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Polypterus: do you use oil when cleaning Jackfruit? I always have a bowl of coconut oil on the table when I clean Jackfruit, and constantly dip my hands and wipe down the knife blade as I clean. I also just work on newspaper that I throw away when done.

johnb51: yes! Astringent persimmons, horrible! Worse than watery avocados, which are bad too.

Here's another fruit I want to but haven't tried:

Pawpaw--my girlfriend says they can have a funk to them
I didn't use oil, as I didn't know the proper technique for cutting into it at the time. I just grabbed a knife and went for it. Looking back at it now, it still seems like a lot of work even with oil, I'd prefer something I can just pick up and eat.

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Latex from store bought jackfruit, I've had to throw away cutting boards because of it. I love the taste, it's just not worth the trouble.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Group Seed Order from BRAZIL # 2
« on: December 02, 2021, 07:56:07 PM »
I'm glad you decided to go through with the order, I'll be sure to check the forum often for your message.

I'm excited to see if I can get the annona monticola and vepretorum to fruit in containers :)

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I've had good luck germinating them in tupperware containers with a single moist paper towel on the bottom, and I've also had good success just putting them in 3" seed start pots during the summer. I always scarify and soak my annona seeds before planting though.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Cherimoya Fruit
« on: November 29, 2021, 05:28:24 PM »
I'll do one too if you have any left.

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Anyone interested in splitting an order of the following seeds? I only need about 5 of each:

Annona monticola
Annona tomentosa
Annona vepretorum

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Group seed order from Brazil
« on: November 23, 2021, 11:29:31 AM »
If anyone is interested, I wouldn't mind sharing seeds like jaboticaba45 mentioned, as I don't need but 3-5. Preferably more precocious varieties.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: grafting/rooting/prorogating guava
« on: November 17, 2021, 07:00:08 PM »
I haven't reviewed the videos above, but I understand guavas are supposed to be difficult, but possible, to root.  And that usual methods are grafting or marcot/air-layering.

I have seen two methods described on this forum for rooting guavas, the "bag method" and the "solo cup method".

Because I received some cuttings from Kaz but had no good place to graft onto, I am doing the solo cup method on some cuttings.  I was having good results, but my 1yo son knocked them all over last week and spilled the soil... so they might die now :-/
I had no idea guava was hard to root. I got some pink guava cuttings a few months ago, and just did my standard rooting procedure for them. I scratched the bottom, dipped in rooting hormone, potted them up, then placed them in a humid container. Of the 5 cuttings, I got 2 to root.

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Powdery Mildew.

From seed cannot be a 'Pickering.'  Must have a grafted tree of 'Pickering' to have that variety.  A seedling from 'Pickering' is a new kind.
Thanks for the info, I'll treat it asap.

The tree is still quite small, but it is a grafted pickering, not a seedling.

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Hey folks, this is my first time keeping mangos, so I was wondering whether my pickering has a disease or nutrient deficiency, or if these are just old leaves:







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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: No"add photo" feature in messages
« on: November 06, 2021, 03:47:35 PM »
Doesn't work for me either. I don't think I've been able to add pictures to messages for a couple weeks now.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: White Sapote and Cherimoya seeds
« on: October 23, 2021, 04:04:30 PM »
All seeds sold out.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: White Sapote and Cherimoya seeds
« on: October 21, 2021, 09:27:20 PM »
Most of the white sapote seeds are beginning to germinate, so I would like to get rid of them before I need to throw them put. Am open to offers.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: White Sapote and Cherimoya seeds
« on: October 18, 2021, 05:36:43 PM »
18 White Sapote and 25 Cherimoya seeds left. Also open to trades. I'm interested in anything that will fruit in a container, preferably within 3 years.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Paypal changed shipping software
« on: October 15, 2021, 06:02:00 PM »
you can print postage from usps.com but the way it ised to work from paypal made things really easy.  of course they had to take a good thing and break it. 

