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300+ Fresh High Quality Top Tier Cherimoya Seeds (Mix of Knight, Pierce, Booth, Selma, Del Cerro, Behl)

35+ Super African Pride x Pierce Seeds

Picture of Super AP:

Like to sell as a lot since shipping is better - $Pending

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Exotica Nursery Closing Down?!
« on: January 08, 2024, 07:28:54 PM »
Just saw online that Exotica in Vista is shutting down. Supposedly he was renting and only given 2 months notice to vacate the land. Hope there is a positive outcome! One of the first nurseries I went to when I started growing tropicals.

Citrus General Discussion / My Cara Cara vs. Tarocco #7
« on: January 04, 2024, 02:06:32 AM »
Because of the recent rain and wind down here, I've been dealing with splitting and dropping of early citrus fruit. This was my first year allowing the Tarocco grafts to hold a few fruit. There were not a lot of fruit on those grafts, so I picked most of the Tarocco's so the rest of them wouldn't fall or split.

This tree has four varieties, with three having pink/red pigment. The main variety is Cara Cara on C-35 rootstock. Unfortunately, my other blood orange grafts, sanguinello, did not hold fruit to maturity this year, do we couldn't taste it side by side.

I am bummed that there was only a tiny bit of pink/red pigmentation in the  Tarocco flesh(although Kaz @sc4001992 said this would be the case in another thread). No cocktail garnish for me!

For now, I still like Cara Cara the best. Tarocco #7 was ok, just nothing to brag about. We'll see if Tarocco gets sweeter next year or maybe a couple will hold on longer in this year.

Tarocco #7 on left, Cara Cara on right:


This year has been a bust on my fig trees because of the black fig fly. All but one of my figs so far have been infected - 2 in ground and 3 potted trees.

Went and looked at my multi-grafted orange/citrus tree and noticed more Asian citrus psyllids hanging out after getting rid of them couple years ago. Peeked over my neighbors fence and noticed their neglected citrus trees are severely infested. Seems like a matter of time for HLB infection.

So....for all you in Cali, are you still putting up the good fight? I'm at the point where I think I may want to pull them rather then dealing with disease/invasive flies. I would hate to lose years worth or growth on other trees that do not have these current issues.

What are your thoughts?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / All Gone
« on: July 20, 2023, 01:09:31 PM »
All Gone!

Hmmm... ;D ;D ;D

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Knight and Pierce Scions
« on: April 22, 2023, 04:07:06 PM »
Trimming up the last of the branches that haven't pushed yet. $3 each. USPS small flat rate box shipping $10. Limited availability. Cutting tomorrow and will ship out on Monday.

Need to clear some stuff out to make the wife happy  ;D. I'm in San Diego.

250 Pierce x Pierce Cherimoya Seeds $SOLD shipped

60 DC Cherimoya Seeds $SOLD shipped. This is a seedling I grew out. This is a keeper for me.

Parfianka Pom airlayer in one gallon pot. $15
Ready to go inground and will come out of dormancy mid-February. Either needs to go inground or up-pot soon.

1 Parfianka Pom airlayers $10. Just took my tree down to stub and forgot I started these airlayers at end of summer.  A third one has roots but not fully loaded with roots, so I'll give that one for free with the first person that buys an airlayered plant. One Left

3 Kohala Longan seedlings in 1 gallon pot. $10 each.

3 Sweet Tart Seedlings 2 @$SOLD each 1 @$SOLD. These are from my tree. 2 were just up-potted and one is established in a gallon pot. One of them has 5 seedlings!

I'm often slow to respond since DM's don't send me email notifications, so please be patient

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Booth Cherimoya Fruit not Developing/Ripening
« on: September 11, 2022, 12:41:21 AM »
Bought a 3 gallon Booth Seedling from a nursery a few years ago. Tree is about 8-10 ft now and I have 5-6 different varieties of cherimoya and atemoya on it. I've had Fino de Jete and Pierce branches produce fruit as usual. But, the rootstock fruit do not seem to develop all the way. They just stop growing. I think the largest one last year was about the size of a billiards ball.

