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I have 7 types of mulberry trees and mine are doing the same thing now.
If you prune them throughout the summer you can get multiple crops. For me
they are they least demanding tree I have. I also put a ring of mulch around them
and I never water or fertilize them. Every spring they produce abundantly. I like them
allot except the Pakistan Black I have. It has crunchy non staining fruit that isn't
my favorite. I think you have the large leaf type and it produces large messy fruit.
The tree gets huge though. It has been my favorite the past two years. I have heard
people call it Tice or Shangri La I am not sure the correct common name. I don't prune
in the summer the later crops never seem to be as good?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jatropa
« on: Today at 08:34:36 PM »
The old guy and my friend both had single trees and they produced.
I have never watered mine or fertilized them and they do fine. My friend
watered his tree and it was getting very large but he moved.

When I ate the seeds it reminds me of a large sunflower seed. Very tasty!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jatropa
« on: Today at 05:43:10 PM »
Originally the seeds came from a tree an old guy has. He has eaten the nuts for years.
My friend planted a seed and I got a tree from his seeds. My friend also ate the nuts.
My tree produced nuts and I ate the seeds and also planted one. Now I have a small tree
from the larger tree. That's 4 generations and no sign of toxicity? My small tree produced in
one year so it won't take long to figure it out. Also my friend's tree was constantly raided by
squirrels and they didn't disappear. I don't have squirrels in my yard someone shot them.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Excalibur or PIN for fruit trees?
« on: September 12, 2018, 08:22:27 PM »
Is it true peach trees have a short lifespan in Florida?  (Nothing like a mango tree.)

I heard 10-12 years only.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What caused this Longan to die?
« on: September 12, 2018, 03:25:56 PM »
Was it given any fertilizer/pesticide recently?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Surinam Cherry Advice
« on: September 11, 2018, 01:06:58 PM »
I noticed an increase in production when I water more? I am watering every day now

Probably hard to see but I've been trying to get this to germinate for a while now... friday moved it to a window that gets full sun in the mornings instead of a window in my house that is tinted...and Bam! Germination!

You couldn't get them to germinate, now your gonna have 10,000 :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Side veneer vs side cleft
« on: September 09, 2018, 11:34:37 AM »
I just did 2 veneer grafts of Annona scions. I looked on youtube and watched
a few videos and it went real well? I learned allot from a video on cleft grafting.
It emphasized how you line up the cambium layers. If you have several scions and
rootstock you may opt to try different techniques?
Good Luck!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Peach tree update + pruning tips?
« on: September 07, 2018, 11:39:32 AM »

Yeah every year it flowers and fruits. I have never had it flush more than once though. I will remember that about the 6" apart.

If I prune in June will that give enough time for new growth to happen for next years crop? Since it only fruits on last years growth.

If you have any pictures of your peach tree I would love to see it! I have not seen many in Florida. Which I am surprised because these are the best peaches!

When you prune in May or June after the fruit is done if you feed the tree properly the tree will explode in growth.
If you read UF pruning techniques they are trying to promote the lateral branches. You will have branches that are
vertical and you want to cut them out. You are trying to make the tree grow sideways. These scaffold branches are
what have the blooms not the vertical straight branches. As we already discussed peaches are high maintenance trees.
I am putting manure on my trees every 2 weeks. I will get a couple pictures later on. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Peach tree update + pruning tips?
« on: September 07, 2018, 11:25:26 AM »
Better if this is discussed in the Temperate zone section.

Low chill peaches

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Peach tree update + pruning tips?
« on: September 06, 2018, 10:08:11 PM »
My trees sometimes get stressed from the heat and flowers during the summer. If fruit develops
from this summer bloom they also usually fall off. When the tree flowers in the Spring this is the
time to water and feed heavy to ensure a good crop. I am not sure what sunworshipper is talking
about but it may be colder in Oveido.  Why would you prune the tree when it blooms? You may choose
to thin fruit and I have heard to try to keep fruit 6" apart for the best quality. But the trees fully leaf
out while the fruit developes down here. It's much easier to prune in June when the fruiting season is over.

Another issue here is the lack of chill hours. The trees require chill hours but when the temps go above
70F the chill hours reverse and then we have an occasional cool front. Last year my trees flushed more then
one time in the spring. The fruit ripened at the same time. If there is a late frost while the tree is flushig the
fruit is in jeopardy but the tree usually flushes again. You are in the Cape and probably don't get 50 chill hours
a year let alone 50 continous hours. It's really amazing the trees produce at all. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Peach tree update + pruning tips?
« on: September 06, 2018, 07:51:57 PM »
There is good literature from UF about the proper way to prune a peach tree.
For maximum fruit production and fruit quality you want to cut the center trunk out and create an open canopy
Ideally you have four separate branches with the middle removed.

