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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Plants for sale
« on: March 21, 2023, 08:37:43 PM »
Lol. I appreciate your modesty, but you definitely deserve it man. You are the top 5 sellers on TFF IMHO...

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Plants for sale
« on: March 21, 2023, 08:31:18 PM »
Wow. Lance is THE man with some of the RAREST fruit trees!!

Another issue is they are not insect-pollinated, and only will successfully wind-pollinate when you have a large bush with lots of open flowers at once.

In their native range, birds (and maybe bats) pollinate when they eat the flower lobes (which are delicious, you should at least be harvesting those if yours flowers). Hand pollinating is recommended for small bushes.

I am right now...I am getting the initial flowers from the feijoa tree. Must have ate like a dozen already. Taste like mildly sweetened rose petals! 😊 So many flower buds waiting to bloom right now. I am guessing there are several hundreds, maybe 500 or so. Compared to last year, it looks to be like another good year for the flowering. Can only imagine how many feijoa fruits I will get if only as little as 10% of those flowers get pollinated...👍

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WTB Russell's Sweet Garcinia
« on: March 21, 2023, 12:41:24 PM »
Russellís sweet garcinia sounds like an interesting name. Now I really want to try growing some! Most garcinia plants do well in our humid Southern climate. I say letís make 2023 the year of Yangmei and Russellís sweet garcinia! ;D

Feijoa trees have been known to fruit in Florida. Most have low chill requirements like some Southern high bush blueberry varieties. Iíve heard they prefer a cooler, subtropical climate such as coastal Southern California. My feijoa tree blooms profusely most years, but never make any fruit unfortunately. Which is why I now grow several seedlings from different sources. They are too small right now. But I hope once they start to mature and flower, it may help to increase their chances of fruiting due to cross pollination. Feijoa pollination is still quite confusing to some people (me included). It seems that many are self incompatible, but a few specimens have been known to be self fertile...

Lol. Actually I think my hope came true right now.  A large portion of the South is being inundated with a rather strong cool front...There should be no major freeze warning for our areaóThe tropical sunlight intensity is coming back and should moderate the cool front. 😅

Woohooo, Lance is back on TFF!
Glad you were able to take a much a needed break/vacation.

While many parts of the country are still under freeze warning, it's already feeling like late spring in our neck of the wood.
Our spring tends to be shorter than some other places; Next thing you know, summer will be just around the corner.

For all you New Yorkers and Michigan folks who are complaining about freezing weather, please help bring some of that cold down here (just a little bit now, not too much lol)...Our lettuce, cabbage, and arugula are already beginning to bolt and the pea plants are not liking this warmth. I'm already missing the cool season greens. We need more cool fronts! Okay, I'm done with my ranting for now. :D

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Seeking a few species.
« on: March 12, 2023, 01:50:27 PM »

Wish you the best of luck on finding these rarities, hopefully someone here can share.

For the Ahipa (Pachyrhizus ahipa) and Arracacha (Arracacia xanthorrhiza), Cultivariable occasionally has them in stock, I believe based on their personal harvests. Suggest signing up for their waitlists. The site has tons of great tubers and vegetables. is a great place to get rare genetics of Andean root crops!
A few folks down in the South might want to try growing a few of them. I have seen folks have limited success with growing yacon in Florida.
The other tubers like oca, mashua, and ulluco are a lot more difficult to cultivate in the sweltering heat and humidity. Heck, even some of the folks in the Pacific Northwest are having challenges at growing certain ulluco varieties due to their specific growing parameters...

Yeah I'm going to consider using coco coir that has the consistency of a wrung out sponge (just a few drops of water are released when you squeeze the coco coir). I think the compost that I tried to germinate the previous batch of mocambo in was a little on the wetter side, and plus the compost is not sterile either. I learn that when dealing with seeds that are prone to rot, you need to make sure the seed germinating medium is at the appropriate moisture level and not too wet. Thanks for the tip!

Lol. Perhaps a few of them will gain some notoriety like the durianóA fruit that can elicit strong opinions from either end of the emotional spectrum.

Itís probably just me but lately Iíve seen many new species and varieties of eugenias popping up all over the web ever since the pandemic. Iím pretty sure that some of those fruits have unique taste, but for now give me your regular old surinam cherry or grumichama; Iíll let the experienced eugenia collectors grow them out and let us know how they taste through the Youtube videos!

In case anyone is wondering, ďbo hongĒ in Vietnamese can be translated to mean ďsmooth pink butter,Ē which many Vietnamese regard as world class in terms of taste, smell, and texture. Definitely a top quality caimito variety IMHO.

