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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Phyllanthus acidus seeds
« on: August 23, 2015, 07:14:08 AM »
I was able to get 4 plants out of about 10 seeds. Took over a month to germinate the fresh seeds.

Are these trees individually male, female or hermaphrodite?

Or individual trees produce all three types of flowers?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is this container Sugar Apple ripening?
« on: August 16, 2015, 05:54:19 AM »
Thanks Adam! I must have over watered it. I have micro sprinklers on a timer and it waters two times a day. Since it is very hot I have been hosing it down once a day as well. This may have been too much.

Does Atemoya behave the same way by splitting when over watered? I have a Gefner with one fruit on it and don't want to loose it.

Jegpg Thanks for the ripening info! This is the first time for me to grow this plant and now I know what to look for.
I have not eaten a Sugar apple in perhaps 30 or more years so was looking forward to trying them.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Is this container Sugar Apple ripening?
« on: August 15, 2015, 10:13:49 AM »
This second year Sugar Apple is growing in a 3 gallon or so container.

I see small cracks forming between the sections. Is this an indication that it is ripening? (or something else. Its been hot here - around 100F for the last 2 weeks)
The fruit is a little larger than a golf ball and feels fairly firm. I pollinated this one in May.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dwarf Guava rootstock
« on: June 06, 2015, 07:25:34 AM »
I too was thinking about growing guava on a dwarfing rootstock. I grow five kinds of guava in containers and wanted explore ways of keeping them smaller.

Several weeks ago I came across a reference that mentioned that Costa Rican guava( P. friedrichsthalianum) when used as a rootstock has a significant dwarfing effect.

Google search the following string for this reference;

Tropical, Subtropical Fruits & Flowers Cultivation Chinese guava graft

Read the section under:  Disease and Pest Resistant Rootstocks (For me the first result returned by google)

I also thought about using P. nana as a rootstock. Top Tropical has them on their website but currently not available. Looks like there is a pink as well as a while variety.

4484 Psidium guajava Nana (dwarf), Pink - seeds
4233 Psidium guajava Nana (dwarf), White - seeds

Not sure if these come true to type.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jujube Cultivar Identification Help
« on: May 30, 2015, 02:49:15 PM »
I got my scion wood from England's Orchard Nursery. They ship dormant wood around January.

Here is a pic of some fruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jujube Cultivar Identification Help
« on: May 28, 2015, 11:42:27 PM »
GA866 is a shy bearer for me but tastes very good. Sweet with some acidity.

Sherwood is larger fruited than GA866 sweet but not as much acidity. Sherwood also has only a few thorns. My Sherwood flowered but did not bear for 3+ years. Then I grafted several varieties onto it. That year it produced many fruit.

I also like Redlands 4 which is a pumpkin shaped fruit of good size. It is sweet and a heavy bearer for me.

Li second crop that ripens in the fall is sweet and of good size. The summer crop is not that good. I think when it ripens over a longer period during the cooler part of the year the fruit tastes better.

Sugar cane is small but sweet.

Try your jujube with some white wine or beer!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pugging my Geffner Atemoya
« on: May 19, 2015, 06:16:46 AM »
I understand you exactly Droshi. I am in the north Texas area also. Apart from what you mentioned regarding letting it fruit.....

1. If it stunts growth that's a positive as I want to keep the tree small.
2. I want to know soon if the fruit quality is ok based on our hot summer climate - may decide to cut my losses if it does not turn out ok.

I too have a Geffner that I acquired last year. Smaller than yours. I am trying to get one fruit out of it. I have only a few flowers left so it is not looking good for this year.

Hi Bush2Beach, how can you tell the male and female plants apart?

Is it by leaf shape, growth habit etc?

I recently grafted a couple of scions on to a wild mulberry and they are pushing buds now. Not sure if they are compatible long term.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pruning Guava Tree
« on: April 30, 2015, 10:48:47 PM »
Thank you all. I pruned it leaving around 3 strong shoots per branch. Next I will give it a shot of ferts to get it going. I need it to flower by end of May so I can get fruit before frost.

