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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Anatto trees
« on: August 28, 2021, 01:57:54 PM »
Do you need multiples for pollination/ are they monoecious?

I’d like to try one out.  Kids would have fun tattooing themselves with these.

Hadnt bought pads this round but have from him in the past. Great seller and highly recommend.  On a side note do you have anymore ashitaba plants available?  Had mine doing good for a long time but rats took a liking to them and ate them up so badly they couldn't recover. I'm not a poisoner kind of guy but because of that and other species as well I broke down and bought poison.  Im such a bad person now lol...

Just be sure to try and find the dead rodents if you can.  Poisoning from eating poisoned rodents is very common thing for birds of prey I’ve been told from animal rehab places.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Can’t be a Duncan, right?
« on: July 23, 2021, 02:51:36 PM »
Idk, that fruit description sounds like the fruit I just ate off my Duncan.  Super sweet with some resinous flavor.

I don’t recall the skin being “edible” or super thin or anything though...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How do you fight papaya fruit fly?
« on: July 21, 2021, 08:39:56 AM »
I'd love to find the pheromone attractant for the PFF. I have found far less pressure for them during the winter season when I was picking 50 pounds/week but as soon as our rainy season hit around June all fruits were infested, even small green young fruits are getting laid in and falling off.

Same.  I was able to get some fruits in winter but otherwise all my fruits were hit.  They’ve pretty much always hit mine early when they’re green and small, so idk what people are talking about that they don’t get them when they pick early, maybe the maggots just aren’t as big yet?

I’ve found so many worms in them it’s honestly made papaya much less my favorite.

Awesome seller! 

Seeds arrived today, packaged well and he even threw in some much appreciated extras. :)
Easy communication, smooth/quick transaction.

Thanks again!

Oh man, I thought it was just me.  I just threw away a bunch of this trash.

Would love to jump next in line to you, I can barely even find kei apple.  I only know one online nursery selling, but no named cultivars.

Nice!  4” pots or 1gal?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Breadfruit for the sub tropics?
« on: July 04, 2021, 03:54:59 PM »

Sorry about that, was just searching thru to see what my chances for success were.  I’m 10a here, so I figured sketchy for sure.

This map tells me there’s a chance—-

I’m still somewhat doubtful tho. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Breadfruit for the sub tropics?
« on: July 03, 2021, 03:29:18 PM »
Anybody pin down some names for breadfruit that may be able to handle the subtropics?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: THAI DWARF MULBERRY PLANTS
« on: July 02, 2021, 02:34:48 PM »

Decent seller, but “ Yes... they are really nice plants!” C&P posted across all 6 listings all at once and in response to no one is a bit much...

I’m not sure yelling at him is the best way to address the concern, but it is violation of the forum rules to run so many steady listings.  The 6 listings which are constantly being self-bumped and take up approximately 1/4th of the front page should be consolidated into a single listing:

“If you are a nursery please keep all your sales items grouped under your nursery name to avoid constant spamming!”

Whatever he got was sweeter than I remember.  Texture sounds about right, which I had forgotten, but yes, insanely fiberous.  He didn’t exactly give it rave reviews, but if it sounds good to you, go for it, please don’t let me discourage you.

Maybe others can chime in as to what their experience has been with this fruit.

I’m pretty sure I’ve also seen seeds on eBay and Etsy.

Are you planning to do something with the fruit?  I tried them at fruit and spice, there were tons, and they were pretty gnarly, like biting into an astringent crunchy candle.  They honestly weren’t close to being palatable to me, though I really wanted to like them and tried many to be sure.

No judgement if you know what to do with the fruit, I obviously don’t.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruits you can eat unripe
« on: June 06, 2021, 11:38:22 PM »

Any escarlate also?

Super cool, do you think they’ll all be smaller or is that just conditions or chance on those first fruits?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anyone have quenepa?
« on: May 24, 2021, 10:27:51 PM »
I’ve got a bunch of seedlings going from fruit I ate.  Honestly, more of a novelty to me than anything too great, not a lot of fruit on the seed and some of them were super astringent, but I can’t resist planting seeds.  Probably not cold tolerant enough to do well here anyhow.

