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Maybe try reaching out to the person directly. Ebay applies tax to some stuff, but if you do direct sales with someone it's unlikely to be an issue. I would rather sell directly as ebay takes about 13% off the top so maybe try reaching out to a seller save everyone some money.

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The ultra rare Eugenia hyemalis is back on stock!



How is the flavor of this one?

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I'll check back before I travel.

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I'm interested in

1 calastro,
1 cherilata,
1 Hawaii pink.

I'd be happy to pay you now. I'll be down in the next week or two to pick up if that works for you?
Thanks!
John

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WTB : mango in Orlando
« on: March 20, 2022, 10:41:30 PM »
Hey,
I have a small nursery in Orlando area and would be happy to supply you with some trees. I have m-4 and several other varieties that do well this far inland. Give me a shout!

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WANT TO BUY INGA LAURINA
« on: March 17, 2022, 12:08:12 PM »
I have some Inga Laurina seedlings.

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I'm really just hitting my stride in fruit production. My wife makes jelly and syrup out of jabos and the kids and I eat a ton of the fruit. More often than not there is enough for us to eat our fill and have some extra. There is a pretty reliable customer base for fruit, but I've only ever sold sabara or red. All the other varieties it's probably a better idea to plant/sell seeds. I have a kitchen manager who i'll be pitching a lot of fruit stuff to tis year so we'll see what happens.

Hey John, I know this isnt the quite appropriate thread but a few years back I started collecting myrtaceaes, annonas, figs and other tropicals. Since I'm in AZ there isn't quite a jabo market like florida, have you ever sold fruit to restaurants or chefs to aid in your business? 5-10 years down the line I just want to continue trading/collecting with people and maybe sell fruits to local chefs to help fund the hobby. Or is it more profitable for you to just keep the fruit/seeds?

I hear you on the argument that it would be great to see genetic diversity moving freely back and forth. I think the issue is that most people who have put in a lot of time to build a collection would get run ragged if they gave scions or seeds to everyone who asked for them.

When I had a small collection I tried to make myself useful for collectors who needed help in exchange for plant material. I worked in trade for plants. I didn't have the money to buy all the plants I wanted but looked for way to source material and knowledge.

As I build my collection I looked for trading partners who had material I wanted. In fact I got some of my most rare varieties through trade with collectors around the country.

I slowly rolled my collection into a little nursery (I also have a full time job) and started selling plants on the side to fund my collection. I realize everyone can't do this because of space and time requirements, but it was my path.

Now I find myself in a different position where If I get a new species, it's not just a part of my collection, but also an asset. I've got cost sunk into getting the plant, likely some failures along the way, but at the end of the day I want to recoup the money I put into it and hopefully make some money to further my collection efforts

There are still quite a few plants I'm looking to collect(even with a nice collection to trade and willingness to pay), so you're not alone in wanting plants to more accessible, but as it stands, some stuff is just tough to find.

I think that when plants become more readily available people will be far more willing to share them, but as it stands, if I ask someone for a cutting that as a grafted tree would be worth hundreds of dollars, and I know they have limited budwood, I am essentially asking them to forgo their financial interest for the sake of my collection. My best work around for this was to literally pick up the scraps off the ground when people were grafting and I attempted to micro graft the pieces I could get. They were free but I had to be at the right place at the right time.

Sorry for the long post, I wanted to share some perspective and hopefully some suggestions to help you build your collection.

John

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I hear you on the argument that it would be great to see genetic diversity moving freely back and forth. I think the issue is that most people who have put in a lot of time to build a collection would get run ragged if they gave scions or seeds to everyone who asked for them.

When I had a small collection I tried to make myself useful for collectors who needed help in exchange for plant material. I worked in trade for plants. I didn't have the money to buy all the plants I wanted but looked for way to source material and knowledge.

As I build my collection I looked for trading partners who had material I wanted. In fact I got some of my most rare varieties through trade with collectors around the country.

I slowly rolled my collection into a little nursery (I also have a full time job) and started selling plants on the side to fund my collection. I realize everyone can't do this because of space and time requirements, but it was my path.

Now I find myself in a different position where If I get a new species, it's not just a part of my collection, but also an asset. I've got cost sunk into getting the plant, likely some failures along the way, but at the end of the day I want to recoup the money I put into it and hopefully make some money to further my collection efforts

There are still quite a few plants I'm looking to collect(even with a nice collection to trade and willingness to pay), so you're not alone in wanting plants to more accessible, but as it stands, some stuff is just tough to find.

I think that when plants become more readily available people will be far more willing to share them, but as it stands, if I ask someone for a cutting that as a grafted tree would be worth hundreds of dollars, and I know they have limited budwood, I am essentially asking them to forgo their financial interest for the sake of my collection. My best work around for this was to literally pick up the scraps off the ground when people were grafting and I attempted to micro graft the pieces I could get. They were free but I had to be at the right place at the right time.

Sorry for the long post, I wanted to share some perspective and hopefully some suggestions to help you build your collection.