This has fruited before. It is about 4 years old. I grafted the left branch when the root stock was the thickness of a pencil. They are both white crunchy types.
I plan on approach grafting a couple of other varieties on to it. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pink guava in pot.
« on: April 29, 2015, 10:49:40 PM »
Here's an air-layer I grew that had a pair of seedless fruit. The tree was about 2 ft tall. Those were the only seedless fruit it produced. The container is about 12 inches in diameter.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Pruning Guava Tree
« on: April 29, 2015, 10:45:08 PM »
I have a white Thai/Vietnamese type guava growing in a 15 inch container.  I over winter this tree in the garage.
In March a pruned some branches to keep it from getting too tall. Now each of those pruned branches are sending out multiple shoots.
Should I trim these to a maximum of say 3 shoots per branch? Otherwise the tree would get crowded with multiple branches.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Guava Trees for Central Texas
« on: April 23, 2015, 10:29:25 PM »
Growing in a container may be the best option unless you are willing to put in a bit of effort to protect it well during the really colds spells. It may survive if you don't protect it but may be set back to the point where recovery takes time and flower set may be delayed and it will be cold again before they could ripen. Takes 4-5 months to ripen for me from flower set.

I have been growing a white crunchy guava in a container for about 7 yrs. Stays in my garage for 5 months out of the year. I get ripe fruit in the Sept/Oct time frame. Last year due to the cold spring nothing ripened in time. However several ripened in the garage much later.

I added Ruby Supreme, Indonesian seedless and a large pink guava to my collection last year. I am pushing them right now to flower so I can sample the fruit before it gets cold again.

I also found out this past winter that supplemental light during winter storage in the garage helps keep the guava trees in better shape.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is this pest on my Guava trees?
« on: April 20, 2015, 10:30:52 PM »
That is it! Thank you both!

Looks like ants help these guys. Time to put some tanglefoot around the trunk.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is this pest on my Guava trees?
« on: April 20, 2015, 06:12:16 AM »
Thank you Das but it does not look like a guava moth based on a google search. I know the photo is not the best.

They don't actually eat the leaf but I suspect they suck the juice out of them. If I don't control them the tree declines.

They are very soft bodied and has a white powdery coating on the outside. If you slide your finger on top of them without any pressure they just smear.

Also, I have not seen them move.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / What is this pest on my Guava trees?
« on: April 19, 2015, 01:39:21 PM »
I grow tropical Guava in containers.

I have had this pest on them for a while. They are soft and can be rubbed off easily. What is this pest?

I also use the following which sprays a fine jet of water to dislodge them.

Thanks in advance.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: "treated with irradiation?"
« on: February 28, 2015, 10:52:02 PM »
I tried germinating Mexican Cream Guava but not a single seed germinated. I have successfully germinated several other guavas varieties but not Mexican Cream purchased from the grocery store. I was aware that they were being irradiated but was hopeful. I think this is one of the conditions under which they are imported.

Been looking for this variety for a while but very difficult to find them in the northern parts of Texas.

Also people talk about Mexican Cream Guava with few seeds. The ones available at stores have a lot of seeds. Does anyone know of the elusive Mexican Cream guava with few seeds?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Filter for garden hose
« on: February 24, 2015, 08:49:51 AM »
My city uses chloramine instead of chlorine. Not sure if KDF filters that. May want to check how your city treats water.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Propagation of tropical fruit
« on: November 16, 2014, 07:04:29 AM »
Air layering is pretty easy. Takes about 2 months in the spring and summer or when the tree is actively growing.
About the thickness of a pencil works well.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Air layering
« on: July 08, 2014, 10:22:21 PM »
Figs air-layer quite easily.

Guava is fairly easy as well.

The following 3 guava air-layers are at about 2 months now and all 3 have roots. I'll probably give them another couple of weeks before separating them.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Curry leave sucker/baby plants
« on: June 25, 2014, 10:24:10 PM »
In my experience the best way to maximize the number of plants is to unto the whole root mass.
Remove most of the soil from the root mass and then using a sharp pair of scissors cut off the 'suckers' leaving enough roots.
Individually pot up the suckers and pot up the mother plant in the original container. You will have to provide shade for a week or two while the plants recover.
Curry leaf plant is pretty tough and will recover soon.

Pulling the suckers off the mother plant is hit or miss. Most times you get no roots!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself
« on: June 25, 2014, 10:03:54 PM »
Hi, just joined this forum. I'm in zone 8a and limited to growing tropical fruits in containers. I do not have a greenhouse, therefore, the guava that I grow stay in an unheated garage 5 months out of the year.

I have grown a large crunchy white guava in this manner for about 6 yrs. I get a single crop a year that ripen from September through October.

This weekend I added Ruby Supreme and Indonesian seedless guava to my collection. I also bought a Gefner atemoya and a seedling sugar apple. I am hoping they will survive the garage treatment over the winter.

Besides these I grow about 15 varieties of figs, a multi-grafted Jujube and two multi-grafted pear grown in ground.

If anyone has any pointers regarding growing atemoya and sugar apple in containers please chime in.

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