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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Anyone post plants on instagram?
« on: March 15, 2023, 05:39:31 PM »
Hey if anyone uses instagram I wanted to start posting pictures of plants, drop yours!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Fruits with Side Effects
« on: March 13, 2023, 09:57:58 AM »
Hey everyone, I was very surprised to learn that loquats contain a sedative that will make you very sleepy if you eat too many!
Does anyone else have some cool examples/side effects of the chemistry in fruit?

Here are some others I've thought of:
- Grapefruit affecting medication (it blocks a super important digestive enzyme)
- Starfruit and Caramboxin
- Annonas and Acetogenins
- Garcinias are pretty famous for making that weight-loss drug that caused liver failure

Any other interesting ones?

I see so many different options and I read a thread that said taste varies quite a bit, what does nance taste like?

Going to be in michoacan, more specifically patzcuaro for maybe even the whole month of may; Anyone have some suggestions on things near by?

Hey everyone, I'm Truman, I'm 22, I'm an actuary, but I really want to make a living doing something in the fruit world.

I love garcinias, but prices online are insane! I'm looking to start a business that focuses on only garcinia seedlings; I love watching them grow.
Would anyone like to partner up with me as a seed supplier? I'd heavily prefer to focus on only garcinias to maintain best growing conditions and specialize in what we offer

Here's how I envision this business model works:
- You supply seeds
- I supply water, electricity, soil, pots, boxes, labels
- I maintain the online shop/customer questions/orders
- We split the profits

If this sounds appealing to you please PM! If you have any questions about who I am, where I'm located, pics of the setup, my past experience with ecommerce or marketing, any questions or concerns etc. just let me know! Or text me with your username 214-663-4410. Let's grow some plants 🤝

edit: if anyone is on the fence please consider it  ;D

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Interesting general rootstock ideas
« on: February 17, 2023, 05:11:57 PM »
Hey everyone; the idea of rootstocks were unknown to me before I got into this world but are very interesting to me. Some ones that I've heard about while browsing the forums so far include yangmei on wax myrtle, loquat on quince, pomegranate on crepe myrtle, all the types of stonefruits, citrus, .. what are some interesting grafting options for rootstock plants that are a bit easier to come by, bonus points if its cold adapted

Tropical Fruit Discussion / How exactly does cross-breeding work?
« on: February 14, 2023, 04:01:38 PM »
I feel like this is such an amateur question but we all gotta start somewhere;

When you cross, does the fruit come out looking/tasting/tell you anything about the crossed variety? Or does look like a normal fruit and just the seeds are altered? Or is it case by case where different species react differently to crossing

Thanks so much, would appreciate anyone sharing their introduction to breeding/how they got started

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Which fruit trees are ok with being 'buried'?
« on: February 12, 2023, 08:53:57 PM »
So with other plants in the garden, if they grow too lanky and fall over you can 'bury' the stem and they'll root higher up giving the plant a lot more support; but I've never heard of anyone doing this with fruit trees. I have an achacha that is starting to fall over and want to just add 2 inches of soil but I don't know my gut says no

Does anyone know if there is a more scientific name of what I'm describing?

Hi, I thought it'd be a fun experiment to see what 2 plants look like side by side; one with water from my tap, one with water from RO filter. The results were pretty obvious soon into the experiment, but I let it run on to get a better idea of what it can do your plants

If you have issues similar to this, get an RO filter!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Let's talk about theobroma
« on: February 07, 2023, 01:03:29 PM »
everyone has their favorite genus (which btw: mine is passiflora!) but recently I've become very interested with theobroma, and noticed how small of a genus it is. There's only 20 known species of theobroma; anyone have some special ones growing in their collection?

Really enjoy taste reports too, thanks!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Yangmei and Dwarf Wax Myrtle
« on: February 02, 2023, 07:42:42 PM »
Hi everyone,

I've seen a lot of people discussing M. cerifera as a rootstock, when researching other myrica species I came across M. pusilla, sometimes called M. cerifera var. 'pumila'. Has anyone tried to use that? I wonder because aside from being native to forests only 20 or so miles from me, I figure grafting to dwarf rootstock would let me fit more varieties into less space

I have no experience with grafting or yangmeis so all wisdom is much appreciated lol

Dallas is quite the anomaly when it comes to temperatures, where we very typically see 105F high summers and 10F low winters. Average 65% RH throughout the year with very long growing seasons

I have a couple acres that have been used to grow garlic and wheat for 4-5 years, but I want to transform them into a proper slice of the tropics or atleast as much as I can get away with. Soil is clay but very broken down from the bulb growing. Zone 8b but it feels like we push closer to zone 9 each year ;(. Planning on protecting for winter spells but there are times where temperature can stay below 25F for 3-4 days at a time

Here's my plans so far:
- Different types of passionfruit that I'm going to grow along a heated building, hopefully that is enough for large dieback every year instead of full death
- loquat
- jelly palm
- feijoa
- white sapote
- maybe jabo?

