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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Plant ID CHALLENGE part 2
« on: June 15, 2024, 06:17:17 PM »
was gonna say a rare Theobroma until I read your description

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruits At the Arboretum - CSUF
« on: June 15, 2024, 06:15:11 PM »
CSFU sells the fruit, if everyone picks them, there wouldn’t be any left for them to sell.

would they be forced to close their doors if they didn't make the money from the fruit? surely not

while I am in no way suggesting people should go and strip the trees in their local botanic gardens or university (or defending those that do) if people want to try a fruit I say pick a couple (even tree ripened commercial varieties are much better than grocery lot)

Thanks for sharing Kaz

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fresh Yangmei Fruit on Weee!
« on: June 13, 2024, 03:05:35 PM »
Looks beautiful!

can't wait until I can at least see some flowers on mine haha

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fresh Yangmei Fruit on Weee!
« on: June 13, 2024, 02:07:39 PM »
Is this the "soft silk" one?

I have this and Crystal in ground in the clay in Houston and both are doing well-

I know someone who has almost all of the varieties that have been offered over the years here as well but so far they have chosen to keep them in pots

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fresh Yangmei Fruit on Weee!
« on: June 13, 2024, 01:48:05 PM »
It says sold out on my end as well. I believe the Eastern Giant was mostly Dongkui last year and Purple Pearl was Biqi if I remember correctly. I wonder if this Violet one is An Hai or re named Biqi? The quality from Weee has been good.

K-Rimes, those large fruit look like Dongkui.

I can’t wait for these to get back in stock on Weee.

Thank you for chiming in!

I wanted to know if these were simple re-names or actually different varieties

Maybe try an incognito browser (ctrl + shift + n) and the web address without trace ID  It shows 3 left for me.

Showing 3 in stock for me as well

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fresh Yangmei Fruit on Weee!
« on: June 12, 2024, 08:30:33 PM »
Hey they gotta spend that $60 per pound somewhere! Lawyers are a good way to burn through cash haha

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fresh Yangmei Fruit on Weee!
« on: June 12, 2024, 05:41:59 PM »
Looks sold out for now.  Has anyone tried that variety? I would expect them to have more soon based on last year.  I think they had 2 varieties available around July then.

I think it just says that when they are not available in your are :( still says available for me in SF

The Calmei stuff is pretty good from Weee, it's just hit or miss if you get them mouldy or not and the size of the fruit is pretty underwhelming. Yangmei has to be in the top 5 of fruits with the shortest shelf life I've ever seen. The first batch will be picked underripe, middle of the selling season gets good, overripe at the end. I ordered a few times last year and tried a few varieties.

It's as good as you can get in the USA for fresh fruit, anyways. Was just up in Canada and had some insanely good yangmei that was from overseas that blew this stuff out of the water, check the size on these:

Good to know!

you got to try them last year? any idea if these are the same vars?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cuties clementine wtf
« on: June 11, 2024, 02:13:09 PM »
i'd contact cuties as well-

that looks dangerous on a lot of levels

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Siberian Mangosteen
« on: June 11, 2024, 02:03:15 PM »
so many factors at play there-

looks like your soil is high organic content and not much drainage- every 2-3 days is probably too much

best method is to take your fingertip and insert in the dirt to the first knuckle at the drip line (edge of the leaves) if it is dry you need to water-

After a couple weeks of testing you should know how often you specifically need to water

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Florida's Forgotten Rare Fruits
« on: June 11, 2024, 01:51:01 PM »
love this topic!

thanks for the cool info

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Siberian Mangosteen
« on: June 10, 2024, 03:47:37 PM »
Welcome to the forum! overwatered, as a fellow person trying to grow mangosteen in a pot- good luck!


the small lot system (while useful) is flawed especially for recalcitrant seeds

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Eugenia pitanga love
« on: June 09, 2024, 02:37:07 PM »
Second the flavor report on this-

delicious, productive, diminuitive plants- good amount of flesh too

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: 🥭Mangos for sale🥭
« on: June 09, 2024, 02:18:07 PM »

Seeing some sprouts on these!

Thanks Raul

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Got to try a Golden Soursop!
« on: June 07, 2024, 01:17:43 PM »
For those who bought seeds-

I hope you didnt give up yet!

Starting to see some sprouts

Thanks, guys.  I am thinking I will plant two of the nicest looking sapling in full sun in my yard, and the rest of the saplings and sprouted seeds in the woods randomly.  We'll see which does best.

Lots of deer all around.  I understand they dislike paw-paw but I might cage the best ones anyway.

They do great in full sun, we have one in Z5 in MI, needs no deer protection but the squirrels do go for the fruit like mad once they realize what they are

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: community give back event
« on: June 06, 2024, 02:22:54 AM »
Alright ill come out with one!

Right when the pandemic was starting to pick up huge me and AndreasGia (RIP) placed a huge order of seeds from foresthousecameroon of rare Cola spp., Theobroma spp., Annonidium manii and various other fruiting species.

The pack was lost in the mail for literally 3 months but somehow arrived with most if not all of the species germinated and surviving (way to go FHC!) Andreas and I were giddy to get the seeds and grow some of these species out.

The next day I was working with the seeds and had my chickens ($7 a piece bought as hatchling) out roaming the yard while I was potting up these precious seeds that had survived such a long journey

The chickens ate probably a few hundred dollars in raw value of seeds to say nothing of the probably couple grand I could have sold some of the seedlings for...

Lesson learned and from then on when I was potting up new seeds the chickens were restricted to jail. (coop)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Feeding a fig . . .
« on: June 03, 2024, 03:57:27 PM »
good advice here already-

Wood ash is good for figs as well, and cheap and plentiful if you have a fire pit

Careful with ash. It is extremely alkaline, which we already struggle with in CA!

My figs are voracious eaters and will take whatever I have on hand. My read is that they're not terribly picky, but I try to start the year with avo citrus slow release, then swap to Jobe's slow release fruit and nut which is lower in N, higher in P. There are some anecdotal reports on the fig forums of this being the way to go. I got a killer breba crop this year with an early dose of the citrus avo, best ever.

Good note!

Yes very alkaline, figs can tolerate alkaline conditions but you can go out of range!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Feeding a fig . . .
« on: June 03, 2024, 03:18:47 PM »
good advice here already-

Wood ash is good for figs as well, and cheap and plentiful if you have a fire pit

you might have to take one for the team and do some "tests"  :P

"What is the cut diameter capacity of your unit? I read a lot of these reviews that say the things really struggle to cut more than 3/8", which would not be good in my case as some annona stems measure more than a cm or around 12mm, which would be about half an inch."

Yes, the telescoping prunner/picker branch limit is 3/8"-1/2" depending on the type of wood. So for avocado, 1/2" should cut fine, for citrus, probably 3/8" is the limit. If it's bigger diameter than that then you should probably be using a ladder to pick the fruit since you can only grip (prunner tip) about 5 lb fruits, anything more and it iwill slip out of it's grip.

Sounds like a bit of concern then, because we have Sweetsop fruits that can get pretty heavy. Not to mention we will have heavier stuff in the future too. The main concern is that cut capacity. Seems like a big limitation. I don't plant to use this for any pruning work, but some of the fruit stems can be pretty woody and thick. We went ahead and ordered a 5m unit from a distributor here. I'll post about how it goes. Maybe even make a video about it.

Time to get good at throwing fruits like the durian pickers

Received my seeds today in fabulous condition as always-

Richard is a true pro- order with confidence!

Thank you for making these species available

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