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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fresh Yangmei Fruit on Weee!
« on: June 14, 2024, 03:55:51 PM »
The purple pearl from last year was good that I had, nothing too crazy.  Is Eastern Giant better tasting?  I will pass on the Purple Pearl this time.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fresh Yangmei Fruit on Weee!
« on: June 12, 2024, 04:35:49 PM »
Looks sold out for now.  Has anyone tried that variety? I would expect them to have more soon based on last year.  I think they had 2 varieties available around July then.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ice cream bean tree care
« on: June 11, 2024, 07:38:11 PM »
To be honest not sure what my first Ice Cream Bean plant is species wise, I got it from Exotica a few years back and have just assumed it is Edulis or one of the other common ones.  It does fine, just doesn't look the best coming out of winter but I do not experience dieback or anything.  Meanwhile my small seedling Spectabilis did not make it outside through winter, probably should have sheltered it but oh well.  There probably is a variability of hardiness among the different species.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ice cream bean tree care
« on: June 11, 2024, 05:19:38 PM »
Even in Miami some winters hurt my ice cream bean tree. Ultra tropical, I saw online it is supposed to survive until zone 9 but probably would need winter blanketing. Zone 7 I wouldn't risk the tree and plant in a pot. It's a fast growing tree so will need a large one.

Guess it is a little more tropical plant than others if a Miami winter can make it a little sad.  That would probably explain why mine looks a bit raggedy at winter's end, but bounces back nicely when the heat turns back up.

My red Malaysian guava is sporting some new buds for the first time ever, hopefully it turns out decent.  It's the first (and oldest) guava tree I have so it can only get better from here.

A lot of "Yellow Caatinga" from David are taking off right now as well. 
Just got a cas guava tree from a reputable eBay seller!
They taste really good in terms of flavor.
one downside is the sourness, but when made into a drink with sugar, they are amazing!

Just got a cas guava tree from a reputable eBay seller!
They taste really good in terms of flavor.
one downside is the sourness, but when made into a drink with sugar, they are amazing!

Very nice, I have yet to taste Cas but I think I am maybe only a couple years away from flowering stage.  In my limited experience it seems like Cas might be the least hardy Psidium.  I have yet to see anything that looks worse in the winter out of all the Psidiums, though it bounces back just fine after some defoliation.  Is there such a thing as an ultra tropical Psidium?  Just about any Psidium I grow here is bulletproof with our climate.

Totally killing it David, the plants look amazing.  The psidiums I got you from last year are taking off, especially the Guinense, I had to size up so many this spring.  Awesome seller!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ice cream bean tree care
« on: June 10, 2024, 07:41:15 PM »
Brian nailed it.  They can chug water when it is really hot out.  You are going to have to protect it in the winter.  I am growing in pot just fine but will need a big one eventually, in ground probably better if you can manage it.  Otherwise they are easy as stated.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Should I up-pot this Grimal?
« on: June 04, 2024, 07:21:20 PM »
What soil mix do you recommend? I think last time I went with a mix of azalea mix for acidity and normal potting soil but not sure what is best.

FoxFarm Ocean Forest, go to your local hydroponics store it'll be cheapest there.

Ocean Forest is a great mix I second this.  When I talked to Luiz about soil for jabos he said he will use that and Sunshine Mix #4 in a 50/50 blend so I use that stuff too.

Nice meeting you Barath.  Thank you for the plants!

Couldn't resist getting some Orange/Purple seeds, they are uncommon here compared to the usual Red/Pink/White.  Now the pitaya rainbow will be complete for me.  ;D

Very nice of you to do this.  I got to make it to Costa Rica one of these days.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Arazá-banana
« on: May 24, 2024, 12:59:30 AM »
These common names seem to overlap with different species.  I also see Psidium Robustum sometimes referred to as banana guava.

Got my package today, everything looks fantastic, cannot wait to see the seeds take off.  Thank you!

