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I finally took the time to get my soil analyzed.  I wish I had done this when I moved in.  I am pretty lazy and hard headed.  My thanks to Jeff (Cookiemonster) and others for posting so much great information on soil testing and analysis.  I can now see that my pH, calcium, and zinc are way high. My potassium is way low(causing magnesium problems), phosphorus and manganese are low too.  I bought 550 pounds of Tiger90 before I did the test. It is still sitting in a shed. After I bought it, I stopped myself from applying it until I got the testing done. 

 














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Tropical Fruit Discussion / When to harvest ilama?
« on: July 20, 2016, 10:18:19 AM »
I have only one fruit and I don't want to screw it up.  It looks ready to me but I would like someone with experience to chime in. It was much darker red colored and there are a few healed splits. This is on my Genova red.


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I am located a few miles west of I-75 and Griffin Road.  Picked today.



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10 fresh seeds for $10 including USPS el cheapo postage.  $12.50 if you prefer shipping using USPS priority mail with tracking.

PM me with your mailing address and I will send you my paypal account for payment.






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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Jakfruit 2016
« on: March 18, 2016, 04:43:28 PM »
Seems like our wet winter kept my jakfruit trees in top condition.  I really do not have a baseline yet but for the trees in my yard mature enough to fruit, it seems like it will be a heavy fruiting year.

Post some pictures of your fruiting jakfruit trees and let us all know how things are progressing!

Here are some pictures from my grafted Bangkok Lemon, planted 4/7/13 from a 3gal pot.  The tree is around 18ft tall by 12 ft wide. There are around 20 fruit on the tree. The fruiting started in early December. New fruits are still emerging.  This is the first year that this tree is fruiting

There are at least 8 forming fruit in this picture









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Anyone have any fresh seeds available? Plants?  I am on a mission to fruit this!!!

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February of 2013, I took a trip to Robert is Here and paid a lot of money for a 25 pound jakfruit. As the name states, Robert was here, and I asked him if he had a clue what variety the jakfruit might be.  He asked one of the workers in the back area but the most definitive answer they were able to give was a shrug of the shoulders.  I waited a few days for it to ripen and based on the long pointed bulbs, flesh color, time of year, and flavor guessed it to be a J-31. 

I decided to plant some of the seeds, thinking that the seedlings might give off season fruit. August 21, 2013, I planted 5 of the seedings in a line next to a fence, 6 feet apart.  The trees all grew differently, some are dense and some sparse, some compact and some are reaching for the sky.  All the trees flowered heavily this year, but all appeared to be male flowers.  The first in the line, a dense, medium height tree, actually put out a female. 

On Wednesday, I took a look at the fruit. I squeezed it and it was rock hard. I gave it a tap and the sound it made was a sharp ping.  It sounded like an over-inflated red rubber ball, the kind used for playing dodge ball. Today, my mom visits the house and she inquires about the jakfruit and she touches it and it was soft! In two days it goes from not being close to ripe to ready for eating.

The fruit weighted 10 pounds.  I cut it in half and was shocked to see orange bulbs.  The flesh was crisp, sweet, with a tiny bit of acidity.  The flavor reminds me of a little bit of the red LifeSavers candy, but I haven't had one in 30 years so I may be delusional.

Oddly, while eating half the fruit, I only encountered one normal seed.  All the others were aborts, smaller than a pea. When seeds are aborted in jakfruits, the bulb flesh does not fully develop.  I had very little rain the last few months, which may have been a factor with all the aborted seeds and thin flesh of the bulbs. 

It will be interesting to see what happens next year!





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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Today's Harvest
« on: May 28, 2015, 09:20:40 PM »
From top left to bottom right,  Manzano banana, San Felipe, ST Maui, Glenn (too many to picture), Haden Maha Chinok, Coconut Cream, Dupios x 2, and Sweet Tart.



It has been 2.5 years since I walked away from my 30 mature fruit trees to start fresh on 2.5 acres. Finally starting to see some real rewards for my labor.

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This rollinia has been in the ground for 2 years.  It is about 4 ft tall.  I cannot keep the leaves green.  Now the leaves are cupped and curved in addition to the yellowing.  I have another rollinia planted 15 ft away that is double the size and has no deficiency issues. 

In Feb, March, and April I did a chelated iron drench with magnesium, manganese, and zinc.  In March, I did a foliar spray with southern ag citrus nutritional spray 3/4 rate with miracle grow at 1/2 rate.  The beginning of March, I fertilized with Diamond R 8-3-9 using a broadcast spreader.  The tree is mulched beyond the drip line.






