As far as I know, all of the trees on my property are seedling. A few of
the avocado and mango trees were here when I bought this place and I have
no history of it. But they appeared to be seedling types. Grafting is not
a popular mode used here, especially among the non-commercial home
gardeners, which this place has always been as far as I know.
Many of my trees were destroyed by Hurricane Hugo in 1989. I have
replanted and all of my planting has been from seed except the banana and
plantain which never produce from seed. Only a few very rare varieties of
banana have seed and none are present here in PR. They are all grown from
what are called "Semilla" in Spanish here, but are suckers that grow off
the root or underground portion of the stalk. Those are extracted (dug up)
and transplanted to a new location.
Many trees grow wild here, or are purposely (and sometimes accidentally)
set as fence posts. In season, one can drive down most any country road
and pick (or pick up) all the fruit one needs for a week or more, free. It
is growing over, and falls onto, the public road right of way.
--Dan in Sunny Puerto Rico--
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