Wanted plant genetics

Contact us to send seeds, cuttings, or bare-rooted plants. They can be sent to our general mail address here in Ecuador, or (preferably) they can be sent to people who are flying here from the US, Europe, or Australia. Note that while we do need seeds, what we need even more are cuttings (including scions, layers, suckers, and so forth) and/or grafted plants of superior cultivars and species that are slow-growing or highly-variable from seed. Please also check the “Seeds NOT To Bring“, “Recommended Nurseries“, and “Recommended Seed Sources” lists at the bottom.

Cultivars listed below are in preferential order.


  1. Butia capitata (Jelly palm) seeds
  2. Manilkara zapota (Sapodilla) seeds
  3. Annon reticulata (red custard apple) ~~ scions or grafted plants: San Pablo, Sartenaya
  4. Artocarpus altilis (Breadfruit) ~~ scions or grafted plants: Mafala
  5. Diospryros kaki (Japanese Persimmon) ~~ scions or grafted plants: South Florida
  6. Tropical or subtropical: peaches, pears, apples (grafted plants)
  7. Annona cherimola X squamosa (Atemoya) ~~ scions or grafted plants: Gefner
  8. Passiflora laurifolia (Water Lemon) ~~ fresh fruits, or fresh/moist seeds, or softwood cuttings
  9. Annona muricata (Soursop / Guanábana) ~~ scions or grafted plants: Cuban Fibreless

Also Helpful

  1. Durio graveolens (Durian Burung / Red Durian) ~~ fresh unfrozen seeds, or grafted plants
  2. Durio kinabaluensis (Tapuloh / Durian Kinabalu) ~~ fresh unfrozen seeds
  3. Persea americana (Avocado) ~~ cuttings or grafted plants: Holiday, Jan Boyce, Mexicola Grande, Russell, or Secondo AND Hellen, Kampong, Malama, Nimlioh, Nishikawa, Sharwil, Sheppard, or Yamagata
  4. Manilkara zapota (Sapodilla) ~~ layers or grafted plants: Butterscotch, Oxkutzcab
  5. Artocarpus integer (Chempedak) ~~ scions or grafted plants: Champion, Brunei, Sri Temoh, Chin, Kapa, or other orange fleshed fibreless varieties)
  6. Pouteria sapota (Mamey Sapote) ~~ scions or grafted plants: Lara, Flores, Abuelo
  7. Macadamia spp. ~~ layers or grafted plants: A16, 816, Dana White, Arkin, Vista, James
  8. Carica papaya (Papaya) ~~ heirloom Khak Dam, Mexican
  9. Mangifera odorata (Kuini / Saipan Mango) ~~ grafted plants: Kaweni, Gandarassa
  10. Artocarpus heterophyllus (Jackfruit) ~~ scions or grafted plants: Orange Crush, Red Morning, Kapa, Mai1
  11. Musa spp. (Banana) ~~ sword suckers: Ice Cream / Blue Java, FHIA-18 / Apple / Bananza, Gros Michel
  12. Garcinia humilis (Achacha)
  13. Garcinia prainiana (Cherapu)
  14. Garcinia livingstonei (Imbe)
  15. Platonia esculenta (Bacuri) ~~ root cuttings or grafted plants
  16. Blighia sapida (Akee) ~~ scions or plants: firm-fruited “Cheese” types
  17. Myrciaria vexator (Blue Jaboticaba) ~~ grafted plants
  18. Bouea macrophylla (Maprang) ~~ grafted plants: Ma-yong Chid, Wan
  19. Averrhoa carambola (Star Fruit) ~~ grafted plants: Sri Kembangan (most interesting), Giant Siam
  20. Eugenia brasiliensis (Grumichama)
  21. Syzygium cumini (Java Plum / Jamun) ~~ grafted plants: Ra Jaman
  22. Coccinia grandis (Ivy Gourd / Tindora)
  23. Azadirachta indica (Neem)
  24. Rungia klossii (Mushroom Plant)
  25. Dialium indum (Tamarind Plum)
  26. Annona squamosa (Sugar Apple) ~~ scions or grafted plants: Thai Lessard, Na Di or any high quality sugar apple
  27. Mangifera casturi (Kasturi / Kastooree) ~~ fresh fruits, seeds, or seedling plants
  28. Durio dulcis (Lahong) ~~ fresh unfrozen seeds, or grafted plants
  29. Canarium odontophyllum (Buah Dabai) ~~ air-layers or grafted plants: Laja AND Lulong
  30. Artocarpus altilis (Breadfruit) ~~ root cuttings, root shoots, or plants: Afara, Pucro, Havana, seedless Temaipo
  31. Anonidium mannii (Junglesop)
  32. Mammea americana (Mammee Apple) ~~ grafted plants: Jinotepe, Waimanalo
  33. Canarium album (Gan Lan / White Chinese Olive) ~~ male and female air-layers or grafted plants: Maken22, Huangzhuang Wulan, Liqiu Wulan, Chashulan, Tanxiang
  34. Eriobotrya japonica (Loquat) ~~ grafted plants: Tanaka AND Advance
  35. Nephelium ramboutan-ake (Pulasan) ~~ grafted plants: UH Selection

