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We have a 20% off Special running on the website for 4th of July.  Ends at midnight on the 5th.

Use the code:  AKME4TH20

Also, we now offer FREE Summer shipping on items purchased from the website directly (excludes custom trees).

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Sugarcane - WTB
« on: June 14, 2021, 11:14:59 PM »
Looking for some sugarcane stalks.  Definitely prefer Asian Black, but will be interested in other varieties.

I can buy them or trade if you want something of mine.

Let me know.

Thanks.

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Our .co Email has been having issues with people sending or receiving it over the past year, so we went ahead and set up an email server on our .com to help resolve the concern.

You may now use the following email address when reaching out to us:


AKME Gardens Email

Sales@akmegardens.com

The previous email is still active, but if you've had issues with sending/receiving emails to the .co address, then this should be the workaround for you.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: T bud rootstock sprout question
« on: June 01, 2021, 12:39:10 PM »
Looks like you have two potential Piva branches growing on there. I wonder how strong the union is with the White Piri, might not be great (which could be why the Piva rootstock is pushing new branches). You could let them develop for awhile on the rootstock and then take them for grafting onto some of this year's seedlings. You might get a Piva tree or two out of it; they would likely take awhile to produce fruit since they came from the rootstock, but Piva sounds like it would do okay in a container for awhile.

They will take energy from the graft...plus, they are extremely low.  They should be removed...

This is excellent advice.  Don't allow epicormic sprouts near or below your grafts.

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Our website is now set up to accept "interest-free" payment plans for 4 installments--no credit checks.  This applies to orders between $50 - $1000.  Orders over $1000, I will still need to set up manual payment plan options.

This service will charge back to us for about 6%, so if you wish to cover that cost, you may do so in the tips section if preferred.  Don't feel obligated to do that though.

Meanwhile, we've had a crazy busy season.  You'll notice changes being incorporated on the website soon to make the flow better and product availability changing to all merchandise and plant types we keep at the Storefront in Foley, AL.

Soon, you'll be able to put together your custom trees like a pizza.  The amount of work that has gone into the website development on the back end has surprised me, but I think once it launches it will be worth the effort.

Thanks again for everyone's support and business as we make this gigantic transition from our respective fields and move full force into providing this unique agricultural edible art service.

Much love and respect to you all. 

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I do apologize for the inconvenience, but we have sold out of 300 gallon Loquats at this time.
Those must have been some big tress!  Joking aside, besides Bradenton, which other varieties would be best for South Florida (Zone 10)?

Hey John, most do great in South Florida.  Main thing is to avoid certain ones which don't, such as Oliver and Golden Nugget.  Also, Peluches will also stress there is grafted too low to the ground.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Custom Nursery Boxes
« on: May 11, 2021, 03:37:29 PM »
I'm broke because I bought a trailer and a 6.0 powerstroke... LOL

We all have our vices.   ;D

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Custom Nursery Boxes
« on: May 11, 2021, 03:02:02 PM »
Guys everything is going through the roof.  Inflation is everywhere.  Anyone bought a steak in the grocery lately?  Holy cow!

Steak at Costco is somewhat decent in quality and price, but yeah, you're right, things are going up up up. It's wild. I could sell my diesel truck for double what I bought it for tomorrow, cash in hand (I do wish I bought yours sometimes though Brad).

When Dogecoin, a literal meme currency made for the lol, is making people millions of dollars? Yeah, I'd say inflation is here.

We're going to raise our prices steeply at the skate factory soon...
Isn't that the truth. I paid 7k for my 2wd 06 f250 and could turn around and sell it for easily 15-20k in my area. Everyone bought RV's/trailers at the beginning of the pandemic at asking price. (They have 30-40% markup) I was already in the process of getting mine luckily from a friend who owns a dealership and got it just above cost. Could easily sell my 25ft trailer for 10-15k markup.

I paid 8k for my 06 f350 4wd long bed crew cab just 2 years ago. I see them selling for 15-20k right now. There is a work truck dealership here in Goleta that usually has around 40-50 trucks on the lot and there are only 5 left now! It's like a ghost town at that dealership. The Ford dealership here is adding 20-30k markup onto their trucks (we're talking 110k for a f350!). Who can afford this stuff?

It is super weird how there is so much money sloshing around. I mean, the stimulus should've been burnt up by now and even if you maxed that out and were on super unemployment it's probably only a cumulative $20-$30k. I guess all the people not traveling, not eating out, not driving to work and wrecking their cars is going right into recreation. We are up more than 60% at the skate factory yoy.

I think most people are broke because they go out to eat and pretty much directly consume their paychecks.

So now that restaurants were closed for so long, people ended up with more spending money than normal.

That's my theory anyhow.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Custom Nursery Boxes
« on: May 10, 2021, 07:33:17 PM »
Guys everything is going through the roof.  Inflation is everywhere.  Anyone bought a steak in the grocery lately?  Holy cow!

Lol!  Love the pun, Brad.

Yeah, it's about to get crazy for sure.  One of the local nurseries next door is refusing to sell certain plants because they said the value of them is about to double, so they're keeping them tucked away in their hoop houses under lock and key.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Custom Nursery Boxes
« on: May 10, 2021, 07:31:40 PM »
U-Line does custom stuff and is huge.

When I ran my small skateboard truck business in Canada I had a fantastic experience with GLBC.com (Great Little Box Company) and being priced in Canadian dollars is going to save you some money, even if you get some import tax.

Unfortunately, Uline is charging exorbitant prices.  The boxes are almost 50% higher $$ than last month and shipping is 3x what is was.  They are no longer, by any means, a cost effective option.

