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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: 2022 PayPal taxes
« on: November 25, 2022, 02:42:35 PM »

Hobby expenses canít be itemized after 2018, only standard deduction that everyone receives. I had last yearís taxes done by H&R Block and my tax preparer said I couldnít deduct my hobby expenses. I just think it should be more than $600, nobody is making a living off of that. Also most of the items sold by average folks were paid with $ already taxed to begin with.

1099 contractors generally work for more than one entity and receive a 1099 form from each. The IRS wants their money lol. The only way to avoid this would be to get paid cash under the table. But like Brad said, they probably won't go after someone if its a small (ish) amount.

A 1099 contractor that works for only one entity is likely a misclassified employee. (outside of the context of this thread and getting 1099s from selling on paypal)

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: 2022 PayPal taxes
« on: November 25, 2022, 02:40:02 PM »
$600 is the threshold for 1099 reporting. Anything more than that must be reported to the IRS.

Source: am self employed

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is anyone growing Mammee Apple?
« on: November 23, 2022, 01:24:31 PM »
We are growing many mammee apple trees. The fruit makes an excellent jam.

Couldn't be of much use in terms of cold sensitivity advice though sorry.

They are beautiful trees.

Try to get a freestone variety if you can.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit Trees with high ornamental value
« on: November 23, 2022, 01:20:20 PM »
My favorite currently is olosapo

Caimito is really nice too

Edit: also most garcinias

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 12x12 nut tree
« on: November 21, 2022, 04:11:36 PM »
Hi all. I am looking to plant a tree to the south of my house that can help to provide some shade. From my house to the fence, there is about 20'. My roof has an over hang of a few feet, plus I want to be able to walk comfortably around the tree, so I'm looking for something that can be maintained in the neighborhood of 12x12 or so (a little bigger is fine). I thought macadamia could be nice. I'm more interested in tropical almond, but am not sure if that will fruit well if I attempt to maintain it at 12x12. Any experiences? Other recommendations?

Tropical almond is a very large tree. We just cut down the one out front that had been topped repeatedly to save the neighbors view. I'd suggest something like barringtonia edulis if that is available and suitable for your location.

Jackfruit seeds are edible as well, kind of like little potatoes when you boil them. Worth a thought.

Many tropical fruit species seed interact with the animals that eat the fruit, go thru the digestive system, get coated with feacal matter, which may be protective of pathogens or dissolve the seed coat.  Many seeds fall and germinate in the surface leaf litter, or on the bare soil in the rain, without any covering.
Being outside the tropics, I found it often easy to germinate seed in a hot summer climate, but difficult to get many thru the first or second winter in cold wet pot mixes.
On the other hands friends in the tropics seem to plant seeds in bags of loamy soil, in the rain, under a shade tree.
One friend threw Avocado seeds out his kitchen window into the rainforest to grow his next lot of trees, and he was never running out of Avocado fruit.

While I agree that nature will find a way, there is also something to be said about the survivor bias, being you'll never know how many dead seeds it took before one sprouted. Your friends in the tropics know what they're doing imo, I don't know what I did wrong before but my germ rates are way higher using that method

Or have yall tried the float method? sounds basic asf but has worked perfectly on everything I've tried so far.

Just fill up a jar with water to the brim, move it to your final location (in the dark, etc), and carefully put the seed on top of the water so it floats. If it sinks, pull it out, dry it, try again. You can leave it like that for weeks

Seeds germinated in non aerated water will have a lack of oxygen. The float method isn't 100% accurate for viability testing depending on the seed, not sure if you were suggesting it for that.

Also, roots that develop in water are maladapted for growing in soil and may cause the plant stress upon transition.

pack them in really small baggies like seeds in the mail come in, and use 5.5 pH water.

Wait until you see roots in the bag, and you're good to go! I've had really great success using this method and I think the low pH is what makes it possible so bad bacteria can't grow. best of luck! I know there's a lot of people that also run into this problem

I'm not a microbiologist by any means, but I'm pretty sure most plant pathogens wouldn't be bothered much by a pH of 5.5, FWIW.

AFAIK a lot of bad bacteria tolerate pH 4+, and if you go that low you're asking for a lot of other problems.

pH is logarithmic, so 5 is 10x more acidic than 6, and 4 is 100x more acidic than 6.

Wow it must take forever

Yes, they are very large trees, and dioecious afaik.

We decided against planting them.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Rangpur limes?
« on: November 13, 2022, 09:27:55 PM »
We like making the rangpur lime into juice. I dont really have any complaints and the seediness doesnt make a big difference for juicing.

Never noticed a spicy flavor though, and I am balking at the idea of juicing all those tiny calamansi...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Abiu seedling tips needed
« on: November 12, 2022, 12:41:49 PM »
How deep did you bury the seed? I would just bury the root and have the seed more or less just sit on top of the soil. A lot of tropicals will want to throw off the seed casing and I imagine burying the seed could cause problems with this. Can't remember if that is the case for abiu though.

Barely at all, probably an eighth of an inch. Still, things just don't seem right. Going to dig it up right now, hopefully the roots have grown since last time

edit: ok I dug it up, very weird. Roots are quite a bit more developed, just absolutely 0 topgrowth. I replanted it so the seed content is right above the soil, I guess now I wait and hope I didn't try to fix something that didn't need to be fixed  ???