Also thinking the typical citrus, nectarine, peach; maybe plum maybe apple, but idk. I want something really tropical to scratch the itch

If there's anyone with a lot of palm fruit or cactus knowledge! PLEASE! I'd love to add fruits like that to the collection as well
Thanks for your time

Bought rare passionflower seed previously that seem to be the real thing, seller has great reviews and answers questions promptly

Stem below cotyledons rotted inside the seed, but healthy rootmass that has continued to grow for a while. Just slip potted it into a 5gal in hopes it gets the least stress as possible.

What do you think the odds are that it'll make a new shoot/sucker eventually? The stem is vibrantly green a week later.. call me crazy but I'm hopeful  :) (if you call 5% hopeful)

Anyone know if certain species have a better chance than other ones at extreme stress like this?

Which one would you highlight? Taste reports heavily preferred!

Could be a variety of fruit, a species, a genus, a whole family... what is a small niche in our already small niche that deserves more love?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / does anyone recognize what this plant is?
« on: January 22, 2023, 05:40:44 PM »
Planted a seed from shiloh (thanks shiloh!) and while that is doing fine, this other plant popped up. I'm not sure if this is a weed from texas, a weed from hawaii, or a type of fruit that I don't recognize

It looks vine-y, I went on a walk and tried to match it to plants around me in case my soil got contaminated somehow but I figure I'd see at least some type of weed in other pots if that was the case, but it's only this one particularly

Could just be a one-off thing too, really have no idea; any help greatly appreciated!

I have 2 extra sapodilla seeds (thanks dan!) and 7-8 extra rollinia seeds, all germed

Sapodilla came from a sylas wood tree, I know that doesn't mean anything bc they aren't true to seed but I figure the genetics are better than nothing,
Rollinia came from hawaii



I know I shared this earlier here but in case it gets buried, there's a bunch of new things that weren't there yesterday
Thanks to everyone that came together for this again! Hope this is useful

edit: old map is currently showing, updated map tab should be shown within ~10 minutes hopefully. PowerBI servers push independent from when I do so I'm at the will of whenever they decide to update it

Feel free to discuss and disagree in the comments! Everything was randomized from seed, I spent a while combing the past year of posts and really tried to get the most popular of the fruits.
Are there any in particular that I'm missing? Have fun w this!



Mangosteen vs. Mango (22:73)
Mango +51
Lychee vs. Avocado (52:39)
Lychee +13
Durian vs. Pineapple (27:62)
Pineapple +35
White Sapote vs. Surinam Cherry (61:25)
White Sapote +36
Guava vs. Cherimoya (20:71)
Cherimoya +51
Sapodilla vs. Dragonfruit (49:36)
Sapodilla +13
Jaboticaba vs. Soursop (54:31)
Jaboticaba +23
Banana vs. Coconut (56:31)
Banana +25
Starfruit vs. Sugar Apple (29:54)
Sugar Apple +25
Cacao vs. Prickly Pear (53:26)
Cacao +27
Star Apple vs. Feijoa (49:32)
Star Apple +17
Jackfruit vs. Loquat (47:34)
Jackfruit +13
Ice Cream Bean vs. Rambutan (20:62)
Rambutan +42
Passionfruit vs. Granadilla (63:22)
Passionfruit +41
Pitangatuba vs. Abiu (19:56)
Abiu +37
Persimmon vs. Wax Jambu (64:17)
Persimmon +47
I got tired of typing out the scores but LETS GO

Tropical Fruit Discussion / .
« on: January 08, 2023, 01:12:34 PM »

There's more than enough mango talk as is, but there's a reason they remain so popular as the years go by. This question is made to make people disagree; please discuss!

I'll probably never have the chance to plant a mango in my front yard, but I can dream  ;)

Hi, I'm looking for some rarer passiflora; have 2 species in mind but really I'm open to anything

Does anyone have these or know where to find them by chance?

andina has these beautiful colorings that I don't see on most passiflora,
and discophora has this unique habit of creating 'sticky pads' with its tendrils, then wrapping the tendrils around themselves until it is taut.

Thanks so much!

Hey everyone I have some 3 inch feijoa seedlings that Iím looking to trade for some other seedlings, anyone interested? Theyíre really fast growers, should expect a full bush and fruit in 2 years or less

Started from seed, it came from a market so Iím not sure about genetics but I assume some commercial variety? Taste isnít true to seed, but these feijoas seem to have very beautiful broad leaves instead of the needle-thin ones that popped from tradewinds, sorry for image quality

Hi, looking for bulk peach preferably as well as other stonefruit plugs, drop your price or PM please  :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / best type of prickly pear to grow in texas?
« on: November 29, 2022, 10:47:18 AM »
Hi, I see prickly pear cacti planted EVERYWHERE but there are so many different varieties. Anyone have experience growing them? doesn't have to be TX but I know they grow very well here, thanks

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