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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Starfruit ID
« on: August 22, 2021, 07:34:57 PM »
Hi all! Is this starfruit? I got it labeled from the local club as carambola ďkanukĒ but the flowers seem different from what Iíve seen online or in person on other plants. Any help would be appreciated thanks!


From the all the descriptions online I thought the Vernon whites were white inside vs yellow? Of the varieties Iíve had I seem to prefer the white ones overall compared to the yellows.

Any tips on how to pick at the proper ripeness? Can they hang for too long on the tree? I have one that was labeled as ďVernon whiteĒ but it had yellow flesh. Tasty but not what I was expecting, wondering if I waited too long.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pintangatuba pollination
« on: July 24, 2021, 08:46:07 AM »
Good info! Looks like I will give it some time but also get a second plant.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Alphonso mango scions
« on: July 12, 2021, 12:32:55 AM »
All sold thx.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: July 11, 2021, 09:13:15 PM »
Has anybody started to get together a "bloom calendar" for varieties that overlap for cross-pollinating? My first year with multiple varieties blooming and feel like I might have some gaps for cross-pollination, am wondering if I just need more plants/size so that the blooms of different varieties have a longer cycle.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Pintangatuba pollination
« on: July 10, 2021, 07:30:14 PM »
Hi all! I have a small 2í bush that is blooming well but does not set any fruit. Does it set better with another plant to cross pollinate? Plenty of bees flying around and taking care of other plants nearby. Maybe more or less water? Plant is potted, full sun, watered 2x per week. Thanks!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Alphonso mango scions
« on: July 10, 2021, 07:27:18 PM »
Alphonso mango scions $4 each. Shipping is $8 USPS. Thanks!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Compact coconut varieties?
« on: June 08, 2021, 05:06:56 PM »
Has anybody fruited the dwarfs in Southern California?

Thanks Warren great to meet you and thanks for the awesome mango tree!

Any updates from people for this season?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Annona scions for sale
« on: April 12, 2021, 09:24:08 PM »
All out of Lisa, geffner, honeyhart.

Depending on the amendments it can prevent the tree roots from growing out properly in the surround soil (the roots stay in the same ball of soil and get crowded instead of pushing out into native soil). The shade cloth can help reduce some stress in the new location until the tree gets established. Is the potted tree already close to where it will be planted so that it is used to same sun exposure?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grumichama flowering!
« on: April 08, 2021, 10:55:48 PM »
Here in 10A California, will try watering on the heavier side during flowering and lighter at fruit set and will update this thread to see if they hold fruit. Planted in ground.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Annona scions for sale
« on: April 04, 2021, 10:13:52 AM »
Hi all, trimming the trees so have a few scions available. May have more varieties soon depending on what needs to be trimmed. $5 each, 3 minimum per order, can do singles mix n match. Please PM with any questions. Wiling to trade local for rootstock.

-dr white


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ailing guava
« on: April 04, 2021, 09:35:20 AM »
Iíve had guavas show some stress/defoliation when moved, once they settle in they put on a new flush of growth. I would just monitor it and let it do itís thing.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Semi-annual annona sale
« on: March 24, 2021, 07:25:41 PM »
PM sent thanks!

What percentage fruit set is normal? I have two finger lime trees planted last year, one is setting fruit but the other is not, about 50í away from each other. One is significantly smaller so may be less mature.

Any California people have recommendations? I have Manila and Kent at the moment.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Various seedlings
« on: December 02, 2020, 01:07:17 PM »
Sent follow up PM thanks!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Comparison of 3 top Pomegranate varieties
« on: November 01, 2020, 01:24:01 AM »
Palingkecil, that looks like a great pomegranate. 18% is very sweet, especially for a pink aril Pom. Sorry but I have no idea what variety that is.

Iíve been eating a lot of Parfiankas lately and they just keep getting better and better. Iím at the end of the season now and the secondary crop has mostly been harvested except for a few stragglers. This year, Iíve been fertilizing consistently and the Brix of these Parfiankas are now at 18%! I never thought they could get so sweet. I now rate Parfianka higher than Angel Red. Everyone in my neighborhood that has sampled these fruit now wants to plant a tree.

I used to like pomegranates but always wished they were just a tiny bit sweeter. Now that I know the full potential of Parfianka, I understand why this was the favorite variety of Dr. Gregory Levin. At 18% Brix, the dark arils from Parfianka has the perfect sugar acid balance. 1% higher in Brix and I think this pomegranate will be too sweet and throw off that perfect balance.

This is an absolutely incredible fruit!


Hi Simon, any tips or recommendations for fertilizer and interval? Just planted a parfianka and Angel red this year so looking forward to the next few years. Thanks!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself
« on: October 15, 2020, 10:13:26 AM »
Hi everyone! New member here excited to learn and exchange some cool plants. Thanks!

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