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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Femal papaya tree seed viability
« on: December 08, 2020, 11:32:31 AM »
My female trees sometimes have a few seeds inside them. I've tried to grow a dozen or so, and have yet to have any germinate. Are seeds from female trees viable?



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seedless Papaya Propagation
« on: December 03, 2020, 09:48:54 PM »
I have a Seedless Papaya tree.
The fruit is excellent quality.

I would really appreciate any suggestions on how I can propagate it, since it doesn’t have any seeds.

Are ALL of the fruits seedless? My female trees occasionally have a few seeds in a few fruits, I plant them.

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One of my papaya is giving up the sweetest fruit I've ever had in a papaya. The fruit is golden yellow, and juicy the tree is as yet manageable in size but I suspect it will ultimately be a big fellow. 

Seeds in any quantity for South Florida residents to pick up only, sorry no traveling or Mail. PM me for info, those who know me call or text.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Rollinia Q's
« on: October 30, 2020, 02:35:31 PM »
Last February I bought a Rollinia which was about 6' tall with a 1" caliper at the base of the trunk at the time. It's very healthy and happy in the sunny spot I put it in which was "vacated" by my Gold Nugget Jak.

At this time, it's filled out nicely and attained another foot or so and the trunk is fattening up nicely. Everything I've read states that they can fruit REALLY fast. That begs the question, at what size are they mature enough to fruit?

Given the original size of my seedling I would "guess" it was at least 2-3 years old when I got it and even after its growth spurt here I can't see it (and I do not expect it to) fruiting for another 4-6 years. So how realistic are claims I've read that they can fruit in as little as 2 1/2 years?





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Bovine, underneath is typical FL sand.  It was wooded lot i cleared some of.
Questionable part (after reading forum) is brazil pepper tree leftover debris between original lot sand & topsoil i used.
The topsoil is not loamy at all.  It's black dirt that compacted so hard, it's like digging concrete.
Testing i should do.  Where should i mail some?  Ph i did myself & showed very high like 8, so i spread 20lbs or more cr90 a month ago before the feet of rain we got.

Epicat, thanks for your input.  Course is what i think it needs to drain.

I too live in SE. Fla (N. Broward) and have grey sandy / loamy stuff under my topsoil and just dig a hole and put the trees (all species) into the hole with a bit of top soil as an amendment. I probably do not have to but all my trees are happy.

Most say put it in the hole, mulch and you're done.


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When the weather cools, my starfruit don't do much of anything in the way of new growth. So far my two Carambola have been just about the easiest trees to grow.

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the Iguanas love them.. here in Broward county, they eat all the leaves and flowers.. fruit never settles!!
i can not compeate with the Iguanas and stopped growing the plants

Easy fix, next freeze go out and whack them in the head with a shovel. When I lived on a salt water canal the barracuda loved eating them after a head whack. :-)

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I've yet to grow a papaya I didn't like, dogs love them!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / backyard composting
« on: October 08, 2020, 12:01:44 PM »
I had a 50+ gallon rain barrel that was scheduled to go to recycling then I thought I'd punch a bunch of holes in it and compost my GF's and neighbors kitchen debris.

With it nearly full (not completely composted yet) I'm thinking that with the "recipe" I found online (1/3 garbage, 1/3 leaves and such, and 1/3 soil) I'm beginning to rethink the whole deal.

I did not have any soil lying about so I went and bought nearly a dozen cheap bags of "top soil" for the 1/3 soil part, and have used my leaf litter (depriving some of my trees of mulch) for the other 1/3 to mix with the garbage. Yes, I'll eventually wind up with nearly 50 gallons of compost but realistically I could just as well have bought a few 50 pound bags of Black Cow composted manure and not have wasted the effort.

Yeah, I saved the dump from getting our 15 gallons or so of garbage but once this experiment is done, I'm thinking of going the black cow route.

Has anyone else started composting and made it a LONG term endeavor? Your reasons for continuing to do it, aside from save the planet issue.








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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Selecting papaya for dwarfism?
« on: September 20, 2020, 10:10:40 AM »
I have decent soil and have no problem growing papaya even in wetter summer conditions when we get a lot of rain and during dry spells in winter I provide what I would call minimal water support.

My interest isn't the ultimate size of the plant (though height and fruit position seem directly proportional) but how far from the soil flowers erupt. Thats the elusive selection issue.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Selecting papaya for dwarfism?
« on: September 19, 2020, 09:52:02 PM »
Thanks I have seen that. But found no mention of the selection processes.

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My lemon guava are delicious as are my strawberry. But the strawberry are magnets for fruit fly while the lemon are or so far seem to be immune. Maybe the strawberry are preferred by the fly and if I did not have them the lemon would be attacked?

