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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Excalibur Red grafted trees from Excalibur
« on: December 02, 2018, 10:01:13 PM »
I have a red morning tree in the ground.  It is a more vigorous grower than Excalibur red. My tree is 4 years in the ground from a 3 gallon container.  It has been pruned back to 15’ tall each of the last 2 years.

This year it made approximately 25 fruits.  Half of them were 20-26 pounds and the other hand were 8-12 pounds.

The fruit started coming ripe around September 1st and I have been picking them ever since. Just picked a 20 pounder tonight. 

Flesh is orange to reddish orange.  In September and October the fruit were sweet and tasted almost like jackfruit candy. The last couple of months has produced milder tasting fruit.

5 jackfruit still remain on the tree and I expect them to ripen in the next couple of weeks.

The flesh is firm/crunchy.  Low latex. Delicious.


Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Nam Phet Longan Tree?
« on: September 13, 2018, 09:17:13 AM »
Does anyone know where I could get a Nam Phet longan tree in Florida?



Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seedless Lychee In Florida...??
« on: August 01, 2018, 04:47:27 PM »
Kwai mai pink?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mulberry and Lychee recommendations.
« on: July 17, 2018, 05:17:14 PM »
Hak Ip and Sweetheart are the same

Mauritius is a more Consistent bearer then the other varieties but the tree tends to grow a little larger

My three favorite varieties are sweetheart (aka hak ip, fay zee siu), emperor and kaimana


Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Florida Mangoes for Sale
« on: July 05, 2018, 12:10:45 PM »
Pm sent :)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee air layering this time of year
« on: June 06, 2018, 11:05:30 PM »
Thanks for all of your replies.  I will give it a shot next week or so


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Lychee air layering this time of year
« on: June 05, 2018, 10:30:06 PM »
I have read online that air layering tends to be done in the spring. 

Has anyone had luck air layering lychee at this time of year?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: White Sapote: USDA and SES 2
« on: March 23, 2018, 11:54:33 AM »
Hi Jeff

Was your Suebelle from Excalibur?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Red Morning Jackfruit tasted
« on: March 22, 2018, 07:35:12 PM »
Two different varieties

Excalibur red, red morning, TM red and Cristela are all red fleshed varieties that Excalibur sells.  Not sure if TM red is for sale yet though. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Red Morning Jackfruit tasted
« on: March 22, 2018, 07:08:51 AM »
Flowers just forming so hopefully


Hard to make a true assessment because the coconuts have been producing for the last two or three years. Initially the yellow coconuts tasted like plain water and only the most recent crop had some sweetness. The Fiji coconuts tasted sweet right from the beginning. They produced maybe a year earlier than the Fiji Malayan. 


About 5 years ago I purchased two coconut trees from Dave Romney in Homestead. They were estimated to be about five years old at the time and both were probably 8 feet tall from the base of the container  to the top part of the fronds.    They were purchased in 15 gallon containers.

 They have been in the ground for approximately 5 years. 

The Fiji x yellow Malayan cross has grown noticeably slower and has approximately 4 feet of trunk. The Fiji dwarf has approximately 8 feet of trunk. 


Fruitscapes on Pine Island has had them. 

Fiji dwarf will exceed 12-13 feet.  Dave Romney’s trees were 20 years old when I visited  his farm in Homestead a few years ago. They had approximately 10 feet of trunk and then the fronds were of course taller than that above it. They do not stay at ace short height it’s just that they grow a lot slower than the Malayan coconuts we typically see here in South Florida.


I made concrete posts.   They work very well. The roots adhere to the concrete very well. No burlap needed.   I tried to make my posts not have something on top but realized that they needed something on top for support as the plants cascaded down. So I put a long piece of rebar inside the concrete as I made it and had that rebar protrude up through the top middle of the concrete which gave me an attachment point for  A pressure-treated wooden post which I drove rebar through and put hog wire on the rebar.


Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: No Mai Chee
« on: February 13, 2018, 09:14:20 PM »

Are you John Painter?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sweet Sensation Lychee
« on: February 13, 2018, 03:31:20 PM »
 Sounds like a good name for a massage parlor instead of a fruit tree.

I wonder if this is just a sweetheart but someone is trying to avoid having to use the trademarked name

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2018 Lychee Bloom
« on: February 03, 2018, 01:40:33 PM »
Sweetheart has pretty decent amount of blooms, emperor loaded too, and kaimana also has some blooms. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Golden or Yellow Dragon Fruit?
« on: January 21, 2018, 02:34:13 PM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Golden or Yellow Dragon Fruit?
« on: January 21, 2018, 02:33:30 PM »

Correction $7.99 lb

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Golden or Yellow Dragon Fruit?
« on: January 21, 2018, 02:32:00 PM »

 I found this same exact yellow dragon fruit from Ecuador at M&D Asian Market in St Pete today

Taste: imagine a white dragon fruit drizzled with honey but with noticeably crunchy seeds.  Very sweet. Very enjoyable. $8.99 per pound. Fruits ranged from .75 to 1.0 lbs

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2018 Lychee Bloom
« on: January 18, 2018, 09:13:31 PM »

How does the olan lychee compare to other varieties?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / 2018 Lychee Bloom
« on: January 18, 2018, 08:02:52 PM »
Just noticed my sweetheart lychees are starting to bloom. Other varieties not yet.  Anyone else have lychees blooming?



 Did your bury jackfruit and up producing a mature fruit this year? Curious how it tasted.


Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / WTB Abiu tree Florida
« on: January 11, 2018, 06:10:59 AM »
Anyone have an abiu tree for sale in Florida?



Jackfruit. Can fruit in approximately 3 years from seed,  at least here in Florida

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