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Today one of my favorite garden youtubers, Bill (greengardenguy) made a video with Joe talkin about what he’s been up too in his 2 thousand fruit tree collection, its insane what he’s got goin on and inspires me so much. Hope he shows more videos soon, cant wait!

Heres the link:


I'm always happy to see spiders on our trees. They certainly do more good than harm and play an important role in balancing insect populations. Some of the colonial / social spiders found in the tropics might blanket significant parts of a tree, but I don't if there have been any studies on whether they have any negative effects on the trees.

My problem with spiders dosent have to do with pollinators, its more cause ive noticed that when they make webs on leaves on some of my trees cause deformity and damage new groth on my : Rollinia, Macadamias, and Lychee. Thats the reason i target them with a flashlight at night and rip em off, wondered if there was something more efficient and safe for the plants aswell.

Salutes, William

A couple weeks ago i took a walk thru my garden at night with a flashlight and was surprised with i found! Huge infestations of spider webs and even saw some spiders on my 12 ft jabo and in my biggest lychee. It was quite a find cause u wouldnt notice them in the daytime. I was wondering which would be the best way to handle this cause ive taken many back and they just come back. Appreciate any help!


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Costa Rica tropical fruit tour
« on: February 23, 2021, 01:13:29 PM »
I don’t know of any regular fruit tours to CR.  Individual tours will pop up sometimes around July/August or so when there are the most fruits in season.  Costa Rica is a fairly easy country to visit.  It wouldn’t be hard to organize your own tour. 
I could make some recommendations for anyone interested in that.

Please peter, would be great info!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Those are not lizard turds
« on: February 16, 2021, 01:41:39 PM »

Poor post on ur behalf acheta, i think if you are goin to post on the forum, dont just put a pic from a random jabo a say “finally” u can ellaborate more

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is my tiny Achacha flowering??
« on: February 15, 2021, 04:18:01 PM »
Hard to tell from the pics, but I don't think so. Looks like new growth.

Post another pic in a day or 2.

Thanks everyone for their feedback! One thing im sure of is that those are new “leaf” growth cause ive got many Achachas and i know pretty well how they look.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Is my tiny Achacha flowering??
« on: February 15, 2021, 01:29:36 PM »
 So i’ve got 7 Achchas planted in different areas throughout my property. Yesterday i noticed that one of my smallest Achachas (about 4ft tall and prob 4 years old) is starting to produce my first flowers! They look like they’re flowers but i wanna be sure by someone who has more experience with em, Thanks!


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Soncoya
« on: February 01, 2021, 05:42:08 PM »
Hi W,

Thanks for sharing your experience.

I've no luck with fruit seeds from Trade Winds except some rare vegetable and melon seeds.

You gave me encouragement that soncoya is a very easy plant to grow with vigorous growths always. I felt my soncoya are very healthy, outgrowing my 18 pink illama seedlings which were sown at the same time. I mist all my newly germinated seedlings with organic seaweed plant food and happy to see their glossy leaves getting bigger day by day.

Son coya is a tropical, so I presumed you grow it in a greenhouse under zone 7b, right? How old is it? It is still in a big pot for easy management during winter time? Has it ever set any fruit for you? What are the fertilizer and water requirements? Kindly share. Thanks


Out of curiosity Paul where did u purchase your Soncoya and Ilama seeds?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Soncoya
« on: February 01, 2021, 05:36:12 PM »
Just be logical and perhaps think in metric because it easier for conversions. One gram per litre is 1000ppm so you need a rate of 0.6g/l. 100ml is more than enough and this would require o.06g. You need decent scales.
Once you have the solution at the concentration you need you can always wrap seeds in tissue and place in a shallow dish or even a jar lid and pour the solution over the top. You can use a bit less than just having the seeds bobbing around in the liquid. 24 hrs of soaking is a bit long but should be ok as there is a bit of leeway in the process. If the seedlings that sprout get too spindly and elongated  it is called etoliation and they usually dont survive.
I’m still confused sorry but I’m I don’t think I can risk it with 3 seeds so will they grow fine if I grow them in cocopeat? I don’t have the seeds yet but my soursop and Rollinia seeds from online haven’t sprouted Rollinia is 3 months so far and the seeds were 1 month old shipped form Hawaii, soursops are w months old shipped from Puerto Rico, all of them are in cocopsat and my fresh cherimoya seed sprouted after 3 months.

