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Title: Introduce Yourself
Post by: murahilin on January 15, 2012, 07:07:20 PM
Hi Everyone,
Since this is a new forum I think we should have an introductory post for old and new members alike.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: pj1881 (Patrick) on January 15, 2012, 08:47:40 PM
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I am the GM of a diesel repair shop in WPB, Florida.  My hobbies include, walking around my yard aimlessly looking a each leaf of every living plant in my yard, pest and disease control of my plants, fertilizing my plants, explaining to my neighbors why I talk to my plants, explaining to my family why I talk to my plants, and seeking out new places in my yard that require additional plants in the ground...

I also enjoy working on the computer (thus the forum and other web ventures), and Charter Boat fishing from time to time.

I truly love tropical fruit growing, and honestly enjoy the growing more than the eating.  Sometimes the challenge of growing new things and being sucessful is the best part!

Those who know me say I am kind and very well organized, a good father and provider, and a little obsessive/compulsive.

I respect all Religious beliefs..

I am not political at all..
 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Tropicalgrower89 on January 15, 2012, 10:01:18 PM
I'm a Biology major student at Broward College(planning on becoming an Optometrist).  I have two hobbies.
The first one is growing tropical fruits. I've always had a deep passion for tropical fruit trees since I was a toddler.

I'm also a Ford guy, which leads me to my second hobby. I have lots of knowledge about ford mustangs, especially for years ranging 1979-1993. 
I also like classic muscle cars whether it's a chevy, chrysler, ford, pontiac, etc... 

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Berto on January 15, 2012, 11:06:52 PM
Hello folks!
My name is Berto and I have a small collection of rare fruit trees in Fort Myers, Florida.  I grew up in tropical Brazil and I enjoy growing and eating tropical and subtropical fruits.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: bsbullie on January 15, 2012, 11:13:20 PM
As they say, admitting is the first step...with that being said, my name is Rob and I am a tropicaholic  :-[

Since I recognize you from the other place, I think most, or all, or you know me.

Rob
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Tomas on January 15, 2012, 11:28:05 PM
Hi all,

I am glad this forum exists - so much easier to use and without annoying ads. Not sure whom to thank, but thanks! I have a rather small collection of fruit and nut plants. I cannot say that I know a lot about growing and it has mostly been a journey of trial an errors. I do like to grow and eat tropical fruits that most people like too, but I am particularly interested in growing some of the more rare species. It's like going on a treasure hunt that may last for years until you find certain seeds.

Bye for now.

Tomas
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: TropicalFruitHunters on January 16, 2012, 07:47:29 AM
First a big thanks to murahilin and PJ for their time and hard work creating this forum.  It's already shaping up to be the best out there.  Hopefully this will draw the same talent as the other forums and these folks will find a permanent home here.  Very refreshing. 

Most of you know me from GW but if not...I live and grow in Ohio.  I fell in love with and married a lovely Thai girl I met here at work and after a few visits over there...also fell in love with tropical fruit.  Had to start growing this stuff man!  One thing led to another and I now have a GH hanging off the back of my home.  I have unfortunately took a shine to the more rare and harder to grow species and stubbornly continue to try.

I love traveling and make sure all vacations are a rare fruit destination during the peak fruiting season.  This doesn't always jive well with my better half but seeing that most vacations are back to Thailand, she doesn't complain much!  I also love Puerto Rico and the many many varieites of fruit found there.  You folks in Florida do quite well also and it's always a pleasure to visit by good friends down there.

I also grow the super hot chillies...ghost, fatalli, habs.  This year we got a little carried away and ordered the hottest seed varieties out there...among them the new crown prince of heat, the Trinidad Scorpion Butch T Strain.  Don't know what the hell I will do with some of these but it sure will be fun.

Oh yeah...everyone...don't forget to update your profile so we know where you live and what zone you are.  This helps out when specific questions are asked...saves a return question. :-[  Just wanted to use one of these things!!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: pj1881 (Patrick) on January 16, 2012, 09:14:09 AM
Oh yeah! For new users.. It takes ten posts to lose the "newbie" status!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: lycheeluva on January 16, 2012, 11:16:20 AM
what happens when u lose your newbie status
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: bsbullie on January 16, 2012, 11:21:49 AM
what happens when u lose your newbie status
you get three yellow boxes and you are termed a "member".
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: gabodymod on January 16, 2012, 12:25:28 PM
Hello guys.

My name is Guillermo. I am glad I found this forum. My interest in tropical fruits are 90% mango. I am working in obtaining some realy rare cultivars from other counties, will keep you posted.
Without mentioning names ( you know who you are) I will like to thank all of you responsible for starting this forum.


Guillermo.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Rtreid on January 16, 2012, 12:40:21 PM
Hello everyone,

I'm Richard and was posting on GW as Rtees garden.

I am in the process of restarting a subtropical garden after selling my old house a few years back.  Currently I have;
Mango (4)
Lychee (3)
Longan
Jaboticaba(2)
yellow jaboticaba
Green Sapote
Caminito
carambola
Jakfruit
Kwai Muk
and a bunch of assorted Garcinias and Euginias as well as citrus and deciduous fruits.

Almost everything i grow is outside in the ground, with the philosophy that I am trying push the limits and see just what can survive and possibly prosper here in San Diego. I can't say that I have been at it long enough to have any successes (many things are surviving and doing well so far) but I have had a bunch of failures (Durian, Rambutan some garcinia and theobroma seedlings among others).

I am looking forward to sharing my experiences with others and learning more from huge storehouse of knowledge from the people that inhabit this corner of the cyber-world.

And to those who took the time to set up this new forum, thank you!  It looks as though it will be far superior to the GW format.

Richard


Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: lycheeluva on January 16, 2012, 12:47:45 PM
three yellow boxes? damn this forum rox!

seriously though, thanks to all involved in setting this up for the time, expertise and money spent.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CoPlantNut on January 16, 2012, 05:18:19 PM
Hello,

My name is Kevin, and I'm a generic plant enthusiast- besides tropical fruits I have to share space with orchids, bromeliads, ferns, carnivorous plants, plumeria, etc.  I've had a dedicated tropical plant growing setup (in one form or another) for 20 years now; currently I have a small grow-room setup in my basement.  At my worst, I was sharing a 400-square-foot apartment with about 500 plants.  I've got a little more space now, plus a yard to play with, but if it can't survive 80-100 MPH winds several times a year and minus-20 temperatures, I have to keep it inside.

For tropical fruits, I have:
Miracle Fruit
Carambolas
Barbados Cherry
Guavas (dwarf, strawberry, lemon)
Chilean Guava (Ugni molinae)
Naranjilla (Solanum quitoense)
Various peppers: Trinidad Perfume (heatless Habanero- all the flavor though), Bhut Jolika, various very hot Habaneros
Australian Beach Cherry (Eugenia reinwardtiana)
various citrus

Temperate fruits (which survive 20 below zero):
Pawpaws (I believe I have one of the two flowering-size trees in the Denver area; unfortunately the other is a 2-hour drive away and they need to be cross-pollinated)
Guomi
Blueberries
Gooseberries
Blackberries
Raspberries
Hardy Kiwi (14 years and still no fruit...)
Peaches
Honeyberries (Lonicera caerulea)


Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: murahilin on January 16, 2012, 06:48:42 PM
Hi Kevin,
Thanks for joining the forum. That's an impressive list of trees for indoors in Colorado. Why are there no other pawpaw trees?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: nullzero on January 16, 2012, 07:53:14 PM
Came from gardenweb, love the setup so far. My interests are in all edible plants and herbs. I grow everything from Taro to Polaskia chichipe. I love to watch things grow and enjoy the fruits of labor, I am usually always up for plant trades/sales.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HMHausman on January 16, 2012, 08:33:38 PM
I guess I might as well formally introduce myself. My name is Harry and when I am not wandering around my garden, I have been a trial lawyer for the past 30+ years.  In recent years I have opened and presently run  a traffic ticket defense law firm.  For those wayward Florida drivers that can't seem to avoid the "lead foot" syndrome, you can find me at www.florida-ticket-defense.com (http://www.florida-ticket-defense.com).

Anyway, most of you already know me from the Garden Web Tropical Fruit Forum. I have conversed with most of you and I have even had about half of the members currently enrolled in this Forum over to my house at one time or another. My home is located in Western Broward County.......Town of Davie to be specific, in Southeastern Florida.  I bought my home (and its 2.39 acres) in 1989. Initially, it was orchids that were my passion and with which I occupied my time. I had over 1,000 orchid plants in my collection.  I was a member of the Plantation Orchid Society for many years. I am a past president and served on their board for about 10 years. Gradually, over time, I came to realize that orchids eventually die.....most of them at least and besides that you can't do much in the way of eating them (apologies to vanilla). I learned about the Broward Rare Fruit and Vegetable Council and started subscribing to their newsletter.  I attended a few meetings. I got to taste some mangoes that didn't really taste like mangoes.  Hints of pineapple, citrus and coconut got my attention and got me to develop a new appreciation for mangoes that I never had growing up in South Florida and tasting Turpentine mangoes with their strong resinous bite. Slowly, I became enamoured with other tropical fruits and have gone on to a mild (ok....severe) case of mango mania. I think my present mango collection sports about 120 trees, which includes, I think, 104 cultivars/varieties at the present time. I have over 300 fruiting trees/plants which includes collections of jakfruit, lychees, longans, dragonfruit, sapodillas, carambola, canistel, sapotes (Ross, white, black and mamey), annonas (illama, sugar apple, atemoya, rollinia and some, as of yet potted, cherimoya), pineapple, avocado, abiu, momoncillo (spanish lime, genip), bananas, pomelo, macadamia nut, mammee and Malay apple, june plum, loquat, grumichama, Surinam Cherry, mulberry, cacao, wax jambu, various garcinias, tamarind, indian jujube and Kwai Muk.  Other than these few things, I am not growing very much at all.

My wife and I have two boys.  They are currently 10 and 13 years old. Here we are at a recent family photo shoot at the beach:
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I look forward to interacting here on this new Forum. I also would like to extend an open invitation to members of this Forum to come by my home to sample whatever I may have that is ripening at that time.  I very much enjoy sharing the fruits I grow. Just drop me an e-mail to let me know when you'd like to stop by and we can work out a mutually convenient time for your visit.  I do have a small fruit stand at the front of my house.  It works on the honor system (well, sometimes works on the honor system) and this has provided the required agricultural  income for me to obtain an agricultural exemption on a portion of my property (a big property tax saver). From time to time I do sell fruit which I can ship out. Time requirements sometime limit me in this, but when I have fruit available, I'll try to post that information on the BUY/SELL section of this Forum.

See you all around the Forum.

Harry





Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: lycheeluva on January 16, 2012, 08:42:32 PM
nice bio harry and lovely fam pic
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CoPlantNut on January 16, 2012, 08:50:51 PM
Hello and thanks for the welcome.

I suspect very few pawpaw trees have been tried in the Denver area (what's locally called the "Front Range", right along the base of the Rocky Mountains) because their ideal growing environment- acidic, well-drained soil with protection from wind, moderate to high humidity-- is not what we have here.  We get 70-100 MPH winds blowing down off the mountains several times a year, very low humidity, and we have alkaline, non-draining bentonite clay soil.  A pickaxe is usually required if it gets dry and you need to dig a hole.  A pawpaw tree haphazardly placed in the ground here has little chance of survival.  With proper siting, on top of a hill for drainage, protected from wind by buildings and other trees, it appears it is possible to grow them in this area.

I planted two pawpaw trees (seedlings) about 12 years ago, about 6 feet apart.  One died after 3 years, the other has now been blooming for the past 3 years but has yet to bear a fruit.  Last year I did a search through local plant societies and found what was widely believed (among the social plant enthusiasts, anyhow) to be the only blooming pawpaw tree along the front range.  It was also planted about 12 years ago as one of two grafted plants; according to the owner, both grafts died and re-sprouted from the rootstock, then one of his trees died entirely.  He has had fruit form on his remaining tree, so it must be self-fertile.  Mine certainly doesn't seem to be, and even after exchanging pollen with his tree last year, I still didn't get fruit.

Last summer I planted 6 more grafted pawpaws, but it will likely be a few years before they bloom.  I'm planning on harvesting some budwood from some of my grafted pawpaws to attempt grafts onto my mature tree this spring; if I get lucky I'll be able to try the selected varieties in 2013!  I'm still hoping I can successfully cross-pollinate it with the other tree 70 miles away this spring to see if my seedling's fruit is even worth eating.

   Kevin
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: GwenninPR on January 17, 2012, 10:11:38 AM
Hi All-
My name is Gwenn, I am a New Yorker that got tired of the cold and moved to PR.  I am enjoying the tropical fruit growing experience here very much.  My yard is full of lots of different types of tropical fruits, orchids, heliconias and bromeliads, all in various stages of health, happiness and age.

I am happy to see this new forum and look forward to learning and interacting with the other members. 
I will see if I can get some pictures posted on this forum!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: panerai on January 17, 2012, 10:11:44 PM
Hey everyone!  My name is Kyle and Im in central Ohio.  I am interested in growing tropical fruits, wrist watches and I am obsessed with fishing.  I have always had a passion for plants  but about a year ago I came across an article on miracle fruit and I had to have one.  I then met OhioJay and ended up with many more plants than just miracle fruit.   I have recently thinned out what I have as we have bought a new house and I've been busy with it and our old home.  right now I have a Grumichama tree, 5 miracle fruit bushes, tazmanian poppy, a couple dragon fruits, 2 Butch T trinidad scorpions, bhut jalokia, fatali, white habs.
I look forward to being a member of the forum.
Kyle
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MangoFang on January 17, 2012, 11:09:18 PM
Gwenn - an escaped New Yorker here (from the Binghamton area) who came out to L.A. in 1981 and couldn't believe I was finally living in a place with palm trees!!!!  I couldn't stop looking around at them for the first 3-4 years.  Anyway, my name is Gary. I was Mango Dog at the "other" forum and had to change to MangoFang as "god" was taken.  (Yeah, Murahlin - not a "dog" had been used here but a "god" apparently was....somebody's got a spelling problem  ::) yes?  Just kidding....)  I now Live in Palm Springs, California - headed to the desert during this lousy economy, sold the house in L.A. and bought one out here.

Have LOVED mangos for many years but never thought our climate was suitable to growing them.  Yes I am 99% interested in mangos with papayas being the other 1 %.  And like many here, finally decided to start growing them and have never looked back.  I have a Home Depot Manila mango I bought and planted in 2003 that is my big bearer now, though I know it's not a top quality mango, until the other 12 varieties catch up in production, they will be my main stay for the time being.  Still 1000 times better than those lovely store bought Tommies....

I have a partner, Joe, and two woofies - Amber turns 18 this June and Gracie is about 3 1/2.  I love the generosity of so many of the members here, and offer my own help whenever I can.

Not retired but getting close  ::) and when not doing the accounting for our home based Executive Search business I just love roaming the yard and seeing what's popped out or up or gotten bigger that I missed during my last trip around back 1/4 acre.  Would love to meet another person out here in the Coachella Valley who might be into this ride.

I'd like to thank Murahlin and PJ for opening this site!!!!!  GREAT WORK and glad to be a part of it....

Fang
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Tropicdude on January 18, 2012, 02:06:57 PM
Hello Folks,  this is the same Tropicdude from the gardenweb forum.  real name is William. I am a Florida native, that lives and works in the Dominican Republic.

I do not have a lot of land to work with, so most of my plants are in containers, my dream is to get a few acres and fill it up with tropical fruit trees. 

My profession is telecommunications,  and I work at a Cable TV company, as head tech in charge of the headend.

recently I have been loaned some land where i have planted around 3 dozen or so papaya plants,  and will start adding a few mango trees on that lot also ( running out of room in my back patio ).
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Sleepdoc on January 18, 2012, 03:00:52 PM
Love the new forum and features.

Changed my username from sleep on GW to Sleepdoc.  I use Sleepdoc on a couple other forums, so I figured I would keep it all the same.

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: FloridaGreenMan on January 18, 2012, 08:01:49 PM
I am Noel Ramos, aka FloridaGreenMan. I come from a family of coffee growers in Puerto Rico and learned alot from my father and grandfather. Still have a few family members growing coffee and fruits down there. Have been growing a variety of rare fruits in South Florida for a bunch of years. Currently live in Coral Springs (near Ft. Lauderdale) and have fruited rarer stuff like Guanabana, Ilama, Abiu plus many others. Have kind of specialized in annonas over the years. I grow lots of sugar apples, as much as 150lbs per year.  Also have a rare spondias tuberosa also called Imbu that I hope will fruit this year.  My yard has 20 fruiting trees plus a maybe fifty or more in pots. I occasionally write articles about these fruits and also do presentations all over the state and have also spoken in California.  Have also been on several Fruit Safaris to California, Honduras, Costa Rica and the latest in Puerto Rico. Want to congratulate Sheehan and Patrick for doing a helluva job on this Forum.         
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mfajar on January 18, 2012, 08:24:35 PM
Hello!  :)
I posted just a few times on the other site.  I am in the Miami area but my taste for the tropicals developed in my native PR.  I don't have that many trees in my collection, and I am here following the Gurus who graciously gave me advice on my previous questions.  I currently have a large, very large lychee which most of you id as Brewster, bananas (unk variety), mangoes: Pickering (2), Glenn, fairchild, NDM 4, Carrie, florigon, kent and another one bought as lancetilla but I am not sure now if the lancetilla died and now is the unk rootstock (subject for another post), Valencia orange, key lime, avocado russel & simonds, sapodilla alano, jaboticaba (2 unk variety), Sugar apple (unk) and papaya, oh and a half dead pineapple.
Most my trees are still young, and I am still learning!
Looking forward to your input and help with all my plants.
Mara
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Greg1029 on January 18, 2012, 08:34:35 PM
Hello, My name is Greg and I live in Whittier, Ca.  I was inspired to plant subtropical fruits (especially mangos) after visiting my mom.  She lives in Boynton Beach, Fl.  I'm married with two young boys (four and two).  My wife thinks I'm crazy. 

The fruits I planted this year is:
Carrie Mango
Nam Doc Mai Mango
Mallika Mango
Keitt Mango
Valencia Pride Mango
Glenn Mango
White Sapote (Suebelle)
Sapodilla (Alano)
Lychee (Hak Ip)

I also planted three mangos (Edward, Alphonso, Haden) in one hole.  I'm kinda nervous about it so I'll see how it goes.  I also plan on planting three Cherimoya's in one hole due to limited space.  I have an El Bumpo and a Fino De Jete in pots.  I'm still undecided on the third.

I also have mature citrus tress on my property.
Navel Orange
Meyer Lemon
Key Lime
Kishu Mini Mandarin (in a pot)

Greg

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: murahilin on January 18, 2012, 11:41:17 PM
Hello and thanks for the welcome.

I suspect very few pawpaw trees have been tried in the Denver area (what's locally called the "Front Range", right along the base of the Rocky Mountains) because their ideal growing environment- acidic, well-drained soil with protection from wind, moderate to high humidity-- is not what we have here.  We get 70-100 MPH winds blowing down off the mountains several times a year, very low humidity, and we have alkaline, non-draining bentonite clay soil.  A pickaxe is usually required if it gets dry and you need to dig a hole.  A pawpaw tree haphazardly placed in the ground here has little chance of survival.  With proper siting, on top of a hill for drainage, protected from wind by buildings and other trees, it appears it is possible to grow them in this area.

I planted two pawpaw trees (seedlings) about 12 years ago, about 6 feet apart.  One died after 3 years, the other has now been blooming for the past 3 years but has yet to bear a fruit.  Last year I did a search through local plant societies and found what was widely believed (among the social plant enthusiasts, anyhow) to be the only blooming pawpaw tree along the front range.  It was also planted about 12 years ago as one of two grafted plants; according to the owner, both grafts died and re-sprouted from the rootstock, then one of his trees died entirely.  He has had fruit form on his remaining tree, so it must be self-fertile.  Mine certainly doesn't seem to be, and even after exchanging pollen with his tree last year, I still didn't get fruit.

Last summer I planted 6 more grafted pawpaws, but it will likely be a few years before they bloom.  I'm planning on harvesting some budwood from some of my grafted pawpaws to attempt grafts onto my mature tree this spring; if I get lucky I'll be able to try the selected varieties in 2013!  I'm still hoping I can successfully cross-pollinate it with the other tree 70 miles away this spring to see if my seedling's fruit is even worth eating.

   Kevin

Interesting. I hope the new grafted pawpaws work out. I was looking at the map where you put your location and it is amazing to see your location actually at the base of the rockies. I did not think it was going to be so apparent. That must be an amazing view though. The flat land in Florida is boring to look at but nice to drive on.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: murahilin on January 18, 2012, 11:42:20 PM
Hey everyone!  My name is Kyle and Im in central Ohio.  I am interested in growing tropical fruits, wrist watches and I am obsessed with fishing.  I have always had a passion for plants  but about a year ago I came across an article on miracle fruit and I had to have one.  I then met OhioJay and ended up with many more plants than just miracle fruit.   I have recently thinned out what I have as we have bought a new house and I've been busy with it and our old home.  right now I have a Grumichama tree, 5 miracle fruit bushes, tazmanian poppy, a couple dragon fruits, 2 Butch T trinidad scorpions, bhut jalokia, fatali, white habs.
I look forward to being a member of the forum.
Kyle

Jay is not a good influence. Beware. He encourages the addiction.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MangoFang on January 18, 2012, 11:43:36 PM
Greg - not to worry about the 3 mangos in one hole....I've got a triple grafted Haden, Valencia Pride and nam doc mai and it's going fine EXCEPT I'm noticing the Haden is the fastest grower as it is the root and main trunk of this tree.  That is the thing we need to watch.  If you want an equal portion of all the mangos, you might have to do some trimming at times to keep the race even.  But your three - Haden, Alphonso and Edward are all pretty fast growers, so you picked well (as far as I can see) 

And Whittier is such a perfect place for tropicals - your lows are as moderate as Socal's can get and your highs as well......good luck amigo.  I'm out in Palm SPrings so a completely different game out here in the desert....


mangoFang
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: murahilin on January 18, 2012, 11:46:34 PM
I was Mango Dog at the "other" forum and had to change to MangoFang as "god" was taken.  (Yeah, Murahlin - not a "dog" had been used here but a "god" apparently was....somebody's got a spelling problem  ::) yes?  Just kidding....)

 ;D
I had to block any usernames with word "god" just to avoid any unpleasant situations. I want to avoid any yahoo group situations.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CoPlantNut on January 19, 2012, 02:39:03 AM
Interesting. I hope the new grafted pawpaws work out. I was looking at the map where you put your location and it is amazing to see your location actually at the base of the rockies. I did not think it was going to be so apparent. That must be an amazing view though. The flat land in Florida is boring to look at but nice to drive on.


I'm about 6 miles due east of the base of the Rocky Mountains, and only about 20 miles from the continental divide.  We do have a nice view of the continental divide and Rocky Mountain National Park, especially if you go up a thousand feet in a hot air balloon:

(http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z412/ncomf/Misc/DSCN9628.jpg)

My neighbor's houses manage to make the view from my house not quite as grand.

I managed to dredge up a picture of my lonely pawpaw...  If you squint a bit, it would be hard to tell it from the pictures of cherimoyas and atemoyas all you Floridians post; too bad I can't graft a cherimoya on!

(http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z412/ncomf/September%202011/DSCN0867.jpg)

   Kevin


Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: TropicalFruitHunters on January 19, 2012, 07:02:41 AM
Terrible view!  Don't know how you stand it.  Murahilin would never survive in a location that is not flat as a pancake.  The smallest of hills wears him out!!   ::)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: mangomandan on January 19, 2012, 10:08:53 AM
Hi, my name is Dan, and I'm a mangophile.      No, not a mango expert, sadly.  Just an addict.

It's a poignant story, starting back in the early eighties when my other half stole a Hayden mango from a neighbor's yard in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I was hooked immediately. Soon we were attending mango tastings at the Broward Rare Fruit Council meetings, craving more and more mangos.  We became groupies of Crafton Cliff (or Clifton Craft?), Professor Will, the Doctors Campbell, Chris Rollins and Gary Zill. 

There was no room in Ray's yard for a mango tree, so I was forced to buy a small house, on a tiny lot, in eastern Tamarac.  I planted Kent and Keitt and Glenn, as well as lots of other fruit trees, driving the HOA and the maintenance men crazy. The trees prospered, I found that Kent and Keitt are easy to ship, and my relatives in Michigan joined in my addiction.

A job change brought a move to Lake Worth, where there was only room for one mango tree. I planted a Gary secured on a class trip to the Zill establishment.  We had the chance to move to a place with a larger yard, so I never got to taste Gary. The tree is still there, though.

We've been in suburban Lake worth about 18 years now. The yard isn't big enough, of course, but I've squeezed in what I can. Started with Dot and Cushman, Beverly and Jacquelin and Carrie. Through the years we lost Cushman to hurricanes and Carrie to some awful disease. But we have added Neelam, Rosigold, Lancetilla, Joellen (not Jean Ellen), and Graham,  all bearing size.  And our most recent acquisitions, with thanks to several members of this forum, are Coconut Cream, Pickering, Maha Chanok, Lemon Zest, and a tiny, sad little Mallika.

I also have an old trailer on a couple acres up in Highlands County, where I've managed to kill many trees, including citrus, jujube, and oriental persimmon. The climate there has been especially harsh the last several winters, hotter than Hades except when it's 20 degrees several nights each winter.
Luckily our goats and sheep and chickens don't mind.


P.S.  I love that I was able to edit this after the fact.  Turns out I had been misspelling Jacquelin as Jacqueline all these years.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CoPlantNut on January 19, 2012, 08:31:21 PM
Terrible view!  Don't know how you stand it.  Murahilin would never survive in a location that is not flat as a pancake.  The smallest of hills wears him out!!   ::)

Many athletes come to Colorado to train, as our high altitude forces the body to produce more red blood cells.  When an acclimated individual returns to a lower elevation, they have much more energy and endurance.  I'm always shocked when I'm on vacation and go snorkeling at just how long I can hold my breath at sea level.  Perhaps Murahilin just needs to vacation in the Rocky Mountains, Tibet or the Andes before trying to climb any hills.  :)  The Himalayas and Andes have more interesting fruits than the Rockies, but the plane ticket may be more expensive.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jb_fla on January 19, 2012, 09:25:50 PM
I've been for the most part a quiet reader on Gardenweb and Yahoo Rare Fruit.  I am a police officer by profession and live 30mins north of Tampa with average winter lows of 20-25f.  I have a growing collection of tropcial and subtropical fruits and my favorite fruit is lychee.  I have been fairly sucessful fruiting in-ground tropical fruit trees in a not-so tropical location.  My hopes are set of fruiting an in-ground jackfruit.

Marcus

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: murahilin on January 19, 2012, 09:37:31 PM
I've been for the most part a quiet reader on Gardenweb and Yahoo Rare Fruit.  I am a police officer by profession and live 30mins north of Tampa with average winter lows of 20-25f.  I have a growing collection of tropcial and subtropical fruits and my favorite fruit is lychee.  I have been fairly sucessful fruiting in-ground tropical fruit trees in a not-so tropical location.  My hopes are set of fruiting an in-ground jackfruit.

Marcus

Welcome to the forum. A few months ago I was looking into buying the Minnie Royal and Royal Lee low chill cherry trees from CA and I saw an old GW post that you said you had them growing. I assume you are probably one of the first people growing it in Florida. How are they doing? Have they blossomed or given you cherries yet?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jason (palo alto) on January 20, 2012, 02:18:36 PM
Hi! I'm Jason and I live in silicon valley of california, in east palo alto to be precise. Sunset zone 17, USDA 9B.
I'm active in CRFG (Santa Clara and Monterey Bay chapters) and on the Cloudforest forum which some of you are also members of.
I'm a young software engineer who loves gardening on our small 6000 sq ft. lot (only ~3000 sq. ft growing space). Luckily my wife loves gardening and let me rip out our lawns and all other landscaping to convert it all to orchards and high density veggie beds. We have a long way to go and I'm running out of room but I've got a serious thirst for more fruit.

I love rare and exotic fruit. I don't have time now to include a plant list but I've started many things that shouldn't grow here, had a few successes and a lot of failures. I want to grow everything. My trees are young so not a lot of fruit yet but as they grow my two young kids grow in appetite so they will always go to good use.
Some of my favorite fruits to eat are cherimoya, pluots, white sapote, passion fruit and babaco papayas.

I've never been to Florida or any other tropical place (other than southern California) but I'm finally taking my family next week to Florida for Disney World and rare fruit tasting and exploration. So I will hopefully be able to try lots of new fruit.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: yaslan on January 20, 2012, 09:21:58 PM
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Hello Everyone, I'm Bo and I hail from the great and rainy state of Washington. I am a confessed tropical-plant-enthusiast and lyrical-word-snob. And when I'm not stalking the web for rare tropical fruit trees or researching some unknown plant disease; I also love photography, writing and has even brought my sewing machine out of its retirement.
I did have a longer intro but I didn't copy so of course I lost it~! But, thank you, Harry for introducing me to this new site. It's  priceless and loaded with treasure~!

-Bo
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitlovers on January 21, 2012, 02:33:17 AM
Hello fellow fruit lovers, some of you may already know me from my website: fruitlovers.com, or from the yahoo rarefruit group. I started growing tropical fruit when i moved to Hawaii in 1989. Prior to that i was living in San Diego, working as an organic landscaper, and being a truck farmer on the weekends. I mostly grew organic watermelons, melons, and assorted veggies for sale at health food stores. I moved to Hawaii to homestead. I was amazed by the number of tropical fruit trees possible to plant here, but had a very hard time sourcing them locally. So i began to collect from many various places and a small nursery business sprang out of extra plants i could sell. So my main focus is all edible plants, but since i live in Hawaii i am focusing for now on what grows best here: tropical fruits. Being a lazy gardener i do like the fact that fruit trees don't need to be replanted every year! I'm also interested in photography and some of you might have seen my fruit photos in the CRFG Fruit Gardener magazine. I like all tropical fruits but am focusing mostly on mango, mangosteen, durian, pulasan, and rambutan. Grow many others as well as I'm also very interested in introducing new fruits into Hawaii, mostly from Brazil and Asia.
I like this new forum's format as i found it very difficult to post photos, view photos, or be creative in the yahoo newsgroups. So thanks to murahilin and and JP for this brain child of theirs.
Oscar
PS you can see me below getting goofy with some marangs (Artocarpus odoratisimus), a very tasty fruit!
I got happy and then goofy as this was my first big harvest of marangs.
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Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jacob13 on January 21, 2012, 03:32:40 AM
Hello Friends,

My name is Jacob and I live in Santa Barbara, California.  I have been chasing my last Fruit tree for about 2 years now and it appears as if there is no end in sight.  I work for a Contractor as a Project Manager.  As a side venture, the company I work for has a fledgling nursey on about 12 acres, so I have been able to reap the benefits of that operation. 

This forum and its setup are awesome and want to extend a huge thanks to the guys for putting it together. I was wondering where everyone had gone.  It wasn't unitl Harry sent me an e-mail to let me know about this new site.  Thanks again Harry! It's great to see so many familiar names on here as well as so many new ones.

 - Jacob
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: edself65 on January 21, 2012, 07:58:10 AM
Hello everyone! Thanks Harry for telling me about this site!

I have been a fruit gardener since 1985. I am always looking for new gardening challenges! I started out with Pawpaws in Tallahassee, Fl in the 80's and worked my way across the country to Arizona and then to Texas. I spent the past 10 years gardening in Texas and even started a Rare Fruit Club. I relocated to Apopka, FL March 2011. I was hoping to grow more of my favorites without constantly battling the weather! Oh well a few weeks ago in the low to mid 20's dashed those hopes! But if it was easy it wouldn't be so enjoyable or such a great accomplishment when you finally fruit that plant 1000s of miles from its native location or without a perfect climate!

I enjoy growing all annonas and relatives, garcinas, jaboticabas and various plants from Brazil!

Thanks,

Ed Self
Apopka, FL
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: TropicalFruitHunters on January 21, 2012, 01:14:10 PM
Welcome all.  It's good to have you.  Once all the giddyness of the new forum is behind us, I'm sure we will settle down to some more serisous conversations.  Good to have you with us Oscar.  Your expertise as well as your photos are most welcome.  Murahilin and PJ says they cooked up this forum idea while in an elevator when we were in PR this past summer.  Knowing these two like I do...I pray the forum was the ONLY thing they were cooking up!!   ???
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Ethan on January 22, 2012, 01:43:01 AM
Hello, my name is Ethan and I live in California's central valley with my wife and two kids.  A Natal plum bonsai at the Huntington Gallery and Arboretum and a David Sibler dragon fruit plant bought at their plant sale lead me down this road of excess.  Gardening has always been in my life inspired by various family members with vegetable gardens and orchards plus my grandfather's love of cacti.  I live in zone 9 which allows me a to grow a wide range of fruits like paw paws, stone fruits, bananas, guavas and with a little effort mangoes, pineapples, sugar apples, lychee, longan and lots of other stuff.  Of course I couldn't stop there and somehow have ended all sorts of fun experimental plants and a few that would be a miracle to fruit like durian and mangosteen.  I know absolutely everything there is to know about growing tropical fruit trees just choose to play dumb, very dumb.

It is great to see such a turn out on the new forum and such a wide range of experience and knowledge.  I had to chuckle seeing 'newbie' under a few of your names. :D

Thanks PJ and Murahilin for the time and effort.

-Ethan
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: stressbaby on January 22, 2012, 09:00:38 AM
Hi all,
My name is Robert, same Stressbaby as on the GW where I posted a little more on the GH forum than on the tropical fruit forum.  I'm a family doc by training, now I spend most of my time working as the medical director of a software company.  I live in Missouri, where some of my stuff grows in the GH all year round, some stays in the GH only through the winters.  Some plants are containerized, some are in beds I built into the greenhouse.  We're zone 6 on the new map.
I have lychees, mango, carambola, bananas, coffee, dragonfruit, papaya, jaboticaba, sugar apple, abiu, rollinia, cherimoya, grumichama, others.
This looks to be a great forum, thanks Sheehan and PJ for putting it together.  Well done. 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MarinFla on January 22, 2012, 12:27:56 PM
  Kudos to a job superbly done!! Thanks to you two for taking the time and effort to create this masterpiece of a forum.
My name is Marin. Most of you may know of me from GW.  I am an OB/GYN ARNP and Certified Nurse Midwife. I am married and have 3 kids (23, 21 & 16) a border collie and a sulfur crested cockatoo. I work in Coral Springs and I have lived in Deerfield Beach, Florida (zone 10) since 1983 when I moved here from NJ (Grew up in Colonia suburb of Woodbridge Township in  NJ-) . I decided to move to Florida after my Spring Break trip to Florida that year. I loved the warm green climate, the palm trees, the beautiful beaches and most importantly because of my love of Mangoes!!! My hobbies include snow skiing (get my 15-18 days of powder per year),  fishing, scuba diving, camping, traveling and growing tropical fruit are at the top of the list.
Looking forward to a great forum of keeping up old and new "fruit friends" with great information!
Marin

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Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: zands on January 22, 2012, 12:44:16 PM
Terrible view!  Don't know how you stand it.  Murahilin would never survive in a location that is not flat as a pancake.  The smallest of hills wears him out!!   ::)

Many athletes come to Colorado to train, as our high altitude forces the body to produce more red blood cells.  When an acclimated individual returns to a lower elevation, they have much more energy and endurance.  I'm always shocked when I'm on vacation and go snorkeling at just how long I can hold my breath at sea level.  Perhaps Murahilin just needs to vacation in the Rocky Mountains, Tibet or the Andes before trying to climb any hills.  :)  The Himalayas and Andes have more interesting fruits than the Rockies, but the plane ticket may be more expensive.

Very nice photo of your Colorado location. On a clear day you can see forever. Here in south east Florida it is flat, buggy and muggy. On the plus side we have the salty ocean which I rate equal to mountains.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: lycheeluva on January 22, 2012, 08:01:05 PM
I am lycheeluva- Gerry. I live in brooklyn,ny. I have a fairly large sized garden by brooklyn standards and by that I mean I can't walk from one side to the other in 3 steps.  By any normal standards, my garden is tiny- about 400 sqaure feet. Somehow, into this tiny space, I cram, two apple trees( one of which I have grafted 15 varieties), two cherry trees (including multiple grafts), a peach tree which I pugged and grafted abunch of apricot, peach and plums onto, two grape vines, two nectarine trees(including multiple stone fruit grafts), a kiwi vine, two plum trees (including multiple grafts), strawberries, petit e negron fig,  blueberries and gooseberries. All have fruited except for one of my grape vines.

In addition, i grow several mediterean and subtropical fruits in large containers - namely two pommegrante (not fruited yet) two tangerines (fruited) jaboticaba (2-3 fruit so far from the branch tips) 5 lychees (3-4 fruit so far- but this year is looking good for a sweetheart lychee, which is in major bloom right now, and a Maha Chanok airlayer from harry which has set about 50 small mangoes so far, the largest of which is currently two inches long.

I move my containered trees into my garage for the winter which i have turned into an articificial greenhouse by installing one nice sized window, covering the walls and ceiling with mylar, installing a gas heater and 1500 watts of LED, and MH lighting.

I absolutely love mauritius lychees and when they are in season, i eat about 3-5 pounds a day for 5 weeks straight.

for every fruit tree I am currently growing, i have probably killed or given away two more.
my dream is to retire to florida and grow 2-3 acres of fruit trees
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: RodneyS on January 22, 2012, 09:22:43 PM
Howdy, everyone.

I am Rodney & interestingly enough, I am also RodneyS on Cloudforest & RodneyJS on GardenWeb.  My fruit growing adventure started when I first tried a cherimoya back in 2008 & decided to try and grow it due to the prohibitive cost of the fruit.  4 years later, I've amassed a decent collection & have delved into vermicomposting, with future plans for aquaponics & raising chickens. 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitlovers on January 23, 2012, 12:09:08 AM
Hi Lycheeluva, you must be one of the people ever, or maybe only one ever, to have fruited lychees in New York. Congratulations!
Yes i admit also of being a lychee fanatic. Probably my all time favorite fruit. How can you possibly eat Mauritius for 5 months straight? Even here in Hawaii we don't have lychees for so long. Are you importing from different countries?
Here is a photo of some large kaimana lychess to wet your appetite:
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Oscar
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: TropicalFruitHunters on January 23, 2012, 06:55:36 AM
Oscar...you've heard of people chaining themselves to trees to stop them from being cut down?  Gerry is the only guy we know who chains himself to lychee trees in order to not be dragged away!  I believe he supports a few Chinese merchant's families by his lychee purchases in China Town.   I'm not 100% sure about this...but it is rumored that he is no longer welcome in Florida during the season!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: lycheeluva on January 23, 2012, 07:53:13 AM
oscar, I wrote 5 weeks not 5 months!
oh, that they would be available for 5 months of the year.!
I did try and find  someone who would mail me lychees from england as they are in season over there now (imported from madagascar)  but alas, no luck as of yet!
by the way oscar,  I naybe the only person to have fruited a lychee in NY but there is someone who does a great job fruiting lychees and mangoes in his living room in PA. ( I must email him to come join this new forum).
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: natsgarden123 on January 23, 2012, 02:10:50 PM
Thanks PJ for directing me to this site!  I am an amateur gardener. I have grown vegetables, citrus, berries, fruits..you name it. I enjoy the exercise, the satisfaction, the food and I have gotten to know my neighbors well: I have delivered fruit and veggies to everyone.

I just moved into my new house ( 1+acre), in West Palm Beach,  and I am currently building my current collection of trees. The acre has quite a few slash pines, palms and cypress: Its considered a protected area so my trees are planted in between.   It actually beautiful. I feel like we live in a forest. There is usually a nice wind and the smell of pine.

My children have all started college ( yeah!) so there is a lot more time to enjoy my garden. During the day, I am a physician, an Obstetrician Gynecologist.

I am currently growing:
Mangoes: Valencia Pride, Carrie, Mallika, Lemon Zest, Baileys Marvel, Fairchild and Harvest Moon. Ill probably add some more. ( Much to the dismay of my husband : ), who is not a tree lover)
Mulberry- everbearing
Sapodilla- alano, looking to add another
Peach- ( trying it-my last one didn't make it)
Jackfruit, MAI1 seedling
Pineapples- a whole lot of them-for whatever reason, Mine went crazy- i gave all of the neighbors plants- I harvested about 30 for us last year
Fig- Magnolia

I will be planting an Atemoya and a Longan. Maybe a Lychee and or an avocado.

There has been a lot of Canker in this area so Citrus is out for now ( although I love grapefruit and pommelo, and the lemons smell so good) . If things improve then Ill add those trees.

I am also growing Eggplant, 2 kinds of tomatoes and herbs. I'm building some more raised beds. 


I am not an expert, hence reading the forum. Besides, its very interesting to read about other plant junkies gardens. It is also great to see the back and forth: which is the best mango?   I am looking forward to more interesting discussion. 







Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: lycheeluva on January 23, 2012, 03:32:36 PM

I will be planting an Atemoya and a Longan. Maybe a Lychee and or an avocado.


"maybe a lychee"
 woe unto  the young generation and the disdain they have for the holiest of holies, the lychee
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: behlgarden on January 23, 2012, 05:04:46 PM
Behlgarden here! Lycheeluva mentioned this forum to me and I look forward to learning and contributing.  I am a construction professional by trade but passionate about gardening and cooking.  Bought my first home last year in Riverside County and it has a great 0.3 acre flat lot in cul-de-sec overlooking into 270 degrees of city light view and mountains. Love it there.

In house I purchased, the old asian lady who owned it for investment did plant tropical fruits for me LOL, I inherited:
1. Asian guava - 6 trees
2. Asian Apple
3. Longan
4. Cherimoya - 3
5. Atemoya
6. White seedless grapes.
7. Asian Pear

I palnted after I moved into the home:
1. Sweetheart Lychee
2. Alphonso Mango - now flowering
3. Sapodilla (prolific)
4. 4 in 1 grafted cherries (no hope due to chilling)
5. Nam-Doc Mai Mango
6. Logaut
7. Appricot
8. 4 in 1 apple.
9. Plums
10. Black Grapes


Still looking to add to my collection all the time. I water my big area so why not grow some fruit and offset expensive So. Cal Water?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: amrkhalido on January 23, 2012, 07:28:47 PM
Hey Everyone,

What a great forum, i would like to thank all who managed to create such a wonderful website. And Especially Sheehan for inviting me to it.

My name is Amr, i live in Egypt. And as all i share the hoppy of planting tropical fruit trees.

Looking forward to the discussions,

Amr
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitlovers on January 24, 2012, 12:41:56 AM
Lycheeluva, ohhhhh! Only 5 weeks? Darned i thought it was 5 months of lychees. Must have been wishful thinking.  :'(
Here we get about 4 solid months of lychees due to different seasons of different varieties. If i recall correctly, the brewsters come on first (early May), then kaimanas, then groff, and latest is Kwai Mi Pink (B-3) all the way to end of August. But peak of season is early June, when a lot of varieties overlap.
Oscar
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: lycheeluva on January 24, 2012, 06:50:56 AM
wow, 4 months? a good reaon to move to Hawaii. interesting that brewster is the first to ripen, as in FL, brewster is the last of the commercially grown lychees to ripen
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jlondon on January 24, 2012, 01:56:34 PM
Hi all! My name is Jessica and I have a black thumb...hopefully you all can help me make things grow  ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MarcoIslandMango on January 24, 2012, 02:19:50 PM
Hi everyone, I'm Brett.  I came over from GW and am glad to see the new functionality here...especially the map.  I see Im the only member from SW FL so far.  Hoping to find some others on my side of the state (and jealous of all you east coasters).  I'm fairly new to growing trees, and have lost a few to the learning curve (over fertilization, under watering, disease).  Here is what I have currently:

Mango: Pickering, Valencia Pride, Glenn, Lancetilla, Nam Doc Mai, Tebow Young
Citrus: Kumquat, Tangelo, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime
Avocado: Monroe and Brogdon

I'd really like to sample some new fruits to see if I'd like to grow them (Canistel, Sapodilla, ...). 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: BENDERSGROVE on January 24, 2012, 07:28:30 PM
Hi everybody! My name is Mike Bender. I am the owner of Bender's Tropical Grove, we specialize in all kinds of tropical fruit trees. Like most of you, I love growing tropical fruits. We opened our nursery in 2008 and have been growing ever since. I think this forum is exceptional and hats off to those who came up with the idea! Some of you on here have been customers of ours and we want to thank you for your support. We are happy to contribute and help this forum and hobby grow in any way we possibly can and hope to meet many of you in the future. Our nursery is open to the public every Wednesday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm. We are a registered Florida nursery and hope to share our love of growing tropical fruit with all our friends and customers! We are located in Davie Fl. So if there is anything we can help with please feel free to call us or visit our website at http://www.bendersgrove.com (http://www.bendersgrove.com)  954-471-0763 Glad to join and happy growing!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: North_Tree_Man on January 25, 2012, 01:51:17 PM
 Hello everyone. My name is Jeremy, and I have been growing sub-tropicals/tropicals for about 6 years now. I always loved lychees from a young age, and read up on them one day, years ago, and decided that they would be ideal for growing in a greenhouse type setting here in the north. Thus the love affair was born. Years later my collection has grown to four lychees, one longan, three mangoes, one pineapple, one cinnamon, a trio of citrus (orange, tangerine, lemon), and some pitiful looking pulasan seedlings. I have successfully fruited lychees for years now, but the trees are finally coming into their prime fruiting age, so good things are expected from this time onward. Further additions to the collection are on hold until we can build a much needed greenhouse onto the back of the house (or buy a completely new/bigger plot.) Of course, I keep buying temperate fruit trees in the hopes the yard will magically expand to accommodate them.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: mangomandan on January 25, 2012, 02:10:14 PM
Hello everyone. My name is Jeremy, and I have been growing sub-tropicals/tropicals for about 6 years now.  I have successfully fruited lychees for years now, but the trees are finally coming into their prime fruiting age, so good things are expected from this time onward.

Fruiting lychees in Pennsylvania  is just way cool.  Congrats.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: REB1136 on January 25, 2012, 02:11:30 PM
Hey Everyone,

My name is Ray. I have chatted with a few of you guys and gals from the other forum. I thought I would jump ship and come on over,since some many of y'all have so much knowledge and have helped anserw questions for me in the past. I currently have the following plants
Glenn Mango
TR Hovey Papaya
2 Barbados Cherries
Dragon Fruit(yellow,pink delight,american beauty,dark star,& physical graffiti)
Banana's(manazo,ice cream,& dwarf cavendish)
Mai 1 Jakfruit(12 seedlings)
Lisbon Lemon
2 Limes(key and persian)
Moro Blood Orange
Tangerine(cant remember which variety)
Pineapple(from a store bought top)
Guava(not sure what variety the tag is wrong)

Well I think that is about it, I probally forgot something. I also hope to add a lot more tropicals this spring.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: happyisland on January 25, 2012, 03:04:40 PM
My wife and I moved to Aruba about 9 years ago, and since we bought a house 3 years back I have gone absolutely fruit-tree crazy with our small yard. I've lurked on the GW forums and have enjoyed many of the expert posts and discussions over there. You guys are bad influences though! Here's what I have planted so far in a small front, back, and side yard:

Mangoes:
Pho Pyu Kalay
Nam Doc Mai
Glenn
Alphonso
Edward
Valencia Pride
Florigon
Lancetilla (potted)
Carrie (potted)

Citrus:
Moro blood orange
Valencia orange
Temple orange (dying)

Non-fruiting:
A buttonwood tree, a huge ficus, a huge almond, and 4 or 5 lignum-vitae trees.

I can't wait to learn more from these forums, while hopefully resisting the urge to supplement my collection of mango trees. Thanks to the people who set this up!

-Dave

PS: forgot to add that I have 3 productive papayas, an elderly barbados cherry and a carambola planted in the side yard. They're so easy to grow I forget they're there!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: stuartdave on January 25, 2012, 05:19:54 PM
My name is Dave and I live in Stuart Florida on 2/3 of an acre.My wife and I moved here 15 yrs ago from Plantation Florida . I read the post of the administrator from West Palm Beach who wanders thru his yard frequently and my wife said I have an identical twin. I am a retired state probation officer so have a lot of time to wander. In our area we live on the northern boundary of coconut palms, royal palms and poicianas. The coldest my yard has been in 15 years was last year at 29.4. At present I have 4 soursops , all seedlings about 3 yrs old, mangoes-NDM,Beverly,Glenn,Rosiegold and a big seedling,a couple Jackfruit- one a Bangkok Lemon 4 yrs old that fruited last year, 4 varieties of white sapote -3 grafted, one flowering and one grafted vernon 6 yrs old that has never flowered- no fruit from any so far, 3 grafted avacadoes,1 macadamia tree, 2 grafted starfruit 10 years old never cold damaged, barbadoes cherry, kohala longan,2 grafted indian jujube that are growing slowly,key limes-4 all seedlings and 2 fruiting about 8 yrs old , an alano sapadillo, many bananas and pineapples.I purchase many of my trees from Ex calibur.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: simon_grow on January 25, 2012, 09:21:09 PM
Hello everyone, my name is Simon and I do research in San Diego.  I'm into tropical and subtropical fruit that are on the sweet side or have medicinal/health benefits.  I am currently growing:
Avocado, Blueberries, strawberries, Tazziberries(Chilean Guava), peaches, pears, plums, papaya, cherimoya, mango, lychee, longan, lemons, limes, blood oranges, dragonfruit, mangosteen, Mexican Mangosteen, Brasilian Mangosteen, Maprang, Jaboticaba, miraclefruit, asian pears, figs, pomegranate, tangerines, and probably a few others I forgot ;D
Simon
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitlovers on January 25, 2012, 10:20:45 PM
Hi Simon, how are the tazziberries (chilean guavas) tasting?
Oscar
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: WhitH on January 26, 2012, 10:49:49 AM
Hi. My name is Whit and I have a few young mango trees, etc. growing in ground in my yard in Vero Beach, FL. I plan to share photos on the forum of all this soon.
I love to hang out in my yard, looking at the leaves, noticing small changes. Love being outdoors... it's therapeutic, right?

I lived on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica for 9 months, and have traveled to a number of areas in Central America. My parents have a house in The Bahamas where they are growing some fruit too. My first real exposure to tropical fruits was as a child when I lived in Kenya (spent over 2 years in Kenya). There was a small mango we used to eat green, out of hand, and it was sort of like eating a resinous, sour apple, but we loved it as kids. We would sometimes even eat the skin. I also loved the tree tomato, passion fruit, and pineapples we had there.

My avatar is a water apple in Costa Rica having just shed its incredible hot pink blooms.

I recently found the tropical fruit forum on GardenWeb, so I am familiar with some of the regular posters there, but that forum was hard to use/post pictures to, so I wasn't a contributor there. Glad that this forum is up and running!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: simon_grow on January 26, 2012, 02:21:02 PM
Hey Oscar, the Tazziberries(Chilean Guava) are extremely, I mean absolutely delicious!  No kidding, they smell and taste kind of like cotton candy mixed with berry.  Unfortunately, mine were very small, smaller than a blueberry and my specific variety didn't turn completely red, mine were very light pink with some green on it.  If they were bigger and more red, they would be even more amazing.
Simon
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ericalynne on January 26, 2012, 09:06:36 PM
Hello everyone. Ed tipped me off to this forum. I know some of you from yahoo groups. I am mostly glad to have these introductions so I can now show my husband how very reasonable my plant collection is compared to others on the list.  ;)

I started growing tropical fruit when I moved to Naples, FL. When I moved to Venus three years ago, I left behind fruiting mangoes (Carrie, Edward, Julie, Ice Cream, Cogshall and Kent) a fruiting jaboticaba that was producing fruit two-three times a year, key lime, meyer lemon, two lychees, imbe, several bananas, grumichama and others I can't remember.

In Venus (9b) I have started a lot, but nothing has fruited yet: Angie and Jean Ellen mangoes (Fairchild), Loquat, key lime, jaboticaba, two seedling jaks (from Warren), three seedling kwai muk, imbe seedlings (Fruit and Spice Park), three banana varieties that are supposed to do well in zone 9, (Going Bananas), pineapples, charichuela (Whitman) (in pot, has flowered but no fruit), 4 garciania gardineria (sp? Whitman), moringa oleifera (sp?? the Kampong.) Ed is in the process of sending me some mulberries and hardy avocados. I have ordered Sunshine Blue blueberry plants and a couple other blueberry varieties to try.

I was very interested to see some posts on low chill northern fruits, because I want to try them, now that I can't grow much of the tropicals. I have a small greenhouse for the cold nights.

When I am not working on the fruit trees, I have more orchids than you can shake a stick at, even after giving away half of them, bamboo, and a vegetable garden.

Erica
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitlovers on January 27, 2012, 05:30:48 AM
Hey Oscar, the Tazziberries(Chilean Guava) are extremely, I mean absolutely delicious!  No kidding, they smell and taste kind of like cotton candy mixed with berry.  Unfortunately, mine were very small, smaller than a blueberry and my specific variety didn't turn completely red, mine were very light pink with some green on it.  If they were bigger and more red, they would be even more amazing.
Simon

Sounds good Whit! Now where to get seeds or starts?
Oscar
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: mangomandan on January 27, 2012, 10:40:16 AM


In Venus (9b) I have started a lot, but nothing has fruited yet: Angie and Jean Ellen mangoes (Fairchild), Loquat, key lime, jaboticaba, two seedling jaks (from Warren), three seedling kwai muk, imbe seedlings (Fruit and Spice Park), three banana varieties that are supposed to do well in zone 9, (Going Bananas), pineapples, charichuela (Whitman) (in pot, has flowered but no fruit), 4 garciania gardineria (sp? Whitman), moringa oleifera (sp?? the Kampong.) Ed is in the process of sending me some mulberries and hardy avocados. I have ordered Sunshine Blue blueberry plants and a couple other blueberry varieties to try.

I was very interested to see some posts on low chill northern fruits, because I want to try them, now that I can't grow much of the tropicals. I have a small greenhouse for the cold nights.

When I am not working on the fruit trees, I have more orchids than you can shake a stick at, even after giving away half of them, bamboo, and a vegetable garden.

Erica
I'm in Venus too, but weekends only. I wish I had a greenhouse, as I've lost every citrus tree, a "cold-hardy" Winter Mexican avocado, and other items to the hard freezes.
One mulberry has done well for me, another gave up the ghost the winter that we had 3 hard freezes separated by really warm intervals.
Anyway, the next time you drive by a mobile home with goats and sheep in the front yard, stop in and say Hi.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: nullzero on January 27, 2012, 12:38:59 PM
Hey Oscar, the Tazziberries(Chilean Guava) are extremely, I mean absolutely delicious!  No kidding, they smell and taste kind of like cotton candy mixed with berry.  Unfortunately, mine were very small, smaller than a blueberry and my specific variety didn't turn completely red, mine were very light pink with some green on it.  If they were bigger and more red, they would be even more amazing.
Simon


Sounds good Whit! Now where to get seeds or starts?
Oscar


Sacred Succulents has seeds and small starter plants. Being that your in Hawaii you may want to go the seed route. http://sacredsucculents.com/rare-beneficial-plants-from-chile/ (http://sacredsucculents.com/rare-beneficial-plants-from-chile/)

Ebay also has some listings for it. Be warned though the plant does not like intense sun and temps much over 80 degrees.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ericalynne on January 28, 2012, 06:46:08 PM
Hi Mangomandan...I have seen a few pastures with goats and sheep driving around. Maybe by the Venus small animal auction?

Last winter was really horrible cold/freeze-wise. Were your mulberries really young? Because mulberries grow way up north and survive through real winters. I will try to post some pics of the greenhouse, etc. if I ever figure out all this digital camera stuff.

Erica
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: mangomandan on January 29, 2012, 10:06:52 AM
Erica,  we're in a subdivision of sorts called Sebring Acres. It's off CR731, a bit west of the Venus General Store. Used to be fishing camp sites, now a refuge for all sorts of folks.
The auction has closed, sadly.  I used to sell my Lamancha bucklings there.  And it was "the-place-to-be" in Venus on a Saturday night.

Yes, my mulberry trees were still small, only in the ground about 9-10 months.

I wish I knew more about how to choose deciduous trees for this climate.  I don't think chill hours are the whole story.  The peach trees I bought in the spring bloomed after about 8 chill hours, in November.   If I hadn't moved them to Lake Worth for the winter they would have hated the freeze we had in December.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Soren on January 30, 2012, 02:20:20 AM
Hi all,
Some of you might know me from yahoo rarefruit group where I have been a member for several years. Living in Kampala, Uganda and are cultivating rare tropical fruits. Always interested in trading seeds.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jackfruitwhisperer69 on January 30, 2012, 07:46:40 AM
Hello Everyone!!! :)

A friend told me about This Forum and I joined immidiatly, But only now had the courage to post something :)! 
My name is Steven, I'm Subtropical Fruit grower and collector here in Madeira Island. I grew up in South Africa and My favorite fruit in South Africa was Marula!

My climate is Subtropical and Frost free, Which permit's me to grow several Tropical to Temperate fruit's, Being a fruit collector, it's really addictive! ;D I'm alway's collecting and looking for new fruit trees and I also got some Orchid's like Cymbidium's,Stanhopea's,Dendrobium's,Cattleya's,Coelogyne,Epidendrum's,Phalaenopsis,Paphiopedilum,Phragmipedium and Zygopetalum.

I'm Currentely Growing:

Tropical to Subtropical:
Cherimoya
Lucuma
Surinam cherries and Black surinam cherries in the seed bed.
Longan
Jabuticaba
Natal Plum
Tamarind
Grumichama
Yellow Dragon fruit
Giant Purple and yellow Passionfruit
Granadilla
Blue Passionfruit
Kei apple
white sapote
Papaya
Guava's
Yellow Cattle Guava's
Red Cattle Guava
Fig's
Banana's
Coffee
Avocado
Pineapple's
Tamarillo
Mango-Tommy Atkin's, I'm this Spring Glenn,Tolbert,Henderson,Rosa(Brazilian Var.), and Osteen. later on Keitt Mango.
Macadamia nut
Suger cane
Carambola seedling
Citrus:Eureka lemon
          Sanguinelli Blood Orange
          Lan-late Bahia Orange
Malay Apple seedling
Sour mangosteen seedling's

Temprate:
Kiwi's
Plum's
Peaches
Apple's
Blueberries
Raspberries
Strawberries
Prickly pear's

Thanks to all Administrators for Making this Forum Possible! It's Absolutely Fantastic!!!! :)

Regards
Steven




Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: siafu on January 31, 2012, 03:53:52 PM

Hi Steven,

I'm from Algarve. We are practically neighbours, give or take 1000 Kms of ocean ;D
I've noticed that you selected zone 10b for your location? Surely, unless you are at some elevation,
Madeira is a solid zone 11b or even 12. What do you say?

Again, unless you are at some elevation, there's loads of species that you should try
at your favorable location. I suggest you give mamey, ilama, a bunch of Garcinias a try...

regards,

Sérgio


Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: warmwxrules on February 01, 2012, 09:57:44 AM
I'm "franktank232" from the other board... 

I'm in southwest WI and grow a wide range of fruit trees such as: peaches, pluots, plums, sweet cherries, pears, apples, raspberries, strawberries, grapes, apricots...  Someday I hope to grow and fruit a mango (in a container) up here. 

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Seadation on February 01, 2012, 07:29:01 PM
My name is Ron just moved in to a home 1/3 acre in Kendall (Miami) and have set up a nice little collection of trees. Thanks to forum members Jeff and Sleep I now have;
Mango: Pickering, Neelam, Angie, and Coconut Cream
Sweet Heart Lychee
Jackfruit: Sweet Fairchild, Gold Nugget, and like 18 seedling BK Lemon(Thanks to Sleep)
Atemoya Gefner
Barbados Cherry
Key Lime
2 Jaboticaba
Look forward to be part of the forum this is a great site!
Ron
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: mangomandan on February 01, 2012, 07:55:36 PM
My name is Ron just moved in to a home 1/3 acre in Kendall (Miami) and have set up a nice little collection of trees. Thanks to forum members Jeff and Sleep I now have;
Mango: Pickering, Neelam, Angie, and Coconut Cream

Ron

Welcome, Ron.   Angie mango doesn't sound like a good match for you.  I'd be happy to trade you a Cogshall for your Angie. I'd even throw in some Surinam cherry cuttings.  ;)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Seadation on February 01, 2012, 08:48:49 PM
Thanks but I'll pass lol. My hedges are Surinam cherries but I left those out. If you want an Angie just wait for the mango festival at fairchild that's where I got mine. You can have a BK Lemon jackfruit seedling if you don't mind the drive south.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jcaldeira on February 02, 2012, 06:33:56 PM
By way of introduction, my name is John Caldeira and I am an American expat living in Fiji.  Early-retired, I have a 15 acre seaside hobby farm where I am currently planting a variety of fruit trees.   I am relatively new to fruit farming and devouring the internet and books to learn more.

The largest numbers of trees on my farm will be citrus and mango, due to their suitability to the land and marketability.  However, I am also planting many other fruit trees.  Thus far, this includes coconut, papaya, abiu, cinnamon, rambutan, mulberry, sapodilla, soursop, custard apple, starfruit, star apple, tamerind, jackfruit, rose apple, cashew, black sapote, coffee and tea.  Ginger and cardamom too.

My farm as viewed from the water:
(http://outdoorplace.org/images/Fiji/Water_view.JPG)

My initial planting of citrus, mostly Tahitian Seedless Lime and Meyer Lemon on Rough Lemon rootstock:
(http://outdoorplace.org/images/Fiji/Citrus_planting.JPG)

I'll probably be asking occasional questions on this forum, and helping respond to others as I can.

John
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitlovers on February 02, 2012, 06:39:23 PM
Hi John, welcome to the group. Your plantings look very nice. Been to Fiji a few times...i love Fiji and Fijian people! What island are you on?
Oscar
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: lycheeluva on February 02, 2012, 07:01:46 PM
wow, i know envy is not a good thing, but really jealous here. looks so beautiful. enjoy
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Seadation on February 02, 2012, 07:08:39 PM
Wow! Welcome John you have a beautiful place there. Talk about living off the land you can have a great setup there. How's the fishing? Fish for dinner and Mangos for desert life doesn't get any better.
Ron
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jcaldeira on February 02, 2012, 07:28:01 PM
Hi John, welcome to the group. Your plantings look very nice. Been to Fiji a few times...i love Fiji and Fijian people! What island are you on?
Oscar

I'm on the most northern part of Viti Levu, the biggest island (the pin on the forum map is exactly on my farm).  It's an intermediate rainfall area, which is great for citrus and mango.  Too dry for vanilla and a few other tree crops.

The fishing is good - no need to buy cat food :-)

Right now I'm growing sour orange rootstock for valencia orange, grapefruit and mandarin scions that I'll graft later this year.  I've also started a few hundred mango seeds that I plan to veneer graft several good varieties onto.  I've been unsuccessful in finding any mangosteen planting material here and variety choices on most species is very limited.  I am jelous of those you you who have access to so many varieties available in the U.S.

Below are some rootstock plantings in the shadehouse, which serves also as a rain-controlled zone in this rainy season!
(http://outdoorplace.org/images/Fiji/Rootstocks.JPG) 

John
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitlovers on February 03, 2012, 12:32:40 AM
Hi John, welcome to the group. Your plantings look very nice. Been to Fiji a few times...i love Fiji and Fijian people! What island are you on?
Oscar

I'm on the most northern part of Viti Levu, the biggest island (the pin on the forum map is exactly on my farm).  It's an intermediate rainfall area, which is great for citrus and mango.  Too dry for vanilla and a few other tree crops.

The fishing is good - no need to buy cat food :-)

Right now I'm growing sour orange rootstock for valencia orange, grapefruit and mandarin scions that I'll graft later this year.  I've also started a few hundred mango seeds that I plan to veneer graft several good varieties onto.  I've been unsuccessful in finding any mangosteen planting material here and variety choices on most species is very limited.  I am jelous of those you you who have access to so many varieties available in the U.S.

Below are some rootstock plantings in the shadehouse, which serves also as a rain-controlled zone in this rainy season!
([url]http://outdoorplace.org/images/Fiji/Rootstocks.JPG[/url]) 

John


Hi John, i traveled all the way around Viti Levu, beautiful place. I stayed for a week at Nananu-I-Ra island, pretty close to you. Awesome snorkeling there! I have sent seeds from Hawaii to Fiji once and they made it through ok. You can check the seeds i sell at http://www.fruitlovers.com/seedlistforeign.html (http://www.fruitlovers.com/seedlistforeign.html)  I can send mangosteen seeds in July if interested?
Oscar
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: zands on February 03, 2012, 02:50:28 AM

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I'm on the most northern part of Viti Levu, the biggest island (the pin on the forum map is exactly on my farm).  It's an intermediate rainfall area, which is great for citrus and mango.  Too dry for vanilla and a few other tree crops.

The fishing is good - no need to buy cat food :-)
John

Hi J
Do you get on the internet via wide area wireless network? Though it looks hilly where you are. How does one get on the internet in rural Fiji?

Z
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jcaldeira on February 03, 2012, 04:07:26 AM
Hi John, i traveled all the way around Viti Levu, beautiful place. I stayed for a week at Nananu-I-Ra island, pretty close to you. Awesome snorkeling there! I have sent seeds from Hawaii to Fiji once and they made it through ok. You can check the seeds i sell at [url]http://www.fruitlovers.com/seedlistforeign.html[/url] ([url]http://www.fruitlovers.com/seedlistforeign.html[/url])  I can send mangosteen seeds in July if interested?
Oscar

Nananu-I-Ra is very near - a 10 minute boat ride.  I picked some of my sprouting coconut starts (wild "Fiji Tall" variety - great for making coconut cream) from the north side of that island.  I'm also growing some of the dwarf varieties that are better for drinking.

I'll consider the Rambutan seeds.

My internet is delivered through the mobile phone network.  I recieve it on a little modem that looks like a flash memory stick.   It's painfully slow by EU and U.S. standards (no YouTube for me), but okay for most websites.

John
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: zands on February 03, 2012, 04:41:35 PM

Quote


My internet is delivered through the mobile phone network.  I recieve it on a little modem that looks like a flash memory stick.   It's painfully slow by EU and U.S. standards (no YouTube for me), but okay for most websites.

John

Too bad about slow internet. Other than that, being on or very close to the salt ocean for fish to eat, plus growing all you do, where you are is ideal. Is your  soil sandy? Do you have clay content and volcanic content in your soil?

internet:
The Topography of Fiji is similar to most island in the South Pacific. This islands are mostly volcanic in origin with a substantial number of the smaller islands


Z
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitlovers on February 03, 2012, 04:47:27 PM
Hi John, i traveled all the way around Viti Levu, beautiful place. I stayed for a week at Nananu-I-Ra island, pretty close to you. Awesome snorkeling there! I have sent seeds from Hawaii to Fiji once and they made it through ok. You can check the seeds i sell at [url]http://www.fruitlovers.com/seedlistforeign.html[/url] ([url]http://www.fruitlovers.com/seedlistforeign.html[/url])  I can send mangosteen seeds in July if interested?
Oscar

Nananu-I-Ra is very near - a 10 minute boat ride.  I picked some of my sprouting coconut starts (wild "Fiji Tall" variety - great for making coconut cream) from the north side of that island.  I'm also growing some of the dwarf varieties that are better for drinking.

I'll consider the Rambutan seeds.

My internet is delivered through the mobile phone network.  I recieve it on a little modem that looks like a flash memory stick.   It's painfully slow by EU and U.S. standards (no YouTube for me), but okay for most websites.

John


I was seriously considering moving to Fiji, but then decided to move to Hawaii instead. Though i loved Fiji i found it to be too big of a cultural jump for me at that time. Also i didn't like the fact that they get hit by hurricanes quite often. There was a hurricane there once while i was visiting.
Oscar
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jcaldeira on February 03, 2012, 08:23:45 PM
Too bad about slow internet. Other than that, being on or very close to the salt ocean for fish to eat, plus growing all you do, where you are is ideal. Is your  soil sandy? Do you have clay content and volcanic content in your soil?

The topsoil on my farm is mostly a good quality loam, with a little too much clay in some areas.   Most areas drain well, but water weeps out of rock in a few places for 3-5 days after a good rain.  The soil is shallow in some places, with soft volcanic rock underneath.  It's a very dark soil.  I use plain topsoil for starting plants in bags - nothing added.

I only started farming 5 months ago, and am still in the process of clearing land.  Only the first 3 acres have been planted with fruit so far.

(http://outdoorplace.org/images/Fiji/Southward_view.jpg)

Oscar, Fiji is a big jump culturally.  I was a Peace Corps volunteer here in the 1980's, so it was easier to adapt.  Hawaii is nice too; easier to buy things there.

John
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Saltcayman on February 03, 2012, 09:38:57 PM
Hi everyone, I have been lurking on the other forum for a long time and decided to join this new one. I don't know much but I have been working on a tropical fruit orchard on a small dry island in the Turks & Caicos islands. Combatting drought, poor soil, hurricanes and my own ignorance, I have finally started to get some trees growing but not really fruiting yet. Really working on the soil by heavily mulching with ironwood needles, seagrass and wood chips and starting to add micros and sulpher. It is a red laterite soil as in parts of the Bahamas and lacks just about everything... Also started spraying with foliar micros but am only there two or three times a year.  Just wanted to say thanks for all the vicarious advice and I look forward to getting to know you all.  Dave
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: zands on February 04, 2012, 12:31:27 AM
Quote
The topsoil on my farm is mostly a good quality loam, with a little too much clay in some areas.   Most areas drain well, but water weeps out of rock in a few places for 3-5 days after a good rain.  The soil is shallow in some places, with soft volcanic rock underneath.  It's a very dark soil.  I use plain topsoil for starting plants in bags - nothing added.

I only started farming 5 months ago, and am still in the process of clearing land.  Only the first 3 acres have been planted with fruit so far.
John


South Florida soil has no clay content or volcanic content so yours is better just on that. Palm Beach County, Broward County and Dade County, you usually will get a soil that is 100% sand with the organic matter in it (humus) being what holds fertilizer and minerals. You might get a mucky soil depending on what era and how your land was drained and developed. Over by Lake Okeechobee lots of vegetables are grown on muck soils. You might have access to granite rock dust  http://www.permies.com/t/7154/permaculture/Rock-Dust (http://www.permies.com/t/7154/permaculture/Rock-Dust) if you have gravel operations crushing volcanic granite,
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HMHausman on February 04, 2012, 07:39:48 AM
Hi everyone, I have been lurking on the other forum for a long time and decided to join this new one. I don't know much but I have been working on a tropical fruit orchard on a small dry island in the Turks & Caicos islands. Combatting drought, poor soil, hurricanes and my own ignorance, I have finally started to get some trees growing but not really fruiting yet. Really working on the soil by heavily mulching with ironwood needles, seagrass and wood chips and starting to add micros and sulpher. It is a red laterite soil as in parts of the Bahamas and lacks just about everything... Also started spraying with foliar micros but am only there two or three times a year.  Just wanted to say thanks for all the vicarious advice and I look forward to getting to know you all.  Dave

Welcome, Dave.  Glad you decided to join the fun here on the new Forum.  Do you have much of an issue with salt intrusion? You guys have been in the cross hairs of a bunch of Hurricanes that were near misses for us in recent years. How long has it been since you began your planting there? And, more importantly, what are you growing?

Harry
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Saltcayman on February 04, 2012, 06:52:05 PM
Hi everyone, I have been lurking on the other forum for a long time and decided to join this new one. I don't know much but I have been working on a tropical fruit orchard on a small dry island in the Turks & Caicos islands. Combatting drought, poor soil, hurricanes and my own ignorance, I have finally started to get some trees growing but not really fruiting yet. Really working on the soil by heavily mulching with ironwood needles, seagrass and wood chips and starting to add micros and sulpher. It is a red laterite soil as in parts of the Bahamas and lacks just about everything... Also started spraying with foliar micros but am only there two or three times a year.  Just wanted to say thanks for all the vicarious advice and I look forward to getting to know you all.  Dave

Welcome, Dave.  Glad you decided to join the fun here on the new Forum.  Do you have much of an issue with salt intrusion? You guys have been in the cross hairs of a bunch of Hurricanes that were near misses for us in recent years. How long has it been since you began your planting there? And, more importantly, what are you growing?

Harry

Hi Harry, hurricane Ike hit my place head on. Lost half the roof on the house and a huge Guinup tree. The roof was easy to replace...  I wasn't there but I think there was torrential flooding the week before Ike from hurricane Donna and I lost several loquats but most of my small trees made it through. I am about 15 feet above sea level so intrusion was not an issue but when i say there was not a leaf or bade of grass on the entire island, i am not exaggerating. That was in 08.  I started planting in 06 and have lost half of everything I planted due to drought, salt, scale, heat,white flies,  sun...  I have learned to mulch, build shade coverings, irrigate...I shipped in a ton of earthworm castings and tried to only plant saline and drought tolerant trees and plants. I am growing nance, black sapote, sapodilla, otholite gooseberry, Malay apple, sugar apple, soursop, Carrie mango, choquette avocado, jambolan, Indian jujube, breadfruit, strawberry guava, tamarind, Guinup, mulberry, panama cherry, Barbados cherry, natal plum, neem, canistel, loquat, caimito, mamee apple,  hog plum, finger lime, fig, kei apple,  key lime, pomagranate....  Some are five years old others I planted two months ago. A lob or of love, or insanity, not sure which:) I have learned a ton from reading your posts. Thanks:)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jackfruitwhisperer69 on February 07, 2012, 06:22:45 AM

Hi Steven,

I'm from Algarve. We are practically neighbours, give or take 1000 Kms of ocean ;D
I've noticed that you selected zone 10b for your location? Surely, unless you are at some elevation,
Madeira is a solid zone 11b or even 12. What do you say?

Again, unless you are at some elevation, there's loads of species that you should try
at your favorable location. I suggest you give mamey, ilama, a bunch of Garcinias a try...

regards,

Sérgio

Hi Sergio
Sorry for the late reply, I only saw it Today!

Yes, we are Neighbours :D, The elevation is about 220-230m above sea level! And The climate in Calheta rarely drop's below 13ºc, Some of my fruit tree's grow year round like the Kei apple and longan, In Santo Antonio I grow more cold tolerant fruit's like lucuma, Pitanga, Avo's, Guava's,cattle guava's,persimmon's...,  I also got 2 Garcinia Xanthochymus seedling's which i will graft with Budwood from a huge Bearing tree from Funchal!
This year I will try to get grafted Fruit trees from a web site That Felipe suggested!

By The way, I saw your Green house pics and it look's AWESOME!!!

Regards
Steven   
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: JoeP450 on February 11, 2012, 11:54:45 AM
Hi my name is Joe and my addiction with tropical fruit started in pharmacy school about 6 years ago. I can't really remember how it all started but I think it grew out of the need for a hobby to take my mind off studying. Some things I like about growing tropical fruit and why:

-I like the idea that what you put in you eventually get back.
-I think it is so interesting how plants can be propagated by different means.
-I grow because my stomach makes me, I love to eat good food.
-I love to watch my plants grow and I have nicknamed them my "plant babies."
-I love to read and learn (this forum really facilitates that).

I graduted in 2010 with a Pharm.D. and currently work/live/rent in Vero Beach Fl with my girlfriend and 5 seedlings (unknown cultivar jackfruit, Mai 3, ivory mango, 2 store bought mangos) which I grow to just watch. The main garden is at my Fathers house in Boynton Beach Fl, which has dragon fruit, lychee, mangos, starfruit, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, mamey, tamarind, Canistel, avocado, passionfruit, acerola, miracle fruit, grumichama, blackberrys, blueberrys, and a small vegetable garden all of which my brother and I maintain. It is difficult because I live 1.5 hours away from my Fathers house so I have to nag my brother to text me pictures of growth flushes, flowerings ect..but hopefully in the next couple of years I will own a house with some decent space. I have an excell spreadsheet of what my future garden will lol like lol.

When I am not working or gardening I'm fishing, exercising, stock trading. I'm into watches as well.

Happy to be apart of this community!

-JoeP450
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: lycheeluva on February 11, 2012, 01:02:19 PM
joe- can you post some pics of your dad's garden
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: janter on February 15, 2012, 09:57:54 AM
Hello guys.

My name is Janio.
 I am working in lampung University - Indonesia
 I am glad I found this forum.
 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HMHausman on February 15, 2012, 10:25:48 AM
Hello guys.

My name is Janio.
 I am working in lampung University - Indonesia
 I am glad I found this forum.

Hi Janio...and welcome to the forum. Its great to have another international member and one who actually lives in one of the hotbeds of tropical fruit growing.  Are you able to grow fruits there yourself?  And, if so, what are you growing?  Again, welcome!

