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Temperate Fruit Buy, Sell, & Trade / Cinnamon Spice Apple Scions
« on: March 01, 2023, 01:40:26 PM »
I have a schwack of these. $1 per scion, 5 minimum, shipped via USPS small flat rate.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Dragonfruit and Bees
« on: January 23, 2023, 02:45:06 PM »
Does anyone have experience with bees and dragonfruit? I read conflicting information. Some say that bees promote better fruit weight, quality, and fertilization - others report that bees steal all the pollen and leave none even on the stigma.

My experience has been that they often steal all the pollen before I can get to it and use it to cross pollinate - but then again, I had a ton more fruit last year than usual and LOTS of bees. I still hand pollinated as best I could, but maybe I don't need to?

Any firsthand experience would be awesome. I just got bees a month or so ago and looks like they will make it thru winter.

Hoping to find some scion wood of these. Anyone on here have some? Thank you in advance!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Did I get skunked on these Papayas?
« on: October 11, 2022, 04:17:01 PM »

Planted 3, theyíre absolutely flying with 4Ē trunks. One is For sure female / hermaphrodite but canít tell if these are actually male?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Leaning papaya
« on: September 27, 2022, 06:23:05 PM »

I know itís a concern when papayas lean, especially young. I think this is wind or sun related.

Should I add a stake and haul it over?

This is a male so it wonít hold fruit if Iím not mistaken?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / CA - Florida mango seedlings
« on: August 14, 2022, 06:18:23 PM »
Solid 1 gallon mango seedlings. - time for up pot or soil. Tap root intact.

Coconut cream
Lemon meringue

$25 each

CANCELLED! Hopefully organize one for next year.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / CORG Comparison
« on: June 06, 2022, 01:59:23 PM »

I multi grafted my CORG for cross pollination, but also comparison. From L-R, ScottRís variety, Benís Beaut, and mine which is a seedling from Exotica.

They all came off with a slight touch so should be similar ripeness. Robís is a well balanced sour sweets, Benís a bit sweeter but still some sour, and mine even not as dark red is just pure papaya sweetness.

I also grafted some Garnet from Kevin Jones up top and look forward to that.

Also have an El Dorado seedling from Marcos and that one is very unique in that it has a eugenia funk sort of like the resinous flavor in in Pitanga. I found it more complex, albeit with much smaller fruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / My Yard 2022
« on: May 24, 2022, 05:30:31 PM »

From left to right: lemon by the trellis, santa rosa plum, cas guava behind it, campo ramon jaboticaba behind it, orange flesh tropical guava, guabiju, peruvian apple cactus, flavor king pluot, lucuma, eugenia calycina, boysenberry - any small plants or grassy looking stuff is nitrogen fixing crops to improve the soil.

L-R: Mountain guava, persian mulberry, pineapple guava, and then the plum mentioned above

Violet de bordeaux fig and Pakistani / Himalayan grafted on dwarf mulberry

Mountain guava on left, Sir Prize avo on right, vanilla ice cream bean behind the guava, lamb hass, paw paw patch, golden berry

El bumpo / knight grafted cherimoya on left, garden beds

Mexican apple on right, lemon guava on left, tiger stripe fig and champagne fig on hill side in background

L-R: Eldorado CORG, seedling CORG from Exotica with ben's beaut and ScottR's seedling grafted, added Kevin Jones Garnet last week, then a strawberry guava and black star pitanga in same pot, red seedling pitanga, and grafted vermillion pitanga

White mulberry with the grafted dwarf in background

A shot of the orange flesh guava and pluot from behind

Sabara jabo in half tote

Many cultivars of dragonfruit, jabos, eugenias, etc in front of greenhouse (it's mostly empty for summer)

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / FREE: Fruiting Sabara scions
« on: April 29, 2022, 07:28:58 PM »
Kaz inspired me with all his free cuttings and scions and Iím paying it forward with some Sabara scions from my flowering tree.

$10 for shipping and theyíre yours.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / June FL Trip
« on: April 22, 2022, 01:33:54 PM »
I am looking at flying out to Miami in June or July for mango season and to visit some farms or homes out that way. Are there any must hits? Anyone out there that may want to show me their collection? The fruit community has been amazing and hopefully there are some people around that have suggestions.

Of course, really want to check out Zill's and hopefully they will have mangoes for sale at that time but that's about the limit of my knowledge of that area.

Thanks for any suggestions in advance

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Santa Barbara CA plants for sale
« on: March 01, 2022, 12:00:27 PM »

Campo Ramon $120

Grimal seedlings $20-$40 depending on size, have tons

20 gallon grimal with a mature graft $160

Yellow jabo, glazoviana $30 each have a few

Pick up in person

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Incredible Calycina buds
« on: February 11, 2022, 02:47:40 PM »
This calycina barely made fruit last year. This year feels different.

I'm about read to top work my eugenia calycina because I have poor fruit quality. It's bell shaped with no seed and pretty much just sour. It's a big plant, 25 gallon, so I have lots of arms to graft.

Anyone have some available?

Alternatively can anyone tell me if fruit quality improves after first or second year? It flowers quite a bit but doesn't set or hold very well. I did successfully graft one scion from achetadomestica.

