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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: I finally fruited Lychee in TN!
« on: July 17, 2024, 12:11:45 AM »
Great accomplishment Jabo!

Picking your own Lychee is a dream-

apparently in China there are rumors that the fruit is actually addictive, which I think might be true

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First soursop fruit, when to pick?
« on: July 13, 2024, 11:20:34 PM »
Nice accomplishment brian-

this is definitely a fruit worth keeping in the greenhouse-

I'd imagine you might need a pumpkin style setup to keep the fruit from getting messed up once it is large enough to make the branch droop to the ground

Also might need to beat the birds to it

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fresh Yangmei Fruit on Weee!
« on: July 12, 2024, 12:30:24 AM »
More Eastern Giant (Dongkui) went to Weee's warehouses in the Bay Area and LA yesterday.  We have more being picked tomorrow and expect that to be our final harvest for the year.  I enjoy eating yangmei but am tired and am looking forward to having a break.

Somebody younger should be doing this work, please find someone to buy our farm so we can retire!  :D  (Our real estate listing expired and I may pursue selling it directly for a bit.)

Great work out there Harvey. I enjoyed another box nice quality fruit last night.

Wish I could afford it, I'd take on your property in a second!

Ditto

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Lapping the BuddyTape from the top down, really focusing on getting a clean closure works for me. You also want to wrap from the top down at the union, which will help keep water out as well.

Once moisture is in there, it's hard to do anything about it.

Grafting big stuff is hard.

this is the way-

you basically want to create a roof-shingling arrangement with the wax

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Blueberries for the True Tropics
« on: July 07, 2024, 10:37:05 PM »
also might be worth sourcing neotropical blueberries if you can get your hands on them, agapetes, macleania, disterigma etc.

There is this well-documented native bluberry species of the highlands of Costa Rica:
Vaccinium consanguineum

A friend of mine living adjacent to the Jardín Botánico Lankester in Paraiso, Costa Rica
is growing one in her garden.

Though not so far taken in hand for breeding studies, this species, V. consanguineum may
well be a prime candidate for the OP of this topic, making it likely to be useful as a parent
to breed with N. American Vacciniums to develop strains suitable for his altitude in Perú

Its range includes the highland páramo of Costa Rica, western Panamá, and other highland
areas of Central America and México.

OK — HTH

Paul M.
==

I recently found a plant of this if anyone is interested in seeds

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: GuavaKing on ebay - Scam?
« on: July 07, 2024, 11:09:11 AM »
Report him-

I think he operates out of FL?

Adam's Loquat scams are finally catching up to him hopefully the same will happen here

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Annona stenophylla
« on: July 05, 2024, 09:54:59 AM »
It was in a 5g grow bag which, in retrospect, was too large for it-

I would treat them as an intermediate between a succulent and an Annona, keep the pot size small and the water on the light side

I did have it come back from the rhizome 1 winter which is why I don't think it was the cold alone that killed it

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: what are some fast bearing rarities?
« on: July 02, 2024, 10:02:28 PM »
passiflora has been extremely annoying to sprout seeds unless they are fruit fresh, but they tend to be one of my favorites. also, what are some solanums that dont have that tomato-y taste?

The juice is worth the squeeze as they say- If you want to grow something easy there are a million berry varieties that will grow with minimal care in your area.

S. pachyandrum and oocarpum have been some recent highlights on the forum, with the latter being better tasting Cocona and Lulo also come to mind

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: what are some fast bearing rarities?
« on: July 02, 2024, 09:46:36 PM »
In general the Genus Carica, Ribes, Passiflora and Solanum will be your friends

Also the best way to get fruit quickly is to become good at grafting, it is a long and expensive habit to get good at but well worth it in the long run

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fresh Yangmei Fruit on Weee!
« on: July 02, 2024, 12:16:45 PM »
What variety do we believe Sweet Violet is?

Thanks,
Bill

Anhai Soft Silk aka Prince Anhai

Thanks Harvey, very happy to have this and Crystal in ground and doing well in TX

I thought Texas and mature tree fruit looks like can be Arbutus unedo (since yang mei is such a rare tree still). Congrats on the find, graft it up if you can get permission.
I found this in the bay area actually, I will change my profile eventually

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Florida's Forgotten Rare Fruits
« on: July 01, 2024, 04:53:46 PM »
Congrats on 2k posts Galatians!

