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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is this pandan plant ??
« on: October 09, 2021, 02:02:51 AM »
Pandan that people use for flavoring is Pandan amaryllifolius. Its a sterile plant that has been propagated primarily by suckers. I dont think it produces viable seeds. Its possible that the plant in the image could be in the same genus Pandanus, but there shouldn't be a variegated version of "pandan" as far as I know. A quick search for variegated pandan gave me some of these results below. Results seem to indicate that the version being sold is not edible.

I have a small plant and when crushed, the leaves don't smell too strongly, but for me the scent is a mild cross between coconut and vanilla (without the caramel notes) with a strong grassy overtone. maybe because I keep as an indoor houseplant so it doesn't have the heat needed to develop that strong of a fragrance. I live in a mild cool climate so it can't live outdoors.

If you're looking for anything in the pandanus genus regardless of edibility, then I think that might actually be related. However, since it's probably not edible, for me it might as well be just some kind of a decorative grass.

Received and opened the package I ordered from Kevin. I just want to say this transaction has probably been one of the best I've had in regards to online purchase of plants and scions. The package was incredibly well secured. The scions I received looked very green and were well kept, and he even included additional pieces which I am incredibly grateful for. Kevin was very prompt with communication, friendly, and provide helpful tips. Absolutely would recommend him, and will order from him in the future.


Does anyone have divison of p. dulcis or any other highly rated edible bamboo? I've been seriously considering growing the shoots for consumption in a very larger planter. But, it's been sort of hard to find it available online for a reasonable price. Thanks ahead for leads, suggestions and offers.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Apple disease ID
« on: July 07, 2021, 11:33:57 PM »
Could it be woolly apple aphids? i recently started taking care of some neglected apple trees in my garden. they make branches malformed, form this cotton like covering for protection, and when I squish the cottony stuff with the aphids, it is orangish red.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Issue with my yuzu plant
« on: May 25, 2021, 09:49:57 PM »
The fertilizer you have would be OK for your tree. However, look on the bag and see if it also contains the trace elements (Manganese, boron, magnesium, zinc,  copper and etc.)  Trace elements are essential for citrus.  Without trace minerals your tree will always be in trouble. Fertilize at a  VERY MINIMUM once a month.  If you don't want to mess with constant fertilizing every now and then, you can purchase Osmocote-PLUS which is a slow release fertilizer.  Each application lasts for 5-6  months, and slowly supplies nutrients to your tree  with every watering.

Okay ill take another look at the bag and start by doing a round of fertilizing. I was afraid of over fertilizing and potentially burning the roots but wasn't sure what was the proper amount. I'll see if it improves with this feeding or if it needs something else. Thanks everyone.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Issue with my yuzu plant
« on: May 25, 2021, 03:07:05 PM »
Hey tropic_tester,

Something highest in nitrogen, low in phosphorus and high in potassium. Organic fertilizers struggle in containers as I think they need microorganisms to be used effectively. I know you can go through the effort to make a “compost tea” to assist but that is a lot of work to do if you are going the organic route.

I just bought a bag of Jacks 25-5-15 fertilizer on the recommendation of many people here.

Thank you for the advice, ill try to get that and report back. Would something like blood meal be helpful as well? I found a bag of it in my garage. I believe my parents might have gotten it a while back.
EDIT: I found the rating on the cirtus fertilizer I use is 16-4-8. Should I just apply more of it? I don't think I fertilize it frequently, I probably only applied fertilizer once or twice since potting it up.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Issue with my yuzu plant
« on: May 25, 2021, 01:00:30 PM »
I'm new to gardening, what is wrong with organic fertilizer? I don't think I'm using an organic fertilizer, but I'll have to check. What would be the best way to fertilize my plant?

Citrus General Discussion / Issue with my yuzu plant
« on: May 24, 2021, 09:41:33 PM »
I got a yuzu plant a little while back and seemed to be doing fine for a while. But, as of late it doesn't seem to be doing too well. Some of its leaves are yellowing and dropping, but also is pushing new growth below the main leaves but above the graft. What is wrong with it? I water it when I can tell the soil is dry. Does this look like environmental/soil stressors or more because of pests?

Would they do well in the cooler parts of San Francisco/Daly City? My worry for anything I grow is the cooler highs, more fog and wind in my area.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WTB Banana Pups
« on: May 16, 2021, 12:01:34 AM »
Looking for banana pups in Northern California.  Specifically, Dwarf Namwah, Dwarf Orinoco, California Gold, and/or Raja Puri.

I know it's not on your original list but I have a Goldfinger (maybe two - have to look) that I could cleave away from the mother plant. The mother did bear this last fall, but they're a small bunch. A much younger single stalk Blue Java that I have growing against my neighbor's (masonry) house is a rocket by comparison, but no pups from that one yet. I got that one from a great backyard grower down in La Conchita (Ventura) who regularly posts on CL. A little closer to home, God's Little Acre in Almaden Valley SJ might occasionally stock some of your choices.

Best of luck.


It's great to see someone that's living quite close being able to grow edible bananas. What are your average summer temperatures? Where I live, its probably more around the mid 60's so not having enough heat is my biggest worry about trying to grow bananas.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mulberries suitable for container?
« on: May 08, 2021, 11:35:29 PM »
Do you ever have to root trim Thai dwarf in a container? how large can it get in a container? I'm not finding too much info about this variety compared with as other dwarfs.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mulberries suitable for container?
« on: May 08, 2021, 04:22:41 AM »
I'm thinking of getting a mulberry, but I'm short on space. I have an empty half wine barrel that I'm thinking of using as the pot, but I'm not sure what variety would be suitable for containers. And an additional piece would be finding a variety that would do well in mild or cool climates, because I've read that without a lot of heat, mulberries may not develop as much sweetness.

