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TopTropicals Newsletter / 13 Apr 2021
Todays 10 coolest plants. Barbados Cherry equal to 65 oranges. Why Avocado is not flowering? Coolest new arrivals.

We all love Big Fruit!

"...A cat is there when you call him - if he doesn't have something better to do..."
- Bill Adler -

In the photo: Artocarpus heterophyllus - Jackfruit.

Today's 10 coolest plants face-to-face

Collector's Spotlight

With TopTropicals huge availability of cool rare plants, sometimes it is hard to make a choice... Our customers often ask us to help them with selection. Today, we are introducing a new spotlight: Today's 10 coolest plants. These plants are specially selected by our horticulturists as winners: the most interesting, hard to find, much wanted, or simply looking awesome and in full bloom. As our thank-you to our returned customers and subscribers, they will come to your inbox with discount coupons for your WHOLE order!
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Photo of actual plants today, from top left:
10. Ficus natalensis variegata - Hearts in the Snow
9. Salvia leucantha - Mexican Bush Sage
8. Tecomaria Mango - Bright Orange Sunset
7. Cestrum nocturnum - Night blooming jasmine
6. Cymbopogon citratus - Lemon grass.

Photo of actual fruit trees for sale today, from left to right:
5. Avocado Day
4. Macadamia
3. Avocado Brogdon
2. Mango Fralan

1. Spondias purpurea - Jocote, Red Hog Plum

Barbados Cherry:
equal to 65 oranges!

by Alex Butova, the Witch of Herbs and Cats

...If you are looing for a low-growing tropical fruit tree that's quite colorful in fruit and starts fruiting right away - plant Barbados Cherry...
...Small, bright red, berry-sized fruit has a vitamin C content up to 65 times that of an orange! A single fruit contains the minimum daily recommended vitamin C requirements...
...Barbados Cherry is very easy to grow and is generally free of pests, diseases, and any problems. It is drought tolerant and requires very little care. And the best part is, it will fruit for you right away! As small as 2" tiny plant can bear fruit!..

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Healthy Plants: Q&A from Mr Booster

Why my Avocado is not flowering?

Q: I have 5 avocados. Three of your cold hardy varieties and two others that have all flowered and set fruit in the past. The last two years including this year, not a single one of them has put out any flowers. I am getting lots of new growth like one would expect on a tree too young to flower. The last two years have been very mild with out any damaging frost where in previous years they lost all their leaves due to frost yet started putting out flowers once winter was over. I am confused because they have all flowered and set fruit previous years. Any ideas would be appreciated.

A: From information you provided, and considering the trees get lots of full sun and cold was not an issue, the only explanation is - lack of nutrients. Here is an example.
Very common situation: you get a small 2-3 ft Avocado or Mango tree in 3 gal pot (or even smaller) from a nursery, full of flowers, and sometimes even a small fruit. You bring it home, plant it in the ground or a bigger pot, it looks happy and grows like crazy. Then next year - oops, no fruit, sometimes not even flowers. What happened?
When the tree lived in a nursery, it was provided with all necessary nutrients through the injector systems (continuous feed); or some nurseries may use top dress smart release on regular schedule. Regardless of fertilizer type, professional grower's set up delivers plant food non-stop, on regular basis, with balanced formulas. Plants are not only growing fast but also ready to produce, since nutrients are always available for a full growth cycle.
When you plant a tree in the ground (or larger pot), conditions change. They may be beneficial for the plant: lots of room for roots to establish, hence lots of vegetative growth. Even if you planted it using good quality fertile soil, this soil may contain mostly nutrients responsible for vegetative growth (branches and leaves). Chances are, your soil may be rich in Nitrogen (good for green growth), but poor in other elements responsible for flowering and fruiting (Phosphorous, Potassium, and many important micro-elements such as Molybdenum, Boron, Iron, etc.). Besides, existing soil gets exhausted quickly, and within a year a two, if you don't add fertilizer, flowering and fruiting may be reduced or even stopped. This is why fertilizing program is very important for fruit trees that are expected to bring a crop soon.

