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Thank you everybody for your replies and feedback i feel very excited now to see the first fruits, i keep my fingers crossed  ;D

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Question about black sapote flowering
« on: May 15, 2017, 11:21:32 PM »
My 3 years old black sapote seedling is flowering for the first time.
Flowers are really weird, just pale green and not fragrant.

I know this species is Dioecious having separate female and male trees.
My questions are:

- are these flowers male or female or ermaphrodit?
-  just in case there are female, since there are no other trees of the same species around, how can they get pollinated? will they still set fruits?

Thanks in advance for helping!

Citrus General Discussion / Re: First pomelo
« on: May 15, 2017, 10:35:47 PM »
And pomelo best varieties have a great taste with a perfect balance of sweet-sour and no bitter aftertaste

Mine are flowering right now.

Lory I don't know when you pick and eat them, but I found if you wait till they start to wrinkle and bleed a little juice they taste much better then if you eat them when they are plump and red.

I usually eat them when they turn to a nice deep red color they become soft and they can easily be detached from the tree with a simple touch.
They are so pleasantly sweet then  :)

Among the fruit trees i've in my garden this one is really surprising me.
Peanut butter fruit tree Bunchosia xxxx I don't want to enter the dispute about the taxonomy (argentea, armeniaca, glandulifera....)
No need to wait for YEARS to get a reward to your effort.
I planted a small seedling ( about 20cm or 3/4 ft ) last september 2016.
In beginning of april 2017 i had already harvested a couple of fruits.
Now, the tree is full blooming and at the same has plenty of ripening fruits.
The taste is  really unique, not very sweet but pleasantly sweet and with a dense, buttery texture and a peanut aftertaste.
By the way, according to the scientific research it's also healthy being very antioxidant rich (thus the intense red colour).
I love it  :)

Lorenzo, sure most citrus seedlings grow like weeds in the tropics. However, it is not so easy in my climate zone. When I sow citrus, it is winter and it is cold. Inside the heated houses, light and humidity levels are low. Therefore, I bag the pots and put them on a heating map. Under such conditions mosses start to grow, often before the seeds germinate. Later, when the seedlings are uncovered and the conditions are much drier, the established mosses stay and give a wrong impression about the watering regime. These seedling are not overwatered. I could improve my results, if I give additionally artificial light, also. I didn´t use grow light technology yet, but may utilize it in the future.

Sorry for my judgement, i just evalueted what i could see from the pictures

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself
« on: May 01, 2017, 02:56:51 AM »

My name is Cory and I have always loved gardening and fruits. I earned a degree in Fruit Horticulture from Michigan State University, then learned about tropical fruit during an internship at ECHO in Florida. That led to a mission in the Santarem area of Brazil, for 21 months and I planted fruit trees at a remote jungle camp they had as a training school and working farm, with the goal of making it more self supporting. (I was dissapointed with how few jungle fruits there were in the Manaus and Belem markets after being to the Santarem market many times!)

I married a medical Dr. who had lived in Haiti for two years as a child and we started work in Haiti with the Wesleyan Mission in Anse-a-Galets, island of LaGonave. After 9 years we were invited to thier north Haiti campus. So after the years of killing many tropical fruits on the dry, salty island, (enjoyed the productive canistel, papaya, sapodilla, and moringa), it was exciting to move to an area with good soil and plenty of well distributed rainfall. Time to find and grow the Amazon fruits that Brazilians loved and most Haitians never heard of. I have about 6 or 8 acres of tree-gardens & yards on the mission campus and nearby planted to introduced fruit trees. Close to 3 acres are peach palm, some spineless. (Will post soon on the Edible Palms thread.) The campus is about 12 acres total and has a school, church and hospital plus 3 acres nearby that I purchased and planted 2 years ago.

After 10 years here, this summer we plan to start work at a new Wesleyan property, 30 acres of tree-less garden, brush, and pasture, at 4,400 feet elevation. Time to put the old Michigan studies and experience with apples, peaches and strawberries, etc. to work. The area grows good corn, beans and cattle but many of the children have protein malnutrition (probably landless families or because they sell the beans and cattle and just eat corn? Big need for nutrition education and/or higher value crops). I plan to keep my current 3 employees in charge of the nursery here so it should continue to produce fruit trees for this area. We will also see which species do well at higher altitude. I like planting and sharing fruit as much as eating fruit or trying new fruit so I am looking forward to the move even though many of the trees here are just coming into production.

We have productive carambola, canistel, malay apple, thornless jujube, thornless and regular peach palm, cupuasu, jackfruit, black sapote, sapodilla, biriba, breadfruit (local and Ma’afala) avocado, barbados cherry and miracle fruit. Not so productive or just starting include acai, loquat, dragon fruit, fig, okari nut, atemoya and macadamia. Many more types should fruit soon.

Mango - The climate here is wet enough that only the blanc mangos set fruit every year. There are several strains of fil blanc/manga blanca, all stringy, and they set fruit 2-5 times per year, at lest two or 3 branch-bending heavy crops each year. Some are in the markets almost all year. I have some crosses with local and Florida varieties that I look forward to fruiting, will save details for a mango discussion.

