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Following. My ugly Betty has not even flowered in its 4th season

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tony Morris Red Jackfruit
« on: May 06, 2019, 09:13:30 AM »
Any pictures of a fruit?  What size is the fruit?

Early flowers allowed me to gather pollen and hand pollinate ate the same time. My 3 year old tree now has around 30 fruit set and growing. I did another round of hand pollination but did need to gather the pollen and store it for a day or two. Iíll know soon if it was successful.

I gathered the pollen in a plastic lid for a mason jar then put it in a ziplock bag and stored it in my wine fridge as my regular fridge is below 40 degrees and I donít know if thatís too cold for the pollen.

Hereís the fruit from the initial set.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jackfruit Flowers
« on: February 16, 2019, 07:25:49 AM »
Looks like a male flower. Here is a male and female side by side.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Expert eye needed for fruit punch mango
« on: January 29, 2019, 09:06:26 PM »
Looks like flower but youíll know in a day or two.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Right Choice? Cogshall
« on: January 01, 2019, 02:30:53 AM »
I have a Cogshall from Fairchild also. Planted 4 years ago. Itís growth pattern is very bushy and compact with little pruning. I havenít had a problem with jelly seed. Itís productive and the fruit is good colorful and fiberless.

Since youíve already planted it I would let it grow and fruit then you can decide. You may end up being happy with it. Otherwise you lose a full year starting over.

I doubt you could compete with Mexican jackfruit prices. If there was wholesale demand in the USA there would already be fields popping up.

Asia exports the processed (canned) jackfruit we consume in the USA.

Iíve talked to people from the jackfruit company who sell packaged barbecue jackfruit in stores and they source from Thailand.

I suspect the low price from other countries are a barrier to commercial fields here.

Rob is probably the one with the most tasting experience. I bought my Excalibur red there 2 or 3 years ago. No fruit yet but there were some male flowers. It was blown over in Irma last year and the roots havenít fully re established so it may be another couple of years to get fruit from the tree.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: J-31 Jackfruit Fruits or Plant Needed
« on: September 30, 2018, 12:31:20 PM »
Mine are already harvested but it was my favorite jackfruit for me out of the varieties Iíve planted that fruited (sweet Fairchild, ns1/j31 seedling, and orange crush). Iím still wait on my amber, black and yellow golds, j30, Bangkok Lemon, red morning, and Excalibur red to fruit. But I donít have any seeds till next year.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rollinia in Kauai
« on: July 21, 2018, 04:59:04 AM »
Iím on the big island and Rollinia are hard to find. Season is over from what I hear.

I have a 2 year old Yai Grom that I got from Maurice. I hope to taste some next season for the first time.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mangosteen at 99 Ranch Market
« on: July 13, 2018, 06:22:12 PM »
In Miami theyíll be available at the SW Farmers market in Tropical Park from 9 to 3. I tried one this week. Very fresh and good.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best tasting mangos of 2018
« on: July 09, 2018, 03:21:28 PM »
I had my first ever peach cobblers from my tree. All I can say is that it is named correctly as it had the strongest peach flavor Iíve ever had in a mango.

I brought some juicy peaches (and others) to Illinois with me and the people I shared them with were blown away by how good it was.  Their farm xperience is mostly Tommyís from the supermarket. But I agree the JP was fantastic.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango identification (Rapoza???)
« on: July 08, 2018, 09:18:51 PM »
It doesnít look like my Rapoza. Mine are a deep red color with little green and yours have almost an apple shape. Maybe one of the other experts can opine. Here are mine on the tree two months before harvest and a cut open ripe fruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 3 mango Talks This Week
« on: July 08, 2018, 12:25:46 PM »
Is your Miami talk going to be the same as the one at fruit and spice Park?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Harvest Moon mango questions
« on: July 08, 2018, 11:23:16 AM »
My 4 year old Harvest Moon produced 4 fruit this year. One was inedible due to some rot around the stem. Of the remaining 3 one was smaller in size and the other two were jumbo. One of the jumbos I picked too early and it never ripened properly.  You donít pick these at the first sign of yellow. I picked this one full yellow on the tree and it still had to ripen off the tree for another week. I live in the north Redlands, well inland and the fruit remained quite clean of any fungus with no treatments.

I didnít weigh it but I guess it was around 3 pounds. Itís pictured next to a Carrie for comparison. I can put down 4 Carrie size fruits for breakfast but it was a stretch to finish this Harvest Moon.

I would call the flavor very good but not great. Not much fiber, no internal breakdown. Uniform flavor and texture throughout. To large to cut up tic tac toe style. The novelty is the size.

My tree is not a vigorous grower like the peach cobbler by any means. Itís an average size tree but the stems grow very thick.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: The Best Mango - On any given Sunday
« on: July 04, 2018, 07:02:48 AM »
I prefer the antipation of the next Mango season rather than go the store bought route. Plus there are other good fruits to fill the void at different times of the year. In season when eating 8 to 10 mangoes a day you get your fill for the year. Even the best atulfo mangoes are worse than our early season Rosigolds.

I just bought the Orange Sherbet, Buttercream, Guava,and Orange Essence trees from Truly tropical.  Iím going to use them as budwood sources to top work existing trees.

Will Excalibur have them for sale?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is the Longan tree wind-intolerant?
« on: June 19, 2018, 05:39:54 PM »
Kohala longan held up better than biew kiew longan during Hurricane Irma.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Goodbye Pina Colada Mango Tree
« on: June 18, 2018, 06:25:02 AM »
My four year old tree produced about 10 small fruit this year.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2018 Mango Festival
« on: June 16, 2018, 07:14:12 PM »
It will also feature jackfruit.  I guess this means they wonít have a separate jackfruit festival again.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Selling Dragon Fruit Cuttings
« on: June 16, 2018, 07:09:48 PM »
Recommendations for a top quality one that will self pollinate?  Iíve planted several that flower regularly but only rarely do I get a fruit.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Turpentine seeds for sale
« on: June 16, 2018, 10:21:23 AM »
$2 each

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pina Colada Mango
« on: June 12, 2018, 06:47:03 PM »
My 4 year old tree has about 10 fruit for the first time ever. Itís not a small tree for me having grown fairly tall despite regular pruning.

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