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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Finger Lime - 15 gal
« on: September 24, 2022, 12:00:10 PM »
I have a very healthy finger lime tree (green) that I have been growing for over 8 years, and am finally ready to pass it on for someone else to enjoy.  It flowers and fruits continuously - even indoors!  Organically grown in well-draining soil, only ever been sprayed with OMRI neem oil.  Asking $200 plus shipping, local pickup preferred.


I have been growing and propagating Hilo Buddha sugarcane for several years now.  It is a beautiful variegated (striped) varietal with barrel-shaped nodes that originates from Papua New Guinea, but is now grown mostly in Hawaii.  It is considered an heirloom varietal to the best of my knowledge, though that term seems a bit subjective as far as sugarcane goes.  I've only ever seen rooted Hilo Buddha for sale on one website (; their sales window is usually very brief each year, and I haven't seen it in stock for quite some time.  I occasionally see cuttings available elsewhere, but never in stock.

I currently have 18 rooted 1 gal pots available for sale or trade, valued at $25 each.  The pots are about 2/3 filled with well-draining soil, and about a 1/2 inch of rice hulls in the bottom.  They all have multiple sprouts; each pot contains a 3-node section. Photo shows mature canes.  I can send pics of my pots if interested, and you can pick which one(s) you want; I'll snap a photo when inquiries are received.  I prefer to apply neem before shipping because they are currently growing outdoors.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / White Sapote Questions
« on: September 22, 2022, 02:55:10 PM »
I'm originally from southern California, and absolutely love white sapotes.  I'm also stubborn enough to not jump on the pawpaw train (a local favorite that grows wild), and am determined to figure out how to maintain a grafted tree indoors. 

Because of its dwarf(ish) size, I believe my best bet is to acquire a grafted Suebelle tree, and add selected scions as I'm able to.  From reading previous threads, it seems there are two varietals in the market called "Suebelle."  I'm not sure which is the "true" Suebelle, but I know one has fuzzy leaves and the other doesn't.  Can anyone tell me the difference between the two, and which one is more preferable to acquire?  Is (either) Suebelle considered a good variety to graft scions onto, in general?  Can I get a decent fruit yield with only one tree?

Also, I'm curious if anyone thinks I should abandon the quest to fruit a tree indoors, as I prefer to listen to people who know more than me (despite my stubbornness).  My understanding is that it can be done in a 10 or 15 gallon pot (maybe even 7?), but I want to make sure it wont take up an entire room in my house, or require me to build a large greenhouse in my yard (which I'm hoping to do next year anyway, lol).

Lastly, I've identified some of the "improved" varieties I'd like to get scions for, if anyone has them.  Skipper, Sunset, and Fairhaven are my short list.  I'm also open to suggestions for those on the cutting edge of cultivar knowledge :)  Thanks in advance everyone!  Cheers.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself
« on: September 22, 2022, 02:40:12 PM »
Hi All,

My name is Jon and I live in Baltimore, MD.  I've always been attracted to knowledge available to a limited/select group of people, and over the last few years that has extended to tropical fruit.  Like many of you, I collect entirely too many tropical plants considering my zone (7a), and grow a slew of fruits that are appropriate to my location as well.  I have a few things to sell/trade, and questions to ask to help determine the best candidates to add to my collection.  I am a distiller by trade, and am always researching options that can be sustainably made into spirits/liqueurs/beverages of any sort.  Happy to offer any of my knowledge to those who may benefit from it.  I look forward to getting to know many of you :)


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