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I've unfortunately dealt with a lot of people like Adam. I was lucky enough to foresee the potential for trouble and only paid him a deposit on a multi-grafted tree. I am certain that the excuse in his recent e-mail is not accurate, whether loosely based on truth or completely fabricated.

I was initially heartened to see the e-mail in my inbox a few days ago and the refund today. However, almost immediately after I received an e-mail from the Alabama Office of the Attorney General requesting that I confirm that I had received the refund he promised he would deliver. Although the initial letter from them months ago indicated that they were not going to investigate further, perhaps they received enough complaints to move forward. Regardless, I suspect I would not have received a refund had they not been involved.

They asked that I have any other parties who would like a refund from Adam contact them directly. Please message me if you would like the contact information.

My order shows as cancelled but I havenít received the funds yet.  Yes thankful for all those who filed a report to the states AG

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Woah. I received two emails from Akme. 1 was a refund notification. Check yíallís inboxes

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Kei apple cold tolerance
« on: September 18, 2023, 06:40:11 PM »
hammer524, can you tell us a bit about your situation?  You only have one tree?  Is it a seedling or clone?  If a clone, where'd you get it? :)


... and how big was it when it first flowered?

I planted this last weekend in ground, it was purchased from Greenlife nursery here. It lost a large branch in our monsoon last month. It was about this size. I've been leaning on its a rooted cutting. but Im not sure.


Huh. Did you get that this year? A couple of months ago I dropped by Greenlife after a visit to their neighbor (worm farm) and they had kei apples but the pots were marked male and female when I was there. They were definitely air-layered or rooted cuttings.

EDIT: Oops just saw that you got it a few years back. Interesting.

mine wasn't marked anything

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Kei apple cold tolerance
« on: September 18, 2023, 03:44:34 PM »
hammer524, can you tell us a bit about your situation?  You only have one tree?  Is it a seedling or clone?  If a clone, where'd you get it? :)


... and how big was it when it first flowered?

I planted this last weekend in ground, it was purchased from Greenlife nursery here. It lost a large branch in our monsoon last month. It was about this size. I've been leaning on its a rooted cutting. but Im not sure.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Kei apple cold tolerance
« on: September 18, 2023, 03:38:16 PM »
I got it from a local nursery a few years back. Unsure if its a seedling or clone.  I now moved to a new neighborhood where a lot of people garden so Im not 1000% sure yet.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Kei apple cold tolerance
« on: September 18, 2023, 03:26:48 PM »
Okay I called Julian and he said he believes it is hermaphroditic because the scion came from a tree which has no others "in 45 miles" I think he said.  He said he is going to update the description to this effect.

This is good to hear because I had already bought one before I read that they are strongly dioecious.

Good looking out. I have a kei apple and it has fruited. Ill wait again to triple check if its self fertile

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Alright... but only because you begged...
Back from the vault it's P'Tang!

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Kevin

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Phoenix End of Summer Outdoor Jabo Report
« on: September 14, 2023, 11:14:49 AM »
What part of the valley are you in? Im a few miles south of the biltmore?

Over in east technically, right in the middle of that Tempe/Mesa/Chandler/Gilbert tangle. Not too far from the Golfland.

It's actually a few degrees hotter in our neighborhood thanks to all the bare concrete to the point that for the last few years at least we haven't dipped below 35 and stays hotter summer nights, and I've had to treat things differently then people I know out in South or North or QC.


I have been to Queen Creek Tropicals a few times but they get quite colder that us concrete folk. Are there others in QC growing Jabos?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Tasting Loquats For 2022 Season
« on: September 13, 2023, 08:37:34 PM »
Hammer 524, sorry to hear about your experience, it's so different than mine.  The time I was sent an incorrect tree, he didn't ask me to return it and just refunded me within a couple days.

Have you tried planting out a bunch of loquat seeds to select for a better tree for your growing conditions?  I have noticed my Peluche tree doesn't seem to like full sun even in my milder climate.

I planted a grafted Peluche tree I got from Flying Fox in a full sun spot and the young leaves that have not fully hardened off get wilted looking mid-day.  I let a fig growing next to it get large enough to provide some shade and it's growing much better.  The Peluche branch grafted on my mature Big Jim is the same, it's the only variety that seems sensitive.  Once the leaves harden off, they seem okay.

I wonder if a variety that does really well in Florida is adapted to more humidity.  Do you have a partly shaded spot to plant the Honeyquat?  I hope you have better luck with it than the Peluche.

Janet


Thanks Janet. I haven't posted any real info on it but I purchased a High Sidewall greenhouse kit from Growersolution. I haven't installed electricity to get the ventilation going and I had a few mishaps with misters and construction so the greenhouse became an Oven in July. Moving forward (fingers crossed) too much heat shouldnt be a concern.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Phoenix End of Summer Outdoor Jabo Report
« on: September 13, 2023, 07:02:48 PM »
What part of the valley are you in? Im a few miles south of the biltmore?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Phoenix End of Summer Outdoor Jabo Report
« on: September 13, 2023, 06:40:04 PM »
A+ excellent report.