Lower Priority

  1. Dacryodes edulis (Safou) ~~ preferably male and female air-layers
  2. Annona scleroderma (Posh-te / Cawésh) ~~ preferably grafted Fasho
  3. Artocarpus lanceifolius (Keledang)
  4. Durio kutejensis (Durian Pulu / Lai) ~~ scions or grafted plants: Belimbing, Mahakam, Merah, Bara, Kuning, Besar
  5. Durio macrantha ~~ fresh unfrozen seeds
  6. Annona salzmannii (Beach Araticum)
  7. Clausena lansium (Wampee) ~~ air-layers or grafted plants: Chi Hsin, Yeem Pay, Guy Sam
  8. Melicoccus bijugatus (Spanish Lime) ~~ air-layers or grafted plants: José Pabon, Sasa
  9. Abelmoschus manihot (Sunset Muskmallow) ~~ seeds or fresh cuttings: Aunt Lili’s South Sea Salad Tree
  10. Parkia speciosa (Petai / Stink Bean)
  11. Canavalia ensiformis (Wonder Bean)
  12. Pouteria viridis (Green Sapote) ~~ cuttings or grafted plants: Makawao, Fairchild
  13. Ficus carica (Edible Fig) ~~ cuttings or grafted plants: Conadria, Excel, Poona, White Triana
  14. Annona purpurea (Soncoya)
  15. Mangifera indica (Common Mango) ~~ scions or grafted plants: Angie
  16. Terminalia kaernbachii (Okari Nut)
  17. Endopleura uchi (Uxi)
  18. Elaeagnus latifolia (Bastard Oleaster)
  19. Persicaria odorata (Rau Ram / Laksa Leaf)
  20. Carissa macrocarpa (Natal Plum / Noem-Noem) ~~ air-layers or grafted plants: Gifford, Fancy
  21. Psidium guajava (Common Guava) ~~ only grafted plants of White Bangkok Giant

Seeds NOT To Bring

  • Cherimoya
  • Kiwifruit
  • Olive
  • Walnut
  • Pomegranate
  • Apple, Pear, Plum, et cetera
  • Temperate-climate fruits or fruits that have a chill requirement
  • F1 hybrid cultivars (explained here with more information here.)

Please don’t just bring a bag full of temperate-climate vegetable seeds. We need those (certain open-pollinated ones, anyway), but even more importantly, we need exotic wet-tropical fruits. Let us know if you need further suggestions of which species/cultivars to order or from where, and you can also check your local Asian market for cherapu, lahong, red durian, keledang, lakoocha, et cetera.

Recommended Nurseries

Recommended Seed Sources

Some seeds have a short shelf life, so you should either obtain them right before you leave or sprout them in a pot and bring the baby plants bare-rooted. Contact us for instructions on packing whichever seeds, cuttings, or bare-rooted plants you’ll be bringing. This video might also be helpful:
Transporting Plant Material Internationally

Last updated on October 24, 2016