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Itís been a while since Iíve been on TFF... but #Coronacation has me spending more time in my yard again.

Iíve got a couple jabos in the qround - and in the last couple years Iíve only had ONE fruit!  That was years ago, and that jabo hasnít event flowered since.    Meanwhile, my largest (now over 6í tall) jabo keeps flowering but I have yet to see a single fruit.  Any ideas?

The flowers opened up - I counted about 20 - and have wilted away without fruit set.

Temperate Fruit Buy, Sell, & Trade / WTB/WTT Low-Chill apple scions
« on: April 13, 2018, 07:17:41 PM »
I in Clairemont and have a Granny Smith apple on dwarf stock that is very healthy and produces a decent crop every year - but I'm not a huge fan of Granny Smith apples.  I'm looking to graft some other varieties onto this tree - preferably varieties that have done well in San Diego.

I'm happy to pay for scions or trade.

Please send me a PM.



Anyone have sugar apple growing in San Diego and about to prune?  I'm looking for sugar apple scions - my seedling cherimoya is waking up right now and I want to take advantage and graft onto it.

Any sugar apple sticks would be great.

Please PM me.  Thanks in advance,


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Rooting Eugenia Uniflora (Surinam cherry)
« on: March 11, 2018, 07:28:15 PM »
Do cuttings of Surinam Cherry root easily?

I've grown a bunch of Pitanga from seed - but it takes forever... and I haven't found a whole lot of info about rooting cuttings.  Has anyone here done it?  Is is faster than seeds or air layers?  What is the best method?  (Highest success rate, fastest to root and fruit)?

I'm trying a test in both soil and water.  I built a cloning kit several years ago (air pots, misters on short interval timer, lighting, etc) that has worked for a number of plants - but it's down right now.  If cuttings work for Eugenia uniflora, I may set it back up again... I've decided I really like this tree in the landscape.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Help with ID - possibly a Eugenia?
« on: March 04, 2018, 08:40:02 PM »
Anyone have an idea of what this might be?

I found it in a small container with a pitanga (surinam cherry) I planted several years ago.  Sometimes when I have seeds that don't germinate, I put them into pots with other plants.  In this case, there was a label in the container - but it was sun faded and I couldn't make out a single letter.  I repotted into its own 1gal container, but want to label it with something other than "mystery" if possible.

Any help figuring out what this might be is appreciated...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Lemon - deformity
« on: February 17, 2018, 05:13:47 PM »
I was thinking about adding some more citrus to my yard this year, including Buddha's hand.... but then I found this on my lemon tree today.  It's the only "deformed" fruit out of 50+ currently on the tree.  what gives?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Help with Inga ID please
« on: February 17, 2018, 04:08:59 PM »
I have this one Inga remaining from 3 different types of Inga fruit I received several years ago... can't find my notes on the fruit, and I moved the seedlings around so many times there is no way my notes would have held up anyway.  Two of the fruits (pods) were long, one was short and fat... again, no idea which this seedling came from.  It was about 8' tall before I topped it and cut back some of the branches.  Hope someone can help ID.

Assuming this is a eugenia because of where it was in my collection, but no idea which one.  The handwritten label faded in the sun and I can't find my notes.


Got these seeds labeled as "Spirito Santensis" (correct spelling is Spirito Sanctensis is that what this is?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Can you help me ID this Inga?
« on: November 16, 2014, 01:29:05 PM »
Growing these from seed, but no idea what variety.  Any idea which Inga this is?

Thanks in advance,

Looking to get this as a birthday present to myself before end of this month.

Champas is out... Anyone have any other leads?

If so, please PM me.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Fall colors in San Diego
« on: September 27, 2014, 03:53:40 PM »
Just walked outside and grabbed a few fruit... and then snapped a picture.  The red, green and yellow is a sure sign of fall.

(clockwise from top: yellow lemon guava, manila mango, frederick passion fruit, granny smith apple, nazemetz feijoa)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Please help ID these two Jaboticabas
« on: September 27, 2014, 02:52:40 PM »
Prince of Plinia? Anyone?

I have two small jabos (approx 3.5 -4 ' tall).  Not sure which variety they are and if they are the same.  Any help would be appreciated as I plan to add more soon and also want to get nametags made for them.

Thank you,

Tropical Fruit Discussion / ID Jabos - Brazil
« on: August 31, 2014, 10:11:06 PM »
Here are some jabos I ran across while in Brazil - could use some help identifying them.

Store bought fruit. 1 kilo.  Guessing there were a couple of varieties.  All were very dark in color.  Some had thick skin and others were very thin.

Uncle's tree  Had a couple of flowers only.  He had no idea what variety

Aunt's tree #1  Had a couple of flowers only.  Fruit has a stem.  New growth is red.

Aunt's tree #2  Distinctly different.  More flowers.  Fruit has no stem and not perfectly round.

Restaurant tree  Fruit was red, very tasty, very thin skin.

Roadside nursery  Trees were 10-12' tall, very little flowering.  Was told they were all sabara.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Brazil Trip 2014 - photos
« on: August 31, 2014, 09:51:43 PM »
Here are some photos from most recent trip to Brazil, got back this morning.  Spent half the time in Rio and the other half in Espirito Santo.  I wasn't expecting to find much fruit, but was happy with what I did run across.  Also managed to get some seeds back this time (last year DFW Customs took my seeds and forwarded to APHIS via FedEx - and they went missing; FedEx paid me for the mistake, but it didn't make up for the loss of time)

Jaca (Mole) - courtesy of this uncle - eaten raw and made into a juice

Jaca & Acaca Una fruit - frozen - used for juices

Araca Una - the trees on left and right

Carambola - mother-in-law's tree had a couple fruit and was flowering

Papaya - we planted last July from seed, already 10' tall, but some strange looking fruit

Cannonball - I decided to pick a small cannonball, the kids tried to use it as a soccer ball

Bananas - another uncle has a farm with more than a dozen types of bananas

Palmito - his neighbor has a palmito plantation, we ate the palmito with our BBQ... I'm not a fan

Maracuja / passion fruit - my brother in law had this growing on his fence... sweet pulp, looks like papaya

Araza - can you help identify this one?  Close to psidium guineense, flesh is orange, sweet (banana/pineapple) with just a bit of acidity

Jaboticabas - I found a couple different trees with fruit and bought a kilo at the market (separate thread for help ID'ing jabos)

Icecream - Awesome selection of icecream in tropical flavors.  I had jaca this time.

