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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help With Guava Variety
« on: June 20, 2019, 11:01:27 PM »
EVERY "Mexican cream" guava I bought from Lowes or HD (well over a dozen) were a horrid flavored guava with a bumpy skin fruit that bore no similarity to every description of  "Mexican cream" I read, don't waste your money there, find a reputable nursery instead.

+1 on dislike for breadfruit, and while I no longer eat "fried" potatoes I did relish a huge basked of French fries.

Here's my two cents...

I grew up in the northeast U.S where the most exotic fruit was cherries and oranges.

I moved to So. Flo in 1976 and by the early 80's "discovered" mango, banana, and sugar apple.

Not knowing when to pick them, the sugar apple had ripened fruits that became infested with ants. The banana died for not having enough water (remember there was no internet for advice back then) and while the mango (an odd small one called "peach mango) grew to huge proportions and while I liked the mango my ex became a PITA about dropped fruit and vermin (2 and 4 legged) taking it.

Fast forward to 2009 (post divorce) I planted my yard with many fruits and am now enjoying them. Thanks to and most of the members who moved here, I had sufficient information to have some moderate success.

So I'll say I "get" why peeps don't grow tropical fruit and I'll say ignorance of varied selections are the main reason. And BTW, many who have never tried the more rare tropicals have little exposure to them in a retail environment and the few they sampled like Brian above...

"Java plums are awful.  Jujubes are inferior to apples.  Breadfruit is gross.  Soursop is meh.  Star apple is mediocre.  Sapodilla is too sweet.
I love sapotes but my wife didn't like them, same with surinam cherries.  I love jackfruit but my brother says it smells awful.  I tried a ton of different types of bananas in India and still like Cavendish the best"

I see why some don't "get" it :-0

I doubt a tree / plant ripened starfruit, Jabo, pineapple, lychee, canistel, sugar apple, guava, persimmon and more picked from a private collection would get a meh response from many.


Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Lemon drop mangosteen fruit free
« on: June 15, 2019, 09:14:43 PM »
The title says it all, except local So. Flo (southeast, Broward co.) pickup only... no exceptions, I dislike the postal service just a bit less than a root canal, not gonna happen, don't ask :-)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Soursop Q's
« on: June 15, 2019, 02:15:22 PM »
Hi all. New here.


I have read that it takes 3-5 years to flower and produce fruit. I am on the 4th year, and no sign of flowers. I think that given the flowering/fruit cycle in the tropics, as I recall sometime in January-February, this years flowering opportunity is gone. However, are there any techniques such a lighting and/or temperature control that would trigger flowering in these trees?

Thank you in advance for any ideas/tips/advice.


I bought mine in 2014 as a 6' tall very full tree. It's been in ground since 2014 here in south Florida and it flowered a few times but no fruit.

I can say for certain that 3-5 years to fruit may not be typical.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / ELEVEN years waiting for my sweetheart
« on: June 12, 2019, 02:55:50 PM »
I toyed with the idea of chopping my sweetheart after it was in the ground a number of years, and BSBULLIE (Rob) advised me to have patience with the sweetheart.

Well, I'm FINALLY done waiting, I ate so many today after a 6 mile bike ride I have a stomach ache! :-)

They're nice and BIG many larger than a ping-pong ball. Just when my GF goes out of town for 2 weeks, she can't have any.

Thanks for the advice Rob!

Anyway, I have a question, how long will they keep in the fridge?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit thieves
« on: June 11, 2019, 10:21:53 PM »
How about a sign...

WARNING, these trees are infected with a newly
discovered Pathogenic bacteria that can be trans-
mitted to humans with undesirable effects on them.

In order to save the trees they have all been
inoculated with an experimental agent considered
dangerous in California and the EU.


Failing that release a big dog on them every time you see one, or walking the yard with a baseball bat may send a message too :-)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 1st Pickering Drop Of The Season
« on: June 08, 2019, 07:57:16 PM »
My little Pickering "clubfoot" only has 7 mango on it but I'm waiting...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Thanks for advice on Acerola
« on: June 02, 2019, 12:36:35 PM »
How old was your bush? Mine was 8, very hardy and in pretty good sandy / loamy soil with regular care and fertilizer. The only thing that made them palatable was sugar. I ultimately pulled it because passersby took most of the fruit leaving only runts for me.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: What is your favorite grape?
« on: June 01, 2019, 07:30:52 PM »
PS. my "noble" muscadine is superior to the plain vanilla not named muscadine I have.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: What is your favorite grape?
« on: June 01, 2019, 07:25:43 PM »
Concorde and Muscadine nothing else well except the new cotton candy (in moderation) white grapes.

My MF was from seed planted by the P.O. who was from Haiti It's now a medium sized tree, and gives up delicious fruit. Mine are best when not fully colored as they get mushy in the center if left to ripen completely.

