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Good idea.
I've never grafted before.
Is there a best time of the year to graft Suriname Cherries?

Summer time, right after they fruit is the best time to graft surinam cherry.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Advice for an Orlando Beginner
« on: November 13, 2018, 08:41:35 AM »
I live in Seminole county 9B and have a lot of success with jaboticaba, starfruit, most eugenia species that are commonly available.  I couldn't resist planting mangoes. I know they aren't going to fruit every year, especially when we have colder temps in the winter, but I figured I'd try anyway. Pickering is a great variety that will stay small. White sapote does well here as does lychee.

I tend to stay away from fruits I can easily buy in the stores (Except mango) because I only have so much space in the yard. I keep a small nursery and would be happy to source some plants for you or provide additional feedback on my experience.

In my experience surinam cherries are not true from seed and can be quite variable. Have you considered selling grafted surinam cherries? I have found some amazing seedling varieties, but more often than not they are a bust.

Another batch of seeds is available. PM to order!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking for dream atemoya
« on: October 12, 2018, 07:11:27 PM »
You may have to go to the west coast of FL. There are a bunch in the Sarasota area. I have a couple of trees, but they are bigger than what you're looking for. I will likely be grafting some in the spring. Best of Luck

There is another crop on the way! PM if interested in seeds!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Plinia Phitrantha Seeds $5
« on: October 08, 2018, 11:18:45 AM »
I have a very limited amount of Plinia Phitrantha Seeds. The exact variety is still unknown, but the fruits are large, purple and delicious! Flavor is in between Sabara and Red. Skin is on the thicker side. Foliage is beautiful! PM if interested. Seeds are $5/seed 5 seeds minimum and $5 shipping.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: jaboticaba ? id
« on: October 07, 2018, 04:58:06 PM »
Looks to me like Vexator
Agree, Vexator for sure!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Otto Andersen Seeds $5
« on: October 01, 2018, 10:47:41 AM »
I have Plinia Phitrantha "Vino Branca" (Otto Andersen) seeds available for $5 per seed Min 5 seeds and $5 Shipping.
I have really struggles to grow this variety from seed in the past, and caution everyone who is interested that this variety tends to be difficult to grow from seed.  That being said seeds are available. I am experimenting on soil mixes that I think will help the seeds succeed, and I tend to believe that this variety needs very well draining soil, even more than other varieties.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Escarlate Scarlet Jaboticaba Seeds $5
« on: September 30, 2018, 10:39:27 AM »
Escarlate and Scarlet are the same varieties?

Yes, it's the same word in different languages so to avoid confusion I put both. I don't want anyone to accidentally collect the same variety a second time unless they are looking to add more of the same variety.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Escarlate Scarlet Jaboticaba Seeds $5
« on: September 29, 2018, 10:43:15 PM »
Very limited supply, but I still have some seeds available if interested!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Sale: Red Jaboticaba seeds
« on: September 29, 2018, 09:22:49 PM »
The video is over a year ago and his seeds were definitely not used to make the video.

Hey, everyone ordered 50 of these seeds from him over a month ago and just got around to posting the video from over a week ago. The method he told me to do is the same method other Jaboticaba specialists told me to start them. Almost 95% have already germinated! Great buy!

I think this is just an old sale post from last year that got resurrected to sell seeds again. The post containing the video and the video are both from last year. 

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Escarlate Scarlet Jaboticaba Seeds $5
« on: September 23, 2018, 10:27:10 PM »
I received my order this week John.
I'm glad to hear it! They are a really great tree to grow!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Escarlate Scarlet Jaboticaba Seeds $5
« on: September 23, 2018, 07:38:24 PM »
Scarlet Jaboticaba is easily the most precocious plinia I have found fruiting from seed reliably in about 3 years. The fruits are like a slightly sweeter red jaboticaba. They are pretty tasty as earlier stages of ripeness, however the skin doesn't thin entirely until they are fully ripe. Seeds are $5 per seed with $5 Shipping inside of the US. 5 Seed minimum. I will be sending out seeds starting next Monday October 1st. PM with orders.

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!

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