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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Looking for cold hardy avocado seeds
« on: September 12, 2019, 01:18:11 PM »
Wanting seeds of the most cold hardy avocado varieties such as fantastic etc. If can get some years nearly 15F here in winter though most years it only gets to the high 20s. However due to the possibility of extreme cold the most hardy would be best. Willing to pay or trade etc.

Thanks! DG

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Fresh star fruit seeds
« on: August 24, 2019, 04:34:01 PM »
Fresh star fruit seeds from my own seed grown trees in my father's yard in Sarasota, Florida. Original fruit was good so I planted seeds. 4 years later had 3 mature trees that all produce good fruits as good as parent tree. Feels good to offer these seeds to others having had once grown them from seed myself.

5 seeds for $1. Minimum order of 15 seeds plus shipping.

Thanks! DG

Temperate Fruit Buy, Sell, & Trade / Black cherry and other wild cherry
« on: August 08, 2019, 11:14:09 AM »
Anyone have wild cherry growing? Wouldn't mind getting some seeds or seedlings from black cherry or pin cherry. Maybe even choke cherry. Will trade/pay shipping or whatever.

Thanks! DG

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Trifoliate orange
« on: July 25, 2019, 09:31:18 AM »
I grew a bunch of trifoliate orange seedlings. If I were to individually pot a bunch is there any interest for them here? Not sure exactly what cultivar but it was a bit contorted. Picked the fruits from a tree on a job site in Panama city, FL. Lady said the tree came from Israel and she knew it as an Israeli crown of thorns tree. However it is a trifoliate orange. Made for a cool looking tree though. Would probably be good graft stock too.

Anyone have rooted jujube cuttings or seedlings etc that would do well in the FL panhandle area? Always looking for other fruits or edible/medicinal plants for here too. Temps range down to 15F here on rare occasions though we rarely break 25F. Anything that can handle here  I'd consider but jujube is something I definitely want to add.

Thanks! DG

Many well established malabar spinach plants in 4" pots ready to grow and start vining. Red and green types available. $4 each or multiples at $3 each plus shipping. Inquire via PM.


Plectranthus rotundifolius aka African potato mint is a broad mint family relative that produces edible tubers much like small white potato in flavor. Easy to root. 6 cuttings for $5 plus shipping. Inquire via PM.


Easy to grow aquatic tuber crop. Plants well established in active growth ready to go in 4" pots. $5 plus shipping. Inquire via PM.


Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Chinese Water Chestnut plants
« on: July 21, 2019, 09:38:26 AM »
Again not exactly a fruit tree but figure since it's tropical I could post here to get more traffic. Anyways lots of live plants in active growth in 4" pots well established and ready to grow. $5 each plus shipping. Great easy to grow aquatic tuber crop. Very delicious! Inquire via PM. Can only ship Fridays due to my current job schedule.


Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Kratom tree cuttings sale/trade
« on: July 13, 2019, 11:18:52 AM »
Not really a fruit but very useful tree. Fresh healthy unrooted cuttings for $5 each plus shipping. Root fairly easy this time of year. Working on rooting some now myself but not yet ready.

Will trade for zone 8 hardy fruiting bushes or trees. Nut trees too. Heirloom veggie and herb seeds too maybe. Want mostly perennial hardy to my zone plants but will consider anything. Make offers!


Very interesting small fruiting bush that produces blueberry sized orange fruits. Member if the greater citrus family. Also known as Gin Berry, Orange berry, Rum berry, etc.

5 seeds for $3 plus shipping.

Please inquire via PM.


May I start by saying it can get as cold as 15f here where I am though very rare. This year it hasn't got colder than 30 but last year got 19 one night and was in the mid to low 20s for many many successive nights. Willing to try pushing things a bit but it's better when you know something can certainly handle the environment. I have thick not well draining clay like soil on my property in particular. Very wet winter seasons and also summer season sometimes.

What are your recommendations for not only types of fruits but cultivars of those as well? Have some cash to spend if anyone has things available to buy at a fair price. Do know about just fruits and exotics and I have gone there and bought stuff and plan to go back. However I like the idea of trading, bartering, and supporting personal people's efforts if I can. We all should be growing and exchanging various plants and even creating new varieties to pass around. I know many here do just that too. So what you recommend and or got!?!

Some interests(but open to anything hardy to area):

Cold hardy avocado
Nut trees
Berry bushes
Stone fruits
Exotic temperate fruits
Mandarin melon berry tree
Japanese raisin tree
Any hardy passionfruit other than Maypop?
Medicinal or otherwise useful trees, shrubs, herbs
Perennial veggies

I'm not picky really open to anything fairly productive, hardy to area, can be neglected is always good, etc.

Thanks! DG

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Offering orange seeds to FL members
« on: February 09, 2019, 08:35:38 PM »
Have seeds from two different orange trees. My boss has trees on his land that have been growing there since about 120-130 years ago. Not necessarily the same trees but successive generations planted by seeds. His parents planted the originals in the very early 1900s. He's an old guy himself. He claims they come up more or less true from seed and are sweet and good. Said they are Valencia but I can tell there are two distinct types. First time I went to pick some today. Definitely aren't any graft marks on the oldest trees and there really is many from different generations. They are really good that is for sure. Sweet and juice worthy without sweetening. After seeing them in person I do believe him. Kumquats too from seed and are good as well as and a white grapefruit. He says they do take a long time to produce but they always turn out good just the same.

One type is a thinner skinned one and one is thicker skinned. Wanted to offer them since I juiced a ton and want not to toss all the seeds since I can see they really do end up good from seeds. If you pay shipping I'll send some to FL members. Definitely willing to trade for stuff too. I'm particularly looking for cold hardy edible nuts, fruits, perennial veggies and herbs, or annual heirloom veggies or herbs.

