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Has anyone not received their package yet?  Haven't received mine yet.
Never got mine.  :'(

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Luc's Mexican Garcinia
« on: Today at 05:42:16 AM »
Thanks dwfl and Raul for the explanation. Sounds like they both are excellent fruit. Oscar are you going to get the seeds back in stock?
Yes, but will not be available again till next March-April. I do have some plants, and can mail to Honolulu, if interested, then PM me.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: longan
« on: Today at 12:54:10 AM »
First photo is not a rollinia, maybe sugar apple? Second photo is a rollinia.
Koala should be kohala longan. The bleach theory in not a theory. It actually works. But it's much better to use potassium chlorate than bleach. Both stress the tree into flowering. But you have to be careful to apply right amounts as you can damage or kill the tree with too much.

Great shot. Did you take that?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Luc's Mexican Garcinia
« on: August 21, 2017, 10:00:41 PM »
I've only had achachairu, but am growing both. There are probably all of 3 people on the planet that have had both fruits side by side. Anyway, the achachairu is a top notch fruit, and according to all of the 3 lucky ones, the Mexican fruit is bigger and better. So i would recommend planting both if you can.
BTW, most or all? of the Mexican garcinia is growing in the wild. So it's not really known how quality would be affected when cultivated? My guess is that it would be even better when the soil is fertilized?

I do consultations. So if you want, next time you are in Hawaii can go out to your place and give you specific recommendations.
I am going through the same thing right now as i recently got an adjoining parcel. This is the third orchard i'm designing for myself. First thing i did was to get a surveyor to locate and mark all property pins, then fence the whole thing out with good durable hog wire fencing. Get somebody that knows what they are doing. I can give you recommendations. Next you want to scout your land and see where best soil is, and where you want to plant trees. I then dozed the part i wanted to plant so that it will be easy to mow with a rider mower/tractor. Next brought in an excavator to make all the planting holes. Excavator may not be necessary in your soil. A tractor with a big auger might be sufficient. Get yourself some graph paper and play around with how you want to space the rows and what you want to plant where? You're probably going to need to set up a nursery area for young plants. A shadhouse is usually sufficient.

I have some. PM me.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Gotta love all the Florida pests :(
« on: August 20, 2017, 09:11:37 PM »
As I stated, an infestation of them requires a regimen of ISD.  Not just once or twice.  It may take more than a year to get rid if them, or at least under reasonable control.   I also recommend using a commercial product, not Bayer Advanced (I have never had success with Bayer Advanced for whatever reason, whether fir weevils or leaf miner).
What are the brands of the commercial products of imidacloprid available in Florida?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hornworm galore
« on: August 20, 2017, 09:05:00 PM »
BT works great on all caterpillars, as long as it does not rain and get washed away.
I think your problems will subside after summer. The heat explosion also causes insect populations to explode.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is this tree?
« on: August 19, 2017, 07:26:19 PM »
I agree with Doug. It is some type of garcinia. Maybe G. dulcis? Or some other big leafed type like hombroiana?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Garcinia size control
« on: August 19, 2017, 06:43:46 AM »
Hmmm still haven't been able to find anything on this. The one I am most worried about is achachairu and so I moved it to larger spaces area before it got too established (nearest neighbour a jack about 21/22ft away). Would still like to plant closer to it on the other sides if there is a way to control size and still get fruit.
The achachairu tends to get very wide, but not very tall. More of a problem is Garcinia dulcis, which can get very tall. I think if you just topped them when they get 10 ft. tall that would do the trick. Some follow up pruning would be necessary to encourage horizontal growth.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Three Ingas
« on: August 18, 2017, 01:22:23 AM »
Oscar, any idea how I might get Inga spectabilis to grow upwards rather than outward?  I have one I. spectabilis that is growing really well, but it is much wider than it is tall, and the branches seem to want to spread rather than go up (I'm not seeing any upward-facing shoots).  I've pruned some of the low lateral branches, but it didn't make a difference.

