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My Sabal Uresana does not seem to be what I bought, but ok

by DavidLJ48 » 2 weeks ago in PNW Palms and Exotics

Axel it now looks more like the pic of the huge Sabal you posted a couple years ago or so.

It says a Sabal uresana is less then 20 inches in diameter, for the trunk; it is 2 feet plus in width so far.

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Looking for Golden Kiwi (Actinidia chinensis) Cuttings/Seeds

by Wonderful89 » 3 weeks ago in Exchange Scions

Hello, been searching on and off trying to locate Golden Kiwi. I resist the temptation to purchase seeds from ebay as they may not be true to their listed descriptions let alone waiting a few years to find this out. If anyone is growing this type and can spare a cutting or seeds I would be most appreciative. Also, pointing me to a source I can buy from would be great too. Thanks!

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Pruning Psidium for Structurally Sound Regrowth?

by Spidra » 2 months ago in Rare Fruits, Edibles and Permaculture with a focus on tropicals

I planted a Psidium cattleyanum when I was 14, many years ago. It grew to nearly 2 stories tall and this year the crop was heavy enough first to bend it and then to break it. Instead of breaking off entirely, a large branch or two split down the middle.

While it's not our favorite tree (it was mislabeled as a regular strawberry guava and is a yellow variety instead, for one), it provides some needed shade to the house. Starting with another fruit tree would likely take years to catch up. Its root system is already established and that's another plus given how different the climate is now from the one of the '70s.

My worry is how to find someone who knows what they're doing to prune it back appropriately. If we just saw it below the tear, I'm afraid the new growth might be very superficially coming from the surface and will be easy to tear out again. Should I be bark grafting? Or is it a loss?

We're located in the Pasadena area. Anyone know anyone out this way who knows their Psidium tree physiology? Photos of the bend/tear on my Twitter:

https://twitter.com/may_gun/status/901143147622707201

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It's been a very long busy summer...

by CJW_Asia » 2 months ago in PNW Palms and Exotics

I am very sorry that I didn't get a chance to post on here during the "summer" and late spring, however I've got some interesting pictures that some of you might find interesting. Also some updates on a few things I have been working on.
I have been involved with one of the local colleges over the past few months teaching a combination of Cambridge AE, IELTS and CLB leveled classes. Combine this with marking and family coming from ROK, the schedule has been crammed full.


Now for some interesting news. (subtropical plants)

I have got a few more plants in my collection now, namely Lycium barbarum, Zanthoxylum schinifolium, Hydrangea serrata (from Bijarim on Jejudo), Persea/Machilus Thunbergii (from Busan) and a very quickly growing Cinnamomum Camphora (now ~3ft tall) from California.
As all of you know we just came through a wickedly cold winter with a prolonged cold spell that lasted well into the first week of April. Though my minimum temperatures didn't fall below -4c, the below 0c temps certainly stuck around for far longer than normal and as such there was some damage done to things that I normally don't see damage on.. I lost my some of my bananas even though they were insulated. :(
I had cold burn on some of the leaves on my 15ft Cinnamomum septentrionale tree.
(Cinnamomum inunctum (Nees) Meissn. var. albosericeum gamble)

However, there were some major surprises. Both the Cinnamomum camphora and the P.thunbergii thrived, and with the summer heat grew amazingly fast.
Neither plant had any damage on them.

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White Dragon Fruit cuttings for trade

by Michelle » 4 months ago in Exchange Scions

Hi I have large white dragon fruit cuttings available for trade (2-4 feet long). Looking for things like kiwi vines, passion fruit vines, miracle fruit plant, brown turkey fig (or other varieties), any other edibles.
Contact me at meixue88@hotmail.com if you're interested in discussing a trade. I can also share scions of chicago hardy fig, rose apple, champaca, Michelia alba, red dragon fruit cuttings, pomelo, etc..

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