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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: wtb- babaco
« on: July 02, 2024, 11:48:31 AM »
Honestly, fruit kinda sucks, IMO, and yes you would need to add a lot of sugar to eat it because itís not good by itself, why grow fruit that needs sugar? I guess some people enjoy grapefruit with a little sugar... I got a nice plant from Nate at Wildlands that fruited but no one liked it so it got donated to the compost bin.

I highly recommend Irenes mangos, weíve purchased the last two seasons from her and have been very happy with everything. Youíll get a nice selection of different varieties all individually wrapped. Post office fumbled our package and sent it to Oregon this last order, wtf? Package was delayed two days and box was beat up but mangos were still flawless. Awesome packaging job and attention to detail. Thanks Irene  :)

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: wtb- babaco
« on: July 01, 2024, 01:34:19 AM »
Heres a ripe fruit from a babaco plant I bought a couple years ago from wild lands plants. Taste great with a little lemon and sugar!

Fruit that needs sugar added to it...Interesting

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: AEAE banana
« on: June 29, 2024, 11:57:09 AM »
yes I am sure.

i have several big ones in the ground that look like yours.  I've had these for years and fruited them.

Nice lookin naners Brad. Is the fruit variegated as well?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: For Sale: Yangmei seeds
« on: June 28, 2024, 12:31:10 PM »
Thatís a great price Kaz. Those seeds are a pain to clean!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fresh Yangmei Fruit on Weee!
« on: June 23, 2024, 11:48:28 AM »
It does look like Calmei is a bit mixed up with their packaging...Ordered a box of Eastern giant and sweet violet. All the fruit in the Eastern giant box looks legit, but in the sweet violet box there is also Eastern giant mixed in, seems like they got low on sweet violet (there were only 3 boxes left when I ordered) so they mixed in eastern giant to fulfill the order.

Fruit is delicious though and the kids absolutely love it, its nice that you can cut off pieces for kids to eat so they donít have to mess with the seed. Happy to be growing this one! If you donít have a tree you should consider adding a tree to your garden.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: African Red Peach. Nauclea latifolia
« on: June 18, 2024, 11:38:12 PM »
Just noticed this fruit and wondered how long until it is ripe.

Needs to get Maroon/Red color, it ripens usually around September or so (at least my plant does).

Thatís awesome you guys are fruiting this. What does it taste like?

If the buyer wants to part with a pup and ship. It *eye brow wiggle* I'm here and looking to add more banana to my yard.

I can send you pup(s), Iíll send you a pm.

Holy cow Nate,

That is a huge dwarf Brazilian in a pot. That is a great deal for someone. Mine is holding fruit now and should ripen next month. This is an excellent banana variety for home growers. The level of intense sweetness is unmatched by anything you can buy in the store.


Thing was a beast Johnny, busted through the side of that pot, had kind of forgot about it because it was hiding behind the play house, that was until a gust of wind knocked it over and it ďprunedĒ a couple branches off a stone fruit tree. Always ready for these sweet bananas to start turning yellow around this time. Woo hoo no more eating grocery store bananas!  :)

If you grow one banana for fruit this should be the one. Incredible sweet taste, nice sized bananas, no propping or staking required. Trees max out around 15ft. Trees look good and stay green throughout winter here. Tree needs to be planted in the ground ASAP, and will fruit quick once it does. There are also a couple nice pups coming up in the pot. Will prob need truck/van to transport. local pick up.

Produces nice sized racks

More than 3 available, probably around 6 or so. Thanks

FATHERS DAY WEEKEND SALE- $35 plus shipping. Happy Fathers Day to all the Dads out there!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How do i ship fruit seedlings?
« on: May 28, 2024, 11:17:38 AM »
Ship them in flat rate boxes, with the pot taped to the side of the box. Water the plant, get some wet paper towel, put it on the soil surface, then saran wrap the pot.

You technically should have permits and phytosanitary certificates, but many send without.

If the package/seedling is light weight (smaller than 1 gallon pot) and youíre shipping to the west coast, even mid west you will probably save your customer money if you ship by weight instead of the flat rate price. Flat rate cost can be double, sometimes triple the cost of shipping by weight for small packages. You can always refund your customer the difference in shipping cost if you donít know what the exact cost will be when youíre quoting them a price.

