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All I can say is, don't give up until the seeds rot.  Sometimes seeds will sit a long time without doing anything, but until they rot they may still be viable.  I've had tropical seeds sprout well over a year after planting!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Got some fresh rambutan seeds
« on: August 01, 2022, 10:27:01 PM »
That sucks they didn't work out for you.

I think there is a chance of growing them if you can get your hands on a grafted one from PR.

No complaints at all, btw.  You sent me good seeds, I think they are just finicky.  When it comes to the really difficult plants like rambutan, durian, mangosteen I'm not spending money on grafted until I can at least get seedlings to thrive! 

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Got some fresh rambutan seeds
« on: August 01, 2022, 12:38:51 PM »
Thanks, W.  I will try pure compost next time. 

It is also possible I was watering these too much, I'll try letting half of the next batch dry out a bit more instead of keeping them constantly wet.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Got some fresh rambutan seeds
« on: July 31, 2022, 07:40:47 PM »
It looks like most of the seeds germinated.  Unfortunately, again most of the sprouts died shortly after germination while still under an inch tall.  The pulasan seedlings I got in the spring did the same.  Not sure if this is a soapberry thing, lychees seem to have a much higher survival rate

Anyway I got two healthy plants out of this batch so far, and possible more will survive given time.  I am curious what others' experience with rambutan is.  Every one of the seedlings from my previous batch that survived seems to have yellowing leaves that go necrotic quickly, though so far they have been replaced by new leaves.  I tried acid soil, high potassium fert, high humidity.  Not sure what it is they are wanting. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: could it be a black sapote?
« on: July 30, 2022, 11:35:54 AM »
Not black sapote.  Here's an actual black sapote seedling, from seeds of my own fruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Superior Lemondrop Mangosteen?
« on: July 27, 2022, 07:16:26 PM »
Yeah garcinias seem to be very slow growing mine will sometimes do nothing for many months.  If it isn't growing it doesn't need fertilizer, I wouldn't apply any until it has put out new growth.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: seedling root sucker propagation
« on: July 27, 2022, 07:13:31 PM »
two and a half years later... the root sucker cutting has grown slightly and is now fruiting for the first time.  The seedlings pretty much all died off.  It turns out this plant really likes shade and I was killing it with full sun.


Bare rooting is fine for temperate trees that go completely dormant. But, for tropical and subtropical plants, it seems to be nearly an automatic death sentence. I have not had many plants sent to me bare root, but only one ever lived, an imbe. I believe that is because it has thicker leaves and fleshier roots. The other plants had finer roots.

Yes, temperate trees that are dormant I agree its fine.  Also, I had received a bunch of small gacinia seedlings bare rooted and they were fine.  But larger tropical & subtropical trees it was a death sentence.

I've had a ton of small plants mailed to me all times of year, from the heat of summer to the freezing winter.  Even the most sensitive plants, ex. mangosteen in winter when its freezing outside.  I have personally never had issues with the weather as long as I receive them as soon as delivered.  I have also bought plants in person at nurseries in CA and FL and mailed them back to myself or boxed them up and packed as checked luggage on planes. 

By far, the most important factor seems to be the amount of root disturbance.   Some trees I had barerooted pretty much all died.  Plants that were poorly shipped where dirt was everywhere tended to die. 

I have seen some sites mention lychee trees do not ship well, but I boxed up a 3gal and put it on a plane and it is doing just fine still. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Root prune to control size?
« on: July 23, 2022, 11:15:31 AM »
I have begun aggressively root pruning container trees once they become productive, and pruning foliage at the same time.  I can't say if the root pruning helps reduce vigor, but I have never had it cause any problems so far.  Some trees may not like it, though, not sure about mango.  So far citrus, eugenias, guava tolerate their root ball being literally sliced in half with a saw.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Fukushu kumquat fruitlets
« on: July 21, 2022, 10:38:43 PM »
Seven years is probably enough that I'd recommend buying grafted.  Everybody I know is in a non-citrus climate anyway... growing in containers and/or greenhouses.

