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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Passionfruit Protection
« on: October 27, 2021, 03:50:32 PM »
Hello everyone!

Up here in 9b, itís starting to get chilly again, with some temps getting into the 40ís. So far, my 15-foot or so passionfruit vine seems to be doing OK, it even has a couple flower buds on it and pulled through a wind/rain storm unscathed. However, I was just wondering if I should do anything to protect it during the coming winter, when temps can get into the 30ís at night?

Thanks!
Sorry I was gone for a while.

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I'm in California. I'm wondering if I could plant sweet potatoes (Ipomoea batatas) as a winter crop and have them overwinter?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / What's in season?
« on: May 18, 2021, 12:03:46 PM »
What's ripe for you right now?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Myrtaceae
« on: March 29, 2021, 09:55:05 PM »
I have recently stumbled upon and taken somewhat of an interest in fruit trees in family Myrtaceae; specifically Eugenia, Plinia, and Syzygium. I looked at Grow All The Fruits' video on tropical fruit in the Bay Area, and was just wondering about ppl's experience w/ these, and if they are actually growable and Joe didn't just get lucky?

Thanks!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Is this article legit?
« on: March 23, 2021, 09:29:43 PM »
Was browsing the internet when I found this article. Trying not to get too excited yet in case this article is fake.

https://practicalselfreliance.com/grow-chocolate-tree-indoors/

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / When to put passionfruit outside
« on: March 23, 2021, 10:39:11 AM »
I have a passionfruit vine inside that has grown so large that I donít think I have any more space for it. Since it is now spring, my intentions have been to move it outside, although I have still been getting some nighttime lows in the 40s F for some reason. Would it still be OK to put it outside? Iíve set aside a spot in my garden for it, a sunny spot between a wall and a fence. Iíve heard that proximity to structures keep temps from falling too low. Any advice appreciated.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / An experiment
« on: February 02, 2021, 02:34:04 PM »
I'm planning on doing a little experiment this coming spring. I'm going to place several tropical edibles outside throughout the garden's various micro-climates, and see how they fare, with the end goal of getting at least one of them to bear ripe fruit. The two "test subjects" that I have currently obtained (Neither are outside yet, I'm waiting for spring to aid acclimation) are a "Purple Possum" passionfruit vine and an unknown variety of cherimoya. Also thinking of trying avocado, starfruit, taro, and white sapote.

I was just checking to see if any of those are bad options for zone 9b, or if anyone wants to recommend anything else.

Thank you!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Just out of curiosity
« on: January 17, 2021, 08:38:41 PM »
Hi everyone!

I was wondering what it might cost to buy and maintain a tropical farm in Hawai'i? I saw some people doing them on YouTube, and my curiosity was piqued. I am extremely unlikely to buy one anytime soon, and I'm just curious.

Thank you!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Jaboticaba as a houseplant?
« on: December 27, 2020, 07:30:52 PM »
Can I keep one in a container? Also, how reputable is the Amazon/Ebay/Etsy seller Ninewaters?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Container growth
« on: December 22, 2020, 08:04:32 PM »
Hi there!

Just was wondering if I can grow cherimoya trees and/or other Annonas in containers, for reason of lack of much space?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Exotic Fruit Maui
« on: December 18, 2020, 05:00:34 PM »
Hi everyone!

In a few months' time, I will likely be taking a vacation to Maui to celebrate the end of the pandemic and the (not-)Great Quarantine. Do any locals/people with experience with this location know where I can find exotic fruit on the west side of the island (e.g. Ka'anapali, Lahaina)?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Annonas in 9b
« on: December 09, 2020, 09:23:19 PM »
Hi TFF!

I have been doing some research and have noticed that growing cherimoya and atemoya in my climate (Zone 9b) should be possible. Could I get a couple professional opinions, and are there any other Annonas that I can grow here? Thank you!

My sources:
https://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/56035
https://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/53665
https://crfg.org/home/library/crfg-fruit-list/fruit-cultural-data-2/fruit-cultural-data/
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/planting-zones/california-planting-zones.htm
https://tastylandscape.com/2013/08/19/atemoya-growing-this-unusual-tropical-fruit/

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Reputability
« on: November 17, 2020, 06:46:37 PM »
Hi everyone-

I was just wondering about the reputability of sites like seedman.com (NOT to be confused with seedsman.com) and tradewindsfruit.com. Has anyone bought from either of these sites?

Thank you!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Bay Area Mangoes
« on: October 07, 2020, 01:36:05 PM »
As a self-proclaimed mango addict, I would like to know if I can grow mangoes where I am? (Zone 9b)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Question
« on: October 05, 2020, 02:15:23 PM »
Hi-
What can I grow in a climate where temps can exceed 100ļF in summer but rarely go below 35ļF in winter (border of 9b-10a)? Thank you!

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