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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Least Colorful Mangos
« on: February 16, 2018, 10:36:38 AM »
I did a quick search and didn't find quite what I was looking for. Is there a list of mangos with the least color (ones that are still green skinned when mature).

In lieu of a list already existing, maybe users can rattle off which ones fit this criteria.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / starch mango
« on: January 09, 2018, 04:52:09 PM »
I have just learned that there is a mango variety called starch. A quick google search tells me it is a favored mango from Trinidad.

Based on the name, I am very intrigued :)

Can anybody describe the flavor and characteristics of the fruit?

I would like to buy some Jackfruit seeds from red fleshed cultivars, seeds from Red Morning are ones that I would strongly be interested in.

I have a lot of family that lives in Middle Tennessee (Columbia, Spring Hill and Murfreesboro) and I got them hooked onto growing figs. Now I want to get them hooked onto growing pawpaws :)

Which cultivars grow best in middle TN?

Ideally these cultivars won't need any additional irrigation once established, and will rely solely on the plentiful TN rains (need to get them hooked on minimum effort cultivars first). But needs to withstand the muggy summers. Also, ideally, they would be full sun tolerant (planted out by itself with no other trees around it). Is that even possible with pawpaws? Or will they need a nurse tree in middle TN before they get established.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / WTB: Pierce Cherimoya Fruit
« on: November 09, 2017, 06:16:40 PM »
I am looking to buy some Pierce cherimoya fruit (large flat rate box size, or however you prefer to ship), and I would be willing to pre-order.


Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / WTB: Mamey Sapote Scions
« on: October 16, 2017, 10:23:34 AM »
I would like to buy mamey sapote scions from the following cultivars:

- Akil Especial
- Papa
- Lorito

I already have Pace and Cepeda Especial (not enough to harvest yet, so I can't offer a trade).

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Dwarf Namwah ... uhhhhh.....
« on: March 24, 2017, 01:18:24 PM »
So I used to have a Dwarf Namwah that I got from Going Bananas. Everyone says it is a great banana plant. It grew great from me all last summer, took the heat just fine. I moved it to a different spot in my yard because I had it potted and I wanted it in the ground. Long story short ... I killed it by underwatering.

Not the plants fault, totally my fault. And as it grew all last summer it had gorgeous green typical banana leaves.

So I decide to get another one this spring. Not from Going Bananas but another place.

I get the tree in and this is what I get:

.... uhhhh ... this does not look a Dwarf Namwah to me.

So this is what I wrote to them:

"I just received an order in which I ordered a Dwarf Namwah banana. However the banana that I received is not a Dwarf Namah. The leaves have red splotches on them. See attached picture. Based on the spotches, I think it is either Siam Ruby or Sumatran X or something similar. It is definitely not Dwarf Namwah which have solid green leaves (I used to have one, so I know what it should look like)."

This is what they responded with:

"We have spoken to our horticulturist and he said that since these are made by tissue culture it is possible for the Nam Wah to have red color variations. This is the correct banana even though your last one had only green leaves."

Does this pass muster?

I did a quick Google search to see if Namwah ever has red splotches and could not find anything.

So the question to the banana experts here is: Can Dwarf Namwah have red splotches?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / WANT: Purple Mombin cuttings
« on: March 04, 2017, 07:02:32 PM »
I would like some Purple Mombin cuttings to try and root them. Does anyone have some for sale / trade?

I have had mamey sapotes on several occasions and I love them. They are one of my favorite fruits. Usually the cultivar name is not known, but based on descriptions I think I have eaten Pantin and Magana.

Here is how I would describe them:

Larger (size of a nerf football)
Generally 2-3 seeds
Inside is brown with grey streaks / fibers
Texture is good
Flavor is the classic mamey sapote flavor

Smaller (size of softball, but still pointed like the mamey should be)
Generally 1-2 seeds
Inside is orange-brown with no streaks
Texture is superb, no graininess and is like a firm custard
Flavor is the classic mamey sapote flavor but with something a bit more indescribably 'tropical' in the flavor profile.

