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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: June 23, 2018, 06:57:31 AM »
Just wanted to share this beauty.  Never seen this big.
The last one is what was left from my breakfast, just too much.

Thank you coach62, tropicalgriwer89, much appreciated.

Thank you very much Shot, Capt Ram.

Thank you Finca La Isla, shot, JF.

Shot, is it ok to have Tradescantia pallida as a ground cover below fruit trees?  Worried that is will take away water and nutrients.

The dark patches on the Pickering mango also worry me. Hope it will go away but itself without crippling the tree that has been my favorite so far.

Happy weekend !

Looking for some guidance on these questions:
1. My 6ft grafted mamey sapote is heavily loaded with tiny fruits.  Having seen a full sized fruit at a store, I wander if I should thin the fruit or just ignore and let it do its thing.
2. My small Pickering mango developed black patches on branches, something that looks like mold.  Any thing to worry about?  Should I us a bleach or something to try and wipe it ?
3. I found this pretty ground plant cover in a park and brought a stem home, planted next to a tree.  It is spreading well.  Is this a good cover around fruit trees (like the avocado in the photo) or will it compete for nutrients and water too much ?  Will it attract any bad insects ?  Good insects ?

Sorry I am all over the place with these questions.
I live in Palm Beach county in FL.
Photos are attached.

Thank you for your wisdom and advice !


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Peanutbutter tree
« on: March 02, 2017, 07:58:55 PM »
last summer.

Looks like mine, new leave are light color for a while before they turn dark.
I do not give it anything particular.
Started to fruit at a young age at two feet and couple of times per year.
Birds and squirrels love the fruit.  To beat them to it, I started to pick when they are orange colored but before they are dark red and soft, and let them ripen/darken/soften in the kitchen.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Problem with avocado tree
« on: February 27, 2017, 08:33:47 PM »
This is all over the tree.  I am inclined to do nothing and just let it survive.  Is it a bad idea ?

the leaves will fall off but they'll come back

Thanks Das Bhut. Sounds like it is ok to leave it as is.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Problem with avocado tree
« on: February 26, 2017, 11:04:44 AM »
This is all over the tree.  I am inclined to do nothing and just let it survive.  Is it a bad idea ?

Or multi graft like I am trying to do.  Put as many varieties as it takes on one tree.

This season on my tiny plot I had 6 varieties on 3 trees of about 6-7ft each.  Next season I am hoping for 8 varieties on the same.  Scions received thanks to generosity of forum members.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: TR Hovey papaya in So. Fla.
« on: July 06, 2016, 11:12:39 PM »
Not adding much new here, but wanted to say that I was also disappointed by TR Hovey taste - bland and vom.  And it would get mushy quick.  Both tree and fruit look good though.  i ended up cutting the tree.   Here is a funny part - seeds planted from maradol-type tree next to tr Hov were likely from a fruit pollinated by tr hov.  This seedling tree and fruit look like tr Hov on the outside but the inside is darker and tastes very good.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee Bloom S. Fla. 2016
« on: February 28, 2016, 07:50:21 PM »
My young Emperor is developing flowers.  This is a total surprise, I planted it 2.5 years ago from a 3 gal air layer.  It is less than 6 ft tall.  Now I need to figure out how to keep the fruit away from squirrels, birds, and other competitors.  Any advice?

Pickering has been the easiest and best for me so far.  But as you see opinions are all over the map.  Frankly, I am not sure how LZ became the measuring stick, I have eaten others that are better.  But, again, tastes differ.  So, why not get a multi graft and see what works for you best.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: White frothy stuff on papaya tree.
« on: January 02, 2016, 10:35:38 AM »
Would it be fine just to ignore it ?
I have ignored it on my papayas so far.

Smell and taste evolved to attract humans to nutritious fruit and fertile other humans for the same reason - reproduction.  I do not see difference between men and women in this.  But I definitely see similarity between how humans are attracted to food and to other humans.  The fact that certain fruit and vegetable remind us to male and female organs is also in part due to evolution (and in part due to imagination, which in turn was evolved for the same reasons).

