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Did some pruning today. I have a few Brogdon scions and a bunch of dragonfruit cuttings if anybody is interested. Not 100% sure of the variety but its most likely American Beauty. Plants are self pollinating. Picture of fruit below

My fire crystal, coffee cake, and hachiya/hana gosho (lost the tags for both trees and ones dead) all have flower buds right now. Still waiting on all the other varieties.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: KADSURA plants for sale!
« on: May 11, 2022, 09:03:39 PM »
Plants showed up today in excellent shape. Very secure packaging. Thanks!

Recently picked up an Emperor air-layer from Laras

Nice! They should really start taking off soon. Jersey is lookin a lot warmer starting this weekend per the forecast.

Finally got around to grafting onto new rootstock. Threw 2 male cultivars and the only surviving female on there.

Funny you say that. I also have a seed grown Wonderful and the top branches aren't looking too hot right now either. Even after being protecting this winter.

My vietnamese pink and haku-botan are leafing out before the russian

Thats a great price on those cambucas

Not sure of the exact variety but its definitely a russian type. Also taking forever compared to all my other varieties

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Yangmei (Morella/Myrica rubra) thread
« on: April 25, 2022, 10:31:18 PM »
Did some more digging into this RKN issue

This link seems pretty informative

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragonfruit advice
« on: April 25, 2022, 09:45:06 PM »
I'm not seeing anything terrible here? If there is rotten flesh, just use a clean knife and scrape it away from the central wooden spine. It will grow just fine above that. I have many like this, even in the middle of the main vine that has several hundred pounds of new arms on top of the trellis attached to it.

Ah ok, good to know. If you zoom in on those pics you can kinda see where it rotted. It turned yellowish brown and the flesh is straight mush.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Dragonfruit advice
« on: April 25, 2022, 08:23:16 PM »
Been moving plants in and out of the greenhouse this month and recently noticed my dragonfruit vines have rotted out at the bottom. Definitely due to staying too wet over the winter. There is a ton of aerial roots. How can this be salvaged? Should I just mound up with more substrate and hope the aerial roots take over or should I take cuttings and start over?

Interesting. I've waited months for velutina seeds to germinate and nothing ever happened. My comment was based off what I read other people do. I finally gave up and just bought the actual plant. My only experience with rarepalmseed banana seeds was for ensete glaucum which I was able to sprout a few. Had one tree live for over 10 years and actual produce fruit (inedible) and viable seeds.

I've always read Musa velutina to be notoriously hard to germinate. The method I've seen floating around the internet involved treating with hot water over many hours and they can still take up to 6 months to germinate.

I could be wrong but based off that picture I don't believe thats a flower. Looks more like new leaf casing.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Organic scale control
« on: April 19, 2022, 07:29:34 PM »
The problem I have is that my biggest infestations occur in the winter months when my plants are overwintering and when no ants are present.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Yangmei (Morella/Myrica rubra) thread
« on: April 19, 2022, 06:57:04 PM »
Just got this californica delivered today. Going to graft onto it later this weekend. Just to confirm, there is literally 0% chance of contamination when grafting onto healthy rootstock correct? Sorry, my OCD is requiring me to ask that question haha

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Yangmei (Morella/Myrica rubra) thread
« on: April 18, 2022, 05:13:23 PM »
Is RKN more of a tropical/subtropical issue? Or can they survive in places with hard freezes?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Organic scale control
« on: April 14, 2022, 01:37:46 PM »
The trials and tribulations of overwintering indoors

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Yangmei (Morella/Myrica rubra) thread
« on: April 10, 2022, 01:11:41 AM »
Nick, you can graft when the scions are healthy.

You can tell by looking for the green color, swollen buds and lack of wrinkly brown wood. If your cambium looks brown and has some wrinkles in it, donít bother using it for grafting. I believe other members have already taken scions from their trees to graft onto alternative rootstocks.


Thanks for the feedback Simon, just ordered the tree. Will update how this goes.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Yangmei (Morella/Myrica rubra) thread
« on: April 09, 2022, 11:02:58 PM »
I'll be honest after hearing about the RKN situation I've given these trees the bare minimum, even considered just tossing them. Even with that said they are still pushing growth lol I've found a 5 gallon californica online so I'm considering grafting. My question now is at what point can I take cuttings from these trees to graft. Can I do it now or do I have to wait for them to fully rebound?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: When/where to top soursop
« on: April 09, 2022, 10:34:45 PM »
I'd say probably prune at about B. I'm also growing a soursop, around 6 ft, in a container and it responds pretty well to a hard prune every year sending out lots of new growth.

Are sugar apples unusually sensitive to overwatering?  My 1gal seedlings are looking pretty sad after winter and I was worried I let them stay too wet

In my personal experience I believe they are. My grafted Thai lessard gets spotty, brown, and doesn't grow as vigorously when it has prolonged wet periods. I've barely watered it this winter compared to all my other trees.

Heres a young tree prob just over 1 yr at this point

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