Harry
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: murahilin on February 15, 2012, 11:00:39 AM
Hello guys.

My name is Janio.
 I am working in lampung University - Indonesia
 I am glad I found this forum.

Janio,
Welcome to the forum. Is your work at the university related to agriculture or fruit? If you have any questions about the forum please feel free to message me.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Future on February 21, 2012, 08:13:42 PM
Greetings all.

Finally making it here thank to the illustrious Harry H.  I am in Bermuda and have been collecting fruit trees (and several hundred kinds of other edibles) for a few years now.  Due to import restrictions the majority of my items are from seed.  I collect seed from all corners of the planet when traveling.  Right now off hand I have jackfruit, black sapote, white sapote, wooly sapote, a half dozen guava types, mangoes of various kinds, cherimoya, sugar apple, ice cream bean, longan, banana, genip.  I have managed to kill persimmon, soursop, a peach and a jujube plus even a noni (had to repot it).  Jujube and peach were expensive losses - grafted trees.  I look forward to learning from you all.

future
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HMHausman on February 21, 2012, 08:46:11 PM
Welcome.....as I only know and only invited one person from Bermuda, I see you have undergone a name change from the good ole days on the Garden Web Forum.  Glad to hear all is well.  When are you heading over this way again??

Harry
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Future on February 22, 2012, 07:12:27 AM
Prince Harry, yes it is me.  Incognito.  This year I will make at least one pilgrimage to your place in league with my second visit to the mango festival.  Bringing the family this time.  I look forward to it already!  Still not sign of Ross Sapote germination...By the way.  Odd.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: kimi on February 22, 2012, 10:42:48 AM
Hi everyone

My name is Kim, I'm in Perth, Western Australia. No doubt i'll be reading a lot of very interesting and informative posts on this forum, so it only makes sense that I join up.  ;D 

I'm a definite "newbie" - but my interest in growing fruit trees is now borderline obsessive, but that's a good thing, right? :)   At the moment, I have jaboticaba (6 - M. cauliflora), custard apple, fuyu persimmon, soursop, lychee, blueberries (6), pepino (2), miracle fruit plant, hog plum, grumichama, black sapote, plums (2), apricot, imperial mandarin, avocado, lemon, goji (2), jujube.

I am currently obsessed with jaboticabas so am very jealous of the different types of jabos that you people get to grow  :P .  My trees are believed to be 6/7 years old that are yet to bear fruit.  Most of my trees are babies so there is some waiting yet for fruits.  Can't wait!  ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: kimi on February 22, 2012, 10:55:20 AM
Harry - wow!! you've got momoncillo?!?!  very jealous - i don't know anything about them except for what little information i've found on the net, but wow... might be an unattainable dream, but i hope to one day, somehow, i'll get my hands on a couple of seedlings/seeds...  ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: murahilin on February 22, 2012, 11:06:36 AM
Harry - wow!! you've got momoncillo?!?!  very jealous - i don't know anything about them except for what little information i've found on the net, but wow... might be an unattainable dream, but i hope to one day, somehow, i'll get my hands on a couple of seedlings/seeds...  ;D

The trees are dioecious so a seedling may be male, fem, or herm. What are the plant importation restrictions in AU? Ebay sometimes sells grafted spanish lime trees (mamoncillo) for pretty cheap. That may be a better option than growing a seedling.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Future on February 22, 2012, 12:18:11 PM
What's up murahilin.  Will I see u at the mango fest agan this year?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: murahilin on February 22, 2012, 09:04:32 PM
What's up murahilin.  Will I see u at the mango fest agan this year?

Hey, I should be there. Do you know what day you will be going?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: kimi on February 22, 2012, 11:03:19 PM
Harry - wow!! you've got momoncillo?!?!  very jealous - i don't know anything about them except for what little information i've found on the net, but wow... might be an unattainable dream, but i hope to one day, somehow, i'll get my hands on a couple of seedlings/seeds...  ;D

The trees are dioecious so a seedling may be male, fem, or herm. What are the plant importation restrictions in AU? Ebay sometimes sells grafted spanish lime trees (mamoncillo) for pretty cheap. That may be a better option than growing a seedling.

Hi Murahilin

its practically impossible for us here in WA to import seeds let alone plants.  Other states are not so strict, however, those of us here in the west can only dream.... we are restricted to whatever the local nurseries stock. we are not allowed to even buy a number of plants from the other states.  the costs of delivery/quarantine inspection etc is an issue in itself, but a lot of the exotic plants are prohibited to us.   

hopefully some other west australians join this forum that would by some miracle have in their possession some trees for sale...???  :D 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: murahilin on February 22, 2012, 11:22:22 PM

Hi Murahilin

its practically impossible for us here in WA to import seeds let alone plants.  Other states are not so strict, however, those of us here in the west can only dream.... we are restricted to whatever the local nurseries stock. we are not allowed to even buy a number of plants from the other states.  the costs of delivery/quarantine inspection etc is an issue in itself, but a lot of the exotic plants are prohibited to us.   

hopefully some other west australians join this forum that would by some miracle have in their possession some trees for sale...???  :D

Sounds kinda like California. Why are the restrictions so tough in your state?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitlovers on February 22, 2012, 11:58:53 PM
Australia is much worse than California because Australia has a "white list". Meaning any species not on their OKed list is not allowed. And each region of Australia has a different "white list".
USDA wanted to do same draconian measure but fortunately it was not passed. But every few years they try again to come up with a USA white list. That would spell the end of importing seeds into USA. So get em while you can!
Oscar
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Future on February 23, 2012, 08:16:23 AM
We will be there every day.  An overseas trip for me so have to make the most of it.  If you have any worthy tropical fruit gems this summer, do save some seed for me if you can.

What's up murahilin.  Will I see u at the mango fest agan this year?

Hey, I should be there. Do you know what day you will be going?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: kimi on February 23, 2012, 10:07:23 AM
Sounds kinda like California. Why are the restrictions so tough in your state?

Because of the potential risk of exotic pests and diseases etc... apparently we don't have a lot of problems faced by some of the other states as well as other countries - eg. apparently WA is the only region free of both apple scab and codling moth.  I'm no expert, and i understand the need to protect the biodiversity and whatnot, but i'm still hopeful that some kind soul living locally who already have in their possession some of the more exotic plants - that they will share what they have with me...  ;D  ;D  ;D  wishful thinking???  :P
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MangoFang on February 23, 2012, 05:51:23 PM
Kimi, Future, Kanter, Joe, Salt Cay, JC - welcome all...

I'm with the Southern California delegation - spring seems
sprung here - woooooohoooooooo !!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for making this a great international place of peace
and plants....yeah - Peace thru Plants!

Slurp slurp and yum yum.......MangoFang (Gary)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: kimi on February 23, 2012, 11:31:05 PM
Thank you for the jolly welcome Gary.  :)  And a hearty thank you for the creators of this forum..   :D

I'm learning so much as well as having a laugh at the humour of members... this a truly a great forum!! well done!!!   ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mr. Clean on March 16, 2012, 11:08:31 PM
Hi, my name is Mark.  I am new here and new to tropical fruit growing.  I live in West Palm Beach, Florida.  I have 1.25 acres of land with sandy soil and using well water.  I started by buying six "minature green houses" from WalMart and planted various perennial flowers, herbs, fruits and vegetables in the greenhouses, then went on a two week vacation.   ::)  I also cut 2 liter bottles of sodas in half and used those as minature greenhouses.  When I came back two weeks alter, half of the seeds have sprouted.  Then I bought my first true tropical fruit tree from a big box store called "Costco" a Red Lady Papaya.  Within a week of planting the Red Lady Papaya, I planted a Carrie Mango, Sweet Heart Lychee, and Cherry Guava, which I got from a local grower.  My newest acquisitions are an Choquette Avocado tree, Coconut Cream Mango and two dragon fruit cuttings.  I apparently have dived head long into fruit trees.  I need to figure out a micro irrigation system and some master plan on how I should be planting my trees.   :-\   I discovered a free source of compost and picked up my first load today.  I will also be planting my the flowers, veggies and fruits that I have started as seeds sometime in the near future.  :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: mangomandan on March 16, 2012, 11:21:39 PM
Welcome, Mark.  It sounds like you've made some fine choices.  I hadn't heard of cherry guava, but it sure sounds tasty.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mr. Clean on March 17, 2012, 12:54:14 AM
Mangomandan:  Thanks for the welcome.  This shows a picture of the Cherry Guava:  http://belindamoore.blogspot.com/2008/02/cherry-guava.html (http://belindamoore.blogspot.com/2008/02/cherry-guava.html)  It is also called a Strawberry Guava. 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: stuartdave on March 17, 2012, 06:00:08 AM
Harry, I have not had a problem with salt water intrusion yet. I moved to Stuart 15 yrs ago and began planting mostly fruit trees. We have had 5 hurricanes pass over my house but Francis,Jean, and Wilma were most destructive. Just before Francis I topped most of my fruit trees in half which saved them but it has taken 7 yrs to return to normalcy. In the time I have been here the coldest temp was 29.2 last year so i am in a warm location about 4 miles from the ocean. Incidently this yr my macadamia is loaded with blooms  as are my mangoes,avacadoes, and longan. i also have barbados cherry,jakfruit,white sapote,bananas,pineapples, sweetsop and soursop,lychee,longan all of which are grafted or airlayered.I moved here with my wife from Plantation and am now retired. 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HMHausman on March 17, 2012, 09:20:12 AM
Welcome, Mark.  It sounds like you've made some fine choices.  I hadn't heard of cherry guava, but it sure sounds tasty.

I would join in with a warm fruit tree growing welcome to you, Mark.  You are well on your way to a tropical fruit paradise at your home.  The Cherry Guava is another common name for the Strawberry Guava which is a common name for Psidium littorale.  A beautiful landscape plant, with fruits that are adored by fruit flies here in western Broward County, FL. Unfortunately, unless you are into bagging, the fruit flies get these way before you can enjoy them...here at least.  I hope your experience is different.

Harry
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: bsbullie on March 18, 2012, 11:45:53 AM
Hi, my name is Mark.  I am new here and new to tropical fruit growing.  I live in West Palm Beach, Florida.  I have 1.25 acres of land with sandy soil and using well water.  I started by buying six "minature green houses" from WalMart and planted various perennial flowers, herbs, fruits and vegetables in the greenhouses, then went on a two week vacation.   ::)  I also cut 2 liter bottles of sodas in half and used those as minature greenhouses.  When I came back two weeks alter, half of the seeds have sprouted.  Then I bought my first true tropical fruit tree from a big box store called "Costco" a Red Lady Papaya.  Within a week of planting the Red Lady Papaya, I planted a Carrie Mango, Sweet Heart Lychee, and Cherry Guava, which I got from a local grower.  My newest acquisitions are an Choquette Avocado tree, Coconut Cream Mango and two dragon fruit cuttings.  I apparently have dived head long into fruit trees.  I need to figure out a micro irrigation system and some master plan on how I should be planting my trees.   :-\   I discovered a free source of compost and picked up my first load today.  I will also be planting my the flowers, veggies and fruits that I have started as seeds sometime in the near future.  :)
Mark - welcome...what veggies are you just now starting ?  This is really not a great time of year to start planting most veggie seeds due to the approaching hot season.  Most growers are on their tail end of the veggies, not to be replanted again till "fall".
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jmelendez on March 19, 2012, 11:40:06 AM
Hello Everyone!

My name is Jorge and I have an aspiring green thumb although it may be more closer to being yellow/brownish! I enjoy gardening and experiencing the fruits of my labor, which hasn't been much fruit lately. My motivation is my wife who grew up in the Dominican Republic and remembers all the fruits from her childhood. Also, my 4 year old son who I would love for him to experience the different fruits that I did not enjoy when I was a child (I was born in Jersey so try not to hold that against me!).

So far I have avocado, Barbados cherry, sour orange, passion fruit vine, guava, lime, tamarind, quenepa, and will be getting a few mango trees and wax apple (big thanks to Patrick from Brooks Tropical).

I live in West Palm and have just over a 1/2 acre of land. Looking forward to all the great advice and experience from everyone on this site!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HMHausman on March 19, 2012, 11:52:13 AM
Welcome to the forum, Jorge y saludos a su esposa dominicana.  Happy to have another Florida member.  Your collection is going to need some major additions, which I am sure Patrick will be very able to assist you with. We'll certainly do all we can to help you earn that solid green thumb!

Harry
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jmelendez on March 19, 2012, 12:01:01 PM
Welcome to the forum, Jorge y saludos a su esposa dominicana.  Happy to have another Florida member.  Your collection is going to need some major additions, which I am sure Patrick will be very able to assist you with. We'll certainly do all we can to help you earn that solid green thumb!

Harry

Thanks for the welcome Harry! My wife is a fruit enthusiast, she can identify a tree 1/2 mile down the road while we are driving! I am looking forward to learning a lot. My first challenge is my chinola vine (passion fruit) which blooms but no fruit. One of my favorites so I am excited to get that one producing!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: nullzero on March 19, 2012, 12:22:02 PM
Welcome lawace & jmelendez to the forums.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Felipe on March 19, 2012, 02:58:20 PM
Bienvenido Jorge,

I don't know about your microclimate and soil, but I think for a good fruit-tree collection you sure need some specimens from the sapotacea an annonacea family ;)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jackfruitwhisperer69 on March 19, 2012, 04:29:47 PM
Hi Jorge,

Welcome to the Forum ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Bananimal on March 23, 2012, 01:17:49 AM
Greetings Fellow Tropical Fruit Nuts,

Have been growing bananas and tropical fruit here in Port St Lucie, Florida for 7 years with some success.   The plant obsession began 40 years ago back in New Jersey with orchids, tomatoes and bananas.  They followed me to Charlotte, NC and growing stuff was much easier .  Then came the figs, bunch grapes, full blown vegetable garden and more bananas, but the cold always brought a halt in Oct.

Came to south Florida to take care of family in 2005 and the darn things found me again.  Also thought I’d finally be free of the cold but it still bites me a bit.   This is the first year most bananas made it thru winter with fruit hanging.

Current plant list:

Bananas in ground  ---- FHIA1 Golfinger, 2 Ae Ae, Pisang Klotek, Dwarf Brazilian, Belle, SH 3640,  Raja Puri, Datil la Lima, Dwarf Namwah, Dwarf Puerto Rican Super plantain, Grand Nain x Sumatrana, Manzano (the real deal variety)

Bananas potted – Kru, Pitogo. Red Iholene, Baloy, Chini Champa, Grand Nain, Dwarf Orinoco, Logee’s ladyfinger,  Maricongo plantain, ensette Maurelii, Saba, Hua Moa

Fruit trees -- -Minnie Royal and Royal Lee low chill cherries,  Lula avocado, Eureka lemon, unknown Florida low chill peach, Tropic Beauty peach, Key Lime, Guanabana,  Fuyu Persimmon,  Spanish lime (genip) m/f grafted, Carrie, Nam Doc Mai and Duncan mangos, Jaboticaba

Muscadine grapes --- Black Noble, Black Southland, Southern Dixie, Blanc du Bois

Veggies --- Imperial Star artichoke, grafted heirloom tomatoes, Cachucha peppers (PR and Venezolano), Bih Jolokia peppers, Black Jungle butter beans, Blue Lake pole beans, Culantro, Italian parsley, basil, rosemary, onions, dozen pineapples unknown
Orchids --- Shomburkia, Cattleya, Phalenopsis, Blc’s – a dozen unknowns

New this year --- Vanilla planifolia, Cattleya Dowiana alba, Passifloras incense and incarnata , Monstera, Concord grape seeded and seedless,  Emerald, Windsor, Primadonna, Sharps Blue blueberries, Lemon grass (for the bugs)

Anyone interested in a banana sucker let me know.  Have some rare --- hard to get --- cold tolerant varieties.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: bsbullie on March 23, 2012, 01:35:32 AM
Greetings Fellow Tropical Fruit Nuts,

Have been growing bananas and tropical fruit here in Port St Lucie, Florida for 7 years with some success.   The plant obsession began 40 years ago back in New Jersey with orchids, tomatoes and bananas.  They followed me to Charlotte, NC and growing stuff was much easier .  Then came the figs, bunch grapes, full blown vegetable garden and more bananas, but the cold always brought a halt in Oct.

Came to south Florida to take care of family in 2005 and the darn things found me again.  Also thought I’d finally be free of the cold but it still bites me a bit.   This is the first year most bananas made it thru winter with fruit hanging.

Current plant list:

Bananas in ground  ---- FHIA1 Golfinger, 2 Ae Ae, Pisang Klotek, Dwarf Brazilian, Belle, SH 3640,  Raja Puri, Datil la Lima, Dwarf Namwah, Dwarf Puerto Rican Super plantain, Grand Nain x Sumatrana, Manzano (the real deal variety)

Bananas potted – Kru, Pitogo. Red Iholene, Baloy, Chini Champa, Grand Nain, Dwarf Orinoco, Logee’s ladyfinger,  Maricongo plantain, ensette Maurelii, Saba, Hua Moa

Fruit trees -- -Minnie Royal and Royal Lee low chill cherries,  Lula avocado, Eureka lemon, unknown Florida low chill peach, Tropic Beauty peach, Key Lime, Guanabana,  Fuyu Persimmon,  Spanish lime (genip) m/f grafted, Carrie, Nam Doc Mai and Duncan mangos, Jaboticaba

Muscadine grapes --- Black Noble, Black Southland, Southern Dixie, Blanc du Bois

Veggies --- Imperial Star artichoke, grafted heirloom tomatoes, Cachucha peppers (PR and Venezolano), Bih Jolokia peppers, Black Jungle butter beans, Blue Lake pole beans, Culantro, Italian parsley, basil, rosemary, onions, dozen pineapples unknown
Orchids --- Shomburkia, Cattleya, Phalenopsis, Blc’s – a dozen unknowns

New this year --- Vanilla planifolia, Cattleya Dowiana alba, Passifloras incense and incarnata , Monstera, Concord grape seeded and seedless,  Emerald, Windsor, Primadonna, Sharps Blue blueberries, Lemon grass (for the bugs)

Anyone interested in a banana sucker let me know.  Have some rare --- hard to get --- cold tolerant varieties.
Welcome, or in your case, welcome back :D

Do you have any true red bananas (red skin with the "light orange" flesh) ?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HMHausman on March 23, 2012, 07:31:52 AM
Fruit trees -- -Minnie Royal and Royal Lee low chill cherries,  Lula avocado, Eureka lemon, unknown Florida low chill peach, Tropic Beauty peach, Key Lime, Guanabana,  Fuyu Persimmon,  Spanish lime (genip) m/f grafted, Carrie, Nam Doc Mai and Duncan mangos, Jaboticaba

Welcome to the Forum.  How have your low chill cherries been doing?  How long have they been in the ground? How has fruit production/quality been? Any pictures of them?

Harry
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Bananimal on March 23, 2012, 09:45:14 AM
Rob ------ I had a red skinned Jamaican red and gave it away.   After losing several "reds" to the cold I brought them all to a cousin in Homestead.  Like Kru, red Iholene and the Jamaican these guys are very tropical with no cold tolerance.  Have to accept that I'm in zone 9b -- about 10 miles inland near I-95 with wider temp swings than say, stuartdave.  BTW hi Dave -- haven't been to your place in a while.   I barely keep the 2 Ae Ae's going by wrapping them up for the cold snaps.   They are delicate and lose leaves quickly to cold burn.

Harry ----- Just got the Minnie Royal and Royal Lee cherries from Peaceful Valley.   They are grown at Dave Wilson's nursery.    Big caliper bare root trees!   Good price too.  Check them out at groworganic.com
They are potted until I pick a spot to plant.    I have run out of room it seems.   Supposed to be planted in same hole for cross pollination six ft apart.   In 4 weeks they flushed out new growth well.  I dust the roots of  just about everything with Mycorrhizae fungus powder and the results are fantastic.  Last year had several heirloom tomatoes that went to 8 ft.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: mtashbar on March 23, 2012, 10:07:48 AM
Hi,

My first forum and post ever since the invent of internet then called "the world wide web", we use to pay $'s per minute to communicate, only typing and no pages.  I was re-searching to get a fix for a canistel fruit tree problem and came across your site. Thanks for the opportunity. 

I have been in Florida since 85 from the mountains of the Appalachian  trail/Maryland, PA, West Virginia and Virginia.  I have 4 varieties of mango's(Beverly, Pickering, Sonny and unknown), 10 papaya's, white grapefruit, cherry/unknown variety, two avocado's, don't remember variety orange tree, star/carambola tree, pomegranate , fig, and a egg fruit/canistel tree which I have had problems with for the 6 years planted.  This canistel tree will start to pre-bloom and then all will fall from the tree, never seeing any fruit.  :(    What is being done wrong?  Help!!  Help!! Help!!  Thank you for your time,  ::)

msonnyt 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: luc on March 26, 2012, 08:20:46 PM
Hi all ,
Been collecting rare fruits for the last 15 years , was kinda slow on the rarefruit yahoo group so I decided to visit you guys.
Currently growing over 300 sp. and any seed I can get my hands on.....running out of space though...
Glad to see some of my old friends are also posting .
Oh yes forgot to say I am in Mexico , Puerto Vallarta area and the source for the now famous Mexican Garcinia , no accepted scientific name so far..
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitlovers on March 26, 2012, 08:47:53 PM
Hi all ,
Been collecting rare fruits for the last 15 years , was kinda slow on the rarefruit yahoo group so I decided to visit you guys.
Currently growing over 300 sp. and any seed I can get my hands on.....running out of space though...
Glad to see some of my old friends are also posting .
Oh yes forgot to say I am in Mexico , Puerto Vallarta area and the source for the now famous Mexican Garcinia , no accepted scientific name so far..

Hey Luc, glad you finally joined in! What took you so long?
Oscar
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Tomas on March 26, 2012, 09:26:33 PM
Good to see you Luc!

Tomas
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HMHausman on March 26, 2012, 09:30:25 PM
Welcome Luc.  I had the pleasure of some short interchange with you on the yahoo group about lychees.  Our Florida season this year is going to be very disappointing.  How is the Mexican lychee season looking like?

Harry
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Soren on March 27, 2012, 03:42:24 AM
Hi all ,
Been collecting rare fruits for the last 15 years , was kinda slow on the rarefruit yahoo group so I decided to visit you guys.
Currently growing over 300 sp. and any seed I can get my hands on.....running out of space though...
Glad to see some of my old friends are also posting .
Oh yes forgot to say I am in Mexico , Puerto Vallarta area and the source for the now famous Mexican Garcinia , no accepted scientific name so far..

Hi Luc - happy to finally see you here!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Felipe on March 27, 2012, 05:20:37 AM
Bienvenido Luc :)

300 ssp in 15 years?! WOW! I don't think I will ever have that much... irrigation water is too expensive here ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: lkailburn on March 31, 2012, 11:46:10 PM
Hello everyone! My name's Luke, I live in zone 4b Colorado. I was referred to this forum by a fellow member of a banana forum who noticed i'd always been posting on the tropical fruit posts on that forum. Well it looks like i was referred to the right place! I certainly have an addiction for growing rare fruit trees as 'houseplants'. That is, inside for the winter, outside for the summer sun. Some of the plants i have started from seed just for fun and curiosity, i do not hope for fruit knowing many of these do not grow true to type. Currently i have:
2 jobaticaba
2 lychee from seed
3 mango from seed
4 passion fruit
1 starfruit from seed
2 sugar apple from seed
3 pineapple guava from seed
1 goji berry from seed
5 or 6 cherimoya from seed
6 or 7 pineapple tops
1 pitomba
3 loquat from seed
1 loquat yehuda grafted (Fruiting)
1 cacao
1 coffea arabica (Fruiting)
about 10 coffea arabica from seed
2 aloe
1 avacado from seed
2 pomegranete from seed
1 wonderful type pomegranete (Fruiting)
1 krimson type pomegranete (Fruiting)
1 ruby guava (Fruiting)
1 jamaican cherry/strawberry tree (Muntingia calabura)
1 dwarf lisbon lemon (Fruiting)
1 dwarf bears lime (Fruiting)
2 nagami kumquats
Oh i almost forgot, also have 5 grumichama from seed

I think that might be about it for tropicals haha. Also have 2 ultra dwarf apple, 1 ultra dwarf peach, 3 figs, 2 blueberry, 2 honeyberry etc that are also in containers.

So is everyone here as addicted to growing tropical fruit as I am?!?!?!

Looking forward to being an active member here! I do have a lot of success, and a lot of failures trying to keep all of these alive, especially with the wind and dryness here in CO.

Thanks for reading!

-Luke
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HMHausman on April 01, 2012, 07:46:58 AM
Welcome, Luke.  You are definitely in the right place now. Looks like you have a very nice assortment of tropicals and  am sure have great challenges, as many of our members, trying to manage the zone pushing that you and they are doing.  You didn't say how long you've been at the hobby, and if you've had any fruiting from seed, or otherwise, successes as of yet.  One thing, you are going to have to post pictures of your handy work.  On this forum, no pictures is akin to not having happened.  So get your camera going so we can see how this is all done out your way.  You also didn't say where in Colorado you are, please check out the member map.  What's your altitude?  Again, welcome!!

Harry
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: lycheeluva on April 01, 2012, 04:58:43 PM
welcome Luke- I'm also growing tropicals in a non tropical climate (NYC). You can click on my username to see my past posts, some of which contain pics of my trees.
looking fwd to seeing your pics
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ericalynne on April 01, 2012, 08:07:18 PM

"Just got the Minnie Royal and Royal Lee cherries from Peaceful Valley.   They are grown at Dave Wilson's nursery.    Big caliper bare root trees!   Good price too.  Check them out at groworganic.com
They are potted until I pick a spot to plant."

Keep us posted on the low chill cherries. I am also in 9b. I didn't think there were any cherries that would fruit in 9b.

Erica

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: lkailburn on April 02, 2012, 11:12:55 AM
Thank you for the welcomes! Harry - it's like the fish that got away without photos right! Well here's a random assortment of photos of much of our tropicals:
Our Cacao(and in fact we JUST picked up a second one, identical size, it was 75% off!) More on the cacao later, it's not doing as healthy.

(http://s15.postimage.org/pnnnbutk7/cacao.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/pnnnbutk7/)

Some cherries on our coffee tree, which is where the coffee seedlings came from ;-)

(http://s15.postimage.org/4yf23p6hz/coffeecherry.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/4yf23p6hz/)

Our ruby guava and lisbon lemon getting a shower. the guava shocked after bringing home from the nursery and dropped all of its leaves, but it is mostly all regrown now - fast grower!

(http://s18.postimage.org/m0h2x8i51/guava.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/m0h2x8i51/)

two shots of our two jobas. these are one of my favorites and they do EXCELLENT as 'houseplants'. they just keep flushing out new growth
(http://s14.postimage.org/lyxycdbt9/joba.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/lyxycdbt9/)

(http://s14.postimage.org/n2mo22lu5/joba2.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/n2mo22lu5/)

Our loquat when it was blooming
(http://s14.postimage.org/fnxc9ozyl/loquat_Blooms.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/fnxc9ozyl/)
The last of the loquat fruit harvest. The fruits were starting to split so we pulled them all off. We harvested maybe about half as much prior to this photo as well. Not bad for being indoors!
(http://s14.postimage.org/r1jvkwah9/loquatfruitharvest.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/r1jvkwah9/)

Our loquat and our two poms during Xmas. We dressed up the poms as charlie brown christmas trees!
(http://s14.postimage.org/umfr44f0t/loquat_POM.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/umfr44f0t/)

two of the 4 passion vines. This photo is from atleast a month ago, and has continued to grow. Will be stringing up some rope outside for this to continue to grow. These two are caerulea. The other two are edulis and are much smaller(started at different times)
(http://s14.postimage.org/oms00gu8d/Passion.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/oms00gu8d/)

Here is an old photo(5 months ago) of a lot of our tropical seedlings getting a shower
(http://s14.postimage.org/i05c7acjx/tropicals.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/i05c7acjx/)
Here's a recent photo. I can get individual photos if anyone wants. But up there are cherimoyas, sugar apple, the starfruit, pitomba, lychee, loquat, pineapple guavas, pineapples, goji, avacado, lemon seedlings etc.
(http://s14.postimage.org/qfuwosff1/seedlings.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/qfuwosff1/)

And our strawberry tree/jamacain cherry.
(http://s14.postimage.org/u0qs80jyl/strawberry_Tree.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/u0qs80jyl/)

Lets see, your other questions. I haven't been at the hobby long. Maybe 3 years. I've been big on growing veggies and such for maybe twice that long, but only got into fruit, and then tropical fruit within the past 3 years. Since then it's just gotten exponentially 'worse' haha. It's painful to go to the nursery and see tamarind, macadamia, flowering mango and papaya and dragon fruit etc etc plants and not be able to take any home(we already have a jungle of a house! haha). Although i am lucky that we found a nursery that carries that stuff! I think i may have helped persuade them haha.

As you can see, all our seedlings are small. most between 6" and 2'. None of the seedlings have flowered or fruited. The only things that have fruited were the larger plants purchased from the nursery and i added "Fruiting" next to those ones. All of nursery plants we have bought are in the 3', 4', 5' 6' range.
I live north of denver, CO. Elevation here is about 4,600ft, can get very windy, and has a humidity of about 20%.

Right now, my biggest issues are the cacao and surprisingly the starfruit. It only recently started having troubles. But i can start a new thread to see if we can get some assistance with those.

Enjoy the photos!!

Luke
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CoPlantNut on April 02, 2012, 12:19:32 PM
Hello Luke,

Glad to see I'm not the only person in north Colorado trying to grow tropical fruit trees!   I'm in Longmont; at "only" 4600 feet you must be a bit further from the mountains?

   Kevin
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: lkailburn on April 02, 2012, 12:37:45 PM
Hi Kevin! I guess i'm actually at 5K. I live in Fort Collins. I just couldn't remember what the actual elevation was. But glad to hear from someone else from the area! Would love to hear more about what you're growing and how/where.

Thanks

-Luke
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: DRFixembones on April 11, 2012, 10:00:42 PM
Hello everybody

My name is Zach and I live in the northern part of Dade County South Florida. I am a chiropractor by trade, and have taken a liking to exotic and tropical fruits. When I first tasted jackfruit a year ago I became hooked and completely obsessed. LOL. So far I have planted a carambola tree, nam doc Mai mango, keitt mango, and Mai 3 Jackfruit. I look forward to learning more. I would like to plant Avocado, sugar apple and passionfruit. I have a small trellis fence behind the house along the water where I live. I was thinking this would be good to grow passionfruit. Does anybody know how long it would take to do so?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitlovers on April 11, 2012, 10:10:28 PM
Hello everybody

My name is Zach and I live in the northern part of Dade County South Florida. I am a chiropractor by trade, and have taken a liking to exotic and tropical fruits. When I first tasted jackfruit a year ago I became hooked and completely obsessed. LOL. So far I have planted a carambola tree, nam doc Mai mango, keitt mango, and Mai 3 Jackfruit. I look forward to learning more. I would like to plant Avocado, sugar apple and passionfruit. I have a small trellis fence behind the house along the water where I live. I was thinking this would be good to grow passionfruit. Does anybody know how long it would take to do so?

Hi Zach, if you plant the passionfruit from seed they usually fruit in 1-2 years. If you buy plants you can usually get them to fruit in a year or less. It's a good idea to plant passionfruits on a fence--helps to beautify the fence and you should get lots of fruits spread over many months. I personally really like the taste of passionfruit added to any drink--gives it a real tropical taste and fragrance.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: lycheeluva on April 12, 2012, 08:23:07 AM
welcome Zach. Passion fruit on the fence is an amazing idea.
do you have any pics of your garden
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: lkailburn on April 12, 2012, 01:12:27 PM
Welcome Zach!

-Luke
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HMHausman on April 12, 2012, 05:22:48 PM
Hi Zach and welcome to the forum....officially, now you've posted in the "Introduce Yourself" thread. Looks like you got a good start on a fruit tree collection.  How much space to you have to work with.  It is our pleasure to help you overfill the available space with lots of great fruiting trees.  I'll be sending you a private message through the forum as well.  Please be on the look out for it.

Harry
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: DRFixembones on April 12, 2012, 08:57:56 PM
Thank You for the welcome messages! Just got home from the office but tomm I will post pics of my projects so far so you guys can tell me what you think!

Hi Harry, I will check my inbox now.

Zach
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: mikesid on April 17, 2012, 03:37:37 PM
Hi, My name is Mike. I live in Boynton Beach,Fl. I was a frequent use of Garden Web but found this forum and noticed most of yall on here are the same from the other forum only this one is set up better. Anyway, I had to foreclose my last house and finally was able to acquire my own space again. Unfortunately I wasn't able to take many of my plants with me as I had to rent a while before purchasing. I left the Tropical Fruit addiction for a while and am now ready to get back into it. I have been growing tropical fruits since about 2006. My favorites are the Lychees, Sugar Apples, Mangos and Sapodilla. I do have some experience grafting and budding..I took a class at PBCC a couple years on Plant Propogation. I am currently employed as a Firefighter though my dream is to live on a farm....I am working on setting up a 1000gal aquaponics system and I grow some organic vegetables in raised beds. It would be nice to meet up with anyone in the area to learn their cultivation techniques and meet face to face...Hope I can ad my knowledge and take some with me....Thanks for the forum, Mike
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jackfruitwhisperer69 on April 17, 2012, 04:15:27 PM
Hi Mike,

Welcome to the forum!  :) ;) ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: murahilin on April 17, 2012, 08:05:18 PM
Hi, My name is Mike. I live in Boynton Beach,Fl. I was a frequent use of Garden Web but found this forum and noticed most of yall on here are the same from the other forum only this one is set up better. Anyway, I had to foreclose my last house and finally was able to acquire my own space again. Unfortunately I wasn't able to take many of my plants with me as I had to rent a while before purchasing. I left the Tropical Fruit addiction for a while and am now ready to get back into it. I have been growing tropical fruits since about 2006. My favorites are the Lychees, Sugar Apples, Mangos and Sapodilla. I do have some experience grafting and budding..I took a class at PBCC a couple years on Plant Propogation. I am currently employed as a Firefighter though my dream is to live on a farm....I am working on setting up a 1000gal aquaponics system and I grow some organic vegetables in raised beds. It would be nice to meet up with anyone in the area to learn their cultivation techniques and meet face to face...Hope I can ad my knowledge and take some with me....Thanks for the forum, Mike

Hey Mike,
Welcome to the forum. Glad to see you made the move from GW. If I remember correctly, you had a mangosteen tree at one point right. Did that survive the moves? I think I took the PBCC propagation class based on your recommendation once at Excalibur. It was a good class but I only took it to learn about micropropagation and I never went to the class after we did that.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: mikesid on April 18, 2012, 08:23:23 AM
Murahilin, hey, yes I had the mangosteen but I gave away most of my plants to my neighbor and only took of few of the ones I thought could survive some abuse...nothing with taproots, and nothing that needed extra special care. What are you up to these days? After reading some of these posts it looks like many new varieties are constantly popping up...even in the past couple years I've been off the fruits forums...Looks like it's time to play catch-up...
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: lkailburn on April 19, 2012, 11:09:24 AM
Welcome mike!

-Luke
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Dangermouse01 on April 20, 2012, 05:52:25 PM
Hi Everybody;
 Live on the East coast of central Florida. Wish I knew about all the amazing fruit out there half my lifetime ago when I bought my house so all my trees would be as old as my tangerine, orange and grapefruit.
I just like to grow stuff.
In addition to my above 3 citrus, I have:
Key Lime, Variegated Pink Lemon, Pomegranate, Kent mango, Mallika mango, pineapples, sugar cane.
Bananas: Ice Cream, FHIA 17, Dwarf Namwah, Manzano, Dwarf Red, Raja Puri (with fruit), Gros Michel, Grand Nain (flowering) and Dwarf Cavendish.
Dragon Fruit: Dark Star, Haleys Comet, Physical Graffiti, Purple Haze, Yellow, Vietnamese Jaina and American Beauty
A bunch of different types of Papaya from seed (all still small)
Veggies: Tomatoes (different types), Egg Plant (different types), Leeks, Fennel, Sweet peppers, HOT peppers (datil, Ghost, Jamaican Hot Chocolate), Brussel sprouts, peas.
Orchids
I am sure there is more.

Like I said wish I started growing most of these way back instead over the last few years.

Still looking to get another lime tree and maybe another mango (or two) and then I might be done (doubtful).

DM

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jackfruitwhisperer69 on April 20, 2012, 09:43:38 PM
Hi Dangermouse01,

Welcome to the Team/Forum   ;D ;D ;D

You have an excellent selection of fruit trees... ;)

-Steven
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: emegar on April 23, 2012, 01:22:18 AM
Hi everyone,

I've neglected to post on this thread up until now, but I'm a middle school history teacher in the Inland Empire of Southern California.  I have a lovely wife and three beautiful, energy-draining little girls.  They're my garden "helpers" and really enjoy picking wild strawberries and fresh carrots whenever they get the chance.  I've developed a real love of gardening over the past five years, or so, and specifically of growing fruit over the past year or so.  As a result, a lot of my trees are not yet mature enough to be bearing.

I'm trying to grow a variety of temperate and subtropical fruits, but I'm most excited about the thought of fruiting my own mangoes, dragonfruit, lychees, jaboticabas and cherimoyas.  I've also got a number of eugenias and bananas, and haven't yet totally given up on the dream of keeping a jakfruit seedling alive long enough to fruit.  I look forward to learning a great deal from the experience of the members on this forum, and I hope I will be able to contribute something, as well.

James
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: demingcr on April 25, 2012, 09:19:23 PM
Hi guys,

I have been lurking for a bit and finally decided to post, apparently since it was merged I posted errantly :P oops.

My name is Colin, I live on the south(ish) side of Cape Coral, FL. I'm 26, married with a 6.5 month old son and really kicking myself for not planting the trees when we first bought this house 2 years ago. I am the director of Quality Assurance for a small local company that produces a medical device (in the form of software).

I was bored the beginning of this year and remembered that I always wanted to get rid of the crappy Florida lawn and started planting trees. Unfortunately I am only on a standard 10,000 sqft lot, so not a huge amount of room.. but I am trying to get the most out of it possible!

So far I have planted this year..
Valencia Pride Mango
Nam Doc Mai Mango
Glenn Mango
Mallika Mango (much smaller than the above 3)
Cotton Candy Berry / Strawberry tree / Jamaican Cherry
Hass Avocado (supposedly a  "Florida" specific cultivar)
Dragonfruit unsure which variety
various citrus, lemon, persian lime, clementine tangerine and naval orange
Red Lady Papaya
and a garden with various herbs fruits and vegetables.

I am eying a sugar apple for the remaining spot I have left, but calming down a bit from the mass spending spree.

Impatiently waiting next season for all the fruit trees to produce, although this year I should get a dozen or so mango :)

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruit4me on April 26, 2012, 08:39:25 PM
Hello everyone! My name is Max (aka longanluva). I want to say thank you to everyone on the forum  for sharing their knowledge and experiences.
This hobby/addiction started around 2009, the time when i moved to San Gabriel, Ca. I started all crazy about longans. I love longans so much i planted 4 trees in 1 hole in my front yard and 1 in the back. Now it's mangos, lychees, gauva, dragon Fruit, citrus, peaches n necterines and so on. I'm really into grafting now as well. So far I've had success with mango, citrus, peaches, nectarines, and pears. Thats all for now.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mike T on April 27, 2012, 06:56:25 AM
Hello folks after finding this site just now I decided to contribute immediately.I am Mike T of Cairns, North Queensland and grow about 80 fruit trees of 60 species with a variety of herbs and vegetables also.The species and varieties I have are weighted in favour of the tropical and equatorial asians but I do have many of the meso and southern americans as well.I have been careful to select the finest varieties and routinely swap plants and seeds with other enthusiasts around australia,having mailed off 20 parcels of mixed species in the past few months.Anyway, here I am and lets get down to it.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: BMc on April 27, 2012, 07:28:30 AM
I've been lurking around here for a little while now. like Mike T, I'm kind of in exile from an Australian board I posted on.
I live in brisbane, Queensland, in a nice sub-tropical climate where most trees seem to grow well. I have a small block and too many trees, but also have access to blocks of land in cooler parts of town, suited to Mango, Jakfruit and Lychee growing in particular. I started off growing many myrtle family plants, but with the spread of myrtle rust here being awful, I've shifted to growing Garcinia and have  a few - bakupari, madruno, achacha, luc's garcinia, brunei cherry, imbe, native mangosteen, mundu, yellow mangosteen, lemon drop and a purple mangosteen that is growing rather well - as well as a baby of mike's very special purple mangosteen. Also have quite a few citrus, avocado, jaboticaba (white, yellow, small leaf, large leaf - on the lookout for a blue grape) black sapotes, sapodilla, mamey, canistel, rollinia, soursop, guava, grapes, dwarf mangoes, loquat, persimmons, lychee, abiu and lots of others in pots that I grow mostly to give away through the local fruit clubs to encourage others to grow good fruit suited to our climate.

Anyhow, this is me with my little man under a nice nightingale persimmon at the local botanic garden. He loves eating nearly all fresh fruit and many of the things I grow go straight to his belly!
(http://s16.postimage.org/754jw6pkx/IMG_0075.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/754jw6pkx/)

Also, its probably blasphemy to make such an admission on a fruit forum, but my favorite tree crop is pictured in my avatar - the local Bunya Nut.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HMHausman on April 27, 2012, 07:49:02 AM
Wow....a bunch of new members.  Great to have mikesid, BMc, Mike T, fruit4me,demingcr, Dangermouse01 and emegar. I was not keeping up with my forum threads and missed all of your joining posts until this morning.  Looks like we have a really good group of new fruit enthusiasts with a wide range of interests, expereince and growing conditions.  Looking forward to lots of new posts from all of you.  A warm welcome to all.

Harry
 


Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mike T on April 27, 2012, 09:43:11 AM
BJ you are the source as i saw your link.These look like friendly shores for a cyber refugee.Thanks for the welcome Harry.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: zands on April 27, 2012, 02:06:52 PM
Hey MikeT and other new members....please put your location pin on the members map.   http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?action=googlemap (http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?action=googlemap)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Tropicalgrower89 on April 29, 2012, 01:11:19 AM
I haven't checked out this thread in a long while, so I just want to welcome all of the new t.f.f members.   :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jackfruitwhisperer69 on April 29, 2012, 10:39:53 AM
Hi to all new members :)

We are happy to have y'all aboard!!!

I hope in 5 month's time our forum grows to 5000 member...which will be a blast ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitlovers on April 29, 2012, 05:03:32 PM
It's really nice to have new international members. So far this group is heavily weighted with Americans, especially of the Floridian mango loving types.  ;)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Soren on April 30, 2012, 02:42:01 AM
Great to see all of you join the group - and I can't help agreeing with Oscar (once again).! One of the major differences between the yahoo forum and this one is the first has a much broader representation of members from all corners of the world - so, your participation is highly appreciated  ;)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitlovers on April 30, 2012, 02:51:46 AM
Notice the name is International Tropical Fruit Growers. Dear moderatiors, please do whatever you can to promote this as an international site and attract international members. I love Florida but don't want this group to become totally Floridacentric.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: murahilin on April 30, 2012, 10:13:17 AM
Notice the name is International Tropical Fruit Growers. Dear moderatiors, please do whatever you can to promote this as an international site and attract international members. I love Florida but don't want this group to become totally Floridacentric.

I would love to get a more international membership in the forum but there is not much we can really do about that. It's really up to members to spread to word or hope that people around the world find our forum through Google. It's important to to remember that the forum is only 3 1/2 months old and we already have 225 members. I think if we keep up the quality of the content the international membership will grow. So, to all of the international members, please spread the word about the forum and encourage your friends to join and contribute!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: lkailburn on April 30, 2012, 04:09:58 PM
I'm not international but have spread the word about the forum to fellow enthusiasts  ;)

-Luke
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jackfruitwhisperer69 on April 30, 2012, 04:53:03 PM
What about making a You tube vid...to promote this forum???? Blogs???

It's the fastest way to catch them INTERNATIONAL member!!!

Any thoughts...fellow member's?

Pitbull - International Love ft. Chris Brown (Official Video) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgX-Q-EDFao#ws)

While i'm at it...here's my fav. Reggae track!


John Holt - Police In Helicopter (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMGCbgpIf3E#)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Primetime11 on May 03, 2012, 09:41:00 AM
Greetings,
My name is Primo. I live in Brevard County, Fl. Been here since 1986. Electronics Engineer by trade, tropical tree plantation manager most of the time..LOL. I'm originally from the Philippines so will I be considered international member too? ..he he. I love tropical fruits. I only have a small lot, occupied mostly by my house. But it doesn't stop me from growing tropical fruit trees. I have 5-mangoes (ha ha), lots of bananas, carambola, avocado, jackfruits, tamarind, papayas and lychees.
This  is a great resource site.
See you around folks.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: lkailburn on May 03, 2012, 10:08:15 AM
Welcome Primo! Sounds like you fit an entire mini orchard in your small plot. Would love to see photos when you have some time

-Luke
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jackfruitwhisperer69 on May 03, 2012, 01:53:23 PM
Hi Primo,

Welcome to the forum ;)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Dangermouse01 on May 03, 2012, 07:34:33 PM
Primo;
 Welcome Brevard county neighbor, I am in Palm Bay.

DM
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Primetime11 on May 04, 2012, 10:56:41 AM
Thank you Luke. Yes, one of this days I'll post some pictures.

Primetime11

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Primetime11 on May 04, 2012, 10:58:47 AM
Thank you jackfruitwhisperer, now i know who to call when my jackfruit is misbehaving.

Primetime11
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Primetime11 on May 04, 2012, 11:00:24 AM
Thank you dangermouse my neighbor. I'm just here in West Melbourne.

Primetime11
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: nullzero on May 04, 2012, 05:58:19 PM
Welcome Prime to the forum. Looking forward to having future discussions with you and other new members.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: bsbullie on May 05, 2012, 06:40:50 AM
Of you Brevard area residents/members, any of you members of the Brevard RFC ?  Any of you  making the bus trip this month to Excalibur ?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Dangermouse01 on May 06, 2012, 07:05:32 PM
Of you Brevard area residents/members, any of you members of the Brevard RFC ?  Any of you  making the bus trip this month to Excalibur ?
I am a member of the Brevard Tropical Fruit Club (formerly Brevard Rare Fruit Council), but am not able to make that trip.
DM 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: murahilin on May 06, 2012, 09:08:32 PM
I am a member of the Brevard Tropical Fruit Club (formerly Brevard Rare Fruit Council), but am not able to make that trip.
DM 

Why'd they change the name?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: bocah on May 07, 2012, 04:19:14 AM
introducing my self ...im from indonesia..
(http://i666.photobucket.com/albums/vv30/bocah2009/DSC_0907.jpg)
(http://i666.photobucket.com/albums/vv30/bocah2009/namdhokmai.jpg)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HMHausman on May 07, 2012, 08:39:51 AM
A warm welcome to both Primo and Bocah.

Primo, as a native  Filipino, I'm sure you can add a considerable international flavor to our mix of members.  Did you grow fruits in the Philippines and if so which ones?  Where in the Philippines are you originally from?

Bocah....very interesting to see the pictures you posted.....all in pots/grow bags.  Are these for sale that way or do you grow this way for some reason. My vision of Indonesia would have everything in the ground.  And what is that mango you posted a picture of?

Thanks......Harry
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Primetime11 on May 07, 2012, 02:15:52 PM
Thank you nullzero and hmhausman for the welcome.

Harry, i was originally from the historic Bataan province. I grew up in a big yard with lots of tropical fruits. This is our ancestral home and I don't remember planting additional trees except for some more sapodillas and coconuts. We have Breadfruit, Caimito, Carambola, Cacao, Avocado, Santol, Bilimbi, Guava, Jakfruit, Wax Jumbu, Mabolo, Mango, lots of Sapodilla, Sugar Apple and Coconuts. Most of the trees were old and big with trunk diameter of 2-5ft. I enjoyed climbing the tallest trees in our yard reaching to almost a hundred ft. I'm pretty sure there are some more trees I failed to mention but thank you for asking.

Primo

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jackfruitwhisperer69 on May 07, 2012, 05:20:31 PM
 ;D ;D ;D

Thank you jackfruitwhisperer, now i know who to call when my jackfruit is misbehaving.

Primetime11
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jackfruitwhisperer69 on May 07, 2012, 05:22:24 PM
Hi Bocah,

Welcome to the Forum ;) Awesome...to have more Southeast Asians On the Forum!!! :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: BMc on May 07, 2012, 06:09:05 PM
Hi Bocah. Is that the Java Blue? I picked one up a few years ago and gave it to my father. He hasnt looked after it well though and its not fruited as yet. I'll have to go over and baby it to see if I can coax it into producing some nice Indonesian mangoes in the coming season.  ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: amrkhalido on May 07, 2012, 08:11:33 PM
great looking mango trees Bocah ,, and the grow bags are very nice ,, hope to hear about the varieties you are growing ,,

Amr
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Central Floridave on May 09, 2012, 08:06:29 AM
Hey People, I found this site through googlin'.  Never liked the gardenweb site as it was too cluttered and slow so never joined, but always found it through googlin'.

I'm Dave (duh) and live in Brevard County, Florida as well. 

I've been a member of the Brevard Rare Fruit Council, now Brevard Tropical Fruit Club since 1995.  Also, for websites this one reminds me of the very first tropical fruit forum back in the 90s that was ran by Bruce Livingston or handle Santol.  Anyone remember that one?  It has since closed down (like a decade ago).  I also run a gardening forum at 2ndlight.com along with the website in general. My day job is a Computer Engineer and am a  keyboard jockey in a tiny cubicle all day long.  (it pays the bills and keeps me off the streets). 

I'm also current President of the Central Florida Palm and Cycad Society.   I grow a lot of different types of fruits and like to collect palms, croton, cordyline, bromeliads, and any other plants.

For fruits, I have numerous mango, lychee, jaboticaba, citrus, longan, etc etc etc.    My main problem is that all my trees have now crowded each other out and shading each other so my fruit production has gone down.  But, as a home hobbyist I get just enough fruit to keep me going! 

I also like gardening photography and since the digital age probably have taking over 100,000 photos.  Give or take 10,000 or so.  LOL. 

Nice forum and I hope I have the time to contribute and/or just lurk around. 

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Fiddlewood on May 09, 2012, 08:26:00 AM
Hi my name is Jack. I have been reading this forum and gardenweb before it for a year or so(not very good with time). Finally decided to join. I am retired and split my time between babysitting my grandchildren and taking care of my fruit trees and plants and a tiny garden. Life is good. I am growing :

Mango: Edward, Carrie, Graham, Ice Cream, Keitt, Young, Bombay, Nam Doc Mai(don't know if it is #4), Alphonso, Glenn, Maha Chanok, Dot, Duncan, Choc Anon. Only Edward, Carrie and Graham are old
             enough to be producing.

Avacado: Lula, Mexicola, Wurtz only Lula producing.

Lychee: Brewster, Mauritius, Sweet Cliff, Emporer only Emperor 6 fruit last year none this year

Grapes: Blue concord wine grapes. Just got cuttings in January from a friend. Would like to get Caloosa as natives are another interest of mine. Hence the name Fiddlewood.

Also grow unknown  varieties of pineapple, Papaya and mulberry (everbearing, red and giant)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mike T on May 09, 2012, 08:35:52 AM
Howdy Fiddlewood and Central Floridave, I have been in for aimost 2 weeks now.CF my brother around the corner from me also collects rare palms,cycads and cordylines.It seems to be a very welcoming forum with firepower.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jackfruitwhisperer69 on May 09, 2012, 08:48:49 AM

Hi Central Floridave And Fiddlewood :).,

We are happy to have y'all aboard! Hope you guy's enjoy it.... ;D ;D ;D

Best Regards,
Steven Silva aka Jackfruitwhisperer69
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: DuncanYoung on May 09, 2012, 08:58:18 AM
Welcome Central Floridadave, do you have any suggestions on where to go on Merritt Island, for top quality mangos?(hear that they are all top quality)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: DuncanYoung on May 09, 2012, 09:01:27 AM
introducing my self ...im from indonesia..
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Welcome bocah!  Can you tell us ore about the fabric pots, they look great!  Sources/sizes
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitnursery on May 09, 2012, 09:06:11 AM
My name is Berns, I am from the Philippines, I founded the Rare Fruit Society of the Philippines. I am also a fruit nursery operator and my website is www.rarefruitnursery.com (http://www.rarefruitnursery.com).  Jay invited me in this forum.  Fruit trees that I am interested are Mangoes, Atemoya and Sugar Apples. I am interested in exchanging seeds and scions with different fruit tree growers in the world.  I am currently starting a company that will help individuals start there own fruit nursery either as a business or as a hobby. :)  I am also a member of the Philippine Fruit Association (PFA).
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Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Fiddlewood on May 09, 2012, 11:28:12 AM
Thanks Steven and MikeT
And welcome Berns
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Tim on May 09, 2012, 12:08:48 PM
Welcome aboard Berns, now lets get a scion list going for the Jin Huang (Golden Queen) mango.  I'm sure there are many others with great interest in this Taiwanese mango.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jackfruitwhisperer69 on May 09, 2012, 01:03:58 PM
Hi Bern :),

Welcome to the forum ;) ;) ;) The Jin Huang Mango...sure is huge 8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: amrkhalido on May 09, 2012, 01:23:24 PM
Welcome to the forum Berns ,, nice website you get and nice mangoes grown in Philippines ,, hope to share few scions of it someday ,,

Amr
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitlovers on May 09, 2012, 04:39:41 PM
My name is Berns, I am from the Philippines, I founded the Rare Fruit Society of the Philippines. I am also a fruit nursery operator and my website is [url=http://www.rarefruitnursery.com]www.rarefruitnursery.com[/url] ([url]http://www.rarefruitnursery.com[/url]).  Jay invited me in this forum.  Fruit trees that I am interested are Mangoes, Atemoya and Sugar Apples. I am interested in exchanging seeds and scions with different fruit tree growers in the world.  I am currently starting a company that will help individuals start there own fruit nursery either as a business or as a hobby. :)  I am also a member of the Philippine Fruit Association (PFA).
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Welcome Berns. Great to have someone so active in Phillippines fruit scene as you on this forum. Hope to be able to get some great scion wood from you some day. Still trying to get your great macapuno coconut over here!  :'(
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitnursery on May 10, 2012, 06:24:36 AM

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For those requesting scions of Golden Queen Mango or Jin Hwang Mango from Taiwan.  Please PM your address as there are also request from growers in Florida.  The minimum scions I could send are about 5 each for an individual as we also need to propagate them this May. :)  I think Jin Hwang mangoes will weight more if planted in Sub tropical climates. :)  I am really surprised that Jin Hwang Mango has not reached yet in California and Florida. 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitnursery on May 10, 2012, 06:27:36 AM
My name is Berns, I am from the Philippines, I founded the Rare Fruit Society of the Philippines. I am also a fruit nursery operator and my website is [url=http://www.rarefruitnursery.com]www.rarefruitnursery.com[/url] ([url]http://www.rarefruitnursery.com[/url]).  Jay invited me in this forum.  Fruit trees that I am interested are Mangoes, Atemoya and Sugar Apples. I am interested in exchanging seeds and scions with different fruit tree growers in the world.  I am currently starting a company that will help individuals start there own fruit nursery either as a business or as a hobby. :)  I am also a member of the Philippine Fruit Association (PFA).
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Welcome Berns. Great to have someone so active in Phillippines fruit scene as you on this forum. Hope to be able to get some great scion wood from you some day. Still trying to get your great macapuno coconut over here!  :'(

Oscar,


We'll try to see how we could bring in some embryo cultured makapuno in Hawaii. :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mike T on May 10, 2012, 06:37:58 AM
Welcome aboard Berns I am Mike T from Cairns in Tropical Australia and I have been through you information and it is impressive.

I too am quite new to the forum also being a 2 week veteran.

I have a number of your listed trees and have access to seeds and scion material of many tropical fruit trees.While season here is finished I have recently shared with australian contacts seeds and small plants of superioy types of longkong,duku,duku-langsat,mobolo,matisia,marang,chempadak,maprang,durian,mangosteen,rambai,mafai,santol,passionfruit,rambutan,salak and many others.Maybe we should talk turkey some time.

I am sure you will find the forum friendly and your input will be welcomed and valued.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: BestDay on May 12, 2012, 11:01:41 PM
Hi, My name is Bill.  I'm new to the forum.  I have been posting in the GW forum and just found this one.  I live in Long Beach, CA and just got 11 different mango trees!  Besides that I grow Avocados, Bananas, Raspberries and Blackberries.  I look forward to sharing and learning a lot in this forum.

Bill
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jackfruitwhisperer69 on May 13, 2012, 06:16:24 AM
Hi Bill,
Welcome to the forum :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HMHausman on May 13, 2012, 07:36:22 AM
Ahhhh.....a bunch of new members.  A very warm welcome to Central Floridave, Fiddlewood, Berns and Best Day.  I can't keep up with the forum's growth.  Nice to have you all. Let me just take another opportunity to tell you and all the new members of the forum.  If you are planning to be in my area, please contact me to stop by for a visit.  Always happy to commune with fruit fanatics and there is almost always something tasty to share with my stopper-bys.  See you around the forum.

Harry
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ronald123 on May 14, 2012, 09:00:38 AM
Hello, My Name is Ronald,
based in hills of Jamaica, zone 10
My Main interests are lychee, longan and atemoyas but have others including jaboticabas, sapodilla, guava, santol, white sapote etc.
Have no idea how I am just finding this forum.
Ronald
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HMHausman on May 14, 2012, 09:05:13 AM
Hello, My Name is Ronald,
based in hills of Jamaica, zone 10
My Main interests are lychee, longan and atemoyas but have others including jaboticabas, sapodilla, guava, santol, white sapote etc.
Have no idea how I am just finding this forum.
Ronald

Hey Ronald......long time.  You were a very avid Garden Web poster back when I first joined that Forum.  Glad to see you back into the fruit forum scene.  We have missed the pictures that you would post of your amazing fruit trees.  How have all your fruit trees been doing?  A picture update (in a new thread, of course) would be much appreciated by me and I am sure the rest of the members.  Specifically, how'd your lychees do this year?  We have had a total bust on lychees this year at my house.  Anyway, great to see you here.

Harry
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: zands on May 16, 2012, 01:21:12 AM
Hi, My name is Bill.  I'm new to the forum.  I have been posting in the GW forum and just found this one.  I live in Long Beach, CA and just got 11 different mango trees!  Besides that I grow Avocados, Bananas, Raspberries and Blackberries.  I look forward to sharing and learning a lot in this forum.

Bill
11 new mango trees is serious stuffs!! You are not fooling around. Fairchild Gardens says mangoes are the world's most delicious fruit. Welcome.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Pan Dulce on May 16, 2012, 12:30:29 PM
Hey everyone,

My name is Andre, and I live with my teenage daughter in Titusville, FL. I was previously a lurker on the other forum for quite a while.
I have slowly become obsessed with tropical fruit since my first surfing trip to Costa Rica back in 2000.  After eating Rambutans, sugar apples, and papayas,  I was hooked.

I came back from that first trip and read everything I could on growing these fruit trees, only to find out they were not cold hardy.  I initially gave up, but within the last three years have started collecting. Since I have the normal 1/5 acre yard, my trees are currently in containers, but have been looking increasingly for land just about anywhere within my price range.

I currently have a few mangoes, lychees, longans, sugar apples, atemoyas, acerolas, a biriba, sapodillas, guava of a few types, a grumichama, bananas, cocoplum. pitomba, miracle fruit, starfruit, figs, pomegranates, forgetting a few but of course the list needs  future additions.

I'm am a former boat builder and home construction everything.  I finally figured out what I didn't want to be when I grew up so I went back to school and finished my Gen Ed requirements and now, I'm enrolled at UF in Horticulture of Science.

I go on surf trips to tropical areas, so in the future hope to bring back seeds and would welcome some trades.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: nullzero on May 16, 2012, 03:08:36 PM
Welcome to the forums; Bill, Ronald, and Andre. Looking forward to future discussions with everyone! I hope everyone has a great fruit harvest this year! ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitlovers on May 16, 2012, 06:05:34 PM
Hi Andre, surfing and tropical fruit seed collecting sounds like a great combination! Some great surf spots also have excellent fruits: Bali, Hawaii, CR, Fiji, Australia, etc. Welcome to the group.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jackfruitwhisperer69 on May 17, 2012, 01:39:36 PM
Hi Ronald and Andre :)

Welcome to the forum ;)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: mangomanic12 on May 17, 2012, 06:52:25 PM
Hi, my name is Michael . Born in Jamaica now live in Phoenix , az. Passion is growing mangoes and guavas. Love sugar apples and custard apples also. Pushing the envelope here in hot Az but its fun learning about plant , soil and nature.

I love this site and love even more there are lots of crazy plant nuts like me. The world will never understand us. Thx !  ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jackfruitwhisperer69 on May 18, 2012, 12:32:27 PM
Hi Michael,

Welcome to the forum :),

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: nullzero on May 18, 2012, 12:59:31 PM
Welcome mango maniac. Can do a lot in AZ with the right trees and methods.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fyliu on May 24, 2012, 11:27:01 PM
Hi I'm Fang.

I'm from Canton, China and have been living in San Diego for the past 10 years before moving back to LA(Burbank) for work.

I'm still in the process of collecting interesting things that I might like to eat. I have cherimoya, white sapote, jujube, lychee, longan, wampee, pummelo and other citrus, pitaya, rose apple, macadamia, loquat, guava, wax jambu, sapodilla, Passiflora incarnata, pomegranate, fuyu persimmon, surinam cherry, mulberry, grape, figs, lingaro, and some others.

I have a miracle fruit plant indoors that set some fruits this year but they all fell off a couple days ago. I see a small amount of leaf browning on the side closest to the screen door so I think it's the cool night time air.

I also have herbs: abrus precatorius, discorea batatas, madeira vine, ginseng, motherwort, white mugwort, edible lily, goji, chrysathemum...

Cherimoya, mango, white sapote grafting is really popular in SoCal. Citrus is very popular as well but I'm not sure anymore. My plants are 12 miles north of where they found the first case of HLB in California...
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Soren on May 25, 2012, 02:17:08 AM
Hi Fang, Berns, Ronald, Andre and other new members joining since I last checked this topic!
You are all welcome to the forum; hope for some interesting new people and fruit acquaintances!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: NatureBoy on May 25, 2012, 09:38:45 AM
Hi, my name is Bill.   

I live in South Florida (Boynton Beach) after moving from Chicago many years back (via Jacksonville & Tampa, Fl).
I'm currently in Zone 10b, which is far enough south for me as I can grow my favorites without too much trouble.

I have a small home, but already have (too) many  fruit trees in my yard.
Always love trying new fruits - but my current faves are lychees and mangos (currently in season - duh!).
After reading some of the comments on this board, next to try are Jackfruit and Atemoyas.

I've got several producing mango trees (Dot, Hatcher and Hayden).   
I'd love to top-work the Hayden  to give me a better varieity.
Have not started grafting yet, but want to learn from the experts (and it looks like this is the place!)

I've also got a Sweetheart lychee, a pomegranate, Temple Orange, Key Lime, Jaboticaba , blackberries, multiple pineapples, bannanas/plantains.
Not much room for anything else in my yard, but I'm not having much luck with the orange tree, so I may have a spot opening soon  :)  Recommendations are always welcome.

I look forward to learning a lot from this fine group, and hope that I'll be able to contribute as well.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ronald123 on May 25, 2012, 11:34:20 AM
Thanks for the welcome everyone, really seems to be the place for vibrant discussions on our favorite topic.
Harry, I seem to be in the same boat as you as my crop of lychees this year seems to be the smallest I have had in many years.
Thanks again for all the welcome posts.
Ronald
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jackfruitwhisperer69 on May 26, 2012, 05:25:54 AM
YIPPEE more fellow members  :)

Hi Fang and Bill

Welcome/Bem-vindo/Bienvenido/Bienvenu/Ngiyakwemukela to the forum
;) ;D ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Adacaosky on May 26, 2012, 09:57:53 AM
 ;D Hello everyone!

My name is Chris and I'm on the westernmost point in all of U.S. domain...Guam, USA--"Where America's Day Begins". I guess it's because we're the first U.S. citizens to meet each day? And no, I can't tell you what your day will be like. LOL! I make my home on this tiny island in a small town called Dededo, surrounded by my tropical fruit trees/seedlings. My yard is quite small but I've managed to pack quite a few representatives of my favourite fruits on it. Even if the island was previously plagued by some of the most powerful typhoons/hurricanes on planet earth, global climate change is arguably the cause for our ongoing record breaking stretch of typhoon-free years, and me and my fruit trees are not complaining ;). While I don't have half of what you pro's are growing, I do have a few typical or commonly grown fruits. The majority of plants are currently in pots and just seedlings, so not much for show-n-tell...unfortunately. Glad to have found this forum and I look forward to learning/sharing more on what I enjoy most! Growing (and eating) tropical fruits :D

Btw, just had the last of some locally grown Edwards (early variety)-- which were superb in taste (as usual) but strangely lacking in scent. YUM!..... In a few days I'll be heading down to our annual mango festival and I'll be sure to take some pics to share! It's not much to boast about but of main interest to me is the numerous unnamed mango varieties which are sprinkled across the entire island.

Cheers!
Chris
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jackfruitwhisperer69 on May 26, 2012, 10:39:14 AM
Hi Chris,

Welcome aboard fellow Islander :)

Can't wait to see them pics of your annual mango festival ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Adacaosky on May 27, 2012, 08:12:08 AM
Thanks for the warm welcome, Steven  :)
As for the festival, I'm almost sure that none of them will have any names, as mango seeds have historically been planted at random across the island. The diversity of types I'm coming across is staggering but without any real effort to identify them all, named mango cultivars are extremely rare. It's two weeks away and I can't wait!

Chris
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: mangologist on May 27, 2012, 10:03:42 AM
Hi everyone, I just an old warthog rooting his way through gardens and compost piles.  Enjoy growing tropical fruit trees, but most of all eating the fruit.  I am joining this site hoping to increase my knowledge and exposure to rare and new tropical fruit trees.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HMHausman on May 27, 2012, 11:06:19 AM
A warm welcome to Mangologist, Bill, Chris, Micahel, Andre, Fang and Bill again.  Nice to have you all.  I am especially interested in Fang's lychee perspective having come from the home of lychees.  I look forward to all of your contributions.

Harry
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: zands on May 27, 2012, 11:16:16 AM
Adacaosky------ Chris, welcome you have so many fruit trees there in Guam. Thanks for putting your pin on the our forum map. Everyone please do this so we can get an idea what your latitude, sunlight and climate is.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jackfruitwhisperer69 on May 27, 2012, 01:06:36 PM
Thanks for the warm welcome, Steven  :)
As for the festival, I'm almost sure that none of them will have any names, as mango seeds have historically been planted at random across the island. The diversity of types I'm coming across is staggering but without any real effort to identify them all, named mango cultivars are extremely rare. It's two weeks away and I can't wait!

Chris
Hi Chris,
 :)
Amongst the endless sea of mangoes in your Island paradise...I'm sure there is varieties that are superb and very sweet.  ;) 8)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: cbss_daviefl on May 28, 2012, 08:41:57 AM
Hi everyone, my name is Brandon.

I have a 1/2 acre property in Davie, FL.  I planted my first fruit tree, a Glenn mango, around 7 years ago.  It was a gift from my mother.  Slowly the addiction built into what can only be described as an obsession.  I have around 35 fruit trees. The average age of the trees is around 2 years so I am still waiting to try many of the things I have planted.  I have 7 mangos, 2 jackfruit, 2 lychee, 2 sugar apples, 1 atemoya, 1 rollinia, 1 star fruit, 1 jabotica, 2 mulberry, 1 sapodilla, 5 citrus, 1 longan, 2 peach, and figs.

I was introduced to the forum by Sleepdoc. Our families got together this weekend.  I was really impressed by his trees, they all looked healthy and happy.  I got to try a Mai I jackfruit, hog plum, and Edwards mango. 

I am looking forward to sharing and learning from this forum.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jackfruitwhisperer69 on May 28, 2012, 08:46:24 AM
Hi Mangologist and Brandon,

Welcome to the forum ;) :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HMHausman on May 28, 2012, 09:03:17 AM
Welcome, Brandon.  What are the other mangoes you're growing other than Glenn?  Was that a Mai 1 jakfruit or a Mai 1 seedling jakfruit you tried at SleepDoc's?

Harry
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: cbss_daviefl on May 28, 2012, 09:42:34 AM
Harry,

I believe sleepdoc said it was a Mai I seedling from your tree.  It was delicious.  Low latex.  I bought a Mai I grafted at the brfvc sales without ever tasting one so I was really grateful to get a glimpse of what is to come. Thanks!

My mango trees are PPK, florigon, keitt, kent, ndm, dot (I think this was mislabelled), and Glenn.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Sleepdoc on May 28, 2012, 09:47:28 AM
Welcome Brandon !

Glad to see you on the forum  :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HMHausman on May 28, 2012, 09:48:47 AM
Harry,

I believe sleepdoc said it was a Mai I seedling from your tree.  It was delicious.  Low latex.  I bought a Mai I grafted at the brfvc sales without ever tasting one so I was really grateful to get a glimpse of what is to come. Thanks!

My mango trees are PPK, florigon, keitt, kent, ndm, dot (I think this was mislabelled), and Glenn.

Very nice mango selection, Brandon.  You are definetly keeping very good company on the fruit front.  Glad you enjoyed the jak!

Harry
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: nullzero on May 28, 2012, 04:56:47 PM
Welcome all new members.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Adacaosky on May 28, 2012, 08:32:00 PM
Thank you everyone for the warm welcome! It's good to be in the company of tropical fruit enthusiasts :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MangoFang on May 31, 2012, 06:42:43 PM
Lordy....who can keep up with so many new members!

Don't know when I last came to this introduction Subject, but I'm blown away by the sheer volume of interest.  So, welcome everyone.

I only want to say to Fang from China - Love that name!


Fanged in Palm Springs, CA
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: cyclonenat on May 31, 2012, 07:15:31 PM
Hi everyone im Natalie from New Zealand, im interested in growing different fruit trees and veges.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fyliu on May 31, 2012, 10:47:53 PM
Hi Natalie, what are your fruit interests? I see you like lychee and mango from the other thread.

What's the import situation like over in New Zealand? Any restrictions?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: cyclonenat on May 31, 2012, 11:17:50 PM
Hi for plants i have to have a permit thingy, but for seeds i think it needs a phytosanitary cert i think
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Prasad on June 04, 2012, 01:21:26 PM
Hi,

I am living in San Jose CA, love gardening, trying to get tropical plants around my home, have banana, sugar cane, mango so far.. trying hard to bring up coconut...Have 30 or so Rose bushes in my front yard...keeps me busy over the weekend. Have a nice greenhouse built to grow veggies across winter...little success in this first season!
I  have started loving Avocados and started experimenting few varieties. I have a tree in ground, grown from seedling, about 3 years old, about 10ft tall and it looks very hardy, healthy throughout the seasons. Bought few verities from nursery and started grafting on to my old tree. After couple of months I have a feeling that I have success.
I am curious  to grow avocados that are  not tried for this zone.  Somehow try and get it to acclimatize and grow as special case.. I have a greenhouse for some of these experiments.  I was told we can't  grow banana in San Jose CA but have them around and got enough to eat :) Gave away so many pups.
Hopefully I am helpful to this forum one day!
Prasad
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jackfruitwhisperer69 on June 05, 2012, 07:32:11 AM
Hi Prasad,

Welcome to the forum :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: FrankA on June 05, 2012, 09:05:56 PM
My name is Frank , I live and have my entire life in Florida now Daytona but grew up in Tampa. I have about an acre but only a small part has been disignated for fruit trees by my wife. I have 3 differnent mulberries ( the reason I joined this forum) , 2 differnet guavas . starfruit tree , grapefruit , blood orange, fig , lemon, peach , nectarine, papayas , wild grapes that bear somewhat , lots of Maypop vines in the woods part of the property, few surinam cherry bushes , banana and plantain . I did have a large mango tree that bore great for one year after I had I nursed it  thru years of freezes then one freeze of a mild nature killed it in one night last year when I did not cover it and heat it as I had before .
I also like fishing , hunting , diving . I feed the trees what ever is left over from the hunting and fishing and compost what is left over from everything else.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: samuel on June 06, 2012, 12:26:29 AM
Hi everyone,

i am Samuel living in Reunion an overseas French department located in the south eastern part of the Indian Ocean.

I started to get consciously interested in tropical fruits at the age of 18 when i moved to Martinique (another overseas French department this time in the west indies) to take a 2 years technical degree in agriculture. Eversince i have been working in agriculture as a worker, a teacher and today as a farmer-manager. My main focuses have been ecologically sustainable ways of farming, vegetable seed production and tropical fruits.

I have been traveling in some parts of the tropical world which has made my interest into tropical fruits grow stronger. As i was saying above I have lived in the west Indies for few years, I travelled quite extensively in India and visited Thailand twice.

5 years ago we decided with my family to settle down in Reunion. The tricky part of that project is to access the land. Fortunately i had the opportunity to get a 2,5 acres plot at the beginning of this year. It is located at 350 m elevation on the southern coast oh the island. I also have a smaller plot at sea level in the same area.

For the past 5 years i have been sourcing and collecting vegetal material from the rarest tropical fruits that were introduced by some fellow fruit hobbyists. So It came to me naturally that i should first develop my farming activity as a nursery specializing in tropical rare fruits.

That's why i am very happy to participate in this forum, a wealth of information regarding what i would love to achieve.

Special Thanks to PJ and murahilin for doing this great job and to all of you for contributing.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitlovers on June 06, 2012, 02:08:43 AM
Hi Samuel, glad you finally made it over to this forum!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Soren on June 06, 2012, 04:11:21 AM
Hi Samuel, glad you finally made it over to this forum!

Yes, good to see a fellow member from the yahoo forum here..!

edit: forgot to ask what is growing these days? And how was the durian season?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jackfruitwhisperer69 on June 06, 2012, 04:23:09 AM
Hi Frank and Samuel,

Welcome to the forum :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mike T on June 06, 2012, 05:53:06 AM
Welcome FrankA and Samuel it looks like you guys are a couple of seasoned fruit enthusiasts.
Samuel I imagine reunion and for that matter mauritius are almost the same latitude as the big island of hawaii and that place might be a good guide for you.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitlovers on June 06, 2012, 06:27:36 AM
Welcome FrankA and Samuel it looks like you guys are a couple of seasoned fruit enthusiasts.
Samuel I imagine reunion and for that matter mauritius are almost the same latitude as the big island of hawaii and that place might be a good guide for you.

Reunion and Mauritius would be much more like island of Kauai which is 22N. Big Island is 19N.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HMHausman on June 06, 2012, 07:49:55 AM
A very warm welcome to our new members, Samuel, FrankA, Prasad,and  Natalie.  Glad to have you all here.  In this forum, pictures of your trees/plants are always most appreciated.  In fact, some members question the existance of some trees until we see pictoral evidence.  So for them, its, "seeing is believing."  And more importantly, seeing is enjoying.....so please, when you get a chance, do post some pictures of your trees or your fruit tree adventures.  Thanks in advance.

Harry
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: murahilin on June 06, 2012, 09:10:46 AM
Hi everyone,

i am Samuel living in Reunion an overseas French department located in the south eastern part of the Indian Ocean.

I started to get consciously interested in tropical fruits at the age of 18 when i moved to Martinique (another overseas French department this time in the west indies) to take a 2 years technical degree in agriculture. Eversince i have been working in agriculture as a worker, a teacher and today as a farmer-manager. My main focuses have been ecologically sustainable ways of farming, vegetable seed production and tropical fruits.

I have been traveling in some parts of the tropical world which has made my interest into tropical fruits grow stronger. As i was saying above I have lived in the west Indies for few years, I travelled quite extensively in India and visited Thailand twice.

5 years ago we decided with my family to settle down in Reunion. The tricky part of that project is to access the land. Fortunately i had the opportunity to get a 2,5 acres plot at the beginning of this year. It is located at 350 m elevation on the southern coast oh the island. I also have a smaller plot at sea level in the same area.

For the past 5 years i have been sourcing and collecting vegetal material from the rarest tropical fruits that were introduced by some fellow fruit hobbyists. So It came to me naturally that i should first develop my farming activity as a nursery specializing in tropical rare fruits.

That's why i am very happy to participate in this forum, a wealth of information regarding what i would love to achieve.

Special Thanks to PJ and murahilin for doing this great job and to all of you for contributing.