no more international shipping for me until that gets fixed.  had to stand in line and fill out forms in person the other day to ship somwthing overseas.  not doing that anymore.
I've always liked to use paypal because it gives a discount on postage, but for whatever reason USPS declines my card whenever I try to print postage from their website. No idea why. I've just never been able to use their website for postage.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Paypal changed shipping software
« on: October 15, 2021, 04:51:54 PM »
I tried using it a few hours ago, but it wouldn't let me add my card. I had to get postage at the USPS office instead, because I can't seem to get it on their website either.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: White Sapote and Cherimoya seeds
« on: October 15, 2021, 03:33:47 PM »
18 White Sapote and 70 Cherimoya seeds left.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / White Sapote and Cherimoya seeds
« on: October 13, 2021, 10:13:38 PM »
I have some cherimoya seeds and white sapote seeds I'm looking to let go of, as I don't have the space to do anything with them. The cherimoya seeds were from july fruit, and the white sapote seeds are from not but a couple of weeks ago. Some of the white sapote seeds are beginning to germinate. I have about 2 dozen white sapote, and 4 dozen cherimoya seeds.

White Sapote - $1.50 per seed
Cherimoya - $0.50 per seed

Shipping - $9 for White Sapote, $5 for cherimoya, $9 combined.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Are these flower buds on my pink guava?
« on: October 10, 2021, 02:31:07 PM »
As title stated, I'm just curious whether these are buds forming at the base of the leaves on my pink guava, or if it's just new growth. I'm not really sure what to look for because this is my first year keeping guava.


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My dadís Carrie is 30 ft tall, my neighbors is about 25 ft tall. Carrie might be tough to keep in a pot permanently.

Pickering is certainly a small tree and great for a large pot. Carrie is a fairly vigorous grower here in south Florida at least.
Any other recommendations then? Most sites I read say pickering is generally best, followed by carrie and some others. I picked carrie because supposedly it tastes better than most dwarf trees, but I'm just going off of what I've read so far. I'm still far away from buying cuttings to graft, so I'm entirely open to suggestions.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: White Sapote Fruit Box For Sale
« on: October 05, 2021, 03:40:54 PM »
Awesome seller, received 4lbs of white sapote, and the rest of the box was filled with passionfruit. Definitely worth trying for anyone that can't get it locally.

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Both the scion and the rootstock have an effect on the overall characteristics of the tree. Also, a rootstock that dwarfs one specific variety may not necessarily dwarf another variety.

If you are using non clonal rootstocks, the effect can be completely unpredictable, especially if using Monoembryonic seedlings because of the randomness of the parent pollen.

All this aside, I usually focus on the scion because it controls much of the shape of the top of the tree including branching structure.

For example, if I used Kent as a rootstock and grafted Lemon Zest onto it, ignoring the fact that the scion could significantly influence vigor, the resulting tree will likely be tall and upright because of the longer internode distance associated with this variety.

If I took that same Kent rootstock and grafted Carrie onto it, the resulting tree will likely have a more compact, dense canopy because of the attributes associated with the Carrie variety.

The rootstock will help influence how fast each of the trees described above will reach a specific height/size.

I had a thread on mango rootstocks but itís so old that most of the links are broken.

Hereís a link that hopefully works

https://www.mango.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Mango_rootstock_Final_Report_Eng.pdf

Simon
Thank you very much for the info! As I said, I know very little about grafting, much less about grafting mangoes, do this was quite helpful. I'll be sure to give your thread a look.

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Any rootstock will work. Not sure what you mean by dwarf in your question. Those are not dwarfing rootstock. Pickering will naturally be dwarf, Carrie semi-dwarf.
I should have worded it better. From what I've read, pickering and Carrie are dwarf/good for growing in pots. I was just wondering if they need a dwarf rootstock to stay dwarf trees.

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I just potted some seeds from some store bought mango (I believe they were keitt), and I was curious as to whether they would make good rootstock for carrie and/or pickering. I've never grafted before, so I'm not sure whether I'd need a special rootstock for those varieties, or if anything would work.

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I'm also interested in these. It never occurred to me that there are other species related to ice cream bean.

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