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Update to this post since I've had a few people asking. Lemon zest flowered and had a decent initial fruit set even with some powdery mildew issues. But about 3-4 weeks after initial fruit set almost all of the mangos dropped. Tree is healthy otherwise and can provide scions to Hawaii people if you want this variety.



unfortunately I dont have any trees left, but you can come grab some scions whenever they are ready (or i can mail some to you). I will graft some more this next season also.

@apresser.  Did u plant all of those lemon zest?  If not Id be interested in buying one

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: ID this Garcinia.
« on: April 02, 2019, 01:02:08 PM »
Apresser, the first one looks like G.celebica/seashore mangosteen. Second one can't say, will have to wait until it is bigger.

Thank you!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: ID this Garcinia.
« on: April 01, 2019, 11:41:47 PM »
Sorry to hijack this thread, but I also have 2 Garcinia plants that were not labeled....so I'm looking for any help on identification.

Tree #1
   

Tree #2
   


THANK YOU!


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Wow nice! You planted the two seeds in ground in direct sun? How tall is your tree?

I planted the seeds in pots and left them for about 10 months after germination and then moved them out into direct light and in the ground even while they were really small. the tree is maybe 4 ft tall, there are actually 2 trees in that one hole. I found a few more flowers today but all seem to be male.

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Got seeds directly from Luc in June of 2015. Seeing the first flowers on the tree today (2/11/19)-- so just under 4 years. Tree planted in full sun here on the North Shore of Oahu with irrigation when it gets dry. I actually planted two trees in one hole but only see flowers on one of them for now. Somehow the flowers managed to stay on despite the 50-60 mph winds we had here yesterday. 





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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dropping in ground Lucs Garcinia
« on: January 28, 2019, 06:19:00 PM »
I've planted 3 of these up on the North Shore. One in full light with irrigation, one in full light with no irrigation and one in partial shade with no irrigation. The best one of course is full light with irrigation followed by partial shade with no irrigation and the slowest growing is full light with no irrigation (but it still looks healthy). Planted all three of them around 12 inches tall.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: New Fruit Similar to Starapple
« on: November 13, 2018, 01:35:19 AM »
Yes that looks just like mine. Yes it is self pollinating. You might be missing the correct insect pollinator? You could try hand pollination. You could also try giving it a shot of high phossphorous and potassium fertilizer.

I have tried to hand pollinate (with a thin paintbrush) but with no success. The flowers have no scent (although the leaves have that really strong skunk smell).  I have not seen any insects attracted to the flowers. Also there seems to be almost no pollen in the flowers (although they are so tiny and its hard to tell). I will try the fertilizer you suggest. Thanks for your reply!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: New Fruit Similar to Starapple
« on: November 12, 2018, 05:42:59 PM »
Looking for some advice on a Chrysophyllum auratum tree. I've had this tree in the ground for around 4 years and it has been flowering non-stop over the last 6 months but has yet to set any fruit. Does anyone who has experience growing this know if C. Auratum is self pollinating or not? The tree is really healthy and I'm pretty certain its C. Auratum based on the appearance of leaf and musky smell. Some photos of the tree and flowers below. 



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee time
« on: May 16, 2018, 12:54:35 AM »
still have not picked it, planning to do that this weekend. Usually we give a large amount away to friends/family/neighbors. Sell some of it at the farmers market. They taste great, but have giant seeds so not the best for selling. unsure of the variety.
Its serious lychee time here at my place, 1 out of 3 trees on the property. Pretty hard to reach some of these, the tree was improperly pruned a number of years ago ... but it still seems happy



1st year for a good harvest. I believe this was a brewster planted some years ago.

I enjoyed some earlier today & decided to pick a few more and eat now...  There are probably 30 more on the small tree for later.

These were very sweet & tart combo & so fun to eat with the clear plump juicy flesh surrounded by the egg shell thin shell.

Sorry, didn't have time to stop and take a picture till they were all gone.... :P




Awesome.  What do you do with it all?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee time
« on: May 16, 2018, 12:48:19 AM »
Its serious lychee time here at my place, 1 out of 3 trees on the property. Pretty hard to reach some of these, the tree was improperly pruned a number of years ago ... but it still seems happy



1st year for a good harvest. I believe this was a brewster planted some years ago.

I enjoyed some earlier today & decided to pick a few more and eat now...  There are probably 30 more on the small tree for later.

These were very sweet & tart combo & so fun to eat with the clear plump juicy flesh surrounded by the egg shell thin shell.

Sorry, didn't have time to stop and take a picture till they were all gone.... :P




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Plinia hybrids, variations and mutations
« on: February 25, 2018, 07:22:39 PM »
I was looking thru some old posts for Plinia identification and wanted to see if anyone had any ideas on this seedling I planted (but had lost the label to).. I suspect its trunciflora but I'm really not sure. These photos are a few days apart on new growth.




