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this would be a great thread if places selling and sending all these were shown. Majority of the names of plants quoted here are unknown to me. Thanks for the ASHITABA anyway, i had never heard of it and seems to be worth to search for a place to buy it.
By the way, have a look to

Blue jabuticaba (Myrciaria vexator) 40 - 50 cm high 30€ sounds interesting; can it be kept small or does it grow to a big tree? (i have no much space). And is it self fertile?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Pepino Dulce cuttings & plants
« on: September 25, 2020, 10:18:06 AM »
i bought 5 small pepino plants from Andrewsgarden, Belgium, the plants grew big, but there were very few flowers, hardly more than 5 flowers from all 5 plants! And even those few flowers did not turn to fruit, not even one fruit. I cannot understand why. Do they have to grow 2 or 3 years old before they set fruit? Overwinter first? Near the Pepinos i planted two Lulo (solanum quitoense), one of them grew majestic, the other medium sized, the bigger one produced many flowers but all fell before setting fruit; the smaller one did not even flower.
Maybe, does it have to do with direct sunlight? The Pepinos receive indirect sunlight, but hardly any direct sunlight; the Lulo needs shade to grow anyway.
Any tips on growing Pepinos and Lulo?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Gardening by the calendar
« on: September 25, 2020, 09:56:05 AM »
sorry, i would not ask if a time-honored system works or not. Just try and see by yourself. But remember there is much much more in a calendar than moon phases or moon in general. The Chinese calendar gives the proper and improper activities for each day, while the Hindu pancaanga gives accurate times auspicious and inauspicious within every day. But from a different point of view, it is a matter of karma; if you have a bad karma you will not find the proper time for an activity, either because you don't care to find or because your karma will cause you to be deluded; the reverse goes for good karma.
I never had a chance to try out moon phases, because that is too much luxury for me. When i have seeds or seedlings from the post office, i must plant within a few days or (usually) within hours, because i cannot keep seedlings inside home, and if i delay the seed(ling)s may not survive or the weather may deteriorate. Tropical seeds cannot be planted after the weather gets cold, and those that need stratification must be planted exactly when there is cold ahead. So, if you have no indoor devices for germinating and keeping seedlings, you cannot afford waiting for a moon phase.
I may mention the ancient method of divination by casting lots: you make lots e.g. tiny pieces of paper, one having "plant on Thursday 27/8/2020", the other "plant on Friday 28/8/2020" and so on, make each bit of paper as small as you can by folding it again and again, put them all in a vase or whatever container and shake it  until one lot (bit of paper) pops out of the vase, that is your bit of advice. BUT DO NOT DO THAT DURING THE RAT YEAR, LIKE THIS YEAR 2020. Anything you ask by casting lots during the Rat year, or Rat month, or Rat day, or Rat hour, will go wrong.
So what to do?
if you have some traditional wisdom, put it to the test, if you can afford. And most importantly pray to God for guiding; then when you plant you will think "if it is God's will, it will grow well".

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Pereskia and Pacurí arrived !!!
« on: September 24, 2020, 09:28:56 AM »
Yesterday 23 of September i received the Pereskia scions and Pacurí seeds which you sent on the 9 of June. This means they traveled 3 months and 14 days (and that during hot summer). The Pereskia scions look like rose bush cuttings, there is hardly any root on them, i put them in water to remove the paper wrapping gently and then immediately planted them, they are still green, probably alive.
The 5 pacurí seeds seem to be dead; one of them had a white root already emerging about one cm, but the other side with the leaflets is dry; i put that one in the earth with some plant hormone to help it take root in the place where i mean to set it; of the other four, one had a root but that root was dry, the other 3 seem to be bulging with something trying to go out as a root, but they are all black and seem dry and dead. They were well packed indeed, but they obviously did not endure the delay.
These are the news about them, if any of those grows i shall let you know.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WANTED: Mango seeds (poly only)
« on: September 19, 2020, 01:54:17 PM »
Hi! may i have some Gomera1 seeds?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Pereskia and pacuri !
« on: September 19, 2020, 01:42:07 PM »
Hi! we are near to September 23 when the Autumn formally starts here, and there is no hope to get that packet with Pereskia and Pacuri which you sent on the 9th of June this year. Probably something happened and it was lost in the post office. Even if it arrives in September, autumn is not proper time to plant such plants, because if they take root now, then they will undergo the winter while they are very tender.
Either i have been unlucky (anyway this whole year has been very unlucky in many ways), or, as the proverb says "any impediment is for the better".
So what can we do now? Please consider sending something worth the USD 61 when spring comes again, about April of 2021. It does not necessarily have to be Pereskia and Pacuri, it will be fine if you send me seedlings or seeds for Annonas (especially that Annona montana with the yellow fruit) or big-fruited Inga or anything that is reasonably hardy and gives good harvests.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Cyphomandra sibundoyensis "forest tamarillo"
« on: August 24, 2020, 08:52:41 AM »
Cyphomandra sibundoyensis "forest tamarillo", i m in doubt whether i should plant it or not. I have never seen or tasted a fruit of it, so is it worth? Is it hardy enough to stand -2 celsius for 2 days? Your experience with it? Thank you!

i have already planted the seeds i had, in cups with ancient turf from Estonia, outdoors, hot under sunshine, but nights are still cold (hopefully not under +14 Celsius). Of course the cups are cut around the bottom for drainage.
And nothing sprouted from the seeds i mentioned, so, nullzero, when you have a few seedlings of Stenocereus queretaroensis and if you can send to Greece without too much delay (due to virus etc), please let me know. By the way, is Stenocereus queretaroensis self fertile, so one plant alone will fruit? And, are the fruit without prickles?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking for Pili nut!
« on: August 12, 2020, 08:53:34 AM »
I tried to grow Pili nuts in Florida a few years ago. They all died for some odd reason, after reaching about 1 ft
Pili nut has a reputation that it can only germinate under (or near) the mother tree, those who collect from the wild say it cannot be domesticated. I suppose it needs the same type of soil, and tropical conditions to grow. Maybe there was a winter difficult for your plants, did they stay without water or without shade in summer or did they have too much water during winter? This is all i can think of. Still if you have a place where a tropical papaya can be grown, it is worth trying three times. All of it is eatable and fragrant (you might have eaten your seedlings).