Welcome Samuel,
Maybe you can help answer this for me. Are there any mangos in Reunion that is similar to the Julie mango? I have been trying to find the origin of the Julie mango for a little while now and a few sources point to Reunion as the origin. Since you've lived in the West Indies you've likely had a chance the taste the Julie right?

Here is a link to my original post about it: http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=12.0 (http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=12.0)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: AGardner on June 10, 2012, 10:07:52 AM
I am a native Floridian, living in West Palm.  I like to grow vegetables, herbs and fruit trees.  I am hoping to learn more about taking care of what I have, diagnosing problems, propagating and of course growing more. 
I prefer to grow organically.

I work as a paralegal and my husband is a knifemaker.   My other interests are plant medicine, self sufficiency and permaculture.

Glad to be here.  Thank you for the great reference material.

Anna

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: murahilin on June 10, 2012, 12:57:50 PM
I am a native Floridian, living in West Palm.  I like to grow vegetables, herbs and fruit trees.  I am hoping to learn more about taking care of what I have, diagnosing problems, propagating and of course growing more. 
I prefer to grow organically.

I work as a paralegal and my husband is a knifemaker.   My other interests are plant medicine, self sufficiency and permaculture.

Glad to be here.  Thank you for the great reference material.

Anna

Welcome to the forum. What kind of knives does your husband make?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: AGardner on June 10, 2012, 03:03:09 PM
He makes every day use knives, entertains custom orders, has done everything from art knives to kitchen knives.  Mostly working with carbon steel due to its edge holding capacity.   

www.rgblades.com (http://www.rgblades.com)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mike T on June 10, 2012, 04:02:26 PM
AGardner with a name like that you should be a natural.With a business like that I bet you look sharp,have an edge and are a cut above the pack.
Welcome aboard I also grow many herbs and vegies as well as fruit trees.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: murahilin on June 10, 2012, 04:33:42 PM
He makes every day use knives, entertains custom orders, has done everything from art knives to kitchen knives.  Mostly working with carbon steel due to its edge holding capacity.   

[url=http://www.rgblades.com]www.rgblades.com[/url] ([url]http://www.rgblades.com[/url])


I looked through the entire gallery. Those knives look awesome. What is the price range on those knives? What type of knife would he recommend for cuttings open fruits such as mangos? I currently have one of the long thing flip open fruit sampling knives but I may be interested in purchasing something more substantial and non flip. Too much stuff gets stuck in a folding knife and a solid one would likely be easier to keep clean.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mike T on June 10, 2012, 04:51:35 PM
AGardner if you combined your hobby and the business you could have a range of fruit knives.A couple of weeks ago a friend gave me 2 specialist fruit knives.
(http://s10.postimage.org/7a8oeboud/DSCF4661.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/7a8oeboud/)


Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Hollywood on June 11, 2012, 12:50:53 PM
Hello all,

I fell in love with tropical fruits while living in Brazil for a couple years. I was an avid gardener throughout my time in college and now that I have my own little half acre here in Hollywood, FL, I am creating an edible landscape. I also love to eat and cook and I regularly run marathons so I can indulge these interests.

For my day job, I am a bankruptcy litigator in Fort Lauderdale. My family consists of my incredibly patient and understanding husband who picks up the slack while I root around the garden on the weekends, 2 teenage boys who help me farm with varying degrees of cooperation, a 1 year-old girl (who already has a toy wheelbarrow).

I love learning and I obsessively study my hobbies. This forum is an incredible resource and I am so grateful to the experts here. I look forward to our new landscape providing for our family and friends (forum members included).
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MangoFang on June 12, 2012, 02:04:31 PM
Hi Samuel, Frank, Prasad, Natalie, A Gardner - gosh simply can't keep up with the Fruit-Obsessed hordes
overruning this forum!    Kidding of course - the more the merrier....and.....the greater the chance of crossing paths somewhere at some time.

Samuel - I've been to Martinique - on my way to Dominca to visit my brother in the Peace Corps back in 1980 or thereabouts.  Beautiful islands, but of course did I know or CARE what a mango was back then - NO!!!!!!!!!!!   I was into God knows what back then...but here I am now wishing I could have asked a lot more questions and sampled more exotic  fruits while I was there....sigh.....


ANYWAY - WELCOME ONE AND ALL!

The Desert Rat (gary)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: AGardner on June 12, 2012, 08:41:59 PM
He makes every day use knives, entertains custom orders, has done everything from art knives to kitchen knives.  Mostly working with carbon steel due to its edge holding capacity.   

[url=http://www.rgblades.com]www.rgblades.com[/url] ([url]http://www.rgblades.com[/url])


I looked through the entire gallery. Those knives look awesome. What is the price range on those knives? What type of knife would he recommend for cuttings open fruits such as mangos? I currently have one of the long thing flip open fruit sampling knives but I may be interested in purchasing something more substantial and non flip. Too much stuff gets stuck in a folding knife and a solid one would likely be easier to keep clean.


Prices range quite a bit, most have prices listed if you click on pic.   I personally like the small neck knives, the blade is a couple inches, easy to stick in your pocket.  If you don't mind something bigger to put on a belt there are alot to choose from.  Everyone has different opinions but the best is to see and feel in person, he usually has a table at the local gun show.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Eekler81 tropical trail on June 24, 2012, 01:46:30 PM
Hi I'm new to the forum but born and raised in Mel beach I'm 31 and within the last 4-5 yrs have really become interested in tropical fruit trees A's well A's growing heirloom veggies.  So hi all and I look forward to sharing and learning from such an informed group of fruits.Hahaha

Zack
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jackfruitwhisperer69 on June 24, 2012, 05:01:03 PM
Hi Anna, Katie and Zack,

Welcome to the forum...glad to have y'all aboard :)

Best regards,
Steven aka Jackfruitwhisperer69 ;)

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mangomaniac on July 01, 2012, 05:46:27 PM
Hello everbody,
   My wife and I got hooked on mangoes a few years ago when our Glenn produced its first fruit. My only experience with mangoes up until then was with backyard Hadens brought in by co-workers. The Glenn was a pleasant surprise. Last year I bought a Malika, Poi Pu Kalay,Lancatilla,Carrie,NDM#4 and a Maha Chanok.
  The Carrie has 6 small fruit. We have lots of Papaya, some bananas/Plantains, orange, a few pineapple, and 2 Mamey Sapote from seed.
    I just found a guy on Craigslist selling many  different kinds mangoes from his house. This would be a great way to taste some of what we have planted so we paid him a visit yesterday. We picked up an Edwards, Jacarta,Bailys Marvel, Spirit of 76, Zill, Van Dyke, and a NDM. Turns out the guy bought the house from Gary Zill. Its in WPB. Didn't get a tour, but the property looked great, lots of mango trees! We're now having our our own mango taste test, and seeing how our Glenn stacks up.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Tropicdude on July 02, 2012, 12:30:40 AM
Hello everbody,
   My wife and I got hooked on mangoes a few years ago when our Glenn produced its first fruit. My only experience with mangoes up until then was with backyard Hadens brought in by co-workers. The Glenn was a pleasant surprise. Last year I bought a Malika, Poi Pu Kalay,Lancatilla,Carrie,NDM#4 and a Maha Chanok.
  The Carrie has 6 small fruit. We have lots of Papaya, some bananas/Plantains, orange, a few pineapple, and 2 Mamey Sapote from seed.
    I just found a guy on Craigslist selling many  different kinds mangoes from his house. This would be a great way to taste some of what we have planted so we paid him a visit yesterday. We picked up an Edwards, Jacarta,Bailys Marvel, Spirit of 76, Zill, Van Dyke, and a NDM. Turns out the guy bought the house from Gary Zill. Its in WPB. Didn't get a tour, but the property looked great, lots of mango trees! We're now having our our own mango taste test, and seeing how our Glenn stacks up.

Welcome,  I see you dove right in with the mango collection, nice selection you have.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Xeno on July 03, 2012, 01:40:55 AM
Hi everyone. I'm Xeno (pronounced Zee-no). I'm 24 years old and live in Ventura County, Ca. About a year ago I got the gardening bug and it's been going ok.

A list of fruit trees that I have:
Citrus:  Tango mandarin, Valencia, Washington navel, Cara Cara, Moro Blood, Tarocco Blood, Eureka Lemon, Thornless Mexican Key lime.
Stone: Anna Apple, Gordon Dorsett Apple, Mid Pride Peach, Arctic Star Nectarine, a 3 in 1 asian pear tree (forgot which varieties), Satsuma Plum, and Santa Rosa Plum).
Tropicals: Big Jim Loquat, white and pink skinned dragonfruit, Hak Ip lychee, Brewster lychee, Mauritius Lychee, Angel Red Pomegranate, 2 Wonderful pomegranates, Pink Satin pomegranate, and an unknown longan.
Etc: Heirloom tomatoes, Serrano peppers, Bhut Jolokia pepper, Brown Turkey Fig, Mission Fig, and Pepino Melon.

The majority of these are in pots. Wanting to get a Carrie mango, Timotayo mango, Black pearl Wax Jambu, Kajang starfruit, Giant Bangkok guava, Sapodilla, and a jaboticaba. Also would LOVE a jakfruit, just don't know where to put it. I'm here to gather information on how to grow near the coast. It's hard to find any info regarding growing tropicals in ventura county, even though I'm only like an hour drive north-west of LA county. I feel like I'm the only one growing tropical trees in my area!  ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: VyVy on July 03, 2012, 01:49:53 AM
Hello everyone

I accidently found this forum yesterday. And it's like a gold mine. So much helpful & valuable information.

Gardening is brand new to me, I 've only started 6 months ago and am so in love with it. There will be so much I need to learn, especially with tropical fruit plants

Currently, I have:

1 longan
1 lychee
4 sugar apple
1 atemoya
1 june plum
3 guava
1 barbado cherry

@ Southern CA
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fyliu on July 03, 2012, 02:05:45 AM
Hi VyVy, welcome! You have 4 sugar apples and no cherimoya? Don't worry. That can be fixed really soon. :) We have lots of good cherimoya around here.

You can also try attending a local CRFG meeting in your area for more in-person interactions if you aren't already. There are chapters in Riverside, San Diego, Orange County, South Bay, West LA, San Gabriel Valley, San Fernando Valley, and I believe Santa Barbara as well.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitlovers on July 03, 2012, 02:48:11 AM
Hi everyone. I'm Xeno (pronounced Zee-no). I'm 24 years old and live in Ventura County, Ca. About a year ago I got the gardening bug and it's been going ok.

A list of fruit trees that I have:
Citrus:  Tango mandarin, Valencia, Washington navel, Cara Cara, Moro Blood, Tarocco Blood, Eureka Lemon, Thornless Mexican Key lime.
Stone: Anna Apple, Gordon Dorsett Apple, Mid Pride Peach, Arctic Star Nectarine, a 3 in 1 asian pear tree (forgot which varieties), Satsuma Plum, and Santa Rosa Plum).
Tropicals: Big Jim Loquat, white and pink skinned dragonfruit, Hak Ip lychee, Brewster lychee, Mauritius Lychee, Angel Red Pomegranate, 2 Wonderful pomegranates, Pink Satin pomegranate, and an unknown longan.
Etc: Heirloom tomatoes, Serrano peppers, Bhut Jolokia pepper, Brown Turkey Fig, Mission Fig, and Pepino Melon.

The majority of these are in pots. Wanting to get a Carrie mango, Timotayo mango, Black pearl Wax Jambu, Kajang starfruit, Giant Bangkok guava, Sapodilla, and a jaboticaba. Also would LOVE a jakfruit, just don't know where to put it. I'm here to gather information on how to grow near the coast. It's hard to find any info regarding growing tropicals in ventura county, even though I'm only like an hour drive north-west of LA county. I feel like I'm the only one growing tropical trees in my area! ;D


Hi Xeno, i know some people in Carpinteria and Moorepark growing tropicals, not too far away from you. I bet there are others in Ventura. If you go to one of the CRFG (California Rare Fruit Growers) meetings in your area i'm sure you can connect with other growers in your area trying to grow tropicals. Their website is http://crfg.org (http://crfg.org) There are also some members from California on this forum, but don't think anyone yet besides you is from Ventura. Welcome to the group!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: nullzero on July 03, 2012, 04:33:04 PM
Xeno,

Welcome to the forums, great collection you have there. I have a lot of those same plants are grown in containers. Once you start collecting you can't stop  ;D, its very addictive hobby lol. Especially when the tasty fruits start producing off the trees/shurbs/vines.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fyliu on July 03, 2012, 04:46:56 PM
Xeno, look in the crfg-la.org website. There's a member in Somis giving a garden tour in August or Sept. He has a lot of Australian fruits and rare fruits in general. We were just talking about Chinese yellow chestnuts yesterday. I had no idea that existed.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mangomaniac on July 03, 2012, 09:51:14 PM
Hi Tropicdude, my wifes from the DR and grew up growing everthing from mangoes to coffee and tobbaco.
  Any trouble getting those barerooted plants through customs? Our last visit was to Santiago in Nov.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Tropicdude on July 03, 2012, 10:02:08 PM
Hi Tropicdude, my wifes from the DR and grew up growing everthing from mangoes to coffee and tobbaco.
  Any trouble getting those barerooted plants through customs? Our last visit was to Santiago in Nov.

They usually never go through my suitcase, the way I prepare them, is I cut the length leaving it as long as I can, and still able to fit in one of those cardboard tubes used for mailing pictures, blueprints and that sort of thing.  I remove all the soil, then wrap the roots in a damp paper towel. finally I wrap the whole plant in plastic wrap.   so basically it looks like a stick wrapped in plastic.

You may know that mostly what they look for in customs here is electrical appliances and that sort of thing.  Anyway,  Saludos y bienvenido al Foro.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jack, Nipomo on July 04, 2012, 01:13:53 PM
I’m Jack, Nipomo.  I live in Nipomo, CA on 1 ½ acres that is heavily planted with mainly subtropical fruiting trees.  Having been here for 36 years, they are quite mature.  I am a co-founder of the San Luis Obispo chapter of the CRFG and have been a member of CRFG from back when there were fewer than 25 members and the monthly newsletter was a few pages mimeographed.  Much of what plantings are amassed here are the result of membership in the CRFG and RFCI in Florida and the generosity of fellow members.  I am a retired science (biology) teacher, have lived in Mexico for half the year on our sailboat since retiring.  Much time spent in Mexico and Central America has enhanced my plantings due to the stickiness of desired seeds etc.  Like most afflicted with this plant thing, I cannot pass up a desired plant and have, as a result, started cutting down mature macadamia trees to create more room.  Those super tropicals live in a greenhouse, but now and then get moved outside, usually to succumb to our winter when I am away in the tropics.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fyliu on July 04, 2012, 03:20:09 PM
I hear SLO is the largest CRFG chapter. The meetings must be really good.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HMHausman on July 04, 2012, 06:56:01 PM
A warm welcome to VyVy, Xeno and Jack from Nipomo.  We look forward to your posts about your fruit growing/eating experiences. 

Harry
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: TnTrobbie on July 06, 2012, 12:02:33 AM
Hello All,

My name is Roberto. Been a lurker for a while as I was a member of the "other" forum.
I had to join to place a vote for my favorite mango- Julie :)
I'm originally from Trinidad and as a kid, I've always liked sweet...flavorfull...mangoes. I don't find fiber objectionable at all- as long as the mango is sweet.
I like Sapodillas too. I currently reside in Pembroke Pines and my yard has:

Mangoes: (yrs in ground, size, fruits bore, comments)
2 Julie (6yrs- 30+ fruit, excellent quality like last yrs.  1yr 7gal tipped)
1 Nam Doc Mai (6 yrs- 30+ fruit, 1/2 of last yrs crop...ranged from watery (5-6) to extremely sweet. teaspoon white sugar each bite sweet)
1 Dot (1 yr 7gal bore 1 fruit...flavorful, rich, delish, then pugged),
1 Pickering (1yr 7 gal, bore 3 H-U-G-E fruit, flavorful, sweet, no coconut hint though)
1 Mallika (1 yr, tipped)
1 Lancetilla (1yr, 7gal tipped)
1 Carrie (1 yr)
1 Cushman (1 yr, pugged)
1 Maha Chanok (1 yr, pugged)
1 Okrung (15gal, bore 2 small fruits tree ripened, sweet and melting)

Sapodilla:
Okutzcab (1 yr 3 gal)
Alano (1yr 7 gal)

Yes, my yard is ambitious. :)
Looking foward to all the mango discussions.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: tropical66 on July 06, 2012, 07:21:48 AM
Hi all, my name Faezal from Sri Kembangan, Selangor, Malaysia. I am keen to learn and find the right way to grow tropical plant that originated from the South American and try to get the seeds of the trees, especially seedlings of grumichama and jaboticaba.

I have planted some trees:

1.Dokong
2.Mangosteen
3.Longan
4.Rambutan
5.Chempedak


Regards,

Faezal
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HMHausman on July 06, 2012, 07:39:05 AM
A warm welcome to Roberto and Faezal.  Good to have you both.  Roberto, since you are in Pembroke Pines, where my office is located, please let me know if you are going to be in the area during the week around lunchtime to early afternoon.  We do daily mango tastings and would love to have another opinion on which mango wins the best of the day award.  Faezal....isn't human nature a thing of wonder.  You are growing what we crave and can't really grow and you want what we have and have no trouble growing.  Funny how we are. 

Harry
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: nullzero on July 06, 2012, 12:43:29 PM
Welcome all the new people to the forums. Jack it was a pleasure touring your garden, welcome to these forums.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: TnTrobbie on July 06, 2012, 04:21:44 PM
Thank you for the warm welcome Harry and nullzero :) .

Harry, thank you for the invite. I would LOVE to taste different mangoes, but it looks like the tasting week is over :(..... :).
In any case, I looked you up and your office is 5 mins away from me. If you happen to have another tasting, I'll definetly pass by :).
Thanks again for the invitation.


Rob.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: tropical66 on July 07, 2012, 02:09:51 AM
A warm welcome to Roberto and Faezal.  Good to have you both.  Roberto, since you are in Pembroke Pines, where my office is located, please let me know if you are going to be in the area during the week around lunchtime to early afternoon.  We do daily mango tastings and would love to have another opinion on which mango wins the best of the day award.  Faezal....isn't human nature a thing of wonder.  You are growing what we crave and can't really grow and you want what we have and have no trouble growing.  Funny how we are. 

Harry


Hi Harry,  thanks for the warm welcome, you are right .....  I wonder and why we will continue to try .... sometimes we always expect something miraculous happened ...... but I have tried to plant saplings grumichama (air-layers plant) in a pot. Its almost 1 year from when I started plant it in the pot.
(http://s14.postimage.org/vzvjb2kod/Grumichama.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/vzvjb2kod/)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: tropical66 on July 07, 2012, 02:11:56 AM
Welcome all the new people to the forums. Jack it was a pleasure touring your garden, welcome to these forums.

Thanks.....nullzero
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: murahilin on July 08, 2012, 02:09:50 PM
Hi all, my name Faezal from Sri Kembangan, Selangor, Malaysia. I am keen to learn and find the right way to grow tropical plant that originated from the South American and try to get the seeds of the trees, especially seedlings of grumichama and jaboticaba.

I have planted some trees:

1.Dokong
2.Mangosteen
3.Longan
4.Rambutan
5.Chempedak


Regards,

Faezal

Welcome to forum Faezal. I've been to Malaysia once (for a day) and I enjoyed it. I visited about 3 or 4 nurseries and I really liked the very wide variety of fruit available.

Are your fruit trees grafted or seedlings?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: murahilin on July 08, 2012, 02:11:33 PM
Hello All,

My name is Roberto. Been a lurker for a while as I was a member of the "other" forum.
I had to join to place a vote for my favorite mango- Julie :)
I'm originally from Trinidad and as a kid, I've always liked sweet...flavorfull...mangoes. I don't find fiber objectionable at all- as long as the mango is sweet.
I like Sapodillas too. I currently reside in Pembroke Pines and my yard has:

Mangoes: (yrs in ground, size, fruits bore, comments)
2 Julie (6yrs- 30+ fruit, excellent quality like last yrs.  1yr 7gal tipped)
1 Nam Doc Mai (6 yrs- 30+ fruit, 1/2 of last yrs crop...ranged from watery (5-6) to extremely sweet. teaspoon white sugar each bite sweet)
1 Dot (1 yr 7gal bore 1 fruit...flavorful, rich, delish, then pugged),
1 Pickering (1yr 7 gal, bore 3 H-U-G-E fruit, flavorful, sweet, no coconut hint though)
1 Mallika (1 yr, tipped)
1 Lancetilla (1yr, 7gal tipped)
1 Carrie (1 yr)
1 Cushman (1 yr, pugged)
1 Maha Chanok (1 yr, pugged)
1 Okrung (15gal, bore 2 small fruits tree ripened, sweet and melting)

Sapodilla:
Okutzcab (1 yr 3 gal)
Alano (1yr 7 gal)

Yes, my yard is ambitious. :)
Looking foward to all the mango discussions.

Roberto, welcome to the forum. You'll get special treatment on the forum for being from Trinidad.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: tropical66 on July 09, 2012, 12:57:51 AM
Hi all, my name Faezal from Sri Kembangan, Selangor, Malaysia. I am keen to learn and find the right way to grow tropical plant that originated from the South American and try to get the seeds of the trees, especially seedlings of grumichama and jaboticaba.

I have planted some trees:

1.Dokong
2.Mangosteen
3.Longan
4.Rambutan
5.Chempedak


Regards,

Faezal


Welcome to forum Faezal. I've been to Malaysia once (for a day) and I enjoyed it. I visited about 3 or 4 nurseries and I really liked the very wide variety of fruit available.

Are your fruit trees grafted or seedlings?



Hi murahilin, thank you for welcoming me, I have both types of grafted and seedling trees. I suggest you visit Malaysia once again, especially when MAHA 2012 in November - Malaysia Agriculture Horticulture & Agroturism Show 2012.

http://www.maha.gov.my/2012/home.html (http://www.maha.gov.my/2012/home.html)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jez251 on July 09, 2012, 02:15:10 PM
Hi,

I just found this group and immediately think that it is a valuable resource for any tropical fruit grower. I am also from the Yahoo rare fruit group, and look forward to learning and contributing to this group, as well. I live in Cutler bay, about half way between Miami and Homestead, Florida.

I have always liked the idea of growing my own food, but after getting married and buying a house 4 years ago, and suddenly having a small backyard to be able to plant things, I really started getting into tropical fruits. At first I fell in love with every exotic fruit I learned about and had the grandiose plan of trying to have one of every tropical fruit plant in my tiny backyard. I quickly found out that wasn't going to happen, but it hasn't stopped me from trying. I am growing about 100 different fruit trees, some are seedlings, some grafted, some in pots, some in the ground, all my babies, though.

I will post pics of some of them once they start blooming, like my Abiu which is blooming for the first time. Or my red-fleshed Pitaya, also blooming now...

My hope is to one day retire to a small plot of land in Central Chile where I can grow the usual temperate fruits in that region, plus a greenhouse full of the tropical stuff.

Jaime
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitlovers on July 10, 2012, 01:49:50 AM
Hi,

I just found this group and immediately think that it is a valuable resource for any tropical fruit grower. I am also from the Yahoo rare fruit group, and look forward to learning and contributing to this group, as well. I live in Cutler bay, about half way between Miami and Homestead, Florida.

I have always liked the idea of growing my own food, but after getting married and buying a house 4 years ago, and suddenly having a small backyard to be able to plant things, I really started getting into tropical fruits. At first I fell in love with every exotic fruit I learned about and had the grandiose plan of trying to have one of every tropical fruit plant in my tiny backyard. I quickly found out that wasn't going to happen, but it hasn't stopped me from trying. I am growing about 100 different fruit trees, some are seedlings, some grafted, some in pots, some in the ground, all my babies, though.

I will post pics of some of them once they start blooming, like my Abiu which is blooming for the first time. Or my red-fleshed Pitaya, also blooming now...

My hope is to one day retire to a small plot of land in Central Chile where I can grow the usual temperate fruits in that region, plus a greenhouse full of the tropical stuff.

Jaime

Hey Jaime, welcome to the forum! You now finally figured out where i've been. HAHAHA
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jez251 on July 10, 2012, 02:45:18 PM
Hi,

I just found this group and immediately think that it is a valuable resource for any tropical fruit grower. I am also from the Yahoo rare fruit group, and look forward to learning and contributing to this group, as well. I live in Cutler bay, about half way between Miami and Homestead, Florida.

I have always liked the idea of growing my own food, but after getting married and buying a house 4 years ago, and suddenly having a small backyard to be able to plant things, I really started getting into tropical fruits. At first I fell in love with every exotic fruit I learned about and had the grandiose plan of trying to have one of every tropical fruit plant in my tiny backyard. I quickly found out that wasn't going to happen, but it hasn't stopped me from trying. I am growing about 100 different fruit trees, some are seedlings, some grafted, some in pots, some in the ground, all my babies, though.

I will post pics of some of them once they start blooming, like my Abiu which is blooming for the first time. Or my red-fleshed Pitaya, also blooming now...

My hope is to one day retire to a small plot of land in Central Chile where I can grow the usual temperate fruits in that region, plus a greenhouse full of the tropical stuff.

Jaime

Hey Jaime, welcome to the forum! You now finally figured out where i've been. HAHAHA

Yeah, it took a while, but it's nice to see some very knowledgeable people on this forum! I'm really hoping to see others' gardens, like Adam's recent video!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HMHausman on July 10, 2012, 04:40:20 PM
A warm welcome to Jaime from Cutler Bay.  Glad you joined us!  Sounds like you have a nice little collection going.  You don't necessarily have to wait for bloom to post pictures.  Anyway, nice have another South Floridian in the group.  If you are ever planning to get up to West Broward, let me know, would love to show you around my place.

Harry
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jez251 on July 10, 2012, 05:20:22 PM
A warm welcome to Jaime from Cutler Bay.  Glad you joined us!  Sounds like you have a nice little collection going.  You don't necessarily have to wait for bloom to post pictures.  Anyway, nice have another South Floridian in the group.  If you are ever planning to get up to West Broward, let me know, would love to show you around my place.

Harry

I'll take you up in that offer the next time I plan to visit Davie... Thanks for the welcome!

Jaime
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mike T on July 11, 2012, 08:09:37 AM
Welcome Faezal and Jaime I bet you guys will have a bit to say.

Faezal you have a few species in common with me like dokong,rambutan and mangosteen.You are from Selangor but have no duku,duku-langsat or durian? I can't grow longans because I am too warm so I would be interested to know how you can do it in a warm climate.

Jaime I also grow abiu and a variety of dragonfruit and would be interested to hear about your as well as your overall assemblage.Please race out to the garden and take some pictures for all of us to see.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jackfruitwhisperer69 on July 11, 2012, 12:15:50 PM
Hi to all new fellow members,

Mangomaniac, Xeno, Vyvy, Jack, Tntrobbie, Tropical66, and Jez251...Welcome to the forum! 8) :)

I could only find this ''Welcome song'' on you tube...hope y'all like it ;D ;D ;D

Welcome Song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPECOKbhBzw#ws)

Regards,
Steven
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jez251 on July 11, 2012, 01:03:55 PM
Hi to all new fellow members,

Mangomaniac, Xeno, Vyvy, Jack, Tntrobbie, Tropical66, and Jez251...Welcome to the forum! 8) :)

I could only find this ''Welcome song'' on you tube...hope y'all like it ;D ;D ;D

Welcome Song ([url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPECOKbhBzw#ws[/url])

Regards,
Steven

Excellent little video, Steven. Thank for the warm welcome to, uh, Ponyville?!?  ;D I hope to contribute on as many topics as possible.

Jaime
I'm also liking the extra HTML features this forum has...

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fernsworth@bellsuth.net on July 11, 2012, 01:37:02 PM
Hi,

My name is Jeannie Fernsworth and I am on the board of The Rare Fruit Council  (RFC)of Palm Beach County.  I grow herbs and some tropical fruit. I worked for The New York Botanical and Brooklyn Botanic Garden for the 15 years that I lived in New York.

I hope that you post the RFC events for your followers. There is a plant sale at The South Florida Fairgrounds on Saturday, July 21st. There will be lots of growers there for people to buy directly from the growers. There will also be herbs and fresh fruit to buy as well. 

See you there!

Jeannie

Fernsworth Gardens
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jackfruitwhisperer69 on July 11, 2012, 02:53:04 PM
Hi to all new fellow members,
Mangomaniac, Xeno, Vyvy, Jack, Tntrobbie, Tropical66, and Jez251...Welcome to the forum! 8) :)
I could only find this ''Welcome song'' on you tube...hope y'all like it ;D ;D ;D
Welcome Song ([url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPECOKbhBzw#ws[/url])
Regards,
Steven

Excellent little video, Steven. Thank for the warm welcome to, uh, Ponyville?!?   ;D I hope to contribute on as many topics as possible.
Jaime
I'm also liking the extra HTML features this forum has...


You are most welcome, Jaime :)
Ponyville :-[ International Tropical Fruit Growers 8) ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Dreamwielder on July 19, 2012, 10:54:49 PM
Hello everyone,
I just learned about this forum today and feel like I've discovered a real gem! There is so much great stuff here and I want to say thanks to everyone for whatever they've put into this great forum to make it what it is.
About me... I am a parent, a nutritionist, a dog trainer, and I've got the great blessing of now being able to start working with horses. I also have had a love of plants since forever, and for years now I have dreamed of growing tropicals but have never had the opportunity. Well, now it seems I've got it. I have the space to build a greenhouse which should be up by this spring. I'd like to create a few different ones, each housing it's appropriate plants. There is a local natural foods coop here that would like to buy fruit from me rather than having to import out of Mexico or California, so I'm really itching to get going! That said, I'm pretty new to growing trees and also to tropicals, although I have had some experience with this and that along the way. I'm hoping that I can come here to learn and get an idea of how I want to approach this - which trees to start with and so forth. I'm mainly keen on bushes and shrubs with edible or medicinal uses. As a nutritionist, I'm interested in bringing new foods to my community too. So it's a multifaceted reward for me. I live in Wisconsin, zone 4b, so it's a bit of a challenge I suppose, but I want to do the very best I can with it! So far I have a few cacao trees. So... thanks for reading, I'm really glad to be here!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitlovers on July 20, 2012, 12:32:44 AM
Hello everyone,
I just learned about this forum today and feel like I've discovered a real gem! There is so much great stuff here and I want to say thanks to everyone for whatever they've put into this great forum to make it what it is.
About me... I am a parent, a nutritionist, a dog trainer, and I've got the great blessing of now being able to start working with horses. I also have had a love of plants since forever, and for years now I have dreamed of growing tropicals but have never had the opportunity. Well, now it seems I've got it. I have the space to build a greenhouse which should be up by this spring. I'd like to create a few different ones, each housing it's appropriate plants. There is a local natural foods coop here that would like to buy fruit from me rather than having to import out of Mexico or California, so I'm really itching to get going! That said, I'm pretty new to growing trees and also to tropicals, although I have had some experience with this and that along the way. I'm hoping that I can come here to learn and get an idea of how I want to approach this - which trees to start with and so forth. I'm mainly keen on bushes and shrubs with edible or medicinal uses. As a nutritionist, I'm interested in bringing new foods to my community too. So it's a multifaceted reward for me. I live in Wisconsin, zone 4b, so it's a bit of a challenge I suppose, but I want to do the very best I can with it! So far I have a few cacao trees. So... thanks for reading, I'm really glad to be here!

Hello Dreamwielder, welcome to this forum. Sounds like you have a great place there and a neat ambition. I love horses myself and miss having them around. Had a  Shetland pony here for a year or so when the grass was very high. Great animals!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fyliu on July 20, 2012, 03:55:26 AM
I live in Wisconsin, zone 4b, so it's a bit of a challenge I suppose, but I want to do the very best I can with it! So far I have a few cacao trees.
Welcome. Wisconsin... Isn't that the natural range for American ginseng? Do people there hunt for wild ones? ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HMHausman on July 20, 2012, 08:21:37 AM
Welcome to the Forum, Dreamwielder.  You've got some folks that have great experience with greenhouse or other indoor growing here.  Do check out posts by OhioJay, Stressbaby and Lycheeluva for good examples.  There are many others.  Anyway, good to have another northern zone pusher to join the ranks.

Harry
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: robguz24 on July 20, 2012, 03:01:43 PM
Aloha all!
I'm Rob from near Kalapana on the Big Island of Hawaii. Just discovered this forum and am really enjoying it. I have a small lot that is jam packed with tropical fruit trees and some others, including a good number of native Hawaiian plants, and 32 varieties of bananas. My hobby is now paying for itself by selling what my partner and I can't eat at my neighborhood farmers market. It's amazing how much food one can grow on about 5000 sq ft!
I keep a little web page about my efforts here -> http://robguzman.com/Rob/Hawaii_native_plant_and_food_garden.html (http://robguzman.com/Rob/Hawaii_native_plant_and_food_garden.html)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Tim on July 20, 2012, 03:10:33 PM
Beautiful photos, robguz24.  Quick question regarding your Fig tree, do you know which variety that is and how does it do for you in HI?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: robguz24 on July 20, 2012, 04:47:53 PM
Beautiful photos, robguz24.  Quick question regarding your Fig tree, do you know which variety that is and how does it do for you in HI?
It was a White Kadota fig. It grew quite quickly and well, but I ripped it out last fall and now have a naranjilla and a dwarf red banana in the same spot. The fig fruit was average and virtually impossible to harvest at the right time. Too hard and they wouldn't ripen well inside the house. Soft at all and they were already infested with fruit fly larva. When you open them up they kind of look like larva anyway, so it was even harder to tell if I was about to get a mouthful of maggots. So it was more trouble than it was worth for me.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitlovers on July 20, 2012, 07:34:36 PM
Welcome to the forum Rob. I live about a 10 minute drive away from you in Opihikao. Hope to meet you sometime. Check out my website when you get a chance: fruitlovers.com
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ScottR on July 20, 2012, 11:19:00 PM
Hello All, my friend Ethan turned me on to this site a few weeks ago and after checking it out for awhile decided to join. I live in Arroyo Grande, Ca. I'm a member of CRFG and have been growing sub-tropical s for about 16yrs. I'm a retired welder with a love of growing plants from seed and cuttings, since joining CRFG have learned to graft and amassed a collection of stone fruits, avocado,white sapote,macadamia, and many others. Have a greenhouse attached to south side of house where I propagate plants and try to keep some Tropicals alive. This from is very interesting and looking forward to learning more from you all
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jack, Nipomo on July 21, 2012, 09:06:23 AM
Howdy Robert...neighbor, sure seems like a great forum, welcome aboard.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ScottR on July 21, 2012, 11:16:46 AM
Hey Jack, thanks for welcome how's the Avo's growing over on the warm side of the Mesa!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ReneeFLL on July 21, 2012, 11:42:10 PM
Hi All,
I have always wanted to grow a more edible landscape, but just had to many other things going. I am now wanting to plant some rare/exotic tasty fruit.

We moved to Ft. Lauderdale in 1996. I am originally from Texas, but married a Navy pilot so after Texas we moved to the Silicone Valley area of CA, then to Key West, on to PA just north of Philly and then back to Florida. He is still in the Navy Reserves and will retire this year as a Captain after 27 years. He also flies 757s and 767s for American Airlines.

I have always enjoyed plants and at one time had about 2,000 orchids. I was also vice president of the Davie Orchid Society for a while.  I worked for an aquaculture wholesale place in Davie growing corals for the trade till about 2 years ago. This job went along well with my reef tank addiction. I had a 300, 180, 90, 45 and 12 gallon going at the same time. Now I only have the 180 and the 12 gallon. I am also thinking of taking them down, but since I have had reef tanks for the last 23+ years it is hard to get rid of them all.

Unfortunately I  am the type to go overboard when getting into a hobby. With the fruit trees/plants I am really going to have to restrain myself. We dont have much property.

The fruits that I have are:
Carrie Mango - planted about 10 years ago and produced hundreds of mangos this season
Grafted citrus tree from HD that I bought about 8 months ago. It has a Meyers Lemon, Persian Lime, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Minneola Tangelo, a tangerine and a navel orange all grafted on it. I forget the cultivars of the last two.
American Beauty Dragon Fruit rooted cuttings which I need to plant.
Purple Haze Dragon Fruit which I bought today. Has 2 flowers so I will have to see what happens.
Red Lady Papaya which I bought today.
Arkins Macadamia Nut tree which I bought today.

I would like to have 1-2 other varieties of mangoes grafted onto the Carrie. I would also like to plant a Jackfruit and a few other fruits. My problem right now is to try to decide which others I will plant. Only time will tell as I learn more and am able to taste some in order to make my decisions. I am really looking forward to the experience.
Renee

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: VyVy on July 22, 2012, 11:30:23 AM


thank you Jackfruitwhisperer69 for the warm welcome

and hello everyone

I am very new to growing tropical fruit trees and gardening (started 6 months ago)
So far, I've got a few Sugar apples (trai na or mang cau ta), logan (nhan), lychee (trai vai), guavas (oi xa li), mexican lime (chanh me), calamondin (tac chua), atemoya(mang cau Do thai), june plum (coc' thai')

Since I grew up in a tropical country, they grew in me. I have a very deep passion for tropical fruits. Almost every other year, I went back to my country to eat fruits. I figured it's cheaper to grow them and eat here

There is so much I don't know about them, right now I want to learn grafting sugar apple to a cherimoya tree, since I was told Cherimoya root will do very well in Southern CA. This will be my first project and also that's how I found this forum

VyVy from Southern CA
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fyliu on July 23, 2012, 04:09:37 AM
There is so much I don't know about them, right now I want to learn grafting sugar apple to a cherimoya tree, since I was told Cherimoya root will do very well in Southern CA. This will be my first project and also that's how I found this forum
Interesting. Cherimoya pollination was how I found CRFG. The Fruit Facts were always the first few results when I searched for any fruit back then. Welcome to the forum. Create new topics to ask about anything you want or share what you have and know.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Hollywood on July 23, 2012, 09:13:17 PM
Renee,

Good to have another South Florida transplant from Texas here!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Colombo973 on July 24, 2012, 11:40:36 AM
Hi everybody,

I'm Richard from French Guiana, in south America. I'm growing worldwide tropical fruit trees since two years. I found the forum last month and decided to join us.
Eugenias and Garcinias are my favorites fruit trees but i'm open to all yummy fruits (Durians !!!).
Sorry for my low english level !

Regards,

Richard
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Tomas on July 24, 2012, 11:48:48 AM
Hello Richard,

Good to see you here.

Tomas
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: nullzero on July 24, 2012, 12:18:39 PM
Richard,

Welcome to the forums! Your locations sounds like an exotic tropical area :).
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Tropicdude on July 25, 2012, 01:09:13 AM
Wow so many new folks, welcome Vy Renee, Richard.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: 2manytoyz on July 25, 2012, 09:53:09 AM
Hi all,

We found out about this forum after attending a mango seminar by Joe (Mangoman2).  We moved to Merritt Island, FL, late last year.  The previous owner had planted a number of trees, according to the 2x4 header in the shed:

(http://www.2manytoyz.com/newhouse/dscn6615.jpg)

(http://www.2manytoyz.com/newhouse/dscn6616.jpg)

After searching the property, I've come to the conclusion that the mango and banana trees must have died.  The other trees are alive, but obviously have been neglected.  I'm working on feeding/pruning/spraying the remaining ones.

We also have ordered a Glenn and Zill mango trees. 

Neither of us care much for grapefruit trees, so these might end up being replaced, especially since they're in rough shape.

We have a 0.66 acre lot, but about half of it is conservation area, so nothing can be done with it.  The upside is NO neighbors behind us!  Very tropical here on the island.  Recently planted a pineapple as well.

Looking forward to learning and sharing.

Robert & Dawn
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ReneeFLL on July 25, 2012, 02:14:09 PM
Renee,

Good to have another South Florida transplant from Texas here!
Katie what part of Texas? I was raised in Corpus Christi, but went to school in Dallas and San Angelo.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ReneeFLL on July 25, 2012, 02:22:11 PM
Wow so many new folks, welcome Vy Renee, Richard.

Thanks for the welcome. Where in DR do you live? I used to fly to Santo Domingo with Pan Am (the new PA, not the original). Last time I flew there was in '98 after hurricane Georges went thru. We did a charity relief flight with the Sammy Sosa organization. Had a baseball signed and my picture taken with him. Hubby still flies there sometimes.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Kona400 on July 28, 2012, 10:32:18 PM
Hello all, my name is Jason and I live on the west side of the Big Island of Hawaii.  Kailua-Kona to be exact.  I live at an elevation of about 400' with very little rain.  I am growing mangos, citrus, bananas, and an avocado in the ground and much more in pots.  My interest is in mango right now.  I planted citrus in the ground because that is what I grew up with and I thought mango would be too big for our 1/4 acre lot with the HOA rules.  Now that I know better, I think about replacing the citrus but can't bring myself to kill perfectly good trees that produce good fruit.  I'm learning from making mistakes and reading up on anything that interests me on the web.  Hopefully when I get a bigger lot, I'll have a better idea on how to plant and grow a variety of fruits.  Looking forward to learning and sharing what I can.  A big thank you to the people who set up this site.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitlovers on July 29, 2012, 02:03:58 AM
Welcome Kona 400 from Hilo 650.  :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MangoMan2 on August 01, 2012, 08:18:56 AM
Hi all,

We found out about this forum after attending a mango seminar by Joe (Mangoman2).  We moved to Merritt Island, FL, late last year.  The previous owner had planted a number of trees, according to the 2x4 header in the shed:

([url]http://www.2manytoyz.com/newhouse/dscn6615.jpg[/url])

([url]http://www.2manytoyz.com/newhouse/dscn6616.jpg[/url])

After searching the property, I've come to the conclusion that the mango and banana trees must have died.  The other trees are alive, but obviously have been neglected.  I'm working on feeding/pruning/spraying the remaining ones.

We also have ordered a Glenn and Zill mango trees. 

Neither of us care much for grapefruit trees, so these might end up being replaced, especially since they're in rough shape.

We have a 0.66 acre lot, but about half of it is conservation area, so nothing can be done with it.  The upside is NO neighbors behind us!  Very tropical here on the island.  Recently planted a pineapple as well.

Looking forward to learning and sharing.

Robert & Dawn


Welcome to the forum Robert&Dawn. I'm sure you will enjoy this forum.

Joe.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: VyVy on August 03, 2012, 12:12:44 AM
Hi VyVy, welcome! You have 4 sugar apples and no cherimoya? Don't worry. That can be fixed really soon. :) We have lots of good cherimoya around here.

You can also try attending a local CRFG meeting in your area for more in-person interactions if you aren't already. There are chapters in Riverside, San Diego, Orange County, South Bay, West LA, San Gabriel Valley, San Fernando Valley, and I believe Santa Barbara as well.

fyliu

I missed all these posts
What's CRFG?

as for Cherimoya, I was never interested, until very recently I learned of it's usage for grafting atemoya & sugar apple
luckily I threw some seed in the back yard and they are actually growing, I also bought a few last week, but they are too small for their job at this time. Therefore I will sit back and wait until they are old enough for me to experiment grafting techniques, meanwhile I will try to acquire as much knowledge as I can, so when the time is right, I will get my hands on immediately

and thank you for arranging the grafting party this August, I can't wait
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitlovers on August 03, 2012, 01:08:18 AM
CRFG = California Rare Fruit Growers. It's a non profit organization with chapters all over California, and some in Arizona and Texas. They have monthly meetings you can attend. They also put out a bimonthly magazine called Fruit Gardener. Their website is http://crfg.org (http://crfg.org)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: TNAndy on August 03, 2012, 09:59:09 AM
Greetings from East Tennessee.

I've been interested in fragrant herbs and spices since college.  Since then, I've become interested in tropical spices, drinks, and fruit.  My spices include:
Allspice
Bay Laurel
Black Pepper
Cardamom
Cinnamon
Ginger
Vanilla

My drink plants include:
Cola (Kola)
Chocolate (Cocoa)
'Kona' Coffee (made berries)
'Catura' Coffee
Small Leaf Tea (with seeds)
Weber Blue Agave

I have the following tropical fruit plants:
'Florida Sweet' Acerola (Barbados Cherry)
Surinam Cherry
'Super Dwarf Cavendish' Banana
'T.R. Hovey' Papaya (with fruit!)
'Wonderful' Pomegranate
Dwarf Pomegranate (so far, the flowers all fall off)
'Meyer' Lemon (with fruit!)
Key Lime (fruit last year)
Satsuma Orange (with LOTS of fruit this year!)
Pindo Jelly Palm
Dragon Fruit Cactus
Olive

All my tropical plants huddle in the sunroom built onto the back of my house over the winter.  It's only got a small heater, so many plants go dormant when it's cold.  I bring them outside to line my driveway for the summer.  The trees are in 20--24 inch pots mounted on casters; the herbs are in smaller planters.  They need lots of water when it's hot, but they love the heat.  Several plants are still young.  Unless I marked them as fruiting above, none have bloomed, much less made fruit.

I joined this forum hoping to read your advice on getting container plants to fruit or make more fruit.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ReneeFLL on August 03, 2012, 11:05:47 AM
TNAndy welcome to the forum. Looks like you have a nice variety of plants.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Picko Jack on August 09, 2012, 03:10:26 AM
Greetings everyone.....im from Indonesia,
its really nice to read all those information and see the pictures of lovely fruit from tropical fruit lovers.... (my english was very..very poor....so hope that you can even understand what im trying to say/write.... :p
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ReneeFLL on August 09, 2012, 12:18:24 PM
Greetings everyone.....im from Indonesia,
its really nice to read all those information and see the pictures of lovely fruit from tropical fruit lovers.... (my english was very..very poor....so hope that you can even understand what im trying to say/write.... :p
Hi Picko Jack
Your english is very easy to understand. In fact it is very good. Did you learn it in school? Being from Indonesia you must get to eat a lot of nice fruit over there. Do you have many fruit trees yourself?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Picko Jack on August 09, 2012, 02:05:00 PM
Greetings everyone.....im from Indonesia,
its really nice to read all those information and see the pictures of lovely fruit from tropical fruit lovers.... (my english was very..very poor....so hope that you can even understand what im trying to say/write.... :p
Hi Picko Jack
Your english is very easy to understand. In fact it is very good. Did you learn it in school? Being from Indonesia you must get to eat a lot of nice fruit over there. Do you have many fruit trees yourself?

Thank you Renee....its been very relief to know someone write back to me....coz its just feel like im an alien since its first time i write in english to people spoken the language. yes we learn it in schol but i think my best learning source is holywood movie (seriously!) lol, we've so many tropical fruit here in indonesia...and my fav is mango, durian and longan...those kind i plant myself, mostly in container. and also view other kind of trop fruit (jackfruit, guava, wax jambu and anona) -just try to figure out how to post the pict- :p
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: hoosierquilt on August 09, 2012, 09:32:11 PM
Thought I'd introduce myself.  Simon over on the GW Tropical Fruits Forum suggested I stop by for my mango questions, since I'm trying to add a few mango trees to my large fruit tree collection. I'm an RN, live in N. San Diego county, California.  Kids are grown, and have replaced them with fruit trees, hah!  Belong to the CRFG N. San Diego chapter, but don't get to do as much as I'd like.  Great group.  I have over 150 different fruit trees, vines and bushes, and am trying to add a few more sub-tropical and tropical things as I go along.  I have two Dragonfruit cuttings to plant (and build trellis' for, which is why they're still in pots!), a White Sapote, a Solo Papaya that is finally taking off this year after two years of sort of just sitting around, several Fejoa (Pineapple Guava) bushes, a Pink Mexican Guava, some unknown white guava (here when I moved in), and an oddly named mango (Wahuka) that I purchased at Clausen's Nursery in Vista just this week.  Supposedly it is a Mexican mango that is propagated up in Fallbrook, and Ray gets them from there.  Supposedly? they are a 'Sugar' mango, which I hear are quite good.  Thanks, Simon, looking forward to this forum and all I can learn from it!

Patty S.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Tim on August 09, 2012, 11:17:10 PM
Welcome Patty, glad to have another
San Diegan on board.  Looking forward to the Dekopon talks ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mike T on August 10, 2012, 08:56:42 AM
Howdy and welcome Patty and Picko Jack.Picko Jack I am a neighbor of yours living just across in northern Australia.Hollywood films have all the english that is worthwhile.If you have a 'need for seed' there are many top guns on this forum.Keep having a try at posting the pictures and it will seem easy after a few times.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Picko Jack on August 10, 2012, 10:59:32 AM
Thanks Mike...glad to see australian grower here...and i guess north ausie have tropical climate just like indonesia....still amaze for what you guys achieve with durian and many tropical fruit cultivation there... somehow are really better than its origin country...
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mike T on August 10, 2012, 12:33:20 PM
My durian types are thai and malaysian ones but some local people grow a variety of indonesian types and even other indonesian ones from borneo and sumatra.I also don't grow indonesian salaks like pondoh but have one bali as I prefer the taste of the thai ones.The rambutans I have are mostly malaysian and I won't go through the fruits I have.
It is wet and tropical in my area but winter at the moment.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Bonakyon on August 11, 2012, 11:02:19 AM
Hello all,
My name is Sidney, I do believe I am the only member from the Bay Islands of Honduras on here.
I have been familiar with fruit and gardening from a very young age, but have not taken it seriously until about 5 years ago. Here on the Island, known officially as Guanaja, but as "Bonacca" to all local Islanders,  hence my user name, we have grown the usuals for the area. Mango (numerous unknown varieties), breadfruit, cassava (yucca to some), hog plum (spondias mombin,and spondias purpurea), cocoplum, naseberry, banana, plantain, pineapple, sugar cane, mamey sapote, guavas, coconuts, soursop, various citrus varieties, sea grape, giant craboo, guava, avocado, cashew, rose apple, and a few others I can't remember at the moment.
Once I had aquired most of these I felt pretty good about my little garden of only 1 acre. Then I started researching to learn how to take better care of these and then it happened...

Lychee..? Marang..? Mangosteen..? Achachairu..? Grumichama, Okari nut..? Kepel..? Salak..? These things sounded like rare health conditions until I started reading... The more I read the more determined I was to grow these new(to me), unique, and (apparently) delicious fruit... I say apparently because the forums spoke of the taste but I had never tried them and the more I read the more enamoured I became with these unknown wonders...
I started buying seeds online and looking locally for what could not be found by seed, and like most of you agree, it just doesn't stop. Every time I brouse the net I seem to find a new fruit that is a must have...
Altough space is becoming limited I still run across a spot here and there where I can put just one more...
Sorry for the long first post. I look forward to reading more of the experienced posters comments...
Happy to be here.

Bonakyon.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: bsbullie on August 11, 2012, 03:09:05 PM
Hello all,
My name is Sidney, I do believe I am the only member from the Bay Islands of Honduras on here.
I have been familiar with fruit and gardening from a very young age, but have not taken it seriously until about 5 years ago. Here on the Island, known officially as Guanaja, but as "Bonacca" to all local Islanders,  hence my user name, we have grown the usuals for the area. Mango (numerous unknown varieties), breadfruit, cassava (yucca to some), hog plum (spondias mombin,and spondias purpurea), cocoplum, naseberry, banana, plantain, pineapple, sugar cane, mamey sapote, guavas, coconuts, soursop, various citrus varieties, sea grape, giant craboo, guava, avocado, cashew, rose apple, and a few others I can't remember at the moment.
Once I had aquired most of these I felt pretty good about my little garden of only 1 acre. Then I started researching to learn how to take better care of these and then it happened...

Lychee..? Marang..? Mangosteen..? Achachairu..? Grumichama, Okari nut..? Kepel..? Salak..? These things sounded like rare health conditions until I started reading... The more I read the more determined I was to grow these new(to me), unique, and (apparently) delicious fruit... I say apparently because the forums spoke of the taste but I had never tried them and the more I read the more enamoured I became with these unknown wonders...
I started buying seeds online and looking locally for what could not be found by seed, and like most of you agree, it just doesn't stop. Every time I brouse the net I seem to find a new fruit that is a must have...
Altough space is becoming limited I still run across a spot here and there where I can put just one more...
Sorry for the long first post. I look forward to reading more of the experienced posters comments...
Happy to be here.

Bonakyon.
Welcome...for those who don't know, naseberry is sapodilla.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Bonakyon on August 11, 2012, 07:58:34 PM
Thanks for the welcome Rob.
I am completely new to everyone on here but I look forward to interacting with you on the forums, learning and sharing experiences as we go along...

A little on my background. I spent the last 12 years in the seafood industry exporting caribbean lobster tails to Florida. Now I am into real estate. Guanaja-realestate.com if anyone would like to take a peek...
I spend my time between taking care of my yard/ fruit trees and the real estate business, and I must mention the fishing... Love to fish and my wife loves it as much... I am also a member on THT.

Cheers,

Bonakyon.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mike T on August 12, 2012, 06:24:26 AM
Welcome Bonakyon,I too am a keen fisherman,crustacean lover and gardener.People here are friendly and welcoming.One acre can fit and awful lot of fruit trees and I'm sure you're putting a hit-list together of your wants.Before too long I bet you have it an edible jungle.
Cheers
Mike T
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Bonakyon on August 12, 2012, 08:59:39 AM
Hey Mike T,  thanks for the welcome. It means a lot to a newbie that guys like you and Rob would extend a hand and say "come on in".
Mike, I do a lot trolling, we also do some deep dropping, some live baiting and some chunking. Most targeted species are wahoo, dorado, king fish, big eye and yellowfin tuna... And like somebody else on here said, most of the remains go to feed the plants.

What's your style and what do you fish most..?

Cheers.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mike T on August 12, 2012, 09:35:06 AM
Bonakyon on the reef I chase red emperor,spangled emperor,scarlet sea perch,coral trout,cobia and those style fish with handlines and on rods mackerel,kingfish,jobfish,wahoo etc.I don't go too deep only to 130ft on handlines and chum when anchored.In the estuaries it is more barramundi,mangrove jack,fingermark,threadfin, grunter,bream,flathead etc.I also like to throw the castnet for shrimps and set crabpots for mudcrabs.
There are a few skeletons under the avo tree the ducks have picked clean.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: hoosierquilt on August 13, 2012, 02:01:08 PM
Howdy and welcome Patty and Picko Jack.Picko Jack I am a neighbor of yours living just across in northern Australia.Hollywood films have all the english that is worthwhile.If you have a 'need for seed' there are many top guns on this forum.Keep having a try at posting the pictures and it will seem easy after a few times.

Hey, hi Tim!  Glad to see you on this forum, and as a moderator?  So, any idea about my "Wahuka" which I am sure is misspelled. Probably "Juahuco" or possibly "Huatulco", both areas in Mexico. This is some Mexican variety mango grown by someone up in Fallbrook. Clausen's buys from them. Does this variety sound familiar to you?  Exotica Nursery seemed to know of it, and they told me it was the same as the Sugar mango??

Patty S.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: gaberoo on August 14, 2012, 10:14:55 AM
Hello all,

I'm a novice tropical fruit enthusiast with lots of questions and, for now, very few answers (hopefully that will change?).

I'm in zone 10 (not sure whether 10a or 10b) in Miami, FL.

Currently looking to find places where I can sample different varieties of tropical fruit (specially mango and jackfruit varieties) to decide which ones I will plant in the limited space I have (I guess they need to be amenable to being pruned to dwarf size?).

I'm hoping to learn a lot here and share the little experience I have.

Cheers!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jez251 on August 14, 2012, 10:46:44 AM
Welcome gaberoo,

The first thing you may want to consider is joining one of the local fruit clubs here in Miami-Dade County. There's the Rare Fruit Council that meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month at the Museum of Science, and the other is the Tropical Fruit & Vegetable Society which meets the last Wednesday of every month at the Fruit & Spice Park. They usually have seasonal tropical fruit to sample at their meetings. As far as sampling different varieties, have you gone to Robert is Here? It's a fruit stand in South Dade. There are also other events, many which have passed already such as the International Mango Festival at the Fairchild Tropical Garden. You just need to keep an eye out for them. The Fruit & Spice park also has fruit samples of whatever's in season, etc.

Jaime
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: cwojo on August 25, 2012, 10:30:30 AM
Hey everyone, my name is Cody, been reading on here for a while after mikesid showed me this site. Born and raised in Boynton, ever since I was little I wanted to grow plants and trees that would repay me with edible food. I started off with peppers in pots, and then learned that mango trees did not all have to be 60ft tall and taste 'ok'. I have a pickering and a cogshall mango in pots right now, cogshall I will be putting in the ground soon. SK carambola and 2 mauritius lychee are in the ground, bangkok lemon jackfruit is in my frontyard. just gutted an 80 ft strip of cluster palms in my backyard so that I could put some new additions to my collection. As for work, I am currently working for Boynton Fire with mikesid. Looking to learn more from this community and add what little knowledge I might have. :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Tomas on August 25, 2012, 11:26:37 AM
Welcome Cody! Glad to see another "local" joining the board.

Tomas
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: peter on August 26, 2012, 09:16:26 AM
Hello my name is Peter and I am from Bolton in the UK!
I am currently trying to grow bananas, dragon fruit, starfruit (carambola), coffee, pineapple, pomegranate, papaya, lemons, calamondin and kiwi fruit.
And I will be adding more to this list soon hopefully :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: tabbydan on August 27, 2012, 11:44:46 AM
I grow inappropriate (tropical fruits) in the Washington DC area as a strange hobby (not sure why I do it, very few of them fruit for me).

I also agressively seek out new fruits and eat them wherever I go.

.. and I'm quite fond of cats.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CValentine on September 13, 2012, 09:05:58 PM
HI y'all from Central Texas!!! :D

I am avid tropical fruit fan, pushing the Zone 8b whenever I can & LOVE the challenge of germinating seeds!!
Am a tropical fruit nut...It all started with 3 little Dwarf Namwah banana plants. ;D

I have a few varieties of passionfruit, 3 varieties of dragonfruit, a variegated pink lemon, a mandarin orange, a mexican lime tree, 5 varieties of pomegranates, a loquat, a Lila avocado tree & SCADS of banana plants!! (Plus a few date, apple & misc. citrus seedlings) :)

Not a Novice, but not Uber smart in all the ways of tropical fruit-dom.
Usually ask questions about fertilization(kind & frequency) & soil amendments.

Love to talk about & trade plants/seeds.
Looking to learn & GROW!!! Glad to meet y'all!! ~Cheryl
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Tropicdude on September 18, 2012, 12:09:31 PM
HI y'all from Central Texas!!! :D

I am avid tropical fruit fan, pushing the Zone 8b whenever I can & LOVE the challenge of germinating seeds!!
Am a tropical fruit nut...It all started with 3 little Dwarf Namwah banana plants. ;D

I have a few varieties of passionfruit, 3 varieties of dragonfruit, a variegated pink lemon, a mandarin orange, a mexican lime tree, 5 varieties of pomegranates, a loquat, a Lila avocado tree & SCADS of banana plants!! (Plus a few date, apple & misc. citrus seedlings) :)

Not a Novice, but not Uber smart in all the ways of tropical fruit-dom.
Usually ask questions about fertilization(kind & frequency) & soil amendments.

Love to talk about & trade plants/seeds.
Looking to learn & GROW!!! Glad to meet y'all!! ~Cheryl

Howdy Cheryl, welcome to the forum.  I see you already have a very nice collection.  anyhow, the water is fine here, just jump in anytime. ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jermaine on September 18, 2012, 01:59:37 PM
so this my first time here so anyone want to give me seeds to grow here on guam
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jcbk101 on September 18, 2012, 06:04:15 PM
  Hey, why not. Better late than never. Hi, my name is John and I live in West Palm Beach.
I love fruit, specifically mango and avocado. My hobby WAS software programming but the wife kicked me off of the computer so now my hobby is growing tropical fruit trees and smaller plants. Right now I have a pickering, NDM4, Keitt and what is still an unknown mango.

  In the garden, I am TRYING to grow mint, green peppers, green onion, cucumber , carrots and okra.
The only tree with any activity is my ackee tree. I guess that is it. Thanks to those who help / have helped me. :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MangoFang on September 19, 2012, 12:05:38 AM
Hi Peter, Dan, Germaine, tabbydan, CValentine....my gosh it's been so long since I've been through this part of the Forum,
I don't know what to say.....I'm part of the California zone-pushing contigent - a fairly new bunch of people trying
to establish a west coast presence in the tropical fruit world.

Anyway, Peter - wanted to ask you (and Dan too) how you grow you're stuff?  Is it in a greenhouse or just in a large south-facing
window in the house or somewhere?

Wish you all luck and ask away!  There are some pretty savvy fruit growers in this crowd....

mangofang
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ReneeFLL on September 19, 2012, 05:01:36 PM
so this my first time here so anyone want to give me seeds to grow here on guam

This thread is for you to tell us about yourself, what you are growing and what you would to grow. It's not for asking for seeds. Trading or asking for seeds is in another forum.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: larafarms on September 19, 2012, 07:32:23 PM
hey party people, im julian of lara farms.
we do all our grafting so that means we wholesale. 
i was raised around tropical fruits thanks to my family.
we love introducing people to all the rare fruit variety here at the farm.
I try to have the best variety of what ever im selling.
also give you the best advice i can about how to care and how u install ur new tree(s).


Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Heatherd on September 19, 2012, 11:57:11 PM
 Hello All!

Want to say hello, I'm a newbie to container tropicals as I live in southern Indiana ( the 'southern' part really means nothing in regards to tropicals!) but have recently started growing, buying and almost obsessing about what I don't know and what I want to learn and grow. It's fascinating finding out that there are trees grown naturally in Africa that I can grow from a seed in a large pot and have indoors in winter in my sunroom!!! This craze started early summer with Moringa seeds and I now have many different container trees in my collection. I have tons to learn but I'm an avid reader and quick learner and hope to really be successful with trees in containers.

 ;D

About me- mother to 4, love to read, bike, garden, active with kids in sports and school. Oldest daughter (teen) is going to NYC for modeling contract in Oct so life is really fun right now.

Any words of advice is appreciated but if you're to busy for me, I understand completely and will just read and learn....

Thanks!!!!!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: zands on September 20, 2012, 01:56:07 AM
hey party people, im julian of lara farms.
we do all our grafting so that means we wholesale. 
i was raised around tropical fruits thanks to my family.
we love introducing people to all the rare fruit variety here at the farm.
I try to have the best variety of what ever im selling.
also give you the best advice i can about how to care and how u install ur new tree(s).

Some here are waiting for your canistel #2 grafts to be ready. Welcome!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HMHausman on September 20, 2012, 11:24:46 AM
Finally catching up with my forum threads and realized I haven't looked here for a month and a half.  I am slipping....although tropical storms and flooding did divert my attention for part of that time.  I'd like to welcome Robguz 24 (cool website btw), ScottR (thanks Ethan for the referral.....we need more CRFG members, looking forward to your contributions), ReneeFLL (got to meet you briefly, you'll have to stop back by during the next fruiting season),  Columbo973 (we are short on South Americans, glad you joined....have you posted pictures yet?  I haven't seen them, and would love to), 2ManyToyz (Robert and Dawn).....thanks Joe for the referral ( very interesting those markings on the wood framing.....like some long lost historical record), Kona400 (very much enjoyed a visit to your side of the Big Island years ago....very different grwing conditions), TNAndy (very nice collection....you sun room growers always amaze me), Picko Jack (i've seen some pictures you have posted....much appreciated.....and your English is great....keep it up), Hoosierquilt ( another So Cal and RFG member...thanks Simon for the referral......glad you joined), Bonakyon (you are our official Bay Islands, Honduran resident member....sounds like you are well on the way to a great collection of fruiting trees not native to your area), Gaberoo ( you kind of missed this summer's main fruiting season at my place, but let me take the time to mention to you and other members that they are all welcome to stop by my place if they are planning to be in the area to taste what I have available.  Lychees were a bust this year, but I am hoping for big things in the mango and lychee world next season....beginning in around May),  CWojo (thanks mikesid for the referral.......we have no shortage of So FL folk and welcome more.....the more the merrier). CValentine ( Central Texas is not exactly very hospitable place to grow what your trying to grow.  You guys are still in drought mode, aren't you?), Jermaine (come on man, you're going to have to work a bit harder to get anyone to send you some seeds......what are you growing now and tell us about your proposed growing area/conditions....the seeds will follow), LaraFarms (welcome Julian, your reputation preceeds you....glad to have more experienced and knowledgeable folks on the forum),  jcbk101 (John, you've alreadfy made your presence known on the forum....lots of good posts....keep it up), Heatherd (lots of other southerners you can commune with here...especially OhioJay in Southern Ohio.....you "southerners" need tostick together), TabbyDan (OK, so what you are saying is that you are a fruit growing wierdo.......you're in excellent company here in the forum, welcome) and Peter in UK.....good to see some more European members.  We have several and you guys are amazing zone pushers.

OK...I think I got everyone.  My apologies if I missed anyone.  Again, when members are in South Florida for vacation, please drop me a note to arrange a visit to my yard.  Happy to show you what I am doing in my fruit growing craziness.

Harry
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Heatherd on September 20, 2012, 02:21:24 PM
LOLOLOL!!!

Thanks Harry, hilarious comments to all of us new to this board! Thanks again-

Heather (actually moved to 'southern' IN from Knoxville, TN-true South :). And, hoping to move back one day!)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Tropicdude on September 20, 2012, 10:25:47 PM
Yeah I'm the same way, I get so carried away in the regular channels forget to say hi to the new folks, anyway just want to welcome everyone, most of us don't bite, so go ahead join the fun.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ReneeFLL on September 22, 2012, 11:29:19 AM
Welcome to all the newbies including myself. This is a wonderful forum where you will learn a lot. The people here are very helpful.

Julian my Pantin mamey is looking and doing great. Thanks.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: littlegrower on September 24, 2012, 09:09:59 AM
Hello to all :),
                   My name is Nikki, and I will be going by the username littlegrower. I have been a lurker for a while now, and once I found out people can buy/sell/trade things on here I had to join! :) I also love reading all the informational posts on gardenweb. This place is awesome!!! 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Tropicdude on September 24, 2012, 07:12:29 PM
Hello to all :),
                   My name is Nikki, and I will be going by the username littlegrower. I have been a lurker for a while now, and once I found out people can buy/sell/trade things on here I had to join! :) I also love reading all the informational posts on gardenweb. This place is awesome!!!

Welcome Nikki to the forum,  many of the folks here also frequent Gardenweb, and was started from members of that forum, that felt the interface needed updating, plus as you mentioned, less restrictions on the Buy/Sell/Trade area.   glad you made the plunge.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HMHausman on September 24, 2012, 07:30:19 PM
HI, Nikki...and welcome to the forum.  You indicated that you are growing in the USA....any hints on your zone/state/area?
And what are you growing now or what would you like to grow in the future?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: msk0072 on September 25, 2012, 06:47:27 AM
Hello to the community :)
This is Mike from Greece. I live in the island of Crete(Zone 10a/b?).
Am I the first greek member of this forum?
I was a lunker for some time and now I am here. I am a tropical fruit enthusiast after visiting Thailand. After tasting so many fruits there I said to me that I can grow some tropical fruiting trees in my place and enjoy the freshness.
At the momment I am growing the following trees :
Mango (many cultivars, grafted), sapodilla (from seed), Black Sapote (from seed), Jaboticaba (from seed), Jackfruit (grafted, from seed), Dragon Fruit (cuttings, from seeds), puteria sapote (from seed), Avocado (grafted), atemoya (from seed), guava (from seed), passifloras, papayas, pineapples. pawpaws (from seed).
I am looking for more mango cultivars such LZ, Maha Chanok, R2E2, Keitt, Mallika, KP or unusual and not common cultivars, durian seeds, lychees and more...

Mike
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Tropicdude on September 25, 2012, 01:35:27 PM
Hello Mike, welcome,   

Will be interesting to see some pictures of your trees, and share your experiences from that area of the world.  Don't believe anyone else here from Greece, but we are getting folks from all over the world.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HMHausman on September 25, 2012, 02:05:03 PM
Hi MIke and welcome to the forum. I am most interested in what can be grown on Crete.  You should have a pretty good variety that would thrive there with your Mediterranean climate.  How long have your trees been planted?  Have you had fruit crops from the trees you list?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: peter on September 25, 2012, 04:13:16 PM
Anyway, Peter - wanted to ask you (and Dan too) how you grow you're stuff?  Is it in a greenhouse or just in a large south-facing
window in the house or somewhere?

Hi, yes I grow them in two south-facing windows.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: msk0072 on September 25, 2012, 04:41:22 PM
Hi, thanks for the warm welcome
William
This forum is awesome, amazing interesting. Really international. Yes it will be very intereting to share my pictures and my experiences to the  forum. As soon as I feel very comfortable with posting and my English I will post pictures from my trees. My experience is not very big because I am relative new in that field.
Harry
The climate here is much more Mediterranean and subtropical than the other parts of Greece and Europe. Crete is the southest part of Europe. The only problem is the weather in January and February with temperatures between 5 - 12oC. Some trees are very sensitive to those temperatures. My oldest trees are the avocado 4 years old planted in the ground not fruited yet. All other trees are in big pots, small pots and plastic bags 1-2 years old. I hope soon I can plant many of them. Last summer my NDM had a few mangos but the fruits didn't make it to the maturity because the tree is very young. if I find pictures in my computer I can post here.
Mike
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HMHausman on September 25, 2012, 05:03:08 PM
The climate here is much more Mediterranean and subtropical than the other parts of Greece and Europe. Crete is the southest part of Europe. The only problem is the weather in January and February with temperatures between 5 - 12oC. Some trees are very sensitive to those temperatures. My oldest trees are the avocado 4 years old planted in the ground not fruited yet. All other trees are in big pots, small pots and plastic bags 1-2 years old. I hope soon I can plant many of them. Last summer my NDM had a few mangos but the fruits didn't make it to the maturity because the tree is very young. if I find pictures in my computer I can post here.
Mike

Your English is really good.   Jump right in, pictures are fun to post and share. Your temps aren't terrible.  How does the rainy season/dry season occur in Crete.  I wouldn't think humidity or lack therof would be a problem. is it?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HMHausman on September 25, 2012, 05:09:06 PM
Mike.....please update your profile location so that your location appears in your posts.  Peter.....please do the same.  I see you are not far from Manchester.  That's a pretty rainy area with not too many sunny days.  Do your plants get enough light through the windows or do you have supplement with artificial lighting?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Tropicdude on September 27, 2012, 02:50:58 PM
Hi, thanks for the warm welcome
William
This forum is awesome, amazing interesting. Really international. Yes it will be very intereting to share my pictures and my experiences to the  forum. As soon as I feel very comfortable with posting and my English I will post pictures from my trees. My experience is not very big because I am relative new in that field.
Harry
The climate here is much more Mediterranean and subtropical than the other parts of Greece and Europe. Crete is the southest part of Europe. The only problem is the weather in January and February with temperatures between 5 - 12oC. Some trees are very sensitive to those temperatures. My oldest trees are the avocado 4 years old planted in the ground not fruited yet. All other trees are in big pots, small pots and plastic bags 1-2 years old. I hope soon I can plant many of them. Last summer my NDM had a few mangos but the fruits didn't make it to the maturity because the tree is very young. if I find pictures in my computer I can post here.
Mike

Mile, please create a "New Topic" and introduce us to your trees, pictures are would be great.
I would like to know what varieties of mango you have.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: huertasurbanas on September 27, 2012, 07:24:19 PM
Hi all, this is my first post.

I joined this forum because it has very good information, and I have wanted to work with you helping spread the tropical fruit. Also, I am a Masanobu Fukuoka "fan" ;-)

I live in Junín, Buenos Aires, on the same latitude as southern Uruguay, about 600 kilometers east of sites which are grown arazá, Guaviyú, feijoa and pitanga.

In the microclimate of my city, I dont think frosts are less than -3 º C (with my thermometer I measured - 1 º C in August, but the coldest month is July and I had no thermometer), but on the outskirts of the city often down to -7 ° C, ie only the feijoa could be grown in the fields. There are big and old feijoa trees in the outskirts, but no other tropical fruit treed... I think.

So, In the gardens of the houses, almost all tropical fruit could be grown.

This year I bought several Myrtaceae family fruit, spring just started here, so we will not see flowers and fruit for another time. I didnt tried any of these fruits, so I love to know you liked the guaviyú :-D

The fruits we have are: Guaviyú, arazá, guava, pitanga (3 varieties), guava (green-pink), setecapotes (Campomanesia guazumifolia) uvaia (Eugenia pyriformis), feijoa and tamarillo. Also, I am growing some different guavas from seed (yellow, white, gree-red, etc.)

Here's a brief report on our Guaviyú:

http://www.huertasurbanas.com/2012/09/25/guaviyu-eugenia-pungens-video-del-recien-llegado/ (http://www.huertasurbanas.com/2012/09/25/guaviyu-eugenia-pungens-video-del-recien-llegado/)

(this is our site)

Also, you shoud read this:

http://www.guayubira.org.uy/monte/Guaviyu.pdf (http://www.guayubira.org.uy/monte/Guaviyu.pdf)

Cheers!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitlovers on September 27, 2012, 08:03:17 PM
Hola Huertas Urbanas. great to have someone from Buenos Aires...a great city! I should know, i was born there.  :D  I just glanced at your site, looks nice. Will have to take a more serious look at it and video later. Welcome, bienvinido al forum. Will be great to hear more about the plants growing in Argentina.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: huertasurbanas on September 27, 2012, 08:51:10 PM
Gracias Oscar, thanks, how long did you lived in Buenos Aires? (I am 260km from Buenos Aires, Capital)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Dirty Coconuts on September 27, 2012, 09:37:04 PM
Hello. Thanks for having me here. Nice forum
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Heatherd on September 27, 2012, 10:59:54 PM
Thanks for the welcome all, wonderful people here obviously. Love having a one-stop-shop for information and personal help.
Thanks for not making us newbies feel weird  :P
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitlovers on September 27, 2012, 11:29:19 PM
Gracias Oscar, thanks, how long did you lived in Buenos Aires? (I am 260km from Buenos Aires, Capital)

Lived in Bs. As. till i was 8, then family moved to EEUU. Been back only 2x for visits.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Tropicdude on September 28, 2012, 12:27:16 PM
Thanks for the welcome all, wonderful people here obviously. Love having a one-stop-shop for information and personal help.
Thanks for not making us newbies feel weird  :P

Howdy Heathered and welcome.

What are you growing in Indiana? are you doing tropical s in containers? greenhouse? or just love tropical fruits?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Californiatropicals on October 01, 2012, 01:46:52 AM
Greetings from California!

I couldn't resist joining this forum.. I've been interested in growing tropicals for a few years... I am only 25.. but one of my first attempts was a mango tree i  planted when I was about 10.... needless to say without proper care it died... my bad.. 

I currently have a pretty nice collection of tropical fruits and have succeeded in fruits delicious bananas and guavas  here in the SF Bay Area.

Among my large interest in green sapote, papaya, cherimoya, white sapote,  dragon fruit, Rollinia Deliciosa. Sugar apple. paw paw,  Custard apple, black sapote, avocados, mamey sapote. coffee and mango ( my newest Valencia pride mango!!)   just to name a few I have a large collection and practice germinating seeds..  This spring I was fortunate to find a source of white sapote budwood and practice my hand at grafting.. SUCCESS!!! I was so excited... I've since done a few successful (and unsuccessful) grafts on citrus and avocado! I look forward to doing more grafting!!


This is my green sapote That I was so fortunate to have given to me by another rare fruit enthusiast from San Diego.. I got it in late may and it's already grown over a foot and is starting to branch out.  From my experience.. it's a fast grower is semi shade!

(http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg545/dvaldez1286/greensapotesept_zps17df7108.jpg)(http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg545/dvaldez1286/greensapoteclose_zps11f6a4e2.jpg)

My Valencia pride from florida!
(http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg545/dvaldez1286/valenciapridemango_zpse5679aed.jpg)

I look forward to discussing things with other enthusiasts  and learning and sharing experiences!




Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: nullzero on October 01, 2012, 02:14:36 AM
Welcome to the forums Catropicals. Congrats on your new mango, sounds like you got a great variety of trees growing. I am growing Green Sapote as well as Mamey Sapote down in SoCal. I have noticed that both really amp up growth with the temps we have been getting the last month.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Tropicdude on October 01, 2012, 08:58:44 PM
Hello Cal-Tropicals ,  coincidentally my first mango tree was a Valencia Pride,  just a warning, they can get big, and fast ! but they are good tasting. anyway you seem to have a nice collection started.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Californiatropicals on October 01, 2012, 09:18:02 PM
Thanks NullZero

I recognize you from cloudforest... (bayareatropicals25) That's where i got  my G.S. A Cloudforest member was so generous to give it to me.  It's grown about two feet since I got it!  Btw I still owe you McBeth loquat scion wood sometime... This past spring I really wasn't sure how to harvest scions and by the time I figured it out, it was too late, the buds were already broken open.