The new fruits are spreading in this area and to other parts of Haiti. I hope more tree and perennial gardening will be done in the highly erodible mountains. Erosion from annual and root crops takes a heavy toll on the environment, especiallly on the hills around this valley with over 100 inches of average rainfall per year.

WOW! Congratulations Cory and goodluck for your nice project!

All your seedlings look HEAVILY overwatered, you even have moss growing on the soil.
Resuce the water and geve more light, they will surely improve.
As for my experience lemon, kalamansi, orange seedlings grow like weeds

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Mulberry Thread.
« on: April 30, 2017, 10:05:09 PM »

Citrus General Discussion / Re: My Citrus trees
« on: April 30, 2017, 10:04:05 PM »
I never tried the chandler but the Magallanes is soooo sweet and juicy and NO BITTER aftertaste like some grapefruit.
You're welcome Luis, de nada, foi um prazer!  ;)

Citrus General Discussion / Re: My Citrus trees
« on: April 28, 2017, 10:53:32 PM »
Magallanes variety – the preferred variety of Filipinos for its very sweet and juicy dark  pink flesh   :P

Citrus General Discussion / Re: My Citrus trees
« on: April 25, 2017, 09:16:32 PM »
And fruits are so delicious! Here the sweet pomelo from Davao is amazing.
Good luck and i hope in 6 months you will harvest great fruits  :)

I've it but i'm in the Philippines

I found it,, it's RUELLIA TUBEROSA.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Is this citrus greening?
« on: April 21, 2017, 05:41:59 AM »
YES!!! It protects from the VERY HOT weather in this season and it's a huge help especially for the avocado. Thanks  :)

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Is this citrus greening?
« on: April 19, 2017, 10:01:35 PM »
YES! Kalamansi trees are really though and very adaptable to any kind of soil. if they are watered enough they produce tons of fruits that's why i was so upset when i lost mine  :'(

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Is this citrus greening?
« on: April 19, 2017, 05:04:15 AM »
Thanks for your ancouragement but you know what?
I lost a 8 years old kalamansi tree because of citrus greening.
It got infected 2 years ago, after a massive attack of citrus psyllid that i guiltily underestimated.
It all started with s single shoot, turning yellow and showing the typical blotchy chlorosis. Then  few leaves then a branch then several of them then it stopped flowering and produced only  small bitter useless  fruits.
The new buds were small and yellow, young leaves brittle and prone to fall down.
I decided to remove it last january. I couldn't stand to watch it dying day after day.
I replaced it with a young ponderosa lemon and now i'm much more careful about citrus psyllid!

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Is this citrus greening?
« on: April 18, 2017, 11:05:46 PM »
Thaks for your pelies.
Yes the veins are definitely "corky" and the yellowing patten i found on this website concerning a pomelo infected with HLB looks  identical  :(

I'm so upset now I can't believe yet you can lose a whole tree just because of a little pest  bite.....

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Is this citrus greening?
« on: April 18, 2017, 04:09:33 AM »
How i wish you were right!  :)
what worried me is that the VEINS turned yellow first.
Veins are the source of life to the leaves so they should be the last ones turning yellow
I hope Millet will chime in and give his opinion.

This weed is invading a portion of my land.
It grows very quickly straight on gravel rocks and limestone and it's extremely heat and drought resistant.
It's roots are ENORMOUS and disproportionate compared to the plant size especially when it's still young.
It's difficult to remove, any piece of root left in the soil will eventually sprout back.
Any idea of what is it?

Citrus General Discussion / Is this citrus greening?
« on: April 17, 2017, 11:09:56 AM »
Among my citrus trees there is one that i love particularly.
It's a nearly 3 years old pomelo SEEDLING.
It's growing steadily with a graceful shape (uncommonly not straight upright) a strong thorny trunk and a dense, thornless canopee.

I've the feeling that it might start to flower in just a couple of years.
Unfortunately the last months I didn't notice any new growth, it's like the plant stopped despite watering and fertilizing.
This is how they look some of the leaves now.
Are these the early symptoms of citrus greening?

Citrus General Discussion / Re: My Citrus trees
« on: April 17, 2017, 10:49:22 AM »
Miracle of SPRING, every plant is born to a new vegetative season in europe.
Congratulations for your citrus trees, especially for your Pomelo, still so little and crowded of flowers, i envy you  :)

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: Malabar spinach
« on: April 14, 2017, 10:05:09 AM »
Tasty and very nutritious.
I usually boil them for a vegetable sout (locally called utan) or i eat with some slices of red onion and italian dressing (olive oil + salt + vinegar)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Soursop seedling hardening off?
« on: April 12, 2017, 09:46:38 AM »
Yes it seems that the water has excessive mineral content. I ll think about making a DIY solar distillation unit.

My friend sorry to tell you but your soursop looks really awful  :(
Are you sure it didn''t get hurt by low temperatures?  Soursop is truly tropical and hates cold temperatures and strong winds.
About water: why don't you simply collect rainwater?
It's perfect for all your plants not just for soursop  ;)

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