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Does anyone happen to have any Flavor Grenade scion wood stored? A friend is coming over from the US in a couple of weeks, so it would be an ideal opportunity to have him bring me the scion.

Temperate Fruit Buy, Sell, & Trade / ISO Hachiya persimmon scion wood
« on: March 11, 2022, 11:53:33 AM »
Hello. Does anyone have some Hachiya scion wood that they'd sell to Europe? No phyto certificate needed.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Avocado - burying the graft union
« on: December 03, 2021, 01:24:20 AM »
Hello. This spring I will be grafting some Stewart avocado seedlings with Mexicola and Mexicola Grande scions. My previous attempts to plant seedlings grown from store bought fruits (Guatemalan most likely) in ground have failed as the trees froze to the ground every winter. It is not that cold here, but the cold spells can be prolonged and I don't have any sheltered spots on the property (some cousins have store bought seedlings doing fine in sheltered areas). Now, I know that Stewart is less cold hardy than Mexicola and assuming the seedlings could end up inheriting this trait, I would like to make some precautions to protect the rootstock part.

I have read online that in California, the West Indies rootstocks are being used for their tolerance of many things, but because they are the most cold sensitive type of avocado, the graft union gets buried under ground.

Has anyone had any experience with this burying of the graft union? I know that avocados really don't like being water logged, so this burying kind of sounds like it would increase the chance of the trunk rotting away.

Or maybe someone has other ideas on how to protect the rootstock?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Private Messages Broken?
« on: May 01, 2021, 02:16:25 AM »
It seems that the PMs aren't getting through. I've seen several people mention that they had problems with it and I myself have sent a few to people who always respond to me, and none of them have responded this time. Also, the email notifications haven't worked for a while as far as I know. Can this be fixed soon?

Also, I suggest introducing a section for topics like this because it definitely doesn't belong with the fruit discussions.

Temperate Fruit Buy, Sell, & Trade / WTB: Apple scion wood
« on: January 16, 2021, 08:11:28 AM »
I'm looking to buy scions of Gold Rush and Rubaiyat. Any other good varieties suited for Central and Northern California will do too. I live in southeastern Europe, in a Mediterranean climate very similar to said parts of California.

Temperate Fruit Buy, Sell, & Trade / WTB: Jujube scion wood
« on: September 26, 2020, 03:19:51 AM »
I'm looking to buy jujube scion wood in a few months so I just want to weigh my options as soon as possible.

Does anyone have the 'Sandia' variety? I'm also interested in GA866, GI1183, Chico, Li, Shanxi Li, Sihong, Topeka and Dongzao. Any other good variety is on the table too, except Sugarcane and Honey Jar which I already have.

Hello. I know it's early to be asking questions about scion wood for the next season, but I just want to find out if any of the forum members here are selling it so that I can contact them when the time comes. I've already had an instance where a member that was going to sell me some jujube scion wood just stopped logging in during the period when I needed to order the scion wood, didn't read any of my messages, and the opportunity passed.

I'm looking for these varieties:

- Giombo
- Saijo
- Nishimura Wase (Coffee Cake)
- Izu
- Matsumoto Wase
- Ormond

I live in eastern Europe (not part of EU), and I've received cuttings sent from USA and other countries without issues in the past, without needing any phyto certificates or anything of the sort.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Growing persimmons from seed
« on: April 24, 2020, 03:25:30 PM »
Hi. I haven't been able to find an answer to this question so I decided to ask it here in hopes someone will know the answer.

I know that persimmons are divided into several categories based on astringency. My question is, what is the probability that a seed of a PCNA type (Pollination Constant Non-Astringent, which means that the fruit will be non-astringent regardless of whether it got pollinated or not) will also produce a PCNA type seedling? I have planted several Fuyu seeds a few years ago and I've put one of them in the ground in September 2018 (it was one and a half years old at that point), but it won't fruit for at least two more years it seems, so I'm getting a bit impatient. :) Also, if there's not much chance that I'll get a PCNA fruit like Fuyu, I'd rather look for scion wood to graft, so it would be good to know as soon as possible.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Transplanting a surinam cherry
« on: March 17, 2020, 01:27:10 PM »
Hey guys. I've got a few two year old seedlings of surinam cherry (the seed seller claimed they were of a black variety) growing in pots and some of them have started blooming and forming fruit for the first time, about two weeks ago. I'm wondering if it's still OK to transplant them in the ground, or is it too late now?

I didn't have a chance to transplant them so far, because here in the eastern Mediterranean, the nighttime lows are still not high enough and ground frost is a real possibility. I kept the pots outside all winter, but they were on a very large covered balcony so I'm assuming that they had a suitable micro climate that made them start blooming so early. Some of them have even pushed new growth during the winter which really surprised me.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Need zone 8a fig recommendations
« on: August 07, 2019, 04:48:02 PM »
Hello. I live in Belgrade, Serbia which is in zone 8a, but I've grown up by the Montenegrin coastline which is in 9a/9b and we have excellent fig varieties there.

In Belgrade, figs are growing everywhere, but I have never tasted any that were even decent. All of them are always dry and awful, practically inedible.

I am not sure if this is because of the climate or because most of them are probably seedlings, so I was wondering if someone could recomend some good varieties for zone 8a type climate that I could try and get cuttings of. According to my research, zone 8a should be good enough to grow figs successfully.