Tropic Dude,

I am really excited about Valencia pride.. It's growing so fast..  Already grown about 5 inches of branch in less than a month!! until I got this mango I've only had experience with Manila and seedling mangos which I've read are naturally dwarf.. they grow SO painfully slow!!!  I'd rather be frequently pruning an out of control V.P. than waiting on growth from a dwarf.. lol of course climate probably has something to do  with it.. Cool summers here..  I got the V.P. From cooper gardens on e-bay.. they have excellent service and the tree arrived in immaculate condition! they have some florida avodcados  and air layered  lychees and longans right now.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ScottR on October 01, 2012, 11:01:33 PM
Welcome Catropicals, nice to see another Ca. grower here, congrats on your list of plants your growing, listen up there are a lot  expert growers around here. Enjoy 8)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: OrganicJim on October 02, 2012, 05:19:44 PM
I was born and raise on my parents orchard and have been around fruit all of my life. Moved to Florida in the early sixties and started growing various types of citrus. branched out from there to pineapples and bananas. With all of the problems that have developed in citrus I started widening my horizons first to conventional fruits such as pomagerates, blueberries and mulberries.
When I started downsizing my orched collection I ended up with room in my greenhouses and started looking at true tropicals. I got to know Adam from this group and started working with him on growing techniques and have since ended up with a wide selection of tropicals and looking for more.
I am a technical advisor for a company that produces organic products for the soil and foliar applications. Work with growers all over the world to improve growing and I write articles about organic grwoing. Everything I grow everything without chemicals.
I am very interested in plant nutrition and soil biology so I try and grow high brix scale fruit. When done correctly the end product is very gratifying.
Because of the size of some of the things I am now growing I am developing ways to make covering bushes an plants easier if they are kept to a reasonable size.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Recher on October 07, 2012, 10:21:40 AM
Dreams come true. In 1977 purchased run down dairy farm that had been subdivided. I bought the old house and 42 acres / 17 ha. Twenty years later I bought the adjoining 42 acres / 17 ha and sold off 2 ha couple years later with the housing entitlement to recoup the purchase cost. The second lot is mostly excellent closed canopy wet sclerophyll forest with a few open paddocks.

Fruit Spirit Botanical Garden, Wildlife Refuge & Involuntary Pet Burial Ground is 32 ha /80 acres. Almost all the property is now closed canopy forest. There are over 2000 species of plants including about 130 spp palms, 35 spp, bamboo, 38 spp. zingerberacea. About 180 fruit and nut species. I can grow low child blueberries next to jakfruit. Same chill a sOrlando with no risk of black frost. biggest surprises successful fruting of Lecythis pisonis and Peach Palm. Have a huge in ground succulent collection in spite of 1800mm rain per annum.

Wet warm subtropical rainforst climate.

koalas feeding on trees I planted. 13 spp snake, 11 spp frog, 9 spp. lizard. Pythons and goannas in the attic. Platypus and pest animals like Swamp Wallaby.

Have handled thousands of different seed. Like an idiot I didn't save one from each encounter. What a collection that would have been. I first had a nursery for cash flow, then seed business, then eco-tours. Soon I go on old age pension. I love socialism. Best decision of my life was leaving USA. Second best was settling in Australia

I am a religious atheist who has no belief in an afterlife and has no fear of the big sleep, but is afraid and adverse to ever entering a nursing home.

 Deeply involved in study of quantum physics and cosmology.

Watch these youtubes and you'll get a real handle on me

http://www.youtube.com/user/recherism?feature=results_main (http://www.youtube.com/user/recherism?feature=results_main)

http://www.youtube.com/user/recherism?feature=results_main (http://www.youtube.com/user/recherism?feature=results_main)

Paul Recher rants (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4ZJ3c6g-74#)





Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Tropicdude on October 07, 2012, 08:47:52 PM
Quote
Deeply involved in study of quantum physics and cosmology.

Hello Recher

Welcome to the forum,  I like the above topics also,  in the "everything else" area of the forum you may want to post some ideas, viewpoints etc. 
I have some ideas on cosmology but I visualize everything and have a terrible time trying to explain it,
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jcaldeira on October 08, 2012, 01:52:54 AM
Hey Paul, I envy your early start.  I, too, left the U.S. and bought a farm.  It's a tranquil environment, but intellectually challenging and hard work at the same time.  Welcome to the forum.

John
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitlovers on October 08, 2012, 03:32:09 AM
About time Paul that you made the switch to this forum. The yahoo group was really deadsville. Will be great to get your input and expertise here. You'll love the off topic part of the group where you won't get censored!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mike T on October 08, 2012, 04:16:20 AM
Welcome Recher. I am sure your experience and ideas will be valued and your input to discussions will be lively.It seems some of your interests are similar to mine and we will probably have some frank and forthright discussions.

Organic Jim welcome aboard also.Your expertise in foliar applications and organically growing plants will be appreciated.I certainly look forward to posts from you.
 
Cheers
Mike T
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: roynmalibu on October 09, 2012, 02:09:44 AM
Hello my name is RoynMalibu. I am learning to grow passion fruit of various types to make exotic salsa. I have 7 types currently and will experiment this next year with tasty dishes to top mango salsa 8). I bought some sample vines in June, 2012 and have grown from small plant of 2' to 8 to 25' varies. I have some flowers violet and waiting for Flame reds to appear? I am open and have lots to learn. My goal to to cultivate and create new salsa line of product to rival the mango salsa sold at Costco.

Thank you everyone, look forward in chatting in the future  :)

 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: nullzero on October 09, 2012, 05:57:34 PM
Hello my name is RoynMalibu. I am learning to grow passion fruit of various types to make exotic salsa. I have 7 types currently and will experiment this next year with tasty dishes to top mango salsa 8). I bought some sample vines in June, 2012 and have grown from small plant of 2' to 8 to 25' varies. I have some flowers violet and waiting for Flame reds to appear? I am open and have lots to learn. My goal to to cultivate and create new salsa line of product to rival the mango salsa sold at Costco.

Thank you everyone, look forward in chatting in the future  :)

Welcome to the forums, sounds like a fun and unique project your working on. Good luck with the salsa and growing Passiflora.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Tropicdude on October 10, 2012, 12:48:36 AM
Welcome Roy and Jim.

Roy check out the recipe section on the forum, tons of good stuff there,  and you can share your recipes also.

Organic Jim.  I am very interested in the products you mentioned,  if you have product that you sell, we have a Buy Sell trade section, or if you just use these products, please share your results and experiences.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: BarryDiamond on October 10, 2012, 05:32:50 PM
I'm a lot like Patrick : My hobbies include, walking around my yard aimlessly looking a each leaf of every living plant in my yard, pest and disease control of my plants, fertilizing my plants, explaining to my neighbors why I talk to my plants, explaining to my family why I talk to my plants, and seeking out new places in my yard that require additional plants in the ground... except my wife limits me as to where I can plant. Also, half of my property is on a solid limestone shelf that requires a back-hoe to cut out a planting hole that limits tree size.

I have eight varieties of mango (mostly dwarf), two of lychee, two of longan, three of avocado, two of Surinam Cherry, two of Mulberry, papaya, three of banana, Annona Squamosa (red), Gefner atemoya, Golden Nugget jakfruit, Arkin carambola, persimmon, Gulf Ruby plum, Monstera, soft shell macadamia, fig, Persian Lime, Key Lime, Meyer Lemon, yellow jaboticaba, loquat, dragon fruit and canistel. Had a grove of Hurado Buntan Pumelos before the citrus police in 2000, and black sapote before Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

I'm totally organic, so lots of time is spent hand killing pests. I also enjoy grafting, especially my favorite mango varieties, and air-layering the lychees.

Enjoyed finding lots of a large variety loquat (Nespola) around along the Amalfi Coast and Naples, Italy this spring.

I still work full-time, so time is the biggest challenge.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: davidgarcia899 on October 11, 2012, 09:43:02 PM
I'm a lot like Patrick : My hobbies include, walking around my yard aimlessly looking a each leaf of every living plant in my yard, pest and disease control of my plants, fertilizing my plants, explaining to my neighbors why I talk to my plants, explaining to my family why I talk to my plants, and seeking out new places in my yard that require additional plants in the ground... except my wife limits me as to where I can plant. Also, half of my property is on a solid limestone shelf that requires a back-hoe to cut out a planting hole that limits tree size.

I have eight varieties of mango (mostly dwarf), two of lychee, two of longan, three of avocado, two of Surinam Cherry, two of Mulberry, papaya, three of banana, Annona Squamosa (red), Gefner atemoya, Golden Nugget jakfruit, Arkin carambola, persimmon, Gulf Ruby plum, Monstera, soft shell macadamia, fig, Persian Lime, Key Lime, Meyer Lemon, yellow jaboticaba, loquat, dragon fruit and canistel. Had a grove of Hurado Buntan Pumelos before the citrus police in 2000, and black sapote before Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

I'm totally organic, so lots of time is spent hand killing pests. I also enjoy grafting, especially my favorite mango varieties, and air-layering the lychees.

Enjoyed finding lots of a large variety loquat (Nespola) around along the Amalfi Coast and Naples, Italy this spring.

I still work full-time, so time is the biggest challenge.


Miami Limestone! I know your suffering!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: victory on October 12, 2012, 12:27:55 PM
Hello,
   My name is Ed Doyle. I have been growing tropical fruit trees and other things since I moved into this house in 1991. Through the years, I have been more of less serious as financial and health matters have often taken precedence. I have a unique pie-shaped lot in a treed neighborhood close to downtown; protected from the winter North- Northwest winds and freezing temperatures by a 20 foot high concrete wall at the rear of the property. This provides an excellent microclimate. I have collected a large number of cultivars of many species. Of course, the major problem here is Hurricanes, and I've had my share of heartbreaks with fallen trees and wind damage. Last November, we had a monsoon event. My property is 5 feet higher than my neighbor to the rear, so flooding is never an issue. However, he has some larger oak and ficus trees, two of which decided to topple on my property and house. The roof over one bedroom collapsed, and I have spent the last year repairing the damages and removing other large trees in order to maximize my future efforts. I am fascinated with the Eugenia/ Myrciaria and Garcinia/Rheedia groups, Lychee, and Mango; as well as the more usual fare. This year, I am doing a complete garden overhaul, removing older selections and replacing them. I am also installing self-watering grow boxes and vertical growsticks for production of more vegetables in a smaller space. I am studying the possibility of adding an Aquaponic system as well. Always on the search for the rare and unusual seeds and plants. In these times, I think people need to work at re-aquiring the skills of food production largely lost in our 'just-in-time' delivery system. Besides, foods grown at home with all the micronutrients is far healthier. This year, after reading about the legendary 'Terra Preta' soils of the Amazon and their insane productivity, I purchased a keystove to turn waste wood into bio char and wood ash. It is a pleasure to have found this board thru Pepe's Plants!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: nullzero on October 12, 2012, 06:46:40 PM
Victory,

Welcome to the forums, a lot of the things you show interest in many of us do as well. I have always wanted to setup a aquaponics system, but don't have a owned home yet to test it out. I am experimenting with bio char in the container mixes I use. I also have SWC containers setup, and testing out the air pruning containers.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: victory on October 13, 2012, 07:55:21 PM
I wonder how many others are trying these pots and swc's and how they are working? Thanks Nullzero!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CoPlantNut on October 13, 2012, 08:09:01 PM
I wonder how many others are trying these pots and swc's and how they are working? Thanks Nullzero!

Welcome to the forum!

I've tried air-pruning pots for ~6 years and and self-watering containers for ~15 years (though nothing in the past 5 years); so far I have nothing but good things to say about the air-pruning pots (especially fabric pots!) and mixed to bad reviews on the self-watering containers.  The self-watering containers work OK in the short term, but after 2-4 years they seem to cause more problems then they are worth in my experience.  Your results may vary; for things that like sitting in water like Jabuticaba the self-watering containers may be OK in the long term.  But I've yet to encounter a plant that didn't do well in a fabric pot, now including strongly-tap-rooted things like Garcinia.

   Kevin
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: phantomcrab on October 14, 2012, 11:33:19 AM
Hi there. I'm Richard in St. Petersburg, Florida and have been on the forum since January but never introduced myself.
I live on a small lot at 55+ feet above sea level with three large live oak trees and very sandy soil so I'm somewhat constrained in what I can easily grow. Temperatures in my area fall to freezing or below every 4 years or so. I grow mangos, citrus, pineapples and a few eugenias because these are tolerant of the climate and are frequently seen around town. Lychee, avocado, longan, carambola, sapodilla, sugar apple and atemoya also grow well here but there is simply not the space or sun for these in my yard. Other people do grow more tender fruit (jackfruit, wax jambu, abiu) in better cold protected locations near the water.
I've always been interested in tropical plants and now I grow them outdoors with relative ease.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Tomas on October 14, 2012, 11:38:28 AM
Welcome phantomcrab! I am particularly happy to hear that you grow Eugenias. I am a little crazy about Eugenias myself and I probably grow more Eugenias than I should.

Tomas
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jen on October 14, 2012, 07:28:54 PM
Hi everyone, I have been a 'lurker' for a while but finally found the courage to post! I love reading all the informative discussions on this forum also Daleys and love growing my own fruit to eat. This fruit-tree obsession has been a fairly recent one for me (over the last year really) but has been fuelled by all the fantastic information available from all you gurus! I love garcinias - starting with the purple mangosteen, furthered by the achacha and am growing a variety of other things most of which are too young to fruit yet but I hope over the next couple of years to start tasting all these exotic fruit which are not readily available in the shops - abiu, white sapote, cherry of rio grande etc.

I am a busy mum of 4 boys all at school & I study graphic design & I do photo restoration so it's hard to fit it all in but I try! My husband unfortunately does not share my fruit tree obsession, only tolerates it and we do not live on acreage so space is always a consideration. I am trialling the bonsai tree bags as discussed on the Daleys website for a few of my trees, so how successful this will be remains to be seen.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HMHausman on October 14, 2012, 08:45:05 PM
Looks like a bunch of new members I missed welcoming.

Bienvenidos a HuertasUrbanas......we are still short of South American members, so glad to have you join in the fun. 

To Dirty Coconuts.....welcome, I think.  Your member name has me a bit worried. I'm sure you're alright though. 

CaliforniaTropicals, good to have more representation from the great State of California.  Good to see a new member posting pictures immediately.  We need more of that.

Organic Jim...welcome.  Sounds like you may be a real resource for our members that are into the organic growing world.....which is a pretty good percentage of us.  What kind of fruit orchards did you grow up with?

Recher......welcome.  You need to get over your shyness and tell what you really feel about some of these horticultural subjects.  I hate people that beat around the bush.

RoyinMalibu....welcome.  A mango salsa-phile.....excellent.  I wish you luck in achieving the goal of besting the Costco mango salsa.  I never pass up the opportunity to try that salsa when they are demonstrating it at my local Costco.  Of course, I don't really like it...I just feel it is incumbent on me to check to make sure it remains properly prepared and presented. ;)

BarryDiamond......welcome.  Very nice collection you have.  Please don't openly admit you are anything like Patrick. Didn't you know how crazy he is.  If you have any of his tendencies, just keep it a secret  (like the rest of us) and no one will know.

To Victory (Ed), welcome.  You've got about as many years as I have in this hobby, so hopefully you be able to give us the benefit of your wisdom gathered over the years. Thanks to Jason (Pepe's Plants) for telling you about the forum.

To PhantomCrab (Richard)......I have already had the pleasure of your visit to my house.  Good to see you making the formal introduction to everyone esle.

To Jen.....welcome out of the shadows of lurkerdom and into the bright light of forum posting and discussion.  We're short on Aussies and also Ladies....so an extra specially warm welcome on both of those accounts.

To all new members, please let me know if you are going to be anywhere near my home.  I am always interested and willing to show interested folks around.........and to enjoy tasting whatever may happen to be available to try from the yard's bounty.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: victory on October 14, 2012, 09:31:52 PM
Great to hear of your success with these CoPlantNut! I only found out about the air prune pots a few weeks ago. I use the self waterers for vegetables only so far. And thanks Harry, I'd love to stop by sometime and see your place. As for my experience, I have only renewed my interest this year. Only now am I approaching it in a more conscientious manner and learning such things as grafting. I have a lot to learn and this forum is far and away the BEST resource I have come across for a vast array of experience of others. I am very grateful to have found it!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: hbijlmakers on October 14, 2012, 11:58:53 PM
Hello fruit lovers,
I am an agronomist and I have a garden in Thailand with many types of tropical fruits.
Happy to have found this forum.
Hein
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Tropicdude on October 15, 2012, 12:18:16 AM
Hello,
   My name is Ed Doyle. I have been growing tropical fruit trees and other things since I moved into this house in 1991. Through the years, I have been more of less serious as financial and health matters have often taken precedence. I have a unique pie-shaped lot in a treed neighborhood close to downtown; protected from the winter North- Northwest winds and freezing temperatures by a 20 foot high concrete wall at the rear of the property. This provides an excellent microclimate. I have collected a large number of cultivars of many species. Of course, the major problem here is Hurricanes, and I've had my share of heartbreaks with fallen trees and wind damage. Last November, we had a monsoon event. My property is 5 feet higher than my neighbor to the rear, so flooding is never an issue. However, he has some larger oak and ficus trees, two of which decided to topple on my property and house. The roof over one bedroom collapsed, and I have spent the last year repairing the damages and removing other large trees in order to maximize my future efforts. I am fascinated with the Eugenia/ Myrciaria and Garcinia/Rheedia groups, Lychee, and Mango; as well as the more usual fare. This year, I am doing a complete garden overhaul, removing older selections and replacing them. I am also installing self-watering grow boxes and vertical growsticks for production of more vegetables in a smaller space. I am studying the possibility of adding an Aquaponic system as well. Always on the search for the rare and unusual seeds and plants. In these times, I think people need to work at re-aquiring the skills of food production largely lost in our 'just-in-time' delivery system. Besides, foods grown at home with all the micronutrients is far healthier. This year, after reading about the legendary 'Terra Preta' soils of the Amazon and their insane productivity, I purchased a keystove to turn waste wood into bio char and wood ash. It is a pleasure to have found this board thru Pepe's Plants!

Hello Victory, ( As in Victory garden? )  You have some great plans,  and wish you success.

I have made a couple of home made self watering containers,  after "playing" around with them, this is what I have discovered.  Use them for shallow rooted plants.  things like Papaya and Watermelon, all started well until the roots reached the water.

At the moment I have a Pitaya growing in one, which are now reaching the second floor roof.  it loves that container.  tomatoes and things like that do well also.

Also you may want to look into the wonderful world of mychoriazal fungi and beneficial bacteria, as you seem to be interested in improving your soil.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Tropicdude on October 15, 2012, 12:19:48 AM
Hello fruit lovers,
I am an agronomist and I have a garden in Thailand with many types of tropical fruits.
Happy to have found this forum.
Hein

Hello Hein,

Welcome to the forum, .
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: nullzero on October 15, 2012, 01:57:12 PM
I wonder how many others are trying these pots and swc's and how they are working? Thanks Nullzero!

Have not checked this thread for a few days. The SWC have worked out great with the plants i have tried it on. Lychees seem to love the SWC. I also have a 3 1/2 year old pepper, 'Ken's Red' Kiwi, 'Hana Fuyu' Persimmon, 'Vista' Fig all in SWCs. From what I noticed, container mix makes a huge difference in health of the plant. Also having plants that love water helps as well. I have gotten better results with the SWC, then the fabric containers.

Fabric containers have been given me mixed results, I think a lot of this has to do with the mix drying out to soon and not re-wetting evenly with the peatmoss mix. The plants get watered by my mother during the week days, so watering can be infrequent (2-3 times during the weekdays on average) and not as focused on certain plants. I decided to mainly have citrus, jujubes, and a few other semi drought tolerant crops in the fabric containers.

The air pruning containers, such as superoots have given me the best success. I have since ordered another batch of them, which I expect soon. I am going to aim to have (15) 12 gal superoots eventually, my older trees which I want to push into holding fruits will move into them.

After the testing and observations, I would go with Air pruning for my prime fruit trees like Mango, Cherimoya, etc. Fabric for the cactus fruits; Dragon Fruit, Opuntia, Stenocereus, etc. SWC for the water lovers; Lychee, Jabo, and ones which get drought stress easily without a reservoir.

The soil mix is a crucial part of having success, it also changes drastically for me depending on the container used.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: phantomcrab on October 15, 2012, 04:25:40 PM
Welcome Jen.
I have a friend that teaches at Griffith University in Brisbane. Here's a link to a USDA climate zone map of Australia.
http://www.anbg.gov.au/gardens/research/hort.research/zones.html (http://www.anbg.gov.au/gardens/research/hort.research/zones.html)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: victory on October 15, 2012, 07:24:32 PM
Thanks very much for the tips NullZero! I thought the Lychees would like them. Ed
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: BMc on October 15, 2012, 09:23:48 PM
Hi everyone, I have been a 'lurker' for a while but finally found the courage to post! I love reading all the informative discussions on this forum also Daleys and love growing my own fruit to eat. This fruit-tree obsession has been a fairly recent one for me (over the last year really) but has been fuelled by all the fantastic information available from all you gurus! I love garcinias - starting with the purple mangosteen, furthered by the achacha and am growing a variety of other things most of which are too young to fruit yet but I hope over the next couple of years to start tasting all these exotic fruit which are not readily available in the shops - abiu, white sapote, cherry of rio grande etc.

I am a busy mum of 4 boys all at school & I study graphic design & I do photo restoration so it's hard to fit it all in but I try! My husband unfortunately does not share my fruit tree obsession, only tolerates it and we do not live on acreage so space is always a consideration. I am trialling the bonsai tree bags as discussed on the Daleys website for a few of my trees, so how successful this will be remains to be seen.

Hi Jen,
Good to have another local here.
Purple Mangosteen is among the hardest gacinia to grow here. My 6yo has just gone through its second Brisbane winter without harm, so it can be grown, and we will see about the fruit. There are so many otehr great garcinia species out there. Good luck with the bonsai bags - I have a few things in tree sacks and they are generally quite good.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: murahilin on October 15, 2012, 10:07:05 PM
Hello fruit lovers,
I am an agronomist and I have a garden in Thailand with many types of tropical fruits.
Happy to have found this forum.
Hein

Welcome to the forum Hein. Looking forward to seeing your pictures and posts of Thai fruits.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: nullzero on October 16, 2012, 11:36:47 AM
Welcome to the forums Jen & Hein. Now lets see some pictures of the gardens  ;D.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: OrganicJim on October 17, 2012, 11:11:59 AM
I grew up on a family owned orchard in the State of Washington where we raised several types of non-tropical fruits. After college and the military I ended up in Florida. I have been growing citrus, pinapples and bananas for the last 40 plus years along with orchids others.
I got interested in organic growing in the 90's and became involved with TurfPro USA in 2005 where i consult on soil, soil biology and plant nutrition. I met Adam at a meeting and started working with him on the nutritional problems he was having with some types of tropical trees.
Bad mistake! He gave me some plants to grow and I am now growing a number of different types of tropicals and starting to look for others.
I have a good sized fenced yard and two greenhouses. Since Central Florida Zone 9b I am trying to stay with things that can either take some cold or can be kept in containers for years and still fruit.
Having a house set east to west and 2 1/2 stories high plus sevral large oak trees I have several micro climates in the yard that allow me to vary wath can be put in the ground.
I am enjoying looking at the various postings and getting at the same time getting a good education on what and how to grow. This forum will certainly shorten the learning curve that I did not have when I started here in Florida.
I have a long way to go before I can do much in the way of postings on most of the fruits grown here but can help on healthy grwoing methods. Jim
 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Ryan on October 20, 2012, 03:38:10 PM
Hi guys,

My wife and I are a young couple moved to Hawaii 3 years ago in search of a simpler way of life. Tropical fruit culture is one of my longtime interests. A year ago we cleared some jungle and began building a homestead & hobbie fruit farm. Today the place is still in its infancy, though we've already planted 50 grafted varieties of tropical fruit. My personal goal is 200+.

I am excited to discover this online community and look forward to interacting with all of you here.

Aloha,
Ryan
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HMHausman on October 20, 2012, 03:53:12 PM
Welcome Hein.  You live in a part of Thailand that  I always wanted to visit.  Please post some pictures of your horticultural doings when you get a chance.

Aloha, Ryan.  Welcome.  Which of the Hawaiian Islands do you call home?

Harry
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Ryan on October 20, 2012, 07:36:46 PM
Aloha, Ryan.  Welcome.  Which of the Hawaiian Islands do you call home?
Harry

Hello Harry, we are on the island of Hawaii.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jc on October 20, 2012, 09:28:12 PM
I guess I'm the latest FNG.  Love mangos, avos, carambola, citrus, etc.  Been "lurking" for about a month or two and figured I needed to register.

I'm new to tropical fruit growing but I'm in it to win it.  Planted all my trees this year in a trial by fire mindset.
Mangos: Maha Chanok, Dot, Pickering *2, Neelam, Beverly, Rosigold, Valencia Pride, Ice Cream, Brahm Kai Meu, and Lancetilla.  Future mangos: Cogshall...

Avos: Lula and Wurtz

Bell Carambola

Citrus: Honeybell Tangelo, Mexican Lime, Meyer Lemon

Purple Haze Dragon Fruit

Miracle Fruit

Random seasonal herbs and veggies

Looking forward to learning an new passion. 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: digigarden on October 20, 2012, 11:33:21 PM
Hello
My name is Maurice and i have been growing and learning about fruit trees(as a hobby) since about 2009, rarely participating in any internet forum but silently reading. The collection and knowledge increased drastically during this time but at first people bugged me for having too many plants, now my family has finally gotten used to it :P.

As a proud nerd i have many hobbies which include reading about different topics,sports and computer science/programming which is what i majored in.

See you around  :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: luak on October 21, 2012, 08:07:14 PM
Spent 11 years on the island of Java, the town of Malang,Indonisia, thus i am very familiar with tropicals fruits. We had 4 acres of fruits describe on this forum.I like to add a mango variety that we grew that we grew with the name of kwennee, it is pronounce this way, but is spelled different i believe, it has lots of fibre and taste totally different(a aquired taste).It is a large fruit and you have to peel it thick and make shure you don't mesh with it or you end-up with thick lips.

I retired in Arkansas, U.S. now and like to grow a few tropicals fruits tree's.I am growing a Page Manderin tree for the last 5 years and it is doing good and so are my pomagranates. As i read articles in this Forum it brings back sweet memories(tears that is). Maybe i can find answers on this forum.
Bob.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Tropicdude on October 22, 2012, 12:40:04 PM
Hello
My name is Maurice and i have been growing and learning about fruit trees(as a hobby) since about 2009, rarely participating in any internet forum but silently reading. The collection and knowledge increased drastically during this time but at first people bugged me for having too many plants, now my family has finally gotten used to it :P.

As a proud nerd i have many hobbies which include reading about different topics,sports and computer science/programming which is what i majored in.

See you around  :D

Hello Maurice

I also live in Santo Domingo, so we are "neighbors"  what plants do you have? what are you looking for?  send pm .

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Tropicdude on October 22, 2012, 01:19:47 PM
Spent 11 years on the island of Java, the town of Malang,Indonisia, thus i am very familiar with tropicals fruits. We had 4 acres of fruits describe on this forum.I like to add a mango variety that we grew that we grew with the name of kwennee, it is pronounce this way, but is spelled different i believe, it has lots of fibre and taste totally different(a aquired taste).It is a large fruit and you have to peel it thick and make shure you don't mesh with it or you end-up with thick lips.

I retired in Arkansas, U.S. now and like to grow a few tropicals fruits tree's.I am growing a Page Manderin tree for the last 5 years and it is doing good and so are my pomagranates. As i read articles in this Forum it brings back sweet memories(tears that is). Maybe i can find answers on this forum.
Bob.

Hello Bob

You must miss your tropical s from Java,  some members are growing tropical fruits in Canada, and even Iceland, so I am sure you can learn from their experience.

not sure if you have tried some of the wonderful varieties mentioned in this forum, some do well in containers. 


UPDATE:

I found the name of your Java mango, its called " Kweni".

Quote
Popular varieties of mangoes cultivated in East Java include Arumanis or Gadung, Manalagi, Podang, Chokanan, Golek, Gurih, Kweni, Madu and more. Cukur Gondang Mango Plantation (Department of Agriculture, Horticultural Research & Development) has its research ground in 13-hectares of land in Pasuruan keeping 210 mango varieties.

However, the most popular one for export is Gadung or Arumanis – known as Green Mango in Singapore. Manalagi, Golek, Gurih, Kweni and Madu are good varieties popular locally – yet have not won popularity like Gadung, be it locally or overseas. Podang – produced mostly in Kediri - is just potential for export.

Big green mango.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: BMc on October 22, 2012, 08:57:24 PM
Spent 11 years on the island of Java, the town of Malang,Indonisia, thus i am very familiar with tropicals fruits. We had 4 acres of fruits describe on this forum.I like to add a mango variety that we grew that we grew with the name of kwennee, it is pronounce this way, but is spelled different i believe, it has lots of fibre and taste totally different(a aquired taste).It is a large fruit and you have to peel it thick and make shure you don't mesh with it or you end-up with thick lips.

I retired in Arkansas, U.S. now and like to grow a few tropicals fruits tree's.I am growing a Page Manderin tree for the last 5 years and it is doing good and so are my pomagranates. As i read articles in this Forum it brings back sweet memories(tears that is). Maybe i can find answers on this forum.
Bob.


Hello Bob

You must miss your tropical s from Java,  some members are growing tropical fruits in Canada, and even Iceland, so I am sure you can learn from their experience.

not sure if you have tried some of the wonderful varieties mentioned in this forum, some do well in containers. 


UPDATE:

I found the name of your Java mango, its called " Kweni".

Quote
Popular varieties of mangoes cultivated in East Java include Arumanis or Gadung, Manalagi, Podang, Chokanan, Golek, Gurih, Kweni, Madu and more. Cukur Gondang Mango Plantation (Department of Agriculture, Horticultural Research & Development) has its research ground in 13-hectares of land in Pasuruan keeping 210 mango varieties.

However, the most popular one for export is Gadung or Arumanis – known as Green Mango in Singapore. Manalagi, Golek, Gurih, Kweni and Madu are good varieties popular locally – yet have not won popularity like Gadung, be it locally or overseas. Podang – produced mostly in Kediri - is just potential for export.


Big green mango.


It sounds more like Kuini , which is the closely related species M. oderata, and not an actual mango variety. http://benardcometh.blogspot.com.au/2008/08/buah-kuini-aka-kuini-fruit.html (http://benardcometh.blogspot.com.au/2008/08/buah-kuini-aka-kuini-fruit.html)

Welcome Luak.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: DurianLover on October 28, 2012, 01:48:30 AM
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Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ricocecargill on November 01, 2012, 01:14:46 AM
Hello every one. My name is Rico and I live in Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas. It is a pleasure to be in this forum learning from every one. I will like to say thank you to all the members for the meaningful education thus far.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mike T on November 05, 2012, 11:52:53 PM
Welcome Rico and Cultivator.Rico it would be great to see what is being grown in the Bahamas and to hear about what you are growing.Cultivator it is good to have another FNQ person on board.You will find folk knowlegeable and helpful here and also willing to trade.The green curtain is more porous than you think.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself - My Growing List
Post by: ricocecargill on November 08, 2012, 09:06:52 PM
I will post the more comprehensive list tomorrow, but for now please note the list below. I will also post some pictures after I photoshop the tags onto the picture. All of my plants are in the ground and they all range from 3 gallon to full size trees. I got serious and started in April 4, 2012 after I realized the amount of good knowledge and rewards that I could absorbs as a result of planting and growing with my family (wife and daughter). It feels fulfilling. I also started to support my trees with steel re-bar since we get many hurricanes, at least 2-3 per year for this island that average to be Cat 3-4s for periods that tends to be 6-11 hours. I also try to limit my trees to grow no more than 10 feet for the aforementioned reasons. All of my plants were impacted by salty winds from Sandy which was a Cat 1 when it did hit. We felt the effects of the storm for 2.5 days. But they are all recovering, but look a little bad. I am open to share and trade where/when it is legally possible.  I am also expanding my collection this month when I get the yard fenced-in.

Mango: Fairchild, Nam Doc Mai, Mallika, Pickering, Turpintin, and Florigon
Sapodillia: Alano
Jujube: Thornless (Broken above the graft point as a result of wind damage)
Passion Fruit: Purple Possom (Died from root/stem rot as a result of over watering)
Sugar Apple: 2 Unknown Cultivars
Loquart: Unknown Cultivar
Abiu: Harvest Moon
Star Fruit: Arkin
Purple Caimito/Star Apple
Jaboticaba
Citrus: Myer Lemon, Key Lime, Navel Orange, and Unkown from seed
Sugar Cane: Red, Green , and Gold (Sorry, I don't know much about cane which is a shame since I was born in a Colonial system that dealt with cane field)
Blu Berries: 3 Cultivars ( Will look at my records and update the info.)
Black Berry: Natchez
Raspberry: I don't recall. I will look at my notes
Fig: Brown Turkey Fig
Hog Plum (Red Colour)
Plantain: Unknow Cultivar, but very sweet and firm
Tambrind: Thai Sweet
Rollina
Lychee: Sweetheart, and Mauritius
Soursop
Persimon: Fuyu
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: bangkok on November 09, 2012, 03:36:40 AM
Hi Everybody,

I am a mango-lover from Bangkok Thailand. I have 2 big NamDocMai tree's which i converted into multi-grafted tree's. I have about 10 species growing on them and since yesterday a graft of sangaria (ma-prang in thai) on it.

I also graft citrus on my pomelo-tree and i have plumeria's with loads of different flowers.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mike T on November 09, 2012, 04:07:39 AM
Welcome Bangkok you will be welcomed here as there are very few people in thailand contributing, if any.I wonder how long it will take before people are asking you to visit chatachuk and get some lin and long laplae seeds,sala sumalee seeds, big sweet wan maprang seeds,longkong seeds or even sam ru dus.

I hope we see lots of contributions from you.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: bangkok on November 09, 2012, 04:27:28 AM
Thanks Mike.

I know much better places to buy plants then Chatuchak market. I buy where the salesppl from Chatuchak also buy, the wholesale shops who dont speak english at all, nothing is labeled and they all look at me like which western soccer-team is in our country now? Anyway who comes to Bangkok should visit Chatuchak market in the weekend (full market) and on friday only plant-market.

I will help anybody with my knowledge of Thailand, i live in Bkk for 9 years now and speak a little Thai, i am Dutch by the way. I also have stayed in Cairns at the Esplanade when i was travelling there many years ago.

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mike T on November 09, 2012, 04:39:51 AM
Bangkok I didn't think you were thai because you don't type with a thai accent.There is a better market near Chatuchak and I just can't remember its name but I think it starts with O and is on the other side of the sky train.
Lots of Dutch people live in Cairns or visit Cairns and the esplanade is usually jumping with European,Asian and American tourists.
I hope to hear more from you Bangkok.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: bangkok on November 09, 2012, 05:30:57 AM
Mike i rarely come in the skytrain-area. Chatuchak is too busy and too hot for me so i only go there if i really need something that is only sold there.

If you want to buy tropical plants then come Saturday 26 January –Saturday 2 February 2013 because then there is a huge agriculture fair at the kasetsart university in Bangkok.
http://www.grad.ku.ac.th/eng/calendar/2012%20Academic%20Calendar%20for%20Bangkhen%20Campus.pdf (http://www.grad.ku.ac.th/eng/calendar/2012%20Academic%20Calendar%20for%20Bangkhen%20Campus.pdf) check this site for the final date because they might change it. It is about 30 min. by taxi from Chatuchak weekend market (skytrain station Mo Chit). Smart people dont come in the weekend because it will be very very busy.

On this fair there will be fruit and plantsellers from all over Thailand. If you need rare species you might find them there. It sure is worth a daytrip for collectors/tourists.








Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: murahilin on November 09, 2012, 08:23:29 AM
Hi Everybody,

I am a mango-lover from Bangkok Thailand. I have 2 big NamDocMai tree's which i converted into multi-grafted tree's. I have about 10 species growing on them and since yesterday a graft of sangaria (ma-prang in thai) on it.

I also graft citrus on my pomelo-tree and i have plumeria's with loads of different flowers.

Welcome to the forum. Do maprangs graft easily onto mango?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: bangkok on November 09, 2012, 08:42:15 AM
Oh now i see, quick reply is to reply on a post...i have to learn all options.

Murahilin i dont know yet, i tried one approach-graft to a thin mango-branch (I took the whole stem from the maprang with 4 thin branches on it and keep it in the sun) Also i made 2 side veneer grafts.  The veneergrafts were having a swollen bud but very thin, like 3-4 mm so it was hard to do that while mosquito's were biting me nonstop. They are under the leaves so in pretty much shade.

I also will try the lalee jewo soon but i have to buy it first. My thai wife don't know the kuini but if there are more thai fruits that i can graft on the mango then let me know i will buy them and try it. I am sure when my mango has many different fruits the whole neighbourhood will come to see what the strange foreigner made out of his mangotree. So far nobody believes me that it is possible.



Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: nullzero on November 09, 2012, 12:23:34 PM
bangkok,

Welcome to the forums, good to hear from other members from around the world.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Future on November 10, 2012, 08:15:38 PM
Just a note that I will be largely unplugged for the next few months.  Got some priority work to get one...
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Plancton on November 11, 2012, 08:54:56 AM
HI TFF, Placton here.  I started to grow edibles 6 years ago after I was able to get a bigger plot on my house.  I do not have much space but love to eat fruits from my garden.  I'm always in the search of a good fruiting/spice/medicinal plant that is not too big and is willing to work with my 10/11 zone. 
By now I'm able to have fruits year round with most all my plants being common to my area.  My selection is not too big but is opened to whomever is in the look for seeds/cuttings/roots/branches etc. 
I love to have the opportunity to sprout a seed, see it grow and let them say thanks by giving something back to you; amazing sense of accomplishment.
Hope for the best to your plants and caretakers.
 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: murahilin on November 11, 2012, 09:21:11 AM
HI TFF, Placton here.  I started to grow edibles 6 years ago after I was able to get a bigger plot on my house.  I do not have much space but love to eat fruits from my garden.  I'm always in the search of a good fruiting/spice/medicinal plant that is not too big and is willing to work with my 10/11 zone. 
By now I'm able to have fruits year round with most all my plants being common to my area.  My selection is not too big but is opened to whomever is in the look for seeds/cuttings/roots/branches etc. 
I love to have the opportunity to sprout a seed, see it grow and let them say thanks by giving something back to you; amazing sense of accomplishment.
Hope for the best to your plants and caretakers.


Welcome to the forum. I don't think any part of PR is in zone 10 and barely any is even in zone 11. You are more likely zone 12a or 12b being in Cayey. The cost is 13a/b.

Here is a pic of the USDA zone map for PR:

(http://s16.postimage.org/aa5wujv5t/image.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/aa5wujv5t/)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: murahilin on November 11, 2012, 09:24:18 AM
Just a note that I will be largely unplugged for the next few months.  Got some priority work to get one...

I expect you'll be back in time for mango season?  ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Bass on November 16, 2012, 07:02:59 AM
Hello my name is Bass. I live in Bethlehem, pa. I have a large collection of figs, but I love all fruit.
I have family in trinidad and enjoy visiting there mainly for the food and the fruits.
I have a few tropical trees, but mainly uncommon fruit trees that are hardy in my area such as pawpaw, jujube, kiwi, persimmon, pomegranate, and a few mulberries. Still experimenting with mangoes and guavas in my greenhouse.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Carlincool on November 27, 2012, 08:00:17 AM
Hi All!!!
Just found this forum yesterday. It looks like a great bunch of people.
I'm hoping to learn and expand my knowledge of tropicals.
I own a small air conditioning company in Cape Coral, Fl.

Thanks!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitlovers on November 28, 2012, 08:21:45 AM
Hi Everybody,

I am a mango-lover from Bangkok Thailand. I have 2 big NamDocMai tree's which i converted into multi-grafted tree's. I have about 10 species growing on them and since yesterday a graft of sangaria (ma-prang in thai) on it.

I also graft citrus on my pomelo-tree and i have plumeria's with loads of different flowers.

Welcome to the forum. Do maprangs graft easily onto mango?

Yes Murahilin maprang and mango are compatible and easy to graft. Often done in Thailand.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: TeamTeke on December 02, 2012, 08:12:10 PM
Hello All, Ron Teke here from Key Colony Beach in the Florida Keys.  My wife & I have are now calling ourselves permanent residents after having been snowbirds for about 10 years.  We have a small lot with limited space but have many regular vegetables + pineapples and a sad looking avocado tree.  I will post the problem tree in general discussion looking for help.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: bangkok on December 08, 2012, 11:48:41 AM
Hi Everybody,

I am a mango-lover from Bangkok Thailand. I have 2 big NamDocMai tree's which i converted into multi-grafted tree's. I have about 10 species growing on them and since yesterday a graft of sangaria (ma-prang in thai) on it.

I also graft citrus on my pomelo-tree and i have plumeria's with loads of different flowers.

Welcome to the forum. Do maprangs graft easily onto mango?

Yes Murahilin maprang and mango are compatible and easy to graft. Often done in Thailand.

I just see your reply now Oscar.
Well nobody here can believe me when i tell them i will graft maprang on mango, i have no idea if it is done often but so far my grafts died. I m trying a new approach graft now between them and will let it settle for 2 months before i cut anything of. If you say it is possible then i will keep on trying. My grafting techniques are getting better every time and now cleft grafts also succeed by the tips from the forum. I will let you know when i have a maprang scion growing on the NDM.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitlovers on December 09, 2012, 09:03:50 AM
Hi Everybody,

I am a mango-lover from Bangkok Thailand. I have 2 big NamDocMai tree's which i converted into multi-grafted tree's. I have about 10 species growing on them and since yesterday a graft of sangaria (ma-prang in thai) on it.

I also graft citrus on my pomelo-tree and i have plumeria's with loads of different flowers.

Welcome to the forum. Do maprangs graft easily onto mango?

Yes Murahilin maprang and mango are compatible and easy to graft. Often done in Thailand.

I just see your reply now Oscar.
Well nobody here can believe me when i tell them i will graft maprang on mango, i have no idea if it is done often but so far my grafts died. I m trying a new approach graft now between them and will let it settle for 2 months before i cut anything of. If you say it is possible then i will keep on trying. My grafting techniques are getting better every time and now cleft grafts also succeed by the tips from the forum. I will let you know when i have a maprang scion growing on the NDM.
I should say i haven't tired it. It is second hand from my friend in Lampang, Thailand.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Zambezi on December 15, 2012, 07:23:21 PM
Hi Everyone...

My name is Shakira. :D
I have always loved gardening. Growing up in the tropics, fresh fruit was always available, right outside the door. Here in Texas, I grow a variety of tropical fruit and flowers and am always adding more...

I look forward to getting to know you all...
It'll be great to share what I've learnt and will be honored to learn so much more from all of you.. ;)

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: laisla on December 20, 2012, 03:43:36 PM
Hi

Hi all. I am in Sydney, Australia. I grow tropical plants and my favorites are bananas. I grow several varieties and being outside of Australia's strict quarantined banana growing areas, I can grow any variety unrestricted. I've managed to acquire a few rarer kinds.

I was referred here by a kind poster on another forum.

Nice to meet you all

Alan
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mike T on December 21, 2012, 04:15:26 AM
Welcome Alan from a fellow refugee.You will find  deep pool of expertise here and lots of friendly like minded people.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: tropical66 on December 21, 2012, 05:51:54 AM

 Hi and welcome for Alan and Shakira. :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Zambezi on December 22, 2012, 09:01:16 AM
Tropical66
Thank you so much for the welcome....:)

Alan
Welcome to the forum..:)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: sharon adams on December 23, 2012, 12:17:55 PM
HI,  I am Sharon Adams.    I have /have had a nursery in Titusville Fl for years,   tropical in the past.   Now doing a new apple and Tari's
burgundy grape,   a disaster proof thin skin grape with great flavor that grows anywhere in Florida.    I could start a few if there is any
interest but must be before Jan 20 2013 if you want any.   We grow apples, nectarine, peaches dragon fruit, (just starting) blackberries
blueberries etc.   I do have a lot of knowledge on say pitomba and tropical apricot and such if you need.  I have our new apple Glory plus
three other  Pettingill/Dorsett crosses yet to bear .   Looks like Glory could be the companion to Dorsett down to maybe Homestead. 
Very interested in Minnie Royal and Royal Lee cherries right now.  I am 71 so outside of the apples no more nursery and that tiny quantities
just into enjoying life and taking it more easy.  work at Home Depot.   
Title: I'm new here, so I am starting here :-)
Post by: floridaheat on December 23, 2012, 03:39:22 PM
Hey everyone, just popping in to say "Hello".
I am new to the Tropical fruit forum, didn't see a newbie thread, so started here.
I don't have allot of fruit trees, I have a small lot here in zip code 32796 but I manage to keep a pomagrant, avacado, Noni berry, and a few bananas.
Have a great holiday everyone!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: durai on December 26, 2012, 12:01:43 AM
Hi,

I am Durai from Malaysia.  Gardening is my hobby. 
I am growing Papaya, Mango, Jack Fruit, Longan, Passion Fruit, Rambutan, Sour Sob,
Custard Apple, Star Fruit, Chikku, Guava, Pomelo, Pomegranate and Tropical Flowers.
Happy Gardening,

Durai
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: murahilin on December 26, 2012, 01:10:13 AM
Welcome to the forum Alan, Shakira, Sharon, Florida Heat, and Durai. We look forward to seeing pics of your gardens/collections.



Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Nomad on January 01, 2013, 09:53:24 AM
My name is Brian. I am a tropical fruit enthusiast. I have all sorts of fruit trees. I live in Western Palm beach county Florida. I am a member of the Palm Beach chapter of the Rare Fruit Tree Council. Right now I am really hooked on Mango trees. I have 13 and looking for a few more. I have a Choc-Anon, Cogshall. Duncan, Haden. Nam doc mai, Kent, Duncan, Glenn, Lemon Zest, Lemon Merangue, Coconut cream, Carrie, and Malikia. Any suggestions on good ones to plant? The next one has to be a condo mango. It is going under the powerlines. Height is an issue. I don't want a fight keeping it small. I intend keeping them all under control size wise. But I realize I wont stay young forever. I will have my hands full. In addition to mango. I also have apples, plums, peaches, nectarines, sapodillia, Mamey sapote, Loquat, pomagranite, jujubee, jaboticaba, grumachama, pitumbo, cherry of the rio grande, miracle fruit, persimmons, dragonfruit, guava, barbados cherry, Jackfruit, mulberry, allspice, cinnamon, carambola,strawberry tree, figs,and of course lemons, limes, oranges,tangerines, tangelo, grapefruit, blood orange. Lost my avacado, sugar apple, papaya and june plum in flooding after Isiac. Dont plan on replacing any of the ones I lost. Also looking for a goji berry to purchase.
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Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Nomad on January 01, 2013, 09:57:19 AM
Oh yeah. Forgot. I also have lychees and mombin plum.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HMHausman on January 01, 2013, 10:01:56 AM
My name is Brian. I am a tropical fruit enthusiast. I have all sorts of fruit trees. I live in Western Palm beach county Florida. I am a member of the Palm Beach chapter of the Rare Fruit Tree Council. Right now I am really hooked on Mango trees. I have 13 and looking for a few more. I have a Choc-Anon, Cogshall. Duncan, Haden. Nam doc mai, Kent, Duncan, Glenn, Lemon Zest, Lemon Merangue, Coconut cream, Carrie, and Malikia. Any suggestions on good ones to plant? The next one has to be a condo mango. It is going under the powerlines. Height is an issue. I don't want a fight keeping it small. I intend keeping them all under control size wise. But I realize I wont stay young forever. I will have my hands full. In addition to mango. I also have apples, plums, peaches, nectarines, sapodillia, Mamey sapote, Loquat, pomagranite, jujubee, jaboticaba, grumachama, pitumbo, cherry of the rio grande, miracle fruit, persimmons, dragonfruit, guava, barbados cherry, Jackfruit, mulberry, allspice, cinnamon, carambola,strawberry tree, figs,and of course lemons, limes, oranges,tangerines, tangelo, grapefruit, blood orange. Lost my avacado, sugar apple, papaya and june plum in flooding after Isiac. Dont plan on replacing any of the ones I lost. Also looking for a goji berry.
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Welcome Brian.  What kind of a crazy person would have so many mangoes and still want more?  Oh OK.....if you have to have more, I would suggest Pickering, Maha Chanok, Rosiegold, and Neelam for starters.  Check back with me if you need more.  Or, if you are in West Broward during mango season, plan to stop by to try some other varieties over at my place.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Nomad on January 01, 2013, 11:34:11 AM
Would love to Harry. Sounds like a nice cruise on the Harley. What kind is that in your picture? Very colorful. I already have a Maha Chinok too. I knew I was forgetting one. WOW I do have a problem. LOL
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Demers on January 01, 2013, 10:42:10 PM
I am Denise from Commonwealth of Dominica in the Caribbean (commonly called Dominica and not to be confused with Spanish-speaking Dominican Republic).

I am a nurse by profession, but my husband and I have a farm where we specialise in growing tropical fruits.

I look forward to sharing with others in this forum to learn more about tropical fruits.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MangoFang on January 03, 2013, 02:02:41 AM
Denise -  wow!  IT's a small world.  My brother was in the Peace Corps there back in the late
70's when I went to visit him.  He married a local girl there - you might even know the family -
I'll ask him his wife' s maiden name...

Anyway, always loved your country with is beautiful high peaks and lush valleys.  Had my first mango
there, too!

If you could take some pictures and post them here it would be very cool!

Well,welcome and keep us abreat of what's happening on your farm!!!!!

I live in Southern California, out in the desert - Palm Springs - you may not have'
heard of it....


Fang

PS - A big welcome to you, too, Nomad!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HMHausman on January 03, 2013, 08:37:45 AM
Would love to Harry. Sounds like a nice cruise on the Harley. What kind is that in your picture? Very colorful. I already have a Maha Chinok too. I knew I was forgetting one. WOW I do have a problem. LOL


My avatar is a mango from my Maha Chanok seedling project.  I love the look of that mango.  It is a good, but not superlative tasting mango in eating quality.  You can read about it here:

http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/tropicalfruits/msg0218064232467.html (http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/tropicalfruits/msg0218064232467.html)

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: murahilin on January 03, 2013, 07:41:17 PM
I am Denise from Commonwealth of Dominica in the Caribbean (commonly called Dominica and not to be confused with Spanish-speaking Dominican Republic).

I am a nurse by profession, but my husband and I have a farm where we specialise in growing tropical fruits.

I look forward to sharing with others in this forum to learn more about tropical fruits.

Welcome to the forum Denise. I checked out your website and saw the pics of your farm. You have a very impressive collection. How old is your Entawak tree? What does the fruit taste like? Any other rare Artocarpus growing?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jez251 on January 03, 2013, 08:04:59 PM
Hi Denise,

Great looking collection of trees. Is that your full collection of plants? How long have you been growing tropical fruit trees?

Jaime
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: bangkok on January 04, 2013, 07:25:51 AM
Would love to Harry. Sounds like a nice cruise on the Harley. What kind is that in your picture? Very colorful. I already have a Maha Chinok too. I knew I was forgetting one. WOW I do have a problem. LOL


My avatar is a mango from my Maha Chanok seedling project.  I love the look of that mango.  It is a good, but not superlative tasting mango in eating quality.  You can read about it here:

[url]http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/tropicalfruits/msg0218064232467.html[/url] ([url]http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/tropicalfruits/msg0218064232467.html[/url])


You have beautifull mahachanok fruits! I never have seen them so nice colored. Now i know why i keep on grafting this one. I have 4 grafts that took and with fat buds but they don't flush or nothing, some for more then a year now. But i have faith in them.

Now i m sure i will grow my scion-tree as well in a big pot. ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Bob407 on January 04, 2013, 03:58:24 PM
My name is Bob and I am from Tennessee but have lived in Orlando Florida for 12 years. I have been interested in tropical fruits for about 5 years now. I have always enjoyed vegetable gardening and plants in general but have come to focus on fruits. I am obsessed with pushing the zone limits and when not wandering around the yard in warm weather I can be found indoors trying to get the latest batch of seeds to sprout under lights along with my potted tropical fruits. I also utilize the indoors grow lights to excelerate my plants past a few seasons. Many of my fruit trees are started from seed that I have obtained from trips. I have about 20 potted trees and about 40 in the yard, I say "about" because the winter weather may change that number. My list includes jaboticabas, canistels,  keitt mango, rollinia, sugar apple, jamblon(white flesh), genipe, longans, caimito, bananas, inga edulis, passiflora quadrangularis, cherimoyas, starfruits, papayas, passiflora edulis, asimina trilobas, and several other fruit trees that I have not been able to identify through other enthusiasts or online. The seeds I am starting this winter are rollinia deliciosa, morinda citrifolia, musa x  sikkimensis, lycopersicon melanocarpa, and cyphomandra betacea. Occasionally I may try to slip in tropical vegetable posts.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Nomad on January 04, 2013, 08:24:45 PM
Would love to Harry. Sounds like a nice cruise on the Harley. What kind is that in your picture? Very colorful. I already have a Maha Chinok too. I knew I was forgetting one. WOW I do have a problem. LOL


My avatar is a mango from my Maha Chanok seedling project.  I love the look of that mango.  It is a good, but not superlative tasting mango in eating quality.  You can read about it here:

[url]http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/tropicalfruits/msg0218064232467.html[/url] ([url]http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/tropicalfruits/msg0218064232467.html[/url])
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Nomad on January 04, 2013, 08:29:45 PM
My Maha Chanok is young. But healthy. Plenty of others in bloom. Except my Glen. Not sure why.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: bsbullie on January 07, 2013, 05:57:50 PM
My name is Brian. I am a tropical fruit enthusiast. I have all sorts of fruit trees. I live in Western Palm beach county Florida. I am a member of the Palm Beach chapter of the Rare Fruit Tree Council. Right now I am really hooked on Mango trees. I have 13 and looking for a few more. I have a Choc-Anon, Cogshall. Duncan, Haden. Nam doc mai, Kent, Duncan, Glenn, Lemon Zest, Lemon Merangue, Coconut cream, Carrie, and Malikia. Any suggestions on good ones to plant? The next one has to be a condo mango. It is going under the powerlines. Height is an issue. I don't want a fight keeping it small. I intend keeping them all under control size wise. But I realize I wont stay young forever. I will have my hands full. In addition to mango. I also have apples, plums, peaches, nectarines, sapodillia, Mamey sapote, Loquat, pomagranite, jujubee, jaboticaba, grumachama, pitumbo, cherry of the rio grande, miracle fruit, persimmons, dragonfruit, guava, barbados cherry, Jackfruit, mulberry, allspice, cinnamon, carambola,strawberry tree, figs,and of course lemons, limes, oranges,tangerines, tangelo, grapefruit, blood orange. Lost my avacado, sugar apple, papaya and june plum in flooding after Isiac. Dont plan on replacing any of the ones I lost. Also looking for a goji berry.
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Welcome Brian.  What kind of a crazy person would have so many mangoes and still want more?  Oh OK.....if you have to have more, I would suggest Pickering, Maha Chanok, Rosiegold, and Neelam for starters.  Check back with me if you need more.  Or, if you are in West Broward during mango season, plan to stop by to try some other varieties over at my place.

As of January 5, Brian now has a very nice Neelam (i am the one who helped you at Excalibur).

Brian - I thought you said you had a mahachanok?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Nomad on January 10, 2013, 09:55:40 PM
I do have a Maha Chanok Rob. Once again. Thanks for showing me around and for the honest opinions.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mars on January 13, 2013, 03:41:15 AM
Hello all, my name is Mike.  I am obsessed with fruit. The problem is that I live in Connecticut!

 I envy all those who live in South Florida and can get pretty much whatever they want. My goal is to someday eat my favorite fruits right from the tree. Mangoes are high on that list. In the Northeast I have to deal with terrible quality mangoes most of the year. We only get Lychee in June. It drives me nuts.

Melons are a favorite of mine. In the summer I live on watermelon, canary, and rock melons.

I was in South Carolina over the summer and got my hands on dragonfruit, guava, and longan.

I'd love to move to South Florida and work with fruit. If anyone can help me with that dream I would be grateful!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: rcardaman on January 18, 2013, 01:21:31 AM
Hello Everyone,

My name is Richard and I live in Vero Beach, Florida.  I have been interested in plants of all types as long as I can remember.  For many years I have been interested in tropical fruit, but have had very limited space to grow much until recently.  So, I'm here to increase my knowledge, learn from all the fine members here, and share what little I know.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: mangomandan on January 25, 2013, 07:49:37 PM
My name is Brian. I am a tropical fruit enthusiast. I have all sorts of fruit trees. I live in Western Palm beach county Florida. I am a member of the Palm Beach chapter of the Rare Fruit Tree Council. Right now I am really hooked on Mango trees. I have 13 and looking for a few more. I have a Choc-Anon, Cogshall. Duncan, Haden. Nam doc mai, Kent, Duncan, Glenn, Lemon Zest, Lemon Merangue, Coconut cream, Carrie, and Malikia. Any suggestions on good ones to plant?
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Hi Brian.  It sounds like you have an awesomely delicious mango and tropical fruit collection.  If you spray your trees I'd suggest adding a Dot mango; they are rather susceptible to fungus, but have an intense, richly sweet flavor.

Several forum members attend some of the P B fruit council meetings.  You may have met Patrick/PJ  and  Alex/Squam.   And if you see me there (old fat guy, balding/gray hair), come up and say Hi.    Courtesy of Rob at Excalibur I have just purchased a South Florida persimmon; I'm hoping it will do well in Lake Worth.    My partner and I also have a place in central Florida, where I have killed several persimmons and jujubes, not to mention various citrus trees.

Dan
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: viveroforestal on January 26, 2013, 09:02:46 AM
Hi, Fruitlovers!!
I'm Carlos -viveroforestal - from northwestern Argentina. I've started a forest nursery 15 yr ago, and gradually started to add tropical fruits to my work. By now, me & wife, Ely grow and process a small facility of processed passionfruit pulp in bottles and forzen packs. also work with mangoes, guavas, blackberries, pitangas, acerola and other stuff.
We are trying seriously to increase our operation range to a middle scale operation plant (we are making +/- 100 bottles a day) 3-folding our actual work. So we have a strong interest in knowing people in the same areas - cultivation - processing - juices - marmalades and a big ETC.
Hope I can sum to the group -  I also apologize for mistreating your language! So here we are!!
Carlos

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Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: FlyingFoxFruits on February 03, 2013, 04:09:00 PM
Hello Mars,

good to have you on board!

All of the fruits I grow are in containers!  I believe anyone, anywhere in the USA has a shot at fruiting tropical plants.

I really respect the people who try to grow tropical fruits outside of their normal climate.

You can do it! 

Anything is possible with a seed, a pot of soil, and a lot of toil.

see u on the boards!

Adam

Hello all, my name is Mike.  I am obsessed with fruit. The problem is that I live in Connecticut!

 I envy all those who live in South Florida and can get pretty much whatever they want. My goal is to someday eat my favorite fruits right from the tree. Mangoes are high on that list. In the Northeast I have to deal with terrible quality mangoes most of the year. We only get Lychee in June. It drives me nuts.

Melons are a favorite of mine. In the summer I live on watermelon, canary, and rock melons.

I was in South Carolina over the summer and got my hands on dragonfruit, guava, and longan.

I'd love to move to South Florida and work with fruit. If anyone can help me with that dream I would be grateful!
Title: Hello everyone
Post by: perezjuanf on February 06, 2013, 11:40:22 AM
I am new at growing Tropical fruits but not new at eating them and I love them

I just planted an Atemoya, a Sweet Apple and a Guayava trees
Title: Re: Hello everyone
Post by: puglvr1 on February 06, 2013, 11:45:37 AM
Welcome to the Forum Juan!! Soon enough you will be adding Mango and Lychee trees to your collection and many others will follow...that's what happens when you hang out here  ;D
Title: Re: Hello everyone
Post by: Tropicalgrower89 on February 06, 2013, 11:57:12 AM
Welcome Juan!  :)
Title: Re: Hello everyone
Post by: Carlincool on February 06, 2013, 12:18:36 PM
Welcome!! There is a extreme amount of information on this website. Everyone is so helpful. You'll be glad you joined.
Title: Re: Hello everyone
Post by: perezjuanf on February 06, 2013, 12:26:17 PM
Welcome Juan!  :)

When I purchase my house there was a Mango Tree and an Abocado tree (now there are 2)

I would like to have a lychee one but I am concern with its size
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: perezjuanf on February 07, 2013, 02:58:30 PM
I am an Accountant in the process of retiring and since I don't want to become a vegetable and since I truly love tropical fruit, I started growing them.

Presently in my house I have a 50 yr old (aprox) Avocado tree in my front yard which still produces fruits, in my back yard, a 50 yr old (aprox) mango tree which produces lots of fruit, an avocado tree that like the Phoenix bird came back alive (from the stump of a tree that we thought it was dead and one day it sprouted again), a papaya tree with 3 green papayas, about 7 moringa plants and about 25 plumeria's which I grew from seeds,

For my tropical fruits in the last 6 mo I have planted 2 mango trees that were given to me, a guayaba tree, an anon (Sugar Apple) tree, and an Atemoya tree

I also enjoy working on the computer (I have made my own Web Page) spend time with my grandchildren, I like to fish when I get time.
Title: Re: Hello everyone
Post by: LEOOEL on February 09, 2013, 01:22:52 AM
Welcome Juan!
If you're planning to get your first lychee tree, I would recommend the Mauritius cultivar.
It's the most reliable in yearly production of fruit of all lychee cultivars in Florida. Also very productive and a great tasting fruit. It's not a perfect Lychee cultivar, but I think it's the best one all around.

I have three Lychee cultivars: Mauritius, HakIp and Brewster. And, Mauritius is the one to beat .
Title: Re: Hello everyone
Post by: bsbullie on February 09, 2013, 06:02:46 AM
For productiveness, Mauritius is the lychee of choice...for taste and concerns with tree size, it is not.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HIfarm on February 11, 2013, 01:59:03 PM
I joined the group recently but it has just occurred to me that I never did an intro posting.  My name is John Jusczak and my wife and I live in Paukaa, HI at about 600-700 feet elevation  (we are about 5 miles outside of Hilo on the big island of Hawaii).  We bought our land about 10 years ago but have only been on island about 2 1/2 years or so.  We have just recently completed our house and will hopefully begin planting our 20 acres in earnest soon.  I have been starting a variety of seed for about 2 years now so I have an assortment of things to plant out.  If I think of it, I will take an inventory of what sort of stuff I have coming along (although most many years from fruiting).

I am hoping that the forum will help me to find some more unusual fruits to try.  Unfortunately, I joined right as Red Durian was nearing the end of the big fruit season (VERY interested in fruits from Borneo) so missed most of that.

John
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: wanderer94 on February 17, 2013, 04:58:57 AM
hello everyone, this is wanderer94 here, new to this really cool site and would like help and advice as to navigation of it. i have always been into all things green since i was a baby and now i plan on pursuing a career in pharmacobotany. exotic fruits, or just any fruit really is a passion of mine and so is growing it. lets see... some of the more unusual fruits i have are:

podocarp aril, not really a fruit
antidesma
japanese raisin tree
madrone
natal plum
rollinia
governor's plum
queen palm fruit
marula
canistel
eggfruit
mediterranean buckthorn
wax jambu
fejoa
roselle
medlar...

so i also thought i might add that i just finished a permaculture design course on a commune in israel and we grew so much great stuff...i look forward to any replies ::)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: wanderer94 on February 17, 2013, 05:03:50 AM
sorry, these are fruits that i have tasted, not that i own
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: BENDERSGROVE on February 17, 2013, 05:10:54 AM
sorry, these are fruits that i have tasted, not that i own
Welcome to the Forum!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: wanderer94 on February 17, 2013, 06:53:56 AM
thanks :) happy to be here...so it seems many of you are from florida, thats really the first place that comes to mind in the mainland u.s. when one thinks of growing tropical fruits, in fact 2 places in homestead are where i have tried the majority of what i know now, one a public garden and the other a commercial farm that i had to pull some strings to visit. there are also five florida native fruits i am eager to try, the pond apple, sea grape, saw palmetto berry, muscadine, and simpson stopper...i tasted coco plum already and found it to be sweet  and juicy but a bit astringent and lacking in depth of flavor
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MangoFang on February 21, 2013, 10:11:07 AM
Exotic taste list, for sure you got there Wanderer!

 :o

I'm in Palm Springs CA and a 9b zone, but grow only mangoes
and papayas because I'm squirmy about trying new things!!!!!!!


MangoFang the Scaredy Cat.....
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fyliu on February 21, 2013, 05:13:09 PM
Exotic taste list, for sure you got there Wanderer!

 :o

I'm in Palm Springs CA and a 9b zone, but grow only mangoes
and papayas because I'm squirmy about trying new things!!!!!!!


MangoFang the Scaredy Cat.....
Get some cactus from Nullzero and put them at the perimeter to protect your mangoes!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: wanderer94 on February 22, 2013, 04:09:43 PM
do you do anything to your papayas in winter?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mr. Caimito on February 24, 2013, 03:46:55 PM
Hey,
I'm Henry, I'm 13, and I very much enjoy rare fruit. At first, I just ate the fruit. Now I've moved on to growing them. I'm not growing much due to the fact that I live in Tennessee, but I have 4 cherimoya seedlings, and a pineapple shrub-thing. I ordered a Violet de Bordeaux fig tree which should arrive in early March, and plan on planting 20+ goji berries in a few days. The only fruits that are available here in TN are guava, jak, ugli, lognan, and the occasional lychee. I get most of my fruits either online, Whole Foods market, or a place called K & S world market in Nashville.

Bai c:
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HMHausman on February 24, 2013, 06:53:01 PM
Hey,
I'm 13, and I very much enjoy rare fruit. At first, I just ate the fruit. Now I've moved on to growing them. I'm not growing much due to the fact that I live in Tennessee, but I have 4 cherimoya seedlings, and a pineapple shrub-thing. I ordered a Violet de Bordeaux fig tree which should arrive in early March, and plan on planting 20+ goji berries in a few days. The only fruits that are available here in TN are guava, jak, ugli, lognan, and the occasional lychee. I get most of my fruits either online, Whole Foods market, or a place called K & S world market in Nashville.

Bai c:

Welcome, glad you made it official by introducing yourself.  What is a pineapple shrub thing? Are you referring to pineapple guava (feijoa) or something actually pineapple related?  In any case, Nashville will have to no longer be known only as the country music capital of the world.  Now it can claim some rare tropical fruiting.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mr. Caimito on February 24, 2013, 08:50:00 PM
Sorry, I should have explained it more clearly. Just a plain pineapple, sadly. I may get a feijoa in the future though. Supposed to grow well (protected, of course) in zone 7.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jen on February 27, 2013, 07:52:45 PM
Sorry, I should have explained it more clearly. Just a plain pineapple, sadly. I may get a feijoa in the future though. Supposed to grow well (protected, of course) in zone 7.

Hi Henry, pineapples may not be as glamorous as some of these rare fruit but they are still fun and very worthy - and easy - to grow! I picked this a couple of days ago and my husband & I ate it last night, it was delicious. This grew from a top of a store-bought pineapple, a common variety, and still great. Good luck with the gardening.
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Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: PedalaiMaster on February 27, 2013, 11:08:25 PM
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Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitlovers on February 28, 2013, 12:27:49 AM
Welcome to the group Jackson. Very impressive that you were able to get a rollinia to fruit in Santa Barbara. Do you have any photos? Was that inside a greenhouse? We are having a bit of a contest to see who the youngest forum member is. Would you mind saying what your age is to the group? Thanks,
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jez251 on February 28, 2013, 12:47:02 AM
I think the youngest so far may be Henry (Mr. Caimito) at 13!!!

Jaime
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mr. Caimito on February 28, 2013, 01:37:52 PM
I think the youngest so far may be Henry (Mr. Caimito) at 13!!!

Jaime

Where's my award!?  ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HMHausman on February 28, 2013, 01:39:55 PM
The reward is the fruit you will get when you plant out one of these tropical seeds you are going to grow that takes half a lifetime to fruit.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jez251 on February 28, 2013, 01:42:32 PM
I was going to say something similar...

The great thing for all of these young forum members is that they have a head start on all of us! I started growing fruit trees at 37!

Jaime
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mr. Caimito on February 28, 2013, 01:45:16 PM
The reward is the fruit you will get when you plant out one of these tropical seeds you are going to grow that takes half a lifetime to fruit.
Yeah! Let's see... where'd I put those mangosteen seeds...
 ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitlovers on February 28, 2013, 04:18:39 PM
If only i'd started when i was 13 i would have 40 foot tall mangosteen orchard by now.  :'( :'(
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mr. Caimito on March 01, 2013, 10:43:59 AM
There, there, Oscar. It's okay.  ;) I'm definitely going to TRY a mangosteen or 2, but I've heard they're so finicky that they wouldn't do well unless I had a greenhouse, which I can't get unless I win the lottery. But for obvious reasons, THAT'S not gonna happen... :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitlovers on March 01, 2013, 05:30:29 PM
It's not that mangosteens are finicky, it's that they are a tropical plant and you don't live in the tropics.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fyliu on March 01, 2013, 05:48:59 PM
The reward is the fruit you will get when you plant out one of these tropical seeds you are going to grow that takes half a lifetime to fruit.
Yeah! Let's see... where'd I put those mangosteen seeds...
 ;D

With life expectancy these days you can try coco-de-mer. You can see it flower before you're 100 and maybe see the fruit ripen as well. But be sure to plant several so you'll have both male and female. Don't want to have to start over you know.:)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mr. Caimito on March 01, 2013, 06:38:25 PM
But I thought those were illegal...?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: luc on March 01, 2013, 06:40:23 PM
I'll adopt a young fruit-fanatic ( afraid my collection and nursery is gonna go to waste the day I am not there anymore ) he or she will have to move to Mexico and learn Spanish ....
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fyliu on March 01, 2013, 08:24:26 PM
But I thought those were illegal...?
I think it's likely illegal to export them from the Maldives. Maybe you meant illegal to privately own an endangered species. I was only kidding:)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitlovers on March 02, 2013, 12:18:59 AM
But I thought those were illegal...?
I think it's likely illegal to export them from the Maldives. Maybe you meant illegal to privately own an endangered species. I was only kidding:)

Coco de mer, or double coconut, comes from Seychelles Islands, not Maldives. The government in Seychelles a few years ago made it illegal to export the nuts. It's still possible to buy them there and mail them. You need a special government certificate and license, and it's all very expensive, especially when you add the transportation. BTW, they don't take 100 years to fruit, it's probably more around 30, to start fruiting. Anyway, yes they are slow.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fyliu on March 02, 2013, 01:03:59 AM
Thanks for the corrections :)

Sigh. That's the problem with youth. You don't have the money to do stuff you want, and by the time you do, it's too late to do some of those stuff.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mr. Caimito on March 02, 2013, 08:40:00 AM
Sigh. That's the problem with youth. You don't have the money to do stuff you want, and by the time you do, it's too late to do some of those stuff.
My thoughts exactly.  :'(
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitlovers on March 03, 2013, 01:30:00 AM
Sigh. That's the problem with youth. You don't have the money to do stuff you want, and by the time you do, it's too late to do some of those stuff.
My thoughts exactly.  :'(

I know some people that started at this hobby at very yearly age, one at the age of 5, and they turned out to be incredibly productive and happy individuals. So i wouldn't despair!  :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Kay on March 03, 2013, 05:27:58 AM
Hello everyone.  We are in Taiwan.  Little cooler than many tropical areas but still above 15 year round.

We have some land where we grow lots of different kinds of fruit and like to travel and try new kinds where we go :)

Next week we go Borneo and I hope to try new types of Durian!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mr. Caimito on March 03, 2013, 09:03:03 AM
Sigh. That's the problem with youth. You don't have the money to do stuff you want, and by the time you do, it's too late to do some of those stuff.
My thoughts exactly.  :'(

I know some people that started at this hobby at very yearly age, one at the age of 5, and they turned out to be incredibly productive and happy individuals. So i wouldn't despair!  :)
5!? Whoa!! Did he/she just like eating the fruit, or did they actually get in to growing things at age 5?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitlovers on March 04, 2013, 12:45:24 AM
Sigh. That's the problem with youth. You don't have the money to do stuff you want, and by the time you do, it's too late to do some of those stuff.
My thoughts exactly.  :'(

I know some people that started at this hobby at very yearly age, one at the age of 5, and they turned out to be incredibly productive and happy individuals. So i wouldn't despair!  :)
5!? Whoa!! Did he/she just like eating the fruit, or did they actually get in to growing things at age 5?

This boy took over the whole family garden at that age. And it was a very big garden!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: nullzero on March 04, 2013, 11:40:04 AM
Hello everyone.  We are in Taiwan.  Little cooler than many tropical areas but still above 15 year round.

We have some land where we grow lots of different kinds of fruit and like to travel and try new kinds where we go :)

Next week we go Borneo and I hope to try new types of Durian!

Welcome Kay!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Dangermouse01 on March 04, 2013, 11:59:01 AM
I'll adopt a young fruit-fanatic ( afraid my collection and nursery is gonna go to waste the day I am not there anymore ) he or she will have to move to Mexico and learn Spanish ....

Bueno dias papa.
Don't tell my parents, but I'm an orphan and look younger than I am.
Can I borrow the truck and some money for gas?

DM
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: romecar911 on March 05, 2013, 04:45:12 PM
Hi,
Gardening is my new hobby and I'm growing some tropical trees for fruits that I ate when I was in a child in SA. I live in USDA zone 10b and I see some of you managed miracles in much colder climates. Grafting is my next project so I can  improve the quality of the fruit as well as extending the season. It looks like my first avocado graft took but another one looks dead. Hopefully, I will not kill my tree learning but if I feel comfortable, I want to work on my apricot tree and add plums and peaches to it. I have a tall longan tree that I failed to prune because I didn't know better so I might try air layering before cutting it back. I am learning and I'm having fun so it's nice to have access to this forum with all the information, knowledge and experience.
Carlos
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mr. Caimito on March 06, 2013, 02:01:55 PM
Oh, yeah. I forgot: I'm vegan. Well, sort of. Only when at home. When at a restaurant, I can eat whatever I want.  :P
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: FarmBoy on March 09, 2013, 12:51:00 PM
My Father has grown guavas since 1969 in the Redlands district, he recently passed away and left the farm to my wife and I.

He showed us many ways to grow the red guava and how to care for it before he passed. I love my new job, we have moved the entire family to Florida to take care of the farms.

My wife and I owned a tractor dealership since the 90s in another state before we arrived, so farm equipment is second nature to us.
I look forward to meeting the members here and making new friends......

Here's our web site  www.sardinafarms.com (http://www.sardinafarms.com)

Farm boy ;)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: BENDERSGROVE on March 09, 2013, 01:00:35 PM
Welcome to the forum farm boy!! I work in the Redlands also,now I know where to come for juicy guavas!! Mike
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HMHausman on March 09, 2013, 02:21:35 PM
Here's our web site  [url=http://www.sardinafarms.com]www.sardinafarms.com[/url] ([url]http://www.sardinafarms.com[/url])
Farm boy ;)


Nice web site.  Welcome to the forum.  I have a couple of questions for you. How do you deal with fruit fly on your property in your guava groves?  Also, how do you get mature Keitt mangoes in June?  I don't think I have ever had one reach maturity at my place earlier than late July and not usually until August or after? Thanks.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: bsbullie on March 10, 2013, 01:56:11 AM
Here's our web site  [url=http://www.sardinafarms.com]www.sardinafarms.com[/url] ([url]http://www.sardinafarms.com[/url])
Farm boy ;)


Nice web site.  Welcome to the forum.  I have a couple of questions for you. How do you deal with fruit fly on your property in your guava groves?  Also, how do you get mature Keitt mangoes in June?  I don't think I have ever had one reach maturity at my place earlier than late July and not usually until August or after? Thanks.

I will second Harry's comment about Kents in June and add to it Mamey in April??
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: FarmBoy on March 10, 2013, 03:53:21 PM
I will second Harry's comment about Kents in June and add to it Mamey in April??


We just picked 1700 lbs of mamey a week ago. Feel free to stop by, maybe I will let you squeeze a few......
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: bsbullie on March 10, 2013, 05:03:44 PM
I will second Harry's comment about Kents in June and add to it Mamey in April??


