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Dear Raul,

Will you have fresh seeds again anytime soon?

Will it be a problem for you to ship to Italy?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Raja Puri Bananas
« on: June 15, 2023, 04:30:16 AM »
Dear John,

I live in Sardegna and have connections in the North East of Sicily and Reggio Calabria.

I can assure you that we do grow avocados, mangos, papaya, annona, guavas, bananas and various other sub-tropicals.

We are at the limit climate wise, and the humid, prolonged low temeratures in february march are the killer for more delicate plants.


Hi, If citrus are ok, you might want to try guava, cherimoya and white sapote. -6C is pretty chilly and will knock out most sub tropical plants. But it is always worth a try. :)

Best from Italy.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jackfruit issue
« on: August 19, 2022, 06:07:15 AM »
Hi Mangoba

I have attached some more photos.

I really hope it was the crazy temps and humidity, and that the new growth is healthy. Otherwise it might be a root issue or a pathogen.


Hello neighbor  :)

Can you post the whole tree, it's likely a deficiency but with our climates these days, it can also be just stress.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Jackfruit issue
« on: August 11, 2022, 01:30:45 PM »
Dear all,
I planted a jackfruit this year and it has really been growing well.

The last few weeks I have noticed yellowing and stunting of new growth.

Does anyone have advice on what might be causing it?

If it helps it has been very hot (36-40C) the last month or so. The plant is on drip irrigation 30ltrs a week.
 Best and thank you,

Hi Felipe,

I would be interested in ordering one.

I will send you a PM



Not sure if you know this channel, but it is from a very interesting gardner in So Cal you has many in ground Jackfruit and a champejack.

I have a young jackfruit and if I am successful I might try a champedak, although I think it will be pushing it. My minimums do not get lower than 5C, but combined with the winter wet and wind it is a tropical killer.


I am about to plant a 1 year old plant in a protected, sunny corner of my property. Nuraxi and I will compare our experience...hopefully over the years to come :). It seems as though well drained soil is important. Carolyn, did you use shade cloth at all while the plant was establishing?

I too think they are visually pleasing.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My first Banana plant.
« on: October 28, 2021, 07:36:09 AM »
I can't wait until my bananas fruit. Great result Nuraxi!

this is the photo story of my first banana plant, a gift from a friend,I think it is an .. orinoco / Bluggoe like clone, born in 2019, planted in the ground in March 2020, it blossomed in early July 2021, at..  two years old, I grow all my plants in organically, in my small experimental tropical garden.
Some bananas have variegations, one fruit in particular, is of a different color, which gives a little more blue than green ...
I think they are ready to be harvested, at the end of November, I have already tasted the fruits of my friend's plant, when they are ripe, they are really delicious !.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My Papaya, from Vietnamese seeds.
« on: October 26, 2021, 11:44:57 AM »
Bravo Nuraxi ;)

How is the taste?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Tarocco orange
« on: October 18, 2021, 11:11:06 AM »
Hi Andrew,
Tarocco is a great heirloom variety. It is a favourite here in Sardegna where I live. Tipically in Southern Italy they start harvesting them around CHRISTMAS and they are at their best late January. The cold brings our more color in their flesh. THey will be a light almost Yellow orange on the skin when ready. They have a thin skin.

Good luck, they are my fovorite.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Land size
« on: September 10, 2021, 11:54:02 AM »
Hi Everyone,

10000 sq feet.

When I am done planting it out there will be appx. 70 trees. Close planting appx. 8 ft between plants, but I want to try and keep things pruned to no more than 10 feet high. It is new for me with sub tropicals, but it worked great with temperate fruit in the past on another property.

Have fun

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango Lemon Zest fruits sun burned easy
« on: September 01, 2021, 04:53:40 AM »
Hi Everyone,

Some of the varieties that you all rave about are propagated and sold by a couple tropical nurseries based in the EU.

Unfortunately the personal hassle and cost of import certificates is prohibitive so we have to make due with what the big nurseries bring in a propagate. Within the EU they can ship all over the place and that is how I got mine. I find the fruit community in Italy is respectful of limiting the spread of exotic and invasive pests and disease, which is a good thing for th obvious reasons!

I also have coconut cream, alphonso, Nam doc mai.


Hi Sapote,
Thank you for the heads up. I am about to start growing LZ in Southern Italy. Our summer sun is intense!. I will make sure to provide some shade.

Curious, how did you manage to get a lemon zest tree to Italy?

