getting a good deal for their hard earned bucks. If they feel like theyíre getting cheated or manipulated on their purchases, they can bring their business elsewhere. And trust me, the plant business is more competitive now a day than even just a decade ago. Buyers now have way more options to choose from, so vendors need to step up their game or risk the possibility of being left behind! So in summary, I would like to congratulate Lance on being an awesome seller. 👍🙂

Not just a good fruit, frost hardy, and ornamental too.

Thanks for giving us hope that the NZ varieties are really as good and as productive as many fruit tree nurseries had stated!

Once I prepare and work in organic matter on a plot of land,  I hope to become the proud owner of a little pineapple guava orchard. No winter protection needed since my winter climate is mild enough for them. They are said to be hardy down to 5F, which IMHO, is amazing for a South American fruit tree...🙂

I saw slight leaf damage and some small amount of damage to stem tips at 16įF, so I think you'll see some more significant damage quite a bit higher than 5įF,  but that might be the kill threshold.

Yeah I did notice some slight leaf damages on them when my area got down to the mid to low 20s (F) during our recent freak freezes. I just mentioned the 5F because of what some literatures and nurseries had reported. Itís probably the absolute lowest temperature that their roots can handle...Even in the mid to high teens (F), I suggest they get a deep mulch of safe straw or bark to help the roots stay drier and warmer than the surrounding exposed soil...

Not just a good fruit, frost hardy, and ornamental too.

Thanks for giving us hope that the NZ varieties are really as good and as productive as many fruit tree nurseries had stated!

Once I prepare and work in organic matter on a plot of land,  I hope to become the proud owner of a little pineapple guava orchard. No winter protection needed since my winter climate is mild enough for them. They are said to be hardy down to 5F, which IMHO, is amazing for a South American fruit tree...🙂

I can sell the cuttings. Do not know when is good time to graft so I can cut on demand. Theres fruits as of now, so i can add 1/2 lb of fruits for additional  $5. Names are oval and circle for now.

Oh darn, I was hoping you would call the round one, Da Bomb and the oval one, Bazooka! 😉😛😂

Okay great, appreciate the offer!!

Hi Pau, a suggestion only but would you consider selling cuttings of those trees? Since the mother trees are on your lot, do you consider naming them if you were to graft them onto feijoa seedlings?

Ok, you guys convinced me to buy a few trees. I ended up ordering the NZ varieties (4) that Tropical Sunshine mentioned.

The Thai giant guava and Mexican cream guava have helped push for the interest of the general guava. I feel that the pineapple guava hasnít been mentioned in mainstream society as much as the former. I wish you the best of luck in planting those NZ varieties from One Green World. Perhaps your posting on the merits of each variety once it fruits could help ignite a stronger interest in the less mentioned, but equally deserving fruit as the pineapple guava...

One Green World current NZ cultivars include Anatoki, Kaiteri, Kakariki, Takaka and Waingaro. The names are rather hard to pronounce, but I heard those fruit qualities are top notch!

One Green World also sells long time favorites such as Nazametz, Unique, and Coolidge.

New Zealand breeders have found a few great cultivars, many with larger fruits and/or higher brix than your typical pineapple guavas. One Green World has a couple of them available right now.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Selling : 3 Duguetias
« on: November 08, 2023, 11:33:11 AM »
Just a guess, but Iím thinking most are more cold tolerant than soursops or sugar apples, but are a tad less cold tolerant than your typical cherimoyas...

Just a suggestion, but you may want to call it, Isan Indigo ĎMetairieí purple sugar apple.

The typical purple sugar apple has a rather inferior quality when compared to green sugar apple varieties such as Na Dai (big fruits with some weighing up to 2 lbs, chewy flesh, and fewer seeds).

Because your purple sugar apple genetic originates in the Isan region of Thailand, youíre on a good start. By the way, the Thai and the Vietnamese are madly in love with their sugar apples! Some of the best and most promising genetics originate in those countries...

I second the option to buy grafted paw paw trees at Burnt Ridge nursery; It is one of my go to nurseries for rare, hardy fruit trees.

By the way, they are currently selling named varieties of goumi plants at a good value. Goumi plants seem to be all the rave lately as they are selling faster than most nurseries can keep up with...

Durian: I am king of fruits.

Chempedak: I want to be like king of fruits.

Durian: Not a chance, you will need to smell like me first!

Chempedak: I will try! Two can play that game!  :P :D

Package arrived in a timely manner and was well packed. Looking forward to growing some Monthong durian seedlings! Iíve had nothing but good experiences at buying fresh, rare tropical seeds from Lance, thanks again!

Hey ďgĒ your trip to Hawaii to meet up with Joe Hewitt and go over his large plant collection is epic! I watched both parts of your video and they are clear and informative. Good job man and keep up the great work!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Various Plants for Sale
« on: October 08, 2023, 08:16:35 PM »
Quick shipping and great values for both the grafted Cuban fiberless and the Whitman fiberless soursop plants! Both grafts are well fused and both plants appear healthy and vibrant; Thanks for a great buying experience!

Thatís awesome that you have durio chempedak! Iím surprised Hawaii has many rare fruit genetics that you normally could only get in Southeast Asia. Years ago I could only dream of growing durio chempedak as only a few vendors from Borneo or Malaysia had them. Thanks for helping to circulate those rare genetics around the country! Variety is the spice of life as the old adage says...

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!👍😁

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!

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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