We just picked 1700 lbs of mamey a week ago. Feel free to stop by, maybe I will let you squeeze a few......
Are they Mamey, such as Pantin, Pace, Lorito, etc. or are they Magaña?  Big difference...
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: FarmBoy on March 10, 2013, 06:39:30 PM
As far as the keets.....  we sell them to a special Asian market that only buys them green.

However, I don't eat green mango's, it sounds like a recipe for a stomach ache.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: FarmBoy on March 10, 2013, 07:36:36 PM
I will second Harry's comment about Kents in June and add to it Mamey in April??


We just picked 1700 lbs of mamey a week ago. Feel free to stop by, maybe I will let you squeeze a few......
Are they Mamey, such as Pantin, Pace, Lorito, etc. or are they Magaña?  Big difference...


Magaña
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HMHausman on March 10, 2013, 08:08:06 PM
As far as the keets.....  we sell them to a special Asian market that only buys them green.

However, I don't eat green mango's, it sounds like a recipe for a stomach ache.

Ah ha.  Green Keitts in June......much more do-able. I thought you had mastered some new maturing technique.  I didn't see any response to my fruit fly/guava question.  Did you miss my question or is it a trade secret?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: murahilin on March 10, 2013, 10:04:48 PM
My Father has grown guavas since 1969 in the Redlands district, he recently passed away and left the farm to my wife and I.

He showed us many ways to grow the red guava and how to care for it before he passed. I love my new job, we have moved the entire family to Florida to take care of the farms.

My wife and I owned a tractor dealership since the 90s in another state before we arrived, so farm equipment is second nature to us.
I look forward to meeting the members here and making new friends......

Here's our web site  [url=http://www.sardinafarms.com]www.sardinafarms.com[/url] ([url]http://www.sardinafarms.com[/url])

Farm boy ;)


Welcome to the forum Farm Boy. I'm sorry to hear your father has passed. I had the opportunity to meet your father and tour your farm a few years back with Dr. Crane during the Tropical Fruit Research and Production class I took at TREC. He showed us the packing house and gave us some guavas and also let us walk through the grove and keep any fruit we found that was ready to pick. It's great to know that you're keeping the farm and business going. Are you willing to post a picture or video tour of your farm on the forum?


If I remember correctly, they bagged some of the guavas at your farm to protect them from fruit flies right?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Vlk on March 11, 2013, 04:48:54 AM
Hi there everybody!

My name is Vlk and I am from Czech Republic, Europe. I've been collecting all sorts of exotic fruiting plants for a little while, but my real passion is collecting and growing durio and artocarpus species. I am not sure what caused this passion - maybe the little experience and rarity of these plants in our republic - as it is very little known about them, how to grow them and such. And many people and growers has been unsuccessful growing them. I want to change that and explore the durio species as much as I can (I already got a little research in my mind concerning durio seedlings). :-) Also  I want to collect as much species as possible! Since I am from central Europe, it seems like an adventurous quest! :-D

I am glad to be part of this community!
Title: Greetings from Greece!
Post by: Kostas on March 11, 2013, 04:59:25 AM
Hello :)

I am Konstantinos Giannopoulos and live in Melissia,Athens,Greece,which is Zone 8b/9a. I have a garden 300km away at Pyrgos,in Zone 10a/9b and have been transforming it to a tropical garden the past 5years mainly with Palms,Cycads,canopy rainforest trees,bromeliads,orchids,aroids,ferns and bananas. I am trying to create a rainforest theme garden with huge canopy trees with epiphytes on them,palms towering above and others understory and lots of understory plants in general. A small part will have a few more arid tropical plants in a Caribbean style planting with palms and cycads requiring excellent drainage and more sun.
I am currently not growing any tropical fruit trees unfortunately(only bananas which are tropical fruit but not trees!),even though i have long wanted to. The main reason for that has been the lack of enough information on the cold hardiness and taste of many of them and the lack of pure seeds for others. Also a slight fear i will be attracting too many mice/rats to my property which could potentially damage my other plantings as the area has many fat tree rats which used to visit the fruit trees that were growing in the property before i started the garden(most deciduous,very unattractively pruned temperate species and a few Citrus hybrids(lemon,mandarin,not what i like)) but are not found wandering in my property much anymore. I am not afraid of rats but i know the damage they can do to small precious plants and thus dont want to be feeding them! The only fruit trees i retained are an olive tree(finally coming along after lots of careful pruning to give it a natural branch shape as it was badly pruned for years,i hate pruned trees) and a Ziziphus tree which i dont plan to keep long term as its deciduous and doesnt help the least bit with cold/frost/hail protection of the understory species i am growing,nor the orchids and bromeliads on it. So the plan is to let it get engulfed by a Ficus benghalensis...The olive tree will stay and is a host to a wide variety of epiphytes now that enjoy its protection.
Anyway,i want to be adding a few tropical fruit trees to my garden and i am really happy i found a forum dedicated to them. I will really need your help in choosing a few species that suit my needs and tastes! I am glad i found this great forum! :)

Greetings from sunny Greece!!! :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: nullzero on March 11, 2013, 03:57:43 PM
Welcome Kostas and VLK. Good to see some new faces, look forward to having future conversations.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Kostas on March 11, 2013, 06:42:29 PM
Thank you very much for your warm welcome! I have quite a few questions i will be slowly posting and I look forward to growing some awesome tropical fruit trees and sharing experiences here! :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: FarmBoy on March 11, 2013, 07:22:07 PM
My Father has grown guavas since 1969 in the Redlands district, he recently passed away and left the farm to my wife and I.

He showed us many ways to grow the red guava and how to care for it before he passed. I love my new job, we have moved the entire family to Florida to take care of the farms.

My wife and I owned a tractor dealership since the 90s in another state before we arrived, so farm equipment is second nature to us.
I look forward to meeting the members here and making new friends......

Here's our web site  [url=http://www.sardinafarms.com]www.sardinafarms.com[/url] ([url]http://www.sardinafarms.com[/url])



murahilin   Im glad you met my Dad, he was a great farmer.  I really don't have the time for a video tour yet, but you are welcome to stop by and have a real tour and some fruit .

Dr. Crane is a wealth of information, I have a lot of respect for him and his advice which we rely on a lot !

My Father was ill the last few years of his life and the farm kinda went down hill, so we have spent the last year repairing equipment, sprinklers, fences, pumps, tractors, and returning the groves to a healthy state.  When we arrived the grass was 4' tall under the trees, and the irrigation system was not the best, plus the building was full of ........   so we have been renovating and fixing the place to get it to what it used to be. If my Dad could see it now, I think he would be proud, although we still have a few hurdles to jump through  ;)

Farm boy ;)


Welcome to the forum Farm Boy. I'm sorry to hear your father has passed. I had the opportunity to meet your father and tour your farm a few years back with Dr. Crane during the Tropical Fruit Research and Production class I took at TREC. He showed us the packing house and gave us some guavas and also let us walk through the grove and keep any fruit we found that was ready to pick. It's great to know that you're keeping the farm and business going. Are you willing to post a picture or video tour of your farm on the forum?


If I remember correctly, they bagged some of the guavas at your farm to protect them from fruit flies right?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Vlk on March 12, 2013, 05:17:11 AM
Thanks for the welcome. :-))
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: pajoojo on March 13, 2013, 01:53:39 PM
Hello to the community :)
This is Mike from Greece. I live in the island of Crete(Zone 10a/b?).
Am I the first greek member of this forum?
I was a lunker for some time and now I am here. I am a tropical fruit enthusiast after visiting Thailand. After tasting so many fruits there I said to me that I can grow some tropical fruiting trees in my place and enjoy the freshness.
At the momment I am growing the following trees :
Mango (many cultivars, grafted), sapodilla (from seed), Black Sapote (from seed), Jaboticaba (from seed), Jackfruit (grafted, from seed), Dragon Fruit (cuttings, from seeds), puteria sapote (from seed), Avocado (grafted), atemoya (from seed), guava (from seed), passifloras, papayas, pineapples. pawpaws (from seed).
I am looking for more mango cultivars such LZ, Maha Chanok, R2E2, Keitt, Mallika, KP or unusual and not common cultivars, durian seeds, lychees and more...

Mike

γεια σου Mike, I'm Jonas I stay in Athens. I grow mango, lychee, guyava and have a citrus collection (some varieties from Austalia, Vietnam, India, Reunion island,..). I'm particulary interested by spices trees as cinnamon, allspice, clove, star anise, pepper,...  I ordered some mango, avocado,.. plants in a nursery in Xania, but all arrived dead. The best I think is to come and choose by myself, also to get better looking plants.  I grow until now everything outside, but for equatorial plants (as nutmeg, clove, cacao,..) I'm building a greenhouse. Which mango varieties do you grow? τα λεμε!
Title: Re: Greetings from Greece!
Post by: msk0072 on March 13, 2013, 04:32:26 PM
Hello :)

I am Konstantinos Giannopoulos and live in Melissia,Athens,Greece,which is Zone 8b/9a. I have a garden 300km away at Pyrgos,in Zone 10a/9b and have been transforming it to a tropical garden the past 5years mainly with Palms,Cycads,canopy rainforest trees,bromeliads,orchids,aroids,ferns and bananas. I am trying to create a rainforest theme garden with huge canopy trees with epiphytes on them,palms towering above and others understory and lots of understory plants in general. A small part will have a few more arid tropical plants in a Caribbean style planting with palms and cycads requiring excellent drainage and more sun.
I am currently not growing any tropical fruit trees unfortunately(only bananas which are tropical fruit but not trees!),even though i have long wanted to. The main reason for that has been the lack of enough information on the cold hardiness and taste of many of them and the lack of pure seeds for others. Also a slight fear i will be attracting too many mice/rats to my property which could potentially damage my other plantings as the area has many fat tree rats which used to visit the fruit trees that were growing in the property before i started the garden(most deciduous,very unattractively pruned temperate species and a few Citrus hybrids(lemon,mandarin,not what i like)) but are not found wandering in my property much anymore. I am not afraid of rats but i know the damage they can do to small precious plants and thus dont want to be feeding them! The only fruit trees i retained are an olive tree(finally coming along after lots of careful pruning to give it a natural branch shape as it was badly pruned for years,i hate pruned trees) and a Ziziphus tree which i dont plan to keep long term as its deciduous and doesnt help the least bit with cold/frost/hail protection of the understory species i am growing,nor the orchids and bromeliads on it. So the plan is to let it get engulfed by a Ficus benghalensis...The olive tree will stay and is a host to a wide variety of epiphytes now that enjoy its protection.
Anyway,i want to be adding a few tropical fruit trees to my garden and i am really happy i found a forum dedicated to them. I will really need your help in choosing a few species that suit my needs and tastes! I am glad i found this great forum! :)

Greetings from sunny Greece!!! :)
Hello Kosta and wellcome. Κώστα καλός ήρθες στο φόρουμ για τροπικά φυτά - φρούτα.
The Greek community in this forum grows and grows. That is great! I hope you enjoy your stay in the forum like me and all the fellows. I am sure we can exchange many experience. I can say this forum is wonderful.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: msk0072 on March 13, 2013, 04:42:05 PM
Hi there everybody!

My name is Vlk and I am from Czech Republic, Europe. I've been collecting all sorts of exotic fruiting plants for a little while, but my real passion is collecting and growing durio and artocarpus species. I am not sure what caused this passion - maybe the little experience and rarity of these plants in our republic - as it is very little known about them, how to grow them and such. And many people and growers has been unsuccessful growing them. I want to change that and explore the durio species as much as I can (I already got a little research in my mind concerning durio seedlings). :-) Also  I want to collect as much species as possible! Since I am from central Europe, it seems like an adventurous quest! :-D

I am glad to be part of this community!
Vlk, welcome to the forum with a litle delay. Durian is my prefered fruit also. Like you say it's a passion. I hope we can excange many experiences with the other forum mebmers. Mangos taste delicious too!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: msk0072 on March 13, 2013, 05:05:08 PM
Hello to the community :)
This is Mike from Greece. I live in the island of Crete(Zone 10a/b?).
Am I the first greek member of this forum?
I was a lunker for some time and now I am here. I am a tropical fruit enthusiast after visiting Thailand. After tasting so many fruits there I said to me that I can grow some tropical fruiting trees in my place and enjoy the freshness.
At the momment I am growing the following trees :
Mango (many cultivars, grafted), sapodilla (from seed), Black Sapote (from seed), Jaboticaba (from seed), Jackfruit (grafted, from seed), Dragon Fruit (cuttings, from seeds), puteria sapote (from seed), Avocado (grafted), atemoya (from seed), guava (from seed), passifloras, papayas, pineapples. pawpaws (from seed).
I am looking for more mango cultivars such LZ, Maha Chanok, R2E2, Keitt, Mallika, KP or unusual and not common cultivars, durian seeds, lychees and more...

Mike

γεια σου Mike, I'm Jonas I stay in Athens. I grow mango, lychee, guyava and have a citrus collection (some varieties from Austalia, Vietnam, India, Reunion island,..). I'm particulary interested by spices trees as cinnamon, allspice, clove, star anise, pepper,...  I ordered some mango, avocado,.. plants in a nursery in Xania, but all arrived dead. The best I think is to come and choose by myself, also to get better looking plants.  I grow until now everything outside, but for equatorial plants (as nutmeg, clove, cacao,..) I'm building a greenhouse. Which mango varieties do you grow? τα λεμε!
Geia sou Jonas. Καλώς ήλθες στο φόρουμ. It is nice that you grow some tropical fruiting trees. In your area is some winter protection needed because the winter is a litle hard for the real tropical plants. We have here some nurseries selling mangos. Sorry to hear about the dead plants you got from the nursery. Maybe the way of packing was not right or they stand long time in the transport company? The way to your place from here isn't long.
I grow a few mango varieties not fruited yet because the trees are young.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Vlk on March 13, 2013, 05:16:13 PM
Hi there everybody!

My name is Vlk and I am from Czech Republic, Europe. I've been collecting all sorts of exotic fruiting plants for a little while, but my real passion is collecting and growing durio and artocarpus species. I am not sure what caused this passion - maybe the little experience and rarity of these plants in our republic - as it is very little known about them, how to grow them and such. And many people and growers has been unsuccessful growing them. I want to change that and explore the durio species as much as I can (I already got a little research in my mind concerning durio seedlings). :-) Also  I want to collect as much species as possible! Since I am from central Europe, it seems like an adventurous quest! :-D

I am glad to be part of this community!
Vlk, welcome to the forum with a litle delay. Durian is my prefered fruit also. Like you say it's a passion. I hope we can excange many experiences with the other forum mebmers. Mangos taste delicious too!
Thank you Mike. :-) Iam glad to hear durian is your passion as well. :-))
I like mangos, but durian just fascinates me. :-)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: pajoojo on March 13, 2013, 06:03:08 PM
Geia sou Jonas. Καλώς ήλθες στο φόρουμ. It is nice that you grow some tropical fruiting trees. In your area is some winter protection needed because the winter is a litle hard for the real tropical plants. We have here some nurseries selling mangos. Sorry to hear about the dead plants you got from the nursery. Maybe the way of packing was not right or they stand long time in the transport company? The way to your place from here isn't long.
I grow a few mango varieties not fruited yet because the trees are young.
[/quote]

Me too, I brought from Reunion island some local varieties as José which is absolutely tasty. I'm looking for indian & pakistan mangoes varieties which are the best in my personnal advice as: Langra, Sindhri, Chaunsa, from north India/Pakistan and some other as Alphonso which is not too bad. I also tried south east asian varieties as Nam Doc Mai or Carabao, Manilla, but I don't like the strong taste as resin...

I think here the most important is to protect the plant from the wind. I have sugar can, litchi, allspice, star anise, mango , cinnamon outside but not exposed to the wind and they are well. Of course in Crete you have, particularly in Xania, a microclimate (As Kalamata also).

For the mango trees from Xania, they had absolutly no protection and they were carried by ferry.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: mangokothiyan on March 14, 2013, 01:16:21 PM
Hi All,

I am Arun, a new member but not new to the forum as it is one of the websites I visit more than a few times every day  I live in Coral Springs and feel privileged to know some of the forum heavyweights such as Noel Ramos, Jeff, Patrick ( I am the one who got the Molix 7 gallon tree from you two weeks ago) and Rob (thanks for helping me pick a grafted Bangkok Lemon). Hopefully, I will be able to meet the others in person sometime soon.

The 7 gallon Coconut Cream that I got from Jeff last year flowered a few weeks ago. It is pushing new growth right now. I am yet to taste the mango but everyone that I talked to recommended it.

The mango trees I have are Coconut Cream (from Jeff and flowering for the first time), Carrie  from Excalibur (it has about 30 fruits now and has flowered again), Bailey' Marvel - Excalibur (it has a few mangoes and is flowering again), Duncan - Excalibur -(planted last year and fruiting already), two Pickering trees - from Jeff -  (one has about 10 mangoes and the other younger one has 2-3), Glenn - from Excalibur - (fruiting for the first time this year), Mallika (flowering for the first ime this year), Keitt tree (from Jeff) that flowered for the  first time this year, a Lemon Meringue tree that gave me fruits for the first time last year but has done nothing this year, a Nam Doc Mai # 4 (from Jeff) and a very healthy-looking Kesar (again from Jeff) that has been dormant for a while but is now pushing new growth.

I also have a Pace and Pantin mamey Sapote (thanks to Jeff), guava, Neem, a hasya sapodilla (Excalibur) and a Molix (from Patrick). An Abiu seedling tree,  a grafted Bangkok Lemon and a seedling Excalibur Red jackfruit are waiting for their turn to be planted.

I will post pictures of my trees soon.

Thanks

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: msk0072 on March 14, 2013, 04:39:03 PM
...
Me too, I brought from Reunion island some local varieties as José which is absolutely tasty. I'm looking for indian & pakistan mangoes varieties which are the best in my personnal advice as: Langra, Sindhri, Chaunsa, from north India/Pakistan and some other as Alphonso which is not too bad. I also tried south east asian varieties as Nam Doc Mai or Carabao, Manilla, but I don't like the strong taste as resin...

I think here the most important is to protect the plant from the wind. I have sugar can, litchi, allspice, star anise, mango , cinnamon outside but not exposed to the wind and they are well. Of course in Crete you have, particularly in Xania, a microclimate (As Kalamata also).

For the mango trees from Xania, they had absolutly no protection and they were carried by ferry.
I am also looking for these mangos varieties.
If you need some help about mangos let me know
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: edzone9 on March 14, 2013, 05:41:41 PM
Hello;

Im Ed New To The TFF,Been Lurking for a while , learn lots from this Forum !
Im a member of Bananas.org as well same Nick .

New To NE Florida , been here 1 year started to Grow :
Avacado & Mango Trees , all Killed By The latest frost here in NE Florida.
Since i bought a green house & i am starting again to acquire New Mango & Avacado trees.

Also wood like to try my hand at Grafting this spring.

Most of my Fruit Trees where purchased at Pine Island , Bens Grove a bought a Guanabana Tree .
Home depot and some other Nursery's in the Miami Area .
My Banana Plants from Don at going Bananas , all of the above are great folks to deal with.

Thanks Great Forum..
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: FRUITBOXHERO on March 14, 2013, 08:20:33 PM
Hello everyone! I am a new member to the forum AND a new grower as well, I am in South Florida and looking expand my collection and knowledge!
                        Happy growing
                          FRUITBOXHERO
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: zands on March 15, 2013, 06:09:04 AM
Hello everyone! I am a new member to the forum AND a new grower as well, I am in South Florida and looking expand my collection and knowledge!
                        Happy growing
                          FRUITBOXHERO

You are the cousin of Jukebox Hero mentioned by Foreigner?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: zands on March 15, 2013, 06:17:15 AM
Hello;

Im Ed New To The TFF,Been Lurking for a while , learn lots from this Forum !
Im a member of Bananas.org as well same Nick .

New To NE Florida , been here 1 year started to Grow :
Avacado & Mango Trees , all Killed By The latest frost here in NE Florida.
Since i bought a green house & i am starting again to acquire New Mango & Avacado trees.

Also wood like to try my hand at Grafting this spring.

Most of my Fruit Trees where purchased at Pine Island , Bens Grove a bought a Guanabana Tree .
Home depot and some other Nursery's in the Miami Area .
My Banana Plants from Don at going Bananas , all of the above are great folks to deal with.

Thanks Great Forum..

I am way south of you but from what I see >>>
-- loquats are very reliable and you have some very good breeders up there ask Adam Saffron
-- look for cold resistant avocados
-- lychee tree is more hardy than mango and people go just as crazy over the fruits
--- mango trees need a good micro-climate and or winter protection you can rig up for cold nights
---  look for mangoes like Pickering that grow small so will be easier to protect
--- think about mangoes on south facing side
--- muscadine grapes and others grapes for where you are
--- maybe low chill peaches and low chill cherries
-- Pakistani variety of mulberry
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: SCGil on March 15, 2013, 07:11:42 PM
Hi Folk, I recently ran across this forum and have enjoyed reading the posts. I live in coastal South Carolina which is zone 8.  I grow a number of tropical fruits in containers and have six citrus trees in the ground. I also grow a lot of cold hardy subtropical fruits in the ground. I hope to learn a lot from the group!

Gil is SC
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: othater on March 18, 2013, 12:05:41 AM
Hello everyone,
Newby from SoCal, zone 9?
New to the hobby. Have been on a few of the other great forums and while searching found this one.
Currently interested in different varieties of Avocado. I have one tree in the ground, two new in pots.
Have one satsumi tangerine in a 5 gal container that will be planted in the ground soon.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fyliu on March 18, 2013, 01:59:52 AM
Welcome new members.
othater, so you're more inland? like San Bernardino/Riverside? I think most of the SoCal folks are somewhat close to the coast. There are a number of us here. My plants are in the San Gabriel Valley.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: JulieBoolie on March 20, 2013, 04:41:50 PM
Hey everyone,
am Julia and I study landscape architecture near Munich. Yeh, it's cold over here but nonetheless I try to grow tropical fruit trees indoors. I started 2 years ago and am always looking for new stuff, sooo addictive - this forum is great. I have already seen so many fruits I didn't know before.
So, cheers ;)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: msk0072 on March 20, 2013, 04:50:35 PM
Hey everyone,
am Julia and I study landscape architecture near Munich. Yeh, it's cold over here but nonetheless I try to grow tropical fruit trees indoors. I started 2 years ago and am always looking for new stuff, sooo addictive - this forum is great. I have already seen so many fruits I didn't know before.
So, cheers ;)
Hello Julia, Welcome to the forum. I also can say it for sure: this forum is great!  We exchange our experiences and have a lot of fun. Happy tropical gardening ;)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HMHausman on March 20, 2013, 05:11:25 PM
Hey everyone,
am Julia and I study landscape architecture near Munich. Yeh, it's cold over here but nonetheless I try to grow tropical fruit trees indoors. I started 2 years ago and am always looking for new stuff, sooo addictive - this forum is great. I have already seen so many fruits I didn't know before.
So, cheers ;)

Impressive collection for Germany.  Have you fruited anything yet.  Welcome to the forum!
Title: Hello all!!! I'm new to the forum!
Post by: FRUITBOXHERO on March 20, 2013, 08:30:00 PM
Thank you all for such great posts! I am learning so much just by reading all your posts! I'm sure it will be YEARS before I say anything worth while, but will be picking your brains with stupid questions often...lol
Title: Re: Hello all!!! I'm new to the forum!
Post by: mario on March 20, 2013, 08:33:13 PM
Welcome to the club
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: JulieBoolie on March 21, 2013, 02:58:08 AM
Thanks a lot for welcoming me :)
Well.. last year my white sapote flowered and also developed tiny fruits but eventually dropped all of them. Right now there are flower buds on their way again... fingers crossed it'll work this time. The mountain papaya will flower this spring (I will share seeds).
Most of the plants are still small so I guess I gotta wait at least 2 more years.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Raulglezruiz on March 21, 2013, 11:42:55 AM
Hi Everybody mi name is Raul Gonzalez, I like to collect exotic fruits, I live by a small river on a almost half acre property with a small hill slope at the back, I started about 8 years ago so most of my trees are in juvenile stage, currently have jack f, bakuripari, Eug. Candolleana, Ilama, Garcinia macrophila, Mexican atemoya, mama de cadela, premium pitangas( twice the size very sweet & firm flesh with no turpentine flavor , achachairu, marang, champedak, mangostan,Kwai muck, dwarf ambarella, duku, long kong, pedalai,Bali Salak, durian, Durio graveolens,Ross sapote, cupuassu,caimito,biribas, apple mamey,Burmese grape, kuwini mango ( flowering for first time! ) seedless bread fruit, lychee ,longan,
 Now my new passion are mangos, but I'm running out of space, so I have to be very selective ! I have a beautyful girl(23) and a boy(9) from previous marriage, I live with my wife 3 dogs, male rottie,fem lab, fem cocker, and 4 cats, I worked in hotelery industry, I'm really exited to join this group!
   Un abrazo!!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Felipe on March 21, 2013, 03:26:21 PM
Bienvenido Raul! You have a very nice collecion there..  ;)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Felipe on March 21, 2013, 03:34:04 PM
Griaß di Julie :)

I know your pain growing tropicals in Bavaria... ;)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jez251 on March 21, 2013, 03:35:28 PM
Hi Raúl,

Welcome to the group. I really like your collection, and wish i could grow all those fruits here in South Florida. How large are your pitangas? Are they black or regular?

Saludos,
Jaime
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitlovers on March 21, 2013, 11:15:36 PM
Hi Everybody mi name is Raul Gonzalez, I like to collect exotic fruits, I live by a small river on a almost half acre property with a small hill slope at the back, I started about 8 years ago so most of my trees are in juvenile stage, currently have jack f, bakuripari, Eug. Candolleana, Ilama, Garcinia macrophila, Mexican atemoya, mama de cadela, premium pitangas( twice the size very sweet & firm flesh with no turpentine flavor , achachairu, marang, champedak, mangostan,Kwai muck, dwarf ambarella, duku, long kong, pedalai,Bali Salak, durian, Durio graveolens,Ross sapote, cupuassu,caimito,biribas, apple mamey,Burmese grape, kuwini mango ( flowering for first time! ) seedless bread fruit, lychee ,longan,
 Now my new passion are mangos, but I'm running out of space, so I have to be very selective ! I have a beautyful girl(23) and a boy(9) from previous marriage, I live with my wife 3 dogs, male rottie,fem lab, fem cocker, and 4 cats, I worked in hotelery industry, I'm really exited to join this group!
   Un abrazo!!

Hey Raul, about time you discovered this group. What took you so long?  ??? I think you are going to love it. Lots of good folks and info. + many photos.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Finca La Isla on March 22, 2013, 09:30:58 PM
Hi, I am Peter from the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica.  I know some of you from visits to my farm and others from other groups.  I have been growing tropical fruits, spices and ornamental plants since 1987 in my present location.  My farm is 18 hectares but most of that is rainforest.  We are situated at about 9 degrees North in an area with 4m of rainfall which is well distributed in two primarily dry seasons and two wet seasons.  I feel that the weather is very similar to peninsular Malaysia and parts of Borneo.  I practice agro-forestry and have a collection of more than 150 fruit and spice trees.  My farm is commercial and I sell fresh fruits, spices, and fine chocolate as well as run a nursery of fruit trees and ornamental plants.  Saludos from Costa Rica, Peter
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HMHausman on March 22, 2013, 09:40:32 PM
Welcome to the forum, Peter.  We were trying to plan a trip to Costa Rica, that, unfortunately never materialized.  Would love to get down there one day.  What is the elevation of your farm? Please, when you have a chance, post some pictures of your trees. Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Finca La Isla on March 22, 2013, 10:07:40 PM
Hi Harry
The elevation of my farm is basically sea level to about 40m.  We often have some fruit here but the best time to come for fresh fruit is around September to November.  I am seeing flowers on mangosteen, rambutan, and durian right now, to name a few.  A visit could be easy from South Florida, I was up there in May and visited some very interesting nurseries.  I got some material from Excalibur and a few bromeliads from Bullis in Homestead.  It would be great to see you here.
Peter
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: BENDERSGROVE on March 23, 2013, 10:30:12 AM
Welcome to the forum all!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: DurianLover on March 24, 2013, 12:45:23 AM
Hi Harry
The elevation of my farm is basically sea level to about 40m.  We often have some fruit here but the best time to come for fresh fruit is around September to November.  I am seeing flowers on mangosteen, rambutan, and durian right now, to name a few.  A visit could be easy from South Florida, I was up there in May and visited some very interesting nurseries.  I got some material from Excalibur and a few bromeliads from Bullis in Homestead.  It would be great to see you here.
Peter


Welcome to the forum!
I'm getting impression that you are inviting forum members to visit your farm. Are there any accommodations available? Would love to get away for a week to some farm in Costa Rica. My only visit to Costa Rica (Lemon) was 17 years ago, but I wasn't into fruits back than and I don't remember anything ::)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Finca La Isla on March 24, 2013, 08:55:09 PM
Hi Durian lover-  I live in an area that is easy to visit.  I sometimes have accomodation available and there are also lots of small hotels and restaurants in the area.  I am in Puerto Viejo, Limon and it is easy to reach by direct bus or rental car from San Jose, the capitol.  There are lots of tourists around here at the moment but not much fruit.  In September/October it is the opposite.
Peter
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chylton2 on March 25, 2013, 01:53:10 PM
Good Day everyone, my name is Chris Hylton. I bought my first house last year and started my tropical fruit tree planting. its not a very big backyard but its workable.
i have a question right away: i have a grafted mango tree that has already sprouted its new leaves. i've had it in my garage for the past month until now. what is the next step? can i bring it outdoors to get some sun?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HMHausman on March 25, 2013, 02:28:06 PM
Its best to acclimate the tree slowly, moving it into an outdoor but partially shaded area for a couple of weeks before trying to plant it out in full sun.  Leaves that were grown in the garage will burn if you stick them out in the full sun immediately.  When you eventually plant the tree out, try to choose a cloudy, rainy day and that will lessen the effect of the ultimate light change.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: rusahlynn on March 28, 2013, 05:09:21 PM
Hi, I just joined yesterday, trying to find help for my tiny mango plant!

I am not a gardener....seems like everything I try to grow dies  :-[

I live in Canada, we get very cold winters and very hot summers!

Hoping I can find some advice for my mango tree!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitlovers on March 29, 2013, 12:00:19 AM
Hi, I just joined yesterday, trying to find help for my tiny mango plant!

I am not a gardener....seems like everything I try to grow dies  :-[

I live in Canada, we get very cold winters and very hot summers!

Hoping I can find some advice for my mango tree!

I think you came to the right place because we have some forum members in Canada growing mangos, i'm sure they can help you, along with the many other mango experts here.  Welcome to the group!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fyliu on March 29, 2013, 01:09:48 AM
rusahlynn, welcome. I assume you're keeping it indoors maybe in a greenhouse during cold weather. Hopefully you'll get ideas to grow other fruit from this forum.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: bobbyjo on March 29, 2013, 06:35:46 PM
Hi, I just joined yesterday, trying to find help for my tiny mango plant!

I am not a gardener....seems like everything I try to grow dies  :-[

I live in Canada, we get very cold winters and very hot summers!

Hoping I can find some advice for my mango tree!


I think you came to the right place because we have some forum members in Canada growing mangos, i'm sure they can help you, along with the many other mango experts here.  Welcome to the group!


Hi rusahlynn:
Oscar is correct - there are a couple of Canadians growing mangos who post on this forum.  I am one of them and also have other tropicals including citrus, bananas, etc.  I'm in the Toronto area and started with mangos about three years ago.  Not sure how much help I can be but will try.

There's another person in Canada that I know is on this forum who has had good success with his mango plant.  This is his profile, if you want to contact him:
http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?action=profile;u=77 (http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?action=profile;u=77)

Robert
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: JD on April 01, 2013, 01:05:56 PM
Hey Tropical Fruit Forum!

I have been known as "JD" for all of my life. I currently reside in Tallahassee, FL (8B) with my hometown and family in South Florida.

I am currently growing several fruits: berries, peaches, plums, figs, mulberry, persimmon, pomegranate, pineapple, paw paw, and pear. Some in-ground and some in pots. In South Florida, my family has sapodilla, mango, avocado, palm, and papaya growing.  I hope to grow a few mango and avocado trees here...in pots for winter protection. We plan to expand what my family is growing to include more subtropical fruits like canistel, mamey sapote, miracle fruit, and jaboticaba.

I have tasted a few rare and ultra rare fruit. Earlier this month, I sampled jaboticaba and canistel for the first time while visiting the Fruit and Spice Park in Homestead. It was an enjoyable visit. I must return when the mango, ice cream bean, etc are ready for harvest. Mulberry were in season and Pakistan was the best by far.

The goal of joining this forum is to share and learn as much as I can.

PS: I have a question about how to grow jaboticaba from seed (I have a few). I will search the forum and hopefully find an answer. If no, that will be my second post.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: rusahlynn on April 01, 2013, 03:55:03 PM
Thanks guys!

Yes, I'm keeping my mango indoors :)
Glad to hear there are other Canadian mango growers! I will start a new post with my questions :)
Thanks!
Title: Re: Waldi1
Post by: waldi1 on April 01, 2013, 10:39:12 PM
Hi Everyone ,
Just Registered myself.Since I retired myself 6 years ago I started to colect tropical fruit seed and plants without any knowledge.
Meanwhile I've got about 100 different species of which 50% is flowering and /or fruiting,Everything my plants ever get is 100% water,That's all.
I also have sometimes Watermelon,Melon ,Sorghum,Amarant,Pineapple etc.
what I like to learn is the Latinwords for all the species and in this Forum I see a good chance.
A few days ago when I browsed the forum some Guys where complaning about Mango Ataulfo . The ones I got 25 trees are as sweet as sugar,come and try for yourself.
Helmut
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Zambezi on April 02, 2013, 12:46:51 PM
Welcome to the forum... :)

Rusahlynn. :) I'm glad you found other Canadian Mango growers.. hopefully they'll be able to help. But keep us posted on how your little tree does..:) It would be nice to see it make it through..:) I grow some mangoes in pots as well, so if there is anything i can help with, just let me know.

JD, you've a great collection so far and I'm sure you'll probably be adding much more..:) Here's a good place to start your Jaboticaba reading http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=4238.msg58386#msg58386...: (http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=4238.msg58386#msg58386...:))

Waldi1...welcome to the forum, retiring with more than a 100 different fruit trees sounds wonderful..:P
Title: Re: Waldi1
Post by: waldi1 on April 02, 2013, 06:13:55 PM
Hi Green Thumb,
Thank's for welcoming mi to the forum
Yes ,I like fruits and I like to keep busy,and Im not finished collecting
Trouble is The Mex Gov put a thumb on plant and seed imports.
Saludos
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: TropicalFruitHunters on April 03, 2013, 07:30:40 AM
Hi Helmut.  Nice to see you got registered.  Welcome!  Jay
Title: Re: Waldi1
Post by: waldi1 on April 03, 2013, 11:59:05 AM
Hi Jay,
Thank's for welcoming me on the Forum,Had a little struggle to register but now I'm here.
Helmut
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: nullzero on April 03, 2013, 12:58:10 PM
Welcome JD and waldi1 to the forum.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: BENDERSGROVE on April 03, 2013, 01:26:05 PM
Welcome all!!!!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Felipe on April 03, 2013, 04:51:41 PM
Bienvenido Helmut! Are you german?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Zambezi on April 04, 2013, 01:13:42 PM
Helmut...

 :) That's the great thing about being a fruit collector, any collector really, that you are never finished collecting.. ;). Just when you think I can't get anymore, I have no more room, I shouldn't... there is always that one elusive plant you wish you could have.

You'll find that most of us here are infected by the same bug.. ;D
It'll be great to learn from you about the plants you've had experience with, and hopefully see you add more to your collection..:)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: waldi1 on April 04, 2013, 04:09:20 PM
Yes Felipe ,
Soy Aleman ( Bavarian from Munich),My Job brought me to Mexico 25 years ago.
Thanks'for welcoming me .
Helmut
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: waldi1 on April 04, 2013, 04:20:12 PM
Hi Green Thumb,
Most my experience come from trial and error, luckely I had little errors and failiers so far.
Helmut
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Felipe on April 04, 2013, 05:49:45 PM
Yes Felipe ,
Soy Aleman ( Bavarian from Munich),My Job brought me to Mexico 25 years ago.
Thanks'for welcoming me .
Helmut

Servus amigo,
I'm from Spain, but my job brought me to Munich..  ;D Nice place here, but not for growing tropicals ;)
As soon if I have to chance, I will either move back to Canary Islands or else somewhere in the tropics... souther Mexico would be a good choice  ::)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: pFEEDme on April 05, 2013, 09:31:43 PM
Hello there fellow gardeners! I've been an occasional lurker but decided to come out of hiding to join fellow tropical fruit lovers. I grew up in Gia Dinh, Vietnam, in a beautifully manicured oasis tended by my incomparable grandmother. Then I was uprooted to Orange County, CA and lived for many years without a garden; but could always look forward to visiting every summer to taste the fruits of her labor. Since the government claimed eminent domain over the majority of our land about 10 years ago, my personal orchard is gone. Now that I have my own home, I’m trying to recreate the nostalgic childhood with some of my favorite fruit trees and flowers, but also combine the wonderful diversity of America and beyond. Most of my plants are grafted gifts from relatives, so I sometime do not know their scientific names. I try to be water wise when possible, but I also like to push the limits with some plants that are out of my growing zone. I make a lot of mistakes along the way but gardening is all about trial and error.

My humble patch of dirt in zone 10b currently has
I'm hoping to add the following...in the very near future: Barbados cherry, Carambola, Black pearl/diamond wax apple, Meiwa kumquat, mangoes - still researching which varieties, M. magnifica, Christmas cacti, Adeniums - just ordered seeds on ebay from Thailand, Vine jelly (sương sâm), Ochna integerrima - 12 petal kind - failed many attempts to grow from seeds.

Thanks for reading and hope to learn from you all soon!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Greenhaven on April 06, 2013, 09:44:45 AM
Hi there, I found this site several times when searching for info. and had gradually started reading more of it in the last few weeks, so I thought I'd come out of the computer closet and free myself by declaring that yes, I'm another tropical fruit lover as well.  (And yes, I'm another Aussie, a Queenslander too!) :)

I'm trying my hand at growing many things at the moment, but no ultra-tropicals. I live in an elevated area (440m), and my climate is a cooler sub-tropical one. No frosts here, but with winter mins 6-10c overnight I do accumulate some chill hours. I only moved here 3 1/2 years ago, so all my plants are young - am getting my first decent crops off the older trees this year.

Some of the trees I have are Mango, Avocado, Lychee, Longan, Persimmon, various Citrus, Jakfruit, Wampee, Sapodilla, Sapote (Black, White, Green, Mammey), Atemoya, Cherimoya, Rollinia, Peach, Pomegranate, Fig, Guava, Passionfruit, various Eugenia,various Jaboticaba, Canistel, Wax Jambu, Apple, Papaya, Blueberry, Babaco and more. I'm finding my ripening times are about a 4 week lag behind Brisbane fruits.

I'd been growing fruit trees for about 16 years, but after I moved I started growing a wider range, so I'm having to re-learn everything again - lots of trial and error, and alot of fun. Guess learning never stops anyway. (Still make odd rookie errors occassionally - last month I was so excited  that my Sapodilla's had set fruit, I fertilised and had the whole lot aborted. I'm still kicking myself!) I take all the advice I can get, hence stretching to this forum. I hope I can make some positive contributions, but I'll probably be mainly asking for advice (apologies in advance if my Q's are too dumb and I shame myself.) Thanks for making this forum available, I'm happy to now being part of it, and look forward to 'meeting' you all.

Veronica



Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: rusahlynn on April 09, 2013, 04:45:09 PM
Welcome to the forum... :)

Rusahlynn. :) I'm glad you found other Canadian Mango growers.. hopefully they'll be able to help. But keep us posted on how your little tree does..:) It would be nice to see it make it through..:) I grow some mangoes in pots as well, so if there is anything i can help with, just let me know.

JD, you've a great collection so far and I'm sure you'll probably be adding much more..:) Here's a good place to start your Jaboticaba reading [url]http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=4238.msg58386#msg58386...:[/url] ([url]http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=4238.msg58386#msg58386...:[/url]))

Waldi1...welcome to the forum, retiring with more than a 100 different fruit trees sounds wonderful..:P


Thanks :) it is growing new leaves now...so I'm hoping they don't turn brown as well....I will keep you posted on how it does!!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HMHausman on April 09, 2013, 05:13:45 PM
Welcome to the forum, Veronica. Glad you boldly came out of lurker's computer closet.  What mangoes are you growing?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Greenhaven on April 09, 2013, 11:15:48 PM
Hi Harry, thanks for the welcome to this forum. :)  I'm sure it'll be of no surprise to you that I have Kensington Pride   ;) - also Alison Red KP(thanks BMc), Honey Gold(developed from KP, but different taste- very sweet and tangy), Kwan, King Thai (I think alternative name for Mahachanok), Florigon and Glen. I love our local varieties, but I'm looking forward to tasting the Asian and US varieties and see what the differences are (hoping I've made decent choices). Unfortunately I don't have room for more mango trees unless something extra-special comes along ;D.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: StPeteMango on April 12, 2013, 03:52:04 PM
Hi, folks. Have visited this site quite a few times since I started researching mangoes, and decided to sign up.
I recently got the mango bug (the flavors of my youth!) and planted Cogshall, Graham, Mallika, Nam Doc Mai, Neelam and Pickering. I used to have a mandarin tree that bore huge quantities of fruit, but it died some years ago. So I have also planted a Ponkan mandarin. And, since I had a protected spot to spare, an Emperor lychee.
It will be a few years before the fruit appear, so in the meantime, I keep returning to tropical fruit forums to read and wait ...
Full disclosure: I was born in Hyderabad, India (I left in 1986), by way of Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Mississauga (Canada) and Logan, Utah. This is my 10th year in St. Petersburg.
I am a copy editor/news designer for a news organization; my wife is a graphic designer. We have a son and a daughter; both are in college.
It has been hard work the past couple of months; in addition to the fruit trees, I also made changes to the landscaping. And, to make it more challenging, spread 15 cubic yards of mulch around the new plantings as well as around the existing shrubs.
Saleem
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Zambezi on April 13, 2013, 12:17:23 AM
Welcome to the forum... :)

Rusahlynn. :) I'm glad you found other Canadian Mango growers.. hopefully they'll be able to help. But keep us posted on how your little tree does..:) It would be nice to see it make it through..:) I grow some mangoes in pots as well, so if there is anything i can help with, just let me know.



Thanks :) it is growing new leaves now...so I'm hoping they don't turn brown as well....I will keep you posted on how it does!!

Ohh that's great, it will make it..:) Sure, i have my fingers crossed for you..:)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: kgknight on April 14, 2013, 03:18:16 PM
Hello everyone, I registered with the site because I have been a hobbyist of fruit trees for about 3 years now.  I looking forward to learning from others as I am still a novice when it comes to growing. 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: nullzero on April 14, 2013, 03:34:21 PM
Hello everyone, I registered with the site because I have been a hobbyist of fruit trees for about 3 years now.  I looking forward to learning from others as I am still a novice when it comes to growing.

Kgnight welcome to the forums! What are you growing currently?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: anaxel on April 20, 2013, 12:08:11 PM
Hi everyone,
this made one year that I am on this forum and I never even seen this topic sorry to everyone, as they say, better late than never.
So hello to everyone, I love this forum, because you learn a lot of things and there is always someone to help you at the right time.
thank you all very much.

anaxel.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: cricketbird on April 22, 2013, 11:50:43 AM
Hey there,

I just purchased a house with quite a few fruiting trees, so I'm getting a crash course in tropical fruit!  So far, I've ID'd a kumquat, lychee, mango, mangosteen , and mandarin orange trees.  There are 3 others that seem like they might be fruiters that I haven't ID'd yet.  Looking forward to learning more about how to care for all of them and to maximize their fruit potential!

CB
Tampa, FL
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: davidgarcia899 on April 22, 2013, 12:50:46 PM
Hey CB,

Congrats, but you might want to check your ID on the mangosteen tree because I've never heard of one being grown as far north as Tampa.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Thesmartmama on April 24, 2013, 02:51:34 PM
Hi. I've been gardening - rooftop, containerized garden - for several years, but just moved to a 6 acre spread in Southern California. We have identified many of the trees, but not all of them, and I am getting a crash course in fruit trees. In my real life, I'm an environmental and consumer product safety attorney.

What we have id'ed so far (primarily from labels left on the trees) and several that I bought:

Avocado - 4 varieties (110 trees)
Orange (around 10 trees)
Lemon (at least 2 varieties) (6 trees)
Lime (1 keffir and 1 regular?)
Grapefruit (2)
Plum (at least 8)
Pluot (2)
Persimmon (8)
Persimmon - Coffeecake (2)
Cherry (Royal and Lee - 4 trees total)
Mulberry - Weeping (3)
Mulberry - Pakistani (1)
Mulberry - White (2)
Mulberry - Persian (1)
Canistel - Bruce
Gooseberry - Cape (4)
Apple - Fuji, Anna and others (15)
White Sapote - McDill (1)
Caper bush spineless (2) 
Allispice
Bay
Pummelo Hybrid
Cherimoya - Booth
Rio Grande Cherry
Mombin
Grumichama 92)
Jaboticaba (1)
Banan Misi Luki
Starfruit Superstar
Chinese Mulberry (2 - male and female)
Guava (4)
Apriums
Apricots (8)
Grapes (4)
Blueberries (12)
Raspberries (8)
Fig (6)
Jujubes (4)
Kiwi
Tangerines
(adding more)
Loquat (three)
Kumquat
Dragon Fruit
Prickly Pear
Roseapple



And a bunch of things that I can't identify yet. We have not yet made it through a fruiting season.


Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HMHausman on April 24, 2013, 02:58:48 PM
Welcome Smart Mama. I am going to overlook the fact that you are an attorney in real life.  (You have to watch these attorneys with large fruit collections).  I've checked your list twice and I am amazed to see no mangoes listed in this collection.  You obviously bought this property from a serious fruiter.  How old are your trees?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jez251 on April 24, 2013, 03:23:52 PM
Hi Smartmama (cool name) and welcome. Send in pics of your unidentified trees so we can help you ID them, in a separate thread of course.

Thanks,
Jaime
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: nullzero on April 24, 2013, 04:04:29 PM
Thesmartmama,

Very impressive list, and some nice acreage in RPV. I would say RPV is on the top list of best CA growing areas for subtropicals. How is the morning fog in your area? I know some parts of RPV and PV get clouded in during most of the morning hours. There are some sunnier micro climates in certain areas.

Here are some good additions that you don't have listed yet; Dragon Fruit, Prickly Pear, Mangoes, Lucuma, Tamarillo, and others.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Thesmartmama on April 24, 2013, 04:44:41 PM
Thank you for the welcome.

@HMHausman The avocado trees are all very mature. We bought the land from a family - the dad had passed away - and the son only had limited information.  I'm not sure how to judge the age of a tree, but some of the avocados are huge - 25 to 30 feet. The citrus is all very mature.  Almost everything is fruiting.

@jez251 I will send pictures . . .

@nullzero We face the Port of LA, so the fog is relatively limited. But we are on a slope so we have differing climates - one area is called cold canyon because we get frost, but the orchard is east facing, no obstructions, and stays warm all year from what we can tell. We do have a couple of dragon fruit and prickly pear but not the others. I will check them out.

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Orkine on May 02, 2013, 11:19:46 PM
Hi I am Orkine from South FL.
I love fruit trees and am particularly interested in mango (6) and avocado (2).  I also have lychees (3).
I intend to get some more and recently got very excited about grafting after doing some online research and seeing Carlos's videos. :)
I plan on trying to change the canopy on one of the avocado trees and may share my story (if I do it)

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: murraystevena2 on May 07, 2013, 03:37:33 PM
Hello everyone, I grew up on my family's Cherry farm in California. I have always been into fruits and became more interested when I was in high school and attended the 2003 festival of fruits and bought some plants. After that I lived in Mexico and got exposed to some real tropicals and got hooked. It has changed the whole direction of my life, originally I studied geology and now I study plant science at Cal Poly Pomona. I have two passions in life and it is languages and fruits. Over the last 7 years every summer and spring I have worked on my family's farm out in the fields and saved up my money to buy plants and seeds and/or go to a language schools, study the language for a month or two and then backpacking afterwards and trying local and delicious fruits. In recent years I have gotten a small lots of seeds permit and have started really collecting stuff. I have since collected 350 or so species of fruiting plants of around a 1000 varieties from 86 families or so. It is too long to list below but most of them I have in my greenhouse and about half of them are young plants. That also includes many species of temperate fruits. I am particularly interested in Sapotaceae 17 species, Myrtaceae 35 species or so, rosaceae 50-60 species, rubaceae 10 var of white sapote, 50ish varieties of citrus, I am interested in more artocarpus, syzygium, eugenias and kin plus lots of other stuff that varies from time to time.  My greenhouse around 30mX10m and getting very full of stuff.
One year ago I was accepted as an exchange student in China and have been living here since last august and will stay here until next the end of July. This was such a good opportunity that I had to take it and I have left the care of the greenhouse to my family for the time being. My family's business is called Murray family farms www.murrayfamilyfarms.com (http://www.murrayfamilyfarms.com)
They sell fruits (not plants) and grow everything that they sell in the stores and are a commercial cherry farm and have retail stores.  I am also active or at least try to be active in the CRFG and as I said, fruits play a huge part of my life and livelihood. I look forward to joining this forum, trading fruits and seeing all the cool stuff out there.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: nullzero on May 07, 2013, 04:17:05 PM
Murraystevena2,

Welcome to the forums, its nice to see another younger member. Just 1yr older then you myself. Would love to see pictures of your collection at home. I wounder how hard it would be to go through the import process for Jujube budwood from China.

I know Myrica rubra importation from China has been done 3 times with big orders without too much red tape.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: murraystevena2 on May 09, 2013, 01:29:36 AM
I think it could be done with the jujubes, I think Roger Myer has imported plants in the past. I think it depends on how the species is listed by Aphis. I am near the largest ag school in china and saw some cool looking photos of different types of jujubes before, but as I am going home at the end of july I wont be here during the right time of the year to import budwood. Yeah its good to have some young blood in this rare fruit stuff. What got you into it?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: nullzero on May 09, 2013, 09:20:41 PM
I think it could be done with the jujubes, I think Roger Myer has imported plants in the past. I think it depends on how the species is listed by Aphis. I am near the largest ag school in china and saw some cool looking photos of different types of jujubes before, but as I am going home at the end of july I wont be here during the right time of the year to import budwood. Yeah its good to have some young blood in this rare fruit stuff. What got you into it?

Passion for growing plants and realizing the health benefits and joys of life from eating fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs. I could not think of a more peaceful and life rewarding hobby.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitloopy on May 10, 2013, 06:10:35 PM
Greetings to all forumites,

I got interested in tropical fruits when, upon moving to Stuart, FL in 1994 from 4.5 acres on the Potomac river in rural Virginia where I grew apples, grapes, plums, vegetables, blueberries and others,  I discovered there was nothing particularly tropical in my regular Publix produce area.  Disappointed, I decided, well, I'll just have to grow them myself.  So I got this little Sunset book, on Citrus and Subtropical fruit and got inspired.  Then got my own little acre in 1997, had Richard Wilson bring a truck full of trees, and boom, I was off.  I've pretty much continued  this on my own as I didn't know anyone else in the hobby until recently.  Most of my neighbors are sod farmers. (if that's harsh just pretend I didn't say it) So my interest waxes and wanes year to year.  I sympathize with Patrick as he wanders around the yard looking for any unoccupied tree planting space, new fruit, leaves, bugs, squirrels, flowers.  I have added new stuff and killed other stuff (3 persimmons...etc. ).  Locally in Martin county we have Mike's Treesnmore which is a great nursery.  I recently did a grafting workshop there with Adam and am very excited to try my hand at this new skill.  I appreciate all who have answered my questions and hope to continue learning as I interact with others in the hobby.  I also have some orchids, heliconia, bromeliads, collector palms & cycads. 

Some fruit inventory....from 20 year old trees to potted  seedlings :    araca boi, black sapote,  sweet tamarind,  tropical guavas-Tikal, ?, cattley guava, lychee 2, tangerines, grapefruit duncan, mineola tangelos, uglifuit, pineapple, monstera, cherry of the rio grande, macadamia, mango 7cv-Tebow(Edward x kent), coconut cream,PPK,kent, Glenn, Beverly,valencia pride , longan, pitomba, pomegranate, papaya, guava, coconut, mamay sapote -pantin lorito1, avocado 4 cv., nangka mai1, peach 2, apples 3 cv on one(from Treesnmore) , limes 4 ,lemons 2,  white sapote- redlands, rollinia, malay apple, starapple, starfruit- kari, pommelo, sugar apples- red green Puerto rican purple grafted,atemoya geffner 48-26mmm! , soursop,blueberries-3 cv., herbs, tomatoes, eggplant, bananas -gros michel , manzano, hua moa, tall red, short red, raja puri, ice cream, misi luki, dwarf cavendish, praying hands,kru  +unknown ones, genip, mysore raspberry, grapes-2, blackberry-Brazos, passionfruit- purple, dragonfruit-pink red, white, yellow, sapodilla , miracle fruit, Ross sapote(canistel),barbados cherry ,... I'm tired....pulasan, terap,abiu coming soon,  want chempedak,   

OK, since there are others like me, does that mean I'm not crazy or that we all are?  Hmmmmmmmm.

 Regards, Rusty
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: nullzero on May 10, 2013, 10:03:53 PM
Greetings to all forumites,

I got interested in tropical fruits when, upon moving to Stuart, FL in 1994 from 4.5 acres on the Potomac river in rural Virginia where I grew apples, grapes, plums, vegetables, blueberries and others,  I discovered there was nothing particularly tropical in my regular Publix produce area.  Disappointed, I decided, well, I'll just have to grow them myself.  So I got this little Sunset book, on Citrus and Subtropical fruit and got inspired.  Then got my own little acre in 1997, had Richard Wilson bring a truck full of trees, and boom, I was off.  I've pretty much continued  this on my own as I didn't know anyone else in the hobby until recently.  Most of my neighbors are sod farmers. (if that's harsh just pretend I didn't say it) So my interest waxes and wanes year to year.  I sympathize with Patrick as he wanders around the yard looking for any unoccupied tree planting space, new fruit, leaves, bugs, squirrels, flowers.  I have added new stuff and killed other stuff (3 persimmons...etc. ).  Locally in Martin county we have Mike's Treesnmore which is a great nursery.  I recently did a grafting workshop there with Adam and am very excited to try my hand at this new skill.  I appreciate all who have answered my questions and hope to continue learning as I interact with others in the hobby.  I also have some orchids, heliconia, bromeliads, collector palms & cycads. 

Some fruit inventory....from 20 year old trees to potted  seedlings :    araca boi, black sapote,  sweet tamarind,  tropical guavas-Tikal, ?, cattley guava, lychee 2, tangerines, grapefruit duncan, mineola tangelos, uglifuit, pineapple, monstera, cherry of the rio grande, macadamia, mango 7cv-Tebow(Edward x kent), coconut cream,PPK,kent, Glenn, Beverly,valencia pride , longan, pitomba, pomegranate, papaya, guava, coconut, mamay sapote -pantin lorito1, avocado 4 cv., nangka mai1, peach 2, apples 3 cv on one(from Treesnmore) , limes 4 ,lemons 2,  white sapote- redlands, rollinia, malay apple, starapple, starfruit- kari, pommelo, sugar apples- red green Puerto rican purple grafted,atemoya geffner 48-26mmm! , soursop,blueberries-3 cv., herbs, tomatoes, eggplant, bananas -gros michel , manzano, hua moa, tall red, short red, raja puri, ice cream, misi luki, dwarf cavendish, praying hands,kru  +unknown ones, genip, mysore raspberry, grapes-2, blackberry-Brazos, passionfruit- purple, dragonfruit-pink red, white, yellow, sapodilla , miracle fruit, Ross sapote(canistel),barbados cherry ,... I'm tired....pulasan, terap,abiu coming soon,  want chempedak,   

OK, since there are others like me, does that mean I'm not crazy or that we all are?  Hmmmmmmmm.

 Regards, Rusty

Impressive list Rusty, would love to see pictures of the trees and fruit :).
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitloopy on May 11, 2013, 10:15:57 PM
Thanks...I'll work on that.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Rodgunner on May 13, 2013, 01:15:20 AM
R Hanabergh, physician, native of Colombia and living in SW Broward. I am a tropical fruit trees enthusiast. Out of not knowing better I planted few trees in my backyard doing very little soil amendment first and more later. The soil is poor as it is of the filled type, full of rocks and clay and not well drained. Despite that we have been able to harvest Lychees, sapodillas and other niceties. I successfully grafted a Glenn (My favorite mango- and I have tried many so far) and a Mme Francis mango, a White Sapote and an Alano Zapodilla (Nispero)that is a delicacy.I have a mature Sugar Apple that I have hand pollinated however the fruit drops after a while. Experts consulted have no idea of why is this happening. I also have coconut trees, Longan, Ilama, tangerine, grape,Lancetilla Mango, Orange, Fig, Wax jambu, Avocados, Bruce Canistel (bearing) Tamarinds, Yuccca, Mombin, Sweetheart Lychee,Gefener atemoya,Guanabana (SourSop) Cacao -yellow-and Red Sugar apple. My grafted Pouteria Viridis,purchased from Lara farms is in bloom once again and after 7 years or so  I think it will bear this time. I have a 6-7 feet Jaboticaba that must be around 9-10 years old and planted 2 yrs ago that has not bloomed yet. I would be happy to exchange information with the forum.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: sunpup on May 16, 2013, 02:13:57 PM
Hello everyone
Although I have been growing tropical fruits for over thirty years I recently came across this forum and joined.
I originally lived in Naples Florida and grew all kinds of tropical plants at my home in town and on country property.  I llost a 3 acre development of lychee, longan, citrus, and banana varieties to the three problems with groeing tropicals in Florida  fire, frost, and flooding.  To more successfully pursue my interests I purchased a farm im Maricao Puerto Rico.  Maricao is one of the finest places on the planet blessed with natural beauty, nice prople, and a fantastic climate where no heat or air conditioning is ever needed!  It also enables you to enjoy nature and the out of doors without the pesty mosquitoes so prevalent in Florida.
Anyway, my particular interests are in growing tropical fruits, palms, and flowering trees, although all of the tropical plant world excites me including the fantastc native plants we have here.  I also have some property in the dry hot areas on the southwest coast to provide a different environment for fruits like mangoes which grow to enormous size in the rainy mountains but do not fruit well.
Since nothing is very level in Maricao, plantings are on steep hillsides or switchbacks constructed on the property.  Working alone, I have concentrated my plantings enjoying the beautiful native forests on the rest of the property.
I have fruited lychees, longans, rambutans, mangosteens,and citrus and bananas of all kinds easily.  Many other
Fruits like jaboticaba and langsat grow well but do not fruit.  As a strong lover of langsat from my times in Asia, I'd love any advice on how to mak my trees fruit.  Hope to hear from any of you interested in fruits or farming in Puerto Rico.






Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitlovers on May 16, 2013, 06:03:50 PM
Hello everyone
Although I have been growing tropical fruits for over thirty years I recently came across this forum and joined.
I originally lived in Naples Florida and grew all kinds of tropical plants at my home in town and on country property.  I llost a 3 acre development of lychee, longan, citrus, and banana varieties to the three problems with groeing tropicals in Florida  fire, frost, and flooding.  To more successfully pursue my interests I purchased a farm im Maricao Puerto Rico.  Maricao is one of the finest places on the planet blessed with natural beauty, nice prople, and a fantastic climate where no heat or air conditioning is ever needed!  It also enables you to enjoy nature and the out of doors without the pesty mosquitoes so prevalent in Florida.
Anyway, my particular interests are in growing tropical fruits, palms, and flowering trees, although all of the tropical plant world excites me including the fantastc native plants we have here.  I also have some property in the dry hot areas on the southwest coast to provide a different environment for fruits like mangoes which grow to enormous size in the rainy mountains but do not fruit well.
Since nothing is very level in Maricao, plantings are on steep hillsides or switchbacks constructed on the property.  Working alone, I have concentrated my plantings enjoying the beautiful native forests on the rest of the property.
I have fruited lychees, longans, rambutans, mangosteens,and citrus and bananas of all kinds easily.  Many other
Fruits like jaboticaba and langsat grow well but do not fruit.  As a strong lover of langsat from my times in Asia, I'd love any advice on how to mak my trees fruit.  Hope to hear from any of you interested in fruits or farming in Puerto Rico.

Welcome to the forum. You might want to try planting longkong, which is similar to langsat, but a much better fruit: bigger, tastier, mostly seedless, and fruits faster and is more vigorous. Problem with langsat is that is very slow to fruit, but it also can fruit in your area. Jaboticabas also can fruit in your area, but again are slow to come into fruiting. Faster fruiting jaboticaba is the hybrid, also called red or precocious.
Title: Hi from Sunny South Africa
Post by: Antman on May 21, 2013, 03:33:40 PM
Hi everyone,
   Greetings from a cold guy in the main cherry growing area of South Africa.  In these parts (Eastern Free State) we are on the foothills of the Maluti mountains and we get winters down to -11deg C.  I've had some success with a few pear and plum trees I planted starting about 12 years ago.  My nectarines all failed.
    So by next year we should be making the move to the kwaZulu Natal South coast.  Beautiful almost tropical climate.  I want to find a smallholding,  I figure even a couple of hectares with about 100 trees per hectare would be a nice size project.  The biggest problem would be troops of vervet monkeys I guess.  The wife is against the idea,  she would rather move to a small town on the coast.  With luck I might find a house with enough garden for 10 or maybe 20 trees.  I want to grow fruit that is a little less common.  On the KZN South Coast avocadoes, litchis, mangoes,  pawpaws and papayas,  bananas and macadamias are common and even grown commercially.  I'm crazy about custard apples but the last time I saw one must have been ages ago.
  Happy growing,
     Ant
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MangoFang on May 21, 2013, 05:24:08 PM
Welcome Ant - and all the new members from around the globe!

I think this is the only way world peace has a chance - across
all the fences and between countries, sharing fruit and a common
love of growing.....  :D

Anyway, good luck with the move, Ant, and do take and post some
pictures of your new spread once you get there!


MangoFang
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mike T on May 22, 2013, 04:04:39 PM
Welcome Ant. There are many south Africans and even some whenwe (zim) resettled in my neck of the woods and I hear it is hard to get a good naartjie over here.There are some good custard apples (atemoya) in SA like kaller and your new home sounds like it will be the right climate.Good luck with the move and getting the fruit trees happening.
Mike T
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: TuttiFrutti on May 22, 2013, 09:49:51 PM
Greetings all!

Like all of you, I too have fallen in love with tropicals.  After years of living abroad, I remember the first time I ever tasted a Rambutan and I was hooked.  Somehow I landed in NW Florida, ever more determined to grow Lychees, Rambutans and gulp...Pulasans here.  I have several other fruit trees:  varigated lemons, Satsumas, 6 varieties of olives, 15 blueberries, bamboo, grapes, peaches, cherry, passionfruit and a few other odd trees and vines.  But the tropicals have taken over my life outdoors.  I've recently constructed a rather large greenhouse, which has automatic misters, and will have a propane heater installed before summer ends.  I know Nepheliums aren't supposed to grow here; but that makes me all the more determined to try.  When not growing fruit, I can often be found tilting at windmills.

So far, my tropical seedlings are stunning.  I have about 25- two month old 6" rambutan seedlings on a heated and humidified grow bed that I devised myself and tomorrow, I intend to plant 10 Bulala seeds to add to my nephelium obsession.   I have seedling Jakfruit, Pitaya and Longan and am already frustrated by my Mangosteen seedlings.  (Just too darn slow growing!)

I am so grateful for this forum, with few exceptions everyone has been very informative and encouraging and everyone seems to know someone who has the next bit of great information. I'm here to learn and to share.  And of course, I am always looking for the next great Nephelium.  My goal is to develop a cultivar that will be more tolerant of our climate here in north Florida. I also discovered that a lovely fragrant oil can be obtained from the seeds of the Rambutan, so this year, I intend to make some Rambutan soap.

Looking forward to meeting other crazy growers of tropical fruits that-shouldn't-grow-here-but-do.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitlovers on May 22, 2013, 11:07:27 PM
Welcome to the forum Tamara. Bulala might be a good rootstock to experiment with for rambutan in Florida. I know that bulala is compatible with rambutan. I don't know if it's any more cold hardy, but would guess that it might be. Main problem with bulala rootstock is that it suckers a lot, so you have to keep it pruned off below the graft.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: nullzero on May 23, 2013, 05:25:03 PM
Welcome to the forums as well Tamara. Would love to see pictures of the green house setup sometime in the future.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: cgps on May 27, 2013, 10:22:53 PM
hi, I´m camilo, student of agronomy engineer,i really interests me the growing of temperate fruits adapted to the tropic,I´m also growing tropical fruits like goldenberry, castilla´s blackberry and guayabas.

actually, I live in san jose of cúcuta, colombia but, this city is border with venezuela, which makes so trade for the place.

this forum content important knowledge what is special for me, also is very amazing. ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: murraystevena2 on May 28, 2013, 12:46:42 AM
Welcome bienvenidos

Camilo mucho gusto de conocerte
Very nice to meet another person studying agronomy, tambien estoy estudiando agronomia, pero en los EEUU. You are lucky to live in a place with so many interesting species of fruiting plants. I also grow Mora de castilla and its one of my favorite tropical rubus species. This is a very good place to find and trade rare fruits and there is a lot of information available, aqui es un buen lugar si quierias hacer intercambios de semillas, y se pueda incontrar much informacion sobre frutas.

Mi gustaria ver fotos de las frutas locales que se tiene en este lado del mundo.
I would like to see some photos of the fruits from the part of the world.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: cgps on May 28, 2013, 07:24:12 PM
Welcome bienvenidos

Camilo mucho gusto de conocerte
Very nice to meet another person studying agronomy, tambien estoy estudiando agronomia, pero en los EEUU. You are lucky to live in a place with so many interesting species of fruiting plants. I also grow Mora de castilla and its one of my favorite tropical rubus species. This is a very good place to find and trade rare fruits and there is a lot of information available, aqui es un buen lugar si quierias hacer intercambios de semillas, y se pueda incontrar much informacion sobre frutas.

Mi gustaria ver fotos de las frutas locales que se tiene en este lado del mundo.
I would like to see some photos of the fruits from the part of the world.


thanks, really nice to meet you, here find fruits like soursoup, yellow maracuya, tuna fig, dragon fruit, quenepa, many kinds of mangoes, star fruits, lulo, cocona and many fruits more..

I here try to grow fruits of fresh climate like goldenberry, castilla´s black berry, starberries, but I search also tropical´s acclimated varieties of peach, apple, plums and cherries, ¿ how I here can to find this kind of plants?

greetings, camille

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Title: Mango Maniac seeks fruit
Post by: tropidi on June 04, 2013, 10:58:56 PM
Hello,

I'm glad I found this forum. It's great to be in a space with a bunch of other tropical fruit lovers.

I'm a Mango Maniac currently living in SoCal with no mango or other tropical/subtropical fruit trees at my house.  :(

If anyone has good mangoes (spicy ones, especially) to sell me, please let me know! I can pick them up in person in So Fla in mid-July. Otherwise, I'll pay for shipping. Did you know that a great way to ship mangoes is by wrapping each one in bubble wrap? It really works - much better than any other packaging that I've tried.

I would also like to buy other great fruits, like mamey sapote (I've seen some horrible ones in stores around here), sapodilla, white and black sapote, jack fruit, paw paws (which I haven't been able to try yet), ...

I noticed a company selling mangosteens online (along with other fruits at high prices). Does anyone know if these could possibly be fresh? I wouldn't want to pay a fortune for frozen mangosteens.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Tropimalaga on June 06, 2013, 05:33:59 PM
Hi, has long wanted to participate in this great forum and meeting point for lovers of tropical fruits.
I hope to help in any way possible and learn from the great masters who appear here. I'll put my list of varieties and tropical species now I have on my farm. I own the web www.frutalestropicales.com (http://www.frutalestropicales.com), and prefer more sharing than selling. My English language is not very good, but hopefully enough to defend myself. Greetings and a big hug to everyone.
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Grafting zone for tropical fruit trees
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Zambezi on June 07, 2013, 11:35:06 AM
HI Tropimalaga...:)

Welcome to the forum..:) You've a great collection... and don't worry about your English, I think you'll do just fine.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Miguel.pt on June 07, 2013, 05:48:59 PM
Hi, has long wanted to participate in this great forum and meeting point for lovers of tropical fruits.
I hope to help in any way possible and learn from the great masters who appear here. I'll put my list of varieties and tropical species now I have on my farm. I own the web [url=http://www.frutalestropicales.com]www.frutalestropicales.com[/url] ([url]http://www.frutalestropicales.com[/url]), and prefer more sharing than selling. My English language is not very good, but hopefully enough to defend myself. Greetings and a big hug to everyone.
([url]http://s23.postimg.cc/6om0cvqaf/annonagratingarea.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://postimg.cc/image/6om0cvqaf/[/url])
Grafting zone for tropical fruit trees


Holla Tropimalaga y bienvenido!

me he conectado solo para darte la bienvenida al forum... y me ha gustado de ver el bierzo de mis más recientes annonas,atemoyas y lo demás...

Como va la Pindaíba (Duguetia lanceolata)?...te parece gustar de Málaga?

Un abrazo desde Portugal
Miguel

Mod Edit: Google Translate below:

Tropimalaga Hello and welcome!

I have connected only to welcome you to the forum ... and I liked to see the birthplace of my most recent annonas, atemoyas and others ...

How's the Pindaíba (Duguetia lanceolata)? ...Do you think it enjoys Malaga?

A hug from Portugal
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Tropimalaga on June 07, 2013, 07:47:26 PM
Hola Miguel, veo que estoy en el mejor fórum para nuestra afición y passion, además  rodeado de grandes amigos actuales y posiblemente algunos futuros. Como sabes los injertos son para mí un aliciente extra en el cultivo de nuevas variedades y especies, siendo el intercambio de variedades para injerto algo muy interesante para todos los de este foro. Me ofrezco para este tema de forma desinteresada.
No se si sera correcto o incumplimos alguna norma al escribir en Español, si esto es asi intentare por respeto a los demas solo escribir en Ingles. La Duguetia esta muy bien pero en maceta todavia  ;D. Un abrazo amigo.

Mod edit: I added the google translation below:

Hi Michael, I see I'm in the best forum for our hobby and passion, and surrounded by great friends and possibly some future today. As you know grafts are gives me extra incentive in the cultivation of new varieties and species, with the exchange of varieties to graft something very interesting for all of this forum. I offer to this topic as volunteers.
Do not know if it right or we fail to write some Spanish rule, if this is so will try out of respect for others only write in English. The Duguetia is very good but still potted. A hug friend.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: alexgardens on June 07, 2013, 09:37:24 PM
Hey, my name is Alex Curtis-Slep and I live in St. Petersburg, Florida. I have WWOOF'ed in Hawaii and love growing fruits and veggies. I've got mostly young trees, with a mature white and red grapefruit. Plants I've got include jackfruit, papaya, banana, pineapple, stinking toe, avocado, pomegranate, tamarind, black sapote, sapodilla, mango, surinam cherry, passion fruit, and more! I'd like to start a rare/tropical experimental part of my garden and learn and connect with as many people as possible!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: cgps on June 08, 2013, 09:50:52 PM
Hey, my name is Alex Curtis-Slep and I live in St. Petersburg, Florida.
hehehe, so close of believe I of that lives in russia
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: mangogal on June 10, 2013, 10:18:14 PM
 Ok, so I'm a newb. 

This Wendy from MangoMaven.com, which is a blog geared toward consumers/layman interested in mangoes.  I try to provide information the non-expert / non-enthusiast might want/need.  I have a ton of questions about this or that related to mangoes - hopefully I won't drive you all crazy.

I confess that I'm jealous of *anyone* that can grow a mango tree.  I live in Pebble Beach, CA where it's an average 65 degrees all the time. My particular location tends to be even a little cooler - can't even grow tomatoes!  So I have to live through all of you...  On my bucket list is the Mango Festival at Fairchild, and then possibly attending some international ones too.  The big one in India has my name on it!  On my mango site, I have a listing of festivals...if you know of any that I've missed PLEASE tell me! :) 

My professional life includes co-founding http://messageaday.com (http://messageaday.com) and being a Founding Member of Solavei.  (a $49 unlimited cell service that runs on top of T-Mobile)  I like to save $$$ and help others do the same.

Oh, and I am a cat lady...and the mother of twin daughters who are now 21!   I look forward to connecting on the forum. 
(http://s17.postimg.cc/f44539pfv/Wendy_J_Goody.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/f44539pfv/)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mr. Clean on June 10, 2013, 10:43:06 PM
Mangogal, welcome to the forum.  I have around 20 mango trees in my yard, mostly planted last year.  The forum is an excellent resource in your growing efforts.

Ok, so I'm a newb. 

This Wendy from MangoMaven.com, which is a blog geared toward consumers/layman interested in mangoes.  I try to provide information the non-expert / non-enthusiast might want/need.  I have a ton of questions about this or that related to mangoes - hopefully I won't drive you all crazy.

I confess that I'm jealous of *anyone* that can grow a mango tree.  I live in Pebble Beach, CA where it's an average 65 degrees all the time. My particular location tends to be even a little cooler - can't even grow tomatoes!  So I have to live through all of you...  On my bucket list is the Mango Festival at Fairchild, and then possibly attending some international ones too.  The big one in India has my name on it!  On my mango site, I have a listing of festivals...if you know of any that I've missed PLEASE tell me! :) 

My professional life includes co-founding [url]http://messageaday.com[/url] ([url]http://messageaday.com[/url]) and being a Founding Member of Solavei.  (a $49 unlimited cell service that runs on top of T-Mobile)  I like to save $$$ and help others do the same.

Oh, and I am a cat lady...and the mother of twin daughters who are now 21!   I look forward to connecting on the forum. 
([url]http://s17.postimg.cc/f44539pfv/Wendy_J_Goody.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://postimg.cc/image/f44539pfv/[/url])
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitlovers on June 10, 2013, 10:50:42 PM
Wow, finally a mangogal.  :) That is great, glad to have you on board. I believe you about not being able to grow mangos outdoors in Pebble beach, but how about a greenhouse? We have members here in Colorado, Ohio, Ottawa, and even Iceland growing mango trees. So i don't think they're going to feel sorry for you in beautiful Pebble Beachk, California .
Also i think it totally possible to grow tomatoes outdoors in Pebble beach. May not be the best tomato climate, but certainly doable. Anyway stay tuned for more advice from the mangophiles and tomatophiles.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: DurianLover on June 10, 2013, 11:05:22 PM
:)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mr. Clean on June 10, 2013, 11:08:27 PM
"Fruit Trees Attract Women...be careful"   I wonder which one out of two of you have to be careful.. ::)

lol... I have a girllfriend... and we are thousands of miles away...
Title: My name is Bill and I am a fruitaholic
Post by: fruitoholic on June 11, 2013, 10:02:32 PM
I just wanted to say hello to all the great people on this site. "Hi"
It is a real education reading some of the topics here. For someone who grew up in England and then rarely set foot on dry land for most of my adult life I need all the help I can get when it comes to fruit trees!!
Below is a pic of my daughter and I. Not in the picture are my wife Natalie, 2 Bull Mastiffs and 13 chickens.
(http://s24.postimg.cc/neoc3lp5t/Image.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/neoc3lp5t/)

Below are a few pics of my little mango collection so far, other fruit trees to follow:

Haden 9ft 1st year fruiting 4-5 fruits:
(http://s13.postimg.cc/pdzrb9s03/IMG_1649.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/pdzrb9s03/)

(http://s13.postimg.cc/6j40kuryb/IMG_1650.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/6j40kuryb/)

Valencia Pride 8ft 1st year fruiting 4-5 fruits:
(http://s16.postimg.cc/o76efqj41/IMG_1651.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/o76efqj41/)

(http://s16.postimg.cc/61tg1ojlt/IMG_1652.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/61tg1ojlt/)

Choc Anon 7ft 0 fruits:
(http://s8.postimg.cc/hucllivm9/IMG_1671.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/hucllivm9/)

Keitt: 6ft 0 fruit:
(http://s23.postimg.cc/7n2yrda1j/IMG_1670.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/7n2yrda1j/)

The little ones: Nam Doc Mai #4, Mallika, Rosigold and Maha Chanok 4-5 feet no fruits

(http://s12.postimg.cc/ts64ee22h/IMG_1669.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/ts64ee22h/)

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: strkpr00 on June 11, 2013, 10:21:59 PM
My name is Tom and I think we are all fruitahilocs. I stumbled upon this site a few days ago and I am enjoying it.
I am up to 8 Mango trees Lemon meringue, choc-anon, florigaon, springfel, fairchild, hatcher, tommy atkins and valencia pride.
2 cherries a gruminchama, and (2) Barbados
several Sweet sop green and red
bananas
pomegranate
sour sop
loquat
carambola
macadamia nut
2 orange
3 lychees
and about 25 pineapples
I still have room for a few plants more but can't decide, I also found out I live real close to HMHausman.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HMHausman on June 11, 2013, 10:35:51 PM
Welcome to all the new members.  Tom, stop on by and say hi some time!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MangoFang on June 12, 2013, 12:41:19 AM
Hello newbies.  How long does one stay a newbie???
I guess until that first home grown mango goes down
your pie hole!...