All were hand pollinated and are on different parts of the tree. I thinned the fruit heavily this year so I could make sure that was not the issue. I only kept 8 fruit on it this year since I have another fruiting tree. Still same result.

Here is a picture of what the fruit looks like:

And here is a picture of a pierce that was pollinated about 3 weeks after that fruit:

Anyone else experience this? Just a bad fruit on this rootstock? I assume I may need to do heavy pruning this year to top work this tree. Not too excited if that's the case.

Also, LM3 doesn't seem to keep up with the cherimoya grafts on all my trees. Not as vigorous, I guess. Will probably axe them but try to graft on a small seedling. The super AP has no problem keeping up.

On another note, hoping this seedling tree is a winner. Fast growth, handling the heat, and set fruit fast.

*All Gone*


Have one extra 3 gallon S-8 and PG for sale. Both
are from 2 year old vines and are blooming age. The PG has a bloom on it now. S-8 measures 5' from soil to tip and the PF measures 7'. Can get multiple cuttings from them.

Sold. Local pickup in San Diego. I'm in central SD.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Vent Session - Tree Trimmers
« on: August 04, 2022, 12:30:00 AM »
Came back from a camping trip with the family and proceeded to go check on some of my trees. It was dusk and I was anticipating about 20-30 blooms from my dragon fruit plants, so went to see if flowers were going to open. Well, instead I find 2 of the plants were severely damaged.

I noticed that my neighbor had his rat hotel palm trees trimmed, and that either the palm tree seed pods and/or palm fronds had fell on the plants ( one of my S8's and Physical graffiti). Unfortunately, about 40-50% mass was damaged or broken. Tree trimmers appear to have picked up the heavy stuff but crap everywhere. Lost a years growth. Neighbor didn't care but I'll call the company tomorrow.

Think this is the only place where people understand how much time we invest to it goes...

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Found.
« on: June 20, 2022, 01:58:12 AM »

Looking to buy or trade something for a couple of those fig cuttings or even rooted cuts.


I have:

3 - S8
7 - Physical Graffiti
4 - Purple Haze


Cuttings that were trimmed. Few are a little sunburned and are this year's growth, so please know they are not mature cuttings but will certainly root and grow just fine. Pickup in San Diego.

No resellers, please. I'm not looking for someone to come and resell for some ridiculous price(s). Hoping to help someone establish some DF.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / San Diego Sweet Tart Scion Trade
« on: September 25, 2021, 03:52:37 PM »
I'm going to be trimming a few vigorous tips off my ST Mango tree. These are pushing hard (see photos). Would like to trade with someone in San Diego that has a variety that is known to do well in our climate. Looks like there is a good weather window next week to start some grafts before the cool down. Let me know if you want to trade.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / We've Been Growing Mango Trees All Wrong!
« on: August 28, 2021, 04:49:41 PM »
Just came back from Isla de Cedros (Cedros Island). This is a remote island off the coast of Mexico about 300 miles south of the US border on the Pacific coast side.

It is a small community with about 2000 local residents. There is a major water shortage on the island but the locals seem to grow plenty of mango trees with reclaimed water and no extra fertilizer. Just plant and grow was what one of the locals told me. They didn't know the varieties but there were a few. Definitely Atulfo or manilla and Hadens  and one that looked like Atkins.

Was difficult to get lots of pictures since we were riding in the back of a truck but I was able to snap a couple. Guess, sometimes it's best to K.I.S.S.

Wasn't quite sure if this was a beneficial Nitidulidae beetle that was in my Cherimoya Flower. I was collecting pollen and he fell off into the jar with the petal.

Thanks in advance.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / My Favorite Insect
« on: May 31, 2021, 10:59:31 PM »
I know ladybugs get all the credit, but green lacewing larvae are awesome at destroying aphid and spider mite populations around here. Got a few good pics of them in action.

