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I will be presenting at the SB Horticultural Society about rare fruits on Nov 1st at 7pm next week. It's free. Most members of TFF will recognize everything I'm talking about and be bored, but figured I'd mention it anyhow if someone were in the area and wanted to check it out.

Trinity Lutheran Church, 909 N. La Cumbre Rd, Santa Barbara at the Fellowship Hall



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / High Stake Grafts
« on: September 14, 2023, 02:26:08 PM »





Grafting campomanesia hirsuta from another plant (thank you Wildlands Nursery / Nate!) to try to get some genetic diversity. My hirsuta flowers endlessly and makes no fruit so I think it needs a mate.

Anyone else done some high stakes grafting this year?

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I am thinking of another get-together here in Santa Barbara and trying to figure out the best time for everyone. Should line up with dragonfruit,  guava, longan, and a bunch of other stuff.

Wanting to move the date into November, so let's figure one out!

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / WTB Sabara Rootstocks
« on: August 22, 2023, 02:49:20 PM »
Anyone have some flats they could spare?

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Anyone down there or know of anyone with collections? Going end of August for ilama season. Will be in Libertad area.

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I'm on the search for the best cherry of the rio grande. I like the fruit, the plant is easy to grow, and it's aesthetically pleasing. They take very easily to grafting and I've been collecting varieties over the years, and planting seeds.


This is a fruit off of ScottR's variety. It sure is big, and the graft is really productive. Definitely the biggest I've grown.


These are a series of fruits on my own seedling which is from Exotica. Mine has the most agreeable flavor, which is leaning papaya.


A mix of fruits, the black are El Dorado seedling, seeds which I purchased from Marcos in 2019. There are some of my seedling, and one of ScottR.


El Dorado is unique in that it goes totally black. The flavor is unusual and I can't really put a finger on it other than saying it's a "darker" almost chocolate'y undertone. It has a propensity to make more seeds than other varieties (3-4 vs 1-2).

If anyone has a great CORG, please post up!

I have:
My Exotica seedling
ScottR seedling
Ben's Beaut
Garnet
El Dorado

Calycina:
My FFF seedling
Achetadomestica (grafted 2021, still yet to fruit, but big growth, it's probably grown 2-3')
Wildlands Nursery (Nate Blackmore)

2 x Orange CORGs (one has fruited, the other not yet)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Black Fig Fly Protection
« on: July 22, 2023, 01:25:04 PM »
I went from a solid crop of annual figs to zero last year due to black fig fly, and this year upped my game. These methods seem to be working, and I really hope the whole tree bagging method works. The bagging of individual figs is tedious and it can break them off in the wind.

Here are a few options:



Bagging individual figs using small organza bags


Bagging the whole tree using this type of net, cinched at the bottom: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B097CX2F42?ref=ppx_yo2ov_dt_b_product_details&th=1


Using a large organza bag to bag an entire branch tip with multiple figs


Man, I hate doing this when it's 95f out.


I think this is the ideal size to bag them at, any bigger and I think BFF can sting it, it's still too hard at this size

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Escarlate jabos / Yangmei Seedlings
« on: April 24, 2023, 05:26:15 PM »
Got some nice escarlates I'd like to offload, around 2 years old:

$40 each - they will take off in new pots/soil



Yangmei seedlings (unknown gender)

$20 each



Pick up locally in Santa Barbara, or come on up for the June 3rd get together at my place and I can hold onto them for you




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / CENTRAL COAST CA MEET UP - June 3, 2023
« on: April 07, 2023, 03:34:41 PM »
Trying this again, would be great to get the local Central Coast folks (or SoCal / NorCal) together to hang out and talk fruit.

June 3, 2023 - 11am - 4pm or so - Got lots of parking, some things should be fruiting, probably mulberries, some eugenia, maybe jaboticaba

I'll fire up my pizza oven and can get some dough going. Bring your dough and toppings too. BYOBeverages



If you can make it, please post up and I can start to plan some things out.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Eugenia Cross Species Grafting
« on: April 06, 2023, 11:56:22 PM »
I know this topic has been brought up many times but I wanted to get the ball rolling by actually just tacking a bunch of stuff on and seeing what happens.

Iím trying out:

Pitomba x CORG
Orange CORG X CORG
Orange CORG X Calycina
Repanda x Pitanga

Others Iím considering:

Pitangatuba x Araza (wood looks similar)
Pitangatuba x Repanda (seems unlikely)







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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / El Dorado CORG scions (fat)
« on: April 02, 2023, 02:22:53 PM »
Made some big pruning decisions on my fruiting El Dorado seedling. The flavor is agreeable with a kind of herbal or cola flavor that is not like other CORGs Iíve tried. Very sweet. It had a lot of seeds but it was first year fruiting. They are the black fruit in the photos.

$5 each, min 4 - $10 ship in USA ONLY

$10 for the big daddy scion

All of it for $40 shipped







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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Cocktail Trees
« on: March 30, 2023, 10:34:56 PM »
Is anyone into making cocktail trees? Iím always short on space and always needing cross pollination for better fruit set so over the last few years Iíve gone kind of Dr Frankenstein. Here are a few:


Santa Barbara peach with: Flavor King pluot, Sweet Treat Pluerry, Flavor Grenade pluot, Santa Rosa plum, Arctic Star Nectarine, Royal Lee, Minnie Royal, Royal Crimson, Spicy Z, Snow Queen Nectarine, Tropic Snow Peach, and Cotton Candy Aprium.