I got a bunch from achetadomestica a year or two ago, doesn’t look like he currently has them listed, but may want to ask him when they’re in season—-
Thank you for the tip! Do you mean Randia or Bunchosia? Or both? :)

Bunchosia argentea, I believe.  Whichever species of “peanut butter fruit” has the wavy leaves.

Following along as well.

Had a tree that was doing well, fruited, and then slowly deteoriated and died after planting in ground. Not sure, but do not think it tolerated alkaline soil well.

Growing another tree, still in a pot. Doing well and currently flowering, no fruit yet.

I’m thinking the same- they don’t like my alkaline soil.  I have a small one in the ground and it has been barely hanging on for over a year, I should probably dig it out and pot it up.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Are These Anything Worthwhile?
« on: May 21, 2021, 09:04:21 AM »
Cupaniopsis anacardioides looks a lot like a longam tree. Their common name is tuckeroo and they are all over the place in my home town. The fruit pigeons and other birds tank up on them. They are a bush tucker edible species that is not poisonous but the scant red flesh around the 3 seeds usually has an ordinary taste.

I should say invasive here in FL/USA, but obviously native part of the ecosystem out there for you Mike T.  A lot of the seriously problematic invasives are also quite successful in their native ranges with large native ranges, which is unsurprising, but still interesting to hear about the tree from someone who lives in its native range.

Yeah, they’re in that soapberry family with longans, lot of similarities for sure.

I’m going to start calling them Tuckeroos now cuz it sounds cooler.

I got a bunch from achetadomestica a year or two ago, doesn’t look like he currently has them listed, but may want to ask him when they’re in season—-

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Are These Anything Worthwhile?
« on: May 20, 2021, 01:07:36 PM »
I used garlon on them after stumping, some of the stumps still try to sucker a few years later, but it's not much.  I should probably apply an herbicide again so as to not have to keep dealing with them.

Here in S FL these things are everywhere, and reseed easily; They're pretty high up there on the list as one of our worst invasives.

Interestingly enough, I've also seen them as centerpiece trees on multimillion dollar homes, lol.  I guess my perception of them is different than others, I'd like to see them all stumped, lol.  We have plenty of pretty natives and useful trees that could be planted instead; I'd recommend Paradise Tree to someone looking to replace a Carrotwood.
Has that similar glossy pinnate tropical looking leaf and they also make a lot of use of them out in SE asia/India from what I've heard, tho I doubt I'd go the trouble on a small scale personally.

Not to steer away from original topic, but what's the shade tolerance on these?  I know a lot of eugenias can handle and fruit in decent shade.  What difference has anyone found with fruiting under various shade conditions?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Are These Anything Worthwhile?
« on: May 20, 2021, 10:41:20 AM »
That's a Carrotwood tree (Cupaniopsis anacardioides) for sure, seriously invasive; most likely no edible potential either, though Green Deane of claims there was some record of Aboriginals eating the aril, but he ate it and it burned his mouth and upset his stomach; I think I'll steer clear personally.

My chainsaw has had a few dates with these trees though and the wood made a decent landscape border for several years.

Nothing does as well in my dry/shady yard as longevity spinach and okinawa spinach in close second as they must be very closely related.

Of all the kinds I've tried though, new zealand spinach tasted best to me, though it has yet to grow very well.  I'll keep trying it, sometimes it just takes a bit or experimenting with the conditions.

Bele I've been growing are a bit too tough of a texture for me, but maybe I've gotta get some better new growth or something.

Malabar seem to need more water than I have here.

I've got the sissoo/brazilian spinach going as well, and I had a leaf once that tasted great, but most of it since has been too tough and bitter, so maybe that one would be good in the right conditions/timing.

I love your title "best fake spinach," lol.

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