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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Most likely Loquat rootstock?
« on: January 31, 2021, 11:50:43 AM »
I bought a Bradenton Loquat in Phoenix, but I don’t know it’s rootstock. I messaged the nursery owner asking, and he only replied “random”.

I’m pretty sure he gets most of his trees from Florida. Maybe there are ‘most common/most likely’ rootstock, or even recognition of the grower, based off the tag. Here’s a pic of some rootstock leaves and the tag;

Citrus General Discussion / Cutting blackened, dead? but has roots
« on: January 30, 2021, 08:31:30 PM »
Someone graciously sent me a citrus cutting. I dipped it in hormone and planted it with a good humid environment. Tried to maintain airflow.

After 3 weeks, i had lots of white fuzzy mold on the stem, and it was a mostly blackened stick, so last week i set it outside in a Phoenix winter as a casualty to learn from. Need room for other experiments.

Today i cut away the cup just to see how bad I’d failed... but found the green end of a root! So i quickly added moisture and brought it back inside in a new pot.

But... does it really stand a chance with the cutting itself looking pretty dead?? I’ve been pretty cruel to it.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / ID seed pod mailed?
« on: January 29, 2021, 05:30:35 PM »
Here's a funny one.. I think I've ordered too many different seeds. I'm starting to lose track. It didn't help that I got something from a Steve in Pennsylvania, I opened the little box to find what looks like a squiggly 3" woody cat turd.  ;D with no document saying what it was. I'm stumped!

Any ideas what I ordered?? I thought maybe Chañar at first, but that doesn't look right.

UPDATE - disregard. I figured it out. Not a seed pod. I'd ordered Ampelocissus Martinii online. Instead of a potted plant, they sent me this. No roots, nothing. just a chunk of wood I have to see if would even root

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / WTB - Boscia senegalensis
« on: January 27, 2021, 12:34:42 AM »
Looking for seeds (or plants) of Boscia senegalensis

Tropical Fruit Discussion / best time to train-prune young Tamarind?
« on: January 12, 2021, 08:12:32 PM »
I made a mistake and bought a young sour Tamarind that has a main trunk that separates into two vertical branches going straight up. Basically, like a tuning fork or wishbone. problem is, I now realize as the tree grows, I'll get occluded bark and a weaker tree. So i want to trim one of the forks off, but not sure when the best time is to do so.

It's a young tree. The trunk caliper is about an inch+ thick. So, by doing this I'd be literally removing almost half the tree. Currently, it still has leaves, as I'm in a place where it hasn't quite gotten cold enough for the tree to go dormant.

It seems, with some hunting, I have found no nursery that acknowledges the kei apple they sell is dioecious. Or they’re hiding that fact. They also don’t know (or don’t say) if their trees are male, female or a rare self fertile variety.

I’m wondering why? Is it because all are grown from seed, so no way to know? And... is there anyone who does sell specifically labeled male/female/ grafted/ whatever, so that a person can buy knowledgeably?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / WTB - Spondias tuberosa
« on: December 28, 2020, 01:21:29 PM »
Not sure how long the viability is on this seed,  but I would love to get some seeds of spondias tuberosa / imbu. I know it grows in the Caatinga region of Brazil.

I'm not sure when the fruit for Stamvrug / Transvaal milkplum are in season, but i want several seeds to try. I know they're best sown fresh

thank you!

I made an impulse buy a couple month’s ago: black Sapote Matt Snow.

Just now looking it up and not finding any good info on it. Anyone got details? Its history, care, flavor? (other than that it was maybe grown in Miami by the Rare Fruit club president?)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Good sturdy soil moisture % meter?
« on: December 10, 2020, 12:16:29 PM »
I know it's a bit of a gardening question, but it's for tropical fruit trees.

I'm trying to find a good soil moisture sensor that's longer and sturdier than the cheap small ones I see online. I've got clay soil. Even ammended, I imagine it'll break those things in no time. I found a Reotemp model that looks good, but it requires me to wet soil and calibrate the meter to my 'preference'. I don't want preference comparison. I could be wrong, and different plants have different needs. I want fact: soil moisture percentage.

Maybe it's my ignorance of what's possible or available. but Maybe someone knows a good tool to use?

