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Tropical Fruit Discussion / California Keitt at Aldi
« on: November 10, 2017, 04:55:57 PM »
Picked up some organic California Keitts at Aldi for 39 cents.    I plan to sprout a few seeds

American Beauty is a good-sized fruit, no pollination needed (still unsure about self-fertile vs. self-pollinating).  I had to pick this one a little early due to ants burrowing into it.  I usually wait till all the scale tips dry up.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Arizona Purple dragonfruit
« on: July 22, 2017, 07:13:41 PM »
Arizona Purple has small fruits, but as you can see, they have a rich, dark color & more flavor than white varieties.  Plus, Arizona Purple makes an abundant amount of flowers/fruits

No pollination/pollinator necessary

I have 5 gal Dwarf Namwah & Dwarf Jamaican Red Banana Pups

A few trees I'm interested in-
black sapote
peanut butter fruit



Popular in Latin America, Chaya is a high protein leafy green.
Very nutritious, it is drought tolerant & low maintenance.
Leaves must be boiled for 3-5 minutes before eating, as they contain hydrocyanic glycosides.
Fish & animals love eating it, too!
Goes dormant during Winter, but grows vigorously in warm weather.
1 gallon

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Blue Java banana experiences
« on: June 08, 2017, 12:00:28 PM »
I currently have a Dwarf Namwah & Dwarf Jamaican Red.  I love the Dwarf Namwah - the thick trunk making staking unnecessary, the fruit production, the flavor etc.  Dwarf Jamaican Red, however, grows slow as molasses.  It's having faster growth this year than previous years, but I've been anticipating trying the fruit for some time.

I wanted to know about Blue Java, and if it's another banana variety I should grow, here in SoCal

I have Sunshine Blue & Jewel.  Local trade only, no shipping.

5 gal Dwarf Jamaican Red banana tree, organically grown.

Trade local pickup only.  Sale adds the cost of shipping.

Trade interests include black sapote

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Which green sapote variety to get?
« on: March 08, 2017, 10:52:36 PM »
Top Tropicals has 2 grafted green sapote varieties -
Fairchild [not currently in stock]

Which should I purchase?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / For Sale - Dragonfruit cuttings
« on: February 27, 2017, 05:50:21 AM »
American Beauty
Hailey's Comet
Giant Vietnamese
Arizona Purple

Cuttings would be approximately 8"

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Wanted - Muntingia calabura seedss
« on: February 13, 2017, 03:26:09 AM »
I was interested in growing muntingia calabura, as the fruit are supposedly rather sweet and the tree bears a lot of crop.  Anyone have seeds to spare?

Recipes / Pasture-raised Lard or Tallow?
« on: December 23, 2015, 02:20:30 PM »
Which are the most nutritious & best tasting, in your opinion?

I've read pasture-raised lard has more Vitamin D, but tallow has more CLA.

Which do you recommend?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Rock dust & biochar benefits questioned
« on: November 20, 2015, 09:05:49 PM »

Leaf compost seems a better option

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / HAVE:The World's Hottest Pepper
« on: October 15, 2015, 01:59:13 PM »
Carolina Reapers, which I acquired from a friend.

One was recorded at 2.2 million Scoville heat units

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / WTB: Tamarillo & Naranjilla seeds
« on: September 23, 2015, 12:29:52 PM »
Looking to grow these two.  I know tamarillos have purple, red, orange varieties.  Which ones are the best tasting?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Have: Yellow Dragonfruit cuttings
« on: August 24, 2015, 09:47:34 PM »
I'm referring to the common Yellow Dragonfruit. 

Local pickup. 

Dwarf Namwah is a sweet, delicious Thai Ladyfinger variety who's thick trunk means staking isn't required.  It takes our SoCal winter temps just fine.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Avocado recommendation - Sir Prize or Reed?
« on: August 04, 2015, 10:25:31 PM »
In regards to taste & upright growth habit

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Glenn Mango impressions
« on: August 04, 2015, 12:34:51 PM »
Sour apple gummy candy.  That's what came to mind as I tried Glenn mango for the first time.  Creamy, fiberless.  I rather enjoyed it.  I know it's not considered in the top 5 (or top 10, even) of mangoes, but I appreciate it

I'm looking to acquire some seeds.  Had one before, but it died on me

I have a lot of Arizona Purple and some of the American Beauty

For trade locally or for cost of shipping, Purple Haze Dragonfruit cuttings

Having a plethora of pups shooting up.  I have large & small sized rooted pups in 5 gal containers

Beauregard sweet potato slips, well rooted in water.  I eat sweet potato almost daily and saw Youtube videos on how productive growing them in containers can be.  Thusly, I decided to buy some.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Rock dust for remineralization
« on: July 02, 2015, 11:56:12 PM »
What rock dust do you use to remineralize your soil?  I've been using Azomite, but have been decreasing the frequency of usage & amount I add when making worm compost tea.  I know of Gaia Green Glacial & CBD Stone Flour, too.

I believe John Kohler of utilizes too much rock dust, IMO

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