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I have germinated some Nauclea xanthoxlyon and Nauclea latifolia, although I had trouble getting them through seedling stage.  Seems like they wanted more nutrition then I was giving them at the time. Definitely wanna try again!

When the seedlings have just germinated, they are very fragile and easy to kill. It took me a couple of tries to get them through that period; I killed all my germinated seedlings the first time I tried to grow any Naucleas. I have found that keeping the humidity relatively high is the key to getting them past their fragile, early period. Mine are about 6" tall now. I am not sure whether I have fertilized them yet, but I do not think so. They seem quite happy right now, though. Now that I have a few seedlings, I am not going though the effort of germinating any more Nauclea xanthoxylons. I might try getting some N. latifolia seeds at some point in the future.

I have both N. latifolia and N. xanthoxylons both become pretty tough seedlings after a year. N. latifolia produced fruit for first time this year, fruit should be ripening in a month or so. I like the N. xanthoxylons leaves it is very ornamental.

I believe I may have rooted cuttings from the fruiting  N. latifolia, I am giving it a few more weeks before I try to tug on the stem.

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: Giant Gotu Kola strain
« on: August 06, 2021, 11:57:41 PM »
Centella asiatica I am pretty sure, its a Sri Lankan strain. Size gets about 6 inches in diameter in part shade.

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: Giant Gotu Kola strain
« on: August 06, 2021, 01:51:29 AM »
Wow that's huge!
Gotta have a look for that one, like the juice.
What's the taste like compared to a small leafed veriety?

It is very good my friend made some juice out of it today and I tried it. The leaves are very good, sweet with a slight parsley chlorophyll flavor.

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Giant Gotu Kola strain
« on: July 15, 2021, 12:59:23 AM »
I have grown other strains of Gotu Kola in the past this one however is a giant leaf size comparing the others. I have to get around to multiplying it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fire Ant Control?
« on: July 14, 2021, 12:32:49 PM »
Google says

Fire ants are extremely effective in controlling plant-feeding insects and arthropods such as boll weevils in cotton and stinkbugs in soybean. Under some conditions fire ants keep the pest populations below the level of economic loss providing a financial savings to growers

I wonder how helpful they are against south Florida's insects. Or do they harm fruit trees?

I have a lot of fire ants in Florida. They started moving in and multiplying about 5 years ago. Before I would have bad issues with white flies, scale, and other insects. Now I can not find any pests on any of the trees.

Vista does not get many frosts at all unless its a low point area where the cold accumilates. Rare to see temps below 35f in Vista.

I have both seeds of coconut cream and pina colda mango just need to eat the fruit. If your interested can message me.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking to buy Mangoes Kesar
« on: July 05, 2021, 10:17:33 AM »
My tree fruited for first time this year in SFL. Excellent fruit with piney resin flavor. No extra fruits though.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Black dragonfruit
« on: June 20, 2021, 01:47:56 PM »
The dragonfruit craze is being fueled by first time quarantine gardeners.  Social media group think and false scarcity are driving the demand for this stuff.  Its actually comical.  Some of the people I talk to on facebook act like straight up drug addicts begging for certain plant material.   :o

Yeah, the plants that do well indoors have gone up quite a bit. I wanted to get a peperomia maculosa pre covid was eying ebay listings small plants around $40, now forget it +$100.

The good thing about this is will get many people reconnected to nature and growing food again.

I grew it in Mission Viejo. I grew weeping mulberry and shangri la as well. The other mulberry tree not even close to grow rate. Persian mulberry was easily the most vigorous fruit tree I ever grew.

The Persian mulberry is super vigorous. If you have limited room, suggest grafting it onto a more dwarfing mulberry.


Think your best option would be grimal.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: guamuchil ?
« on: March 13, 2021, 04:28:31 PM »
This is a good subtropical desert homesteader plant. If you have an acre or more of land and live somewhere like Southern Arizona. Similar edible growing category as mesquite.

Should be fine you can just wrap it in burlap.

Beautiful little seedling with very fine soft hairs on the leaves.

Make sure to root some cuttings. I failed trying to germinate.


Looks great I be interested in a grafted plant of garnet when avilable.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Toona sinensis
« on: February 12, 2021, 05:34:44 PM »
I have many divisions growing out now of a red selection.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Plants that fruit at 1m tall or shorter
« on: February 08, 2021, 12:47:57 AM »
I have had a cutting Tamarillo fruit at about 3ft.

Maybe something fungal killing them. Try innoculating the soil mix with beneficial mycorrhizae. I never had issues with germination and growing the trees past 2 years. I find the news are pretty tolerant of short drought periods, cool temps high 30s F, and short periods of flooding. Still awaiting flowers ans fruit.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WTB - Spondias tuberosa
« on: December 28, 2020, 02:20:12 PM »
Seeds stay viable a decent amount of time. I have some plants, would have to try to root some cuttings sometime.

They are growing fantastic here in South Florida

Yes they do surprising well in Florida. Resist fungal pressures and love the humid heat.Give an update when it does flower.

I havent tried the desert king fruit yet but Mike from oz said its all hype.  I believe it.  Ill save you a piece in a few months if yoududnt already get one.  I have some new starter plants going in the greenhouse.

The desert king seedling, I tasted was good however brix could of been higher, was sweeter then physical graffiti not quite as sweet as S8. The care and culture of it was less then optimal and the heat units was lower being within a mi of ocean in southern CA. Growing it now with some inland heat hoping to get some fruit this year.

Thanks for starting this thread Shane.  I am considering a move too.. my first thought was to look around Vero Beach. Someplace rural though, I want livestock.

Is this different algae than we had earlier this year in SD? It didn't affect me but one of my friends couldn't make the long walk from Cardiff to the campground.

Vero Beach is very nice but runs a bit colder then st lucie or lower. The coconut belt ends in Vero Beach within a mi of intercoastal. Where as st lucie you can still grow mature coconuts about 4mi inland from intercoastal.

I can give you some information on St Lucie. You want to be within 5 mi of ocean to grow tropicals. Algae blooms are a issue like a few weeks on alternating years. Unless your near the back of a canal or within a half mi of a river it will not greatly affect you unless you have bad allergies. St Lucie west is nice but does get frosts more common and has mostly all HOA.

East of 95 and south of prima vista in st lucie is where you want to look. There is still a good number of lots to build on. Most of Neighborhoods are quiet and low crime.

Morro, I have a desert king seedling cutting that has fruited already. I can send a cutting for $20 + shipping.

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