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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Dr Earth soil mixes no longer in SoFla ?
« on: September 22, 2018, 10:28:36 AM »
I been to HomeDepots in Miami, Broward, Polk and Manatee county. Does HD still sell DR. Earth soil mixes in FL? Dr. Earth website shows only west coast and east coast for their soil mixes. Its a shame cause they were really good for my potted plant mix and the soil looked and smelled rich. My plants loved it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / need help identifying this plant
« on: September 18, 2018, 07:37:04 PM »


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Any plant nurseries in Puerto Rico to visit?
« on: August 17, 2018, 09:12:50 PM »
I'll be there next week. Hoping there are suggestions.

Temperate Fruit Buy, Sell, & Trade / wtb Persian mulberry cuttings
« on: July 19, 2018, 06:05:54 PM »
pm me.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / can the peanut butter tree take wet feet?
« on: July 17, 2018, 09:33:54 PM »
Anyone knows or has experience? It was doing fine for about 9 months then with the daily summer afternoon showers the past 2-3 weeks, it started to decline. Have a Geffner that did the same thing. Leaves looked wilted.

Like the tittle says, I want something that can take the rare freeze with a fast growth rate. I plan on the occasional trimming (8-9ft) with a spread no more than 10ft wide. Was looking at neem but read that it can't take anything less that 30 o F. Murraya koenigii (curry tree) is a fast grower (I see some in Broward neighbourhoods) and the trimming can be used as mulch. Podocarpus was on the list but it seems like a slow grower for my needs. Recommendations welcomed. Bamboo is expensive :D. Looking to run a 200ft length for the windbreak.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Grumichima and Pitomba flowering
« on: February 27, 2018, 05:37:45 PM »
Anyonelses? At my 9B location, 1 of my 3 inground purple/red Grumichima trees is flowering for the first time. They're over 5 ft and been inground since October/November 2017. The other 2 have swollen buds so hopefuly they'll be flowers. The pitomba I bought at Truly Tropical around the same time and its about 3 ft tall. Never tasted pitomba some I'm hoping I'll like it. Both took the cold like a champ.

looking to buy 2-4 plants. South Florida or central florida region.

pm me.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / wtb Yellow Grumichima plant/tree.
« on: December 08, 2017, 06:08:33 PM »
Looking for yellow grumichima plant/ tree to buy. 3gal and up.

Not seedlings from yellow fruit as they can revert back to black fruit. pm me

aka manzanitas (little apples).

in the south florida or central florida region. pm me directly.


Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / where to buy mamey apple grafted trees
« on: November 13, 2017, 05:40:43 AM »
mammea americana.

looking for Redland and Fairchild varieties grafted trees.

pm me.


Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / wtb Taralay mango plant
« on: November 06, 2017, 08:31:58 PM »
As the tittle says, looking to buy a Taralay mango plant.

If memory serves me right, this was offered to the public around 2015 but was no longer propagated.

Will buy a 7gal - 20-25gal plant. Will go to a nice home :). Pm me.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Looking for Myciaria Vexator tree/plant
« on: September 21, 2017, 02:29:43 PM »
also called Blue Jaboticaba.

Looking to buy 1-2 trees. Not too small and not too big neither. In the Miami, Broward, West Palm area.

Pm me. Pics would be great.

To those who frequent the Miami International Airport or have noticed the numerous mature and bearing coconut trees in the uncovered parking lot near Concourse "G". Any idea what type they are?
Big green coconuts on some trees fruiting at what I'd estimate to be 20ft.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Magashimi mango
« on: June 21, 2017, 07:44:55 AM »
Anyone heard of or tasted this?
TopTropicals description of it seems very uneventful.
"New" cv. but no mention of from where (sounds Japanese).

I was there. Since this one today, the only other one I had been to was Broward back in 2012 I think. The facility was big enough. Saw some big names I'm familiar with like Going Bananas, Hopkins, Wayne Clifton, and Flying Fox Fruits. When I saw Adam there I remembered the thread about where is Adam and why isn't he answering messages :). He was busy and at one point he had to control the crown of poeple that started grabbing his yellow pitingatuba fruits in the trays he had on the front desk. Was hoping Toptropicals would be there too and to my surprise they were supposed to be but they had some mechanical problems and were delayed.  I left at around lunch time so I do not know if they made it. Went there solely for mulberries and got four different types and some jabos I didn't already have. Spent just under $300. I was surprised to see how many Cotton Candy mango plants different nurseries had. I think Wayne had the most. Also saw multiple Edgar , CC, Kathy, a lone Orange Essence. Pickering seemed to be the star. Chatter heard when walking through the crowds near the mangoes were about Maha Chanok and Kesar. Also saw some carambolas I havent heard of like Red Dumpster and some other one whose name eludes me now (Possum Gold?). Kajang carambola still eludes me. Saw "B-10" and apparently this is not "Bell" but a much older variety (close to 40 yrs old). Saw lots of Luc's garcinia seedlings for sale at this one stall for $50 (?) a pop about 6" high with 2-4 leaves at best. I hope the mulberries I bought turned out to be what the label says. When packing my "Giant" in the car, I only then noticed the pot had Perv. written on it. LOL.

