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Hello everyone. Looking for a nice sized red hybrid jaboticaba tree and/or similar jabos. Want something that is tasty and will fruit soon if not already.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Jujubes Make Me Happy
« on: February 08, 2018, 09:29:03 AM »
Hello all. Here are some recent pics of my 2 Indian jujube trees with fruits. Not too sweet unless they start to turn orangish, but they are so crisp and refreshing, with just enough sweetness. I like hi brix fruit, but also like to eat fruit that is not overpoweringly sugary. Going to add some shredded jujube to a green papaya salad, think it will be a hit.

Hello everyone. Looking for an m. casturi plant, or cuttings for grafting. Anyone know where I can find one? Found space for one more large tree, think I'm going to graft kuini and casturi together. Thanks!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Fairchild Farm Strange Mangoes
« on: November 11, 2017, 08:54:40 AM »
Recently enjoyed a tour of the Fairchild Farm. Dr. Ledesma was kind enough to show us around the property. Lots of amazing and rare fruits. Many cultivars of mango and sapodilla I had never heard of. Particularly interesting was the mango research she is doing.

Here are some pics of mango hybrids and other mango projects she is working on.

Was sad to hear that funding has really dwindled. Hope that she and others like her will continue to conduct research and advance the field.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Yellow Dragon Fruit Pollen Needed
« on: July 22, 2017, 11:47:04 AM »
Looking for yellow dragon fruit (selenicereus megalanthus) pollen to pollinate my lone first flower. I can send a few things back in trade, such as some seeds from the cross, various plant cuttings to choose from, or can pay shipping and labor.

I've read that they are self fertile and usually pollinate well enough naturally. But the fruit size is considerably smaller, with lower brix and seed count unless they get some help with the process.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Pics from the garden
« on: July 16, 2017, 11:43:32 AM »
Guanabana tree (Homestead), in ground almost 1.5 years

2nd fruit of our tree. Very tasty

Kesar mango, in ground a couple of months

Coconut Cream mango, in ground a couple of months

Nam Doc Mai #4, in ground 1.5 years

Purple Caimito, in ground 1.5 years

Seashore Mangosteen, in ground a month

Silas Woods Sapodilla, in ground 1.5 years

I was thinking of chopping the top off on this one. Any suggestions on pruning are welcome.

Yellow Dragon Fruit flower, growing on pine

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mangosteen Pics from Fairchild
« on: July 01, 2017, 12:26:36 PM »
Went to Mango Fest 2017 today, and had a great time checking everything out; especially the mangosteen trees. They have several trees fruiting, 3 medium sized ones very close together, and I believe the smaller one may be mangosteen as well. Also, they have durian growing rather large there. Did not notice any fruits on that tree.

...and a bunch o' mangoes

Hello everyone. I am looking for leads on a good soil and well water testing company. In the South Florida/Miami area.

Thank you, and Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

Hello All. I'm looking for acai and dwarf coconut trees. Any leads in the South Florida/Miami area? Willing to order with shipping if any knows of good sellers elsewhere. Thank you.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Fertilizing Biriba/Rollinia
« on: February 01, 2017, 11:51:10 AM »
Hello everyone. I have a biriba/rollinia tree in-ground that is probably 9 feet or more. It has what appear to be a few tiny flowers starting to pop out, first time it has flowered. Almost all of the leaves have recently dropped, has to be from the cold spells. Is it a good idea to fertilize now or should I just leave it be? It has been about 3+ months since last fertilization. Thanks!

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