According to this literature ideally the tree would have an open canopy already. I would wait until
after the fruit season to prune. UF designed these low chill peaches but it is much cooler in Gainesville then
here. My trees rarely lose their leaves and receive the necessary chill hours yet these trees produce the best peaches
I have ever eaten every year! 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Peach tree update + pruning tips?
« on: September 06, 2018, 07:22:18 PM »
Next year's peaches will form on the new growth. If you prune now it may be too late
for new growth to form and you will get less peaches. I would continue to fertilize until
October 1st. Give the tree a few months off and water once a week. Then start fertilizing
next January/February heavy and the tree will flush and you should have a nice crop. Water at least 3 times
a week and fertilize heavy throughout the fruiting season. Then after you eat the fruit you can
prune heavy around June. Then your tree will really take off and you should have allot more new
growth for the following year's crop.

So prune next June after the fruiting season. I remember that tree and it looks fantastic now!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: seeds available
« on: September 05, 2018, 11:35:22 PM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Doing my first graft this week (Avri loquat)
« on: September 02, 2018, 10:02:50 PM »
My Avri loquat graft was a success. It's growing well.

Congratulations !
Did you graft the scion to rootstock in the ground or plant later. I also did a graft
after you kindly gave me SoCal's info and my graft took for about a month and failed.
I was giving the graft a couple hours of morning sun only and wondered if that was the cause?
It pushed some leaves and looked great and then it collapsed. The rootstock was in a one gallon

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: seeds available
« on: August 31, 2018, 05:18:49 AM »
Will it ship to Korea?

pm sent

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: seeds available
« on: August 30, 2018, 08:57:39 AM »
Do you know how many chill hours the pistachio need to set fruit?  Where I live, a typical winter would be somewhere around 100-300 chill hours.  I was told that isn't enough for pitachio's.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Millipede in Jabo
« on: August 29, 2018, 05:45:51 PM »
I have a different millipede that has infested my place.
One year I had some seedling E calycina and repotted them.
I topped them with mulch and it turns out this millipede was in the mulch.
The millipede girdled the young seedlings and I lost every one of them.
As the millipede gets more and more established in my yard it is everywhere
including my mulch and compost. Be careful with young plants!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: seeds available
« on: August 29, 2018, 11:13:53 AM »
Just received my second batch of seeds. Once again an easy transaction and well packaged seeds.

My first batch of peanut butter fruit seeds are already hatching! Very pleased!

Thanks, achetadomestica!

Thanks and good luck!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: red hybrid jaboticaba
« on: August 24, 2018, 05:51:45 PM »
Once my trees started they have continued to produce for 2 years now.
Hopefully yours will do the same and you will get plenty of practice.
I like them best with some red. If you squeeze them a little you can feel when they are
firm and not quite ready. I usually eat a few skins also for the antioxidents and that
also has an unusual flavor much different then the flesh.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: When to harvest Geffner?
« on: August 24, 2018, 08:22:06 AM »
I had a sugar apple lying on the ground this morning and a dream last night

Luckily I don't have any critters messing with them and I can let them ripen on the tree.
I check morning and night. The geffner has a subtle change of color and then it doesn't
take long. I have Lisa and they turn a pinkinsh color and then it doesn't take long. They also
start to soften and you can pick them and let them finish softening on the counter. Once they hit the
ground they are ready to eat and will spoil quickly. But look for the subtle color change and
the softening of the fruit. It's weird in the morning they are rock hard and next thing you
know they are soft. If you have noticed the color change pick the softest one and let it finish
on the counter. How many fruit do you have?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: seeds available
« on: August 23, 2018, 08:41:32 AM »

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: seeds available
« on: August 21, 2018, 10:16:13 PM »
Hi Mike,

Do you still have some Zill's black cherries?

All the stuff you sent me last year is doing great, BTW. ;)


Pm sent

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: seeds available
« on: August 21, 2018, 08:05:31 AM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sugar apple question
« on: August 20, 2018, 02:50:41 PM »
Getting some inquiries and I'm happy to respond...

I just want to be clear first that I don't know if this is a true seedless variety, if it's just a temporary condition or whatever. The handful of sugar apples I got from this tree had no seeds, I figured maybe it just needed to mature or with that disclaimer out of the way......

How was the taste? It doesn't look like an easy peal type?

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