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The CCPP (Citrus Clonal Protection Program) at UC Riverside decided to celebrate reaching the program's landmark 1000th variety by adding a landmark tree to their collection: the Mother Orange Tree at Bidwell's Bar. I am somewhat surprised it had not already been added to the CCPP's collection for its historical significance, even though the tree is just a type of Mediterranean sweet orange. But, it is certainly a survivor. The variety is labeled as "Bidwell's Bar."

Link to the press release: https://news.ucr.edu/articles/2022/06/08/you-too-can-grow-californias-oldest-living-orange-variety

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Just Someone Else Selling Plants
« on: June 13, 2022, 02:35:04 AM »
Just like last summer, I have too many plants and need to clear out some space. So, I am selling off some of my extra seedlings/plants. Some of these are relatively common plants, others are hard to find (such as Antidesma dallachyanum and Pouteria glomerata) and difficult to germinate (Myrciaria floribunda and Nauclea xanthoxylon). These plants have been grown organically, with organic pest control and fertilizer with the exception of a few plants which have been fertilized using Osmocote. Some of the plants do not look perfect but all are healthy. Just about all these plants are root-bound and need to be up-potted with some light fertilizing, which you should do once they become acclimated to your growing area.

Although photographed in the sun, these plants have all been grown either in a mostly shady location or indoors under grow lights; they were moved into the sun very briefly just for me to take photographs of them. They should be introduced to sunnier conditions very gradually to prevent any leaf burn or other damage.

These plants will be shipped using USPS Priority Mail with the shipping costs based on the size, weight, number of plants ordered, and buyer location. The US Postal Service’s recent price increase on Priority Mail means that tall plants are more expensive than they were last summer. I will do what I can to save you money on shipping costs by making these plants as compact as possible for shipping without damaging them. They will not be shipped bare root; they will be shipped in a container with potting soil, though they may be down-potted to reduce weight. I do not ship internationally. Although I live in an area free of greening and other citrus pests, my citrus plants still cannot be shipped to the citrus states and territories due to USDA regulations. Buyers in California, Arizona, and Hawaii purchase plants at your own risk; I am not responsible if they are confiscated.

Payment through PayPal.

Feel free to contact me with any questions you might have.

Scientific Name (Common Name) – Number of Seedlings Available – Seedling Size (Pot Height Not Included) – Seedling Age – Price Per Plant
Also included is where I purchased the seeds, a common question I received last year.


Annona cherimola (Cherimoya) – 3 – 21”-26” tall – about 3 years – $20
Seeds purchased from a reputable eBay seller.


Annona squamosa (Red Sugar Apple) – 2 – 10”-13” tall – about 3 years – $15
Seeds purchased from a reputable eBay seller.


Antidesma dallachyanum (Herbert River Cherry) – 1 – 5” tall – over 1 year – $25
Seeds purchased from Trade Winds Fruit.


Carissa macrocarpa (Natal Plum) – 2 1 – 5”-7½” tall – over 1 year – $10
Seeds purchased from Trade Winds Fruit.

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Citrus Χ limonia (Rangpur Lime) – 2 – 12”-16” tall – about 3 years – $20
Seeds purchased from Trade Winds Fruit.


Citrus Χ meyeri (Meyer Lemon) – 9 – 11”-26” tall – about 3 years – $15
Seeds from commercially sold fruit.

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Citrus Χ paradisi (Red Grapefruit) – 14 – 5”-17” tall – about 1 year – $10
Seeds from commercially sold fruit.


C. reticulata Χ sinensis (Murcott Orange/Honey Tangerine) – 14 – 8”-15” tall – about 3 years – $20
Seeds from commercially sold fruit.


Citrus x sinensis (Moro Blood Orange) – 23 – 9”-18” tall – about 3 years – $25
Seeds from commercially sold fruit.

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Citrus Χ tangelo (Minneola Tangelo) – 3 – 12”-18” tall – about 3 years – $20
Seeds from commercially sold fruit.

