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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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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Maprang & "Red" Chempedak
« on: June 29, 2023, 09:09:19 PM »
Chempedak is the stinky cousin of the jackfruit. If you like durian, as I tend to, you could possibly fall in love with its special funky aroma, lol.

Unfortunately, from personal experience, a chempedak seedling is one of the most difficult tropical plants to grow in a subtropical climate. I had personally seen the leaves begin to wilt at just the slightest dip of the mercury to the mid 50s (F). And if that weakness alone isnít enough, it is also highly prone to root rot. The growing medium should be an above average well draining mix to even have a chance at growing that ultra tropical. On the flip side, like its hardier cousin the jackfruit, fruiting can take as little as 5-7 years. There are even rumors of seedlings in prime condition beginning to flower in 3-4 years...

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Oh okay...The more you research, the more you know!  :D

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Cool, I didnít know the Japanese from the mainland are beginning to show an interest in yangmei just as much as some Americans!

I just have the feeling that some unscrupulous company will try to patent this species (as companies had done to some other fruits in the past) and tout it as the next Ďfruit of the immortal.í

Soon we will begin to see yangmei supplement pill, yangmei workout powder, and yangmei juice at your local Wal-Mart, Kroger, Costco, etc...lol.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Plinia inflata seeds
« on: June 22, 2023, 10:46:28 AM »
What do the fruits taste like? Thanks in advance...

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking for bulk imbe seeds
« on: June 22, 2023, 08:15:44 AM »
It appears that imbe seeds are currently still in high demand...They donít stay around in an active ad for too long before people start to snatch them up. Although I never ate one, I tend to think of it as looking like a tropical version of a subtropical loquat. Lance, please post an ad for some imbe if you can find a source! 😁
Going to get 300 more imbe. If you would like a few seeds, just cover shipping and it's on me.

Much appreciated, thanks! 👍🙂

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking for bulk imbe seeds
« on: June 16, 2023, 07:58:46 AM »
It appears that imbe seeds are currently still in high demand...They donít stay around in an active ad for too long before people start to snatch them up. Although I never ate one, I tend to think of it as looking like a tropical version of a subtropical loquat. Lance, please post an ad for some imbe if you can find a source! 😁

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Growing Maqui berry in the desert
« on: June 13, 2023, 09:09:43 PM »
One thing I notice about growing seaberry in our oppressive summeróYou better treat them with as much TLC as you can reasonably provide because let me tell you, once a seaberry plant begins to lose its leaves in the heat, it is pretty much a goner. High temperature/humidity combined with a soggy soil is not good for its root system...

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Growing Maqui berry in the desert
« on: June 13, 2023, 09:01:38 PM »
Yeah I just bought some seaberry plants online, so they are essentially like first year seedlings trying to adapt to the sweltering heat and humidity of the Deep South, lol!
I hope to get a few of the resilient plants through our harsh summer and hopefully by next year they will become a little better adapted to this climate...


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Seeds arrived quickly and in top notch condition. Shiloh is one of the most reliable and trustworthy sellers on TFF, thanks a lot!

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