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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Pinkish guava seeds for sale
« on: February 15, 2019, 11:37:32 AM »
Please refer to the below URL. It is in Chinese though. Accordingly to the website, it may seem to originate from southern China, perhaps Guang dong province. It is know as a good breed with intense fragrance and soft flesh.胭脂红/10216490


Any info or a full name for this plant? Looks interesting

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Pinkish guava seeds for sale
« on: February 11, 2019, 09:29:22 PM »
Have a fresh batch of seeds for sale. Min purchase is 10 seeds for $2USD, excluding postage.
Msg me for payment details if interested. Thanks.



Hi all,  this guava variety is soft fleshed and when ripe, will show flushes of pink around the base. Highly aromatic and sweet.

Selling minimum 10 seeds at 2USD, excluding postage.



Tropical Fruit Discussion / Briba need hand pollination?
« on: November 28, 2018, 05:24:58 AM »
I have a Rollinsís in a pot. It is flowering profusely now but every time it will just dry up. I suspect hand pollination needs to be done.

But I donít see the flower having an opening where I can do the pollination. This goes the same for all the flowers as well. Is it because there is a short window gap where the flower open and only then can I do the pollination?

Or it is because the plant is still simply too small before it can hold the fruit?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: So Cal Guava Fest
« on: October 31, 2018, 12:59:31 AM »
Do all the ripened guavas turn red consistently? I have a variety that has blushes of red until this year when they all bore white skinned fruits when the weather is much hotter. Was wondering is there a connection between the temperature of the surrounding that is also partly responsible for the red skin. Maybe it could be that both the characteristics and temp played a part to decide the
depth of the color, at least that's for my case.


Here is another gem I am growing. This one you pick at turn of color from green yellow and it starts to turn red skin. Flesh is white and crunchy and excellent. This CV will be available in 2-3 yrs.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Black/purple Guava
« on: August 08, 2018, 02:15:00 AM »
The quality of these maroon guavas are very unpredictable. I have posted below link that it was very tasty and berry like in flavor, sweet and absolutely delicious. With jellylike flesh for core. Very special.  This was about 2 years ago. But just a couple of months ago, the crop was very bad. Taste went back to the same muskiness, type of what forumers are describing. I am still waiting for any crop to see if its still bad. hope its not a one off.;topicseen#msg268320


Congrats. It's pretty good guava and beautiful tree. Produses fruits better than the other ones in my collection. I do like the flavor of this guava. The tree is holding fruits right now. Will have the first ripe one in a day or two.

Thank you very much for the info and the pictures.

I Hope my trees do well in here.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: RARE ANNONAS
« on: May 07, 2018, 02:41:37 AM »
Would really like to grow some rare annonas. But just couldn't get round the problem of germinating them. Some would say use giberic acid. Where can I get them?


Good to hear it. How long it takes to fruit from a seedling?


I was just wondering if anyone is growing or have maybe even fruited the jungle durio species native to the Borneo island. If so, are they as easy to grow as the commercial variety?

Non zibenthanus species includes
Durio Dulcis
Durio graveleons(red or yellow)
Durio oxleyanus
Durio kutejenesis
Durio testidinarum(aka kura kura)
Hybrid between the zibethanus and jungle species
and any other that I have not listed.

I believe its important to keep them alive and thriving outside of their native range. Forest destruction is rampant there and we need people all over the world to help to preserve the durio diversity.
Currently, I am growing seedlings of Dulcis, graveleons kutejenesis and a hybrid. Space constraint is definitely a big issue in Singapore so they wun stay with me for long. Plan is to donate them to schools, parks or individuals who have big backyard.


Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Pinkish guava seeds for sale
« on: March 06, 2018, 04:52:33 AM »
Have a fresh batch of seeds for sale. Min purchase is 20 seeds for $2USD, excluding postage.
Msg me for payment details if interested. Thanks.



Hi all,  this guava variety is soft fleshed and when ripe, will show flushes of pink around the base. Highly aromatic and sweet.

Selling minimum 20 seeds at 2USD, excluding postage.


Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: acha Cha seeds for sale
« on: February 27, 2018, 08:02:54 AM »
Updated with pic.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: acha Cha seeds for sale
« on: February 26, 2018, 01:16:58 AM »

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / acha Cha seeds for sale
« on: February 22, 2018, 11:14:59 AM »
Have about 30 seeds for sale. Each going for 2 dollars.

Interested, let me know.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Guava season in Socal
« on: October 09, 2017, 10:10:18 PM »
Count me in. I live in Singapore. Hope the cuttings can survive the journey over. I am willing to pay for express delivery. They look really awesome and unique!


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cocktail guava tree???
« on: June 15, 2017, 03:26:56 AM »
Do you use soft,hardwood, or semi-hardwood scions for the grafting for better chances?

Simple cleft. The Indonesian Seedless is pushing out now. The Mexican Creme is growing strong for a year or so. I have a Ruby Supreme I'll prep and try to graft it on there.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cocktail guava tree???
« on: June 15, 2017, 01:46:44 AM »
For those 2 or 3 that took off, are they still healthy as today and fruiting?

