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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pintangatuba pollination
« on: July 22, 2021, 11:43:34 PM »
Here is the overall size of the star cherry. You can see fruits on the ground. Fruits filled the air with mango/papaya/pineapple aroma, too bad they are too sour.




I look forward to when my miracle berry also has some fruit for me. Hopefully it coincides

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pintangatuba pollination
« on: July 22, 2021, 07:52:32 PM »



Just picked these up off the ground. Wish I could get them more yellow but they’re still tasty

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pintangatuba pollination
« on: July 22, 2021, 06:59:56 PM »
I thought we've gone over this, high genetic variability with these, its way too risky to only have one, if you have two you are guaranteed fruit.. ask @K-Rimes what happened once he bought another one to accompany his :)

Oh look, it me.

I have a nice big 7g plant from Champa, flowering profusely - honestly it hasn't stopped flowering since I brought it home, put it in my greenhouse and it acclimated. It is fragrant and just wildly happy and always has / had flowers in various stages on it. I tried bending the branches around from the freshest flowers with no luck on getting fruit sets and opted to buy a small 3g flowering plant when I was at Mimosa just to see what would happen.

IMMEDIATE fruit sets. It is so full of fruit that I am considering thinning it!

I have had fruit from both plants now and it's pretty much the same, really sour with mango/apricot flavors and kinda stringy flesh. Most people wouldn't like it but I don't mind the sour, I eat them out of hand. I had 3 fruit fall off today that were about 1/3 yellow 2/3 green. They do ripen a bit more if left on the counter but they're so delicate and soft when ripe that they're definitely not built for that. The fruit on the larger plant are really large, golf ball size.

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Ken, gophers don’t eat Cherimoya roots, they got word from the rats about parkinsons. I’ve planted alot of Cherimoya in gopher territory and never seen any signs of damage.

I have a beauty of a grafted atemoya I planted without a cage on your advice, and no signs of gopher activity on it. Seems the annonacin keeps them at bay or something.

Personally, I'm a gopher trapper. I caught I think 6 or 7 this year and a vole and a mole. They killed a really nice fig I had last year, ate the entire trunk like a beaver would. That turned me onto being a trapper and I am VERY on top of it now. Any sign of a new mound and traps are immediately out.

I am of Spaugh's suggestion that you shouldn't try to co-exist with them. They will always go for the tender stuff, tropicals, tomatoes, fruit trees, veggies and so on even when presented with other options. My property mate planted out a bunch of wild flowers and they leave those alone in comparison to any of my in ground stuff. I think it's the exotic flavor or maybe that we irrigate them and the soil is nice and soft for them to dig in. Low effort high reward.

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I have one in a 5 gallon that is about 2 years old, maybe has 6 leaves. It grows dummy slow, that's for sure.

It is basically 100% shaded but gets lots of ambient light as it's in a greenhouse with white cloth on it, doesn't seem to need much light.

I keep it pretty wet, seems to like it. I feed it Holly Tone.

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Despite my best efforts, my yangmeis didn't make it, even the rootstock. I chalk it up to being really hot and dry where I live. If I tried to spin the wheel again, I'd definitely employ a humidity dome and humidifier like Spaugh and Simon used - clearly helped since both of their success rates was statistically better. Nate in SC also probably has a more mellow climate than mine, so, definitely not an easy task up here at high elevation inland CA - but I did my best!

I'll leave them sitting for awhile and see if anything comes from the roots but am definitely not holding out any hope.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: July 06, 2021, 08:09:42 PM »
90$ for a redwood 4x4,  lol

I'm making concrete ones for under 10$

All the people who buy cuttings from me now I say build it out of metal or concrete, don't bother with wood.

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Nice, I like the new format with all the plants in the same posting.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Your weapon of choice?
« on: July 05, 2021, 03:18:44 PM »
I just use a big 8" chef knife, it's my go to for pretty much everything.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: July 04, 2021, 02:05:48 PM »
Amazing results K Rime!  What exactly is your feeding formula and schedule?  I’m not doing nearly as well up here.  We are having a super cold summer.

I'm throwing the whole dang cart of fertilizer at them.

I brought them out of the GH maybe around March or April or so and when I saw them growing actively again once it warmed up I started giving them Vigoro slow release avocado citrus. They're all in 25 gallon plants so I'd put on a good handful or two and have put on a good handful or two every 2 weeks. I've been smoking through a 30lb bag of Vigoro every couple weeks, dosing the whole yard. It's good enough for how cheap it is, but doesn't last as long as Osmocote.

