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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?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Albino Eugenia beaurepairiana
« on: January 21, 2023, 09:32:57 PM »
One of my e. beaurepairiana popped up albino. I've read the bad news about albino seedlings, but is there any way to save this? Anything I should try? I've only done low dose iron spray. The trunk is starting to harden, but it's fallen way behind the others in growth.

Hello. I have some Sartre Guava plants available. Over a year old. Stocky and healthy with roots bursting.

I really enjoy these fruits. They remind me a bit of sweet pink grapefruit, with a unique myrtle "spice". Sold by street vendors in Mexico, either plain or with chili powder and salt or sugar.  You can find a few video reviews of the fruit on youtube.

In the myrtle family, they are also quite ornamental, with a copper colored bark that peels regularly exposing a pink and green trunk. I have a flowering mature tree (last pic) that might fruit this year. I can offer free scions (+$10 S&H) if you want to graft to these in the future to speed up fruiting. Although these trees can flower/fruit in 3-5 years from seed. Thanks for looking.

1@ $30
2@ $50
3@ $75
4@ $100

+ $10 Shipping

Paypal/US only. Local pickup available (LA/SGV). Feel free to message me any questions.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Could this be Jaboticaba?
« on: October 04, 2021, 12:36:17 AM »
About a year ago I was driving and spotted a tiny old rundown Asian nursery. They had a mix of flowers, trees, pottery and the usual tropical fruits. Nothing too exotic. Only one Jaboticaba on the entire lot, was a single beat-up looking Sabara in the corner. Right next to it, was another sick looking unlabeled plant. I asked the owner what the other plant was. He points to the Sabara, points back to the other plant and says, "same". I said, no it couldn't be. He said, "Same, just grow different". He was an old Viet guy with broken English and I wasn't really sure what he meant. I told him thanks and he was on his way, but I wasn't convinced. A year later, I've learned more about different varieties and relatives of plinia. Looking at this photo again, I thought maybe it is a Jabo! The leaf shape is what gets me.

The leaves were big. Almost 2" long and 1" wide. You could have fit 3-4 of the Sabara's leaves on one of these leaves. The bark was white/light grey. Weeping growth. It was pretty malnourished, so these traits might not be genetic. I would have taken more pics, but at the time I thought there was no way it was a Jabo. I could always go back and check if anyone thinks this might be a one. They might still have it as unattractive as it was. Thanks.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Help ID some seedlings
« on: September 08, 2021, 02:39:37 AM »
This might be Pink Ilama. I don't grow this, but a seller threw in some free Ilama seeds, so it might be that. Took a year to sprout outdoors. Bottom of the leaves feel kinda rough.

This seedling popped up in a pot from a tree bought at a tropical fruit nursery. Assuming the seed was from a fruit in the nursery, it should be pretty common.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Abnormal growth of Psidium seedling
« on: August 25, 2021, 09:04:20 PM »
I'm growing some Psidium and I noticed this guy in the top middle with the elongated leaves. Seeds came from fruit that I ate, so I know it's the same plant. The leaf color and texture are also identical.

I remember something similar happening to an E. involucrata I was growing a while back. Unfortunately, it didn't survive, but this one seems to be going strong. 

Is this a common defect? Maybe a hybrid? Thanks

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango Tree Identification
« on: July 31, 2021, 09:14:09 PM »
I purchased a 1 yr old seedling on Offerup for 10 bucks a couple years ago. All she could tell me was that it was a "big and sweet" Mexican mango. I wasn't very confident in her description. I think she was just trying to hype the plant for a sale. I didn't care, I planned to graft it anyways. After protecting it for the first year, it seems to be doing pretty well planted in full Southern California sun this year. Even new growth doesn't seem to mind the 90F-100F sun.

I'm hoping it's Ataulfo. Any guesses? Thanks

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Beware scammer - TERRANOVA
« on: July 02, 2021, 08:37:54 PM »
I really hate that I have to do this. I don't like harming people or taking food out of people's mouths. Unfortunately, after so many warnings, the seller has given me no choice.

I placed an order with username "Terranova" for 50 Eugenia patrisii seeds for $130 with shipping. Unfortunately, I received a package of only 20 seeds. I messaged them, they told me it was a mistake and they will try to find another buyer in my state and send my order with theirs. That buyer would then forward the seeds to me. Seemed like an awful idea, but I told them okay and please keep me informed. A month goes by, I hear nothing. I messaged them again explaining that I wanted the rest of my order or refund my money, please. We ended up messaging back and forth about 10 times. I was always very polite. Of course, they never initiated contact with me, and they never would have if I didn't message them. They didn't want to take any responsibility for their mistake. They just wanted me to go away. It was 4 months of ridiculous excuses as to why they couldn't pay me. Now my last warning message, that I was going to make this post, was ignored. So here we are. I think some people think American's have money to throw around and that couldn't be further from the truth, especially for me right now. I'm out of work with a long-term leg injury and I'm trying to make some money on the side doing something I love. I hope the seller hasn't disappeared and does the right thing so I can remove this post.

I wish I had said something sooner, I hope they didn't take anyone else's money. Next time I'm not waiting to report a scam seller. Of course, they're just going to make a new account and continue to "sell" their seeds. I would recommend being aware of what he/she is selling and the area it's coming from in order to try to avoid them. Oh and only 2 of the 20 germinated under ideal grow conditions.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / What's wrong with my Loquats?
« on: April 18, 2020, 12:01:06 AM »

A few of my Big Jim Loquats are doing this. I cut them open, no bugs. Weather has been a little cold (gloomy 65f-70f daytime) and we just got a little rain. They almost look like...well lets just say I wasn't sure if I should mark this post NSFW ;D Anyone had this problem before?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Anyone Tried Egg Layering?
« on: April 14, 2020, 08:09:02 PM »
I wanted to do some air layering around the yard, and in the past I've used old plastic bottles and had some success, but I want something easier and reusable. I wasn't about to spend $30 for a couple of small plastic air layer globes, so I bought some Easter eggs! Now is the time, everything Easter is on major clearance. I bought 20 of the big eggs and 30 of the small all for around $10.

Here are some pics of them on my Nazemetz Pineapple Guava.

They already had the holes for the strings, you just have to make the hole for the branch. A drill is no good as it might crack the egg, so I used a heated up screw driver tip to make the holes. Very quick and easy. Just pack them with moist soil and a little root hormone, snap them together on the branch and tie the string. Throw some foil over them and you're done! If you want, you can seal the holes better with plastic wrap or buddy tape if you're worried about the soil drying out.

I bought this second hand from someone on craigslist a few years ago. It had a tag from Mimosa Nursery (called, no help) and hand written on the other side was "Arrayant". There are a few plants called Arrayan, so I was hoping to get a proper identification from some pros, or one of you guys ;D It's flowering for the first time this year. Hopefully it fruits so it can help with identification. I think it's Psidium Sartorianum/Sartre Guava, but I see a lot of misidentifications with that plant. Some with golf ball sized fruits, others with berry sized. What do you guys think? Also, does anyone have any advice for the yellow leaves/green veins? Is that a PH problem? Nitrogen or iron deficiency? Thanks.

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