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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Help with Mango leaves (CaC)
« on: November 16, 2019, 08:49:44 AM »
Have a bunch of mango seedlings from this years feeding that I’m evaluating and in particular I planted this seed from a CaC fruit I purchased from tropical acres. 

What I like are the leaves are very dark green, sharp and pointy, are somewhat stiff/erect whereas most mangos the leaves flop over. My question to those growing the real Cac, can you post some pics off the leaves as a response? Tia.

This year was biggest crop off my coconut cream tree to date which is planted next to my ice cream mango tree. One of the fruits I picked off the coco cream was smaller and oddly shaped, nearest to the ice cream tree. Planted the seed and it doesn’t look like it the other coco cream sprouts off the tree. I am hoping that this is a cross between the two, and I guess I’ll know someday 🤞


Tropical Fruit Discussion / 1st year attempt at annona breeding.
« on: November 16, 2019, 08:38:01 AM »
Basically just posting pics for any advice and to reference:

Here is a reticulata x sugar apple from seeds a friend gave me, next to a reticulata seedling.

Here is a seedling sugar apple off my Na Dai tree.

Here is a seedling hybrid off my Na Dai tree I crossed with reticulata pollen or Lisa atemoya pollen. I had labeled the different flowers based on which pollen was used BUT some very windy days blew the colored coded markers off the tree 🤷‍♂️ I am leaning toward it being SA x Reticulata though. One thing I did notice when planting the seeds were that they were longer and thin like reticulata seeds (whether that holds true is my guess).


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Macadamia nut, cultivar?
« on: November 09, 2019, 12:26:57 PM »
Hey Jack

Thank you for response, originally planted in ground as soon as I bought it, in front landscape island as an ornamental center piece after reading about the Beaumont pink flowers and jasmine scent, the nuts will be a bonus. Thing was the tree did nothing for months, not exaggerating, nothing. Removed it back into a pot and since put a silk floss in its place while the macadamia nut now has new growth in a pot 🤷‍♂️


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Macadamia nut, cultivar?
« on: November 09, 2019, 11:02:09 AM »

Hey Forum,

Bought the above macadamia nut from Excalibur as “Beaumont” which was what I was looking for. Finally got some new growth on the tree and according to Wikipedia “Beaumont” is supposedly reddish new growth. Can anyone confirm if I have a mislabeled tree?



Forgot to add that an important answer to what it is that is sprayed on the cut trunk ribbons? Maybe an antifungal or something that promotes the tree to heal and scab over faster? 🤔


Thanks for posting this very interesting video, and here is another that was linked to it: what it seems like they are doing is cutting the base trunk where these ribbons then get pressed down like as if a spring compresses this seems to immediately reduce the height (and may slow down future growth) then the tree is bent over, then the cut ribbons scab over and what forms actually looks wider and acts like scaffolding support to provide better support for the tree to hold weight of fruit at the bent angle, which is now easier to harvest and lower to the ground!

Another way to prevent mature tall trees from falling over is air layer them and replant, you’ll have a tree producing fruit 2 ft off the ground or lower if you want and it will be easier to steak.



Last month the “specialty crop research initiative” allocated 7.3 million to study the spotted lantern fly and its impact...



Maybe try contacting the university of FL and seeing if anyone pursuing a PhD in a related science science would like to take on the research project then apply for a study grant, to fund the project. Here are some examples of awards in dollar amounts and the topics their are studying , to be honest there is more than enough money available to go around and every year plenty of it is allotted, what ends up are frivolous projects being studied/undertaken and you for example have a significant need and issue.


Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / For sale few hundred Meyer lemon seeds
« on: October 28, 2019, 11:59:01 PM »

Finished juicing a ton of Meyer lemons off my tree, have a few hundred seeds for sale for 20$ plus cost of whatever shipping you want, US only.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First safou harvest
« on: October 23, 2019, 01:12:02 PM »

Figured i’d Add this to the thread, bought some seeds off Oscar few months ago, got three to germinate the rest rotted and were eaten by very tiny mite/ant looking bugs. Here pictured are two plants which to me the leaves look somewhat different shapes one more rounded vs other larger teardrop.

