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Yeah Iíve had it outside for a month, I was hoping that would do the trick. Itís not dropping below 45 anymore at you know if peach trees leaf late if they havenít had enough chill, or do they just not flower?

I had a nectarine in a pot that may have not had enough chill hours this winter. The tree still hasnít done anything but a scratch test shows itís still green. Any tricks to forcing it to leaf out or is it just done?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What pineapple guava should i grow?
« on: May 01, 2023, 06:42:44 PM »
Not sure which ones, Iím  still trying to figure it out. They need pollinators and sometimes their flowering barely overlaps. I had nikita but it was so early it would only be able to set a couple of fruit cause its flowering period was over before others started. The New Zealand ones sound like they may be best tasting. Mutligrafted varieties look cool, one of the members (perhaps platynum sp?) had an awesome looking tree. Iím trying unique and Coolidge this year as they apparently self pollinating, but unsure of fruit quality. Check for other posts on this topic.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Capsicum tree flowers
« on: April 25, 2023, 02:02:23 PM »
Is this different from a pepper plant? I kept a habanero plant for 4 years (my wife loves them) and it started to look like a tree. I also grew a ghost pepper plant to 7 feet until if finally fruited. I then threw it out immediately after taking a bite out of a pepper. I felt like someone what trying to exorcise a demon from my stomach.

What are peoples opinion on ambarella? Precocious and little but to me tastes like a bad cheesy mango. I am wondering if I just havenít had good ones.

Except for a yellow dragon fruit a grew from seed I am completely unfamiliar with cacti fruits. Have you had the chance to try different species?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Garcinia sp Brazilian cherapu
« on: April 19, 2023, 07:52:33 AM »
Congrats on even finding seedsI realize that the chance of me ever being able to get this to fruit is next to impossible, but Iíve been looking for seeds for about 4 years. All the online sellers seem to be sold out. Would u be willing to tell us where did u get the seeds?

How many seedlings are you planning on growing? Are you looking for male and female

Ha ha, I tried already unsuccessfully. I probably only get 200chill hours max. We get few clouds in January and my gh temps get over 80F I think it shuts down all the chilling. So inside I can go as low as zone 7 (feijoias) and outside I can push zone 4/5 but I donít think I get enough frost free days to grow peaches and pawpaws. Perhaps I need another greenhouse.

Thanks everyone for your insight. Yeah, I had actually taken a cutting a while back and itís already ina 2 gallon pot ready to go. I was actually thinking about getting rid of the old vine anyway this year but it was flowering like crazy and setting fruit this early springÖ.I guess it knew itís time was up.

Hey everyone Iíve been growing purple passionfruit for about 6 years in a 35 gallon pot. I know commercially they often replace the vines every 3 years in commercial production. It had been productive (2 crops per year) and then after being away for a week (I had watered it) looked like this and has not recovered. Fruit wrinkles, yellow limp leaves.  Does anyone know if this is how the vines die when they get too old?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Rambutan leaves full of holes?
« on: April 12, 2023, 01:30:03 PM »
I was wondering if anyone could identify the source of damage of my rambutan leaves? Iíve never seen any bugs on the plant but they are completely full of holes.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / How far North has someone grown a pawpaw?
« on: April 10, 2023, 09:01:29 PM »
Iím trying to find out how far North you can successfully grow a paw paw fruit? Hardiness is one thing but it think they also need many frost free days that are hot. Iíve been able to keep a small tree alive in zone 3 for one winter but flowering 2 trees and getting fruit is another thing all together. Iím looking for some success stories.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Haskap/honeyberry varieties?
« on: April 10, 2023, 08:55:12 PM »
I find it pretty funny that I someone in Florida wants to try to grow fruit from northern Canada, while I spent years designing a greenhouse to grow what you can do in your backward with ease.

Let me know how it goes. Iíll give updates this year if I get a good crop.

Hey everyone, I started a new thread after a comment from Daintree (I think it was DaintreeÖ I went out and enjoyed too many refreshmentz). In peopleís experience which tropical fruit trees can and canít handle root pruning well?

