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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« Last post by fyliu on September 18, 2018, 09:18:21 PM »
Maybe say that cuttings are at least 8Ē or 12Ē.
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado 24/7 Thread
« Last post by LEOOEL on September 18, 2018, 09:10:45 PM »
Is the ‘Carla’ avocado the ‘Hass’ substitute?

It appears that the yearly period of absence of Avocados in South Florida has now been filled by the ‘Carla’ avocado.

A new species of avocado, the ‘Carla’ avocado, has been discovered in the Dominican Republic (in 1994).

“Called the Carla, It has since emerged as a rock star of the avocado world, combining the buttery richness of the popular but small California-grown ‘Hass’ with the prodigious size of Florida varieties.”

If the above statement holds to be true, could Florida’s second place in Avocado production in USA, one day overtake the USA’s number one producer (California)?

“If you want to sample a Carla, you’re out of luck until next year- their harvest runs between February and May.”

This Thread has truly tried to find an Avocado variety to fill a yearly void where there are no ripe avocados produced in South Florida. This ‘avocado-gap,’ or Florida/Gap-of-Avocado-Production (FL-GAP), which runs yearly from February to May, is now ‘filled’ by the Dominican Republic’s ‘Carla.’

Hopefully, it will soon be confirmed and legally determined whether the behavior of an established ‘Carla’ in South Florida will produce ripe Avocado fruit that will fill the gap of avocados during the FL-GAP.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Brogdon avocad question
« Last post by kingoceanos on September 18, 2018, 08:45:40 PM »
Thought I would see if anyone has used Brogdon avocado seeds for grafting. My tree seems to be extremely vigorous so I thought the seeds might work well because of the vigor.
I haven't gotten any fruit yet, just transplanted it from a pot into the ground.
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Jarilla chocola
« Last post by Caesar on September 18, 2018, 08:29:40 PM »
A papaya relative with a fruit that vaguely resembles a dragonfruit, I was interested in this one Ďcause it supposedly grows a root crop as well (though I donít know if harvesting it kills the plant). So far, Iíve repeatedly been given hope only to have it dashed, and Iím rather frustrated. For one thing, the seeds are expensive (4 seeds a pack for $5.50 at Tradewinds). I initially bought 2 packs (8 seeds) only to have 4 pop up, of which 1 died off quickly (I suspect bitten by a roach). The remaining three were growing fine, but I was concerned that I might lack males or females (theyíre dioecious), so I splurged on 2 more packs, only to have 2 of the original plants die off spontaneously. Maybe they lacked water? I thought they were fairly hydrated, the frustration is potent! Now I have 4 more seedlings coming up (hoping for more), and Iím working to get the big survivor up-potted to give it a fighting chance (it sure looks stronger). If I end up lacking either gender when flowering comes, Iíve half a mind to give up altogether. Iím used to having exotic seeds fail to sprout, but to watch them grow healthy and keel over for nothing is another layer of frustration altogether.

Hereís the survivor, its two dead siblings, and the new crop of seedlings:

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Osmocote on sale (Amazon)
« Last post by fyliu on September 18, 2018, 08:15:29 PM »
Yup. I have a camelx3 alert set up for the 8lb osmocote at $18. I always get the alert at $15
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cerrado Cashew (Anacardium humile)
« Last post by Caesar on September 18, 2018, 08:12:21 PM »
To recap, all 7 had sprouted and were transplanted in a mix of miracle-gro moisture control and sand. They were all growing fine and dandy in the shade, but over time, I ended up losing two of them... to DROUGHT!!! Perhaps it was the sandy soil mix I gave them, but moisture doesnít seem to bother them much, and they seem sensitive to a lack of water... they do give off subtle hints early on, but by the time the drought stress is obvious, youíve already lost the plant. Itís been raining a lot lately (which is why theyíre under the roof), but I decided to test two of them directly exposed. They look terrible from leaf burn, but the constant rain doesnít seem to be bothering them, and the new incoming leaves seem fine and dandy. Iím tempted to put the other three in the same place, but I donít wanna put all my eggs in one basket. Iím hoping these will ultimately be easier than I had first expected.

The burned-up two and the shaded three:

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Baby Mangos
« Last post by Diospyros on September 18, 2018, 07:50:40 PM »
Thanks for the links... I'll check them out!

In the meantime do you know of any commercial variety that tastes pretty much the same without the fibers and bigger too?
I got a crop of true potatoes on its way, ready to harvest this coming weekend. Beating the odds, growing potatoes in the tropics. But thatís not why yíall are here, Iím sure, so on to the main event: letís take a peek at how the Air Potato crop is doing:

The last three pics are the same one, which I found particularly photogenic; the rest are all different, and theyíre all in the ďlargerĒ size range.

With the Air Potato, every bulbil starts out small, some of them grow, some of them stay small. Once it reaches a certain threshold, you can tell itís gonna keep growing into a big bulbil. So Iíve counted my crop so far in two categories: small (which may or may not grow) and big (which are already big, or on their way there). So far, Iíve counted 5 small bulbils and 9 big-or-growing bulbils. Looks like the legends are true, you wonít get a good crop of Air Potatoes until their second year. And the season is young (they started in September last year, and didnít reach a second bulbil Ďtil late October). With all the time left before the vines die back, I may end up seeing a fairly big harvest of the larger-sized bulbils. Iím quite excited, this may be my best project yet!

For reference, I added some 20-20-20 liquid solution (a small amount) recently, and a generous sprinkling of osmocote earlier in the year. Theyíre growing in the same pot, same soil as last season (though I had dug up the tubers) and theyíre sharing space with two Guinea Yams and a trifida. Theyíve outgrown all other yams, though, and are the only ones that have made it past the trellis, with extensive growth in the surrounding trees.
Tropical Fruit Discussion / Canistel seedling question
« Last post by fliptop on September 18, 2018, 07:48:25 PM »
One of my Canistel seedlings has branched into two parallel trunks, it seems. I'm thinking I either need to cut one off, pull the two apart so they grow outwards, or do nothing at all. So, what should I do?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: need help identifying this plant
« Last post by ScottR on September 18, 2018, 07:40:06 PM »
Looks like garcina species of some kind.
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