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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Preserving Lychees?
« on: June 01, 2019, 03:13:50 PM »
You can put them whole in the freezer.  You donít need to peel them. 


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Central Florida food forest ideas.
« on: May 29, 2019, 07:09:15 AM »
LSU purple fig should do fine. Supposedly nematode resistant.  Mine has done very well in the ground for the last few years.


Silas woods has a much slower growth habit.  5 year in ground tree is 8 feet tall and 8 feet wide.

My Alamo tree has been in the ground 5 years and is 15 feet wide and 12 feet tall.  Not a dwarf tree.

Here in southwest Florida, Silas woods is a very heavy producer. Alamo produces well but not as heavy as Silas woods.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Let the Lychee war begin...
« on: May 21, 2019, 09:50:27 PM »
 I take 1 foot long strips of holographic tape and tie it into knots on several places at the canopy of the tree.

 Then I put a havaheart trap below the base of the tree.

 Finally I use a scarecrow placed near the trees which I relocate every two days. This has kept the majority of my fruit intact on the trees this year.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Which Atemoya?
« on: May 14, 2019, 10:22:15 PM »
Fruitscapes has had Dream trees in the past.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Homestead fruit nurseries?
« on: May 14, 2019, 10:20:15 PM »
Lara Farms

Romney Farms (coconuts mostly)

On my trees now in Sarasota: choquette avocado, Monroe avocado, last of winterset persimmon, Maher Black sapote, fwang tung starfruit

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Red Morning Jackfruit tasted
« on: December 29, 2018, 10:49:51 PM »
Red morning jackfruit season just ended for me.  Picked the first one around October 1st and the last one yesterday.  As the season went on, the flesh became lighter colored and is now a pale orange and much less sweet. Still crunchy and tasty though.


Resumes can be impersonal.  If it were me Iíd take a drive to the nurseries youíre considering and talk with the owners and ask in person.  Good luck. 



Thanks Patrick!

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 15í 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 Romneyís 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 itís 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?


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