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I have citrus which has the greening symptoms and I have 2 white sapote trees that do not
have the symptoms. I have seen the bird poop caterpillars on both the white sapotes and citrus trees
which now makes sense that they are related. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Che AKA Chinese Mulberry
« on: March 18, 2018, 12:52:16 AM »
What do you think of the fruit?

Last year it had fruit but dropped it, this year was much colder and it dropped all
it's leaves. Now it has leafed out and I am hoping for flowers/fruit?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Che AKA Chinese Mulberry
« on: March 17, 2018, 05:01:12 AM »

The first place Englands is where I got my tree, it is doing great.
Just fruits has a couple cultivars and eat the weeds has a pretty long detailed description

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Clemantines
« on: March 12, 2018, 09:25:38 AM »

Last suggestion, a Satsuma tree makes some of the best fruit I've ever had in FL.  Blows any CA citrus away.
My Owari satsuma is the earliest to ripen always in August. I agree they are very good to eat but if I wait until October
when they turn orange they are very dry and not good to eat. I end up eating them green.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Clemantines
« on: March 11, 2018, 11:26:29 PM »
In Florida my experiences with tangerines has been that the fruit gets ripe before they turn orange.
Around September or even August the fruit will soften and turn a very subtle lighter green color.
If you peel them they are very tangy but not sweet. The citrus gets their sweetness from cold and where
I am it doesn't get cold till October or November and sometimes even December. The fruit is very hard and
dark green and when it softens I pick it. When I waited for the fruit to turn orange it was dry and
worthless. In California the tangerines are grown in the Napa valley and they have cool nights. A Florida
tangerine will never be as sweet as a California tangerine. They are very good but not sweet. The UF has
a new release that is called a tango and they are suppose to ripen around December, I ate some last year
and they are not a California tangerine. I grow Kishus and I eat them green around September. They are
juicy and tangy but are not the same as Kishus grown in California. I am trying to grow Temples and ortaniques
which are suppose to be later ripening fruit. I haven't had fruit yet but they are blooming heavy this year?


I had been selling some of the trees as pre-healed, which means I graft them and immediately send them to my customer to heal...the Garcinias have had surprisingly high success rate. 

I hope they grow very well for you, it's nice to be able to propagate this tree without waiting for seeds.

thanks for sharing!

Hi all, I'm new to the forum. I've enjoyed reading this thread. Exciting to see how close several people are to having fruiting trees. I wanted to share this grafted Luc's I got from Adam that just took.

Hi Adam
What rootstock are you using?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: hog plum - mombin question
« on: March 11, 2018, 09:45:06 AM »
I have a hog plum full of flowers also. The past two years every red flower resulted in a red fruit.
This year it has the most flowers ever. I also really enjoy the fruit. Both my kids and wife like it
as well. I am watering 3 times a week now with every thing else. I don't do anything different then
the other trees. I saw a tree at Ace harware labled hog plum last summer and bought it. It has a few
flowers and a couple fruit as well. I have heard they are maintenance free and will thrive in most
conditions. I also heard they are very cold sensitive and my yard was 30F one night and 32F two
nights in a row and they weren't phased. I hope you get fruit and can try it for yourself. If you don't this
year I'll send you a couple cuttings from my productive tree. I bought mine as a 3 gallon grown from a
cutting and it produced the first year. It also grew to 6' the first summer.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Root cuttings outside or indoor?
« on: March 06, 2018, 06:55:25 PM »
I have a shaded porch I use to root cuttings. When the cuttings root and leaf out several months
I put them in a spot that gets morning sun a few hours. I prefer to go very slow and cautious.
The pictures of your cuttings looks like the buds are swelling nicely. I also have a lanai that gets
indirect light. I have good luck raising seedlings and fresh rooted cuttings in indirect light.

They are one of my favorite fruits. I planted 5 grafted trees and 3 seedlings so far.
My trees were 30F one night this year and didn't blink. They didn't drop fruit either,
but people seem to have more issues in CA. growing them. It seems they like humidity.
If you haven't tried one pay the price.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is my Isan Indigo sugar apple a runt?
« on: March 05, 2018, 08:31:05 AM »
I got 2 to germinate and they are just starting to grow new leaves. I have a couple
big reds and a couple other ones from a local tree. They all seem to be doing the same thing.
It's just like Pineislander said they all went went dormant this winter. Luckily mine had little
wood trunks and they didn't dampen like some people had issues with. I got some seeds
late in the year from RichardN's Na Dai. I had one germinate in the fall and dampen off. I
was about to give up on the seeds and Raul said they will sprout. Two of them sprouted this
spring so far. Thanks Raul.

