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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help with damaged trunk on sapodilla tree
« on: January 21, 2018, 10:09:25 PM »
Isn't there some kind of grafting, bridge grafting,  that can be used to bridge the wound?
Or perhaps get a seedling approach graft it above the wound and use it to provide a second root.

Never done this so not speaking from experience but I have come across it several times in reading about grafting.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Golden or Yellow Dragon Fruit?
« on: January 20, 2018, 05:40:49 PM »
So I ate the last two of this fruit and saved seeds.  It tasted better than any other dragon fruit I have had.  Considering I have not had any premium dragon fruit, this might mean precious little.

I germinated a few and have a whole lot more left.
Anyone interested in some I will be glad to share.

I understand it might take a very long time to get fruit from seed and folks would rather have cuttings.  Well I have no cuttings yet and will not for many moons.  So seed it is this go around.

By the way, this is not a business I just have seeds from a fruit I liked and that I would be happy to share.  I may make you pay for shipping.
If you know there are restrictions to shipping seeds to your location please

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Golden or Yellow Dragon Fruit?
« on: January 15, 2018, 07:43:04 PM »
I was at a local international food store a week or so ago and saw these yellow dragon fruit.
Interestingly I had just been looking and just purchased seeds of the "GIANT YELLOW MEGALANTHUS SEEDS FROM PERU XL" -Thanks Dragonfruit101.

Well I had to try one and I liked it.
I picked up a couple more today and thought I should share photos to see if these could be properly identified.
The reciept refered to them as Golden Gragon Fruit.
The label says Ecuador Divine, I don't know if they are from Ecuador or that's just the variety.

Note they are not irradiated so I guess seeds are viable.

Anyone wants some seed I am sure there will be more than enough to share.

I might even eat a couple more just for you  :)

Back to my question, what is this and will it go well in Florida,  The fruit is about 5 inches long and a tad over 3 inches across and weighs 14 ozs.  It looks like it had thorns that have been removed.  Says Ecuador Divine

PS, these two were on the larger size, there were many smaller ones and few this size or larger.



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For those with serious mango damage. 
I had a mango I took for dead many years ago.  It had been unprotected and the temperatures had dropped and stayed low for a long time.
All the leaves fell off and I was sure it was dead.
I cut off the upper part leaving about a two foot stump that I planned to dig up when I had the time.
You can only imagine my surprise when the plant came back.  Pushed new shoot all over and today it is a very happy tree. 

What I am saying is, unless the replacement is ready consider cutting back trees that may look like they died.  If they did, it wouldn't matter and you will remove them anyway when you replacements are ready.  If they are not dead you could be rewarded with your nice trees back producing in a year instead of starting a new tree and waiting a couple of years.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What trees will fruit in partial shade?
« on: January 13, 2018, 07:45:11 AM »
Miracle fruit is a small plant which reportedly does well in partial shade,  Not sure I will take up space in my yard for this novelty plant,  I like fruits I can eats lots of.  :)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Using scion budwood from immature tree
« on: January 12, 2018, 09:22:43 PM »
First I don't know for sure but I expect if it is a grafted tree your scion should be ok and have the characteristics of a mature tree (as in like the source or mother tree), if it is a seedling I assume you new graft will behave like the seedling. 

I am curious though, what if you grafted unto a mature fruiting tree?  Would that make a difference?

Rob, Har and others any insight?

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Still  available :)

Got cutting of this to gift, sell or trade?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Making changes after this freeze
« on: January 06, 2018, 11:35:08 AM »
Never made it to freezing on the third night as the low was 34. Now we will wait and see what the real damage is.

Keep us posted.
Saw the videos.
Hope you are pleasantly surprised with more plants making it through.

Do look into the artresian well idea.  If you have an aquifer under pressure with fresh water at your location, it may be a source of water at a fairly constant temperatures that will be warmer than temperatures in a cold spell.

I only have a few trees, not enough to make the investment in a deep well.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Winter weather Florida..so far so good
« on: January 06, 2018, 11:28:08 AM »
I don't care what the weather psychics are saying,  there isn't a chance that the temp in central Broward County breaks below 40.  If you believe that I have a bridge for sale. . .

Curious how low it got in Central Broward?
With the Water Conservation areas full, they should keep your temperatures up a couple of degrees.

We got to the mid 30s (35/36 in the Jupiter area.  Were your at about 45? or did it drop lower?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Last minute cold prep SE FL
« on: January 03, 2018, 09:06:55 PM »
I am looking at 35 degrees.
I have a couple of grafts from earlier this year that have flushed once or not at all.  What is my best course of action?  Some are on larger plants and I don't see an out other than wrapping the graft growth in a towel.  Others are on a small plant and I think covering is the option here.
Do I need to cover for temperatures down to 35?

Wrapping the stem will protect the tree but what I hope to protect is both the tree and the grafted varieties.
Suggestions welcome.
 