You should be okay then.  When the weather gets above 60f at night is when they grow the most.

I also found and ordered this one, Stenocereus Pruinosus , this one is supposed to have a nice tasting fruit, anyone growing those?

Yes, I have a small Pruinosus about that size.  They grow away somewhat slowly, need direct sun as much as you can give.  Does not like cold wet weather, if you live in an area that gets below freezing you will need to overwinter it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Any Ant help plead!
« on: May 19, 2024, 02:04:00 PM »
Any good recommendation for small black ants? My inland location is in a area that is jokingly referred to as being built on top of a giant ant hill.  They don't seem to bother most plants but sometimes like the dew/new growth on some of the cacti, and seem to also like my Eugenia Squamiflora a lot also.

The thorns look too big to be apple cactus. 

All cactus make large blooms and fruit but most of the fruit are small and flavorless like white dragonfruit. 

I could be wrong though.  The peruvian i have has much less thorns.  There may be more than one type though.

I agree, mine doesn't look like this either.  The spines on apple cactus are hardly noticeable, the ribs have more depth and are more widely spaced.  It could be a variant possibly, but I think maybe a apple cactus hybrid with some other species or a different species altogether.

Finally found a cutting.  Appreciate the forum member who reached out to me about some person having one for sale, I reached out to them but they had already sold the plant.  This cutting is from a very reputable cacti vendor.  Maybe in a couple years I will be able to share cuttings of mine depending on how quickly this thing grows, cutting is off a seedling.

Take a clean cut off that thing and reroot or it will dwindle away if rot has set in.

Interestingly, one of mine which was planted in the wrong part of the yard (cold and wet) started rotting at the bottom during these last few rainy years (snow too) and the entirety of the flesh came off leaving just the spine and the plant continues to grow and flower up top no issues.

That does happen sometimes with dragonfruit also where the bottom flesh rots and the spine remains.  Still, as a precaution I would cut if it's the actual roots rotting.

Take a clean cut off that thing and reroot or it will dwindle away if rot has set in.

Yeah we have fresh durian here in Southern California at the local asian market chains.  Not there all the time though, it is seasonal.  Frozen durian I think is available there year round.  Maybe because we are closer to Asia? Pretty sure that is where they are all coming from.

There is a fence around the property but not very high, not sure if it is good enough to keep out deer but they are definitely present and can be seen outside the fenceline.  Gophers are definitely going to be a issue though, they have holes all over.  Thanks for the suggestions.

Just use some twine and an aluminum tag, it will last longer.

Low chill Pears grafted to callery rootstock? Callery is native to some pretty harsh regions. On that theme, I would look at your native plants in the area and think about what might possibly work using them as a rootstock.

I suspect it's all ceanothus and oak, maybe some manzanita thrown in. The typical mountain fire-adapted group. Pears take too much water to fruit well in this region since all the rain typically comes in the winter. Apricots are the better choice due to earlier cropping.

Yes spot on with the oak and occasional manzanita.  Higher rainfall but most of it comes in winter like you said with a nice stretch of dry summer.  I do have a spare burgundy plum I have been growing in a pot maybe I could use that for rootstock up there.

Weird Fruit Explorer video talks about two kinds of cas guavas; regular cas with flat leaves and Brazilian cas with wavy edged leaves.
Do you think this Brazilian cas is the same as para guava? If so is it Psidium angulatum or acutangulum?
My para guava with wavy leaves is more cold hardy than my cas.  It's almost as cold hardy as regular guajava. 
So maybe para guava is better than cas guava for some people.

Regular cas is Costa Rican and has smaller leaves than guajava.  Psidium Angulatum I think is sometimes called Brazilian cas, this one has the curly, wavy leaves.  Agree on the hardiness of Angulatum, seems to edge out regular Cas in taking winter.  I have not tasted either so will not be able to compare for maybe a couple years at minimum.

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