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There are Durian trees for sale in the US, mainly private Etsy growers. Very pricey, although potentially looks like there are grafted varities that might be worth it. Excalibur sold some a few years ago I believe, you could contact them. I have a few seedlings but they are not ready at the moment.

Is this something you plan on growing in a greenhouse? This is a sensitive tropical plant, and zone 9a or 9b is too cold for it to grow without concerns.

As for passion vines, banana passion fruit, Jamacian lilikoi, and giant granadilla are my favorites. Aside from the pulp in the granadilla, the thick inner skin is used in salads, smoothies, etc.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cold hardy avocado, banana and mango
« on: December 02, 2022, 06:05:29 PM »
An online source from the Canary Islands claims that the cultivar "Gomera," specifically "Gomera-1" is the most cold hardy rootstock/mango variety available in Europe, growing in coastal Mediterranean areas. Apparently the mature trees can survive short freezes up to -4C, and its even been indicated to fruit in Southern France (although I assume it has a million protections going for it).

If not that, the Mallika dwarf mango is one available in the US that is suggested for attempting to plant in zone 9 or colder regions. No clue on availability for that cultivar in europe. Good luck.

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Hopefully this upcoming year you end up having better luck with the sensation. The alpine strawberry is not as sweet as the red ones, but its really good and flavorful. Similar to pineberry if you've seen those in the stores, although that seems to be a more recent commercial addition so not many areas offer them yet.

If your daughter is picky I probably wouldn't waste your time attempting to grow them lol, but some kids like them cause theyve never seen a "white strawberry" before.

Unfortunately time is limited for me or else I would try lol.  Thank you for your recommendations though.  Since strawberries grow in the winter I'll grow the plants I get in Feb 23 up and have them for next winter I guess - wish I could get them sooner but they are hard to find

Julie, theres still hope! was doing some reading and it looks like there is a cultivar released in 2018, the "Florida Brilliance", that outperformed the Sweet Sensation (aka Florida127) in terms of heat tolerance, fall yield, and fruit quality (juicy, firm, longer shelf life). The only thing Sweet Sensation performed better for was producing slightly larger fruit size. There is also Florida Radiance, but that one seems to be the bottom of the bunch.

With that, I'd say grab a few Florida Brilliance. They are all sold out commercially online, but it seems two sellers on Etsy still have a few plants available at the moment. Good luck

Are Sweet Sensation and Florida Sensation the same thing? My lackluster search did not reveal the answer.

Yes they are the same cultivar, formally Florida127

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Avocado Scion Wood
« on: December 02, 2022, 02:33:03 PM »
How long do you normally take cuttings for this time of year? I have a few avocado seedlings that may be ready to graft soon.

Thanks,
Dan

I am cutting off ends of branches where new buds are forming, 4-6 inches long.

Thank you for the info, I should have clarified that I meant length of season for pruning (late-Dec, early-Feb, etc.)
But i will definitely let you know soon, interested in a few grafts. Thanks.

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Hopefully this upcoming year you end up having better luck with the sensation. The alpine strawberry is not as sweet as the red ones, but its really good and flavorful. Similar to pineberry if you've seen those in the stores, although that seems to be a more recent commercial addition so not many areas offer them yet.

If your daughter is picky I probably wouldn't waste your time attempting to grow them lol, but some kids like them cause theyve never seen a "white strawberry" before.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Avocado Scion Wood
« on: December 01, 2022, 09:13:01 PM »
How long do you normally take cuttings for this time of year? I have a few avocado seedlings that may be ready to graft soon.

Thanks,
Dan

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« on: December 01, 2022, 01:21:47 PM »
Jumping into this discussion way too late but had to mention to my South FL peeps, I picked up some fresh Durian pieces today from Foodtown supermarket in Davie. Obviously, nobody had any more detail to provide me than already on the label.
Could probably debate on how fresh it was, but it tasted significantly better than any frozen ones I've ever purchased there; the flavor was bonkers (in the best way).

A shame nobody else in my household wanted to eat it lol. Cant emphasize the title of this thread enough, there is not enough durian down here in SoFlo.

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Festival (Everbearing) and Camarosa, to my understanding, are the other known cultivars that will do well this far south. I had luck with my White Alpine strawberries here, but got rid of the plants to make space awhile ago. A few other people I traded seeds with on Facebook in Central FL had luck with them though.

I have probably just enough of the white alpine strawberry seeds to send to you two if interested @Julie @Rob.


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Gurneys has them available for preorder for next year. I think there are better varieties for your zone though.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: best type of prickly pear to grow in texas?
« on: November 30, 2022, 09:15:44 AM »
Just finished rooting a bunch of spineless prickly pear aka south texas prickly pear (Opuntia ellisiana) pads. I say this one because it produces a solid standard prickly pear fruit, and you don't have a million spines to worry about; glochids still present, but smaller.  Good if you have animals to worry about on the property.

