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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Peach Cobbler Mango?
« on: October 18, 2017, 02:40:23 PM »
It will go overripe quickly if allowed to start to turn soft on the tree. Harvest it green/firm when the color turns to a lighter shade.

That was my problem. I let it color up on the tree.
However I did eat a few peach cobblers this season, and they were delicious. Peachy with a cinnamon spice note to them. Richly flavored.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / WTB: Mamey Sapote Scions
« on: October 16, 2017, 10:23:34 AM »
I would like to buy mamey sapote scions from the following cultivars:

- Akil Especial
- Papa
- Lorito

I already have Pace and Cepeda Especial (not enough to harvest yet, so I can't offer a trade).

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Ive got several reed seedlings going.  They need a lot of heat to get started.  They do take 6 to 8 weeks to pop up.  Reed trees also seem to take super hot dry conditions no problem.

Most of the trees available in san diego nurseries are on polinator rootstock.  Mostly zutano or bacon seeds are used for rootstocks here.

Same here. I ate a bunch of Reeds in early Sept and planted them on my avocado mound. At least half of them have sprouted already.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Mamey Sapote cultivars
« on: October 13, 2017, 03:24:12 PM »
Based on flavor of the varieties I have tried, here is my ranking:
1) Lorito
2) Green Sapote - TREC (close enough to mamey)
3) Pace
4) Pantin (may not have tasted a prime example)
5) Viejo
6) Magana

Sepeda(Cepeda?) Especial is rumored to be excellent.

I have 7 trees in my yard in the ground over 4 years, pantin, pace, lorito, Viejo, Sepeda Especial, and TREC GS.  I have only harvested 3 pantin fruit. Lorito has the nicest appearance and is the best grower. Pace and TREC are the slowest. Next year, I will probably harvest around 30 fruit.

I have a 7ft tall Pace, no fruit or flowers yet. I also have a small Cepeda Especial based on others reviews. But given how well you regard Lorito, I would love to try growing that one! I have a bunch of mamey seedlings for grafting. Is your Lorito tree large enough to harvest scions off it, and if so would you be willing to sell me a few? Thanks!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Guava season in Socal
« on: October 09, 2017, 08:18:36 PM »
Hey JF, those look awesome!!
I am one of those who will be buying some Jalisco Red cuttings from you in March!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is Cacao Possible in SoCal
« on: September 02, 2017, 05:19:11 PM »
good news. sorry i haven't read the responses in the entire thread so i apologize if it has been answered already. There is a full grown tree in Carlsbad planted in the ground with adult fruit on it. this looks to be a very mature tree and is very happy so i want to say the answer is yes but it will take a whole lot of love to get it strong and happy

Awesome! We go to Carlsbad / Oceanside usually once a year. Where is it at, I would love to see it!

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: seeds
« on: August 19, 2017, 10:24:02 AM »
Man, if only you wanted a flying pig instead of a three-legged duck ....

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I got mangoes from Mark (mangosbymail.com) and Alex (Tropical Acres) and Shamus had a mango tasting with ones he brought back from Zills

My favorites this year:

1. Sweet Tart
2. Lemon Zest
3. Peach Cobbler
4. Coconut Cream
5. Mahachanok

Also I absolutely loved Cac. I would put that in spot 5 along with Mahachanok

I had some Duncan, Edward and Mallika that were also superb.

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Per the forum rules, you must post the price

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Please post the price of the cuttings.

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I have received two boxes of mangoes from Mark, and just placed an order for box #3. They are awesome!! Excellent variety in each box and the mangoes are all at varying stages of ripeness so you get to enjoy them over several days. Such high quality and so delicious. Thanks!!

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Please list the sale price and the botanical name

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Banana Corms
« on: May 25, 2017, 04:58:01 PM »
pm sent!

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Alex, Do you have any slides for the talks for those of us not able to attend. I would love to see your notes! Especially any notes you have for the growing mangoes in central Florida talk.


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Ladies and Gents,


   After careful consideration, I came to the conclusion that I must have been out of my mind.  I can not possibly part with my collection.  Sorry for those of you looking to buy trees but congrats to you looking to buy budwood.  As soon as the trees are finished fruiting, we are back in business!

George, that is great to hear! I am so glad for you that you are keeping your collection for your benefit and enjoyment. And I am so glad (selfishly) for us that you are keeping your trees so we can continue to buy top-quality budwood in such a vast variety!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seeking info on M-4 mango
« on: April 24, 2017, 10:04:24 AM »
The question now is how do I get one?

