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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: scions/cuttings
« on: February 22, 2021, 08:09:36 PM »
achetadomestica, PM sent, hope it made it to you.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My Lansiums have flowers
« on: February 04, 2021, 04:37:35 PM »
Nice going, Mike! Centuries ago, I spent a whole school year in Manila and that was when I contracted the Lansium Crazyium tropical disease. These are by far my #1 fruit.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Cot-N-Candy Aprium Cuttings
« on: January 25, 2021, 04:22:07 PM »
Does it need a plum or something to pollinate in order to fruit?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherilata taste test.
« on: January 14, 2021, 07:54:23 PM »
Looks delicious. From the cut up pix, seeds count looks Ok to me even with this small specimen. For me, it's the seed to flesh ratio that counts not the seeds count by itsef.
Also, cherilata is a type, not a name.


Note: Maybe the breeder, Shot, should now give it a name?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seedless Papaya Propagation
« on: December 03, 2020, 03:43:34 PM »
Papaya trees have buds with each leaf. You could take a nice bud and try to chip bud it onto another papaya tree.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sugar apple trees sick what is this.
« on: October 31, 2020, 09:55:52 PM »
Spary neem oil, the one from Bonide is excellent.

I opted for the express shipping and order arrived in 1 day in perfect condition. Fruits are fresh.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Great Custard Apple and Bernie's Tamarind
« on: October 17, 2020, 12:10:59 AM »
A yellow soursop? Now that is worth a hunt even if it doesn't taste good.
Very nice find, Mike!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grafting 101
« on: October 12, 2020, 10:30:00 PM »
I'd listen to Rob's advice. If possible, practice on the graft you really intend to do. It makes no sens to practice on grafting avocado which is somewhat easy when you really intent to graft mango (hard to graft). it is even silly to practice grafting mango when really you intent to graft lychee.
Grafting is not just the cutting. It englobes the understanding of the nature of the rootstock and the scion.

But if you're objective here is to find a cutter, then a utility knife like a box cutter, retractable at desired length, would do just fine. I've tried the most expensive grafting knives endorsed by so called "pros", believe me, they're all snake oil.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Just got Java Plums
« on: September 30, 2020, 02:57:58 PM »
1st pic was at 10:30 AM and last pic was at 6 PM

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Just got Java Plums
« on: September 30, 2020, 02:20:24 PM »
Unless you have a farm where you could plant the Jamun away from all structures, keeping them in large pots is the only option as their roots are quite destructive and the juice from fallen fruits could stain permanently. People also report that the juice could also be corrosive to metal.
In Florida, you could find trees along highways and even at Disney around Animal Kingdom park for example. So quite invasive.

However, they are quite popular in India and SE Asia and I'm quite fond of them. I grew up with these so I'm a bit biased here. The fruit has astringency taste only if not picked completely ripe. You tongue will turn deep purple after eating a few of them. I bought a grafted tree of about 5 ft tall and it fruited a year after. It's a big size fruit variety but I don't know the variety name. The taste is cherry with a bit of tart and a little astringency if not completely ripe.


Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Annona Muricata & Annona Guanabana
« on: September 25, 2020, 02:52:17 PM »
There is no Annona Guanabana. Guanabana is just a popular name in South America for A. Muricata aka Soursop.

Two weeks and 1/2 to germinate. No GA3, just tip filing and bottom heat.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Growing sugar apple from seed
« on: September 11, 2020, 01:33:48 PM »
This works for me all the time and fast, even for the bigger seeds like those of A. Salzmannii.

These seeds are super fresh, I bought them from Berto based on Mike's assessments. Two weeks in a ziploc and on a heat mat, the seeds are already starting to open up. I should see the tip of the roots in about 3 days from now and that's when they go to a seedling pot.

Thanks again, Berto, for sharing this variety.

Those are flowers alright. Wow! at 2 months old???

Which variety is that A. Reticulata?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Espalier Cherimoya
« on: August 22, 2020, 07:25:27 PM »
Hey, I've been wanting to do this for some time now but could never get to it. Here is a video from a pro grower in Australia, a video I saved for when that day comes...

I use the picker posted above called clip n pick.  It only works on fruit with long stems like avocado and mangos.

The pool cleaning pole clicks right into it.

Brad, where did you get your pool cleaning pole, model#?

Mike T., now that you're BACK to a noob status, you're unstoppable!!! How did you convinced Sheehan to do that? :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Too Late To Start Sugar Apple Seeds?
« on: August 11, 2020, 01:50:17 PM »
Thanks for this information. When filing the tip of the seeds, does it matter which end and can I file too much?

Once they’ve germinated, any suggestions on what medium to pot them in?


The tip is where there is an opening, that's where the root will come out. And yes, you could file too much and scrape out the inside. Just file enough to remove the outer layer. If you see white material, you filed too much. :)

The medium to use for planting is up to you, SA is not picky but it prefers soil that is on the dry side. I personally use mostly coco coir even though it's a bit more work as you need to compensate every now and then with Cal/Mag/Iron. It's low Ph and that's what most plants prefer.

And Congrats for the nice fruit!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Too Late To Start Sugar Apple Seeds?
« on: August 09, 2020, 01:23:59 AM »
Use a small nail file and remove a tiny bit off the tip of the seed, just a bit so humidity could seep in. Then soak in water overnight if seeds are fresh, longer if not. Paper towel wit ziploc and bottom heat is a combo that works wonder.

The real trick is the filing of the tip of the seeds and keep the paper towel WET. Keeping the paper moist is usually not enough and could even encourage mold if seeds are not properly cleaned. I find that keeping the paper dripping wet is best.

In So Cal, Maprang is an extremely slow growing plant even in a greenhouse. Ethan (former fastest grafter of the West!) could attest to this as he had them in his greenhouse before.

You could try find tree pots to accommodate your current seedling long tap roots.

My experience in trying to grow maprang in So Cal is that they do not do well when the humidity level drops to 1 digit. The plant could never recover from 1 digit humidity level and would slowly perish.

Currently, I'm germinating some seeds and the plan is to try grafting the seedlings onto mango rootstocks. I've done this before way back in 2012 or something. It seemed to work as the scions flushed 3-4 times before the whole plants died. I'm not sure if that was due to incompatibility or care issues on my part. So now that I have more times, I'm going to try this again. But it will be my last attempt at growing maprang in So Cal.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: When to uncover mango grafts.
« on: June 30, 2020, 04:01:39 AM »
I used to cover my grafts to "protect from the sun" and sometimes even used a ziploc under the bag or foil but I stopped years ago. The success rate isn't any different whether I cover or not. So my conclusion was that the graft covering was just for my own peace of mind.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WTB: Achachairu tree
« on: June 25, 2020, 01:02:43 PM »
I was also looking for a nice size one and found it here, Hawaiian Tropical Plants Nursery (
Got the plant yesterday as described on the website. The plant is 38 inches tall, about 2 years old and for $47.50, it's a real nice bargain and couldn't find that anywhere else.

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