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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Wanted: Jaboticaba escarlate seeds
« on: September 18, 2018, 12:14:52 PM »
I am making a list for pre-order on Escarlate seeds. right now. I have immature fruit on the tree so as soon as it's ready I'll have seeds. Seeds are $5 per seed and $5 for shipping inside the US. Feel free to message me here or on Facebook.

Stay safe out there friends!

I have fruiting red trees and scarlet. Also Grimal trees that are roughly fruiting age. Feel free to PM if you're interested.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Central FL Zill Mango Order
« on: August 14, 2018, 11:38:11 AM »
Can you ship to California?

Unfortunately I cannot ship to CA. Sorry about that.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Children and Grafting
« on: August 10, 2018, 07:22:16 PM »
Here I thought someone was grafting children..
and I thought we were getting children to do the grafting for us. My kids are interested in my work but I donít trust them with knives just yet. Lol

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Central FL Zill Mango Order
« on: August 10, 2018, 04:55:58 PM »
I made a trip down to Zill today and have a few extra trees available all in 3 gal. for $35.
Pina Colada, Orange Sherbet, spirit of 76,Tara Lay, lil gem and honey kiss.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jaboticabo Potting Soil Mixture
« on: August 05, 2018, 10:26:32 PM »
I have had great success with an even parts mixture on peat, topsoil (I use the lowes timberline) and pine fines. It's the peat and pine fines help with the acidity, the pine fines help with drainage, and the topsoil and peat retain some moisture. It's an inexpensive mix when compared with something like promix, but it gets the job done.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Central FL Zill Mango Order
« on: August 04, 2018, 11:33:37 PM »
I am going to be taking a trip down to Zill High Performance Plants this week and want to see if anyone would be interested in ordering trees. I am only going to be getting 3gal. trees. Trees are $35 and I am asking for %50 of the total order paid up front. Please feel free to message me to set up an order! I accept paypal and Venmo. I have attached the variety list from ZHPP. I can arrange local delivery within 10 miles for an additional fee, but otherwise trees will be available for pick up at my nursery in  fern park,between Casselberry, Altamonte Springs and Maitland.

I don't think you can go wrong with fruit punch. I really enjoy it, and it seems like the season might be a bit longer, just gauging by times i've seen fruit available. I've also heard great things about guava. I visited Walter Zill and he took me for a long walk through his grove and reported that it seemed to have less issues with disease. That's more of an issue for me in central fl where we get hot and humid and don't always have the sea breeze to keep things moving. Guessing you already have Orange Sherbet, and the other obvious choices.

I grafted M4 onto a tree that froze back to the ground this winter, and hope the larger root system will get into production sooner.

I was down at Zill last week, and it looks like the season for E4 is over. Better luck next year!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seeking info on M-4 mango
« on: July 27, 2018, 11:48:37 PM »
Glad to hear the positive reports on the M-4. I got a single fruit, which I'm guessing was picked too early. I though I let it ripen up enough but I suppose I did not.  It wasn't bad, but I could tell after it was open that it was not fully ripe. I'm hoping to try another one next year. I bought a tree based on the reports and will hold onto it and hope for the best!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: do you use terrariums?
« on: July 27, 2018, 11:38:11 PM »
I use dome trays like this one

for grafting very small trees that I don't think would do as well with parafilm or buddy tape. It seems to do the trick. Similarly, I live in FL so I have to stash the tray in the shade so it doesn't get too hot.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 36-8 Mango
« on: July 24, 2018, 09:03:35 PM »
I dug through a bucket of overripe 36-8 today to find one that was not as far gone. The one I got was ready to eat, and maybe slightly overripe, but I enjoyed it. My wife sampled it and asked if it was fruit punch. I thought it was closer to fruit punch than anything else I could think of but still different. I would eat the fruit again, but in fairness, I'll eat almost any mango I'm presented with.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Selling Red Jaboticaba Seeds
« on: July 20, 2018, 10:01:17 AM »
Still have a handful of seeds. I'd be happy to trade for Ilama seeds if anyone is interested.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Selling Red Jaboticaba Seeds
« on: July 17, 2018, 11:44:25 AM »
Red jaboticaba seeds $1/seed, min. 10 seeds $5shipping within the US only. Free shipping on 25 seeds or more. Trees fruit in 3-5 years from seed.

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!

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