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Here you go PM.

Oscar is right, kwai muk and lakoocha grow fine in CA along with Jack and so far, chempeJack.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First fruiting of garcinia madruno
« on: July 15, 2019, 05:09:32 PM »
Great job, can't wait for the taste report!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: White sapote thinning ?
« on: April 08, 2019, 05:48:30 PM »
Too much WS fruit will break branches on my tree. I thin most the fruit from the top of the tree that I cannot reach and falls when rotten. Lower branches, I do thin smaller fruits, hoping to redirect the trees energy and nutrients to the remaining fruits. Plus when I've been lazy and let all the fruit stay, it blooms less the next year.

Good luck!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Atractocarpus fitzalanii
« on: March 28, 2019, 01:18:24 AM »
Great job, the flowers are small but smell so good!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Another rewarding Borneo fruit trip
« on: December 15, 2018, 07:28:05 PM »
Wow, great photos,  look like an amazing time!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Discovered Some Visitors
« on: October 28, 2018, 11:32:26 AM »
Very cool but unfortunate placement,  hopefully you don't need to pick mangoes anytime soon.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Yucatán in the fall
« on: October 28, 2018, 11:29:47 AM »
Lucky man JF, those fruits look great!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2018, the year of the airlayer!
« on: October 23, 2018, 08:00:38 PM »
Good luck Vernmented! I think after a dozen or so bud grafts, it'll be second nature.

Hibachi Drama, there were a few variables but for the muntingia,  I was able to make a 2 week old airlayer survive, though It took longer in after care. 30 days during the heat of summer yielded some crazy roots.

Thank you Simon, it was interesting to see differences in the roots between plants.

Thank you ScottR, I think the mac nut was 60 days? It'll be interesting to see whether they thrive or not in the long term. There were a couple airlayers that I removed impatiently and you could see the callous forming at the wound sight. I'd like to try them again next year and be more patient. I might be able to add a few more species to the list.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / 2018, the year of the airlayer!
« on: October 23, 2018, 12:45:22 PM »
In the past, I have tried airlayering in a 1/2 arsed way and not surprisingly, failed. So this year, I decided to learn how to airlayer. It is actually not that hard, just takes a little technique. I tried two methods, one where you remove a layer of cambium from around the branch, i used this for larger branches. I also tried cutting underneath the leaf buds, without completely separating, them and placing a wedge (wooden toothpick) between the bud and branch. From there, it is the same for both, paint with hormone, wrap in damp peat, wrap in plastic, tie ends, wrap in foil and write the date on it  Then the hardest part, waiting. . . . Some take a couple weeks, others, 30, 60, 90+ days to form roots.

2019 is going to be year of the chip/T budding.  :)

My yellow fruited muntingia calabura tree, I wanted to propagate but had zero luck with seeds and very little luck with cuttings. I was able to make a bunch of airlayers with a high % of takes.

Macadamia nut

White guava

Olosapo  (Couepia Polyandra)

Uvaria Rufa

Akee (Blighia Sapida)

I'll try a few things next year that looked like they might have worked this year if I'd had more patience.

Soncoya scion grafted onto cherimoya rootstock seems to take well. Unfortunately, the Soncoya is more vigorous and eventually outgrows and kills the cherimoya rootstock. Based on that, I'd guess you could graft cherimoya compatible scions like cherimoya, atemoya, sugar apple, soursop and Senegalensis. You might get severe "elephant foot" though?

Good luck!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: annona graft compatabilities
« on: September 22, 2018, 05:56:14 PM »
Thank you B2B, it is fun and some times surprising to experimenting with different grafts.

Good luck with the madrono, it was a good grower!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Annona graft compatibility table
« on: September 22, 2018, 12:33:41 PM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: annona graft compatabilities
« on: September 22, 2018, 12:32:01 PM »
Dust off this old post with a quick update.

Soursop (A. Muricata)  on cherimoya  (A. Cherimola), still growing nicely.

A. Senegalensis on A. Cherimola,  this is the first year it fruited. The mother plant has fruited in the past but this is the first time on Cherimola.

I working on another graft, hopefully I can report back in a few weeks!

Wow, what an incredible fruit filled yard! Good luck!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Really Good Flavicarpa Passionfruit
« on: September 15, 2018, 09:48:17 PM »
Wow Mike they look delicious! Do they also have an intense smell while still whole?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jumbo Sweet Tart
« on: September 13, 2018, 01:54:47 PM »
What a beauty!

I believe they need light to germinate.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Growing Guarana in CA?
« on: September 06, 2018, 04:20:04 PM »
From seed it is tough in CA. Peter is right, shade/semi shade and humidity. A gentleman in OR has a plant he purchased growing happily in his greenhouse.

Nice looking new growth, are you going to build a cold frame for winter?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Malaysia pilgrimage
« on: September 04, 2018, 11:43:01 PM »
Wow, what an exciting time, safe travels!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Saramuyo season
« on: August 28, 2018, 11:40:58 AM »

Thanks Ethan maybe we can do lunch next time yr in the area

Would love to grab another Cubano and mamey bebida!

So long as the plants you are bringing back are not prohibited,  the USDA inspects them at the airport, give you a sticker and you are good to go. You can bring back certain fruits too including jack! Unfortunately,  I don't think durian is on the list. :(

You can bring soiless plants through USDA inspection station at the airport.  :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Saramuyo season
« on: August 23, 2018, 11:42:19 AM »
Wow JF, beautiful fruits! Enjoy your retirement my friend, congrats.

Jardines Eneida's!

PR-103, Cabo Rojo, 00623, Puerto Rico

Great plants, fruit stand and really nice people!

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