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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: Today at 09:51:15 AM »
Congratulations, looks like you may get a fruit.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: 1g Seedless Lychee airlayer for sale
« on: September 21, 2023, 02:57:13 AM »
Max, nice looking air layered tree. Those seedless fruits look nice. This is a very good price for such a large plant.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: White Sapote Fruit Shapes
« on: September 20, 2023, 09:55:56 PM »
Pau, you fruits with spikes are very interesting. I have never seen any white sapote with that either. Please report back on the taste when it ripens.

My Clytia fruits (3-4) is still green, not ripe yet so maybe another month? The fruits are not that large, smaller than the Maddox seedling fruit.

Last photos of the Betty#1 from the parent tree. Since all the figs I have here were not ripened properly and some seemed to be not representative of the variety, I will only post the photos for comparison and not make the taste test I wanted to do.

I can show the typical weight of the Betty#1 fruits at least.

thanks Kevin for the feedback.


Thanks for the summary, that will work. I don't usually use the rooting hormone but if you have it, it won't hurt to use it. I use to just start them in fig pops (plastic bag) but this method should be better. I root my expensive/rare mulberry using this method.

Sorry, I forgot to put this message on how to root the cuttings.

Updated photo 1 & 3 above to show which fruits in the photos were caprified and which one is not.

=============== ROOTING FIG CUTTINGS =================

I purchased some fig cuttings from Profig and Brian has a good video out for summer rooting of figs.
If you haven't tried it, here's the video below that you can use to root the cuttings I send you.​

I like to use his method when I'm not grafting my fig cuttings.​

This video is a little longer than 6 minutes, it is a good method for rooting.

================================================== =====

to answer your question on the parafilm. You would remove the parafilm from the bottom portion that will be stuck into the potting medium.

I'm going to try the Promix (expensive) since I have never used that before.

Good Luck, hope they grow fast.

Quick update: 9-16-23

1. I had some grafted trees in a community pot, but when I separated the small trees,didn't do well. Need to see how many of them survive.

2. I do have 3 separate rooted cuttings that were grafted and they are doing well, I will be checking with the first 3 people on my list to see if they still like to buy it. The cost of each plant will vary, depending on the size of the rootstock I used. If it's a small plant then I will charge $40 plus shipping. If it is medium size plant then $60 plus shipping cost. I also have 2-3 that is grafted on a rooted Oscarr cutting and it will be $50-$60 each plus shipping cost.

3. I also did take Seanny's suggestion about trying to air layer from a grafted tree on an in ground mulberry tree. So I will try a few air layers now and if it works, I should have 3 more before end of the year.

4. Once I complete the 10, I may not do any more, just sell some scion wood next spring instead. Cuttings would be $20 plus $10 (shipping) so total cost => $30 each. Only 1 per forum member (1yr registered). May only sell 10 cuttings and that is it for the sale.

-> priority will be given to the next 10 people on my wait list (#11-#20).

I shipped out all of the TFF members Betty#1 yesterday. Later tonight when I have time, I will send you the tracking number.

I put the label on the inside of the box.

Good Luck.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Large poncirus and flying dragon in NJ arboretum
« on: September 15, 2023, 06:47:26 PM »
Brian, my Fying Dragon tree has many fruits now, so I can trade some seeds with you for some cuttings of your guava again. The grafts I did last time did not make it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hand Pollination - passiflora decaisneana
« on: September 15, 2023, 06:01:31 PM »
Wow, your weren't kidding when you said you grew a lot of varieties.

When your fruits are done on the Hawaiian Lilokoi yellow, can I get a few cuttings from you?

Nice to hear you got fruits on the Ruby Glow, I purchase 2-3 small plants and they are growing fast. Did you need to hand pollinate the Ruby Glow and if yes, what did you use for the pollen?