[Photo Coming Soon]
Eugenia involucrata (Cherry of the Rio Grande) – 1 – 16” tall – about 2 years – $25 (clay pot not included)
Seeds purchased from a Tropical Fruit Forum member.


Eugenia itaguahiensis (Dwarf Grumichama) – 1 – 2½” tall (a painfully slow-growing plant) – over 1 year – $25
Seeds purchased from Trade Winds Fruit.


Eugenia pyriformis or lutescens (Sweet Uvaia) – 1 – 7” tall – over 1 year – $25
Seeds received from a Tropical Fruit Forum member, who bought them from Marcos.


Eugenia uniflora (Surinam Cherry) – 14 – 15”-27” tall – about 3 years – $20
Seeds purchased from a reputable eBay seller.


Eugenia uniflora var. Dasyblasta (Dasyblasta/Smooth Pitanga/Surinam Cherry) – 1 – 8” tall – over 1 year – $20
Seeds purchased from a Tropical Fruit Forum member.


Hylocereus megalanthus (Yellow Dragon Fruit) – 6 – 4”-8” long – over 1 year – $8
Seeds from a commercial variety of Yellow Dragon Fruit.


Melicoccus bijugatus (Mamoncillo/Genip/Spanish Lime) – 9 4 – 5”-9” tall – under 1 year – $8
Seeds from a commercial variety of Mamoncillo.


Myrciaria floribunda (Rumberry/Guavaberry) – 2 – 2”-5” tall – under 2 years – $40
Seeds purchased from a Tropical Fruit Forum member.


Myrciaria glazioviana (Yellow Jaboticaba) – 2 – 5½” tall – over 1 year – $20
Seeds purchased from Farwell Fruit Farm.


Myrciaria vexator (Blue Grape Jaboticaba) – 1 – 6” tall – under 2 years – $20
Seeds purchased from Trade Winds Fruit.


Nauclea xanthoxylon (Ndea) – 2 1 – 10”-12” tall – over 1 year – $40
Seeds purchased from Trade Winds Fruit.


Passiflora edulis (Purple Passion Fruit) – 5 – 20”-36” long (trimmed back to those lengths) – about 3 years – $10
Seeds from commercially sold fruit.


Plinia coronata (Restinga Jaboticaba) – 1 – 2” tall – under 1 year – $13
Seeds purchased from a Tropical Fruit Forum member.


Plinia hybrid (Scarlet/Escarlate Jaboticaba) – 1 – 9” tall – about 2 years – $30 (clay pot not included)
Seeds purchased from a Tropical Fruit Forum member.


Plinia phitrantha (Branca Jaboticaba) – 1 – 7” tall (10” wide) – about 2 years – $25
Seeds purchased from a Tropical Fruit Forum member.


Plinia phitrantha (Costada Jaboticaba) – 2 – 3”-11” tall – about 2 years – $20
Purchased from Adam Shafran at Flying Fox Fruits, these are from a batch of Novak, ESALQ, and Otto Andersen seeds that he lost the label to, so he sold them as generic Plinia phitrantha “Costada” jaboticabas. Of course, given all the Plinia pollen around his property, who knows exactly what type of jaboticaba these will become. They are the same age, the small one has always grown very slowly.


Plinia rivularis (Guaporeti) – 2 – 6-10” tall – over 1 year – $35
Purchased from a reputable eBay seller. Due to a lack of rain in my area, I had to water them with city water for a while. That caused the tip burn to the leaves. The new growth does not have that issue since I have been able to resume watering them with rainwater.


Pouteria glomerata (Cinnamon Apple) – 1 – 3½” tall – under 1 year – $25
Seeds purchased from Trade Winds Fruit.


Psidium guajava (Patillo Guava) – 6 – 2”-14” tall (the 2” and 14” plants are outliers, the rest are 6”-9” tall) – over 1 year – $10
Seeds purchased from Trade Winds Fruit.


Psidium guineense (Brazilian Guava) – 3 1 – 6”-10” tall – over 1 year – $22
Seeds purchased from Trade Winds Fruit.