My Jabo is great I love it, it also loves a lot of water. I have a bonsai friend of mine a seedling I had and it dropped all its leaves (really messy) when I took it out of the greenhouse and despite a humidified it didnít re leaf yet. The issue here in the northern plains it that in the winter interior humidity drops to 10-15% and I donít think the Jabo liked that. I also takes a while to get fruit (probably longer if itís not growing in ideal climate) It can also get hammered by aphids, the tree can handle it fine but itís messy with the honeydew and the frass. Also if u have non plant fanatic family members they donít like bugs they wonít encourage further expansion of your hobby.

That is pretty much what I do - lay it down, slide it out, hack the roots up and repot in the same pot, in some fresh, yummy soil.
When my potted trees (and they are ALL in pots!) quit blooming or fruiting, I know it is time to give them a little root pruning.
I have killed a couple of things that don't appreciate root pruning, but figs, citrus, etc, seem to enjoy the "trim".

Haven't tried it with the cacao - I work too darned hard pollinating and babysitting those things to risk it.  Might have to someday, but I will grow up some replacements first, just in case.


Carolyn, which ones in your experience didnít do well with root pruning. On top of figs and citrus, I hacked my Feijoias and mulberryís roots to peices and they did just fine.

I havenít grown this non climate controlled environment, but cattley guava (strawberry guava) seems to be the most trouble free tropical fruit tree I have. No pests (in cold climate) doesnít get waterlogged, flowers year round (in my greenhouse) and produces large amounts of a good tasting fruit. I think the fruit can be astringent, but i think it way have been to me initially underwatering. I assume it needs as mush sun as you can give it. It also has nice glossy leaves and interesting exfoliating bark. I think it has major problems with carribean fruit fly laying maggots in the fruit (florida), it is also invasive in places like Hawaii.

Also grew coffee bean tree indoors in front of a window(nice plant as well) and was able to get some fruit. But it has a huge problem with mealey bugs to to point where it wasnít worth keeping.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Low Stress Training Starfruit
« on: April 04, 2023, 07:40:26 PM »
Sorry, but Iím a bit ignorant. What are you doing specifically? My starfruit is super spindly (flops all over the place) and Iím hoping to get better structure for once it can set fruit.

This looks like a Naranjilla. I tried to grow one of these but they were sooo spiny it was dangerous. Whatís the fruit like and are they spiny?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cocktail Trees
« on: April 01, 2023, 01:40:35 AM »
Iíve always wanted to do this with my feijoias (especially with the cross
Pollination needs) but I was worried the grafts would fail and the tree structure would be damaged. How did u learn what was the best way to graft them?

I had bc greenhouses build a custom one for me 7 years ago (I supplied the dimensions). Itís actually more of a solarium (Iíve posted a couple of pics in other posts). They shipped it by rail and have delivered as far as Sweden . The aluminum frame and double glazed low e glass (shatterproof for the ceiling) was 30K (Canadian) plus 8k to have one of their guys to come out for 4 days to put it together. Pretty good product, paint started chipping off in one area, and a little problem with a seal over a 3foot area. They were only responsible for the frame and glass, not the foundation or climate control.

I grew mine from seed, Iím pretty sure it took 9 months (chilled them for a month) before they were producing. Those are the yellow wonder variety. The plants grow pretty fast and can be divided pretty quickly.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Visiting Cuba, good places to checkout?
« on: March 24, 2023, 09:48:58 AM »
Does anyone know of good places to check out fruits or botanical gardens in Cuba? Iím arriving there today.

Hereís my pics, I just broke them up in half and repotted 2 weeks ago and already fruiting and flowering. The fruits get to about twice that size. There were from seed.

I live in zone 3, I actually grow them year round in my heated greenhouse zone 11. I grow yellow wonder and they are delicious. Very small i can usually get about 3berries per week per plant all
Winter long. I have them next to a window so they may dip down to 8-9c in January. I grow them in 2 gallon buckets and they produce well until the heat of the summer, my greenhouse maxes out at 32-33c. I will usually divide the plants in summer and plant them all Outside except for a couple. I grew them from seed and chilled them in the fridge for a month.

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