We recommend:

- SUNSHINE C-Cibus - Crop Nutrition Booster - balanced food for fruit trees
- SUNSHINE-Honey - sugar booster - promotes more efficient blossoming and pollination, makes flowers bigger and reduces bud drop
- SUNSHINE SuperFood - for improving fruit trees production

Also keep in mind that some fruit trees have a habit of "skipping" a year and may either produce less or not produce at all every other year. In any case, balanced nutrition program can help to fix this "bad habit".


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Capsicum annuum x Capsicum chinense - Biquinho Pepper
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Capsicum frutescens - Wiri Wiri   Pepper
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Monstera karstenianum Peru
6620 Monstera karstenianum Peru
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Philodendron rugosum aberrant - Pig Skin
6672 Philodendron rugosum aberrant - Pig Skin
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Alocasia cuprea - Red Secret
6670 Alocasia cuprea - Red Secret
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Anthurium vittarifolium
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Artabotrys hexapetalus - Ylang Ylang vine
1018 Artabotrys hexapetalus - Ylang Ylang vine
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Brugmansia Jean Pasco - Yellow Angels   Trumpet
5241 Brugmansia Jean Pasco - Yellow Angels Trumpet
Grown in 6"/1 gal pot, small plant
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Brunfelsia lactea - Lady of the night
1039 Brunfelsia lactea - Lady of the night
Grown in 10"/3 gal pot
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Cassia fistula - Golden Shower Tree
2543 Cassia fistula - Golden Shower Tree
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Cassia javanica - Apple Blossom Tree
1360 Cassia javanica - Apple Blossom Tree
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Crossandra undulifolia Orange Mona Wallhead
4871 Crossandra undulifolia Orange Mona Wallhead
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Duranta variegata - Variegated Sky Flower
6128 Duranta variegata - Variegated Sky Flower
Grown in 6"/1 gal pot
$39.00  
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Eucharis grandiflora - Amazon Lily
4755 Eucharis grandiflora - Amazon Lily
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Fagraea racemosa (blumeana)   Javanica
2056 Fagraea racemosa (blumeana) Javanica
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Gloxinia sylvatica - Bolivian   Sunset
2389 Gloxinia sylvatica - Bolivian Sunset
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Gynura procubens - Longevity Spinach
5431 Gynura procubens - Longevity Spinach
Grown in 6"/1 gal pot
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Leucophyllum frutescens - Texas Sage
3217 Leucophyllum frutescens - Texas Sage
Grown in 10"/3 gal pot
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Musa - Banana Dwarf Namwah (Nam   Weh)
3501 Musa - Banana Dwarf Namwah (Nam Weh)
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Synsepalum dulcificum - Miracle Fruit, 1 gal pot
3319 Synsepalum dulcificum - Miracle Fruit, 1 gal pot
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Terminalia catappa - Tropical Almond
2266 Terminalia catappa - Tropical Almond
Grown in 6"/1 gal pot
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Tibouchina lepidota - Jules Dwarf
3181 Tibouchina lepidota - Jules Dwarf
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Aphelandra sinclairiana - Panama Queen
1382 Aphelandra sinclairiana - Panama Queen
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Cassia fistula - Golden Shower Tree
2543 Cassia fistula - Golden Shower Tree
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Ficus elastica Tineke
6658 Ficus elastica Tineke
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Manfreda undulata - Chocolate Chips
6654 Manfreda undulata - Chocolate Chips
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Morus sp. - Mulberry, Dwarf Everbearing
4174 Morus sp. - Mulberry, Dwarf Everbearing
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Psidium guajava - Guava Ruby Supreme
1181 Psidium guajava - Guava Ruby Supreme
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Pyrostegia venusta - Flame Vine
1391 Pyrostegia venusta - Flame Vine
Grown in 10"/3 gal pot
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Spondias purpurea - Jocote, Red Hog Plum
1193 Spondias purpurea - Jocote, Red Hog Plum
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Persea americana - Avocado Day, Grafted
1170 Persea americana - Avocado Day, Grafted
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Mangifera indica - Fralan Mango, Grafted
3690 Mangifera indica - Fralan Mango, Grafted
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