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Syzygium jambos (Rose Apple) – 2 – 39”-50” tall – over 3 years – $60 (pots not included)
Seeds purchased from a reputable eBay seller.

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My day job is in e-commerce, which is just a buzzword for saying I sell things online. Not plants, usually, except for extra plants I have offered here on the Forum and on eBay. But because I sell online, I recently received an alert about the impending US Postal Service rate increase, which looks like it might affect many people who sell plants (among other things).

Here is the summary provided about that rate increase:

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USPS rate changes effective April 3, 2022

As a part of 2022 rate increases announced by USPS late last year, new fees will take effect for some USPS products and services starting April 3, 2022. Below is an overview of the USPS shipping services increases.


Non-standard fees:

Additional fees will apply when package dimensions exceed USPS sortation specifications and require manual sorting. These fees will apply to Retail Ground, Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express, Parcel Select Ground, and First Class Package Service.

Packages that exceed 22 inches but are not greater than 30 inches in length: Add $4.00 per package
Packages that exceed 30 inches in length: Add $15.00 per package
Packages that exceed 2 cubic feet (3,456 cubic inches): Add $15.00 per package
A maximum of two non-standard fees may be assessed for a package.


Dimensional non-compliance fees:

An additional $1.50 fee will apply to packages greater than 1 cubic foot (1,728 cubic inches) or 22 inches in length for Retail Ground, Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express, and Parcel Select Ground when:

Dimensions provided are inaccurate
Dimensions are not provided

I talked to the postal clerk at my local post office about these increases. She was not 100% percent positive how these fees would be applied, but was 99% sure that some of the plants I had shipped in the past would have had these fees applied to them, since they were in long, skinny boxes about 36" long (Forum members who have ordered plants from me in the past know that my taller plants are shipped in boxes that look like square poster tubes).

Because these new fees are not an increase in the base shipping cost, they flew under the radar when they were first announced a few months ago. I did not notice them immediately. But, these new fees could have a substantial effect on plant sellers and collectors, since a great many plants are shipped in boxes which require manual sorting - i.e. in anything other than select types of flat-rate boxes. And, according to my postal clerk, even some of those require manual sorting and would be subject to these new fees.

This fee increase might be something for people here on the Forum to keep in mind when buying and selling plants once it comes into affect in April.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Puebla Avocado Article
« on: February 21, 2022, 06:28:25 PM »
I came across an article published yesterday, February 20, in the Modesto Bee about a woman's 55-year-old Puebla Avocado tree, which is likely in peril of being cut down as the land it grows on is for sale. Specialty Produce in San Diego formerly bought and marketed the fruit of this Modesto tree. I am not an avocado expert, so I do not know if the journalist got all the facts right about this variety. What I do know is that it might be worth it for some growers in the area to try and acquire some scions off the tree, at the least, to preserve it.

The article is titled, "Property with rare avocado tree has fascinating back story. And it’s almost for sale" and is at this link: https://www.modbee.com/opinion/garth-stapley/article258424913.html

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I have a copy of Palmeiras Brasileiras e Exσticas Cultivadas available for sale if anyone is interested.

Palmeiras Brasileiras e Exσticas Cultivadas was written by Harri Lorenzi, Hermes Moreira de Souza, Jesus Tadeu de Medeiros Costa, Luiz Sιrgio Coelho de Cerqueira, and Evandro Ferreira and published in 2004 by Instituto Plantarum de Estudos da Flora Ltda. in Nova Odessa, Brazil. It is a hardcover (no dust jacket, as issued) that measures 8.625x12.125 in. (220x307 mm.) with 432 pages. The ISBN-10/ISBN-13 numbers are 8586714208/9788586714207. The text is entirely in Portuguese and is fully illustrated in color. The page layout is the same as Harri Lorenzi's other books. It is stamped with the number 005956 on the flyleaf.

This book is in good condition. The hardcover boards have some rubbing and small scratches to the surface and small corner bumping which has caused small creases, but the boards have no tears, stains, or other major damage. The binding is strong and intact. The interior is unmarked with no writing, highlighting, or underlining and has occasional soiling and small corner bumping to some pages but no tears, dog-eared pages, water stains, mold, or other major damage. The page edges have some soiling but no remainder mark, foxing, stains, or other major damage.