I personally had problems sprouting 20 Rollinia seeds from Hawaii. Dont know if they werent viable any more. I gave up a bought 2 seedlings instead


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Where to put Barbados Cherry plants?
« on: January 29, 2021, 02:03:42 PM »
I recently picked up a couple Barbados Cherry plants. The spot I had in mind for them gets the most sun in the yard, and it's also one of the driest spots. The 3 Night-Blooming Jasmine plants in that area spend many a day thirsty and drooping. I'm not the most diligent waterer. Could the Barbados Cherries go in that spot or should I look for another spot with a little more shade and moisture? Thanks!

Plant it in the dryest, hottest spot


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Huge Garcinia Collection in South FL
« on: January 29, 2021, 01:30:25 PM »
Amazing Garcinia collection tour uploaded today and filmed by truly tropical. Amazing vid, thank me later after you watch it


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: favorite fruit 2020
« on: January 27, 2021, 09:20:39 PM »
My favorite fruit i grew this year for sure goes to my seedling Ilama. I grew from seed a couple years back from a big ol fruit that had grey skin and pinkish-purple flesh, guy who sold me the fruit told me it was from a special high end cultivar. Tops any anona ive tried like cherimoya, rollinia, atemoya., ect.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My first success rooting Jaboticaba
« on: January 26, 2021, 11:25:53 PM »
Did you use any rooting hormone or juststuck it on dirt? Ive never rooted jabos from cuttings, but would be interesting to try out for fun.


Little bit off track here but have you noticed if COTRG prefers full sun or partial sun when mature? Mine is gettin to maturity and im not sure if i should plant it out in full sun.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Traveling to Costa Rica HELP
« on: January 24, 2021, 12:50:03 PM »
I am traveling to Costa Rica next month and I am looking to taste all the craziest fruits available out there.
I most likely will be heading to San Jose and renting a car from there!
Can you guys point me to some locations and possibly farms where I can try fruits like rollinia soursop garcinia chupa chupa durian ROMBUTAN mountain soursop Jaboticaba etc.
Thank you for your time and any responses I recieve!!!

Be sure to go to Finca La Isla, believe me you will thank me later. Amazing place. A good way to thank me if u go is by posting some pics on the forum, nothin fancy fella ;D


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: DURIAN IN AUSTRALIA
« on: January 24, 2021, 12:43:59 PM »
Have you had any success grafting Luc's? I'm waiting on two imbe plants to be delivered that I'm planning to graft my Luc's onto in the next week or two.

Have gradted lots of mature Lucs and they usually flower in sinc with the parent tree from
what I have noticed but I dont think they will be compatible with imbe.You will need a
South American garcinia for rootstock

Interestin info stevo,  you think achacha would work well as a rootstock? Or do you have a rootstock of choice?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: DURIAN IN AUSTRALIA
« on: January 24, 2021, 12:40:06 PM »
Dig deeper means contact people with durians to see if there are any on sale as it doesn't happen very often. Great advice about feast of the senses in Innisfail and chasing FFF up to see if they have them for sale as it didnt seem like an option in recent times. I am chill also but don't appreciate being inferred as selfish or deceptive when that was not the intention. I do think you were fast were a little hasty in pointing fingers .

Yeah i know but instead of tellin him to “dig deeper” you could make his mission 20x easier by telling him where to look for his durian (in one of the biggest continents in the world btw, dont know how hard its to get durians there)  It seemed to me as if you were holding back on your knowledge from the begining for some reason which i dont wanna know. Im jus tellin ya since ive seen you post for years now and seen you have vast expirience in the fruit world, and i have noticed various “HERO MEMBERS” do so and i think they are the ones to pass their knowledge to others so it dosent die with them ( if they wish to aswell)

But all fair game didnt mean to sound brazy or mad mate
Salutes, William

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: DURIAN IN AUSTRALIA
« on: January 24, 2021, 03:06:08 AM »
Well tropo its true that Limberlost is a pale shadow of its former glorious days with tropical fruit. Try to purchase a few rambutans, pulasans, duku-langsats etc while you are at it. You can reach down deep and come up empty. Considering how many durians are out there and how many varieties are grown here it is a perennial problem that keeps getting worse. Only a few private people sell them. There is not much chance of getting a good or correctly named durian from Rusty's or the Mossman market so dig deeper and approach the few people who actually sell quality durians that are grafted.Be careful with seedlings but they probably get a bum rap that isn't always deserved.

