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Tropical Fruit Discussion / How to prune/train/trellis Mysore raspberry
« on: December 18, 2019, 07:20:36 AM »
Hi everyone,
I know most people here disdain the Mysore but I find the shade-ripened fruit to be delicious, plus it's perfect as an impenetrable barrier for security purposes, with fruit as a bonus! Our original planting, however, is not in a location where we want it going wild so we need to tame it somehow. I just don't know where I'm supposed to cut in order to maximize fruit production and minimize its sprawling. Can anyone help or direct me to a guide or something? Much appreciated.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / WTB Dream annona small plant or seeds
« on: November 27, 2019, 10:24:49 AM »
Can anyone direct me to a source for a small grafted Dream plant or at least seeds that will ship to Miami FL? Thanks!

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Yes. As long as they are ripe when picked or when they drop, they will continue to ripen and sweeten up some, and lose acidity and sourness.  Wrinkled ones are fine with me, they are just near the end of their goodness.

An unripe passion fruit picked early or that drops early will not ripen properly.

Thank you very helpful :).

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Sometimes fruit drops from our vine pretty green - will it sweeten up at all on the counter or not? Thanks!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anyone growing Utuado avocado in Florida?
« on: November 01, 2019, 10:20:46 AM »
Thanks! But I need budwood not a tree. Wow their prices are ch-ching! aren't they.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Anyone growing Utuado avocado in Florida?
« on: October 31, 2019, 04:54:28 PM »
Looking for opinions and also budwood!

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I think bark refers to the rootstock.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango budwood question
« on: October 07, 2019, 04:38:09 PM »
Thanks. Actually I understand that some nurseries swear by it, but regardless I wasn't planning on doing a bud graft.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango budwood question
« on: October 07, 2019, 10:57:12 AM »
Hi everyone. Does new mango growth have to be fully hardened off in order to use it for budwood? I have new growth that's like 2/3 of the way there, and the rootstock plant is ready to go. Should I go for it or wait? Experts? Thanks in advance!

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Oh ok thanks. Do you know when you'll have peach palm seeds again?

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Hi, can you ship seeds to Florida, US without any problems?

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I'm using this gravedigger method exclusively for top working with about 98% success on avocado and citrus. With mango I've had several practice takes seedling on seedling with this method, and I had one take out of about 12 with scions that were over a week in the mail but that one take was a miracle because the scions had already pushed in transit so that was the problem. With any other technique I wouldn't have gotten even the one. I've posted pics of some of the grafts here:
https://casaabyayala.tumblr.com/post/187082260277/aguacate-variedad-de-la-casa-que-hemos-nombrado
And here:
https://casaabyayala.tumblr.com/post/187083181283/perennes-julio-agosto-parte-3-injertos
I highly recommend this method for top-working. The only failures I've had with it (other than the exhausted scions) was when the scion is too big (or the sprout too small) so the curve of the sprout doesn't allow full contact with the flat cut of the scion. Barring that, it's practically no-fail.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Size of red jabo tree?
« on: June 13, 2019, 04:01:47 PM »
Thanks yeah I have that, but since the red is a hybrid and it's not listed it doesn't really give the answer I'm hoping for.  60ft is pretty huge! Can you keep them smaller with pruning or do they not like that? True, we need Adam to chime in here, or maybe Cookie Monster?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Size of red jabo tree?
« on: June 11, 2019, 06:24:51 PM »
Thanks! But I'm hoping to find out how big they want to get in the ground after 10 years or so. Long term planning. :)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Size of red jabo tree?
« on: June 10, 2019, 07:31:04 PM »
Can anyone tell me the size of a red jabo tree when grown in pretty much tropical conditions? Trying to figure out where to plant mine out. Do they have aggressive roots?
Thanks!

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Hi everyone,
Rainy season has begun and it's time to get these guys in the ground. To choose their spots, I need to know their relative heights, root vigor (will any want to bust through concrete?), and nutritional requirements. Height in particular is important as I'm planting on a slope, especially for the uvaia, I can't find anything on that one. Thank you!

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Anyone?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Please ID this plant (Eugenia?) w/pics
« on: May 05, 2019, 08:54:39 PM »
This was sold to me as a jaboticaba "café". The seller is trustworthy so I think it was an honest mistake. But it's obviously not a jabo so...what is it?? It looks Eugenia-like, but it's none of the Eugenias I already have. Any ideas?











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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My sapodillas!
« on: April 29, 2019, 09:07:56 PM »
Sorry I can't tell you, these trees have been in the ground well over 10 years, maybe 20. We just bought the property last year so they started fruiting waaay before our time. Around here they say you can start hoping after 6 years, but 8 years is more likely.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My sapodillas!
« on: April 29, 2019, 07:09:48 PM »
Awesome looking tree and fruits Zafra, those are some good sized Saps.

Simon
Thanks Simon! We really lucked out with this property in general, but the sapodillas might be the luckiest part. Here saps (they're called nísperos here) are strictly from seed, no named cultivars,  but our trees produce so much exquisite fruit I'm not even remotely tempted to bring down budwood.
Task for this year is to similarly cut back the other two trees to make their harvests similarly concentrated and manageable next year. Being seedlings these trees do shoot for the heavens!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pitomba planter question
« on: April 29, 2019, 04:32:11 PM »
size is fine. pitomba roots not aggressive. If the concrete is relatively fresh, it could contribute to chlorosis due to high ph.
No worries there this is old construction. In fact concrete box is incorrect they're really made of stone with concrete mortar. The original property owners/builders planted decorative palms in there that are busting through the walls now. We're killing ourselves digging them out! But we're determined to get it done now to plant new stuff in there as the rainy season is starting.
A grumachama and jaboticaba are great landscape trees in addition of fruit
I happen to have both in bags waiting to plant out! My hesitation with the grumi is it's soooooo slow-growing it will take forever to start looking good in the box. As for jabos, are their roots aggressive? I know they can get pretty big...


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My sapodillas!
« on: April 29, 2019, 04:14:25 PM »
First, if it's starting to soften at all it's definitely ready. Next test, I poke the skin with a fingernail and often pick if no latex fills the hole (we don't market our fruit so I don't worry about aesthetics, and the little nail marks don't affect eating quality  - don't know what I'd do if we cared about looks!). I still might not pick if the fruit seems really hard, I try to wait for at least a slight change in hardness. Basically, I've learned of in doubt, wait. Picked too early they never ripen well, start to wrinkle without completely losing the latex, flesh stays a pale tan color. Ripened correctly, they soften without wrinkling, lose all the latex, flesh turns the color of dark brown sugar (which pretty much describes the flavor as well). Huge difference.
As for scratching the skin looking for a color change, ours don't turn tan until they're softening so that doesn't work for us.
Truly Tropical has a couple of videos about saps that talk about when to pick.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pitomba planter question
« on: April 29, 2019, 09:07:27 AM »
Seems right, though it's pretty deep and some plants don't want to send roots down so much as sideways. Everything I've read seems to imply that it will work, I just wanted to reassure myself that in 10 years I won't be faced with either moving or axing the plant.
We actually have 3 of these boxes - can anyone suggest other trees that would be happy in them?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My sapodillas!
« on: April 28, 2019, 06:59:57 PM »
Seedling! We are incredibly lucky :)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Pitomba planter question
« on: April 28, 2019, 06:22:38 PM »
Hi all. I'd like to plant a pitomba (E. luschnathiana) in a bottomless concrete box measuring 60"×43". Will it do well in there and will it not eventually try to break through the concrete? Any other fruit trees you'd recommend for such a space? Thank you!

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