We have the same issue at Powell-Peralta where I work. Our box costs have gone through the roof. I have been having a lot of luck manufacturing stuff in Canada... GLBC could be it for you. They have an Everett, WA location now:

https://www.glbc.com/contact/everett-wa/

I'll have to check them out.  Thanks for the recommendation.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Custom Nursery Boxes
« on: May 10, 2021, 06:39:42 PM »
U-Line does custom stuff and is huge.

When I ran my small skateboard truck business in Canada I had a fantastic experience with GLBC.com (Great Little Box Company) and being priced in Canadian dollars is going to save you some money, even if you get some import tax.

Unfortunately, Uline is charging exorbitant prices.  The boxes are almost 50% higher $$ than last month and shipping is 3x what is was.  They are no longer, by any means, a cost effective option.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Custom Nursery Boxes
« on: May 10, 2021, 02:21:27 PM »
I am having such a hard time finding proper suppliers for certain things.

One is custom branded nursery boxes.  I see other nurseries shipping their trees in branded boxes without using stickers (pre-printed).

Who and where are they obtaining these from?  Every single one I've reached out to says they can only do small boxes and small quantities.

So hard to find this kind of information.  I feel like it is top secret info searching for certain things related to garden center and nursery needs.

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I do apologize for the inconvenience, but we have sold out of 300 gallon Loquats at this time.

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Thank you Tiff.  I appreciate you sending the scions.  Looking forward to putting them to use.

Great seller and quality product.  Recommended.   8)

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Aluminum tags are what I use they last forever.

Search Amazon for emboss-o-tag

If he is using them for his nursery sales, he will need the vinyl tags.  These can be printed quickly and in volume and work with specific software that can track stock and sales.

You are correct.  Thank you.  I will check them out.  Haven't bought from them yet.

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Aluminum tags are what I use they last forever.

Search Amazon for emboss-o-tag

These aren't practical for the nursery.

Good for the personal plants though.

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Soft, weather resistant plastic/vinyl labels.

Anyone know where I can find these reasonably?

I have ordered labels now from 6 different sources, and all of them are those stupid hard plastic labels that break in the wind or dry rot in the sun and crack.

I want the soft material that is easily printed/written on, and capable of withstanding the elements.

The suppliers keep stating they have just that ^^^ , but when I purchase, I receive the same hard plastic crap.

Anyhow, thanks for suggestions.  Going back to my Mon-Wednesday.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Mexicola avocado cuttings
« on: April 20, 2021, 09:57:41 AM »
I am thinking you may not have had the right scion grafted to your Mexicola.

That is exactly the opposite experience we've had with ours.  Mexicola is one of my favorite avocados by far.

I find it difficult to eat some other varieties due to how good they are.  Mexicola Grande is also quite good--like Spaugh said, though, it is a monster of a tree and needs space to stretch its legs.

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Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: WTB Oroblanco
« on: April 17, 2021, 01:44:47 AM »
I'll probably have to go back to CCPP also.  No one seems to have it.  Was hoping to avoid budwood,  but will have to do.

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Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: WTB Oroblanco
« on: April 16, 2021, 12:40:39 AM »
I think it is a good one, but it's not for me.  Doing a grapefruit conversion for someone who really wants it on their in ground tree.

If any of you have some extra scions, would love to buy/trade.

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Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / WTB Oroblanco
« on: April 15, 2021, 02:18:35 PM »
Need some scionwood for Oroblanco.

I can buy or trade.  Either is fine for me.

Please, none of that young, fresh green tissue.  Needs to have lignification.

Thank you.

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Kaz, on the fruits you're sending to folks, make sure you leave them on their cluster like you would grapes or tomatoes.   They last far longer and survive the transit.  If you remove the fruits individually, they will spoil within 2-3 days without refrigeration.  You were probably already doing this knowing you, but thought I'd make an honorable mention after sending the fruits around in numerous ways and seeing what worked best.

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: The Official "Blueberry Tree" thread.
« on: April 12, 2021, 01:55:56 AM »
Actually, I highly suspect that this is a Rabbit Eye blueberry.

Yes, you are correct.  Back when I first wrote this, I typically called any rabbiteye or highbush either a northern highbush or Southern highbush.  However, to be specific, I have since learned that rabbiteyes are merely a different type.  Which is even more intriguing, as rabbiteyes are not known to be self-fruitful like this one.

So, even better that this one is self-fruitful, and from the looks of it, it's seedlings are proving to keep the same resilience and growth habits.

I will be adding some updated photos of ones I'm growing in containers and how much intentional stress I've put some through.  These suckers are tough.

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: The Official "Blueberry Tree" thread.
« on: April 12, 2021, 01:38:12 AM »
The 'Blueberry Tree' lives, folks.

I have a handful of nicely sized 6'-7' barked up specimens which I am currently propagating at our new Storefront.

Can't wait to make this available after all the years of efforts which have been invested to keep it alive.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WTB Anonnas
« on: April 11, 2021, 01:49:14 PM »
Hi VG,
I have a pretty good selection of various 4-6 inch seedlings planted last year now growing in 4-inch pots... was planning on trying to offload a few here and on Ebay.
They are just starting to leaf-out again.
Na Dai
Green
Red... and several others I can't remember right now.
They may be smaller than what you are looking for at this time... but they will get bigger.
Plus... I'm right down the road in T-Town... so shipping is pretty economical.
I'll stay in touch and post something here soon.

Kevin

Where in 'Bamer are you?

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