Once we're into heatwave territory I'll leave the DF dry for a week or so then hit them with about 1tsp of Koolbloom per gallon of water, about a gallon of water per 25g pot. I'll then water them every 3-4 days with the same recipe.

I seriously just blast these things with fertilizer and they never burn or slow down. They EAT.

To get fruit sets, always leave them dry for as long as possible. I find that's the secret sauce for sets.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: July 04, 2021, 12:59:59 PM »
I’m having my best DF season yet by far. They overwintered in the greenhouse which I’m sure helped them, they grew a lot even Dec-March which is my coldest period. I count at least another 6 flowers on one plant (the one with all the flowers open at once) and the others are probably just around the corner.

You can push DF insanely fast with fertilizers. The 4 of them by my generator were just cuttings 6 months ago and most are over the top of the trellises.

This year on Spaugh’s recommendation I started using koolbloom which is 5-50-9 and definitely seems to work. I suggested it to a friend who also got one of brads plants counted 26 flower buds this week after the heatwave.


Purple Haze


Natural mystic


Cosmic Charlie


Dark star in back, Asunta / Yellow megalanthus / frankies red front left, Isis / baby cerrado middle, Ax / guatemala purple far right


Cosmic Charlie has been by far the most productive this year with more than 12 flowers, only have two fruit sets now

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Eugenia Anthropophaga info?
« on: July 03, 2021, 10:57:00 PM »
I was reading some Brazilian guys on FB saying it's really tasty and well balanced, unlike pitangatuba. I didn't mind the tubas from my tree this year but this one sounds interesting. I have 4 of them that all germinated and they're growing relatively quick compared to some of the other stuff I've grown from seed.

Not really sure why the hype and pricing is so high on eBay, I didn't have any losses on them and they grow pretty well. I'll report back if they start taking off.

OP yours looks really healthy, good job.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sangue Latte- Blood & Milk
« on: June 18, 2021, 07:23:10 PM »
This one is super cool. Put me down for some scions!

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Is that the one I just gave you?! haha

They're both from you. The small one you gave me I down potted to 1 gallon and it's still I think building roots before it makes more shooootz.

The big one is killing it though, just flying. I was so stoked to see a flower today.

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I'm a little overwhelmed with the heat and caring for so many plants so it's probably time to thin the herd a bit. I don't want to ship these cause it's too damn hot. Hopefully some CA folks are excited enough about the list to come visit!



Escarlate seedlings in 3" pots - $20


Grimal or Red in 3" pot - $20

1 gallon red jabos - $40

Campo Ramon - $60 - a little lanky but growing strong.


Campo Ramon - $100 - fantastic structure and growing fast


Rooted S8 cuttings $20:


Nelita eugenia calycinas $30 for small, $80 for big



Eugenia myrcianthes  $30


Isan Indigo seedling $40


15 gallon mamey seedling $80




















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Haha speak of the devil. Glad I poked around to take photos cause it looks like the first flower just showed up on hirsuta.









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I have a large campomanesia hirsuta that is really close to producing. If not this year for sure next, it's in a 20 gallon and was totally rootbound in 15 gallon earlier this year. Got a mate for it that's in a 1 g right now getting the same treatment the big one did. They grow super fast for me.

Planted out a xanthocarpa into a 3" pot and it's flying,and have a few more in the seed trays coming up right now. Tried to get cambuci to sprout but no such luck yet, probably takes forever but the seed tray is full of fungus gnats unfortunately so I'm not holding out much belief in those coming up.

If your C. hirsuta fruits, put me in line for a few seeds. What sort of growing conditions does it like? I have not treated my C. schlechtendaliana differently from my jaboticabas as far as soil, watering, and fertilizer. It seems to be doing alright but is not growing at a particularly fast rate.

It is similar conditions to my jaboticaba over here as well. I top it with copious amounts of chicken manure and it always responds immediately and consumes it. Once I see perlite showing through again I drop another load on it. I tried dosing it hard with a strong P slow release fert this year and it didn't like it at all and burnt a bit, have gone back to using Hollytone and chicken manure only. It seems to appreciate a lot of water and is somewhat sensitive to PH in that it grows much faster when you get it right - aiming for 5.5 to 6.0 here. Same as jabo.

I have a guazumifolia that flowered this year for the first time but no sets. It looks like it's just about to launch 20 or 30 more flowers so I can hope for a taste soon.