Natural tendency of this tree is to form big umbrella shape. Just keep shortening the shoots that go horizontally, and eventually you will get upward growth.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Can you Germinate old Passiflora seeds?
« on: August 18, 2017, 01:20:24 AM »
All depends on how the seeds are stored. If stored in hot and humid condition they may not last a month. If they are stored in the fridge at proper temperatures they can last 1-2 years.
Once a seed is dead there is no way to bring it to life. There are methods to bring seeds that are in a dormant state out of dormancy. But i don't believe that passifloras, at least the ones i'm familiar with, have a dormant stage. So best method is to buy fresh seeds. If you can buy fruits you can use the seeds inside the fruits.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Three Ingas
« on: August 17, 2017, 11:23:33 PM »
have you ever tried the Jinicuil? it also has large pods from what I've seen.
Not yet.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Three Ingas
« on: August 17, 2017, 06:49:48 PM »
It's quite possible that cinnamomea is mislabeled.  Inga cinnamomea suppose to be one of the bigger, meatier and better tasting among those species.

that Inga congesta they have looks awesome. Smaller pods but the foliage looks interesting.

Yes, i saw those when visiting Brazil. The foliage is very interesting because the leaves are very ruffled and folded. But the pods are very small. I did not get to eat them, but would guess there is very little to eat, so more of an ornamental plant.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Three Ingas
« on: August 17, 2017, 03:52:47 AM »
Do you have pics of Edulis?

Not of an extra long pod, but here is a photo of I. edulis.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Three Ingas
« on: August 17, 2017, 03:48:04 AM »
can I buy scions from you?
Yes. I have scions available of 7 different species of inga:
spectabilis, feuillei, cinnamomea, fastuosa, gauchil, vulpinga, and edulis. The scions are $6 each. Minimum 2 of each species, and total of 8 or more.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Three Ingas
« on: August 17, 2017, 03:44:47 AM »
From bottom: IngaInga cinnamomea, Inga spectabilis, Inga fastuosa:


Are the seeds you were selling from any of those?

Yes, i was selling seeds of spectabilis, what i call the machete ice cream bean, the one in che center of photo. I will sell seeds of the others as they get into more heavy production.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Three Ingas
« on: August 15, 2017, 11:42:56 PM »
helo oscar ,do you sell the seeds of inga cinnamomea? If yes i would like to purchase them
Yes, but the trees not making pods right now.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: G. Prainiana in full production
« on: August 15, 2017, 05:28:36 PM »
Mine are fruiting now also. Unfortunately the mangosteen caterpillar has found them. It seems to prefer them to the mangosteen. They chew up all the new flushes of growth. Need to do some BT applications.

Everyone who has visited Peter's place has spoken very highly of it. Would love to see it some day also.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: which ice cream bean is the best?
« on: August 14, 2017, 05:21:43 PM »
Oscar,in your opinion which inga species do well on its own as a single tree?
Don't have enough experience yet to answer that question. I can only say the Inga feuillei sometimes has self sterility. That doesn't mean that there might be occasional trees on their own that self pollinate ok. Just means if you want to make certain to get good fruit set with this species you better have more than one tree.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Kota Bharu market
« on: August 14, 2017, 05:15:37 PM »
Looks like a good market. What did you think of taste of nam nam and assam paya? I've never tried them.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: GMO Papaya/Solo Papayas in Florida
« on: August 14, 2017, 03:14:00 AM »
They look good and healthy!
Curious, what is that in center of second photo that looks like giant turtle shell?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: what kind of annon is this rollina?
« on: August 13, 2017, 07:52:51 PM »
Biriba is well liked and commercial locally here but I don't think it could ever enter the conventional food distribution system.  It just won't hold up.
They have a type of biriba in Brazil without the exterior bumps, more smooth, that is supposed to hold up a lot better.

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