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Title: Organizing group visit to Fruit and Spice park Nov 16th, 1030-11am.
Post by: FlyingFoxFruits on October 21, 2017, 09:21:29 PM
I'm organizing a group to meet at Fruit and Spice park in November, on the 16th, @1030-11am

I would take the group on a tour of the park, and show them some of the lesser known fruits, mostly Annonas, Garcinias, Eugenias, Plinias, and other oddball species, not much of the Jackfruits, mangoes, lychees, longans and other more common fruits the park is famous for.

Title: Re: Organizing group visit to Fruit and Spice park Nov 16th? 1030-11am?
Post by: Aaron on October 22, 2017, 09:09:34 AM
I would be interested
Title: Re: Organizing group visit to Fruit and Spice park Nov 16th? 1030-11am?
Post by: Donkeys4hire on October 22, 2017, 10:02:21 AM
Sounds cool
Title: Re: Organizing group visit to Fruit and Spice park Nov 16th? 1030-11am?
Post by: lisar on October 22, 2017, 11:25:11 AM
Count me in!
Title: Re: Organizing group visit to Fruit and Spice park Nov 16th? 1030-11am?
Post by: Alejandro45 on October 22, 2017, 12:45:48 PM
Like wise my wife and I are down.
Title: Re: Organizing group visit to Fruit and Spice park Nov 16th? 1030-11am?
Post by: FlyingFoxFruits on October 22, 2017, 05:34:10 PM
Glad to see some people getting on board...

so for now, our group visit is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, Nov 16, 2017, @1030-11am.

I will try to contact the park to get some sort of permission to pick a few fruits...not sure if they will let me pick them myself, but I know they will pick them for us, you just have to find an employee and ask them.
Title: Re: Organizing group visit to Fruit and Spice park Nov 16th? 1030-11am?
Post by: markinnaples on October 23, 2017, 01:55:42 AM
This sounds like a great opportunity. I would like to go as well.
Title: Re: Organizing group visit to Fruit and Spice park Nov 16th? 1030-11am?
Post by: roblack on October 23, 2017, 11:48:29 AM
Is there anyway you could do a different day? Friday - Monday? would like to attend but the original time doesn't work. 
Title: Re: Organizing group visit to Fruit and Spice park Nov 16th? 1030-11am?
Post by: noochka1 on October 23, 2017, 12:47:09 PM
I'd love to go, but weekdays are impossible.  Any chance of re-scheduling for a weekend?
Title: Re: Organizing group visit to Fruit and Spice park Nov 16th? 1030-11am?
Post by: Louise on October 23, 2017, 02:36:21 PM
 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!
Title: Re: Organizing group visit to Fruit and Spice park Nov 16th? 1030-11am?
Post by: Paquicuba on October 23, 2017, 03:52:15 PM
Sounds like a great trip, but why not on a weekend? Some of us have to work to save money to buy fruit trees  ;D
Title: Re: Organizing group visit to Fruit and Spice park Nov 16th? 1030-11am?
Post by: FlyingFoxFruits on October 23, 2017, 05:06:56 PM
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!
Title: Re: Organizing group visit to Fruit and Spice park Nov 16th, 1030-11am.
Post by: FlyingFoxFruits on October 28, 2017, 11:19:03 AM
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.

Title: Re: Organizing group visit to Fruit and Spice park Nov 16th, 1030-11am.
Post by: FlyingFoxFruits on November 05, 2017, 05:42:06 PM
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.
Title: Re: Organizing group visit to Fruit and Spice park Nov 16th, 1030-11am.
Post by: markinnaples on November 11, 2017, 01:43:10 PM
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?
Title: Re: Organizing group visit to Fruit and Spice park Nov 16th, 1030-11am.
Post by: FlyingFoxFruits on November 11, 2017, 09:42:19 PM
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?
Title: Re: Organizing group visit to Fruit and Spice park Nov 16th, 1030-11am.
Post by: markinnaples on November 12, 2017, 12:33:39 PM
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.
Title: Re: Organizing group visit to Fruit and Spice park Nov 16th, 1030-11am.
Post by: FlyingFoxFruits on November 12, 2017, 11:42:06 PM
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.
Title: Re: Organizing group visit to Fruit and Spice park Nov 16th, 1030-11am.
Post by: markinnaples on November 13, 2017, 12:31:43 PM
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
Title: Re: Organizing group visit to Fruit and Spice park Nov 16th, 1030-11am.
Post by: markinnaples on November 13, 2017, 01:49:07 PM
Also, do you have  Grains of Paradise (Aframomum melegueta)? Thanks
Title: Re: Organizing group visit to Fruit and Spice park Nov 16th, 1030-11am.
Post by: FlyingFoxFruits on November 13, 2017, 02:15:35 PM
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.
Title: Re: Organizing group visit to Fruit and Spice park Nov 16th, 1030-11am.
Post by: markinnaples on November 13, 2017, 03:51:08 PM
I would also like 4 of the $10 seedling pitangatubas and the Aframomum.
Title: Re: Organizing group visit to Fruit and Spice park Nov 16th, 1030-11am.
Post by: FlyingFoxFruits on November 13, 2017, 06:09:52 PM
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 area...lol

