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I'm really looking forward to this show! What are you most excited to bring to the show? Anything new and exciting?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jaboticabaholics Anonymous
« on: May 07, 2018, 11:15:35 AM »
Scarlet (Escalarte) Jaboticaba right around three years putting out blooms on two different trees! Trees are in 15 gal. pots. Pretty excited to try these!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Cherimoya for SWFL?
« on: January 30, 2018, 12:17:20 PM »
One more vote for Dream! It's a great fruit that can be grown in FL. I have a couple of trees that I am waiting on to fruit, but I tried the fruit at Flying Fox Fruits  couple years ago and it blows away the other FL Annona I have tried.

I live in Central FL and there are a lot of people who are successfully growing mangos. There are trees all over winter park, several around downtown Orlando, many in the Conway area, and even some more north in the Casselberry/Longwood area. I think Sanford might be pushing it, but I'm not sure. I think the key is finding the right varieties to grow. Specifically ones that don't need a constant costal breeze, and can deal with a little more humidity. Probably have success with Beverly, Pickering, Angie, sweet Tart varieties. I have a cotton candy and phoenix in the ground and I think they will recover from the recent freeze, but they have not fruited or flowered yet so I can't report on how they will do in this area.

Good luck!

I have had a lot of success in accelerating growth rates by focusing soil composition, and root health. I use a 3 part soil with equal portions of peat, topsoil and pine fines. I apply mycorrhizae to ensure root health in addition to humic and fulvic acids. Nutrient availability and the plant's ability to take in nutrients is easy to overlook, and makes a big difference. I also use espoma holly tone or tomato tone, occasional b vitamins, enzymes, silica, glacial rock dust. Probably missing a few, but the mycorrhizae is probably the biggest game changer IMO.

Best of luck!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is your favorite tropical cherry?
« on: January 06, 2018, 01:33:34 PM »
I realize it's not a "Cherry" but jaboticaba is probably one of the best fruits that would be comparable with a cherry. I prefer them to barbados,surinam etc. They are sweeter, and do not have the resinous flavors that accompany eugenias.   The one exception I might make is pitangatuba. It's an awesome fruit.

Full disclosure I keep surinam, barbados, jamaica, etc, but I think jaboticaba is head and shoulders above them all. Good luck!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: New Seeds Available from Brazil Trip
« on: November 28, 2017, 10:15:44 PM »
PM sent. Thanks for offering these seeds!

Thanks for the report. Is there a source for the z4 seeds in the US?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking for loquats in Central FL
« on: November 12, 2017, 09:51:25 PM »
I just got a cutting of aviry and grafted it so I'm hopeful it will take. It came from Flying fox fruits. He has several other varieties but I don't think he advertises that he has them. You might just need to send him an email. (it may take him a while to respond, he is a one man operation and goes to above and beyond for people, and as you can imagine it takes time) Other than that you might ask around the central florida fruit society they have a facebook page as well and meet monthly. You might find members who have other varieties. Best of luck in your search!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cocktail Jaboticaba
« on: November 07, 2017, 11:17:59 AM »

Recently top worked this 15gal Sabara with a handful or rare plinia. The majority are a smaller leafed aureana from Puerto Rico and Otto Andersen with a sprinkling or red variants, and scarlet. I hoping for a nice tree in a few years!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Avocado Scions (smaller types)
« on: November 07, 2017, 11:08:40 AM »
I would also be a customer if these scions are available!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hard to find trees wish list
« on: November 06, 2017, 10:25:52 AM »
Might want to try going to the big fruit tree sales. I know manatee county rare fruit council has brings out a lot of interesting stuff.

There are a few people in FL growing atemoya but usually don't graft/ sell scions until Feb/march. I have a couple of grafted dream trees. I got seedlings and budwood from Flying fox fruits. I know he has a few other varieties of annona and might be selling scions in the spring. There are a hand full of other growers in south FL who are growing interesting Atemoya. Best of luck, if you really get hard up you can have scions shipped from CA.

I got one of six so far, just planting them in small pots.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Myrciaria guaquiea
« on: October 21, 2017, 11:05:17 AM »

About two years since grafting, no fruit yet, but I'm waiting patiently. Has anyone fruited one of these recently?

