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I would love a Peruvian apple x dragonfruit that is columnar but with better fruit quality. I have tried various times to pollinate them with each other and no success but it seems they would be quite close.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Which is better, Rambutan or Longan?
« on: November 14, 2022, 06:38:07 PM »
Longan has a darker nutty undertone that is not present in lychee. I would say longan has no acidity, just sweet, whereas lychee has some. Some longans have a kind of caramel sort of flavor that I find agreeable. Longan SUCKS if it sits around too long and gets an unpleasant flavor and I didn't understand people liking it till I had it fresh from a tree. Something to note that I have heard in passing is that Longan loves alkaline soil, and lychee like a bit more acidic. I tried lychee several times in my yard and it always died, longan is kicking ass so that makes me believe that. My soil is very alkaline.

For me, I much prefer longan over rambutan. Rambutan is interesting looking, pleasant tasting, but the sticking flesh to skin turns me off.

In order of what I like:

1. Lychee
2. Longan
3. Pulasan
4. Rambutan

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Concrete dragonfruit post
« on: November 14, 2022, 06:22:37 PM »


I would be interested if its a real paid person doing these or a AI algorithm.

Paid to post on TFF? Sign me up

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Some of my apple grafts healed so well I have trouble finding them. I wouldn't guess it's a seedling personally, looks pretty optimal.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Colder than normal winter in Florida 22/23?
« on: November 12, 2022, 11:04:13 AM »
It has been unusually cold in California already re: La Niña. Hopefully you all don't get crazy frosts or anything out there. I had to close up my greenhouse for the first time yesterday.

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There are a lot of really good eugenia that I think go unnoticed or under valued. Cherry of the Rio Grande is crazy productive for me, it's really easy, it's more cold hardy than you think and it's tasty.

Thanks to this thread I bought a kwai muk to trial here.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Advice on root
« on: November 10, 2022, 06:41:42 PM »
I'd leave that alone for sure.

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Awesome list and pricing, makes me wish I could drive back from FL loaded down with plants

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"Araza banana" which I believe is Psidium Guinieense or an SP - Janet I can just send you some near ripe fruit. Easier than seeds. Leave on the counter for a few days and should soften up.



Long leaf guava interior, very pink, seeds kind of soft. Would be a decent guava to try to hybridize with tropical?



The long leaf in 20g. It is producing heavily at this size. I'll tie it up to the stake more once it's done fruiting

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K-Rimes, sounds perfect, look forward to tasting it.  Do you like acidic, sour fruits?  Have you tasted the Cas guava? That's another one I want to try.



I am pretty much open to anything. I eat pitangatubas out of hand so that says something about sour, I guess. I have a cas guava and myrtoides but haven't had any fruit from them. Cas was going ok till a deer got to it. I have a few others rare guavas which I can't recall the name of. I'm a big fan of guavas for 9b, bulletproof pretty much. Have a psidium guiensis and the "araza banana" from Marcos in Argentina that were awesome this year "skittles guava", seriously tastes like skittles candy.

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K-Rimes, glad to hear the Psidium striatulum is tasty.  I got a couple seedlings from Wildlands Farm & Nursery several months ago.  How long did it take for your plant to start fruiting?

Janet

I also got them from Nate at Wildlands. That was, if I recall correctly, maybe 2 years ago? It was in a 15g till last week and I just plopped it into a 20g even laden with fruit. I would guess plant is about 3 years old now. They are fast fruiters I'd say. It flowered last year but didn't set. It gets so weighed down with fruits that it went from being upright to flopped over even with thinning, but it was always pretty floppy from the start. I have it staked up.

It's really strong, almost stinky guava flavor. Can't really express how much better I like it than a standard tropical like cream or pink, but I have not tried any of these higher end types. I do have an orange'y white flesh tropical and it's good, but not great.

Very low effort plant. I put one in at the office too, 1g directly in the ground.

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Those really red ones, and dolores seedless look awesome. Would love to graft those up! Lately I have been super impressed with long leaf guava psidium striatulum. It is the most intense guava flavor I've had and has low seed count. It's a smaller fruit than tropical guava but enough for me. Really easy grower and heavy producer.

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"Package contains sentimental beach sand and pebbles"

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My cedar bays are tanks. No issues down to 25f outside. No greenhouse time for them anymore.

I like the fruit quality on mine but it sounds like some people get really bad ones.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: eugenia langsdoffii
« on: November 05, 2022, 11:02:00 AM »
Most eugenia are ok down to 32f - some lower - but I wouldn't gamble on it. Other than involcrata, all my eugenia suffer and drop all their leaves during 9b winter if I leave them outside. They get REAL ugly if it drops below 25f and you'll get severe branch die back.

