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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rooting yellow mombin/hog plum.
« on: July 23, 2021, 12:04:24 PM »
Awesome. Thanks much!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Chili Peppers in tropical climates
« on: July 23, 2021, 12:03:32 PM »
Give Sugar Rush Peach a grow. It's the hardiest, most vigorous grower and producer I've ever had. Survived our winter with no projection too, which is really rare for my area.

Peppers are tasty and roughly habanero level heat. There's also a striped version with peppers that look like bacon.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Chili Peppers in tropical climates
« on: July 22, 2021, 04:33:16 PM »

I call it carlos cause a guy named Carlos gave it to me. It's not super hot but
has a great taste.

What a beautiful chili pepper!! So instead of young small green fruits these are purple as an eggplant when they are young?

I forget the name, but that one is mostly grown as an ornamental. There's some others that start (or stay) purple and then ripen to either red or a range of colors.

As dry and hot as it is in Vegas a really coarse mix in a pot designed to dry things even more doesn't make sense to me. It's no wonder the leaves dry up. Is there any chance you could plant in ground? Or try a more retentive mix in a big pot that holds water better.

Anything richer soil-wise has equaled root rot, even with fairly conservative watering. Killed more trees than I care to admit that way.

My goal was to start them in the RootTrapper pots so they could get nice, dense, air pruned rootballs that are less likely to seek out our crappy dirt once planted in the ground. Once tropicals hit our high pH, clay compacted soil, there's a high chance for root rot that will cascade inward until the tree is dead.

One thing I will definitely change is how they're fed, and I'm pretty sure it caused plenty of problems. I wasn't aware that mangoes dislike nitrogen supplementation, so I fed them with citrus fertilizer three times a year.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rooting yellow mombin/hog plum.
« on: July 22, 2021, 01:46:41 PM »
Cool. Do the bottoms need to be scored to expose the cambium layer?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Chili Peppers in tropical climates
« on: July 20, 2021, 05:17:47 PM »
I've done both. Personally I prefer large garden beds and have had the the most success with that. Your mileage may vary depending on your soil type. If it's high draining, in-ground is great.

There's definitely a difference in taste. I theorize it's one part environment (heat stresses the plants which produce hotter fruits) and another part nurture (organic methods rather than synthetic fertilizers, and picking when ripe).

Question on varieties. Any that are polyembryotic that closely matches the flavor, texture, and starchiness of Maha Channok (which is monoembryotic)?

Added bonus if they have a higher tolerance of our environment here.

Also, does anyone have seeds/sprouts of the Peach Cobbler and Dupois Saigon for sale?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Chili Peppers in tropical climates
« on: July 20, 2021, 05:00:24 PM »
Some peppers, particularly super hots and large bell varities, really appreciate the extra humidity. It's important to watch your watering though. Light watering with dry-out in-between is the best way to go when they're grown in high humidity, as peppers tend to be sensitive to overwatering (they even are here in Vegas during the summer).

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Rooting yellow mombin/hog plum.
« on: July 20, 2021, 04:57:06 PM »
Any tips on success? I managed to acquire a bunch of cuttings, and I want to make sure they have their best chance to root. Internet is pretty dry on info, outside of them being pickier to root than the red variety.

Here in Vegas, my grandmother has a tree that's about 25 years old and produces a stupid amount of fruit every year. Thrives on neglect. All it gets is sprinkler runoff from the lawn, and some pruning every few years.

They're meant for hot and dry environments, but there are some varieties that are more tolerant to humidity.

Are finger lime seedlings similar to other citrus where they're not necessarily true to type and take much longer to fruit versus grafted?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What happened to Ertdude?
« on: July 13, 2021, 05:41:35 PM »
His profile shows last activity was yesterday.

I only recommend it for compost. Coffee breaking down saps nitrogen from the soil, typically at the top level where the feeder roots are. Once broken down they'll put nitrogen back in, so they're much better composted.

Caffeine in high enough levels will also stunt or kill plants. It's an evolutionary defense mechanism to cut down on competition from nearby plants. Composting will also minimize or remove the caffeine.

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: WTB Yuzu
« on: July 01, 2021, 04:42:16 PM »
Thanks for the tip vnomonee. Put myself on the waiting list.

@W. Not gonna bother with seed grown. Citrus tend to not be true to type growing from seed, and Yuzu are legendarily slow growers from seed. They can take upwards of 15 years to produce.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Mangoes for Sale.
« on: July 01, 2021, 03:30:21 PM »
Stellar mangoes as always. If you still have some next week, I'll buy another box.

Last I read, the tree was male and thusly won't produce any seeds.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Trying to find a Tamarillo tree
« on: June 25, 2021, 12:53:32 PM »
You can get either seeds or a 1 gallon potted plant from here.

Looks like they just went out of stock on the 1 gallon (I just bought one last week), but they will probably restock fairly soon.

Lots of other neat plants there too.

Just a sign of healthy soil and dead, woody material breaking down. Only negative is it can sometimes indicate an over abundance of watering, but that's rare and situational.

Remember not to handle them barehanded or eat them unless you're absolutely, 100% sure you know what variety it is. You only have to be wrong once to never have the chance to be wrong again.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Apples in hot, humid climates
« on: June 22, 2021, 01:33:31 PM »
Similar to Vegas where it's stupid hot and dry, apple trees will grow just fine but the fruit tends to be low yield and not all that great tasting, even with low chill varieties.

We just don't get the proper chill hours during the winter for them to produce like they're supposed to. I presume it's even more difficult in Florida since your winters rarely have days you can define as "cold".

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WTB Mombin cuttings.
« on: June 21, 2021, 02:46:01 PM »
Care/planting plan is the same as other tropicals I've grown. Starting them indoors on my grow rack. Once established, they'll go in my "tropical hardening" corner which has increased humidity and mostly shade, then give them full sun in the fall.

When winter comes along, I'll either protect them if we have yet another mild winter, or bring them back indoors when temps get near or at freezing.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WTB Mombin cuttings.
« on: June 21, 2021, 01:00:55 PM »
Good to know. Thanks!

Nonetheless, I'm still on the lookout for cuttings for different varities and (hopefully) faster fruiting.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WTB Mombin cuttings.
« on: June 19, 2021, 06:24:18 PM »
I've read that seeds don't always grow true to type. Is that true?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WTB Mombin cuttings.
« on: June 19, 2021, 06:11:06 PM »
Definitely not invasive in Las Vegas where I'll be attempting to grow it. ;)

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / WTB Mombin cuttings.
« on: June 18, 2021, 12:28:29 PM »
I was recently introduced to this awesome fruit from a local fruit vendor and I'm keen to grow it here. I've read that it's supposed to be pretty easy to grow from rooted cuttings.

Anyone have any available? The amarillio variety is the one I've tried, but if the others are similar (or better) then I'm keen to get those a whirl too.

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