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I mean maybe the prices aren't for everyone and certain rare species are justified, where else are you going to get them?  A lot of us don't have the time, energy, or resources to acquire them easily, so if someone is willing to romp in the jungle and spread the love upon return at a price to cover it I don't see a reason to hate.  I have only ordered a couple times from Joe and the ones I have received have been high quality with good germ rates.

I'm talking real cherries but if anyone knows of a care free tropical that will do well unattended for long periods that would be welcome.  Mountainous area like I am referring to has mostly arid forest climate with possible hot summer days into 90s and coldest days of maybe 20F with snow and freezing rain possible (area gets light snowfall usually, don't think it got very much this season so far).

Anyone know of generally care free cherry trees? I know they have cherry trees in mountainous San Diego where they have enough chill hours (like Julian, CA) but not really sure what varieties that work well out there.

No permit I believe.  The seller has multiple retail points ebay, etsy, direct website and I didn't see anything about it except disclaimer that not responsible if confiscated/destroyed.  A small sample size but I have placed maybe a few orders or so with them in the past, like I said everything made it except one package so just be aware.  Quality from them I have had mixed results, the only thing I have left from them I am waiting on to sprout is Uvaria Littoralis (fingers crossed at least one pops up).

If you are okay with the seeds in the fruit, Guava are super easy in coastal CA.  So long as they get enough water, they really take off during non-winter months.

I have gotten some seeds from them (not this species) before and received them timely enough and in good condition.  One of them did get confiscated from USDA though so I would just say to be cautionary because I believe they are based internationally in Israel if I recall.  Fortunately that was a small order they destroyed but the others made it to California just fine.

Just as a follow up, I can confirm that Nitida can probably withstand some amount of cold at a young age.  Doing great in 10b outdoors potted the whole winter.  I did cover it with a plastic bag on the coldest of cold December nights (probably high 30s here so not too cold) but all it showed was a loss of maybe a few older leaves and its growth slowed down, but is now picking back up quickly probably approaching close to 1.5-2 feet tall now.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Subtropicals for California Zone 9
« on: January 03, 2023, 07:26:57 PM »
I would say it is hard to say with Duguetia.  I have heard some that say certain species can withstand a frost, but I think there is not a whole lot of data or examples of mature trees in the US.  Until we have more people getting these to adulthood, then we could have a better idea of how tolerant they are.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Top cacti fruit
« on: January 02, 2023, 04:41:23 AM »
Has anyone tried or has a live Rhipsalis baccifera aka mistletoe cactus? Looks pretty cool, like a mini jaboticaba cactus from africa.  Supposedly hardy down to 9b.  There's so many unturned stones out there and cacti fruit are the easiest for us who like to set it and forget it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Top cacti fruit
« on: December 28, 2022, 01:05:15 PM »
I am going to have to take a second look at Opuntia. They grow naturally like weeds here.  May pick up a Melocactus out of curiosity because they are relatively cheap and endangered, though looking at some specific species I noticed a fair amount of them hardy to zone 11 so they would probably have to be brought in during winter here in So Cal.  I think the beauty of fruiting cactus is that at least here they can be mostly care free of their needs and let the sun and rain do the work.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Guava losing leaves
« on: December 28, 2022, 12:59:37 PM »
Mine are both in pots.  Since end of fall I have been giving water about once a week for Malaysian, and probably a little more frequently for Cas. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Guava losing leaves
« on: December 28, 2022, 12:01:59 PM »
Could be the cold.  My malaysian guava dropped a few older leaves towards the bottom. Cas guava same thing (but I believe it is more cold sensitive) and already bouncing back with new growth.  But losing all leaves sounds a little more serious.  Guava trees are resilient so you should be fine once you figure out the issue.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Top cacti fruit
« on: December 23, 2022, 07:07:57 PM »
So I have been getting a little more invested in different cacti species and it has me wondering what people's opinions are on their favorites/best tasting.

Currently I have some different varieties of dragonfruit going, bilberry cactus, eulychnia acida (sprouts).  Dragonfruit I feel is probably the most obvious as there is a fair amount of sweetness/juice.  Trying to currently germinate lepismium ianthothele which I barely know anything about.  Prickly pear doesn't taste bad to me but I find it sometimes too mild and gritty (prefer red to green).  I'm also interested in melocactus genus but don't know if it is worth the wait, seem to be a boutique kind of fruit. 

Is there anything else worth possibly chasing? 

The Uvaia I think is okay if dried but you will want to soak and then sow.  Probably if fresh it would be better germination rate.  Just my experience so far with Rufa, still haven't seen Chamae pop up.  I also have Uvaia Littoralis seeds that I need to do this process and they are dry right now so I think dryness is acceptable.

Great selection.  What is the secret with getting that beach sugar apple a good size?  Some of you guys are wizards.
 Mine is basically doing nothing here in California.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How to Sprout Pouteria spp.
« on: December 16, 2022, 12:36:37 AM »
Good to know other Pouteria are similar in that sense.  I had a mamey sapote fruit and the seed inside was already partially germinated and was cracked a bit already.  I simply used my hands and pulled it apart.  That was back in October, 70 days later and the leaves showed up and are growing slowly indoors for now (cold sensitive when young I believe).

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Eulychnia Acida "Copao" taste and time to bear
« on: December 03, 2022, 12:11:11 PM »
Hi all.  I recently got 2 of these species to sprout (out of about maybe 30 seeds so far).  Does anyone know what the taste is like? In my mind it looks like dragonfruit a bit on the inside so it looks like that but hopefully more tart like the name suggests Acida.  I just wanted a more exact description if someone has tried this fruit from Chile.  Also wondering if anyone knows how long to bear fruit? I realize may be in the longhaul with these species.

Dang it, I hate money apparently! Glad I grabbed a Squamiflora before being sold out.  Thanks again.

I have a young Nitida but mine is way young.  Not sure if self pollinating but I hope it is because I only have the one plant.  It is a quick grower though and develops roots super fast so I suppose will know by next year or 2 if self fertile.  I am basically treating it like a regular passionfruit and it is doing great.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Fresh Kecil Wax Jambu Seeds
« on: November 19, 2022, 11:02:16 PM »
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seashore mangosteen in California?
« on: November 18, 2022, 03:07:44 PM »
I am okay with taking forever, its an experiment for me.  I am a big fan of sour fruit so if it is really tart that is fine with me.  I would not probably bother using as rootstock for purple mangosteen, though maybe I will try one day.  Was just curious if anyone had the seashore outdoors doing fine as I understand slightly more hardy and will theoretically be okay in zone 10.  My climate is typically low humidity though maybe more humid than other parts of Cali due to how close I am to the ocean but we do sometimes get summer heatwaves and the occasional cold snap in winter maybe down into the mid/high 30s. I was under the impression this species was monoceious vs dio but not much info out there.

Have to agree with the positive comments.  Great prices and packaged well.  A few of the seeds were already germinating in my order.  Thanks again.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Seashore mangosteen in California?
« on: November 15, 2022, 04:04:14 PM »
Hey all,

I am trying to germinate a seashore mangosteen tree (Garcinia hombroniana).  I have only had the seed for about a week and no sign of germination yet, though I hear they can sometimes take 3 to 6 months.  Does anyone have experience with germinating these and if they will do well outdoors in Southern California?  I already have a potted Achacha that seems to be doing fine outdoors (though this thing seems to be super slow growing, maybe because winter time is almost here?).


Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Plants for sale
« on: November 01, 2022, 08:54:51 PM »
Pm sent.

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