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Citrus General Discussion / Re: Red lime?
« on: May 24, 2018, 12:10:46 AM »
Another Q for Rob... mine do not have any graft marks so I assume these are propagated from the odd seeds found in them, air layering or rooting cuttings?

If they are bush form, which they appear to be, I have seen Record Buck's bush forms be grafted, with a real low graft, and others from cuttings.  They are not from seed.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Red lime?
« on: May 21, 2018, 12:13:43 PM »
That is the Red Lime, like the one that caused the "Excalibur" response above.

In terms if taste, it is best described as a cross with a Tahitian lime and  Centennial Kumquat.  It is bigger than a key lime and smaller than a Tahitian Line.  Flesh is vivid orange, with some seeds and extremely juicy.  Taste is of a fruity almost orangey lime.  Not as sour/bitter as a Tahitian Line.  Best thing about it, there is no pith and the skin is 100% edible and on the noticable sweet side.  It is truly everbearing and precocious.

If you like eating fruits that are a tad tart, you can cut a Red Lime in wedges and eat right out of hand, skin and all (like the Centennial Kumquat).

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Red lime?
« on: May 20, 2018, 11:20:35 AM »
Post a picture,  Gary.

As many internet postings, that UCR info is false (in terns if how it explains the origin and connection with Richard and Excalibur...not even sure anyone knows for sure its true parentage).  The Red Lime was not, and I repeat was NOT, created by Richard Wilson and/or Excalibur (Excalibur does not propagate citrus...remember folks, onky certified growers can propagate citrus in Florida).  Excalibur, at one point, was the only retail location selling the Red Lime and people cane to Richard to try and purchase it.  Now, the Red Lime is propagated by Nelsons and Record Buck and delivered to big box stores in and out of the State of Florida.

Its not big like an orange but skin of the Centennial Kumquat is sweet, and an exxellent balance with the virtually seedless flavorful tart flesh.

Skin of the red lime is very much edible and sweet and fruit is of decent size compared to kumquat.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 4 seasons longan
« on: September 30, 2017, 08:47:05 PM »
Well, if its on facebook its got to be true...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado tree...should I give up?
« on: September 30, 2017, 05:25:38 PM »
It will come back no problem.  As long as its above the graft you will get your same fruit type.  You may want to just trim the break straight right above the new growth.

Not sure I would cut it that far back/close to the break since that would be mighty close to the new growth.  Would hate ro see dieback where you make that cut affext the new growth.  If anything, cut halfway back on the break.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango tree Transplant Shock Not Sure
« on: September 29, 2017, 11:35:59 PM »
Also, how often are you watering?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Surinam Cherry
« on: September 29, 2017, 10:17:08 PM »
If your Surinam-Cherries are seedlings, they are NOT named varieties, until they have fruited, been considered special in some nice way, and then provided with a fresh new name. 

Any seed produced by plant-sex (pollination) is a new variety, and will not be reproducible by seed.

Named varieties must be reproduced vegetatively:  by grafting, by air-layering, etc.

The 'Zill Dark' was selected by Dorothy Zill (wife of the founder of Zill Nursery), and it was named by me, when I saved it by moving it from the original nursery when the place was sold.  Yes, it should be sold as grafted plants.

It is O.K. to sell seedlings, and it is O.K. to identify which tree the seed came from, just so it is worded to make clear that these are not that named variety.

Well said.

To all, as Har said, its Zill Dark, NOT Zill's Black.  And a seedling surinam cherry is just that, a add further, just cause the fruit was a bkack/dark variety does not mean the resulting seedling will be black/dark.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango tree Transplant Shock Not Sure
« on: September 29, 2017, 10:15:32 PM »
Was it grafted or a seedling?  How deep did you plant the rootball?  Did you add anything to the hole when planting?

Do not give it "growth hormones".

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seedless atemoya and cherimoya
« on: September 08, 2017, 01:49:32 PM »
I have a aeedless sugar apple seedling growing....

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Post Hurricane Recovery
« on: September 06, 2017, 09:28:11 PM »
I thought sapodilla had excellent flood tolerance. I have seen jackfruit get more root damage from flooding than other commonly grown tropicals. I could be wrong though.

Correct on the sapodilla having very good tolerance.  Jackfruit like to be wateted but dont take too kindly to be outright flooded..

Irma says "eye see you" to all of Barbuda (zoom into the center of the eye).

The 12z runs of the GFS, Euro, CMC, Navy all bring the eye (true landfall) over the tri counties.   I fear that the majir players are in place so only ever so slight changes to future track runs.  No matter, this storm is big and bad, due to its size it could be worse than Andrew.

To make matters worse, recent HHuntets data show storm may be deepening or possibky getting stronger.

The track seems to be trending more to the east. We may get another close pass like we did with Matthew last year.