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On Saturday,  my family stumbled on three fruit under a 4 ft shrub labeled Araza Eugenia stipitata. The fruits were about an inch and a half, yellow orange colored.  The flesh was yellow.  The seeds were small, less than a quarter inch and each fruit had 3 or 4 seeds. The taste was really good. Very sweet and medium tart. It brought back childhood memories of fruit rollups.  I did not think to take any pictures since I have never had it before and did not recognize the name.  Once I tasted it, I was focused on the flavor. The plant is to the south east of the jaboticaba near a path with a bench.  There are lots of guava in the area.

The reason I think it is mislabeled is because everything  I have read says it is too tart to eat by itself and large. Maybe there are smaller sweet varieties? Maybe the general opinion of too tart doesn't apply to me and my oldest daughter.  I would love to know what it is, right or wrong and would appreciate any experience with the tree in question or Araza in general.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Atemoya Haul in January
« on: January 06, 2015, 09:02:01 PM »
I picked these Lisa atemoyas this morning.  My atemoya trees are only two years in the ground.  I was planting to wait another year before attempting to fruit them.   When I pruned them in late June to get them to branch more, they flowered like crazy and I couldn't resist trying to pollinate them.  These 5 are all the success I had on the Lisa.  I got 2 on Page and 1 on Priestly but they are small and malformed. Hard to beat fruit of any kind in January.  All together, they weighted in at 3.5 pounds.  The biggest was .8 pounds and the smallest .3 pounds.  Now I have to endure the agonizing wait until they ripen!!!






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Pickup only.  I am located in Broward, west of I-75, Griffon Rd exit. Credit cards accepted.  PM for appointments.  Weekends all day and weekday mornings available. Pricing and availability subject to change.

Live inventory (not that it moves much) http://bfgtropicals.com/Products/PlantAvailability

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When ever your spouse, who is not a fruit tree addict, allows you to plant something fruit bearing in "restricted space", AKA "the forbidden zone", it is cause for celebration!  My wife granted me permission to plant pineapples in the front yard.  My front yard is relatively barren except for palm trees and a loquat tree that was probably planted as an ornamental.

Back in May/June of this year, I executed phase 1 of my plan.  I acquired a stupid number of tissue cultured pineapple plants.  I offered them up to you all, my brothers and sisters who share my fruit tree affliction. Luckily for me, not many of you took advantage.  I have not had a single casualty either.  These plants can take some abuse.

Now that the weather has cooled a bit, I decided to execute my incursion into the forbidden zone. In the middle of my front yard is a lonely palm,  planted in an over-sized raised area.  Previously only weeds covered the empty space.

Behold the pineapple greatness!!! (well, at least the beginnings of it)  25 plants in the ground so far and that has barely put a dent in my stocks.









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Gold Finger (FH01), Raja Puri, Red, and Lacatan.  These are all from tissue culture. 

I also have pineapples in 1 gal pots for $5 each, White Jade, Elite Gold, Florida Special, Sugar Loaf.

I am located in Southwest Ranches, FL.  PM me for an appointment to pickup.

Cash and credit cards accepted.

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Har (Guanabanus) will be giving his lecture "The Guanabana And Its Relatives" Monday, August 4th 7:30pm.  The meeting place is Oak Ridge Hall, Treetops Park, 3900 SW 100th Avenue, Davie, FL 33328.  Oak Ridge Hall is located at the back of the park. 

I attended his previous lecture on sugar-apple, custard-apple, atemoya, cherimoya, and relatives and it was excellent.  Har is an encyclopedia of annonas and other tropicals and a great speaker. 

Admission to the meeting and park are free.

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Dwarf Red banana plants are $5 each and Sunshine Blue Blueberry plants are $3 each.  $10 minimum order.

Bananas are restricted from shipping to Hawaii and PR. 

Shipping for up to 5 plants is an additional $5 for USPS Priority 2 day, more then $5 and I give you a shipping quote.

Payment via PayPal.  Do not send payment without confirming your variety selections first via PM.

Local pickup available by appointment only.


Dwarf Red Banana

Height: 5 - 7 feet
Zone: 8 - 11
Fruits turn from yellow-green to orange to dark red when ripe.  Fruiting can take up to 24 months. Very good tasting.

Sunshine Blue Blueberry

Early season, 150-200 chill hours, fruits for me in South Florida with almost no chill hours
Medium sized fruit
Dwarf evergreen bush
Compact, full habit
Excellent for containers
Some claim it is a little less picky about pH



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Minimum 5 plants of any type/variety.  Shipping is an additional $5 for 5 plants, $11 for more then 5 plants.  Shipping is via USPS priority 2 day service.

Raja Puri banana for $4 each, Grewia asiatica (Phalsa, Sherbert Berry) $4 each.

Also available, pineapple plants (Florida Special, Sugar Loaf, and White Jade) are $3 each.

Send me a PM if interested.