 :P

Fruitoholic - I think you should get fruit on every tree next year - they
all look very healthy......


mangofang of the desert
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mr. Clean on June 12, 2013, 01:02:53 AM
Welcome Tom and Fruitoholic!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: strkpr00 on June 12, 2013, 08:43:51 AM
Welcome to all the new members.  Tom, stop on by and say hi some time!
When I see you outside sometime I will stop.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HMHausman on June 12, 2013, 12:38:42 PM
Welcome to all the new members.  Tom, stop on by and say hi some time!
When I see you outside sometime I will stop.

Great! I'll be the one not buzzing around sucking people's blood.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: PY on June 12, 2013, 03:15:07 PM
Hello,

 I just joined this group a few mins ago. Grew up in Malaysia but live in PA,USA, zone 6 presently. have been trying to grow various tropical in pots (Mango, wax jambu, avocado, oranges, star fruit, guavas) with little lucky. Most have perished despite using broad spectrum bulbs in the bathroom where I winterize them. The star fruit is still alive but struggling. still in original container.

Like to try again with some of these plants. Just purchased a mango and sapodilla. Yet to receive them.  Tempted to get a Malay apple too (but it is a huge tree though it will most probably die as did the 2 I bought last year) I have good success with figs. any suggestions and tips would be greatly appreciated. thanks!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CoPlantNut on June 12, 2013, 06:31:10 PM
Welcome, PY!

There are several of us on the forum growing plants indoors over the winter- it can be done; I've been snacking on fresh miracle fruit, Barbados cherries, guavas, starfruit, mulberries, and Cedar Bay cherries and others throughout the winter.

You'll likely need a LOT of artificial light to keep larger trees happy in your bathroom over the winter; a few fluorescent or incandescent bulbs won't be enough light for anything more than small seedlings.  Watering is a little trickier inside, as well as keeping insects under control and keeping humidity high enough for the plants.  Keeping the plants trimmed small is important too- you need to be able to move them in and out every year and keep them short enough that artificial light can make all their leaves happy.

   Kevin
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: PY on June 13, 2013, 07:32:18 AM
Thanks Kevin. I am looking forward to growing a few tropical again. I have 3 full spectrum light bulbs in the bathroom. It didn't seem to help at all. the wax jambu lost all leaves and eventually died :( I am still trying to find my way around the group. I saw a member called Jeff who had a few lychees in a pot and I believe he is in Brooklyn. That is amazing. I do have 2 pommes and being more hardy I have no problem winterizing them. Have had them for 2 years but no fruits. Lots of lush leaves this year. Any idea what I am doing wrong? I also read somewhere (cant remember where now) someone said that LED lights, 400W are better than full spectrum?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: shaneatwell on June 14, 2013, 10:58:51 PM
Hello from encinitas california everyone. Love the forum. New to gardening but jumping in w both feet. Have two avocados, three dragonfruit, apple, almond, chilean guava, Surinam cherry, grape, fig and pomelo in the ground. Planning a lot more. Mango first.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: cgps on June 14, 2013, 11:36:19 PM
you should grow yellow dragonfruit, is so exquisite a good for the health.

the chilean papaya is resistent to the frost ,but not the snow, although here you  can see papaya of mount like a wild plant, so that pucharse a fruit and extracted seeds of them.

the custard apple also grow good, just get cuttings in the section of interchange or buy of this forum.

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: shaneatwell on June 15, 2013, 12:31:07 PM
you should grow yellow dragonfruit, is so exquisite a good for the health.

the chilean papaya is resistent to the frost ,but not the snow, although here you  can see papaya of mount like a wild plant, so that pucharse a fruit and extracted seeds of them.

the custard apple also grow good, just get cuttings in the section of interchange or buy of this forum.

Thanks. Ill check them out. Actually have mexican papaya growing from seed. Its about 4" right now. Is chilean papaya the same as our pawpaw that grows in th southern US? I thought about custard apple but theyare too sweet for me.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: cgps on June 15, 2013, 10:42:28 PM
you should grow yellow dragonfruit, is so exquisite a good for the health.

the chilean papaya is resistent to the frost ,but not the snow, although here you  can see papaya of mount like a wild plant, so that pucharse a fruit and extracted seeds of them.

the custard apple also grow good, just get cuttings in the section of interchange or buy of this forum.

Thanks. Ill check them out. Actually have mexican papaya growing from seed. Its about 4" right now. Is chilean papaya the same as our pawpaw that grows in th southern US? I thought about custard apple but theyare too sweet for me.

the scientific name is Carica candamarcensis, is good and grow in mediterrean and subtropical climates
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitlovers on June 16, 2013, 03:49:04 AM
you should grow yellow dragonfruit, is so exquisite a good for the health.

the chilean papaya is resistent to the frost ,but not the snow, although here you  can see papaya of mount like a wild plant, so that pucharse a fruit and extracted seeds of them.

the custard apple also grow good, just get cuttings in the section of interchange or buy of this forum.


Thanks. Ill check them out. Actually have mexican papaya growing from seed. Its about 4" right now. Is chilean papaya the same as our pawpaw that grows in th southern US? I thought about custard apple but theyare too sweet for me.


the scientific name is Carica candamarcensis, is good and grow in mediterrean and subtropical climates


The Chilean papaya, is not really a papaya, nor does it taste anything like it. Very bland, only good cooked in syrup. I think it is  Vasconcellea cauliflora. At least that it is what i saw widely sold in Vina and Santiago area of Chile:
(http://fruitlovers.com/Gallery1/VasconcelleaCauliflora.jpg)
Carica candamarcensis = Vasconcellea pubescens = mountain papaya.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: cgps on June 16, 2013, 11:17:41 AM
really I'm tasted  the chilean papaya and is  more great that you hand here , but yes  is  considered papaya.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: pwoodie on June 18, 2013, 08:55:58 PM
I am new to this site and have questions regarding how to and where to buy materials for mushroom growing in Costa Rica. I have experience back home in the U.S. but don't even know where I can find vermiculite and other materials in my new country. Any ideas? I don't even know where to look on this forum. Any guidance on how to find help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitlovers on June 19, 2013, 12:16:46 AM
I am new to this site and have questions regarding how to and where to buy materials for mushroom growing in Costa Rica. I have experience back home in the U.S. but don't even know where I can find vermiculite and other materials in my new country. Any ideas? I don't even know where to look on this forum. Any guidance on how to find help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!!

There's a couple of forum members located in Costa Rica. They are the most likely to be able to help you locate the materials you want. Not sure if they are reading this thread, but one is Peter and the other is Jesse. I forget their addies right now. Maybe the moderators or someone else remembers so you can write to them directly?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Xisca on June 21, 2013, 07:43:03 PM
Hi Guys, I am Francisca from the Canary. I live at 500m high in a dry place (less than 500mm for sure), with 5 months drought every year, even more if you do not count when the rain is just wetting the surface.  My place is steep and I cultivate in terraces + between rocks on the hill.
+10°C in winter mornings, and +30°C in summer.
BUT we have Calima! then it can be sooo hot, and with dry wind. This is a desert wind with sand.

The natural trees around are Canary pines and drago trees. Well, also almonds grow wild.
Then it is a matoral, a little like California or western south Africa.
I was going to forget the many opuntia, great fruit, great pads, great water tank ;)

Oh! Of course my local money is Tagasaste seeds! lol :) They are supposed to be well known now all around the world, but actually, the Tedera we have is much smaller but more drought resistant. Bitumina bituminosa, its resistance vary according to its origin.

I have an orange and avocado and mango orchard, + papaya, banana, apple (Anna, Golden Dorsett, Fuji), kaki (persimmon), almond, manzanilla olive, lemon, jujuba, canistel, chicle, black zapote, mulberry, fig, nispero, lulo, arbol de tomate, pitanga, lili pili, guava, guava fresa, natal plum, passion fruit... About 100 trees. I slowly remove some orange trees, they are old and some are too ill, and they need too much water.

Also veggies and non fruiting trees, I have made a few tea trees from seeds.
I also need the necessary for hens, as I do not want to buy any bad stuff that I don't know what's in. I have chayamansa and moringa, and sorgho and amaranth...

I look for all type of small fruits and nuts that are water wise. I am already happy, but I will be even more when I can eat without going out of the finca! I have already resigned for coconut oil, I will always buy it!

My only problem will be for chocolate, except if I find a variety that can stand +9°to12°C as minimum winter temps. I hesitate to get anacardo (cashew nut), might not be warm enough...

see read yah!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: cgps on June 21, 2013, 10:40:10 PM
xisca, of el chocolate in neerland, gow chocolate in greenhouse, ¿can you built a greenhouse and grow cacao in you backyard?
 Also, the mexican varieties are so resistent to the fresh temperatures like in canarias.

Camilo           
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Xisca on June 22, 2013, 08:45:23 AM
Thanks, I will make a post at the right place, so that I can enquire about the right variety. Sure I can have a green house, but this is a pity in a good climate, and my place is large, natural and beautiful, with stone walls all around...
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Felipe on June 22, 2013, 09:37:43 AM
Bienvenida Xisca!

Where are you lacated? In CI at 500m over sea level you will have a very hard time growing tropicals. In your case, I would focus on growing sub-tropicals and temperate fruits. You say you are growing mango, did you ever get them to fruit at your location?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Southern Gent on June 24, 2013, 05:15:02 PM
Greetings,  I play at yardwork but in Fruit trees Figs are my Joy.  I planted a " Zumwalt Fig Tree " about 5 years back and it's 12 ft tall, a Brown Turkey 5 years, Black Italian 4 years, White Marses 4 years & " KOK Fig Tree " last year. The Kok Fig is named after my friend that gave me the rooted tree. The " Kok Fig first crop fuit is the size of a pear or tennis ball but the Zumwalt Figs is sweeter.

Due to drought conditions in central Alabama this is my first fruited crop to mature.

Bill aka Southern Gent
Title: Hi All - From New Orleans
Post by: greenman62 on June 25, 2013, 07:25:18 AM
Hi All,
My name is Brad and i live outside of New Orleans in Kenner
i have a decent size lot for the suburbs, but , have been thinking of moving to the city
so most of what i planted recently is in pots.
But, since i own a few rental properties i actually planted a few things there.

I purchased a "Caribbean Red" Papaya from  the store a couple of years ago
planted some seeds, forgetting about them, and now i have several Papaya trees.
and i LOVE papaya.
Incidentally, if anyone knows what the fruit and trees will be like
the "Caribbean Red was an F1 i am pretty sure....
So, i dont know what went into making it, or what the parents were
I have had about 5-6 fruit from these trees and they are very good though...

I am always looking for interesting fruit trees and herbs
especially tropical or rare.

right now, i am looking for...
marang - or a tasty Jackfruit or cempedak
Lucuma
Camu Camu


Anyway, i also like medicinal herbs, fruits
anything healthy, and anything tropical :)

I have ( heres a few)
several Guava
Lychee (just popped up from seed)
Sapote (seeds)
Passionflower vine (2x edilus 10ft)
Satsuma (very large prolific tree)
Avocado
Mamey Sapote - 8 inches

growing - -
Baobob D. (SEEDLING)
Acacia S. - (just planted)
Mimosa H.. - (just planted)
Bixa A.. - (just planted)


Calea (dream herb)
Sun opener (relaxing tea- herb)
Catnip
Korth (Kratom)

several sweet and hot Peppers

pics of the yard
http://s98.photobucket.com/user/911review/library/?sort=3&page=1 (http://s98.photobucket.com/user/911review/library/?sort=3&page=1)

(http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l266/911review/pap-front_zps21305a5b.jpg) (http://s98.photobucket.com/user/911review/media/pap-front_zps21305a5b.jpg.html)






Title: Introducing Myself
Post by: frukt on June 26, 2013, 01:59:29 AM
Hi. (ohoh, the devil is here)

Im a male but Im also sharing this "frukt" with my wife. We moved to portugal last fall and now we are planting and planing our fruitgarden. And, since we dont know so much about fruit-trees we wanted to join this forum. Great stuff!

We like to eat fruit all day and nothing else. We will see how that goes. Its not that we dont like the taste of cooked food, its just that we are convinced that eating fruit is the best way to nurse the body we live in.

So,, to us its important to find fruit-trees that can produce fruit to us all year around. We already have Loquat and orange doing a good start. And we dont think May until december will be the problem. The problem will be in the winter and early spring. Well well :)

Please feel free to give us tips and advice. We would like to plant more (sub)tropical plants and we are currently looking on fruitlovers to make an order. Our place is great because we dont seem to have frost here while other places on algarve had -7.

We have 3 hectars of land. Its a big hill sloping down to a river that has start to dry out. This river will be gone in 1 month i think and this year it was wet. We have been thinking of making a borehole but we want to try without. We have a matermine and its coming water there all year around. We have only sunpanels so a pump would need more of that stuff, and we want to try without so that we want be depended on buying sunpanels and div.

Me and my wife are not really wife and husband because we have no ring and church :) We have a daughter thats 2,5 year old. Many people would call us boring i think. We dont drink and goes to parties. We rise early and goes to bed before 22.00. But i dont think we are boring. We have great humor and we are talking about something important instead of all the shit they talk about in parties :) We like music, we like art. We like alternative lifestyle and alternative people as long its not only a surface and you are welcome for a visit in our caravan whenever its not taken already.

Things we planted:

Nectarines, peach, pear, apple, plum, cherry, mango (keith, osteen), sapodilla (i think), macadamia, bananas, lichi, persimmons, datepalms, avocado, gueva, kiwi, tamarillo, passionfruit, cherimoya, figs, mullberry, apricots, pitanga.

I maybe forgott about someone but please help us fill that list :)

piz
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Tom on June 27, 2013, 03:24:12 PM
Hi. I am Tom in central Alabama USA. I am a master gardener and love trying to grow citrus in Montgomery.  I have a farming background. We had cotton, cattle, pecans and soy beans. Also some timber. The citrus forum.up is,having a lot of problems and it may get shut down. I have enjoyed it very much and this forum came to my attention as a good citrus site.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Xisca on June 29, 2013, 09:06:36 AM
Bienvenida Xisca!

Where are you lacated? In CI at 500m over sea level you will have a very hard time growing tropicals. In your case, I would focus on growing sub-tropicals and temperate fruits. You say you are growing mango, did you ever get them to fruit at your location?

Yes they do fruit! And I also eat my papayas and my bananas... I am located in a barranco in the west/ north west of la palma. I just avoid to plant tropicals that come from rain forests, because here it is dry. Sure, I water, but it must be saved carefully...
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: LumpyLumpAlot on July 01, 2013, 11:04:26 AM
Hi everybody

My name is Devin
I work for the FAA air traffic controller, I am married with 5 great kids!
I live in Homestead, FL and love to grow fruit trees and tinker with tomatoes n veggies in the winter.
I love to fish and dive for lobsters in the summer and in the winter I go shrimping when I can. I try to grill out at least once or 2 a mont and have started to use my ugly drum smoker that I made. I speak fluent Spanish and English.
Thanks for letting me be a part of your forum I have found a ton of useful info here in the short amount of time that I have been reading posts
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mr. Clean on July 01, 2013, 12:38:31 PM
Welcome Camilo, Brill, Brad, Piz, Tom and Devin!  Look forward to your posts on the forum.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Illia on July 02, 2013, 01:25:23 AM
Hello, I'm Illia. I live way up north in Washington, where not even our summers are warm enough to grow something as simple as tomatoes without a greenhouse.

I've been into growing tropical fruits/vegetables for 2 years now and am quite passionate about it. I use my house, my greenhouse(s), and whatever I have available to grow various citrus including Kaffir Limes, Limequats, Oranges, Lemons, Grapefruit, and Blood Oranges as well as multiple Miracle Fruit plants, dozens of Bananas of various types, two different species of Ice Cream beans, seedling Carambolas, (star fruit) Sugar Cane, Passionfruit, Galangal, Turmeric, Roselle, Cassabanana, Lemongrass, Cinnamon, and Jackfruit. My wishlist is a long and slowly shrinking list of various things that I'm too excited about, and always find a way to squeeze into my "jungle" of a greenhouse. (though I'm in the works of constructing another)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: nullzero on July 02, 2013, 01:37:17 PM
Welcome everyone that recently posted. A lot of new interesting members, look forward to future discussions.

frukt,

Have you looked into growing perennial Cucurbita ficifolia. It has produced for me into the winter in Southern CA (USA). It can also be grafted with squash, melons, etc.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: BrettBorders on July 02, 2013, 04:42:39 PM
Hi, my name is Brett. I am from Palm Beach County, FL, USA. I grew up around fresh tropical fruit but I never cared for it much as a youth... I remember throwing it at other kids ('Orange wars' broke out in my neighborhood at least once) and squeezing the pits out, but not really liking it.  I spent 4 years in Asia and I fell in love with the durians, mangosteen, mangos, rambuttans, etc. So now I am happy to live in a tropical climate!

I just now started growing fruit, and have a few small "trees" in my yard that don't bear.

My other hobbies include Thai and asian cooking, yoga, drumming and surfing.
 
Hope to meet some of you at the local festivals and events.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mucbean on July 04, 2013, 07:05:35 PM
Hi, my name is Mike. I'm new to growing fruit trees. My wife and I live in SW Florida. She is from Vietnam and i'm originally from Ohio, lived in North Carolina for 20 years prior to moving to Florida. She introduced me to exotic fruit about 15 years ago. Love it! We just started planting trees at our new house this month. I love the forum, lots of experienced growers here.

Mike
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: nannernator on July 10, 2013, 04:18:31 PM
Hello all,
My name is Nan and I am newbie to growing tropical fruit plants. I've been  stalking  this site and the Garden Web forum for information on growing mangoes and am so excited to get my first grafted Nam Doc Mai. I did order from TT and will see how the tree looks when it arrives. I am in Austin Texas and will be growing my mango tree in a large container since we do have frost during winter. Other plants I am growing right now are, plumeria and Mali Chat  Jasmine. I also have a 3-year mango Kent seedling from the fruit I bought at Costco. I know that any fruit I get from that  will probably not taste great but hey, it's a pretty plant ;)
Thank you for all the useful information I've read so far and looking forward to more!

Nan
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Lisabean on July 17, 2013, 04:00:49 AM
I am Lisa and I am growing my first avocado tree from a seed.  I have never grown an avocado from a seed before, and in 2011 I stuck the seed in a pot that had something else in it and then I forgot about it."Eh...forget about it.."  And I did!  About six months later I saw a shoot coming up, and as a curious grower, I waited and when I saw a leaf, I checked my Sunset Western and identified the leaf as an avocado leaf.  Well, I was busy and didn't check it out any further, and I let it grow.  Then the winter came and I kept covering it with a garbage bag, and then when the sun would come out during the day I would uncover it, back and forth, back and forth, until one night I forgot!  Yep, it froze.  But, I didn't pull it up, because you have to wait and see...maybe it would come back?  Well, the good news is, it did come back.  In fact, it sprouted two shoots off to each side, and now it is about one foot tall.  The top leaves are about as long as the tree is tall.  So, I always heard that a grower has to have a male/female tree within so many miles (?) in order to have your tree "pollinated".  If anyone has any info on that, I would like to know.  Also, I read this evening that I am suppose to cut off the top leaves so my tree will "bush" out?  Any advice?  Next, I have this annoying squirrel that refuses to leave my tree alone.  Now that it is taller I don't have as much problem with the dumb rodent trying to dig up the seed, but about once a week I have to bury the hole the little bugger has dug trying to get at the seed.  I think I will have a coronary if I come home and see my tree chewed up.  Still open to advice.  I have been out of California for ten years, and all I miss are artichokes, avocados, and my oldest son!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: micah on July 17, 2013, 03:20:15 PM
aloha!
my name is Micah and i love to grow and eat things that are from our earth.  i live in waipio valley hawaii with my wife and two kids.  we grow taro and over 100 tropical fruits and nuts.. im always trying to expand the garden with other pleasantrees. ive been surfing the net for years looking for sources of the rarities from around the world. i have a small seed permit for importing seeds to grow. i love the fact that we do a service to all mankind by growing these treasures to perpetuate them for future generations all the while eating healthy saving money and helping our earth/air/soil...seems to me a win win situations. i growing the seeds of the trees i feel worthy to spread out on the island.  my family does a horseback riding trip by the orchards with samples sometimes as this helps spread the word of these tasty treasures. :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mr. Clean on July 17, 2013, 04:41:47 PM
Welcome Brett, Mike, Nan, Lisa, and Micah!

Nan:  You may wish to check that Austin is warm enough during the winter to not kill a mango tree.  Or be prepared to protect it from the cold during winter.  Search the forum for cold protection ideas.  I don't recommend growing a mango seedling, see comments below.

Lisa:  It is recommended to only grow grafted Avocado trees because it can take 20 years (if at all) for a seedling avocado to fruit and their is no assurance the quality of the fruit will resemble the fruit that the seed came from.  In addition, certain avocados are more cold tolerant than others.  You should be able to buy grafted trees from a nursery in your area.  Otherwise, you may be able to have Pine Island Nursery ship one to you.  It is cheaper to buy a grafted tree, than to pay someone years later to $300+ to "top work" your tree to graft a known variety onto your tree.

Tipping is good once the tree has gotten a certain size to encourage lateral growth.

Micah:
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitlovers on July 18, 2013, 02:26:47 AM
aloha!
my name is Micah and i love to grow and eat things that are from our earth.  i live in waipio valley hawaii with my wife and two kids.  we grow taro and over 100 tropical fruits and nuts.. im always trying to expand the garden with other pleasantrees. ive been surfing the net for years looking for sources of the rarities from around the world. i have a small seed permit for importing seeds to grow. i love the fact that we do a service to all mankind by growing these treasures to perpetuate them for future generations all the while eating healthy saving money and helping our earth/air/soil...seems to me a win win situations. i growing the seeds of the trees i feel worthy to spread out on the island.  my family does a horseback riding trip by the orchards with samples sometimes as this helps spread the word of these tasty treasures. :)

Now you've done it Micah! Joined the biggest fruit junkie group ever. You may be sorry because now you'll find out you don't have every fruit on the planet yet planted at your place.  ;)
PS where's my golden horse apples?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jared on July 19, 2013, 12:11:14 AM
Hi there

My name is Jared and I don't grow (NYC apartment, couldn't if I tried), but I do have a love for hunting down fruits I've never had before. I travel a lot for work. Last winter I spent three months in Malaysia and was coming across so many new fruits that I decided to create a youtube series reviewing what I found. I am, I admit no expert in this field, but its a fascination of mine and I hope to learn more from this forum. The series I made is called "weird fruit explorer" if you'd like to take a look.

 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mr. Clean on July 19, 2013, 12:42:02 AM
Hi there

My name is Jared and I don't grow (NYC apartment, couldn't if I tried), but I do have a love for hunting down fruits I've never had before. I travel a lot for work. Last winter I spent three months in Malaysia and was coming across so many new fruits that I decided to create a youtube series reviewing what I found. I am, I admit no expert in this field, but its a fascination of mine and I hope to learn more from this forum. The series I made is called "weird fruit explorer" if you'd like to take a look.

Jared, welcome!  You might meetup with LycheeLuva on this forum, he is also in New York City.  I think he is trying to grow some fruit trees indoors.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jared on July 20, 2013, 10:35:36 AM
Thanks Mr Clean! I'll look him up.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Grant on July 20, 2013, 11:06:27 AM
Hello everyone,
  I have a mature charanja tree on my property that bears a wonderful crop of fruit each fall. I have been able to start some seedlings from this past years fruit and I found this site while researching the charanja.  I live in north Georgia, in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains, so I was quite surprised to find such a nice citrus tree growing untended when I purchased this land.
  I look forward to learning about growing tropical fruit and sharing what I learn about my charang as they grow.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: mikesid on July 20, 2013, 11:11:34 AM
Hello everyone,
  I have a mature charanja tree on my property that bears a wonderful crop of fruit each fall. I have been able to start some seedlings from this past years fruit and I found this site while researching the charanja.  I live in north Georgia, in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains, so I was quite surprised to find such a nice citrus tree growing untended when I purchased this land.
  I look forward to learning about growing tropical fruit and sharing what I learn about my charang as they grow.
Grant, welcome! Where in North Georgia are you? We have a cabin about 10 minutes from Helen in Clarkesville...
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Grant on July 20, 2013, 11:36:03 AM
Hi Mike,
   My charangas and I are in Walker County Georgia, near Villanow.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Luisport on July 20, 2013, 02:41:28 PM
Hi everyone! I'm Luis from Portugal, and just found this forum. I'm a tropical fruit lover and just start to grow some tropical fruit trees. I'm shure i will learn a lot with you all! Thank's!  ;)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: nannernator on July 20, 2013, 03:04:59 PM
Thanks for the advice Mr. Clean.  I just received my 7 gal NDM the other day and am so excited! Yes, I plan on transporting my mango plants into my garage during the winter months. My Kent has survived the past few years doing this. :) Here's a pic of the NDM:

(http://s24.postimg.cc/tj7hn50b5/image.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/tj7hn50b5/)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: indoorpineapplegrower on July 21, 2013, 08:06:31 PM
Hello everyone,

My name is Alphonzo. I live in Chicago and grow pineapples indoors organically in containers under artificial lighting. My goal is to grow the best white-fleshed varieties in the world. If anyone is growing Pernambuco, let me know via pvt msg. I look forward to networking and sharing information with you all.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: nullzero on July 21, 2013, 10:49:33 PM
Welcome all new members, to many names in the last few days to list  ;D. Look forward to seeing new faces posting.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: pollo696 on July 21, 2013, 11:16:56 PM
Hello everyone! New to the forum. From Northwestern Puerto Rico, got a small amount of fruit trees going, currently passing through the gimmey-gimmey's of exotic fruit collecting. 6 things in the ground, 20 more in pots >.< I'll post some pictures later on this week. Hoping to become a regular member!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mr. Caimito on July 23, 2013, 11:16:49 AM
Welcome all!
Jared, I watched one of your Youtube videos, and it was awesome! Keep up the good work  ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jared on July 24, 2013, 11:10:48 PM
Thanks Henry! I'm not as knowledgeable as the others on this site, but I love learning as I go.

Best!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: rovha on July 27, 2013, 08:01:32 AM
Hello my name is João Sousa I'm 17 years old and I live on Madeira island, Funchal and I have been interested in rare and exotic fruits since my 15, I hope to learn more about more this kind of plants in the future. I live in an flat on the top floor where most plants can get sun but most plants that i own are on my mothers boyfriend roof, unfortunately i don't have any kind of terrain to plant more plants but i hope to get one in the future, for now I'm going to put them in a VERY large pots.
The plants that I have now are: passiflora edulis (both the yellow and purple variety), physalis, longan, grumixama, feijoa, jackfruit, black suriman cherry and dragon fruit (selenicereus megalanthus, the yellow one).
And the fruit plants that i hope to adquire in the future are berries with uncommon colors, miracle berry, rambutan both the red and yellow variety, durian, dragon fruit(selenicereus megalanthus hybrid) orange skinned with red pulp, jabuticabas, mangosteens, pommelo, normal and strawberry guavas and black and white sapotes or how i like to call them "pudding sapotes" because of what i heard they taste like pudding.
Well, that's i have to say, I hope to learn more from all of you. Good evening and thank you for your time.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Luisport on July 27, 2013, 08:35:00 AM
Hello my name is João Sousa I'm 17 years old and I live on Madeira island, Funchal and I have been interested in rare and exotic fruits since my 15, I hope to learn more about more this kind of plants in the future. I live in an flat on the top floor where most plants can get sun but most plants that i own are on my mothers boyfriend roof, unfortunately i don't have any kind of terrain to plant more plants but i hope to get one in the future, for now I'm going to put them in a VERY large pots.
The plants that I have now are: passiflora edulis (both the yellow and purple variety), longan, grumixama, feijoa, jackfruit, black suriman cherry and dragon fruit (selenicereus megalanthus, the yellow one).
And the fruit plants that i hope to adquire in the future are berries with uncommon colors, rambutan both the red and yellow variety, durian, dragon fruit(selenicereus megalanthus hybrid) orange skinned with red pulp, jabuticabas, mangosteens and black and white sapotes or how i like to call them "pudding sapotes" because of what i heard they taste like pudding.
Well, that's i have to say, I hope to learn more from all of you. Good evening and thank you for your time.
Olá João! Tens umas variedades fantásticas! You will learn here a lot! See you soon!  ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitnut on July 31, 2013, 01:58:03 AM
Hi, my name is Phat, AKA fruitnut, fruit junkie, fruit whatever.  I must confess, I have a black thumb.  I found this site while searching for information on how to turn my black thumb into green for tropical fruit trees.  I hope to learn from all of you guys/gals.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: sposdta on July 31, 2013, 12:32:57 PM
I am a musician, singer songwriter, writer and housecleaner! I am Kathy Thomas. I live in one of the last cracker strongholds in Port Salerno Florida, just north of Jupiter and Hobe Sound. I loveeeee! this forum. I am harvesting an ignored tree in my newish backyard after a few months of determining it to be a hybrid of guanabana and custard apple. It is keeping me busy! I am making soursop juice right now...off to get some organic sugar! Thankyou for making me feel so welcome
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MangoFang on July 31, 2013, 01:16:22 PM
Good gosh....so many new people.....can't begin to welcome you all.
The "old timers" are very nice and helpful here (though I'm not one of them!).
  Don't be afraid to ask
a question or two - hey - we were all beginners at one time, yes!

Oh, and please try and POST PICTURES whenver possible by clicking on "Add image to post"
and then you can locate and choose a picture from your own files to add to your post........
It makes the post more interesting and can be helpful in answering any questions you
might have.

This is truly an INTERNATIONAL forum.  World peace through Mangoes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

and a hearty WELCOME TO EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU......



MangoFang of Southern California
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: dcusseaux on August 01, 2013, 02:23:06 PM
Well hello,
My name is Dietrich Cusseaux and it is always good to know one is in good company or can be someplace to find it, so far I do and I have! This forum appears to have a wealth of knowledge and experience as well as good spirited individuals. I am originally from Tampa, Florida but have relocated to Houston, Texas which is similar in climates aside from the occasional unpredictable frosts we experience here in Texas. I look forward to contributing and learning how to do better.

I am currently growing many varieties of tropical plants and trees and seem to continue to become more and more obsessed with Tropical horticulture the more success that I experience from my efforts. I look forward to hearing about other users successes and trading with some of you in the near future.

thanks.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: mangoprofessor on August 02, 2013, 02:21:07 PM
Hello my name is Tim Thompson, I am an "old guy" and this is my first effort with internet forums.  This is somewhat intimidating, and also at the same time very exciting.  I started growing things with my dad's help and guidance as a child.  Then it was just a hobby.  I have special interest in tropical fruits, mangoes in particular.  For the last 20 plus years many people have referred to me by the nickname: The Mango Man.  My father instilled in me a sense of adventure in growing new and often difficult things.  That desire to overcome obstacles is part of what made me take on the challenge of growing and fruiting mangoes in Southern California.  I started that effort almost 40 years ago and now have achieved that goal with over a dozen mango varieties that are in the patent process and which will soon be growing throughout Southern California. 

I live in Camarillo, about 15 miles inland from the ocean and grew up on a ranch between Ventura and Santa Paula after moving from frosty Nothern Illinois.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Luisport on August 02, 2013, 02:41:29 PM
Hello my name is Tim Thompson, I am an "old guy" and this is my first effort with internet forums.  This is somewhat intimidating, and also at the same time very exciting.  I started growing things with my dad's help and guidance as a child.  Then it was just a hobby.  I have special interest in tropical fruits, mangoes in particular.  For the last 20 plus years many people have referred to me by the nickname: The Mango Man.  My father instilled in me a sense of adventure in growing new and often difficult things.  That desire to overcome obstacles is part of what made me take on the challenge of growing and fruiting mangoes in Southern California.  I started that effort almost 40 years ago and now have achieved that goal with over a dozen mango varieties that are in the patent process and which will soon be growing throughout Southern California. 

I live in Camarillo, about 15 miles inland from the ocean and grew up on a ranch between Ventura and Santa Paula after moving from frosty Nothern Illinois.
WOW great story! Thank you so much for sharing your life story with us!  :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Sanddollarmoon on August 02, 2013, 02:57:00 PM
My name is sanddollarmoon (I am veggie on the tropical vegetable forum). I live up North. Us fruitarians are a rare breed up here.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Tomas on August 06, 2013, 03:38:50 PM
Welcome Patrick,

It's great to see a tropical fruit grower/enthusiast up in Arlington. I don't live that far from you, here in Richmond, Virginia. Just plant those tropical fruit seeds! I can tell you that it may be a little of a challenge to grow tropical/subtropical plants up here but it's not impossible. I have a small collection of my dearest plants after moving from Florida, and so far they are doing well.

Tomas
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Luisport on August 06, 2013, 04:22:50 PM
Welcome Patrick,

It's great to see a tropical fruit grower/enthusiast up in Arlington. I don't live that far from you, here in Richmond, Virginia. Just plant those tropical fruit seeds! I can tell you that it may be a little of a challenge to grow tropical/subtropical plants up here but it's not impossible. I have a small collection of my dearest plants after moving from Florida, and so far they are doing well.

Tomas
Do you have tropicals with cold weather? By the way can you tell what do you have?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Tomas on August 06, 2013, 04:48:20 PM
Hi Luisport,

Well, I grow my plants in pots so when cold weather comes I bring bring them inside/greenhouse. Here is what I have:

abiu
white, yellow, black sapote
various Eugenia species
various Garcinia species
various Myrciaria and Plinia species
and some obscure plants too

Tomas
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: kalan on August 06, 2013, 10:12:03 PM
Been on here since march of this year but never actually introduced myself. Wife and I recentlybought a home in southwest ranches with a large yard and have spent the last 12 months adding to it. Although I have mostly been into edible gardening, I have never had the room to really go vertical, until now. Currently I have 4 mangoes (Glenn, Keitt, coconut cream, Angie) 2 avocados (oro negro, Catalina), sapodilla (Alano) a dozen pineapples (sugarloaf, golden, cayenne), 6 mats of bananas (gran nain, dwarf cavendish, what I thought was blue java but is probably Orinoco) various lemons and limes, young dragonfruit, a couple figs and a bunch of seedlings courtesy of berto, luc and Adam. I also need to thank Mike from Bender's Grove for making it all to easy to fill my addiction.
I'm learning quite a bit on here. However, most of what I do others have said before: I generally wander around aimlessly in my yard enthralled, but with the nagging sense that I should be doing something (pruning, fertilizing, etc). I hope to be able to contribute back once my yard becomes more established, and once I feel a little more versed in most things tropical. Thanks for this forum!
Keith
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Luisport on August 07, 2013, 03:30:31 AM
Hi Luisport,

Well, I grow my plants in pots so when cold weather comes I bring bring them inside/greenhouse. Here is what I have:

abiu
white, yellow, black sapote
various Eugenia species
various Garcinia species
various Myrciaria and Plinia species
and some obscure plants too

Tomas
Yes i can try that too, but in potas it's more dificult to get a fruit stage...
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mr. Clean on August 07, 2013, 07:16:35 AM
Welcome Luis, Alphonzo, Jared, Joao Sousa, Phat, Kathy Thomas, Dietrich Cusseaux, Tim Thompson, Patrick!  Look forward to your postings!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Luisport on August 07, 2013, 07:19:55 AM
Welcome Luis, Alphonzo, Jared, Joao Sousa, Phat, Kathy Thomas, Dietrich Cusseaux, Tim Thompson, Patrick!  Look forward to your postings!
Thank you so much! This forum is awsome!!!  ;)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Sanddollarmoon on August 07, 2013, 02:33:55 PM
I lived where you lived before...
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MangoFang on August 07, 2013, 05:34:42 PM
Hi Tim (Mango Professor)!

Long time no talk!  This is Gary, the one in Palm Springs that planted your Timotayo mango a couple years ago.  Unfortunately, it didn't seem to do well in the heat out here, so I dug it up and gave it to a friend in Santa Barbara.  Might have been a watering problem too, on my part, which I sort of discovered later, so.... not sure about that one out here.

Anyway, so great to have you on this forum!  And Welcome....

Actually WELCOME to all the new members!!!!!!!!!!

Gary (MangoFang)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Lawrence on August 08, 2013, 04:24:59 PM
Hi all,
I am here in sunny England (NOT!) and am attempting to grow stuff I really should have more sense about.
My excuse is that we have bought a house in the south of Spain and I am preparing to plant the garden out there  :).
Currently I have about a dozen Mango's from India,Pakistan and Bangladesh and new this year some Lychees.
I have previously killed dozens of Custard Apples (and related species) Tamerind and countless fruits from holidays around the world.
Chilli plants are everywhere and I grew Epezote for the first time this year.
I am looking to grow as many varieties as possible in my new garden, but I need to be realistic.
I see many plants advertised as suitable for Zone 9 for example, but I am not sure what zone I will be in.
My house is in Ramil Bajo, Andalucia, Spain, so if anyone who understands Zones can tell me which one I will be in, I would be very grateful.
I really hope to learn from you guys, and in return I can pass on my knowledge to you.
I am also willing to send seeds (Laws permitting) if I get something people want, just for swaps, (no money involved).
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mr. Clean on August 09, 2013, 02:19:34 PM
Hi all,
I am here in sunny England (NOT!) and am attempting to grow stuff I really should have more sense about.
My excuse is that we have bought a house in the south of Spain and I am preparing to plant the garden out there  :).
Currently I have about a dozen Mango's from India,Pakistan and Bangladesh and new this year some Lychees.
I have previously killed dozens of Custard Apples (and related species) Tamerind and countless fruits from holidays around the world.
Chilli plants are everywhere and I grew Epezote for the first time this year.
I am looking to grow as many varieties as possible in my new garden, but I need to be realistic.
I see many plants advertised as suitable for Zone 9 for example, but I am not sure what zone I will be in.
My house is in Ramil Bajo, Andalucia, Spain, so if anyone who understands Zones can tell me which one I will be in, I would be very grateful.
I really hope to learn from you guys, and in return I can pass on my knowledge to you.
I am also willing to send seeds (Laws permitting) if I get something people want, just for swaps, (no money involved).


Lawrence, welcome.  You might check out http://www.gardenweb.com/zones/europe/ (http://www.gardenweb.com/zones/europe/)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: DurianLover on August 10, 2013, 10:51:55 AM
Hey Lawrence, don't know where Ramil Bajo is, but if it is coastal city like Malaga (another city in Andalucía) than you could probably grow everything as depicted in this Malaga thread... http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=3703.0 (http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=3703.0)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: mwambao on August 11, 2013, 10:00:52 PM
Mwambao from the East african coastal city of Mombasa Kenya.
Curently residing in Canada.Still have small farm at south coast of Kenya.
cheers
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Sanddollarmoon on August 11, 2013, 11:04:39 PM
Welcome Mwombao! Good luck with your farm! How is Canada right now?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: nullzero on August 12, 2013, 07:27:48 PM
Mwambao from the East african coastal city of Mombasa Kenya.
Curently residing in Canada.Still have small farm at south coast of Kenya.
cheers

Welcome to the forums! What plants are you growing at your farm in Kenya?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitlovers on August 13, 2013, 03:06:31 AM
My name is Patrick (I am veggie on the tropical vegetable forum). I live in Arlington, Washington, which has a mind boggling amount of tropical fruit growers: three 😉. Us fruitarians are a rare breed up here. I started when my family went vegan, and we found a food co-op that carried chirimoyas. I had not gardened since I was little, but these seeds were just asking to be planted. Long story short, I turned into a total fruit junkie, with dreams of eating them all, fresh and homegrown, delicious 😋. Being new at this, I will probably have a few awkward and duh questions. Such as what to do when neighbors steal your cacao seedling (mine is now over seven inches, theirs died of neglect). I look forward to your answers (a much used line, I know)! Thanks!

Hello chirimoyahero.  ;) You are persistent aren't you?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: greeny on August 13, 2013, 11:08:46 AM
Hello,
my name is Markus. I live in germany and started a hobby (5 years ago) to grow exotic fruits.

For the most i grow fruits which cannot be bought  anywhere here in germany .
Till now I am growing :

Pouteria obovata => grafted plants
Canistel => grafted plants and plants from seeds
acca sellowiana (Coolidge,Unique,Mammouth,Triumph) => bought plants and from seeds -> got fruits
citrus australasica=>plant bought
citrus hybride (Faustrime) => plant bought -> fruits
Citrus medica var. sarcodactylis => plant bought
diospyros digyna(black sapote)=> from seeds and grafted plant -> got fruits
scasimiroa edulis(white sapote)=>grafted plants and plants from seed -> got fruits
pouteria viridis(Green Sapote) => from seeds
Mamey Sapote=>from seeds
pouteria multiflora (bully Tree) =>from seeds
Manilkara zapota=>grafted plants and from seed
sziziphus jujuba (different varieties)=>bought plants -> this year first fruits developing
ziziphus mauritiana => bought plant
carica pubescens=>bough plant -> died
carica pentagonia -> got fruits
theobroma cacao=>bough plants->flowering now the third year
Anacardium occidentale (cashew)
inga edulis=>from seeds
Manilkara kauki=>bought plants
pouteria caimito (abiu)=>from seeds
Stelechocarpus cauliflorus (Kepel)=>from seeds
Psidium friedrichsthalianum=>bought plant
psidium guajava=>bought plant
psidium guajava dwarf=>bought plant
Psidium cattleianum=>bought plants-> first fruits this year
ugni molinea=>bought plant-> got fruits
Cherimoya, Annona cherimola=>bought plants
Chrysophyllum cainito=>bought plant
Passiflora mollisima=>bought plant
passiflora edulis=>bought plant
passiflora decaisneana x =>bought plant
passiflora alata=>bought plant
Manilkara discolor=>bought
manilkara achras=>dead
Sapodilla-LaMudSriDa-Madhuca-esculenta=>dead
musa raja puri => plant
musa dwarf red => plant
musa super dwarf cavendish => plant
musa super plantain=>plant
Sandoricum koetjape (santol,lolly fruit)=>from seeds
punica granatum=>plant
aegle marmelos=>from seeds
asimina triloba=>(several grafted varieties, growing outside)
Cyphomandra betacea=>from seeds
myrciaria cauliflora=>plant
Dacryodes edulis (safu)=>from seeds

I already succeded in a few fruts but hope to harvest more types when the palnts get older .

Currently on my wishlist for seeds or plants I could not get till now is :
Malay apple
inga vulpina
ross sapote
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Luisport on August 13, 2013, 11:11:27 AM
Hello,
my name is Markus. I live in germany and started a hobby (5 years ago) to grow exotic fruits.

For the most i grow fruits which cannot be bought  anywhere here in germany .
Till now I am growing :

Pouteria obovata => grafted plants
Canistel => grafted plants and plants from seeds
acca sellowiana (Coolidge,Unique,Mammouth,Triumph) => bought plants and from seeds -> got fruits
citrus australasica=>plant bought
citrus hybride (Faustrime) => plant bought -> fruits
Citrus medica var. sarcodactylis => plant bought
diospyros digyna(black sapote)=> from seeds and grafted plant -> got fruits
scasimiroa edulis(white sapote)=>grafted plants and plants from seed -> got fruits
pouteria viridis(Green Sapote) => from seeds
Mamey Sapote=>from seeds
pouteria multiflora (bully Tree) =>from seeds
Manilkara zapota=>grafted plants and from seed
sziziphus jujuba (different varieties)=>bought plants -> this year first fruits developing
ziziphus mauritiana => bought plant
carica pubescens=>bough plant -> died
carica pentagonia -> got fruits
theobroma cacao=>bough plants->flowering now the third year
Anacardium occidentale (cashew)
inga edulis=>from seeds
Manilkara kauki=>bought plants
pouteria caimito (abiu)=>from seeds
Stelechocarpus cauliflorus (Kepel)=>from seeds
Psidium friedrichsthalianum=>bought plant
psidium guajava=>bought plant
psidium guajava dwarf=>bought plant
Psidium cattleianum=>bought plants-> first fruits this year
ugni molinea=>bought plant-> got fruits
Cherimoya, Annona cherimola=>bought plants
Chrysophyllum cainito=>bought plant
Passiflora mollisima=>bought plant
passiflora edulis=>bought plant
passiflora decaisneana x =>bought plant
passiflora alata=>bought plant
Manilkara discolor=>bought
manilkara achras=>dead
Sapodilla-LaMudSriDa-Madhuca-esculenta=>dead
musa raja puri => plant
musa dwarf red => plant
musa super dwarf cavendish => plant
musa super plantain=>plant
Sandoricum koetjape (santol,lolly fruit)=>from seeds
punica granatum=>plant
aegle marmelos=>from seeds
asimina triloba=>(several grafted varieties, growing outside)
Cyphomandra betacea=>from seeds
myrciaria cauliflora=>plant
Dacryodes edulis (safu)=>from seeds

I already succeded in a few fruts but hope to harvest more types when the palnts get older .

Currently on my wishlist for seeds or plants I could not get till now is :
Malay apple
inga vulpina
ross sapote
Geeezzzzzzzzzzzzz  congratulations! You should post photos to us!  ;) Your collection is impressive... all of them are producing?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: greeny on August 13, 2013, 11:22:39 AM
No not all, because many of them are too young or conditions are not optimal.
But a few plants have started to produce every year . (in the list I have point this out with => got fruits ).
When I have time will post a few photos .
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Triloba Tracker on August 13, 2013, 09:11:45 PM
Hello everyone!
I'm so excited to join this forum.  I'm here because my teenage son - "Mr. Caimito" - has gotten me hooked on rare/exotic/tropical fruit.

I know precisely nothing about growing tropical fruit ;D  That's the main thing that motivated me to make my own account here - I need lots of help!!  Living in zone 7a doesn't really help matters much, either.

Mr. Caimito and I are attempting to grow a Cogshall Mango (from Excalibur), a Violet de Bordeaux fig, 3 cherimoya saplings (from seeds of a commercial fruit), 3 papaya seedlings, 2 miracle fruit seedlings, and one coffee plant.

I'm in my mid-thirties and work at home full-time as a Call Center Workforce Manager.  My primary hobby is breadmaking - I bake all of our family's bread from scratch and by hand (except for some mixing).  I also love jazz - it's playing in the house all the time.

My screen name is what it is because I am slightly obsessed with the pawpaw.  Despite growing up in Tennessee (ideal pawpaw territory), I had never heard of the tree until a few months ago, and I was floored by the fact that it's a temperate Annona.  So I love to hunt wild pawpaw trees in the woods.  I have yet to taste the fruit as of this writing.  I've found some large fruiting trees and can't wait to check them out in September! 

Lastly - my favorite exotic fruits in mostly descending order: Durian, jackfruit, cherimoya, mamey, mango, canistel, rambutan, lychee

My apologies in advance for any noob questions I may ask!  Thanks to everyone for making this such a great community.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HMHausman on August 13, 2013, 09:15:21 PM
Welcome Tri. Tracker.  It was good to meet you and your entire family during your visit down to Florida earlier this summer and were able to stop by my house.  Always glad to have more fruit obsessed folk join the nuts already here. 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: plantlover13 on August 14, 2013, 09:35:43 AM
Hello everyone!
I'm so excited to join this forum.  I'm here because my teenage son - "Mr. Caimito" - has gotten me hooked on rare/exotic/tropical fruit.

I know precisely nothing about growing tropical fruit ;D  That's the main thing that motivated me to make my own account here - I need lots of help!!  Living in zone 7a doesn't really help matters much, either.

Mr. Caimito and I are attempting to grow a Cogshall Mango (from Excalibur), a Violet de Bordeaux fig, 3 cherimoya saplings (from seeds of a commercial fruit), 3 papaya seedlings, 2 miracle fruit seedlings, and one coffee plant.

I'm in my mid-thirties and work at home full-time as a Call Center Workforce Manager.  My primary hobby is breadmaking - I bake all of our family's bread from scratch and by hand (except for some mixing).  I also love jazz - it's playing in the house all the time.

My screen name is what it is because I am slightly obsessed with the pawpaw.  Despite growing up in Tennessee (ideal pawpaw territory), I had never heard of the tree until a few months ago, and I was floored by the fact that it's a temperate Annona.  So I love to hunt wild pawpaw trees in the woods.  I have yet to taste the fruit as of this writing.  I've found some large fruiting trees and can't wait to check them out in September! 

Lastly - my favorite exotic fruits in mostly descending order: Durian, jackfruit, cherimoya, mamey, mango, canistel, rambutan, lychee

My apologies in advance for any noob questions I may ask!  Thanks to everyone for making this such a great community.

Hello! zone 7a, huh. Looks like we're in the same situation  ;) (i'm 7b)

Welcome to the forum!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: TS91786 on August 14, 2013, 01:43:44 PM
Hello,
My name is Tony and I recently purchased a home in Upland CA (S. California)  The yard has fully mature fruit trees (lucky me!).  I'm looking for information and advise on what can grow in this area.  I will be posting shortly as I need some help in identifying an avocado tree.
I enjoy reading the gardening succes stories on this forum.
Cheers!
Tony
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Triloba Tracker on August 14, 2013, 04:23:45 PM
Hello! zone 7a, huh. Looks like we're in the same situation  ;) (i'm 7b)

Welcome to the forum!

Thanks!!  I'm gonna have to work hard to overcome my brown thumb if we're gonna get these plants to grow!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: phantomcrab on August 14, 2013, 07:39:58 PM
Welcome Triloba Tracker. I grew up in N GA and am quite familiar with pawpaws although I never found a really good one in the wild. It's hand to hand combat with the wildlife to get them when ripe. KSU has many cultivars - http://www.pawpaw.kysu.edu/ (http://www.pawpaw.kysu.edu/)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Triloba Tracker on August 15, 2013, 08:46:27 AM
Welcome Triloba Tracker. I grew up in N GA and am quite familiar with pawpaws although I never found a really good one in the wild. It's hand to hand combat with the wildlife to get them when ripe. KSU has many cultivars - [url]http://www.pawpaw.kysu.edu/[/url] ([url]http://www.pawpaw.kysu.edu/[/url])


Thanks!!  Yeah, I've heard similar things about how hard it is to beat the 'possums and such to the fruit.  I guess since I'm new at it, I haven't become jaded yet!  I did learn about the KSU pawpaw program and have spoken with them a little.  I would like to take a trip up there to see their operation and maybe get some trees.

I just love the feeling of foraging in the wild for fruit. ..it's such a cool feeling that nature is just handing out free, delicious, nutritious food!  Of course, cultivating food has its own rewards too.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Tim on August 15, 2013, 12:30:12 PM
Congratulations, normally it's the other way around.  Very refreshing to hear kids getting hooked on tropical FRUITS rather than many other things, then converting parents to make great duos.

I'm here because my teenage son - "Mr. Caimito" - has gotten me hooked on rare/exotic/tropical fruit.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitlovers on August 15, 2013, 07:52:53 PM
Welcome Triloba Tracker. I grew up in N GA and am quite familiar with pawpaws although I never found a really good one in the wild. It's hand to hand combat with the wildlife to get them when ripe. KSU has many cultivars - [url]http://www.pawpaw.kysu.edu/[/url] ([url]http://www.pawpaw.kysu.edu/[/url])


Thanks!!  Yeah, I've heard similar things about how hard it is to beat the 'possums and such to the fruit.  I guess since I'm new at it, I haven't become jaded yet!  I did learn about the KSU pawpaw program and have spoken with them a little.  I would like to take a trip up there to see their operation and maybe get some trees.

I just love the feeling of foraging in the wild for fruit. ..it's such a cool feeling that nature is just handing out free, delicious, nutritious food! Of course, cultivating food has its own rewards too.


Before the onset of agriculture everything humans ate was handed out by nature.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Triloba Tracker on August 16, 2013, 11:33:43 AM
Before the onset of agriculture everything humans ate was handed out by nature.

So true!  With today's industrial agriculture machine, you have to sorta wonder if we've ruined it :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: plantlover13 on August 16, 2013, 12:15:46 PM
Before the onset of agriculture everything humans ate was handed out by nature.

So true!  With today's industrial agriculture machine, you have to sorta wonder if we've ruined it :)

well, we do have 7 billion people in need of food...
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Sanddollarmoon on August 16, 2013, 04:17:00 PM
Congratulations, normally it's the other way around.  Very refreshing to hear kids getting hooked on tropical FRUITS rather than many other things, then converting parents to make great duos.

I'm here because my teenage son - "Mr. Caimito" - has gotten me hooked on rare/exotic/tropical fruit.

Haha! I am also a teenager, but cannot seem to get my parents fully interested. Any suggestions, triloba tracker?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Triloba Tracker on August 16, 2013, 04:32:02 PM
Congratulations, normally it's the other way around.  Very refreshing to hear kids getting hooked on tropical FRUITS rather than many other things, then converting parents to make great duos.

I'm here because my teenage son - "Mr. Caimito" - has gotten me hooked on rare/exotic/tropical fruit.

Haha! I am also a teenager, but cannot seem to get my parents fully interested. Any suggestions, triloba tracker?
Ha!  Well, I will see if Henry can comment too, but my answer is: talk about rare fruit all the time, bug your parents to let you mail-order fruit, constantly beg to go to the nearest international grocery store, and start growing plants all over the house :):):):)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: plantlover13 on August 16, 2013, 04:58:49 PM
Congratulations, normally it's the other way around.  Very refreshing to hear kids getting hooked on tropical FRUITS rather than many other things, then converting parents to make great duos.

I'm here because my teenage son - "Mr. Caimito" - has gotten me hooked on rare/exotic/tropical fruit.

Haha! I am also a teenager, but cannot seem to get my parents fully interested. Any suggestions, triloba tracker?
Ha!  Well, I will see if Henry can comment too, but my answer is: talk about rare fruit all the time, bug your parents to let you mail-order fruit, constantly beg to go to the nearest international grocery store, and start growing plants all over the house :):):):)

Hmm, i've been doing that and i can't get them to go nuts about fruit...

But my parents are pretty chill with it anyway so it's all right.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Canadian Tropics on August 20, 2013, 03:41:40 PM
Hello,
I live in Vancouver, BC Canada zone 8b.  I am very excited that I found this forum and am looking forward to all the helpful information that I will be gathering.  I am really into exotic/unusual tropical plants, especially if it is edible.....if you tell me I can't grow it here I will try just to prove you wrong :)
My current collection includes the following:
Julie mango (seed grown)
sapodilla (flowered last year)
chocolate sapote
soursop
sweetsop
dragon fruit
star apple
rose apple
babaco papaya (bearing fruit right now)
roselle
carob
Brazilian cherry
starfruit
blackberry jam
egg fruit
tropical almond
assorted citrus (lemon, lime, kumquat, mandarin)
These are all in pots in my various greenhouses or spending the summer outside.

I also have some unusual/uncommon fruits and trees planted in-ground:
medlar
persimmon
guavas (Chilean and pineapple)
pawpaw
avocado
loquat
sausage vine
magnolia vine (seed grown)
several varieties of kiwi and passion vine

I am really looking forward to all the knowledge and information I will be acquiring from all the knowledge people in this forum....thank you in advance  :)
FYI, I also have a thing for palms (7 varieties) and bananas (10 varieties)
...keep 'm growing!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Sanddollarmoon on August 20, 2013, 03:50:15 PM
Welcome! That is a wonderful and inspiring list from Canada! I hope to hear more from you. Make a topic and post some pics! I also have avocado, one of my favorite fruit. Is yours grafted? Avocado trees are very popular over here, and most houses have a little tree from store-bought fruit, but almost nobody has a grafted tree, and even I have not grafted mine yet. I like your citrus list! I also have a few, but kumquat is not technically a citrus, but instead a fortunella. Good luck with that babaco!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Triloba Tracker on August 20, 2013, 04:00:47 PM
Welcome, Canadian Tropics! 

What size are your potted plants, and what can you tell us about your greenhouses?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Canadian Tropics on August 21, 2013, 02:46:23 PM

Thanks for the warm welcomes!

Welcome! That is a wonderful and inspiring list from Canada! I hope to hear more from you. Make a topic and post some pics! I also have avocado, one of my favorite fruit. Is yours grafted? Avocado trees are very popular over here, and most houses have a little tree from store-bought fruit, but almost nobody has a grafted tree, and even I have not grafted mine yet. I like your citrus list! I also have a few, but kumquat is not technically a citrus, but instead a fortunella. Good luck with that babaco!

Sanddollarmoon,
I would have to check the tag on my avocado but it is supposed to be a "cold hardy" Mexican variety and not from store bought fruit - picked it up from a local plant supplier who specializes in cold hardy tropicals.  This one is an experiment and is planted in-ground in a sheltered area......we'll see how it survives our winters.
As for the babaco, we are really excited to see the fruit getting bigger; about a dozen currently on the tree.

Welcome, Canadian Tropics! 

What size are your potted plants, and what can you tell us about your greenhouses?

Triloba Tracker,
My pots ranges from 1 gallons for my seedlings (such as the mangos and cashew - both seed grown) to 5 and 10 gallon depending upon the size of the plant (my seed grown, 7yr old crinum lily is over 5ft tall and won't stop flowering).  I also have a couple of trees in 35 gallon pots but these are all cold hardy varieties that live permanently on my decks and patio - such as the medlar, apricot and yellowhorn
As for my greenhouses, I have three:
1) 6x8ft polycarb where we currently grow melons and "unusual" edibles such as globe artichoke and ground cherries
2) 6x8ft double-walled polycarb that is heated during the winter - this is where the seedlings and tender tropical are kept
3) 16x9.5ft x7.5ft high hoop greenhouse - we decided to cover our vegetable garden so that I can start things earlier and keep them growing longer.  It also allows me to keep hardier but frost tender plants such as the citrus, tropical bananas and some of my palm trees during the winter months
And the plants that do not fit in these locations, or that require extra room or attention (such as the 7ft tall coffee tree and white bird of paradise) come into the house during the colder months.  Speaking of which I noticed the nights temps are down to about 13C (56F) which means I will be starting to move plants next weekend.....fun times    ;D

I will post some pictures soon.....
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: tonyzt2 on August 24, 2013, 12:48:55 AM
Hi, I'm Tony.

I'm the webmaster for SoCalPlantBreeders.com
I'm also an avid tropical gardner as well.
I currently reside in Ventura California.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Triloba Tracker on August 24, 2013, 04:02:14 PM
Welcome, Tony.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Luisport on August 24, 2013, 04:04:10 PM
Hi, I'm Tony.

I'm the webmaster for SoCalPlantBreeders.com
I'm also an avid tropical gardner as well.
I currently reside in Ventura California.
Welcome!  ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mr. Clean on August 25, 2013, 12:13:19 AM
Hi Tracker, Sandollarmoon, Tony, and Canadian Tropics.  We have members in Canada, Colorado, New York, and other cold places growing frest tropical fruits in sunlamps and should provide a wealth of information.  I'm in South Florida, so many tropical fruit trees grow here pretty well.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: phantomcrab on August 25, 2013, 09:09:07 AM
Quote
I'm the webmaster for SoCalPlantBreeders.com
I'm also an avid tropical gardner as well.
I currently reside in Ventura California.
Welcome Tony. You will likely find some interesting information on tropicals you can grow in your area. Hardiness zones change quickly over physically short distances in CA. Are you in USDA 10a?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: gunnar429 on August 25, 2013, 09:22:14 AM
My name is Jeff.  I grew up in Massachusetts but moved to Miami in 2007.  I just moved into a new house and had a baby boy (named Keegan) so I figured a healthy mini-orchard addiction would be perfect!  I have a small lot--maybe 1/5 of an acre....but I intend to make it a densely-packed fruit and veggie paradise.  I love the idea of self-sufficiency at least somewhat living off the land. 

Since I moved in on June 1st of this year, I have planted:

Jackfruit (Crunchy Lemon and Cristela)
Passionfruit (Purple Possum)
Pomegranate (Vietnamese Red)
Papaya (red lady and solo sunrise)
Banana (cavendish, goldfinger, double mahoi, raja pisang, Jamaican Red)
Jaboticaba (red and black)
Acerola/Barbados Cherry
Mulberry (white, everbearing, unknown)
Macadamia Nut (dana white)
Moringa
Caimito (purple and hippolito green)
Coconuts (yellow and green)
Pineapple Guava
Figs (brown Turkey, Black Mission, green one I cut from South beach garden)
Sugar Apple (Na Dai)
Atemoya (Gefner)
Grapes (Alachua, Burgundy Bunch, Noble)
Tropical Guava (Red ruby, Excalibur Variegated)
Soursop (already on-site when I moved)
Ackee
Katuk
carambola/starfruit (Lara)
Peaches (UF sun, Tropic snow)
Loquats (Big Jim, Yehudah)
Avocado (brogdon, oro negro)
Citrus (Persian lime, variegated lemon, meyer lemon improved, red navel, navel, orlando tangelo)
Pitaya/Dragonfruit (Dark star, purple haze, natural mystic, vietnamese jaina)
Blackberry (thornless)
Blueberry (varied--we'll see)
Mammee apple/Abrico
Hog Plum (technically neighbor's tree but hangs over my property)
Sapodilla (alano, Silas woods)

I may have missed some but I think that's it.  Suffice to say, I have "the bug" like many of you.  THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to Harry, Rob, Lisa, Jeff Hagen, squam, sheehan, and others for your mango cultivar reviews as well as many other fruits.  Without you guys, I would've been in the dark and probably got a Tommy atkins and choc-anon--lol

Anyway, I look forward to interacting with you all as time goes on and I try to bring this mini-orchard up to speed.  BTW, what is oolitic limestone?  My soil here is sandy (some parts are always white in color, but most are a light gray--have hear people say it's sugar sand.  I know i can have it tested by UF extension but i like instant gratification.

Let the journey begin!!

~Jeff


Mango (lemon zest, coconut cream, nam doc mai #4, Maha Chanok, mallika, pickering, graham, rosigold, Neelam, fairchild, Glenn, angie,   madame francis (already existing--may graft onto it in later years)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Luisport on August 25, 2013, 09:35:09 AM
Good collection you have! Congratuations! ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: nullzero on August 25, 2013, 07:35:03 PM
Nice list gunnar! I am amazed you were able to fit all those in. Do you prune often?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: greenman62 on August 27, 2013, 10:26:27 AM
Hi All
Im very interested in tropical rare and exotic fruits.
i also like medicinal herbs and just about all edibles (im a vegetarian)
I liveb in the suburbs, but my backyard is full. mainly Papaya trees, but have guava, satsuma
and a few other adult treesd
but mostly i am still in the growing stages for lots of stuff
like Mamey, Baobob , Lychee, opuntia, dragonfruit,  cherimoya etc...  seedlings i have.

i keep a photobucket account of stuff here...
http://s98.photobucket.com/user/911review/library/?sort=3&page=1 (http://s98.photobucket.com/user/911review/library/?sort=3&page=1)

I am outside of New Orleans, so it stays warm most of the year
and the winters are pretty mild. -  i think im in zone 10 (maybe 9a ?)
 not sure... i saw 2 different maps
one was hard to read.

i love to trade
and am looking for (especially) Marang/Terap - Cacao and Lucuma
or almost any exotic tropical fruit that will grow here.
(also medicinals)

Brad

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: zands on August 27, 2013, 10:53:12 AM
My name is Jeff.  I grew up in Massachusetts but moved to Miami in 2007.  I just moved into a new house and had a baby boy (named Keegan) so I figured a healthy mini-orchard addiction would be perfect!  I have a small lot--maybe 1/5 of an acre....but I intend to make it a densely-packed fruit and veggie paradise.  I love the idea of self-sufficiency at least somewhat living off the land. 


I may have missed some but I think that's it.  Suffice to say, I have "the bug" like many of you.  THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to Harry, Rob, Lisa, Jeff Hagen, squam, sheehan, and others for your mango cultivar reviews as well as many other fruits.  Without you guys, I would've been in the dark and probably got a Tommy atkins and choc-anon--lol

Anyway, I look forward to interacting with you all as time goes on and I try to bring this mini-orchard up to speed.  BTW, what is oolitic limestone?  My soil here is sandy (some parts are always white in color, but most are a light gray--have hear people say it's sugar sand.  I know i can have it tested by UF extension but i like instant gratification.

Let the journey begin!!

~Jeff


Mango (lemon zest, coconut cream, nam doc mai #4, Maha Chanok, mallika, pickering, graham, rosigold, Neelam, fairchild, Glenn, angie,   madame francis (already existing--may graft onto it in later years)

BTW, what is oolitic limestone?


Dig down 8-12-20 inches. Do you you see chucks of old coral with embedded seashells which is the oolitic limestone?  Most likely you do not because you are close to ocean where Broward County was developed years ago by more modest means that what I have in Western Broward. Jeff(cookie monster) has the same problem I do. Our Western suburbs were dug up, drained, developed ~37 years ago by large earth moving equipment. Drainage canals were dug out, this soil+limestone was heaped up onto the land for the new subdivisions, and in the process the natural ancient soil profile was inverted. Leaving us with hi-ph soil with lots of oolitic if you dig down a bit. When you dig past the ~8" of topsoil that was graded onto the suburban development for St Augustine lawn grass to root into and thrive

So for me I have had my citrus trees do great until they start rooting downward into the lower hi-ph oolitic layers
Mangoes, avocados and others are not so affected by this hi-ph soil
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: thao on August 27, 2013, 01:38:42 PM
Hi All
Im very interested in tropical rare and exotic fruits.
i also like medicinal herbs and just about all edibles (im a vegetarian)
I liveb in the suburbs, but my backyard is full. mainly Papaya trees, but have guava, satsuma
and a few other adult treesd
but mostly i am still in the growing stages for lots of stuff
like Mamey, Baobob , Lychee, opuntia, dragonfruit,  cherimoya etc...  seedlings i have.

i keep a photobucket account of stuff here...
[url]http://s98.photobucket.com/user/911review/library/?sort=3&page=1[/url] ([url]http://s98.photobucket.com/user/911review/library/?sort=3&page=1[/url])

I am outside of New Orleans, so it stays warm most of the year
and the winters are pretty mild. -  i think im in zone 10 (maybe 9a ?)
 not sure... i saw 2 different maps
one was hard to read.

i love to trade
and am looking for (especially) Marang/Terap - Cacao and Lucuma
or almost any exotic tropical fruit that will grow here.
(also medicinals)

Brad




Welcome to the forum Brad. Took a quick look at your photo bucket and wow , your papaya's look nice. If you're truly in zone 9 and they can survive fine like that, maybe my little tr hovey papaya, will make it this winter and hopefully fruit next spring/summer.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: gunnar429 on August 31, 2013, 12:16:44 AM




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Re: Introduce Yourself

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Nice list gunnar! I am amazed you were able to fit all those in. Do you prune often?








I plan on pruning intensively...as i have seen from dave wilson nursery online.  Pepe also has some info on mini-grove culture on his site.  Not much pruning yet because things are just starting to take off.  I have planted a few multi-trees in one hole and pruned them accordingly upon planting so they wouldn't shade each other out. 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Sanddollarmoon on August 31, 2013, 12:19:21 AM
I plan on pruning intensively...as i have seen from dave wilson nursery online.  Pepe also has some info on mini-grove culture on his site.  Not much pruning yet because things are just starting to take off.  I have planted a few multi-trees in one hole and pruned them accordingly upon planting so they wouldn't shade each other out.

Good luck! I am new to pruning, but it has helped many of my plants greatly (avocado, cherimoya).
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MiniChopper4Me on August 31, 2013, 12:23:03 PM
lol, You are psychic!

Hello everyone, my name is Charlie and I live in Miami Beach FL.  I've taken up gardening because of the challenge, and the rewards are truly delicious :P

I'm currently living on a building right on the beach on the second floor, and have a corral on the roof that I'm using as a "full sun" growing area.  I'm into R/C, hence my username, and am a computer person for a living.  I of course stumbled across this website while looking for some common answers to what are probably easy questions, but being new to the "greenthumb" area, the answers weren't obvious to me.

Charlie
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MiniChopper4Me on August 31, 2013, 12:25:43 PM
I'm trying to grow a bunch of stuff on the roof and my balcony, and am looking for any and all general advice so I guess I should make a post about my stuff?

Charlie
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Sanddollarmoon on August 31, 2013, 12:30:19 PM
Go ahead! This is mine:
http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=6810.0 (http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=6810.0)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MiniChopper4Me on August 31, 2013, 05:48:22 PM
Mine is here:
http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=7125.0 (http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=7125.0)

Charlie
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Macroman on September 01, 2013, 01:44:10 PM
Old Alchemist from Canada who married someone from Brunei, nearly 30 years ago.  We currently live in California so are growing citrus, avocado and a couple of Paw Paw.  We have a small farm in AL.  I'm interested in PAW PAW as we need to take the tropical favors north.   
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: BKaus on September 05, 2013, 04:29:44 PM
Hi Everyone,

The tropical fruit bug infection me. It got kindled when my son was showing some interest in gardening and dug up the old garden bed (that went unused for 12 years) and wanted to grow some peppers, strawberries, and tropical’s. Then to add fuel to the fire in July of 2012 we when to the AZFRG meeting in Phoenix, AZ and walked away with 3 loquat seedlings, a fig tree, banana plant, and sugar cane plant. This started a mad rush to collect as many tropical plants that could possibly grow and fruit in Phoenix, AZ. The collection as grown to many plants with most of them in containers for the sake of moving them around winters cold and summer heat. Currently in the process of sorting out what will survive planted in my yard without any protection from winters frost. Looking for info on best practice on growing Tropical fruit trees in container, soil mixes, fertilizer types application, container size, and plant types best for containers. Just about any info that will make container growing fruitful! I’ve spend many hours buying plants, planting seeds, and looking for info on the net also attended classes at the county extension office and club meetings for this information but still looking for more info to increase my success.

Bruce
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Felipe on September 06, 2013, 12:34:34 PM
Old Alchemist from Canada who married someone from Brunei, nearly 30 years ago.  We currently live in California so are growing citrus, avocado and a couple of Paw Paw.  We have a small farm in AL.  I'm interested in PAW PAW as we need to take the tropical favors north.   

Welcome to this forum! Do you travel from time to time to Brunei? Must be an awesome place, specially for fruit fanatics  ::)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: EvilFruit on September 07, 2013, 04:13:17 PM
Hello,

My name Moh'd and I'm from Dubai, UAE. I started this hobby when I was 12 years old . My first grow was a mango that was bought from a supermarket. Right know, I 'm growing over 20 different types of fruits from all over the world (most of them are not available here). I got Genip, Mammea Americana , 5 types of Garcinia , 6 types of Eugenia , Eggfruit , Jackfruit , mango , Malay Apple , Rose apple and More.

Mohd
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: plantlover13 on September 07, 2013, 04:44:17 PM
Hello,

My name Moh'd and I'm from Dubai, UAE. I started this hobby when I was 12 years old . My first grow was a mango that was bought from a supermarket. Right know, I 'm growing over 20 different types of fruits from all over the world (most of them are not available here). I got Genip, Mammea Americana , 5 types of Garcinia , 6 types of Eugenia , Eggfruit , Jackfruit , mango , Malay Apple , Rose apple and More.

Mohd

Hello!

Just wondering, how do such plants fare in your arid climate?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Felipe on September 08, 2013, 04:24:27 PM
Welcome Moh'd! That sure must be a challenge to grow tropicals in such a arid area! Are you growing your plants in ground or in pots? Where does your irrigation water come from?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: EvilFruit on September 08, 2013, 06:18:34 PM
Hello,

My name Moh'd and I'm from Dubai, UAE. I started this hobby when I was 12 years old . My first grow was a mango that was bought from a supermarket. Right know, I 'm growing over 20 different types of fruits from all over the world (most of them are not available here). I got Genip, Mammea Americana , 5 types of Garcinia , 6 types of Eugenia , Eggfruit , Jackfruit , mango , Malay Apple , Rose apple and More.

Mohd

Hello!

Just wondering, how do such plants fare in your arid climate?

Well, I live 8 km away from the sea so, it not that dry. The humidity level is between 40% to 80% most of the time and the temperature  ranges between 8C in winter and up to 45C in summer. I can grow Jackfruit , sapodilla, mango, Mullberry, Figs and lemon without any problem as long as the root system is well developed.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: EvilFruit on September 08, 2013, 06:48:37 PM
Welcome Moh'd! That sure must be a challenge to grow tropicals in such a arid area! Are you growing your plants in ground or in pots? Where does your irrigation water come from?

Hi

Some of them are in the ground like jackfruit  (5ft tall) , red Mullberry , red Pomegranate and lemon. The others are still small so, it's better to keep them in pots and away from the sunlight. I use groundwater for palm trees only because of the high salt content in the groundwater and they can handle it with out any trouble. City water, for most fruit trees.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: plantlover13 on September 08, 2013, 08:50:23 PM
Hello,

My name Moh'd and I'm from Dubai, UAE. I started this hobby when I was 12 years old . My first grow was a mango that was bought from a supermarket. Right know, I 'm growing over 20 different types of fruits from all over the world (most of them are not available here). I got Genip, Mammea Americana , 5 types of Garcinia , 6 types of Eugenia , Eggfruit , Jackfruit , mango , Malay Apple , Rose apple and More.

Mohd

Hello!

Just wondering, how do such plants fare in your arid climate?

Well, I live 8 km away from the sea so, it not that dry. The humidity level is between 40% to 80% most of the time and the temperature  ranges between 8C in winter and up to 45C in summer. I can grow Jackfruit , sapodilla, mango, Mullberry, Figs and lemon without any problem as long as the root system is well developed.

That's really awesome!! good luck in all your growing pursuits!!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: EvilFruit on September 09, 2013, 06:55:04 AM
Hello,

My name Moh'd and I'm from Dubai, UAE. I started this hobby when I was 12 years old . My first grow was a mango that was bought from a supermarket. Right know, I 'm growing over 20 different types of fruits from all over the world (most of them are not available here). I got Genip, Mammea Americana , 5 types of Garcinia , 6 types of Eugenia , Eggfruit , Jackfruit , mango , Malay Apple , Rose apple and More.

Mohd

Hello!

Just wondering, how do such plants fare in your arid climate?

Well, I live 8 km away from the sea so, it not that dry. The humidity level is between 40% to 80% most of the time and the temperature  ranges between 8C in winter and up to 45C in summer. I can grow Jackfruit , sapodilla, mango, Mullberry, Figs and lemon without any problem as long as the root system is well developed.

That's really awesome!! good luck in all your growing pursuits!!

Thank you. I wish the best for you and your family.... Happy growing  ;)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Triloba Tracker on September 09, 2013, 10:15:13 PM
Old Alchemist from Canada who married someone from Brunei, nearly 30 years ago.  We currently live in California so are growing citrus, avocado and a couple of Paw Paw.  We have a small farm in AL.  I'm interested in PAW PAW as we need to take the tropical favors north.   
Welcome!  AL is the closest forum member location I've seen to my location in Middle Tennessee. ..we're only 30-45 mins from the Alabama line. I'm interested in pawpaws as well but so far I've not planted any. Good luck!

Hi Everyone,

The tropical fruit bug infection me. It got kindled when my son was showing some interest in gardening and dug up the old garden bed (that went unused for 12 years) and wanted to grow some peppers, strawberries, and tropical’s. Then to add fuel to the fire in July of 2012 we when to the AZFRG meeting in Phoenix, AZ and walked away with 3 loquat seedlings, a fig tree, banana plant, and sugar cane plant. This started a mad rush to collect as many tropical plants that could possibly grow and fruit in Phoenix, AZ. The collection as grown to many plants with most of them in containers for the sake of moving them around winters cold and summer heat. Currently in the process of sorting out what will survive planted in my yard without any protection from winters frost. Looking for info on best practice on growing Tropical fruit trees in container, soil mixes, fertilizer types application, container size, and plant types best for containers. Just about any info that will make container growing fruitful! I’ve spend many hours buying plants, planting seeds, and looking for info on the net also attended classes at the county extension office and club meetings for this information but still looking for more info to increase my success.

