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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Parfianka Pomegranate now
« on: September 26, 2023, 04:43:30 PM »
Thanks John, does those late bloom ever overwinter and mature next year? Or is it just a waste and I should just remove the blooms?

I don't have experience with Parfianka specifically, but I'm guessing it's going to drop everything this winter. Leave and flowers. Even with our mild winters, pomegranate love heat and those flowers have little to no shot of becoming fruit. You can dry out the flowers and use them in a tea if you want to put them to use

Ham???  Are we talking about Honey-Baked ham?  Or perhaps Black Forest?  If it tastes anything like Jamon Iberico then sign me up!!
Shmojojojo- if you have any other rooted cuttings after AndrewAZ is covered, I would be interested as well.

Lol I'm not sure I could tell the difference between any of those hams, but I can tell you it's like deli meat ham. Like I said, it's an aftertaste. It's not like you're biting into ham. It was still sweet and apricot-y.

I've received some interest, but I guess Andrew has first dibs if he wants one. I didn't plan on selling/trading these yet, but I offered since this post came up. I just transplanted them from their tray a few days ago and they're still pretty scrawny. I'll post some pics this weekend. If there is interest, my plant has many suckers popping up that I'll attempt to root. All the suckers make me wonder if my plant was from a cutting as well


pink guava and the little runt eugeniafolia (myrtoides). I'll report back on taste.

The fruit is a little small, probably could get bigger, but I haven't been watering because I'm busy.
Ok, I'm not really impressed with the eugeniafolia. Kinda troll. Very sour and has so many seeds but they are huge seeds.

That was my reaction with the cas guava also (I forgot I even got to try that one) - But at least with cas, it is bigger so there you have it.

Hang in there, the eugeniafolia will improve! Been there done that with the first batch of small fruits. Sour and astringent. Even my second flush of my first fruiting was a major improvement. Same goes for a lot of psidium. Was the flesh a dark red color?

I appreciate it and will probably take you up on that when i decide to pull the trigger.  I bought a matt snow black sapote from Champa last month. Great prices. Here is what my bookmarks for online sellers look like. Gotta be shrewd being away from all the action.

Sure man, let me know. They hold plants too (I always see reserved plants bundled together) in case you want to get in on that sweet 50% off and pick them up later

I recently rooted a couple pitomba cuttings. The fruits are delicious and pretty big. They're like a concentrated sweet apricot with some mango mixed in.
I never understood the ham thing until maybe a month ago. One of the fruits had a distinct ham aftertaste. It's not necessarily unpleasant. Not sure
why that one had it and the others didn't. Maybe it was under or overripe, since they go from green to ripe in just a few days. The rooted cuttings
are 8in tall and 1/8in thick. I can send you pics if you're interested

I was looking to drive to Cali to namely check things out and buy some cherimoyas for my greenhouse. don't want to take the flight to Arizona East (Florida)

Hey Marc. If you make the drive up to LA county, I can show you around a bit. I'm within a 5 miles of Champa, Mimosa(Rosemead) and a few other spots. When did you plan on coming out here, because Champa is having a 50% off everything Labor Day sale that ends 9/11. is updated pretty regularly, but not everything they have is listed. Looks like they'll have "Cherilata" (Annona Cherimola x Annona reticulata) in stock this month. I got a few things growing too if you're interested.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Achacha imposter?
« on: September 06, 2023, 04:25:34 AM »
Maybe white sapote?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Z4 Jaboticaba seeds and others
« on: July 12, 2023, 07:11:12 PM »
Thanks again for the seeds! Great seller!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Z4 Jaboticaba seeds
« on: July 05, 2023, 06:54:35 PM »
Improved in which way? Does the fruit faster or better tasting. How long does it takes to fruit from seeds. I heard the red takes about 2 to 3 years to fruit. I have a 2 1/2 year old red that hasnít fruit.

2-3 years in ideal conditions. If your plant is outdoors in LA, you're most likely looking at 4-5 years.

"Regarding the Z4 it is an hybrid of the normal (red) jabuticaba. The fruit have a superior taste and seeds are relatively smaller. Productivity is also better than average." - Raulglezruiz

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: SoCal pickup only plant sale
« on: May 30, 2023, 11:27:53 PM »
I sent an email to Kelly, but I don't suppose you have a price for the spirito, 10g escalarte and 15g red?

Just to let people know, if you sort the page by "large photos and columns", it's much easier to navigate Never mind page was updated.