The Australian Green or White Shahtoot mulberry is a challenging mulberry to root from its cuttings.  I hear many folks mention how hard it is to root it so I went ahead and purchased a few cuttings, not once, but on several occassion and sure enough very few of them take and those that did would fail at a later time eventually. Your best bet would be to graft them. Find an annoying wild mulberry tree in your yard and graft a few sticks onto it. Now you have a wild mulberry tree worth bragging about!;-)

Hi Kevin, Nelitas cherry of the rio grande seedlings are doing great. Thanks for shipping them out quickly and the careful packaging; Kevin is among the best plant sellers on the web! Appreciate it!

How many seeds can you afford to offer?!?😁

I want to try grafting a few ilama, rollinia, and other annonas onto pond apple rootstocks as they are said to be more tolerant of wet, mucky soil than other annonas. My annonas  do well, but then when the weather gets warm and muggy, some of them can start losing leaves and perish. I attribute to root rot, as some of the roots were discolored and felt spongy...Thanks for the offer StelaG!

Just wondering, but about how tall will they be before they get sold at $25 each plus shipping?

Appreciate your response elouicious! It occured to me that some one was offering pond apple fruits on TFF after this ad was posted. Although itís been 3 months since they were last offered, Iíll get in touch with orkine just to make sure...Thanks again!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / WTB: Annona glabra (pond apple) seeds
« on: November 07, 2022, 08:23:44 AM »
If available will even accept the fruit, thanks!

Hey man, I love your youtube channel!!
You are the main reason why I become fascinated with that fruit, which looked so delicious when you opened it up to expose the juicy, deep orange flesh.
Iíll PM you sir, have a nice weekend!

Yangmei is totally different than Arbutus unedo. Although the fruits do look alike.
These seeds are fresh.
But the thing that seems consistent with everyone growing them is that they are slow. Give them some time and good quality seeds and growing conditions seem to be the trick. Of course we canít guarantee anything :)

I think they are referring to the similarities between the fruits, leaves, and their growth habits. I think you are right that they in different families. Perhaps this is the case of similar appearance due to similar environmental circumstances despite the two trees being a world apart! Nature is fascinating. And if anyone is able to germinate yangmei, perhaps you could sell a couple seedlings to me! :-)

Yangmei is one of my most sought after tree. Some folks refer to it as the Chinese strawberry tree. I already have the European strawberry tree. Wouldnít mind adding a yangmei to my cool weather tree collection, although I heard germination can be pretty tricky, with age of seeds, cold stratification followed by warm stratification and back to cold stratification affecting germination success.
Something tells me they would make good candidates for the winter sowing method...Worth a try I supposed!

Is it really five time per cacao seed?  Maybe on etsy that would be the case?! ha ha ha.  If I get, the seed I'll usually sell around a buck a piece.  Fruit can't be shipped to mainland (idk about Puerto Rico...different rules compared to Hawaii re: shipping to mainland). 

Cupuassu, we have them here, but not super common. I can only think of 5-6 guys that have it fruiting. But i'm sure there are more growing here and there in the islands.

Yeah, just recently some one (user name withheld for privacy reason) on the web is selling them at $10 a seed! Whatís more, I find the seeds to be finicky with germinationóToo little water increases the seeds drying out and too much water could lead to rotting of the seeds.

I would love to try at germinating them again, but at the current asking price per seed and difficulty with germination, itís a high price to pay to get a mocambo plant in my collection, IMHO.

And please do let us in on the good news when you have some seeds available for a buck each, now thatís what I called a great value!

Although genetic can play an important role in cold hardiness, it is not everything.
Other factors such as age of the tree, sufficient nutrition, protection (from pest, disease, and weather), environmental condition (humidity and heat index), all these factors can affect a plantís chance of survival during a hard freeze. In general, the better you take care of your tree during the growing season, the better it is able to fend off adverse weather.

Mocambo aka the jaguar chocolate fruit (Theobroma bicolor) and its seeds are still rarely offered on the web. Wish more people would grow it and offer the fresh seeds. Currently a typical mocambo seed could easily fetch as much as 5 times (or more) the price of a ďcommonĒ cacao seed.

Anyone from Hawaii or Puerto Rico willing to help the folks in the contiguous 48 states get access to the fruits/seeds of the marvelous mocambo?!? :-D

Kevin has great communication skills and treats his customers with respect. The package arrived fast, the cuttings were well packaged and they were very fresh. Thank you!

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