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Awesome skhan, ill check back in during March.

Hey all,

With Caimito coming into season now/soon, was hoping somebody in SE FL had a few to sell. Located in Ft. Lauderdale so nearby would be awesome.
Grateful for everyone offering on Etsy and Facebook but the prices are a bit high.


You get 3 for $16. Tell me where you found other clips? I can't find anything this quality or anything remotely similar. Lol must've not searched google enough...
Ey bro aliexpress got 10,000 grafting clips for 5 dollars, free shipping!!!

For real though, excited to see what yall push out in the upcoming months. I just wish I had plants ready to graft atm.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cleantalk blocking searches?
« on: January 24, 2023, 09:33:11 AM »
Maybe try clearing your internet browser's cache and cookies. Sometimes site filters act up for me and that does the trick.

My understanding is that it does not want to be container-bound, its a big tree.

Hope to see it in Asian supermarkets around here soon, nothing as of two days ago when I was shopping. Don't have personal interest in growing but I'd love to try that fruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 10b - best snacking fruits for kids
« on: January 23, 2023, 02:46:19 PM »
my introduction to plants as a kid was honeysuckle, I'll never forget trying it and finding it unbelievable that it really tasted sweet like honey
I think a lot of species are invasive though

Honeysuckle has a better cousin, the Honeyberry/Haskap. Normally hardy zone 3-8, makes a blueberry-like fruit. Native to Siberia/Japan I believe, and not considered invasive. Florida (Zone 9+) trials going on for a few cultivars, a couple of which I bought and will receive sometime this Spring (Strawberry Sensation, Boreal Beauty).
Might be worth a try for something new, especially an easily manageable shrub.

I agree with every other suggestion posted in this thread too. If you need a purple passion vine, I'm digging mine up to replace with giant granadilla; let me know if you want to pick it up im in Broward.

Temperate Fruit Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Looking for paw paw trees
« on: January 22, 2023, 08:50:13 PM »
After researching a while back, the best options I found for anything zone 8+ are Susquehanna or Sunflower. My grafted Susquehanna is doing good in 10, for now.

Or you could plant a ton of seeds and see which best survive your climate, then use those to graft or grow to maturity. Doing that as well here.

Myrica rubra is an obligate N fixer and uses a species Frankia bacteria to create its own N inside on nodules in their roots, Iím not sure that it is wise to remove all root nodules because it would prevent the plants from producing their own nitrogen. The lose of their symbiotic bacteria might slow down the trees growth. Iím sure mixing in a microrhyzel  mix might help the plants but removing all the nitrogen nodules might be hard on the plant. Here is an article about their nodule formation but there are a few articles about it

At the same time, tons of complaints about previous orders spreading RKN in people's yards and growing spaces, so some pruning and quarantine can go a long way. I cant afford for my small yard to get infested, ill be buying probably from someone here in a few years.
The formation and texture of nitrogen-fixing nodules is different enough than galls formed by RKN, so its potentially easy to identify if you have an issue. Even if you killed off most of the nodules, like you said there's plenty of soil amendments that can help them boune back. I would err on the side of caution.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: SOLD
« on: January 20, 2023, 11:21:54 PM »
Very hype! best of luck Eric. hope both annonas thrive.

I have plenty of flies in my yard lol welcome to take them. But for real, I'd say you can attract them without stinking the place up with fish. My closed compost bin works well, I occasionally open it.
My compost is also really hot, which I think helps; I've loaded it this past year with everything including some meat and fish (I know thats not recommended but it balances out fine).

Looks like i missed this thread. If you've still got an extra or two D, i'd be glad to take em.

I can only imagine what my fiancee would do to me if I spent 3K+ on a tree lol.

Revivalroots- if that is your tree, that is awesome.
Hot yangmei market, make that moolah $$$  8)

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Where to buy boxes?
« on: January 18, 2023, 09:46:56 PM »
You can try going around and finding them, but an alternative if you need that specific size:

25-pack of 24x6x6 for $27.99, free shipping with Amazon Prime.

