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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Good or bad bug ?
« on: November 21, 2017, 09:56:07 AM »
maybe this link will be helpful, you can watch their behavior to see if they are predatory

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Good or bad bug ?
« on: November 21, 2017, 09:48:20 AM »
these are true bugs, in nymph stage, they suck plant juices, and can be problematic for certain crops...but some are assassin bugs that eat other bugs...and are beneficial...i can't tell which you have...but im leaning towards the ones that suck juices of plants

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jaboticabaholics Anonymous
« on: November 20, 2017, 02:55:09 PM »
nice collection Ispendtoomuchtimehere!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Garcinia gardneriana
« on: November 19, 2017, 10:55:46 PM »
that was a mix up, it turns out the small leaf Garcina gardneriana, is a superior form of Lemon drop mangosteen (G. brasiliensis), i really like this fruit a lot!

i still think E. uniflora (zill dark), and E. involucrata (large fruited type) are my fav eugenias for eating out of hand.  I do like the E. candolleanas, but not quite as much.

here was a nice ZD pitanga this last season

congrats on the great harvest, i'm still waiting on mine, thanks for the pics and report.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What's the name again ??
« on: November 17, 2017, 01:59:59 PM »
You got it Brebarian , thanks a lot .

remind me of that game, "guess who"...

but rare fruit edition...

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we did it.  Had about 10 people show up, which was more than I expected.  A great group of people. They waived our admission, which was greatly appreciated...and they gave me a bunch of labels for plants, and a sharpie marker, so i could help properly ID some of the trees, I saw plenty that had no label, and several that had the wrong name (Eugenia victoriana was not even a Eugenia). We toured the park for what seemed like a little over an hour, as I tried to show some of the lesser known fruits.  It was really thrashed by Irma, I was surprised to see how many trees had been uprooted, and even more surprised to see some of them chugging right along, with half of their rootballs exposed, still flowering, and getting ready to fruit (Annona reticulata in particular, there was a big specimen by the greenhouse that had toppled, but was still going strong).  The cambucas had some severe die back, i'm not sure what caused it, but they seemed to be slowly recovering, after losing about 1/3 of their size or more, probably 15 yrs of progress lost, but they will recover with proper care.  The sabaras all looked just fine.  The red jaboticabas looked ok, but were severely chlorotic.  The Pouterias did very well, the green sapote had a nice crop holding, despite being exposed to winds of approx 90mph.  The Annona mucosa trees did surprisingly well, they had been stripped totally, but had lots of flowers and some fruits holding....was also saddened to see, the Annona collection had taken a very hard hit.  One of the big illamas was toppled but ok, and seemed like a few of the mature atemoyas they had were now totally gone.  Amazingly, the Rosendo Perez (not sure if that name is right) atemoya, had big fruits holding on, even though it had been exposed to a hurricane, I think this was the only atemoya holding fruits.  The Annona globifloras had fruits setting and flowers, but no mature fruits ( i was looking for seed).  The fingersop was loaded with fruit, they tasted good to me, the group seemed to enjoy them too, it was one of the few fruits we got to sample, other than  Garcinia xanthochymus (which was enjoyed by the group as well), Garcinia brasiliensis (just a few rogue fruits), Bilimbi (fruits were nasty, lots of fallen fruits), Himalayan Red mulberry (very good fruits, maybe best of the day), canistel, Myricaria vexator fruits were all nasty, and I think that's about all.  After the tour, a few of us stayed to eat at the Mango Cafe (pulled pork sandwich hit the spot)....Lol, i locked my keys in the truck and had to call roadside service to a locksmith to open my door.  About 6 of us went from Fruit and spice park, directly to Pine Island Nursery, where we went shopping for plants.  They had some great stuff, but had sold lots of their best specimens, it was clean and neat, but you could see they really got their asses kicked by the hurricane...some whole greenhouses, and shade houses seemed to be gone entirely, or damaged horribly, needing to be totally renovated, or removed.  The lady who drove us around to shop for plants had been working there for 14yrs!  They have some good people working there, one of my favorite places to shop.  All of the people with me that day got wholesale pricing with my nursery license, so they were thrilled to see the price difference.  It was a great day, but not sure when I'll have the time and energy to do this again....I woke up at about 5am (didn't really sleep either), and got home at about today, I'm just sitting around the house, making sure plants and animals are happy.