Thanks for the seeds and extras!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Inducing flowering in pomegranate
« on: May 21, 2023, 06:30:56 PM »
I grew a wonderful pomegranate from seed 10+ yrs ago

That might be your problem right there. Most pomegranate trees are air layered or grown from cuttings. They're one of the easiest trees to air layer. My wonderful started flowering a little late this year possibly due to our long winter. Maybe try grafting more cold tolerant cuttings on your tree. If you're interested, I can give you some cuttings of my wonderful in the winter. It flowers profusely and produces softball or bigger fruits that taste amazing

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Can you identify this plant?
« on: May 19, 2023, 03:25:41 PM »
Thanks guys!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Can you identify this plant?
« on: May 19, 2023, 01:30:34 AM »
I found an ad for a tropical fruit plant. They don't know what it is, just that it's a tropical fruit plant. Looks like some kind of inga or campomanesia. Campomanesia xanthocarpa maybe?


Thanks for the cuttings and extras!

Do you have rootstocks for these? Trying to root these might be a pretty disappointing endeavor. 

I have a small Itaguahiensis and orange CORG seedling available. Also some small orange CORG cuttings. FLnative might have orange Grumi cuttings. Marcos (huertasurbanas) has a few of these seeds available

17 is a great resource for urban foraging.

I've been meaning to add to their map. I've returned from dog walks with avocados, guavas, citrus and more. I even know of a few public ice cream bean, mango, loquat and others.

Cuttings arrived fast. They look great! Thanks!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Show Your Loquat Fruits - 2023
« on: April 14, 2023, 05:58:50 PM »
Here's my Big Jim tree with some fruits ripening now. My tree is much older, maybe 30yrs old, it has over 100 grafts, total of 84 different varieties on it.

The other varieties are not ripe, some are starting to turn yellow.

Your Big Jim is loaded! You have 84 varieties on one tree? That's amazing :o I can't imagine there
being another loquat tree like it in the world. I hope you have it well documented with photos and video

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Show Your Loquat Fruits - 2023
« on: April 13, 2023, 11:05:58 PM »
Hey Kaz. My Big Jim is bit...overwhelmed at the moment. It's a young tree and this is it's first real fruiting. I've been
picking a few fruits, but they're not ready yet. Largest being 60g so far. Biggest last year was 65g, but with much less fruit.

Check out the Peluche scion you sent me! Second time was the charm. If you zoom in towards the bottom left you can see the graft.
I plan on doing a lot of trimming this summer to help juice the branch

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: dasyblasta
« on: April 05, 2023, 10:32:02 PM »
Hey Mike. I bought some dasyblasta seeds from you in April 2021 and I just noticed some flowers on a few of them the other day.
They spent their first 8 months in the greenhouse, but two years to flower is pretty quick in my climate! Such a cool looking plant
too. I love the red leaves in the winter

Thanks again Mike. Highly recommended seller, but you guys already know that

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: New Papua Forest Syzygium?
« on: April 03, 2023, 05:57:32 PM »
Thanks for the video, would also love a translation of the commentary.

Turn on CC then go to settings and auto-translate into english. She mostly talks about the appearance of the tree

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Strangely shaped soursop
« on: March 26, 2023, 10:05:56 PM »

Is there any info on your best and spicy Surinam cherry? Is it different than a normal Surinam cherry?

I was curious too. Taken from 9waters description...

SPICY PITANGA is a famous surinam cherry selection by rare tropical fruit enthusiast Miguel in Portugal. Fruit is spicy
but not that resinous aftertaste. Very good addition to any salad! Fruit is very nice looking and quite big. Leaves are wider
compared to many pitangas.

BEST PITANGA is a famous surinam cherry selection by a rare tropical fruit enthusiast Miguel in Portugal.
The first impression about this variety - this is the best pitanga when we tasted it for the first time. Very
pleasant flavor.  Fruit is not the biggest compared to other pitangas.


Also anyone have pulcherrimum? I remember importing some and I know Bellamy did too at one point. Iíd love to get some lol.

I ended up with a bunch of pulcherrimum seeds from that order but only a few germinated. I might have a couple seedlings. I have to check.

I haven't heard anything about that one before. When you say "non-tropical" what kind of temperatures can it handle? I assume not 8b lows, maybe it would be happy in my greenhouse though?

And does this taste test sound accurate to you? "If laffy taffy made a pear-banana-guava flavor" is how it's described in this:

Non tropical is probably not the best way to describe them. It's a term I've heard used for the guavas with smaller fruit
and leaves and handle frost better than Psidium guajava. I guess sub tropical. I don't know about 8b. Maybe Jack knows.
That's a fair description of a ripe fruit. I like to pick them a little early so they're more crisp and tart.

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