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Cold Hardy Citrus / Orange Frost Hardy Satsuma
« on: June 24, 2014, 01:18:55 PM »
Hi, I am new to Citrus. When I was at walmart the other day I was pleasently surprised to see hardy satsumas for sale at Walmart. Many were bearing fruit, however I sacrificed productivity for size and bought an approximately two foot specimen, labeled ‘Orange Frost’ Hardy Satsuma.

Reading up on the variety, I found it to be a 2014 Texas Superstar. Anyone else growing it or it's sister variety, Arctic Frost?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Eugenia longiracemosa
« on: June 09, 2014, 01:05:34 PM »
Earlier this year I purchased two seeds of the Amazonian fruit species Eugenia longiracemosa from Vitor in Brazil. Although he was unable to supply much information on the species, it does sounds like a winner!

Eugenia longiracemosa: very rare and has restricted distribution in the Amazon region. The plant is generally very tall. Unfortunately, the Amazon is not very rich in Myrtaceae, but there are some interesting Eugenias. The most common are E. patrisii
and E. stipitata. All fruits were predated by animals this year, but they are very tasty and of excellent quality, superior to common eugenias such a E. uniflora.

Vitor was kind enough to include two extra seeds when another species I bought rotted. As of yet, only one has sprouted. I wonder how this plant's growth will compare to other Eugenias?

Are any other members growing this plant?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Shipping plants to Hawaii
« on: May 23, 2014, 12:58:38 PM »
My family is thinking of moving to Hawaii, but we were worried that it would not be cost effective to ship my fruit trees, with their large quantity. Can any members give recommendations on this matter?
I hear there is a quarantine for all plants, is it neccessary to provide any specific permits? What is the cost?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / A race to breach the soil!
« on: April 06, 2014, 10:28:52 PM »
On March 10th, I planted 140 hedvekuli (fissistigma verrucosum) seeds, with no special treatment whatsoever. 73 hours later, ten seedlings with one-inch taproots where poking their way free of the soil. This got me wondering, what is the fastest you have ever germinated and sprouted your tropical fruit seeds? I have included some of my records:

1. Fissistigma Verrucosum (hedvekuli)
Family: Annonaceae
Seed Seller: Roy-Ind
3 days to sprout (7.2% germ on first day)

2. Ceiba Speciosum (silk floss tree)
Family: Malvaceae
Seed Seller: Trade Winds Fruit
5 days to sprout (12.5% germ on first day)

3. Parmentiera Aculeata (guajilote)
Family: Bignoniaceae
Seed Seller: Trade Winds Fruit
7 days to sprout (100% germ on first day)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / The Annona Files
« on: December 11, 2013, 03:07:49 PM »
My newest blog posting: The Annona Files! Part one in a series of in-depth annonformation.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Diospyros Preussii
« on: November 18, 2013, 12:15:53 PM »
Has anybody heard of this, or has it growing? The fruit are pink, with exotic maroon… sepals?

(Web Image)

I have ordered seeds for this tree, but the internet is rather lacking for this african species. My questions are
a) are these fruit edible, and if so, are they palatable?
b) is the tree dioecious, or require cross pollination?
c) How long do they, on average, take to maturity, and their average bearing age?

Thanks in advance!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / How long to fruit? Look here!
« on: October 22, 2013, 04:31:11 PM »
Probably one of the most asked questions on this forum is “how long does ___ take to fruit?” Since nobody seems to have done this yet, lets start adding what we know! Here is a small few:

Cola Nitida (abata kola): 12 years
Passiflora Alata (fragarant granadilla): 1.5 years
Persea Americana (avocado): 5-20 years
Theobroma Cacao (cacao): 2-6 years
Theobroma Gileri: 3-4 months

Hey, does anybody know how long adansonia digitata (african baobab) takes to fruit?

Tropical Fruit Online Library / Coyo Resource
« on: October 10, 2013, 02:50:47 PM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / What diospyros is this?
« on: October 09, 2013, 03:56:05 PM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Musa Hirta
« on: September 29, 2013, 01:54:12 PM »
I recently obtained several seeds of the bornean hairy banana (musa hirta):
Is anyone growing this plant? Apparently the fruit contains more juices than other banana species, and, as the name describes, it is covered in a soft fuzz, looking like a kiwi. Here is a web image:

Tropical Fruit Discussion / ID this fruit?
« on: September 21, 2013, 04:13:03 PM »

I have a very small rambutan plant (thanks to dongeorgio), and although it is not old enough to graft, I was wondering if anyone knows if it is compatible as rootstock for nephelium cuspidatum, the giant rambutan? Has anyone successfully grafted these two, or even is growing giant rambutan?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Wild and ancient fruit
« on: September 01, 2013, 12:01:30 PM »

This article is one of my favorites. Is anyone growing some of these, such as gingerbread plum or masuku?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Kumquat dying, help!
« on: September 01, 2013, 11:38:08 AM »
My kumquat (fortunella margarita):

Notice how the leaves are sort of burnt at the tip and turning yellow. Any suggestions?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Shipping plants
« on: September 01, 2013, 12:34:08 AM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / My trees and plants
« on: August 11, 2013, 04:42:12 PM »
Just four months ago I only had seven small plants. Now I have twenty two small plants. I know it is nothing to brag about, but the are growing, and will not fit in the sink anymore. Here is three picture with every single plant I have in a container (I have a few at the garden).