My only problem with it is any Haitians who pass by know what it is and help themselves to a skirt full.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Thanks for advice on Acerola
« on: May 29, 2019, 10:11:39 AM »
I've never known an Acerola to be anything but fairly bitter.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First Mango this year
« on: May 27, 2019, 09:56:00 AM »
Mmnnn Glen.. I have to look at mine

Tropical Fruit Discussion / First Mango this year
« on: May 26, 2019, 10:56:41 PM »
My Madame Francis gave up a dozen today. I brought them to my GF's house and we had them for dessert. They were so refreshing after a winter of a lot of unripe store bought fruit we all relished them. 

Are there any other cultivars ripening?

I have a mulberry on the street side of my property, it fills out my front yard nicely.

It stains the road, but nobody cares.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Giant Ameiva Lizards
« on: May 01, 2019, 08:08:05 AM »
> Why in the world does our Government allow exotic pets to be imported and sold?

For the same reason that it allows exotic fruit seeds to be imported and sold :)

Yeah but if exotic trees run wild they can be located, and controlled... fish and reptiles likely will never be controlled.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Free canistel seedlings
« on: April 30, 2019, 08:59:59 PM »
From a message I received about mailing a seedling I wrote:

One of the few things I dislike almost as much as getting a root canal  is going to the post office. Sorry, no :-)

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Free canistel seedlings
« on: April 30, 2019, 05:42:06 PM »
I have a number of Fairchild #2 seedlings, Local So.Flo pickup only, PM me if interested.

PS, they are from the crop of 2018, and are about one foot tall for grafting root stock or take your chances growing them for fruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Giant Ameiva Lizards
« on: April 30, 2019, 05:35:08 PM »
Does any other city besides Deerfield Beach have an ameiva lizard infestation?  I've read where these pet store lizards were turned loose by some idiot pet owners, and now in my section of DB, the Cove, they are even more prevalent than iguanas.  What they do is dig holes throughout your garden, especially in your flower beds.  They do this on a daily basis.

Why in the world does our Government allow exotic pets to be imported and sold?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My sapodillas!
« on: April 30, 2019, 05:31:55 PM »
Thanks for the pics. I have 2 trees that are fruiting for the first time this year. How do you know when to pick them?

Like some of my other trees, saps ripen maddeningly S-L-O-W-L-Y and my first few crops I took to the scratch the skin method, but that left me with a bunch of fruit with unappetizing looking scratched fruit that looked like it was in a cat fight.

I took to giving the ones I could reach a gentle squeeze and tug. Ripe fruit give slightly in the hand or pull off.

For fruit higher in the tree, I shake the tree, what's ripe falls to the ground. Some may like them less ripe than using my second method of shaking the tree, but I'm not about to get a ladder out every day to test squeeze / pick saps.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mulch problem - need your help
« on: April 17, 2019, 07:29:58 PM »
When I moved into Coral Springs (So. Flo.) I asked the code folks if there were codes making grass in the back yard mandatory. They asked what I intended to do and I said I was going to grind up the grass, plow it under and mulch. That was 11 years ago.

OTOH, in FRONT I've been cited for not having ENOUGH mulch. They are worse than an HOA :-) But they don't care if it's natural, or comes from home depot.

Get your city regs read them and comply. You may need more grass, less mulch, but I have a hard time believing that they MUST approve the mulch.

At any rate, I called an attorney and he said their firm gets a LOT of complaints about code enforcement and there is absolutely nothing you can do about it. Go to the meeting and promise to comply.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Avocado thread
« on: April 13, 2019, 10:33:18 AM »
Going against the grain of those in the know who have low expectations on Avo seedlings, and against my better judgement I planted a Lula seedling I grew from seed off a friend's tree. Hers was 25+ years old, had ZERO care... no water, fertilizer, trimming, or pest control and despite that the tree was extremely precocious. The last I saw it the tree was in very sorry shape weeping copious amounts of sap and white flaky crusty "stuff" , I expect it's gone by now.

If my tree bears fruit anywhere near as good as hers and is amenable to regular care, I'll be very happy.

Things look good though, I had it in my "murder, death, kill" cement pot that killed every single tree I put in it and lived in it for around three years happy as a clam. It's been in the ground a week and not one bud died after snatching it out of the pot and it's ALREADY taken off like a rocket.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tree bounty so far
« on: April 13, 2019, 10:16:29 AM »
I think I have an answer.

Peeps like my ex wife simply cannot abide leaves cluttering up a lawn, or fallen fruit to step in or animals that may come for a snack. Trees shadow lawns and kill grass, leaves get in the gutters, trees need care, an lawn can be handed over to "someone else" to deal with.

Those same people would rather waste precious water on useless ornamental plants like grass and hibiscus than have it bear fruit.

Based on the horrid green ones I see in my supermarket those are all due to be shipped last week :-)

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