I picked up a Pace mamey sapote last year (not fruited yet), but I am wondering which varieties are considered must-haves.

So my question to the group is, how would you rate these cultivars?

Cepeda Especial

Here is what I have noticed from my trees:

Molix - I have had it for 1.5 years and it is still only 3 ft tall. Has relatively short leaf internodes, seems like a dwarf / compact grower. But it has already flowered multiple times.

Makok - I grafted it onto one of the rootstock suckers on my Molix. I have not observed tree behavior directly. But based on other observations and comments it looks like it is another compact grower

Alano - Large internode spacing, seems like it will be an upright grower. Has not flowered yet

Silas Wood - My tree is still small (2 ft) but it seems very Alano-like in terms of internode spacing. Has already flowered at 2 ft tall (seems very precocious).

Tikal - Upright with large internode spacing. Have not seen flowers yet.

What about Hasya, Moreno and Ox? How would you rate their growth habits and precociousness ?


I have never met a Sapodilla I didn't like. They are one of my favorite fruits (close behind mamey sapote). But I don't know any of the cultivars I have tasted, they were just sold as Sapodillas.

So which one is your favorite?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Canistel vs. Lucuma
« on: December 02, 2016, 10:38:07 AM »
How similar in flavor and consistency is Eggfruit / Canistel (Pouteria campechiana) compared to Lucuma (Pouteria lucuma/Pouteria obovata)?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Barbie Pink vs. Ruby Supreme Guava
« on: November 18, 2016, 11:48:25 AM »
For those of you who have tasted both of these guavas, how do they compare?
Based on nursery descriptions (which can be suspect) they sound very similar.

I have a small Barbie Pink (and a bunch of others too) and I wanted to see if it was close enough to Ruby Supreme, so that I don't have to hunt down another guava :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Fruit Trees as Houseplants?
« on: July 25, 2016, 01:46:51 AM »
I obviously have a bunch of fruit trees in my yard, but I had the thought today (I have no idea why it took me so long to come up with this thought) as I was looking at some of my houseplants: could some of these be fruit trees instead?

What fruit trees do well as houseplants and also fruit? And I don't mean a random tasteless fruit as a novelty, but would produce good fruit in this setting (otherwise, I will just stick with my beautiful, but non-fruiting houseplants).

- Beautiful tree (most fruit trees are), but it also has to be beautiful in a houseplant environment. If it looks scraggly/leggy when grown indoors the wife will nix it.
- Most of the windows I can put this in get bright but indirect light (mostly north facing windows). I do have one west facing window (that is currently occupied) that I might be able to persuade a swap for
- Has to produce quality fruit in this setting

Will a Jaboticaba work in this setting, or any other Myrciarias? How about any Eugenias? Maybe a Carambola?
I really have no idea, I am hoping people with a lot of direct experience will chime in.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Florida Mamey Sapote question
« on: July 12, 2016, 05:34:11 PM »
Hey Florida Mamey Sapote lovers and growers,

I recently had a bunch (10 lb) of mamey sapotes from FL, and they were so good! I asked the vendor which ones they were and they said it was Pantin.

However, after having several of these now, it seems like there were two different varieties, and here are the distinguishing characteristics:

Variety 1:
Larger of the two (size of a nerf football)
Generally 2-3 seeds
Inside is brown with grey streaks / fibers
Texture is good but tends to have a little graininess
Flavor is the classic mamey sapote flavor

Variety 2:
Smaller of the two (size of softball, but still pointed like the mamey should be)
Generally 1-2 seeds
Inside is orange-brown with no streaks
Texture is superb, no graininess and is like a firm custard
Flavor is the classic mamey sapote flavor but with something a bit more indescribably 'tropical' in the flavor profile.

Based on these descriptions, what are your best guesses for Variety 1 and Variety 2?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Non-musky papaya?
« on: July 06, 2016, 02:18:27 PM »
What papayas are not musky?

I want to like papaya, I really do. I love the smell, and I love dried papaya. But I really don't like the musky taste (same taste that is present in cantaloupe and musk melon). But I have not had a lot of papaya varieties, just generic ones from the supermarket (usually green/yellow outside with orange flesh on inside).

