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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: A shovel, wheel barrow and sweat
« on: February 10, 2018, 12:28:41 AM »
That does look like a lot of hard work. You are off to a great start. Are you near Houston? Urban Harvest is a great resource for plant sales and classes:

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help with damaged trunk on sapodilla tree
« on: January 22, 2018, 12:23:02 AM »
The damage takes up such a large area and goes so low that I think the tree is very unlikely to remain in a healthy, upright state for more than a few years. I wonder if there is enough healthy wood at the base to bridge graft without leaving a hole where disease and insects would find a home. You could plant a couple of seedlings close and pleach the strongest one into the trunk, but you will always have to rub off any sprout from the seedling. It would be an interesting experiment and that is what I would do; but I have five acres and like to experiment. And at my age 3 years is probably more precious than 3 years is at your age.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: mammee americana
« on: January 21, 2018, 02:34:06 PM »
I had Mammee americana at the Fruit and Spice Park and it was really great. To me it tasted strongly of apricot, but much more fragrant. I bought three plants as soon as I could find them, even though I will have to be diligent about pruning them and protecting them from cold.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Chilly Florida AM
« on: January 04, 2018, 01:39:54 PM »
I had 32 for almost an hour and a half off and on in Golden Gate Estates last night, 36 was predicted. Even using the Brunt equation I only expected 35.2. For the poster worried about mango flowers at 38; I had 35.5 for an hour last month when I had rosigold flowers and now they are pea sized fruit. A lot depends on the length of time of the freeze.

Hi, did you get my PM from Wednesday? Thank you.

email sent. Thanks

I would also like 4 of the $10 seedling pitangatubas and the Aframomum.

Also, do you have  Grains of Paradise (Aframomum melegueta)? Thanks

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

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.

NOAA's forecast is for warmer and dryer.        In SW Florida I think that the main determiner of crop size will be how the trees were pruned this year. Irma's horticultural pruning skills left a lot to be desired.

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?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fairchild Farm Strange Mangoes
« on: November 11, 2017, 01:39:41 PM »
The research that Dr Ledesma is doing is amazing, cutting edge work. Is the red new growth one of the rubropetala hybrids?

Domnik, I haven't sent plants or seeds abroad but I think that the main problem would be with the regulations of the country into which the plants were being imported.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: selling fresh kwai muk seeds
« on: October 29, 2017, 09:59:00 PM »
Three of the kwai muk seeds you sent have already germinated and I'm pretty sure that more will come up soon,they all still look good. They all arrived in great shape. I put them in Jiffy pellets and on a heat mat. Thanks again

They won't start shipping again until next Spring, but here is a source:

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Tropical Apricot seeds
« on: October 29, 2017, 01:55:42 AM »
Hi Monkeyfish,  I was going to message you and saw the posts here. Three of the kwai muk seeds you sent have already germinated and I'm pretty sure that more will come up soon,they all still look good. They all arrived in great shape. I'm still interested in the Dovyalis Abyssinica x hebecarpa. Thanks again

Soil pH affects the availability of soil nutrients to plants. It is the first step in knowing if you need to provide additional nutrients and how much to apply. If you want to improve your plant's growth or understand many problems that may be harming your plant it is necessary to know the pH of the soil in which the plant grows. If you are going to apply any fertilizer it is important to know how that fertilizer will be available to the plant. A good digital pH meter will probably be more than $100. Many cheap soil pH meters are almost worthless and might give misleading results that could cause you to harm your plant by misapplication of fertilizer. Your county extension will almost certainly be able to test your pH for free and test for different nutrients at a minimal cost. Be sure to take several samples from different areas and depths.

I had 3 seeds eaten by rodents during Irma's aftermath, but I have 1 which has sprouted and about 2 inches tall, planted in a Jiffy peat pellet.

This sounds like a great opportunity. I would like to go as well.

They have Melothria dulcis listed on The fruit are supposed to be really good.

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