All my campomanesias are in my 50% shade greenhouse. It didn't go below 37f this year which certainly helped them out. They lived outside in 9b last year and even had dusting of snow on them for a day last year and they did not appreciate that much and defoliated. I think they are really hardy from what i can tell. Probably need to up pot my guazum again soon...

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I have a large campomanesia hirsuta that is really close to producing. If not this year for sure next, it's in a 20 gallon and was totally rootbound in 15 gallon earlier this year. Got a mate for it that's in a 1 g right now getting the same treatment the big one did. They grow super fast for me.

Planted out a xanthocarpa into a 3" pot and it's flying,and have a few more in the seed trays coming up right now. Tried to get cambuci to sprout but no such luck yet, probably takes forever but the seed tray is full of fungus gnats unfortunately so I'm not holding out much belief in those coming up.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hunt for the best Surinam Cherry
« on: June 11, 2021, 02:15:56 PM »
Here are some photos of my pitangas. I have so many more not shown. I have a couple Regina seedlings from Miguel, a few Zill's from achetadomestica and a few other randoms I can't recall. Sorry if the photos aren't clear, it's hard when everything is so green here


My fruitless Lolita with a Zill's graft in the centre


Grafted vermillion that produces prolifically


10' tall Black Star that is combo potted with a strawberry guava that is choking it out. I repotted them yesterday and I hope that the black star will come back a bit. It had a lot of branch die-off I think due to being root bound. It fruits rarely but it is the sweetest one I have.


10' tall red pitanga which I've never had a fruit from, it had many fruit on it when I bought it.


Zill's, black star, or seedlings from Argentina (the bigger pointy leaf ones in the back are the Argentine variety)


Chamba and Lolita from Exotica, no flowers yet


Lolita from Exotica that I grafted some of my vermillion onto


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Small fruit trees for shaded spaces
« on: June 07, 2021, 07:41:42 PM »
Jaboticaba and carambola are known to do OK in dappled sunlight.

My jabo does awesome in dappled sun, but it does get a good 3-4 hours of direct every day as well.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hunt for the best Surinam Cherry
« on: June 07, 2021, 01:06:09 PM »
When’s the best time of year to graft Surinam Cherry here in So Cal? Thanks

I have grafted them at several different times of year, often with poor success. My only successful grafts have been in late Summer after it has cooled off, or early spring with the plant in a greenhouse to keep it cozy. I'm in 9b, so that causes some stress / cold issues during deep winter.

Personally I think the optimal time is early spring and that's when I had my most  consistent successes.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WTB - Pitomba
« on: June 04, 2021, 06:25:30 PM »
https://www.facebook.com/denniz.pablo/videos/2807299079484625

Nice looking Grumichama for $45 at Mimosa Rosemead.  Check out the video at the 4:28 mark.

Those are a STEAL at $45. Sheesh, I may have to grab some next time I'm down there again... I'm cuckoo for grumichama, definitely one of the eugenias I hear the most rave flavor reviews about.

Of note, I tried keeping mine a bit on the drier side to see if it help with fruit set and the flowers just straight up burnt up and disappeared. The move is to keep them soaked, I guess.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Myrciaria Guaquiea
« on: June 04, 2021, 06:14:52 PM »
I was reading that this one and yellow jabo cabelludinha are VERY tolerant of fertilizer and can take tons of it. I have added Holly Tone thus far to both of those and yeah they grow, but not quickly. Greg Arabie Jr on FB was saying he is adding monthly doses of 19-9-9 Osmocote and bi weekly liquid fertilizer that was 10-10-5. I am not recommending this program personally, but he said they are extremely tolerant of fert and I will be cautiously upping the load on mine.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WTB - Pitomba
« on: June 04, 2021, 01:14:36 PM »
Yeah I kinda regret my first grumichama I bought from Champa. Damn thing is just falling over on itself. I'm seriously about to just hack it right down to where it can stand up straight. My second one was thicker and stronger but is building a lot of leaf this year and is also falling over (it tried to flower and I saw signs but none came out).

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hunt for the best Surinam Cherry
« on: June 04, 2021, 12:19:50 PM »
are there seedlings that never fruit? I got a plant some 9 years ago, didn't grow much and no fruits.

Yes, there certainly are. I'm having trouble getting my 10' plants to reliably fruit. Damn near ready to give up on them, or at least, chop them down to a reasonable height and see what happens. Not much to lose at this juncture... I did graft a few of branches but, still, not really feeling top working 50-60 branches to make the rest of the tree produce.

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