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Don't throw away those passionfruit leaves!
« on: February 22, 2018, 07:55:05 PM »
Passion fruit flowers can also be used for tea (dried or fresh) - and they contain some MAOI alkaloids (monoamine oxide inhibitor). MAOI's are used as a pharmaceutical anti-depressant (although these are less common these days vs SSRIs). Passion flower can also be used augment the effect of some psychedelics, since they contain MAOIs.

Be aware that MAOI's should not be consumed with certain foods (cured meats, strong cheeses, etc.)

So, I'm trying this for the first time tonight. Observational notes:

1) Raw leaf: too strong for me to eat in a salad or whatnot.  Maybe cooked in some dishes with other strong flavours.

2) Tea taste (I used 5 large P. edulis leaves in an oversized coffee mug of near-boiling water): the first taste I got was just "leaf".  Nothing else.  Kind of unappealing, but not distasteful... just uninteresting.  However,  the more I've been drinking it the more I've been picking up this subtle mint flavour that wasn't there in the beginning.

3) Either this was some crazy timing, or maybe I'm having a very strong psychosomatic effect..... OR, this stuff does exactly what it says on the tin.   I was only a quarter of the way into the mug when I noticed that I felt sleepy.  And not "normal sleepy"; but like something was actively dragging my awakeness level down.  Yet not of the type of effect to cause an imminent "fall asleep at my computer" effect.  I'll just put it this way, I don't think I'll have any trouble falling asleep tonight.  ;)  I also have this sort of heavy and/or tingly effect around my head.... maybe a very tiny bit of that feeling you get when you've had skin numbed for a medical procedure.  But again, not a strong feeling like that.

I definitely have to try this again to see if it's a coincidence or if this is a consistently reproduceble effect.  But so far, I have to say that I'm believing these reports.

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unfortunately I dont have any trees left, but you can come grab some scions whenever they are ready (or i can mail some to you). I will graft some more this next season also.

@apresser.  Did u plant all of those lemon zest?  If not Id be interested in buying one

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just a little update for everyone on this topic. Lemon Zest is flowering here on the north shore of oahu for the first time. the tree is only 3 years old so probably wont hold fruit, but it seems to do really well in this climate in terms of the large flower set.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anyone growing atemoya on Oahu?
« on: December 06, 2017, 10:49:42 PM »
Apresser,
What cultivar atemoyas do you have and where did you
buy them?  Also, what kind of bags do you use...paper or netting?
At what size and age of the the fruit do you need to bag?

Thanks

Hi. I have Pink Mammoth Atemoyas, all grafted on Chirimoya seedlings. I got these Scions from Oscar maybe 4 -5 years ago. I got some fine netting type bags from ebay (china) that seem to work fine as long as I bag the Atemoyas when they are pretty small (the size of a walnut with the shell on). Here is the link to the bags I use. https://goo.gl/Pu3FPP

Rollinia fruits well up here in Haleiwa, no problems with insects. Have a lot of other different varieties of Annona that are still young and have not fruited...so will have to wait and see what is tolerant of the borer beetle and wasp and what is not.

the weave is the same size as organza bags?

not exactly the same. a bit larger--- but it works well to keep out the borers that get into atemoyas

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anyone growing atemoya on Oahu?
« on: December 05, 2017, 07:58:56 PM »
Sadly both Kent Vinzant and Frankie's don't sell atemoya or Rollinia  :'( I guess I'll try from seed... and invest in some bags

Once you get your seedlings going you can help yourself to some Pinks Mammoth Scions, if you come pick up on the North Shore. I got my first "crop" this year as I allowed a few fruits to mature. They were  not mammoth in size (probably due to the age of the tree), but the flavor was excellent.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anyone growing atemoya on Oahu?
« on: December 05, 2017, 07:47:31 PM »
Apresser,
What cultivar atemoyas do you have and where did you
buy them?  Also, what kind of bags do you use...paper or netting?
At what size and age of the the fruit do you need to bag?