Temperate Fruit Buy, Sell, & Trade / Santa Barbara Peach Scions
« on: January 23, 2022, 12:49:52 AM »

This is a tasty low chill peach that does well in 10a. It has a particular pointy tip to it, and produces prolifically and large fruit. One of these trees broke in half due to too much fruit.

$5 each, will cut them down to about 6-8Ē long. $6 each if you want me to buddy tape them pre shipment.

Minimum 4. Shipped USPS priority.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Flowering Sabara Scions
« on: January 14, 2022, 05:22:02 PM »

I am going to prune my flowering / fruiting Sabara jaboticaba soon and have some scions I could sell of various sizes, pencil size and maybe even a touch larger. Fruit is good quality with small seeds and thin skin.

$10 each minimum 3 + $10 for USPS priority. US ONLY

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Grafting Che to Mulberry
« on: January 14, 2022, 03:13:50 PM »
I saw a few successful Che to male mulberry bark grafts online but wanted to see if others have had success on TFF doing this. I tried che for the first time last year and it was very agreeable and aesthetic so I want to give it a try grafting to ever bearing / dwarf mulberry which seems to be a universal receiver of mulberry grafts.

Also wanted to try rooting some cuttings which I hear is challenging but not impossible.

Anyone have experience?


Iíve installed some fruit trees on this hillside but the soil is low quality and it also leaves a lot of root exposed. Iím planning to put in a small stone / log retaining wall and then build the wall up to be more level, and cut back the Rosemary and such. I plan to add about 2 tons of soil there and around the rest of my orchard.

Will adding nitrified redwood and topsoil bring the plum, mulberry and Pluot out of dormancy? I have read that nutrition in fall is very important for establishing the tree and it will use that energy for root building. I of course want them to sleep til spring as it does frost here.

Should I go ahead and do it now or wait till Spring?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / 100 gallon pot options?
« on: November 11, 2021, 01:37:28 PM »

I have a happy and producing sabara jaboticaba in a 75 gallon fabric pot that will do better with an up pot and getting rid of the fabric pot. The soil dries out super fast, the edges are always dry, and it leaches a lot of water into the soil below it. It probably has oak roots coming into the bottom too... Anyways, NEVER use a fabric pot is my lesson to all of you.

There are a few options I'm considering for an up-pot:

65 gallon blow molded pot (these are $150 delivered) and dimensionally should barely work, the opening is the same width as my current pot, I may need to prune off / narrow the bottom roots to fit in fully but basically it's the exact same size. Not ideal because the tree won't really get to grow any more root mass, but it will work.

100 or even 300 gallon stock tank and drill a bunch of holes in it. The 100 gal stock tank is the same width as my pot up top but appear to be really narrow in the bottom and I'll probably need to cut off a bunch of roots to fit it into the taper, but then the plant will have some room (10 inches on either side) of fresh soil to get established in. If I get the 300 gallon tank, it will be a ton of $ for soil, the pot, and all that, but the tree will then have years of soil to grow into and will be happy probably for as long as I own it. The 100 gallon is $150, the 300 gallon is $300.

Putting it in the ground is not available to me due to being a renter, extremely high alkaline soil, and gopher pressure.

Any suggestions?

I'm a little overwhelmed with the heat and caring for so many plants so it's probably time to thin the herd a bit. I don't want to ship these cause it's too damn hot. Hopefully some CA folks are excited enough about the list to come visit!

Escarlate seedlings in 3" pots - $20

Grimal or Red in 3" pot - $20

1 gallon red jabos - $40

Campo Ramon - $60 - a little lanky but growing strong.

Campo Ramon - $100 - fantastic structure and growing fast

Rooted S8 cuttings $20:

Nelita eugenia calycinas $30 for small, $80 for big

Eugenia myrcianthes  $30

Isan Indigo seedling $40

15 gallon mamey seedling $80

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Anyone who can ship FL mangoes?
« on: May 23, 2021, 09:40:55 PM »
I think mango season is just kinda firing up in FL? - Any chance someone in FL could ship some selected varieties to Oregon? It would be much appreciated.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Apple disease ID
« on: May 14, 2021, 11:52:02 AM »

Anyone have ideas on this malady? This tree is 30-40 years old and all the old trunk was in very poor health. Iíve been taking off old funky looking wood and it leaves an orange coating on your gloves or hands / tools. This is healthy new growth but I want to get ahead of this stuff before it spreads.

The tree was way too cluttered and airflow was poor and itís much more open now.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / 9b Spring
« on: April 03, 2021, 06:54:03 PM »
Things are cautiously opening up here in zone 9b. This year theyíre about a month behind what happened last year, but I prefer that. Last year I had tons of blooms and young growth that got burnt by a late frost.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Jaboticaba Cultivars and their Leaves
« on: March 11, 2021, 01:04:05 PM »

I received all these beautiful scions while on a trip to Colorado and prepared them all myself and in doing so thought it was cool to see all the leaves of the cultivars together in one place. Perhaps others may like to see it to

I'm about to head out to the greenhouse and start grafting all of these onto one tree.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Persian mulberry scions
« on: March 04, 2021, 01:36:49 PM »

Iím going to heavily prune this Persian mulberry and will have some scions if anyone is interested. They range from smaller than a pencil to around 1/4Ē or so, maybe some thicker ones. Makes a thick black mulberry that has that electric blue raspberry tone. Very tasty.

Minimum 5 scions $4 each - shipped via USPS priority

PayPal / US buyers only

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