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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Uvaria Rufa - slow grower?
« on: April 25, 2023, 12:44:55 PM »
Hey all,

I got some seeds from a seller here and got 1 to germinate a few months or so back.  To me, it seemed to stall out for a little while and did not put out any growth really.  After all this time, it seems like it finally is growing a hair bigger.  Are these normally slow? Mine isn't on a heatmat, just under a grow light indoors.

I plan on transitioning it to a better pot and probably outdoors soon.

Hi everybody,

Welcome to a community where us prickly nerds can discuss our passion for all things cacti related.  Inspired by the PGA thread for Psidiums and looking back on a thread I started called Top Cacti fruit, I decided this would be a great place for conversation and sharing thoughts.  While I don't have the length of experience many of you already do, I like many of you have started to put together a little collection of these low irrigation plants. 

Cacti are resilient here in Southern California, anyone that lives here knows that they require little care other than warm sunshine and a bit of water to keep growth pushing.  Pests are far and few between for these plants.  Basically, except for a select few species, they require little care and resources which is great for the environment (and wallet! ;D).

So how is everyone's cacti plants warming up this season? I am seeing a lot new growth emerge here as our Spring slowly kicks into warmer temperatures.

Citrus General Discussion / Best tasting blood orange?
« on: April 04, 2023, 02:50:15 PM »
Hi all,

I don't know that much about citrus but I really enjoy blood oranges.  Can someone point me in the direction of the best varieties that are worth obtaining?

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.

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? 

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.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Seashore mangosteen in California?
« on: November 15, 2022, 04:04:14 PM »
Hey all,

I am trying to germinate a seashore mangosteen tree (Garcinia hombroniana).  I have only had the seed for about a week and no sign of germination yet, though I hear they can sometimes take 3 to 6 months.  Does anyone have experience with germinating these and if they will do well outdoors in Southern California?  I already have a potted Achacha that seems to be doing fine outdoors (though this thing seems to be super slow growing, maybe because winter time is almost here?).


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