The price for this book is $80.

USPS Media Mail shipping included in the price. I will consider shipping it internationally if there is no interest among any American buyers with the international shipping cost to be covered by the buyer, but the book is rather heavy and shipping from the United States overseas would likely be fairly expensive.

I only accept PayPal.

This book will be securely packed in a box and promptly shipped once payment is received with a tracking number provided after it is shipped.

I only have one copy, so it is first come, first served.

        

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I have too many plants and need to clear out some space before winter. So, I am selling off some extra seedlings/plants. A lot of people seem to be doing that here on the Forum, right now. Some of these are relatively common plants, others are hard to find (such as Pouteria glomerata) and difficult to germinate (Nauclea xanthoxylon). These seedlings have been grown organically, in sterile potting mix, using Garden Safe Neem Oil Extract to prevent pests and Jobe’s Organics Fruit & Citrus Granular Plant Food for fertilizer. Some of the plants do not look perfect (the passion fruits in particular were eaten heavily by gulf fritillary caterpillars) but all are healthy.

These plants will be shipped using USPS Priority Mail with the shipping costs based on the size, weight, number of plants ordered, and buyer location. They will not be shipped bare root; they will be shipped in a container with potting soil, though they may be down-potted to reduce weight. I do not ship internationally. The citrus plants cannot be shipped to the citrus states and territories due to USDA regulations. Buyers in California, Arizona, and Hawaii purchase these plants at your own risk; I am not responsible if they are confiscated.

Payment through PayPal.

Feel free to contact me with any questions you might have.

Scientific Name (Common Name) – Number of Seedlings Available – Seedling Size – Seedling Age – Price Per Plant


Annona cherimola (Cherimoya) – 3 – 18”-25” tall – over 2 years – $20


Annona reticulata (Custard Apple) – 2 – 7”-10” tall – over 1 year – $12 SOLD

Annona squamosa (Sugar Apple) – 3 – 19”-21” tall – over 2 years – $18 SOLD


Annona squamosa (Red Sugar Apple) – 10 – 14”-20” tall – over 2 years – $15 SOLD


Annona squamosa (Purple Sugar Apple) – 8 – 4”-10” tall – under 1 year – $10 SOLD


Averrhoa carambola (Starfruit) – 2 1 – 44” tall – 3 years – $40 (clay pots not included)


Carissa macrocarpa (Natal Plum) – 2 – 3”-4” tall – under 1 year – $10


Citrus Χ limonia (Rangpur Lime) – 2 – 6”-10 ½” tall – over 2 years – $10
Citrus Χ limonia (Rangpur Lime) – 2 – 15” tall – over 2 years – $20
Citrus Χ limonia (Rangpur Lime) – 2 – 22”-26” tall – over 2 years – $27


Citrus Χ meyeri (Meyer Lemon) – 7 – 9”-15” tall – over 2 years – $15
Citrus Χ meyeri (Meyer Lemon) – 6 – 18”-23” tall – over 2 years – $22


C. reticulata Χ sinensis (Murcott Orange/Honey Tangerine) – 17 15 – 7”-14” tall (average height 10", tallest plants sold first) – over 2 years – $20


Citrus x sinensis (Moro Blood Orange) – 25 – 7”-19” tall (average height 10"-12", tallest plants sold first) – over 2 years – $25


Citrus Χ tangelo (Minneola Tangelo) – 2 – 13”-15” tall – over 2 years – $22


Eugenia involucrata (Cherry of the Rio Grande) – 1 – 9” tall – over 1 year – $20 (clay pot not included)


Eugenia itaguahiensis (Dwarf Grumichama) – 1 – 3” tall – under 1 year – $25


Eugenia pyriformis or lutescens (Sweet Uvaia) – 1 – 6 ½” tall – under 1 year – $25


Eugenia repanda (Pitanga-Jambo) – 3 – 2"-3 ½” tall – over 1 year – $50 (sold as a group, clay pot not included)


