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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Achacha in California?
« on: March 20, 2023, 08:44:08 PM »
Yeah I could see the cold wind being a factor with the death of mine.  I may try again at a later point. I'm just glad the Madrunomade it or I would be Garcinia-less.  The Frankies Garcinia and Garcinia Macrophylla will be my next winter experiment (that hopefully doesn't die  :)).

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Achacha in California?
« on: March 20, 2023, 04:03:36 PM »
Anecdotal but I had a small Achacha probably about 9 inches outdoors and it looks like it didn't make it here in 10B.  Probably a combo of the cold/rain/windy winter we have had (for Southern California standards anyways) and its young age.  I did tuck it away indoor about halfway through winter but probably too little too late.  Garcinia Madruno on the other hand basically went through the same conditions and is perfectly fine.  I may try getting an Achacha again, but seems like a lot of time and work babying it here in infancy to get it going.

Bellamy has a ton of psidium species in stock right now and I made a cart of them. Haven't pulled trigger yet but am tempted.

Are you me?  ;D

Yea that Cas guava never really went dormant it would put out new growth continually through winter only to be taken away with the next spell of cold, rain, and wind.  Now that we are just under 50F at night consistently the new growth is holding on. 

My favorite thing with Psidiums is their resilience in our conditions, plus they are rewarding in that they grow quite rapidly in the warm seasons.  Bonus that they are generally low maintenance.

Really interested in hearing about the commitment in different zones to make psidiums thrive. In SoCal they are very easy to grow near the coast and inland a bit.  I keep.all my Psidiums outdoor. The regular psidium guavas I have had no issue at all basically all winter long.  The Cas guava though defoliated quite a bit with all this cold rainy winter for us but mine is young and only maybe 1.5 feet tall.  Doesn't seem to matter anyways as its already pushing new growth near the bottom and branches as well.  Cattley guava sprout that I have didn't even figure out it's winter yet.  My other guava sprouts don't really mind coming up in the middle of winter either.

My real interest is in seeing if there are any Psidiums that can pose a bigger challenge for me here (maybe one of those species coming from Cerrado region).

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: ODDS & SODS - Plants For Sale!
« on: March 02, 2023, 05:34:23 PM »
Received the x large red jabo and sabara a couple days ago.  The package was a little bit beat up from transit but I opened it up and Kevin packed these things like they were ready for a tornado.  I didn't snap pics but they are really nice plants, thanks again Kevin!

Hello fellow tropical geeks.

I have a few too many plants sprouting and I wanted to share the love.  This is for local pickup in San Diego area only.

Thai White guava (1 whole small tray available) - $2
These are outdoors already in a unheated greenhouse and taking the end of winter cold like a champ.

Bo Hong Star Apple - Chrysophyllum Cainito (3 available) - $3 each
Obtained from Frankies Nursery in Hawaii.  Apologies for having them in plastic bottle greenhouses for now so not the best container but they are happy for now.

Pitangatuba - Eugenia Selloi (1 available) - $4

Red Sugar Apple - Annona Squamosa germinated seeds (2 available) - $1 for both

These are inflation busting prices for some babies ready for spring and that is why I also will not ship them.  Shoot me a message if interested.

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Good luck with the results!

I think 9B is teetering on its habitable zone so there is that.  I would just wait and see if it bounces back when Spring warms up.

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.

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