Hi all,

I've had some success with getting America pawpaw started in Zone 10, although it will be awhile until i can assess quality and production of fruit.

Regardless, I want to get started on a little project, and see if another temperate favorite of mine can adjust to the weather here, the European Hazlenut. I'm looking for small plants or any viable seeds, stratified or not, as to best expose them early on to the FL environment. The following varieties would be preferential as well: Red Dragon, Theta, Polly O, Jefferson, Grand Traverse.


Have you attempted grafting on Myrica pensylvanica? Can't find anything online about its compatibility with M. rubra, all focus on M. cerifera. Seems like a good spp. to try for cold hardiness?

Ill shoot ya a message Eric

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / SOLD
« on: January 16, 2023, 07:32:21 PM »
Hey all,

Had a buyer bail on me and im still looking to sell the following. Asking $30 for everything listed below, which includes USPS Medium priority shipping.

Seedlings (5-8" height):
(1) Longan "Kohala" - (Dimocarpus longan)
(1) Arabic Coffee - (Coffea arabica)
(1) Cacao - (Theobroma cacao)
(2) Lemon Drop Mangosteen (Garcinia intermedia)
(1) Red 'Cherimoya' - (Annona spinescens)

Unrooted Cuttings (dipped in rooting hormone):
(6) Giant Granadilla - (Passiflora quadrangularis)
(1) Blue Java "Ice Cream" Banana Pup - (Musa acuminata ◊ balbisiana)
(6) Yellow Dragonfruit - (Selenicereus megalanthus)

Try Mahonia Nursery out of Salem, Oregon. Best wholesale prices ive seen for M. californica and the only website to bother updating their inventory for 2023. Availability and prices listed below from their current catalog. Only thing I couldnt confirm is if they ship out of state. Good luck

Botanical.:               Common:                  QTY:  AVL:    Size:      Price:
Myrica californica      Pacific Wax Myrtle      165   NOW    1 gal     $4.25
Myrica californica      Pacific Wax Myrtle      539   NOW    5 gal     $17.00

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Highland papayas (Vasconcellea genus)
« on: January 13, 2023, 09:49:22 PM »
Has anyone had success growing papaya relatives in humid subtropics?

My Jarilla chocola were doing great; I germinated in late fall but when the temp dropped to ~37F a few weeks ago, they stunted.
So I traded em out for Royal Star papaya. J. chocola should be hardy to zone 9b though, may have a couple spare seeds if intersted.


Excited to see what else you acquire on your next trip! All my plants from you are thriving!

Wish I could go with you to Cameroon (and every trip frankly), but wow those plane tickets are $$$ :blank: 
Perhaps in 2024, lol.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Durian + Salak Seedlings - South Florida
« on: January 13, 2023, 09:00:28 AM »

I wish I had more to share! I believe all specimens are accounted for now. Although honestly, I don't think either of these guys are well suited for container living.

Contact me if you wanna discuss some spp. that may have a shot living indoors in a container.

- Dan

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Xain Red and Wilson Red Jackfruits
« on: January 12, 2023, 06:30:47 PM »
Idk about those varieties but itís probibly some random varieties that someone named themselves after getting some seeds of another red hetrophyllus.

So those reds are probobly orininally from Indian stock, the home land of Jackfruit. Lots of people tend to name things to increase the fictional value in order to increase profit margins.

Lol crying from this comment, that is literally what Xain's Red is; although to follow that up, he's a very reputable grower, atleast in the Southeast FL fruit community (Xain's World). Someone recently mentioned he's not active on the forum anymore?

I think Leaph told me that variety came from a red jackfruit (producing) of Xain's that he found very favorable, something like that. Much better than slapping a name on some random seeds.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Xain Red and Wilson Red Jackfruits
« on: January 12, 2023, 05:05:04 PM »
I picked up Xain's Red this summer from Leaph Michaelson, this is a newer variety I believe. Great tree, have had zero issues or ailments. Not much more info than already available on Lara Farms website.

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