Eugenia selloi (Pitangatuba) – 1 – 18” tall – over 2 years – $40 (clay pot not included)


Eugenia uniflora (Surinam Cherry) – 4 – 9”-15” tall – over 2 years – $15
Eugenia uniflora (Surinam Cherry) – 8 – 17”-23” tall – over 2 years – $25


Eugenia uniflora var. Dasyblasta (Dasyblasta/Smooth Pitanga/Surinam Cherry) – 2 – 5 ½”-6 ½” tall – under 1 year – $20


Nauclea xanthoxylon (Ndea) – 3 2 – 5”-8 ½” tall – under 1 year – $40


Passiflora edulis (Purple Passion Fruit) – 10 – over 18” long (trimmed back to that length) – over 2 years – $15


Plinia hybrid (Scarlet/Escarlate Jaboticaba) – 1 – 5” tall – over 1 year – $20 SOLD


Plinia phitrantha (Branca Jaboticaba) – 2 1 (photo is of the remaining plant) – 7” tall – over 1 year – $22


Plinia rivularis (Guaporeti) – 4 – 3-7” tall – under 1 year – $25 SOLD


Pouteria glomerata (Cinnamon Apple) – 2 – 5” tall – under 1 year – $40 SOLD


Pouteria sapota (Mamey Sapote) – 1 – 23” tall – over 1 year – $35 (pot not included) SOLD


Psidium guajava (Patillo Guava) – 7 6 – 3”-5” tall – under 1 year – $10


Psidium longipetiolatum (Araca Vermelho) – 3 2 – 13”-20” tall – under 1 year – $15
Psidium longipetiolatum (Araca Vermelho) – 4 2 – 26”-27” tall – under 1 year – $25


Psidium striatulum (Narrow Leafed Guava) – 3 1 – 30”-34” tall – under 1 year – $25

   
Syzygium jambos (Rose Apple) – 2 – 30”-33” tall – over 2 years – $60 (pots not included)

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Thank you to any Tropical Fruit Forum members who bid on my previous auctions.

While in spirit I believe the claim that a rare fruit grower can never have too many plants, I have too many plants and need to clear out some space (which I will probably end up filling with other plants). So I am offering some of my extra plants for sale on eBay.

These auctions end starting at 10:30 pm, Eastern Time, on Sunday, July 4.

I will not be listing any plants for sale next week, and I may take a break for the rest of July and August until the weather gets a little cooler. I do not want these plants frying during shipping.

All the pertinent details are in the listing descriptions. But, in short: no sales to Arizona, no sales of citrus plants to the citrus states, no international shipping, and I will offer a combined shipping discount for multiple plants purchased. All the auctions begin at $0.99 plus Priority Mail shipping.

Citrus Χ sinensis, Moro Blood Orange: https://www.ebay.com/itm/124789353615
Citrus Χ meyeri, Meyer Lemon: https://www.ebay.com/itm/124789370011
Citrus Χ aurantiifolia, Key Lime: https://www.ebay.com/itm/124789325461
Citrus Χ limonia, Rangpur Lime: https://www.ebay.com/itm/124789376989
C. reticulata Χ sinensis, Murcott Orange/Honey Tangerine/Tangor: https://www.ebay.com/itm/124789335017
Psidium longipetiolatum, Araηγ arbσreo/Arazα serrano/Mountain Cherry Guava: https://www.ebay.com/itm/124789322130
Psidium striatulum, Narrow-leafed Guava: https://www.ebay.com/itm/124789385317 (last one available)
Pouteria sapota, Mamey Sapote: https://www.ebay.com/itm/124789333029 (last one available)
Syzygium jambos, Rose Apple: https://www.ebay.com/itm/124789387660 (last one available)
Eugenia uniflora, Surinam Cherry/Pitanga: https://www.ebay.com/itm/124789390655
Passiflora edulis, Purple Passion Fruit: https://www.ebay.com/itm/124789347237

I would appreciate it if you would take a look at my auctions, and if you are so inclined, place a bid or two. Thank you.

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