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / pacuri and pereskia
« on: August 12, 2020, 08:26:00 AM »
i tracked again a minute ago and got the same result, packet still in Argentina! O.k., i shall wait a month until about the middle of September. If then you can send again, it will be alright. But if there is no availability at that time, or if the time has gone too late for planting, you may send the same next spring.

By the way i want to ask you, you mention "dry seeds" and "wet seeds", what is exactly the difference? The pacuri seeds you are going to send, are they "dry seeds" or "wet seeds"? And the Graviola montana seeds you have, are they "dry" or "wet"?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / pacuri and pereskia
« on: August 08, 2020, 04:06:18 AM »
i tracked today and got this:




2020-06-09 13:54 JUNIN, INGRESO AL CORREO

So what does this mean? is the packet still in Argentina? since 10 of June? If so, i don't have hope to get it in Greece this year, and i weep for the $61 and all the trouble i had to send the payment. And sadly i must abandon the plan to have Graviola montana seeds next year.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: my carambolas are flowering !!
« on: July 25, 2020, 01:07:08 PM »
i found all needed information here: It was a good choice for a tree to grow.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: my carambolas are flowering !!
« on: July 24, 2020, 03:38:02 PM »
Hi! Let the fruit fully mature on the tree. How old did they get to produce fruit? Did you grow them from seed? Are all the carambola trees fertile?

There is some information here

Appears to be hardy so far and it will definitely cross with V. pubescens.
Hi, could you (or somebody) send me one such plant (palanda papaya, with both male and female flowers) to Greece? When you say hardy, how hardy do you mean? Could it survive e.g. snow for two days? What is the scientific name of that "palanda papaya"?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: space for Passiflora roots
« on: July 20, 2020, 04:10:41 PM »
Thank you Lebmung, i received your 2 Passiflora incarnata. I am still a little perplexed, because i expected P. incarnata to have 5-lobed leaves, the ones i got have 3-lobed leaves. Meanwhile, in the south-east side of the backyard there is a Passiflora which must be Passiflora molissima, with 3-lobed leaves, from It has grown at least 5 different stalks from the ground. Thinking that it must not have ample space for the roots, i simply stopped watering it, it drinks from neighbouring plants ground. When i have flowers, hopefully, i shall show some photos, to confirm what Passiflora type exactly it is. 

Hi! is this papaya hardy? Will it pollinate Papaya/Vasconcella pubescens?

Search for "huertasurbanas" here.

I simply think RPS and other international seeds sites do not do the right thing. What they ought to do is, when their seeds are kept  so long that they may lose their viability, then they should germinate their seeds themselves, and then send seedlings, not seeds, to their costumers. Of course, a seedling should be sold at least at ten times the price of a small pack of seeds, but i would rather pay 10 euro for one live seedling than 1 euro for ten seeds that will not germinate and only waste my efforts. And i believe all growers here would have the same preference for live seedlings.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My tropical fruit plants
« on: June 22, 2020, 02:32:40 PM »
Hi, Plantinyum. I m interested for Passiflora ligularis, and if possible Passiflora quadrangularis. Can you send some plants to Greece? Or, if you visit Greece, bring me two ligularis and (if you have) 2 P. quadrangularis.

I will never buy from them again. Not a single seed sprouted from my two orders.
Well, i have bought from them, most seeds did not germinate, but all the Solanaceae species i bought from them germinated well. Also, two Geoffrea decorticans from them seem to be growing. Also, the nymphaea seeds (water lilies) germinate well, because such seeds can remain live for centuries. For other seeds from them, there seems to be no hope, but i wait till the end of summer, maybe some temperature rise make some seeds germinate.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: space for Passiflora roots
« on: June 22, 2020, 02:11:53 PM »
thanks for the information Plantinyum. Here it is not a tropical location, just zone 9b, sometimes with short frosts, sometimes without frosts. I do not yet have a passiflora incarnata. When i get one, i m thinking to have it in a pot for the first year, then in the ground for better drainage.
But i have a subtropical passiflora in its second year and it is growing big without any flowers yet, it is in the ground but it is a stony place, all stones and rumble under the surface soil.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: 5 Pereskia & 5 pacuri
« on: June 06, 2020, 06:38:49 AM »
If it takes this long to get seeds why would you want seedlings shipped?! It isn’t Marcos fault. It’s the post system speed + covid
I never said it is Marco's fault, and i did not blame anybody. For me it is better to get seedlings rather than seeds. Simply waiting. Cheers.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / 5 Pereskia & 5 pacuri
« on: June 05, 2020, 02:42:32 AM »
Hi! Of all places in the world, South and Central America has the RICHEST variety of useful and eatable plants; congratulations indeed to those who upkeep all that biodiversity.
As to the 5 Pereskia and 5 pacuri, i do NOT complain for any delay; i never complained. Only note, the pacuri seeds are expected to be already seedlings by now, so it is fair to receive pacuri seedlings instead of seeds. Hopefully you agree to send seedlings instead of seeds.

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