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Here's my Excalibur red jackfruit.  It's fruiting for the first time and has already set five fruit, I'm going to limit it at three or four fruit this year.




Unless the color changes as the tree matures I guess I got a mislabeled Excalibur Red. Does anyone have any idea what cultivar this is?




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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Florida Mangoes for Sale
« on: June 23, 2018, 03:18:18 PM »
Jeff,
How's your Chintalala mamey doing? 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Two color Australian Grumichama
« on: June 04, 2018, 08:01:57 PM »
Thanks Mike T for the seeds!  This is the first year its fruiting and its yellow and black.


How old is your Grumichama?

Its around three years old

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Two color Australian Grumichama
« on: June 04, 2018, 06:23:34 PM »
They both taste great, much better than the last Grumichama that I had.  I don't think I could tell the difference between the two colors if I was blindfolded.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Two color Australian Grumichama
« on: June 04, 2018, 04:45:16 PM »
Thanks Mike T for the seeds!  This is the first year its fruiting and its yellow and black.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Canistel variety recommendation
« on: May 09, 2018, 12:03:10 PM »
I have trompo, oro, and Fairchild 2.  The Oro is still too small to produce but the trompo and Fairchild2 both produce heavy crops.  I like the taste of the Fairchild 2 better and it has a much longer season at my house.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Fairchild #2 canistel seeds for sale
« on: February 01, 2018, 09:54:21 AM »
5 fresh seeds for $15 plus shipping. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango blooming now.
« on: December 07, 2017, 10:51:07 AM »
10-14 nights below 60F would be more ideal, but for most areas this should be enough to ignite some significant bloom. Some cultivars might still need more of a nudge though.

Alex,

Which cultivars bloom the most consistent for you with out the cold weather stimulus?

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Chris check your PM

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Sounds great Carlos.  Do you know anywhere that sells trees in Florida?

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Wonder if the hasya just needs to put on some size? My tikal was a stingy producer until it had been in the ground for 6 or 7 years. Now it pupes out boatloads of fruit.

I happen to be talking to Gary Zill about this recently within a conversation about the Gigantea variety.   He feels both will never have the production of an Alano or a Silas Woods.   He could in general make one factor due to the large size of the fruits of both.

Rob have you had the Gigantea variety?  How does it compare?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Growing Macadamia Nuts
« on: May 05, 2017, 10:17:47 AM »
I am thinking of getting a macadamia nut tree. I am wondering what the opinions are of others growing them. Are they that much trouble to process to get to eat the nuts? I read about one with a paper thin shell, but the name eludes me at the moment. What are the better tasting ones? Any info would be greatly appreciated.
TIA

They are easy to grow and a beautiful tree...however as far as harvesting the nuts, despite what some may say, I feel it may be easier and more economical to purchase them.  I have found it is a royal pain in the Arkin  ;) ;D.

From ECHO:
"Macadamia is a moderately hardy tree for south Florida and produces a very high quality nut in one to five years. ECHO sells air-layered trees that are capable of producing nuts one year after propagation. The tree does not require high soil fertility, but will probably need granular or foliar micronutrient sprays of zinc, iron, and manganese (take care not to over fertilize). Good soil drainage is also required. Mature trees can withstand 25-26F for short periods with minor damage to the foliage. Young trees and foliage are very tender and are killed very near freezing. Temperatures of 27 F and lower damages flowers and young fruit, reducing production. Nuts can be cracked open using a PVC cutter or after roasting. To roast, simply place nuts, shells included, on a cookie sheet in the oven at 300 F for 15 minutes. Turn oven off and let nuts cool inside on tray. Kernels will shrink some and shell will become brittle and easy to crack. A few mature macadamia trees are located in the arboretum.

'Dana White' is the most prolific bearer in Florida. It was developed in Homestead. When blooming, the tree is nearly white with blossoms. It may be one of the more cold hardy varieties for Florida use. The nut tastes the same as the Arkin variety but is contained in a very hard shell.

'Beaumont', a well-known recommended dooryard variety, has spiny leaves, attractive red young growth, and pink blossoms. The tree produces favorably and holds nuts on the tree well. Although Beaumont trees may bear alternately, the harvest period can last over 6 months.

'Arkin Papershell' bears almost as well as 'Dana White', but its claim to fame is that each nut has a blemish or small crack somewhere on the shell, and if properly struck with a hammer, the shell will crack open readily."

from Julia Morton
http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/duke_energy/Macadamia.html

From the University of Florida
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/mg052
agree,beautiful tree,very good producers available,processing the nuts is a chore.

What are the best producers for Florida?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grimal Fruiting Again
« on: May 01, 2017, 08:44:23 AM »
How many crops do you usually get each year on the Grimal?

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In the past years it only had the number of the jackfruit trees not which varieties.  If you do the unloading on Friday of course you'll see.

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Dave I don't know what varieties they are bringing this year.  The have carried Mai 1 and J 30 and J31 before along with a bunch of other older cultivars.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: broadleaf Papaya Update
« on: April 05, 2017, 08:44:40 PM »
Jeff,
Broadleaf has a firmer flesh, and is as sweet as a red lady! I would say that overall they are a close tie! Broadleaf is prettier as a landscape item.





Hey Berto, is your tree still pumping out fruit? Any chance for seed?


I would also like a few seeds if you can spare some.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cold hardiness of Mamey Sapote
« on: March 21, 2017, 12:40:28 PM »
While I can't say exactly how much cold a mamey can take, I can tell you that I'm growing a pace mamey.  It has survived at my location for the past eight years. I'm well north of Miami.  I have it in a prime microclimate spot of my landscape and I'm on the barrier island so I have some help but it was a tiny three gallon tree for the winter of 2009 and still small for 2010, both were bad winters.  I had frost both winters but it didn't freeze.  I covered it those winters but haven't since then.  It is fruiting however hurricane Matthew knocked all of this seasons crop off unfortunately.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: [WTB] Fairchild #2 Canistel
« on: March 05, 2017, 08:38:23 PM »
I got mine from Mike at TREESANDMORE.  That was a couple years ago I'm not sure if he has any now but I know he has had them in the past so it's worth a call.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Microbial Assisted Agriculture
« on: February 26, 2017, 11:16:10 PM »
Great I'm glad you started this thread.  I'm definitely sold on your results.  I would like to hear more about how you implemented your program and what exactly it entails.

Thanks,
Mike

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Carlos,

Can you recommend somewhere to find  information on the microbial assisted agriculture that UF is recommending now.

Thanks

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango flowers before xmas?!
« on: December 30, 2016, 11:47:24 AM »
There are a bunch of large mango trees around the parramore area in Orlando.  It looks some have froze to the ground before because of the multiple trunks, but they receive absolutely no care and are still thriving.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 25gl fruit punch in the ground today.
« on: December 29, 2016, 03:52:15 PM »
No, I would not let a tree that size hold fruit.  I personally think it is important to let them grow a couple years in the ground so you don't stress the tree.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anyone recognize this mango?
« on: December 22, 2016, 03:01:18 PM »
It looks like a keitt to me but I'm no expert.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Wind Danger to Coconut Cream Mango
« on: December 20, 2016, 01:34:21 PM »
This may be an inherent defect of CC that stems from rootstock incompatibility?  What did the graft union look like?  Was the rootstock much larger than the trunk?  Thanks for sharing.

My CC that snapped in hurricane Mathew had rootstock compatability issues.  It was almost 2 liter sized thickness trunk and snapped at the ground level.  It was the only mango that I lost out of 20 varieties.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hartilizer is here !
« on: October 02, 2016, 07:55:39 AM »
Where did you get it?

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