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Tropical Fruit Discussion / This yearís Malika Mangos
« on: June 21, 2018, 09:12:02 PM »
I donít know if itís just my area, but Iíve gotten Malikas from 2 different sources this season and the flavor is just next level amazing. Are others seeing the same thing? Last year I was not impressed at all with the Malikas I was eating and I tried them at all different stages of ripeness. This year Iím hard pressed to find a bad one. Really just superb

Anybody in South Florida want to sell me some fruit? I will also pay for shipping if from outside of South Florida. I really want to try this fruit BADLY -Jon

Iíve got a custard Apple seedling tree that Iím not too crazy about the fruit flavor. I just ordered a bunch of Dream Atemoya Scions from a fellow forum member. Is that a suitable rootstock to graft onto ? I sure hope so. I also have a Lisa Atemoya tree that I can use, but prefer not to

Yes itís still a bit early, but WOW. Just an amazing creation by the Zillís. If you donít have this particular mango cultivar planted out....shame on you

Trying to find this tree. My normal sources havenít been able to get any for some time. Thanks

My seedling red Custard Apple tree fruited for the first time. Iím VERY excited. It only boar one fruit. Flesh was mostly white with very little pink in it which is not quite what Iím accustomed to. It was not gritty but it was of medium sweetness.  Is it likely that sweetness may increase as the tree ages or is it what I can expect going forward? Admittedly Iím not fully versed in annonas

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Did I get a good deal?
« on: May 01, 2018, 04:19:05 PM »
Want to get into dragon fruit and I found a guy selling clippings for 12 varieties for $88.  All the varieties I wanted are included and then some.  I plan on growing 3 varieties per post (I have 4 posts currently setup); does anyone see anything wrong with this?

If so, what varieties? Any idea on where to obtain some seedlings/3 gal ???   Thanks.

My aunt has had this Julie in her yard for over 20 years and this is the first time it has fruited and the tree itself has never looked so healthy. These typically struggle down here in South Miami, which historically this tree has, but it is now not only displaying a sizeable crop, but also pushing more flowers. Amazing

Anybody know how to get in touch with this guy? He is right down the street from me and Iíd sure like to stroll thru his tropical fruit tree paradise one day

So I bought a 12ft jackfrut Seedling that was essentially rootbound in a 15 gallon pot and had no expectations whatsoever for it. As a matter of fact it was shaped like a lollipop with the lollipop stick being twice as long as normal....real ugly.  But I planted it early summer 2016 and it didnít do much of anything. So after Irma, I essentially cut it in half. It still didnít grow very much, although the trunk is now more proportional to the canopy.  I decided I would give it one more summer to get its act together or else I was going to pull it and replace with an Amber seedling I have in a pot currently. I was convinced this thing was getting chopped down in September. But today I was pleasantly surprised by a beautiful male flower and another that had already shriveled up and dropped onto a leaf below. What a great feeling. I really wanted to give this tree a chance and Iím glad itís showed some signs of progress well before the eleventh hour. It was a very exciting day

Just picked up a 2 year old seedling tree and I was curious if anybody has any recommendations? I'm planning on treating it like my other Garcinia's which are growing in partial shade until mature, then introducing them to full sun.  I know F&S park grows them, but I've yet to pick their brains about it.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / WANTED: White Sapote Tree 7g+
« on: March 22, 2018, 06:04:21 PM »
Looking for either Redland or Younghans variety in 7 gal or larger.  Please message me with pic and price.  Preferably in South Florida Area.  Thanks!  -Jon

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Why are my Lychee leaves yellow?
« on: March 09, 2018, 09:28:44 PM »
As you can see from my below photo, one of my Sweetheart Lychee trees refuses to green up. At first I thought it was lack of water, but heavy watering hadnít changed it. Then I thought it may have been nutrient deficient so I fertilized with 8-3-9 with micros. The thing flushed out like crazy but leaves cane out yellow and never changed to dark green. Canít figure it out. My other Lychee trees are all dark, dark green.