A few years ago I cleft grafted a bunch of different guava varieites onto a Ruby Supreme guava. If I remember correctly only two or three out of twenty took. Im sure with the right technique you'll be successful.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cocktail guava tree???
« on: June 15, 2017, 12:32:03 AM »
Was it easy for the graft to take off? are you using approach method as well?

I have Indonesian seedless and mexican creme grafted onto pink. No problems. I was going to try to use strawberry guava as a rootstock but I don't know if it will work.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Cocktail guava tree???
« on: June 14, 2017, 11:16:22 PM »
I have about 4 varieties of guavas that I want to graft into a single one. Already I know that guava grafting is not that easy, but I did read that approach method is probably the best chance to succeed. But am I being too ambitious? I seldom hear guava grafting success stories, let alone a cocktail tree. Good to hear your experiences so that I know what my chances are.


Hi, can I have some seeds?

My address -

Jet Heng
potong pasir ave 3
Blk 134
Postal code:350134

Let me know the mode of payment.



Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mexican Cream Guavas?
« on: February 03, 2017, 12:16:23 PM »
Something slightly off topic. Can you tell from the pic that it is a Mexican cream or something else. This tree is actually from a seed of a fruit I bought from a Hong Kong fruit market many tears ago. Apparently, they are from China farms and could command a higher price than the Thai or Malaysian sold there. The taste? Soft white flesh, enough to chew like an Apple, eaten to the core and thrown away. Highly fragrant with a tinge of light pink around the base. Quite attractive.  Fruit never seems to cross  more than 2 inches  ever. Anyone growing this fruit?


Wow, I'm so jealous! I don't even have the luxury of being able to buy the wrong guava tree, lol. If you decide to get rid of any, I'm happy to take them off your hands! Good luck! Hopefully, you have a true Mexican cream in one of them.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Singapore Durian Adventure
« on: January 19, 2017, 02:29:09 AM »
I went to Singapore & Malaysia (Johor) last week. I thought I would share some details about my durian adventure from the trip.

My main intention was to go for a good friend's wedding. The second priority was to try various varieties of durian.  On my island, durian is quite rare. I have shared a durian with friends on several occasions, typically at HTFG meetings/conferences, but you are lucky if you get a taste.  There isn't much in the way of named varieties or different tastes.

For those that have never been to Singapore, its a really beautiful clean city.  Referred to as the Switzerland of the east, its covered by banking and banking related businesses. 

Some pictures of Singapore

I would be staying 1 day in Singapore and 3 days in Malaysia.  The first day was out to look for durian. I found this website to aid in locating durian stalls:*gid-75743101/

Before I left I flagged all the durian places on google maps and then download a copy of the map and flags. Then I could find where they were in proximity to each other and hit up the closes centers.
The first place I headed was Combat Durian and Sindy Durian. I was ready to head out 6am, but waited until 9am to head out.  Not heading to the advice that fruit was delivered, I thought I would get the jump on either leftovers or the first arrivals.  It was a 3 mile hike, and the temps were the same as back home (low 80s). I underestimated the humidity. At home (HI) the humidity is regularly around 50% and can get as high as 90%, the humidity in Singapore was really unbearable. 

I found some fruit markets open immediately, with nothing exotic that I hadn't seen before. The most exotic thing I found was a Malay pineapple, that was pointy on one side.

I easily found the first durian stall, and when I asked around, they said that you have to come back in the afternoon (after 3pm). Many locals frowned at me when I asked, saying its very expensive. For me, the price of the plane ticket was $900, buying several fruit at $30-50/ea wasn't going to deter me. 

I was surprised to find that they sell out all the fruit, at what was the equivalent of $30USD.   I caught a cab over to fruits 1 and wonderful durian. The driver told me the story of how durian arrives from Malaysia to Singapore. In the morning, they pick them up (from the ground, never picked from the tree). Its a 3 or 4 hour commute from Central/Northern Malaysia to the Singapore border.  They then wait for the rush hour traffic to die down before crossing into Singapore. The border crossing can take 1+ hours. They have lunch before delivering to the durian stalls. The typical Singaporean picks one up on the way home from work.

It was clear that in Singapore, to find durian you had to leave the high end areas like the Raffles district.

At fruits 1 I found XOXO which is the CAT variety. It was a little bitter. The seller spoke no English, and referred me to just eat the fridge durian, since it was already prepped. Being that this hunt was already 3 hours, I was tired, I would gladly take it.  The price was 22SGD (conversion rate of 1.6SGD to 1 USD) =14USD. It was pretty good, a little bitter, I finished the entire container (< 1kg).   That was probably a big mistake...