At any rate yes they have been successful with the lemon flavor but where to get them near you is a different story.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grumichama vs Jaboticaba
« on: September 17, 2020, 05:15:45 PM »
No comparison I have one Grumichama of four which tastes quite good maybe half as good as a northers U.S. cherry but not ib the same universe as a Sabara jabo.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Selecting papaya for dwarfism?
« on: September 17, 2020, 05:09:26 PM »
I noticed that crowding causes spindly growth too. I am only on my second generation but the third, fourth and later generations I am hoping to see indications of small stature inheritance.

Fingers crossed.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Selecting papaya for dwarfism?
« on: September 16, 2020, 11:05:34 PM »
I've been growing papaya from a few sources, killing the males and allowing the only the hermaphrodite and female plants to fruit. After about 50 plants I have two that have fruited less than three feet from the ground.

My question is has anyone here taken this on through several generations to see if dwarfism can be bred / predicted / selected?


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Stinging insect
« on: September 07, 2020, 09:08:58 AM »
Over two week I was stung in my palm by an insect I have never seen before. It was long, black, 3/4 of an inch long and 1/4 inch wide and wingless with a stinger at the rear 

The sting was like notning I ever experienced from a bee or wasp. It was like an electric shock followed by extreme itching for over a week  Any Ideas what it may have been?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Red Sugar Apple Characteristics
« on: August 08, 2020, 10:25:06 PM »
The leaves are green, stems brown, nothing different than the green types.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Growing sugar apple from seed
« on: August 07, 2020, 01:34:32 AM »
I've put them in damp paper towel for varying length of times, left tree drops in the mulch under the trees and not one has sprouted. Now I have a Kampong Mauve that produced a dozen fruits and I'm trying once again with all the methods above except scarring the seed which I'm going to try.

The Kampong fruits are larger (despite the tree being somewhat compact) than my sugar apples, have a higher fruit meat to seed ratio and they're more juicy and sweeter than either of my custard apples or two sugar apple trees. If I can get them sprouted I have a number of friends who want seedlings.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Growing sugar apple from seed
« on: August 05, 2020, 01:51:12 AM »
I've tried to grow sugar apples from seed without success. Do the seeds need to be scarified before they will sprout?



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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Makok
« on: August 02, 2020, 03:59:48 PM »
My Makok did take a long (in semi shade) time to bear but its diminutive size and flavor make it the one that would go before many others.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: They're here!
« on: August 02, 2020, 03:04:28 PM »
Congrats, they're beautiful!

All of mine have done extraordinarily well, it was a L-O-N-G wait but worth it.

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Thanks, I think many or most nurseries have the problems you noted at one time or another.

Web stock vs. on hand is a biggie, a call is generally a good idea before going. At larger the nurseries rare is the occasion where trees in pots are weeded, and pest free.  I've seen the pot size issue also here in Florida, the re-pot time to a larger pot is typical when a 3 moves to a 5 gallon and it looks like you're being hosed. IMO it's likely not that, but at some point trees have to be moved and the physical size may look smaller than you expect.   

Regarding Excalibur, I've found their employees (I don't spend much time at checkout) are very helpful in person and have spent more than a bit of time in their golf carts. I'm maybe 40 miles (one way) from there, and I wish I could get there more often. Oh, my trees LOVE their fertilizer.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My garden today
« on: July 31, 2020, 06:51:40 AM »
Your sapodilla looks very cool. I'm really glad you managed to raise her. My friends told me that it is very difficult to care for such a tree. But to be honest, I don't know since I have never tried it. I usually plant more standard trees in my garden. The main thing for me is not the harvest, but the atmosphere that the garden creates. For me, this is a place where you can come in the evening and think about life (as in the good old fairy tales when the princess ran into the garden). I pay a lot of attention to decorating my garden. I constantly try to decorate the trees and the garden as a whole. For example, various lanterns in the trees, benches under the oldest and largest trees, a small fountain in the center. All these things create real magic. Guys, good luck with your gardening! I'm sure you will be able to grow even cooler fruits!

Here in So. Flo. my sapodilla is the most trouble free of all in my yard. I wonder if your friends are having regional issues?

I'm like you, I setup my yard/garden as much for the atmosphere/aesthetics as I did for the fruit. From lighting, seating, stepping stones to water features it's all been planned with shade and relaxation in mind.



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: my carambolas are flowering !!
« on: July 25, 2020, 11:57:57 PM »
Carambola can make a decent shade tree too if you keep up pruning them. Also my two experience a lot of branch die back which I clear by swishing a shovel through the branches.





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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Banana Harvest Question
« on: July 25, 2020, 11:53:37 AM »
I also cut tbe flower and harvest whatever starts to change color.

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