Any ideas on the best stage to eat sprouted coconut for maximum sweetness? When the sprout first shows? When itís 6 inches? 12 inches? Etc

Ordered 4lbs of fresh organic Cherimoya from Good Land Organics. All I can say is that itís about the most amazing fruit that Iíve ever eaten. Essentially vanilla, pineapple, banana, and sugar blended together and stuffed inside a fruit shell. My wife almost came to tears when I told her we canít grow it here in Miami

So I've been trying to grow Abiu for a few years and my trees usually do decent in the pots and then once transplanted into the ground, slowly die.  I've found from my experience and from help on this forum that they like acidic soil (maybe why they do so well in volcanic regions like Hawaii and Brazil) and lots of water and humidity.  Down here in Zone 10b South Florida humidity is not an issue, nor is watering but soil is a problem.  So what I started to do is to leave the Abiu in the pots with potting mixes (usually more acidic than our alkaline soil) until they are 5-6FT juvenile trees, rather than transplanting smaller trees immediately into the soil from their 3 gallon containers.  Then when I transplant, I move the trees up to a 45 gallon pot full of acidic potting mix and plant inground inside the pots.  This seems to help the trees maintain more of an acidic soil base over time.  I also read online and found that it helps to do an annual chelated iron drench.  All in all, its a very difficult tree to get going down here but I now see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Super stoked to try my first Abiu fruits. Fingers Crossed.

I'll add some photos to this post next week when I get a chance to return to the property.

Thereís not much info on growing this species online, other than general info. Iím working on grabbing a tree now and want to ensure Iím not missing something. I know they tend to grow fast and large and that most of the grafted trees are hermaphroditic, but Iíd like some information on cultivars, growing experiences in south Florida, and anything else unique to this tree. I know Fairchild has undertaken and extensive breeding program to determine superior cultivars, but nobody ever calls me back or can answer any of my questions. Thanks!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango Tree Oozing Brownish Orange Sap
« on: February 14, 2018, 08:52:11 AM »
As you can see from the photo, my juvenile Golden Nugget Mango tree is oozing this ugly orange sap from several places. The tree took it the hardest out of all my mango trees after the few cold snaps we had this winter.  Would this have anything to do with it? Is this something to be concerned about? Tree looks worse than frozen dog sh*t now.

Citrus General Discussion / Blood Orange ripened early and small on tree
« on: February 11, 2018, 06:11:32 PM »
Did anyone else in south Florida have any issues with their citrus where Hurricane Irma shocked their trees and caused fruit to ripen early and drop off of the tree? My blood Orange tree looks super healthy but had this issue after Irma

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Adding minor elements Ďhow toí ?
« on: February 05, 2018, 11:03:34 PM »
Instructions say how to mix it and note to spray up to tree runoff. Are they talking about the Ďdriplineí Of the tree and if so, I assume add it directly to the soil, is that correct?

Looking for something to trail behind my mower or golf cart and that can adequately spray and cover numerous fruit trees up to about 15ft high. Any popular brands or models I should look into? Thanks

I'd like to pic up a few of these. Anyone that has one or knows of someone that may have these semi-established please reach out to me.  I'm in  Miami, FL.  Thanks!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Can I get opinions on a few mango varieties?
« on: January 31, 2018, 09:01:44 PM »
Im interested in planting one of the following mangos and surprisingly there is not much information on many of them.... a few threads but not much. Interested in opinions from those that have tasted all or most of them.

Fruit Punch: Heard that it has good flavor but some fiber
Peach Cobbler / O2: Iíve read nothing but good things so far, but not much info
Pineapple Pleasure: read itís not a great producer but flavor is good
Cotton Candy: heard itís just too darn sweet and not much else going on
Mahachanok: heard nothing but good things and tree can be maintained small
Nam Doc Mai: Iíve tasted but wasnít impressed. Heard itís hard to know when to pick it and it could vary in taste from year to year, but if picked right itís unreal

Any info or recommendations especially with taste, yields, and tree size would be great! Thanks!

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