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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« on: Today at 01:21:47 PM »
Jumping into this discussion way too late but had to mention to my South FL peeps, I picked up some fresh Durian pieces today from Foodtown supermarket in Davie. Obviously, nobody had any more detail to provide me than already on the label.
Could probably debate on how fresh it was, but it tasted significantly better than any frozen ones I've ever purchased there; the flavor was bonkers (in the best way).

A shame nobody else in my household wanted to eat it lol. Cant emphasize the title of this thread enough, there is not enough durian down here in SoFlo.

Festival (Everbearing) and Camarosa, to my understanding, are the other known cultivars that will do well this far south. I had luck with my White Alpine strawberries here, but got rid of the plants to make space awhile ago. A few other people I traded seeds with on Facebook in Central FL had luck with them though.

I have probably just enough of the white alpine strawberry seeds to send to you two if interested @Julie @Rob.

Gurneys has them available for preorder for next year. I think there are better varieties for your zone though.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: best type of prickly pear to grow in texas?
« on: November 30, 2022, 09:15:44 AM »
Just finished rooting a bunch of spineless prickly pear aka south texas prickly pear (Opuntia ellisiana) pads. I say this one because it produces a solid standard prickly pear fruit, and you don't have a million spines to worry about; glochids still present, but smaller.  Good if you have animals to worry about on the property.

Amazon Tree Grape is the one that kinda tastes like wintergreen right, I had some at Joe's, they're tasty.. I suspect not hardy to under zone 11 though?

My understanding is that they should be good zone 10-12

Its my favorite variety, no doubt. Ill have a million more seedlings this upcoming summer!

Sold out for now, thanks guys.

- Dan

L, you restock on Amazon Tree Grape seeds yet?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: 2022 PayPal taxes
« on: November 25, 2022, 10:03:00 AM »
You won't owe anything if all you made was 1000$ or something close to that.  You are still supposed to file a return though.

You don't need an LLC to write off expenses either.  You can write off any fertilizers or plants etc and do it all as a sole proprieter.  Just keep your receipts. 

You paypal earnings are personal income from your sole proprietorship and you can deduct all the plants and fertilizers etc you bought. 

Welcome to being a grown up, and dealing with the government.

Yeah I made my eBay account to offload a bunch of personal crap when i moved early 2022, they were very straight up that the $20k -> $600 taxable income reporting requirement was a hot load from the govt. The website even told me to contact my local politicians and complain, not that it would do anything.

Like spaugh mentioned, keeping track and writing off business expenses is your best bet. Its not considered a hobby if you have a solid paper trail for profits and expenses, although I suppose each state will have its own definition on that, including business license requirements and the like. If you're making some good money Ryan, may want to even consider a separate bank account for business, that could go a long way. Atleast the state of TN doesn't have income tax.

IRS mentioned hobbyist tax deductions might make a reappearance in 2026...  ::)

Looking to sell or exchange a few extra Sea Grape (Coccoloba uvifera) seedlings I pulled from the ground the other day. Gorgeous fast-growing tree, edible fruit good for use in jams, winemaking, etc. Naturally hardy to Zone 9B, it can be grown in a pot and indoors/greenhouse. It is cold/frost-sensitive.
I know these are common along the coast, but wanted to offer all US buyers since these plants are stupid expensive online ($20 for a 2" seedling? $125 for a 2' plant??)

They are dioecious, I recommend keeping atleast 2-3 if you're expecting/wanting fruit to develop. Let me know if interested and what you may want to trade, thanks.

- Dan

I have had good success with various seeds purchased from the Etsy seller Floridaseeds1, I believe they have their own website as well. The A. obovata was more or less recently posted, which coincides with the time of harvest being not too long ago for this species. That would be my best bet for freshest seeds atm if you don't find anyone else to trade with.
Could also try contacting Dan (forum member Gulfcoastgardening), I believe he is a pawpaw fan/collector as well.

I have been looking for some A. parviflora and A. obovata for awhile, let me know if you find a good seed source. There are etsy options but not sure on the viability of seeds from a lot of the sellers there.

