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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

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.

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 Calycina
Repanda x Pitanga

Others Iím considering:

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

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

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

$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

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.

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.

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

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?

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?

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.

Coconut cream
Lemon meringue

$25 each

CANCELLED! Hopefully organize one for next year.

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.

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)

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.

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

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

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Incredible Calycina buds
« on: February 11, 2022, 02:47:40 PM »
This calycina barely made fruit last year. This year feels different.

I'm about read to top work my eugenia calycina because I have poor fruit quality. It's bell shaped with no seed and pretty much just sour. It's a big plant, 25 gallon, so I have lots of arms to graft.

Anyone have some available?

Alternatively can anyone tell me if fruit quality improves after first or second year? It flowers quite a bit but doesn't set or hold very well. I did successfully graft one scion from achetadomestica.

Temperate Fruit Buy, Sell, & Trade / Santa Barbara Peach Scions
« on: January 23, 2022, 12:49:52 AM »

This is a tasty low chill peach that does well in 10a. It has a particular pointy tip to it, and produces prolifically and large fruit. One of these trees broke in half due to too much fruit.

$5 each, will cut them down to about 6-8Ē long. $6 each if you want me to buddy tape them pre shipment.

Minimum 4. Shipped USPS priority.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Flowering Sabara Scions
« on: January 14, 2022, 05:22:02 PM »

I am going to prune my flowering / fruiting Sabara jaboticaba soon and have some scions I could sell of various sizes, pencil size and maybe even a touch larger. Fruit is good quality with small seeds and thin skin.

$10 each minimum 3 + $10 for USPS priority. US ONLY

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Grafting Che to Mulberry
« on: January 14, 2022, 03:13:50 PM »
I saw a few successful Che to male mulberry bark grafts online but wanted to see if others have had success on TFF doing this. I tried che for the first time last year and it was very agreeable and aesthetic so I want to give it a try grafting to ever bearing / dwarf mulberry which seems to be a universal receiver of mulberry grafts.

Also wanted to try rooting some cuttings which I hear is challenging but not impossible.

Anyone have experience?


Iíve installed some fruit trees on this hillside but the soil is low quality and it also leaves a lot of root exposed. Iím planning to put in a small stone / log retaining wall and then build the wall up to be more level, and cut back the Rosemary and such. I plan to add about 2 tons of soil there and around the rest of my orchard.

Will adding nitrified redwood and topsoil bring the plum, mulberry and Pluot out of dormancy? I have read that nutrition in fall is very important for establishing the tree and it will use that energy for root building. I of course want them to sleep til spring as it does frost here.

Should I go ahead and do it now or wait till Spring?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / 100 gallon pot options?
« on: November 11, 2021, 01:37:28 PM »

I have a happy and producing sabara jaboticaba in a 75 gallon fabric pot that will do better with an up pot and getting rid of the fabric pot. The soil dries out super fast, the edges are always dry, and it leaches a lot of water into the soil below it. It probably has oak roots coming into the bottom too... Anyways, NEVER use a fabric pot is my lesson to all of you.

There are a few options I'm considering for an up-pot:

65 gallon blow molded pot (these are $150 delivered) and dimensionally should barely work, the opening is the same width as my current pot, I may need to prune off / narrow the bottom roots to fit in fully but basically it's the exact same size. Not ideal because the tree won't really get to grow any more root mass, but it will work.

100 or even 300 gallon stock tank and drill a bunch of holes in it. The 100 gal stock tank is the same width as my pot up top but appear to be really narrow in the bottom and I'll probably need to cut off a bunch of roots to fit it into the taper, but then the plant will have some room (10 inches on either side) of fresh soil to get established in. If I get the 300 gallon tank, it will be a ton of $ for soil, the pot, and all that, but the tree will then have years of soil to grow into and will be happy probably for as long as I own it. The 100 gallon is $150, the 300 gallon is $300.

Putting it in the ground is not available to me due to being a renter, extremely high alkaline soil, and gopher pressure.

Any suggestions?

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