By the way, I am considering placing an electric lamp (halogen bulb) under a big black planting pot (15 gallon) and hoping it radiates heat to keep the temperatures up a degree or two close to a grouping of trees.  Anyone done this?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Plinia sp. "Anomaly" new Jabuticaba variety
« on: December 31, 2017, 07:38:20 PM »
Nice thread, looks like one more plant to acquire.
Thanks for sharing info in this.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: emperor lychee annual growth patterns
« on: December 09, 2017, 08:19:19 PM »
I am having some vegetative flushes on an emperor as well.
I attributed to Irma.
It was pushed (not all the way down but at least 30 degree off upright) by winds during Irma and I had to right it.  I could not get it all the way straight and had to cut some low branches on one side to balance the canopy.  The other side had its low branches elevates and moved into more direct sun.
The side of the tree newly exposed more to light has had vegetative growth since.
My take was this was behavior in response to the stress from leaning a little and new light.
I did notice some saw-tooth type cuts into the edge of several leafs.  I will photograph and show.  I attributed to some insect attack.
I will take a careful look to see if any of the symptoms you describe are also present.

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My first successful graft was a few years ago with avocado and I never was any good with Mango.  Last year something changed and I started getting some success with Mango and I got hooked.

There are experts on this forum who get very high percentage takes on their grafts, I don't think I have ever cleared 50% but I am working on finding my preferred graft technique.

This year I did veneer, cleft even an approach to add second root system to a small tree.

Loving it all.  The anticipation and the joy when it takes.  Priceless.

Looking forward to spring to try some new plants.

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This is on the lighter side - Happy holidays (whatever you celebrate)

SO is there a grafters anonymous?
I belong there.

The event that made this clear to me happened yesterday.
I had grafted some mango late (last days or October and some took and some did not.
Some of the ones that did not take off turned brown and have been discarded.
A couple remained green and I continue to hold out hope.
One however was green after 3 weeks plus but the root stock it was on was dying.
So I took it off, cut the scion smaller and grafted it onto another branch.

I know its almost December, has no hope of pushing having likely used all the energy in the wood but I couldn't help it.  I had to try Zill's "bark graft" I had read about int he past week or so and couldn't wait till spring.

So I know I need help and since I am sure many on this forum do too I am safe saying

I am Orkine, and I am a grafterholic  :-\ :)

:)
Enjoy this holiday season.



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help! My Nuts Are Driving Me Nuts!
« on: November 24, 2017, 10:23:30 AM »
Family friendly please  :)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Guava dieback
« on: November 24, 2017, 10:16:43 AM »
Glad I asked, I was going to do it weekly or every other week until the guava starts to come back. :)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Guava dieback
« on: November 23, 2017, 10:18:49 AM »
Happy Thanksgiving to you all - US based.

Har, how frequently can I apply the seaweed drench?
I went with the muriate of potash.  How frequently can that be applied?

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Didn't get a response on this.
Is there a similar post I should look at?
I really want to set up well for next year.

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Strange, I have a tiny plant that is seriously stressed (I intend to dig it out and replace) that seems to be putting out bloom as well.
I thought it was the stress.

I will still dig it out though, way too young and small to be holding fruit.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Please help me identify this plant.
« on: November 13, 2017, 06:45:34 PM »
If it is ackee, that would be sad, not on my list and not enough space for a tree I am unfamiliar with.
Sad.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Please help me identify this plant.
« on: November 13, 2017, 01:44:04 PM »
All the phots in previous post are from the same plant.

I will make a fresh post with photos from 4 different pkants, all potted with no labels.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Guava dieback
« on: November 13, 2017, 08:10:27 AM »
Lorenzo, that is not good news.
I will try the drench and hope for the best.  If it still dies, I will dig it up and look at the roots.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Guava dieback
« on: November 12, 2017, 02:29:12 PM »
Thanks I will try the seaweed drench.
I will also get some mulch.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Please help me identify this plant.
« on: November 12, 2017, 01:24:16 PM »
Can you identify this little one.



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: November 10, 2017, 05:59:51 PM »





Ugh... the disappointment and reveal of my first dragon fruit.
I was sent the wrong cutting again. Was supposed to be a purple haze. 2 years to find out itís just a regular white flesh dragon fruit. The taste is ok. Little sweet with a slight tang. Was really hoping for a purple haze.
So disappointed.

Sad.

I have a plant of unknown variety that when cut open has the deepest purple fruit I have seen.  Don't let that impress you, I have not seen many purple fruits so this may be pretty ordinary to you.

I got the first fruit this year and left it on way too long.  I cut it earlier today and some of the seeds were already growing in the fruit.  The juices stained my hands the same was mulberry would. 

I would ship you a cutting if you want but cant name the variety so it will be another couple of years before you know what you got.

Let me know if you are interested.

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