Based on these two factors, I was thinking a dwarfing variety, potentially an alba or alba hybrid. My thinking is that I won't have the root trim as frequently or if ever, and I could also avoid a completely tart fruit without any sweetness in my mild climate. The varieties I had in mind were either Gerardi, dwarf everbearing, or world's best. What are people's opinions on this? also I'd love any recommendations for a more suitable variety.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WTB Banana Pups
« on: May 05, 2021, 04:28:40 PM »
If you're not having any luck here and haven't tried yet, maybe ask in a Bay Area fruit growers/gardening facebook group. I'm part of a couple groups, and I know some can be pretty active and know some people are growing them in the south bay.

I'm also around the SF area so would love to hear your experiences growing them when you get your hands on some. I'm more towards the coast so my weather is not considered suitable.

True, fruit scions are probably easy enough in California and with this forum. I hadn't really put thought too much into it.

The ornamental flowering cherries might be more difficult. I've been looking for a couple of varieties that I can't seem to find anywhere in nurseries or commercial distributors. I figured that most likely I wouldn't be able to find it in California. But if it was found, it'd be out of state and I wouldn't be able to get a full plant. So, getting a scion to graft would be my best chance.

I was hoping to get some plum cuttings as well as some ornamental cherry cuttings, but didn't want to do anything that would be illegal. I know that there are a lot of restrictions when it comes to all citrus entering California due to ACP, but I was wondering if those same level of restrictions and what the restrictions are for cuttings of the prunus genus in general. I was doing to basic researching but since I'm new to gardening I'm a little confused by the rules. It did seem that fruit and soil were carriers for a lot of pests in general so bareroot seems common for a lot of plants being shipped to California. What are peoples experiences with this, or if it is possible at all?

That's good to hear, it's my first time more paying attention to my blueberry plants.

After the berries ripen and are picked, should to prune the dead parts off or can I leave it alone? Should I provide it fertilizer to replenish nutrients?

I'm getting tip die back on the canes of my plants that have flowers and berries forming. Is this a nutritional issue or is it a pest?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Peach Tree Spots
« on: April 26, 2021, 08:13:49 PM »
Maybe you can cross-post in the temperate fruit discussion too, people in those boards may have more insight in regards to peaches and other prunus.

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: Toona sinensis
« on: April 26, 2021, 11:21:53 AM »
I can't say for the plant since mine is still sprouting but even the seeds give off an onion-y and meaty smell. Quite peculiar haha

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: Toona sinensis
« on: April 26, 2021, 03:02:47 AM »
Sorry, I don’t have any, you can find them easily , but maybe around next spring I will have a couple.

I bought a bunch of seeds a little while back, and some of them are just starting to sprout. How do you take care of yours? How well do they do outdoors in the bay area? I live near daly city and I'm not sure how long I'll have to baby them indoors before I can take them outside.

Jokes on the birds, I don't have any blueberries haha. But I'll check and see if I need to add sulfur. We got some more flowers this year, so maybe the fact that I'm tending to it more is helping.

I have three blueberry plants that my dad purchased a while ago. He said he got at least two of them because they pollinate each other well but he doesn't remember any of the variety names for the three. We've never gotten much blueberries from any of them and haven't really tended to them much. As I'm getting into gardening I want to get more fruit, how should I best take care of them and learn what varieties they are? This year at least two of them have a lot of flowers, though some of the tips of the stems have dried up. Not sure why.

Two of them have been placed on opposite ends of a wine barrel planter. And the third is fairly close in a smaller barrel container. I'm thinking I might have to place them in their own containers eventually, but I don't have much space. So if I have to separate the plants from the wine barrel, what's the smallest container I can give each one? 

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Asiminaholics Anonymous
« on: April 21, 2021, 02:46:53 PM »
It gets some filtered afternoon sun, but maybe only about an hour or so of it. It gets shaded by my neighbors pine tree for most all of the day which has made it more difficult to grow other things because I don't get full in a lot of my yard haha. It's the first year I've really tracked how the sun hits the yard so I'm unsure how much this will change as the sun moves so I'll put a shade cloth if it gets sunnier there. The stem near the base that touches the soil is so thicc compared to other plants I've started from seed haha. And yes absolutely, I'll definitely keep you updated if anything happens!

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Asiminaholics Anonymous
« on: April 21, 2021, 02:33:47 AM »
Hello everyone,

I just wanted to introduce myself to this post chain since I started some pawpaws. I just recently joined this forum because I started gardening and getting interested in fruits and unique plants. Pawpaws were one of the first on my list to try to grow haha. Last year, I threw a bunch of pawpaw seeds in a wine barrel planter in the shady corner of my garden and some (about 10) of them are coming up and putting their first leaves out. They seem somewhat slow to grow, is that normal for pawpaws?

I know they'll take a long time to get to fruit (or even if they will), but I'm excited to test if any will work out where I'm at since I don't think my climate is the best for pawpaws. I live near San Francisco by the coast, and get a decent amount of fog and is quite mild all year long -- not too hot, not too cold. Hopefully one of the sprouted seedlings will somehow be suited for my climate. I look forward to chatting and learning from you all here. Anything I should be aware of as I start this pawpaw journey?

Okay, maybe I'll try a lamb hass then (or also). I mostly based my choice on hardiness because I don't know if it will even work out. But, they're probably all fairly close in that respect for mild climates.

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