I've read that it is possible to root jujube cuttings if done properly, like described here:

Would anyone be willing to sell some sugar cane jujube cuttings? I'm only interested in this variety.

Hello. I'm looking to buy seeds of Mexicola, Stewart or any other Mexican avocado variety. I need them to be Mexican for cold tolerance, so the hardier the better.

Temperate Fruit Buy, Sell, & Trade / Mistake, delete please
« on: May 23, 2019, 06:14:47 AM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Fruits of Canary Islands
« on: February 04, 2019, 09:01:16 AM »
Hello guys.

I'm planning a family trip to Canary Islands in the second half of September. For now, Tenerife seems like the most likely destination. I've read that fruits like cherimoyas, pineapples, papayas, mangoes and bananas are grown there in abundance, but I couldn't find much about jackfruit, sapodilla, mamey, white sapote, dragon fruit, eggfruit, rollinia, lychee, longan, mangosteen etc. I've seen some YouTube videos from markets, but I saw prices like 6.5 EUR per KG of dragon fruit, which made me think it was imported rather than grown locally.

So my question is, does anyone know if these fruits are grown in the Canary Islands, and if yes, where can they be found and which time of year? In general, what is the best place to go and taste exotic fruits in the Canaries, and is there a fruit farm where you can go and taste fruits off of trees.

And one final question: what time of year does cherimoya season start? Is the end of September / beginning of October too early?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Buying Mexicola avocado seeds
« on: October 10, 2018, 10:53:58 AM »
I would like to buy a couple of Mexicola seeds or of any other Mexican variety of similar hardiness. I am located in Southeastern Europe.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Frost topic
« on: December 14, 2017, 03:32:10 AM »
I couldn't find a better spot to post this on the forum, so here it goes. After hours spent on googling, I couldn't find definitive answers to these questions, so I hope someone will be able to answer them here.

1. I know that a low dew point can be an indicator of frost if the air temperature is near freezing. As far as I understood, the harmful ice crystals form before the dew appears in such conditions. I also know that there's frozen dew, which happens when the dew forms first and then freezes. My question is - is frozen dew harmful to frost sensitive plants?

2. Can frost ever form in rainy conditions, where the climate is such that the daily low falls a bit bellow freezing for a few hours only two or three times per year on average?

3. Where I intend to grow my subtropical plants, something looking like a white powder occasionally appears on the grass in winter mornings, but it's always only at ground level. Assuming that this is frost, can it harm fruit trees and if yes, will mulching around the base of the tree be sufficient to protect them?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Thermal mass
« on: June 26, 2017, 05:58:27 AM »
Hello. I'm thinking about using black-painted barrels filled with water as thermal mass to warm up my orchard during the winter, where I plan to plant some subtropicals like Lychee, Cherimoya, Carambola, Avocado etc. Where I live, the temperature goes slightly below freezing 2 or 3 times a year, but it does tend to get close in the coldest months. Everything I found on the internet about using such barrels for increasing the temperature was related to green houses, so my question is, has anyone had any experience with using something like this out in the open? I would really only need to increase the air temperature around the trees just a tad bit, but I'm not sure if these barrels would get the job done.

Hello. I would like to buy a tree, maybe two, of some of the Mexican varieties like Mexicola or Mexicola Grande. I live in southern Europe, in the Mediterranean, and I know that Mexican varieties thrive in this climate, but no one sells avocado trees anywhere near (I guess people have no idea that they can grow them), and even the tropical tree nurseries in other parts of Europe that sell avocado trees, don't have these Mexican varieties. I'm not sure if it's possible to easily and safely transport a tree from the US to here, and if it is, how much would the shipping cost... But I'd like to try and see if it's possible, so if someone has what I'm looking for, please leave me a comment here. Thank you.

Hello everyone. Some of the leaves on my passion have started to look like this. I've searched the net, but was unable to determine the cause by comparing with the very few pictures I found. Could someone help me with identifying what might be happening to my vine?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Struggling mango seedlings
« on: April 07, 2017, 06:21:50 AM »
Hello everyone.

I'm trying to grow some mango trees from seed as an experiment.

I live in Bar, Montenegro which is located in southern Europe and it has a Mediterranean climate with hot and relatively dry summers, and mild and rainy winters. The daily low can drop below freezing about 2 or 3 times a year (in January usually), though some years pass without a single day with temperatures below freezing point. I understand that these conditions are far from being perfect for growing mangoes, but as I said, it's an experiment to see whether I can get fruit with extra care.

I've tried growing several mangoes from seed, and all of them ended up acting the same way - after the initial leaves form and grow on the seedling, the growth almost completely stops. The plant tries to produce a new batch of leaflets but they quickly dry out and fall off. Once in a while, a plant manages to grow these leaflets into regular leaves, but that rarely happens. It's mostly this endless process of leaflets forming and then drying out before they get to grow into regular leaves. After almost two years, none of my mango seedlings are more than one foot tall. They are alive, but not growing.

Did anyone ever experience this? Maybe I should mention that none of the seeds I grew the plants from was polyembryonic, not sure if that matters. Maybe they don't have enough humidity? I'm really curious about what's happening, and I would really appreciate any sort of advice.

Thank you.

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