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Hard to make a true assessment because the coconuts have been producing for the last two or three years. Initially the yellow coconuts tasted like plain water and only the most recent crop had some sweetness. The Fiji coconuts tasted sweet right from the beginning. They produced maybe a year earlier than the Fiji Malayan. 


About 5 years ago I purchased two coconut trees from Dave Romney in Homestead. They were estimated to be about five years old at the time and both were probably 8 feet tall from the base of the container  to the top part of the fronds.    They were purchased in 15 gallon containers.

 They have been in the ground for approximately 5 years. 

The Fiji x yellow Malayan cross has grown noticeably slower and has approximately 4 feet of trunk. The Fiji dwarf has approximately 8 feet of trunk. 


Fruitscapes on Pine Island has had them. 

Fiji dwarf will exceed 12-13 feet.  Dave Romney’s trees were 20 years old when I visited  his farm in Homestead a few years ago. They had approximately 10 feet of trunk and then the fronds were of course taller than that above it. They do not stay at ace short height it’s just that they grow a lot slower than the Malayan coconuts we typically see here in South Florida.


I made concrete posts.   They work very well. The roots adhere to the concrete very well. No burlap needed.   I tried to make my posts not have something on top but realized that they needed something on top for support as the plants cascaded down. So I put a long piece of rebar inside the concrete as I made it and had that rebar protrude up through the top middle of the concrete which gave me an attachment point for  A pressure-treated wooden post which I drove rebar through and put hog wire on the rebar.


Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: No Mai Chee
« on: February 13, 2018, 09:14:20 PM »

Are you John Painter?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sweet Sensation Lychee
« on: February 13, 2018, 03:31:20 PM »
 Sounds like a good name for a massage parlor instead of a fruit tree.

I wonder if this is just a sweetheart but someone is trying to avoid having to use the trademarked name

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2018 Lychee Bloom
« on: February 03, 2018, 01:40:33 PM »
Sweetheart has pretty decent amount of blooms, emperor loaded too, and kaimana also has some blooms. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Golden or Yellow Dragon Fruit?
« on: January 21, 2018, 02:34:13 PM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Golden or Yellow Dragon Fruit?
« on: January 21, 2018, 02:33:30 PM »

Correction $7.99 lb

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Golden or Yellow Dragon Fruit?
« on: January 21, 2018, 02:32:00 PM »

 I found this same exact yellow dragon fruit from Ecuador at M&D Asian Market in St Pete today

Taste: imagine a white dragon fruit drizzled with honey but with noticeably crunchy seeds.  Very sweet. Very enjoyable. $8.99 per pound. Fruits ranged from .75 to 1.0 lbs

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2018 Lychee Bloom
« on: January 18, 2018, 09:13:31 PM »

How does the olan lychee compare to other varieties?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / 2018 Lychee Bloom
« on: January 18, 2018, 08:02:52 PM »
Just noticed my sweetheart lychees are starting to bloom. Other varieties not yet.  Anyone else have lychees blooming?



 Did your bury jackfruit and up producing a mature fruit this year? Curious how it tasted.


Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / WTB Abiu tree Florida
« on: January 11, 2018, 06:10:59 AM »
Anyone have an abiu tree for sale in Florida?



Jackfruit. Can fruit in approximately 3 years from seed,  at least here in Florida

Hi Carlos

Seeds arrived fine yesterday. Thank you. What is your recommendation for best results germinating the seeds? What kind of soil? How often watering?


Hi Carlos

PayPal sent

Thank you!


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: A jackfruit named Irma
« on: September 14, 2017, 03:10:24 PM »
Bangkok lemon

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: A jackfruit named Irma
« on: September 12, 2017, 05:52:30 PM »
The tree that this fruit came from snapped just above where the fruit was. 

This is what's left of it after I cut it just below the damaged area.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Category 4 Hurricane Irma
« on: September 10, 2017, 09:39:29 PM »
Do you know specifically about the damage to Pine Island already or are you just assuming?  Is it Steve?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / A jackfruit named Irma
« on: September 10, 2017, 06:38:27 PM »
When we evacuated Sarasota from the hurricane, I decided to cut one of the jackfruit from my tree that was close to being mature.  I was afraid it might not survive the storm. 

It was evacuated to West Palm Beach, and my kids decided to name it Irma.

62 pounds.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Red Morning Jackfruit tasted
« on: August 06, 2017, 11:27:47 AM »
A better description of the taste might be: candy sweet Jackfruit.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Variegated pineapple has fruited
« on: August 02, 2017, 09:47:40 PM »
Ok so I couldn't resist cutting it open tonight.

Texture similar to white fleshed pineapple like Kona Sugarloaf.  Somewhat bland, watered down flavor.  Some sweetness, some acidity. 

Basically like a watered down version of Sugarloaf.  This pineapple was grown in an area near where I successfully fruited a white Jade which turned out much sweeter. 

Not sure if this is typical or perhaps the irrigation system gave this plant too much water :)

Overall, this ones looks were more impressive than it's taste.

Update: my wife just tasted it and she spit it out and said "yuck.  It's tart."

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Variegated pineapple has fruited
« on: August 02, 2017, 08:42:46 PM »
A couple of years ago, Adam sold me a few white stripes pineapple plants.  The first one has finally fruited.  Will cut open and taste tommorow.

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