Hey Simon does your Biqi drop most of its leaves right before a new vegetative flush? Mine does, prob looses over 50% of itís old leaves. Wondering if this is normal? Thanks! Also, your Yangmei fruit pics are starting to make my mouth water a little bit...

Wow that thing is a beast Kaz! Nice find

Rare Yellow Kadsura Coccinea for sale. The yellow fruit variety/color is said to be one of the best tasting out of all the different colors/varieties. It also seems to be a fast grower. Only a few available.
$50 plus shipping.
$35 plus shipping

Thanks for the replyís! Sounds like fruit production was all over the place this year...Thereís a large tree in our neighborhood that is/was loaded so I donít know if itís a variety thing or what. Was thinking it was because of El NiŮo but since thereís other trees in the neighborhood with lots of fruit I donít think thatís the culprit. I did prune our tree in September or October last year so maybe it was pruned too late in the season, looking back at a pic from November 2022 the tree was already loaded with flowers. I was told by a member, however, that even if you prune your tree when it first sets flowers, it can flower again, so in theory you could extend your season, but that doesnít seem to be the case. There were branches that didnít get pruned on our tree and they still didnít get any flowers so itís pretty confusing.

My advice to fellow loquat growers would be to prune your trees soon after fruiting is done and thereís no loquats left on the tree, donít wait till fall as I think that may have been what led to no flowers/fruit.

Our tree also gets almost full sun so I donít think itís a sun/light issue.

Loquats are one of our favorite fruits we look forward to eating and since we got squat if anyoneís willing to trade fruits please let me know.

Our tree in full flower mode November 2022

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Yangmei (Morella/Myrica rubra) thread
« on: April 15, 2024, 10:25:25 PM »
Hereís another update of my Yangmei. The weather is getting warmer and we are also getting more sunlight hours and Iím not sure if itís the increased light, warmer temps, or a combination of both that is causing my blooms to convert to vegetative growth.

If itís the heat that is causing the blooms to turn vegetative, the growers in warmer climates such as those growing in Hawaii or Southern Florida will have to ensure they get sufficient cold stimulus to get blooms and fruit set. Alternatively, they can look for varieties that may not require as much cold stimulus to trigger blooms.

My male tree still has blooms on it but there are very few male blooms left. The good news is that it appears this male produces enough blooms/pollen to pollinate the earlier and later blooming varieties. In April, there are very few blooms on my male and female plants, everything is definitely winding down in terms of blooms.

Hereís my Ann Hai on Californica rootstock. It is growing in a large pot and it set a ton of fruit. I stopped counting after 200. So far, I have not noticed any fruit drop.

Hereís Dongkui on Californica rootstock

White Honey on Cerifera



Special variety from a friend

Male with blooms winding down


Awesome work man...Congratulations are in order!!! Guess you donít need to buy from Weee this year 8) Super cool to see those fruits on your trees!

Our loquat tree hasnít flowered or fruited this year. Last year we had a ton of fruit. Is anyone else experiencing this horribleness?

Happy spring. Still have some nice cane available but time is running out as some buds are starting to break. Also open to trades, looking for Jamaican Stripe. Thanks

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Shine Muscat
« on: April 08, 2024, 12:02:13 PM »
Joe, nice growth on the Shine.

If anyone else has the Shine growng now with leaves, can you post it here, I'd like to compare the leaves of Shine to my tree.

If you show me yours, I will show you mine. I also have a Red Shine grape growing.

Couple sticks I threw in the ground a couple months ago are starting to grow nicely here. 2 out of the 3 put in the ground took. I showed you mine... ;)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Yangmei (Morella/Myrica rubra) thread
« on: February 18, 2024, 12:15:40 PM »
Lots of flowers here too. I love the red.  Canít remember if male or female (I think female) but Iím still looking for healthy vegetative growth over fruit.  Maybe next year Iíll graft on some scions of opposite sex but itís fun to have it healthy and thriving!

Rad! What rootstock is it on? Thx

Dwarf Cashew Nut Seedling. Produces cashews similar to the ones you buy at the grocery store. Comes in 3Ē pot. Price $18 plus shipping.

Hereís some more info:

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