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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: On a unknown fruit pursuit! 😄
« on: November 11, 2017, 08:45:17 PM »
Can't wait to see if your hunt comes to fruition Raul.   :)

Received mine this past Wednesday. Didn't expect them to be so tiny. They were eager
to get out once I placed the tube in the tree and unscrewed the cap.

Forum member Adam (Flying Fox) used to have some plants if you
want to check with him.

PM sent.

Signed up and waiting for them to select my area.


You have become our Indiana Jones of the tropical fruit world!

Done. Good cause for a nice guy!

Done. Hope they are safe and make a speedy recovery.

How about Adam (Flying Fox) in the Orlando area? He is a forum member.

I might. The last ones just arrived at Miami customs.  ??? 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: ID Please
« on: September 24, 2017, 10:33:25 AM »

Have your trees fruited? I have been keeping it in the garage when temps were in the 40s. Grown from seed and is
now 2 1/2 years old. I'll keep it potted as long as I can.

Did you ever sell your farm?

Two of my sericicarpus (called castana here) have been fruiting for two years. They are six or seven years old. The other tree is too young. I had a bunch of the "breadnuts" yesterday, boiled and salted. Good stuff! But, I planted the trees primarily to just look at.

Have you seen mature castana planted outside up there in your area? If so, I bet the damn hurricane did a number on their big beautiful leaves.

Yep, sold the farm quickly to some great folks! But, there's plenty other great farm property left here for you and your wife when you decide to escape from hurricane alley. LOL

No, I haven't seen any castana in the area. I'm sure they would have been shredded by Irma. The winds from the Northwest after Irma passed tilted my large kent mango tree.

Not surprised and glad to hear the farm sold quickly. I'm still working on my wife and a couple of more hurricanes just might do the trick.

I have some seedlings that are duplicates that I'm disposing of. If you think your daughter might be interested in adding to her collection, PM me for a list.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: ID Please
« on: September 23, 2017, 09:01:02 PM »
I'm looking out my window at both mature trees side by side. Can't tell the difference. Maybe the only way is to wait for the fruit. BTW, I'm surprised that breadfruit can grow in the St. Pete area. I thought maybe it would be too cold in the winter. It's my favorite beautiful! My daughter lives there and I would love to help her plant one.

Have your trees fruited? I have been keeping it in the garage when temps were in the 40s. Grown from seed and is
now 2 1/2 years old. I'll keep it potted as long as I can.

Did you ever sell your farm?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: ID Please
« on: September 23, 2017, 08:54:40 PM »
its Artocarpus sericicarpus, having both with no tags ive learned to see the difference.

Thank you; I was hoping for sericicarpus.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / ID Please
« on: September 23, 2017, 06:32:12 PM »
Does this look like an Artocarpus odoratissimus or an Artocarpus sericicarpus?

How can one differentiate between the 2?

I got surprisingly good results from Raul's scions.  I grafted four of them on Achacha rootstock and all four took but one died after pushing.  I also grafted two more on bacupari miudo (G. brasiliensis) rootstock and got one take and one that hasn't died or pushed.  I think one thing that helped was that I had all of them in the shade in a warm indoor environment, with their water trays filled with water at all times.

That surprised me, because the scions survived a month-long journey.  I wish avocado scions would last as long (they sometimes go bad in less than a week).
One month is a long time to stay alive. Did you choose EMS or priority mail service?

I grafted one of Raul's on the branch of a lemon drop mangosteen year before last and it took. Last
year I had one bloom on it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mexico earthquake
« on: September 08, 2017, 10:12:10 AM »

Mine arrived in good shape yesterday.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anthracnose treatment large tree
« on: September 04, 2017, 12:44:00 PM »
My Kent is about 25' tall and treating for Anthracnose became a problem. I started using a
combination of Pentra-Bark and Plant Doctor Organicide for the past 3 years and have not
had any issues since. I spray the trunk a couple of times before it blooms and one time after.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: photo moving
« on: September 02, 2017, 02:40:59 PM »
Open FB
Left click on FB photo to select it
Once selected, right click and select "save image as"
Chose where you want to save it and click on save.
Open TTF and follow "Add image to post instructions".

Been there; done that   :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How were your mangos this year
« on: August 12, 2017, 08:14:21 AM »
Strange growing season with my Kent this year. It produced an early crop and about half of
them had jelly seed, which has never been a problem before. The second crop is still ripening
and I think they will be better. My Carrie produced only 3 mangoes and a squirrel got one of them.
My Nam Doc had a large crop but were watered down a bit by all the rain. Surprisingly, there were
only a few splits. I have a smaller Maha Chanok in a pot that produced 2 and they were excellent.
I am considering removing the NDM and planting the MC in its place.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Macadamia Nut Cracker?
« on: July 30, 2017, 10:09:44 AM »
I'll have to ask my neighborhood squirrels.

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