thanks for your help...will bring what i can.
Title: Re: Organizing group visit to Fruit and Spice park Nov 16th, 1030-11am.
Post by: markinnaples on November 14, 2017, 01:30:21 PM
email sent. Thanks
Title: Re: Organizing group visit to Fruit and Spice park Nov 16th, 1030-11am.
Post by: FlyingFoxFruits on November 15, 2017, 10:48:23 AM
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...

http://youtu.be/dBN86y30Ufc (http://youtu.be/dBN86y30Ufc)
Title: Re: Organizing group visit to Fruit and Spice park Nov 16th, 1030-11am.
Post by: FlyingFoxFruits on November 15, 2017, 04:13:25 PM
Just talked to Louise, she said they're waiving the admission fee for our group... :D

Will be there right around 11am
Title: Re: Organizing group visit to Fruit and Spice park Nov 16th, 1030-11am.
Post by: FlyingFoxFruits on November 17, 2017, 12:52:36 PM
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 10pm...so today, I'm just sitting around the house, making sure plants and animals are happy.
Title: Re: Organizing group visit to Fruit and Spice park Nov 16th, 1030-11am.
Post by: Bush2Beach on November 17, 2017, 02:11:47 PM
Thanks for the Fruit and Spice Park report!
That's incredibly sweet of Louise to approach the group about waiving the admission fee.
Also wonderful to invite the collaboration of having you ID some of the specimens that need it.
I can't wait to go back! This report helped take me there for a minute.
Title: Re: Organizing group visit to Fruit and Spice park Nov 16th, 1030-11am.
Post by: MarvelMango on November 17, 2017, 05:46:54 PM
Photos of the trip.

https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipOt_Ykmgv3vCkXY7qkhu2TvULy_aCqyLrPQF0y2mtwHfAal9mecwGkrushz69yEVA?key=TjcxbjFLVWthenZWOEt0OFBERjBCUUJ5UVhtbW53 (https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipOt_Ykmgv3vCkXY7qkhu2TvULy_aCqyLrPQF0y2mtwHfAal9mecwGkrushz69yEVA?key=TjcxbjFLVWthenZWOEt0OFBERjBCUUJ5UVhtbW53)
Title: Re: Organizing group visit to Fruit and Spice park Nov 16th, 1030-11am.
Post by: FlyingFoxFruits on November 17, 2017, 06:04:24 PM
Photos of the trip.

https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipOt_Ykmgv3vCkXY7qkhu2TvULy_aCqyLrPQF0y2mtwHfAal9mecwGkrushz69yEVA?key=TjcxbjFLVWthenZWOEt0OFBERjBCUUJ5UVhtbW53 (https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipOt_Ykmgv3vCkXY7qkhu2TvULy_aCqyLrPQF0y2mtwHfAal9mecwGkrushz69yEVA?key=TjcxbjFLVWthenZWOEt0OFBERjBCUUJ5UVhtbW53)

lol that pic with the whole group is funny, thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: Organizing group visit to Fruit and Spice park Nov 16th, 1030-11am.
Post by: marklee on November 17, 2017, 11:34:17 PM
Looks like a great trip
Title: Re: Organizing group visit to Fruit and Spice park Nov 16th, 1030-11am.
Post by: dmouthhog on November 19, 2017, 10:12:14 AM
Looks like it was a great day for it and that you guys had a great time.  I wish I could have joined you.  How did the large greenhouse in the back hold up to the storm?  When I was last there a few months back they were browing Rambutan, amongst other ultra tropicals, in there.  Just wondering if it held up ok.