Some pics of fruits 1

I made it to wonderful durian, where I was sold a Musang King. I didn't research enough how to identify a Musang, so I was sold on the first taste.  I proceeded to eat that entire durian.  I got 2/3rds the way through before I quit.  At this point I was so full, I just wanted to lay down. I barely made was able to walk to the subway train about a 1/2 mile away. The subway train is cheap and the best way to get around.  A ride is about 1USD, and for a little more you can reach almost anywhere, in air-condition, typically underground where its cooler. I never rode the train in rush hour, so I cannot comment what its like with the rush.  Its pretty much like NYC subway, except without the trash, smell, graffiti, crime, well then its nothing like the NYC subway, except the convenience.  ;D

Some pics of wonderful durian:

I am now carrying my 1/3rd of a durian on the train, which the eyes and stares are going all around the car as everyone gets a whiff of the durian. I can see that everyone is wondering who is carrying a durian.  As I carry my loot back to the hotel, I am carefully scanning for the no-durian signs. Which have become a national symbol of certain high end areas of Asia. Nobody suspects its the foreigner in flip flops and shorts.

I have now triple bagged the durian and I take it to the hotel. Its a fairly nice hotel (the Fairmont). I smuggle it upstairs. When I come out from my room a half hour later, there is an air purifier next to my door.

The next day I head to the wedding prep in Johor, Malaysia. My friends father in law hears that I like durian, so he sets out a tray of frozen durian from his small orchard (24 trees). That was the best durian of the trip. Super sweet, no bitter taste. Unfortunately he did no the know the variety, he bought the property at auction. His trees were probably 30 years old.  I ate that tray for breakfast/lunch/the next day's breakfast and lunch.  His favorite fruit is durian. I asked his son, what his favorite food was of all the malaysia, singporean, japanese, chinese fusion dishes, he said durian was his favorite food. So its def. well liked.

In Malaysia durian stalls are everywhere.  They can be found on street corners, outside shops. We even ate durian while we waited for the car to get washed.

Some car wash durian place in Johor:

There was a lot of good info, my friend' father in law says as the trees become older the flavor really enhances. Some of the best durians come from the oldest trees. They never fertilize or water the trees.  For his trees, the production seems to vary, the biggest influence being if it rains during the flowering.

There was so much durian leftover, I took it back to Singapore. I stored it triple bagged in the hotel fridge. Now to find a place to eat it... I found a nice park with a nice shade tree. I can see as other tourists walk by, they must think I am clearly crazy sitting on the ground devouring the durian leftovers. I know the smell alone is probably disgusting... I don't care, it tastes really good.  At this point, I estimate I have eaten around 6+ pounds of durian on this trip. By this time I am durian'ed out. 

Also on the trip I found some freeze dried durian. I bought several bags to take back. They are actually pretty dang good. So for those who have a craving or just want a new snack, these are great to share.  I think I found them for $5USD per bag at a market there. Amazon lists a bag at $14, and it might be worth the novelty.

I also have some durian instant coffee which I haven't tried yet. I will post a review when I try it.

To add on, there are some good durians selling in the Balestier/Geylang(all year round) area.

For wild durian, there are still some growing in the Mandai/Lim chu kang area. The varietyis probably kumpung type. Sadly, these areas are now slowly depleting due to rapid urbanization and mostly of out bound to public.


Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: Yacon review
« on: January 08, 2017, 11:29:03 PM »
Just want to check if yacon can grown in a true tropical environment? Seems the orgins of it is from the mountainous andes. And I stay in Singapore.

Also, can I start growing if I only have the tuber grown bought from the market?


Perhaps you can ask LivingParadise or Oscar (fruitlovers) if they can share some yacon crowns? It might be easier to grow as their yacon have proven to be quite productive.

I've found them easier to intercrop with cassava (Manihot esculenta) (in a tropical setting) - just give the cassava a few week's headstart so they act as windbreak/support for the yacon's brittle stems. Alternate rows work just fine - I find both rootcrops have similar water/soil requirements. 

Also - yacon is typically tan skinned but there are light orange, yellow, pink (reddish) and light purple skinned types :) so have fun! Morado (red) usually produces smaller tubers than the other types though  :(

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Purple maroon guava
« on: December 28, 2016, 12:59:29 AM »
Had this recently, and the taste was absolutely fantastic. No grittiness and very sweet and berry like taste. Unlike those I have tasted previously. What is more interesting is that the core has turned almost dark purple bruise like Color, it's not over ripe but just nice. The core has become a purple jello and it's a pleasure to eat it. I know that guava has a high level of pectin and that have resulted in this. But it's still amazingly to see that.

I wonder if the others growing this guva


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pink guava
« on: September 16, 2016, 06:07:31 AM »
I have been growing this variety for many years now. This variety is more superior in terms of taste and taste than with the dark pink fleshed ones which to me is more suitable for juicing It is much more crunchier and sweeter, as comparable to a good thai white guava. I usually will scoop out the deep pink fleshed core together with the seeds and do a blend with some other fruits. The seeds usually dun bother me much, though I do filter them out if for the kids.


This start to happen about a few months ago. Starting from the bottom leaves before moving up to the top. The growth have stopped completely and leaves are starting to shred also. Could be deficient in something, can someone tell me?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: are all cactus pears edible?
« on: September 27, 2015, 12:11:45 AM »
Anyone selling opuntias now? Thanks.


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