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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Please identify
« on: May 06, 2020, 05:14:59 PM »
Hello, bought a muntingia calabura from logees that didn't make it, but this has been growing in same pot since it arrived. Anyone know what it is?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Wanted: Beaumont macadamia
« on: April 12, 2020, 11:44:47 AM »
Looking for Beaumont macadamia trees preferred.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Germinating Jabos and Eugenias
« on: April 08, 2020, 08:46:22 PM »
I wanted to know how most people are germinating their Jaboticabas and Eugenias.
Please post your results here.


Citrus General Discussion / Mandarin/Lemon recommendations
« on: February 27, 2020, 11:54:17 AM »
I'm looking to add a mandarin tree or multi graft to my collection. What are your recommendations for sweet seedless mandarins? Preferably with fairly high production.
I am also looking to try and graft my meyer lemon with another variety of lemon. What would you recommend?


Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Looking for Panache Fig
« on: February 20, 2020, 08:37:35 PM »
I am in search of panache fig cuttings.
When is best time to root?

Send me a PM please.

Citrus General Discussion / Extra thorny Meyer lemon
« on: January 29, 2020, 06:01:38 PM »
I have a meyer lemon tree that is producing very thick and rapidly growing limbs. These limbs have monster thorns on them.
They do appear to be above the graft as some of them are coming from pretty high up.

--Should I prune these back?

My tree is very dense and I'm in dire need of a clean up prune anyways but I haven't gotten around to harvesting the insane amount of lemons it's producing yet...

Heres a picture of the tree (in the center)
I can get a closer picture later if needed but I'm not at home right now.


Hello and Merry Christmas everyone (Or happy holidays)
I have a short list of plants I am looking for as follows some plants may cross over to other topics but I am most interested in acquiring the top three.
Please send me a PM if you have any of these plants or cuttings.

Miracle Fruit

Thank you

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Wanted: Blue Basil cuttings
« on: October 21, 2019, 12:15:43 PM »
Looking to get some african blue basil cuttings.
Please send me a PM with cost.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Wanted: Szechuan pepper
« on: October 15, 2019, 05:05:44 PM »
Looking for Szechuan/Sancho pepper trees and your experience growing them apprciated. I believe you need male and female? Is it really cold hardy?


Temperate Fruit Discussion / Air Layered persimmon
« on: April 12, 2019, 04:14:28 PM »
Does persimmon air layer well?
I have a very large Fuyu persimmon I'd like to clone and give to the original owner of the tree.
How well do these trees air layer and when should I expect them to produce?


Is anyone selling plants or cuttings?


Temperate Fruit Discussion / Blueberries
« on: March 25, 2019, 02:05:34 PM »
I have 3 blueberry bushes in 5 gallon pots with wood chip mulch that are doing great and blooming pretty heavily right now but I've heard they like acidic soil.
Should I be adding coffee grounds, or pine mulch on top of these or using an acidic fert?


Citrus General Discussion / Grafting citrus on top of Pomello
« on: March 15, 2019, 10:33:58 AM »
I have an established pomello tree with three main trunks that produces heavily. Unfortunately, it overproduces and I'm not too crazy about eating a pomello every day.

I'd like to graft some other varieties on 2/3 of the main branches. What kind of citrus could I graft on to this tree and would a bark graft work to add to each (3-4inch) branch? Ideally I'd like to have 3 coming off each branch.

-A must have for me is Mineola Tangelo (Is this compatible?)
-Does anyone have budwood they'd be willing to share of good varieties? (I am in california)

I already have Naval Orange, Mexican key lime, Australian finger lime, Meyer Lemon

Thanks for your help.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Guavas in NorCal (9B)
« on: March 01, 2019, 11:51:32 AM »
Good morning everyone!
I'm looking to add a Guava or two to my collection and had a few questions:
Do they do OK in pots (If I like the variety it would go in the ground within a couple of years)
I would prefer a sweet variety - and something good for juice (POG)

secondly, where would I source these in northern california? Does anyone have any good varieties for sale?


Citrus General Discussion / Please help ID pomelo variety
« on: February 13, 2019, 12:45:11 PM »
I have a large pomelo tree growing in my back yard but no clue what variety.
It most closely resembles 'thong dee' to me from pictures. I forgot to get a picture of the inside of a fruit but I'll post one later.
The fruit is light pink with very thick rind.

Please let me know what you think it is. Thanks.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Sourcing tree pots
« on: February 11, 2019, 02:21:11 PM »
Where does everyone get their tree pots?
I have yet to try locally, but I'm looking for some tree pots for some cherimoyas and moringas.
I'll be calling my orchard supply today but I was looking around online and have not had much luck finding any without a hefty shipping fee.

