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I just wanted to update this old thread with a picture from Zands Pina Colada tree in case anyone read this thread several years and decided not to plant a tree. See reply #1
http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=28467.msg323145#msg323145

Iíve heard other people mentioning it but it appears some Pina Colada trees may have been grafted on some sort of dwarfing rootstock? Perhaps this delays fruiting? Anyways, Zands tree shows a productive Pina Colada tree although it took it a while to start producing.

It would be great to hear from others growing this tree if their PC trees eventually became productive. If so, about how long?

Simon

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Yeah, the flavor description is very similar to the Zululand Queen. Itís a great tasting pineapple! Have you considered putting a Kuai white Sugarloaf next to a queen? Maybe they will cross pollinate and create something good.

Simon

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Hey Jimmy,

Beautiful fruit you grew! Your Queen Victoria Pineapple looks so much bigger than the Zululand Queen that I posted a picture of earlier in this thread. Please give us a taste report when you cut it open. If you have a refractometer, it would be great if you can give us a Brix reading as well.

Simon

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I wonder if a systemic copper like Magnabon CS2005 combined with a sticker like Nufilm will work for you? Iíve never used nufilm but IIRC, it extends the life of the fungicide and I believe it may weatherproof the fungicide. The systemic action of the Magnabon should help control fungal diseases even if there are rains but Iím just assuming.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Myrica rubra
« on: June 14, 2018, 12:32:46 PM »
Are you guys all performing Cleft or veneer grafts or have you innarched them before? I read somewhere that someone was successful innarching them.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Myrica rubra
« on: June 13, 2018, 06:47:44 PM »
Hereís some info that most of you already know:
http://www.cloudforest.com/cafe/gardening/that-myrica-rubra-stuff-from-few-years-back-t5788-40.html

At least someone was successful growing and fruiting it.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Surniame Cherry from Jim Neitzel
« on: June 13, 2018, 04:24:32 PM »
I saw the tree and Fruit in person and it was a large fruit and the leaves felt twice as thick as Marks other Surinam Cherry leaves. I think you may have a special plant there Mark.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pineapple ID
« on: June 13, 2018, 04:21:53 PM »
It should be ripe already

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sarawak pineapple plants
« on: June 13, 2018, 08:18:40 AM »
Nice looking plants, youve got quite a collection of pineapples now. It would be nice if you had multiple varieties fruiting at the same time so you can compare and contrast the taste of the different varieties.

Simon

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Hey Zands

Fairchildís also seem to make great rootstocks as you suggested to me a couple years ago. The seed husks from Fairchild are extremely difficult to remove but the resulting seedlings have excellent growth rate here in SoCal and the leaves do not show any signs of fungal issues.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Myrica rubra
« on: June 12, 2018, 12:25:34 AM »
My friend ate a bunch of fresh Myrica Rubra when he was in China and he saw this thread and said the fruit didnít look too fresh so Iíll pass. He mentioned that the Fruit get soft very fast at room temp. If this place also sells No Mai Tsze Lychees, Iíll definitely be interested!

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Myrica rubra
« on: June 11, 2018, 07:22:22 PM »
Fang, please let me know if you find out where in LA they are selling the fruit. It may be worth the road trip.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Myrica rubra
« on: June 11, 2018, 09:12:07 AM »
Anyone have updates on the best technique for sprouting seeds, where to buy seedling plants or grafted plants? I did a forum search and the seeds seem nearly impossible to sprout and even if they sprout, they seem to die.

Sounds like innarching is the way to go but you would need a living plant to innarch to.

If anyone has a plant for sale, Iím definitely interested! Thanks,

Simon

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Iíll take it. Let me know your PayPal account and Iíll PayPal you tomorrow. Thanks,

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Are mature lychee trees less fincky?
« on: June 11, 2018, 12:27:45 AM »
To Weboh, even though those large Lychee trees produced a ton of fruit this year, they will likely not produce this quantity of fruit every year, especially without maintenance. A large Lychee tree will likely have an extensive root system capable of taking up water and nutrients from far away but a heavy crop load one year will deplete much of the trees stored reserves.

After a bumper crop year, an un-managed tree will likely have a minor crop the following year or none at all. Look at the calories, fat, protein and minerals in a Lychee fruit and multiply that by how many pounds a huge tree produced. The minerals in the fruit must be taken up by the roots, leaves or produced/converted by the tree so that tree must replenish approximately that much through fertilization or from natural processes which provide the tree with major, minor and micronutrients.