If you're purchasing these species to establish a food forest however, I would not recommend any of those you listed. Mainly because they do not produce sizeable fruits, and the production time is years out compared to a grafted tree. My suggestion would be to invest in 2-3+ grafted Susquehanna Pawpaw trees (A. triloba). A. triloba is technically native to the northern part of the state, as D-Grower mentioned, but the Susquehanna cultivar is popular in the Southeast for its heat/sun tolerance compared to other American pawpaw cultivars; it should do just fine in Zone 9. I currently have one in Zone 10 hoping to see how it does.

The other species are great for pollinators though and would be a more beneficial garden addition in that way.

Best of luck.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Idiospermum australiense
« on: November 10, 2022, 03:29:08 PM »
I dont believe youre going to find this species for sale anywhere, unless you pay someone to go to the Daintree rainforest in QLD and harvest it for you. The fruit is also toxic, just in case you didn't know.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Salak first flowers, palm city FL
« on: November 10, 2022, 10:55:32 AM »
Very awesome, good luck & hope you get tons of fruit. Would be hard to determine plant sex without comparison of other flowers. I suppose if you measure each individual flower in your garden, you may be able to determine the gender with the male flower being thinner and longer, but I'm sure it'll flower soon enough and that'll be the dead giveaway.
Have some Red Salak coming in soon, hoping they're all the hype.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Your absolute favorite FL fruit tree
« on: November 08, 2022, 10:26:37 PM »
My favorite right now is Cecropia peltata. Gorgeous tree, can't wait for the fruit. The various Matoa (P. pinnata) are appealing to me as well, leaves and colors are nice.

Good luck. You can also try using willow water, help the seedlings develop and strengthen quicker. Cheap, easy to make, and useful if you've got a willow tree nearby.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking for Chupa Chupa tree
« on: November 06, 2022, 03:24:28 PM »
Forum member FloridaAnnona recently made a post with different sizes Chupa Chupa trees for sale, still on the front page of this section of the forum. See if they will ship to CA. Good luck.

You could try a low-concentration GA3 bath for the seeds, usually helps with seeds that are slow or difficult to germinate. Not sure what % you'd need for this particular species.

Appreciate it elouicious. There are some pawpaw seeds available online, like etsy, but was hoping to try with fresher ones through forum members first.

I would say both, anyone sells. The forum rules below are pretty straight forward.

"If you are a nursery please keep all your sales items grouped under your nursery name to avoid constant spamming! A "NEW" post will light up everytime you add to your post, and you can change the subject to match the current info! Please respect this format to be fair to all of us..
Individuals selling single items may post directly to the main board as always!

Please label your posts in this manner:
If you are looking for a plant/seed please put "Wanted:" at the beginning of your title.

If you are selling a plant/seed please put "Selling:" at the beginning of your title.

You must include the price for any item being sold.

Here are some examples:
Wanted: Artocarpus altilis seeds or plants
Selling: Garcinia mangostana seedlings"

Hi all,

Looking to purchase/trade for seeds of the following species:

Asimina parviflora - Smallflower Pawpaw
Asimina obovata - Bigflower Pawpaw
Inga ingoides - Ice Cream Bean/Pacae
Inga jinicuil - Ice Cream Bean/Chalahuite
Inga edulis - Ice Cream Bean

Thanks! And if you are looking to trade, let me know what seeds or seedlings you may be in the market for.
- Dan

Revivalroots, my man  8)

thank you

@K-Rimes thats EXACTLY what Im talking about. Ill find it eventually but I just don't get the prices online sometimes, etsy can be the worst of it. I literally give out prickly pear pads and dragonfruit cuttings for free regularly; all these cacti arent that special.

@Jabo definitely hit or miss with the fruit I tried, I really like the floral flavor, quite unique to me. Appreciate the well wishes in my search.

Hey all,

Looking for a decent plant or a few spare large cuttings of Peruvian Apple Cactus (Cereus repandus) near Fort Lauderdale. Would be glad to trade or purchase for a fair price. Personally don't think $25 for a couple 2" cuttings online is worth it.

- Dan

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