1) Carrying Budwood or small plants without custom inspection.

2) Shipping plants/budwood with original phytosanitary certificate, must be declared either on
    board or on arrival.

    Shipping tips and Solutions:

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: californian cherimoya
« on: September 01, 2021, 04:40:38 AM »
Bonjour Albert84,

I live on the south coast of Sardegna and I am growing a few varieties of Cherimoya. My experience so far is that the summer sun and heat needs to be managed for young trees, so providing some shade is a good idea. (fyi same for avocado :)). Southern Italy has a long tradition, but relatively unknown of Cherimoya culture, especially in Reggio Calabria. There are many good nurseries that have other varieties than fino di jete and will mail to your house. I recently ordered an el bumpo and cumbe from an italian nursery. If you are interested in the websites will post them below. I guess that forum members here can explain better then me ybout winter minimums and damage to trees. Fortunately I have a very mild winter.

Good luck.


I am french, so excuse for my english which is not very good, but school years are now very far from me. I would like to talk with people who grow cherimoya in california, because I think some californian weathers are close to my weather :

I live in south-east of france (near marseille), with a mediteranean weather (2800 years of sun per year), but far from sea (30 km), so in summer some days I have 104F/40C the hotest days, and in winter some years I can have 17F/-8C during the night of the coldest days. actually I grow citrus in a frost-free glass greenhouse (33F/1C minimum in winter the night of the coldest days). I have a misting device in greenhouse so 104F/40C is maximum. so if there are people on this forum who have mediteranean weather in california close to mine greenhouse climate (104F/40C maximum in summer and minimum 33F/1C in winter) I have several questions :

-do you think in my greenhouse cherimoya can grow good fruits in winter ?

-with 33F/1C, will the fruits be damaged or not (I don't know in california, but in spain cherimoya fruits come from october to march, so mainly during winter) ?

-what spacing do you use between cherimoya ? 7 meters or more ?

-I know only the spanich fino de jete which is to me a very good fruit, but do you have in california varieties with a better tast than fino de jete (I heard about "el bumpo") ?

-do you have in california varieties with less seeds than fino de jete ?

-these californian varietes can tolerate 104F/40C in summer ?

-fino de jete has fruits on tree during 6/7 months, from october to march/april, which would be for me the best period to eat cherimoya. is it the same with californian varieties, do you have fruits on trees from october to march/april ?

thank you very much for yous answers.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango Lemon Zest fruits sun burned easy
« on: August 31, 2021, 09:12:05 AM »
Hi Sapote,
Thank you for the heads up. I am about to start growing LZ in Southern Italy. Our summer sun is intense!. I will make sure to provide some shade.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit Tree Spacing (Advice/Resources)
« on: June 01, 2021, 12:21:33 PM »
Hello all! 

I have a small farm in Costa Rica and am about to plant a bunch of fruit trees. However, I'm finding it difficult to locate specifics on spacing for each tree. For example how far apart do I need to plant durian, terap, langsat, mangosteen, citrus, rolinia/anona family?

If you have any advice for planting these specific trees or can point me to a resource it would be super appreciated.

I have found the books volume 1 and 2 of Tropical Fruits by R. Paul and O. Duarte very informative for general questions such as the ones you have.

Probably would hurt to speak to some local nursery owners/fruit growers as well.
Good luck, sounds like fun

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Curled White Sapote Leaves
« on: April 21, 2021, 03:31:50 AM »
They look fine.

Thank you, in general I also think the tree is doing ok. It has a lot of vigor. Always good to hear for the community though as there is a lot of expertise out there :D.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Curled White Sapote Leaves
« on: April 20, 2021, 03:51:08 AM »
Dear All,

I have two white sapotes, planted last year and growing continuously throughout the winter. They have a lot of new leaves and have made flowers. In general they seem quite healthy.

The young leaves have curled since October and I have had a hard time finding information on what could be the cause. I have discussed with friends that maybe it is from the sun or some other abiotic factor. The old leaves from last summer are not curled.

The trees have not been sprayed.

Any ideas would be very helpful.

Thank you

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself
« on: April 20, 2021, 03:45:34 AM »
Hi All,

Pleased to join the community. I am located in Sardinia, USDA somewhere between 10a and 10b. Forst isn't the problem here it is the strong winds we often get and the intense sun June through August.

I grew up in more northerly environments and have many years experience with temperate fruit orchards. THe recent move to a sub tropical climate has opened up a whole new adventure in fruit growing for me.

Pleased to meet you all

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