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Carambola with six edges
« on: January 02, 2016, 10:13:48 AM »
This is what I found on my SK tree today.  Just thought to share.  Happy new year !

The best mamey sapotes I have had are even better than the best mangos and lychees and other "top tier" fruit for my taste.  It is perhaps one of the most under appreciated fruit.  Just thought to mention.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Do most people eat Fuyu persimmons
« on: November 30, 2015, 10:10:54 PM »
With skin for me. I normally buy about 70 - 80 pounds worth from California each year. They are absolutely marvelous. The only problem I have is that they can be so sweet that I can get a sugar headache if I eat too many (which is easy to do).

The fuyu can be eaten in the soft state too, and they are quite good like that. My favorite way to eat soft persimmons is to freeze them for several hours first.

Persimmon Monster, ;-) Do you mind sharing the source that sells such large amount and ships to FL ? I can definitely see myself buying 50 pounds ...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Do most people eat Fuyu persimmons
« on: November 24, 2015, 09:51:23 PM »
Another proof that tastes differ.

I love crunchy non-astringent types with skin, have eaten crunchy and juicy persimmons far tastier than Fuyu in childhood, and lots of it.  Skin adds to texture and taste in my view.  Same with apples.

Soft ripened astringent types do not come close in my view.  Where I come from, they usually sundry soft astringent types into delicious and super sweet snack.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: granadilla ..passiflora sp
« on: November 08, 2015, 10:19:34 AM »
Thanks barath !  I will check out laurifolia.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: granadilla ..passiflora sp
« on: November 07, 2015, 06:49:10 AM »
I would love to know too.  My last passiflora plant did not work out - no flowers, no fruit, too much vine and leaves, overtaking everything.  I am looking to replace it with something got to eat fresh, sweet and not much acid.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Top[ grafted Mango
« on: November 05, 2015, 10:18:40 PM »
Ummm, why not graft all of the above.  I have a Cogshal that did not hold fruit well, now it has four others top grafted to it.  High expectations for next year.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Top 10 worst fruits (VIDEO)
« on: November 04, 2015, 09:25:02 PM »
It is fair to expect that at least some of these and more other fruit varieties will eventually disappear from human consumption replaced by others evolved and developed superiors that constantly compete for human preference for evolutionary reasons.  Ok, a lot is packed in that sentence but please do not argue, it is just an opinion.

The question is: what fruits were very wide spread in the past but all but disappeared from human consumption by now and why ?  I bet there are plenty of examples.  They are also likely candidates for worst.  Anybody can give a brief history ? Any lessons learned ?

I call this forum: free time sponge.
Fruit trees bought for my tiny yard: almost as good an investment as a boat.
On a nice day, all this is called: therapy.

Yah, papaya is definitely an acquired taste. Once you get used to them, they are an awesome fruit: super sweet, produce year round and within a year from seed, and you don't even have to plant them since the wildlife does that for you.

I am a papaya convert.  Hated before, but love now.  Did not like TR Hovey, but now growing  another variety with red flesh, likely Mexican.

Great sweet taste, and pleasant aftertaste.  Slight "vom" hint in smell - which I do not mind but my wife does - I squeeze half of lime on it, which neutralizes the hint in smell and adds extra depth to flavor.  Greatly recommend.

Oh and the green papaya salad I ate in Puerto Rico was easily one of the best salads I ever tried.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help with Avocado problems
« on: October 27, 2015, 09:45:49 PM »
Thanks SonnyCrockett,  bsbullie,

I fertilize with the mix bought at Excalibur every other month but have to admit I am never sure how much to fertilize, may be overdoing for all I know.

This summer and early fall feel unusually wet in my area with rains almost every night.  May be my view is a bit biased.   Anyway, I will try watering it deeply.  It is in ground By the way.

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