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The trunk is about 1/2in thick

According to my notes I bought a 9waters starter Lemon Drop in Sept 2019, and then I started a batch of seeds in July 2020.  I assume the fruiting one is the oldest one from 2019, as it is the largest.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Psidium ID needed - seeds from Bellamy
« on: October 10, 2023, 04:53:07 PM »
Hah I have the same problem.  Some of the seed packet writing eventually faded in the weather and now I have a few late sprouting seeds labelled like "unknown 3mm Eugenia seed... from spring 2023 Bellamy seed order". 

It might help if you print all the seeds from your order that they could possibly be.

I hope he doesn't ever delete the photos of the sold out seeds from his site or some I may never be able to figure it out.  I've been meaning to print them.

That is a very pretty fruit.  Is this a tree that can be pruned and containerized to fruit at a small size?  Or does it have to be like 4+ft tall?

I have a bunch of bonsai-ed ornamental fruit trees that have been a fun side project when I can't bear to trash a tree that doesn't quite make the cut in terms of taste/productivity but looks nice

I looked it up once and got the impression it is really sour based on this post:

I will have to see if I still have some smaller ones and can try grafting the mature on onto them.  I definitely don't need ten of these things so might as well experiment

Yes this is from seed, or maybe a 9waters starter seedling.  I will have to check my records to see how old it is.  I have a bunch of them so I haven't really babied them, figuring at least one would survive.  They have been pretty easy to grow

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Picking my first Xie Shans
« on: October 08, 2023, 01:45:06 PM »
I have two small Xie Shan trees, and in total they are holding five or six fruit.  Coloration right now is much like pinkturtle's photo.  I picked one the other day at green-yellow stage and it was not very sweet.  I am going to give the rest more time.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Eugenia Calycina (savannah cherry)?
« on: October 08, 2023, 01:43:00 PM »
They seem to be pretty much like all the other eugenias I am growing.  I did have random severe dieback one year, though, no idea why.

Is it possible yours are too wet?  The ratio of soil to plant looks high.  I usually down-pot plants that die back severely as they don't seem to need much water while they struggle

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Eugenia neonitida / selloi growing tips
« on: October 08, 2023, 01:40:52 PM »
I agree with everything SDPirate said.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My Grafted mangosteen
« on: October 08, 2023, 01:38:58 PM »
Don't Puerto Rico and Hawaii have plant inspections to mainland?  I know the stuff I get from polologrower has APHIS markings.  I don't think I've ever ordered from PR

While hauling all the trees into the greenhouse for the winter I noticed two fruitlets on one, a lemon drop / garcinia intermedia.  I never noticed the flowers, all my garcinias are crammed together in a blob underneath larger trees.  The tree is about 5ft tall not including the container, and not all that bushy.  I expected it would need to grow a bit more before setting fruit.

I hope it reaches maturity, I have been looking forward to trying the non-mangostana garcinias.

Sorry for the bad pictures, today is a long busy day.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: The secret to growing a healthy Pitomba?
« on: October 08, 2023, 09:29:18 AM »
One of pitombas made fruit for the first time this year, but the fruits were tiny and seedless, runts I guess.  Hoping for a real crop next year.  The plant itself looks healthy.

I picked the first pod today.  It seems kind of small compared to the pictures I have seen of inga edulis but the coloration looked right.   

The white pulp segments separate easily and it is moist and sweet.  It was nice to try, but I don't think I will be keeping it long term.  My 6yo daughter tried it, too, but didn't like it much. 

The seeds inside were already starting to germinate so it was definitely ripe or even slightly overripe.   I am going to pick that smaller pod next to it today also.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pumice, lava rock , or both ?
« on: October 03, 2023, 09:31:08 PM »
I recall that Millet on the citrus subforum had tried growing citrus in primarily (or entirely?) lava rock and gave up because of unsolvable nutrient deficiencies.

Ah, I didn't realize there was such variety.  If you have success, you can sell the rare type cuttings :)

I know this isn't what you asked, but it seems these grow very easily from cuttings and rooted cuttings are readily available for low prices, you might have better luck that way.

I tried germinating these seeds once and none grew.  I think I remember looking into it afterwards and the consensus seemed to be that they are really hard to sprout.  I ended up buying a rooted one and it grows like a weed.

When I was using a fogger setup to do evaporative cooling I was able to maintain higher humidity in summer.  This year my thermostat for it broke and I haven't replaced it yet and some humidity loving plants (ex. durian seedlings) simply won't grow while last year they grew fine. 

I think to maintain high humidity in warmer months you will need to either spend a lot of water to create water vapor, or you will need to shade the greenhouse to reduce ventilation requirements and conserve water. 

Enough plants are tolerating the less humid summer that I am not too concerned about the ones that can't handle it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rollinia Hand Pollination Support Request
« on: September 28, 2023, 03:41:12 PM »
Same here.  I need to get off my butt to hand-pollinate to actually get to taste fruit from the large cherimoya and rollinia trees I have.  They are wearing out their welcome in my greenhouse, where lots of self-fruitful trees are producing without obvious insect pollination

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Can these be identified by pictures?
« on: September 25, 2023, 04:36:42 PM »
Yes those are definitely Nagami. 

If you like Creamsicles, try cut up kumquats with vanilla ice cream.  It has become my favorite dessert.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is your favourite tropical fruit?
« on: September 25, 2023, 10:25:06 AM »
... If I have to pick only one, then Monstera deliciosa  fruit.

You are making me regret my decision to trash my monstera plant, it got too big and never flowered and I didn't think it was worth the space.  I have always wanted to try the fruit

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself
« on: September 23, 2023, 11:35:10 AM »
Mine is 4yrs I think, I prune it 10ft because it reaches the ceiling fans in my greenhouse. It would be absolutely massive already if didn't prune it.  The trunk is around 4in diameter now.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is your favourite tropical fruit?
« on: September 23, 2023, 11:23:38 AM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: trees that suffer injury below 45F / 7C?
« on: September 22, 2023, 09:42:33 AM »
My 2 year old grafted Spanish lime from Lara Farms took our low of 36 degrees on Christmas for an hour or two with no issues.

That is impressive.  This is the same one I have.  I have read that spanish lime is supposed to be as cold sensitive as mongosteen, rambutan, etc.  But maybe this is not so?  Or at least, it can handle lower temps briefly even if not sustained.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: trees that suffer injury below 45F / 7C?
« on: September 22, 2023, 08:11:30 AM »
...Other plants that died in the same period were a chempedak hybrid and a young peanut butter fruit.

Hah maybe I can use this to finally figure out which of my jackfruit trees that lost their label is the Cheena (chempedak x jackfruit hybrid).  The one that dies is it!  :)

I still have my 20gal peanut butter fruit tree outside in the 40s.  It seems to be okay so far.  That is one for the next round for when we break into the 30s.

I have some "test plants" that I don't care so much about that I can use to judge how cold it really got outside as the weather reports are not very reliable.  A tomato volunteer growing in the mulch pile, a starfruit seedling-rootstock whose scion had long died, and some excess seedlings that aren't worth the effort to try selling. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: trees that suffer injury below 45F / 7C?
« on: September 21, 2023, 07:01:17 PM »
I have a 1/2gal kwai muk I left out, seems to be doing fine in the 40s

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