Preferably the pots should be re-usable as I hate just using a pot once and it falling apart..

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Bought wrong surfactant
« on: February 07, 2019, 10:20:38 AM »
I accidentally bought the wrong surfactant (much cheaper at and I was wondering if this would still work for foliar feeding? (primarily seaweed, and neem oil sprays)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Recommendations: Pruning tools
« on: February 04, 2019, 11:45:45 AM »
Hello all,
I just wanted to know your personal recommendations on pruning tools.
I'm in need of some tools and wanted to know what you guys recommend.
I have some overgrown citrus and persimmons to trim as well as a shade tree in my front yard.
I'm fairly limited by a budget right now but I'd like to hear what works for you for:

Polesaw (Manual or powered)
Pruning shears
Pruning saw

as a side note I will be getting a Ryobi 12in 18v chainsaw, has anyone tried this out before? I have only .2 acres and already own multiple ryobi tools so this sounded the most conveniant.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Dense passion fruit planting
« on: December 18, 2018, 04:21:32 PM »
I was wondering if anyone has experience growing passion fruit's close to other passion fruit vine.
Could you please share your experiences?

Does it work OK or do they strangle each other out?

I currently have an unknown purple, and will be planting a lilikoi in spring next to it, but I have a third variety I am interested in growing. (Lingulari)
These are growing on two 16ft cattle panel tied to 10 ft t posts in a straight line.

Volume isn't a huge deal for me as it's mostly just myself who enjoys them.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Bananas in 9B NorCal: Variety Inquiry
« on: December 13, 2018, 04:51:46 PM »
Hello everyone,
Just wondering what kind of bananas would do well in my area from other peoples experiences. I have an unknown variety that flowers but doesn't produce. It's also about 15ft tall... I plan on ripping these out and replacing them with some quicker producing bananas to give them a try. They will be planted near my Stucco wall for some extra warmth. Currently my really tall bananas get a bit of damage from the wind as they are taller than my house but mostly protected by the house/fence. In winter the leaves die back but regrow quickly in spring.

TL;DR which bananas would you recommend I try in norcal, 9B? I want to try tastier varieties, as well as some easier to grow types.
I'm somewhat interested in the varieties below, but what's your opinion?
-Hua Moa - Sounds like it grows fast.
-Namwah - Sounds tasty
-dwarf cavandish - Tried and true. Sounds like an easy variety.
-ice cream banana - Novelty, I'm sure but sounds fun to try.


Temperate Fruit Discussion / 'Bing' cherry blooming in fall?!
« on: November 26, 2018, 05:08:23 PM »
My 'Bing' Cherry has some flowers and many new buds on it.
This tree is on it's way out (25+ years old, and has something wrong with it)
I was wondering if anyone has ever had out of season flowering like this though?

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Pawpaw inquiry
« on: October 17, 2018, 03:46:37 PM »
Hello! I've seen a lot of talk in this forum about Pawpaws and I've been interested in them for several months now.
I have a couple questions about them though,

1) Will they grow well in my area? I am in zone 9b. Locally we grow alot of stone fruits in my area so chill hours should be ok?
2) What are some good varieties to grow? I've seen discussion about some tasting like mangos, others like banana, etc. I personally prefer banana, but the wife loves mangos.
3) Can they be maintained in a pot?
4) Sourcing: would anyone have seeds come late winter/early spring to try? I'm at my limit for what I can germinate and keep warm for the winter here.


Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Best cure for Powdery mildew?
« on: September 20, 2018, 11:46:31 AM »
My pumpkins and goji berries recently got some pretty heavy powdery mildew, what are your experiences with remedies?
Should I use a fungicide? Baking soda/oil/soap? Neem oil?

Please share! Thanks!

Citrus General Discussion / Advise me citrus masters!
« on: September 12, 2018, 11:39:22 PM »
Sorry if this is a long post. I've got some issues with my Citrus trees right now.
They all appear to have some leaf curl in new growth and possible leaf miner. Is there any thing I can do to treat these short of spraying a pesticide? If I absolutely have too I can, but the wife would prefer a 'natural' solution. The trees are Naval Orange, Meyer Lemon, and Pomelo. Not sure what variety.

Any help is appreciated.













Pomelo Leaf

Pomelo sundamage? Very hot summer. Should I paint this over?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Looking for: Starfruit seeds
« on: September 12, 2018, 05:32:07 PM »
Hello everyone.
I'm looking for some starfruit seeds.
Preferable dwarf varieties (Hawaiian, or Maher, etc)
Please let me know if you have any for sale.


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