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I have a couple Annona monticolas that are growing exceptionally for me, so I couldn't pass up the opportunity to get more from Bellamy Trees when I saw they were having a sale. I grabbed some Annona sp da Bahia too, two of which came germinated, and all of my monticola seeds germinated. I'm very happy with my order, and glad to be able to expand my dwarf Annona collection some more.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Pawpaw Scions
« on: May 13, 2023, 09:09:21 PM »
Cuttings are super fresh, arrived in perfect shape, and he worked with me to find the best varieties in the sizes I needed. Can't go wrong buying from broncn!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Campomanesia Rooting
« on: April 23, 2023, 08:25:10 PM »
I know this isn't the same species but I found this study:

they got a 30% success rate on the control group for spring cuttings (as in, no rooting hormones applied) by sticking them 1cm deep in rice hulls and keeping relative humidity above 90%
I snapped off a branch about pencil thick and decided to just stick it in soil. At first was feeling good, buds were forming and was green for months. Upon up potting? No roots at all. While I think it is possible, I would not say it's mulberry / fig status or anything. My DF trellis decapitated my guazumifolia and removed 5' of height, right down to the pot pretty much, tried sticking big branches in soil and nothing that way either. It is now sprouting wildly well from the roots. Still bummed. It was fruiting nicely and I knew this would be the first year to try a well formed fruit.
Sounds like seeds are definitely the best way to go with this plant then, thanks for the input.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Campomanesia Rooting
« on: April 22, 2023, 10:04:40 PM »
I have a single Campomanesia guazumifolia that's been flourishing in its container, both indoors and outside, so given how well it grows for me, I'd love to propagate it and grow more. Is it possible to take cuttings and root them, or do I have to wait for it to fruit and plant seeds?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cold tolerant Annonas
« on: December 21, 2022, 05:58:18 PM »
I haven't done any testing with my plants, but supposedly A. rugulosa can survive hard freezes.

I'm also not sure why you would buy two plants from them for $95 when you can get 10 seeds for $7 off Etsy.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: experience growing rare species of annona
« on: October 20, 2022, 09:28:05 AM »
Dear gardeners, I have a suggestion to collect as much information as possible based on your personal experience growing rare species of annona. I am interested in your impressions about the taste qualities of fruits (sweetness, aroma, bad aftertaste, presence or absence of fibers), the period from planting seeds and the beginning of fruiting. What information do you have on the following species of annona: A.crassiflora, A.coriacea, A.vepretorum, A.salmaznii, A. sylvatica, A.neolaurifolia, A. stenophylla and others.
I have a couple of these species, and while I unfortunately can't offer any information on time to fruit and taste, I can share my experience with germination.

A. crassiflora I got recently; 90% of the seeds came up within 4 weeks, and they have nice, meaty stems. I expect them to be vigorous growers. A. vepretorum has a quite low germination rate in my experience, only 20%. Out of the ten seeds I tried growing, only two sprouted, and one is stunted. The one that is doing well does seem to grow fairly well though, as it's nearly a foot and a half tall after 9 months.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Squirrel battle
« on: September 16, 2022, 08:36:48 PM »
If it weren't for the fact that I live in a suburban neighborhood, I would just shoot them with my .22. Since I can't do that, I use bucket traps. Just fill it with 5 inches of water, and float a plastic/paper plate with seed on top. When I catch one, I stack another bucket inside to force them to swim in the water, and they usually drown in 5 minutes.

I prefer shooting them. While they may cause my plants to suffer, I have no interest in causing them to suffer. Drowning is not a particularly good way to go; whatever is being drowned definitely suffers. One pellet shot to right spot and they are dead before they even know what hit them. A .22 is a little too loud for a neighborhood, particularly depending on the neighbors. Such situations make a pellet gun a good thing to have around.
I'll definitely look into that. I certainly don't care for drowning them due to the reasons you mentioned, but it's the best method I have at the moment. A pellet gun seems like a happy medium though.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Squirrel battle
« on: September 16, 2022, 06:10:10 PM »
If it weren't for the fact that I live in a suburban neighborhood, I would just shoot them with my .22. Since I can't do that, I use bucket traps. Just fill it with 5 inches of water, and float a plastic/paper plate with seed on top. When I catch one, I stack another bucket inside to force them to swim in the water, and they usually drown in 5 minutes.

I told myself I wasn't going to buy any more plants this year, but a lot of HapaJoe's selection was just too tempting. I bought Duguetia stenantha and annona dioica seeds, and was blown away with what I received. Duguetia seeds are hard to find fresh, but his are the best I've seen, as half the ones I received were already germinated. Annona dioica seeds also have a reputation for being difficult to germinate if they aren't fresh, but all of the seeds I received from him were firm and sank in water, so I trust they're all viable. On top of the quality of the seeds, he also included a couple extras.

While some of Joe's seeds are expensive, you get what you pay for at his shop. If you buy a seed from him, it will almost definitely grow into a plant in my experience.

I'm assuming you were simular to me in that you made some improvements the second go around.

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For anything larger than seeds or seedlings, I tend to go with UPS for this reason. They're generally cheaper for larger packages, and usually always handle them better.

I once had a family member send me a valuable coin in an envelope as a gift, and when I received the envelope, it was slit open and the coin was missing. I've seen the same thing happen with prescription medication, they'll slit open the package and peek inside to see if it's something they want.

Just got my sugar apple seedling in the mail from W, I strongly doubt I could have gotten a better plant for the price. Exceptional packaging, shipping time, and quality plant.


Ackee might be worth looking for, from what I've heard it's very common in Jamaica.

Got my seeds a while back, and just wanted to say how impressed I am with them. I ordered 5 Annona rugulosa seeds expecting only 1-3 of them to sprout, but all of them have germinated. These are probably the best annona seeds I've ordered. The jabo and myrcia seeds I bought are also just now sprouting and are very vigorous. You definitely can't go wrong ordering from BellamyTrees.

I think it may be too late to graft pawpaw. It should be done when the root stock is just putting out leaves the size of a squirrels ear. This is usually in March or April.
Good to know, I'll try again next year. My tree is leafing out late, but I forget that scion wood has already leafed out. Thanks for the tip.

Any chance you'd be willing to send out the feijoa seedlings for the cost of shipping? I didn't have any luck trying to grow them from cuttings.

I recently picked up an 8' tree, and I'm looking to make it a cocktail tree so I can get fruit sooner/on a single tree. Given that, I'd like to get 4-6 total scions from various varieties. I'm not too picky about what varieties they are, as long as it's a good mix, maybe 1-2 of each.

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