My fruit trees look healthy for the most part. Growing fine and no major deficiencies showing right now. I use organic mulch/compost fertilizers and top dressing as well as complete fruit tree slow release chemical fertilizers. I've never added a strict micronutrient regiment. Should I include these even if trees look fairly healthy? I don't want to overdo it and cause other issues (lockout or burns), but if it could give an extra boost, I would consider it. Thoughts?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Dragon Fruit Potting Soil
« on: April 17, 2021, 05:50:27 PM »
I'm making 4 new posts with 2x12 raised beds. My friend sold his hydroponics store and I no longer have access to cheap quality potting  soil.

I'm too busy to mix my own mix these days, so I was looking at bulk soil from Evergreen nursery (local commercial nursery that sells bulk soil). They have a citrus/palm/cactus mix as well as a raised bed mix. They do not list exactly what is in each one.

Has anyone used anything similar with success without any additional amendments to start off? Or used a cheaper all inclusive bagged potting soil? I've got about 16-20 cubic feet, so it would be pricey for premium bagged potting soil.

Thanks in advance

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / WTB Cherimoya/Atemoya Seedlings
« on: April 11, 2021, 04:21:45 PM »
Looking to buy 3-5 seedlings that are large enough for me to graft to. I'm in San Diego if that makes a difference.



Tropical Fruit Discussion / An Ode to my Two Hour Lamb Hass Tree
« on: March 26, 2021, 08:57:05 PM »
Well, I was excited to finally pick up a new 15 gal avocado tree from Clausen nursery in Vista, ca.

Little did I know I would have to protect this tree like I was driving miss Daisy. Weaving around crazy divers on the way to the freeway, I finally lost her as I swerved around an Uber driver who stopped in the middle of the road to check  his phone.

The trunk snapped as the pot moved in the trunk. At least I have some good $75 compost and dirt.

Ok, ok, not really an Ode, more of a vent session. I don't think I'm destined to keep an avocado tree. At least she was with me for a couple hours.  :D Next time, I'm bringing the 1 ton pickup to protect these trees.

What tree pickup fails have you had??

Anyone know when the big box stores start to stock their manila mangos (Laverne nursery or equivalent)? Looking at grafting  them but want to get my timing down.

Thanks in advance

Good afternoon,

I am looking at planting some of my 7 varieties of DF in the upcoming weeks. More than likely, just constructing the 4X4 posts in their permanent location behind my retaining wall. Please see picture of the small area. I was thinking 4 plants on a 5' post with 2X2X1 raised cedar or redwood planters.

Is this area doable for 4 plants? When I had my DF in pots, I could squeeze more plants in that location but I think I will grow these out larger. How many posts would you place in the area? I will have a growing mango tree as you can see in the picture as well, but I am not concerned with it for a while (if ever).

Also, there is a massive date palm in my neighbors yard that litters the area with nuts and the rats love them, so i am going to add exposed landscape fabric around the raised beds to make cleanup easier. Has anyone added any landscape fabric around their raised beds? I do not want to make the ground too warm as temps can sometimes reach 100 degrees in summer. It is impossible to clean up the nuts with the mulch I currently have there.

Thanks in advance.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Atulfo Mango Pruning and Advice Questions
« on: November 05, 2020, 01:37:44 AM »
Good evening,

Glad to finally join this forum. I bought an Atulfo Mango tree at Clausen Nursery in Vista, CA last winter. It has really taken off on my south facing hill in San Diego (zone 10a).

I've set my plants on drip and fertilized it twice. I did have a few blooms and flushes. I left only two mango's on but I think they got anthracnose and I cut them off.

As for the pruning, Clausen Nursery told me to leave the tree as is with the multiple trunks. Should I do this or cut it down to one trunk to form more of a tree? I'm more interested in production than looks, if that matters. Also, any other pruning I should do? This is my first Mango tree, so learning as it grows.

Lastly, I am thinking about getting another mango tree. Any other varieties I should consider that stays relatively small ( under 20') or easily pruned for my zone?

Thank you all in advance.

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