Looking to get about 2-3 acres in Central FL. With the people I've spoken too, overtime it becomes allot of work to maintain. But the more I research about buying virgin land where I can start my dream from scratch, the more it seems like I'd have to get a lawyer and broker to ensure I'd have access to the property, water/waste management, timber/mineral rights, easements, utilities, permits and zoning, title search, land survey, etc etc. Even selling surplus fruit can be an issue if the land zoning doesn't permit it. All advice would be appreciated as I do my due diligence.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / seed i d please
« on: March 14, 2017, 09:29:44 AM »

Anyone recognizes it?

Seeds planted:
Eugenia candollena
Fijian Longan
Mundu (dosent look like mundu).

Mabye its just a wild weed. :/

Wrote the names on the pot but its in a different country.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / wtb Grimal Jaboticaba plant
« on: December 21, 2016, 02:05:56 PM »
Looking for 2 grimal jaboticaba plants. Hopefully within the state of FL.

Hit me up via pm.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / seedling i.d. : mangosteen or mango
« on: November 28, 2016, 09:18:51 AM »

This was planted sometime in July/August this year. I did plant some garcinia mangostana seeds over the summer but I find it hard to believe that the growth was so much since then. Comparing it to a lemon drop mangosteen seedling I was given, it looks very similar (stalk, leaves arrangement etc). What do the more experienced think? Thanks.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Plant Nurseries worth visiting in Sebring FL.
« on: November 12, 2016, 04:22:52 PM »
Please let me now. I'll be up there next week.

Tropical fruit trees, flowering plants etc. Thanks. :).

Tropical Fruit Discussion / 2016 Mango Season Brix readings
« on: September 01, 2016, 12:03:45 AM »
Mango season is done in my yard. No more mangoes on the trees and the last mangoes of the season were the Maha Chanoks (picked a couple of days ago) in which I have 6 left counter-top ripening. This was my first time testing brix and it was a very interesting task- and I encourage other mango enthusiasts to do so. I used the RF15 type.
Just as it was fun trying to guess the brix of a mango before testing it, it was even more puzzling as to why some mangoes tasted much much sweeter than what the refractometer indicated. About the methodology, I only tested mangoes that tasted at the very least- sweet, to me. I also tested "first for the the season" mangoes as well from various cvs. in my yard and from generous forum members. Big thanks to gnappi, zands, and simon-grow.
So here's the results:

Coconut Cream : 19 (20.8, 17.2, 2)
ST Maui : 15.56 (16.2, 13.6, 5)
Julie : 23.01 (23.2, 18.2, 9)
Dot : 20.6 (24, 16, 10)
PSM : 20.7 (22.2, 19.2, 2)
Cushman : 15.2 (15.8, 15, 4)
Juicy Lucy :D : 15.2 (15.2, 15.2, 2)
Madame Francais: 18.2
Pickering : 16.1 (16.8, 15, 2)
Ice Cream : 20 (21, 19, 2)
Maha Chanok : 20.3 (20.2, 19, 4)
Kesar : 18 (18, 18, 2)
Juliette : 23.02 (26, 20.8, 4)
Ivory : 20.5
LZ : 23.9 (25, 22.8, 2)
Nam Doc Mai : 20.73 (25, 18.2, 3)
Sweet Tart : 22.42 (23.2, 21, 4)
Edgar : 20 (21, 19, 2)
Coc : 19.2
Imam Pasand : 20.8
Julie seedling : 19
Fernandin : 17.8 (19, 17, 5)

Legend: cvs.: m (p,l,n)
cvs. cultivar.
m= mean brix.
p = highest brix recorded.
l = lowest brix recorded
n = number of mangoes from same cvs. whose brix was measured.

Best mango of the 2016 season for me was zands's Lemon Zest. It knocked my socks off on first bite and I knew before measuring that the brix would be really high. Glad I decided last minute to take the two you offered zands and not let last seasons experience deter me. Your Sweet Tarts as well were top notch like TrulyTropical's own last year. Of the two, LZ is my new favorite. My Dot's were excellent again as well- especially coming down to later in the season. NDMs were sweet as honey as well- a different type of sweet compared to LZ. Cushman's tasted very sweet as well but I do not know why they kept on measuring below 16 brix. Highest individual brix goes to Juliette with 26. The Madame Francis mangoes I got from gnappi impressed me. They were big and sweet and the tree was very productive and healthy. I won' mind at all growing that cultivar.

Poor me, in work thinking it was next weekend :(. How was it?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Your pot saucers experience.
« on: March 29, 2016, 06:07:15 PM »
I bought some plastic pot saucers (1" depth, 8" to 10" diameter) as I noticed this past couple days that when watering my fruit 1gal - 3 gal fruit plants the water would sometimes bypass soaking through the soil and take the route of least resistance which is between the inner sides of the container and the soil, thus draining right out. I have some young sugar apple, mango, sapodilla and carambola seedlings. Should I be worries about root rot?

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