Shipping to U.S. only.  Payment via PayPal.  Do not send payment without confirming your variety selections first via PM.

Local pickup available by appointment only.

Pictures and a short description of the varieties can be found on this thread:

http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=11086.0

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Pineapple plants are $3 each, minimum 5 plants.  Shipping is an additional $5 for 5 plants, $11 for more then 5 plants.  Shipping is via USPS priority 2 day service.

Also available, Raja Puri banana for $4 each, Grewia asiatica (Phalsa, Sherbert Berry) $4 each.

Send me a PM if interested.

Shipping to U.S. only.  Payment via PayPal.  Do not send payment without confirming your variety selections first via PM.

Local pickup available by appointment only.




Florida Special Pineapple



This variety was bred by Libby. It is a golden-fleshed fruit that is reported to have great flavor. The fruit is said to ripen down into the mid 30's without internal damage.


White Jade Pineapple

Hawaiian variety, ultra sweet, with very low acidity. Edible core and the leaves are spineless.

Read about it here:

http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=9296.0

Sugar Loaf Pineapple

Commercial variety with very sweet fruit and low acidity

Raja Puri Banana

Grows to 6 to 8 foot tall, withstands neglect, and is good in windy locations. Medium sized bananas that are very sweet.

Grewia asiatica

Shrub, grows to 6 to 15 ft tall, very ornamental. Small fruit reported to be high in antioxidants.

Read about it here:

http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=10599.msg135567#msg135567

Here are the Grewia asiatica plants I am selling:



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5 plants for $20, includes UPSP priority shipping  (2-3days).  For larger quantities $3 each + shipping ($6 - $12 depending on qty). U.S. only.




Send me a PM if interested.

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I have a bunch from fruit cleaned this weekend.  $2 each, minimum 5 seeds.  Shipping is an additional $5.80 by USPS priority flat rate box.

PM me if interested.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / For Sale - Soursop seeds
« on: March 12, 2014, 09:18:46 PM »
I ate a delicious sweet fruit Monday night.  I have 4 lots of 25 seeds available, $20 each lot + $2.50 USPS first class shipping.  Shipping to US only.  PM me if you are interested.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Precocious tree pics - Flowers in February
« on: February 28, 2014, 08:39:28 PM »
I took a walk out in the yard and got intoxicated by the fragrance of all the trees flowering.  Thought I would take some pictures to share.  All of these trees, except the mangos at the end, have only been in the ground for 6 to 16 months.  Enjoy!

Abiu getting ready to flower







Manzillo banana flower



Grumichama flowers



Longan Biew Kiew starting to flower





Longan Kohala starting to flower





Lychee No Mai Tze





Mamey Pantin



Mango Pickering



Mango Rapoza



Mango Southern Blush



Mango ST Maui



Peach UFSun



The Producers

Mango Glenn



Mango Haden with Glenn in background and Florigon in foreground



Mango Keitt



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Must have happened Thursday night when we had the storm that brought us 5+ inches of rain.  I just found it this morning.  The bamboo rotted out.  One tie below the graft broke, the second tie below the graft stretched out without breaking.  It was about 4.5 ft tall and bushy.  Where it broke, it was a little under an inch in diameter.  I had heard this variety had breakage issues, usually under the weight of heavy crops of fruit, and had planned to thin.  :'(






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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Persimmons are ripening
« on: October 09, 2013, 08:52:23 AM »
I had to go do some maintenance on the pool at the rental house and I saw a few triumph persimmons ready to pick.  I ate one today.  I enjoy them a lot as a nice change after a long mango season.  I bought the tree about 4 years ago as a small 3 gal.  It is now about 8 feet tall and 5 feet wide.  This year is the first year that the fruit set is worth talking about.  The ripe fruit had a significant color change from the unripe, turning a reddish orange in spots, making it easy to spot on the tree.  This is an astringent persimmon so it is important to let it ripen fully.  I left it on the counter to ripen another few days until the entire fruit changed color and the fruit had a translucent look and had the feel of a tomato.  The fruit is about 2.5 inches wide and over an inch tall. 










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This jak was the clear winner of the vigor contest.  When I planted the tree, it was 4ft tall and it had grown in less than a year to 10ft.  About a month and a half ago, I went on a search to find some 8ft bamboo to stake this tree along with some of the others that are above 7 ft now.  I found a pack of 50 for $100 but I could not justify the cost in my mind.  This Sunday, I finally broke down and decided to spend the $100.  To my surprise, the pack of 50 was reduced to $70 delivered and I pulled the trigger.  The stakes will be delivered today.

Yesterday we had some good wind along with the rain and now I have a stout 4ft Lemongold where my 10ft beauty used to reside. The top two ties broke and the tree snapped cleanly.



Learn from my mistake and reward your trees good growing behavior with some bamboo.

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