I lost most of my jabos this past July from misters being faulty. Would love to meet up sometime and check out your collection

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Tasting Loquats For 2022 Season
« on: September 13, 2023, 06:29:23 PM »
Hammer524, did you end up getting your refund?  There were 3 occasions where I was issued a refund.  I spoke with Julian directly and he refunded me immediately each time, one time was for sending me a 1 gallon instead of the 3 gallon size I ordered.  I got to keep the 1 gallon for free.

Hope the Honeyquat turns out to be a good one, he's already sold out.  I didn't get one but am interested to hear from others their assessment when it fruits.

Janet

So in August 2022 I emailed him about a box of guava fruit that I paid for and never received. Never heard back from him.

Then in March 2023 I received a Lemon Zest 1g instead of a PPK 1g. Emailed him and he responded say Ill send out a return label for the Lemon Zest and send out a PPK on monday.
Followed up with emails in April, May, June but never received a label or a PPK.

I was like whatever, Lemon zest is supposed to be great on the west coast and PPK is my fave mango. Thinking I was gonna keep it since i never heard back prior. Decided to buy a 3 gallon PPK from him. But I received a 1 gallon PPK
Sent him another email about the refunds which he responded to by telling me to call him, which i did.
Did not receive a refund until after 2 weeks or so from that call and had to call again for a refund. He only refunded me for the price of the guava box $35 and the difference between 1 gal and 3 gal PPK.

So $95 dollars was refunded and shipping was not refunded for either the guava box or the 3 gallon tree.
Generally I have learned with growing stuff here that its a money losing venture, trees die, and be grateful what can be shipped here.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Tasting Loquats For 2022 Season
« on: September 13, 2023, 04:05:45 PM »
From all the interviews I've heard, Julian is always on the lookout for great fruit varieties.  He and his nursery have a long standing reputation, seems unlikely he would market and sell something that wasn't good.  Anytime I've had an issue with anything I've ordered, he's given me a full refund.

Whether something will taste as good grown outside of Florida under different conditions is a whole other consideration.

Great varieties can me found from "just another seedling."   I'm planting out hundreds of seedlings myself, and Kaz found what he considers his best varieties from seeds. 

From his description he's selling grafted trees from the fruiting variety he tasted.


Janet


For me I had an issue with an order and it was like pulling teeth to get a refund. Can't really complain about customer service while ordering out of state to AZ.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Tasting Loquats For 2022 Season
« on: September 12, 2023, 11:02:11 PM »
Sounds interesting, but it's just another seedling loquat, hope the fruits are as good as they describe it. I wonder why there is no photos of the fruit or the cut open flesh showing the inside nector juice oozing out.

Good point, guess i'll have to take his word.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Tasting Loquats For 2022 Season
« on: September 12, 2023, 07:13:41 PM »
I purchased a "HoneyQuat" from lara farms today. My peluche died last month :(

I'll report back with this new find

https://larafarmsmiami.com/products/untitled-sep5_16-22

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33 degrees and the hottest month on record for Phoenix. I havent received below freezing temps in a few years.

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Nursery here on the far side of town Tropica Mango has Silver Seedlings for sale. The last time I spoke with the owner I believe he said he had three in ground.

Im growing a silver seedling and a larger tree that is unidentified. Maybe contact him

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango Thief Caught
« on: September 08, 2023, 11:57:54 PM »
Itís amazing how some folks have the COJONES to walk onto private property and start picking fruit !

exactly, I have seen no better reason for the second amendment until now. Set up deer cams

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Need a Few Members for New Fig Trial
« on: September 08, 2023, 07:49:49 PM »
I volunteer as tribute!

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mine is finally starting to bounce back, its like 2 or 3 feet high, ill reach out when it fruits (hopefully soon)

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CenCalArt, I have a couple of guavas that I don't see on your list. I have a mexican cream, Queen guava (this one you can get at Mimosa nursery), Thai seedless, and golden honey moon. How is your peruvian white? I've never hear of that one.

hammer524, have you gotten any fruit off of your queen guava? I recently bought this one too. It sounds good but I haven't tasted it yet.

GrowerA, where did you obtain that honey kiss guava?

There are many varieties and I'm on the look out for the best ones. Kind of addicting haha.

no i lost it when I moved. but have no fearm they have an improved queen guava that I nabbed. Haven't checked for any flowers recently

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: AKME Gardens
« on: September 06, 2023, 10:21:55 PM »
Yes, GrowQuest aka FraudQuest! That guy is GARBAGE! He acts like an expert. All he knows is how to rip people off!

Out of curiosity what did this huckster scam people out of?

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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. Champanursery.com 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.

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.


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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)

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Thanks for the report. I was planning on making a trip to Socal to check out the nurseries in a couple months. Is there a nursery that stands out for more unique/ rare plants. Or is it best to reach out to forum members

Ong nursery is supposedly amazing. San Diego area only open on weekends. Pricey but good.

Los Angeles area check out Mimosa nursery.

sorry to hear about the guava let down, luckly mimosa now ships. so I have bought a few plants from their website. Would love to check them out still

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