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Amazon Tree Grape is the one that kinda tastes like wintergreen right, I had some at Joe's, they're tasty.. I suspect not hardy to under zone 11 though?

My understanding is that they should be good zone 10-12

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Its my favorite variety, no doubt. Ill have a million more seedlings this upcoming summer!

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Sold out for now, thanks guys.

- Dan

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L, you restock on Amazon Tree Grape seeds yet?

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: 2022 PayPal taxes
« on: November 25, 2022, 10:03:00 AM »
You won't owe anything if all you made was 1000$ or something close to that.  You are still supposed to file a return though.

You don't need an LLC to write off expenses either.  You can write off any fertilizers or plants etc and do it all as a sole proprieter.  Just keep your receipts. 

You paypal earnings are personal income from your sole proprietorship and you can deduct all the plants and fertilizers etc you bought. 

Welcome to being a grown up, and dealing with the government.

Yeah I made my eBay account to offload a bunch of personal crap when i moved early 2022, they were very straight up that the $20k -> $600 taxable income reporting requirement was a hot load from the govt. The website even told me to contact my local politicians and complain, not that it would do anything.

Like spaugh mentioned, keeping track and writing off business expenses is your best bet. Its not considered a hobby if you have a solid paper trail for profits and expenses, although I suppose each state will have its own definition on that, including business license requirements and the like. If you're making some good money Ryan, may want to even consider a separate bank account for business, that could go a long way. Atleast the state of TN doesn't have income tax.

IRS mentioned hobbyist tax deductions might make a reappearance in 2026...  ::)

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Looking to sell or exchange a few extra Sea Grape (Coccoloba uvifera) seedlings I pulled from the ground the other day. Gorgeous fast-growing tree, edible fruit good for use in jams, winemaking, etc. Naturally hardy to Zone 9B, it can be grown in a pot and indoors/greenhouse. It is cold/frost-sensitive.
I know these are common along the coast, but wanted to offer all US buyers since these plants are stupid expensive online ($20 for a 2" seedling? $125 for a 2' plant??)

They are dioecious, I recommend keeping atleast 2-3 if you're expecting/wanting fruit to develop. Let me know if interested and what you may want to trade, thanks.

- Dan


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I have had good success with various seeds purchased from the Etsy seller Floridaseeds1, I believe they have their own website as well. The A. obovata was more or less recently posted, which coincides with the time of harvest being not too long ago for this species. That would be my best bet for freshest seeds atm if you don't find anyone else to trade with.
Could also try contacting Dan (forum member Gulfcoastgardening), I believe he is a pawpaw fan/collector as well.

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I have been looking for some A. parviflora and A. obovata for awhile, let me know if you find a good seed source. There are etsy options but not sure on the viability of seeds from a lot of the sellers there.

If you're purchasing these species to establish a food forest however, I would not recommend any of those you listed. Mainly because they do not produce sizeable fruits, and the production time is years out compared to a grafted tree. My suggestion would be to invest in 2-3+ grafted Susquehanna Pawpaw trees (A. triloba). A. triloba is technically native to the northern part of the state, as D-Grower mentioned, but the Susquehanna cultivar is popular in the Southeast for its heat/sun tolerance compared to other American pawpaw cultivars; it should do just fine in Zone 9. I currently have one in Zone 10 hoping to see how it does.

The other species are great for pollinators though and would be a more beneficial garden addition in that way.

Best of luck.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Idiospermum australiense
« on: November 10, 2022, 03:29:08 PM »
I dont believe youre going to find this species for sale anywhere, unless you pay someone to go to the Daintree rainforest in QLD and harvest it for you. The fruit is also toxic, just in case you didn't know.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Salak first flowers, palm city FL
« on: November 10, 2022, 10:55:32 AM »
Very awesome, good luck & hope you get tons of fruit. Would be hard to determine plant sex without comparison of other flowers. I suppose if you measure each individual flower in your garden, you may be able to determine the gender with the male flower being thinner and longer, but I'm sure it'll flower soon enough and that'll be the dead giveaway.
Have some Red Salak coming in soon, hoping they're all the hype.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Your absolute favorite FL fruit tree
« on: November 08, 2022, 10:26:37 PM »
My favorite right now is Cecropia peltata. Gorgeous tree, can't wait for the fruit. The various Matoa (P. pinnata) are appealing to me as well, leaves and colors are nice.

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Good luck. You can also try using willow water, help the seedlings develop and strengthen quicker. Cheap, easy to make, and useful if you've got a willow tree nearby.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking for Chupa Chupa tree
« on: November 06, 2022, 03:24:28 PM »
Forum member FloridaAnnona recently made a post with different sizes Chupa Chupa trees for sale, still on the front page of this section of the forum. See if they will ship to CA. Good luck.

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You could try a low-concentration GA3 bath for the seeds, usually helps with seeds that are slow or difficult to germinate. Not sure what % you'd need for this particular species.

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