Thanks! DG

Want to add to my perennial hardy edible plants collection some edible types of day lily and tiger lily. Want known safe edible types as not all day lilies and tiger lilies are edible and or other plants called lilies.

Thanks! DG

Since most avocado are tropical to at best hardy to nearly 15F I figure I'd post in here. However around 15 is about how cold it can get here but usually not often. I'd love to get ahold of some seeds for cold hardy types to attempt to grow here. Grafted trees are nice but I don't mind the wait or possible variability of fruit.

Thanks! DG

Available species some of which are shippable and others local meetup only. Just inquire via your interest for shippability and price/trade.

Anise Hyssop
True arrowroot plants
Canna edulis plants
Thai pink guava trees
Jewels of opar
Fig trees
African potato mint
Lemon thyme
Cuban oregano
Soap berry trees
Longevity Spinach
Brazilian Spinach
Aztec sweet herb
Loquat trees
Greater galangal gingers
Lesser galangal gingers
Leaf of life
Dragon fruit many types
Callisia fragrans
B. caapi
Several Psychotrias including P. viridis
Illex guayusa
African blue basil

Hit me up! DG

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Heating a greenhouse on a budget??? Ideas?
« on: January 01, 2018, 10:27:39 PM »
Hello all! Just getting settled at my new zone 8 location. Have erected two greenhouses but not of the greatest resistance to the 20s F nights here right now. Many of my prized plants have gotten cold burnt already but most my important ones still live and could perhaps make it through at this point. However the 20s are here to stay for another week or so at night...

Right now I've strung up my best plants with old incandescent Christmas lights and also covered them with sheets even inside the greenhouses. Hopefully that will help get me through the week...

However outside what I've done with my little buget at the moment is there any tricks up your all's sleves? I don't have huge barrels for the water heat retention and radiation at night thing. Probably cost way too much to put a space heater in thin plastic greenhouses and could be even more a fire hazard than what I've currently done...

One greenhouse is 20'10'10' and the other 10'10'10'. Did double plastic them too on the top at least and the long sides on the biggest one.

Any suggestions?

Thanks! DG

Trying to fill my new 3 acre homestead! Really into good citrus for my solid zone 8 location though am looking for many many fruits and edibles good for here. Please check out my thread in the temperate fruits trading section for a big list of my wants and possible trade materials. Some good stuff to consider and also I'm open to mire than my wants list.

Thanks! DG

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Ten or so jack fruit seedlings for trade
« on: October 15, 2017, 07:11:21 PM »
Have a single pot with about ten jack fruit seedlings together in the pot. Would love to trade it for some zine 8 hardy plants such as fig types or satsumas etc. Have a thread with a long "I want" and "have for trade" list in the temperate fruits trading section. Please take a look if interested and send me a PM!

Thanks! DG

Looking for hardy to zone 8 citrus and particularly satsumas that do well here I've heard.

Other interests of mine are:

Pawpaw seeds or plants
Che melonberry
Various mulberry
Cold hardy avocado
Berry varieties for this area
Nut trees
Perennial veggies and herbs for this area
Wild forms of edibles such as wild mustards, onions, etc
Rare unusual flavored herbs such as basils etc
Stone fruits
Sweet potato varieties
True African yams of edible types
Types of taro and malanga
Rare pineapple varieties
Olive trees
Autumn olive and Russian olive of good edibilty
Unusual edible FL natives
Edible mushroom cultures
Camillia sinensis
Good hip producing roses
Edible flower types
Fruit trees of any sort for this area

Will get back with a list of stuff I can trade soon! Lots...!


Temperate Fruit Discussion / Your favorite zone 8a plants?
« on: July 25, 2017, 09:43:27 AM »
Hello all! Will be moving to my new homestead in a full zone 8a environment. Wanted to hear suggestions for your favorite edibles for this zone fruits or anything edible or medicinal. Wanting to compile a list of things to procure over time to plant there. I'm into exotic stuff as well as run of the mill fruits like apples. Let me know what y'all think!


Tropical Fruit Discussion / What soils do you all use?
« on: May 28, 2017, 02:16:24 PM »
Hello! I've been custom mixing my own soils from raw materials the best I can. I prefer to do on the cheap if possible but some of the better mixes I've made can get pretty pricy sometimes. I too mix more than I can create from my own composting etc. However if one could find natural materials freely that'd be ideal. An example of what I mean is as follows: 1 part sand or grit, 1 part rotted wood(to the point its all just crumbly spongy like), and 1 part composted hot manures or rabbit etc.

May I ask what a variety of y'all use? I do well but feel whatever I've been making can massively be improved upon. Some mixes work well but do not hold nutes worth a crap or dry to rock hard. Others the pH is all off or stay soggy way too long. Recently I've been buying bulk pre mixed soil but its so mulchy that it robs all nitrogen for some!!!!

I've had this plant many times but it is notoriously hard to keep alive. However I want another go!

Tons of trade media or will pay! Will ask to see pics of the leaves. There's so many misidentified species out there.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Small mango lots o' fruits!
« on: March 01, 2017, 01:24:32 PM »
I have a Pickering mango about 4ft tall with maybe 30-50 fruits forming. How many should I leave or should I cut all the flowers off? Any ideas?

Thanks! DG

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Grafting various fruit trees
« on: March 01, 2017, 01:22:46 PM »
I really need to get efficient with grafting. I want to be actively doing this regularly. I've tried a few types of plants including citrus and cactus with never a single take.

What time of year should one attempt grafting in zones 8-10 for these species:
Star fruit
And similar species or general time frames.

Any tips on what grafts work best in general or by species? Good video links?

Thank you all! DG

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