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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit sightings in San Diego
« on: June 22, 2017, 11:51:25 PM »
Cotton Candy grapes are in season again. This fruit s the first time I've seen organic Cotton Candy grapes however. Excellent sugar acid balance and a powerful cotton candy flavor. These organic grapes are a bit smaller in size than the regular CCGs. These grapes are nice and firm with a Brix of 19%. I picked up this box at Trader Joe's and they can usually be found at Sprouts, Whole Foods and Nijiya Market.



Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Branches dying off on Mango tree
« on: June 22, 2017, 11:11:32 PM »
Do you have a picture of the actual branches that are dying back. A picture of the entire branch as well as the transition from brown to green cambium will help. Are the leaves still attached to the dying branches?
I agree with merce3 that the green stretchy tape is a bit tight.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Branches dying off on Mango tree
« on: June 22, 2017, 08:48:33 PM »
Your tree doesn't look too bad. The dropping of the fruit is normal, especially when the panicles are holding too much fruit. Sometimes smaller branches that are shaded out will naturally die back.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Florida Special Pineapple
« on: June 22, 2017, 05:19:00 PM »
That fruit is beautiful, I know you have a refractometer so let's see the numbers once you cut it open!  Oh yeah, I'd love to hear a taste report as well. Good going.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Branches dying off on Mango tree
« on: June 22, 2017, 05:12:41 PM »
Do you have any pictures?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: White Jade Pineapple
« on: June 21, 2017, 11:23:08 PM »
Thanks, now I just have wait half a year:)

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: venus mango
« on: June 21, 2017, 10:11:59 PM »
My Venus leaves are huge as well.

Simon

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Wow, maybe I'll try again. I couldn't get any to sprout last time.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: White Jade Pineapple
« on: June 21, 2017, 09:20:31 PM »
Here's another update of the bloom on my White Jade.





Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: heat woes
« on: June 21, 2017, 08:29:12 AM »
From the info you gave, it appears that seedlings are a bit more resilient than grafted trees but I dont know why, are all your trees in pots?

Simon

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I'm not sure what could have caused that. Do you have snails and slugs in your area? I'm asking because you mentioned you notice them when it rains. Also, are you putting fertilizer in between the leaves? I burned some of my pineapple plants leaves by putting fertilizer directly in the middle of the crown where new leaves emerge, now I keep fertilizer away from the center.

Simon

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I cut the yellowish mango pictured above today and was surprised that it had a Brix of 23%! The flavor was not spectacular, pretty bland actually but it was sweet and had some Jehengar like Indian resin flavor closer to the skin. I prefer to eat it in the crunchy phase because there is some acid balance and a stronger Indian resin flavor but this mango keeps for a long time with no deterioration of the flesh.

The flesh of this fully ripe fruit was still firm and had very little juice come out when squeezed. I believe that this mango will last a very long in the fridge.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: venus mango
« on: June 20, 2017, 07:11:32 PM »
I have seen some thrip damage on my Asian pears but haven't noticed anything on my mangos. Those lines encircling my Venus fruit were there from the beginning. I think they might fill in as the fruit enlarges. I'll keep everyone updated. My DOT and Lemon Zest fruits on the same tree don't have these lines.

Simon

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If you have enough scions, I would keep all the branches and graft them all. Side veneers and cleft grafts work well for me. If you only have a few scion, graft as many branches as you can and then remove excess branches to divert energy into the newly grafted scions.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rain = Washed Out Mango Flavor?
« on: June 20, 2017, 06:45:12 PM »
I noticed that issue with many of my fruit trees. Conversely, I withhold watering prior to harvest to increase Brix. This can make a good Dragonfruit or other fruit taste great.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: venus mango
« on: June 19, 2017, 11:02:22 PM »
Thanks for the info TnTrobbie, almost all my Venus fruit has it. I just plucked off a small yellow fruit that was going to fall off anyways and it smells a bit like the resinous leaves off my Sweet Tart tree but less spicy. Here's some more pics of the fruit.







Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: venus mango
« on: June 19, 2017, 06:33:14 PM »
Thanks Future, I've got some small fruit hanging and I'm trying to grow as many Polyembryonic seeds as I can get my hands on.

Anyone else notice the Venus fruitlets have deep lines or wrinkles that encircles the whole fruit towards the stem end of the fruit? It's about a quarter the way down from where it attaches to the stem. It could be caused by the climate here in SoCal or because it's on Turpentine rootstock with Lemon Zest as an interstock?


Simon

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It might be the volume, I do a huge pitcher but yes, I do have a sweet tooth!

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What's going on with this pineapple?
« on: June 19, 2017, 01:07:55 AM »
Looks like you just have a bunch of ratoons. I'm new to growing Pineapples but I believe I read you can remove some or all of them in order to focus energy on the fruit. If you want more plants, perhaps thin some of the Ratoon out, leaving only a few larger daughter plants.

Simon

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Did any of your seeds sprout? The mangos from India have been irradiated and last time I tried, I couldn't get any to actually sprout. I could have just had a bad batch.

Simon

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Here's one that's turning soft and color is yellowing.

Here's that sharp point

Simon

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The shape is very much like Maha Chanok but there is more of a pointed hook on these excellent green mangos. I grow Maha in my yard and I've eaten it from various trees but I've never tried eating it in the green phase. These mangos also aren't blushing pink or red but that could be because they are picked so green. This mango smells nothing like a Maha however, not that I've ever noticed any smell from a green Maha but I've definitely never detected any Jehanger or Indian resin flavors in Maha.

I left a few of these mangos to ripen soft and they are still green with a yellow starting to come out.

Simon


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Happy Father's Day
« on: June 18, 2017, 11:42:11 PM »
Happy Father's Day everyone! Frank, another bountiful and beautiful harvest from your orchard.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Kauai White Sugarloaf Pineapples
« on: June 18, 2017, 03:45:43 PM »
That's what I paid. I buy three at a time to lower cost and then sell one to a friend that also wanted to try it. Next time, I'm going to order three and keep them all for myself.

Simon

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Indian Mango season 2017 has begun!
« on: June 18, 2017, 01:18:48 PM »
I stopped by Miramar Cash and Carry yesterday and they got another shipment of Kesar and Banganpalli mangos. These late season Kesar are excellent quality and all the fruit have filled in shoulders and some of the fruit are almost completely yellow with some just showing a blush of yellow. The average Brix is about 20% and these late season fruit are as good as the ones from last year. Unfortunately, this may be the last shipment of the year depending on wether or not they can acquire more from the supplier.



Simon

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