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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Asiminaholics Anonymous
« on: September 20, 2021, 11:14:47 AM »
How rare is self-fertility in pawpaws? I've got two seedlings of either Sunflower or Prima 1216 (the seller couldn't tell me which was which) and one of them flowered this spring for the first time (at 6 years old, I believe). I did some hand-pollination on itself, as the other tree didn't flower and voila, I had 12 fruits this year. There isn't a single pawpaw tree anywhere near, so I'm totally positive that it's self-fertile. So have I hit jackpot, or is this more common than I think?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hunt for the best Surinam Cherry
« on: June 07, 2021, 12:58:06 AM »
A member of this forum sells Eugenia Pitanga seeds. This is where I've got mine from.

Another characteristic of this species is that it is very short - won't grow more than 2m high supposedly. It also defoliates during winter. Wikipedia actually describes it as "deciduous".

Nexxogen, thanks for the information! I had no idea there was a different species or subspecies of Surinam Cherry.

I don't even think it's correct to call this a species or subspecies of Surinam Cherry. I think it's simply another Eugenia which just happens to have fruits that look like Surinam Cherries.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hunt for the best Surinam Cherry
« on: June 04, 2021, 12:47:38 AM »
Judging buy the leaves and the fact that the fruit isn't lobed, I'd say you've got a Eugenia Pitanga (Pitanga-peba, Creeping Pitanga) rather than Eugenia Uniflora which would be your regular Pitanga. Does this one have any of that diesel flavor that Pitangas are notorious for?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Mexicola Avocado seeds
« on: May 24, 2021, 04:24:06 PM »
Do you ship internationally?

Avocado flowers first open as female then close and open up again as male. This is why what your friend said is a bit strange because I would think that it isn't possible for an avocado flower to just skip the female stage. When it comes to when exactly these flowers open and close, there are 2 types - A and B. With the A types, the flowers open up as female in the morning, then close in the afternoon and then open up again as males in the afternoon of the next day. The B type flowers open up as female in the afternoon, then close down and open up as male the following morning. This means that in their natural habitat, you will have an overlap between type A and type B trees, where one type will have male flowers and the other female which essentially allows for cross pollination.

According to a source I found, this dynamic is a bit disrupted outside of the native range and it can happen that there's overlap of male and female flowers on the same tree, essentially making it self-pollinating, but apparently this can only be the case with type A while type B can never be self-pollinating. Now I haven't confirmed this so please take it with a grain of salt.

I can tell you that I found a Mexican avocado tree in my hometown of Bar, Montenegro that looks like it's at least 10 years old and that blooms every year heavily but never sets fruit. When I went to check the flowers out one morning, they appeared to be male which would indicate it's a type B. Close to it there's another, much younger tree (I don't know if it's Mexican because its leaves didn't smell like licorice) which actually had two fruits last year, but I haven't confirmed its type.

So maybe your friend simply has a type B and that's why he's not getting any fruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Private Messages Broken?
« on: May 06, 2021, 01:00:49 PM »
Maybe we should create a shared Google Sheet where everyone could, if they wanted, write their forum nickname and their contact email address. It's not super secure, but at least it's better than posting emails directly in the forum.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Private Messages Broken?
« on: May 01, 2021, 03:47:26 PM »
So from now on, we just won't be able to send PMs, and that's it?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Private Messages Broken?
« on: May 01, 2021, 02:16:25 AM »
It seems that the PMs aren't getting through. I've seen several people mention that they had problems with it and I myself have sent a few to people who always respond to me, and none of them have responded this time. Also, the email notifications haven't worked for a while as far as I know. Can this be fixed soon?

Also, I suggest introducing a section for topics like this because it definitely doesn't belong with the fruit discussions.

Is July too late to graft white sapote?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Buy avocado seeds or scions
« on: March 15, 2021, 02:31:52 PM »
Did you buy scions from me a few months ago?  A few people did and they made it in a week.  Which is fine for avocados.  Obviously we want it to be as fast as possible but scions wrapped in buddy tape should be ok for 10days or more.

I did and my scions arrived in 8 days, but I'm not sure that this is going to be the same every time. The scions were stone fruit and apples, though. Generally, about 10 days should be the limit for avocados?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Buy avocado seeds or scions
« on: March 15, 2021, 01:33:54 PM »
DHL costs around $100 and arrives in three days.
However you're not allowed to bring plant material so they might confiscate them at the customs I'd they check.

