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Messages - Johnny Redland

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(Lemon drop) Like a weed in full sun here. Smaller tree than Achacha, fruits faster and at smaller tree size. Fruits developing more often than not throughout the year.

Achacha one crop per year and tree needs to be more mature to fruit.

Both appreciate some shade when young.

Thatís some great info. Iím growing some palms in 25gal so Iíll place the seedling Garcinias amongst them to provide light shading while they are young. Thank you

Good to know. Thank you guys

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!

I've hear that some pickering trees fruit twice per year.  That may be the case here.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help with growing Abiu Zone 10b
« on: November 18, 2017, 01:23:39 PM »
They are picky when they are small. They get major ant/scale infestions. I believe they like rich acid highly organic soil and regular watering with acidic non chlorinated water. I would build a giant acidic mound with biochar, perlite and compost/rich soil and put in all the amendments you like to work with. Cover that up with a good foot and a half of mulch and let that settle until Spring. Baby it in a pot until then and look out for pests. I would plant it as the weather starts heating up.

Thank you, I will try that. I kind of assumed they were finicky when small because all small nursery trees Iíve ever seen have scaled up leaves to an extent, but Iíve noticed plenty of forum members in my area with adult 15ft trees that look healthy as can be with hundreds of fruit on them.

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.

Thank you everyone for the informative responses

Is there a way to acidify the soil? Or should I just plan on growing them in pots?

Johnny, the heat treatment has been known for some time now.  There are companies that have heat trucks with tents that unfold off the back of the truck out over two trees at a time.  Stem is released into the tent  to supply the heat to the trees.  These trucks can treat two trees in about  3-5 minutes, and then it moves down the row to the next trees.

Has this been proven effective on a consistent basis? This is good to know

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.


Ok sounds good. If youíre growing them successfully in pine island then they should grow well in South Miami. Do you find that they have a fairly rapid growth rate? Iíve never tasted them but I love sour and I like the idea that they are commonly used in cocktails....I mean, who doesnít like a cocktail !? :)


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

Please give me a call or a text with your address. I will be up at Excalibur on Saturday morning from Miami. While I'm up there, I'd love to stop by. Really appreciate it. I sent you a PM but I'm not sure if it went through. 305-926-6397  -Jon

Thank You!

Amber, Berry and Boca Snob Orange seedlings are favorable to be top tier but they would only be available from forum members.

Thank you. I will try my best to source some

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?

I ate a ponderosa fruit like a grapefruit once.  It tasted like a regular lemon to me, maybe less sweet.  Its interesting looking but otherwise I wouldn't bother.

In fact, after trying a ton of lemon and lime hybrids, I'm planning to scale back to just a plain old grocery store varieties like Bearss/Persian seedless lime and Eureka/Lisbon lemon and focus on fresh-eating citrus.

I don't blame you. I'm actually considering the same thing.  I have a Meyer lemon that I'll keep that kicks butt as far as production goes, but man that thing wants to stay low and bushy...I wish I could get some height out of it so I could start training it into a tree....right now I wouldn't even know where to start.  My key limes are rockstars as well, but I'm thinking of adding a Persian Lime and a Eureka Lemon to the mix.  Sometimes the most common varieties available actually are the best tasting as well....that doesn't hold up for fruits like mango or jackfruit...but I find it true of most citrus, not just lemons and limes.

Just curious long have you been pollinating them?  My custard apple spent a long time maturing buds but didn't really start opening flowers until late June here in San Diego.  After that, the first month no pollination was successful and all the flowers and peduncles fell off. Starting in late July many of the flowers seemed to be successfully hand pollinated, but it was difficult to tell because the ovary didn't swell and become fruit right away. The peduncles have not fallen off after almost six weeks, so it appears that pollination was successful, but the fruits take so very long to mature....not like atemoya or cherimoya at all.  Adam has posted the 9 month "birthing simulation" of custard apples in the past...I think they just take a long time to form fruit.  Check to see if some of your custard apples have very small ovaries at the end of the flower stalk (peduncle).  If they are still hanging on after a few weeks you should get fruit. ;D

I will check for that, but my concern is that I don't see any pollen at all.  When you pollinated yours, did you just brush a male flower a few times and then dab it inside the female without seeing pollen on your brush/tool, or did you actually see pollen? I don't see any visible pollen coming from the male flowers.

Citrus General Discussion / Can I get an opinion on Ponderosa Lemon ??
« on: August 28, 2017, 09:18:43 PM »
I have a tree/bush and I've tried these things at all different times of year and man the only way to describe them is HORRIBLE.  What an awful taste they have; hardly any sweetness, hardly any juice, and they have kind of an off-putting chemical taste to them. Just a bitter mess. I hate yanking trees but this one has to go. Am I missing something here??

So I have two juvenile/mature trees producing a ton of flowers, but zero fruit set.  I've watched hand pollination videos where you can easily see the pollen when brushed off of the male flowers into a container.  My flowers on both my custard apple and soursop trees don't seem to have any pollen.   I've tried at all times of the day.  Why may this be?  Is it possible for a young tree to produce flowers but be too young to produce fertile pollen? Or is a tree considered mature once it starts to produce flowers and I have a different problem?

Any ideas/help would be great.  Trees are about 6-8ft each.


Citrus General Discussion / Re: Is this Citrus Greening ?
« on: July 28, 2017, 07:27:02 AM »
Got it. This tree is about 7 years old, I planted it in my grandparents yard. I'll need to start maintaining it for them. On another note, I have a few key limes trees on my property that are about 2 years old and they get fertilized regularly and sprayed for insects and fungicide regularly. But I'm having a hard time preventing leaf curl. They always seem to have about 60-70% of their leaves all curled or shriveled. What's the trick with this? My Valencia orange is more receptive to the spraying, but it's also a battle to keep the new flush looking healthy. Any advice?

Citrus General Discussion / Is this Citrus Greening ?
« on: July 27, 2017, 05:46:39 PM »
Tree produced nearly 200 key limes last year. This year there is only a handful on the tree, but not distorted in shape. Tree looks healthy overall, but never has been fertilized or sprayed with insecticide or fungicide. Most if not all of the leaves look like the photo

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2017 Cherimoyas
« on: July 20, 2017, 02:38:34 PM »
I have a question about hand pollination of custard apple or soursop, which from what I've read should be similar to Cherimoya.  I've found that my male flowers (first year flowering) don't have any pollen on them that can be brushed off. Not even a small amount.  Could this be due to the torrential rains we've been having that wash the pollen off or does a young tree flower but produce no pollen until it further matures?


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