I have one from seed and one from a cutting from different sources,
The fruit was identical last year. I have an extra 2 year old from seed that
I will sell or trade you. PM if interested. I live around LaBelle probably an hour
away from you if you can't find one closer.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is my Longan tree dying?
« on: March 02, 2018, 08:51:59 AM »
The tree looks terrible!
I would put the tree in indirect sunlight and water every day. Avoid any
fertilizer and if possible use rainwater. Was the tree a vibrant green when you got it?
In nurseries down here the trees are watered daily and grown in green houses. If
you get a tree and put it in direct sunlight and water once a week this could shock
and kill the tree. I have noticed that longans don't like chlorine/salts in their fertlizer
and will cause leaf burn. Did you hit it with fertilizer since you got it? For now put in
the shade and water heavy. Hopefully it's not too late and the tree will flush out new leaves.
When you apply foliar sprays usually dusk is best to avoid sun burn But for now don't apply
any foliar sprays. Good Luck. I have 5 trees and they like organics and water.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: jaboticaba prunning
« on: March 02, 2018, 08:35:35 AM »
If you want to speed up the flowering get the red type or hybrid.
They take 3-4 years to start fruiting and my 3 trees fruited 7-8 times last year.
Also my three trees are in 15 gallon pots.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: red jabo
« on: March 02, 2018, 08:34:36 AM »
Some seeds are starting to germinate.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango Talk in Melbourne, FL 2/28
« on: March 01, 2018, 08:56:20 PM »
Is it possible to post the link on the forum for the people or person
who doesn't do facebook?

Never mind fruitfreak already did THANKS

My 3 red jaboticabas  fruited about 7 or 8 times last year. They have fruited twice this year and have flowers now.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Are Jaboticabas true to seed?
« on: March 01, 2018, 08:31:42 AM »
I have three red jabos fruiting side by side and they taste the exact same. Two of them fruit more
often but the taste is identical. I have eaten other peoples reds before and they also tasted the same.
I also have tasted several sabaras including my tree and they have the same flavor also.

Hey Luc
Will you describe the taste of your fruit?
I have heard there is a sweet type of this garcinia?
Also is this one suppose to be more cold tolerant?


If you pull them now it will waste energy and bloom again. Most people want a few fruit
now and won't sacrifice the fruit for the extra growth. I had a fairly large ortanique bloom last year
and didn't set fruit. It grew so much with out the burden of putting it's energy into producing fruit.
If the tree was in a grove they would leave the fruit on. They don't have the time to pull fruit off
small trees. It will definitely grow more and produce allot more fruit next year if you wait 4-6 weeks
and pull the fruit. If you have other citrus trees it makes it easier to pull fruit, that is suppose to be
one of the best tasting fruits if it gets some cold. Down here allot of citrus ripens when the fruit is
green in September or October before we have had cool weather. I have ponkans, kishu, and owari
satsuma and I have had fruit get ripe in August. The fruit is still green but gets soft. I waited a couple times
until the fruit turned orange and it was dry and worthless. The green fruit is tangy and very good, but
not a sweet California tangerine. The Xie shan is suppose to be earlier then the owari. You probably will
end up eating green fruit when the tree is in production?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jaboticaba Freeze Damage, will it survive?
« on: February 24, 2018, 11:27:40 PM »
I live in Florida and my sabara in the ground was 32F 2 nights in a row and 30F about
2 weeks later and it didn't even blink? It has great new growth since our early warm up and
has a few flowers already? Your tree's trunk looks so dry? Its incredible the difference.
How long were your trees in the 30's? Is your tree in ground or in a pot? If its in a pot
I would put the pot in a tub of water. If it's in the ground water daily but avoid getting water
on the damaged trunk.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: red jabo
« on: February 22, 2018, 06:47:35 PM »
Do you ship internationally ? I am interest for 15 red jabo and 15 pitangatuba.

pm sent

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / red jabo
« on: February 21, 2018, 09:28:39 PM »
Red jabo seeds $1.00 ea
shipping $4.00
minimum 1 seed

pitangatuba seeds limited $1.00ea

Please let us know if it works. Recently I placed a cutting from a red jabo in water
and after a month it put out a fresh batch of leaves. No roots so far but the leaves
are encouraging at least the cutting has not failed. If you get extra cuttings maybe
try the water method also? Its easy to put cuttings in water and leave in a window.
I tried to get bottlebrush to root in dirt many times unsucessfully and when I put the
cuttings in water in the fall they root after 4-6 weeks. I tried in the spring the same
method and zero?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anyone familiar with Florida Grande peach?
« on: February 19, 2018, 11:42:38 PM »
I checked out the info from UF and the Florida grande isn't mentioned?
I have one and this is the second year since I planted it. It is suppose to only
need 75 chill hours. I also have a Floridaglow, Floridasnow, tropic beauty, and 2
sunraycers. Last year it only had a couple fruit and they were smaller in size like
the other types. This year it is full of flowers and putting on leaves already.  It is
ahead of everything except my Florida snow. I am very happy with the growth so far
and am really glad I have it. A couple of my peaches are 6-7 years old and I have heard
they don't live long? I heard 10-12 years and recently someone else said 6-8? Every ripe
florida peach I have eaten blows away any Georgia peach. The last several winters we
didn't have enough chill hours and I still get peaches every year. So far the Flroidaglow is
my favorite.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 5+ must have for SW Florida??
« on: February 19, 2018, 09:00:18 PM »
I also have 2 1/2 acres and I have over 100 trees and still am getting more.
I would hate to only pick 5-6? I am hoping to have fresh fruit every month of the year.

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