The seed haul - And they made it back this time!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / BIG tropical white guava
« on: January 11, 2014, 05:01:19 PM »
I just went down to water some of my trees since it's been so hot here... and saw a guava had ripened up.  Ended up picking two of them.  Usually they're about the size of a golfball, maybe a bit bigger.  These were HUGE in comparison.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / My first Cherimoya of the season...
« on: November 06, 2013, 10:21:20 PM »
I just picked my first cherimoya from the Campas tree... I decided to weigh it as well, figuring it would be about a pound.  To my surprise, it weighed in at over a pound and a half.  Can't wait to eat it this weekend.

Here it is on the tree last week...

freshly picked this afternoon (easier to see color in natural light)...

and on the scale.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Annona seed ID help + a couple photos from yard
« on: November 02, 2013, 07:46:45 PM »
Can anyone help ID these annona seeds?  Came from an alleged Cherimoya in Ventura, but the fruit was very small for Cherimoya (slightly larger than a tennis ball) and had a horrible flavor - sorry, forgot to take photo of fruit.  It was black by the time it got to me.  The seeds of all Cherimoya I have collected have been almost black in color (very dark brown)... these are a light tan color... hard to tell due to poor lighting, but consider that the feijoa is a medium green and shows in the photos below as very dark green.

Seeds from unknown annona...

Cherimoya (almost ripe in hand)...

Nazemetz Feijoa... just picked...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Feijoa - today's harvest
« on: September 08, 2013, 05:04:58 PM »
Collected 60+ fruit today from the ground around one of the shrubs... ate more than 10 and there are 51 in the photo below (including the one in hand)... quality is good+ (better than last year, NO hint of "perfume", not sure why the difference).

These are some of (couldn't get to all of them) the fruit that had already fallen...

Fruit were collected from the shrub on the left.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango grafting
« on: August 31, 2013, 01:30:48 PM »
I'm looking for some advice on mango grafting... I got a few seedlings going now, basically looking for best practices on:

1) When to graft (at what age/trunk diameter, etc)
2) Where on the trunk to graft (below first node, above first node, as close to soil line as possible, etc)

This seedling is in a 1-gal pot, and is approx. 1' tall


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Bowl of passion fruit...
« on: August 25, 2013, 10:42:31 PM »
Just that... a picture of a bowl of passion fruit.  Before I turn it into passion fruit caipirinhas.

Just in case you were wondering, there are more than 35 in that bowl.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Enjoying summer
« on: July 14, 2013, 12:53:13 AM »
Having spent the last two weeks gorging on plums, peaches and nectarines - I've got my eye on the next group of fruits coming along...

Flame grapes

Manila mango

Granny Smith apples

Campas cherimoya

Frederick passion fruit

Made possible with the help of the bees, of course

I was given some seeds of this aÁaŪ relative and told the fruit holds similar potential.  The tree itself is very attractive, for those who enjoy palms.

My question is related to the USDA/APHIS "Not Approved Pending Pest Risk Analysis" (NAPPRA) designation.  The most recent PPQ (6-2013) states that all material except seeds is regulated, but the far right column states the plant was put on NAPPRA final list effective 5/20/2013.

Anyone familiar with this list and these rules?  Are the seeds still acceptable to import without quarantine?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Mangosteen seeds to trade
« on: June 24, 2013, 07:31:24 AM »
I will be heading back to Southern California on Friday with seeds collected from my trip to Rio.  I have been eating mangosteen, but this isnt a tree I plan to try to grow myself.

If anyone is interested in the seeds, I would be happy to eat some more fruit.  They are among the most expensive fruits here at roughly $1 USD each (meaning: I won't be bringing back a whole lot of these seeds).

I am looking for eugenias and jaboticaba (all, but especially those other than hybrid/precoce)

I have found, purchased/eaten a lot more fruit than i expected to find during Brazil's "winter", but could use some help from anyone who knows the area in tracking down Jaboticaba (and related, ie Cabeluda) fruits.  I have access to Rio area and Sao Paolo.

This is what I have found so far:

* mangosteen
* mango (lots of variety - from bright orange skin to bright red, purple and all shades between)
* camapu (physalis pubescens)
* papaya (looks like solo, small tasty fruit)
* mam„o formosa (very large papaya)
* star fruit (orange sweet variety and yellow acidic variety)
* atemoya (small fruit very good flavor, almost seedless)
* sugar apple
* soursop
* avocado (very large smooth skinned fruit)
* cashew
* passion fruit (yellow, large fruit - the size of cantelope)
* noni
* persimmon
+ all the regulars (bananas, apples, pears, oranges, lime, grape ,strawberry, etc)

I also got to see a 60+ year old jaboticaba (not in fruit or flower) that is 30+ feet tall.  (and a 12 year old tree that was over 15 feet tall)

... If anyone knows the Rio or Sao Paolo area and can point me in the direction of jabo fruits or the people who can lead me to them right now, I would be very grateful.

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