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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Vietnamese & Chaffey cherimoya scion for sale
« Last post by Rispa on October 05, 2022, 01:28:53 AM »
Bump, last call before all goes to compost.
Any left?
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Container friendly tropicals that max out at 9 feet?
« Last post by W. on October 05, 2022, 01:19:25 AM »
Welcome! Glad to see another temperate grower join the forum.

Lots of good points have been made in this thread.

I see a definite difference between your experience container growing in Asheville, up in the mountains, zone 7a at the cusp of being 6b; and my experience in North Alabama, in relative lowlands, and solidly in 7b. I keep my container plants outside seven months, sometimes longer, but I bring them in before the nightly lows drop below 40į. I would be getting close to nine months of outside time for them if I let them experience nights in the 20s. I would be experiencing some dead plants, though, since I do not think everything in my collection would be happy with such exposure.

Needless to say, plants and their root balls get heavier as they mature. A good plant dolly and a good back are essentials. I usually cart shorter plants into my basement in a wheelbarrow.

I am also surprised jaboticabas were not mentioned immediately. They have compact growth habits, can stay in containers long-term, and handle temperatures into the 20s (as long as the exposure is brief). Varieties like red and escarlate fruit quickly and at small sizes. If you baby them in the winter and do not expose them to cold temperatures, you may even be able to get a winter crop since they fruit multiple times per year.

Some Eugenia species, such as Eugenia selloi (Pitangatuba), are excellent for container growing.

vnomonee has a good Passiflora growing method for those of us in temperate regions trying to grow something other than maypops, which I have in my yard but now consider too insipid for anything other than ornamental growth and caterpillar food. I have been experimenting with other methods of getting edulis crops in my location, but so far, no luck.

Sugar apple (Annona squamosa) is probably the best Annona for container growing. People have fruited them in containers as small as 3 gallons. I selected seedlings with natural branching and shrubby growth habits. That has, so far, worked to keep mine small.

I find that the thorns are not the issue with container growing dragon fruit, it is the staking/trellising, particularly moving them in and out without disrupting that staking/trellising. That is my issue with dragon fruit.

Lemons are an excellent container citrus. People have been growing them that way in temperate areas of the US since before anyone here was born. One of my great-grandmothers had a lemon she dragged in and out of her garage as conditions required. Kumquats (and the various hybrid-quats) and finger limes are also good container citrus. When it comes to citrus, watch out for spider mites, my greatest nemesis.
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« Last post by brian on October 05, 2022, 01:09:10 AM »

I don't see a reason why the durian wouldn't survive in your greenhouse, and with proper pruning even fruit eventually.
Spider mites, maybe a foliar application of trace elements will help increase the leaf brix and reduce the mites. Idk what your soil ph is, but beyond 7 isn't to good for durio zibethinus and some topicals from that area, Bill Whitman have some good stuff about that in his book 40 years of rare fruit.

Not sure, I believe I have fertilized it appropriately and added garden sulfur to lower ph.   Perhaps it is getting too much water, I'm not sure what else it could be.  If it dies, I'll try again next year and try different soil mix, fertilizer, additives, watering...

I don't even like durian so this is just for the challenge of exotics :)
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself
« Last post by 0hip on October 05, 2022, 12:54:14 AM »
Hello

 Im from townsville in north queensland. a bit further south than the best tropical fruit region but still trying a few of the harder ones. in a suburban house so i dont have as many trees as i wish i could but i have about 25-30 different fruits.

 currently have two durians which are struggling after loosing most of the leaves during the long winter but seem to have a ton of new growth errupting as well as a mangosteen. my rambuatan, lychee, longan, jackfruit, soursop and sapodilla are all dong great. also have 4 other garcinias, 7 jabuticabas of a few different types, 3 bananas, 8 citrus and a few figs. quite a few other topicals and somewhat less interesting fruits and flavors/spices aswell.

here to meet other people and learn like everyone else. also keen to visit other properties in the area to lean some more. most of my trees are still young but plenty are starting to fruit which is exciting
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« Last post by Gone tropo on October 04, 2022, 11:32:28 PM »
Cassowary thats some interesting reading there and I think a lot of truth in what you are saying.  Im also planting out seedlings as well as I believe like you say they are more hardy.

The only thing i would comment on is that when you say borers normally attack a tree on its way out, this is my biggest most healthiest vigorous tree that they attack they tree is certainly in good health. they also attacked it last year and the tree has mostly healed over those deep scars from the borers and continued growing. Im confident that this borer attack wont damage the tree too much if its the same thing that happened last year.
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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Complete decimation on Pine Island...
« Last post by Rex Begonias on October 04, 2022, 11:27:33 PM »
When you get settled and want to rebuild, please share what you would want to acquire.  I'd be happy to help find and send stuff to you.

Definitely!  Iíd be happy to do the same and help anyone hit hard in that area as well.  The video footage Iíve seen looks absolutely heartbreaking.  I hope everyone in that SW FL area is safe.  Thereís going to be a lot of rebuilding going on for quite some time. 

So sorry to hear about your trees, Jabba, I hope your home is Ok and youíre able to rebuild your property as quickly as possible. 
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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Complete decimation on Pine Island...
« Last post by elouicious on October 04, 2022, 11:26:39 PM »
glad you made it Jabba- will also donate some material to the rebuilding whenever you are ready
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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: eBay auctions - ending Sunday 10/9/2022!
« Last post by BellamyTrees on October 04, 2022, 11:09:17 PM »
new auctions coming online now, updated the auction page on the site. Thanks everyone!
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« Last post by cassowary on October 04, 2022, 10:59:01 PM »
My durian seedling that previously seemed quite healthy has been slowly declining since this summer, and is constantly under attack from spider mites.  I decided to let it sink or swim... I planted it into the ground in my greenhouse.  This will accelerate either its recovery or demise.

I don't see a reason why the durian wouldn't survive in your greenhouse, and with proper pruning even fruit eventually.
Spider mites, maybe a foliar application of trace elements will help increase the leaf brix and reduce the mites. Idk what your soil ph is, but beyond 7 isn't to good for durio zibethinus and some topicals from that area, Bill Whitman have some good stuff about that in his book 40 years of rare fruit.
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Growing pawpaw in Southern California
« Last post by NateTheGreat on October 04, 2022, 10:55:52 PM »
Mine took years to get established, but are in full sun all day without issues this year. I'm somewhat inland, hotter than on the bay. They're about 5 ft tall, from bare root planted in-ground in 2018 I believe. I planted 6 but 2 died. Not growing fast yet, probably have doubled in height in 4 growing seasons. If I had to do it over again I'd direct-sow seeds. I bet I'd have bigger trees by now. I used shade cloth for a year or more, don't remember how long.  I actually had my drip irrigation get shut off for a month this summer before I noticed. I'd been giving the pawpaws a little supplemental water, but not much. They didn't even look bad.

I think 3 of the 4 have flowered, the biggest ones. One has set fruit two years in a row, but dropped them after a few weeks. They set fine without hand pollination.

I don't understand the flowering cycle for them. Mine are covered in flower buds now, which probably won't push/open until spring, but they're still fully leafed-out, and haven't seen chill hours in months AFAIK. I think I had one open a flower in August once.

They look like they might push new leaves now, leaf buds are swollen, but I think they'll wait for spring. I only get a few pushes/flushes a year, in the spring. Mexican katydids eat holes in the young leaves as they emerge, but aside from that they're doing well.
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