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I think Noris Ledesma has been trying to propagate this at Fairchild farm unsuccessfully.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Papaya question
« on: March 17, 2018, 09:31:04 PM »
Squeeze lime on top, a great combo.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is my carrie mango a goner?
« on: March 17, 2018, 11:48:37 AM »
What do you think of Valcarrie?

Mine is setting fruit for the first time this year and it looks pretty heavy. I’m 10 miles inland and had a lot of fungus issues during warm wet February but the Valcarrie pannicles  have remained completely free of fungus.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dwarf Fijian coconuts
« on: February 28, 2018, 02:16:08 PM »
I bought 4 at the broward rare fruit council tree sale a few years back.  They’re still a few years away from fruiting.  I don’t have background on them so I hope they’re legit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Maha Chanok Advice
« on: February 23, 2018, 12:17:12 PM »
There are multiple variants of Kesar, which I think monoembryonic (I haven't ever examined the seeds). I have both Jumbo and regular, and the only difference I can note is size. Granted, I haven't gotten more than a handful of fruit from each tree.

That said, all MC here could be one and the same. I know NDM #4 is high variable in terms of stature. I've seen trees over a decade old that stand a mere 7 feet tall, and I've seen trees that grow into monsters. Perhaps there is some rootstock influence.

Do you know what version Excalibur sells? I bought my Kesar there.

What is your Maha grafted to? I think Harry’s origInal was from Thailand.

I have a “Jumbo” Kesar with budwood sourced from Fairchild. The fruit from this tree seems to be the same size as the “regular” Kesar, but the photos of the Jumbo looks like a significantly larger fruit with perhaps a more pronounced hook at the bottom. On the other hand, I had a Regular Kesar in Loxahatchee that came from you by way of Zill years ago that produced seemingly “Jumbo” sized Kesars. I topworked a Baptiste tree to that and transplanted it to West Palm where it’s growing now.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jackfruit at whole foods
« on: February 20, 2018, 11:18:52 AM »
Unfortunately, Whole Foods has better produce than most other supermarkets (at least where I am). I can find decent produce in specialty markets but nothing beats local or homegrown obviously.

My friends at ship all over the USA except California. You can get what’s in season in Florida and they also get quality yellow dragonfruit, soursop, and cherimoya. If it’s not quality they won’t ship it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: If you like PINA COLADAS
« on: February 08, 2018, 06:02:30 AM »
Mine is loaded with flowers for the first time in its fourth season. Blooms from December were lost due to wet weather but it’s been dry and fairly breezy here since and the trees have been kept pretty free of moisture compared to last year so I’m hoping to try fruit from it this year as well as pineapple pleasure that has been blooming for a couple years but dropped all fruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Adding minor elements ‘how to’ ?
« on: February 07, 2018, 07:58:52 AM »
It’s hard to overdo the soil drench here in the Redlands due to rocky alkaline soil.

Hey man, it was good to meet you briefly when I dropped off the amber jack to ya. Sorry I had to jet, but newborn at the house has a lot of my calendar time slots booked up these days. Hopefully we can get together and bullsh*t one of these days. We’re building the house 3 blocks south of Knausberry on the corner, so we’ll be neighbors

Sounds good. Drop me a pm anytime. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Adding minor elements ‘how to’ ?
« on: February 06, 2018, 01:19:54 PM »
It’s hard to overdo the soil drench here in the Redlands due to rocky alkaline soil.

The cold weather had even my most stubborn trees flowering but the burst of warm since has resulted in about half of new growth coming as flowers and the rest as leaves. Anyone else seeing this?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2018 Lychee Bloom
« on: January 31, 2018, 07:40:18 AM »
Taken yesterday from the canopy of a Mauritius. I had limb damage also from Irma and cut one back severely. The one in the picture lost about 1/3 of the canopy.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2018 Mango Festival
« on: January 31, 2018, 07:32:36 AM »
Noris is speaking tonight on avocados at the fruit and spice park monthly meeting. Maybe we can get some details.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2018 Lychee Bloom
« on: January 29, 2018, 07:50:56 PM »
Mine are blooming.

My understanding is that the sparkling ones are the result of fermentation with beneficial probiotics similar to kombucha. I enjoy when I open one that is sparkling.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Longan toxicity??
« on: January 12, 2018, 03:46:42 PM »
My 8lb miniature pinscher eats longan fruits with no issues.

Really cool wast you guys are doing there. I hope to visit some day.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit markets in Central Jakarta
« on: December 06, 2017, 05:55:37 PM »
Thanks John. Salak has been available readily in Jakarta and here in Bali. There was a durian festival in Jakarta but I haven’t found any yet in Bali.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Fruit markets in Central Jakarta
« on: November 20, 2017, 09:34:25 AM »
I’ll be traveling to Jakarta and Bali soon. I was wondering if anyone can give tips on where to find fruit markets in Central Jakarta?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hunting the elusive Delicious Monster
« on: November 13, 2017, 12:23:25 PM »
I stand them in a glass jar and put another on top to keep flies away.  I eat 2 to 3 inches a day as the scales fall.  I take them off the cob very cleanly using a salad fork. That leaves most of the irritating black specks off the fruit.

