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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WTB - Grafted Imbe
« on: February 16, 2024, 10:07:18 PM »
I have proven female and male scions available.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What Are The Tastiest Jabos, 2024?
« on: February 07, 2024, 07:49:56 PM »
Sabara is. the one for me. I've
been to Brazil a few times and tasted quite a few.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Champa Nursery: Where is my order??
« on: January 14, 2024, 07:33:11 PM »
I'll have quite a few Cherilatas available in the early summer.

PawPaw in coastal Southern California. Less than 100 chill hours.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mangos in san diego
« on: November 05, 2023, 05:29:04 PM »
It looks like the mangos still need another month or so.  If you guys want to do a get together on Dec 2nd Imshould have a bunch of mangos to try.
Sounds good Brad, I will have Glenn mangoes ready.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: The secret to growing a healthy Pitomba?
« on: October 25, 2023, 07:25:23 PM »
I have two that grow excellent. I have good loam/sandy soil and they like water when they are flowering. The fruit on one is better than the other. I'm in San Diego near the coast.

I'm sorely tempted to try a clone of Asimina triloba hoping to discover one that requires minimal chilling hours which might set fruit here in Tampa (9b).

I suspect that there are a few TFF members in 9b who've tried growing A. triloba and maybe someone has found a cultivar that has set fruit for them in central Florida.

Fingers X-ed!

Paul M.

I have heard that "Sunflower" is one that doesn't need as much chill and that is my best producer along with "Taylor". In Chula Vista we get 70-100 hours below 45 degrees.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking for Annona Montaņa seeds
« on: October 17, 2023, 05:36:07 PM »
Mee too!   I have a lead, but he says the fruits will not be ready for another month or so.  I'll let you know as soon as I hear back from him.
Thanks Stela

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking for Annona Montaņa seeds
« on: October 17, 2023, 12:24:21 PM »
I have a seedling that's 12 inches tall.  I'll let you know the minute it sets fruit. 


Thanks Benjamin,


My friends from Vista were able to fruit Pawpaw, and it is easy for me down here in Chula Vista. I have had no problems with tribola seeds germinating and using them as rootstock.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Looking for Annona Montaņa seeds
« on: October 17, 2023, 12:19:46 AM »

I'm looking for Mountain Soursop seeds. I'm in San Diego and hope someone has them so I don't have to order from the tropics.



Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Pawpaws in San Diego
« on: September 29, 2023, 06:29:26 PM »
very nice, how is the flavor on that variety?

This one is real good, it has a strong vanilla taste and slight banana.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Pawpaws in San Diego
« on: September 29, 2023, 05:22:27 PM »
I have two mature trees grafted with 8 varieties. They have been fruiting here with less than 80 chill hours for the last 3 years. Here is a photo of the last 2 huge "Taylor" varieties picked today. One is 1 lb. and the other 3/4 lb. Here is a video of our trees on youtube.

Here are the last 2 of my Taylor variety, very large and is a top tasting one.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: any kadsura coccinea successfully planted ?
« on: September 27, 2023, 08:37:55 PM »
Nice Nate,

I just got one and expect good results down here in San Diego. It's a tough plant to find.


We grow them fine 3 miles from the beach in San Diego, no frost, 80 chill hours.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee harvest
« on: September 27, 2023, 11:11:21 AM »
Those Brewster's are probably the "Farwell Ranch" Brewster variety. They have chicken tongue seeds, the real Brewster doesn't seem to get that many "Chicken Tongue" seeds.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Andean Walnut
« on: September 19, 2023, 06:29:28 PM »
I have Ecuadorian Walnut which is probably the same as Peruvian and Colombian Walnuts. They were very easy to germinate.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Annonaceae Hybrid Discussions
« on: September 18, 2023, 08:04:51 PM »
I live in the southern most part of California where we get about 80 chill hours and no frost. I grow and fruit Pawpaw along side Cherimoya, Mango, Jackfruit, lychee, longan etc. Here is a video I made a week ago showing lychee, pawpaw and jackfruit fruiting.

I'll be up there for the next one. With plenty of good trees.

Hi Mark,

Thanks for sharing the updated video.

Where did you get your black fabric ground covering?   

Have you noticed if Luc's garcinia is more vigorous grafted onto Imbe than on its own roots?  Has your Luc's flowered yet?

How would you compare the taste of your Kecil wax jambu against the green one?  My Thai Long died and I'm not sure if it's worth replacing.


Hi Janet, I got the nursery cloth from Horticultural supply in San Marcos. The Luc's has grown 3 times faster grafted onto the Imbe. I haven't seen any flowers yet, there maybe some hidden though. The Kecil has a really distinctive taste, it's not real sweet, but has a real good flavor.

Hi, tell your wife thanks for the translation.

The Keo Savoy needs more heat for the fruit to size up. We are so close to the coast that many of the asian mangos don't do too well.

Here is an update video of our yard 5 months after "G's" video tour.

Yes, thanks "G" for coming down and doing the video, the last one I did was 8 years ago. A lot has actually changed on my property. I'll do a little update. We've got Pawpaws, jackfruit, chico, lychee, canistel, grapes, pomegranates, blackberries and bananas ripening now. Also the anonnas are all setting fruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: SoCal Tropical Storm Watch
« on: August 23, 2023, 10:57:55 AM »
Down here in Chula Vista the rain was fine. Just the wind came up on Sunday and it broke several limbs on my airlayered wax jambus and also a couple of large limbs broke on my Pitomba tree. Surprisingly none of my Pawpaw fruit got blown off, although i did lose some almost ripened lychees.

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