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Does anyone have stenocereus queretaroensis of different colors?

Its annoyingly hard to find the US and when you do find it the only color is usually red

Agreed on difficulty finding other color Pitaya.  I did find a seller that sold seeds of the different colors but they were all out of stock except for the red (of course).  There are sellers that have cuttings too but also believe they are red.  I started a little collection of Stenocereus since my previous thread on cacti.  S. Griseus and S. Chacalapensis are only a few inches tall so I'm years away from anything fruiting.  S. Thurberi and S. Montanus are just sprouts at this point.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Transitioning indoor trees outside
« on: April 19, 2023, 01:17:18 PM »
A lot of Eugenias and Plinia can handle down to 32 or lower, but since they are going outside for the first time, I would say 50 is a good low to start out with as long as there's no crazy winds.

What's wrong with spiny? ;D

I rooted this Grusonia Kenzei recently, but man I wish it was easier to handle, gloves and newspaper or barbecue tongs are a must lol.  It is supposed to fruit too but there's basically no info on taste.

Is there are a large variance in different Opuntia species taste?  The ones I have had I would either label good but nothing special or just bland.  I have one "Pina Colada" Opuntia Charlestonensis that is showing off its first emerging flower.  Really incredible because it was unrooted not even 2 months ago.

Epiphyte do you just have these in pots high up with the cacti just drooping over? Definitely a strange characteristic.

It's extremely dappled, basically right up on the trunk under a peach tree canopy so it just gets a kiss of light.  I'll monitor it closely but since I basically do the same process to garcinias and jabos with no issue I think it will be okay.

I should go about it more properly but I literally have a bunch community pots with tons of guava seedlings that go straight from indoor and barely acclimate them and let them fight it out under the sun gladiator style.

K-Rimes how do your Campomanesias hold up in full sun? I stuck my little Reitziana in a small pot and got it outdoors in dappled shade inland about 7 miles from coast in 10A zone.

It was under a grow light this whole time so I just don't want to risk roasting it, it will be mid 80s there this weekend.

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.

Sent you a Pm about a week ago, not sure if it went through.  Sent you a new Pm let me know if you got it.  Thanks again for the quality seeds!!

I have a few Campomanesias but those are new to me and still babies.  Schechtendeliana barely has 1st set of leaves and have 1 more emerging from the soil.  My Reitziana is a bit further along but have little info on it.  It has some really neat leaves IMO.  Check it out from my pic last month:

Personally I like the idea of Psidiums better because I can have them get blasted with full sun and not be too bothered by our cold.  But if Campomanesias have a worthy taste then I would consider exploring adding more to the collection.

I took the plunge on some of those uncommon Psidium species from Bellamy.  I got to set a reminder 3 years from now to dig up this thread to see where these are at. 

How's everyone doing with their Psidiums? My Malaysian red guava ready to take off the rest of this year.  Does anyone have one and know when they start bearing?  The one I have is about 3 feet tall or more so I may have a ways to go still.  Here is a pic from couple months ago:

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Best tasting blood orange?
« on: April 09, 2023, 01:08:16 AM »
Thanks for the opinions, I was just trying to get an idea.  I love throwing some blood oranges in lemonade to make a nice flavor, so while I do eat them sometimes, I really like that they have this orange flavor with hints of berry.  When I make it with other oranges, it just becomes too orange-y for me personnally.

An archived portion would be amazing just to go back and look at some of these seldom seen or heard of species.  It's why I always screenshot what the description page has.  Anyways thanks for all the seeds/plants, Kam has great variety and quality.

Wow Rob, yours is killing it.  Just shows you how different our zones can be with the same label, no doubt you guys have higher humidity and all that.  I am just glad that mine made it through our winter and ready to kick into high gear for growth.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Best tasting blood orange?
« on: April 04, 2023, 03:01:26 PM »
Ok sure I just enjoy the flavor profile, particularly the ones that have a lot of dark red flesh.  I think the one that I get from the local hispanic market is Moro blood orange but I'm not sure.  I may have had another variety once but the flesh was a lot lighter and closer looking to an orange and I don't have the faintest idea what variety that one was.  I was looking into the different varieties and was interested in the red Smith blood orange but have no idea how that one tastes.

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?

Update on the Nitida.  The vine went semi-dormant here, I assume because our particularly rainy and cold winter. It would drop a few bottom level leaves but still push out growth slowly on the top.  Now that we are starting to warm up, new growth and vines emerging at the bottom.

Here is a couple pics of the West Coast counterpart:

The main vine at the soil is starting look more woody as well.  Probably will still be a while before I have abundant vines.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Identity of mango in Singapore?
« on: March 28, 2023, 08:32:39 PM »
I totally understand a situation like that.  I would assume the ones I saw in airport are pre-screened or something, of course these weren't mango seeds that I saw there though.  Even when crossing land borders into CA they just ask if carrying fruit from other states outside of Cali at USDA checkpoints and that's about it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Identity of mango in Singapore?
« on: March 28, 2023, 06:52:47 PM »
I don't think seeds are necessarily a big deal taking back to CA, they sell them in certain airports even.  They are looking more for pests, fruit, or blacklisted/invasive species I think.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Light exposure for Jabo
« on: March 25, 2023, 01:24:28 PM »
I am new to jabos since last year.  I'm pretty close to the water.  The one I have growing in 10b here near the coast got a little crispy in full sun during the summer and even a bit until early fall.  I had then moved it to a place where it gets dappled/partial sun in the morning and shade around noon and it seems happy there.  We can get a lot of cloudless summer days with intense summer sun near the coast so that is just my opinion, San Diego has a lot of microclimates though.

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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