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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!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / My first Red Custard Apple !!
« on: January 23, 2018, 03:59:15 PM »
Iím super excited today as the severe cold fronts weíve been having down here in South Florida have thinned out the foliage on my trees enough for me to notice my first red Custard Apple!!! I didnít think any of my hand pollination took,  but I guess I was wrong.  I tasted this fruit for the first time a  few years back and honestly it has to be my favorite fruit of all time next to a fresh orange.  I was so impressed with the fruit I immediately planted a second tree only about 8ft from the original in hopes that they would kinda mesh together slightly during maturity for just a giant glob custard apples one day. Very excited today! Variety is San Pablo

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Fertilize during Winter Months?
« on: November 28, 2017, 05:11:38 PM »
I'm in Zone 10B so we don't have much of a "winter" but it definitely is the dry season.  Was wondering if anyone here has success fertilizing this time of year for juvenile trees? Annona's, Mangos, Citrus, Etc.  I've read conflicting things about this, but little of peoples experiences.  I use Florikan 8-3-9 Fertilizer and I irrigate 2 times per week at minimum during the dry season down here.  Any recommendations?

Iíll include coconut palms and other fruiting plants in this question as not to digress from the typical forum subject matter, but my wife and I are building a new home and Iíd like to landscape with some rarer palms and more specialized plants and foliage. Is there a ďbig bookĒ or two that anyone can recommend thatís all encompassing with Photos and info? It will need to be a Florida book, not just a general info book. Thanks!


Wondering if anyone in South Florida is growing and successfully fruiting Lemon Drop Mangosteen or Achachairu Garcinia Humilis (Orange Mangosteen)??? If so, any recommendations? I'd also like to see some photos to gauge the health of a tree in my area if possible.  Thanks!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Help with growing Abiu Zone 10b
« on: November 17, 2017, 08:13:30 PM »
Hey guys, just curious if anyone down here in South Florida has any recommendations on growing abiu. I had one tree that I put in the ground a year ago and hasnít grown an inch. Looks very unimpressive. I bought that one from pine island nursery. But today I picked up 2 from Excalibur and I want to get them going the right way. Should I grow them in pots until 25gal wth some good potting mix or should I try them in ground again? Any recommendations? Am I missing something important with this species? Excalibur seemed to keep them all in a greenhouse even the large ones. Is there a reason for this?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Looking for Rollinia Deliciosa Tree
« on: November 14, 2017, 03:45:00 PM »
If anyone has a nice size tree (15 to 25 gallon preferably), I would be interested in purchasing.  Thank You.

So I live in South Miami Florida, and between the county cutting down all of our citrus a decade ago due to canker and the newer threat of Citrus Greening, its hard to find healthy citrus trees down here.  But from what I've learned from some friends that still have trees, as well as nurseries in my area that have pretty large, mature, and healthy looking citrus is that if you keep a tree on a CONSISTENT fertilization schedule and spray schedule. The healthier the tree, the more resistant it is to greening.  But if it does contract the disease, I found this video online regarding heating the tree to kill the bacteria....has anyone seen this or have experience with this or any additional information? Yes, I know it seems like a giant task to save a few backyard trees, but its doable, especially with a large accordion style system, almost like a slinky that can be easily erected around a tree.


Curious if anyone has grown this. Especially in South Florida. Does it grow well? Will it fruit quickly?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Berry & Amber Jackfruit Seedlings WANTED
« on: November 06, 2017, 04:44:56 PM »
If anyone has seedlings they would like to sell please let me know. Thank You.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Best Tasting Jackfruit Cultivars 2017/2018 ???
« on: November 05, 2017, 06:15:30 PM »
I know there are some older posts on this, but some newer varieties have been introduced over the passed few years. Iím heading up to Excalibur next weekend and wanted to get some recent opinions from the Jackfruit lovers out there. So what do you think?

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