John

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I have a huge queen palm and would be happy to send seed. Shoot me a message.

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I often ponder flying out to FL and renting or buying a truck and driving it back full of plants... Stop feeding this idea John!

Nice trees, in any case. Love to see these varieties offered.

I'm gonna have to say I fully support this idea! you could load up on all sorts of jabos, but also get a bunch of mango and other plants that are easier to find in FL.

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Thanks for weighing in. To make my life easier I only buy two size boxes. One for shipping 1 gal and one for 3 gal. When the plant's no longer fit in those box sizes I don't ship them. I realize I could prune the trees or bend them.

The truth with these trees is that my wife said, we need more room and these were trees That had been sitting a little too long and need to be potted up, so instead of potting them up and further irritating my wife, I listed them.

If anyone wants them all and wants a package deal I might just knock off a few bucks!

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LOL, sorry about that. Maybe I shout roll out some even bigger trees and see if I can't convince someone to make the trip and stock up on big trees!

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Clearing out some space in the Nursery. Bigger plants ready to go. Pick up only I'm in Central Florida. I'm not shipping the trees.

Sanford 7 Gal $400







Spirito 3 Gal $250







Otto Andersen Branca Vinho 3 Gal $250








Coronata Restinga 3 Gal $250








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Hello Friends,
Dr. Anderson and I have some exciting seeds we would like to make available to the community! Please place your orders in the link attached and we will follow up with you! Seeds will begin shipping in approx. 2 weeks but holiday shipping delays may be anticipated.
Unfortunately we are unable to offer international shipping.

Plinia pseudodichasiantha
Eugenia stigmatosa
Myrciaria tenella
Eugenia parkeriana
Plinia nana
Plinia jaboticaba "Pingo de Mel"
Plinia Nov. sp. "Caipirinha"
Order form below:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfWo3CjnouCfsJM97hoGXFP0QAbjoPID4y1MtNM8ZKp6T5M0w/viewform

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Trusted Mexican seller?
« on: December 07, 2021, 12:39:15 PM »
I recommend Raul, "Raulglezruiz".

Agreed! Raul is a great source for seeds in Mexico and has reliable seeds and shipping.

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John has one listed on ebay that ends later today. Here is the link: https://www.ebay.com/itm/154678317564?hash=item24038bd1fc:g:pv8AAOSwspVhfuNB

Thanks for the tip!

Thanks for the plug! I have grafted a few so far this fall and should be grafting some more to be ready in the spring!

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I have fruiting red jaboticaba 3/7 gal sizes. Send me a message if you want!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Your weapon of choice?
« on: July 05, 2021, 03:41:40 PM »
I have the same orange handle victorinox and it's what I use for mango.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Eugenia Anthropophaga info?
« on: July 03, 2021, 09:21:10 PM »
Thank you for the info. Iím not the one you have to worry about, I got beat from bidding on John Travis Morton eBay and another seller right before I won this one so I had a little extra drive to win 1 haha. Those John Travis bidders are the ones with some deep pockets. I would have thought Escarlate jabo trees would be cheaper by now since they are pretty common but a lot still go very expensive. I know that graft is where the moneys at but a small grafted one was still going over $100. Iím hoping somebody can sell me one a bit cheaper. Once I get one of those then you might catch me bidding again on some rare jabos haha

John Travis Morton's jaboticabas tend to be a little larger than some of the other plants sold on eBay, so it is no surprise that he gets high prices. The same applies to Adam Shafran's plants. Other sellers, like BellamyTrees, sell very small seedlings, which makes me amazed at what some people are willing to pay for newly germinated seeds with only a couple of leaves. I wish I was getting those types of prices with my Psidiums and Eugenias, but my plants are not as rare as what BellamyTrees sells. There is just a lot of demand for plants and a shortage of nursery stock, even for common species, so prices are quite high right now; they will probably remain high for a couple of years.

E. Anthropophaga certainly looks cool! I still need to add one to the collection. Hopefully once these get big and start fruiting in the states we will be able to try them side by side with pitangatuba.

On the topic of getting ahold of rare plants, I'd say collect and trade as often as you can. While I sell trees to support the nursery and justify the collection, I'm a collector at heart. I'd rather trade for something interesting I don't have when the opportunity presents itself.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Red Jaboticaba Bulk Seeds
« on: June 29, 2021, 08:37:55 AM »
Perhaps I should have specified I have many seeds, but am selling in 100 packs. Still have a couple available!

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Red Jaboticaba Bulk Seeds
« on: June 28, 2021, 12:45:13 PM »
100 seeds $50 Free domestic shipping. Sold Out!

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Scarlet Jaboticaba Seeds
« on: May 17, 2021, 09:00:06 AM »
Sorry I just got back to my messages today. Responses sent.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Scarlet Jaboticaba Seeds
« on: May 14, 2021, 10:44:36 AM »
Scarlet Seeds $2.50 each 10 minimum $5 shipping




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I have scarlet seeds.

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Thanks for putting it together again! Payment sent!

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