Just talked to Louise, she said they're waiving the admission fee for our group... :D

Will be there right around 11am

thanks for sharing Oscar...nice work.

email sent. Thanks

got it thanks, i will bring what i can on your list.

I guess this is last call...

see you at the spice park...

I would also like 4 of the $10 seedling pitangatubas and the Aframomum.

shoot me an email please, with your complete list, i hate to sell stuff in the discussion

thanks for your help...will bring what i can.

i notice they have problems with dieback, maybe a fungal issue, some grow out of it, some die all the way.

same with some of the other Eugenias, E. pyriformis in particular.

I would like the Meiogyne cylindrcarpa, the large Eugenia pitanga and two small ones, and a Ross sapote. Are the pitangatubas seedlings from especially large or sweeter fruit? Thanks

i got some Aframomum sp. from Soren, that produces edible fruit, i might have one left for $15 in one gal...

the pitangatubas are just seedlings nothing selected for superior flavor, but i do have some really good tasting trees out there...i didn't plant seeds from the most sour or bitter ones at all.

Great, what do you have in the way of Annona cornifolia, Meiogyne cylindrocarpa, Eugenia pyriformis, and Eugenia pitanga? Also do you have any grafted starcherries, pitangatubas? And do you have either Ross or wooly sapotes available? Thank you.

i got a meiogyne cylindrocarpa about 7 inch, 2yr, $15, usually $20, but I can reduce some prices for this event...I have a few Eugenia pitanga, but not sure about sizes, one i have is $50, in like a 5 gal pot, been fruiting for years now, bushy, maybe 4y or more...might have some smaller ones for $15, but they only like 1y old, 6 inch.

i got lots of nice pitangatubas, from about $10, approx 8 inch tall, up to $30 approx 1.5ft tall..have some for $15 and $20 in between sizes too.  The $30 ones ready to fruit very soon.

might have a ross sapote seedling, but none grafted and healed yet....i could bring one pre-healed, where i graft it, and then let you heal the tree, which usually works well, but is not necessarily guaranteed to take, (seems like 80% chance of success maybe)...but this is a cheap way to get a grafted tree, I can sell one like this for about $20.

If we wanted to buy a plant from your Flying Fox Nursery, would it be possible for you to bring it when we meet you at Fruit and Spice?

yes, what are you looking for?

so far no schedule changes, will post on the 12th again as a reminder, we're meeting on the 16th of November, which is a Thursday.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Flying Fox Fruits Nursery
« on: November 04, 2017, 04:44:47 PM »
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wondering if there is a rare species, or cultivar he's been chasing for many years, and has not been able to find?  Like legendary fruits, that have only been heard of, but never seen....

or maybe he has a story about a rare variety, or species that was lost?  One that was recorded, or documented near him, or even in his possession at one point, but since has languished in obscurity?

i always squeeze the seeds for before planting, pretty hard too...if they have any give (hollow feeling) they're worthless.

the date has been tentatively set for Thursday, the 16th of November, at 1030-11am, as I announced initially.

I will probably spend about 2hours at most at the park, and from there I might go to Pine Island Nursery, and then right back home.

Hope to see you there...I will announce any changes of plans if they occur, but for now we're set.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Red Jaboticaba U-Pick
« on: October 25, 2017, 01:25:58 PM »
you'd make more money shipping fruit, than letting people come and knock fruit off, and eat them in the grove, while they pretend to fill their baskets for less than $12 per lb....

there's no way in hell i'd let random people come to my grove and pick their own fruits.

split 50-50

Hi, This is Louise King, horticulturist at the Fruit & Spice Park. Adam, I saw your post. We'd be happy to have the group come down for a visit in November. You are welcome to pick fruit while you are here but I'm afraid it will be slim pickings as the trees are still in recovery mode. From what I see today, there might be some bilimbi, canistel, maybe a jackfruit. Irma did quite a bit of damage to the collection, but we feel pretty optimistic that almost all the trees that fell over will recover. I will start a new thread on the status of the Fruit & Spice park to keep you all posted on how the Park is doing.
But Adam give me a call (305) 242-7934, when you finalize the date and know how many will be in your group. FYI: the cafe is back open and serving lunch if you all get hungry. See you then!

thanks Louise!  I'm glad you found this thread!

I will contact you ASAP, and will bring some plants to donate if you need. 

Sorry to hear the park got damaged, I hope you have a swift recovery.

talk to you soon!

thanks again!

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