Feijoa with Coolidge, Improved Coolidge, Mammoth, Nazemetz, Nikita and 5 or so NZ varieties



Sabara jaboticaba with: white, red, otto anderson phitantra, escarlate, navel, paulista, ESALQ, fruiting sabara from my older tree, grimal, Coronata 1, 2, 3, and a few others I forget now


Pitangatuba with FFF selected "Lemonhead" and "Gigante" adding on more from another collector this Saturday



Apple tree with: Bill's Red Flesh, Goodland, Orange Pippin, Akero, Irish Peach, White Winter pearmain, Pink Pearl, Winter Banana, Dorsett, Anna


Another look at the cocktail, it's just unhappy right now due to winter but it is about to explode on every single branch


Unknown plum with all the same stuff that's on the SB peach

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$5 each restinga - some nice ones near pencil and a bunch of trim off those
$5 each white - smaller but nice size
$10 each dwarf - mostly small but workable, itís a dwarf after all

All of it shipped for $50 in USA only








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Temperate Fruit Buy, Sell, & Trade / Cinnamon Spice Apple Scions
« on: March 01, 2023, 01:40:26 PM »
I have a schwack of these. $1 per scion, 5 minimum, shipped via USPS small flat rate.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Dragonfruit and Bees
« on: January 23, 2023, 02:45:06 PM »
Does anyone have experience with bees and dragonfruit? I read conflicting information. Some say that bees promote better fruit weight, quality, and fertilization - others report that bees steal all the pollen and leave none even on the stigma.

My experience has been that they often steal all the pollen before I can get to it and use it to cross pollinate - but then again, I had a ton more fruit last year than usual and LOTS of bees. I still hand pollinated as best I could, but maybe I don't need to?

Any firsthand experience would be awesome. I just got bees a month or so ago and looks like they will make it thru winter.

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Hoping to find some scion wood of these. Anyone on here have some? Thank you in advance!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Did I get skunked on these Papayas?
« on: October 11, 2022, 04:17:01 PM »



Planted 3, theyíre absolutely flying with 4Ē trunks. One is For sure female / hermaphrodite but canít tell if these are actually male?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Leaning papaya
« on: September 27, 2022, 06:23:05 PM »






I know itís a concern when papayas lean, especially young. I think this is wind or sun related.

Should I add a stake and haul it over?

This is a male so it wonít hold fruit if Iím not mistaken?

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / CA - Florida mango seedlings
« on: August 14, 2022, 06:18:23 PM »
Solid 1 gallon mango seedlings. - time for up pot or soil. Tap root intact.

Cecilove
Ruby
Winters
Pickering
Coconut cream
Lemon meringue
Others

$25 each




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CANCELLED! Hopefully organize one for next year.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / CORG Comparison
« on: June 06, 2022, 01:59:23 PM »



I multi grafted my CORG for cross pollination, but also comparison. From L-R, ScottRís variety, Benís Beaut, and mine which is a seedling from Exotica.

They all came off with a slight touch so should be similar ripeness. Robís is a well balanced sour sweets, Benís a bit sweeter but still some sour, and mine even not as dark red is just pure papaya sweetness.

I also grafted some Garnet from Kevin Jones up top and look forward to that.

Also have an El Dorado seedling from Marcos and that one is very unique in that it has a eugenia funk sort of like the resinous flavor in in Pitanga. I found it more complex, albeit with much smaller fruit.




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / My Yard 2022
« on: May 24, 2022, 05:30:31 PM »

From left to right: lemon by the trellis, santa rosa plum, cas guava behind it, campo ramon jaboticaba behind it, orange flesh tropical guava, guabiju, peruvian apple cactus, flavor king pluot, lucuma, eugenia calycina, boysenberry - any small plants or grassy looking stuff is nitrogen fixing crops to improve the soil.



L-R: Mountain guava, persian mulberry, pineapple guava, and then the plum mentioned above


Violet de bordeaux fig and Pakistani / Himalayan grafted on dwarf mulberry


Mountain guava on left, Sir Prize avo on right, vanilla ice cream bean behind the guava, lamb hass, paw paw patch, golden berry


El bumpo / knight grafted cherimoya on left, garden beds


Mexican apple on right, lemon guava on left, tiger stripe fig and champagne fig on hill side in background


L-R: Eldorado CORG, seedling CORG from Exotica with ben's beaut and ScottR's seedling grafted, added Kevin Jones Garnet last week, then a strawberry guava and black star pitanga in same pot, red seedling pitanga, and grafted vermillion pitanga


White mulberry with the grafted dwarf in background




A shot of the orange flesh guava and pluot from behind


Sabara jabo in half tote


Many cultivars of dragonfruit, jabos, eugenias, etc in front of greenhouse (it's mostly empty for summer)

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / FREE: Fruiting Sabara scions
« on: April 29, 2022, 07:28:58 PM »
Kaz inspired me with all his free cuttings and scions and Iím paying it forward with some Sabara scions from my flowering tree.

$10 for shipping and theyíre yours.




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / June FL Trip
« on: April 22, 2022, 01:33:54 PM »
I am looking at flying out to Miami in June or July for mango season and to visit some farms or homes out that way. Are there any must hits? Anyone out there that may want to show me their collection? The fruit community has been amazing and hopefully there are some people around that have suggestions.

Of course, really want to check out Zill's and hopefully they will have mangoes for sale at that time but that's about the limit of my knowledge of that area.

Thanks for any suggestions in advance

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Santa Barbara CA plants for sale
« on: March 01, 2022, 12:00:27 PM »



Campo Ramon $120




Grimal seedlings $20-$40 depending on size, have tons




20 gallon grimal with a mature graft $160





Yellow jabo, glazoviana $30 each have a few

Pick up in person

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