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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.

Thanks for making these available and spreading the goodness around! I'm looking forward to growing these!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Jaboticaba for Southern California?
« on: August 25, 2017, 04:39:06 PM »

I am growing a Mycriaria Grimal in 15gal container.  It has a tag from Pine Island Nursery.  The fruit I tasted from another more mature tree was delicious.  Hopefully my will produce fruits soon.

I"m no expert, but I don't think this is a grimal. The leaf shape and color seem a little off. I have several grimal trees and I have never seen and pink/red in the new growth. It looks a lot more like a sabara to me. In any case I hope you get fruit soon!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Double cut vs bypass pruners.
« on: August 25, 2017, 04:31:06 PM »
I have a pair of Vesco double cut pruners and I really prefer them for making clean cuts while harvesting budwood and decapitating plants (especially harder woods like jaboticaba) I like them for pruning smaller diameter wood, and I feel like I can cut much closer to the trunk without scraping the trunk of the tree. Also with small branches these don't allow the branch to fold between the blades. They do sell replacement parts and are well made.

I think it's all preference at the end of the day, and I am actually planning to buy a pair of felco 2 pruners for my every day maintenance pruning.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Jaboticaba for Southern California?
« on: August 21, 2017, 10:57:56 PM »
Based on your conditions you might want a grimal. They seem more drought tolerant than other varieties, have large fruit with small seeds and you get two crops per year. You might still need to amend the soil a bit, but it's a great fruit!

All this begs the question, what nursery in So. Fla. supplies HD, Lowes and larger nurseries? The labels generally do not contain the grower or cultivar.

Why wouldn't the bigger suppliers / growers want the end user to know what they are getting? Further why (if they do) grow anything substandard according to the average palette?

I think the big box stores/garden centers don't have the knowledge base to select or care for exotic/tropical plants and probably just make bulk orders and don't care about variety. I don't think they have the time to educate all the employees so unless the employees are interested in plants they likely don't have special info.

I think it's worth while to step away from the big chains and find a local nursery that knows the area, and what grows well. Hopefully they have some plant characteristics, but I find that TFF members including myself are looking for something special and have likely done their research ahead of a trip to the nursery. I've heard  S FL has some great specialty places and would be able to share a lot on interesting info and would have specific cultivars.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Need more details about Phoenix mango
« on: August 01, 2017, 09:08:39 PM »
I am growing phoenix now myself and it is very vigorous! it pushed new growth 4 weeks ago max and nodes are over a foot long. Now it is pushing new growth again and flushing. Disease resistance from what I can tell, looks much better than Dot which sits 22 ft from it. Flavor has been described by only a few on here but so many opinions, I would only trust your own taste buds. With a parent like Dot, you just can't lose however! My Phoenix will be 6 ft. plus this year. After one more summer, it will be fruiting for sure.

I am also growing a phoenix and can report similar growth habit. Very vigorous flushing spaced well apart. I have a cotton candy as well which is slower with flushes and nodes closer together. I'm hoping for fruit in a couple of years, so time will tell! I'm optimistic from what I've read about taste.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango Id
« on: July 10, 2017, 09:38:08 AM »

I'm guessing it's Valencia Pride but I don't know for sure! Internet image search is leading me in that direction.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: ID This Fig? Please?
« on: July 10, 2017, 09:32:02 AM »
I have LSU champagne fig and the leaves are different. Mine has 5 lobes? The fig has an unusual
leaf shape. The fruit looks a little like my celeste but different leaves also. Allot of figs have two
crops a year and the first crop usually is not as good tasting. With all the rain we get and the
humidity, fig's taste suffer in Florida. Last year I had a late crop of LSU gold figs. They ripened
on the tree and ripened in November. They were dripping honey out of the bottom and they were
UNBELIEVABLE!. Nothing like the ripened figs in July through September in the wet season. I ate a White Triana
yesterday, it was ok at best.

Would you want to trade an airlayer for LSU gold?
I have. LSU purp, smith, O'Rourke, Hollier

I would be happy to trade. When is the best time to air layer or take cuttings form the fig?

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