While it's true that no tree can be totally immune to high winds, it's also true that some trees are more susceptible than others. From my very limited experience i would rank them like this:
Poor resistance: Longan, lychee, abiu, jamaican cherry (muntingia)
Medium resistance: Avocado
High resistance: Mango, Jackfruit, Chico, Java plum, Ice Cream Bean, Santol

My own observations strongly support Oscar's list (with about 200 data points of trees on the ground exposed to hurricane Irma in Homestead) :
Poor resistance: Lychee (40% out of 20 trees snapped, maybe it has to do with being airlayers). Longan. Most younger Garcinias have bad resistance: they topple over but don't break (Maybe it has to do with fact that they're raised in pots initially so they can't develop proper straight/deep tap root?). Jaboticabas get toppled easily but don't break.
Medium: annonas, guavas, abiu, avocado, white sapote
High: Black sapote, Mango, citrus, jackfruit, kwaimuk, sapodilla (branches break off, but trunk ok), sapote, grumichama and Cherry RGrande, spondias,
Needless to say: taller trees and trees with heavy foliage/branching fare much worse that others (jackfruit and black sapote seem to be exception)

Longan trees that fared poorly were biew kiew. Kohala are mostly still standing.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Category 4 Hurricane Irma
« on: September 15, 2017, 10:23:25 AM »
I saw the guys who take care of my trees today and they told me about a field in Homestead at least 10 miles from the ocean that was loaded with all kinds of fish from the ocean including large grouper that were sucked up by the hurricane and tossed inland.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Category 4 Hurricane Irma
« on: September 15, 2017, 10:14:33 AM »
Biew Kiew longan trees did very poorly in the hurricane while Kohala trees held up very well. One grower in homestead had 20 acres of BK that are a total loss while kohala have only minor limb loss. In my grove the longan tree with the most damage is a BK. Lychee trees also did not fare well.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Category 4 Hurricane Irma
« on: September 13, 2017, 09:20:22 PM »
dang 185 MPH!!!

If I was forced to live in areas where we get hurricanes like this, I would build it out of structural CMU/Concrete only with 10 feet raised foundation as well. even then windows could blow up under such pressure.
I have always wondered why in the US many (the majority?) houses are built with wood or light materials even though you have many natural risks (hurricanes, tornadoes). In my country, even with the low revenues/habitant all the houses are built with concrete (and we don't have extreme climatic events like yours). Is it cost? or is there other advantages of light buildings?

Many modern homes use cement blocks for outer walls, and wood for roof,   there is some advantages to this,   one is of course cost,  but the other is insulation.  most homes use central air-conditioning,  we use gypsum board instead of mortar to cover the inside walls,  we put insulation between the two.  the steep roof, ( attic ) is also filled with insulation,  this saves a lot on heating and cooling costs.

Also should state that in Earthquake prone areas,  a wood roof is somewhat safer.  I mention this because here in the DR.  we use all cement everything,  walls, and ceilings,  roofs are just poured cement,  no insulation, so if you put your hand on the ceiling on a sunny day you can feel the heat.   in an Earthquake these flat slabs, can fall on you.    but of course the benefit is, being strong against winds.

After Andrew,  I was working down in Homestead, and noticed complete neighborhoods, mostly destroyed, but then right next to it you see another neighborhood, almost untouched.   why?   construction code, and techniques.  its not so much whether the roof is wood or not, but how it is built.  look at Key West , they got the brunt of the storm, and you can see many wooden homes intact,  not all wooden homes are created equally.

Key West was on the good side (west) of the eye with minimal surge and lower winds than the keys on the bad side of the eye.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Category 4 Hurricane Irma
« on: September 11, 2017, 04:49:04 PM »
My longan trees were loaded for a nice fall crop but I lost 80% to 90% of the fruit. The trees survived mostly with some loss of limbs.  My 2 to 3 year old jackfruit didn't fare well as you can see this is the red morning and Excalibur red.

House came out fine. All in all I was fortunate as many around me lost a large percentage of their trees.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Juciy Peach and Peach Cobbler Mango
« on: August 11, 2017, 10:05:02 AM »
I just plated my Peach Cobbler (not like I needed anymore mango trees) and justified pulling out a Hamlin Orange tree due to the citrus psyllid insect problem in Florida. Can anyone post a photo of the fruit when ripe? Can anyone describe the growth profile of this tree? Thanks in advance...

Will look for a picture but basically green.

Tree is vigorous and upright with a very slight spread

My peach cobbler is the most vigorous mango tree I have. But not straight up. It has a nice round canopy. It is putting out new flushes non stop. It's 3 years old and is still ornamental. There were very few flowers in the spring that did not result in fruit.  I just have it a very aggressive prune cutting off about 1/3.

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