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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Papaya question
« on: March 17, 2018, 12:17:11 AM »
I have a Papaya tree growing in Scottsdale,  AZ.  Been in ground 3 years.  At least 15 feet tall.  Constantly with fruit.  Bought it as an unnamed seedling at a garden event.
Problem is, I don't like the taste of the fruit.  Kind of has an unpleasant aftertaste.
Anyone have recommendation for easy to find varieties, that would be on the high end of the flavor profile?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Picture request
« on: March 17, 2018, 12:07:40 AM »
Not sure if this helps, but, when I used to live in Hampton, VA, the Virginia zoo had a flying dragon as an ornamental.  Looked just like a shrub with thorns.  Coincidentally,  it used to have a ton of fruit sitting all over the ground in front of it. If anyone is in the area, it would be easy to snag a bunch of fruit and sell the seeds.

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Keraji
« on: March 17, 2018, 12:01:49 AM »
Thanks, just purchased some.  Now, if you ever find bloomsweet seeds, I can complete my varieties.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: What is your favorite tasting mandarin?
« on: February 27, 2018, 11:41:47 PM »
Brown's select

There is a new low chill cherry that is self fertile.  Check Dave Wilson website.  You could also look for improved varieties of capulin cherry.

Looking for seedlings of these two shrubs.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is your favorite tropical cherry?
« on: January 05, 2018, 11:45:11 PM »
U hear fruit from Barbados cherry vary greatly.  Maybe best source is to get a graft from someone who says they are great.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is your favorite tropical cherry?
« on: January 04, 2018, 10:44:10 PM »
Be careful where you purchase your Barbados cherry.  Mine fruited first time this year and were so sour, birds didn't eat them.
For a true cherry, there are some improved versions of capulun cherry that supposedly taste good if you can find them.
As for my favorite, I cannot recommend enough Jamaican cherry.  Strong grower, a biut thirsty, fruit are beyond delicious!

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: keraji mandarin
« on: December 20, 2017, 11:08:15 PM »
Does anyone else have keraji seeds to share?  I love the fruit.  Willing to pay or trade.

Citrus Buy, Sell, & Trade / Keraji
« on: December 11, 2017, 10:52:29 PM »
Does anyone have keraji fruit or seeds?  I had some growing from seeds, got I'll, didn't water, and now I think they are dead. :'(

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Recommendation on Australian brush cherry
« on: December 08, 2017, 10:52:53 PM »
I bought it at Richards garden center.  I had it in mostly shade, but, I have a feeling it would do well in full sun.  When the weather got hot, it started to grow real fast.  It was attractive without fruit.  I would plant another if I didn't have limited space.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WTB: Barbados cherry tree
« on: December 01, 2017, 12:02:58 AM »
I don't mean to be a Debbie downer, but, I  have a Barbados cherry and the fruit just isn't very good.  Like an unripe raspberry.  Vitamin C is very bitter to the taste and the cherries have loads of it.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Wtb: cambuca seedling
« on: October 22, 2017, 11:48:38 PM »
Looking for small tree.  Live in zone 9b, any word on hardiness?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Recommendation on Australian brush cherry
« on: October 14, 2017, 01:32:42 AM »
I wasn't planning on planting this, but a local nursery had seedlings real cheap.  So, I planted it last summer and it had insane growth and was ultra healthy.  However, I had bad soil erosion in my garden, dug it up and replanted.  It did not live through the transplant.  I can easily purchase another, but, I  am reconsidering despite it's growth.  I live in a townhouse anbd have limited space.  So, my last have to do things to stay.  For ones like this, I need healthy growth and good fruit.
So, can I get some comments on the edibility of Australian brush cherry?  I know you can eat the fruit, but, is it something I would enjoy eating?  If not, got plenty of things that could go in it's place.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Wtb: wax Apple seeds
« on: October 12, 2017, 12:19:24 AM »
Looking for wax Apple seeds.  Heard white and green varieties are more flavorful.  So looking for those types.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Barbados Cherry can't set fruit
« on: September 24, 2017, 12:50:52 AM »
Took mine 3 years of flowering to finally produce fruit.

Roblack,  when I lived in North Miami Beach many moons ago, we had Surinam cherry as a hedge around the condo.  I didn't anything about them and someone told me that they were a cherry and edible.  So I tried one(It was a dark purple/black) variety and it was awful.  Since I have a seedling now, I am hoping that because they used it as a hedge, no thought was given for fruit quality.
I did read an article once.  It said to improve flavor in Surinam cherry, cut them in half, remove the seed, put em on a plate, sprinkle sugar on top and put in fridge to chill.  Not sure if works, but worth a try.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: First and second year pawpaws
« on: September 20, 2017, 01:22:15 AM »
Good luck with them.  I am trying to grow them in some 9b, AS.  A challenge, but alive after 3 years.  They are fascinating trees.  I love them.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Passifloras suited for a drier climate?
« on: September 12, 2017, 11:48:58 PM »
There is a native AZ passiflora that has attractive flowers and would have to be extremely heat and drought tolerant.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Feijoa - Acca sellowiana cold hardiness?
« on: September 12, 2017, 11:44:53 PM »
I lived in Hampton, VA, zone 7b/8a.  I grew it. The norfolk, VA botanical garden grew it as a hedge.

Cold Hardy Citrus / Re: cold hardy Citrus for zone 7b?
« on: September 12, 2017, 11:37:55 PM »
Changsha Mandarin, keraji Mandarin, bloomsweet.  All good fruit, but, probably more of a 8a/b fruit.  Need to placed in a very good microclimate and will need protection under 15.  Call Stan McKenzie, he has an awesome selection and good quality trees.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Your favorite zone 8a plants?
« on: September 12, 2017, 11:30:14 PM »
Apple, pear, peach, blackberry, pomegranate.  Blueberry, cranberry.  Winter mint.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Black sapote opinions
« on: September 09, 2017, 12:13:44 AM »
Thanks guys, looks like it is staying!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Black sapote opinions
« on: September 08, 2017, 12:00:11 AM »
I have one growing in a pot, but, I am thinking of getting rid of it.  I know it does not taste like chocolate pudding, but, it does grow ok in AZ and I thought it is a cool tree.
Lately, though, I hear that the fruit taste horrible.  That it needs to be blended with other fruit, or, it is nasty.   I have limited space, so, I cannot grow everything.
So what are people's opinions on the fruit?  Would love some advice.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Expert opinions on zone 9b, desert climate
« on: September 07, 2017, 11:54:45 PM »
Desert dreamer, I can answer that one. 
They need to be planted in early fall to get their roots established.  Also, should be planted in shade and allowed to grow towards.  It does need regular water.
I have seen too many people in AZ say to plant it at anytime.  That is really bad advice.

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