Thats some good looking juice

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Windward Islands about to take a blow
« on: July 01, 2024, 04:51:11 PM »
oh man poor Tobago, I was lucky enough to visit in 2019- not a lot to protect yourself

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fresh Yangmei Fruit on Weee!
« on: July 01, 2024, 04:09:35 PM »
Looks like Arbutus unedo, if you find a good one not a bad fruit. Its more mealy texture and drier though.

I am positive its Yangmei

Whoa, interesting eloicious, where did you find that? Certainly is Myrica due to the fact it doesn't have the orange bark indicative of Arbutus spp.

I am a bit hesitant to share the location publicly, people might go there and be crazy- PM me

Given the green state of the fruit I am guess it might be a (very) late season cultivar

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fresh Yangmei Fruit on Weee!
« on: July 01, 2024, 03:43:16 PM »
In my travels this weekend I found something cool-

A very old, fruiting Yangmei tree










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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fresh Yangmei Fruit on Weee!
« on: July 01, 2024, 01:07:22 PM »
We don't really have the time or energy for casual farm visits but have some tours from people interested in possibly purchasing our farm.  We'll make time for that.  We had accepted an offer from one potential buyer but the contract expired before he could arrange financing but he's still working on that but we're open to other offers because we're motivated to stop working so dang hard.

No worries-  thanks for the work bringing these to the bay area

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fresh Yangmei Fruit on Weee!
« on: July 01, 2024, 01:07:01 PM »
Got 2.9 million ?

Awesome harvey!

always happy to support local farmers-

Is the farm open for visits btw?

Im taking donations for ~3 million now that you mention it XD

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fresh Yangmei Fruit on Weee!
« on: June 30, 2024, 11:30:47 AM »
Awesome harvey!

always happy to support local farmers-

Is the farm open for visits btw?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pics from the garden
« on: June 28, 2024, 06:24:48 PM »
Thats a nice Jak!

Thanks!

...but is it READY?

lol

XD above my pay grade-

All the ones I get are from the store

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pics from the garden
« on: June 28, 2024, 05:49:53 PM »
Thats a nice Jak!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fresh Yangmei Fruit on Weee!
« on: June 28, 2024, 05:11:31 PM »
elouicious, nice photo of the basket of yangmei. Did you play tricks and edit the photo to show that $54/lb cost?

XD you crack me up Kaz

nope, that's what theyre listed at (at least at that location)

FWIW 8oz = 1/2lb
54/2 = 27

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fresh Yangmei Fruit on Weee!
« on: June 28, 2024, 01:00:40 PM »
Do these look like sweet violet or eastern Giant?

Eastern Giant

I’m confused on Calmei’s trademark naming. Anyone else find it weird that the trademark names cover multiple varieties?

Very confusing, I suspect it is because they want to be able to fill orders if they have < 8oz of the right variety with other fruits

As promised I biked over to the Mission Bi-rite this morning-



Advantages - pick your own fruit, in your own amount

Cons - only appear to have purple pearl at the moment

Shipping the fruit to TX also went pretty well,

Everything was edible, and the recipient was very happy- I put 2 ice packs in the box and used priority shipping



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Florida Mango Trip Review
« on: June 28, 2024, 12:43:11 AM »
Great write up!

Durian atemoya?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anyone in SoCal growing Mamey??
« on: June 27, 2024, 07:18:28 PM »
There is a very tall one at the San Diego Botanical garden. I haven't seen fruit on it and it is at least 12ftX10ft.

Pretty sure this is green sapote

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: is abiu good?
« on: June 27, 2024, 12:47:21 PM »
I think I sent you one of the "good" abiu didn't I Ryan?
Fruit?
Or tree? I remember the tree

I’ve tried some from PR and FL

Yup!

Tree- hope it is doing well

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fresh Yangmei Fruit on Weee!
« on: June 27, 2024, 12:43:50 PM »
not yet... maybe I'll bike down there today


... im dumb I bike past this every morning I'll check it out tomorrow

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