Bruce
Glad to have you, Bruce. Your story sounds a lot like mine. . .good luck!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: gaberec on September 10, 2013, 06:49:19 PM
hello everybody,
I'm Gabriel and I'm italian
I want to create in my garden all tropical fruit

I hope that here is possible to find all information

thanks
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: plantlover13 on September 10, 2013, 07:11:06 PM
hello everybody,
I'm Gabriel and I'm italian
I want to create in my garden all tropical fruit

I hope that here is possible to find all information

thanks

Hello and welcome, and best of luck in your endeavor!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: organicveggiemama on September 15, 2013, 12:46:06 PM
Hi everyone! My name is Jessica and I just created my profile! I live in South florida. I created this profile because I am a fruit lover and I am on a mission to find fresh durian in south florida. I have never tried it and am very intrigued by this "king of fruit" If anyone knows where I can find some in my area let me know! Also check out my instagram Organicveggiemama :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: GROWITFROMSEED on September 21, 2013, 01:56:32 PM
Hey all. My name is Alex. I am an American and I live in the Dominican Republic. I joined this forum today as I am getting back into gardening and growing. I would like to try some truly exotic varieties. Hope to make a lot of cool acquaintances here, learn a lot, and teach a lot of what I know.


Mucho gusta a todos!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Triloba Tracker on September 23, 2013, 09:59:55 AM
Welcome, Alex. Looking forward to hearing about your progress as you get back into growing.
Title: New Member Intro
Post by: pineapplebob on September 23, 2013, 05:10:48 PM
Hey I'm Pineapple Bob, a pineapple and blood orange grower from north Georgia. I am now in New Orleans (much easier to grow tropical things when your weather is tropical). Anyways I figured I would share some pics of my fruit with you, maybe one of you might know what type of pineapple I have! (it is very sweet and smells amazing)


(http://s8.postimg.cc/avtdhil0h/IMG_5191.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/avtdhil0h/)

(http://s16.postimg.cc/n1mh6vy2p/IMG_5193.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/n1mh6vy2p/)

(http://s9.postimg.cc/fvz03el7f/IMG_4841.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/fvz03el7f/)
Title: Re: New Member Intro
Post by: HMHausman on September 23, 2013, 05:15:16 PM
Hey I'm Pineapple Bob, a pineapple and blood orange grower from north Georgia. I am now in New Orleans (much easier to grow tropical things when your weather is tropical). Anyways I figured I would share some pics of my fruit with you, maybe one of you might know what type of pineapple I have! (it is very sweet and smells amazing)


([url]http://s8.postimg.cc/avtdhil0h/IMG_5191.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://postimg.cc/image/avtdhil0h/[/url])

([url]http://s16.postimg.cc/n1mh6vy2p/IMG_5193.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://postimg.cc/image/n1mh6vy2p/[/url])

([url]http://s9.postimg.cc/fvz03el7f/IMG_4841.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://postimg.cc/image/fvz03el7f/[/url])


Welcome Bob.  The pineapple sure is gnarly.  Where did you get the plant?  Leaves are very thorny. 
Title: Re: New Member Intro
Post by: pineapplebob on September 26, 2013, 10:50:03 AM
Welcome Bob.  The pineapple sure is gnarly.  Where did you get the plant?  Leaves are very thorny.
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I'll be honest it was so long ago I don't remember what it looked like but I planted it from the top of an old pineapple. I just cut it up and am now trying to root down the top. The last few rooting attempts on grocery store pineapples failed because they rotted but I'm hopeful for this one (I'm using spring water and changing it out every day this time).

There is a shoot coming out of the mother plant, I think I'm going to leave it alone and see how it does.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: phantomcrab on September 26, 2013, 12:45:55 PM
Welcome Bob. I've never seen anything like the pineapple in your picture.
I have grown some pineapples from crowns and just root them in place with potting soil. I never had any luck with rooting them in water.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: catamijo on September 30, 2013, 10:05:00 AM
New to any type forums and this one came highly recommended, no turning back now.  Met Murahilin and Patrick on Saturday to pick up some of the free pomerac seedlings to share with family and fellow Treasure Coast Rare Fruit Club members.  Was very impressed by Patrick's garden and Murahilin's knowlege.  I felt right at home in Patrick's garden - fruit tress in his front lawn, sides and back. PARADISE!

My reality has been working with the mental health population, and in 2010 realized that I had my own mental health issues.  I could not wait until retirement to create the exotic fruit garden I dreamed about daily, so the OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) personality took over.  Quit my job, cleared out the grass from my lawn, went to excalibur, and today blissfully enjoying the fruits of my labor; 20 years before my retirement. Somehow I keep finding room in my already polulated yard to add just one more tree.   Peppers were my 2013 obsession, 2014 will be tomatoes, and the OCD continues!  For the last 3 years I enjoyed being in heaven; no time clocks, no traffic jams, no deadlines, no "normal" people to deal with; it was just me, my garden (100 plus fruit trees) and fellow fruit tree fanatics (no offense).

Gardening lowers my blood pressure, relieves  my  anxiety, feeds my OCD, and allows me to escape the rat race of life.  Social Activism is my reality.  I founded an international Human Rights Organization working with families permanently separated by US deportation policies. When immigrant parents are deported, many of their American children are either lost in the US child welfare system and / or thier parental rights are taken away and we have a mess. I am also very active in my community, currently working with one of the local schools to develop a sustainable school garden, assiting a local AIDs organization with a fundraising project, and working with the FAU (Florida Atlantic University) Collegiate chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals as a program developer,  while working on my Masters.

I purchased 15 acres of land in Trinidad just in case I run out of planting space on the one lot lot I live on in Port St Lucie FL.  I know  my mental issues are deep especially when I was able to convince my Therapist and my Psychiatrist to join me (lol). 

My  current mission is figuring out how to marry my passion (fruit tree gardening) with my reality (human rights activist).  Ideas welcomed.

Marlene
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: mikesid on September 30, 2013, 02:14:39 PM
New to any type forums and this one came highly recommended, no turning back now.  Met Murahilin and Patrick on Saturday to pick up some of the free pomerac seedlings to share with family and fellow Treasure Coast Rare Fruit Club members.  Was very impressed by Patrick's garden and Murahilin's knowlege.  I felt right at home in Patrick's garden - fruit tress in his front lawn, sides and back. PARADISE!

My reality has been working with the mental health population, and in 2010 realized that I had my own mental health issues.  I could not wait until retirement to create the exotic fruit garden I dreamed about daily, so the OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) personality took over.  Quit my job, cleared out the grass from my lawn, went to excalibur, and today blissfully enjoying the fruits of my labor; 20 years before my retirement. Somehow I keep finding room in my already polulated yard to add just one more tree.   Peppers were my 2013 obsession, 2014 will be tomatoes, and the OCD continues!  For the last 3 years I enjoyed being in heaven; no time clocks, no traffic jams, no deadlines, no "normal" people to deal with; it was just me, my garden (100 plus fruit trees) and fellow fruit tree fanatics (no offense).

Gardening lowers my blood pressure, relieves  my  anxiety, feeds my OCD, and allows me to escape the rat race of life.  Social Activism is my reality.  I founded an international Human Rights Organization working with families permanently separated by US deportation policies. When immigrant parents are deported, many of their American children are either lost in the US child welfare system and / or thier parental rights are taken away and we have a mess. I am also very active in my community, currently working with one of the local schools to develop a sustainable school garden, assiting a local AIDs organization with a fundraising project, and working with the FAU (Florida Atlantic University) Collegiate chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals as a program developer,  while working on my Masters.

I purchased 15 acres of land in Trinidad just in case I run out of planting space on the one lot lot I live on in Port St Lucie FL.  I know  my mental issues are deep especially when I was able to convince my Therapist and my Psychiatrist to join me (lol). 

My  current mission is figuring out how to marry my passion (fruit tree gardening) with my reality (human rights activist).  Ideas welcomed.

Marlene
Welcome, check out echonet.org...it's involved with helping people in third world countries become self sustainable
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: plantlover13 on September 30, 2013, 06:30:06 PM
New to any type forums and this one came highly recommended, no turning back now.  Met Murahilin and Patrick on Saturday to pick up some of the free pomerac seedlings to share with family and fellow Treasure Coast Rare Fruit Club members.  Was very impressed by Patrick's garden and Murahilin's knowlege.  I felt right at home in Patrick's garden - fruit tress in his front lawn, sides and back. PARADISE!

My reality has been working with the mental health population, and in 2010 realized that I had my own mental health issues.  I could not wait until retirement to create the exotic fruit garden I dreamed about daily, so the OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) personality took over.  Quit my job, cleared out the grass from my lawn, went to excalibur, and today blissfully enjoying the fruits of my labor; 20 years before my retirement. Somehow I keep finding room in my already polulated yard to add just one more tree.   Peppers were my 2013 obsession, 2014 will be tomatoes, and the OCD continues!  For the last 3 years I enjoyed being in heaven; no time clocks, no traffic jams, no deadlines, no "normal" people to deal with; it was just me, my garden (100 plus fruit trees) and fellow fruit tree fanatics (no offense).

Gardening lowers my blood pressure, relieves  my  anxiety, feeds my OCD, and allows me to escape the rat race of life.  Social Activism is my reality.  I founded an international Human Rights Organization working with families permanently separated by US deportation policies. When immigrant parents are deported, many of their American children are either lost in the US child welfare system and / or thier parental rights are taken away and we have a mess. I am also very active in my community, currently working with one of the local schools to develop a sustainable school garden, assiting a local AIDs organization with a fundraising project, and working with the FAU (Florida Atlantic University) Collegiate chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals as a program developer,  while working on my Masters.

I purchased 15 acres of land in Trinidad just in case I run out of planting space on the one lot lot I live on in Port St Lucie FL.  I know  my mental issues are deep especially when I was able to convince my Therapist and my Psychiatrist to join me (lol). 

My  current mission is figuring out how to marry my passion (fruit tree gardening) with my reality (human rights activist).  Ideas welcomed.

Marlene

Welcome!!

don't worry, there are plenty of ways to combine your two passions, lots of people in third world countries need food!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: catamijo on September 30, 2013, 09:59:27 PM
Did not think about ECHO model, thanks for the recommendations. 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruithunter on October 07, 2013, 09:12:10 AM
Hello everyone,

A delayed self introduction.

My name is Rock from Taiwan. I'm interested in tropical and subtropical fruits. Collecting new fruits is my hobby and job. if you have special ones, please let me know.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Triloba Tracker on October 07, 2013, 10:43:36 AM
Hello everyone,

A delayed self introduction.

My name is Rock from Taiwan. I'm interested in tropical and subtropical fruits. Collecting new fruits is my hobby and job. if you have special ones, please let me know.
Welcome!!  What part of Taiwan are you in, and what is your job?  Pretty cool to have a fruit-related job. ...
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruithunter on October 07, 2013, 11:44:16 AM
I live in central Taiwan. Planting fruits (pineapple, papaya, tomato etc.) and selling them is one of my job, owning a nursery is the other job.In other words, I'm a farmer and nursryman.

 
Hello everyone,

A delayed self introduction.

My name is Rock from Taiwan. I'm interested in tropical and subtropical fruits. Collecting new fruits is my hobby and job. if you have special ones, please let me know.
Welcome!!  What part of Taiwan are you in, and what is your job?  Pretty cool to have a fruit-related job. ...
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Triloba Tracker on October 07, 2013, 12:16:45 PM
I live in central Taiwan. Planting fruits (pineapple, papaya, tomato etc.) and selling them is one of my job, owning a nursery is the other job.In other words, I'm a farmer and nursryman.

 
Hello everyone,

A delayed self introduction.

My name is Rock from Taiwan. I'm interested in tropical and subtropical fruits. Collecting new fruits is my hobby and job. if you have special ones, please let me know.
Welcome!!  What part of Taiwan are you in, and what is your job?  Pretty cool to have a fruit-related job. ...
Excellent!  My wife's family lived in Taipei for 11 years back in the 80's and 90's. We are trying to save up to visit.
Do you grow any exotic fruit? 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruithunter on October 07, 2013, 12:44:13 PM
I live in central Taiwan. Planting fruits (pineapple, papaya, tomato etc.) and selling them is one of my job, owning a nursery is the other job.In other words, I'm a farmer and nursryman.

 
Hello everyone,

A delayed self introduction.

My name is Rock from Taiwan. I'm interested in tropical and subtropical fruits. Collecting new fruits is my hobby and job. if you have special ones, please let me know.
Welcome!!  What part of Taiwan are you in, and what is your job?  Pretty cool to have a fruit-related job. ...
Excellent!  My wife's family lived in Taipei for 11 years back in the 80's and 90's. We are trying to save up to visit.
Do you grow any exotic fruit?
I plant a lot of exotic fruits, but only some fruits start to fruit including jaboticaba, white sapote,  star apple, abiu, soursop, black sopote, imbe, cherry mangosteen, white logan, waxberry, Chempedad
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: plantlover13 on October 07, 2013, 03:27:02 PM
I live in central Taiwan. Planting fruits (pineapple, papaya, tomato etc.) and selling them is one of my job, owning a nursery is the other job.In other words, I'm a farmer and nursryman.

 
Hello everyone,

A delayed self introduction.

My name is Rock from Taiwan. I'm interested in tropical and subtropical fruits. Collecting new fruits is my hobby and job. if you have special ones, please let me know.
Welcome!!  What part of Taiwan are you in, and what is your job?  Pretty cool to have a fruit-related job. ...
Excellent!  My wife's family lived in Taipei for 11 years back in the 80's and 90's. We are trying to save up to visit.
Do you grow any exotic fruit?
I plant a lot of exotic fruits, but only some fruits start to fruit including jaboticaba, white sapote,  star apple, abiu, soursop, black sopote, imbe, cherry mangosteen, white logan, waxberry, Chempedad
Hello and welcome!! the cherry mangosteen seems interesting, what is it?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: DurianisaDrug on October 08, 2013, 01:48:47 AM
I am new here, my name is Jason. I am in ecuador trying to find ideal land to grow fruits of a wide variety. I eat mostly fruit and some greens n sometimes potatoes n soup. Locals think im crazy but thats nothig new, been raw vegan for 4 years. It led me to fruit love and to moving to the tropics. Recently I realized ive become a hippie pretty much. I was from the united gates, and im addicted to durian, I wish I never tried it because it makes other fruits less amazing by comparison, but its too late now.

Im also a Master Herbalist, into natural healing, love aquaponics and permaculture, been reading as a guest for a year and lots lately so I joined and ill hit you with questions I havent found results for in the search sometime soon... I like your place here thanks for keeping it alive and growing fruit!

 ;D
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Post by: fruitlovers on October 08, 2013, 02:19:10 AM
Hi Jason, welcome to the group! Are you able to find any durian there in Ecuador?
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Post by: DurianisaDrug on October 08, 2013, 10:05:53 AM
Hi Jason, welcome to the group! Are you able to find any durian there in Ecuador?

I have not found any yet but I heard of it being at least two places, up near san isidro, north of esmeraldas and at jims finca. Priority is finding nice land right now, then getting seeds or graftings!  Im very excited for it as its been at least 2 solid years of preparation.
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Post by: HMHausman on October 08, 2013, 01:59:11 PM
Hi Jason and welcome to the forum.  Looking forward to hearing about your quest for land in Ecuador.  In the meantime, I think your personal text needs some editing. I think if your trying to say you love sweet fruits, it would be "Yo amo frutas dulces."  Or I supposed you could say......I love fruits of sugar.......Yo amo frutas de azucar.  As it is, it reads......I to love fruit sugar.  Or am I misunderstanding what you are trying to say?
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Post by: jez251 on October 08, 2013, 02:14:25 PM
Hi Harry and Jason,

I would say Me encantan las frutas dulces. Amo is not really used in this context, but if you really want to use it I would shortn the phrase to Amo las frutas dulces.

Jaime
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HMHausman on October 08, 2013, 02:35:25 PM
Hi Harry and Jason,

I would say Me encantan las frutas dulces. Amo is not really used in this context, but if you really want to use it I would shortn the phrase to Amo las frutas dulces.

Jaime

See.....that's what happens when you get a gringo attempting to speakor write Spanish.  You are absolutely right, of course.  I was trying to conjugate what was written, and translated literally to a wrong conclusion.  Thanks for the correction to my correction.
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Post by: DurianisaDrug on October 08, 2013, 05:31:53 PM
Gracias mi espanol no bueno claro jaja pero mi en ecuador porque me encantan las frutas dulces. I was just going for what my mind could translate which was intended to be, I love fruit sugar. Thanks for the help Harry y Jaime!
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Post by: CTMIAMI on October 08, 2013, 09:39:02 PM
Hi Harry and Jason,

I would say Me encantan las frutas dulces. Amo is not really used in this context, but if you really want to use it I would shortn the phrase to Amo las frutas dulces.

Jaime

See.....that's what happens when you get a gringo attempting to speakor write Spanish.  You are absolutely right, of course.  I was trying to conjugate what was written, and translated literally to a wrong conclusion.  Thanks for the correction to my correction.

Me encantan las frutas dulces is perfect spanish. It is an elegant way to say I like sweet fruits. Yo can say "Me encantan" what ever you like.
I say, me encantan los aguacates, or mangos or ............
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Post by: HMHausman on October 09, 2013, 08:12:15 AM
So, me encantan would be like.....the flavor enchants me or is enchanting to me.  Me gusta would be that the flavor is pleasing to me or I like it, right? Yo amo would be the love for a person.....I think I got it. Thanks to our native Spanish speakers for the lesson.  As you can see, I still have lots to learn.
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Post by: jez251 on October 09, 2013, 10:12:22 AM
That's exactly right, Harry.

Jaime
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Post by: nch on October 12, 2013, 05:20:25 PM
Hello everybody, My name is Nancy, I live in So Cal, and just started to grow tropical fruit trees. I have been reading this blog for the last few months, but I wish I had known about it before I started planting my few trees 2 years ago. I have some citrus trees in containers, a Haas avocado and a seedling guava in the ground. Earlier this year I planted 2 Atemoyas in the ground, but one got root rot, so I googled to find out how to deal with it, that's when I found this forum and some others, I have been lurking all this time, and now finally found the courage to jump in. LOL. I learn so much from reading your posts. Thank you all for sharing your knowledge and experience.
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Post by: nullzero on October 13, 2013, 03:12:10 PM
Hello everybody, My name is Nancy, I live in So Cal, and just started to grow tropical fruit trees. I have been reading this blog for the last few months, but I wish I had known about it before I started planting my few trees 2 years ago. I have some citrus trees in containers, a Haas avocado and a seedling guava in the ground. Earlier this year I planted 2 Atemoyas in the ground, but one got root rot, so I googled to find out how to deal with it, that's when I found this forum and some others, I have been lurking all this time, and now finally found the courage to jump in. LOL. I learn so much from reading your posts. Thank you all for sharing your knowledge and experience.

Welcome to the forums Nancy.
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Post by: CTMIAMI on October 13, 2013, 08:58:41 PM
Glad you joined Nancy
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Post by: nch on October 13, 2013, 10:19:19 PM
Thank you, Nullzero and Carlos.
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Post by: From the sea on October 15, 2013, 04:57:44 PM
Hi my name is Stephen I live on Big Pine Key, just wanted to introduce my self, lots of good info here!
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Post by: Triloba Tracker on October 15, 2013, 05:52:28 PM
Hi my name is Stephen I live on Big Pine Key, just wanted to introduce my self, lots of good info here!

Wow - how close are you to Adolf Grimal's old place?  And, welcome!
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Post by: From the sea on October 15, 2013, 08:08:24 PM
1.23 miles as the crow flys
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Post by: Daintree on October 18, 2013, 09:00:33 AM
Hi, I just joined the other day.  My name is Carolyn, and I live in Boise Idaho.  We are USDA zone 6, but I have a 15x30 ft zone 12+ greenhouse in my back yard (ok, it sort of IS the back yard...). Costs more to heat than the house.
I have about 80 different species out there right now, and I am mostly interested in tropical fruit - I some cavendish banana (have had two crops so far, and am hoping for a third this year off these new plants), two different varieties of cacao (have not tried to pollinate them yet), coffee (lots of beans, learning how to roast them properly!), vanilla orchid, cinnamon, dragon fruit and a couple other varieties of blooming tropical cacti, lychee, several different citrus, date palm, jelly palm, coconut palm, a really weird fruiting conophor vine from Africa, and a bunch of other things.
I am ALWAYS looking to buy, sell or swap tropical fruit plants, seedlings and seeds! 
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Post by: plantlover13 on October 18, 2013, 09:16:35 AM
Hi, I just joined the other day.  My name is Carolyn, and I live in Boise Idaho.  We are USDA zone 6, but I have a 15x30 ft zone 12+ greenhouse in my back yard (ok, it sort of IS the back yard...). Costs more to heat than the house.
I have about 80 different species out there right now, and I am mostly interested in tropical fruit - I some cavendish banana (have had two crops so far, and am hoping for a third this year off these new plants), two different varieties of cacao (have not tried to pollinate them yet), coffee (lots of beans, learning how to roast them properly!), vanilla orchid, cinnamon, dragon fruit and a couple other varieties of blooming tropical cacti, lychee, several different citrus, date palm, jelly palm, coconut palm, a really weird fruiting conophor vine from Africa, and a bunch of other things.
I am ALWAYS looking to buy, sell or swap tropical fruit plants, seedlings and seeds!

Hello and welcome! awesome collection youve got there!
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Post by: Triloba Tracker on October 18, 2013, 10:03:52 AM
Hi, I just joined the other day.  My name is Carolyn, and I live in Boise Idaho.  We are USDA zone 6, but I have a 15x30 ft zone 12+ greenhouse in my back yard (ok, it sort of IS the back yard...). Costs more to heat than the house.
I have about 80 different species out there right now, and I am mostly interested in tropical fruit - I some cavendish banana (have had two crops so far, and am hoping for a third this year off these new plants), two different varieties of cacao (have not tried to pollinate them yet), coffee (lots of beans, learning how to roast them properly!), vanilla orchid, cinnamon, dragon fruit and a couple other varieties of blooming tropical cacti, lychee, several different citrus, date palm, jelly palm, coconut palm, a really weird fruiting conophor vine from Africa, and a bunch of other things.
I am ALWAYS looking to buy, sell or swap tropical fruit plants, seedlings and seeds!

Very nice!  I'm jealous!
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Post by: Michiganian on October 18, 2013, 12:08:17 PM
Hi, my name is Cassandra. I'm not in the greatest climate (zone 5B) for growing tropical fruit trees, but after I spent 6 weeks in Thailand last fall, I fell in love with a few! My favorites were longan. I planted a few seeds after I returned to the states and I now have three beautiful little longan trees. They seemed to do OK outside during the summer months, but I really think they prefer the indoors here because of some issues we have with high winds in their outdoor space. The other fruit I just love is jackfruit! I ended up receiving 32 seeds last month and thought, what the heck, I'll try planting. 31 out of the 32 have sprouted, and the most robust already have leaves on them. If they keep growing at this pace, the will soon be taller than my year-old longan!

Ideally, I would love to own a small greenhouse for them all, but that's just not possible in my location. I have all my trees on a large table in my room with a grow light suspended above them. I dunno how long this setup will last, depending on how tall the jackfruit get. I've brought in a heater, which I normally do for the winter, so this room should be at a minimum in the 70's.

I am here mainly because I have never grown anything tropical beyond these guys and I need all the pointers I can get.

Nice to meet you all!


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P.S. Yes, I even have a Thai pepper plant in the mix now too. :)
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Post by: Sanddollarmoon on October 18, 2013, 12:53:27 PM
Nice to have you on the forum, Cassandra! I have never tried longan, but have a small seedling, your love of them makes me wish I had kept more! Good luck with the jackfruit (another fruit I have not tried), I hope they all do well! Jackfruit are fast growers, so I have heard, and can begin flowering after barely a year.
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Post by: Michiganian on October 18, 2013, 01:28:25 PM
Nice to have you on the forum, Cassandra! I have never tried longan, but have a small seedling, your love of them makes me wish I had kept more! Good luck with the jackfruit (another fruit I have not tried), I hope they all do well! Jackfruit are fast growers, so I have heard, and can begin flowering after barely a year.

 
Patrick, I was first introduced to them while staying in a small village up in the northeastern region. I don't know why, but once I started eating them, I just couldn't stop. I think I bought out all the fruit the local market had, which was maybe a few pounds (I suspect that they were at the tail end of their season). Then I bought another large bag of them at Suvarnabhumi airport on my way out of the country. They were my sustaining food for the flight home, since I ended up with last picks for my choice of "airline meals". Some folks say it's sort of a coconuty flavor. I don't actually think so. They are unique. And as for jackfruit... have you ever had Juicy Fruit Gum? I've been told that jackfruit is where it gets its flavor from! Folks in Thailand don't typically let their fruits ripen (case in point, green papaya salad is a favorite dish over there). When I had jackfruit there, it was yellow and OK, but the flavor sort of reminded me of a banana. Then when I got back to the states, I found a huge chunk of jackfruit at a local Asian market, and the edible pieces had a deep orange color. I brought it home, and that was that. Favorite tropical fruit #2. My other favorite I have not attempted to grow here yet; mangosteen. Fresh, it's awesome. Aged... well, trying to cut through the shell/skin once it's browned is like trying to saw through a log. And unfortunately all the mangosteen I've found locally is the tough stuff. 

I'm glad to hear that jackfruit grow so fast. I don't know what species of jackfruit I ended up with. The seed retailer just said the fruit is deep orange, sweet, thick and crunchy, with very little fibery membrane, and supposedly it's also "latexless". I personally didn't mind the latex. I actually thought it'd be cool to utilize the latex into materials for making art.

Good luck with your longan seedling! :) I hope you get some fruit from it.
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Post by: Triloba Tracker on October 18, 2013, 01:39:53 PM
Nice to have you on the forum, Cassandra! I have never tried longan, but have a small seedling, your love of them makes me wish I had kept more! Good luck with the jackfruit (another fruit I have not tried), I hope they all do well! Jackfruit are fast growers, so I have heard, and can begin flowering after barely a year.

 
Patrick, I was first introduced to them while staying in a small village up in the northeastern region. I don't know why, but once I started eating them, I just couldn't stop. I think I bought out all the fruit the local market had, which was maybe a few pounds (I suspect that they were at the tail end of their season). Then I bought another large bag of them at Suvarnabhumi airport on my way out of the country. They were my sustaining food for the flight home, since I ended up with last picks for my choice of "airline meals". Some folks say it's sort of a coconuty flavor. I don't actually think so. They are unique. And as for jackfruit... have you ever had Juicy Fruit Gum? I've been told that jackfruit is where it gets its flavor from! Folks in Thailand don't typically let their fruits ripen (case in point, green papaya salad is a favorite dish over there). When I had jackfruit there, it was yellow and OK, but the flavor sort of reminded me of a banana. Then when I got back to the states, I found a huge chunk of jackfruit at a local Asian market, and the edible pieces had a deep orange color. I brought it home, and that was that. Favorite tropical fruit #2. My other favorite I have not attempted to grow here yet; mangosteen. Fresh, it's awesome. Aged... well, trying to cut through the shell/skin once it's browned is like trying to saw through a log. And unfortunately all the mangosteen I've found locally is the tough stuff. 

I'm glad to hear that jackfruit grow so fast. I don't know what species of jackfruit I ended up with. The seed retailer just said the fruit is deep orange, sweet, thick and crunchy, with very little fibery membrane, and supposedly it's also "latexless". I personally didn't mind the latex. I actually thought it'd be cool to utilize the latex into materials for making art.

Good luck with your longan seedling! :) I hope you get some fruit from it.

Welcome, Cassandra!  You sound about like me. . .we have a tropical fruit plant collection but nowhere to really house them.  We are getting a grow tent/light setup underway right now so hopefully they'll last thru the winter.
I also love jackfruit and have had similar experience with it - fresh/local stuff I had in South FL wasn't as good as the deep golden, super sweet stuff from the asian market in Nashville.

Patrick - you need to come to Nashville (or maybe Knoxville) so you can try Jackfruit!
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Post by: Mr. Caimito on October 18, 2013, 01:43:57 PM
Nice to have you on the forum, Cassandra! I have never tried longan, but have a small seedling, your love of them makes me wish I had kept more! Good luck with the jackfruit (another fruit I have not tried), I hope they all do well! Jackfruit are fast growers, so I have heard, and can begin flowering after barely a year.
Yeah, you can get both jackfruit and longans at the international market in Nashville (Rambutans too) But the longans aren't that good, we compared them to some we ordered from Robert Is Here, and Robert's were far superior.
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Post by: Michiganian on October 18, 2013, 01:54:39 PM
Welcome, Cassandra!  You sound about like me. . .we have a tropical fruit plant collection but nowhere to really house them.  We are getting a grow tent/light setup underway right now so hopefully they'll last thru the winter.
I also love jackfruit and have had similar experience with it - fresh/local stuff I had in South FL wasn't as good as the deep golden, super sweet stuff from the asian market in Nashville.

Indoor gardening in small spaces... Fun times! ;) I actually rather love having green in my room during the winter. All that white fluffy stuff and bare-leafed trees are depressing.

I'm not sure why fresh local stuff isn't tasting all that great. I wonder if that's a Cultivar/type issue, or just a matter of the fruit not being ripe enough. Maybe a little of both?
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Post by: Triloba Tracker on October 18, 2013, 02:04:57 PM
Indoor gardening in small spaces... Fun times! ;) I actually rather love having green in my room during the winter. All that white fluffy stuff and bare-leafed trees are depressing.

I'm not sure why fresh local stuff isn't tasting all that great. I wonder if that's a Cultivar/type issue, or just a matter of the fruit not being ripe enough. Maybe a little of both?

It's just a cultivar issue . ... most of the world seems to prefer crunchy jackfruit, but I prefer softer.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Daintree on October 18, 2013, 11:26:05 PM
Hi, my name is Cassandra. I'm not in the greatest climate (zone 5B) for growing tropical fruit trees, but after I spent 6 weeks in Thailand last fall, I fell in love with a few! My favorites were longan. I planted a few seeds after I returned to the states and I now have three beautiful little longan trees. They seemed to do OK outside during the summer months, but I really think they prefer the indoors here because of some issues we have with high winds in their outdoor space. The other fruit I just love is jackfruit! I ended up receiving 32 seeds last month and thought, what the heck, I'll try planting. 31 out of the 32 have sprouted, and the most robust already have leaves on them. If they keep growing at this pace, the will soon be taller than my year-old longan!

Ideally, I would love to own a small greenhouse for them all, but that's just not possible in my location. I have all my trees on a large table in my room with a grow light suspended above them. I dunno how long this setup will last, depending on how tall the jackfruit get. I've brought in a heater, which I normally do for the winter, so this room should be at a minimum in the 70's.

I am here mainly because I have never grown anything tropical beyond these guys and I need all the pointers I can get.

Nice to meet you all!


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P.S. Yes, I even have a Thai pepper plant in the mix now too. :)
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Post by: Daintree on October 18, 2013, 11:28:28 PM
Hi Cassandra!
Yippee!  Another crazy gal trying to grow tropicals in snow-land!

Carolyn
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Post by: Valar on October 22, 2013, 03:51:57 PM
Hi, new guy here
I live in London, UK but we have a house in Montego Bay, Jamaica
We have finished building a Wall/Veranda and had gates fitted and
now its time to do the garden... I know very little about gardening

On a recent visit I planted a Julie and an East Indian Mango tree
these seem to be the only ones available there, after browsing and reading
about all the other types of Mango I now want some more! I would like to get
a Pickering, Nam Doc Mai, Mallicka and Maha Chanok. The more I look into this
it seems that I am going to have to come to Miami to buy these in person and
then travel onward to Jamaica... 

So your problem is getting plants into Florida mine will be getting them out!

I have LOTS of questions if anyone could help me please

I look forward to mine time here... thanks
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: nullzero on October 23, 2013, 08:44:19 PM
Valar,

Welcome to the forum! Sounds like your home in Jamaica is going to look amazing when your finished (tropical fruit paradise in the future).
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: mangoprofessor on November 11, 2013, 02:13:05 PM
Welcome newcomers.  This forum is a great place to share ideas and learn different solutions to problems.  I noticed a number of you guys are from areas that are not very tropical.  Several of the posters have said they have green houses though.  I have done a lot of research with mangoes and can give you some suggestions that may help.  I have adapted a lot of ideas from other parts of the world to use with mangoes.  I have also used ideas for different crops to use on mangoes to advantage.  My first piece of advice is: think outside the box as the saying goes.  What works for me with mangoes may just work with your favorite plant or tree variety.  I have grown mangoes that are monster trees in the tropics just fine in containers so I can cross pollinate varieties because I need to move the mango trees around.  I use 15 gallon containers to grow and fruit mango trees.  If you have a dolly you can move them around, like into your greenhouse in Winter and out into your yard in Summer for instance. 
Tim Thompson
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Post by: wslau on November 11, 2013, 11:10:48 PM
My name is Warren and I live in La Palma, CA. 
I am new to this forum and thought I would say hello...although I have read many of your mango posts throughout the last year.
I am an Electrical Engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. 
As a hobby, I am interested in growing mango trees.  All but one of my mango trees are in pots.  I have a 15 year old in-ground Glenn (what I believe to be a Glenn) and a potted 15gal Carrie, 5 gal Timotayo, 5 gal Keitt, 5 gal Manila (for grafting), and a 15 gal multi-grafted Alphonso/Valencia Pride/Glenn on a Haden seedling. 
I'm also very interested in MangoProfessor's new line of cold hardy mangos, but do not have any yet.
I've also been practicing the art of grafting over the last year, but have yet to be successful after several attempts.
I've lost several mango trees over the last few winters and am hoping to learn a lot from you all and have fun at my revitalized hobby. 
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Post by: BRUGSCA on November 12, 2013, 12:48:27 PM
I'm Carlo live in Oakland ca but have house and newly planted x 2yrs. 3acre orchard in haiku Maui at 900ft. Planted wind breaks and about 56 dwarf apple bananas and approx. 50 fruit trees incl variety citrus, mangoes, longan, sapotes, avos, sapodillas, cherries, and egg fruit. My 6 ft rollinia suddenly wholey died. I was off island x8 wks and recently turned off irrigation cuz water bill too high but also windy here times. I'm sad! But happy to be part of this forum! Oh and dragon fruit!

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Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: saksithsmile on November 14, 2013, 12:20:54 PM
My name is Saksith and I live in Thailand. I can speak Eng little.
I am interested in rare fruits.
In my country have a lot of local fruits ( mango, mangosteen, rambutan, durian, longan, jackfruit and... ). Every where have these friuts and I think it looks like apple or berry fruits in USA  so I try to looking for rare tropical fruits that look tasty  and sweet taste.
Now I m also interested in Inga edulis ( Ice cream bean) seeds. I think this forum is amazing. nice to see eveyone, Thank.





Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HMHausman on November 14, 2013, 12:29:08 PM
My name is Saksith and I live in Thailand. I can speak Eng little.
I am interested in rare fruits.
In my country have a lot of local fruits ( mango, mangosteen, rambutan, durian, longan, jackfruit and... ). Every where have these friuts and I think it looks like apple or berry fruits in USA  so I try to looking for rare tropical fruits that look tasty  and sweet taste.
Now I m also interested in Inga edulis ( Ice cream bean) seeds. I think this forum is amazing. nice to see eveyone, Thank.

Welcome to the forum Saksith.  I find some irony in your introductory post.  There you have all the tropical fruits that we all crave and covet....and you are looking for Ice Cream Bean, something I stopped growing long ago because of its inferiority to almost all fruits that I can grow or have access to.  I assume that you have never had Ice Cream Bean and so your quest is in full swing.  Best of luck in your quest.  If you find it and try it and think it is going to taste like Ice Cream, you will be disappointed.  If you want a nitrogen fixing tree with a nice growth habit and fruit that has edible cottony flesh with a mild sweetness, then you may actually appreciate Ice Cream Bean.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: saksithsmile on November 14, 2013, 01:37:50 PM
My name is Saksith and I live in Thailand. I can speak Eng little.
I am interested in rare fruits.
In my country have a lot of local fruits ( mango, mangosteen, rambutan, durian, longan, jackfruit and... ). Every where have these friuts and I think it looks like apple or berry fruits in USA  so I try to looking for rare tropical fruits that look tasty  and sweet taste.
Now I m also interested in Inga edulis ( Ice cream bean) seeds. I think this forum is amazing. nice to see eveyone, Thank.

Welcome to the forum Saksith.  I find some irony in your introductory post.  There you have all the tropical fruits that we all crave and covet....and you are looking for Ice Cream Bean, something I stopped growing long ago because of its inferiority to almost all fruits that I can grow or have access to.  I assume that you have never had Ice Cream Bean and so your quest is in full swing.  Best of luck in your quest.  If you find it and try it and think it is going to taste like Ice Cream, you will be disappointed.  If you want a nitrogen fixing tree with a nice growth habit and fruit that has edible cottony flesh with a mild sweetness, then you may actually appreciate Ice Cream Bean.

Hello, HMHausman.  I think nobody understand my Eng. I like your information very much. I m really crazy before now.  After I read  your suggestion it make my craving decreased. May be I will stop agonize to find them .  Thank you very much.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HMHausman on November 14, 2013, 01:46:12 PM
No problem.  Happy to be of assistance.  Most of us on the forum have some measure of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder when it comes to fruits and fruit trees.  We recognize this and embrace it. We have all had our "had to have" trees and plants for whatever reason that our brains conjured up triggering the mad rush to find our "had to have" plant material. Over the years of desiring, seeking and finding I have found much material that, in retrospect, did not warrant the time, mental energy and especially money that I put into the effort of locating and obtaining the sought after material. But, I always enjoyed the quest. 

Oh....have to run.  One of my friends is calling me about a new mango cultivar that I just have to have.   :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: saksithsmile on November 14, 2013, 02:02:14 PM
No problem.  Happy to be of assistance.  Most of us on the forum have some measure of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder when it comes to fruits and fruit trees.  We recognize this and embrace it. We have all had our "had to have" trees and plants for whatever reason that our brains conjured up triggering the mad rush to find our "had to have" plant material. Over the years of desiring, seeking and finding I have found much material that, in retrospect, did not warrant the time, mental energy and especially money that I put into the effort of locating and obtaining the sought after material. But, I always enjoyed the quest. 

Oh....have to run.  One of my friends is calling me about a new mango cultivar that I just have to have.   :)

I don't totally understand but I feel funny. If you need new mango cultivar or other fruits  I may be support you. Where we can talk in this forum?   
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mike T on November 14, 2013, 02:38:15 PM
Sawadee saksithsmile and welcome. I am sure you are interested in good tropical fruit not yet in Thailand and are trying to find out which fruit are nice. You can swap local sala,durian like laplae, mankut, maprang, noina.Look at jaboticaba,Eugenia,Garcinia,annona and many others from South America.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitlovers on November 14, 2013, 04:56:01 PM
My name is Saksith and I live in Thailand. I can speak Eng little.
I am interested in rare fruits.
In my country have a lot of local fruits ( mango, mangosteen, rambutan, durian, longan, jackfruit and... ). Every where have these friuts and I think it looks like apple or berry fruits in USA  so I try to looking for rare tropical fruits that look tasty  and sweet taste.
Now I m also interested in Inga edulis ( Ice cream bean) seeds. I think this forum is amazing. nice to see eveyone, Thank.

Welcome to the forum Saksith.  I find some irony in your introductory post.  There you have all the tropical fruits that we all crave and covet....and you are looking for Ice Cream Bean, something I stopped growing long ago because of its inferiority to almost all fruits that I can grow or have access to.  I assume that you have never had Ice Cream Bean and so your quest is in full swing.  Best of luck in your quest.  If you find it and try it and think it is going to taste like Ice Cream, you will be disappointed.  If you want a nitrogen fixing tree with a nice growth habit and fruit that has edible cottony flesh with a mild sweetness, then you may actually appreciate Ice Cream Bean.

Keep in mind that not everyone has the same taste buds as Harry. For example, in the book Fruit Hunters the author, Adam Gollner, describes ice cream bean as one of the best fruits he ever had. (BTW it was a fruit he tasted here from one of my trees.) Also it's not true that Thailand has all the tropical fruits we crave. They are extremely poor in fruits from South America: sapotes, jaboticabas, achachairu, and ofcourse all the ingas. Inga is a wonderful multi purpose tree so i would encourage you to introduce it and spread it in Thailand.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HMHausman on November 15, 2013, 07:53:10 AM
My name is Saksith and I live in Thailand. I can speak Eng little.
I am interested in rare fruits.
In my country have a lot of local fruits ( mango, mangosteen, rambutan, durian, longan, jackfruit and... ). Every where have these friuts and I think it looks like apple or berry fruits in USA  so I try to looking for rare tropical fruits that look tasty  and sweet taste.
Now I m also interested in Inga edulis ( Ice cream bean) seeds. I think this forum is amazing. nice to see eveyone, Thank.

Welcome to the forum Saksith.  I find some irony in your introductory post.  There you have all the tropical fruits that we all crave and covet....and you are looking for Ice Cream Bean, something I stopped growing long ago because of its inferiority to almost all fruits that I can grow or have access to.  I assume that you have never had Ice Cream Bean and so your quest is in full swing.  Best of luck in your quest.  If you find it and try it and think it is going to taste like Ice Cream, you will be disappointed.  If you want a nitrogen fixing tree with a nice growth habit and fruit that has edible cottony flesh with a mild sweetness, then you may actually appreciate Ice Cream Bean.

Keep in mind that not everyone has the same taste buds as Harry. For example, in the book Fruit Hunters the author, Adam Gollner, describes ice cream bean as one of the best fruits he ever had. (BTW it was a fruit he tasted here from one of my trees.) Also it's not true that Thailand has all the tropical fruits we crave. They are extremely poor in fruits from South America: sapotes, jaboticabas, achachairu, and ofcourse all the ingas. Inga is a wonderful multi purpose tree so i would encourage you to introduce it and spread it in Thailand.

Thanks, Oscar, for pointing out the mistaken points in my response.  I want to clear up any misconception I may have created.  I was not trying to totally dissuade Saksith from buying seeds or planting Inga.  My comments were to point out an irony that I was feeling and to temper the view of the fruit in light of its very inaccurate name. I am certain that you have absolutely wonderful Ice Cream Beans....probably one of the best in the world. And Saksith, if you are planning to buy seeds, I would highly recommend Oscar for that purchase as a reliable source of excellent quality seeds. I do feel that this fruit has been romanticized or hyped by the English name chosen for it.  To most people, Ice Cream anything sounds really, really good. So any fruit that is named Ice cream is a must have to most collectors. Well, with all due respect to Oscar's Ingas and Mr. Gollner's hype in a book he is trying to sell, they just don't have any relation in flavor, texture or anything else to ice cream. So I am suggesting some tempering of the excitement based on my experience and my taste buds. Know one knows better than me that other people like things that I don't like.  However, if Gollner describes Ice Cream bean as one of the best fruits he has ever had, it causes me some pause to wonder.  Even the most ardent supporters of the Inga species that I have encountered in my few years of growing tropical fruits have ever said such a thing with a straight face. Oscar......would you agree with Gollner that Inga is "one of the best fruits in the world?"
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: micah on November 15, 2013, 12:29:25 PM
Certain Inga..perfect ripeness  are really good.   One of those fruit you can pig out on...they just keep going in the mouth...cotton candy more like than ice cream as far as texture. Hint of vanilla  flavor?  This tree is an excellent for the orchard as well..one that u put in between the good ones.(n fix, coppiced very well, fodder, field food). And if they suck ass...just mulch um.
Gotta plant more than one..have some friends that have one tree...never fruit just flowers.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitlovers on November 15, 2013, 06:23:22 PM
My name is Saksith and I live in Thailand. I can speak Eng little.
I am interested in rare fruits.
In my country have a lot of local fruits ( mango, mangosteen, rambutan, durian, longan, jackfruit and... ). Every where have these friuts and I think it looks like apple or berry fruits in USA  so I try to looking for rare tropical fruits that look tasty  and sweet taste.
Now I m also interested in Inga edulis ( Ice cream bean) seeds. I think this forum is amazing. nice to see eveyone, Thank.

Welcome to the forum Saksith.  I find some irony in your introductory post.  There you have all the tropical fruits that we all crave and covet....and you are looking for Ice Cream Bean, something I stopped growing long ago because of its inferiority to almost all fruits that I can grow or have access to.  I assume that you have never had Ice Cream Bean and so your quest is in full swing.  Best of luck in your quest.  If you find it and try it and think it is going to taste like Ice Cream, you will be disappointed.  If you want a nitrogen fixing tree with a nice growth habit and fruit that has edible cottony flesh with a mild sweetness, then you may actually appreciate Ice Cream Bean.

Keep in mind that not everyone has the same taste buds as Harry. For example, in the book Fruit Hunters the author, Adam Gollner, describes ice cream bean as one of the best fruits he ever had. (BTW it was a fruit he tasted here from one of my trees.) Also it's not true that Thailand has all the tropical fruits we crave. They are extremely poor in fruits from South America: sapotes, jaboticabas, achachairu, and ofcourse all the ingas. Inga is a wonderful multi purpose tree so i would encourage you to introduce it and spread it in Thailand.

Thanks, Oscar, for pointing out the mistaken points in my response.  I want to clear up any misconception I may have created.  I was not trying to totally dissuade Saksith from buying seeds or planting Inga.  My comments were to point out an irony that I was feeling and to temper the view of the fruit in light of its very inaccurate name. I am certain that you have absolutely wonderful Ice Cream Beans....probably one of the best in the world. And Saksith, if you are planning to buy seeds, I would highly recommend Oscar for that purchase as a reliable source of excellent quality seeds. I do feel that this fruit has been romanticized or hyped by the English name chosen for it.  To most people, Ice Cream anything sounds really, really good. So any fruit that is named Ice cream is a must have to most collectors. Well, with all due respect to Oscar's Ingas and Mr. Gollner's hype in a book he is trying to sell, they just don't have any relation in flavor, texture or anything else to ice cream. So I am suggesting some tempering of the excitement based on my experience and my taste buds. Know one knows better than me that other people like things that I don't like.  However, if Gollner describes Ice Cream bean as one of the best fruits he has ever had, it causes me some pause to wonder.  Even the most ardent supporters of the Inga species that I have encountered in my few years of growing tropical fruits have ever said such a thing with a straight face. Oscar......would you agree with Gollner that Inga is "one of the best fruits in the world?"

I agree with you Harry that ice cream bean is not a very good name. But then again so many fruits have very bad common names, or confusing common names, and i think neither i nor you have any control over that. (BTW, does Ice Cream banana really taste like ice cream? How about Ice Cream mango, does it taste like ice cream?) Most people have suggested cotton candy bean would be a better name as they have similar kind of texture and quite sweet. I wouldn't describe it as one of the best fruits in the world, but i would describe it as one of the most versatile trees in the world: nitrogen fixing, attractive flowers all year long, attracts bees, can be used for coppicing and fertilizing other trees,  great for pioneering as will grow in the worst of soils, wood is usable, etc etc. and on top of all that you can also eat and enjoy the pods. Also this fruit is very big winner with kids. And there are certainly plenty of kids in Thailand. I don't think Gollner was hyping his reaction or  said that because he is trying to sell his books. He flew here straight from Toronto. So after being in frozen tundra land lots of fruits can taste really great...i would assume. Also i don't think Adam had yet tasted very many fruits back then. Personally i do really enjoy eating them and i have lots of other great fruits to choose from. And like Micah also said, can eat lots of them and still continue enjoying them.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: NaplesTransplant on November 19, 2013, 10:26:30 AM
Hello Everyone,
My name is Dianne.  I am a retired acupuncturist.  Moved to SW FL a little over a year ago and have planted around 30 fruit trees.  I am so glad to find this site so that I can avoid some of the mistakes I have been making.  I have citrus, star fruit, macadamia, a sickly looking fuyu persimmon, guava, bananas, figs, peach, apple, kiwi hardy kiwi, sapodilla, pomegranate, juju be, strawberry tree and tamarind.  My trees are all small but I have gotten a fruit or two from a few.  The hardest thing right now is trying to control those white weevils, leaf miners and trying to figure out how to get the soil up to par.  We have sulfur in the water and very sandy, alkaline soil.  If anyone has any tips for me it would be so appreciated.  So far I have been using neem for the insects and its barely keeps them at bay.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Nutrecul Agroforestry on November 25, 2013, 11:54:02 PM
My name is Jean. I'm an agronomist from Congo & Belgian origine. Living 6 months a year in Congo and 6 months in Belgium.

I'm CEO at www.nutrecul-agroforestry.com (http://www.nutrecul-agroforestry.com) and mercenary parkranger for the AWDF (african wildlife defence force).

Greetz

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HMHausman on November 26, 2013, 08:41:16 AM
Welcome to all our new members.  Talk about diversity of location and vocation.....an acupuncturist in Naples and an agronomist/parkranger in Congo.....does it get any more diverse than that?  Happy to have such a wide range of people on the forum.  Happy growing and, of course, posting everybody!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Luisport on November 26, 2013, 09:13:50 AM
Yes, welcome and thank's to join! This fórum is geting better with all this diversity!  ;)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Carlos Jimenez on December 01, 2013, 01:21:19 PM
Hi every body I'm Carlos Live in Miramar FL.
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Hi Everyone,
Since this is a new forum I think we should have an introductory post for old and new members alike.
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Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Bush2Beach on December 04, 2013, 01:49:11 PM
Greetings,
I'm Jonah. I enjoy caring for fruiting plants and exploring the woods and beaches. Some of my favorites are the citrus, Avocado, Guava, White Sapote, the hybrid berries in my garden, Cherimoya, Tamarillo, Dragonfruit, Passion Fruit, Loquat, Cereus Cactus, Pakistan Mulberry, Peaches, Figs, and Cherry's I manage.
In my Greenhouse I have Jaboticaba, Cabelluda, Babaco and Granada Papaya, miracle fruit, and lots of babies that are currently wintering in there. I have terraced a fruit orchard in the Redwood and Oak hillside that is very steep and challenging at times but I am happy to have a place to grow fruit.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Luisport on December 04, 2013, 01:52:01 PM
Greetings,
I'm Jonah. I enjoy caring for fruiting plants and exploring the woods and beaches. Some of my favorites are the citrus, Avocado, Guava, White Sapote, the hybrid berries in my garden, Cherimoya, Tamarillo, Dragonfruit, Passion Fruit, Loquat, Cereus Cactus, Pakistan Mulberry, Peaches, Figs, and Cherry's I manage.
In my Greenhouse I have Jaboticaba, Cabelluda, Babaco and Granada Papaya, miracle fruit, and lots of babies that are currently wintering in there. I have terraced a fruit orchard in the Redwood and Oak hillside that is very steep and challenging at times but I am happy to have a place to grow fruit.
Hi Bush2Beach congratulations! It would ne nice to see your wonder pics!  ;)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HarbourJungle on December 06, 2013, 10:39:34 PM
Greetings,

My name is Adam and I am a firefighter. I was fortunate enough to buy a house 3 years ago with nothing but grass around it, not one tree in the yard. At first I was pretty bummed about it but later realized I had a clean slate to  create whatever paradise I could dream up. It wasn't long before I stumbled across fruit trees. Now I am running out of room in the yard. I am growing avocado, mango, bananas, Jamaican cherry, black sapote, starfruit, miracle fruit, jaboticaba, peaches and my favorite atemoya. It's a fun challenge fighting the pest and salinity in my area, but well worth it to grow fresh fruit for my family. Sorry a little long winded just excited to have found this forum. Thanks
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Osito on December 08, 2013, 08:13:05 PM
Hello I'm Brandon. I live in north Orange County California. Near long beach. I live in a condo with a small back yard so i can't go too many things but I did plant a Keitt mango, a sapodilla, dragon fruit , blood orange and a few other odds and ends. I'm really excited about my mango tree and the sapodilla!! Anyway hola everyone :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: rambutantx on December 10, 2013, 07:00:29 PM
Hello everyone, my name is Souphanh leaving in Euless TX. I got interested in  growing tropical fruit tree when I stumbed on Cherri blog searching for something else other then fruit tree.  I thought to myself if she could grow them in PA, why not me in TX. My first tree was a sweetheart lychee, on the second year I almost got fruit, but one day of 45mph wind blow most of the bloom away.  From there on I got a few more to my collection,  kohala longan,  silaswood sapodila, nam doc mai mango(hail storm victim) and a bunch of  rambutan seedling(3month old as of today, Dec 10, 2013.  Looking forward to learn from everyone on this forum.

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Triloba Tracker on December 11, 2013, 04:33:00 PM
Hello everyone, my name is Souphanh leaving in Euless TX. I got interested in  growing tropical fruit tree when I stumbed on Cherri blog searching for something else other then fruit tree.  I thought to myself if she could grow them in PA, why not me in TX. My first tree was a sweetheart lychee, on the second year I almost got fruit, but one day of 45mph wind blow most of the bloom away.  From there on I got a few more to my collection,  kohala longan,  silaswood sapodila, nam doc mai mango(hail storm victim) and a bunch of  rambutan seedling(3month old as of today, Dec 10, 2013.  Looking forward to learn from everyone on this forum.

Welcome aboard!  Are you growing these in the ground, or in pots and indoors/greenhouse, etc?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: rambutantx on December 12, 2013, 07:54:53 AM
Hi Triloba, all my fruits are in containers and now enjoying their winter vacation in a DIY 8X8 greenhouse.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: nullzero on December 12, 2013, 03:16:47 PM
Welcome to the forums Rambutantx.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: gdele on December 14, 2013, 07:18:32 AM
Hello all,

My name is Greg, based in the UK (Coventry) and have just planted 100 avocado trees in The Gambia West Africa.

i must confess that I have no knowledge what so ever about planting and i'm hoping to muddle through with the support of your good selves!!

Currently I'm paying someone to water the avocado trees every other day but at some point would like to put in an irrigation system to make things easier for my farm manager.

I found this site by logging on to myavocadotrees.com  . . . all I can say is that I am a fast and keen learner.

Many thanks/regard

Greg

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: thewildpapaya on December 16, 2013, 05:12:33 PM
Hi Everyone,
My name is Beatriz and i own the wild papaya nursery and garden center and you can visit us at www.thewildpapaya.com (http://www.thewildpapaya.com). You will find a great collection of tropical fruit trees.  I will be adding more this week so please keep checkin.  Not only do i own it but i have a true passion for tropical fruits. I enjoy traveling and discovering and tasting new tropical fruits. 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: KAL on December 31, 2013, 07:30:47 PM
Hi All-
My name is khalid, I am a morrocan . 
I am happy to see this new forum and look forward to learning and interacting with the other members.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Felipe on January 01, 2014, 07:35:37 AM
Hi All-
My name is khalid, I am a morrocan . 
I am happy to see this new forum and look forward to learning and interacting with the other members.

Wellcome to this forum, neighbor ;) Where exactly are you located?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Felipe on January 01, 2014, 07:39:12 AM
Hello all,

My name is Greg, based in the UK (Coventry) and have just planted 100 avocado trees in The Gambia West Africa.

i must confess that I have no knowledge what so ever about planting and i'm hoping to muddle through with the support of your good selves!!

Currently I'm paying someone to water the avocado trees every other day but at some point would like to put in an irrigation system to make things easier for my farm manager.

I found this site by logging on to myavocadotrees.com  . . . all I can say is that I am a fast and keen learner.

Many thanks/regard

Greg

Wellcome Greg :)

It would be nice to see some pictures of your orchad in Gambia. Maybe we can give you some advices regarding the irrigation system. Where do you get the water from, river, well?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: treefrog on January 03, 2014, 12:10:36 AM
hi, treefrog here

i'm retired, living in jefferson county (just east of tallahassee}  i was born and raised in winter haven, spent years in ft. myers.

i miss having home grown tropical fruit, so i built a greenhouse.  i have:
mangos - mallika, Neelam, cogshall, lancetilla, and maha chanok
avocados: brazos belle, wurtz dwarf, mexicola, winter mexican, joey, poncho, and an unnamed variety grafted from a tree growing in cairo, georgia
papayas, seedlings from grocery store fruit, both mexican and hawiian.
bananas: thousand finger, rajapuri, pisang ceylon, and two unnamed locals.

the greenhouse is a fairly new project. most of the trees were grafted in 3 gallon pots up to last speing.  a couple older.  so far nothing has  borne any fruit outside of one (1) Neelam mango a couple of months ago.  it was delicious.   presently, there are blossom buds on mexicola, joey, and poncho, and buds on other avos that may become blossoms.

with all that in a 24' x 30'   greenhouse, i expect it to be crowded when things get some size on them.  i expect to have to do a lot of size control pruning.  i may lose some of them to one thing or another.  i may also do some culling.  still, it's going to be crowded. 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fernando 01 on January 03, 2014, 12:08:53 PM
I AM LOOKING FOR SOME MARULA TREE SEED. I LIVE IN PUERTO RICO FOR THE LAST 60 YEARS AND I LIKE TO PLANT TROPICAL FRUT PLANT
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Frugivorous Hernan on January 03, 2014, 12:38:35 PM
Hello Everyone,

My name is Hernan Posada and I am originally from Colombia. In 2012, I started to become passionate about fruit.
I am 20 years old and will start my next chapter of my life in South Florida.
I am on a primarily fruit-based diet and will occasionally have leafy greens. I have been a raw foodist since December 2012 and this is how my passion of fruit began.

I may plan on moving to Costa Rica or Colombia some day but right now I will really be enjoying my time in South Florida.
I feel as if Tropical Fruit are the healthiest foods we can be consuming, as we originated in the tropics and we are physiologically designed to fit the qualities of fruit

In the summer of 2013, I attended the Woodstock Fruit Festival, one of the world's largest raw foods event with access to unlimited fruit and amazing presenters and speakers. Check it out at

Really looking forward to learning all that I possibly can about Tropical Fruit so I can start growing it in the backyard of my home in South Florida. It would be amazing if I could eat most of my food from my backyard.
I also look forward to meeting and connecting with like-minded people.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Luisport on January 03, 2014, 12:43:16 PM
Hello Everyone,

My name is Hernan Posada and I am originally from Colombia. In 2012, I started to become extremely passionate about fruit.
I am 20 years old and will be living permanently in South Florida starting Jan 7th, 2013.
I am on a 99% fruit diet and will occasionally have leafy greens. I have been a raw foodist since December 2012 and I have never felt so amazing in my life.
This fruit diet has inspired me to seek my passion in life which is to be a fruit hunter and some day have a huge fruit orchard and be a mentor for those who want to reach new levels of health and vitality through raw foods and fruit.
I may plan on moving to Costa Rica or Colombia some day but right now I will really be enjoying my time in South Florida.
I feel as if Tropical Fruit are the healthiest foods we can be consuming, having our biological origin in the tropics.

In the summer of 2013, I attended the Woodstock Fruit Festival, one of the world's largest raw foods event with access to unlimited fruit and amazing presenters and speakers.

Really looking forward to learning all that I possibly can about Tropical Fruit so I can start growing it in the backyard of my home in South Florida. It would be amazing if I could eat most of my food from my backyard.
I also look forward to meeting and connecting with like-minded people.
Hi Hernan! Nice to see you here! I love to be frugivorous too... maby one day when i have suficiente diferent fruits here... Thank you for sharing your experience!  ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: nullzero on January 03, 2014, 01:02:36 PM
Welcome all new members.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Frugivorous Hernan on January 03, 2014, 01:49:25 PM
Thanks Luisport. Really glad to be joining this forum. There's no limit to how much I can learn here and it's amazing how everyone can expand their knowledge of the vast and mysterious world of fruit with the power of the internet.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Luisport on January 03, 2014, 02:24:54 PM
Thanks Luisport. Really glad to be joining this forum. There's no limit to how much I can learn here and it's amazing how everyone can expand their knowledge of the vast and mysterious world of fruit with the power of the internet.
And what fruits do you grow?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Frugivorous Hernan on January 03, 2014, 04:41:09 PM
Right now since I am just moving to South Florida, I don't have many fruits. I have a bunch of Banana plants whose variety is unknown. I also have 3-4 trees of jocotes (ciruelas).  I have a sugar cane palm as well.
I also have a huge avocado tree that rarely gives any fruit (around 3-4 avocadoes per year), an inga ice cream bean tree that has not fruited yet.

Most of the fruits in my backyard were planted by my neighbor, Elsy - she has a nursery that is really close to my house and when I checked it out this summer, there were an abundance of different mangoes and other really cool tropical fruit.
http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=11.0 (http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=11.0)

I am moving in with my parents again and will see if I can find some great trees as my backyard has a good amount of space. Looking to see if I can find great additions to my backyard.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Frugivorous Hernan on January 03, 2014, 04:42:45 PM
Fruits that I would like to grow include (Although i'm not sure if all of them are compatible with the climate): Dates, Figs, lots of Bananas, Papaya, Pineapple, Lychees, Persimmons, Caimito, Peanut Butter Fruit, Lucuma, Stinking Toe Fruit, Abiu, Santol, Cherimoya, Atemoya, Sugar Apple, Canistel, Mamey, Avocado, Miracle Fruit, Jaboticaba, Jackfruit, Sapodilla (Nispero), White Sapote, Chupa Chupa Sapote, Ross Sapote, Rollinia, all different types of melons etc.

My favorite fruits are the dense sweet tropical fruits that are dense in calories per weight like bananas, dates, canistel, etc., as well as the juicy ones like papaya and melons.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Luisport on January 03, 2014, 04:49:34 PM
Fruits that I would like to grow include: Papaya, Persimmons, Longan, Caimito, Lucuma, Abiu, Sugar Apple, Canistel, Mamey, Miracle Fruit, Figs, Sapodilla (Nispero), Chupa Chupa Sapote, Rollinia, all different types of melons etc.
You have to make a post with your fruit tree photos!  ;D
Title: Agronomist Ariel Shai from Israel
Post by: Ariel on January 04, 2014, 09:44:26 AM
Hi fellows
I am 60 years old, specializing in subtropical and tropical fruits.
Living on my hobey farm in Central Israel growing exotics and rare fruits
I raise animals as horse, goats, farm dogs, chickens, ducks, quails
I have many types pf prickly pears, pitayas and longans among numerous other exotics
I am interested in the local wild species of the Medit. area such as wild almonds, carob, pistachios, oaks, rare figs and rare punica granatum such as the Black types that I breed

I have visited folks and collections around the globe countries some 30 years ago - where it was possible for an Israeli to visit, but did not cover South America.
Allan Carle and many Ausies   gave me that ime an introductory entrace to the Amazon Fruit literature and findings of those days

All are free to contact and share

Ariel


(http://s30.postimg.cc/l5mmuzb7x/papaya_cuttings_2.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/l5mmuzb7x/)
Title: Re: Agronomist Ariel Shai from Israel
Post by: msk0072 on January 04, 2014, 03:39:48 PM
Hi fellows
I am 60 years old, specializing in subtropical and tropical fruits.
Living on my hobey farm in Central Israel growing exotics and rare fruits
I raise animals as horse, goats, farm dogs, chickens, ducks, quails
I have many types pf prickly pears, pitayas and longans among numerous other exotics
I am interested in the local wild species of the Medit. area such as wild almonds, carob, pistachios, oaks, rare figs and rare punica granatum such as the Black types that I breed

I have visited folks and collections around the globe countries some 30 years ago - where it was possible for an Israeli to visit, but did not cover South America.
Allan Carle and many Ausies   gave me that ime an introductory entrace to the Amazon Fruit literature and findings of those days

All are free to contact and share

Ariel


([url]http://s30.postimg.cc/l5mmuzb7x/papaya_cuttings_2.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://postimg.cc/image/l5mmuzb7x/[/url])

Welcome to the forum "neighbor". This a great place to learn, to teach and to exchange ideas, experiences, seeds, plants etc!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: thao on January 04, 2014, 04:11:12 PM
Hi fellows
I am 60 years old, specializing in subtropical and tropical fruits.
Living on my hobey farm in Central Israel growing exotics and rare fruits
I raise animals as horse, goats, farm dogs, chickens, ducks, quails
I have many types pf prickly pears, pitayas and longans among numerous other exotics
I am interested in the local wild species of the Medit. area such as wild almonds, carob, pistachios, oaks, rare figs and rare punica granatum such as the Black types that I breed

I have visited folks and collections around the globe countries some 30 years ago - where it was possible for an Israeli to visit, but did not cover South America.
Allan Carle and many Ausies   gave me that ime an introductory entrace to the Amazon Fruit literature and findings of those days

All are free to contact and share

Ariel


([url]http://s30.postimg.cc/l5mmuzb7x/papaya_cuttings_2.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://postimg.cc/image/l5mmuzb7x/[/url])

Welcome to the forum "neighbor". This a great place to learn, to teach and to exchange ideas, experiences, seeds, plants etc!
Welcome to the forum community.

Is that a male papaya plant with fruits? Ive never seen papaya fruit like that from a papaya plant before. Very interesting  :o
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Felipe on January 04, 2014, 05:25:01 PM
Shalom Ariel! Very nice to see you in this forum!

I would be very interested in pommegranate and opuntia cuttings. I do not have much terperate fruiting plants, but can share a lot of tropical seeds and scions  ;)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Triloba Tracker on January 04, 2014, 06:58:02 PM
Welcome, Ariel!

Nice looking tree!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Camillo Alexis on January 04, 2014, 07:57:41 PM
My name is Camillo
I'm from a small tropical island in the West Indies called Grenada.
I have been growing exotic tropical and subtropical fruits for the past two years, Im not optimistic that the subtropical fruits would bear here as we are very close to the equator, but even if merely for ornamental reasons I'm still ok with that.
I'm going to list the fruits that I grow and if anyone lives in a similar climate as I. I would be grateful to know what have grown and produce for you, and any other tips on growing exotic tropical fruits. I grow a variety of tropical fruits and some sub tropical and temperate for experiment. our zones range from 11 to 13 b because of the high altitudes certain places.
I grow:

purple and yellow mobin
Mangoes many varities
Citrus many varities
Atemoya
Cherimoya
Sugar apple
Sour sup
pond apples
Custard apples
Longan (subtropical)
Spanish lime
Rambutan
Lychee (subtropical)
Brazilian cherry
Suriname cherry
Cherry de rio grande (subtropical)
Pitomba
Rainforest plum
pine apple Guava (subtropical)
pear guava
large Bangkok guava
red strawberry guava
large red guava
local unnamed varieties
Indian jujubee
jack fruit
loquats
caimito and the small similar variety
star fruit
bananas
sweet tamarind
Otaheite gooseberry
Cashew nut
malay apple
water apple
mangosteen
lemon drop mangosteen
unnamed mangosteen with very large seed.
velvet apple
mamey apple
mamey sapote
sapodilla
grape asian variety
strawberries
pomegranate
fig
Randia
Paw Paw (suptropical)
jabuticaba large leaf and small leaf variety
and a few temperate for experiments
apples (note that some one actually got one to fruit here).
nectarines
Red Globe grape

I'm looking forward to learning as much as I can as well as contributing in whatever capacity I can.
PS. I'm still collecting any recommendations are welcomed
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Triloba Tracker on January 04, 2014, 08:11:20 PM
Wow, Camillo!  Can I come to your house for vacation?!?!?!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: msk0072 on January 05, 2014, 04:39:07 AM
Wellcome Camillo. Your list of the trees is amazing! Do you have a big orchand?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Camillo Alexis on January 05, 2014, 10:47:42 AM
Wellcome Camillo. Your list of the trees is amazing! Do you have a big orchand?
I have but it's mainly nutmeg and cocoa 10 acres and I'm trying to turn it into a fruit garden but it is a lot of work. I have a lot of plants in pots as I intend to plant them in a planned and organized way. I'm hoping I can get some advice and guidance from anyone who has done an organized orchard.
Grenada generally has a lot of fruits that you get when you purchase lands but they are sparadic all over the place, Spanish lime, citrus, lots of varieties of mangoes, hog plums, Sugar Apples, Soursop, star fruits, Malay Apples, star apples and it's smaller relative.

Here we don't employ a lot of pruning and most of our trees are propagated by seeds resulting in trees that are over grown and  lacking  proper light.
Grenada has rich volcanic soil almost all of our fruits are laden with flavor, but because we don't allow importation of plants not very many people would plant exotics as they would have to smuggle seeds.

Still there are persons who have Rambutans, Jackfruits, Mangosteens (all of which fruited in 6 years from seeds), Velvet Apples, Atemoya, Dragon fruits and one person has Durian.

I want to remove everything except the nutmeg and cocoa as they are our main export crops, plant lawn grass keep the fruit trees reasonable heights those that can be, and plant palms create a pond etc.  I'm the largest collector that I know of on the island.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Camillo Alexis on January 05, 2014, 11:03:41 AM
Wellcome Camillo. Your list of the trees is amazing! Do you have a big orchand?


You might be disappointed, lol as I don't have many plants in my home garden mostly my home nursery until the plants are ready to be planted out I also practice grafting and stuff here   
(http://s24.postimg.cc/7vz7uit5t/IMG_20140104_00676.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/7vz7uit5t/)

(http://s24.postimg.cc/48evapvkx/IMG_20140104_00677.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/48evapvkx/)

(http://s24.postimg.cc/x9j7k4g0x/IMG_20140104_00678.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/x9j7k4g0x/)

but of course in the near future, I would be willing to have anyone who is able to visit.
Feedback and advice is what would make the difference is a good and great project and just bask in the common ground we all share being passionate about tropical fruits.
 It is a beautiful Island too it is a bit on the quiet side but it's ranked in natural beauty. 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: nycbrum on January 15, 2014, 12:05:19 AM
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Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: zands on January 15, 2014, 12:21:32 AM
Wellcome Camillo. Your list of the trees is amazing! Do you have a big orchand?
I have but it's mainly nutmeg and cocoa 10 acres and I'm trying to turn it into a fruit garden but it is a lot of work. I have a lot of plants in pots as I intend to plant them in a planned and organized way. I'm hoping I can get some advice and guidance from anyone who has done an organized orchard.
Grenada generally has a lot of fruits that you get when you purchase lands but they are sparadic all over the place, Spanish lime, citrus, lots of varieties of mangoes, hog plums, Sugar Apples, Soursop, star fruits, Malay Apples, star apples and it's smaller relative.

Here we don't employ a lot of pruning and most of our trees are propagated by seeds resulting in trees that are over grown and  lacking  proper light.
Grenada has rich volcanic soil almost all of our fruits are laden with flavor, but because we don't allow importation of plants not very many people would plant exotics as they would have to smuggle seeds.

Still there are persons who have Rambutans, Jackfruits, Mangosteens (all of which fruited in 6 years from seeds), Velvet Apples, Atemoya, Dragon fruits and one person has Durian.

I want to remove everything except the nutmeg and cocoa as they are our main export crops, plant lawn grass keep the fruit trees reasonable heights those that can be, and plant palms create a pond etc.  I'm the largest collector that I know of on the island.

You are definitely a thinking man. Best of luck and God's help in your endeavors. An amazing assortment of wild fruits when buying at least some lands.... Must be the volcanic soil you mention
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: zands on January 15, 2014, 12:34:43 AM
Hi Everyone,

I have a background in International Sales and Business Development and a keen interest in sourcing great fresh produce and ingredients (perhaps for specialty shops / brands / restaurants). I would love to be able to combine the worlds as a profession.  From some of the stuff I have recently read, the job I want to have is something along the lines of: International / Exotic Fruit / Ingredient Procurer / Buyer?

Can anyone advise on how someone like me might be able to make this profession a reality? Honestly, any insight anyone is able to offer me on this front would be awesome.

Best,

Vin (NYC)


Just for starters we have the best mangoes in the US growing here (Florida) that are just aching to have the right channels opened up to send them to cities where there is a large upper class with disposable income. They would have to be air freighted and used in the high end restaurants. Sold at gourmet markets. We also have amazing avocados like Catalina (Cuban favorite) that would go great on plates in August as a side dressing....not as that cliched guacamole but right next to meat, fish and chicken

All in season of course. It is a matter of of precise air shipping and distribution. There is a persistent buzz on mangoes and avocados being used in recipes in cold northern cities. I see this on the internet
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: tifrise on January 21, 2014, 05:19:09 AM
HI,

My name is Stephane, I am 28 years old and I live in french guiana

I passione fruit and I just shared with you

Sorry my English is not very correct
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mike T on January 21, 2014, 05:34:52 AM
tifrise welcome you are the second person here from French Guiana. What fruit do you grow and what fruit are you interested in?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fyliu on January 21, 2014, 08:07:30 PM
Ariel from the pitayafruit group? Welcome to the forum!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: tifrise on January 21, 2014, 08:24:42 PM
At the moment I grow amazon trees that give fruits as tatajuba, pequi, pequia, and more ( i don't know english name so french  :) )

And common fruits like rambutan, longan, sugar apple, tamarille, biriba, jaboticaba, soursoup, mammay apple, surinam cherry, avocado, banana, differents passiflore, cacao, pinapple, cherimoia, acerola, star apple, star fruit, grumixama, custard apple, pitaya, wax jambu (white and pink), breadnut, differents guava, cattley guava, durian, bacupari, bacuri, jackfruit, leechee, mangousteen, jacana, noni, differents mango, yellow mombin, ciriguela, loquat, differents cashew nut, castanha do brazil, tropical carob, pawpaw, ambarella, malay apple, mamancillo, sapote, sapodilla, tamarind, spanish tamarind, bilimbi, pond apple, guarana, coffee,, canistel, coco plum, abiu, acai, bababa, patawa, tucuma, jambolan, malabar chesnut, macadamia, camapu, peach palm, black sapote, star groosberry, differents inga, ....  there is still plenty but I did not mind


I'm interested in the fruits of brazil.
By garcinias, Annona, pouteria, eugenia, myrciara and other rare fruits in the world

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Luisport on January 22, 2014, 06:14:39 AM
Hi Tifrise, you are very welcome!!! You have a great and big colection of great fruits! Your list is just amazing! Please if you can, share some photos of your trees with us! Thank you so much!  ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mike T on January 22, 2014, 06:46:58 AM
Tifrise you sure have an excellent collection and people will know many of  those.I have seedlings of quite a few species you mention but don't know much about the fruit of some like tatajuba, pequi,pequia,bucuri and others. I would be interested to hear you post information on these. I see also you have some colder climate fruit like cherimoya and paw paw  (maybe papaya) so maybe you are not in the hottest place.

Should you wish to trade with other people you will have a lot of muscle.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: 7Eye_Grower on January 29, 2014, 11:53:03 AM
 ;D
Hi everyone, My name is Isak. First off i love exotic fruit and i enjoy growing things so what better then to grow my own fruit. but not the regular stuff, i like exotics. being in an arid climate doesn't help much but i try to grow any fruit i can get sees for and im always looking for new seed. i think i will enjoy it here.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/1555290_586926868049453_958292792_n.jpg)
Title: New to the FORUM
Post by: Brando on January 29, 2014, 10:13:13 PM
Hello. My name is Brando and I reside in Loxahatchee, FL in Palm Beach County. I have around * different fruit trees and am looking for someone that can assist in grafting my trees. I have the following trees in my yard.

1) Carrie Mango
2) Lychee
3) Sugar Apple Anona
4) Star Fruit
5) Sweet Tamerind
6) Mamey
7) Nispero
8) Pomegranite
9) Quenepa / Mamoncillo / Spanish Lime
Title: Re: New to the FORUM
Post by: murahilin on January 29, 2014, 10:17:44 PM
Hello. My name is Brando and I reside in Loxahatchee, FL in Palm Beach County. I have around * different fruit trees and am looking for someone that can assist in grafting my trees. I have the following trees in my yard.

1) Carrie Mango
2) Lychee
3) Sugar Apple Anona
4) Star Fruit
5) Sweet Tamerind
6) Mamey
7) Nispero
8) Pomegranite
9) Quenepa / Mamoncillo / Spanish Lime

Welcome to the forum. What do you mean by you would like someone to assist in grafting your trees?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Brando on January 29, 2014, 10:34:39 PM
I have seen a mango tree that produces different variates of mangos. I would like to communicate with individuals that can provide clippings of the sweetest mango varieties available and can successfully graph them on my mango tree.

If possible, I would like to do the same with the other fruits trees on my yard.

I am new to this and just learned about this method.

If grafting is available to my other fruits trees. I would like to to the same.