Excalibur may have them. You can call and check.

In about a month I will have a 3 gallon M-4 for sale. I am using the 3G right now as a source of budwood for top-working and once the grafts take for sure, I will sell the 3G.

Sheehan,

would you be willing to sell budwood off that tree first before you sell the tree? I would love to buy some M-4 budwood if it were available!

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Tree looks great and very healthy! Thanks River!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seeking info on M-4 mango
« on: April 19, 2017, 06:38:31 PM »
I vouch for M-4.  Among more than a hundred varieties I've had the delight to eat, it will join the ranks of a rarified top 10 mango.  Time will tell if it can bump something out of the Fab 5.

Hey Future, thanks for the input!

Just a quick question (and not to derail the thread), what is the Fab 5 in your opinion?

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boxturtle beat me to it. I was going to say contact the man himself.

I bought some seeds from luc last year at got about 90% germination. I have several seedlings all doing great. They are still small and I protected them over the winter, but they are now waking up with the spring.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: royal poinciana dwarf
« on: April 03, 2017, 02:35:26 PM »
Oh, to answer the original question: We have them at every Lowes and HD around here. I would actually be surprised if you CA Lowes / HDs don't carry them. They are very often sold as 1 gallons, but they grow fast!

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: royal poinciana dwarf
« on: April 03, 2017, 02:32:08 PM »
Any one know where they sell this tree? I want replace my gigantic flamboyant that's cracking the sidewalk
Dwarf flamboyan


Hey Frank, based on the image I agree with Roy-Ind: Red Bird of Paradise (Caesalpinia pulcherrima). We have them all over the neighborhoods down here. In fact I had one in my backyard for years before I ripped it out to make room for a mango.

Nothing invasive about the roots and gets maybe 10-12 ft tall. It wants to be very bushy, so if you want to grow it like a tree you will be pruning it several times a year to keep the form.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Wanted: Amrapali mango budwood
« on: April 02, 2017, 10:40:55 PM »
I am looking for some Amrapali mango budwood. If anyone has it and is able to mail it via priority mail please let me know.

Oscar has Amrapali. I ordered some from him last year and my grafts took. They are still too small to harvest, otherwise I would offer some from my trees.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Mango Seeds in Bulk
« on: March 31, 2017, 10:14:10 AM »
I don't know if they have "Mangoes" in Florida but around here they do. It's like a smoothie shop chain. They saved me a weeks worth which amounted to about 200 (a garbage bag full anyway). The guy seemed to think it was better for the environment to "recycle" them, so he gave them to me for free. Came back the next week for a few hundred more. Unfortunately only about one in 15 germinated. Idk why. Irradiated? Too long in the cold? I bought about 50 champagne mangoes from Mexico at the produce market with tiny seeds and got an 80%+ germination rate.

I noticed that last year too. I got a bunch of Kesar and Alphonso mangoes (SO GOOD!!!) from India last year. And only 1 out of about 30 seeds germinated for me. I agree with you that they were probably irradiated. But the "yellow" mangoes from Mexico (Manila, ataulfo, champagne) had an almost 100% germination rate for me.

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Another (IMO) easier solution than figuring out SpiceZee pollination potential would be to just graft a Burgundy plum onto the Sweet Treat. Burgundy is a good pollinator for most of the lower chill plums / pluots. Plant the SpiceZee near the Sweet Treat and turn one of the Sweet Treat branches into a Burgundy.

EDIT: Basically what GardenScientist said :)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dwarf Namwah ... uhhhhh.....
« on: March 24, 2017, 05:36:27 PM »
Don't give up on the dead one either, keep watering the area it was who knows. A neighbor gave me
a small pup from her finger bananas and it didn't flourish even though I watered it. I dug it up and through it in
my mulch pile. Now it is 12 feet and looks better then my bananas I care for. It definitely loves the mulch pile.
As far as the red blotches I would grow it up and see in 6 months what it looks like. I know some people tell me
to never buy tissue culture plants. The reason is that the plants have never been exposed to anything and have no
immunity? I also should have pups later this year from Dwarf Namwah if you need one? My namwah has only had one
pup and I don't recall red on the juvenile leaves
Mike

Mike,

Thanks, that is good advice. I will keep watering it, give it some compost, and see what happens. And thanks for the offer!

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