Anyone with experience on lowest recorded temperatures these have tolerated? ...just bought a small greenhouse and getting prepared for this winter incase  I have to move these among others into the green house. Avg lows are low 40’s F.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ho do commercial guava growers do it?
« on: October 23, 2019, 01:00:28 PM »
Going to venture out on a limb, but the answer probably lies in lots of pesticides 🤷‍♂️


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 98 pounder
« on: October 21, 2019, 11:48:59 AM »
Wow, that’s a beast, also nice symmetrical shape.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 98 pounder
« on: October 21, 2019, 10:12:15 AM »
Well where is the pic lol ?!?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Variegated Red Hybrid
« on: October 15, 2019, 06:34:58 AM »
Wow looks awesome,


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Variegated Red Hybrid
« on: October 14, 2019, 08:00:07 PM »
This is really pretty, I’m really interested to see what the fruit look like!


Zands- my thinking on zip tie vs clothes pin is that zip tie provides a better form fit to any thickness branch you are grafting with concentric pressure evenly distributed vs a clothes pin acting off a fulcrum and pressure maybe less evenly distributed, also don’t think the rubber band is necessary 🤔. Really looking forward to next season to graft up some more annonas and mangos, growing out some rootstocks now.



Hey Ed,

Wanted to chime in here and say thank you for the inspiration. I have tried grafting a few times in the past and pretty much gave up on it due to no success and feeling that I was just ruining the plants and wasting time. I saw this zip tie idea and decided to try it out along with a “saddle graft” style which flyingfoxfruits has a post on the forum using annonas (believe this is just opposite the cleft grafts you are doing). Above is a picture of two big red attempts on na dai rootstock, and both took! I didn’t use a rubber band, just buddy tape and zip tie.

Really appreciate this forum and all the knowledge shared. Thank you.


Hey Forum,

Came across two videos

1) looks like discussing seedless avocado, can anyone that speaks Spanish provide a summary of this? Is it an explanation on how produce a seedless variety?

2) this video is on inducing blooming by girdling branches, I find this really interesting but am confused about about how the fertilization ie nitrogen, potassium, and boron plays into the discussion because of a possible miscommunication with the subtitle translation? Can you girdle anytime of the year to induce blooming?

Thanks for any help with these.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is pitomba worth growing for the fruits?
« on: September 26, 2019, 09:24:34 AM »
Tried a pitomba once picked right off tree, gaged and spit it out... you will probably get a range of opinions on this but I'll never try one again, JMO but grumichama is far better.


Will you happen to have any Abiu fruit for sale? It seems the season has ended in US....

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Looking for Poshte (Annona Scleroderma)
« on: September 18, 2019, 01:37:48 PM »
Hey Forum

Looking for Poshte seeds or Scions to purchase or even plants if available please contact me.

Thanks for help,


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How to treat my sick Anon trees?
« on: September 15, 2019, 12:20:55 PM »

I can’t see any close up of the leaves, take a look at this resource and then another look at your leaves to see if you can diagnose the problem, it may be just needing a mineral supplement to rebalance despite inherent soil condition

I found this resource a while back on this forum and saved it, think it’s something every Annona grower should keep in their personal library.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Where to find fresh Abiu?
« on: September 11, 2019, 12:30:27 AM »
Hey Forum,

Wondering where in south fl I could purchase some fresh abiu to sample?



Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My Florida Luc’s- Fruit tasted video links
« on: September 07, 2019, 05:55:23 PM »
Thanks posting this video, hope more people jump on this as for the super rare fruits like Luc’s garçons it is very helpful.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How to increase yield on Lemon Zest Mango?
« on: September 07, 2019, 05:49:08 PM »
Hey Simon,

One thing to throw out there is how are you pruning post harvest season? I have heard that if you cut over 1ft off of a fruiting branch it will set that branch back by two years until it fruits again, tip pruning is great for inducing branching and management but excessively pruning a mango can also cause low crop along with rainy season fungal spread.


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