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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seedling Mango tree thread
« on: March 02, 2023, 02:27:35 PM »
The trees on the slope fruited faster than those downhill.
How many years and how large the trees to fruit? Why top work them -- don't like the honey sweet Okrung? I like them.

6 years on the slope, 7 downhill. I'm not sure exactly how tall but I'd say about 6-7 feet on the slope and perhaps 10 feet downhill. I'm not sure if they're actually Okrung but I also have a 3 year old Okrung seedling so I hope to compare them properly someday. However, as nice as they are, I'm looking for other varieties otherwise all the trees will be pretty much the same.

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / WTB: CITRUS SEEDS MIX
« on: March 01, 2023, 02:33:50 AM »

Would anyone consider selling a mix of fresh citrus seeds? I'm new to citrus growing and it's hard to get grafted trees or scions so I'd like to try growing from seed. I'm not looking for anything exotic. The seeds would be sent to Texas (and I don't know the rules about this).

Thank you!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seedling Mango tree thread
« on: February 28, 2023, 04:20:30 AM »
Wow! I can't believe I'm just reading this thread now. I should've been doing this a long time ago! Still, better late than never.

I grew seedlings from my mom's mango tree. In my country, we call it the "German mango" (don't know why). It's polyembryonic, definitely Indo-Chinese and may actually be the Okrung because they taste very alike. My yard has a slope so I scattered the seedlings around the property because I didn't know which area would be best to grow them. It turns out that the ones downhill have grown very large but always have diseased leaves while the ones on the slope (unfortunately, just a couple) are much smaller and don't have as many fungal issues (I'm in the hot and humid tropics so fungi is more or a less part of life here). The trees on the slope fruited faster than those downhill.

Anyway, I was hoping to topwork most of the trees but I think I'll just uproot the ones downhill and restart on the slope, using seedlings (scions are quite hard to get and they probably won't even arrive in the best shape). I do hope someone will be happy to sell me some polyembryonic and disease-resistant fruit/seeds when the mango season arrives. This is so exciting!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Safou edible raw? Dacryodes edulis
« on: January 18, 2023, 11:34:39 AM »
Hi Cassowary, we usually don't eat safou after it has ripened on its own, but I can understand the taste description/preference. Soaking it in hot water is a quick way to go but it seems to make it taste a bit more sour. I prefer to dry-roast it in a hot pan (I even keep a special frying pan for that). It cuts down on the sour taste and emphasizes the buttery smoothness. Most snack sellers just toss it on an open wood grill for a few minutes with similar effects. I particularly like it when the skin is a little charred and crisp. Good times! But to each his own.

Pity about the shelf life though; I've known it all my life and I still can't figure out how to make it last beyond a couple of days. It's always good to hear from people who are enjoying safou off the continent.

No, I'm afraid the courier doesn't offer that kind of service. I'll see what I can do. Thanks very much for the advice.

Wow! I didn't know that. Unfortunately, I don't live in the US and I need them sent to a courier who can bring it to my country. I really wish I had as easy access to some of these plants as you describe!


Does anyone have purple ube bulbils available for sale please? Shipping will be to Houston TX.

Thank you!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit Trees with high ornamental value
« on: November 23, 2022, 03:50:19 PM »
Breadfruit/Bread Nut trees.

I got seeds from Sadhu and they fruited in 4 years (but Im in a hot and humid tropical zone). Theyre very tough trees. One was chewed down by pests, another burnt out by a fire and they both still came back. It has a slight aftertaste of rum, by the way. Very unexpected.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hurricane Ian Prep
« on: September 28, 2022, 06:36:30 AM »
Please be safe everyone out there. Please!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Achacha Seeds
« on: September 14, 2022, 02:15:07 AM »
I feel compelled to jump on this thread, especially given my recent experiences on the forum. I think what happened was that this seller probably adjusted their price on Etsy (although the description still reads one seed and they may want to correct that). So some good has, arguably, come from this thread.

I've spent quite a bit of time on this forum recently and I have to say that the majority of people here seem to have an innate generosity that holds the forum together and I think that was the whole point of even starting the site. I have had excellent transactions with a few people here and have learnt a ton for free from many others who willingly and generously contribute their time and expertise. Perhaps because Nature is often bountiful, it permeates those who genuinely work with it. So thank you to everyone who contributes to keep this forum going. I would especially like to thank those who work hard to keep us on the strait and narrow. :)

Thanks to Lance, I received seeds of some of the plants I've been wanting to grow for a very long time, and then some! The seeds arrived all the way to me in Africa in excellent shape, with some of them already sprouting. Lance never disappoints and I have to "call him out" on his immense patience and kindness. Thank you so much!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: seeds
« on: September 14, 2022, 01:52:59 AM »
My seeds arrived in excellent condition. Every time I buy seeds from Mike, I'm blown away by his generosity. I can't thank you enough for your patience and professional service. I'm looking forward to fruiting my seeds some day. Thank you so very much, Mike!

Seeds received all the way in Africa. I also want to highlight Shiloh's generosity in sending me far more than I asked for. He's proof that there are good people in this world. Thank you so much!

I received far more passion fruit cuttings than I paid for and they arrived still fresh and green after a very long trip. Thank you so much Kevin, both for your skill and your generosity.

My Pulasan seeds arrived almost all sprouted. Thank you very much, Kyle.

Cuttings received in great condition. Many had sprouted on the long trip. Thank you very much, D-Grower.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Fresh star fruit seeds
« on: September 14, 2022, 01:39:35 AM »
Received my seeds in good condition, even after a very long trip. I look forward to tasting the fruit someday. Thank you so much D-Grower.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best commercial papayas out there?
« on: August 24, 2022, 04:43:42 AM »
Thank you for bringing this up, Soren. We have year round papaya here but all my life I've always eaten them as a last resort and under duress. I'll definitely look out for these suggested varieties. Thanks again.


This happened to me last year too. I even gave the banana plant pride of place in my yard, only to find that it was a Nam Wah. Lesson learnt, moving on. But I still like Wellspring's plant variety and the small size is convenient for shipping.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Marang
« on: June 10, 2022, 12:51:00 PM »
First year fruiting? How many on a tree?
Flowering since few years. But, male flowers only.
This is the first time I am seeing a female flower and it held.

Mine has been flowering like that for 2 years! I was starting to worry but now I feel better. Thanks for sharing and congratulations!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WTB Shampoo ginger Rhizomes!
« on: June 06, 2022, 11:43:19 AM »
I bought some very good rhizomes from a seller on Etsy in 2019. I can see she's still selling them but the price is nearly double.

Thank you for the Eugenia seeds. They arrived in very good shape.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: seeds
« on: June 06, 2022, 11:13:13 AM »
My seeds arrived sprouted and in excellent shape as usual. Thank you very much.

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