The only fig tree I had when I moved into my house was the Brown Turkey. The fruits didn't have much taste, so I never like to grow the figs until I read about all the other top varieties they have. I do have a few rootstock trees that I grafted some varieties that are on Black Mission so I might be able to taste a fruit of it soon since I do leave the lower branch on when I graft on top or main trunk.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hand Pollination - passiflora decaisneana
« on: September 15, 2023, 07:04:44 AM »
shaxs, which variety of passiflower do you have that is fruiting?

elouicious, I'm still a beginner when talking about figs. I have only tasted 10 or so different varieties even though I do have more than 70 different varieties in pots now.

I hope to start reducing the collection to under 10 varieties once I get to taste each of these varieties. I'm glad for people like Simon and others who have experience growing and tasting the varieties and sharing their summary of the best 5 or 10 varieties, that helps. I just want the fig to taste better than the Brown Turkey. Most of these top tier figs are definitely much better tasting.

I'm so glad there were enough people that volunteered to trial this Betty#1 fig. I think it tastes pretty good.

I have a few other figs that I will try to compare the taste in a few days since my grafted Betty#1 has one last fig that is almost ripe.

The other figs I have ready for the test are:
- Angelito (from Thera)
- Black Manzanita (from Thera)
- Black Manzanita (mine)
- Unknow green fig (USPS)
- Brown Turkey (my large tree, always caprified fruits)
- Burgan
- Boysenberry Blush
- Blue Celeste
- Nuestra Seņora del Carmen (NSDC)
- Colonel Littman’s Black Cross (CLBC)

================== Update of fruits ============

I tried some of these fruits above, but most were not fully ripe so could not do a fair taste test.
Instead, I will just show some of the photos I took of the figs that were ripe or overripe when I picked them. Most of these did not taste very good, probably because they were either watered down or were first time fruiting this year. Maybe next year they will taste better. Angelito and Black Manzanita was a disappointment, taste was not above average.

- Betty#1
- Unknow green fig (USPS)
- Angelito (Thera)
- Black Manzanita (Thera)
- Black Manzanita (mine)
- Brown Turkey (my large tree)

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Picking my first Xie Shans
« on: September 14, 2023, 02:41:58 PM »
Wow, you still have sumo fruits on your tree this last. I have never heard of anyone else with ripe sumo in September. Let us know if the inside flesh is dried up or is still good to eat.

I will ship out today and Friday, if you don't get a message from me about your tracking number by Friday then send me a message.


Here's the last photos of the green fruits I picked off the cuttings from the mother tree.

Here's some photos of the Betty#1 cuttings that will be sent out.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Picking my first Xie Shans
« on: September 14, 2023, 01:29:13 AM »
mbmango, I have never had any good tasting off-season citrus fruits. If there are some still hanging late, I just cut them off and not waste any energy on the branches. The only citrus fruits that seems to be good for me is my Valencia orange. It seems to have ripe fruit from Jan-July and they all tastes good. This is my variegated valencia with some normal green branches that have normal fruits.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hand Pollination - passiflora decaisneana
« on: September 14, 2023, 12:53:16 AM »
Here's some photos of how large the fruits are getting, and the flowers I had on the vine.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hand Pollination - passiflora decaisneana
« on: September 13, 2023, 11:47:20 PM »
Shaxs, that is very good news about your cuttings. Yes, it is self fertile, but if you hand pollinate you have much higher percent of fruit set. I'm seeing about 50% of my hand pollinated flowers set fruit if I do it at the right time of the day.

Mbmango, now after hand pollinating my flowers for more than a few weeks, I determined the best time to hand pollinate is between 9-10am here in my location. What I do immediately after I hand pollinate the flowers is to cover it with the larger organza bag. This keeps the bees from removing the pollen from the stigma and I get more fruit set this way. I see a lot of bees around each flower when I can smell the fragrance from the flowers in the morning.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Tasting Loquats For 2022 Season
« on: September 12, 2023, 11:05:31 PM »
Well, I just hope it is grafted from a fruiting tree so it will only take 2 years before you get fruits, otherwise it might take longer to see fruits.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Tasting Loquats For 2022 Season
« on: September 12, 2023, 10:57:17 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.

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