You dead serious mike? Nothin personal  im totally chill, but you told the guy as an advice “ too dig desper” and look for “people who sell quality grafted durians” :-\  nothing a newbie dosent know for certain. Then u later agreed with the detailed explanation of another user and just said “great advice” knowing all from the beginning. Thats why i called you out especially since you are a “high rankin” member and think u could help a lot more especially someone in your country/regiom, just callin the truth mate :)


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: DURIAN IN AUSTRALIA
« on: January 23, 2021, 10:51:52 PM »
Heya Jim hope all is well. Great advice and yes Trina goes to the Gordonvale markets regularly and you can arrange to get  a durian.I have a marcotted limberlost that produces really well and fruit are good. Seedlings can be variable.

Seems as if youre one of those guys mike, who dosent want other people gettin their hands on durian :-\
Cause it took almost a whole page of conversation just tell a new forum member where to get his trees, obviously after another member gave the whole whole help. Nothing personal mike but i hate people with that kinda attitude/behavior. Lets help everybady who wants to grow this rare and endangered plants do so and support them if u can do so, no rodeos ;)


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Only Achacha farm in the USA video tour
« on: January 23, 2021, 12:33:05 PM »
Mike, thanks for the stirring the pot. You may not be the sand in my vaseline but the information you have shared will cause my wallet to be feeling raw in the future.  I will now need to hunt down some of these more desirable garcinias.

Are there any named varieties of achacha roaming around down there? Of the few sources I have sampled, they all seem to taste similar and I don't think I could tell them apart in a blind taste test. I had heard from a fellow forum member about a variety called selecto in Bolivia. It seems that this variety is being grown and sold commercially in Australia based on the video I have linked below. Have you sampled this and, if so, is it significantly better than the common fair?

The video is in spanish but use CC and go to settings to translate to the language of choice.

Frustration with my 4 Luc trees being female makes me wonder if I am in for the same treatment with my achacha trees.  One tree I have in the ground, which has yet to flower, is about 10 years old. I planted it in a windy spot, which has slowed down its growth but it is 10ft tall now.  Have you encountered achacha trees that flower but never fruit or do not fruit for an extended amount of time?

Hopefully im not in the same treatment as you brandon, i have 4 achchas so hopefully at least one can set fruit, fingers crossed.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Rollinia grafted on Anona Squamosa?
« on: January 22, 2021, 12:01:04 PM »
Has anyone ever attempted this graft?  Would be interesting to know if it works because this could help the rollinia grow on drier conditions and i assume quite possibly reducing vegetative growth because of squamosa’s nature.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Only Achacha farm in the USA video tour
« on: January 22, 2021, 11:58:01 AM »
How could I forget acuminate. I am referring to selections of these species of course.

So if you could only plant 1 garcinia in the ground would it be the Ecuadorian macrophylla? I heard purple mangosteen was still better than lucs and achacha. Has anyone grafted purple to lucs to see if it helped with hardiness?
Or should I just plant another lychee?...

Maybe a mangosteen x acahcha could be possible, however i really doubt that the mangosteen scion would survive anything below 5-11 celsius. Besides young mangosteens cant take nothin but partial sun for some years


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Only Achacha farm in the USA video tour
« on: January 22, 2021, 12:56:04 AM »
The Ecuadorian macrophylla is way better as is the undetermined macrophylla like one I posted in the Luc's Garcinia thread.Better flavour and sweeter. Lu's Mexican off my tree are better. I have also tried what I believe is megaphylla and it is better as is a form of garneriana I have tried before. Fuzzy G.madruno I have eaten off a tree at Mission Beach is way better. From the descriptions of others on lindero, bicuda,san sebastion,, Garcinia sp. medruno and the madrono like fuzzy one with appoint I have tried is also better. The name will come to me.

To be honest i havent tried the fruit yet but i do have a couple trees. Interesting to see you say that achacha isnt anything amazing. However ive heard pretty much everyone else rave about the flavor and some even sayin its better than mangosteen. Would like to see what others think aswell


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Only Achacha farm in the USA video tour
« on: January 21, 2021, 09:12:15 PM »
A 10ft achacha can pump out 100s of fruit a season and they get loaded.I have eaten 1000s of them and think they would struggle to be in the top 10 American Garcinias if judged by fruit quality alone.

I differ from your statement mike, i’ve bought and seen purple mangosteens in the Us, and may i say they are the crappiest and driest ones ive ever tried. Having a large quantity of trees as he has, he could easily sell them the freshest possible cause theyre grown in the main land. Not to mention there is pretty much no competition. Hardest part would be to get the couple thousand trees  ;D


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Only Achacha farm in the USA video tour
« on: January 21, 2021, 01:47:31 PM »
Found this great video on youtube, great to see this guy planting thousands of achachas, as i feel this fruit has more potential.


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