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One would normally run about $20, three would be $25 (flat rate USPS Priority Medium vs Large).  Right now its pretty cold and I would need to add heat packs, expedite shipping, or possibly both based on destination and weather forecast.  I just repotted everything and moved em inside for the winter, so theyll need some time to root.  If we get a patch of warm weather in two weeks Id ship one then, but it seems unlikely to me; probably best to wait till spring at this point.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: White Sapote Questions
« on: October 11, 2022, 02:19:48 PM »
Wow - thanks for all the great replies everyone!  I recently acquired some true Suebelle fruit in the mail from a grower in SoCal, and I must say it's not my favorite when compared to other varieties despite it's advantages.  If I had to guess, I'd say it comes across more like a hybrid of casimiroa tetrameria and casimiroa edulis.  In the best interest of space (and my spouse), I think I'm going to shoot the moon for a grafted Sunset tree from Exotica, if they still have em.  And I'll need to build a greenhouse before I find one regardless, lol.  Thanks again for the help everyone, lots of great feedback here!


The study is a PDF file, so no link to a public site.  I think I'm only allowed to post images here...will try to send it direct.
As far as effectiveness, I have not noticed any negative effects or stress to the tress I've applied it to.  Once it's dry, the barrier basically lasts until the bark grows enough to create gaps in the paint mixture.  I reapply every 1-2 yrs, usually about a week after a copper application to keep fungal activity at bay.  Any cankers on branches I don't want to prune away get painted, as well as a thick ring around the base and any graft sites.

I rely on Copper fungicides instead of phosphoric for those very reasons.  I also use a 50:50 mixture of Captan powder+indoor latex paint on diseased trees.  There is a lot of leucostoma/cytospora in the soil here, and this is the most effective remedy I've found besides aggressive pruning.  Really helps prevent borers from entering, too.  Happy to send a copy of the study that suggested it, if you like!

I've been growing a green finger lime for over 8 years (which I'm also looking to sell, though it's in a 15 gall pot, lol).  It flowers almost continuously, even indoors when I bring it in for the winter.  We get 95% humidity here in the summer, and it doesn't seem to interfere with the fruiting process.  Hope this helps!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Finger Lime - 15 gal
« on: September 24, 2022, 12:00:10 PM »
I have a very healthy finger lime tree (green) that I have been growing for over 8 years, and am finally ready to pass it on for someone else to enjoy.  It flowers and fruits continuously - even indoors!  Organically grown in well-draining soil, only ever been sprayed with OMRI neem oil.  Asking $200 plus shipping, local pickup preferred.


I have been growing and propagating Hilo Buddha sugarcane for several years now.  It is a beautiful variegated (striped) varietal with barrel-shaped nodes that originates from Papua New Guinea, but is now grown mostly in Hawaii.  It is considered an heirloom varietal to the best of my knowledge, though that term seems a bit subjective as far as sugarcane goes.  I've only ever seen rooted Hilo Buddha for sale on one website (; their sales window is usually very brief each year, and I haven't seen it in stock for quite some time.  I occasionally see cuttings available elsewhere, but never in stock.

I currently have 18 rooted 1 gal pots available for sale or trade, valued at $25 each.  The pots are about 2/3 filled with well-draining soil, and about a 1/2 inch of rice hulls in the bottom.  They all have multiple sprouts; each pot contains a 3-node section. Photo shows mature canes.  I can send pics of my pots if interested, and you can pick which one(s) you want; I'll snap a photo when inquiries are received.  I prefer to apply neem before shipping because they are currently growing outdoors.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / White Sapote Questions
« on: September 22, 2022, 02:55:10 PM »
I'm originally from southern California, and absolutely love white sapotes.  I'm also stubborn enough to not jump on the pawpaw train (a local favorite that grows wild), and am determined to figure out how to maintain a grafted tree indoors. 

Because of its dwarf(ish) size, I believe my best bet is to acquire a grafted Suebelle tree, and add selected scions as I'm able to.  From reading previous threads, it seems there are two varietals in the market called "Suebelle."  I'm not sure which is the "true" Suebelle, but I know one has fuzzy leaves and the other doesn't.  Can anyone tell me the difference between the two, and which one is more preferable to acquire?  Is (either) Suebelle considered a good variety to graft scions onto, in general?  Can I get a decent fruit yield with only one tree?

Also, I'm curious if anyone thinks I should abandon the quest to fruit a tree indoors, as I prefer to listen to people who know more than me (despite my stubbornness).  My understanding is that it can be done in a 10 or 15 gallon pot (maybe even 7?), but I want to make sure it wont take up an entire room in my house, or require me to build a large greenhouse in my yard (which I'm hoping to do next year anyway, lol).

Lastly, I've identified some of the "improved" varieties I'd like to get scions for, if anyone has them.  Skipper, Sunset, and Fairhaven are my short list.  I'm also open to suggestions for those on the cutting edge of cultivar knowledge :)  Thanks in advance everyone!  Cheers.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself
« on: September 22, 2022, 02:40:12 PM »
Hi All,

My name is Jon and I live in Baltimore, MD.  I've always been attracted to knowledge available to a limited/select group of people, and over the last few years that has extended to tropical fruit.  Like many of you, I collect entirely too many tropical plants considering my zone (7a), and grow a slew of fruits that are appropriate to my location as well.  I have a few things to sell/trade, and questions to ask to help determine the best candidates to add to my collection.  I am a distiller by trade, and am always researching options that can be sustainably made into spirits/liqueurs/beverages of any sort.  Happy to offer any of my knowledge to those who may benefit from it.  I look forward to getting to know many of you :)


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