Wow, that expensive really? I just received a DHL package from Spain today with some persimmon cuttings. Absolutely no issues at the border. I paid about 25 EUR.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Buy avocado seeds or scions
« on: March 15, 2021, 05:21:08 AM »
I have some scions if you want some mexicola grandes.  The fruit is not in season until November so no seeds.m

How well do you think they could take the trip? I'm planning to buy some next year, so I'm already looking at my options.

Does anyone have any advice on how many buds to leave, after grafting? I'm assuming 3 to 4, like with other fruit trees, but maybe white sapote is different?

Hi, Nexxogen. I'm in the same situation - if i order it and there will be no opportunity to  graft the scions immediately because of some reasons ( job, cold weather in my region 9a ), I should think about how to store them. Could you find the answer?

Sorry for not spotting your question before. I've been advised by Felipe to wrap in parafilm (they came already wrapped in it) and store them inside a plastic bag, in a cool and dark place, but NOT in the refrigerator as it is too cold in there, according to him. They won't last for months, but they will last for a while, especially if they are about pencil-thick.

As far as I know, there's a self-pollinating Che variety. Unless you can get that one, you'll need a male tree too.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grafting pineapple guava
« on: March 04, 2021, 11:59:53 AM »
Just so you know, my two grafts that took last year were doing nothing for at least 3 months and then all of a sudden decided to start growing. I had long given up hope at that point. I have no idea why they did that, but I'm not complaining. The point is, there's a chance that this might happen to you too, so don't give up hope too soon if nothing happens in a month.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grafting pineapple guava
« on: March 04, 2021, 05:35:08 AM »
The thing is, I had a pretty low success rate with cleft grafts, and I would not really want to graft onto small end branches like that as I would like to gradually replace the canopy of my small tree with improved cultivars. I've heard that the side veneer graft has given good results to some people. The possible explanation is that with that type of graft, you don't cut off the branch and the flowing sap can actually help with graft healing. I'm going to try a few side veneer and a few side bark grafts this year. Hopefully they will work.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best White Sapote Variety? (California)
« on: February 26, 2021, 08:42:43 AM »
Guys, if you had to pick 5 of these 8 varieties, which ones would you choose? I'm primarily looking for flavor and the lack of bitterness. Sweetness and fruit size aren't important.

1. Suebelle
2. Vernon
3. Walton
4. Lemon Gold
5. Santa Cruz
6. Leroy
7. Younghans Gold
8. Nies

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: White Sapote Scion for sale/trade
« on: February 22, 2021, 01:50:39 PM »
Nice looking roots! What was the percentage of success?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: White Sapote Scion for sale/trade
« on: February 21, 2021, 03:18:12 PM »
Any updates on these rooted cuttings? Are they doing alright? I have 5 seedlings that are ready for grafting but I have an opportunity to get scions of more varieties than that, so rooting the ones that won't end up being grafted would be a great way to have more than 5 varieties.

Why do you think it would be a problem to grow cherries in zone 8?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hunt for the best Surinam Cherry
« on: February 13, 2021, 01:59:02 AM »
I have a few seedlings of what the eBay seller claimed was the 'Black Star' variety. The fruits are dark red but not so much that they look black and the gasoline flavor is constantly there and simply too much for me to enjoy the fruit which would otherwise be excellent.

I've heard that Cherry of the Rio Grande and Savanah Cherry don't have this gasoline flavor at all. Can someone confirm this?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grafting pineapple guava
« on: February 06, 2021, 02:22:24 AM »

Definitely would take some cuttings of your Anna and ein shemer  apples. Any other varieties? Looking for Joy and golden dorsett and basically any that might do well here. However I have only 4-6 branches I could try grafting onto. Would like to put a different type on each branch if possible. Assuming good success hopefully...but if some don't take it is what it is.

Saw you mentioned plums. What varieties do you got going on there?

If we could I'd like to try getting scions while both my plants are still dormant and the scions too. Getting kinda warm here already and some types of fruits are starting to swell buds already too. If not no worries there's always next year/time or trying bud grafting in summer.

Contact the user "spaugh". He's got Golden Dorsett.

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