Things aren't perfect?  Fruit drop.   Things are perfect?  a little less fruit drop


I've never even heard of this, will have to look it up.

Does it taste good??

Congratulations, of course!

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: Fukushu kumquat fruitlets
« on: July 21, 2022, 09:50:27 PM »
Very nice, how big is it?  I have a bunch of small seedlings sprouted from spitting seeds back into the pot, and I was wondering if they are even worth giving away.  If it takes a decade to fruit I don't want to get people's hopes up :)

Paypal (non-Friends+Family)/Amazon/Ebay/Etsy will all basically refund anything "significantly not as described" and they aren't going to waste their time reviewing each case.  Buyers have all the power so getting a refund is no issue.  Mailing back a dead plant is just part of the process (it proves you aren't just trying to score another one), but you won't have to pay return shipping if you process it correctly.  Worst that can happen is they won't sell to you anymore.  It seems silly to antagonize buyers when the odds are stacked in their court, but people are unpredictable. 

If I have a beef I tend to just not buy from that seller anymore and let it go.  But it is good to share you experience with others in case there's a trend. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Are abius heavy feeders?
« on: July 20, 2022, 10:16:10 PM »
Mine has been easy growing, zero issues.  I suspect Gone tropo is right that it simply doesn't like cold.  Mine never sees below 50F

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Selling 3x Mangosteen seeds :)
« on: July 20, 2022, 07:39:33 AM »
are you sure they aren't irradiated?

I always plant my seeds from any fresh mangosteen fruit I buy from the asian markets, but I believe they are irradiated and unlikely to be viable

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Guava tree sending runners.
« on: July 19, 2022, 10:27:43 PM »
Separate them and give them to your friends, or sell 'em :)

Right before my last grafted green sapote died, I also noticed that it consistently put out nice new leaves but the old leaves quickly died and fell off right behind it, only weeks later.  In my case, the cause is very likely that the trunk was severely damaged due to Tanglefoot soaking through the fabric I smeared it over - it had become very cracked all around the trunk in only that area.

I recently got a new grafted green sapote and again it seems the old leaves quickly die though in this case the trunk is undamaged.  I haven't grown any mamey, but my other pouterias haven't shown this behavior.  Maybe there is something about green sapote where the leaves are short lived, or maybe it is just a coincidence.

In any case, I hope you have good luck with your tree

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Mexican Lime Tree Problem
« on: July 18, 2022, 12:52:56 PM »
Yes that looks to me like the tree dried out completely.  My experience with citrus is that by the time they show drought stress like this it is often already too late and the tree will die or die-back significantly.

Or, similar appearance if the whole thing was sprayed with herbicide like glyphosate/roundup, but that seems unlikely and any grass/weeds around it would likely be dead also from the overspray & dripping

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: rooting pitangatuba cuttings
« on: July 14, 2022, 01:01:03 PM »
I haven't tried as they fruit *very* quickly from seed.  Do other eugenias root easily?  I hadn't seen it talked about which makes me suspect they do not root easily.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lemon Drop
« on: July 12, 2022, 02:48:40 PM »
Very nice looking tree!   How long did it take before it began flower and fruiting?  I have a bunch of these I started from seed that are maybe 2-3ft tall now.  They have been pretty trouble free.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: grafting guava
« on: July 09, 2022, 09:55:09 PM »
My suggestion about root suckers sort of depends on the parent tree being an air layer (or seedling I guess), but if grafting is hard, air-layering is possible, and root-suckers can be propagated easily it seems like a reasonable alternative to grafting or rooting.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: grafting guava
« on: July 08, 2022, 10:11:15 PM »
I've noticed that my guava puts out a ton of root suckers.  Would it be viable to cut one off as a clone?

I have been using rain bird 0.5-2.0gph drip emitters for years.  Short 1/4" tubing runs connected to larger mains, though the mains all dead end.  I haven't noticed pressure issues based on distance from main, but I have noticed that the emitters clog frequently and often have HIGHLY variable output.  I have ti replace about 10% of all emitters yearly. 

I will probably switch to spray emitters when my current drip emitter supply runs out

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