Langsdorfii is a cerrado species. The lowest the cerrado gets is 50f.

Because Langsdorfii seeds are so cheap I would risk it and let us know. :)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherimoyas and gophers
« on: November 04, 2022, 08:24:44 PM »
I like the idea around gopher cages --- but recently a gopher tunneled around one, then piled dirt from his tunnels OVER the cage and the young tree (this was a fig) and proceeded to devour the trunk and leaves that was ABOVE the gopher cage.

The only way I've found peace is aggressively trapping them. If I see signs, traps are out that very day.

You'd have lost the tree no matter what if in no cage at all.

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Lol
I personally didn't like the fruits
But it is a beautiful plant.
Wish you the best of luck finding it!

I think they're worth eating and growing, but not even close to dragonfruit for fruit quality. They're insane for the quantity of flowers and aesthetic though. If you have bees they're dynamite.

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Wow, $25 for cuttings below a foot?

I bought a few 10' tall cuttings, cut down with a chainsaw, here in CA for $30 a piece!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jabuticaba soil mixes used
« on: November 03, 2022, 02:24:48 PM »
I have had really good luck with FoxFarm Ocean Forest mixed with pumice / perlite / sand / peat in various amounts. Can't really go wrong in my opinion for jabos with this soil.

The most important part of using peat based mixes, in my experience, is to not up pot the plant too early otherwise it'll get waterlogged in the soil and have issues. I have made this mistake a lot in the earlier part of my planting career but getting a lot better and being patient now.

This took me the past two summers to kinda figure out. I seemingly kept overwatering on really hot days

I try to only water when the pot is light now. It's just that easy. When the pot gets light in less than a day it's time to up pot.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jabuticaba soil mixes used
« on: November 03, 2022, 02:10:51 PM »
I have had really good luck with FoxFarm Ocean Forest mixed with pumice / perlite / sand / peat in various amounts. Can't really go wrong in my opinion for jabos with this soil.

The most important part of using peat based mixes, in my experience, is to not up pot the plant too early otherwise it'll get waterlogged in the soil and have issues. I have made this mistake a lot in the earlier part of my planting career but getting a lot better and being patient now.

 

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I had good luck using one of the blue bottle propane torches when harvesting in my area. Bought one of those big roofing torches a la "Tiger Torch™" that hook up to a 20lb'r for my pizza oven and I will use that next time. My neighbors have a MASSIVE green/yellow opuntia with delicious fruit and I'll go ham with it for their benefit of easier picking.

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Am I understanding correctly that they are saying the man ate 30lbs of paw paw fruit per year and that caused parkinsons?

Or you could say a man with Parkinsons ate 30lbs of paw paw fruit per year and that was possibly a factor, considering overseas studies  ?

In my mind the "Jurian" is still out on that, especially in a one off case, as above, of one elderly person.

"Nursery owner with pawpaw patch was diagnosed with Parkinson's. Man reportedly ate 30lb of fruit annually for 10 years and this may have contributed."

I think a lot of us are trying to find a way around the fact that Annonacin is a neurotoxin and the Guadeloupe study shows negative health outcomes after eating it over a lifetime. I certainly am looking for an alternative reasoning for the atypical Parkinsonism in Guadeloupe, but reasonably I think the truth is there for all to see if you combine all the studies in this thread that annonacin in large amounts of a long period of time will probably produce negative health outcomes. Seeing the concentrations in pawpaw certainly takes it up a notch and I wonder if 10 years of pawpaw is roughly the same as 50 years of soursop.

Being that I still like to eat bacon, smoked meats, and sugar - I'll risk a bit of annonacin here and there, but still, I guess I should slow down on planting it...

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherimoyas and gophers
« on: October 31, 2022, 02:07:39 PM »
Gophers go for whatever. I've lost cherimoyas and other annonas to them, especially when young. I don't subscribe to the idea that since they have annoncin they don't get targeted - deers destroyed some of my annonas this year too eating every single leaf and young shoot. 

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No problem, I found it super eye opening. I just asked if we should be collecting the seeds of the perennial nitrogen fixers and grinding them and using that along with chop and drop as the best way of getting nitrogen back into the soil from these plants. It seems that would be the way to go

I just snap the stems of them when they're flowering or seeded and throw the carcass on the ground and stomp it. A bit brutal I guess but this seemed logically the best return on investment. The plant will regrow from the roots, I'm seeding, and I'm adding organic matter / N.

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Look for the ants point of ingress. It may not be the trunk. I had a lot of issues with ants nests in pots, in the hillside behind my greenhouse and the only thing that worked was tanglefoot AND pulling the trees away from each other or pruning to remove their ability to get to their target.

In my case they were so obsessed with certain trees they would set up bridges of ants holding arms if the gap were a half inch or less!

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