Can anyone recommend varieties that are not musky? I would love to try them!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Top Ten Mangoes, maximized for season
« on: July 06, 2016, 02:12:36 PM »
So I am thinking about generating another list. Obviously the compact mango list had a very specific goal. And many people have generated top 5 / top 10 lists for mangoes just on flavor alone.

But I am asking for people to give top ten mangoes based primarily on taste, but also for season. The idea here would be to spread out the awesomeness as long across the season as possible. There is no restriction on tree size or vigor. So the idea is if you had a brand new yard / had to start over, what would be the ten trees that you want for flavor while trying to spread out the season.

I am suggesting a format for your lists in this fashion:

1. Mango Name -- Flavor Profile --  Season (early, mid, late, or extended like Mahachanok) -- Tree size / vigor (this is helpful for orchard planning)
2. etc.

List away!

I am looking for avocado seeds that come from West Indian family (or hybrids thereof) avocados. Anything basically from Florida that has a big seed would be perfect. Waldin and Lula come to mind immediately.

I got a bunch of Lula seeds late last year. They are huge and they send out extremely vigorous shoots for grafting.  I shared a bunch of the seeds with friends. So I am looking for some more seeds to throw on top of my mound for some more in-situ grafting.

So if you are enjoying any avocados with nice big seeds, please save them!

I will pay for seeds + shipping. Thanks!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Who is growing No Mai Tsze lychee?
« on: April 20, 2016, 08:29:26 PM »
Who is growing No Mai Tsze lychee?

I have been looking into grafting lychees and Oscar pointed out (back in a post in 2012 I think) that the chance for a good take increases if a lychee is grafted onto a seedling from the same cultivar. And because I am very interested in grafting a No Mai Tsze lychee, I am looking for No Mai Tsze seeds.

So my question (and request) to anyone growing No Mai Tsze lychees: Could you save the seeds? I would love to try sprouting the seeds and grafting onto the seedlings.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Best rootstock for green sapote?
« on: April 11, 2016, 11:06:28 AM »
I have been reading that green sapote can be grafted onto both mamey sapote and ross sapote / canistel

I guess I have two questions:

1. Is ross sapote == canistel (Pouteria campechiana)? It seems like the answer is yes, or perhaps more accurately ross sapote is a type of canistel.

2. What would be the best seedling to graft a green sapote onto? Green sapote (Pouteria viridis), Mamey sapote (Pouteria sapota), or Canistel (Pouteria campechiana)? Is one seedling much more vigorous? The mamey seeds I planted are large and already had a nice taproot poking out of the shell. But I have not yet seen Green or Canistel seeds, maybe they will have more energy and put out a more vigorous seedling?

Has anyone experienced delayed graft incompatibility grafting green sapote onto mamey or canistel rootstock?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Talk about precocious!
« on: April 08, 2016, 02:50:52 PM »
So my little Pickering is a stick with maybe a dozen leaves and 4 small scaffold branches. I got it this winter and would be surprised if it is over two years old.

And it has about 50 BB to marble sized mangoes on it! I am just about to cull all the flower stalks because this tree is WAY too small to hold any fruit. But I just had to take a couple of pics before it did.

What a crazy (and wonderful) mango tree! Can't wait till it gets some size on it so I can have fruit from it next year!

Which handles full sun better: Mamey Sapote or Chico Sapote (Sapodilla)?

I have a spot in my yard that will get quite a bit of western exposure / afternoon sun. And if possible I would like to put either a Chico or a Mamey here and wondered which would be the better fit?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mysore Raspberries
« on: April 02, 2016, 01:38:38 PM »
Who is growing mysore raspberries? What do you think about them (positive and negative)?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / WANT: Avri Loquat scion
« on: March 01, 2016, 06:32:27 PM »
I recall reading that Avri was a favorite loquat among those growing it on the forum. Does anybody have any scions available?

Citrus General Discussion / Limes for this winter...
« on: February 12, 2016, 06:23:03 PM »
...are forming now!

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