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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Physalis Species Review
« on: May 30, 2023, 08:48:54 PM »

I tried to grow the Peace Seeds strain but the plant didn't do well for me and I don't remember it fruiting.  I think I had it directly in the ground instead of in a pot, are they susceptible to root knot nematodes?  I'll try their seeds again.

Hope the two new sources do well for you, maybe we can trade seeds or cuttings in the future of our best tasting selections.


Yes definitely can trade sometime. I am not sure how peaceseeds holds up to nematodes.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Finding Land in South FL
« on: May 30, 2023, 08:29:15 PM »
Oh I didn't realize you were trying to turn a profit.  Yes, definitely greenhouses are not the way to go then :)
Not really in for a profit, but hoping to get a decent amount of fruit LOL.
But still, what we do as growers up north never ceases to amaze the folks down south ;D or so they say

My recommendation save your money buy a standard .25 acre lot in PSL (will cost 80k to 110k depending on lot). Unfrotunately the days of 10k lots is over about 10 years ago. Make sure its 5mi or less near intercoastal or near river or canal.

You can do coconuts, mangos, and most things. Never gets colder then 32f really. Plant closer to edges of lot and in backyard. Plan to build after money saved up. Live or rent out home in future.

Mangoes and coconuts are bullet proof if you time the plantings during start of rain season.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Physalis Species Review
« on: May 29, 2023, 01:11:45 PM »
I have been growing different physalis for a while now.

The best so far is the peaceseeds strain giant cape gooseberry. Large fruit and good flavor and production. I grew a groundcherry strain from a clone from a guy in Vista. This one I tried to eliminate but seedlings still pop up. The flavor was ok but not comparable to the peaceseeds.

I actually just ordered seeds from Etsy of two different cape gooseberry. From the pictures they look different and good, will cross my fingers they are keepers.

I have a 4 year old sugar Belle growing in st lucie. Seems to be unaffected from any greening.

I picked up a unrooted Pitaya cutting from a seller on Etsy.  I have heard a lot of good things about the fruit but will likely be a few years at a minimum to get mine flowering.  Anybody have long term experience with these?

The ripe fruit of good selections has taste and texture similar to raspberry jam when fully ripe. I have numberous ones I started from seed in 2018, so far no flowers. I think I may get flowers in 1 to 3 years on some of my largest ones.

Yeah I can sell some extra tubers.


Interesting concept, I may be interested in it. I save seeds of tomatoes, wheat, barley, tropical fruits, and vegetables. A question will you also be planning to have cuttings available?

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: Canna edulis stalk color
« on: April 26, 2023, 09:49:00 PM »
You guys must have bad clones of canna edulis. I have baldwin's canna clone.

The tubers taste great boiled. I have used them in soup they are low in fibers and no fibers on the younger ones. It's like between a potato and jicama texture with a potato/yam flavor.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help with rooting mulberries - stage 2
« on: March 29, 2023, 04:15:40 AM »
Rooted Himalayan Red using Hormex, bottom heat 75F, humidity dome, and peatmoss seedling mix. However still getting less then 50% rooting taking.

Mulberry, Loquat, Strawberries, and Blueberry.

Yeah Olosapos are good. I have a 8 year old tree in ground hopefully it produces fruit soon.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Yet another soil thread
« on: February 19, 2023, 02:34:24 PM »
I find citrus is not very sensitive to coir mixes, a good citrus rootstock should have decent salt tolerance.

I have a Sugar Belle it's near oak trees in Florida. It appears to be healthy even though it only gets rain and is seldomly fertilzed. The Xie Shan and Yuzu did not do well, yuzu died and Xie Shan does not look as healthy.

Jujube, Figs, Loquat, Psidium longipetiolatum, Eugenia aff. involucrata, Myrcianthes pungens

Loquat and Dragon Fruit are both pretty bullet proof in containers.

Kei Apple has a good deal of flavor variation between strains. A good sweet with some sour selection is worth getting a clone of.

St Lucie County is good if your closer to the river, intercoastal, or ocean 5mi or so. I grow all types of tropicals and subtropicals outside and get little to no leaf burn recently. Coconuts and mangos grow really well. Soil is sandy slightly acidic with a couple chunks of clay scattered at deeper depths.

Trees were just released.

Are the trees going to head on bus tonight or tomorrow to LA?

Myrica cerifera is growing very well for me here in Southern CA. I have not looked for Myrica californica plants recently, recall it being more expensive and harder to find. The native plant movement in CA prices a premium on it.

Thanks Ill keep it in mind next season. I already have too many cuttings rooting and more in the fridge. Think Im out of tree pots

No problem, I have stopped collecting figs for now. Only room for about 10 varieties in the rotation. So far very impressed with CDA, Buzzone, and Moscatel Preto.

I already have CDA and SJDK but this is a solid deal for anyone else

Never heard of buzzone. What’s the origin?

Buzzone is Italian, it is one of my favorite varieties. Flavor is really good and its production and pest resistance is very good. It also has the longest season of fruit production of all the figs I am growing. Dark fig and Mt Etna type. Should be a staple in anyone's fig collection. I rate flavor at 4 out of 5, production 4 out of 5, vigor resistance to humidity and pests 5 out of 5. Southern figs has a good thread on Buzzone Nero fig.

I have the following fig varieties cuttings for sale. Will take fresh cuttings, 6inch or larger. All three have been verified after having fruit.

$12 per cutting with minimum (4) mix match varieties + USPS shipping either flat rate small or medium box depending on amount of cuttings and size.

Buzzone, has been a bullet proof variety. Closed eye produces long season and holds up to humidity really well. Seems like a really good selection for Florida and humid locations.
CDA, Constantine de Algerie, Large yellow/green fruit with excellent flavor and small eye. Reported to do well in humid locations.
“Super Jumbo “ (DK) series, Very large fruit with good flavor, recommended for semi arid to arid locations with low pests pressures.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is my climate 9a? Info below
« on: January 06, 2023, 01:48:14 AM »
Yes your close to zone 9a. Check out "sunset zone" 8 or 9 in California may be closer to your climate and latitude.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Top cacti fruit
« on: December 31, 2022, 06:31:43 PM »
I grew stenocereus Q. From seedlings Stephen was selling years ago.
They grew an inch in some years. Never got taller than 3 inches.
What will actually grow and fruit in your location matters too.
Opuntia and cereus Peruvianas is a weed around here.

The Stenocereus queretaroensis seeds were collected in southern Zacatecas, were they are grown in lower elevations. They need warm nights above 70f to really grow fast.

It may be best to graft them to Cereus sp. rootstock.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Pinus maximartinezii
« on: December 30, 2022, 02:48:57 PM »
I am surprised, I know higher elevation Maui is like southern california.

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