Brando
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: dfurtek on January 30, 2014, 05:59:47 AM

Doug Furtek, Proud American from Chicopee, Massachusetts, retired from the Malaysian Cocoa Board, now Director of Innovation R&D at Teck Guan Group (oil palm plantations, palm oil mills, oleochemicals) in Eastern Sabah
Check out my "Sabah, Malaysia: Durian Wonderland" photos at:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/112261781100492755854/albums/5967583987572082737
I noted the latitudes and longitudes of my favorite durian locales.
The few photos not taken in Sabah are noted.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: DurianLover on January 30, 2014, 08:41:31 AM

Doug Furtek, Proud American from Chicopee, Massachusetts, retired from the Malaysian Cocoa Board, now Director of Innovation R&D at Teck Guan Group (oil palm plantations, palm oil mills, oleochemicals) in Eastern Sabah
Check out my "Sabah, Malaysia: Durian Wonderland" photos at:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/112261781100492755854/albums/5967583987572082737
I noted the latitudes and longitudes of my favorite durian locales.
The few photos not taken in Sabah are noted.
Wow and wow. I was just in Sabah last month. I wish I could have seen your place. What's that chrome durian next to red one? Are any of those red ones "tenom beauty" variety,  D. Zib. and D. Grav. mix?
Title: To Durian Lover
Post by: dfurtek on January 30, 2014, 05:54:37 PM

Locals call both the red and orange ones "Dalit". The red is definitely Durio graveolens, but I believe the larger orange one could be a D. zibethinus x D. graveolens hybrid. (DNA markers would help to distinguish species and hybrids.) That is my favorite type. It is so rich and flavorful. The last place I have seen Tenom Beauty was at a weekend outdoor market (Tamu) in the parking lot below a Giant supermarket, in the Kolombong section of Kota Kinabalu.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: DurianLover on January 31, 2014, 02:54:30 AM
Red durio graveolens taste more like something you cook with. But "tenon beauty" suppose to inherit some of Durso Zib. qualities and really stands out.
You should check out Dongonggon tamu, there is a guy selling grafted Tenon beauty trees.
Title: To Durian Lover
Post by: dfurtek on January 31, 2014, 06:07:47 PM
Thank you for the Tenom Beauty graft tip! I will get from the Donggongon Tamu. We are now planting trees around our new house.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mike T on January 31, 2014, 08:31:16 PM
www.doa.sarawak.gov.my/modules/web/download_show.php?id=701 · PDF file (http://www.doa.sarawak.gov.my/modules/web/download_show.php?id=701 · PDF file)

There are quite a few pure varieties of graveolans that are not red.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: JFranco on February 10, 2014, 10:51:41 AM
Hi!

My name is João Franco. I live in Portugal and have several exotic species, specially passiflora. I am eager to trade and exchange seeds of new species!

Best wishes,

João Franco
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Luisport on February 10, 2014, 11:01:32 AM
Hi!

My name is João Franco. I live in Portugal and have several exotic species, specially passiflora. I am eager to trade and exchange seeds of new species!

Best wishes,

João Franco
Hi João, it's good to see you here! You will love this fórum!  ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Clay on February 11, 2014, 11:45:00 AM
Hello all, I am happy to have found this forum.  I have been growing fruit trees in my small back yard in So. California (92626) for 20+ years.  I have orange, lemon, grapefruit, kumquat, and fuji apple.  About 15 years ago, I fell in love with Nam Doc Mai mangos while vacationing in the Caribbean, and I have been trying to grow one at home since.  I see there are lots of messages in the forums about growing mangos, so I plan to read through them and see if I can get some tips to be more successful, and maybe post a few questions.

Thanks for having such a wonderful site.  I look forward to learning more! 8)

<<<< Clay >>>>
Title: Hello - I am new
Post by: Mystee on February 15, 2014, 10:04:49 PM
 

Hi - I am new here. I grow dragon fruit. Good day, Mystee
Title: Re: Hello - I am new
Post by: simon_grow on February 15, 2014, 11:54:12 PM
Hello mystee,

Welcome to the forum! I am sure you will learn a lot from this forum and you will probably see posts about other types of fruiting plants besides Dragon Fruit that may get your attention. What part of the US are you in?
Simon
Title: Re: Hello - I am new
Post by: thao on February 16, 2014, 01:40:44 AM
Hi Mystee,

Welcome to the forum community. Are you just a back yard DF grower/hobbyist or a DF farmer?
Title: Re: Hello - I am new
Post by: Mike T on February 16, 2014, 02:36:50 AM
Welcome Mystee. Now that is a name with mystique. You can search at the top for threads on what you are interested, go to the trading section or just tell us about your dragon fruit to get the ball rolling.
Title: Re: Hello - I am new
Post by: Luisport on February 16, 2014, 01:41:52 PM
Wellcome Mystee! I'm starting to grow pitayas this year with cuttings that i trade with friends from fórum. So, please share with us your experiences! Thank's!  ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: gaston on February 17, 2014, 09:56:07 AM
Hello

My name is Francois,Gaston being my nickname.

Spend most of my time at sea but now I'm living in the western Azuero in Panama.
I do have a small nursery I just finished ,to hold my future seedlings and wild small trees I 'll collect from the wild.
I would like to grow some fruits trees here . Found this forum very usefull hence my post now to introduce myself.
I'm quite far away from internet were i live so don't worry if no answers from my part for a while

regards
francois
Title: Re: Hello - I am new
Post by: Mystee on March 02, 2014, 04:09:05 PM
Hi Everyone - I grow d. fruit, because a friend said it was interesting. She sent me a large cutting with no i.d.
 I waited for roots to come and then planted. It quickly grew large , to 3 ft. no flowers or fruit. So, this year , I hope to
get flowers and fruit. I would also, be interested in trading cuttings and selling. I am in zone 8, Texas. Please, pm me if interested.
Thanks for your nice replies, Mystee  :)
Title: Re: Hello - I am new
Post by: Jackfruitwhisperer69 on March 02, 2014, 04:23:34 PM
Welcome Mystee....there's a bunch of folks here, growing them dragons. :)
Title: Re: Hello - I am new
Post by: phantomcrab on March 02, 2014, 05:34:08 PM
Welcome Mystee.
Dragon fruit will only flower from horizontal or pendulous stems. A vertical (upward growing) stem will not do so. That's one of the reasons they are trellised or grown in pots with stakes. Let your plant form drooping branches from the main stem and you will be in business. I tried growing one in a basket and it got so heavy that the basket broke.
Title: Re: Hello - I am new
Post by: Zambezi on March 02, 2014, 06:13:08 PM
Hi Mystee,

Welcome to the forum.  :)
You might have already seen it, but if you haven't, here's a thread that you might like.
http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=228.0 (http://tropicalfruitforum.com/index.php?topic=228.0)

Another round of cold this week, so stay warm!
Again welcome to the forum and good luck with your dragon fruit..:)
Title: Re: Hello - I am new
Post by: huertasurbanas on March 02, 2014, 09:07:05 PM
Welcome Mystee, I dont grow dragon fruit yet, but a friend of Tucuman, Argentina, found some fruits into the forest (it seems dragon fruit is native to that region) and will send me some seeds...

here, some photos of the fruits found by him:


(http://s10.postimg.cc/iqkzix2x1/100_5268.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/iqkzix2x1/)

(http://s10.postimg.cc/lypgvyp6t/100_5269.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/lypgvyp6t/)
Title: Re: Hello - I am new
Post by: HMHausman on March 03, 2014, 07:54:56 AM
Welcome Mystee.
Dragon fruit will only flower from horizontal or pendulous stems. A vertical (upward growing) stem will not do so. That's one of the reasons they are trellised or grown in pots with stakes. Let your plant form drooping branches from the main stem and you will be in business. I tried growing one in a basket and it got so heavy that the basket broke.

While this generally regarded as a true statement of dragon fruit culture, on my dragon fruit stands, once they got some size, they have also flowered/fruited on uprights, quite frequently actually.
Title: Re: Hello - I am new
Post by: Mark in Texas on March 03, 2014, 08:19:54 AM
Hi Everyone - I grow d. fruit, because a friend said it was interesting. She sent me a large cutting with no i.d.
 I waited for roots to come and then planted. It quickly grew large , to 3 ft. no flowers or fruit. So, this year , I hope to
get flowers and fruit. I would also, be interested in trading cuttings and selling. I am in zone 8, Texas. Please, pm me if interested.
Thanks for your nice replies, Mystee  :)

Howdy from the Lone Star State. You've found a nice place to meet new friends and share, enjoy!

Not to be a hall monitor  but it helps others if you'll put your zone and location in your Profile info.   Gives us a reference point regarding climate.  Exactly what zone are you in, A or B?  Curious because I too have a dragon fruit, pitaya, from Costa Rica.  They are epiphytic so the care is gonna be different than soil based plants.

Bueno bye
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Green-LandTrop on March 04, 2014, 04:24:16 PM
Hello everyone!  Glad to have run into a forum like this on tropical fruit. 

David Perez, with Green-Land Tropical Nursery and Perez Groves.  We have been growing tropical fruit commercially since 1979, specializing in Mamey Sapote, Sapodilla, Longan, Lychee and Caimito.  Our nursery contains many tropical fruit trees including

Mango(30varieties)
Avocado(15 varieties)
Lychee
Longan
Mamey
Sapodilla
Jaboticaba
Cashew
Star Fruit
Sour Sop
Atemoya
Sugar Apple
Caimito
Tamarind
Peaches
Spanish Lime
Persimmon
Mulberry
Loquat
Guava
Fig
Barbado Cherry
Jakfruit
Citrus


I hope to learn from this forum and hope to be of some assistance to some of you.

Happy Growing!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: thao on March 05, 2014, 11:50:20 AM
Hello everyone!  Glad to have run into a forum like this on tropical fruit. 

David Perez, with Green-Land Tropical Nursery and Perez Groves.  We have been growing tropical fruit commercially since 1979, specializing in Mamey Sapote, Sapodilla, Longan, Lychee and Caimito.  Our nursery contains many tropical fruit trees including

Mango(30varieties)
Avocado(15 varieties)
Lychee
Longan
Mamey
Sapodilla
Jaboticaba
Cashew
Star Fruit
Sour Sop
Atemoya
Sugar Apple
Caimito
Tamarind
Peaches
Spanish Lime
Persimmon
Mulberry
Loquat
Guava
Fig
Barbado Cherry
Jakfruit
Citrus


I hope to learn from this forum and hope to be of some assistance to some of you.

Happy Growing!
Welcome to the forum. Do you by chance sell and ship your produces? I would love to order some when they are in season :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: snhabegger on March 05, 2014, 12:35:51 PM
I didn't think to introduce myself a few weeks ago when I started using the forum, apologies!  I'm an anthropologist who taught for a few years and went back to school to study public health.  When I was young I was an exchange student in Thailand, and when I was older I went back to live and work there for several years.  My wife and I own some land in NE Thailand where we have an orchard that is about 6 years old now -- unfortunately, we're living in Alberta right now, but hope to return.  We're growing the main fruits of Thailand that grow in the north and dry northeast, but haven't tried things like durian or marang yet.  Our trees are just starting to fruit heavily, and we're told our in-laws are overwhelmed with star apples, star fruits, santols, mangoes, breadfruit, crummy Thai pomegranates, kaffir limes, real limes, Rangpur oranges, and hopefully lynchees (flowering now).  I've introduced three fruits that are unknown in the area -- soursops, pejibayes, and jaboticabas -- and hope to plant abiu, green sapote, Rollinia, poshte, and ilama.  Of these only the soursops have fruited and it cannot be said that they are a huge hit . . .  We have four trees and I think at least two are going to come out if we ever get any seedlings going of those above.  I'd also like to grow avocados, but that's a project that will have to wait until we can visit an agricultural research station in Khorat or Tak and get some real grafted varieties that are appropriate for the climate (and for pollinating each other). 

That's about it -- it bugs me, thinking about all these things as we endure the winter up in Edmonton . . .

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: stuartdaly88 on March 09, 2014, 09:02:36 AM
Hello everyone- I have been using this forum for a couple years and have gleaned  a whole lot about tropical and container tropical fruit cultivation. I joined  now in order to connect with others interested in this incredible hobby  and learn even more:) I also enjoy growing tonic and medicinal  herbs especially from ayurveda and TCM.
The fruit trees I have at the moment are:
White sapote
Banana(Williams)
Mango(tommy Atkinson and Kensington)
Litchee
Wax jambu
Coffee(arabica)
Granadilla
Guava(pink)
Grape fruit(star ruby)
Naartjie
Tree tomato
Marula
Big num num
Pineapple
Pomegranate
Grape

I also have grown from seed and about three months old:
Rollinia deliciousa
Miracle fruit
Rambutan
Longan
Starfruit
Cherimoya
Amla
Jaboticaba

I know many say it is a waste of time growing from seed but even obtaining seeds is difficult and expensive for me let alone grafted varieties. It's also risky on anything recalcitrant as shipping takes a month or more For me living in South Africa. So I figure I just grow more than one seedling and hope for the odds to be in my favour. I'm sure after 8 years plus if I get fruit it will taste fantastic to me anyway!

I look forward to learning more and "growing" through this forum.

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: frukt on March 09, 2014, 09:47:09 AM
I also enjoy growing tonic and medicinal  herbs especially from ayurveda and TCM.

:) me to.

Nice fruit trees you have. That big num num tree looks interesting. see you.....
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: stuartdaly88 on March 10, 2014, 08:14:57 PM
Great to hear:) medicinal herbs are what started my obsession with plants.
The big num num is a very nice shrub and it's indigenous to my country so I felt obligated to grow it ha ha. Iv yet to try the fruit fresh but iv had it in a very nice pie.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Qoppa on March 13, 2014, 10:09:08 PM
Good evening (time-zone dependent), everyone.  I figured it's about time to finally say hello to the group.  My wife and I are fairly new to fruit as a hobby but we've been slowly building up our plant collection.  We lived in San Diego for about six months but recently drove across the country to North Carolina with four pets and a trunk full of plants.  We have some white sapotes and kei apples from Exotica in Vista, CA, two types of Garcinias and some cacaos from Montoso, some quenepas and miracle fruits from seeds we brought from a trip to Puerto Rico, and a few other miscellaneous plants.

We want to add more Garcinias and some Annonas to our collection and are also interested in Eugenias and Joboticabas.  Some of the rare things that pop up on these forums seem quite interesting so I'm sure I'll be in touch with a few of you soon.  We definitely need to plan a trip to Florida to visit Bender's, Flying Fox, and Pine Island.  We hope to make it down there sometime this Spring.

Since we live in a temperate area, we'll have to get a few Pawpaw cultivars, some persimmons, and more.  We're buying a house with two acres so we should have plenty of room for plants both inside and out of the greenhouse.  I look forward to getting to know the lot of you soon.  Have a good one!

Keith
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Tomas on March 13, 2014, 10:18:36 PM
Hi Keith,

Nice to hear from a grower in a neighboring state. I am in Virginia myself. NC is really pretty. I have been there many times. Growing Eugenias and Garcinias sounds like a great idea. I am into Eugenia species myself. I assume you have a greenhouse for your most tender plants.

Tomas
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Qoppa on March 13, 2014, 10:23:21 PM
Hi Keith,

Nice to hear from a grower in a neighboring state. I am in Virginia myself. NC is really pretty. I have been there many times. Growing Eugenias and Garcinias sounds like a great idea. I am into Eugenia species myself. I assume you have a greenhouse for your most tender plants.

Tomas

Hi Tomas.  We haven't built the greenhouse yet, so the plants are all indoors for the time being.  They'll be getting better light in about a week.  Which Eugenias do you have?  So far we only have a small Suriname Cherry seedling we germinated.

Keith
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Tomas on March 13, 2014, 10:32:22 PM
Hi Keith,

I have Eugenia aggregata (Cherry of Rio Grande), Eugenia klotzschiana, Eugenia pyriformis, Eugenia speciosa. There may be others that I cannot remember at the moment. I have very limited space for my pots right now. Later on I will add some more Eugenias. There are many good Eugenias and almost all of them can be cultivated successfully in pots, which is what I like.

Tomas
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Qoppa on March 14, 2014, 02:21:37 PM
The klotzschiana looks pretty interesting.  Have you been successful fruiting it?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Tomas on March 14, 2014, 02:24:07 PM
Hi Keith,

E. klotzschiana is very hard to grow - at least for me. I only have a small plant. It's more a curiosity for me. The fruit is supposed to be very sour.

Tomas
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Luisport on March 14, 2014, 02:26:27 PM
Hi Keith,

E. klotzschiana is very hard to grow - at least for me. I only have a small plant. It's more a curiosity for me. The fruit is supposed to be very sour.

Tomas
http://www.colecionandofrutas.org/eugeniaklo.htm (http://www.colecionandofrutas.org/eugeniaklo.htm)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Qoppa on March 14, 2014, 08:16:11 PM
Obrigado, Luis.  Tomas, I also forgot that I have a few E. stipitata seedlings.  I heard they were hard to germinate but they popped right up in about a month.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: buddyguygreen on March 18, 2014, 01:30:28 AM
Hello there fellow fruit growers, Im buddyguygreen real name Jordan.

Im 23 florida native and live in Kissimmee FL at 125 feet altitude on a quarter acre. I just recently started growing exotic fruit trees. Im into chinese and aryurvedic medicine and thought why not try to grow the herbs to save money. So when i got into amazon herbs it was more of fruit medicine with herbs so I bought some camu camu seeds for the vitamin C, which grew amazing with some trial and error but ending up helping me with my green thumb, next thing i know Im getting into exotic fruit trees and it took off from there.  I always tried to grow papayas, mangos and avocados but never had any success and they just were never happy so I sort of gave up for some time (only my tangerine and grapefruit tree seemed to be at home), Then randomly 2 weeks after the japanese tsunami in 2011 I had a bunch of seeds i planted around my yard that never grew suddenly pop up and without doing any work they grew like it was their native region. So i tried various other fruit trees like figs and bananas and they grew amazing, better than ever before with the same work and soil. So I did more research and found this forum which is awesome with knowledge and good people. I then realized ive been living in a bubble with fruit trees thinking the ones in the store were the good ones (was i wrong, a trip to kauai'i fixed that ;)), So after realizing the possibilities of flavors I am now on a mission to have them all (with one problem not enough room but it doesn't hurt to try to fit as many as possible) ;D, I believe in canopy layering just like the amazon (tall trees that like sun, then medium trees that like partial sun, the small trees or bushes that like shade, and then ground cover). So with your help lets create a utopia of fruit trees :)



me in the beginning stages of my garden

(http://s13.postimg.cc/rqzjyna6b/DSC01135.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/rqzjyna6b/)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitlovers on March 18, 2014, 01:42:42 AM
Hello there fellow fruit growers, Im buddyguygreen real name Jordan.

Im 23 florida native and live in Kissimmee FL at 125 feet altitude on a quarter acre. I just recently started growing exotic fruit trees. Im into chinese and aryurvedic medicine and thought why not try to grow the herbs to save money. So when i got into amazon herbs it was more of fruit medicine with herbs so I bought some camu camu seeds for the vitamin C, which grew amazing with some trial and error but ending up helping me with my green thumb, next thing i know Im getting into exotic fruit trees and it took off from there.  I always tried to grow papayas, mangos and avocados but never had any success and they just were never happy so I sort of gave up for some time (only my tangerine and grapefruit tree seemed to be at home), Then randomly 2 weeks after the japanese tsunami in 2011 I had a bunch of seeds i planted around my yard that never grew suddenly pop up and without doing any work they grew like it was their native region. So i tried various other fruit trees like figs and bananas and they grew amazing, better than ever before with the same work and soil. So I did more research and found this forum which is awesome with knowledge and good people. I then realized ive been living in a bubble with fruit trees thinking the ones in the store were the good ones (was i wrong, a trip to kauai'i fixed that ;)), So after realizing the possibilities of flavors I am now on a mission to have them all (with one problem not enough room but it doesn't hurt to try to fit as many as possible) ;D, I believe in canopy layering just like the amazon (tall trees that like sun, then medium trees that like partial sun, the small trees or bushes that like shade, and then ground cover). So with your help lets create a utopia of fruit trees :)



me in the beginning stages of my garden

([url]http://s13.postimg.cc/rqzjyna6b/DSC01135.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://postimg.cc/image/rqzjyna6b/[/url])


Welcome Jordan. A lot of the fruits you had in Kauai should be fairly easy to grow in Florida, like lilikoi (passionfruit), guavas, papayas, and ofcourse bananas.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: buddyguygreen on March 18, 2014, 02:44:15 AM
Thank you oscar and may i say you have an amazing abundance of knowledge when it come to the exotics, Ive already learned so much reading through some of your posts, so Thank you. The lilikoi passion fruit was actually the first exotic I bought along with giant guava and their thriving, I recently purchased a few other different types of passionflower seeds like banana passionfruit, sweet calabash and giant granadilla, also some guava seeds like red strawberry, pineapple or feijoa, chilean guava, wild, Brazilian, and purple forest guava that just all sprouted so i cant wait to see what they taste like also. But I have to say the best fruit I tried in kauai was the cherimoya ;D, So Im definitely gonna collect the annona family. I have a few cherimoya seedlings growing now along with an ilama about 2 years old and a kepel thats about 2 years also, so Im catching up for lost time but still have few years before I get to taste the fruit.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitlovers on March 18, 2014, 03:32:58 AM
Thank you oscar and may i say you have an amazing abundance of knowledge when it come to the exotics, Ive already learned so much reading through some of your posts, so Thank you. The lilikoi passion fruit was actually the first exotic I bought along with giant guava and their thriving, I recently purchased a few other different types of passionflower seeds like banana passionfruit, sweet calabash and giant granadilla, also some guava seeds like red strawberry, pineapple or feijoa, chilean guava, wild, Brazilian, and purple forest guava that just all sprouted so i cant wait to see what they taste like also. But I have to say the best fruit I tried in kauai was the cherimoya ;D, So Im definitely gonna collect the annona family. I have a few cherimoya seedlings growing now along with an ilama about 2 years old and a kepel thats about 2 years also, so Im catching up for lost time but still have few years before I get to taste the fruit.

Cherimoya probably will be hard to fruit at your location, likes it cooler, but the other annonas, which are more tropical, like rollinia, sugar apple, atemoya, soursop, and ilama should be easier. Welcome to fruit addiction!  ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: stuartdaly88 on March 18, 2014, 04:49:30 AM
Hi Jordan
That's a very nice collection you have going there:)
I would love to try some of the exotic passionfruits it's great that their flowers are so pretty too! I'm also very jealous of your kepel I wonder if there's any truth about its fruits making your sweat smell good? Probably not but interesting lore nonetheless:)
May I ask what TCM and Ayurvedic plants you grow/take? It's rare to find a westerner who takes and grows such things although jujube goji and Longan are widely grown for fruit not medicine but and are some of the 50 fundamental/superior herbs of TCM. I have tried many times to germinate schisandra berry but have never been good with  stratification.

This forum is a great place I only just joined but.have been getting info here for ages!  Oscar is not just a sage of fruit wisdom but also provides an awesome range of fruit seeds of very high quality. My slow mail took well over a month but nearly all my seeds survived I got 100% germination on rollinia and Starfruit even! A saviour for us third world.country folks ha ha. I must thank you Oscar as I would only have dreamed of growing such things otherwise:)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitlovers on March 18, 2014, 04:54:26 AM
Hi Jordan
That's a very nice collection you have going there:)
I would love to try some of the exotic passionfruits it's great that their flowers are so pretty too! I'm also very jealous of your kepel I wonder if there's any truth about its fruits making your sweat smell good? Probably not but interesting lore nonetheless:)
May I ask what TCM and Ayurvedic plants you grow/take? It's rare to find a westerner who takes and grows such things although jujube goji and Longan are widely grown for fruit not medicine but and are some of the 50 fundamental/superior herbs of TCM. I have tried many times to germinate schisandra berry but have never been good with  stratification.

This forum is a great place I only just joined but.have been getting info here for ages!  Oscar is not just a sage of fruit wisdom but also provides an awesome range of fruit seeds of very high quality. My slow mail took well over a month but nearly all my seeds survived I got 100% germination on rollinia and Starfruit even! A saviour for us third world.country folks ha ha. I must thank you Oscar as I would only have dreamed of growing such things otherwise:)

Hi Stuart, glad you received the seeds and were able to get them all growing. Hope you get lots of fruits! 8) Pass it on if they do fruit, so maybe these fruits can get more established in S. Africa.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: stuartdaly88 on March 18, 2014, 05:21:37 AM
Thank you very much Oscar:D
I hope to spread them as far as I can here and intend to also plant at my families more tropical coastal home.
Litchi and mangos are as exotic as it gets here so hopefully I can start a fruit revolution! Since I got such good germination rates I have offered some of my spares to any friends I trust to care for them I'm just glad I'm still young enough to take the journey from seed to fruit with these magnificent plants:D but there's alot more on the fruitlovers list that I "need" ha ha
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: FruitFanatic on March 22, 2014, 07:58:18 PM
Hello everyone!

I am a peace corps volunteer serving in the small Caribbean island of Grenada. I have fallen in love with tropical fruit during my time here. It has been so much fun learning about and tasting all sorts of fruits that I never knew existed. I look forward to learning from this forum and sharing my experiences with fruit in Grenada!

Steve
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: buddyguygreen on March 23, 2014, 12:44:19 AM
Hello there stuart, I view the TCM as well as Ayurvedic herbs as treasure, Its absolutely amazing how they work. Im currently growing some Foti, Chinese licorice, self heal, Brahmi, Albizzia julibrissin, Amla, Lo han guo, as well as Goji and Longan. Still trying to sprout the jujube and Shisandra, actually got a couple Shisandra to sprout 5 months after planting no stratification just planted straight in potting mix. Out of 40 seeds only 3 Shisandra have sprouted so far and only one is alive now after some trial and error, but I have been reading that it can take 6 months to 6 years to sprout the Shisandra seeds so patience definitely will pay off in this case.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ishani on March 23, 2014, 01:18:36 AM
Hi everyone,

I'm 24, and love gardening and have collected a multitude of fruit trees. I love growing my own fruit and vegetables, its so satisfying. I love reading everyone's posts on this forum. As it currently stands, I have around 40+ different trees on my property. I have… :

-Peach               -Pomegranate
-Lemon             - Papaya (2)
-Lime               - Moringa
-Ambarella         -Rollinia
-Bananas (3)      -King coconut
-Plantains            -Goji berry
-Loquats (2)        -Guava (pink & white)
-Soursop             -Tangerine
-Grapefruit          -Mango (4) (Nam Doc Mai/Cogshall/Mallika/Glenn)
-Nectarine           -Avocado
-Passionfruit (yellow & purple)   
-Prickly pear        -Miracle fruit
-Pineapple (2)      -Dwarf mulberry
-Jackfruit             -Dragon fruit (pink & white)
-Fig (2) (LSU purple/ Black mission)
-Sesbania grandiflora (Hummingbird tree)
-Lychee               -Feijoa
-Longan               -Blueberry (3)
-Orange (2) (Valencia/Navel)
-Indian gooseberry   
-Dwarf carambola
-Jaboticaba
-Pink Lemon       -Cherry of the Rio Grand
-Blackberry (3)     -Cattley Guava
-Barbados cherry     


I'm still waiting on my last two orders which include: Bilimbi, Ross sapote, sapodilla, black sapote, peanut butter fruit, poha berry, blackberry jam fruit, abiu, pitomba, tamarind, rollinia, wood apple, wax jambu, persimmon, bay leaf, cinnamon, black pepper, and atemoya

I swear its like a sickness…I can't get enough! If there is anyone around the Fort Myers area, I'd be more than happy to give cuttings and whatnot. I look forward to hearing from other people and learning from this forum!!

-Ishani
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Zambezi on March 23, 2014, 10:04:57 AM
Hi Ishani,

You've a great collection and a great selection of trees coming in soon..:)
It will be great to hear more about your trees in the posts to come.

hehe yes, it is a bit like a sickness... the catching kind!!!  ;)
Welcome to the club!!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ishani on March 23, 2014, 07:32:07 PM
Thanks GreenThumb, it was great hearing from you! I could always take some pictures of my trees haha.What kind of trees do you have? Or would like to grow? Looking forward to hearing back from you.

-ishani
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: stuartdaly88 on March 24, 2014, 01:51:18 AM
Wow ishani that quite the collection you must have alot of space and live somewhere tropical I'm jealous! Would love to see some pics:)

Buddy I'm going to have to get more schisandra I tried to stratify it in the fridge with ginseng but no luck germinating.
Alibizia is beautiful have you found it to calm the shen/spirit as I have read? I wish brahmi could grow well from seeds the Ayurvedic cognition enhancers are extremely interesting with promising scientific backing, iv found Celestrus seeds work well at exam time iv had a brahmi extract I found gave me focus.

I currently grow ashwagandha, holy basil/tulsi goji, malabar nut, turmeric, ginger and gotu-kola also have seedlings for fo ti, Amla, Longan, astragalus but had no luck with gynostema seeds. I cycle using extracts of various tonic herbs especially in stressful or contemplative times.
I also grow many S.A indigenous herbals used by the bushman/San and various tribes such as sutherlandia, sceletium  tortuosum, wild dagga, African potatoe, Marula tree and baobab tree and cannot wait to try unprocessed baobab

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Zambezi on March 25, 2014, 12:13:16 AM
Thanks GreenThumb, it was great hearing from you! I could always take some pictures of my trees haha. What kind of trees do you have? Or would like to grow? Looking forward to hearing back from you.

-ishani

It would be great to see pics...so post away...:)
I do have a little garden corner myself and it seems to be growing by leaps and bounds. :P
I grow Jujubes, some stone fruit, pears, figs, annonas, mangos, loquats, Avocados, guava, Pomegranates,  olives, Banana, Sugarcane, pineapple, mulberry, papaya, lots of Citrus, Royal lee and Minnie royal cherries, Cherry of Rio Grande, Moringa, Neem, Feijoa, Pithecellobium dulce, Rabbiteye Blueberries, Goji berry, passion fruit vine, limonia acidissima(Kotha), beal fruit, Amla, Sapodillas, lychee, longan, Dragon fruit, Miracle Fruit, Star fruit, kwai muk, cashew, Jambolan...and a ton of seedings - :)
I am still trying my hand at growing garcinias and I hope I can add more garcinias and annonas to my collection, and if my zone didn't limit me, I'd add quite a few mango and lychee trees..:)
I do a bit of veg and herb gardening too, and do enjoy growing tropical flowers, esp to attract my hummers that are visiting right now, on their way up from Mexico.

:) Take care,
GT
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: rac78 on March 27, 2014, 08:56:49 AM
Hi everyone, my name is Russell I live in Cairns Australia, I was given a pineapple sucker a few years ago which i loved looked after and moved around with me for nearly 2 years and it grew up and gave me probobly one of the best tasting pineapple I've ever tasted, then boom suckers everywhere then as fast as i was giving them away it just kept thowing these suckers where it got to the point my friends started calling me the crazy pineapple man. Time passes on and my friend Matty came for a visit one day and we where laughing about old times and he called me the crazy pineapple man, wich made me think a mango would go nice with my pineapples,then the lychee to go with the mango and so on and im addictid to plants and what better way to keep the insides running right. Thats not to much about me but thats a bit about my addiction
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: joaovox on March 27, 2014, 05:19:19 PM
Greetings from Central Portugal Mountains.

Invite you to meet the Avocado trees in Portugal on-going survey
http://abacateportugal.blogspot.com/  (http://abacateportugal.blogspot.com/)

Besides Avo's i'm interested in Cherimoya Annona trees in Portugal.
http://anoneira.blogspot.com/ (http://anoneira.blogspot.com/)
Other plants i'm growing in very early stage:
- brazil tomato
- pitanga
- white zapote
- black zapote
- Psidium cattleyanum
- passion fruit
- feijoa
- kumquat
- paw paw
- several muleberries
- physalis
- kiwino or summer kiwi
- kiwi
- lemongrass
- yacon
- jerusalem artichoke

temperate and mediterranean
- kakis
- plums
- apples
- pears
- olives
- figs
- walnuts
- chestnuts
- blueberries
- gojiberries
- raspberries
- lemon
- tangerine
- elder
- honeylocust
- grapevine
- apricot
- loquat
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Luisport on March 27, 2014, 06:12:28 PM
Hi João! Nice to see you here!  ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Redrockluv on March 27, 2014, 07:56:30 PM
Hello,
My name is Lilliana, but my friends call me...Lilly or L.   I have been reading this forum for a while and thought it was time to join in.  I don't have the opportunity to grow much tropical fruit, but I am proficient at devouring it!!  I would love to learn more about the best tropical fruit in my area, and become more knowledgable about this topic in general.  I come from a big family of tropical fruit lovers & growers; I was born in Cuba.....I guess it's in the genes!  I have a small business dealing in vintage & antique jewelry, I am married and I am Mom. I live in Broward County and hope to bring something to the forum.  Even if only my enthusiasm.  Happy & Healthy growing to all!!
L.   :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HMHausman on March 28, 2014, 02:40:43 PM
Hi, Lilly and all the new members that I haven't said hello to after posts in this introductory thread.  Glad to have all of you join in the fun.  I would like to remind all of our new members that they are welcome to plan a stop over to my yard for a visit when in the area.  Best to come in the summer mango/lychee season but anytime is fine with prior arrangement.  I always enjoy sharing whatever fruits I have available with folks that can appreciate the fruits of this hobby's labor.  Again....welcome!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Triloba Tracker on March 28, 2014, 03:43:24 PM
Greetings, Lilly!

I too am VASTLY more proficient at consuming tropical fruit than growing it  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: eftey on March 28, 2014, 04:25:56 PM
 :D What a great Forum!  Much thanks to those who built it!
Hi!  I am Fred in North San Diego County, California.  I am a retired anthropologist who for his entire life loved to (try to) grow things, but never really looked into the details as to how best to do it.  Just stick a seed in the ground, add some water and see what happens has always been my basic modus operandi.  But now, here I am sitting on this nice piece of retirement home property in a part of the world where they say you can grow almost "anything."  So it is time to get serious, and I am hoping I can get help from the myriad experts who are frequenting this forum to help in the process.  I have dreams of satisfying the yearnings of my childhood taste bud memory cells trained from a five year stay in Kailua Oahu where we could literally pick mangos, guavas, and papayas in our yard, along with a whole lot of other things whose names I don't remember, but hope to rediscover.  We bought the retirement property fifteen years ago and began planting trees immediately with the idea in mind that when we were ready to build the house and move onto the property we would already have a bunch of mature fruit trees growing.  The plan has sort of worked; many trees survived my well-intentioned, but poorly trained planting and tending methods, and are currently thriving and producing well; quite a few others are alive, but struggling.  And quite a few others just didn't make it.

Thriving (more or less): 

6 varieties of plum, 2 peach, 3 apricot, 1 pluot, 1 nectarine, 2 asian pear, 3 apple, 2 pomegranate, 2 persimmon
Lots of varieties of citrus -- oranges, lemons, limes, tangerines, grapefruits, citrons, kumquat
1 lychee, 1 longan, 3 cherimoya, 1 atemoya, 2 jujube, 5 guava, 1 feijoa, 2 mango, 1 curry leaf tree, 2 white sapote, 1 rose apple
2 walnut, 2 almond, 1 pecan, 1 macademia

Struggling, alive but not happy:

tamarind, bananas, jaboticaba, sapodilla, pawpaw, plus a couple of hundred hass avocados that are not happy because we cannot afford to give them as much water as they need (this place used to be an avocado ranch; previous owners went out of business because water became too expensive).

Recent Plantings:

Wax jambu, Pakistani mulberry, Persian lime, Rangoon lime, Kaffir lime, Turnbull pear

I look forward to interacting with all of you on the forum.  Hope you won't mind putting up with my quirky writing style, and sense of humor.
BTW, I've recently gotten heavily into permaculture.  I'm hoping there are other permaculture enthusiasts in the group.

Thanks, Fred  :D






Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Triloba Tracker on March 28, 2014, 04:39:24 PM
Welcome, Fred! 

Sounds like you are in a great spot and have some great ambitions. Best of luck!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Redrockluv on March 29, 2014, 06:50:37 PM
Thanks for the kind welcome, HMHausman, T Tracker & others.  I really enjoy reading the posts and conversations here.  I look forward to learning more!  HMHausman thank you for the open invite & T. Tracker, so glad I found a fellow proficient-consumer! lol. I have a feeling that many others here share that talent!!   8)
L.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: luis_pvc on April 02, 2014, 06:09:36 PM
Hi,
My name is Luis.
I´m from the south of Portugal and i´m a passion fruit producer (in the beginning).
I have some experience in other agriculture products.

I´m interested in all of themes about tropical fruits.
Congratulations for this fórum.

Regards,
Luis
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Luisport on April 03, 2014, 04:32:20 AM
Hi,
My name is Luis.
I´m from the south of Portugal and i´m a passion fruit producer (in the beginning).
I have some experience in other agriculture products.

I´m interested in all of themes about tropical fruits.
Congratulations for this fórum.

Regards,
Luis
Hi Luis! I'm Luis too... Good to have more portuguese people here! What do you produce?  ;)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: audience on April 03, 2014, 09:17:58 AM
Hello,everyone.
Myname is Jie.I live in Zhanghua of Taiwan.I plant many Fruit trees in my garden.Such as mango mangosteen achacha  jaboticaba cambuca Mamey apple and so on.
I like reading, listening music, gardening and Chinese boxing.
I am not good in English.If you do not care,everyone is wecomed to discuess about fruits.
Here is my garden.

mod edit: had to remove the image because it was not uploaded as "family safe" so it linked to porn
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Triloba Tracker on April 03, 2014, 03:25:33 PM
Hello,everyone.
Myname is Jie.I live in Zhanghua of Taiwan.I plant many Fruit trees in my garden.Such as mango mangosteen achacha  jaboticaba cambuca Mamey apple and so on.
I like reading, listening music, gardening and Chinese boxing.
I am not good in English.If you do not care,everyone is wecomed to discuess about fruits.
Here is my garden.
([url]http://s8.postimg.cc/jiwpbbkhd/IMG_6161.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://postimg.cc/image/jiwpbbkhd/[/url])


Welcome, Jie!  Good luck with your fruit trees! We have a few other members in Taiwan.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: raymondetc on April 06, 2014, 07:39:36 AM
Hello,
Greetings from Sabah, Malaysia. Am practicing planting, with special interest in
Avocado,
Jackfruit,
Fig,
Pomagranate,
Soursop,
Hoping to learn more and share our happiness in planting.
Happy Planting.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: TropicalFruitNut on April 06, 2014, 12:53:01 PM
Hi - I am Keith in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I have been trying to grow unusual fruits in pots while living in a condo for 21 years. I finally bought a house with a big yard and have planted 9 kinds of fruit trees. Lychee, Atemoya, Sugar Apple, Dragon fruit, Mulberry, Avocado, White Sapote, Pedalai, and Canistel. I also have a small greenhouse which I am hoping to grow a few ultra-tropical. Does anyone know where I can get Mangosteen trees OVER two feet in height ? I recently got ripped off by a Hawaii nursery that promised 2-3 foot trees, sent 8 inch ones that were almost dead and will not even respond to my emails. He only accepted personal checks so I can't get refunded through a credit card company.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: georgesunny on April 07, 2014, 05:08:42 AM
Hello Everyone!

My name is Sunny George. Currently I live in Kerala, India. I was in Miami, FL for several years. I am the Director of Research in fruit crops research institute called Homegrown Nursery and Farms. We produce planting materials of tropical fruit crops such as Rambutan, Pulasan, Mangosteen, Durain, Jackfruit, Mango etc. We give consultancy for setting up orchards for these crops. I am interested in growing exotic fruit crops. Thank You!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: georgesunny on April 07, 2014, 05:15:49 AM
Hi Keith, Sorry to hear about your Mangosteen plant. I am happy to send you fresh Mangosteen seeds in June, if you need.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: healthee enterprises on April 07, 2014, 10:48:11 AM
My name is Carl and I have a small farm in Grenada, W.I. I grow Soursops, Sapodillas,cinnamon and Cashew nuts.
I am happy to be here as a newbie and gain as much knowledge ,
Hoping to attend July conference and meet you.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: gunnar429 on April 07, 2014, 02:46:57 PM
Good evening (time-zone dependent), everyone.  I figured it's about time to finally say hello to the group.  My wife and I are fairly new to fruit as a hobby but we've been slowly building up our plant collection.  We lived in San Diego for about six months but recently drove across the country to North Carolina with four pets and a trunk full of plants.  We have some white sapotes and kei apples from Exotica in Vista, CA, two types of Garcinias and some cacaos from Montoso, some quenepas and miracle fruits from seeds we brought from a trip to Puerto Rico, and a few other miscellaneous plants.

We want to add more Garcinias and some Annonas to our collection and are also interested in Eugenias and Joboticabas.  Some of the rare things that pop up on these forums seem quite interesting so I'm sure I'll be in touch with a few of you soon.  We definitely need to plan a trip to Florida to visit Bender's, Flying Fox, and Pine Island.  We hope to make it down there sometime this Spring.

Since we live in a temperate area, we'll have to get a few Pawpaw cultivars, some persimmons, and more.  We're buying a house with two acres so we should have plenty of room for plants both inside and out of the greenhouse.  I look forward to getting to know the lot of you soon.  Have a good one!

Keith

If you're interested in annonas and you will have a greenhouse, I recommend the Fernandez custard apples (A. reticulate), and I heard san Pablo is also amazing!  I also hear good things about Big Red sugar apple. 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Qoppa on April 10, 2014, 10:15:50 AM
Hi Jeff.  I intend to buy a Big Red or two from Adam when they become available.  I'll also look into the reticulatas as I hear they're delicious.  Thanks for the info!

Keith
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MangoFang on April 10, 2014, 03:06:04 PM
Hi Sunny George, Ishani, Raymon, Carl, Jie, Joa, Lilly, Stuart - gosh
and all the other newly joined forum members.  Like HMHaussman said,
it's been awhile since I was in here too, so WELCOME ALL and all the
ones I forgot to mention.

Please feel free to post pictures of plants or your places to  show everyone
what your doing if you feel like it.  These guys are pretty smart in this place,
and just remember - no question is too SIMPLE to ask!!!!!  We all started at
the same place.

I'm a desert dweller in Southern California, and actually, am still looking for
anyone who might be growing this stuff out where I live.....it does get lonely
out here playing in the sand alone..... ;)

Anyway - good luck to all!!!!!!

Gary
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Joe Brancato on April 10, 2014, 05:47:13 PM
Hi folks!
My name is Joe and I am new to this forum. I found a link to it on the Citrus Growers Forum and really love the diverse array of threads and how cordial and respectful everyone is!I feel like I've already learned a ton in the past week or two.

I live at about 9,000 feet up in the Rockies outside of Boulder, Colorado. Needless to say everything even remotely tropical that I grow is containerized. I mainly grow citrus but also have a handful of other tropicals. I put up a rough list of what I'm growing at the moment on my profile yesterday. I am by no means an expert on growing containerized tropical fruit trees but do have a bit of experience growing plants out of their proper zones, so if anyone ever has a question regarding that or citrus please do feel free to ask!

Thanks everyone for putting together such a great forum,

Joe
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: shaneatwell on April 14, 2014, 12:59:43 AM
Welcome to the forum.

My parents still live in montana and I'm always throwing crazy suggestions their way.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Scott_6B on April 14, 2014, 07:19:23 AM
Hello everyone, I am arriving from the Citrus Growers Forum. Let me introduce myself. I primarily grow citrus, but have a few other "tropical" things (at least for zone 6B Massachusetts  ;D) that I'm growing. Over the years I've killed a my share of Mango, Lychee, and Avocado trees....  I currently have around 25 different varieties of citrus. Four of these trees are planted outside in my coastal Massachusetts yard.  I will be adding two or three more trees outside this season.  These trees receive varying degrees of protection in the winter.  I also am growing a few of the more hardy varieties of Pomegranate out in my yard and have six or seven fig varieties, two of which are outside.


Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: LivingParadise on April 14, 2014, 11:24:12 AM
Hi everyone!

I am very fortunate to have recently moved to the Florida Keys, to live out my dream of growing every tropical fruit I can manage. I was a decent gardener where I used to live in the NE, but I never got to try my hand at very much.  So now that I can grow nearly any tropical fruit I want to, I'm going a bit crazy with it! My list is ever growing, but at this point I have about 100 tropical fruit plants total, roughly 50 different kinds. I have been regularly searching the internet for help with all these plants, and regularly find pages of this forum, as well as the GardenWeb forum. I didn't realize how many other fruit freaks like me were out there! So I've joined both, to feel a bit more sane, and to get advice for whatever issues may crop up over time with my many tropical plants. I grow only organic, and have to always be careful about preserving the fragile ecosystem here in the Keys (which is also right next to the Everglades), so I expect to have a few more difficulties thrown my way because of that. I want to be prepared so I don't lose all my plants before I know what's happening!

I also grow tropical vegetables, so I'm happy to see there is a forum for that also here.

I look forward to getting to know everybody, and learning from what you all have to share.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: zands on April 14, 2014, 11:44:23 AM
Hi everyone!

I am very fortunate to have recently moved to the Florida Keys, to live out my dream of growing every tropical fruit I can manage. I was a decent gardener where I used to live in the NE, but I never got to try my hand at very much.  So now that I can grow nearly any tropical fruit I want to, I'm going a bit crazy with it! My list is ever growing, but at this point I have about 100 tropical fruit plants total, roughly 50 different kinds. I have been regularly searching the internet for help with all these plants, and regularly find pages of this forum, as well as the GardenWeb forum. I didn't realize how many other fruit freaks like me were out there! So I've joined both, to feel a bit more sane, and to get advice for whatever issues may crop up over time with my many tropical plants. I grow only organic, and have to always be careful about preserving the fragile ecosystem here in the Keys (which is also right next to the Everglades), so I expect to have a few more difficulties thrown my way because of that. I want to be prepared so I don't lose all my plants before I know what's happening!

I also grow tropical vegetables, so I'm happy to see there is a forum for that also here.

I look forward to getting to know everybody, and learning from what you all have to share.

Welcome!
One thing to consider if you want to get the thrill of your own fruits ASAP instead of waiting.........  Buy a few of your fruit trees in 15 gallon size. Even 7 gallon size. Just to get a quick start on some. If you have thousands to spare you can get much larger trees at Excalibur Nursery in Lake Worth and in Homestead.

Standard size is 3 gallons that most Florida fruit trees come in. Pine Island nursery in Homestead has a tremendous selection. There are others in Homestead like Lara farms
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: zands on April 14, 2014, 11:50:13 AM
Good evening (time-zone dependent), everyone.  I figured it's about time to finally say hello to the group.  My wife and I are fairly new to fruit as a hobby but we've been slowly building up our plant collection.  We lived in San Diego for about six months but recently drove across the country to North Carolina with four pets and a trunk full of plants.  We have some white sapotes and kei apples from Exotica in Vista, CA, two types of Garcinias and some cacaos from Montoso, some quenepas and miracle fruits from seeds we brought from a trip to Puerto Rico, and a few other miscellaneous plants.

We want to add more Garcinias and some Annonas to our collection and are also interested in Eugenias and Joboticabas.  Some of the rare things that pop up on these forums seem quite interesting so I'm sure I'll be in touch with a few of you soon.  We definitely need to plan a trip to Florida to visit Bender's, Flying Fox, and Pine Island.  We hope to make it down there sometime this Spring.

Since we live in a temperate area, we'll have to get a few Pawpaw cultivars, some persimmons, and more.  We're buying a house with two acres so we should have plenty of room for plants both inside and out of the greenhouse.  I look forward to getting to know the lot of you soon.  Have a good one!

Keith

Muscadines muscadines muscadines plus some vinifera suitable to NC. Bananas might grow and get knocked down each winter...but then come back. Loquat...maybe.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: LivingParadise on April 14, 2014, 01:00:33 PM
Thank you Zands! Many of the trees I bought are 7-gal or 15-gal. I bought nearly everything I could in the largest size available. Many others are in 3-gallon but I bought them already fruiting because they're dwarf variety. Hopefully I won't have to wait much more than a year for the majority of the fruit - except of course the Mangosteen, which if it even survives will probably take some 5 years or so from now to fruit. Patience is a virtue, I guess. I bought a lot of native plants that are cheap here and should fruit easily, to help satisfy my cravings until the bigger harvests. Many of them have edible berries, and even if they're not the best fruit ever they're still things that few people anywhere have eaten. And, I am growing strawberries, various melons, etc. to supplement these early leaner times. :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: gunnar429 on April 14, 2014, 01:37:16 PM
veinte cohol banana is supposed to be good for fast fruiting for those where the season is shorter and winter temps drop low.  I have it, but can't say for sure , as mine are still small, and planted out a month or so ago.  Also, if you want bananas in GH, there are many that will stay short even at maturity.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: zands on April 14, 2014, 05:52:13 PM
veinte cohol banana is supposed to be good for fast fruiting for those where the season is shorter and winter temps drop low.  I have it, but can't say for sure , as mine are still small, and planted out a month or so ago.  Also, if you want bananas in GH, there are many that will stay short even at maturity.

Sounds like  a good variety.
Banana lift off means that your banana matt is getting larger and stronger each year. For those whose have a winter that kills the banana down to the ground..... It could be in year 3 or 4 that your mat is string enough to push out a stalk and bananas
that will come to maturity either on stalk or via bagging it.

From what I have seen here about maximum banana nutrition, rotted horse manure will be helpful. Also just plain wood chips does great things for bananas. It has them pushing new roots into the wood chips. I have seen these roots when I removed the rotted wood chips to use in potting soil
Also choosing one or two prime stalks each year and cutting off the others.......Those in cold climates have a better chance of getting edible bananas

For my own Florida bananas I am not so disciplined but if I was going to try growing them in Georgia or north Carolina I would be
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: zands on April 14, 2014, 05:56:10 PM
Thank you Zands! Many of the trees I bought are 7-gal or 15-gal. I bought nearly everything I could in the largest size available. Many others are in 3-gallon but I bought them already fruiting because they're dwarf variety. Hopefully I won't have to wait much more than a year for the majority of the fruit - except of course the Mangosteen, which if it even survives will probably take some 5 years or so from now to fruit. Patience is a virtue, I guess. I bought a lot of native plants that are cheap here and should fruit easily, to help satisfy my cravings until the bigger harvests. Many of them have edible berries, and even if they're not the best fruit ever they're still things that few people anywhere have eaten. And, I am growing strawberries, various melons, etc. to supplement these early leaner times. :)

You have a good plan! Coming to fruition soon!
My Strawberry Guava is producing nice berry size red guava just starting right now. If you get Surinam cherry get the black one!  We have threads here on that.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: gunnar429 on April 15, 2014, 02:18:00 AM
Overheard Don from going-bananas the other day at fairchild, saying that nematodes can be a problem here in FL...He recommended 2 feet of mulch!  FWIW, but i trust he knows his stuff regarding bananas
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Johnny from the Springs on April 16, 2014, 10:13:09 AM
Hello,

After a few years of reading the forum I have taken the next step and joined.  I live in Coral Springs, FL and have been an avid tropical fruit fan for about five years now.  I have purchased tropical fruit trees from Pine Island, Excalibur and Tropical Plants, and have had very good experiences with each of them.  Like most of the people in the forum, my most challenging decision is where to put the newest addition.  I have used this forum thoroughly in years past and found it my main source of research.  I enjoy growing tropical fruits and look forward to joining many discussions here on the forum.

Kind regards,
John
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: gunnar429 on April 16, 2014, 02:12:17 PM
welcome Johnny!  Glad you came out of the shadows!   ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: zands on April 16, 2014, 03:12:57 PM
Overheard Don from going-bananas the other day at fairchild, saying that nematodes can be a problem here in FL...He recommended 2 feet of mulch!  FWIW, but i trust he knows his stuff regarding bananas

What is the problem? That nematodes attack bananas or that bananas spread them? I have never had any problems .... I have bananas of diff kinds none are tissue cultured
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: mangokothiyan on April 16, 2014, 03:16:42 PM
Hello,

After a few years of reading the forum I have taken the next step and joined.  I live in Coral Springs, FL and have been an avid tropical fruit fan for about five years now.  I have purchased tropical fruit trees from Pine Island, Excalibur and Tropical Plants, and have had very good experiences with each of them.  Like most of the people in the forum, my most challenging decision is where to put the newest addition.  I have used this forum thoroughly in years past and found it my main source of research.  I enjoy growing tropical fruits and look forward to joining many discussions here on the forum.

Kind regards,
John

Welcome Johnny. I am sure you will enjoy it here. I live in Coral Springs as well, right behind Mullins Park. What all are you growing?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: gunnar429 on April 16, 2014, 03:55:09 PM
Overheard Don from going-bananas the other day at fairchild, saying that nematodes can be a problem here in FL...He recommended 2 feet of mulch!  FWIW, but i trust he knows his stuff regarding bananas

What is the problem? That nematodes attack bananas or that bananas spread them? I have never had any problems .... I have bananas of diff kinds none are tissue cultured

Someone (I think it was Noel) was saying that their ______ type bananas were only half the size as they should be.  Don responded that nematodes can be a big problem, but probably only in certain cases.  You mulch pretty heavily so it wouldn't be a problem for you, but nonetheless, it is insight into the fact that you could even mulch them more to make them happy.  If it ain't broke, though, don't fix it. 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Johnny from the Springs on April 16, 2014, 04:23:48 PM
Thanks for the welcome gunnar and mangokothiyan.

Mangokothiyan,

In ground, I have two red Grumichama, one Gefner Atemoya, three dwarf pomegranates, sugar-cane, two dwarf coconut palms, Pickering mango, Choc-anon mango, Sweetheart Lychee, Mauritius Lychee, Rhode Red orange, Mai-3 Jakfruit and several desert bananas.

In pots, I have several varieties of mangoes, lemons, figs, carambola, oranges, pineapple guava and my favorite...miracle fruit.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: mangokothiyan on April 16, 2014, 05:20:36 PM
Thanks for the welcome gunnar and mangokothiyan.

Mangokothiyan,

In ground, I have two red Grumichama, one Gefner Atemoya, three dwarf pomegranates, sugar-cane, two dwarf coconut palms, Pickering mango, Choc-anon mango, Sweetheart Lychee, Mauritius Lychee, Rhode Red orange, Mai-3 Jakfruit and several desert bananas.

In pots, I have several varieties of mangoes, lemons, figs, carambola, oranges, pineapple guava and my favorite...miracle fruit.

That is a lovely collection! Congrats..

I am more into mangoes - have about 12 diff varieties in the ground  - and also have two mamey sapote, three sapodilla, one coconut palm, june plum, Sweetheart Lychee, Mauritius Lychee, two moringa trees, a sugar apple and a Bangkok Lemon jackfruit. Would love to see your collection some day. I also have a banana from Njahlipoovan (it is from India, where I am from). Possibly the best I've ever had. Will gladly give you a pup if you want one.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Johnny from the Springs on April 17, 2014, 12:12:13 PM
Mangokothiyan,

Thank you for the offer.  Your other non-mango trees are very impressive as well.  I am a huge mango fan myself, but not nearly as experienced as most of the people here in the forum.  The current collection in pots is Cogshall, Fairchild, Neelam and a pickering (my first tree).
I would love to hear more about your mango collection.  Which is you favorite?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: savemejebus on April 17, 2014, 03:27:51 PM
Coral Springs is taking over this forum. I move to change the title to Coral Springs Tropical Fruit Discussion. Do I have a second?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: tropfruit on April 17, 2014, 04:28:58 PM
New to the forum.  This is Tony from SoCal.  To be exact, I am in San Gabriel Valley.

Have anyone have any luck on growing Mangosteen & Rambutan in California?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: mangokothiyan on April 17, 2014, 04:46:27 PM
Mangokothiyan,

Thank you for the offer.  Your other non-mango trees are very impressive as well.  I am a huge mango fan myself, but not nearly as experienced as most of the people here in the forum.  The current collection in pots is Cogshall, Fairchild, Neelam and a pickering (my first tree).
I would love to hear more about your mango collection.  Which is you favorite?

I love the Carrie and  luckily for me, it looks like I will get a decent crop this year. I also love PPK (Lemon Meringue) but I told that it takes time before starting to produce well. I also have the Nam Doc Mai, two pickerings, a Keitt, Duncan, Bailey's Marvel, Mallika, Maha Chanok, Juicy peach, Sweet Tart and an Ugly Betty.  ST, UB and JP are small trees, just in the ground. I am most excited about my Kesar, which has little fruits on it for the first time. I am from India and I have heard great things about it; it is said to be as good or better than Alphonso. So keeping my fingers crossed. The Sweet Tart is said to be very good and productive too...

I have also topworked a mislabeled Glenn with Neelam, Choc Anon, Florigon and Brhm Kei Mea. I have Fairchild, ZillIndo-Chinese and Pim Saen Mun on my Bailey marvel. More mango trees than I need, but it is hard to stop. This is what the hobby does to you.

My favorite mango is something that does not produce well here - mulgoa. I had it when in India and it was like a slice of heaven. that good..



Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: mangokothiyan on April 17, 2014, 04:48:25 PM
New to the forum.  This is Tony from SoCal.  To be exact, I am in San Gabriel Valley.

Have anyone have any luck on growing Mangosteen & Rambutan in California?

I second it, wholeheartedly!! Not sure the others will agree though.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: georgesunny on April 21, 2014, 01:43:22 AM
Hey Mango "Kothiyan," Great efforts on Mango.

Probably you must have heard about "Nattumavu," We have an excellent variety called "Chakkara mavu. small fruits in bunches, great flavor. We have been producing its bud grafts in large scale. Available at "Homegrown Nursery and Farms" Kanjirapally, Kerala, India.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: TRI433 on April 23, 2014, 10:54:20 PM
Hello everyone here!  I am a new member from Citrus Growers Forum and also Bananas.org.     Right now I am growing mangos, avocados, bananas, and papaya.    I am sure there is a lot to learn on this forum from others who no doubt have a lot more experience than I do growing tropical fruit trees.   
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: georgesunny on April 24, 2014, 08:20:45 AM
So nice to see you here!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: canesgirl821 on April 28, 2014, 09:08:01 PM
Thought I'd put an end to the lurking and introduce myself.  I'm relatively new to this addiction hobby.   :)

I live in Sunrise, FL, 10b if my neighbors are to be believed. I recently moved into a house with a modest backyard which I've filled with the following:

Nam Doc Mai
Carrie
Graham
Lemon Zest (courtesy of Zands)
Van Dyke (also courtesy of Zands)
Carambola Kari
Pomegranate Wonderful
Peach UF Sun
Florida Hass Avocado
And a random fledgling papaya

All are newly planted babies except for the ones from Zands and I've been reading up to learn as much as I can about taking care of them.

The real reason I decided to come out of the shadows tonight is I'm concerned about my Van Dyke, which was transplanted from Zands yard to mine yesterday. It may be quite normal but may also be indicative of a problem so I'm hoping one of the mango docs can lend some advice. I noticed today that some of the new growth towards the top of the tree, so far only on one side, has some unhappy leaves curling up. Here's a pic:

(http://s27.postimg.cc/6ff4359fj/image.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/6ff4359fj/)

I welcome any thoughts, comments, suggestions.

Thanks to all for this awesome forum, look forward to chatting with everyone and learning more!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: luiz r. belline on April 28, 2014, 10:43:27 PM
Hi guys! My name is Luiz and I'm from Brazil. I work at Toyota as engineer and what I really enjoy to do in my life is to take care of my tropical fruit trees at my dad's small farm. We have grumixama, cereja do rio grande, guabiju, cambuca, cereja de joinville, red pitanga, black pitanga, acerola, saguaragi, cabeludinha, jaracatia, yellow araçá, red araçá, giant araçá, pear araçá, araçá piranga, pitomba, uvaia and others I can remember now. I'm very glad to know that other people share the same kind of fascination by the nature. If you have some doubt about brazilian tropical fruits, please let me know, I will try to help. Thanks!!!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: luiz r. belline on April 28, 2014, 10:57:12 PM
Hi guys! My name is Luiz and I'm from Brazil. I work at Toyota as engineer and what I really enjoy to do in my life is to take care of my tropical fruit trees at my dad's small farm. We have grumixama, cereja do rio grande, guabiju, cambuca, cereja de joinville, red pitanga, black pitanga, acerola, saguaragi, cabeludinha, jaracatia, yellow araçá, red araçá, giant araçá, pear araçá, araçá piranga, pitomba, uvaia and others I can remember now. I'm very glad to know that other people share the same kind of fascination by the nature. If you have some doubt about brazilian tropical fruits, please let me know, I will try to help. Thanks!!!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HMHausman on April 29, 2014, 02:19:06 PM
The real reason I decided to come out of the shadows tonight is I'm concerned about my Van Dyke, which was transplanted from Zands yard to mine yesterday. It may be quite normal but may also be indicative of a problem so I'm hoping one of the mango docs can lend some advice. I noticed today that some of the new growth towards the top of the tree, so far only on one side, has some unhappy leaves curling up. Here's a pic:

([url]http://s27.postimg.cc/6ff4359fj/image.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://postimg.cc/image/6ff4359fj/[/url])

I welcome any thoughts, comments, suggestions.

Thanks to all for this awesome forum, look forward to chatting with everyone and learning more!


Looks like normal tranplantation shock.  Keep it very well watered and you should be fine.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: canesgirl821 on April 29, 2014, 10:31:40 PM
The real reason I decided to come out of the shadows tonight is I'm concerned about my Van Dyke, which was transplanted from Zands yard to mine yesterday. It may be quite normal but may also be indicative of a problem so I'm hoping one of the mango docs can lend some advice. I noticed today that some of the new growth towards the top of the tree, so far only on one side, has some unhappy leaves curling up. Here's a pic:

([url]http://s27.postimg.cc/6ff4359fj/image.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://postimg.cc/image/6ff4359fj/[/url])

I welcome any thoughts, comments, suggestions.

Thanks to all for this awesome forum, look forward to chatting with everyone and learning more!


Looks like normal tranplantation shock.  Keep it very well watered and you should be fine.


Thank you for your input, if a mango expert like yourself thinks it's ok that makes me feel much better!  :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fruitlovers on April 30, 2014, 12:53:26 AM
The real reason I decided to come out of the shadows tonight is I'm concerned about my Van Dyke, which was transplanted from Zands yard to mine yesterday. It may be quite normal but may also be indicative of a problem so I'm hoping one of the mango docs can lend some advice. I noticed today that some of the new growth towards the top of the tree, so far only on one side, has some unhappy leaves curling up. Here's a pic:

([url]http://s27.postimg.cc/6ff4359fj/image.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://postimg.cc/image/6ff4359fj/[/url])

I welcome any thoughts, comments, suggestions.

Thanks to all for this awesome forum, look forward to chatting with everyone and learning more!


Looks like normal tranplantation shock.  Keep it very well watered and you should be fine.


I agree with Harry. Along with watering it well i also suggest to mist it several times a day. It's having trouble absorbing enough moisture. Also would be good to throw a sheet cover over it for a couple of days, or anything to shade it from full sun, while it recooperates.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: FruitAddict on May 01, 2014, 03:58:49 PM
The real reason I decided to come out of the shadows tonight is I'm concerned about my Van Dyke, which was transplanted from Zands yard to mine yesterday. It may be quite normal but may also be indicative of a problem so I'm hoping one of the mango docs can lend some advice. I noticed today that some of the new growth towards the top of the tree, so far only on one side, has some unhappy leaves curling up. Here's a pic:

([url]http://s27.postimg.cc/6ff4359fj/image.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://postimg.cc/image/6ff4359fj/[/url])

I welcome any thoughts, comments, suggestions.

Thanks to all for this awesome forum, look forward to chatting with everyone and learning more!


Looks like normal tranplantation shock.  Keep it very well watered and you should be fine.


I agree with Harry. Along with watering it well i also suggest to mist it several times a day. It's having trouble absorbing enough moisture. Also would be good to throw a sheet cover over it for a couple of days, or anything to shade it from full sun, while it recooperates.


I might add that I also agree.  We transplanted two trees the other day.  The one did well, but the other one's leaves were hanging.  It hanged for a week or so.  We gave it extra water and also mist with a little something extra in and now it is doing well, although smaller than the other tree.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: kevin8715 on May 25, 2014, 10:47:31 PM
Hi,
Tropical fruit grower in California. I currently have passion fruit, avocado(not fruited yet), mango seedlings, cherimoya, sugar cane, bananas, and coffee seedlings. In actuality I have been more focused on growing and breeding my own vegetables. For example, growing out potatoes from true seeds. Hope to have some fun on this forum asking questions, answering some, and trading.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: nullzero on May 27, 2014, 07:15:33 PM
Hi,
Tropical fruit grower in California. I currently have passion fruit, avocado(not fruited yet), mango seedlings, cherimoya, sugar cane, bananas, and coffee seedlings. In actuality I have been more focused on growing and breeding my own vegetables. For example, growing out potatoes from true seeds. Hope to have some fun on this forum asking questions, answering some, and trading.

Kevin,

Nice to meet you, I am interested in breeding my own vegetables eventually. I am also growing some potatoes from TPS seeds.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Johnnyk on May 29, 2014, 02:43:41 AM
Hi all,
my names Johnny and I love growing tropical fruit from around this wonderful world of ours, particularly Durian currently have two trees that are 12 years old fruiting and one 10 years that's not doing much have a big interest of growing more via seeds. But lots of mixed feed back about this method so was excited to read thar Mike Marshall has had success.
Looking forward to reading past postings
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mike T on May 31, 2014, 08:51:20 AM
Welcome Johnny and good luck with the durians. Kuranda should be alright for a few durian varieties and you might want to supplement your seedling with a grafted durian or two. Marshall has a house in Whitfield/Edge Hill with durians as well as the property opposite Rainforestion on Streets Creek. 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: georgesunny on June 02, 2014, 04:01:48 AM
I am so glad to know that many are interested in Durian. I am currently doing research on many aspects of growing Durians, both cultural and plant protection.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Caprigirl on June 03, 2014, 04:16:02 AM
  GOOD DAY TO ALL OF YOU!!!   
AM NEW HERE.

AM FROM TAIWAN. 
I HAVE JUST STARTED TO PLANT 2 CHERRY PLUMS AND 1SUGAR APPLES. 
WE USE A LITTLE HAND PUMP TYPE POLLINATOR TOOL ON THIS ISLAND TO BEAUTIFUL TASTY FRUITS.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mike T on June 03, 2014, 06:16:11 AM
Caprigirl welcome and there are other Taiwanese people on the forum. It sounds like you pollinate with a camera blower brush. You may be interested in other Annona species to grow. People will enjoy hearing about your fruit growing and eating experiences if you wish to share.

georgesunny......you betcha durians are popular and there has been spirited discussions on growing them and different varieties on the forum. You can search previous discussion with the box at the top left and your input on durians would be welcomed.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: georgesunny on June 06, 2014, 02:01:21 AM
Thanks a lot, Mike! I will explore those discussions.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Vietnamese Dragon fruit on June 09, 2014, 11:47:30 PM
Hi every one, I'm a newbie and also like tropical fruits!
Here is some of mine!
(http://s14.postimg.cc/vqdecbd65/SDC11629.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/vqdecbd65/)

(http://s22.postimg.cc/kq1q93r59/SDC11632.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/kq1q93r59/)


I also like others! Best wishes to every one!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: georgesunny on June 10, 2014, 02:16:41 AM
Hearty Welcome to the Forum! Excellent Dragon Fruit plants!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Vietnamese Dragon fruit on June 10, 2014, 02:47:20 AM
Hearty Welcome to the Forum! Excellent Dragon Fruit plants!

thanks you my bro! these are just some of them, all of them over one hecta!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: RichardS59 on June 14, 2014, 12:05:28 PM
Hi tropical fruit enthusiasts.  Just reached the end of the white sapote season here in the south west of Western Australia.  An excellent season at that.  Nothing better than the taste of over ripe sapote in a fruit salad or thick shake.  Other fruits from the garden include black sapote, guava, feijoa and mango.  Still struggling to achieve a crop of lychee and sapodilla.  Richard.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Rooster01 on June 17, 2014, 02:23:53 PM
Hello to the group
My name is chuck, I live in SWFL (Naples)
Two years ago I took all the landscaping out of my yard and planted all tropical fruit trees,
Black sapote, sugar apple, Alano sapodilla,Malay apple, starfruit, ever bearing Mulberry, pineapples, and now I'm addicted to Dragon fruit, I have six varieties.iam a newbie that's why I joined the group hoping to learn all I can. Look forward to texting and someday maybe meet some of you. Does anybody else live in Naples FL. All for now....Chuck
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: frukt on June 21, 2014, 04:31:16 AM
Hello Rooster01 and everyone. Ever bearing mullberries sounds like a dream. Is that possible in other places or just in florida?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: zands on June 22, 2014, 02:50:35 PM
Hello Rooster01 and everyone. Ever bearing mullberries sounds like a dream. Is that possible in other places or just in florida?

If I had the space I would plant one. As far as I know ever bearing is an exaggeration and does not mean year around. It means an extended season. It means many months when it gives ripe fruits. And in Portugal this means more months than Germany.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: frukt on June 22, 2014, 03:00:19 PM
 ;D  Thanks

I found out that already after some googling. I planted to mullberries, one grafted and one not. The grafted is growing beautiful and was giving big black fruits in the spring but now it stoped. Im going to look up some everbearing ones even if that doesnt really mean so  ;)
Title: new membeer
Post by: penelope lutz on June 22, 2014, 09:56:21 PM
Just found you people but looking forward to making good use of this site.  I live in  Hawaii, north shore, low elevation, lots of rain, lots of sun.  I have been here close to 40 years and still planting and looking for new trees.  I have a parrot farm so most of my fruit is grown for them although some gets eaten by humans.  I came upon you looking for information on bunchchosia which I found blooming for the first time.  I doubt I will contribute a lot but I look forward to what everyone else has to say. 
Title: Re: new membeer
Post by: gunnar429 on June 22, 2014, 10:05:30 PM
those are some damned lucky parrots!  Welcome.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: nana7b on June 25, 2014, 10:03:54 PM
Hi, just joined this forum. I'm in zone 8a and limited to growing tropical fruits in containers. I do not have a greenhouse, therefore, the guava that I grow stay in an unheated garage 5 months out of the year.

I have grown a large crunchy white guava in this manner for about 6 yrs. I get a single crop a year that ripen from September through October.

This weekend I added Ruby Supreme and Indonesian seedless guava to my collection. I also bought a Gefner atemoya and a seedling sugar apple. I am hoping they will survive the garage treatment over the winter.

Besides these I grow about 15 varieties of figs, a multi-grafted Jujube and two multi-grafted pear grown in ground.

If anyone has any pointers regarding growing atemoya and sugar apple in containers please chime in.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: frukt on June 27, 2014, 03:04:21 AM
Hi, just joined this forum. I'm in zone 8a and limited to growing tropical fruits in containers. I do not have a greenhouse, therefore, the guava that I grow stay in an unheated garage 5 months out of the year.

I have grown a large crunchy white guava in this manner for about 6 yrs. I get a single crop a year that ripen from September through October.

This weekend I added Ruby Supreme and Indonesian seedless guava to my collection. I also bought a Gefner atemoya and a seedling sugar apple. I am hoping they will survive the garage treatment over the winter.

Besides these I grow about 15 varieties of figs, a multi-grafted Jujube and two multi-grafted pear grown in ground.

If anyone has any pointers regarding growing atemoya and sugar apple in containers please chime in.

Hi Nana7b! Living in a garage seems to be little dark and boring. Maybe arrange some glassed room for exotics and drinking coffe?? Otherwise you can also put some growing lights in the garage. I wouldnt buy one since they are expensive but building one demands at least som soldering skills. LED is the cheapest to run.

You should try maybe acca sellowiana outdoors as well!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Guava Man on June 27, 2014, 09:31:05 AM

Hi All,

My name is Ahmed Dirir and I live in Somaliland in Horn of Africa , http://somalilandgov.com (http://somalilandgov.com). I am establishing a new Guava Plantation on a 10 hectare piece of land with good quality soil and excellent quality and quantity of water through borehole I dug few years back. This is my first large scale project in fruit tree farming and my knowledge of propagation and management is basic.

I moved here from UK around 8 years ago and my main business is drilling water wells. I am now really committed to establishing high and ultra high fruit tree orchards in Somaliland as 90% of fruit and vege is imported.

I've really joined the forum to gain support from members knowledge as Somaliland is a new country and there are agricultural extension offices or consultants here.

I'm 40 , married, no kids and love farming.

thats me.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: thao on June 28, 2014, 08:21:40 PM

Hi All,

My name is Ahmed Dirir and I live in Somaliland in Horn of Africa , [url]http://somalilandgov.com[/url] ([url]http://somalilandgov.com[/url]). I am establishing a new Guava Plantation on a 10 hectare piece of land with good quality soil and excellent quality and quantity of water through borehole I dug few years back. This is my first large scale project in fruit tree farming and my knowledge of propagation and management is basic.

I moved here from UK around 8 years ago and my main business is drilling water wells. I am now really committed to establishing high and ultra high fruit tree orchards in Somaliland as 90% of fruit and vege is imported.

I've really joined the forum to gain support from members knowledge as Somaliland is a new country and there are agricultural extension offices or consultants here.

I'm 40 , married, no kids and love farming.

thats me.
Welcome to the family, what kind of guava are you growing on such a large scale farm?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Moringa Maid on July 07, 2014, 07:44:19 PM
I live in Clearwater, FL with my husband Dave.  We are organic gardeners and among other things are growing some tropical fruit trees - mango, grapefruit, papaya, kiwi lime, avocado, passion fruit and moringa.  Our moringa tree is a huge stenopetala that's right now got lots of wonderfully fragrant blossums that are sweet tasting. Great for salads and smoothies, as are the leaves.  Our passion fruit vines bear beautiful flowers and then fruit twice a year.  I sell moringa oleifera and passion fruit trees. 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Leviathon51 on July 07, 2014, 08:18:09 PM
Hi all!  I'm a long time lurker, but since I have expanded my collection I thought I would introduce myself.  My name is Chris, I live in the New Smyrna Beach area of Florida.  To feed my addiction, I work as a media specialist/school librarian at a local middle school.  I have focused on growing my tropical fruit trees in cold frames, but I have 16 acres that I plan to slowly fill with fruit trees.  So far I have a decent collection of fruit, fortunately I live in central Florida and with protection I can grow both tropicals and northern type fruits.
(http://s22.postimg.cc/jpn2ucgrh/IMAG1039.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/jpn2ucgrh/)

(http://s22.postimg.cc/ljzxc33rx/IMAG1253.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/ljzxc33rx/)

(http://s22.postimg.cc/fujorrxlp/IMAG1460.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/fujorrxlp/)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: gunnar429 on July 08, 2014, 10:10:15 AM
welcome.  Let me know if you want to send one of those acres down here to s. fl  ;)

seriously, though, you have the ability to grow so many varieties of fruit.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: FlyingFoxFruits on July 13, 2014, 11:17:35 PM
Leviathon51,
was great to meet you...

looks like you have a great set up, and a wonderful opportunity to grow some rare fruits!!

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Leviathon51 on July 14, 2014, 02:27:42 PM
Thanks Adam, I blame you for the increase in my addiction.  After seeing your tropicals at the nursery I have moved from subtropicals to the more tropical fruit.  Can't wait to order the other fruits you have!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: merce3 on July 15, 2014, 12:05:17 AM
name is georges (french spelling). i live in west central florida and i'm zone pushing a number of tropicals including mangoes, soursop and bananas. i only have a couple mango varieties atm, but ordered up some bud wood so hopefully i can expand here before fall. i just put a nam doc mai and pickering in the ground.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: nullzero on July 17, 2014, 02:55:31 PM
Welcome georges to the forum.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Don on August 03, 2014, 06:18:05 AM
Hi all, my name is Don from Brisbane and have caught the tropical fruit bug like the rest of you. Haha! Started of gathering a few different species including
brazil guava
jaboticaba( standard one available in australia) not sure of type
brown turkey fig
birds eye sandpaper fig
strawberry guava
Midyim berry
Bowen mango
imperial mandarin
then got myself some grumichama black and yellow and fell in love with the eugenia species of which I have a couple of species now including
pitomba
cherry of rio grand
dwarf grumichama
forrest plum and a myrcyanthes. Always on the lookout for different eugenia species especially any red fruited types like cereja calycina and mattosi.
Enjoy being part of such a worldwide group gardening enthusiasts.
Regards Don
Title: Ciao Hola Hi
Post by: ANGELO on August 03, 2014, 09:53:09 AM
Hello guy !!
I'm Angelo from Milano, north Italy
I am a lover of flowers and plants, especially tropical and hibiscus
Exchange seeds, hybrid plants, and participated in numerous international forums
Write me in English, Italian or Spanish



take a look !
http://picasaweb.google.it/AANGELO.MILAN (http://picasaweb.google.it/AANGELO.MILAN)



Angelo
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mike T on August 03, 2014, 05:20:30 PM
Howdy Angelo,Don,merce3,Leviathon and the Moringa Maid.It is good to have you all on board and you will find  the warm glow of a cheery bunch of froot loops here. The extra horticultural muscle that new folk bring means this place just keeps getting better.

 Don you are not the first Daleys refugee to be cast up on these friendly international shores.You can find all that and so much more here.

There is a search box above to the right to look for past threads on your topics of interest and a PM facility that allows you to reach out to others and leave a message.

Cheers
Mike T
Title: Re: Introduce Yours