Temperate Fruit Discussion / low-chill Bartlett-like pear
« on: December 07, 2020, 06:01:00 PM »
I was considering adding a pear tree to my yard. My conundrum is that one of my favorites (of store-bought fruit) is a Bartlett pear. but I'm in Phoenix with 300 - 450 chill hours each year, and 115-degree summers. And I don't care at all for the other pears.

Is there a low-chill pear comparable to Bartlett? I like that soft, gritty sweet taste.

I'm curious to see what people suggest. I've never been into palms, but it's time to mix up what I plant, in limited space. I'm looking for trees that stay under 6 meters / 15 feet.  And something that can tolerate a temperature range of 28 f / -3 c up to 120 f / 49 c.

But I'm not sure what options there are. I've never researched it. I know there's a pygmy date, but I've heard it's also not very tasty. That's all I'm aware of for shorter palms.

I'm sure there are a few that are edible... but I'd like it to be palatable as well!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / WTB - Inga vulpina - Pink Ice Cream Bean
« on: November 30, 2020, 11:29:02 PM »
I'm looking for seeds or even a young plant, of Inga Vulpina.

Thank you!

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Citrus bizzarria - in U.S.?
« on: November 26, 2020, 06:48:39 PM »
I'm wondering if anyone has or knows where/how I can get Citrus Bizzarria in the United States?

Or, maybe there's a place in Europe that can ship to the U.S.? Seems like it'd be expensive, or a cutting that might not make it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Phyto certificates and Arizona?
« on: June 11, 2020, 08:00:47 PM »
I've been scanning eBay and such for interesting plants to get, but one thing I've noticed is a lot of plants listed with a note, "No Shipping to Arizona" - which, of course, is where I am. In fact, I did order a plant via eBay, and overlooked the note. I was lucky they went ahead and sent it to me.

At first, I thought our summer heat was the reason. Now I'm wondering if it's some sort of Phytocertificate requirement we may have? All a new thing for me. Maybe someone can give a little clarity? Maybe @FlyingFoxFruits? I noticed Adam's listing stuff on eBay with the "No Arizona" note.

Just looking for a little education on reasons.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / wanted: Annona vepretorum
« on: June 10, 2020, 10:36:30 PM »
I'm looking for Annona vepretorum  -  fresh seed or seedlings. This is an Anonna from the dry Caatinga region of Brazil

Well, technically... looking for all kinds of things. but I'm on the hunt for:

Parinari campestris
Parinari curatellifolia (have seeds - none sprouted)
Parinari excelsa
Parinari obtusifolia

Also, Campomanesia xanthocarpa

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Seedling label lost. What could it be?
« on: May 21, 2020, 09:48:01 PM »
So, i have dozens of species’ seeds planted. I lost the label for this little guy. I would wait for proper leaves to appear, but it’s taking forrrever. By any stroke of luck, does anyone here recognize what this seedling may be?

The title pretty much says it all. I'm looking to grow this variety of pomegranate, but don't know where it may be available.

It is mentioned in "The incredible pomegranate" by Richard Ashton. But no idea where it may be sold.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango flavor and soil/weather/etc.?
« on: May 12, 2020, 11:21:47 AM »
I saw the hothead "assumed expert" in a local Facebook tropical fruit group all but smack down someone for this legitimate question. Personally, I'm curious of the actual answer...

Soil conditions/type, weather conditions, season length.... all these things affect fruit. like a wine grape variety in one French valley not doing the same in a California valley.

What about mangos? I've heard they like  drier conditions, like in Arizona (assuming the soil and water are amended). But what does the flavor do in different environments? Does one variety taste like sweet gold in one location, but like paint chips in another? Has anyone ever collected thoughts on this?

I'm sure most facts would be anecdotal, but it's a start -- unless someone has a researched answer.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Largest leaved mulbery variety?
« on: May 08, 2020, 03:33:53 PM »
I'm trying to find what may be the largest leaf mulberry variety that can be found?

I there's a Florida Giant and Pakistani mulberry.. but I'm wondering if there's ones with larger leaves?

Hi all! First post in the forum!

I'm smack-dab in the middle of Phoenix, Arizona. Is there anyone out there who has knowledge of how well live plants do when shipped to this area--or areas like it? I'm worried about them getting cooked in transit... literally. Our daily highs are already at 103 f / 39 c, and they'll only go higher. Humidity may be a factor, too? It's around 12-16%.

I'm sure some succulents would do fine, but are tropical seedlings and saplings something I'd be better off waiting until the weather cools in a few months?

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