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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: The Boys Market in Delray Beach
« on: July 15, 2014, 08:16:28 PM »
I was able to find some mangosteen near me...first time trying and it was really good...I'm sure it tastes better on it's home turf...they were only about $5 for a pack of six




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango Reviews
« on: July 15, 2014, 08:08:07 PM »
Devoured my first Seacrest, which was supplied by Rob over the weekend. No pictures, but nicely ripened to a full yellow color. Very Citrusy undertones with the flavor, somewhat more understated than lemon zest. Gotta say, I'm digging the citrusy mangoes that I have tried this year. Very pleasing flavor. Super juicy and delicious.

Seacrest is definitely a top tier mango, up there with the best. Of the ones I tasted this year, I most enjoyed the Seacrest, Coconut Cream, Val Carrie and the Guava mango. Another variety that made it to the "best of" list for me was the Peach mango. It is small but incredibly delicious.
Funny, these were my four favorite of the year too...
#1--Coconut Cream really knocked my socks off...much better than I had last year..I can now see why this was patented...I even sent some guys from the fire dept over to Walters and they are planting this now at their houses
The
#2--Seacrest---citrusy, sweet..excellent. My girls say it's their favorite now.. I would plant this if given the opportunity..
#3--Guava--excellent, complex, with slight guava flavor
#4--Valcarrie--another top mango with great flavor


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango Reviews
« on: July 15, 2014, 02:47:06 PM »
Another really good one this year:

'Guava'...I believe Walter said he got this from a gentleman in West Palm beach and the original tree was being cut down so Walter got some budwood to preserve it








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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango Reviews
« on: July 15, 2014, 09:26:32 AM »
Devoured my first Seacrest, which was supplied by Rob over the weekend. No pictures, but nicely ripened to a full yellow color. Very Citrusy undertones with the flavor, somewhat more understated than lemon zest. Gotta say, I'm digging the citrusy mangoes that I have tried this year. Very pleasing flavor. Super juicy and delicious.


A couple pictures of Seacrest, which I too enjoyed very much.








This is one of my favorites for the year so far...my kids really enjoyed this too...I think it's a top tier mango

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Annona fruit set 2014
« on: July 11, 2014, 10:45:13 AM »
I lost a couple of ilamas to some sort of blackening/calcification, I've seen this on other annonas too…also one got so large it broke the branch…Since I'm gonna have to trim the branch back Im just letting the fruit develop..there have been no noticeable effects from the breakage, the fruit and leaves continue to grow even after a month…These fruit seem like they getting pretty big!















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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 4-5 and 47-18 Annona hybrids fruiting
« on: July 11, 2014, 10:29:37 AM »
looks like we got the same hybrid going…white edges on leaves too…








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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit Punch Mango
« on: July 11, 2014, 10:25:50 AM »
I thought this was excellent…here's a pic for ya…Mr Zill cutting one up to share the other day…





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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruiting Shrubs
« on: June 04, 2014, 01:01:25 PM »
Search this thread: best fruit trees for hedges

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I was dropping my daughter of at a church for gymnastics class and decided to take a walk around the property and found some old fruit trees in the back portion of the area. I saw a sapodilla tree amongst others and started checking around for some drops. I noticed one hanging low on the tree and when I checked it it was soft and perfectly ripe. I snatched it off and tried it. It was just as about as good as any other sap I've had. But I thought saps don't ripen until picked. The fruit didn't look damaged in any way and was connected to the stem. Is this normal for sap?

Yes, can happen though they usually are fast to fall or eaten by critters.  By the way, YOU may have located the RAREST sapodilla, outdoing other "rare" sapodilla trees...
Yes and it's only available through me..seeds are $20 each scions are $100 ::)

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Kwai Muck seeds for trade!
« on: June 03, 2014, 01:55:46 PM »
I have a few Kwai Muck available for trade, I'm interested in mango scions, anybody interested please let me know!
What mango scions are u looking for?

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I was dropping my daughter of at a church for gymnastics class and decided to take a walk around the property and found some old fruit trees in the back portion of the area. I saw a sapodilla tree amongst others and started checking around for some drops. I noticed one hanging low on the tree and when I checked it it was soft and perfectly ripe. I snatched it off and tried it. It was just as about as good as any other sap I've had. But I thought saps don't ripen until picked. The fruit didn't look damaged in any way and was connected to the stem. Is this normal for sap?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherimoya & Atemoya, SUGAR APPLES
« on: June 03, 2014, 06:17:43 AM »
GOOD DAY ALL.  AM FROM TAIWAN.  WE HAVE SUGAR APPLE TREES, AND WE USE A HAND PUMP POLLINATOR TOOL TO GET A BEAUTIFUL SHAPE AND GOOD HARVEST.   :) 


Nice pollinator! Is that homemade? I think I can find those parts around the station. Looks like a blood pressure hand pump, meconium aspirator, iv drip set, and a syringe tube top...

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Annona fruit set 2014
« on: June 02, 2014, 06:28:24 AM »
love the pictures of the illamas and 47 18.

your nuathong looks much different than the one I had...I wonder if it's the same...I got mine from a sale with plants furnished by Excalibur...nuathong was mislabeled as PPC...and ppc was mislabeled as nuathong.

the plant i have labeled as nuathong is bland...and seedy
A few fruits that I have developing have been pollinated with some Genova Red pollen. In hopes of getting a self fruiting more precocious ilama. So far I have the following combos:
48-26 x Genova Red
47-18 x Genova Red
Na Dai sugar apple x Genova Red
Will be cool to see if it produces some viable seeds. There is always room around the fire stations for trials...