Thanks

Hi. I have Pink Mammoth Atemoyas, all grafted on Chirimoya seedlings. I got these Scions from Oscar maybe 4 -5 years ago. I got some fine netting type bags from ebay (china) that seem to work fine as long as I bag the Atemoyas when they are pretty small (the size of a walnut with the shell on). Here is the link to the bags I use. https://goo.gl/Pu3FPP

Rollinia fruits well up here in Haleiwa, no problems with insects. Have a lot of other different varieties of Annona that are still young and have not fruited...so will have to wait and see what is tolerant of the borer beetle and wasp and what is not.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anyone growing atemoya on Oahu?
« on: December 04, 2017, 08:18:42 PM »
I have fruiting atemoyas up here on the North Shore. The borer beatles are really fast to get the fruit, I keep the trees small and bag all the fruits when they are still small. Its the only way.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Rollinia in Honolulu?
« on: August 29, 2017, 10:14:43 PM »
are you planning to visit the north shore? I only have 2 ripe ones left on my tree (I guess mine fruited earlier than most), but i can give u one or at least a half of one. PM me if you end up visiting the north shore.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: White Jade Pineapple
« on: July 26, 2017, 08:27:43 PM »
Yea I agree if they went out of the way to patent it, not going to make any effort to clone it, even for personal use. But who knows, maybe can win the genetic lottery on seeds collected from this plant and end up with something great for the home garden. Otherwise the White Jade is a really high quality pineapple, and although its not as sweet as the Meli Kalima-- its more complex in flavor.

You can not clone it because of the patent. There are hormones you can use to induce roots and shoots, I've used them many times in my previous job. I wouldn't do it to Frankie's patented pineapple however as he must have spent a lot of time and money to develop and patent this variety.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: White Jade Pineapple
« on: July 25, 2017, 07:15:58 PM »
It comes with the crown removed and a special tag on it that says "vegetative propagation is prohibited" in addition to a patent number. If I had some of the crowns I would definitely grow them for personal use at home since its the best pineapple I've ever tasted by far.

will definitely keep you in mind, the pineapples run about $15-20/each and I think they somehow keep them from getting pollinated because there are very few seeds. But if one day I ever hit the motherload and get a bunch of seeds ill send some to you for sure! Otherwise we just have to wait until the few seeds I've collected eventually fruit.... its gonna be a while.

Thanks for the info appresser! I have not had a chance to try the Meli Kalima yet. Too bad it is patented. If you ever find extra Meli Kalima seeds that you would like to sell, please let me know because I would be very interested in getting my hands on its genetics even if it's from seeds.

I am growing White Sugarloaf and White Jade but I've only tasted White Sugarloaf and it is the best tasting pineapple Ive ever tried. I hope the White Jade will taste similar.

Simon
Do the Meli Kalima not come with a crown when purchased?  I thought you could propagate a patented variety and maybe even give them away as long as you didn't sell it?  I bought 10 patented thornless blackberry plants a few years ago and now their like a weed all over the place.  I give the cuttings to whoever wants them.  Maybe I'm not suppose to?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: White Jade Pineapple
« on: July 24, 2017, 07:27:04 PM »
will definitely keep you in mind, the pineapples run about $15-20/each and I think they somehow keep them from getting pollinated because there are very few seeds. But if one day I ever hit the motherload and get a bunch of seeds ill send some to you for sure! Otherwise we just have to wait until the few seeds I've collected eventually fruit.... its gonna be a while.

Thanks for the info appresser! I have not had a chance to try the Meli Kalima yet. Too bad it is patented. If you ever find extra Meli Kalima seeds that you would like to sell, please let me know because I would be very interested in getting my hands on its genetics even if it's from seeds.

I am growing White Sugarloaf and White Jade but I've only tasted White Sugarloaf and it is the best tasting pineapple Ive ever tried. I hope the White Jade will taste similar.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: White Jade Pineapple
« on: July 24, 2017, 12:06:59 AM »
Beautiful plants apresser! How does the White Jade taste compared to a White Sugarloaf? Are they pretty much the same except for the spines?

In my opinion, the larger the plant, the better. The larger the plant, the larger the fruit. Hopefully it will bloom for you soon. If it doesn't fruit for you soon, you can use calcium carbide to induce blooms.

Simon

The Kona Sugarloaf which I think is the same as White Sugarloaf is sweeter than the White Jade. But both are excellent quality.. although neither of them compare to the sweetness of Mele Kalima which was developed by Frankie's Nursery. They have that one patented and I've collected a few seeds from some fruits so (hopefully) will find out in a few years how those seedlings compare to the parent. Have you had a chance to try "Mele Kalima"? 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: White Jade Pineapple
« on: July 23, 2017, 11:33:16 PM »
planted a bed of white jade pineapples. a few have fruited but this one monster seems to be sucking up all the nutrients. still no fruit from it yet.

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Thanks for your reply. I have a LZ plant in the ground for almost 2 years. Will update on my progress. Its looking very healthy so far, but no signs of flowers. I live in fairly wet, lowland area (north shore, oahu)

i don't know anyone that has it on the big island or oahu, most of my fruit growing friends havent even heard of it, as they don't post on here or aren't paying attention to whats happening in FL

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