Yes it looks like a red. I would also grow the tree bigger before moving to the ground. I have several jaboticaba and they do so well in containers it's hard to justify putting them in the ground. It's also much easier to control the soil and supplements while they live in post. If you want to grow in the ground you might want to try growing a grimal (Peluda de Alagoas) I probably misspelled that. Adam from Flying Fox Fruits is selling them. They are pretty tough and more tolerant of drought and heat than other varieties, and seems to need less "help" than other varieties.

I could probably help you out with a couple cotton candy scions. I don't have the others, let me know.

Beautiful! Glad you made it back and brought back treasure. PM sent!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: mycorrhizal inoculant
« on: September 20, 2017, 09:25:36 AM »
Hi all, i have heard / read a lot on this however how do you know if what you buy is even alive i bought a bag of  "Mykos pure Mycorrhizal inoculant "in the spring and used it in my raised beds and some potted plants i also used it in my potting mix for my seedlings,the thing is when i dig in to these i see no signs of any growth , so 3 weeks ago i took 2 cups of very moist Alfalfa pellets along with 2 heaping tablespoons of inoculant  and i put it in a coffee can with a lid and a couple holes in it, i see NO GROWTH my question is how do you test this stuff when you buy it to know if it is alive or not ??         Regards       Patrick

Endomycorrhizal fungi are not visible to the naked eye, you need a microscope. Also the spores germinate in the presence of root exudates, no just one there own. They need to be in contact with living roots of a host species

Great answer!

If you want to "test" the beneficial fungi, plant parallel plants in pots, add Mycorrhizal to some and leave the rest alone. I have found Mycorrhizal top be  a big help in promoting root health. I would recommend looking at the counts on the back of the packaging to find out, how many species on fungi are in the product and at what ratio/ saturation/density. Some products cost less, but put more filler into their Mycorrhizal mix.

I hope that you stay safe and have a productive trip. With that said, I am interested in some seeds when you get back!


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: tropical fruit growers on instagram
« on: September 06, 2017, 11:34:21 PM »
specialtyproduce seller,  not a grower but has interesting content.

and of course the others mentioned.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Red Sugar Apple Seeds
« on: September 06, 2017, 01:59:13 PM »
Is you plant grown in ground or pot?  I'm also zone 9b and wanting to know if this can be grown in ground with winter protection.  Can you describe the flavor and texture of the fruit?


My tree is in a 10-15 gal pot. I don't bring it inside in the winter, it can take brief frost, but may have some dieback. People regularly grow these in the ground in my area, a guy a few streets over from me has sugar apple in the ground and it's doing great.

Flavor wise it's a very sweet fruity custard taste, some grit near the peel. They are not the easy peel firmer flesh variety. I really enjoy them and they do well in this climate.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Red Sugar Apple Seeds
« on: September 05, 2017, 10:06:45 PM »
I enjoyed some delicious red sugar apples off of my tree this year. $1 per seed, 10 seed min. $3 shipping. US only.

Has anyone received seeds yet?

Yeah boi! I live right next to him though.
Yeah, same story, I live in Central FL, so I got mine in a few days and already planted them. Looking forward to seeing this one grow out!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Looking for planting help on jaboticaba
« on: August 31, 2017, 11:00:16 PM »
I have sabara trees growing in different conditions, and have seen them grown in different light situations. I would choose a spot based on your conditions and preferences. If you plant in full sun you will likely need to water a lot more often and skipping watering might become problematic in full sun vs. in more shade. You might also want to consider the size you want the tree to be, and how fast you want it to grow. I bought another sabara today from a friend I trust who told me it was about fifteen years old. It was busting out of a seven gallon pot and there was nothing but roots in the pot. It's a smallish tree about six feet tall and a trunk diameter of about 2 inches. It was grown in mostly shade and fed sparingly.

I have another sabara that is about 8 or 9 years old that is massive, was grown in almost full sun, fed regularly and potted up to allow for more growth.It's about 10 feet tall in a 25 gal.

long story short, keep it in a pot until you figure own how and where you want to grow it. when you decide on a place, put the pot there for a while, and plant in the spring. If the space turns out to be a bad fit, maybe rethink the placement.

On my veneers I match one side of the cambiums and they take

It does seem like even with cleft grafts that matching only one side of the cambium is enough to get grafts to take. 

In fairness I watched the video and thought that the cuts on the rootstock were a little wide, but when the rootstock is that bug I imagine it gets harder to make smaller cuts.

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