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Highly recommend checking out www.pirateship.com or www.goshippo.com for deeply discounted UPS/FEDEX rates.  Been getting very reasonable UPS rates with better durations and handling of USPS!


Agreed, you can get brown cardboard boxes for $.50 - $1.00 in nearly identical sizes to the priority box. You can ship a method called priority cubic (NOT AVAILABLE AT USPS.com or USPS locations) and often times using this method, a brown box that is the same size as medium or large flat rate is much less to ship.

A medium box (identical to medium flat rate) cost me around $10.00 and a large box is $15.00 at go shippo to ship.

even after the dollar or so for the box and tape, I save nearly 30% than using the USPS branded flat rates. Basically USPS is charging you at least $5.00 a box. They might seem free when you take stacks from the post office but you pay on the back end

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Buying from the seedhunters website
« on: June 29, 2022, 06:14:34 PM »
Careful, he might come in here and tell you he has expenses to recoup from traveling to brazil and you dont know how business works lol

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Eugenia seedling dieback
« on: June 23, 2022, 11:28:12 PM »

it's this...the humidity and best to avoid that scorching sun when they're young..can tell you most of the eugenias sold here in the forum do sprout...it's the guabiju that doesn't sprout for me and i've tried from 3 different sources but nothing.

I tried guabiju for the first time this year; first batch 0%. Spoke with Marcos and he suggested more light (planting them not too deep) and not to over-water. So I tried a second batch in wrung-out damp coco-coir with plastic wrap over the top of the cup to keep the humidity high, with the seed planted just under the surface and then sat them under an old crappy grow-light I had lying around. I would mist or bottom-water when the top of the coir started looking dry. That worked for me for the majority of that batch.

For the plinias/eugenias the issue for me beyond seed quality seems to be mostly humidity. I try to keep them in a dome or with plastic over them now until they have two sets of leaves and that has a dramatically higher success rate for me. Also switching to relatively loose well-washed coir instead of heavier soil mix, I don't know what combination of water retention/ aeration is helping but it has. I'm in an exceptionally dry climate though so my issues may not be other peoples' issues.

I have basically the same problems, i think too much organic matter, alternating between too dry/overwatering and planting the seed too deep..they basically develop a fungal infection on the new shoot. sprouted in coco or pro mix do much better and regulating humidity like a dome to keep it from drying out then over watering

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Granadilla - Passiflora Ligularis
« on: June 19, 2022, 06:39:25 PM »
I got some extra sweet granadilla (passiflora ligularis). I didnt expect so many seeds to take soo i have about 30 extra plants. Willing to let go for 10$ each plus shipping. If no one wants them they will just end up as compost

Best regards




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Double post. Please delete. Sorry

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Looks like Eugenia patrisii / Ubaia

Patrisii is supposed to be red inside...

isn't this the same as the "aff. Patrisii" that was going around, I see it's got a new name lol

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Sent message.. i would like to buy your lychees please send pm if you didnt get it

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / WTB Lychee Fruit
« on: May 27, 2022, 04:58:37 PM »
Does ANYONE have lychee fruit right now? I am completely aware there is a shortage but it is one of my favorite fruits and I do not like the painted irradiated asian supermarket ones. I will pay handsomely to whomever can deliver me the divine litchi frutas

Best regards

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80$.. a pound?  :o


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Turns out the shelf life is very short for Giant Mulchi seeds. The seeds I planted immediately all sprouted, I shelved 15 seeds and tried to plant them 2 months later but they were all rotten on the inside.

I got some giant mulchi seeds from tradewindfruit, they didn't seem in great condition, Like they were about to split in half, not rot..

Farewell Fruit has some regular mulchi seeds available now.. not cheap

That batch had wasnt viable. Has anyone gotten a sprout off the 2nd batch order?

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Turns out the shelf life is very short for Giant Mulchi seeds. The seeds I planted immediately all sprouted, I shelved 15 seeds and tried to plant them 2 months later but they were all rotten on the inside.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Pawpaw in 9B
« on: May 01, 2022, 01:09:44 PM »
Some wild trilobas are barely worth eating. And i have heard they are the best tasting ones. Other species not very palatable and extremely small and seedy. Has anyone actually eaten one other than triloba?

As some have said, the plant will grow vegetation. But proper chill hours for bloom and fruit set may not occur. The person in California may be in a valley and/or has a longer winter. I have heard there are some folks attempting to hybridize triloba with reticulata or one of the florida species to get better fruits down there. But dont believe they are ready for production. There are some pawpaw groups on facebook with extremely dedicated members

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I thought you were going to be cheaper than all other sellers? Seems like average price  :P

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Seeds for sale
« on: April 23, 2022, 06:10:05 PM »
letís see some pics if they really were that big

agreed, where is the picture of the 20lb rollinia ?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: June FL Trip
« on: April 22, 2022, 11:24:34 PM »
End of July is starting to be too late IMO. A lot of varieties ripen Late june - Early July. I plan on going in early July again this year. Last year I put 50lbs in a duffel bag and wrapped some clothes around them. Also the end of May is Lychee season for anyone wondering.

best regards

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First giant mulchi sprout coming up. Seems like these seeds are viable, best of luck to those who ordered

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Nice looking species.. I regret to inform you that the Pouteria Guianensis seeds I got from you were all unviable due to a seed boring insect. Just an FYI for anyone else who ordered these, might be worth checking your pots or seeds.

Hello,

Sorry to hear that.
99% of the seeds i send are collected in the wild and seed boring insect risk can happens even if it is relatively rare.
When such a thing happens, do not hesitate to contact me and let me know as soon as you receive the seeds.
Please send me your order details by PM or email.


Hi Richard,

Yes I understand there is risk in these species. I figured since you were moving and dealing with lots of messages, I didn't think it deserved special attention I was just letting other members know who might have them in pots. I will send you PM though

Best regards

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Nice looking species.. I regret to inform you that the Pouteria Guianensis seeds I got from you were all unviable due to a seed boring insect. Just an FYI for anyone else who ordered these, might be worth checking your pots or seeds.

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I am sorry, I will not be ordering any more seeds at this time

Best regards,

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I got some seeds from achetadomestica

Your best bet for grafted trees is to go to Pine Island but I doubt any are available.

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honestly flat rates are a rip off anyway. You are paying like $4.00-6.00 for the box. As someone said if you use a website like pirate ship/go shippo and enter your own box sizes, you can send boxes that are identical size or smaller to the flat rates for far cheaper.

For example. A medium size box would cost me around $10.00 with a plain brown box from amazon versus the $15.00 for the flat rate. This rate is called "priority cubic" is only available online through websites like pirate ship

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As digigarden mentioned these require heavy shade for their early lives and fruit at ages around 8-10 years. It is unclear exactly what they can take temperature wise, but 45F degree temps will damage it

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I use 70% shade cloth

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might have another 1-200 coming in. Getting them out of ecuador is a pain

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