Clockwise: sensitive plant, gamboge, ashwagandha, Chinese lantern, strawberry (unnamed variety), rambutan

Baobab (adansonia digitata), plumeria (plumeria rubra/obtusa), guajilote, cacao, soursop

Banana, seedling avocado, chirimoya, chirimoya, kumquat, grapefruit, blood orange, seedling avocado

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Places to by tropical fruit up north
« on: August 11, 2013, 01:57:17 PM »
I thought this would be good for members who are up north, or non-members looking for places to buy the fruit.

Other northern members, please post stores or markets you know of with tropical fruit. Hope this helps!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / What on earth is a baobab?
« on: August 07, 2013, 01:05:37 PM »
At least I think it is from earth. I know what a baobab is, but nothing about it. I have heard that a baobab has a tan, hardshelled fruit that needs a chainsaw to open, but I also heard that it has a purple, thinskinned fruit that you can eat out of hand. I have heard that they mature in three years, but I have also heard that they take five hundred years. If anybody is growing this and knows a thing or two about it, please tell me. This is mine, which is serious competition growth wise for cacao (they are related, I know that).

Tropical Fruit Discussion / My cacao
« on: August 07, 2013, 01:02:12 PM »
My cacao is very very fast growing, spitting out a six inch leaf every week or so right now, even though in it's first month, it seemed quite happy with it's first two true leaves. This week it seems full of itself, with three baby leaves at once. It is seven inches tall (it's leaves are about the same, having an inch longer leaf each time. It's stem is already woody for the first five inches, and the plant seems rather hardy for such a young plant, standing our 65 degree night temps and 50% humidity. Thing is, it has not grown much more than a centimeter since it was a seedling.
It is strange, perhaps I triggered some kind of bonsai mechanism, or something about the soil. I think I should transplant it to a bigger pot soon, what medium should I use?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Using fruit as a sweetener
« on: August 07, 2013, 12:55:41 PM »
Could this plant, the guajilote, a.k.a the candle tree (parmentiera edulis), make for a good sugar replacement? This plant of the Bignoniacea (trumpet flower, sausage fruit) family, has a fruit 6-12" long and 1-2" wide, which is described as having a taste reminiscent of sweet peppers and sugarcane. It has a very high sugar content, which is fermentable, and when the dried fruit is ground, can be used just like sugar. It has been in a number of scientific studies and lowers blood sugar as it has a low glycemic index. So perhaps it is more than a sugar replacement, it is actually good for you. It can also be pickled. It is thought that it was the food of the giant sloth, as the seeds grow best when the whole fruit is ingested, but even without the extinct sloth, the plant can be very weedy. The blooms are large, pink and white to green, with a trumpet-like shape and are cauliflory, growing from the rough and lightly colored bark. The leaves are serrated and lobed, with the plus of being evergreen. The seeds are flat, and seed leaves are heart shaped, like a radish. The plants are hardy to 32 degrees fahrenhight for a brief period of time, but can only stand 40 degree for extended periods of time. The like lots of water, full sun, and can grow up to 30 feet, although usually staying 10-15 feet, feet with proper trimming, and does good in a container.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Garcinia/Rheedia Discussion
« on: August 03, 2013, 01:23:56 PM »
A conversation with Kevin (CoPlantNut), inspired me to make a topic about garcinia (and rheedia). The conversation was very informing, and will help newbies (like myself) learn a little bit about garcinia, so I included it here.

“I am interested in the garcinia hombroniana (seashore mangosteen). I have a G. Xanthochus (just sprouted, am going to use as mangosteen rootstock), so I just want one G. Hombroniana.”

“The G. xanthochymus are now 16 months old and almost large enough to use for rootstocks (or, you could approach-graft the xanthochymus together and have a multi-rootstock base for your mangosteen). If you're looking just for mangosteen rootstock, I would suggest grafting the 2 G. xanthochymus together, grafting the mangosteen onto the resulting one, and then grafting the G. hombroniana onto it.  I've had fairly good luck so far approach-grafting both hombroniana and xanthochymus as extra rootstocks on my mangosteen, and it really seems to have made them grow faster so far.  If you have extra G. xanthochymus seedlings you can always add them as extra rootstocks to the mangosteen later.  My fastest-growing, happiest mangosteen now has 3 G. xanthochymus and 2 G. hombroniana rootstocks (6 total rootstocks, including its own).  In my experience (with only 20 seeds of each so far) the G. xanthochymus grows about twice as fast as G. hombroniana.”

“Thanks, that is very good advice! I think maybe I will try G intermedia as a double rootstock, since it is genetically similar and grows rather quickly. Or so I've heard. I have been growing tropical fruit for just over a year now, so the Internet answers all my questions. I will also try mycorrhizal fungi on them, because I have seen nightmarish pictures of the mangosteen outgrowing the rootstock, or dying from lack of nutrients, which I do not think will happen with a triple graft, but there is always a risk. I have to grow it in a container, so that will be useful for many problems. I want to grow the seashore mangosteen for it's fruit. If it's flowers are just male or just female, I will breed it with intermedia.”

“I got my G. hombroniana seeds last year from Montoso Gardens in Puerto Rico and highly recommend them. Incidentally, I believe G. intermedia is not graft-compatible with mangosteen according to what I've read and the 2 times I've tried it.  I believe only hombroniana, xanthochymus, lateriflora and venulosa are graft-compatible with mangosteen.”

This topic is about the entire garcinia genus (and rheedia), so feel free to post pics of your garcinia plants, grafts, fruit, and seeds, and troubleshoot and discuss anything garcinia (and rheedia)!

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