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Annona fruit set 2014
« on: June 01, 2014, 07:48:01 PM »
Here Adam, I'll see your annonas and raise you a few:

I got this Lisa in a 15 gallon from Excalibur a couple months back and popped it in the ground and its been going crazy setting fruit all on her own.

Nuathong..I hope this tastes better than the reports I've heard..only set one fruit even with hand pollination…I'll probably strip leaves if I don't start seeing flowers

Phet pack chong, got about 6 fruits so far

some Pajapita flowers looking like they getting get  some soon..

This Na Dai sugar apple I got from Bender's sets fruit by itself...

I'm up to about 8-10 fruit sets on my Genova Red ilama...







4-5

47-18

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I've been grafting the pond apple seedlings that have sprouted in my pond. I now have a Custard Apples and a Soursop growing with fully submerged roots, im curios to see how they will grow in the long term.

I bet your custard apple and soursop on pond apple do fine. Pond apple was used some time here by one nursery as rootstock for cherimoyas because it is so rainy here and can easily flood. The problem is that pond apple is a lot more vigorous yhan cherimoya and will send many sprouts from below the graft. If you don't continuously prune these below graft sprouts the upper scion will die out. I bet that is what happened also in Australia with the atemoya grafted onto pond apple, and that is how the pond apple took over vast areas of Australian swamp.

You are correct in this Annalysis Oscar.  I had grafted sugar apple & atemoy gefner on pond apple & we just could not keep up with the pond vigor.  Its the very reason I decide to go on my Pond apple holy grail instead due to frustration of the grafting failure.  Three of my friends have planted 100 selected pond apple out in Loxahatchee when we were snake head fishing four years ago in C-14 canal that hit this canal is brackish, we catch snook, jack trevally, shark & tarpon beside snake head.  Two to three months we be out in this everglade section to taste the fruit if good or not; hope us luck in finding something the local Raccons & Pacu fish can call edible too!  ;)
Fishing out there is the best! I caught a snook, tarpon and bass all in the same spot in west Jupiter Farms. Right next to us was an 11 foot alligator sunning. Coconut if you like the wild edible animals you should try some of the iguanas around here, really tasty!

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I pulled 27 pups off of 4 pineapple plants with more still on...I'm gonna be in pineapple overload next year!

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Going to be the area today. Any good places to buy tropical fruit?? (Looking for jack fruit, mangos, sapodilla, etc)
Sunrise Flea market...they have jackfruit, rambutan and lychee and fresh sugar cane juice sometimes..

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How are the redish cocopulms.. look fresh!
Pm sent

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Hi! I would like to buy Genova Red Seeds. But how much is the shipping charges, please let me know.

Pm sent

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best fruit trees for hedges
« on: May 22, 2014, 08:03:43 AM »
MIKEID:  What did you type of hedge did you plant?   Pictures?  I was surprised no one suggested Passion Fruit (on a trellis).

This is one hedge I'm working on. These are white pomegranate seedlings from seeds I got from Oscar a couple years ago.. My wife really like the foliage so a lot of fruit wasn't really the aim on this one. And they got really cool flowers... If I happen to get some fruit then that would be great. I do have to compromise around the yard sometimes and plant a few ornamentals.



Here is another compromise that happens to attract pollinators:




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In an effort to get my LZ to calm down its growth I've been pruning the interior of the tree and I pulled all of my fruit off this year, well, except one. It now has a nice, lower. lateral growth to it. I think shaping for the first few years is more necessary than fruit production in the first few years.



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OMG :o ;D ;D ;D ;D
Yeah, I thought the same thing too when I first saw it! Har did a great job!

Ohh goodness! When that baby gets bigger, Cookie Manster is gonna want some budwood !
I will definitely work on grafting these up as soon as they get some size!

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I got some small pineapple plants from a gentleman that has since passed away, so I'm not sure of the variety but they are the best I've ever had. Store bought pineapples are harsh on my stomach and the high acidic content is somewhat disagreeable with me. But I can eat a whole one of these with ease. Very sweet and soft tender edible core. They  have a reddish/purple tint to them and their spines will stick in you if your not careful. This year they have made so many pups (one plant has at least 12)  and I can't see the pineapple any more! I'm just wondering how pup growth effects fruit size/development. Can I harvest some of the larger pups before the pineapple has ripened up?











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Tropical Fruit Discussion / 4-5 and 47-18 Annona hybrids fruiting
« on: May 21, 2014, 06:41:19 PM »
These varieties seem to be precocious, especially 47-18. I've been pulling fruits off to help them put some energy into growth but I just can't bring myself to pull off every one. Here is a pic of the 47-18 with the fruit I harvested last year. I don't know why this isn't more popular I really enjoyed it! very sweet, and I like mine a tad on the chewy side sometimes so I picked it early (just a little soft) and it had a really nice texture chewy but soft flesh. These were both developed by Har Mahdeem. 4-5 = 'Priestley' atemoya x A. reticulata var. 'Fairchild Purple'   47-18 = 'Gefner' atemoya x A. reticulata var. 'San Pablo')

47-18 (I have three fruits developing now)






4-5 with a nice purple fruit developing on it right now


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