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Just received the Green Sapote this morning, it is looking green and healthy as can be.  Thanks!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: May 30, 2023, 07:31:59 PM »
I was excited to see a lot of blooms early this year....then May gray hit hard here in San Diego. Very cool weather for the past couple of weeks. About 30% of the blooms are dying because the lack of heat/sun. For anyone that is within 10 miles of the coast in Socal, are you experiencing the same?

Yes I'm up on the coast, same area.  My largest set out a 1st bud ever but aborted probably because of the cool grey weather all month.  I see a couple more buds popping up so I am hoping the sun gets out enough to make those hold.

Just got the Regina seeds today Mike.  Extra seeds and a bunch are germinated can't wait for these to take off, thanks again.

Received the Inga today Joe.  It is looking picture perfect.

Thanks again!

Thanks for the plants Brian, they are nice and healthy looking.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: ISO Wampee source for California?
« on: May 20, 2023, 11:10:53 PM »
Bellamy had some recently in stock.  Sellers out there on Etsy too.

Pandan I would look into cacti that are hardy and thrive naturally in mountain areas like Colorado.  I am sure there are other members in cold areas that would have more insight.

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?

P. Sorocabense is winning the Bellamy sponsored Psidium race:

P. Itacare sprouting already too, but they were already germinating when received.

And I think P. Nutans is starting to poke out next.  Will be interesting to see how these do out here and how well they will taste.  I'm thinking this year will be guava-less for me unless my Malaysian starts flowering randomly but I don't think I am quite there yet, maybe next year.

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Yes I am growing.  The variety I have is White Carolina pineberry.  It grows very vigorously when its warming up outside.  I planted these bareroots (roots/crown only) about 2 or 3 months ago.  They throw out flowers quickly, no issues with blasting with full sun.  I haven't tried the fruit just yet but I am super close to having at least a couple handfuls of berries soon.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Transitioning indoor trees outside
« on: May 03, 2023, 03:04:48 PM »
Yeah got to be careful when its below 50.  I absolutely dusted my blackberry jam fruits when I stupidly put them outside early morning when it was breezy and upper 40s.  Only one survived out of five or six of them and is finally making a comeback but lesson learned.

Would they fare better a little more inland you think? Kind of like how mangos will do marginally better inland.  Or is the trade off of lower winter temp dips for warmer days when compared to the coast not worth trying to grow jackfruit?  Wish I could say I knew someone personally here with one but I don't.

Going to be totally honest and say I sat on these for longer than I should have.  I immediately had them soaking in water in a cup but I don't think they liked going from dehydrated to super-hyrdated.  I threw the 10 or so cuttings into a shallow pot filled with 50/50 perlite and vermiculite to try and salvage the situation.  Its been maybe a few weeks and some inevitably dried out and won't make it, but I did notice probably about 4 of them are still green.  I stirred up the soil on the smallest one and it is already rooting so not all was lost.

I doubt I will be the first to fruit these for the challenge, but the Quadrangularis should be a nice companion vine for my Passiflora Nitida in case it decides to also be self-sterile. :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Uvaria Rufa - slow grower?
« on: May 02, 2023, 11:55:19 AM »
Looks great elouicious.  Does it defoliate every winter? I must have gotten lucky with mine, I think I only had 6 maybe seeds of Rufa.  Not a single one did anything except for the 1 plant that I sprouted.  Nothing special done, just seed starting mix, a heat mat, and tapwater to keep it moist.  Was definitely sluggish to sprout but it came up eventually.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Uvaria Rufa - slow grower?
« on: April 27, 2023, 06:30:14 PM »
I had some Chamae seeds from tradewinds about 6 months ago.  They looked pretty much the same as the Rufa ones, kind of like a brown corn kernel in appearance.  I can't remember how many Chamae I had, maybe 10 seeds but not a single one germinated.  Thinking the genus has a low germ rate or tradewinds sent me some old seeds.  Oh well.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Uvaria Rufa - slow grower?
« on: April 27, 2023, 12:25:55 PM »
Well I guess I am doing okay then, I just had nothing to compare to and wondered about others experience with this one.  It does seem like it is picking up a tad, maybe even putting out a 3rd or 4th leaf soon, it is a pretty small plant for sure.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Psidium germination tips
« on: April 26, 2023, 06:55:41 PM »
I second everything already stated by other members here.  Just wait it out, some take days, others weeks and months.  I will say with Guajava it seems to germinate quicker if they are really fresh but still should have a generally high rate of success after enough time.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Uvaria Rufa - slow grower?
« on: April 26, 2023, 02:19:05 PM »
6 inches for a 3 year old, wow! Kind of sounds slow to me.  I guess I should be happy with my meager less than 2 inches seedling over a few months.  Good to know these guys can withstand the cold.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Uvaria Rufa - slow grower?
« on: April 25, 2023, 01:59:57 PM »
Bush banana is Uvaria Chamae.  It's a close relative of Rufa. I think they share a lot of the same characteristics such as shrubby tree or vine with similar looking fruits, the color of the fruits seem to be different with bush banana looking more like banana and Rufa looking more red. 

I will say that the Rufa I have was basically in a unheated room all winter with only the grow light on it so maybe that is why it has been slow.  I wish I had more of them to compare but I am happy to have at least the one that looks healthy enough.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Uvaria Rufa - slow grower?
« on: April 25, 2023, 12:44:55 PM »
Hey all,

I got some seeds from a seller here and got 1 to germinate a few months or so back.  To me, it seemed to stall out for a little while and did not put out any growth really.  After all this time, it seems like it finally is growing a hair bigger.  Are these normally slow? Mine isn't on a heatmat, just under a grow light indoors.

I plan on transitioning it to a better pot and probably outdoors soon.

That's a great collection you got there rdm, love to see it!

Anybody else grab those uncommon Psidium varieties from Bellamy recently? I have everything I ordered cooking up:
-P. Sorocabense
-P. Nutans
-P. Sp Creepy Little Monster
-P. Pohlianum
-P. Goiaba folhas de Samambaia fern leaf guava

So far nothing popped out of the soil but I did move around the soil for Sorocabense and noticed one is germinating already only about a week in.  I did nothing special, just damp seed starting mix and sitting on my heatmat.

Hopefully that Green Cerrado improves in flavor of time, it is a nice looking plant. 

I snapped a quick pic of my Cas guava and it is coming back to life full time and then some.  Branches are spitting out at the bottom where there only used to be leaves prior to defoliating in winter.

Ha, that's pretty rare for me for rooted opuntia pads. They usually don't pop flowers till they get a bit more height for me, maybe responding to the small pot? I grow a bunch but I still don't quite know how they work..

Yes I was totally surprised by that.  Even my rooted Opuntia Sunburst that I potted up a couple months prior to that one has no signs of flowering yet.  I will say the Pina Colada though is a lot more chunky and substantial than the Sunburst.

Glad your DF made it through the cold K-Rimes.  What varieties you have going on over there?  I have a yellow one that I got as a freebie from a seller and it was broken in bad shape, literally split in half and it was a small cutting already and I saved both pieces.  I have another one that has pink flesh from a nursery here but not sure of that variety.  Then I have a couple funky ones that I daringly risked rooting during the cold rainy winter and they are starting to put out new branches.

Honduran Moon Torch:

Black Afrikanis:

Both are probably a solid couple years from flowering but at least they are rooted and growing.

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