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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: mammee americana
« on: Today at 10:13:13 AM »
I tried mammee americana at the Kampong years ago, and it was delicious. No onion flavor, lol. Don't know where that comes from, but it was nothing but tasty and enjoyable. Was told the trees get very large, wish had room for one.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2018 Mango Festival
« on: January 17, 2018, 11:03:47 PM »
We always have a good time at Mango Fest, have been going for years. An interesting mix of people, something good to eat, and lots of beautiful plants. Any excuse to goto Fairchild is good for me. Plan on volunteering there when I am an old man.

The hybrids mentioned are likely the casturi and kuini grafted plants they started selling last year. Not sure if any of the newer hybrids Dr. Ledesma is working on would be available or not, but that would be a nice bonus.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fermenting tropical fruits into alcohol
« on: January 17, 2018, 09:11:19 AM »
I haven't brewed in years, but have noticed that the pomegranate arils that we buy from the supermarket ferment easily and quickly. It smells potent, and you can taste the alcohol when biting into them. Might be a good fruit to try brewing and making wine with. 

Glenn is starting to flower quite well. Nam Doc Mai #4, Coconut Cream, and Kesar not showing anything yet.

Have heard pigeon pea is good. Soil corrector too.

Mixing mints, lemon balm, basils, and other herbs underneath some of my trees. Encouraging them to spread and grow on their own. My hope is that some plants are annoying to certain pests, and will outcompete weeds.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado tree water requirements
« on: January 15, 2018, 01:19:27 PM »
Well that does it, the Oro Negro is getting drenched even more; and I am already notorious for watering.

That's a good question. She did not have any casturi trees ready when I was there a couple of months ago. Asked about scions via email, waiting for a reply. The hard part might be her finding the time to cut scions and send out, as she is basically running Fairchild Farm by herself and maybe a helper or 2.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WTB Abiu tree Florida
« on: January 11, 2018, 11:27:38 PM »
He does not ship. Not sure, but think it was grown from seed.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Please help me ID this tree
« on: January 11, 2018, 09:28:09 PM »
Great little butterfly tree. I hang a lot of plants in mine, like herbs and orchids, as it can get quite branchy.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WTB Abiu tree Florida
« on: January 11, 2018, 09:46:50 AM »
Check with Mike at TreesNMore. Got my abiu from him, amongst a few other nice selections. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mona Lisa and Sweet heart Banana's?
« on: January 08, 2018, 10:18:29 PM »
Sweetheart is great here in FL. Not too tall of a tree, and fat tasty nanners that freeze well. Definite winner.

Hit the low 40's here overnight. Did not bring anything in. All trees seem fine, including acai palm, jucara palm, borojoa, cacao, abiu, dragon fruit, etc. Might bring a few in tonight though, as it may get even cooler. Good luck everyone!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is your favorite tropical cherry?
« on: January 04, 2018, 05:13:03 PM »
Barbados cherry tastes much better than the Surinam cherries I have tasted. My small tree (3-4 feet) produced a few dozen berries a few months ago, and is flowering again. Have been told that the taste improves with age of the tree.

Interesting that I've never heard of Willughbeia. I didn't know that there were any edibles in the dogbane family - and fast growing vines = definitely a plus.  How is the flavour?

I've never tasted a fruit, but have read that they are delicious. w. augustifolia supposedly tastes like orange sherbet. Tasty and medicinal applications. 

Was growing w. edulis, but my sprouts were attacked by rodents and the remaining ones rotted. They took the good ones.

I've been playing around with the flowers some, and think I was successful but the fruit must've dropped. Going to keep trying.

This thread should help some:

very nice! hand pollination is recommended for most, probably due to lack of natural pollinators in most regions.

Mine has flowered like crazy 3 times, but no fruit have held yet. only a few set, but all dropped. tree is probably 12 feet after last trimming, going to shorten it some more soon.

Wow, such an exciting project to be a part of.

I recommend doing a garcinia section, with purple mangosteen (garcinia mangostana), Luc's garcinia, garcinia brasielensis, Cuban mangosteen (garcinia aristata), achachairu (g. humilis), seashore mangosteen (g. hombroniana), lemon drop (g. intermedia), g. forbesi, g. dulcis, g. xantho, and other tasty/edible varieties.

Here are a few more ideas:

Wild mangoes (kuini and casturi) along with choice mango cultivars.

Cacao, borojoa, and other related species. good understory trees

Different varities of passion fruit.

Willughbeia (augustifolia, edulis, roxb) vines/fruit.



One more good reason for a trip to Iceland in the future.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ever blooming mulberry
« on: December 21, 2017, 07:58:31 AM »
Who has the Thai Dwarf? How does mulberry do with grafting? Would love to do some top work on my established tree.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Carambola
« on: December 19, 2017, 11:35:09 PM »
Growing Kari and it is nice, sweet flavor, and refreshing.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ever blooming mulberry
« on: December 19, 2017, 06:23:08 PM »
pruning stimulates flowering and fruiting in my experience. mine just finished fruiting, about to chop it down mightily. keeps the tree small and the berries within reach as well. wouldn't worry about the cold, but I'm a little farther south than you

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help Grafting my Carrie Mango Tree
« on: December 19, 2017, 09:40:53 AM »
Maha Chanok is a much better mango than VP too. Good luck!

Is American Beauty self-fertile? How about Dark Star?

21 Thanks TFF!

Just to be on the safe side, moved in the following plants:

acai palm
jucara palm
purple mangosteen

also brought in some cacao seeds that are germinating outside in pots.

leaving one jucara out to see how it fares with the cold spell.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: New acquisition
« on: December 07, 2017, 07:14:43 AM »
Beautiful tree. That should compliment your mangoes nicely. While it takes a long time for fruit to mature, when it gets going you might have mamey year round.

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