Leave the poor thing alone...

More root disturbance = more stress

Come to Hawaii 

last santol I had had this super funky garlic aftertaste

Unless I'm mistaken, fresh fruit from Hawaii cannot be shipped to the mainland United States due to a fruit fly quarantine. So, you would have to see what sells well in Hawaii or what people want there but currently can't get. You could also sell something that could be processed so that it can be shipped to the US. You would probably have to partner with or become a supplier to a company already in that field. Macadamia nuts might fall into that category, if the major processors buy from independent growers. Hawaii's Department of Agriculture would be the agency to advise you about that.

We can ship coconuts, pineapple and sharwil avocado.

Our plan is to freeze dry/dehydrate fruit and sell direct.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Monstera deliciosa
« on: November 09, 2022, 12:40:00 PM »
Vegan Potato Man, I have talked to people in Hawaii. Some love the taste, and some does not. People that don't like it most were collected fruit from roadside which they cannot tell if they got their fruit from the right plant. I have asked for photo to ID the plant, but they did not have it. There are people there did not know the difference between Monstera deliciosa vs split leaf Philodendron. What they showed to me was split leaf Philodendron. Would you share photo of the plant you saw with us for ID please.

I don't have a photo but it was definitely monstera and not split leaf philodendron. They are very distinct plants in both leaf and fruit characteristics, at least to me.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Monstera deliciosa
« on: November 07, 2022, 11:10:23 PM »
It grows here on the road and is a common landscaping plant.

The fruit is like overripe pineapple, which isn't so bad I guess. My main gripe is the oxalate shards.

Overripe pineapple fiberglass fruiit.

Maybe there are better varieties with less oxalate but anytime I've tasted even a little I got a scratchy throat.

Ooh thanks for the heads up. How far have you gotten with your Olosapo plant? Flowers/fruit? Healthy plant?

Its about 3-4 feet tall now and around two years. Something was eating it before we put it in the ground but its going strong now. I think it was the japanese beetles.

They have lovely foliage.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit ID
« on: November 07, 2022, 06:38:45 PM »
I'd guess gnetum but I can't find quite the same branching structure in pictures online

I thought the same, but they had gnetum fruit (hadn't seen the fruit itself) and it didn't really have any flesh to speak of between the seed and skin. This one has a small amount.

17 has seeds of olosapo sometimes. I've bought from them but not olosapo.

My one olosapo plant I bought from 9waters etsy store.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit ID
« on: November 06, 2022, 06:59:11 PM »
honestly I don't know what I'm talking about at all  :), just along for the ride

No worries, they were great suggestions, hopefully someone knows more than us  :blank:

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit ID
« on: November 06, 2022, 11:43:32 AM »
I don't know if this is right, but google reverse images says Mimusops elengi - Spanish Cherry. The part that connects the fruit to the branch doesn't look right for my ID

after some more extensive looking, this is the absolute closest I could find: Aglaia korthalsii (basing off second picture, description of fruit shape and flavor)

Thanks for the reply. It does look similar but there are significant differences, including size, flesh appearance, and the visible sepals on mimusops elengii, and the woody part of the stem readily pulls from the fruit stem, unlike how it appears in the Aglaia picture.

Here is a picture of the cleaned seed. I had to scrape off a lot of the brown seed coat, but the seed does have a line going lengthwise along it.

Tasting it again this morning, I am reminded of langsat and a little bit of wampee, which was my first guess, but I don't know much about wampee at all.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Fruit ID
« on: November 06, 2022, 01:07:10 AM »

Just got home from Hawaii tropical fruit growers conference. They had this fruit there but no label. No idea what it is but thick skin and slight acid taste with the flavor of honey. Not much flesh to seed.

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: Canna edulis stalk color
« on: October 30, 2022, 01:02:19 PM »
Thank for the input. The ornamental ones that are naturalized in the yard have yellow flowers and the edulis have smaller red flowers. Should I assume any with yellow flowers are inedible? D

As far as I know, they should still be edible regardless. It isn't like cassava where the new seedlings can be much more toxic.

I just assumed it was a different variety. After all, Psidium guajava has an wide variation in fruit characteristics from plant to plant. No reason to think that friedrichsthalianum wouldn't also have some variation. The fact that Marco, who seems to really know his plants, says that it is just another variety leads me towards that conclusion. I like Jared's videos because of his globe trotting fruit searches and his super tasting ability, but that man doesn't know jack about plants.

I mostly watch his videos for the faces  :blank:

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: Canna edulis stalk color
« on: October 29, 2022, 01:30:22 PM »
Green stalk canna edulis is fairly common

They're usually propagated vegetatively

Miami fruit has cupuacu fruit for sale...
who wants to pay $87 for 1?

I think like cacao, the seeds are where the real value is. The fruit tastes like unsweetened yogurt / bland durian. I would only eat it if there was nothing else to eat

Really? I thought cupuacu pulp was super popular as a drink in south america?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Red mammee apple seedling (Mammea Americana)
« on: October 28, 2022, 01:35:42 PM »

I noticed the other day this popped up and I was pretty intrigued. The other seeds shot up green and I've never seen a red one. Granted, I haven't germinated too many mammee apple seeds yet. Wondering if anyone else has seen a red seedling.

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