Better use some glasses.  Current track (which can change), is a landfall and major blow to the tri county area.  This will not be pretty for a lot of people.  I sure hope I am wrong but as the days get closer, its looking grim...

If you want to see devastation of 175 - 185 mph winds, google Maho Beach Irma (that video is St. Martin going through the eyewall) and watch either the :59 second clip or the 4+ minute clip.  It wjll make your stomach queasy.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Strawberry Papaya - Not Flowering
« on: August 29, 2017, 10:50:34 AM »
how can I tell if its male or female without it flowering first. Its yet to flower. Do male plants not flower at all?

Consider the sourxmce of the response.  Yes, a male papaya flowers but is a male flower.  I believe a male tree, under certain weather conditions can produce a "perfect" or hermie flower.

Aka Sahan

I would vote for the is a top tier mango when perfect ripe abd better than any of the atemoyas.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 16 inches and it won"t stop
« on: August 27, 2017, 06:52:45 PM »
Yeah this thing has been hanging over top of us for 3 days now. Would be nice if the storm could make up its mind and go somewhere else!

Your rain has nothing to do with Harvey.  Yours is more associated with Invest 92L which is slowly organizing off the ciast of Georgis and then will merge with a front and off to the NE it will go.

Nobody mentioned Harvey. Completely different storm. When Harvey was making landfall in TX, this thing was sitting over top of us and still a system over top of us. said, "the storm" .  ::)  It is a complex, not a storm, named storm nor a potential storm, that is associated with a tropical wave known as Invest 92L (which very well briefly get a name before it shunts away to the NEern Atlantic waters)  which is caught between two high pressures,  in a dead sreering pattern, just as Harvey is.  As Invest 92L slowly moves away from the US, your weather should slowly improve once 92L gets far enough to seperate itself.

Cherimoyas are definitely doable in San Jose - in some areas you might not even need to protect them. I've had Booth, Pierce, and El Bumpo for 2 winters. Booth and Pierce succumbed last year while El Bumpo was unharmed. I didn't protect them in any way. This year I have 15 different varieties planted so I will get more data on which are the best for our climate.

Nice job, could you share what types you are growing?  How large are they?  Pots or ground?

In ground I currently have Bays, Behl, Burton, Ecuador, Spain, El Bumpo, Fino de Jete, Pierce, Booth, M&N, Mark Lee, Honeyheart, Vietnamese. They range from 5' to 8' tall. I also have smaller Dr. White, JA and Santa Rosa in pots.

Vietnamese and Dr. White are the same thing.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 16 inches and it won"t stop
« on: August 27, 2017, 04:34:56 PM »
Yeah this thing has been hanging over top of us for 3 days now. Would be nice if the storm could make up its mind and go somewhere else!

Your rain has nothing to do with Harvey.  Yours is more associated with Invest 92L which is slowly organizing off the ciast of Georgis and then will merge with a front and off to the NE it will go.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not impressed with Ice Cream banana
« on: August 26, 2017, 08:51:13 PM »
I took some of the ice cream bananas to work today to have some coworkers try them. The general concensus was they aren't as good as the other varieties I have brought in. I did try one a little greener then usual and I will say it was better. I haven't given up on these. I'm hoping this was just a freak bunch and the next one will be much better.


Do you feed them with potassium?

Dumbest comments I have heard on this forum (and there have been many) obviously dont know what it is like to take a direct hit from a Cat 1, 2 or 3 (forget 4 and 5) hurricane.   Maybe some dont care cause they look at it as "no school" but I guarantee if you OWNED your home, were responsible for the care of your home and paying bills you wouldn't say you want a hurricane...maybe ask your parents if they want one.  A hurricane is not just beneficial rain.  Oh, to ckarify, we dont get typhoons in this hemisphere.

God soeed to those who were or will be in the path of Harvey ir his effects....

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Wanted--mangos fruit
« on: August 25, 2017, 08:05:17 PM »
Not much left mango-wise in Florida.   Many people/places in Florida wont ship to California.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Atemoya splitting
« on: August 25, 2017, 08:01:44 PM »
wow.  your fruits are ripping early.  my AF usually start to ripe near December.

Florida vs California

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Atemoya splitting
« on: August 25, 2017, 08:01:13 PM »

Hi Har. Do you mind sharing a few tips for picking atemoya at the perfect stage for home consumption? Is there a huge difference between cultivar ripeness traits?

I dont mean to steal Har's thunder.  my experience is the fruit starts turning yellowish, and the pointing lobe are starting flatten out.

A Lisa does not turn yellow...not sure what you are refwrring to.

While completely heretical for this forum and technically not "trees", you could plant certain bananas (dwarf nam wah, raja puri, etc.) and stay under that height.

Would not want bananas in a swale (along a roadway).

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