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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.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Red Morning Jackfruit tasted
« on: July 11, 2017, 09:50:55 PM »
This morning I discovered that one of the fruits on my Red Morning Jackfruit tree had begun to soften.  And it had a deeper sound when I tapped gently with my fingers on the fruit in comparison to the unripe fruits.  At the time, the ripe or was only noticable when I put my nose right up to the fruit.
The fruit was 20 pounds.  The tree was purchased on Rob's recommendation (bsbullie) from Excalibur as a 3 gallon tree approximately 3 years ago.  The tree has been very vigorous, reaching 15 feet tall after 2 or 2.5 years in the ground. 

At dinnertime the aroma filled the house.  The fruit was much softer. 

The bulbs were large.  The flesh was crunchy for a Jackfruit.  Low latex.  The flesh was very sweet and a good amount of acidity...more acidity and sweetness than I had tasted in a Jackfruit previously.  It reminded me of a sweet tart jackfruit candy. 

Delicious fruit.  Highly recommended.


Got my Alano from Fruitscapes


Hi beefyboy.

Its interesting how they've got those months wrong at least for my area .  Mine is definitely Alano.  It's a great choice.  Rich maple syrup type sweet taste.


I have an Alano in Sarasota.  It produces very well, from May through September at least. 

At Fruitscapes on Pine Island, Silas Woods and Makok are dwarf trees that produce heavily, for several months.  Their Molix trees also produce very well, but not as heavily as Dolas Woods and Makok.  Alano at my house in Sarasota produces about as well as their Molix trees. 

Oxkutzcab produces poorly.  Excalibur produces pretty well at Fruitscapes, maybe a bit less than Molix.


I wish I had planted a tikal.  Jeff says it has two fruiting seasons per year.


I have tasted a few different white sapote varieties including Redlands and smathers and Excalibur suebelle (not same as California suebelle), as well as some seedlings.

Smathers is an impressively large fruit, but I detected a pine after taste that didn't appeal to me.

Redlands was a decent sized fruit but was just a plain sweet custard flavor, very one dimensional. I had a Redlands tree and it was a vigorous grower but died when i over watered it
The Excalibur suebelle was the one that stood out for both my wife and I.  It was a sweet custard flavor with a lemon / citrus taste mixed in.  Delicious.  The tree seems pretty tough too
  You can only purchase this at Excalibur.  Other suebelle trees sold elsewhere are typically the true suebelle which is a different tree that has a very hard time surviving our Florida climate. 


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: co2 death chamber
« on: June 30, 2017, 09:00:52 PM »
We have been using a rabbit sized have a heart trap baited with a scoop of peanut butter.  Once a squirrel is caught, it is relocated. 

What about a motion activated water sprayer?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is the best lychee?
« on: June 26, 2017, 11:08:08 AM »

It appears that what is sold as Ohia on Pine Island is actually the true Hak Ip.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is the best lychee?
« on: June 24, 2017, 04:45:18 PM »
Was this year a good one for FZS production for you?  You live near the Painters? 

Do you do anything special for your Lychees such as fertilizer, withholding water, etc?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is the best lychee?
« on: June 22, 2017, 11:18:54 PM »
Sweetheart, kaimana, emperor

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