Here are a few more articles:
http://www.fao.org/docrep/005/ac684e/ac684e05.htm

http://litchisa.co.za/Vol3%20Strategies%20for%20improved%20litchi%20production.pdf
Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Are mature lychee trees less fincky?
« on: June 10, 2018, 11:57:16 PM »
From the research Iíve done over the years, timely pruning especially when combined with timely fertilization will improve/increase yields. Much of this has to do with pruning in order to set the trees current flush to coincide with predicted cold weather. The flush has to be mature enough with hardened growth so that it will be more receptive to the cold weather. As the new growth just begins, cold weather for a long enough duration should induce blooms.

Once the fruit is set, timely applications of appropriate fertilizers will decrease natural fruit drop. Decreasing leaf Nitrogen levels may also prevent untimely vegetative growth flushes. Lychees online has some great articles regarding timely pruning of Lychees for Floridians but their schedule may not be appropriate for people elsewhere. There are also several great Australian articles regarding pruning and fertilization of Lychees for increasing productivity and reducing natural cycles of fruit drop. Hereís just one article:
https://agresearchmag.ars.usda.gov/2009/may/lychee
Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: $12/lb for green mangos
« on: June 09, 2018, 04:58:11 PM »
The green Keittts are available in most Asian and Indian supermarkets almost year round for about $1.99/pound and are not too bad.

The much better Asian green Mangos were available last year around this time of year for $26/case and were excellent. I believe they were Brahm Kai Mia, Kook Lom Krong or Mun Khun See.
http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=24373.msg288040#msg288040

Simon

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In my experience, my in ground Cherimoya and Mango have been better tasting than the potted fruit. Iím sure if youíre really on top of your fertilization schedule, you probably wouldnít notice a difference. Iím just guessing but I believe this is caused by the washing away of minerals/fertilizers from the soil of potted plants due to frequent watering. My Cherimoya in a pot still tasted good but if I recall correctly, it was 1-2% Brix lower than what I get compared to my in ground tree. The variety was HoneyHart.

Potted Mangos Iíve tried are Sweet Tart and Mallika. Mallika is inconsistent anyways but the potted Sweet Tart was still good, from memory.

Itís a toss up, Iíd go with the fruit you want to eat more.

Simon

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Nice pick up. Let us know what your favorites are.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cainito fruit set photo in San Diego
« on: June 07, 2018, 11:32:13 PM »
That looks awesome Mark, is that from your tree? They sell for around $5.99-6.99/pound for the imported stuff in the markets. Let us know how it tastes if it from your tree.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Giant Vietnamese Bloom! Yay!
« on: June 06, 2018, 10:56:57 PM »
Congratulations on the beautiful flower. Unfortunately I consider this variety extremely bland. Definitely still worth eating and it is extremely refreshing when chilled and eaten on a hot day. You can also squeeze some lemon or lime juice on it to give it some acid balance.

Simon

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Wow, thatís a beast! Let us know how it tastes when it ripens. Congratulations on being patient and being able to literally reap what you sowed.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Yard pics
« on: June 06, 2018, 10:46:35 PM »
Beautiful young trees, you did a good job on your Mango selections. Please keep us updated on their progress.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee air layering this time of year
« on: June 06, 2018, 01:19:50 AM »
Iím in Southern California but I like to air layer at this time of the year. The roots seem to form faster at this time of year compared to early spring.

Simon

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The initial bloom only set two fruit but the weather was cool enough that when I trimmed away the dried up panicles, new, much smaller blooms formed. These secondary blooms are tiny compared to the initial blooms and there are only about ten panicles scattered here and there around the tree but these late blooms seem to have set a ton of baby fruit. Hereís a pic










Iím happy because it appears this will be the first year my tree will be ripening full sized LZ fruit and it appears that late blooms may have better fruit set for some reason. In the future, if my initial Fruit set is non existent or very low, I will likely immediately trim back my tree to hopefully induce a second bloom which will hopefully have a higher fruit set.

On a side note, my LZ grafted onto Lavern Manilla has given me fruit without any spraying for the last 2-3 years but this year, the blooms were infected with Powdery Mildew and I only have about two fruit that set. In previous years, this trees blooms had very little PM.
Simon

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